For Christmas Hubby came home with two Poinsettias; and I can't believe the white one is still thriving!
The red one not so much, but it's shooting new leaves, after I almost killed it by over watering.
I learned that these flowering plants like to be moist enough to thrive. Mom will be taking care of it over the summer while we're away. I've never owned a Poinsettia that survives our AZ summers, but I'm hoping this one will.
It could be that shish kabobs to me are a summer easy grilling food! Yum!!!
It's not yet summer, and I was too lazy to start up the grill, and so I just cooked the chicken kabobs on a cast iron skillet over the stove.
I cut up nice size chunks of chicken breast, bell peppers, onions (that's all I had on hand). You can always add other vegetables like mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, ...
I seasoned the kabobs with (to my taste; I don't have an exact recipe for this; I just seasoned as I please):
sea or kosher salt
Spice Islands Poultry Seasoning
lemon & orange juice
I let the kabobs marinade for at least a day, turning them once or twice in the baking pan. Once I'm ready to cook them, I pre-heat and oil my black cast iron skillet. I cook kabobs on each side for at least 20 minutes on medium low heat. I add the marinade to the cooking kabobs as well. I adjust heat as needed while cooking.
Last summer I found this long piece of vintage crochet edging/border at my local thrift store for about $1!
I had planned to eventually use it somehow.
Well...the day finally came to take it out of the linen closet, and put it to good use. I was ready to clean and update our china hutch for the summer. I like to brighten and lighten up the hutch during spring and summer months. This is a great way for me to take out and display some of my Milk Glass collection.
I just love this picture of our dining room!!!
I used little pieces of Velcro to adhered the crochet edging to the two shelves inside hutch. It hurt me having to cut it in half!!!
Once I finished the hutch, I also changed the buffet hutch display.
Glass, crystal, pearls, silver, seashells, ...
I'm so happy how our dining room looks now. It's very pleasant and so nice to sit here and enjoy our lunch or dinner!
For the last several weeks, it has been very hard. Friends of mine have lost their loved ones. Even though their parents were old, it's still not easy to accept or makes it any better. The only comfort you might get, is that their loved ones are no longer in pain.
The saddest part was that both families lost their mother on or before Mother's Day of this year.
May they rest in peace.
It has been really hard to sit down and make sympathy cards. I just hope that my cards will show how much I care for them.
My very dear Crafty Friend Enedelia made and presented me with this most adorable Minnie Mouse Tilda Doll for Mother's Day. Even though I'm not a mom, she said that I had furry babies and that made me a MOM!!!
This was my table with my ever loyal companion Jack! I'm a messy crafter!
The week before Mother's Day, the Girlz and I got together and crafted all day long!!! We each had our on table to spread out to work on our own crafts. I work on several things, while Enedelia spent all day sewing Tilda Dolls!!! I didn't even know she was working on my little Minnie Tilda!
Of course, we had plenty of food to keep us energized throughout the day!
Enedelia's Hubby prepared and made this very delicious and healthy fruit platter for us...pineapple, fresh coconut, mango, jicama, honeydew and melon served with cottage. We munched on this for most of the day!
One of the other Girls shared a most delicious marble cake from this really good local bakery shop! I will admit that I had a huge slice and did not feel guilty one bit! I enjoyed it!
Believe it or not, the day flew by so fast!
We worked so hard and we accomplished most of our work. We talked, shared our crazy lives with each other, and the best part was that we laughed and had a fabulous time together!!!
We will meet again sometime in November once I get back from my summer in Minnesota. We keep in touch through Facebook and private messaging. I'm so blessed I have these Ladies in my life!
The best part is that some type of squash or melon is thriving along with my flowers. I leave in two weeks for MN (Snowbird here); and I'm hoping that before I leave I might get a little sign as to what might it be.
My mom will be taking care of my plants for the summer. She has a green thumb!!!
I made two extra Mother's Day cards for 2 of my friends who by accident got to preview/see these cards I had planned to mail out to them. It turned out to be the perfect opportunity to learn to make this type of card called Peek-a-Boo tri-fold card.
This is what the card looks once you open it. You embellish it as you please.
I made a set of about 18-20 Mother's Day cards for all of the wonderful moms I know!
This type of card is called a single diagonal pocket card; which is a variation to a diagonal double pocket card. I have never made one before, and I was so inspired to make one by a card I received from Deb for Valentine's. I used an 8.5" x 11" piece of card stock or designer paper for the card base (all folds and no cutting paper). I had a hard time finding the link where I found the tutorial for this type of card...I'll keep searching for it.
I included a bookmark in each card as a little gift.
~interior of card~
I made the cards in different colors and styles.
~interior of card~
I celebrated Mother's Day with my Mom and Sister. We had a very pleasant breakfast out!!!
Hubby sent me these 2 pictures of our garden in near bloom. Hubby is already in MN, but I don't get there until mid May. I'm hoping that I might get a chance to see some tulips by the time I get there!!!
Also my fingers are ready to get dirty and start planting my summer flowers.
I have been enjoying drinking my daily decaf herbal tea from my newest teacup and saucer. I love the yellow roses design and color.
It comes from a set of 6 teacups and saucers I found at our Church's Rummage Sale last month for $6! No chips, cracks or stains found.
The teapot which looks so very similar to my new teacup set, are not related in the least bit; but they sure look like it! I found the teapot at a garage sale last year for $5; again in excellent condition.
I have gotten into the habit of setting a tea tray on the kitchen counter every evening with the following day's tea of choice. I usually have my tea mid afternoon or after dinner. I have noticed that it helps me from craving a sweet dessert. I'm not in the habit of having dessert after dinner, but once in a while I get a very strong craving for something sweet, chewy and delicious.
I think my teacup display is now complete, or is it?