Monday, March 26, 2012

Chalkware Bunny

This chalkware bunny is a reproduction made from a candy mold, and he's been one of my Springtime favorites for many, many years.  Sure he has a little wear and tear, but that's what gives him his personality.  Right?
I've seen this candy mold online at places like and he's usually described as 
"Large Bunny With Basket".  
Of course I think he would  be nice 
made up in chocolate as well.
I'm just sayin!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Recipe Swap & Share

For the past few days, I've been participating in an online study that has really made me think about the way I welcome people into my home. It's not to late to join in if you'd like... it will be easy to catch up.

Today, I'm participating in a linky party where we share a favorite recipe we like to make when company's coming. 
so here goes
A few years ago, I watched Paula Deen make a meatloaf that seemed out of this world yummy, and I couldn't wait to give it a try.  I've made it numerous times since and it's now a favorite I share with friends and family when they come to visit.  
It's delicious y'all!  

I'll give credit where credit is due ":o)  Thank you Food Network!

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen

Prep Time:
15 min
Inactive Prep Time:
Cook Time:
55 min
1 (9 by 5-inch) loaf


  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 10 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sharp Cheddar, grated
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs, toasted
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mustard
  • 1 (3-ounce) can French fried onions


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, combine the ground chuck and next 8 ingredients, mixing well.
In a small bowl, combine the ketchup and mustard. Stir 1/4 cup ketchup mixture into meat mixture, reserving remaining ketchup mixture.
Press meat mixture into a 9 by 5 by 3-inch loaf pan, or shape into a loaf and place on a rack in a broiler pan. Spread remaining ketchup mixture over loaf. Bake 40 minutes. Top with French fried onions; bake another 10 to 15 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink.


Thursday, March 22, 2012



I really don't have a mantel, 
so guess this is the next best thing.  

This little vignette 
is right where 
Buzz and I can enjoy 
it while we're relaxing in the Living Room.

Well... it's a start anyway. 

I'm hoping to pull out all the stops next week 
and give Springtime 
a proper welcome for our 
family and friends.  

This little bunny is a reproduction 
of the original patented in 1892 
by Arnold Print Works, North Adams, Mass.  

He's delighted many a child 
and is more playful than he looks!

But not nearly as playful as this.

She was as happy as she looks 
in those cute little rabbit ears back in 1989.

So Cute!
(aren't memories fun)

Sure hope you're having a good day.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Gift

Buzz and I have been married just over 43 years now, so it shouldn't surprise me that he just knows when I'll like something ... 

Without hesitation, he rescued this piece of needle art from the curb just before it went into a garbage truck. Of course I was thrilled! The colors, which really don't show well in this photograph, have that vintage patina that goes with almost everything else we have.  
I LOVED IT, just like he knew I would.
 I haven't done a lot of needle art, but enough to appreciate the work someone has put into this. 
Who wouldn't want a little garden path like this....
Yep, Buzz is almost perfect ... so I'm sure I should appreciate him every single moment of every single day.
Now to Fess up!
Has anyone else let the little things your spouse does get on your nerves?  Well, occasionally I let little things bug me even though I have an almost perfect husband... ":o)

It's usually something little, like fluffing those pillows a ridiculous amount before going to bed.  See, I told you it was little.  However, after years of this same fluffing every single night, I let it get the best of me.  
The Gift!
Just as I was about to let that catty remark fly out of my mouth, God gave me the gift of a birds eye view. There I saw Buzz as a little boy, fluffing his pillows just like he does today.  
That little birds eye view brought an instant smile to my face, and the annoyance ~ Well, you guessed it. It was completely gone!

God always knows how to change my Heart.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Garden Improvements

When we retired and downsized a little over a year ago, 
We went from this
to this
Instead of being discouraged, we rolled up our sleeves and went to work 

and now, it's paying off!

 With  the springlike weather here in Texas, 
we're beginning to see the fruits of our labor. 
Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Happy Dance!  
Our gardening style is casual ... 
we like creating natural habitats for the wildlife we enjoy Rocky the squirrel...

Do you remember him cooling off in 
our sycamore tree last summer?

Our garden includes a butterfly garden, herb garden, lots of shrubbery and a few small trees for the birdies.  We're even adding a vegetable garden this Spring... 

Of course we know we might find 
ONE of these guys in the lettuce patch!
He'll need to keep an eye out for Mr McGregor Buzz!

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Scripture & a Snapshot - 1 Peter 4:8

Expressing love (God's Love) will impact everyone around you.

They may not remember 
what you've said or done, 

but they'll almost always remember 
how you've made them feel. 

Something I'm trying to remember 
as I maneuver through my day.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St Patrick's Day

How did you spend your St Patrick's Day?  
We opted out on going to the big parade in Dallas, and on a whim decided to go to a flea market instead. We did see a lot   of "Irish" fare on the folks walking around, so it was almost like a parade.

We also saw some pretty things that inspired us! 
 I thought I'd share a few of them with you, along with our stash.  
We actually spent a  little bit of the Green today.

Springtime Inspiration
I fell in love with this whole display ... 
love, love, love!
Then there's "Door Knob Bob" one of our favorite vendors. 
In fact, "Door Knob Bob" had these old license plates that Buzz is going to use to decorate his "Man Shed"
(I encouraged him) 
Buzz's other BIG purchase was a small 
jar of local "Clover Honey" ... yum!
(notice, Buzz isn't wearing Green...  He got a pinch!)

My stash included 
a dozen embroidery squares, 
a couple of old letters 
and six pewter style chargers. 
(Buzz encouraged me)
I hope you've had a day filled with 
Irish Blessings!
Now it's time to start planning for 
Spring and another special day!
Some clever person was selling these today...
we were able to resist (for now anyway)
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Friday, March 16, 2012

Repurposed for Gift Giving

Gift giving can be taken to a whole new level if you just think outside the box or bag .... whichever the case may be.  

For several years now, when I go thrift shopping, I look for things  that I can repurpose as gift containers.  My stash includes  pretty china cups, saucers, silver-plate containers, little wooden boxes, textiles ...  etc, etc etc
for example...

This little silver-plate container was probably originally used for a pillar candle ... it's tarnished look really appealed to me, and the new owner can easily use it on a vanity for jewelry ... or even as a candle holder.

Old handkerchiefs or other delicate textiles are a favorite when I give gifts to my girlfriends.  
So girly girl  ...  they love it!

A little terra cotta pot makes a perfect Springtime package.  Especially, when paired with a pretty little butterfly.  
I love giving gifts wrapped up in these little containers.  They make each one so personal and  I've  heard more than once that the container was cherished as much as the gift itself.
A plain paper bag usually costs at least a dollar, and I rarely ever pay more than two dollars for any of my repurposed containers. 

Try it! It's fun!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Picasa Editing Options

Picasa has been my go-to photo editor ever since I started blogging.  As a newby, I was delighted to find a way to crop, edit and upload photographs with ease.  

With all that said...I was SUPER excited today when I realized they had added so many new editing options ...  So ...
Just for Fun
I took one of my photographs and played around a little bit. I quickly learned that the options are almost limitless. . . .Seriously!  
My Favorite - Neon
(for this picture anyway)

Picasa still doesn't have all the attributes that Picnik has, so I'm looking for another Photo Editor since Picnik is going away.
What's Your Favorite Editor?

Monday, March 5, 2012


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils ...  William Wordsworth
We saw these Daffodils along an East Texas highway.
The scene was breathtaking!

We just had to stop and "smell the roses" as they say...