Saturday, July 30, 2011

Keepsake Baby Blanket

I am finally finished with Kelsey's baby blanket!

It took me a little over a week to finish, and she will receive it this coming Friday.  Our Department is giving her a surprise Baby Shower!!!

I'm pretty sure she's going to love it!

Now on to my next project...a Star Baby Blanket!  4 more rounds and I should be done soon!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Baby Boom

Babies Galore!
Lately, babies are being born or coming soon in our neck of the woods.  There had been a recession of babies, and I had stop making (crotchet, knit, quilt) baby blankets.  I decided to start making them again so that I could have a nice surplus for the unexpected arrival!

 Think pink!
This pink blankie will go to Kelsey (co-worker) and her baby girl due in August. 

I like making this pattern because it's fast and easy, and can be finished within a week!

Several babies in our family, friends, co-workers, ...have been recipients of this baby blanket pattern.

As soon as I'm done with this blankie, I'm ready to start a Star Baby Blanket for another arrival from the stork very soon...!!!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Marty's Summer Cloche Party

I am participating in Marty's Summer Cloche Party

To me nothing more says "summer" than being by the beach surrounded by seashells!  Here's one of my most beloved Charming Tails figurine called "You Sizzle".   

I improvised by using one of my small cheese plate domes over a milk glass plate...which fits perfectly.

I then raised the figurine over a floral frog, and surrounded it with Hubby's collection of seashells.

I'm displaying my summer cloche on the living room coffee table.

I wanted to show you the shell legs on the silver dish. How appropriate for my summer theme! Unfortunately, no one can see them.

Please don't forget to visit Marty at A Stroll Thru Life and see hers and other wonderful bloggers' summer cloche vignettes.
Thank you Marty for hosting such a fun party!

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Summer Front Porch

I think I finally got back my green thumb...LOL!
Since we moved to this home over 3 years ago, I really didn't want to start a garden or have lots of outdoor plants, like we did in our old home.  We wanted to keep it a simple AZ desert landscape with no high maintenance work, but I just couldn't help myself...I love plants!

I want to share with you the front porch of our home in AZ.  I am finally satisfied with how it now looks.  I got all of these plants from our neighbor Linda, who about 3 weeks ago got married and has moved to WA State.  Thank you Linda and congratulations!

This is a beautiful gardenia.  When I brought it home, it came with its last very fragrant blossom.

Look at this fern!  It's so lush!

I thought that the plant in the black pot was a spider plant...I was wrong.  I need to find out the names of these two plants.

...and finally these 3 hanging asparagus ferns!

This is the view as guests walk up to our front door...
I hope the pictures are good...I wasn't wearing my glasses!

Every other morning I make sure I water the pots so they'll stay alive over our SIZZLING HOT summer months!  So far so good! 

Have a great day, and thank you for stopping by!

Saturday, July 16, 2011


I'm back from my very short trip (2 whole weeks) to our summer home in Minneapolis. It was the best trip I've had in a long time! I feel relaxed and stressed free! It was a fun busy 2 weeks spent with Dear Hubby and his family.
One of the best parts of my trip were all the freebies I got from Hubby's cousin Laura. Last November she got married and she and her husband have combined one household from 2...and lucky for me...I got several things that I really needed...well a few that I wanted and now have!

Exhibit A:
An extremely huge and very heavy 2-piece punch bowl.  Love it!

Exhibit B:
Laura's mother's 3 piece turquoise mixing bowl set! 

Exhibit C:
A 3-piece brand new Paula Deen pot set.  Laura's hubby kept the skillet :-( 

Exhibit D:
 A settee that will eventually go on my brand new built in back patio deck...  Laura & her hubby will be delivering the chair set that goes with this settee.  Hopefully, for my next visit in October it will be there...

Exhibit E:
...and last but not least...this gorgeous very comfortable chair!  I insisted that I should have it by the front of the living room window so that I can read and look out the window and enjoy the great view!
Of course, Hubby agreed, but the minute I would leave it would be moved to the basement until my next visit :-(

You see Hubby is now retired and is spending his second summer in MN, while I am still working here in SUPER HOT Phoenix area...4 long 10+ hours days!  I retire in November 25, 2012, and my summers will be spent with the Hubs :-)!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

4th of July Parade in Apple Valley, MN

 One of my favorite holidays is the 4th of July!  RED, WHITE & BLUE!
This year I was able to make it to Apple Valley's 4th of July parade.  The weather was sunny, cool and perfect!

Afterwards, we had a family barbecue at my brother-in-law's...hamburgers, hot dogs & brats...yummy!  Jan, sister-in-law, made delicious PiƱa Coladas with this really good coconut rum she brought from the Bahamas and her super moist Rum Cake! 

Hubby and I brought a Roasted Red Potato Salad to share, which was super easy to make and best of all was super good!

 I didn't follow a recipe.  I tossed about 9-12 small quartered red potatoes with Italian olive oil, coarse sea salt, black pepper and about a tablespoonful of minced garlic.  I roasted them in a preheated oven at 400 degrees.  I roasted them for about 15-20 minutes on one side, and then turned them over and roasted them for another 15-20 minutes or until done.  The kitchen smell so good!

I cooled the the potatoes once they were finally roasted and put them in a mixing bowl.  I added about 1/4 cup finely diced onion, black olives, and cooked eggs.  I then added about 3/4 cups of Best Foods sandwich spread and mixed all ingredients until well coated.

Once all was blended well, I transferred the salad to a clean salad bowl and added sliced cooked eggs on top and sprinkled with lots of paprika.  I used a total of about 10 eggs, and one 15 oz. can of black olives.
If you decide to give this salad a try, just remember that all of the seasoning were added to my taste.  I like it garlicky and a bit salty!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Table Top Tuesday

I finally have a chance to participate in Marty's Stroll Thru Life Table Top Tuesday.   This is her 72nd. one!
This shelf is in our guest bathroom, and I finally feel that it's completely done and I will be keeping it this way for awhile. 
 I arranged a collection of seashells and glass...
 That seashell ball was made by Marty...
 The little glass tube is filled with more seashells and it was made by Mary.
I always feel that something is missing between the shelf and towel bar...but can't figure our what...hmm?...
On the shelf of the toilet (French accent here please...LOL!) I spray painted the wire basket with silver, and put a Longaberger basket filled with guest paper towels, and a glass jar filled with lavender bath salts.

Please stop by Marty's to read all about her next Cloche Party and giveaway.  Also don't forget to visit other fabulous blogger's Table Tops.
Thank you for stopping by!
God Bless!

Happy 4th of July 2011

'Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and
their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in time of need. I ask this in the name
of JESUS our Lord and Savior. Amen.'

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Blooming In WI

 I want to share with you a few of the flower pictures we took on our trip to Bayfield, WI.  Every garden was in full bloom with gorgeous bright flowers.

 The poppies were huge and beautiful...

 Lupine was everywhere to be the open fields...

Look at those huge hostas leaves!  Hubby took this picture from one of the local B&B's garden.

For someone from the desert...this place was like a secret garden.