Dalmation Cupcakes

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Here’s a great recipe that I got from Allison @ A Glimpse Inside (check out her blog – she’ll definitely inspire you!).

It is super easy and they ARE DELICIOUS!

Here is all you need:

1 box of Betty Crocker Supermoist Devil’s Food Cake Mix
1 container of Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy or Whipped Vanilla Frosting
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup sugar
6 oz. of cream cheese (softened) – I ended up using 8 oz. Just because I didn’t want to waste the 2 oz!

Heat your oven to 350 degrees.  Cream the cream cheese, sugar, and 1 egg with mixer on medium speed until smooth.  Stir in 1 cup of the chocolate chips and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat cake mix, water, oil and 3 eggs on low speed for about 30 sec. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.

Divide batter among muffin cups (1/4 cup in each).  Top each with 1 HEAPING teaspoon (I used a Tablespoon) of the cream cheese mixture.

Bake 17-22 mins. or until the tops spring back when touched lightly.  Cool 10 minutes in pan.  Remove from pan and cool completely – about 30 minutes.

Aren’t they pretty?

Then, just frost! I used a bit of shaved chocolate on the top.

Mmmmm YUMMY good and moist.

Have I told you I ♥ McKenzie-Child?

Until next time…

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Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able Link Party #2

Welcome blogger friends! My 1st Linky Party was awesome! Thank you everyone for helping to make it a success (86 link ups) I think that’s pretty darn good for a 1st timer here.

I wish that I could post every single one of the entries.  They were all great!

Lauren from West Furniture Revival linked up this cloche, “You hold the key to my cloche”

I’m a sucker for anything on a pedestal that you put something sweet in.  I love the wood knob on the top!

Maysem from Ode To Inspiration made these adorable apple pies in mason jars.

 I think they are so cute!

Christina from I Gotta Create made these Bewitching Pillows from vintage photos.

Aren’t these amazing, scary and whimsical all at the same time??? I love, love these.
I bet some people couldn’t sleep with these in the same room. Mwaaaaa!

Sonya from Beyond the Screen Door Designs designed these curtains for her friend Tricia

I would love to have these in my kitchen dining room! Her fabric and design has a little bit of that “Mackenzie-Child” feel that I’m so taken with…and speaking of taken – take a walk over to Sonya’s blog.  It’s beautiful! Oh, while your there, take (what’s with all of my take, takes and taken?) her home tour.  You will not be disappointed.  It’s gorgeous.

Shari from Turn Style Vogue introduced “Finn Rock” on her blog this week.

You’ll have to head over to her blog to get the story of his namesake! I love how Shari names all of her pieces of furniture.  We all get pretty darn close to our “finds” as we make them into beauties.

Cathy from My 1929 Charmer sewed these beautiful fall leaf pillows.

I’d love to have one of these sitting on my couch.  Beautiful!

Lauren from All Things Homie gets the award for decorating EVERYTHING.

Is this clever or what???? I just cracked up when I saw this on her blog.  She said, “My husband thinks I’m officially crazy.” Oh my gosh, too, too funny.  She shows a before pic (thermo without the frame/thermo with the frame) and it does look  better!! Great job Lauren.  Maybe I will do a linky party with everyone’s framed thermostats or better yet…”What did you frame this week?” Our husband’s will send all of us to the loony bin! ha!  We would decorate that too, wouldn’t we?

I had a week when, I swear, if it didn’t move I’d spray paint it black.  Anyone ever have that kind of week?  My husband thought I was crazy too…I don’t know what he’d do if I framed the thermostat….guess I need to do it!

Ready for another Linky Party? Here comes #2!  Please no give aways or Etsy shops.  Please, please, please grab a button in the column and paste either in your specific post or on your side bar.  I would really appreciate it…and don’t forget to pick at least 2 people and leave a nice comment about what they linked up.  We all love to find comments in our in-boxes.  Right? Right!  So link away.  PLEASE NOTE:  Your image will be in the #1 position when you link up! This gives everyone the opportunity to be #1.



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Red Chair Re-Do

Happy Monday!!! I hope all of you had a fabulous, relaxing weekend.

My bathroom is finished being tiled!! Woohoo! It is “amazingly amazing”.  Brandon (my s-in-law) did a great job and put up with me changing just a few little tiny things…like the back splash on the back of the vanity (I know he was muttering under his breath…something about a m-in-law who is a pain in the %@#*) :-).  I had planned on showing pictures, but I think I’ll keep you in suspense until it’s completely done and do a big UNVEILING.  Then you will want to keep coming back! ha! Just kidding (about the coming back…but I would like that).

So here is a little red chair that I had so much fun re-doing.  I got 2 of these chairs for $14.50 at AMVets – $7.25 each! I did them both different, and will be done with the 2nd one next week.

I apologize for these pics in advance. Not my best shots…I can’t do anything under pressure.  I was in a hurry…as usual it seems these days…me always fighting the clock….that will be a different post that will be filed under RAMBLINGS. Ha!

Here is what the chair looked like before:

And here is the After:

What do you think? Love the Red?

Here is a few up close and personals :-)

I wiped down the chairs, filled in a few cracks with a wood filler, sanded, and painted the chair with Annie Sloan’s Emperor’s Silk (red).  It took 3 coats to cover it thoroughly (you know how that red is…and Annie’s is no different).  Next, I distressed (didn’t do a lot of it) and then applied clear wax, buffed and applied a very light coat of dark wax.  Still needs to be buffed, but wanted the waxes to get good and hard.

What am I going to do with it? I have no idea.  Perhaps sell it.  It’s gonna be hard to get rid of.

I want to ask everyone a quick question – I saw a Union Jack dresser on someone’s blog but it was done in an olive green, cream colors, maybe brown?  Does anyone remember seeing it? Please email me or comment to me if you know.  Thank you!

Don’t forget to stop by tomorrow to see the highlights I will be posting from last week’s #1 Linky Party.  Can’t wait to see what everyone shares at this weeks #2 Linky Party starting tomorrow (Tuesday) at “Turning the Daunting into the Do-able” right here on Project Queen.

I’m linking to these parties:

Newbies Party @ Debbie-debbiedoos
Craft O Maniac Monday @ Craftomaniac

Made By You Monday @ Skip to My Lou

Amaze Me Monday @ Dittle Dattle

Craft Cat Walk @ Embellishing Life Every Day

Show Off Your Cottage Monday @ House In Roses

Motivate Me Monday @ Crafts Keep Me Sane

Mod Mix Monday@ Mod Vintage Life

Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios

Market Yourself Monday @ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

Twice Owned Tuesday @ Creating a House of Grace

Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Trash to Treasure Tuesday @ Sassy Sites

So Creative Party @ So Very Creative

One Project At A Time @ A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Tutorials and Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z

Running With Glitter Link Party @ Running With Glitter

Topsy Turvy Tuesdays @ I’m Topsy Turvy

Tuesday Talent Show @ Chef In Training.blogspot.com

Creative Link Party @ Today’s Creative Blog

Who’s Got Talent @ Night Owl Crafting

A Little Birdie Told Me  Tuesday @ Rook No 17

Tuesday Confessional @ Crafty Confessions

Lil’ Luna Link Par-tay @ Lil Luna
5 Minutes Just For Me

Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts

Share the Love Wednesday @ Verry Merry Vintage Style

Blue Cricket Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design

Home Décor and Organizing Link Party @ Organize Your Stuff Now

Create and Share @ The Trendy Treehouse

Anything Goes @  Type A Decorating

Piece of Work Wednesday Furniture Party @ Prim and Proper

Share Your Awesomeness @ Thirty Sixth Avenue

Transfer Projects Link Party @ Unexpected Elegance

Wow Me Wednesday @ Gingersnap Crafts

Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims

Look What I Made @  Creations By Kara

What I Made Wednesday @ Sweet Peas and Bumble Bees

Show and Share @ Southern Lovely

Re-Create Into Something New @ No So Simple Housewife

Pinkolicious Thursday @ Frugalicious Me

Restored it Wednesday @ Restore Interiors

What’s Up Wednesday @ Sew Woodsy

Would You Buy It Wednesday @ Junker Newbie

Time to Shine @ A Diamond In the Stuff

Show Me What You Got @ Not Just A Housewife

Whatever Wednesday @ Momma Hen’s Coop

Strut Your Stuff Link Party @ Some What Simple

It’s a Party @ Creative Princess

Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop @ Saved By Love Creations

Thrifty Thursday Link Party @ Thrifty and Fabuless

Open House Linky Party @ No Minimalist Here

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating with Nikki

Hookin Up with HoH @ House of Hepworths

Creative Juice Link Up @ Momnivores-Dilemma

Everything But The Kitchen Sink @ A Little Knick Knack

Show Off Your Stuff Party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans

Fab Friday Link Par-Tay @ Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

Delightfully Inspiring Thursday @ Delightful Order

 

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Versatile Blogger Award

Guess what????

Virginia from ArtsyVaVa awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award!!! I’m so excited and thrilled and…EVERYTHING! Thank you so much Virginia! I’m SHOCKED and honored to have receive it.

Be sure to check out Virginia’s website: Artsy VaVa.  She has a Halloween Witch made with altered art that’s pretty eerie looking…and an easy to follow tutorial on how to make it.

As a recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award, there are 3 rules to follow…
1.  Thank the person who awarded you.
2.  Tell 7 things about yourself that your readers may not know.
3.  Award 15 other bloggers with this award.

Here are 7 things that you don’t know about me:

1.  I have been married for almost 22 years.
2.  My husband and I went on 1 date and have been together ever since (yes, we lived in sin).
3.  I become a follower of Jesus Christ when I was 27 years old.
4.  I have witnessed 2 miracles (hence, why I became a believer).
5.  It took me 6 months to get up the nerve to start a blog because I was afraid no one would want to read it.
6.  I don’t mean to do it, but I want to name everything starting with an “M”.
7.  My husband and I have lived in 10 different houses since we have been married (we have bought 8 and sold 6 and rented 2….we are still in our 10th one and hopefully the last for a very long time!)

Now for the 15 bloggers that I would like to pass this award on to:

 Bonnie @ A Wee Meenit
Cassie @ Primitive and Proper
Diane @ In My Own Style
Mary @ Very Merry Vintage Style
Terri @ A Creative Princess
Sherry @ The Charm of Home
Maury @ A Fabuless Home
Pat @ The Occasional Pat
Carol-Anne @ Use the Good Dishes
Kris @ La Reportiste
Courtney @ French Country Cottage
Honey @ 2805
Deborah @ Up Cycling My Life
Jeanne @ Perfect Imperfections By Jeanne
Nikki @ Chef In Training

Congratulations to the the new recipients of the Versatile Blogger Award.  Their sites are great! You won’t want to miss them.  Please tell them I sent you. :-)

 

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Thank You and Thrift Store Finds

Whew!

Where in the world did this week go? Does anyone else feel that way? Gosh, I feel like I haven’t gotten anything done…then I have to remember that I DID get Madison’s bed done AND posted (which takes me forever because I’m new at this) AND worked on my chairs that are ALMOST done, which I’m looking forward to showing all of you AND I did get my FIRST Linky Party posted on Tuesday!!!

I owe all of you “linky friends” a HUGE THANK YOU!!!! (I didn’t even have to beg you…too hard!) ha!  Without all of you it would not have been a success!  How do I know it was a success? As of today, there are 86 amazing links! How awesome is that? I’m tellin’ ya, I feel so special this week.  Like, I have lots of people who LIKE me! haha! You know when you are the Mom of a teenager….you don’t always feel so special, ya know?

Don’t forget to link back next Tuesday for the 2nd “Daunting to Do-able Tuesday”.  I’ll also be featuring some of the links. You won’t want to miss it!

I got out for a little bit today and did some thrifting.  Here are some of my amazing finds, two in particular.  Ready?

Look at this little table – I got it for $35 – I couldn’t resist it.

It needs a lot of work.  I couldn’t pass it up…love the details on the legs and around the edges.

Couldn’t pass up this wooden pedestal for $2 and the dome for $1.50.  Think I should fill in the grooves on the plate?

And a cool wooden candlestick ($2)…been seeing all those Punkins (like my kids used to say) sitting on top!
oops, forgot the frame around the pic

Then this cute little empty frame (until I put something in it) :-). I have a plan for a picture wall…on a hunt for some fun frames…got this for $1.50!

Okay, here is the one that I loved so much…when I saw it, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven!!!

It’s about 4 feet tall…I have a BIG PLAN to either make it into a chalk board or a huge bulletin board that will go perfect over my desk.

Upclose middle area:

Corner Details:

Cost: $49.95 – I thought it was a steal.  If you have one bigger and cheaper…DON’T TELL ME…mkay?  I live in California…nothing is cheap here.  Even in Fresno.

Looks like my bathroom will be getting finished up this weekend. I’m so excited to get it DONE.  My next big project will be the pantry.  I’ve been scouting all of the pantry organization blog sites trying to get ideas. I’ll see if I can get a picture of my pantry up pretty soon.  I’d love to get some ideas from all you organizing bloggers, cause I need some help.  Probably in more ways than one ….

I’m hoping to have some final bathroom pictures for you on Monday.  Yea!

I pray that all of you have a safe weekend.

 

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Bed Re-Do

Thank you blogger friends for linking up to my 1st Linky Party!  It’s so fun to see everyone’s projects.  The party is still going on (until Friday) …just scroll down a bit and you will find it OR you can click on the far right frame above that says “Link Parties”.

I FINALLY finished Madison’s bed.  Yes, she left for college last week.  I will have to make a trip down there (oh darn, it’s 73 degrees there compared to 100 degrees here).  My problem?  Finding the time.  This month’s schedule is crazy!

I found her bed at our local Hinds Hospice Thrift Store.  Only $65! I couldn’t pass it up.

It had a small crack in the top of the head board. So I  filled it with some plastic wood filler and sanded it down with a fine grit sand paper.

I decided to paint it with Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint (ASCP) in Old White.  Here’s a hint that I learned from my stockist, Vicki, at 3 Oaks Studio, here in Fresno.  Apply your first layer of paint and let it dry (dries super fast), then dip your paint brush into water and then into your paint.  This will help you create a very smooth surface with the ASCP.  This is a good method to use for table tops.  Don’t mix the water into your paint.

After the paint was dry (I usually wait until the following day if I’m going to distress it), I used a fine grit piece of sand paper and sanded the surface very lightly until it was smooth.  You don’t have to do this, but I like the way it looks.  It smooths out all of the imperfections – like my drips!  Then with my palm sander and my electric sander I distressed it with a medium grit sand paper.  I removed most of the dust with a clean, dry paint brush (gets all the dust out of the grooves and corners) and then wiped with a tack cloth.  I was ready for Annie Sloan’s Soft Wax, which comes in clear and dark.

I first applied my clear wax and then I waited a few days before I buffed it out.  I’ve found the best way to know when to buff the wax is when the cloth doesn’t “drag/stick” on the wax.  Don’t be surprised if it takes several days to dry.

I decided I wanted to add some dark wax to the bed, but I didn’t want it to be super dark.  So, I mixed the clear and the dark together.

You can see in the picture how dark the wax is before I mixed with the clear wax.

Using a small paint brush I began applying the wax in all of the little cracks and crevices, wiping off some of the wax with a rag (I use an old t-shirt – no lint) as I went along.  On the large parts of the bed, I applied the wax with an Italian Wax Brush  (I love these brushes for large areas).

At this point, it was around 1:30 in the afternoon and I was getting hot (I was in the kitchen doing this – too hot outside).  Made a trip over to the thermometer and it read 82 degrees! Turned that puppy down to 77 degrees (sorry hubby but my wax wasn’t agreeing with me).  Here is what my wax was looking like:

I was getting these little gummy wax balls!!! So I took my cloth and very lightly wiped off the gummy balls.  Then I moved on to the larger area of the bed (the middle rung on the foot board).  I worked and worked and worked.  Annie and I had a few words (she didn’t know it though – it probably sounds pretty when she argues in French)…I stood back and this is what it looked like:

PFFFFFFFTTTTTT….It was so bad! Isn’t it awful???? I could just hear Annie,  “Well if it’s too dark or you don’t like it,  just apply more clear wax” (“Bien si elle est trop sombre ou vous ne l’aimez pas, tout s’appliquent plus clair de cire” – see how pretty that sounds?), well I did folks and it looked even worse. Then, my hubby brought me this…

…and life got better.  You know the rules about this beer, right? This is an alcoholic beverage that you can drink BEFORE 5:00pm. It’s thirst quenching, light and only 100 calories (trust me, this was a good thing – I was ready for a chilled, gin, a little bit dirty, martini and at this point friends, I didn’t care what time of the day it was!!).  I drank my beer, stood back and contemplated the issue at hand. Maybe it’s too hot and the wax is drying too quickly?  Maybe my brush needs to be cleaned?  I decided to take off the wax,  get up early in the morning and try it again when the weather was cooler. One of the great things about this wax, is it comes right off with paint thinner!

The next morning it was so much cooler – like 25 degrees cooler!  I applied the wax again using the same method (clear and dark wax mixed in a bowl).  It went on soooo smoothly with NO gummy wax balls!   I have to say I love how it turned out!  I ♥ you Annie Sloan! (Je vous aime Annie Sloan!)

What do you think?

Not bad huh?

I love the detail in this bed.

So, the moral of the story is don’t try to wax your furniture when it’s over 80 degrees!!!  Truthfully, that was the only hard part about this project.  Yes, it did get daunting….but I did it and SO CAN YOU!

P.S. I love taking all my pictures outside just when the sun is setting. I couldn’t get my hubby to bring out the mattress and bedding (he looked at me like I was crazy).  Wouldn’t that have been beautiful? The bed all set up in the back yard?

 I’m linking up to these parties:

Tutorials and Tips  Tuesday at Home Stories A-Z
What I made Wednesday at Sweet Peas and Bumble Bees

So Very Creative

Creations by Kara

Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts

Share the Love Wednesday @ Verry Merry Vintage Style

Blue Cricket Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design

Home Décor and Organizing Link Party @ Organize Your Stuff Now

Create and Share @ The Trendy Treehouse

Anything Goes @  Type A Decorating

Piece of Work Wednesday Furniture Party @ Prim and Proper

Share Your Awesomeness @ Thirty Sixth Avenue

Transfer Projects Link Party @ Unexpected Elegance

Wow Me Wednesday @ Gingersnap Crafts

Your Whims Wednesday @ My Girlish Whims

Look What I Made @  Creations By Kara

What I Made Wednesday @ Sweet Peas and Bumble Bees

Show and Share @ Southern Lovely

Strut Your Stuff Link Party @ Some What Simple

It’s a Party @ Creative Princess

Thrifty Thursday Blog Hop @ Saved By Love Creations

Thrifty Thursday Link Party @ Thrifty and Fabuless

Open House Linky Party @ No Minimalist Here

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating with Nikki

Hookin Up with HoH @ House of Hepworths

Creative Juice Link Up @ Momnivores-Dilemma

Everything But The Kitchen Sink @ A Little Knick Knack

Show Off Your Stuff Party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans

Farmhouse Friday @ Laurie Anna’s

Themed Link Party @ Funky Junk Interiors

Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sister’s Stuff

Scrappy Saturdays @ Candace’s Creations

Scrappy Saturdays @ A Vision to Remember

Think Pink Sunday @Flamingo Toes

Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table Dreaming

Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative

Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Nap Time

Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things

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Welcome to My 1st Link Party!

I’m so excited to be hosting my 1st Link Party!

It’s YOUR TURN to SHOW OFF that DAUNTING project that YOU made DO-ABLE!

You are welcome to link up:  Projects, Tutorials, Recipes and Crafts.

Please do not post give-away’s, Etsy Shop items or attach a link from your own link party.

♥Thank you♥

Here is how to link up:

1.  Copy and paste your project’s specific web address NOT your blog’s home page.

2.  Add the title of your project.  NOT your name :-).  (I didn’t know this when I first started) ha!

3.  Enter your email address.

4.  NOW you can add your name.

5.  Choose how you want to download/up load/attach (whatever) the picture of your project.

6.  Choose your pic.

7.  Grab a button on the side bar (top portion) and add it to your post or sidebar.

**This part is important**

8.  Please, pretty, please, visit at least 2 blogger buddies and leave a nice comment. We all love comments and it only takes a few moments.

Let the party begin!

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Sunday Cutie

Happy Sunday All,

I hope that all of you are having a restful, relaxing Sunday.  I’m trying to get my act together to get back to some projects around here. I have so many I’m right in the middle of.  Nothing finished, PLUS my house is a disaster.  Maybe I’ll just hang out on the computer a little longer…nothing like procrastination AND I bet it will all still be here waiting for me tomorrow!! :-)

I ran across a blog the other day called Savannah Granny (I’m now a devoted follower…oh my, you should see the bed skirt she made and might I add she has a whole tutorial on it!).  She had a blog post that I keep thinking about.  I emailed her last night and asked if she would mind if I posted this particular blog post and she was sweet enough to give me permission.  Thank you Ginger from Savannah Granny!

Without further ado…a few pics first:

Have you ever seen a baby porcupine?

Look at this sweet little thing rolled up in a ball.  Can I just KISS it???

FABLE OF THE PORCUPINE

It was the coldest winter ever.  Many animals died because of the cold.

The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm. This way they covered and protected themselves; but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After awhile, they decided to distance themselves one from the other and they began to die, alone and frozen. So they had to make a choice: either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth.

Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.

The best relationship is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others and can admire the other person’s good qualities.

THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS…

Oh it’s killin’ me how cute it is.

 

ACCEPT AND LOVE ALL THE PRICKS YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE!!!!

(sorry about that nasty “P” word, but it is the MORAL to the story!!) :-)

I love this story.  I’m one of those easy going people who really and truly does try to look at the good in every person I come into contact with (but don’t push me too far) and sometimes I’m just one of those “pricky” people.  You never know what their story is or what kind of a day they are having or what kind of a life they have had.  We all have these days… now, this doesn’t mean that it’s okay for these people to blame you or anyone else for their problems (I’m big on taking responsibility for my own feelings).  This also doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have BOUNDARIES when these kind of people try to get in your space (if you know what I mean) …and if you haven’t read Boundaries by Cloud/Townsend it’s a MUST).

I challenge you to take the time to smile, wish them a good day, pray for them….and walk away.  It’s amazing how praying for someone softens my heart (even when it’s super, duper hard).  Everyone has the right to their thoughts, feelings, ideas…God made us all individuals.  It would be pretty boring if we were all exactly the same.  Don’t you agree?

I can now hear Dr. Laura (who I have a love/hate relationship with) saying,

“NOW GO TAKE ON THE DAY!”

I better get to my projects or this is going to be a pretty darn boring blog this week!

Have a wonderful day my friends!♥

P.S.  I had the cutest little pink frame around this little critter and my husband says, “That’s a boy! You can’t have a pink frame around him.”  Oh, I guess I didn’t notice.  You think it’s a boy? I’m not sure what a girl or boy baby porcupine looks like down there.  Do you?

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Halloween Decor

I’m feeling a smidgen of fall in the air! Last night I thought it was at least 9pm because it was dark (it was only 7:30pm) and then this morning I got up around 5am (yes, one of those lovely sleepless nights) and it was cooler outside than in the house…and it smells different. Do you know what I’m talking about? (or do you think I’ve lost my mind?) If I was to “label the smell” I would say it smells like Fall. Now you know what I’m talking about…right? ha!

Today marks the 7 year anniversary of my Father passing away. Here’s to you Dad. I have no idea where the years have gone…seems like just yesterday I said good-bye. Looking forward to seeing you one day again.

On a happier note, our grandson, Tyler, was born 3 years ago today. I’m always amazed how God shuts one door, and opens another. Happy Birthday Ty-Ty!!!

I love Halloween.  It’s such a fun time for kids and it signals the change in seasons….not to mention going through the kid’s “loot bags” and stealing all of their Milk Duds.  They used to hide them from me!!!! Terrible children.

I’ve run across some great Halloween decorations on the internet.  Maybe they will inspire you to decorate this year…maybe they will inspire you to change up the decorations from last year…maybe after your kids go to bed you’ll be going through their loot bags and stealing all the Milk Dudds :-).  You don’t do that do you??  Kitkats? Starbursts? Twix?

You can do something as simple as this – 3 black candles, bag of candy corn and a platter.  Perfect! Except in our house the candy wouldn’t last long…

This is awesome! Love all of the details.  Shelley at The House of Smiths will show you how to put this whole display together.  Thank you Shelley!

Check out these Burlap Wrapped Frames with the Silhouettes…

and these smashed witches’ legs that Craft Lady Lindsay has made.  She has the full tutorial on her blog.  So cute!

Love this little set up for a cocktail party.  Doncha’ love the dry ice, scary wreath and screaming pumpkins?

How simple, easy, cute and clever is this? Missy at Lookie What I Did has a tutorial on Painted House Number Pumpkins!

This is a really a simple, cheap decoration that Robyn from The Pink Peony of LeJardin made for $1! She has a tutorial and print out on her blog.

BOO in apothecary jars! Who would of thought of that??? Chris at Just a Girl  has done a great job decorating her mantel.  She has labeled it “Mantel Madness”. Love it!

Last but not least, I LOVE what Nest of Posies has done to her stairs and entry way.  Check this out…I bet she is a fun Mom.

My kids would have loved this!!! Of course I don’t think they would have come down the stairs at night! ha! If I had stairs in my house I would do this for my grandchildren….all boys. Right up their alley.

Cutest entry way.  I would KILL for that Chalkboard Tray!  Wait till you see a close up of those Halloween pics….

Don’t you love the simpleness of these? Love that orange and black.  She has Halloween print-outs on her blog for free…

Where is my Halloween decorations you ask? In the attic in a box!  Have to get hubby up there very soon.  I still have until October 1st…right?

Finishing up my daughter’s bed today.  Nope,  I’m not having a NO CHORE/NO GUILT FRIDAY….this blog is making me work….and I love every minute of it.

Thanks for stopping by my friends ♥

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Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo with Roasted Asparagus

Whew! I’m back from a fun, crazy, tiring BUS trip to Laughlin, Nevada!  I made some great memories with my Mom…glad I went…would I do it again? NO!!! That is one loooooong bus ride. Six hours to be exact.  I took my lap top with me thinking that I could get a few posts done.  Paid $20 for WiFi internet, spent 30 minutes on the phone with the IT Dept. at a certain hotel casino and it never did work right.  He said it could be because I have a MAC.  What???? Oh well.  Here I am! Home, safe and sound and NO, my husband can’t retire yet.  DARN.  Ha, like my daughter said, “Dad retire?”.  Don’t think it will ever happen…he’s a work-a-holic.  So, while I get myself situated at home – laundry, grocery shopping, unpack, you know the drill…here’s what I have for ya….

Here is an excellent recipe that I tried the other night from this month’s (September) Cooking Light Magazine.  It is delicious, lighter on calories than the regular version and easy to make.

The roasted asparagus was delicious also.  I usually saute, grill or steam my asparagus.  This was so easy and was a little bit crunchy.  YUM.

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

1 (9 oz) pkg refrigerated fettuccine

1 lb. peeled and deveined medium shrimp

2 green onions, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp olive oil

1/2 cup (2 oz.) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1/3 cup half-and-half

3 Tbl (1 1/2 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

2 Tbl chopped fresh parsley (I used dried)

1.   Cook the pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.  Drain pasta in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid.  Combine shrimp, onions, and garlic in a small bowl.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add olive oil; swirl to coat.  Add shrimp mixture, and saute’ for 4 minutes or until shrimp are done.  Remove from pan; keep warm.

2.  Reduce heat to medium.  Add reserved cooking liquid, Parmigiano-Reggiano, half-and-half, cream cheese and pepper to pan.  Cook 2 minutes or until cheeses melt.  Combine pasta, cheese mixture and shrimp mixture.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Serves 4 (serving size about 1 cup).

CALORIES: 442 FAT:14.3g PROTEIN:37.4g CARB:40g FIBER:2.1g CHOL:200mg

Roasted Asparagus

2 tsp olive oil

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp ground red pepper (I used black)

1 lb. trimmed asparagus

Combine the above ingredients and coat asparagus.  Spread out on a jelly-roll pan (if you don’t have one a cookie sheet is fine).  Bake at 450º for 6 minutes or until crisp tender.  Serves 4.

CALORIES: 43 FAT:2.4g

ENJOY♥

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