Monday, October 19, 2009

Great Day to visit the Pumpkin Patch!

A Great Day to Visit the Pumpkin Patch!
What a great day with the whole family!
The sun was shining and it was a perfect Fall Day at the Pumpkin Patch!
Vroom... Vroom...
The boys loved these tractors!
Nolan couldn't really do it himself but It looks like they are adjustable.
To Fun!
Nolan wanted this Pumpkin!....
But mommy said if you can't carry it yourself... you can't get it. Cause I'm not carrying it for you...
(even though I don't think Doug and I together could have lifted this one.) Thanks for stopping by!
Many Fall Blessings, Dana

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Baby's it's Cold Outside!

Warm Blessings on this very COLD day!
Hugs, Dana

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Fun Family Mealtime Tablescapes

The Mom's Group that I attend at my church just had Kathy Long into speak on the Value of Family Meal Time. So Kathy, I and a few other mom's put together a few Fun Family Mealtime tablescapes for the moms to enjoy and I hope that you do too! My Friend Jill did this simple and sweet Thanksgiving table scape. I took the pic after we had taken all of the place cards but OMG so cute. Jill put little place cards with Bible verses on them, stamped leaves on them and...just to cute! Happy Harvest Y'all.
My sister-in-law Angie made these adorable place mats for her Brilliant Birthday Table scape.
Her children love waking up in the morning to a fun breakfast of their choice and this adorably set table. Riley her middle child turned 7 last week and this is a pic of her place mat. Ang made these place mats out of foam sheets cut them to size and put one around an oatmeal container for the centerpiece. This is so doable and clever I just love it. She glued little bright pom poms around it and used wooden dowels with hats on the ends! So cute and the kids love it!
Disney Fun!
This table scape was done to let the family know that a Disney trip was being planned and the parents were going to announce it at Dinner. Fun!
Make Voting Day, Independence Day, Labor Day... a great time to teach your children about what those days mean to you and our country. Or just use those times to be clever and have fun decorating!
Fiesta!
Weather eating Taco Bell or your famous Enchilada's make it a Mexican Fiesta!
If doing this for your children and you want to keep it a non-Margarita Theme...
get out the margarita glasses and fill them with your salsa, cheese, sour cream... get clever and have fun with it. Use old beach sarongs to add fun color a pinata centerpiece and your brightest dishes! I made napkin rings out of bright colored tissue papers and tied them on with raffia around a simple white cloth napkin. I covered the table with a bright blanket and scattered cactus confetti to add some sparkle along with a wrought iron candle holder filled with fresh jalapeno and sweet peppers! Yum... bring on the tacos!
This table was done by our very clever and creative Kathy Long. Her inspiration for this table is "Letter Time" Help your kids learn their letters and make dinner time fun and educational.
Who needs a birthday to make dinner time fun...
This table scape will encourage your children with letter time fun! and fun hats to wear... how often are we aloud to wear fun hats to the table?
Let's Practice Colors!
What child doesn't love coloring? Kathy has out done her self again here with using white craft paper as her table cloth so that the family can have fun coloring maybe after they eat all of their "GREEN" beans! I hope this inspired you to make Family Mealtime Fun in your home. This is meant to be for the occasional dinnertime fun... not intended to make you feel lame because you don't do your tables up like this everyday or even every week. I had a great time working on this and I hope you can think out side the box for your next Family Mealtime.
Tablescape Blessings, Dana

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Yummy Fall Treats!

Caramel Apples, Banana Caramel Cupcakes,
doughnuts, cookies... Oh My! Fall is Here!
Come and Get It!
I have been bakin' up a storm delicious fall treats for the little ones and us grown ups to eat! Sit down and relax, grab a cup of Joe, your recipe cards and your coziest robe.
Here are the Goods that I am sure you will enjoy!
Get your pen, are you ready?
Lets get Started!
The Best Banana Caramel Cupcakes!
(not to mention Real Banana Butter cream Frosting) OH MY!
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream
  • 3/4 c. packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1 large egg at room temp
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a standard 12 - cup muffin pan with paper or foil liners. Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. In a small bowl, use a fork to mash together the banana and sour cream. In a Large bowl, suing your electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the brown sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, 2-3 min. Add the egg, vanilla, and lemon zest and beat until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until just combined; scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Fold in the banana mixture until just combined; do not over mix.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake until lightly golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 18-20 Min's. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 min. Transfer the cupcakes to the wire rack and let cool completely for about 1 hour.

Frosting:

  • 3 large egg whites, at room temp
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 c. unsalted butter, cut into 16 pieces, at room temp
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. sour cream

In a large, clean heatproof bowl, combine the egg whites and sugar. Set the bowl over (but not touching) simmering water in a saucepan and heat the mixture, whisking constantly, until the sugar has completely dissolved and the mixture is very warm to touch. about 2 min. Remove the bowl from the saucepan. Using an electric mixer on high speed, beat the egg white mixture until it is fluffy, cooled to room temperature, and holds stiff peaks about 6 min+.

With the mixer on medium-low speed, add the salt and the butter, a few pieces at a time, beating well after each addition. If the frosting appears to separate or is very liquid after all the butter is added, continue to beat on high until smooth and creamy, 3-5 min more. Add banana and sour cream mixture and continue to blend until creamy and smooth may have to beat on high. Frost cupcakes after both cupcakes and frosting are at room temp. Drizzle with caramel and enjoy.

Enjoy with a big glass of milk or a hot cup of Joe!

I got this adorable place card from my wonderful friend Jill. She did a beautiful Thanksgiving table at the Season's of a Mom's Heart last Large Group. I feel like it spoke right to me. She had a different quote from the Bible at every seat. She used a small leaf stamp and ditsed up this simple card and I just think it was so clever. (Pictures of the table settings to follow...) Blake and I made Caramel Apples the other day for my nieces and nephews. They all came over after school and enjoyed these Delicious Caramel Apples! These are my mother-in-laws Famous Zucchini Cookies. Have any left-over Zucchini in the garden? These are a sure treat! Zucchini Cookies Preheat oven to 375 Cooking Time 11min

Ingredients:

  • 1c. Flour
  • 3/4 c. shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1c. grated zucchini
  • 1 1/2 c. oatmeal
  • 1 1/2c. flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. nuts (optional) Blend Shortening and sugar add egg blend well. add Vanilla. Then add oats and zucchini. Mix dry ingredients. in separate bowl. Add to cream mixture, stir in chips and nuts. Drop by spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 11 min. Yummy! I hope that you enjoy your beautiful fall day! Go to the kitchen and fix yourself a tasty treat on me! Then go do about 50 laps around the neighborhood... because these are not weight watchers approved... Tee Hee

Fall Blessings, Dana

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Busy Fall Weekend!

peek-a-boo little pumpkin!
Hey!
Just wanted to stop in a wish you all a lovely Fall Weekend!
We have a wonderfully busy weekend planned.
Tonight
we are getting ready to go watch the local
high school football team!
Saturday...
is my niece Riley's birthday party and then
more Football at the University!
On Sunday...
our family business is having their
annual golf outing!
busy, busy, busy....
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Weekend Blessings, Dana

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Godly Parenting:????
It is so difficult sometimes to stay intentional when it comes to raising our children.
The chaos of the everyday life of a mother:
waker upper, dresser, dentist, doctor, taxi driver, picker upper, chef, tutor, mentor, laundry doer, dish doer, cleaner upper,organizer, baker, taste tester(my favorite)...
So many hats we wear, how do we do it?
I know that without the help from God...
I couldn't.
Don't get me wrong,
I love my job and I feel so blessed that I am able to be home
with my boys. But it is HARD!
My intentions as a mother are to raise Godly children and I feel that if my children have a heart for God then God will help Doug and I parent them in manner of which they need to become Godly grown ups. That is not EASY, actually it is quite scary! YIKES.
(I pray that my boys will always know that God is always there for them even if we can't be.)
I lost my father just a few years ago and I think how hard it is to be without him. I don't want my boys to have to go through that but I know that someday they will. I have grown so much closer to God through that experience and even though I miss my father so much I know that God is with me and I can move on because of it. My dad was an amazing father and Our Father is amazing too... he works in a way that I can't explain but I am grateful for the place that I am in. Thank you to both of my Fathers for being intentional about me and your Steadfast love.
Know and believe today that the LORD is God. He is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
There is no other god! Obey his lawas and commands that I am giving you today so that
things will go well for you and your children. Then you will live a long time in the land
that the LORD your God is giving to you forever.
DEUTERONOMY 4:39-40
God Bless and Happy Harvest!
Dana

Monday, September 21, 2009

The Country Living Art Show and Good Friends!

A few of my good friends and I just got back from a great weekend at the Country Living Art Show in Ohio. We had an amazing time shopping, chatting, eating and we even got a chance to take in a great Chic Flick: Love Happens (bring your box of tissue.)
The show was great but the company was even better. Sometimes you realize how important it is to get away and take some time to relax, rejuvenate and just be with the girls. I think when you are able to get away like that you also realize that is always fun to go but it feels so good to come home. The look on my kids face and the hug from my hubby shows me how much I was missed and that is a feeling that us moms appreciate and love so much.
I thank God for my wonderful husband who encourages and supports me to do things like this and loves me whole heartedly.
Cheezy Wheezy!
I know but it was to tempting to pass up crawling into this basket
and having our picture taken.
Here is a delicious apple... long story...really funny... Angie knows...too funny!
My Sweet Ang.
GOD has blessed me with the most wonderful sister-in-laws, I just love all of them so much.
Thank you God for all my sistas from the other mistas!
Glamping: in other words... glamorous camping!
Sign me up...
After going on our first camping trip this summer with the boys I am all about loading up...(with a fabulous glamper and headin' out into the wild.)
Now let me explain WILD... At a campSITE, with nice showers restrooms on the beach, maybe a pool, a nice shop on site and shopping near by.
(is that too much to ask for??)
No really I am hooked and when I say this adorable glamper I fell in love. I think it would be such a great project to buy an old beat up camper and turn it into a FABULOUS GLAMPER!
to be continued...
Love this Fabulous tray decorated with the ribbons a vintage pin and these amazing red Sunflowers... Very Clever!!! You could totally do these in a kitchen or how cute to put on your door instead of the old tired worn out wreath.
Lemonade Anyone?
GOD'S Promise about Loyal Friendship: I urge you now to live the life to which God called you.
Always be humble, gentle, and patient, accepting each other in love.
You are joined together with peace through the Spirit,
so make every effort to continue together in this way. EPHESIANS 4:1-3
"Thank you GOD for blessing me with the most amazing Friends. They are humble, gentle and patient, so accepting of each other and our differences.
People say Good Friends are hard to find... but you have blessed my life with so many great friends and I say Thank You God!"
If you remember the pictures from Last Year's Country Living Show you might think that this chandelier looks familiar. They used gourds and twigs last year and this year it has a more colorful French Country feeling. I think it is so fun! Love the Chairs here! I am so glad you shared your time with me. I had a great trip, I hope this post encourages you to take some time for yourself, your friends, your passions, your home, your family and most importantly the Almighty GOD! Many Blessings, Dana

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A Welcome to Fall!

My Fall Pumpkin Topiary. Come on in and Enjoy your Visit.
Please enjoy my fall inspiration. I hope this inspires you to warm up your hearts and cozy up your homes.
Enjoy!
Not only did I rearrange my Living Room Furniture again I have Ditsed it up for Fall Harvest Time. I love to have my living area larger and more spread out for spring and summer. In the colder months I prefer the cozier approach.
(Some might say cluttered approach... but I think it's cozy.)
Can't wait to eat this Sweet Corn...!
But what about my Decorations!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am going to have to put something else in my new cute basket..
Maybe gourds? We will C...
I love changing things up in the house.
(Ask anyone who knows me well.)
This is my Dining room mantel area which is also now part of my office and computer area.
Mr. B's First Day of School!
I can't believe how time flies, he is so big.
His classroom has 20 kids... That is a huge jump from the 8 they had last year.
Couldn't wait any longer.... It was so worth taking the corn from accessory to dinner! A Celebration of the Sweet Corn Season! Here is to Sweet Corn!
A wonderful decorating tool and good to eat!
My Sister-in-law Denise was telling us how yummy it is to put your Sweet Corn on the grill.
So we tried it for the first time... talk about mouth waterin' yummyness!
Thanks Denise for the tip it was Fabulous!
(As you can see the boys were extremely happy with it.) The Key to Fabulous Sweet Corn:
Soak the Corn in the husk for 30 or so Minutes in Salt Water.
Throw right on the grill with Husk and all for about 20ish minutes or until done.
Peel back, butter, salt, pepper and get messy!
"Go Now and check out all of the other Fabulous Fall Inspiring Sites!"
God Bless you all!
Dana

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Regular Day on the Golf Course.

Just a few pics of the boys on the Golf Course. Blake and Aidan shared clubs and we had a ball with the kids on the course. I remembered when I learned how to play golf but I think that I was like 12 not 4. They surprisingly are pretty good!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Growing Boys, Boys, Boys.

My boys are getting so big this summer... Nolie is talking up a storm, repeating everything we say. He his just a really funny kid and we are having a ball this summer with the boys on the go.
Blake and his new 4 wheeler. Look out world, please pray for the safety of him and his cousin Aidan on their new adventures. God Bless them and anyone around them! Really, they are to cute on this quads. Doug and Aaron are able to adjust the speed so they can get around at the speed we feel is appropriate and they are loving it. It has been a great summer so far. My computer is having troubles as usual uploading pics or there would be more. God Bless you all and I hope that August brings us warmer days and a great harvest of fresh produce from the gardens. Lots of Love and Blessings, Dana

Monday, June 15, 2009

A House on a Hill may finally be...

This space used to be a major slop to death into the woods! LOL Now it is a veggie garden (let's hope) so that we can pretend to be somewhat "Green" and grow our own fruits and veggies. Go Green! ( I have no idea what I am doing...) This is a look from the bottom of the hill during the process.
Finally after all of the blood, bruising and tears we are getting closer to a new backyard escape. My hubby Doug has been working his fingers to the bone trying to get a vegetable garden, and (flat) backyard put in.
You see... we live on a hill. Some of you are saying Oh how nice.! But what you don't know is, that after having 2 little active boys running around it gets hard keeping them from rolling down the hill every 5 minutes... (My mom warned us... but do young kids ever listen... usually, but we didn't this time.) Anyway, we are trying to make some play space for the kids to be able to play ball, swing, explore and just be kids. For us we put in a raised veggie garden with all the fixin's. This project seems to be an ongoing one at best but one thing is for sure is that we will enjoy this space for years to come.
Hope you have a wonderful Day. Thanks for stopping by hope to have more pictures as the project progresses.
Love, Dana