Friday, October 31, 2014


So, after a month (where'd the time go?!) here's another post. I did some fall decorating on the porch. 

 The door was already painted this orangy color. They painted over the handle and everything.
 I made this wreath from things from Hobby Lobby. I should have adjusted the burlap bow before taking the photo. lol

The plant is still alive after several weeks! It's in a hanging pot but I think I'll leave it on this little stand. I bought it at Grumbles House Antiques & Garden Shop in downtown Dunnellon. It's a neat place. I also bought a ceramic pumpkin that's in a planting near the driveway. I bought the basket at a garage sale and tied another burlap bow on the handle and added decorations. And the big yellow mum I bought at Howard's Flea Market in Homossasa Springs. It's a huge flea market.

We had 5 trick-or-treaters tonight. They were very polite, said thank you and called me ma'am so I let them take another treat. Still plenty leftover. I also let the pizza delivery guy take some. ;)

I hear they had snow for Halloween in Indiana. I remember trick-or-treating in snow once with my 2 guys. It usually was rainy and cold on Halloween. Just so they don't feel bad, it's supposed to be record cold here tomorrow. May have to break out the long pants.

Monday, September 29, 2014

This and That

Whew! What a time I'm having getting used to this new place. Our new home is beautiful but I'm still trying to make it our own.

One issue we have is I cannot put down any carpets or rugs. Our old dog, Homer, is having old age issues and thinks they are washable pee pads. Ugh! Luckily, he only pees and doesn't poop inside (except if we leave him too long.) He hasn't messed on my handmade rug my mother made us for our first anniversary, which is great.  He does this crazy run-around-as-fast-as-you-can thing every few days and it's so funny watching him spinning his wheels on these wood and tile floors. Too funny!

Another issue we have is furnishings. I didn't want to go out and buy a bunch of new furniture so I have refurbished some old stuff from the basement of our house in Indiana. That's worked out well but I do not do re-upholstery so a few things still look scraggly. I bought an awesome soft fluffy rug to put in the spare room before company came and it was supposed to be brown. Well, it looks like a light pea-soup-green. I will be leaving it in the back bedroom. I have found some awesome second-hand/thrift stores in Ocala that I love: Tumbleweed and The White Elephant. I've gotten some neat things from these two places that I've painted and have been filling in the blanks around the house with. A couple weeks ago I bought a tall, thin, 10-drawer chest that needs a face lift. Still working out the right combo's for it. It's fun starting new projects.

One thing I am really enjoying about living here though:  home delivery! There are actually 2 pizza places that will deliver right to our front door! Awesome! And, for the times I send DH for carry-out, the food is still warm when he gets back! Isn't that exciting!

Anyway, I'm waiting for that magic day when I walk into this home and feel like I'm home. Time is on my side...

Here's a picture of DS helping me move furniture around:

And one of DH from the deck of one of the restaurants on the Rainbow River:

Now, go out and make it a good day!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Chicken in the Chips

Spent most of the day getting bills set up in online banking in our new bank account. What a hassle, but easier than righting a check every month. I'm pretty brain dead, tho.
Made this easy recipe from one of my favorite recipe books - 40th Anniversary Recipe Collection from Pace Picante Sauce, A Treasury of Tex-Mex Cooking, 1987 - called Chicken In The Chips - "A hearty, family-pleasing casserole. For quick convenience, streamline preparation with fully-cooked chicken or turkey from the deli department."
Original ingredients are:
2 to 2-1/2 cups diced cooked chicken or turkey
1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1/4 cup Pace picante sauce
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded monterey jack cheese
2 cups corn chips

I did not have all the ingredients so I substituted. Plus, I wanted leftovers so I doubled the recipe. 
Here's my version:
3 large chicken breast halves, chopped (raw)
2 Tablespoons of Tastefully Simple Fiesta Party Dip Mix
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup Pace picante sauce
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 canister of Pringles tortillas Nacho Cheese, lightly crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook chicken with Fiesta Party Dip Mix until no longer pink.
(These pics are with my cheapo phone. The lens got steamed up. I can't find my adapter to get my camera pictures onto my computer.)
 Add in soups, sour cream and picante sauce. Mix well. 

Spoon half the mixture into lightly greased 8-1/2 x 11" baking pan. Top with 1 cup cheese and half the crushed chips. Repeat layers. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

We all thought this was yummy - not low cal, but yummy. 

My favorite TV show is on tonight - Who Do You Think You Are!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Fried Rice

Years ago I would hang out at my neighbor's house. Debbie was a year ahead of me in school. She had 3 brothers. Her father worked at the steel mill and her mom, Ruby, stayed home. Ruby was a good cook. To this day, I have never had a better steak than she could cook. One of my favorite dishes she made was Fried Rice. I love it. I made some tonight for supper.

Here's the recipe:

1 cup cooked Minute rice
1/2 cup diced ham
2 Tbls butter
4 green onions, chopped
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 Tbls Soy Sauce
2 eggs, mixed lightly
(I usually multiply these ingredients by 4 when not serving anything else with it.)

Cook the rice ahead of time using a little less water than called for. Set aside.

Melt butter in skillet on medium. Add ham and green onions and saute for about 10 minutes.  Add Sauces and cook till warm. Add the eggs and cook until eggs are done, stirring often.
Stir in the rice and serve.

On a different note, I saw my brother and his family off this morning. They had been visiting us in our new home the last four days. Each goodbye gets a little easier. While it's never fun to say goodbye, it doesn't keep me from wanting visitors! It was just a little odd since our families had been neighbors for 17 years and now they were "visitors". We had fun though and I look forward to having them come back. I often sit here trying to figure out exactly why God has placed us here in our new home in Florida so far from our families in Indiana. No answers yet, but, I keep this in mind:

Monday, July 28, 2014


Hi! After a long hiatus, I am reviving my blog. Due to my husband's job relocation, we have moved 1038 miles south to Dunnellon, Florida. Let me start off by saying, I've never been in love with hot, humid Florida. The job offer just came at a good time for us so we decided to jump on the opportunity. Our oldest son has a good job and great girlfriend and our youngest son graduated high school this year and moved with us to attend the College of Central Florida in Ocala. So, we're all set to begin a new chapter in our lives.

Lately, my creative energies have consisted of painting furniture. We kept our house in Indiana for my oldest son and mother to live in and purchased a home in Dunnellon so we have tried scraping together our furniture and splitting it between the two homes. I dug up some from our basement, painted them, and now we use them here. So far, I've used a coffee table, end table. night stand, wicker stand, bookcase and a wall shelf. Looking forward to some crafting soon.

Visitors coming this week though! Time to clean house!