Wednesday, October 18, 2017

~A Peek Into Our Weeks~

Justin and his good friend Christian served as Alter boys for the first time last week during mass.  They both did such a good job!  I was very proud of them.
Here is a photo my mother shared with me.  It is her back in 1956 at the little church she grew up in.  They use it now for adoration, and they have photos and such of the children that had gone to the Catholic school in days past.  My mother told me that her mother had purchased the fabric for the dress she was wearing, and her aunt had sewn it for her.  She loved that little dress.
Here is a photo of my wonderful mother and her friend taken last weekend.  I think she just looks beautiful.
Megan and I spent some mother, daughter time the other day.  This is us at the zoo, on the little train.

Megan fed the fish, it was neat how they all swam to the spot she would throw the food!

We also went to the museum, these photos were taken back in 1880.  Pretty neat!

Here is Justin at the park enjoying some fall weather after school last week.

Here are some photos that Steven sent to me of Justin's class field trip.  
We got to watch Megan's cheer team both cheer and perform a dance at half time the other night!  
We also got to watch Lauren's dance team last Friday!  They all did such a nice job.  Lauren is in the green.  They were dressed up as M & M's   So cute!!!
Here is Megan in front of the slushies that she loves from Quick shop.  
Here is Justin at the book fair the other week!
I have been loving melting these two wax melts from Walmart.  I melt one cube of Vanilla Cookie Crunch and one Violet Sugar together.  I had heard that together they smell a lot like the loved candle Pink Petal Tea Cakes, that so many wish Bath and Body Works would bring back.  I never did smell that candle, but the combination of these two wax melts, I love!

Well, I think I will make my second cup of coffee and then try to finish up tiding my little house.   I hope you all have a nice rest of your week.  Thanks for visiting my little space.  Hugs.  Juli  

Monday, October 9, 2017

~Cathy's Banana Cream Pie Recipe~

This morning I thought I would share a recipe for Banana Cream Pie.  My friend Cathy shared it with me, and for that I am so very thankful.   It is so yummy!  I made it a week or so ago.  This is the third time I have made this pie now.  Each time I have made it, I think how I need to share this wonderful recipe.   It is easy to make, and melt in your mouth goodness!
First, you make and bake a pie crust.  Next you make the filling.

In a sauce pan, mix all of these ingredients.  

2/3 cup of sugar
3 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon of flour
a pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
3 Cups of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Banana Flavoring (wait to add this until the pudding has thickened.)

Turn the heat to medium and bring to just under a boil, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat and add about 2 teaspoons of banana flavor.  (You can add more or less based on your personal preference.)

Let cool.

Slice bananas into cooled pie shell.  Once puddding has cooled, add more chopped bananas to the pudding & pour into the pie shell.  Top with cool whip.  (You will need the big tub of cool whip, not the small.)

Of course you will need to keep this in the refrigerator.  
If you like Banana cream pie, you should give Cathy's recipe a try.  Her husband always talks about how she makes the best pies ever!  

I hope you are all having a good Monday.  I am just getting our little home tidy.  Justin got sick yesterday, so he was in bed all day.  He is fine today, so for that I am thankful.  He did not have school today, so he is here with me.  Thank you for visiting my little space.  Hugs.  Juli

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

~A Peek Into Our Week~

I have decided to let my Amazon Prime membership go, so before it expired, I watched quite a few episode of I Love Lucy.  I still have my videos of my fireplace and fish tank and such, as I purchased those.  I do love the I Love Lucy videos.  They just truly make me laugh!  If you have access to Amazon Prime, those are ones to add to your watch list!!!
We celebrated my husband, Steven's birthday on Saturday.  Here a photo of the cake I made for him. I used my new cake stand!
I also made him caramel pop corn balls to snack on while he watched the K-State game.  For dinner I made him Chicken Fried Steak with home made gravy and mashed potatoes with corn.   I used my Pioneer Woman Cook Book for the recipe!  I think he enjoyed his special day, and took a much needed day of rest.  
Today I am burning my Berrylicious candle.  I love the way it makes my little kitchen smell so yummy, and looks so cozy!
I used some of the birthday money my parents gave to me to purchase these little coffee wall pictures for my little kitchen.  I found them at Hobby Lobby.  

We had to replace our washing machine.  It would no longer rinse all of the soap out of our clothing.  My husband tried everything to fix it, but it was no use.  We found this machine with the deep fill button, this allows us to be able to almost fill the machine like the ones that were not high efficiency did.  If you are in the market for a new washing machine, I highly recommend getting one with a deep fill button, so that the soap can get dissolved and does not build up over time.   I am hoping this machine will last us a long while.  Our other one lasted only 5-6 years.  
Here is a recipe for Kool-aid Play Dough.  My children used to love this stuff! 

Right now our little home is quiet except for the ticking of the clocks.  I am working on laundry and just enjoying my candles being aglow, as it is a overcast day outside.  It feels warm and cozy inside our little home.   I have been enjoying sipping on my coffee, and during the evenings enjoying my Chamomile tea.  I hope you all are having a nice week.  Thank you for stopping by my little space.  Hugs.  Juli

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

~Laura Ingalls Wilder : Little House Books~

I thought I would tell you about the books that have truly blessed my life.  A good many years ago, when I was in 3rd grade, I had a wonderful teacher named Mrs. Longrin.  Each school day, she would read us a chapter or two out of the Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House books.  I loved school that year, and looked forward to all of us children gathered on the rug, listening to her read to us about days of old.  Mrs. Longrin never knew, but her doing this helped to shape my life.  My grandpa and grandma Smith found out that I liked these books, so for my birthday that year, they took my sister and I to Mansfield, Mo.  I got to see Laura Ingalls Wilder's home for the first time.  My grandparents purchased for me, my very own set of Little House books.  I have kept them all of these years, and I read and re-read them often.  I love the way they did not have a great deal of things as we do in today's time, but what they had they used and loved.  They also were very careful to take good care of what they owned.  They did not live in a disposable society, as we do in today's times.

  There was a time in my life when Tristyn was just a baby, when all of the food we had were dried beans and flour.  We had to live on this for over a month.  Because of Laura Ingalls Wilder's book, The Long Winter, I still knew we were blessed.  We had a roof over our heads and even good climate control.  Tristyn was nursing, so I would take my vitamin to help my milk be nutritious.   If you have never read these books, I can not recommend them enough.  They changed how I looked at the world, and have always helped me to put my hardships into perspective.  They have truly been a blessing to my life and way of thinking.  A great deal of wisdom from times of old are packed inside of those pages.  So, if you are wanting something good to read for yourself, or to read to your children, (if you are lucky enough to have your children sit and listen to you read.)  consider Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Books.   Thanks for stopping by my little space.  Hugs.  Juli

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

~A Peek Into Our Week~

I have put my no burn Jelly Donut candle out in my little kitchen.  They no longer make this one, and I love it, as it was one of the first Yankee Candle I got years ago.  I love the picture on this one, so even if I can't burn it, I love the cozy feel it invokes.
I celebrated my birthday the other day.  This is a sweet card and gift I got in the mail from my cousin Teri.  I have to say, the wrapping of this gift just made me so happy.  It  was simple and lovely.

This is what she gave to me.  It is a beautiful hand made book mark, that I put inside my devotional book. (which I learned about from Teri years ago.) I will always cherish it.

My sweet little Megan took her own money, and purchased for me this honey suckle candle and this very cute pop up card.  Years ago, I had told Megan that I loved honey suckle flowers, she says, now you can smell them any time you like.  

My wonderful parents sent me this card with birthday money inside, and also went to a thrift shop near where they live and purchased this vintage rolling pin for me.  It is like the one my grandmother always used.  

I made an apple pie last week.  I had to sing the song, me oh my, gonna bake a pie, gonna bake a pie with the heart in the middle.  LOL  I can't wait to get my new rolling pin and be able to use it to make all sorts of goodies.

My husband's work had an event, and a couple of months ago he bid on this in a silent action and saved it for my birthday.  It is from the Pioneer Women's Mercantile shop in Oklahoma.  She was there and signed my book.  I am a huge fan of her, and have a lot of her dishes.  She makes vintage inspired items that are very good quality.  I have to say, I have always wanted a cake stand like this one.  I told Steven, it was the most perfect gift!  If anyone would like to see a Youtube video about her shop, you can copy and paste this address.   Here is a interview with The Pioneer Woman and her shop, the history of the Mercantile.
On my actual birthday, I took a day of rest.  I have been recovering from a very long sickness, and have rarely been able to rest a whole day.  Steven took off in the afternoon from work, and picked up the children for me.  I enjoyed watching The Walton's in bed in my guest room.  I tell you that day of rest did wonders for me, what a blessing!
The day after my birthday, I was feeling so very much better.  Megan wanted to spend some one on one time with me, in celebration of my birthday.  
We dropped off some lunch for my oldest son Tristyn at his work.  I love this picture of two of my wonderful children.  They are truly a blessing to my heart.  (Lauren was in her friends Quinceanera's, so she was busy all weekend with that.)
We went and sat outside of a little coffee shop and visited until Steven needed us to take him to his car, that was having new tires put on.  Then after that we sat in my car and visited some more.  It was such a nice time to get to enjoy my beautiful (inside as well as outside) daughter.  
After we got out of my car, Megan posed for a silly photo in our front yard!  She is so fun loving!
This may be one of the silliest things I have done, but I loved how Teri wrapped my gift so very much, that I opened it so carefully, I was able to put the wrapping paper back as she had it, and I have it on display in my little cubby shelf.

My sister and her sweet family face timed me on my birthday and sang to me, happy birthday.  So sweet, and it touched my heart.  They were on vacation in Estes Park, Colorado.  Here are some beautiful photos she sent to me.  The little sweater that precious Lilah is wearing, my sister knitted herself!
I also had a great many people wish me a happy birthday, and they all touched my heart and made my day special.  Even though I was still somewhat sick, it turned out to be an awesome and very special birthday.  I hope you are all having a nice week, and enjoying some fall weather.  Today in our little town it actually felt like fall!  What a blessing!  Thank you for visiting my little space.  Hugs.  Juli