Sunday, March 1, 2015

New blog header and a new month

 
It is cold and there is a coat of ice on everything outside.
Simply said, it's a mess!!
Certainly a great day to stay inside, bake a ham, watch some nascar racing and play with my blog.
I made a new blog header.
Isn't it funky?


The husband was looking at me like I was crazy as I kept rearranging things, standing high on the chair and snapping photos.
He just doesn't get it!
His idea of a great blog header is a few pictures of Dale Earnhart Jr, the boat and a steak topped with onions.
 

 All of my favorite things are falling from the spoon.
I am so grateful to be blessed with all of them. 
Especially that guy who is making fun of me for taking pictures of random bits of paper.



Speaking of pictures..
I snapped this one of the boat earlier and texted it to Paul with the word..
 " Depressing"
 
 
He texted me back with this...
"Not Depressing"
 
 
I'm drooling. 
I told you..  it's all that we ever think about!!!!
 
The good news.. It's already March! 
Yessssssssssss!!
 
 
Tomorrow, March 2nd makes 11 years since my mom passed away.
The day that I'll never forget,  the day her heart stopped and my heart broke.
As many of you know..  it doesn't matter how much time passes,  you never stop missing them.
My mom is in my thoughts each and every day that goes by.
And each day I miss her more and more.
 
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
I wish you all a lovely warm week ahead.
Stay happy!!
xo



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Winter in Baltimore


Remember our favorite lighthouse that sits on the edge of "our" island?
 Seeing this stunning  photo of it in winter's icy glory makes summer seem so far away.  




Certainly a contrast to what we are used to seeing.






Friends of ours live across from the Craighill lighthouse and I borrowed these amazing winter photos from their facebook.   It's such a beautiful eerie sight.






There's our Island over in the horizon.  Feels like forever since we've been there!!!!!
Paul and I talk about the boat every day..  every single day we are a day closer.

It wont be long before I will paddle over there on my board. 



 
Meanwhile,  we'll just look at this chilly view and dream...





















Saturday's snow storm came on fast.   I knew that a few inches were expected...  but honestly,  after a season of being "punked" by weather predictions, I don't believe a word the weather people say.
Which was why I went ahead and met some friends for lunch early in the afternoon before it snowed.

MISTAKE!

In less then two hours there was already a few inches of snow on the ground.   The roads were horrible.   HORRIBLE!!!   A drive that would have normally taken me less then 10 minutes,  took 3 hours!      There were cars stuck everywhere!   Driving around them was like driving through an obstacle course in which I drove with the white knuckled grip the whole time.  Scary!  

This was the scene just down the road from my house.
 (another photo that I borrowed from another facebook friend. )

 
Isnt that insane!!!
 
I was so happy to be home and even more happy to hang out on the bike with Paul.
This is his favorite thing to do.. 
 take out the atv and cruise terrorize the neighborhood when it is snowing.
 
Its so much fun.   I just hold on tight and let him lead the way.

 
His favorite stop is a tiny old cemetery that is tucked away in the middle of our neighborhood.
It dates back to the 1800's and most of the names on the tombstones match names on the street signs around here.  Makes me want to learn more about the history of this neighborhood.
 
 
We were like a couple of kids standing outside of the grave yard,  snuggling to keep warm and sharing the beer that I had stuffed in my coat pocket.   :  )

 
Isn't it strangely beautiful?


 
 And there's this guy...  
Is it possible to have to much fun?
 
We stayed out on the bike for hours.. 
(until we had icicles dangling from our ears!)
 
Have I mentioned that I would follow him anywhere!  : )
 
 

On Sunday, after we dug out,  Sally and I took advantage of the beautiful day and
 went out to ride our sleds on the hill nearby.
I haven't been sleigh riding in years!
Paul is normally in charge of the sledding adventures,  but he and Michelle both had to work.



Thankfully,  the stream at the bottom of the hill was barricaded  by that black fencing.



Soooo much fun!!
I'm talkin  the upside-down on my back with snow down my collar and my boot hanging off  kind of fun!


 
What a great weekend!
 
Winter in Baltimore.. 
  not so bad after all!!!
 
Have a wonderful Thursday lovely friends
xo


Sunday, February 22, 2015

The jewelry display, girl corner and the bedroom



 
I love jewelry.
Funky necklaces
colorful bracelets
and my favorite..  
Big gaudy rings.
 
While on my mission to downsize and organize I recently cleaned up my jewelry and made a wonderful place to store my girly stuff.
I call it the " girl corner"..  but Paul says that's a lie, since the whole bedroom is girly.
Whatever!!


Before I show you what's happening in the girl corner,
I want to show you one of the projects that I finished up a few weeks ago.
 
Almost 25 years ago (yikes ~  I just love saying that),  On the first christmas that Paul and I were married,  my mom gave me a beautiful armoire style jewelry box.   Throughout the years..  it has collected many paint splatters, scratches and coffee cup rings.  It was in desperate need of a makeover.
 

There's that handy little sander again..   love that thing!

I brought it downstairs, scuffed it up, ripped out the guts and broke out the paint and stain.



 
 

 

 
Now..  Lemme show you the finished box and the girl corner.
 

 
Didn't the box turn out gorgeous!!!
 
 
 
I have a ton of costume jewelry..
a lot that I still need to sort through.



 
I used foam to hold my pins and crazy rings and balsa wood to create little compartments in the drawers.


 
Try not to focus on the stain finger prints that I left on the inside  ( which I just noticed)
but check out my new short haircut.  : )
Hi!



 
The old shadow box works perfectly to display perfumes and polishes. 
I considered repainting it to match...  but then I kinda like the weird color combination.
 

I just love the easy access to everything!!!!
Makes me want to get a dolled up.




 
As much as I love  it all...   This branch necklace display is my FAVORITE!!!
 


I hung all of my favorites on the branches so that I can just grab and go.
Plus, it's fun to see them all hanging there.



Isn't it great!
 
On to the rest of the room.
   With the newly stained floor, new rugs and bedding..  it feels so cozy.
 
Remember that I said that I didn't do that great of a job staining the floor.
It's definitely not perfect..  but it still looks significantly better that it did before.
 
 
It appears that I need to center up my star a little bit.  
 
 
This is an old drawing of Sally's.
Still one of my favorite things. 
 


 
 
 


 
It's hard to believe that this is what we used to see when we opened the attic door..
 
 
All of that hard work has surely paid off.

 
I guess Paul is right..
it is a little girly.  : )
 

 Hope that you all enjoyed the little tour.
It's time for us to get out of bed and start shoveling.
Don't wanna!!!
 
Have a wonderful day dear friends.
xo

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mardi Gras King Cake and New Orleans


I'm late ..  I had this great recipe to post for Mardi Gras and then my little computer went kaput.
After 10 great years together,  she finally has had enough of my abuse.  : (
I sit here typing to you on a brand spanking I have no idea how to work it new laptop.

I've finished a few fun projects,  my bedroom... is amazing!   I don't want to leave it.  In fact,  I think I'll take my new laptop upstairs and get under the comfy new bedding and blog from there.  I finished the floor,  I was a little disappointed at how badly I applied the stain..  yeah.. patience is not my virtue.   But all in all.. I am happy with it.  it looks 100% better then before.

Did y'all have a fun Mardi Gras?
I don't know why,  but New Orleans and Mardi Gras have always been someplace that I have wanted to visit.  Paul could care less,  the only thing that he longs for is a beach.  A beach with clear, warm, beautiful water.   I'm intrigued by the history of New Orleans and I have always been a lover of New Orleans jazz.  Lois Armstrong and I go way back to the days when my grandma and I would play his records and dance around the living room in our pajamas.  : )  I probably know the words to every Armstrong/Fitzgerald song there is! 
 Anyway...  a few weeks ago I finally talked Paul into taking a spring trip to the French Quarters.
  ( I bribed him with the promise of beads..  men!  they'll do anything with a boob involved )
  I am super excited. I can't wait to hit the shops, restaurants and galleries.  We are staying in a hotel right on the corner, with a balcony overlooking the cobblestoned Bourbon Street.  The place looks amazing.   I even booked us a riverboat dinner cruise and a midnight cemetery walk at Lafayette cemetery.  

... and yes,  if for some reason,  a moment arises or if I have enough tequila  I am totally coming home with beads.    No shame here..  as my girls say,  Yolo!



Does this look deliciously sickening..
 it is.
  it was.

I have never had a king cake before!!!   Do you believe that?    I didn't know what I was missing.. 
my gosh, was it delicious!
I found this simple recipe on Pinterest ..   Yes, that pinterest..  the new leading cause of divorce.

30 Minute King Cake

  • CAKE
  • 1 12oz tube refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • FROSTING
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 water
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Purple, gold and green sugar sprinkles
Instructions

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Roll out tube of crescent rolls on parchment lined cookie sheet, pressing the seams of the dough together to form one large layer of dough.
3. Mix cream cheese, 1/4 cup powdered sugar and and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and spread it along the center of your dough.
4. Cut a few slits in the sides of the dough to make flaps that can be folded over the filling.
5. Sprinkle brown sugar and pecans over the cream cheese.
6. Fold the flaps over the filling to make a “braid” and pinch together any holes along the bottom so the cream cheese doesn’t leak out while it’s baking.
7. Gently form the dough into a ring on the cookie sheet.
8. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
9. While cake is baking, mix together the frosting: 3 cups powdered sugar and 1/4 cup water with 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. This mixture will be rather thick.
10. When your cake is out of the oven, spread it in a ribbon around the top of the cake, a section at a time. You have to work quick to add your sprinkles before the icing hardens after you put on the icing.
11.  Don't forget to hide the baby underneath. 


 






Naturally my ring was a mess. 
 


 
and I think I put a little too much frosting on top

 
and it didn't matter.
It was a warm gooey pecan sugary mess..
and we ate it all!
 
I also made a yummy Martha Stewart Cajun Shrimp and Rice recipe.
 
 
If this is what we have to look forward to in New Orleans..
I can't wait!!!!
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Of course I can't figure out how to transfer photos from my camera to this new computer..
I want to show you the bedroom dang it!!
 
 
I'll be back soon with some finished projects.
I can't wait to show you some of the things I've been working on.
 
Have a great Friday.
Keep those fingers and toes warm!!!
 
xo
L