Sunday, May 24, 2015

Picnic in the Park



Don't you just love Spring? There's just something wonderful about taking long drives with the windows down and going on a relaxing picnic. This weekend the weather was perfect. I wanted to enjoy a fun time with my family, so I packed a basket with some delicious food and we all hit the road.


We found a new park to visit. 
 

It was Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, PA and what a great find.



It was a great day for a walk, so we started off following one of the many walking trails .


... and found an interesting spot to rest for a bit.


After our little hike, we were ready for lunch.



There were lots of picnic tables right by the water so we had a couple of great spots to choose from.


This quiet little area seemed to be calling our name.



We unpacked our lunch and were ready to dig in. My oldest made the fruit infused water with lemons, blueberries and limes... yum.


 

Just in case someone new to this blog may be wondering what angel eggs are, we've never liked calling our eggs deviled eggs so we renamed them. Some people look at us kind of strange, but we've been calling them angel eggs for years now.
 

I hadn't made macaroni salad in a long time so I was really happy to see everyone enjoying it.


Unfortunately, at the end of our lunch, I forgot to take a picture of the dessert. The picture below is actually not from me, but from The Food Network. I found the recipe for strawberry oatmeal bars from the Pioneer Woman.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
 
My family loved them so much I wanted to share the link. Make sure you watch the video, too:
 
 
 Have a beautiful day! ❤️

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Another DIY Project

 
 

Confession: I have a black thumb. It's a true statement and it's such an unfortunate issue in my life because I actually adore flowers and plants. I hate to say it, but I have killed more plants that I can count and was beginning to think I was a serial plant killer. I could just never get houseplants to stay alive. 

I pretty much gave up on buying plants that is, except for the holidays. We would always get one poinsettia, sometimes two. Well, just this past Christmas, hubby brought home a poinsettia as usual,  but instead of tossing it out after the New Year, I decided to try my luck and keep it around. Now, I didn't expect much, but I kept my fingers crossed and hoped he would survive. Do you know what? He did!

Most of his red leaves have already turned green and there are lots of new leaves coming in. Since he's the first plant I owned that has lived this long, I wanted to celebrate by buying some potting soil and a new larger terra cotta pot. I also wanted to make my plant's home pretty and at the same time do something fun, so I found some inspiration on Pinterest and immediately went to work. I headed outdoors because I always prefer doing a project like this outside. I covered the area with a trash bag that I used as a drop cloth then I sealed the inside of the pot with a coat of clear acrylic spray paint.

 
Because terra cotta is so porous, if the inside is not sealed, it will absorb water and the orange color will show through the paint on the outside of the pot after a while. The sealer also protects the paint from scratches, adds durability and makes the pot easier to keep clean. I let the sealer dry completely between coats because I also needed to spray on a second coat. The same process was used for the bottom of the tray as well.
 
 
Because of the design I had in mind, I added more sealant to a portion of the outside of the pot, too.


After about 24 hours, the sealer coat was dried sufficiently. I used painters tape again, but this time to tape around the top of the pot. I made a make shift stand by using a can from my kitchen cabinet then I was ready to add the pretty paint color which I used two coats of.
 

Then I painted the inside of the tray, too.
 
 
 Once I finished painting, I used the sealer again.
 
 
I let the pot dry for 2 days before adding soil and my poinsettia. The final step was using my glue gun to add some twine around the pot. It allowed me to keep any flaws hidden.   
 
 
This isn't a project that can be completed in a day or two, but it was lots of fun. I think the plant looks great in his new home even though I made a couple of errors with the glue gun... oops! By the way, I'm linking up with Roses of Inspiration today.
 
  
 Thanks for letting me share, but I've got to go now. My stomach is starting to growl and breakfast isn't going to make itself... ;)
 
 ofsparrows:Breakfast sorcery: the only superpower I want to have.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Right Now

Geico... Lol

Right Now
  • I'm wearing shorts, hubby's t-shirt that says Awesome God and my favorite comfy slippers.
  • I found a box of yellow cake mix hidden in the back of the kitchen cabinet. I mixed it the way I normally do except I also added 3 mashed bananas and 1 cup of chocolate chips in the batter, so it magically becomes chocolate chip banana cake. At least, that's what I tell my daughters.

  • My daughters are laughing and are asking me what other magic tricks I know.
  • I'm listening to my daughters laugh while sprinkling extra chocolate chips over the top of the cake.
 
  • I'm munching on a couple of the chocolate chips in my hand... yum.
  • We're making plans to go on a picnic next week and we're hoping the weather will be nice.
  • Hubby just said that he can't wait until the cake cools. He has a really huge sweet tooth.

 
What about you? What are you doing right now?


Happy Mothers Day 5/10/2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

My Fabulous Birthday



My birthday was yesterday! I tell you, there is nothing like waking up on your birthday and experiencing all the fun and excitement that was carefully and lovingly planned. The weather couldn't have been better because it was an absolutely gorgeous day. The fam went out of their way to make my birthday better than ever and it was truly amazing. Honestly, it felt like Christmas morning to me because I received so many lovely gifts. I had such a blast! Now before I begin, I'll have to warn you. This post is picture heavy, but I want to tell the whole story and not leave anything out. With that said, here are some pictures from yesterday and I hope you enjoy them.

My daughters are always so creative and they both surprised me by making me beautiful DIY cards.


I loved the cute little cupcake surprise inside.


This card is from my youngest and I loved all those pretty butterflies.

 
In case you're wondering about the picture in the center. That's me trying to look sexy, but that picture was taken about 6 years ago.
 
 
There were so many gifts that I couldn't even get everything in the shot all at once. Besides what you see, I also received an outfit which I wore that day and a pretty plate covered in spring flowers.


This card and the beautiful roses are from hubby.






 For dinner, we ate at The Cheesecake Factory in Columbia, Maryland.


These were some of the different dishes that was ordered... Avocado eggrolls and stuffed mushrooms which is to the right of the eggrolls.



I don't remember what type of tacos these were, but that was red beans and rice shown in the front.



I had a factory combination which was herb crusted salmon over broccoli, mashed potatoes and shrimp scampi. It was so yummy.



Of course, I had the hardest time choosing which type of cheesecake I wanted to devour afterwards.


I finally decided on the tiramisu cheesecake and I was happily serenaded by our waitress and three other wonderful servers.


Can you tell what's written on the plate in chocolate syrup? I thought that was pretty cool.


After dinner, it was just starting to get dark. Even though the weather was suddenly breezy, we still enjoyed a nice walk around Columbia Lake.






Whew! I think that's it! Honestly, I feel so much joy right now. I am thrilled, happy, over the moon and profoundly grateful to God for my family who went out of their way to make little ol' me feel so very special because this was a birthday celebration I'll never forget.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Lately

Acknowledge your past successes. You’ll then be more confident in taking on new challenges, and you’ll be more likely to accomplish them.
Peace & Blessings,
Our Journey to Balance

I love that the weather has been warming up, although it has been a little breezy. Most days, if it's not raining, I open all the windows and let the air freshen the apartment. It also feels so good to be able to sit outside again and read my bible in the mornings.

 
My oldest daughter was happy to finally receive her refund, so she treated us to dinner out this week. We always pass by this restaurant on the way to Hobby Lobby and it was nice that we were finally able to stop in for dinner.  
 
 
I had a variety of delicious foods, salmon, chicken and broccoli, lo mein, a spring roll and dumplings. It's a lot, I know, but portion sizes always go out the window when I'm at a buffet. That's why I don't go often.
 
 
I also hung out at my daughter's apartment a couple of nights ago. I didn't want to go empty handed so I baked a lemon, blueberry yogurt cake to take with me.
 
 
It was good and really moist. This was another Pinterest recipe, by the way. I made this cake twice last year and I just knew that I'd probably make it again in the Spring. 
 
 
Well I hope you enjoyed your week and I'm wishing you a lovely weekend.