Thursday, March 31, 2011

Shish Kabobs

Shish Kabobs are so easy.  For some crazy reason, until a few years ago, it ever dawned on me to make them.  I love new recipes, but I am a casserole kinda gal so shish kabobs seemed sort of adventurous.  They are totally not.  They are about as adventurous as a walk around the block, but taste as good as a trip to India!

They are super easy & quick to make and unbelievably yummy on the grill.  If you are one of THOSE people who worry about calories (I totally need to be one of THOSE people!) - they are also low-calorie but you sure couldn't tell from the taste!

You can use any veggies or meat that you have on hand.  For the ones pictured, I used:

Smoked Sausage (sliced)
Bell Peppers (green & yellow)
Mushrooms (sliced)
Cherry tomatos
 a few other options: sliced summer squash, zuchinni, pineapple, bacon, boneless chicken chunks, almost anything)

I spray them with butter and sprinkle them with blackening seasoning & then just put them on the grill until the meat is done.  There ya go!  Meat & Veggies all-in-one!  You can serve it with  rice & some french bread.

This is a favorite of my family in the summer!

What is your favorite thing to grill?

Linked up @ Delicious Dishes   Prairie Story  Paisley Passions

Thankful Thursday

My husband is a Baptist preacher.  We have had many missionaries stay in our home while on deputation or furlough, other preachers or Pastors, as well as many friends & family.  We enjoy the fellowship very much. 

One thing that never grows old is hearing many of these people stand in my home and pray for blessings for my home or my family.   It never ceases to leave a lump in my throat or bring tears to my eyes. 

My husband has been preaching for other churches quite a bit here lately.  Sometimes at the end of the service, as someone is praying, they will thank God for my husband and our family and allowing our paths to cross.  It is a VERY HUMBLING thing to hear someone pray and thank The Holy One for my family, or ask Him to bless my home and family.  It knits my heart to those sweet folk in a way that nothing else can.

Dear Lord, thank you so much for the many friends & family you have blessed us with.  Please help me never to take for granted the sweet prayers they send up on our behalf, and to always to be mindful to pray for others.  I thank you for the privilege of praying, and praise you for being worthy and great enough to answer those prayers.  Please help me to be grateful for those unanswered prayers that I don’t understand, and never to take this sweet privilege for granted.  Thank you so much for loving me & for the blessings (though undeserved) you have showered on my home and family.  I love you, Lord and thank You for loving me.    Amen

Do you have something that blesses your heart in this way?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Hoo Are You?

These are the questions from this weeks "Hoo Are You" over at Night Owl Crafting.
Here are this week's questions!

1. What is your favorite magazine?
It's too hard to pick a favorite.  I am a magazine junkie!  I love Country Home, All You, Country Sampler, Family Fun, Country Living, Flea Market Style, etc
2. What color are your eyes?
My eyes are green.
3. Do you go to the dentist on a regular 6 month schedule, or do you put it off?
I do not go every 6 months because I detest going to the dentist.  However, when I do finally go, I ALWAYS regret not going more regularly.
4. Do you use anything to make your house smell good?
ex: candles, spray,etc...
I have a Scentsy & I love the fruity & floral scents best (Hobby Lobby has scentsy like wax bars now)!  Nothing beats the smell of of a freshly cleaned house!
5. Do you have any pets?
I have 2 dogs - one sweet golden retriever & one of her mutt puppies we couldn't part with. *grin*

Do we have any of these in common?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Bird Nest Bobby Pin Tutorial

Remember the itty bitty birds nest tutorial I posted here?  Well, it was so fun that I made a few of them and have been wondering what to do with them...

 I saw these little bobbypins with the little bail on them at Hobby Lobby, and immediatly thought of the little birds nests. 

All you need is the pack of bobby pins from Hobby Lobby, a couple of the itsy bitsy birds nests, and some good glue (E-6000, gorilla glue, or even hot glue).

Glue the nests onto the little bail & wait about 20 minutes.  That's it!  They also meet my 3 favorite craft criteria - cute, quick, & cheap!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

How Close To An Alligator Is Too Close?

I mentioned on previous posts that we moved to Alabama from South Louisiana (very south Louisiana).  I saw many, many alligators living there and didn't even realize that was a big deal till we moved away. 

One of the first things people say is  - did you ever see an alligator?  Not only did I see plenty of them - I got pretty close.  I even when alligator hunting one time (think swamp people) - that's a post for another time.

These pictures are from a swamp tour that you can take.   Notice the close proximity of hands and a head to the alligators teeth...yeah...crazy people.  They actually pay to get this close to the alligators.

 I always thought gators were slow and lazy - but you oughta see them go after the chicken pieces the tour folks feed them.  They are FAST!

There is lots of other beautiful wildlife on the tour, too.  These grey herons are some of my favorites.

The white heron are very common there.  They were in our yard all the time.  One time last year there were hundreds of them in the bayou.  It was beautiful.

The swamp is kinda gloomy, but beautiful at the same time.


The alligators follow the tour boat, because they know they are gonna be fed.  The tour guides feed them raw chicken parts...apparently that's an alligator delicacy because they stay CLOSE! 

I took these pictures on the Munsun's Swamp Tour.  We have lots of company so we have actually been to most of the swamp tours in our area.

On the blogger stats page it shows how people find your page - someone found this post by googeling  "the most redneck swamp tour I can go on"  For the record - there is at least one that is more redneck than this. *grin*

Sooo...How close is too close to an alligator to you??

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rag Coasters Tutorial

These coasters are 3 of my favorite things - cute, cheap, & quick!  They can be made with scraps and completed in about an hour!

I made 8 - so I cut out 8- 4 inch squares of each fabric -red polka dots, flannel, denim.

Then I made fabric sandwiches again - denim was the bottom right side down, then flannel, then the polka dot right side up. 

After I made my fabric sandwiches, then it was time to sew!  I used my sewing machine but this is even something small enough that you could do it by hand if you wanted/had to.  Maybe even a great thing you could use to teach kids to sew (yes, they are THAT simple).

I sewed a 1/2 inch seam all around each square.

I *heart* my old machine.  It sews so well & its really a pretty blue color.


Then I snipped about 1/4 in all around up close to the seam (sorry I forgot to take pictures of that).
Then I washed them to get the edges raggedy. 
How cute is that?? 

 Remember when I showed you how to do the rag quilt?  You can use that technique for several things.  I made this baby security blanket with that technique & I have made burp cloths with it, too.

I would love to know if you give it a try!

Do you use coasters?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I Really Did It Now!

I put my name on a waiting list 6 months ago, to rent a flea market booth and 2 weeks ago THEY CALLED!!  I had visions of a booth filled with beautiful Shabby Chic-ness, white lacy french goodness - but I had to quickly fill it with what I had around my house because I hadn't expected them to call! 

This week I came across two wonderful blogs of ladies who have the kinds of booths that I hope to have someday.  I thought you might want to visit them, too.

The Polka Dot Closet is one of them.  She has many tutorials, is very helpful with pricing things, and has an eye for decor bling.

She has lots of pretties to look at....

She actually MAKES these mosaic pieces herself!!  How talented is she??

She also made these pillows with her new toy - a sewing machine ruffler!  I bought one a few weeks ago for my antique machine but haven't gotten to try it yet.  I am gonna make some ruffles & hot glue them to my car, and my shirts, and my shoes, and maybe even (just for fun) my Manly Man when he is sleeping.  Do you think the hot glue would wake him?

You will never guess what this started out as....... a gun rack! Redneck has never looked so chic!

She also shows you how to bling up your candle holders and she has several beautiful examples.

The Vintage Attic is another wonderful blog full of beautiful eye candy.

How cute is that dress form with sheet music??  It makes me want a sheet music skirt.

I love looking at the sea of white with pops of color.
You can't help but smile when you see that little pink chair.  She arranges things beautifully.

I have plenty of silverware, but I want to buy hers because it is displayed so cute!

I wish they weren't so far from me, I would love to go visit them and touch all their stuff.  My Manly Man thinks I have a problem because I like to touch stuff when I am shopping.  He shops so quickly, I am not sure his feet even touch the floor!  I like to lavishly enjoy my shopping!!  

In the meantime, I am praying that I make at least enough money (for the next couple of months) to stay open until I can fill my booth like I would like!   

Happy window shopping!

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