Tuesday, April 1, 2008

A Month of Letters

The folks over at NaBloPoMo have proposed that the blog theme for April is "letters". Alphabet letters, epistles, what have you. The idea of alphabet letters tickles me so I think that's what I will be doing. Join me for a month of fun! I'm starting off with this, one of my favorite songs:

When Johnny Jones was serenading Mary, He sure could quote a lot of poetry But he'd much rather tell herwhat he learned in his speller When they both attended PS thirty-three....(chorus) "A," you're adorable,
"B," you're so beautiful,
"C," you're a cutie full of charms.
"D," you're a darling and
"E," you're exciting
And "F," you're a feather in my arms.
"G," you look good to me,
"H," you're so heavenly,
"I," you're the one I idolize.
"J," we're like Jack and Jill,
"K," you're so kissable,
"L," is the lovelight in your eyes.
"M," "N," "O," "P," I could go on all day.
"Q," "R," "S," "T," alphabetically speaking, you're OK.
"U," made my life complete,
"V," means you're very sweet,
Double-"U" "X" "Y" "Zee."
It's fun to wander through the alphabet with youTo tell you what you mean to me.(repeat the chorus)

And I know I was going to post after pictures today....hold tight. They are going up tomorrow for my "B"eautiful house!

Monday, March 31, 2008


I'm done with my Spring Cleaning! Yeah! Today I went through the kids dresser drawers, cleaned my closet, picked up kid rooms and picked up the master bedroom. After pictures coming tomorrow! Now I can redecorate!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Getting Back on the Ball

It's been awhile since I've posted my weekly menu. I fell of the menu plan wagon, so to speak. And let me tell you, walking instead of riding, well, that's just no what's happening. So, here is this week's offering:
Sunday-Roast Green beans Salad Mystery rolls Cherry cobbler

Monday-Garlic lime chicken Creamed spinach Salad Brownies

Tuesday-Meatloaf Mashed potatoes Peas Frozen yogurt

Wednesday-BBQ pork ribs Cornbread Green beans Ice cream sandwiches

Thursday-Taco Salad Jello

Friday-Out with IL's

Saturday-Hamburger steak Salad Apple dumplings
Head on over here for more great menu ideas!
It took me a more than a few tries to come up with this easy, delicious roast. I hope you enjoy it too!
Chuck roast
Onion soup mix (1 envelope)
1 tsp Beef bouillion (I use granulars)
1 tsp instant coffee
1 cup water
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sprinkle both sides of meat with onion soup mix. Use the whole envelope. Dissolove the bouillion and coffee in the water. Pour around and gently over the meat. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and cook for 3-4 hours. Delicious!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Day Late and A Dollar Short

I've been wanting to participate in Show and Tell Friday for a few weeks now. But I just remembered about it today. I've redone my kitchen twice now. First it was red and white and dark green and apples. I did not pick this for my kitchen, it was chosen for me, even after my protests. *sigh* After a few years I thought it would be okay to repaint the hutch that was given to me (painted white and dark green with red apples) and I painted it periwinkle blue and white to go with a blue, white, butter yellow and daisy decor. Now the time comes to change it yet again. And here is my inspiration:
I got this pitcher several years ago in a secret sister swap I took part in. It was sent to my by my secret sister as part of a gorgeous flower arrangement and it keeps looking at me and I at it. Apple green, white, and black. That hutch I told you about? I'm thinking of painting the doors and panels apple green and the trim black with white polka dots. Maybe. If I do that, then I'll probably do black and white polka dot curtains. But I'm in love with toile and would love to have curtains made with that. But then what to do with the hutch? Any ideas? I'm open :D

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Oh my word! Do yourself, your family, and your friends a favor and make these one night soon! My almost 8 year old daughter and I made them last night and they were to die for! So quick and easy too. We only made a half recipe, but I do believe next time we'll make a whole pan! Thanks Ree and Ree's mom for such a great recipe!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Warning! This is an image heavy post!

Since Monica's challenge is just about over and I am just about done (yeah!), I thought I'd post my before pictures. The afters will come when the whole ordeal is finished. We start with the kitchen:
As you can see there is a mess galore! And these aren't all the pictures! We move on to the living room/play area/dining room. It's a great room that I've divided with a couch.

See that empty shelf? I had already started going through videos. I wish I had a before picture of them. Oh, well. It's probably for the best! We move now to the upstairs.

This is the laundry room/linen closet/craft closet/pantry. Our house is not that big! lol!

This is our bedroom. I'm only showing a few photos because, well frankly, the whole room looks this bad!

No pics of the kid rooms. So there you have it. A shameful look into my house. It gets better. I promise.

Monday, March 24, 2008

I did a bit of cleaning today. Not much as the kids were off today, but enough to make me happy. lol. I really hope to get everything done by the end of the week for Monica's challenge. There isn't anything going on, other than normal day to day things, so I should be able to get it all finished!

Easter was lovely. My Thursday bell choir played both the 8:30 and the 11:00 service. At the end of both services, the sanctuary choir sang a marvelous rendition of Handel's Messiah. Just beautiful. After church, I headed over to my IL's house where I met up with Mr Crafty, the kids, my IL's, my mom (my dad had to work), My MIL's niece and her fiance, and, last but not least, my best friend and her husband (Mr and Mrs K). We had a delicious dinner and wonderful desserts (I provided those...lol) and the kids had a fantastic time with an Easter egg hunt. Later, Mrs K announced she would be busy in the Fall because she and Mr K are expecting a baby! I'm so excited for them! They've been trying for some time. I know they will be awesome parents!