Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Before and After ~ The Pond

Hi there everyone. It's a lovely day today. Paid a few bills and went to Sam's Club. JP ran out of oatmeal, peanut butter and prunes....I like to buy in bulk, it lasts longer that way. JP likes his oatmeal every morning. Peanut butter on apples, bread or by the tablespoons and 4 prunes a day.....to keep the doctor away???? Oh that's right, I forgot his apples!!!! Well there is still tomorrow.
So today I thought I would do some before and after's. The above picture was taken March 21st....as you can seen not much was growing. I wanted to get some pictures taken before "Rebuilding Together" people came. I think in this picture the pond is turned over....kind of hard to see. Nope....not turned over, I have it sitting up right.
The above picture was taken last summer 2014. I still had the pond sitting on top of the ground and the rocks built up around it.....it worked nicely, but a little unclassy looking. The goose did not mind though, as long as he was near the water.
In the above picture is "After" Rebuilding Together people came and fixed my pond and added an electrical outlet on the outside of the garage. They dug a hole and placed the pond in the hole and built the rock around the pond.....Mr. Goose is most happy now and can actually reach into the pond for a drink of water. You can't see him from here....but Mr. Frog is perched in his happy place and ready to jump in. I shall have to get a better picture at a later date. The Rebuilding people added flowers and red mulch. Yes, it is very, very pleasant out by the pond......I shall enjoy my backyard this summer. As long as the mosquitoes stay away and don't bite me.....geez they are mean this year.

I have added some new lights to my yard......I love the twinkling of lights at night time. So pretty.

Well it is time to walk Kylie for her evening walk. For tonight's jobs to accomplish, I have my spices to unpack and put in the cabinet and my antiquey things to put on the shelf above the refrigerator. Gosh I guess next place to work on is the basement. I have yet to make a few cards......have just been so busy re-nesting, have not had time to make cards. Hospice meeting is next week and I have no cards to give to them....oh oh!!!

Tomorrow is my appointment with the dentist for a "deep cleaning" he will be doing half my mouth.....Novocain and laughing gas are on order for me so I don't get too nerved up. Hope all goes well and I can be so relaxed that I doze off.

Hey....'da Hawks are playing the Ducks tonight....so I need to watch that and record "American Picker" one of my favorite shows. So you all have a good night and keep looking up!!!!
Cheers ~ Louise

Monday, May 25, 2015

A Yummy Spring and Summer Salad....

Hi there everyone. Hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day that included family, friends and lots of good food. Also I hope you remembered those who gave their lives that we might enjoy the freedoms we have today.

Today almost felt like a Saturday....we always seem to get lots of things done. I did manage to plant some Cosmos and sowed some cosmos seeds....so it should be fun to see them grow. Next set of flowers to plant are my Zenia's, they usually get planted along side the house, which is their regular place.
I made this wonderful salad....I think this is a keeper. Very refreshing....never thought to mix cucumbers and strawberries together. The idea came from this blog

The only thing I did different was add the salad dressing and feta cheese. On this salad I used an Asian sesame salad dressing which was very good. My previous salad had Caesar's dressing. I guess you could use any dressing you like.
This is what it looks like when the husband gets a hold of the salad.....sure glad I had my portion.

Watching the Blackhawks play the Ducks in Anaheim, CA.....10 more minutes to play and the Hawks are losing.....geez.....come on Hawks!!!!!

So this week.....the last week of May, (where did this month go????) I will be cutting a friends hair. She had asked me in April...but I was sick and not able to do it. So she waited till I felt better. Nothing planned on Wednesday. Thursday I go to the Dentist to get a deep cleaning on half my mouth. The other half will be in July. Uge, not sure I am looking forward to this....but I guess I shall survive.

I am still trying to put my house back together after having Rebuilding Together people come and make many improvements on my house.....and I am still loving all the new things added. I love my kitchen and the new ceiling.....yes, I took some pictures today....soon to be seen on this blog.

Well time to close here, I made a rhubarb crisp....so I need to go try some of that and get a drink of water....thirsty!!! (Darn the Ducks just scored and there is 4 minutes left)

Have a good evening and keep looking up!!! Cheers ~ Louise

PS....WHEW....the Hawks and Ducks are tied 4-4 and will be going into OVERTIME!!!

PSS.....'Da Hawks lost!!!! Next game is Wednesday!!!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Memorial Day......

For Serving and giving your life that we might be FREE!!!! You paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cabbage and Rain

Hi there everyone. How has your week gone....I am not sure where mine went...but it went fast!!! I still have not gotten any pictures of my house and all the improvements that were made...still working on that. BUT I am thoroughly enjoying everything Rebuilding Together did. Pat still has to come back and finish up a few things. He is waiting for a warmer days to paint the front door, put the fan up and finish some electric work.

In today's post is a cabbage dish I made....this maybe on the agenda to make more of this tasty yummy dish. My stepfather made this all the time. He called me last week to let me know he had been in the hospital for 3 weeks....he fell off his mobile chair and broke his neck.....gosh that is so hard to believe for me. The Doctor wants to put him in a nursing home....but he does not want to go.
Pops has always been stubborn that way. He lives in Las Vegas....so it is not like I can go see him and talk sense....he wouldn't listen to me anyways....I am just the step-daughter.
So in these two pictures are the cabbage dish he would make. Fried cabbage and onions in bacon grease. Added some frozen tomatoes and crumbled bacon a little salt and pepper and in the bottom picture I chopped up some spinach....something Pops would never add. All in all, it was really very delicious!!!
In the picture below.....there was so much rain on Sunday the street flooded in front of our house......sure hope the sewer is not plugged up.....As the cars passed....they all made sure they went through the water spraying it up on the sidewalk!!! Watch out, children at play.
Yep....lots of rain and lots of puddles and it looks like more rain is coming for the Memorial Day weekend. One good thing though, with all that rain that fell.....
I am so glad to say our ceiling DID NOT LEAK!!!!!  Yay!!!! I am still moving things back into the kitchen a little at a time.....but maybe less things will enter the kitchen to clutter it up. I bought some new curtains and want to get some tiles for behind the stove...to make it easier to wipe the walls which get so greasy.
Well time to close here...have to go do some dishes and get dinner ready for JP....pork spare ribs in the crock pot and potatoes, salad and fruit. Have a great day and keep looking up!!!
Cheers ~ Louise

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I Found This On.....

Hi there everyone. Hope you are having a "Bellissimo" day!!!! HA....I was making my breakfast this morning and that word popped into my mind. What in the world???? So I asked JP, cause he took Spanish, nope he did not remember. So then I asked the computer, it knows EVERYTHING!!! Turns out Bellissimo in the Italian Dictionary means "Lovely". So yeah, hope you are having a LOVELY day!!!

My breakfast by the way, actually turned into an early lunch. Lettuce salad with sliced strawberries and olive dressing and a toasted tortilla with melted cheese, kinda like a quesadilla...yummy. Very good, think I will do this lunch again. I seem to go in spurts....for over 2 weeks I was having 2 soft boiled eggs with toasted croutons and a slice of toast (actually it was toast cut up in chunks to soak in the yolk...the eggs were cooked perfectly. Well, now I think I am off that binge and now on to the salad and quesadilla for....well at least till this big bag of spring mix lettuce is gone. Don't want it to go to waste and hopefully not to the waist.

Isn't this just the cutest idea???? I found this on Facebook. I do have a skid downstairs. I shall have to bring it up and start playing with it this weekend. I have a mean squirrel in my backyard that likes to tear up my flowers after they are planted. I shall have to feed him dried corn cobs to keep him away from the bird feeders and my planted flowers and herbs. Bad Squirrel!!!!

Well, my house is slowly getting back in shape. Still working on the upstairs....there are a few things I may not be putting back in the kitchen and on the walls...they just might end up in my garage sale or a thrift store...who knows. I am almost liking the uncluttered look in the kitchen.

I still have to take lots of pictures of my house and all the new additions. I was telling a few people about my house improvements.....I think they were a little jealous.....oh well, I waited long enough for my ceiling to be fixed.....is 12 years long enough, I am sure they never had to deal with a leaky ceiling that long.

Well time to close.....there is a plant sale Saturday, if it is nice weather I might go see what they have. JP's birthday is on Sunday, he will be 68 years old but he acts like 78 years old......old man!!!
Maybe I will get a prime rib at Festival Food on Saturday and cook it on the grill for Sunday....we'll see. His birthday cake is cheese cake and Key Lime Pie with Cool Whip.....oh very diabetes worthy!!!

Have a "Bellissimo" Day and keep looking up!!!
Cheers ~ Louise

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I Made This Yesterday and......

Hi there everyone. Yesterday I made this potato casserole....and there is only one piece left.....guess I will save it for JP's dinner tonight.
This was really good and I will definitely make it again. I typed in "Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole" and up came lots of recipes. This is the one I chose. Oh so good, but JP ate most of it.

2 lbs hash brown potatoes
1/2 cup margarine, melted (or butter or 1/2 margarine 1/2 butter)
1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup onion, chopped (optional)
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Spray a 9x13 baking pan and non-stick cooking spray.

Combine soup, margarine (or butter) salt and pepper and onions. Mix together. Pour over potatoes and mix together into the prepared pan or dish.

Cover with 1 cup of cheese and bake uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes. Enjoy.

Yep this is a keeper for sure.

Have a great evening and keep looking up!!! Cheers ~ Louise

Monday, May 11, 2015

My Ceiling.....continued ~ the kitchen is almost finished plus the front porch!!!

Hi there everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Mine was mighty fine. Rebuilding Together worked on my house all day Saturday. Landscaped, plumbing, electrical work done. Basement windows installed......I never could accomplish all that these people did in one day....it was just unbelievable. There are not enough "Thank You's" in this world to Thank these people for all that they did....it was wonderful!!!!
So here is an update on my ceiling. Here you see the seams and nails covered with cement.
In this picture the plaster guy came to finish off the ceiling and put swirls in the ceiling....kinda looks like a mess....but honestly it looks gorgeous!!!
Here is the finished product.....the walls are painted a soft yellow "Morning Sun" which matches the floor. The ceiling was primed then they painted with white. I have a border that I will put up myself I guess in a couple of weeks that will add some nice color. The paint has to set for two weeks. Oh and Pat who coordinated this work day will be coming back to install my fan.
In this picture you can see a little bit of the swirls in the ceiling and the "morning sun" contrast.
In this last picture is my front porch, the floor and porch were painted along with the shutters which were put back up. They had been missing for 13 years......it sure did add to the house. See that little box on the floor in the center of the windows??? Electric....so I can plug in my porch fountain and JP can plug in for the weed eater and leaf blower. UMMMMM looks like I need to paint or get a new mail box....this one has lost it's shine.

The lady from Sherwin Williams just dropped off the paint for the front door which will be a rust color to match the floor. As Pat put it, it will give the house some "POP". The door has been a grey color for 13 years.....so getting used to the color will take some time, but I am sure it will go POP!!!!! We will probably put the furniture back on the porch in a day or so....time to sit on the porch and enjoy the beautiful weather.

I will take some more pictures in the next few days....you have to see all the work these people did landscaping my front and back yard......they also bought some flowers and bushes and red bark....it's just amazing to me.

Well, time to close here for awhile. I need to put my house back in order.....I feel like I am moving into a new house....I get to nest. Maybe unload some stuff at the same time. I did send a few boxes to the thrift store....maybe a few more are in order.

Talk to you later and keep looking up.....things do get better!!!
Cheers ~ Louise

Friday, May 8, 2015

My Ceiling

Hi there everyone...how is your day going???? Thought I would show you a few pictures of my ceiling.....before and afters are always fun to look at.
This is what the ceiling looked like with all the tiles that fell from the water dripping so much. Pat the project manager had already taken down the ceiling fan and lights. A new fan and lights will be going up.
In the picture you can see all the tiles were taken down to the original ceiling and part of it removed...uge what a mess.
In these two pictures......all the old insulation and ceiling are gone.....to think in all that mess.....there was not much of a mold problem.....reason being there was a lot of air movement, good in that respect...but bad cause the heating bills were high. There was not a lot of insulation up there.
Look at this picture.....down at the bottom left....you can see where that part of the roof was patched with plywood. There still is a dip in the roof and the ceiling sagged 3 inches....Pat said.
The men working on this ceiling must of spent at least 45 minutes trying to figure out how to brace the beams....and this is what they came up with....looks pretty sturdy to me. One of the beams had actually disintegrated  it was so water soaked.
In this picture you can see all the insulation they put up....there is over 16 inches of insulation up there....so it will be WARM in the winter and COOL in the summer......nice!!!
In this last picture the sheet rock plaster board after it was installed. Next step is for the plaster guy to come and finish off the ceiling, covering the seams and nails and making a swirly design on the ceiling.

That will be in my next blog....as tomorrow 30 people will be here in my little house to finish off the work started. The kitchen will be painted with a lovely color called "morning sun". The fan replaced and the cabinet doors put back up. I have a new border for the kitchen....but I have to wait at least 2 weeks to put that up for the paint to set.

There will be plumbing done in the kitchen and bathroom, new faucets and a new taller toilet installed and grab bars to help us up off the toilet. New windows installed in the basement, and electrical work done in the basement and outside. Pat said he will update this old house and make it new. I am excited, because he is going to put a big light over my desk where I do my card making.....WOW....let there be light!!!!

The porch will be painted, my old shutters painted and put back up. The front and backyard landscaped, with a few flowers and shrubs planted. They might even redo my fence that keeps the kids out of my back yard. So YEAH!!!!

Saturday or Sunday I will update you on my "almost new" house. It should be fun....we will hang around for a couple of hours, then leave for the rest of the day. So you all have a good day and keep looking up....things do get better.
Cheers ~ Louise

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Flowers Make Us Happy

Hi there everyone. Well, finally I am feeling better. That was a long drawn out icky sickness. The Doctor is treating me for an ulcer. Guess I let too many things get in my way and get me upset.....time to back off from gathering too many things on my plate. I must learn to take one day at a time and one plate full of stress at a time.....just seemed like many things were coming at me from every direction. The problems are still there...but I have eliminated a few things out of my life to ease the pressure. If that makes sense.
Yesterday, my kitchen ceiling was getting fixed, so I took a long walk with Kylie and got a few pictures of the neighbors flowers. In the above picture are her lovely daffodils...aren't they cute? They all seem to be smiling in this 70 degree weather.
Here is my neighbor's Magnolia tree....gosh it is so pretty. Was hard to get a picture of the flower up close....all the flowers were facing upward towards the sky.
These are my red tulips in the front yard....I am amazed that I have over 50 tulips planted in the front....wow I did not realize I had that many...I shall have to count the tulips in the back too.
These lovelies are in the front yard also. A red variegated tulip????
Last but not least, a close up of my red tulips.....sweet.

In my next blog I will update you on our kitchen ceiling. You won't believe what the men did, like everything came down, right down to the beams....it was totally unbelievable. They only found a little bit of mold.....so that was a miracle. For all the water leaks.....yes that was a miracle, I think God had his hand on our roof, protecting us from the mold.

Well, time to close, hope you all have a wonderful weekend.
Cheers ~ Louise

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Short Update.....

Hi everyone. Hope you are all doing well on this beautiful sunny day. I am starting to feel a little bit better. Seems I am being treated for an ulcer. Yes....an ulcer. Tomorrow I have to go in for more blood tests. Last week I was dehydrated and my sodium was low....then the potassium was low....hopefully tomorrow everything will be normal. I think he will be checking my AC1 also because I have to fast for 12 hours. Oh I will be glad when I start feeling better.

This Saturday a contractor is coming in to tear down the kitchen ceiling.....so I have to get everything out of the kitchen cabinets because there will be lots of dust and junk.......uge, I think deep down this whole process has been bothering me. I will be glad when it is all over.

Next Saturday is the work day....there will be 25 people in and out of my house, doing painting, plumbing, electric work, landscaping.....I would like to run away for the day......Hope I make it through these next few weeks. Time will tell....if only I could just enjoy the ride. I never really liked rolly-coasters.

See you next month and hopefully things slow down a bit. I will try and remember to take some pictures so you can see the process.
Cheers ~ Louise

Thursday, April 23, 2015

MIA....

Hi everyone. Sorry I have been "missing in action". Been really sick around here. Even sitting down at the computer was a chore. So I chose not to even do a post. Well....I will make this very short. Hope you are all feeling well. I will come back when I am feeling better, see what happen on Saturday. Gosh...even doing this post is a chore.
Cheers ~ Louise

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Cards, Crocuses and Kylie

Hi there everyone......Beautiful Spring Day here in Appleton, WI!!! Oh yesssss, weather is in the 50's and it's even suppose to be in the 60's tomorrow. Hope this is not one of those teasers.....where it really warms up then BOOM it gets cold again. It would be nice to be able to turn off the furnace for a while.

So today I shall share one of my cards I made for Mother's Day.....made 6 of these...and gave them to Hospice. I think I shall make some more.....I love the effect of the Butterfly. The background is a Darcie embossing folder and I chalked in the flowers then sprayed some pearl mist over them, you can see the shimmer.....cute card...wish I had a mother to give this too. 
In these next two pictures are my little crocuses that were blooming this morning....aren't they sweet. I am not exactly sure how these crocuses got here to this spot....cause I don't remember planting them here. Must be the squirrels do the planting, or the chipmunks and mice.....because Louise didn't do it.
Here is a close up of these crocuses. So pretty in the 10:00am morning sunshine and the Robins tweeting in the background. Made me want to go grab a coffee and enjoy the morning.
And here is Miss Kylie greeting me at the back door after taking a few pictures of the crocuses. She is always so happy to see me....like, was I gone that long....was only a few minutes Kylie.
Well, after the "meet and greet patrol" met me at the door. I got ready to go to the store.

Went to Festival Food for a few things, dinner for tonight will be a little beef roast salted with some pink Himalayan salt, (ohoh...just read the directions, NO SALT because it will dry the roast out, well, I am hoping because it is Himalayan salt.....that won't happen) and onions, cooked in a 500 degree oven for 10 minutes, then the oven shut off and kept in the oven for 40-60 minutes. It should be still pink in the inside. Yum...can hardly wait for some roast beef sandwiches and fresh green beans.

Then I went over to WG&R Furniture store. Picked up my FREE.....(and I love anything FREE) potholder mitt and a FREE Continental Breakfast.....fruit, sweet rolls, cheese cake, cookies, orange juice and coffee. Oh yess......got some fruit, sweet roll and an apple for JP.........good wife!! I did look at some furniture and did "Dream" about a new couch!!

JP wants some Hyssop tea. I do have a hyssop bush in the back yard....last fall I dried some leaves and flowers for him to make tea. It should have lasted the winter.....but not the way HE makes tea. Honestly....I have to do everything for him. He threw the leaves and flowers in COLD water thinking that would work....and actually went through the whole container of Hyssop. Honestly, I could really get mad at him. So now I have to get some more Hyssop.

Next stop after WG&R was The Appleton Nutrition Store....I will have to order the Hyssop by the case, which will contain 6 boxes of 24 tea bags or 144 bags at $34.00. This, I will have to think about.

My second stop was the Free Market....there I found the tea comes in bulk. 1 pound of Hyssop for $8.00. I shall have to put the tea in little tea bags and I already told him he has to HEAT the water so the tea can seep in order to get the full benefits of the tea!!!!! A sigh of frustration.......do I have to do everything for you?????? I do think I will order the case of Hyssop for him at the Nutrition Store, that will be the Hyssop already bagged....but I have to buy it by the case....well, it is suppose to be calming.....so maybe this will be good for me too.

So now I am home alone......YAY!!! JP went to the church to play his accordion and vacuum the floors and dust the pews and clean the bathroom. Maybe he and the pastor will have a bible study and order some lunch.....this is JP's favorite day....mine too, cause I am home alone and can listen to Rush Limbaugh or turn on the TV!!! So I turned on the TV.....Heaven is for Real was playing....I have seen that a couple of times......better then some of the movies that are playing right now.

Oh well....must finish this post and go walk Kylie....it's still a nice day outside. I can smell the roast in the oven.....yum...can hardly wait for a beef sandwich. Have a great day and keep looking up!!
Cheers ~ Louise

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Beautiful Pictures From Far Away Places~~at least to me

Hi there everyone. Hope you all had a wonderful Easter, gathering with family and friends for Resurrection Sunday. Husband and I spent a quiet day. Church in the morning and dinner at 2pm. Chicken, gravy, dressing, jojo fries (something new I made) toast, beans and vegies. Oh and don't forget dessert.....Key lime Pie from Schwan's.

I thought I would share some beautiful pictures some fellow bloggers took on their vacations. I just loved these pictures, as I enjoyed their vacations as if I was there too.
 Biz took this picture of this pelican, he is flying over the waters of Key West. Beautiful weather....I think it was 0 degrees here in WI when Biz took this picture. Looks so nice and warm.
Here's her blog http://www.mybizzykitchen.com
 Patricia took this picture from the Cruise ship in Alaska. Such beautiful scenery. And Patricia takes the most beautiful pictures. Her blog is at http://www.patricia-heythereitsme.blogspot.com
 Another picture taken by Biz from Key West with the sun setting.
Patricia took this picture.....I love that bottle sitting on the table....all it needs is a few flowers in it. She said the same thing about that little bottle. This picture was taken at Lone Ranch Beach in Brookings, CA.

So there you go...a few beautiful places to visit someday. Someday I would love to take a cruise to Alaska....Patricia took such lovely pictures on her cruise. Now I have to go let Biz and Patricia know I stole some of their vacation pictures for my blog....gosh I hope that is legal???

Have a great evening and keep looking up!! Cheers ~ Louise

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter

Hi there everyone. Hope you have a blessed Good Friday and a wonderful Resurrection Sunday!!!

I am taking a few days off from blogging!! Cheers to you all!!! Louise

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Do You Need A Kiss......

Hi there everyone.....Hope you are having a wonderful evening....this last day of March?!?! Looks like March went out like a Lamb......whew! Now on to APRIL!!!!!
Well my TV conked out....it was 17 years old. I had another TV in the bedroom, a smaller one...so the old one will go to a recycle place. This little TV will do till I can get another used one with a bigger screen. I like big!!!!
So tomorrow being Wednesday, Kylie has an appointment at the groomer's for 8am.....uge, I am not very good at getting up early in the morning. So after I drop Kylie off at the groomer, I will probably go to Festival Foods for a few things and then over to St. Vincent's to see about their used TV's. Since Thursday is Senior Citizens Discount Day....I will wait till Thursday to buy a TV, if there is one I like. If not.....I can wait for another Thursday.

Thursday, Kylie has an appointment at the Vet's....she has to get a shot, tested for Heart warm and a little checkup. Busy couple of days for Miss Kylie.

April also brings my two Dentist appointments for a deep cleaning of my teeth. Not sure I am looking forward to that. Sometime this month Rebuilding Together will start work on our ceiling. Whew....I am pooped before April even begins.

Well time to close this post for today. Tomorrow is APRIL 1st!!! Hope you don't have too many pranks pulled on you. Oh and some time in April I hope you get a "great big smooch kiss" from some monkey!! April Fools!!!! Have a good day and keep looking up!!! Cheers ~ Louise

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Froggie, Froggie, a Froggie Planter

Hi there everyone.....how is your Wednesday going so far??? Well, we woke up to snow on the ground at 7am this morning...oh yuk...enough!!! It was pretty, but Spring needs to show it's face around here, soon and very soon. As of now, it is melted on the streets and sidewalks.
Don't you just love this happy frog???? I really want one of these in my backyard!!! I saw her on Facebook and just had to save her to my files. I am presently looking for old tires!!! I think if I had seen this idea years ago when we had our 20 acres, I would have had frogs all over the place....hahaha! My husband, at that time, collected old tires, (he thought he could sell them for the oil that is in them) so we had a pile of them in the woods.....darn, if I had only known back then that those tires could make this cute planter. See the flowers growing behind her??? Such a great idea.

Note: JP never sold a tire...he had an offer, but it was not what he wanted.....AND the guy would have hauled them all away....but no...not enough $$$$. I bet if we had turned them into "FROGS" they would have sold for a hefty price...don't you think??? Gosh at least $50 bucks a frog....we must have had over 100 tires or more. We just calculated....$1000. HA that was more then what that guy offered. IF ONLY WE HAD KNOWN!!!!

After "Rebuilding Together" has their work day here and cleans up and spruces my backyard....I think this happy frog will be in my landscape.....someplace.

Nothing much going on today, will write a few bills and pay our house taxes (or at least part of it) today. "So many bills, so little money" oh well, such is life. What is life without a little stress???

But maybe looking out the back yard and seeing this happy frog smiling back at me will make life smile back when things go wrong!!! Yeah....I need a frog in my future.

Well, time to close, keep looking up!!! Cheers ~ Louise

PS. I typed in "How to make a tire Frog" and got the directions to make "Frieda La Frog" above. So if you are interested in making "Frieda" for your own backyard...the directions are on the internet.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Saturday and Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Hi there everyone. Oh, how I love my Saturdays....it is so sunny outside, what a beautiful day. Maybe after I finish this post, I will run outside, (no, not literally) and take some pictures of my house, kind of like "before" and "after" pictures before things start growing and "Rebuilding Together" people get here to transform our little house. More on that on another post.
Today I am making this coffee cake. I found the recipe on Pinterest which led me to this site  Gosh the cake smells delicious!!! I did not follow the recipe to the "T"......not sure I ever follow a recipe exactly. Here is what I did:

Cinnamon Coffee Cake
2 cup low fat Bisquit
1/4 cup sugar (I used Organic Coconut Palm Sugar)
1/4 cup egg substitute (I used 1 egg)
2/3 cup skim milk (I used half milk, half water)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Mix above ingredients together. Pour into oil sprayed pan.

Topping
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon Bisquit
1/3 cup brown sugar (I used Organic Coconut Palm Sugar)
2 Tablespoon soft butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Mix above ingredients, if topping is still too wet add bisquit till you get the crumbly consistency you like.

Preheat oven to 375, spray oil in a 9 inch pan (I used a glass loaf pan). Pour into a pan and sprinkle topping on the cake. Bake for 22 minutes (32 minutes if using a glass loaf pan). Stick a toothpick in cake to make sure it is done. Enjoy!!

I just took the cake out of the oven....as soon as it cools, I shall have a little slice. Here is a picture of my cake and the sugar I used.
Okay....this is really good and very easy to make for a morning breakfast. The "redhead" said she lost a lot of weight and would make this cake with scrambled eggs and fruit for breakfast. She said one slice is 230 calories and I would think it is diabetes worthy too because the organic coconut palm sugar is a all natural low glycemic sweetener. Okay....yeah, this is really a good cake.

Well, time to close here and on to other things. I am hoping to get downstairs and make a few Easter cards to place on my Etsy store....I am a little bit behind as Easter is 14 days away. Maybe I should just start working on Mother's Day cards.
 
For you who wonder how my tooth is doing....or the socket where the tooth was.....we are all doing fine. I am still doing the antibiotics and the pro-biotics...there is not much pain anymore. Still rinsing with salt water which makes me hungry for something to eat.
 
My next visit to the Dentist will be April 16th for a "deep cleaning" on half my mouth. I guess that is where they go below the gum line....it may be painful as the whole side of the mouth needs to be numbed. I asked for the laughing gas, Dentist said they would do that for me....I am a scardy cat you know. The other half of my mouth will be done the following week. Gosh, that could be 5 lbs lost for those two episodes alone...soft foods again and lots of smoothies!!!
 
Well time to close, I think I said that already 3 paragraphs ago. So have a great Saturday and keep looking up!!!
Cheers ~ Louise
 
 



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Making Cards Today ~ Losing Weight ~ Tooth Pulled

Hi there everyone. Don't you just love this weather? It has been in the 40's and 50's for the last week or so...and there is more to come. I like this kind of weather, not a fan of real warm and humid weather. Always have to watch the sodium intake of foods cause my ankles tend to swell up. Maybe hopefully by summer I will have dropped another 10 lbs. hopefully that won't be a problem for me. So far, in the last 6 months....20 lbs. have been shed from this fat frame....feeling better now, but could stand to lose another 30-40 lbs. My motto has been just to "eat less, I guess" (maybe I should have a t-shirt made).

I had a tooth pulled yesterday....yes, that helps in weight lose too, cause no hot food, only cool, soft nutritious food, and not eat hard foods for 2 days. Today I had a yummy smoothie, tonight egg salad (no bread)...maybe later on tonight I will have some chicken soup.....hopefully the scale will say a one pound less then it was today.
Today I went to my friends house for some card making. We do that once a month....I think I have been going to her house for 8 or 9 years....goodness that is a lot of card making....just calculated about 450 cards over the years. Yep...that could be, I have given a lot of those cards away to Hospice and to other friends. They have come in handy, that is for sure. Like having my own card store.

So the card up above...the two bunnies sitting on a mushroom are colored in with Copic markers. The pink background is a die-cut. Sweet card.
This card was stamped with "Stampin Up" stamps. Oh oh....looks like another set is in my future. This had the one tree, but it could also be made into a summer tree, fall and winter tree. This is the spring tree....the stamp set also includes a swing, rake , snow flakes, blades of grass and flowers and a few other things for  different seasons.
Now this card was really neat. (sorry it is a little blurry) The background embossing folder is from Stampin Up. The die cuts are from another company. I borrowed the embossing folder from B. as I have an idea for making my Easter cards....not much into bunnies, rabbits and chickens for Easter cards, so my cards will have a lovely butterfly on it. Looking forward to making the cards soon and very soon. I just may have to order this embossing folder also.
Here we have a bunny made out of punches and die cuts jumping back into his hole in the tree. Cute, huh???

That would be it for today....I have quite a few things in the making. Within the next few weeks and month...Rebuilding Together will start working on our house, fixing the kitchen ceiling and many other things that need fixin'.

So have a great evening and enjoy, keep looking up.
Cheers ~ Louise

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