Saturday, April 30, 2011

My love affair with Craig's List

I have fallen in love with Craig’s list. You can find anything under the sun there. Most of the times ….the price is just right. Take a look at what I picked up.
I got these pails for $1.50 a saving of a dollar a bucket if I would have bought them from Home Depot and would have had that Home Depot orange. Yuck!!!  And whites one would have cost $.50 more.
And look at this wheel barrow.
Aged to perfection …..Can’t you just see it in your garden begging to be filled. Flowers in the summer,  Pumpkins in the Fall, tons of snow in the winter. Ooooh the anticipation of it all
This door was free.
Isn’t it just beautiful?  The Paint is chipping and the cackling 

 I have 2 more doors also free (pictures to come)
Got this secretary desk for a song.
And this piece that I just love
Oh boy can’t wait…… brain is just jumping at the bit with all the things I would like to do with her

What am I going to do with all this stuff you ask……..Stay tuned to see what I have up my sleeve

Friday, April 29, 2011

A Little Piece of Nature

While walking one of my charges the other day I ran into this.
Can you believe it…. it’s bark. Nature sure is beautiful. Look at the texture….. and the colors…...  This bark is one piece that is multi layered. And it really grows like this on the tree.  No I didn’t pull it off the tree. I believe that this specific tree will get ill if you de-bark it if you know what I mean. Stay tuned to future postings to see what I have done with it.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Look at what I created for Easter

I just love creating center pieces for our family get together’s.  And Holiday celebrations just allow me to go a little extra hog wild. Take a look at what I did for this year’s Easter dinner

I took this lovely 2 tiered basket that I found at Home Goods. One of my favorite stores to go to and putter. Which can be dangerous because I never leave empty handed. They just have the most delicious things!

And this Rabbit that I got many years ago, while hanging with one of my friends. She is an awesome cake decorator. I’ll put her link here when she gets her website up and running (hint hint).

And a couple of plants. Pansy’s, for that spring look. Vinca for trailing and  lettuce that’s right lettuce. It had just the right texture I was looking for.

Put it all together with some moss for this super springy Easter look. Isn’t it awesome

Of course I didn’t stop there.
I made cake pops. They were so yummy and not as hard as I thought they would be to make, just allow yourself time. Here is the link where I got the recipe:
The only thing I did different was I shaped them and let them cool in the freezer before I put the lollipop sticks in. And after I dipped in Chocolate I stood them up on a Styrofoam block to cool.  I wanted to keep an egg shape to them.

And for the main course I made a lamb. OMG was this recipe so awesome. (Sorry no picture) Here is the link For sure this will become part of my repertoire.  It had Anchovy Paste who would have thought Anchovy Paste!! And Lamb But I’m always looking for new ways to do Lamb. You just can’t have too many recipes for Lamb.  So I thought why not let’s give it a try…. what could go wrong …we were having salmon as well that day… We just all eat Salmon…. LOL. My modification on the recipe was that I doubled the marinade. Don’t know why but there never seems to be enough marinade to cover the meat in question. So I always just double. And of course when it come to garlic really… just ask yourself…. is there ever too much garlic??? Not in my book I added a few more cloves then the recipe called for. And YUMMMOOOO !!! It was awesome!!!

I hope this inspired you or at least got you hungry LOL
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Yikes, I've started a blog

I can't believe I finally took the plunge and started a blog. I'm always sharing with my family and friends when I find a great place to eat or make a great recipe. Never mind the countless hours they have to listen to me go on and on about the latest project I'm working on. Whether is fixing the house or my new craft projects. I'm constantly send my mother pictures of the things I'm doing (Hi Mom!!) Or telling my Dad of a great wine I just tasted (Hi Dad!!). Now I can just say to them did you read the blog...did you read the blog (LOL) Naaaaw I promise I won't pester you guys.... Maybe......

Well stop by and read about my projects, fabulous food and awesome wine

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