Sunday, June 24, 2007

Blog Give Away

Stop by and check out all of the goodies Mrs. U @ Making A House A Home is giving away for her blogiversary. You will be blown away with her generosity!

Ice Cream Sundays - Oreo Ice Cream Pie

For this weeks Ice Cream Sundays, hosted by The Homespun Heart, this is what I made.

This was very easy to make. I used a store bought oreo pie crust for time reasons. I then softened half a gallon of vanilla ice cream. About 1/2 hour. I then mixed the ice cream with 1/2 cup crushed oreos. Spread in crust and then topped with crushed oreos. I used about 4 cookies for the garnish. When serving I drizzled chocolate syrup over the top. Yum!

Friday, June 22, 2007

Rain, Rain

Here in the midwest we have been having a mild drought. To the point where there have been water restrictions. No watering of the grass and asking that flowers only be waters every other day. That is hard with the temperatures reaching the 90's each day. We had a short shower last night and woke up this morning to the sound of rain. We really need it so, rain, rain please don't go away! Not yet anyway.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. We have a very busy weekend. Tonight we will be going to a cousins for dinner. Tomorrow we have an afternoon birthday party and then we are going to join some friends for dinner. One top of all of that I really need to get things together around here for a birthday bash next Saturday. Yikes! That is next Saturday?! I had better get moving!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Getting Back to Normal

Well, the stomach bug has come and done its damage. All three of us ended up with it! Chuck is still home from work today. He is feeling better, just very tired. So far the baby seems better. Thank goodness!!

This is the first day that I have really felt myself. I have lots on my schedule for today. Lysol is my friend today and together we will be doing some serious cleaning. The temperature is pleasant this morning so I intend to open the windows and air this place out.

I think I am a pretty welcoming person, but Mr. Stomach Bug you have wore out your welcome. Please do not come again!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Down

I woke up Saturday night with the start of a terrible stomach bug. It continued all day Sunday(what a great first Father's Day for Chuck) and I am still not feeling well. I just wanted to pop in and let you all know why I hadn't been around. Hopefully I will be back to posting by Wednesday. Take care and I hope you are all having a better week then I am!

Thursday, June 14, 2007

The Decision Was....

A little of both! I woke up at 7:15 and surprisingly felt rested. I got up and did three loads of laundry, mopped the kitchen and bathroom. I also sorted through my catch all magazine basket.
Around 12:30 we headed to my parents. I was a bad Mama and did not have the camera! I could not get Megan down before we left and thought she would sleep in the car. Nope. After about an hour of floating around I picked her up and she was out. We put her on a big raft with an umbrella. It was so cute. I can't believe I did not have the camera. Rats!

Chuck met us there for dinner. It was 90 degrees when we were heading home at 7 tonight. I wonder what summer will be like for us since we are already having hot days? I definitely make the right decision to ditch the list. There is always tomorrow!

To Do Or Not To Do List

Well it is now Thursday and I haven't been to bed yet. Well, I guess I have been to bed. I couldn't sleep so now I am up. Hate nights like this. Just my luck it will be one of those Mama lets play at 3:30 am kind of nights!

I have lots on my To Do List for tomorrow or should I say today. The list includes laundry, mopping the bathroom and kitchen. Painting the hallway to include trim and ceiling. I also want to weed and plant in the flower bed behind the house. Plus all of the normal daily stuff.

Here is my dilemma... I will be very tired in the morning and most likely all day and it will over 90 degrees, so should I do the list or go to my parents and we'll spend the day in the pool? Decisions, decisions! One not so fun, the other loads of fun!

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Weeds?

To some these may be weeds but to my 4 & 5 year old nieces these are flowers. I was presented with a little fist full from each of them last night. How sweet!



Oh the memories this brought back. I remember picking these and wild violets as a child. Now we do all we can to remove them from our yard. I guess whether it is a weed or a flower is all in the eye of the beholder!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Garage Sale Finds

I made a comment on a blog last week that I have no luck finding things at flea markets, garage sales and such. I spoke too soon! These are two of my finds from Saturday.

I found reproduction lunch pails for $2.00. I have seen them in a catalog and thought they were cute.


I saw this Longaberger pottery and wrought iron stand for $3.00! I don't have much Longaberger pottery because it is out of my budget, but I love it. Quite a steal!



I was also able to find some nice winter clothes for Megan. Maybe my luck is changing.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Ice Cream Sundays: Make Your Own Sundaes


For this Sunday's treat we had make your own sundaes. Vanilla ice cream was topped with your choice of hot fudge, chopped m&m's, chopped peanut butter cups (I used my nut chopper to chop up the candy - worked great!) and nuts.

Be very careful when heating hot fudge in the microwave. If not this could be your result:


I cannot believe how lucky I was. It was boiled over the side but it did not make it all the way down the jar. Whew!! Can you imagine how gross it would have been to clean hot fudge from the microwave? Yuck!

Thanks for Monica for this wonderful idea.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Encouraging Your Spouse

We live in a society where we are surround by negative comments. I know that I am subject to hearing friends complain about their spouse. I always wonder how different their life would be if they would encourage their spouse instead of complain about all the things they dislike.

I try to be an encouragement to Chuck. One of the things I do is sometimes is leave him a little note out with his things for the next day. Thursday was the last day of work for him this week and this is the note I left him:





I could not get a clear picture. This is what it says: "Happy last day of the work week! Let's hope for a long peaceful weekend full of joy and happiness! Love, Wendi"

Sometimes the note is as simple as Have a great day!, We love you! or Thanks for all you do. Chuck has commented that this simple gesture is encouraging and brings a smile to his face.

So the next time you are frustrated that your spouse left the cap off the toothpaste again remember you will be rewarded for the encouraging things you do for your spouse. A little kindness goes a long way!

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Garden Flag

Here is my new garden flag. This is at the end of the sidewalk before you come up to the front door.



Nothing exciting going on here. The weather has been beautiful so I have been out doing yard work and taking walks.

For the next couple of weeks I am watching my 15 month old niece, Jamie. She is an easy toddler. She normally stays with my step mother in law who is currently in Rome. What a great vacation but after my long flight to and from China I think I will be staying in the good ol' USA for a while! I am also watching 3 children a few afternoons a week. They are 9 mos, 4 yrs and 7 years old. Dad is a police officer on second shift and mom works at the hospital. I help them out when their shifts overlap. Yes, I know I should have my head examined!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Summer Fun: Pool

Summer may not be officially here yet, but it sure felt like it this weekend. After doing some work in the landscaping we decided to hit the pool Saturday. Lucky for us my parents don't live far and we always have an open invitation.




The little lady that screamed every time she neared the bath a little over two months ago loved the pool! She was splashing and smiling. She was very happy when we put her in the baby ring and let her float. (I don't have pictures of that because with the sun they were too bright.)

We are looking forward to lots more summer fun!

Monday, June 04, 2007

JoAnn Fabric Gift Certificate

The Wooden Porch is having a give away. She is giving away a $25 gift certificate to JoAnn Fabric. The entry deadline is 8 am June 18th. What a generous gift for her to offer!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Ice Cream Sundays: Peanut Butter Cup Sundae

The Homespun Heart is hosting Ice Cream Sundays. As a way to celebrate summer she is inviting everyone to join her in serving your family an ice cream treat every Sunday. What a great idea!

One of Chuck's favorite treats is a Peanut Butter Cup Sundae from Bob Evans. This is my version:


I made this layering vanilla ice cream with frozen chopped up peanut butter cups and chocolate syrup. I topped it off with a whole frozen mini peanut butter cup.

Thanks for hosting this Monica. We had so much fun sharing this treat!

Friday, June 01, 2007

Eleven Months Today!

Can you believe that Megan is 11 months old! I know that I can't.




Life seems to be flying by these days. Megan is changing so much. It is a good thing because she catching up fast, but it makes me a little sad. She will have been in our lives for 2 months tomorrow. I sometimes wish I could slow things down so that I can savor every sweet moment!

Hard to believe but it is time to start planning her first birthday party. I will be posting about that in the coming days and weeks as we plan her party.

If the rain holds off we are planning on cleaning up our landscaping and planting flowers this weekend. Have a great weekend!