Friday, July 10, 2015

Happy Summer ~ a cheater post

Hello dear bloggy friends.
I hope that you are all doing well.
Miss you guys!!!
Life has been good and busy in the Spoonful house.
We've been having a great summer so far.
There is so much happening around here...  so many wonderful things that are keeping me very busy. 
Yes,  I will also admit that while being busy living this wonderful life,  I have become a very lazy blogger.
If it makes you feel better...  I've become a lazy cook too!!  
I'm going to give you the short version of the past two months...
stolen straight from my instagram and in no particular order are some photos to highlight some of the fun we've been having.  
Also...  since I do spend more time using instagram,   if you have an account,  please come visit me
 @ Ljwoz and make sure to let me know that you were there so that I can follow you.
See you soon,

Happy Summer!!!!!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Black Eyed Susan and Kentucky Hot Brown ~ Preakness dinner

Maryland is known for our Black Eyed Susan's..
It's our state flower and it is also the official beverage of the Preakness.
In the spirit of yesterdays big Preakness race
I made myself a batch of Black Eyed Susan's to take out on the boat.

As I am battling this nasty head cold,
Chock full of Vitamin C and Vodka ...
this was the peeeeerfect drink!
So refreshing!!

There are a few varieties of the Black Eyed Susan..
the recipe that I follow is below.
(except that I add a little bit of grenadine syrup)
Our Preakness dinner was one that I usually make for the Kentucky derby,
The Kentucky Hot Brown.

Thick Italian bread, turkey, tomatoes, bacon and a creamy parmesan cheese sauce that will melt in your mouth.
Sooo good. 

Step by step instructions can be found on an old blog post  here
I hope that you all had a great weekend.   I've been trying to fight through this cold... I think the worst is over.     Although I am moving a little slow today.   I started this post at 6am this morning,  and it is now 8:45pm.     sheeeesh.  : ) 
Have a great new week.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Making the best of it

What do you do when mother nature throws you a lemon..
You hold hands and enjoy the beautiful weather while strolling through the park with your little dog.

It's gorgeous outside,  I know that you guys are wondering why I would call it a lemon.

well...  Our intentions were to enjoy the view from the water,
but the tide was so low that we couldn't launch our boat . 

You know... you learn to make the best of it.
I had just as much fun hanging out in the park.
Later we came home,  grilled some bbq beef and shrimp Kabobs and spent the rest of the day outside.

Pauls been on vacation all week and the weather has not cooperated.
All he wants to do is get that boat out! 
We're planning a little boat trip this morning...
and crazy enough I woke up with a clogged head, stuffy nose and a sore throat.
I'm not even gonna tell him that I feel yucky.   : )
I started a new project this week...
Power tools!!!!! 

Ever since I stripped and stained that cabinet in the dining room,
I have had this idea that I would also do the French doors in the living room.

Like everything else in this house..
there are a billion coats of paint on these doors.

I first had to use the heat gun ...  which is awesome by the way.
Once you heat it up,  with a little elbow grease, the paint just peels off.
Sanding it down is the easy part.
I painted the inside of the window trim black because there is no way that I can sand it without messing up the glass. 
Plus.. it's easier.

In one day I had both sides of the door almost finished.
Staining it...  that's the fun part!!

Of course,  I hung it back up before it was finished..
(I still need to work on the windows and put another coat of stain on it.)
I couldn't wait to see how it would look.
Just 3 more doors to go!!!!!  

As for this day...
I'm going to sit here in the kitchen, consume more coffee and try to clear this head up.
It's Preakness day in Baltimore...
So I was thinking about making some Black-eyed Susan cocktails to take out on the boat.
That should help with this headcold!!  : )

Have a wonderful day!
Thanks for hanging with me during my "dry" blogging spells.
Peace, Love and Sunshine!!!!!