Thursday, October 29, 2009

Beautiful Day

Monday was a beautiful day. This is view from my front window.

I could look out all day at this gorgeous tree and the vivid blue sky. The wonderful landscape the Lord has created never ceases to amaze me.

"Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord." Psalm 96:12

Since it was such a great say we spent the evening gathering leaves.

We'll we gathered and as you can tell someone played! A great time was had by all of us and I am thankful for the wonderful day. I hope that you all are stopping to enjoy a beautiful fall day.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin, Pumpkin

We have had a day full of pumpkin fun. The day started out with painting mini pumpkins.

After dinner it was time to carve the pumpkin.

You're kidding about putting my hand in there, right?

Not as bad I thought. This is actually fun!

Finally Mr. Pumpkin is finished.

After bath a cookie and milk snack was enjoyed while our favorite pumpkin book, My Happy Pumpkin: God's Love Shining Through Me was read.

Tomorrow we will roast the seeds and then eat them with our pumpkin shaped sandwiches for lunch.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Where I've Been

I didn't intend to be gone for so long last week. I started babysitting for Chuck's cousin last Monday. Abe is 11 weeks old and the sweetest baby. I am grateful that he is a big boy since Megan thinks he is her own live baby doll! If he were a petite little guy I might be worried that he would be broken. This should be one healthy little boy will all the medical care he has been receiving from Dr. Megan.

If I should disappear now and then you will know what I am most likely up to. Caring for my family, home and the sweet little ones left in my care. I won't claim that it is easy, but for the most part it does gives me much pleasure.

Have a great Tuesday!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Tarts from Candle Remains

You might remember when I posted about my wonderful new fall scented candle. For some reason the candle did not burn very well. It burnt all through the center leaving lots of candle wax on the sides. I am not sure what caused this, most likely operator error!

The wax still had a wonderful scent and I just could not see it going to waste. I decided to melt the wax down and make some tarts.

You will need a pan of water, tin can that has the top pushed in for easy pouring, muffin pan and the wax cut into small chunks. (I cut the pictured pieces down smaller before melting.)

Place can in a pan of water (if your can does not stay upright then you have too much water) and bring to a slight boil. Once the water begins to boil turn the stove down to medium heat. Then you just wait for all of the wax to melt. You can use a pair of tongs to hold the can of wax if needed.

Once the wax is melted pour into muffin pan. I filled the cups just shy of half way.

Allow wax to harden and then pop out of pan. If you have a difficult time with then you could place it in the freezer and then the tarts should pop out.

I then stacked the tarts and tied them with a piece of scrap ribbon. I inserted the tarts into a cookie bag and tied with another scrap of fabric and a fun tag.

I love that the cost to make these were zero dollars. I used items that I had on hand. I plan to give these as a Christmas gift. I haven't decided if I will give them as is or add an inexpesive tart warmer and some tea lights.

This was a quick, easy project that I plan to do again. I would love to hear if you try this or have done this and have some tips for me.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Kitchen Update

Welcome to my cozy kitchen! This will be a picture heavy post. You might want to grab a cup of tea and settle in for a long visit. Finally the kitchen is looking finished.

A bead board ceiling was installed, cabinets were painted, wainscotings installed above the new counter top and there was lots of fluffing going on.

I don't have a total for the amount of money spent in here, but I can tell you that the ceiling and back splash were a Christmas gift. The only money spent on that was for paint. We purchased the new counter top and then paint. All of the decor was previously here or we made it from scraps. This piece is one of my favorites.

This was inspired by

I love that it hides my favorite kitchen appliance.

There are still a few things I want to do. Chuck is making me a breadboard cover for the stovetop, I want a large crock for all of my utensils and eventually I want to add new cushions to the chairs.

I painted the lazy suzy on my table black and would love to paint my chairs black. At the moment hubby has vetoed that. I really can't complain since he let's me do about anything I want. Who knows maybe in the future I can do that.

I hope that you have enjoyed your tour!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Happy Homemakers Monday

The weather in my neck of the woods:
Should be a perfect fall day. Cool this morning and about 60* this afternoon.

One of my simple pleasures:
A cup of tea on a cool morning.

On my bedside table:
Nothing. I need to make a trip to the library.

On my TV:
Love Comes Softly Series. I am now on movie five.

On my To Do List:

Straighten Kitchen

On the menu tonight:
Beef tips in gravy, roasted potatoes, glazed carrots, green beans and rolls.

New Recipe I tried last week:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

In the craft basket:
Nothing new. I have some things that need to be finished.

Looking forward to:
Showing you my kitchen. I am sorting the pictures and plan to show you tomorrow.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
Cool weather is coming so pull out your extra blankets and give them a wash. That way they will smell nice and fresh when you need them.

Favorite Blog Post of the week (mine or other):
No favorite last week.

Favorite photo from last week:

Lesson learned the past few days:
No matter what happens life keeps moving on.

On my Prayer List:
My husband and daughter
My brother-in-law Brian. His is serving in Afghanistan.

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
The LORD has done great things for us and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chuck's favorite candy is a Reese cup. I have been playing with a peanut butter/chocolate type cookie for a while and this one is pretty good. I would love to hear your thoughts if you give these a try.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Mix butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Add egg and mix until fluffy. Add vanilla. Mix dry ingredients together and add to mixture. Add chocolate chips and mix just until combined.

Bake teaspoon size cookies at 375* for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Can You Guess...

what I've been doing?

Cleaning, cleaning and more cleaning! The sister of the little boy I babysit for is being treated for H1N1. I am not freaking out, but I do want to be careful. Especially since I will begin babysitting for Chuck's cousin next week. I will be caring for a 12 week old baby boy.

I wiped down all of the toys that could not be submerged in water, sprayed door knobs and such and then began washing all of the hard toys in a bleach solution. You can go here to find out more about disinfecting with bleach.

Everything in the living room is done and today I will be moving on to Megan's room. It is a nasty little bug and I would prefer didn't come to visit us.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Fall Getaway

Although much of our trip was a washout it was still fun!

We ended up spending most of our time indoors. We had some old fashioned fun. We colored,

played ping pong,

lots of board games and I was able to read an entire book!

Smokey the Bear was still in the lobby and Megan was excited to see him again.

My sister and family were also there for the weekend and we try to capture a shot of all of the grandkids each year.

My car passed 100,000 miles while we were away.

I have never had a car with so many miles. I have no intention of getting a newer vehicle anytime soon. We'll see if we can make it to 200,000.

This is always a fun trip and I already looking forward to next year!