Friday, October 2, 2015

I am Thankful For...

friday :)
Hello again. You know, for months I've been seeing quite a few posts where people list the things they're thankful for. I've always thought that was a wonderful idea. To take a moment to remember all of the blessings in our lives is important and today, I wanted to join in. Now. the challenge for me wasn't coming up with this list, that part was easy. What was difficult was narrowing it down to 10 because originally, this list was a whole lot longer.

I am thankful for...

1. My husband and my daughters who I love dearly.
2. The beauty of nature.

Oahu, Hawaii (Anthony Tortoriello)

3. My beautiful sister and today just happens to be her birthday. Happy Birthday, Sis!
4. Quiet mornings with my cup of coffee and my bible.

5. Laughter. Without laughter, the world would be a sad place.
6. Dessert.


sweater weather

7. A good night's sleep.
8. Freshly washed laundry.

9. Easy crockpot recipes...
This lemon garlic chicken recipe was from Pinterest and it turned out great. If you're interested in making this dish, you can find the recipe here.

10. YOU. Thank you for reading and supporting this blog. You. Are. Awesome.

Wherever you are, is just fine…You can get to wherever you want to be from wherever you are… It’s time to stop measuring where you are in relationship to where anybody else is. The only factor that has anything to do with you; is where you are in relationship with where you want to be.
Peace & Many Blessings,
Our Journey to Balance 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015



Happy first day of Fall! The BEST season! <3

Today marks the first day of Autumn and as much as I love the sunshine of summer, the trips to the lake, the weekend barbecues and all of the outdoor festivals, there is something special and nostalgic about autumn. The need for layers because the nights are getting cooler, the beautiful turning leaves starting to fall to the ground, apple cider and hot chocolate, the shorter days and longer nights. I love the Fall and all it has to offer. We celebrated by having an Autumn Party over the weekend.

It was my first time hosting an Autumn party and I was really looking forward to bringing the colors of Fall inside. Now the menu was not a typical autumn menu, but I wanted to be sure to include some of my family's favorites and keep it vegetarian friendly for my oldest daughter.

Grilled Cheese and Pepper Jack Tomato Soup
Vegetable Dumplings
Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Basil
Angel eggs
Mini Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes
Apple Cider

Now I didn't want to spend a lot of money for the party so along with keeping the menu simple, I bought most of the decorations from the dollar store... crepe paper, leaf garlands napkins and tea lights.

My plan for the crepe paper was to make a fun tablecloth. I got the idea from Pinterest and I couldn't wait to get started.
It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but once I added the leaf garland, I was really happy with the way it turned out.
Next, I needed to carve the mini pumpkins to use as a centerpiece.

 After cutting holes in the pumpkins, I pushed the tea lights in. I also pulled some of the leaves from one of the garlands to add to the centerpiece.

I think it worked pretty well and since there aren't any actual leaves around just yet, it was a good way to improvise.

The cupcakes were store bought, I just added the candy corn on top.

The party was a success. I may even do it again next year.

Do you have any plans to celebrate the new season?

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Picture Frame Serving Tray

Back yard, alternate angle
Hello again. We're planning to have an Autumn party this weekend and I've been looking for a nice tray to serve desserts. I was surprised at how pricey some of them can be so I decided to create my own. If you're interested in learning how, you'll see that it's an easy peasy diy.

All you need is a picture frame,
Decorative paper of your choice, you can even use wallpaper
Scissors and if you want to change the color of the frame, you'll also need spray paint.

I decided to create two serving trays and I bought both frames from the Dollar Store. Once I chose the picture frame, I was ready to pick out the scrapbook paper. You can choose any paper to completely customize it. I found 2 sheets that I liked at AC Moore for 59 cents per sheet. I chose a pretty pattern with flowers and another one that I felt was perfect for the Autumn party. Since I already had a can of paint, I was ready to start.

I began by taking the frame apart, removing the glass and popping out the picture. If the frame has a stand, carefully remove this with pliers to create a flat base.

I spray painted my frame using a brand that had a combination of both paint and primer. Originally, I planned to paint the frames orange for the party, but at the last minute, I decided on white instead. That way, I can use them year round. 

 I used the picture frame insert to cut a template into the paper...

... And traced around the insert on the back side of the paper then cut carefully.

After that, I cleaned the glass, inserted the paper inside and put the frame back together. That's it! This was so easy to make and the entire process takes very little time. Now I'm looking forward to serving up some tasty treats on these little trays.

This tray is also easy to clean thanks to the glass protecting the paper and I love that I can always replace the paper to suit the seasons. I'll have to find pretty paper for Thanksgiving and Christmas soon.

By the way, I'm linking up with:

Roses of Inspiration
Ivy and Elephants

Love and blessings to you... :)

Saturday, August 29, 2015

You Have To Try This!

attack of the funny animals (7)

I was visiting Liz's blog at Laws Of Gravity when I saw something fun from Entertainment Weekly. If you put in your birth date, not only does it tell you the exact day of the week you were born, but it also tells you what the #1 Movie was then and you can actually see the trailer, too. Oh and the price of admission the year I was born was a whopping $1.22... lol.

If you haven't done this already, you have to give it a try. Just click on the link below and watch what happens.

I was born on a Wednesday and Thoroughly Modern Millie was #1 at the time. The trailer was pretty cool and it was starring Julie Andrews and Mary Tyler Moore. By the way, it was so nice of Liz to let me borrow this from one of her previous posts and I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

So, what was the #1 movie on the day you were born?
date night

Friday, August 21, 2015

Happy Friday

Hello, I hope you have all been well. I know I haven't been posting a lot these days, but the entire summer has been a wonderful one. Sun, warmth, girl's nights, picnicking by the lake, pancakes, family, friends, date nights, ice-cream cones, laughter, picking flowers... I have really been enjoying the season.

Well, this week was both relaxing and fun. We went to the movies to see Fantastic Four, my daughter's pick. It was okay, but not nearly as much action as I was hoping for.

I was happy to see that the Regal Cinema in our area was recently remodeled inside and the old chairs were all replaced with cushiony recliners. The new seats were very so comfy.

Oh yeah, leaning back in the chair in the theater while munching on M&M's was nice... I loved it.

Oh and last night, I made a pan of baked ziti for dinner.

The best thing about making pasta is that I don't have to cook the next night because there's so much left over... Score! 

Strawberries were on sale at the grocery store this week so I picked up two containers. They were so good and sweet that I knew just what I wanted to make for dessert...

... Strawberry cake. I found the recipe on Pinterest and it turned out to be so good and moist. Hubby loved it so much, he had two huge slices.

What Happens Inside A Bird House

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Life Lately

Today, I am very honored and it is with gratitude and appreciation that I acknowledge my first 100 followers. Whether you have 'followed' since the beginning or only recently, I want to say a HUGE thank you. For those that have shared comments regarding the subjects of my posts. I truly appreciate your insights and personal connection. This is how all of you wonderful bloggers make me feel.


happy bot !!! 
You know, one thing I've always enjoyed is going to the park and Pennsylvania has about a gazillion of them. Well, my family and I went to one of the smaller parks after church on Sunday and we found a very relaxing spot to sit and read by the water fountain.
 By the way, I just finished reading The Old Testament and I'm so excited to begin The New Testament now. I've still got a long way to go, but I'm getting closer and closer to my goal of reading the entire bible... Woohoo!
I don't get to see my sister very often. She teaches 2nd grade not too far from Abu Dhabi in the UAE. Unfortunately, she only gets to travel back to the United States once a year so I only get to see her for a few days in the summer. Well, she just came to see me and we always have so much fun sharing new stories and re-telling old ones. We snapped our fingers and sang along with our favorites oldies and enjoyed some great movie nights. My youngest daughter made lunch for us one day... Pineapple chicken burgers with bar-b-q sauce instead of ketchup. They were so incredibly delicious.
We also did a little shopping. I think most of you may already know that I'm a big Jurassic Park fan, so I loved this fun top at Kohl's.
I've always admired these cute, little paint dipped tables. I wish I could think of a good place to put one in my own home because I'd buy one in a heartbeat.
My older daughter invited all of us to diner at her place and she prepared a wonderful meal. We started off with a salad that included spinach, blueberries, strawberries and sliced almonds. That's Panera Bread Fuji Apple dressing drizzled on top... yum.
She also made Tilapia fillets with rosemary and a lemon garlic sauce and pineapple stuffing with turkey sausage. (Yes, we are definitely pineapple people at my house.)
 For dessert, fried tortilla chips sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
 Well, that's about it for now and as always, I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by. I am linking up with a few fun weekend parties. If you get a chance, visit these wonderful bloggers and join in on the fun.
Thank you again to my first 100 followers and to those that may simply return now and then or that simply stumble upon my blog… 
Cheers to you!

Have a beautiful day

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Is It Friday Yet?


Hi, I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far. The temperatures are getting higher, but it's a typical summer with high heat and humidity. Today, I'm excited because this is my first time joining up with a few awesome weekend parties and I had so much fun participating. So, here goes, I'll start off with one thing that I really enjoy doing in my down time... blogging. On the morning of the below pic, I posted over breakfast. I had a fresh cup of coffee, half an English muffin and kiwi while I spent some time visiting and catching up with all of you in blog land. 

My family and I also went to see Jurassic World and WOW! This movie was so awesome! Not only did I give it two thumbs up, I included the remaining 8 fingers... =D... Okay, that was a little cheesy, but seriously... it was a really good movie. If you're a sci-fi fan like we are, I recommend it.

It's been raining off and on a lot where I live, but earlier in the week we were rewarded with the coolest rainbow. I wished I'd gotten a better picture because it was so much prettier in person.

Oh and I have really been on a cleaning streak and have been cleaning my house like crazy. My sister will be visiting us for almost a week soon and I can't wait. My to do list is pretty long and there's so much more to be done, but I'll save that for another post... :)

 And because I'd always rather be laughing, how could I possibly resist adding this.  


Well, that is what's happening in my little corner of the world. I'm linking up with:

Have a wonderful weekend... :)