Spring Bucket List



First off , I owe everyone a big apology!!

I have been MIA for a while now and I am just going to be truthful… I have been

Winter does that to me. I hate winter!!
I just want to curl up and do nothing, which is not good when you have
a house full of boys!

Remind me next winter to plan lots of projects at the beginning of winter to help me survive the January- March blues.

Now that the sun is back out, I am coming out of my cocoon
and looking around.
Boy, how could I let everything get so unorganized??
Everything is a mess!

Mission for spring:
clean and clean,
organize, and organize!

The boys have really been enjoying the Bucket Lists that I have been making for each season, so I decided to make a fun, little Spring Bucket.   I got the pail at the Dollar Spot and just used my clothes pins. On one side of the clothespin I wrote what we wanted to accomplish, and on the other side I wrote, “We did it.”

Here are some of the ideas that we are going to be doing this Spring:

Go on a picnic
Plant flowers
Ride on a bike trail
Berry picking
Spring scavenger hunt
Make a kite
Fly a kite
Feed the ducks
Beach day
Make a bird feeder
Bubble fun
Make pinwheels

What are you doing for the remainder of Spring?

If you have any fun ideas I would love to hear them!

Thanks Mandy for having me!

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Ethan’s Baby Nursery


I’ve been so busy the last month working on two different projects!

I went straight from the Evangel House Office Project
into re-decorating a master bedroom/bathroom and a baby nursery.

I finished up  Ethan’s Nursery (just in time for a much-needed
vacation far, far away).
I’m thinking it might be one of those vacations when you need
a vacation after you come home :-).

Ethan is due in May.  His Mom (Shannon) contacted me in February
and asked if I had ever painted horizontal stripes.

There is always a first time for everything and I was up for the challenge!
(Tutorial will be coming later).

Ethan’s nursery was simple.
Shannon knew what she wanted, all I did was take her ideas
and make them happen.

Her inspiration was a special quilt that had been made out of Ethan’s
grandfather’s old polo shirts
(unfortunately, he passed away long before Ethan was planned).

Grey, khaki, yellow and navy blue, with wood accents
was what Shannon chose to use in Ethan’s room.


This is what Ethan’s room looked like before I got started.
(Okay, I had actually gotten started and almost forgot to take a before picture.)


You can see the quilt hanging on the crib.  So cute and original.
Love the white furniture Shannon chose.


Shannon and I worked on a gallery wall above the changing table.
Pictures will be inserted later.


Gallery wall close-up. Love the prints she had made by Jennifer Anderson-Bier.
She has a Facebook page called Designed by Aiden’s Mom.


The giant ruler was a gift that Shannon received.


Shannon found this “Latchy Catchy” on Etsy.
All you do is attach it to the door knob
and it’s quiet when you open and shut the door.


Why didn’t I have one of these?
Better yet, why didn’t I think of this??


More prints made by Designed by Aiden’s Mom
that were  hung above Ethan’s crib.


This is JAXON.
He is working on his barking manners so baby Ethan gets to sleep.
He is doing a good job.

Now we just need baby Ethan to get here….

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My Birthday Surprise!

A few weeks ago I received an
amazing surprise!

I had been whining about not seeing two of our grandchildren
who live in Long Beach (the other 4 live in town).

Guess what???

They surprised me by showing up for my birthday!
It was the best birthday present ever :-).

FYI… I turned the big 5-0.
Might I add I’ve never had a pain in my knee and woke up with pain in my knee!
What’s with that???

The one thing that we wanted to do was get a picture of the boys all together.
Easier said than done.

Here they are.  All 6 of them!
Connor decided he didn’t want to be in the picture.
Dad took him in the house for a short time out
and a good talkin’ to.

I think Tyler was shocked that someone was acting up
and it wasn’t him.

Poor Connor :-(.

Connor is out of his time out, but decided
he still didn’t want to be in the picture.

Connor gets interested in something crawling
behind the pillar.

In the mean time, Tyler decides to be a reindeer.

Now look at my Logi Bear.  He is being the best little guy he can be.
I seriously want to eat that child up.

Alex sits quietly (this is what Alex does pretty much all of the time)
and enjoys his “baby moment” with Owen who pretty much sits quiet all
of the time too (that baby is the BEST and easiest I have ever seen).

Did I tell you I want to eat him up too?
Especially when he smiles.
You could get lost in his dimples.

Alex is the oldest and Owen is the youngest.

Dominic decides there is something under
his fingernail that needs to be
attended to.

Dominic is the “Chatty Cathy” of the bunch.
Lord that child can talk an ear off.
Someday I’m going to miss it when he’s
too cool to talk to his Nana.

Tyler puts on his, “I never do anything wrong” face.
This is the face that does me in.
Seriously, I believe in him.
I know he does no wrong.


Connor is back in the game…

I’m so blessed.


Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole


I hope you all enjoyed your Easter.
Ours was wonderful and the weather was perfect for our Easter egg hunt.

We had a crazy weekend (Saturday I turned the BIG 5-0) so Easter was very low-key.
So, I decided to have brunch.

The challenge was to find a menu
(besides pancake and waffles) that everyone – young and old would like.

We kept our menu simple:

Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole
Fruit Salad

I’m sharing the Cheesy Amish Breakfast Casserole recipe.

and everybody liked it.
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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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