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Spring Pretzel Nests


Hello Everyone!
Spring is here and I am ready for it!
I’m ready for the sun to shine, for the  birds to chirp and the flowers to bloom.

The other day the boys and I stumbled upon an empty bird’s nest.  My 3 year old got the biggest kick out of it and was so sad that there were no eggs in it.

As I was cleaning out my car a few days later (swearing that the kids were never going to be allowed to eat in my car again) I found my 7 year old’s stash of sticks and left over pretzel sticks strewn across the backseat.  Looking at the combo gave me a great idea! A PRETZEL NEST!!!  I know what you’re thinking… this lady gets her inspiration from some pretty crazy places! 🙂

My first thought was, “How am I going to get the pretzels to stick together?”  I am a pro at Rice Krispy Treats.. what choice do I have when my kids sign me up for bake sales at school and don’t tell me until the morning of?!  So butter and marshmallows it was.

I began by heating up the butter and melting the marshmallows.

But instead of Rice Krispies, I added a bag of pretzel sticks.

I lined a cereal bowl with wax paper, sprayed the wax paper with non-stick spray and spooned in my mixture.  I sprayed a spoon with nonstick spray and made a little nest shape.  Then, I let it cool.

If you want to make a chocolate nest, melt some baking chocolate and dip the whole nest into it and set it on wax paper until it sets.  They aren’t as pretty as the plain nests, but boy do they taste good!

I added some chocolate candy eggs and a little chocolate duck.   My three year old loved it.  He said, “Mommy, my chocolate duck laid chocolate eggs!’

I think it turned out pretty cute and the boys loved them!

Pretzel Nests

3 Tablespoon butter
1 bag of large marshmallows

Mix with:
1 bag pretzel sticks

Makes 4 large nests.

Thanks Mandy for having me!! Hope everyone has a great week!!


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Samoa Brownie Cookie Bars

I came across this recipe and traced it back to Jasey’s Crazy Daisy delightful blog.  Her recipes won’t disappoint any sugar addicts out there.  Be sure you pay her a visit and tell her Project Queen sent you!

Two weeks ago my husband broke down at the grocery store and bought a box of Samoa cookies from the darling Girl Scouts, in which 3 of us devoured in 5 minutes flat!  Last weekend I started thinking about the stinkin’ sweet Somoa cookies from the weekend before (are you following me?).   I decided I needed to make something like them for Sunday night family dinner.

These did not disappoint any of us!  They were BETTER than the Girl Scout Samoa’s, especially when they were cold – right out of the refrigerator.  Worth every single BIG OL’ FAT calorie!


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Evangel Home Office Reveal

I’m so excited to be sharing this reveal with you!

Remodeling Joyce’s office and spending time at the
Evangel Home was a HUGE blessing for Carrie and I.

Joyce’s office looks VERY different from what it used to look like.

Let me give you a quick peek:

And this is what it looks like now…


The gray baskets turned out really cute.
The black strips of wood on the edge of the shelves are chalkboards!

We also put in an accordian vinyl door.
It takes up so much less room than a swinging door.


Joyce wanted a place that she could meet with a new volunteer.
She also wanted an area for a volunteer to work.
Because there wasn’t much room in the office, we installed
a 4 ft. shelf under the window and out of the way where someone
could sit and work.

Here’s a close up of the picture that is hung between the two chairs
in the picture before this one.
One of Joyce’s volunteers made it for her.
It means alot to Joyce, so we wanted to make sure we framed it and
hung it in a prominent place.
Every woman needs a nice pop of pink in her office!
Don’t you agree?


EvangelhomeofficejoyceJoyce is thrilled.
She said, “I know I’m supposed to be humble… but how can I be humble with an office like this?”

What do you think?



Evangel Home Office Phase 2

In Phase 2 things really started shaping up with the

Evangel Home Office Project!

If you haven’t been following along, you can read about Joyce’s office here.

IVHbaseboardsNew baseboards were installed and paint went on the walls.

IVHdeskbeforeA cool thrift store table started being transformed into a beautiful, modern desk.

Floral fabric for some pillows.


Plaid fabric for more pillows!

A thrift store 4 drawer file cabinet got painted.

A new chandelier was hung.
A thrift store silver platter as a medallion was added.

We made a picture board for Joyce out of chicken wire
and a thrift store frame.

We found the perfect chairs  at TJ Maxx!
(love the nailheads on the back)

Picture of the front of the chair… sorry, it’s blurry.

And a gorgeous rug for that ugly floor.

Floors were mopped.
Is there any other way to mop a floor than on your hands and knees?

Carrie and I made Joyce a fabulous subway sign out of old siding
from a house we refurbished a few years ago.
We think the siding is from the early 1900’s.

I will have tutorials on the subway sign and the picture board
posted in a few weeks.

Early next week we will reveal Joyce’s office!

It’s pretty fabulous if I do say so myself :-).

Have a wonderful weekend.

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Evangel Home Office Phase 1

Thanks to all of you who dug into your pocketbook and donated to
Joyce’s office renovation at the
Evangel Home.


Carrie and I have spent the last two weeks working there and it was an amazing experience!

Joyce is thrilled with her office and we were so excited to show it to her.

You can see the BEFORE pics of Joyce’s office here.

Our first priority for Joyce’s office was lighting.  The only lighting she had was a lamp on her desk.  She did have natural light from a window, but not enough to make her workspace a well lit area to work in!  I don’t know how she did it during the winter.  Fresno gets some really cold, foggy, dreary days.  She must have been sitting in the dark!

Carrie has a friend who is an electrician that was nice enough to install 4 canned lights, a new electrical outlet and a new light in the closet.


Can you see the canned lights?  They made a HUGE difference in the room.
When we asked Joyce what color she would like on the walls, she said, “I can see cool gray or blue in here.”
So gray it was.


The electrician had to go through the wall to “pull” electricity from the light switch.
We had to patch the hole up too!
I’ll show you how it was done in another post.


We replaced the baseboards.


My awesome hubby painted the baseboards.


Shelves were built in the closet so Joyce could store all her goodies.
A tall, 4 drawer file cabinet will go in on the left hand-side of the closet.

Here are some of our thrift store goodies.


This sweet little round table was free.
We found it in the Evangel House donation room.


This is our $7 bench.  I had a vision 🙂


Our $12 chair.
Easy upholstery job!


 Baskets we will paint with spray paint.
They will look fabulous painted gray.

I’ll be back soon to show you more…

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Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe Round-Up

As much as I love the way my mom taught me to make Corned Beef and Cabbage (just boiled in a big ol’ pot),
I’m going to branch out this year and try something new.
Which one might you try?
I’m still deciding… they all look delicious!

Crock Pot Corned Beef and Cabbage
Family Fresh Meals

corned beef shepherds pie

Shepherd’s Pie
Holy Cannoli Recipes

Cabbage Stew
Preparedness Pro

Corned Beef Cabbage Turnovers
Recipe Girl

Corned Beef and Cabbage Calzones
Reader’s Digest

Corned Beef and Cabbage Salad

Corned Beef and Cabbage Hash
Corned Beef and Cabbage Hash
Deep South Dish

Scalloped Corned Beef and Cabbage
Rachael Ray Magazine

Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup
Skinny Taste

Corned Beef and Cabbage Pizza
Seeded At the Table

Corned Beef and Cabbage Patties
Adora’s Box

Easy Corned Beef and Cabbage
Paula Deen















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Shades Of Light – Amazing Lighting

Recently, I happened to see an advertisement that caught my eye called “Shades of Light“.

I clicked on it and WOWZERS!!!

What a pleasant and amazing surprise to see the assortment and unusual selection of lighting!

Have I been under a rock and all of you know about it????

I immediately ordered a catalog to be sent to my home and I got it 3 days later!

I love chandeliers… here are some pretty unusual ones that I wanted to share with you.


Italian Antique Reproduction Acanthus & Tassel Chandelier



De Vine Wood Ball Chandelier


Industrial Cage Work Light Chandelier


Naturally Superior Twig Chandelier


Dripping Crystal Shade Chandelier


Tulip Basket Lantern


Natural Oyster Shell Chandelier


Jute Wrapped Cage Table Lamp


Twisted Root Branch Candlestick Lamp


Quatrefoil Wooden Panel Sconce

Aren’t they amazing????

I have to confess that some of them I wouldn’t put in my home,
but under the right conditions, they would be perfect!

I promise I’m not getting paid for this post :-).

Have a wonderful day!

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