Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Viral Video Worth Watching - ABBA music

Hi, everyone,

This video was on my Facebook timeline and I wouldn't ordinarily share this on my blog but it's SO EXCEPTIONAL I wanted you guys to see it, too.

I didn't want to click on it when it went through Facebook but I'm so glad I did. You will be, too. It's not just about dogs. It's about PEOPLE.

It's so uplifting. I've watched it several times already and each time I see some different things.

Leave a comment if you liked it.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014



This is such an amazingly fabulous, healthy bread!

Blueberries and Zucchini Bread  


3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup applesauce (no sugar added)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. white sugar

2 cups shredded zucchini (let shredded zucchini sit for about 15 minutes and then squeeze out any extra fluid before added to recipe)

3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 pints blueberries (you could certainly use 1 pint of blueberries but I like LOTS of blueberries) The blueberries need to be shaken in a bag with a few tablespoons of flour before adding them to the batter. This keeps them from all sinking to the bottom. Although it looks like they went to the bottom anyway. Phwatt... )


Preheat oven to 350 degrees - Makes 2 large loaves or 4 mini loaves

Beat together the eggs, oil, applesauce, vanilla, and sugar. Fold in the zucchini. Mix in the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon. Fold in the blueberries. Pour into loaf pas.

Bake 50 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool. Enjoy!!

There is one problem with this - it's TOO good so I want to keep eating it.  

Have a great week.


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Today I want to share my front porch with you. My accessories have both complimenting and contrasting colors in them. I wanted them to work with my house color (Cabot exterior latex stain in Spruce Blue.) and not clash.

Glass Insulator Lights

Glass Insulator Lights
Today, I thought I would share with you some of the lights what we installed in our new house! 

Carrot Orange Bread

Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze
Created a special treat today that I know you will love.  I’m calling it my Carrot Orange Bread with Orange Juice Glaze.

Even though my Peach Cobbler was a failure this week, living in Georgia: I HAVE to can peaches each year. Now, we have a ton of Summer Georgia Peaches for the next few seasons thanks to successful canning. 

Whipped Feta Dip from The Pink Recipe Box

Whipped Feta Dip |

Sometimes I feel like the recipes I share with you guys are too simple and too fast to 
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Thrifty Thursday...Glass Mushrooms for the Garden

from Artistic Endeavors Inc 101

A trip to the thrift store with my daughter yielded supplies for a quick garden project.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

from Upstate Ramblings

Slice of Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
Pizza makes an good family dinner, because it is not only quick to make it is cost effective too.  But always serving cheese pizza is boring, so I like to change it up with some different toppings.  A few weeks ago I made Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza, and the family loved it!

Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos Recipe

from A Mom's Take

Crock Pot Shredded Beef Tacos
While I grew up eating what I now refer to as the American version of a beef taco, I found as an adult that I much prefer the milder flavor and taste of a traditional shredded beef taco.

DIY Citrus Avocado Face Mask

from Robyn's View

Citrus Avocado Face Mask
Avocados are rich in moisturizing oils and healthy fats that you skin will adore. When you combine avocados with the skin brightening properties of citrus, you have a face mask that can’t be beat!

DIY: Cucumber Mint Body Scrub + Free Printable Labels

from Living Frugal with Erika

I know that we all need a little relaxation from time to time, and what better way than with a DIY Scrub? Not only is this perfect for relaxing at home, it also makes a wonderful frugal gift idea! Take an afternoon and create this easy DIY Cucumber Mint Body Scrub

 Homemade Coffee Sugar Scrub

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Funfetti Cake Bites

Funfetti Cake Bites
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How-to: sew a soft ball

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soft toy ball

Another baby boy was born on the very day I posted a picture of a home made soft ball  I had sewn for my nephew. A perfect opportunity to sew another one, don't you think? This time, I added several loops.

Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread

from Cooking with K
Lemon Blueberry Squash Bread

Have you every heard of yellow squash in a quick bread recipe?  I was first introduced to it last summer  by my daughter.  I love to bake with zucchini in bread, but never had made any with summer yellow squash.

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Makeover Front Hall Organizer

Front Hall Organizer

Several years ago I bought a piece of furniture that held all the front hall "stuff", coats, shoes, hats, umbrellas, etc. I really loved it in the beginning but then it went south..

This is embarrassing to even show this picture but, hey, what fun is there in a makeover that is perfect to begin with, right?

The last few years it has become a major catch-all and was looking pretty shabby (and not in a good way) so I decided this would be a great furniture project! I decided that I wanted to paint it, too.

No doubt this needed work, serious work. This is a very unattractive piece of furniture. I could have just cleaned up the mess and let it go at that but I really wanted a "pretty" front door organizer.

The first thing I did was have my husband take off the back. I knew I wanted to have a pretty fabric on the back.. that would instantly pretty it up. Would you believe it was CARDBOARD??

Next, he took the staples out.

Out in the yard, getting ready to paint...

I found just the right fabric... I brought home 2 or 3 and wavered back and forth and finally settled on this one.

I laid the cupboard face down on the living room floor. First I ironed the fabric so that there were no wrinkles. I hate ironing. I used to have to iron all the clothes for the family when I was a kid. Okay, anyway, I laid the fabric on the back and cut the fabric about 2 inches all the way around. Then I folded the fabric over twice so that the raw edge was completely covered.

I have an electric staple gun and I love it!! I use it all the time. As I folded the fabric I stapled it.

Oh, did I mention what happened to the cardboard back? It was left outside during the tag sale we had in June and got ruined in the rain. So I said, "Heck with it. I'll just have a fabric back."

I also put some Fabri-Tac glue in between the fabric and the furniture to help hold it firmly.

I bought 2 bins for the shoes and sandals at Home Goods.

I bought some nice new hooks at Home Depot and put them in (MYSELF). YAY. I used a drill to drill new holes and then a battery powered screw driver. Myself. It's so satisfying to use power tools.

This basket sits on the shelf for misc. stuff.

I had bought this yellow birdcage last year and turned it into a clipboard for pictures of the grands and friends. I didn't do a thing to it either. Love it.

The new hooks....

Here is ANOTHER thing I found at a tag sale that was perfect for this project... a metal letter organizer. I love it.

I still thought something more could be done to it and had some of this thick rope hanging around. I glued it on with Fabri-Tac.

An improvement over this....

What happened with all the junk? I put the heavy coats in the hall closet... that's next on the list of places to redo. I moved the stuff in the corner, too.

I am so happy about how this turned out. I'm just loving redoing areas of my house. Hope you like this.

You might want to check out my "Under the kitchen sink organization".


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Carol and me

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