Thursday, June 30, 2011

Picnic Time :) --- Update on Jordan

Are you planning a picnic this weekend? 
This is the season for picnic fun.
So grab your basket,
Find your favorite picnic spot, and bring on the treats :)
Betty Crocker had this sweet idea for your celebration,
 Don't they look yummy?

For Fun Printables see:

Sweet Straws are found at:

and no picnic would be complete without ideas from:
Fourth of July Bike Clip Art

Fourth of July Clip-Art Toothpick Flags

And now, a wonderful update from Jordan: 
(via his Facebook page)
hello all, thanks for all the support. as you see i am going strong and healing fast, Its really hard to keep up with everybody individually but once again i want to express my gratitude to everyone and i could not do it without you and of course my wonderful wife and my little helper jay.
Jordan and his son playing ball :)
We love you!

 Have a wonderful holiday weekend everyone!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Laundry Symbol Help :)

photo via Torie Jayne
 I don't know if it's just me, but lately I've been having trouble reading
the laundry instructions for our new clothes and linens. 
It seems that everything is in symbols.
The very talented Torie Jayne came to my rescue, 
and did a post this week on this very thing. 
I ♥loved♥ it and asked her if I could share it with you, (she graciously said "yes")
because I have a feeling I'm not the only one that is a bit lacking in 
"laundry symbol" proficiency :)
photo via Torie Jayne
  Aren't they wonderful? She's created 3 different pages, 
with many of the symbols you'll want to know.
What a great idea for the laundry room, or if you're like me,
and your laundry room is in the garage, just hang them up above your hamper.
photo via Torie Jayne
You can find all 3 of them on her blog right here.
Be sure to tell her "hi" too :)
Thank you so much Torie Jayne!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

If Summer Was....

If summer was a'd be
lemonade :)
If summer was a'd be
cotton candy flickr photo via pinterest (link)
(You were thinking I'd say blue, weren't you?) 
Wishing you all a *bright and sunny* first day of Summer :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Ikea Fun

 A recent trip to Ikea with my friend Jill (from Bailiwick Studio) made for a very nice day.
We always have a great time when we go shopping together. 
It's about an hour's drive from here, so this was only my second visit.
I can't wait to go back again! They have great prices and so much to choose from.
Many color selections,
Wouldn't it be fun to have several of those clocks set in different time zones?
I thought about buying one of these pretty chandeliers for my entryway. 
 Modern artwork and pretty books,
 Beautiful photo art...these were very large, and I don't have anyplace to put one, 
but I did love them both :)
This swivel chair was so comfy!!
Lots of pretty pillows and pillow covers,
   I bought a couple of these tea towels, and....
my little stash :)
Do you see a summer color scheme in my cart?
We stopped at Pottery Barn after this. I'll show you the photos soon.
A lot pricier, but oh, so pretty too!
Linking up:

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Strawberry Pear Crumble Love

 I mentioned a few posts back that our strawberries were coming in like crazy.
I'd had my eye out for different ways to prepare them, when I noticed
one of those "You might also like" links at the bottom of Sarah's recent post.
 It said "The Beach Cottage Go To Strawberry Pear & Strawberry Crumble"
It was from a post she did last Fall, because Sarah gets strawberries at a
different time of year than we do :-)
I made it about a week ago, and I only have one complaint...
 I took a bite when it was a little too hot, and decided to wait a bit and let it cool.
Big mistake my friends...
I waited too long. It was gone before I got a chance to eat anymore!
 I used canned pears, because I had them on hand.
Sarah's oven temp says 200 C., so I baked them at 375 F.
A conversion site said it should be about 400 degrees, but my stove runs a bit hot. 

I've made it a 2nd time, and I learned my lesson...

Make two...You might get a little bit that way :-)
It's absolutely delicious!!! Thanks Mrs. BC :-) I've included the link for the recipe
and visit A Beach Cottage and join the Good Life Wednesday Party,
along with Gooseberry Patch to join Recipe Round-Up
I hope you're all having a great week :-)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Turquoise Pin-head Map Love

 The Pinterest offer a few months ago seemed to come with a catch,
I needed a facebook or twitter account to sign up. I know everyone has one already,
but I'm a bit behind the times, just ask my kids ;-)
 Finally, this past weekend, I joined facebook, which meant I could join Pinterest too. 
It's probably not the best idea to join two social networks on the same weekend :-)
I'm a bit lost on both, but muddling through, and I've definitely become a
Pinterest *Pin-head*, even if I'm not a very good Facebook *Friend* yet :-)
Here's my *Simple Summer Home* mood board
(in case you want to take a peek).

I've been looking at map photos (among many other things)....can you tell? 
These photos are some of my pins, 
and you can learn how to make those pretty coasters at the top of the post *here*.
Aren't they perfect for summer ?
Have a wonderful weekend my friends.
*all photos via Pinterest*