Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Yard Tour: What is Blooming in My Yard

I have tried to sit down and write this post for the past week, but finding time to do so in the first week of summer has proven to be difficult. I have been taking pictures of what I have blooming in my yard. I have a several containers (see my post on Front Porch Container Gardening) on my front porch, my back patio, and in my front flower bed.  Gardening and plants have become my biggest hobby.  I love them in the spring, and I love them in the fall.  I even love them in the winter and the hot summer.  The quickest way to make your home more attractive and inviting is with landscaping and container gardening.

As some of you may know, we moved to Texas two years ago from Mississippi (to see pictures from my Mississippi landscaping, click here).  At the time, I was pregnant with our fourth daughter (who was born in the month of May), so we did not do much with our landscaping our first year in this house.  Last year, we ripped out all of the "builder beds" and replaced them with what suited our style (more on that in a later post).  This year, I have been trying to find out what will grow well in the containers in our yard, on our front porch, and on our back patio.  Our back patio faces the west and has no shade (thank you brand new pasture neighborhood).  Obviously that means that our front porch faces the east, so things are a little easier to grow here.  Bake and fry are what happens to plants in the Texas sun on a patio that faces the west, so we will see if I am successful this year with the plants that I have there. 

I have taken tons of pictures of what I have blooming in my yard (front and back) that I am sharing with you below.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pancakes: One of my Most Versatile Recipes

Sixteen years ago at one of our wedding showers, we received a gift of a blank cookbook; one in which we could write our favorite recipes.  I remember that I thought that it would take forever to fill the pages of that cookbook. While I have not filled every page yet, I am currently on page 52.  Looking back through the pages, I can remember writing just about everyone of them in there.  There are lots of memories starting from when we are first married with instructions on how to cut the recipe in half to later recipes with instructions on how to double (and sometimes triple) the recipes now that we are a family of six.  It is amazing how fast time flies, and however cliché that sounds, it is the absolute truth.  The days are long but the years are short.

Our Cookbook
One of our most versatile recipes in my cookbook is the recipe for pancakes. They can be for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  I like to make them on a Saturday morning, I like to pack them in my kids' lunches, and I like to have them for "breakfast for dinner." As much as we like them, it is important to have a good, reliable pancake recipe on hand. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week Wrap-Up

With the month of May having Teacher Appreciation Week, I thought I would post some of my favorite homemade gifts for teachers.

One of my favorites is the rainbow jar of M&Ms.

Rainbow M&M Jar


This teacher gift was easy to put together.  The directions