Fantasy Fudge

I have decided that since we are approaching wedding/shower season, I would share some of my favorite recipes that we often serve at parties. A couple of weeks ago I posted an article about my Lemonade Punch. It has definitely become a staple at parties and showers at our house. Another one of our favorites is Fantasy Fudge. This recipe originally came from Kraft and I have been using it for … [Read more...]

Mexican Chicken Soup

I made this soup last night and it was so good.  It has great flavor and I can't wait to have more of it for lunch today. I started with a recipe that I got from my friend Becky whose friend Teresa's grandmother used to make this soup. Got that? LOL! I made pretty substantial changes to it to suit the tastes of my family and they loved it (well except for the ones that don't like soup, they ate … [Read more...]

Dining Room Rug Review and a Mohawk Giveaway

I had been thinking about purchasing a new rug for my dining room for a while but just kept putting it off until Mohawk Home contacted me and asked me to review one of their rugs. Perfect timing. It wasn't easy picking out a rug though. They have so many to choose from in both traditional and contemporary designs. I initially looked on their website mohawkhome.com and while they had lots of … [Read more...]

Pretty and Practical Tote Bag

Last week I picked up some pretty fabrics at Fabric and Fringe and I decided to use some of them to make one of my favorite tote bags. I have been using Butterick's 5267 for several years now and have always been happy with the results. It is a super easy pattern. Because the fabric design that I chose for the exterior of the bag was so large and bold, I decided not to put a pocket on the front … [Read more...]

The Best Lemonade Punch Ever

Last year I hosted a bridal shower for my niece Hope. With a country-themed wedding planned at a ranch, I decided on a casual, country-themed shower. Highlights of her shower included the drinks. I served ice-cold Cokes in old-fashioned bottles in a bucket of ice and The Best Lemonade Punch ever in mason jars. Here is a photo of the punch at her shower. I started with a recipe that I found … [Read more...]

Decorating the Dining Room Table for Easter

  This year I decided to decorate the table a little early for Easter. After the long cold winter we have had, I was ready to make some changes around the house and what better way than to bring out Easter decorations and set the table for Easter. A lot of the decorations I use have sentimental value. My mother-in-law has been giving my girls Easter decorations since they were very … [Read more...]

Easy and Delicious Homemade Salsa

We love Mexican food at our house and I often make burritos or nachos for dinner. These are meals that we all enjoy. The one ingredient that takes them from average to delicious though is homemade salsa. In the summer I make my salsa with fresh garden tomatoes, but winter grocery store tomatoes just aren't that good in my opinion and don't make the best salsa. They are too mealy and do not have … [Read more...]

How to Make a Utility Apron

I love patterns and I love fabric. When JoAnn's has their five for five dollars sale on patterns, I stock up. And I am always checking out the clearance sections at the fabric stores. Sometimes I just buy fabric with a coupon or a sale, but if I can combine the two then the deal is even better. Last week I found these two fabrics on clearance at Hobby Lobby. They are both made out of duck … [Read more...]

Decorating My Dining Room Table for Spring

I recently got a new rug from Mohawk that I will be reviewing soon. I put it in my dining room and it is gorgeous. This rug  inspired me to try some new ideas on my table. Most of the things I used were items I already had. I did purchase new placemats. The coordinating cloth in the center of the table is actually for another project but I thought it really brought this tablescape … [Read more...]

Blue and White Lamps for My Bedroom

A couple of weeks ago I found a pair of these gorgeous lamps at Marshall's. I had been looking at this style lamp for months and these were on clearance so I bought them. I plan on eventually using them on my bedside tables in my master bedroom but for now I thought I would try one out on my writing desk. My late husband Ken gave me this desk back in the nineties and it has always been one of … [Read more...]