Wednesday, June 29, 2011

HELP! Me come up with a cute name and win a free gift!

I have been trying and trying to come up with a really cool, cute name for my homemade soaps that I talked about in my last post.  If anyone can come up with something that I "love", I'll send you some free homemade soap!  You will love the soap, trust me.  I have the smoothest skin in town!  :) (laughing)

So, come on all you creative women out there, I know there is the perfect name and all women love a "free gift"!

Until we meet again, have a great day...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Soap! How I spent my Saturday Afternoon.

This is how I spent my Saturday afternoon...

Yes, I make homemade soaps.  It's all natural and it has these gentle scrubbers inside them that make your skin so soft and smooth!  I actually peel the rind of fresh citrus and chop it in my food processor.  I melt the soap base in the microwave and add the citrus and let it seep.  It naturally turns the color of the citrus I am using and the oils from the citrus peel make it smell heavenly and puts natural oil back on your skin.  These are lemon, orange and mint.  I grown the mint in my garden and I add a few drops of mint oil that I get from the health food store. 

The labor of my afternoon...

Kentucky Mint


Until we meet again...  how did you spend your Saturday afternoon?...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Thanks! to a Fellow Blogger!

I just wanted to say a big thank you to Elaine at Sunny Simple Life.  Because of her blog one day last week, I just had to make her delicious potato salad.  My mouth was watering as soon as I saw her post.  I made it on Saturday and my belly loved it, it was yummy, but my thighs are probably suffering a bit!

Thanks Elaine, the only thing I did not use in your recipe was add boiled eggs and I added shredded carrot.  "HE" does not like eggs, can you imagine?!

So now it's back to salad and tuna!!  Until we meet again..., make that summertime potato salad, it is well worth it!

Living in the city but feels like the country...

We have had a lot of rain this past month and cooler temperatures this past week.  Everything is so lush and green right now.  This is so unusual in Kentucky this time of the year.  Usually, by July 4th, it is so dry and hot that the grass crunches when you walk across your yard and turning brown.  So, I have been taking a few pictures around the house because it is so beautiful and I also want to make a photo calendar of my pictures later this year.

I thought I'd share a few...

and it's just unbelievable how my potted plants have grown...

the birds added these impatience's to this planter last summer and they are such a welcome addition!

This pot has been re potted two times because the plants had gotten so large.

I actually live in the city limits in Bardstown, KY, but it looks and feels like I live out in the country somewhere.  This I really love.

So, until we meet again, how are your plants and landscaping holding up this summer?.... Mines doing just fine so far.

I am heading over to Tracie's linky party! @ My Romantic Home: Show and Tell Friday!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Produce from my Garden

It's been a tough week.  Three days of migraine headaches, sever thunder storms and tornado warnings, lab work, work and gardening!  Whew!!!  But, I made it.

My reward is my garden!  We have been eating wonderful fresh lettuce for several weeks now.  I collected over 20 cucumbers, numerous squash, a green pepper, zucchini and onions!  I supplemented my garden treasures with a couple of things I found and the Farmers Market downtown Bardstown with home grown tomatoes and little bitty red potatoes and fresh hulled green peas.  We had a wonderful fresh meal and have plenty to share with friends.

Yum,  I am so happy....  until we meet again, I hope you're garden is growing and you are reaping the rewards.  It is certainly well worth it.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Patio Garden Growing!

It really works!  I decided to try planting lettuce in a large pot on my patio this year.  I grow lettuce every year, but in my big garden.  I thought, why not put some on the patio that's convenient to get to and be able to watch it grow?  So I did.  It turned out really great and I plan to cut it this weekend! 
I grew this from seeds, a mix of mescalin and leaf lettuce.  It is very tender and green and I hate to cut it, but it will be a must in the next day or two.  So I will just have to bite the bullet and eat it.  I already have plants in waiting to fill this large pot to complete my patio for the summer.

I hope you will give this a try next Spring.  It was really fun and a joy to watch it grow.

Until we meet again...

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Migraine Cure?

For the past three days I have been fighting a migraine!  If you have ever had one then you know what I'm talking about.  If you have not ever had one, I hope you never do.  On top of having this monster headache, I had to go in this morning at the crack of dawn for blood work!  Whoopee!  I'm one lucky girl...

I survived the lab work, went straight to Kroger for Al eve, due to the fact that I had taken my last two last night!  I arrived back home and went back to bed.  After about two hours, I gingerly got up and softly walked downstairs where I ate four triscuits and made myself a cup of my expensive coffee (if you remember from one of my last posts).  I thought, maybe my head hurts from lack of caffeine!, but if not I deserve a treat today.  So one cup of $10 a pound coffee it is.

The coffee is from the Fresh Market and it's called "Put Da Almond In Da Co Co Nut"!  I had to get it on the recommendation of Art @ Home and I must admit, it's delicious!  So here is to my new migraine cure or my treat for the day.  I'm really hoping for the first.

so, until we meet again....

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Before and After

I have been trying to do some spring cleaning and freshening things up for the new season.  All of a sudden I noticed an old lamp sitting in the corner of my master bedroom, that we never use and was appalled that the shade looked really bad!  Had anyone else seen it I would have been embarrassed, okay?

So, I immediately went into action!  Here is the before; faded and ugly!
and here is the after;

and here it is back on the lamp in the corner of my bedroom!  I may actually turn it on now!

All I did was take a piece of Ultra Suede material that I had in my sewing basket and I used fabric glue and covered the shade.  I hot glued the trim on the top and bottom, so there was absolutely no sewing involved!  Material, trim, scissors and glue.  That was it!  So easy and I love the fact that I recycled something instead of running out to buy a new one!  Give it a try, you will not be sorry.  I'm feeling pretty good about myself right now!  It makes me so happy!

Until we meet again...

Monday, June 6, 2011

The Last Leg of my Trip....

On Saturday after my nephew's graduation a few us met up for a late lunch early dinner to celebrate.  We met at PF Chang's and had a great meal, wonderful conversations and visiting.  Ate way too much and even had dessert!  It was a wonderful afternoon and went by way to fast.  Jessye was off to Motto Cross race so I decided to hang out with my best friend in the entire world since I had not had any one on one time with her in almost a year!

We visited the Fresh Market and bought some specialty things you just cannot find at the regular grocery store and paid way too much for them.  But, it's not like you have the opportunity to do it everyday, so it's justified.   I paid $10 for a pound of coffee!  But, it's really good coffee!  Now when I enjoy a cup of my expensive coffee, I think of that day, and who I spent that day with.

After our visit to the Fresh Market we went back to my friends house and deserted her husband and went shopping!  We had a really great time and did not get back to her house until 9:00 pm!  We had a little snack from our purchases that afternoon and spent the evening sitting out on her back porch talking the night away and laughing so hard at just silly things.  It was definitely another wonderful memory in my big book that I have been collecting for years.

My brother came to pick me up around mid-night and we stayed up until 3:00 am talking and visiting at his house, which is so not me, but what the heck!  My trip was coming to the end and I didn't want it to end.

I drove home on Sunday, exhausted from lack of sleep over the past four days, but refreshed with nourishment from my family and friends!  Now, that's what I call priceless!

so, until we meet again....  I continue to relish in the memories of my trip home.

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Trip Continued....

Last Friday I caught up with my brother and my cousin from Texas.  We ran around town, running some errands; okay he had to buy a new shirt to wear to his son's graduation.  We headed out about 4:00 pm for Jessye's graduation and unbeknown (is that a word?) to me,  he drove and drove and drove!  About thirty minutes into the trip we actually passed the high school that he attended all four years!  About another hour or more, we arrived at our destination, Lincoln Memorial University.  This place sits right at the foothills of Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.  It was a beautiful drive, everything was plush green, hills, mountains, Norris Lake, gorgeous scenery.  I could have almost driven there from my home in Kentucky in about the same amount of time!  I could not believe it.  None the less, I enjoyed the ride and at least I was with family that I seldom get to see.

We entered the huge auditorium and the graduation proceeded.  Everything was moving right along and Jessye was on the fourth row.  After the second row of graduates had crossed the stage to accept their diplomas low and behold, the lights went out!  Pitch black was all that could be seen.  Oh no, I was thinking.  After about fifteen or twenty minutes, slowly the lights started popping back on one by one like popcorn!  The principle kept saying, can everyone see well enough for us to continue?  Shouts of NOOOOOO!  rang out throughout!  We had driven almost two hours NOT to see Jessye walk across the stage and accept his diploma?  I don't think so!  Well, finally the lights came back on and the procession continued.  We got to see him accept his diploma and that is a very proud moment for me and I'm just his Aunt, so I can only imagine what his Dad and Mother felt.

Although, it took us almost two hours to drive back to my brothers and it was late, but it was all worth the trip.  Jessye was so proud and excited and happy.  I would not have missed it for the world!!

So, until we meet again... more to come on my trip!  Stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

My Family Fix!

As you know I have been out of town and I am finally home and getting back into my daily routine.  I had a wonderful trip and enjoyed visiting with my family and friends so much.  I miss them already, but have my "family fix" for now anyway.

I left last Wednesday and drove from Kentucky to Tennessee.  It was absolutely a beautiful drive.  Everything is so green and full, so the drive went by very fast.  I spent the first two nights with my Aunt and Uncle that are like the parents that I don't have.  My Aunt and I met a couple of my other Aunts and a couple of my cousins at the local Mexican place and had nachos and Margarita's!  We shared conversation and funny stories and laughed until my stomach ached and my eyes watered.  It was so much fun!
We stayed up late and continued to talk about everything under the moon.  My Aunt and I went shopping the following day and had a lot of fun.  My Uncle took us out to dinner that evening and it was wonderful.  The restaurant is located on Melton Hill Lake and it sits right on the water.  It had stormed earlier and from the moisture and humidity in the air this fog started to rise off the lake and it was so beautiful it was breath taking.

The food was great, the scenery incredible and the company was the best.  My trip will be continued, so stay tuned!

Until we meet again,

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