Monday, March 20, 2017

~A Snapshot of Our Weekend~

Justin brought this picture home from school on Friday.  I hung it up in his room.  He told me how he blended the yellow and brown paint to create that look of flowers.  I think he did a very nice job!  Justin had a play date with his two friends Max and Christian.  The weather was warm and sunny, so the boys played out back on the trampoline for quite a long time.  Of course, they did play video games and such as well.  I think they had a lot of fun!  I thought it was nice that it was not a sleep over, so they got some sleep.  Megan did have two girls stay the night on Friday, and another friend sleep over on Saturday as well.  

I had to snap a photo of the beautiful Kansas sky.  I was heading to Walmart bright and early Saturday morning to get Megan some strawberries, because Justin and his friends ate them all.  Megan likes to use them for her french toast.  However, Walmart had no strawberries at all, so I headed to Braums and found some there.  I had to get milk anyways, so it was all good.  While I was there, I ran into a very sweet person who goes to my church.  She is a home school mom and I believe a homemaker as well.  She came up and said hello, and it made my day!
 Steven and I went on our out and about date.  We had to take Lauren to cheer and dance practice.  We went to run some errands and then to clean his car.  This is a picture I snapped from the car wash.  I don't know why, but I've always love the feeling of being in the car while it is being washed.  It's silly, and just another example of how it doesn't take much to make me happy!

 My Hayden Rowe vendor  wax order came on Saturday!  I was so excited!  It all smells so good.  I have to let it cure for a month before I get to melt it, so it will be something to look forward to.  The scents were awesome!  I did a you tube video about it, if anyone would like to see it, I will try to put a link that you can click on.  (You will have to copy and paste the address in the address bar, as it does not work to click on it.)
Saturday evening, Steven and I met our friends Duane and Cathy for dinner.  We got their right before it got busy, so I snapped a photo.
They have a buffet, so we all got that.  I had to snap a picture of my food.  It was quite good, and I'm afraid I ate a bit more than I should have...but I would do it again!  LOL
I thought I would post this little quote that came on a sticker from my Hayden Rowe wax order.  It's one that I love.  This morning, our little house was a Monday house.  That's what I say when I have basically taken Sunday off from work and it takes an extra long time to get in order.  I have it looking nice once again, but still have the deep cleaning to do this afternoon.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!  Hugs.  Juli

Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you are all having a lovely day today.  It was a jean day at Justin's school today, so I got him a cute little St. Patrick's Day shirt that said, Pinch at your own risk.  I thought it suited him well!  Megan had gym first thing this morning, so she wore a St. Patrick's day shirt for that.  

I made a new bread recipe this week.  It is a wheat bread that I found in one of my Amish cook books.  I really liked it, but the rest of my family prefers white bread.
We had a couple of banana's that were too ripe, so I made a loaf of Banana bread.  I added pecans and cranberries, and of course butter!  It was really good.
I made home made yogurt.  It is quite easy to do, and really good.  My mom had me try it when I went to her house last.  She put honey in it and it is so yummy!  You actually put a little of the plain yogurt into a bowl and I like to mix some honey into the yogurt and then I drizzle some on the top as well.  You can also add your favorite fruit jam.  I will include the Recipe in case anyone would like to try it.

Measure four cups of milk in a pan.  (I like to use whole milk) then heat to boiling, don't forget to stir this.  After it boils, remove from heat and cool for 38 minutes.  Remove the skin that forms on the top after it has cooled for the 38 minutes.  Whisk in 3 Tablespoons of plain yogurt.  Mix this well.  Then pour into your jars and cover with a lid.  Fill a gallon empty water jug with the hottest water from your sink, put the lid on.  Place the water jug and your two jars into a small cooler and close the lid.  Let sit for 6-7 hours then put in the fridge.  Chill and eat!  

 Here is the cooler I use and what it looks like inside.  Any small cooler would work fine.
I found a new music video on you tube that I enjoy having on in our little home.  It is called "Best French music for a romantic dinner"
I'm trying out a Better Homes and Gardens Candle in our bathroom this week.

Here is one of the candles I had going in our little kitchen this week.  I used the Scentsationals Strawberries & Cream as a companion wax to help add scent through our little home.  
Lauren and Megan went to a play at their school yesterday evening.  Justin and his Daddy went to dinner together.  After dinner Justin helped his Daddy get supplies for one of the apartments that is getting fixed up.  I cleaned up my dinner mess and watched a little Youtube.  This week has flown by for me, and after-school today Justin is having a couple of friends over for a play date.  I hope you all have a very cozy weekend.  Hugs.  Juli

Monday, March 13, 2017

~A Peek Into Our Weekend~

Aldi's grocery store had their blueberry's on sale for just a little over $1.00 last week, so I purchased some and made some blueberry streusel muffins to go with our Sunday morning breakfast.

 This is the candle and companion wax I choose to do in our little home.  I have to say I love both the Country Candle and the wax melts.  The country candle is a line from Kringle candle that I love.  The owner of Kringle candles is the son of the man who started Yankee candle, and I have to say they preform better than the Yankee Candles do now.  I just hope they continue to expand thier scents, because I am a fan!  In case anyone was wanting to know, the wax melts are from Dillion's grocery store.
I played some Coffee House Jazz music from Youtube on our TV.  It is such a nice sounding music and goes well with Blueberry Muffins and Coffee.  
I was not happy with my under sink area, even after I had organized it last week.  I decided to add a lining on the cabinet floor and just arrange the cleaning supplies a little different.  I also cleaned the pipe.  Now, I think it looks a bit better.

I have also tweaked my kitchen cabinets a bit.
 I replaced our silverware organizer with a new one.  Our other one, we had for about 15 years and it was open on the sides so the spoons would fall into the fork area and such.  It drove me crazy, so when I was at Target last week, and I saw this one, I purchased it.  It was very reasonably priced and even had the aqua color in it that I love.  

 Aldi also had strawberries on sale for only $1.00 so I purchased three boxes.  I washed and prepped them, before putting them away.  I find this works best, so that no one is tempted to eat unwashed fruit.  I thought they looked so pretty, so I had to take a photo.  Truly little things like this make my heart sing.
I also washed and prepped some lemon slices to go into our water this week.  

We had a nice weekend.  Steven and I went on our out and about day.  We ran some errands and went to lunch.  We also went to the Library and got Justin some books for a school project and I found a book with some of Laura Ingalls Wilder's writings that I am looking forward to reading.  The house today is a normal Monday house, in much need of some TLC.  I have gotten about half of it done, so I need to do the rest, then work on some deep cleaning projects I need to do.  I am hoping to make time to do a bit of reading on my new book this afternoon.  I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Hugs.  Juli 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

~A Peek Into Our Week~

Our little laundry room is finally done.  I really do not iron very often, so I thought I would use my ironing board as a little table to bring in some cozy touches.  

Here is the wall art that I got with the Hobby Lobby gift card that my cousin Teri gave to me.  Now I will always think of her when I see it!
Here is the wall art that I already had for my laundry room.  I grouped them together, and they work much nicer this way.
Here are the items that I have on my dryer.  The little book is actually a little box that I can put coins, buttons and any other little thing I find while doing the laundry.
I replaced my old broken baskets with these new ones from Walmart.  I love that they say Laundry inside.  So cute!
Like always, we have been making a lot of iced tea in our little home.

I have been burning one of my favorite lemon candles in our little kitchen.  I have quite a few back ups, so that I don't run out of this one any time soon.  
I've been enjoying this candle in our upstairs bathroom.  It is from DW home and has a nice iced tea smell.  
I took the girls to Alie's Deli for brunch on Saturday morning.

While we were down town, we stopped into Smith's market.  Such a neat little store.  Megan liked this pig.  Any time I see a pig I think of my sister Tricia.  She loves pigs.

I'm thinking the next time my parents visit us, I will have to take my mom to Smith's market, because their tea selection is awesome.
The girls wanted their photo taken in front of this shop, so I obliged!
I watched the movie Under the Tuscon Sun.  It is a good one. 
Steven took me out to lunch, but the K-state game was on so the conversation was not so good...

This is pretty much how the lunch date went.  So I told him I felt as if we had not even gone on a date, so he took me out for lunch the following day, and it was much nicer!  What a wonderful husband. 
Megan had her friend Gianna stay the night and this is what they made for breakfast.  French toast with a little Nuttella, fresh strawberries and a bit of powdered sugar.  It was yummy!  I am pretty much done with my organizing for now, so today I can actually take a bit of a break and maybe get some reading in.  I hope you all have a wonderful week.  Hugs.  Juli

Thursday, March 2, 2017

~A Peek Into Our Week~

Steven gave up tea and soda for lent, so we are drinking water with lemon.  It is really refreshing and I like the way the extra lemons look in my fruit bowl.
Today I have my newest lemon candle in our little kitchen.  Oh how I love candles.
Speaking of candles, this is one I was burning yesterday.  It's Yankee's Fudge Ripple.

This last week, I was also burning Juicy Cherry by Yankee.  I am just loving summer time candles right now.  Perhaps because our winter has  felt more like summer than winter in Kansas this year.  

I have been spring cleaning all of the closets and cupboards this last week.  The under sink area still doesn't look great, but it is organized and tidy.  I also worked on both Justin's and Megan's closets as well.
  I freshened up the look of our upstairs bath room by replacing the black carpets with white.  I'm really not sure why in the world I did not do this sooner.  I really like the look of the white.  I looked all over for some good quality rugs and toilet seat covers and could not find anything, then I looked at Walmart.  They have this new brand that is so plush and such a grade above the normal bath rugs.  It cost a bit more, but still very reasonably priced.  I'm not sure what the name was but it was something like USA made.  
 Of course Steven and I had our little lunch date at our normal place.
I took Megan and her friends to the skating rink.
Lauren went to a movie with a boy from her class, so I waited with her until he arrived.  It was her first real date.
My sweet cousin Teri sent me a gift card for Hobby Lobby, and look how cute the cards were.  I purchased a new picture for my laundry room.  I am redecorating it right now, and when it is complete I will post a picture.
My parents came up and stayed the night.  My father is wanting to harvest honey, so he is building a little house to keep bee's in.  He needed to cut some wood with one of my husband's saws, so they drove up.  This photo is my mother researching one of Justin's worksheets, because he forgot to bring his book home.  She helped him with his homework and I got a little break.  I sure do love her, she is such a wonderful mother and grandmother.  I'm glad she is retired now, so that she can spend more time with us all.  

This is the Wallpaper I  have on my phone right now.  I love it.  If you want a really nice wall paper app that is free, check out Everpix It has some really neat one's.  Today I deep cleaned bath rooms, and gave our little house an overall cleaning.  I got the fridge clean and organized as well as my little food cupboard.  I am really in the spring cleaning mood.  It feels so good to have everything fresh and tidy and organized.  I have a bag of stuff to take to Goodwill tomorrow.  I hope you are all doing well.  Have a wonderful week.  Hugs.  Juli