Last Minutes Gifts!

Need some last minute gifts and don't want to get out in the insanity again!  Try these gifts you can put together from ingredients you may already have in your kitchen!

I really love making homemade gifts.  There's just something about creating things someone else will enjoy.

The pictures are mostly self explanatory, but I'll include the link for the salsa and scrub, so you can whip some last minute goodies for yourself!

Homemade Corn Chips

You haven't tasted chips till you make your own!  Cut corn tortillas with pizza cutter, heat oil, drop in and cook for about a minute.  Remove and place on paper towels to drain.  While still hot, salt to taste.  Yummo!

This is so delish!  Very easy to make and so colorful.  Lots of chopping, but a food processor can become your best friend.  If you want a little more heat, just add one more jalapeno pepper.

Almond Bark Popcorn
I mean, it doesn't get any easier than this!  Melt the almond bark, pop the corn, pour it over, stir, spread it out to dry and bag it!

I added a cute little candy cane for decoration, then printed the story of the candy cane on business cards.

(you could eat this!)

I had this sweet little 'K' in my stock of stickers. This gift is for my sister and her name just happens to start with a 'K'......

Check out your kitchen to see if you have some last minutes gifts to make!!

Have a wonderful Christmas! 



Tablescapes for Everyone!!

Want to see some gorgeous tablescapes? 

   These tables were beautifully decorated by some of the
women at our annual Ladies Christmas Brunch. 

Wow! What talent and originality!

Festive, Elegant, Themed.
Something for everyone. 

So feast your eyes on these beautiful decorations,
 china, crystal and silverware. 

Does that inspire you?  It sure inspired me!!

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I Just Painted

I recently decided to repaint my kitchen cabinets.  I just felt like they needed a little color.  And after's only paint, right!

I didn't do any fancy paint treatments,{Ok, partly because I don't really know how.} and I didn't even remove the doors.


I just painted.

This is my kitchen before...

And of course, after...

Since these pics were taken, I have painted the skirting next to the floor.  Looks much better.

I am very happy with the way they turned out!

The moral of the story is...

You can color your world with paint and if you don't like it, paint over it!


Behind curtain #1

Oh my gosh!  Computer wires!

They have bugged me for years. I have tried to ignore them, but no matter how well I organize my office, there they are, staring at me.

Mangled and tangled.

It's like they have a mind of their own and I don't like what they are saying! 

I have gone as far as to place a framed piece of art about the size of the opening under my desk in an attempt to hide them.

The only problem was it was always falling over on my feet.
Not a good idea after all.

Then while going through stuff for my garage sale, I suddenly had an epiphany!  Yes, I said epiphany.

Here's what I came up with...

Left over fabric, fabric glue, tension rod.

Ta Da!  Hey!  Not bad, huh?  NO more wires!!!!

Let us in on some ways you have hidden or disguised your ugly monster of wires!

I'm linking to these fabulous parties!


Need Stuff?

What is it about garage sales.  Every time I say I am never going to do this again!
 But here we go...

If there is one thing the T.V. show 'Hoarders' has done for America is to get us thinking about our junk.  At least it has for me.  I tell you, everytime I see that show I want to clean out a closet!

Then there are all the blogs I read.  There is definately something in the air in blog land.  Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick had this to say about her stuff.
Also, Kimba at Soft Place to Land

 This is just part of what will be there, and this was only from my office!  Help!


I will say it has been a blessing to get rid of and clean out the things that I don't need or want anymore.

Getting all this junk out of my house has a freeing element to it. I feel lighter already!  But not quite light enough.

 This is what I want to buy with my garage sale money...

Will I use it?  I sure hope so.  I always have good intentions, and this time I'm thinking I'll do it.  I really do!

If you're going to be in the area next weekend, let me know and I'll give you the address of the best garage sale on the block!

 It will be a time together with my daughters, my  sisters and myself cooking on the grill and selling our junk.

Hope to see you there!


New Look!

If this is your first time to visit me then you won't notice any differance.  But if you have popped over to see me before, you may notice I have changed things up a bit.

What to you think of the new look?

Leave me a comment and let me know!


The weather is finally cooling enough for me to get outside and actually enjoy myself, so the Hubby and I went for a stroll on the Boardwalk in Bossier City, Louisiana.

There are some great shops there to browse and even pick up a bargain or two.

I love to go to The Old Farmers Almanac.  It's one of the busiest stores on the Boardwalk.

I saw the cutest little sign along with this birdie and nest...

I think that is going to be my new phrase!  I didn't get the sign, but I did bring the bird and nest home with me!

And how funny is this little doll! 

While walking we saw this awesome stamped concrete.  Since my Hubs in the concrete business, this was especially interesting to him. 

They did a pretty good job.  Looks almost real, huh?

Look at these kids!  They are in these huge plastic bubbles playing on the water!  What fun!!  I understand they can be rented for parties. 

We finished the day with a stop at the local cupcake shop.

His was Mexican Chocolate and mine was Red Velvet.  Ummm.

What did you do with your weekend?