Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Great Summer Treat

Hey all my friends!  Hope you are all doing wonderful!

I don’t know about where you live, but here in Tennessee, it is HOT!  When it’s hot outside,  I love to fix fun, refreshing drinks for my family.

Recently, I came across a great recipe for cherry lime-aide that I want to share with you.  I promise you will love this drink.  It’s delicious and easy and looks so appealing.

First of all, I want to share where I got the recipe.  Check out the beautiful blog, The Red FeedSack, and meet Dori.  Then, you have to go to her daughter, Andrea’s blog, Keeping it Cozy.  These ladies have the real thing.  They have the farmhouses that I would so love to have.   And, they are both so sweet…and…they both live in Tennessee…and… it’s only about an hour from where I live.  So awesome!

Now for the summer treat…

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Doesn’t this look wonderful?  Oh, so good!

What you need to make your own cherry drinks is:
Ginger Ale
12 oz of lime juice
Fresh limes
Maraschino Cherries
1 cup sugar

First, make your own lime syrup by mixing the 12 oz lime juice and heaping cup of sugar together in a small saucepan.  Bring this to a boil over medium heat and boil one minute.  Boil long enough to dissolve sugar.  Stir while heating.  This syrup will go a long way so you will not have to make it every time.

Next, fill a quart size mason jar to the top with ice.  Add 1/4 cup lime syrup and 1/4 cup cherry juice.  Pour ginger ale on top of that, throw in a few cherries, add a few slices of lime, and voila….that wonderful refreshing drink I was telling you about.

Our family loves to go to Sonic for their Happy Hour and buy lime-aides.  We don’t have to anymore because now we have our own and they are so much better. 

If you make some for yourselves, make sure to let me know what you think.

Have a wonderful rest of your week, my friends.

Linking this recipe up over at The Simply Klassic Home

Sunday, May 27, 2012

An Unexpected Table Runner

Hey friends! 


Boy, it seems like it has been a long time since we chatted.  Our family traveled out of town for a few days of fun and family time before the busy summer gets really started.  Our son left today to work at a Christian camp for a big part of the summer, but will thankfully be home on the weekends.  My husband has quite a few business trips planned over the next few months so things are going to be a little different around here.  The girls and I plan on staying busy doing fun day trips and some cool projects.


I did get to swing by the Nashville flea market this weekend for  a few minutes and found a couple of neat things.  One of those things, I really have no idea what it’s original purpose was, but I knew what I wanted to do with it as soon as I saw it.


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Isn’t this a cool wooden runner?  There were also a couple of longer pieces just like this, but I think the small one did just what I needed it to do.



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The light fixture came from Lowes and is an early birthday gift from my sweet mama.  My extra handy daughter hung it for me.



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I am so enjoying keeping white roses around our house right now.  They seem to last forever if I change out the water periodically and they are so very beautiful and pure looking.



***I want to update you all who have been asking about and praying for my mom.  Chemo and radiation are over!!!  Praise God!!!  Thank you for helping carry us through this time.  You can continue to pray for her continued healing, if you don’t mind.  Thank you with all my heart.


God bless you all, my friends.


Friday, May 18, 2012

Filling In the Blanks

Hey friends!


Just wanted to show you a couple of places in my bedroom where I, “filled in the blanks”.  Blank areas, that is.


You know there is always something changing or being added to around my house.  Yeah, you know what I mean because you do it to.  Smile


I added this little bench underneath one of the windows to bring in a little more of the dark wood as well as it has the great color green that I love.



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I also added a little something to this wall…



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Blank spaces filled…check


Much better.


Have a great weekend, my friends.  Blessings to you all.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Cottage Linen Bedroom

Whew!!!  I am done and I am back!

This has been a crazy busy last week, but very worth the time and energy.

If you have followed me for very long, then you know that my master bed and bathroom were very dark.  Take a look here if you don’t believe me…BEFORE

Now, check out what my walls look like painted Cottage Linen by Olympia…

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Is that not an amazing difference.  Can I just tell you that I sleep so much better in there now?

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Her side…

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His side…

I covered these two lampshades with strips of blue and white ticking that I purchased at the flea market. 

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I picked up this great little cabinet at the Nashville Flea market.  I know it’s got some major stuff going on with it,  but I just love it.  Every flaw adds character in my eyes. 

I know the Lord sees beauty despite all of my flaws.

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I love these quilts and blankets stacked up on top.  Such softness.

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I threw my Ikea blanket over a chair I already had.  It gave it that just right feel. 

I know you noticed my metal #9 has moved again.  That number is kind of like Where’s Waldo?  Yes, you know that’s my favorite number.


I wanted to show you my little shoes that are sitting on my grandfather’s old Bible.  I love the symbolism there.  “Go into all the earth and share the Good News”!

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I still have a very dark piece of furniture in my room because it’s a very nice piece and because my mom gave it to us. 

I have tried to lighten it up a bit by using a light colored vintage runner on top.  I also added the old window pane in front of the mirror and also added lighter accessories.  Make what you have work…that has become my motto.

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I snatched this 1959 American Walking Horse trophy up as soon as I saw it.  I never expected to find a beauty like this at the yardsale I was at.  Great find!

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I’m just not going to tell you how many ladders I have in my house now. 

Do you see that little leg peeking out there on that table?

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My oldest daughter built me this little table out of pallet wood.  Didn’t she do an incredible job?  I was totally impressed and knew that our little tv would fit perfectly on there. 

I know that people say you shouldn’t have a tv in your bedroom, but we enjoy it on the few occasions that we can lie in bed and watch a movie together.  What a better way to hold that television that on this gorgeous handmade table??

Did you look up and see the lamp up over the television?

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A $2 bushel basket turned into a lamp.  Isn’t that a brilliant idea that someone came up with?  Such fun!

So thankful to have this done so I can lay my head here at night…


(so sorry to leave you with that horrible glare)

Thanks for sticking around for all the photos.  I’ll let you get back to what you were doing now.  Have a great rest of your week, my friends.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Almost Done…

Hey all!  Happy weekend to you!


After painting and cleaning my master bath and bedroom for the last few days, I think we are done.


Now the fun part comes.  Yeah, you know what I mean.  Now I can start making it all look pretty. 


Remember, I am going from dark greenish brown paint to a very light paint.  I actually used a color called Cottage Linen and I LOVE it!


I will show y’all what I have done in there real soon, if you are interested.


This morning, I wanted to show you what my oldest daughter fixed last night for me and my other daughter. 


Look at this yumminess…


berry dessert


Oh yeah, this was scrumptious.


She melted chocolate chips and made a fabulous cheesecake type dip. 


I think you are supposed to cut the strawberries and fill them with the cream cheese filling and then drizzle them in chocolate.  Not us…since it was just the girls, we decided to just dip and then double dip.


This is a wonderful, summery, delicious dessert.




Gotta get busy!


Hope you all have a wonderful day and a lovely Mother’s Day.


God bless you all!




Recipe for the cheesecake filling:  Mix 4 oz cream cheese, 1/4 cup powdered sugar and a splash of vanilla. 


Hope you enjoy them if you make them.


Monday, May 7, 2012

What Time Is It?



If you know me at all, then you know that I totally LOVE an ice cold Diet Dr. Pepper in a bottle.  (has to be in a bottle)


This is my drink of choice!  No alcohol for this girl…just give me a Diet DP and I am happy as a clam.


I know, I know, they are not good for me, but I drink one a day.  I enjoy it..I savor it.  Just being honest.


I really think Dr. Pepper needs to let me do a commercial for them.  A blogging commercial would be just fine.  And yes, I would take drinks over dollars for payment.


Anyway….as for my sign…


I ordered this from Kijsa Housman Studios.  Check her out.


I may be drinking more over the next few days because I am fixing to PAINT!  I am finally painting my master bedroom and bath.  They are a very pretty greenish brown and they have worked just fine for me, but I am ready to lighten and brighten our room now.  Very excited to get it done, but dread the work of it.  Thankful that my oldest daughter doesn’t mind helping her mama.


Can’t wait to show you some of the things we will be doing in there. 


Okay…I am off to get busy.


Take care and God bless you all, my sweet sweet friends.


Friday, May 4, 2012

Pretty Little Can

Hey everyone! 


Still wanting to show you a couple of little things that I picked up at the flea market last weekend. 


I have such good intentions of putting some of these items into my etsy shop, and then when I get them home, I just cannot part with them.


Just a couple of photos this evening because I am sure you all have a busy weekend ahead.



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The sun was streaming in through the windows and looked just perfect hitting my little bouquet of flowers.



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I had no idea that tobacco could look so pretty.  Of course, it’s not the tobacco that looked pretty but the little can that held it.


I found the little can and the galvanized tote at the Nashville flea.  The tote is nice and long and has a beautiful wooden handle. 


Another fun couple of pieces to play around with.


I hope you all have a fabulous weekend.  I pray it is full of blessings!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Beautiful Flea Market Find

Hi friends…old and new.  Thanks so much for stopping by.

Are you as busy with life as I am?  Boy, oh boy, I cannot seem to find the time to do half of what I need to do.   I just have to make sure to keep first things first…God and family…then everything else.

I showed you a few photos of the barn sale I went to that was fantastic, and I did buy a couple of beauties from there.  Today, however, I want to show you what a friend spotted for me at the flea market that I had to have.

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What a fun find! 

Now, the thing is that I have no idea what it is.  It looks like it may have had legs or something because there are four slits at the bottom on each corner.  If you look real close at this photo and the previous ones, you can probably see what I am talking about.

You saw the handle in the first photo which made it easier to carry.  It is heavy, but not too bad.

You know me, I really don’t care what it is because I really love it regardless.  I am a little curious, though.  Do you have any knowledge or ideas?   

Would love to hear your thoughts on its purpose besides holding my pillows and looking pretty. 

Hope you are all doing great and that the last part of your week is wonderful!

God bless you each and everyone!

Linking up at Momma Hen's Coop, Common Ground