Monday, March 27, 2017

A Touch Of Easter

Heavy snow hung on the tree branches last weekend, yet the inside of our home was cozy and bright and filled with Easter fun. Gone are the shamrocks and leprechauns. In their place...bunnies and flowers and sweet scented candles. Surely, spring is almost here. : )

I've had these cute little bunnies for years...

And we have only lost one egg to an accidental casualty. : )

This candle smells sooo good.

This one is possibly our favorite of all the Easter scents...
Jelly Beans!

This one smells exactly like you think it does.
Sooo good!!

My favorite Easter decorations...
These bunnies were my mom's.
She put them in her picture window every single year.
My dad picked them out.
And I adore them.

Easter touches on the holiday tree...

a mix of primitive and vintage...

and carrots of course.

This beautiful egg came all the way from Denmark. : )

Our favorite movies all ready for  movie night...
And also...coloring books with the kids' names in them from 2004!!!

Baskets waiting to be filled.
One is missing this year.
My Madison is in Denmark this year for Easter.
This is the first time in 20 years that the Easter bunny will not be filling her basket.
Yes. I cried when I pulled the others out and put her's back in.
So now...three children and two little pups will search for baskets on Easter morning!

We love all the bunnies and candy and fun...
But this is what Easter is all about.

Happy Easter time, my friends!!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Weekend Plans

The last weekend of March is here, and we have a few things planned. Friday is free. I have some frozen tilapia in the freezer to fix for dinner and then we will probably have a movie night with some popcorn and snacks. Saturday is free during the day, and then we will go to Mass. After that Rhett is going to the movies with a friend, Steve and I are going to dinner with friends, and Peyton and Flynn are going to hang out at home for a bit. Sunday my bestie Marian is coming up for the day! I'm thinking maybe Steve's awesome meatloaf with some mashed potatoes and cheesy broccoli for dinner. After that it will be our weekly shows to end the weekend.

Here is a look back at what we did this past week here in our country home...

We took our weekly "On the way to Mass" Snapchat on Saturday...

And woke on Sunday to what could be winter's kiss goodbye...

In the interest of being real around here, I share this picture of our family room on any given day.
Because. Life. 

And I did this on Wednesday. 
I do not look forward to this.
I have Health is a thing, trust me...
And that makes going for my mammogram very difficult.
But, I went. And am thankful I am good for another year.

When I got home, a little package awaited me!

I bought myself a gift on Etsy.
And I love it.
Look Tara! Look!

Lastly, we have this little corner upstairs that serves no purpose.
At all.
It sits empty.
Until I finally realized I didn't have to keep our dress up things in Rubbermaid tubs!
Flynn and I arranged all the dresses, costumes, crowns, wands, and accessories in an old toy chest.

We have a brand new love!

Dress up...

And we are having fun. : )

Peyton was busy on Thursday.
She baked cookies and brownies for dessert at our parish Fish Fry. : )

Remember this, my friends...

Have a wonderful, cozy weekend, my friends!
Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

When Your Child Realizes Her Dream

You are filled with joy. And happiness. And love.  My Madison went after her dream. It took her across the ocean to a foreign land. She met new people who spoke a different language. With the love and support of her boyfriend Nicolas and his dear family, she studied, practiced, worked hard and eventually realized her dream.

Madison is a certified professional make up artist. And through a friendship she made, Madison is now making makeup application and tutorial videos for a wonderful new make up line...Third Culture Cosmetics.

She writes about this exciting adventure on her own blog here.

And if you would like to view her video demonstrating how she uses these products to achieve that natural look follow this link

Thank you so much my friends.
One of the things I love about this wonderful blog world of ours is sharing in the joys of each others' lives. : )

Tuna Stuffed Peppers...A New Lenten Favorite

Alright. Stay with me here. I know. I know. Tuna Stuffed Peppers? But they are really, really good! And they are a nice addition to our Lenten meals. I actually found the recipe...where else? On a package of StarKist Tuna. : )

Tuna Stuffed Peppers

  1. 1 Pack Chunk Light Tuna in Water (11 oz. )
  2. 6 peppers, red, green, or yellow
  3. 1 cup chopped onion
  4. 1 garlic clove, minced
  5. 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  6. 1/2 tsp. oregano
  7. 1 tsp. parsley
  8. 1 1/4 cups cooked brown rice
  9. Salt and Pepper
  10. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  1. Cut tops off peppers and clean out each one.
  2. Cut stem from the top of each one and discard stem.
  3. Dice remaining pepper from each top.
  4. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Stir in onions, garlic, and diced pepper.
  6. Cook until onions and peppers are soft, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add oregano, parsley, salt and pepper, tuna and rice.
  8. Mix to blend well.
  9. Stuff peppers.
  10. Place in greased 8x8 square baking dish.
  11. Bake in preheated oven (350 degrees) for 15 or 20 minutes.
  12. Top with cheese and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes more to melt the cheese.
  13. Enjoy!
Stirring some veggies in olive oil...

Adding everything else!
Easy, right?

Stuffing these pretty  things...

Adding the best part yet...Cheese!
And back in they go...

Until they look like this!!!!

We served them with garlic toast and applesauce.
Also, cook peppers as long as you want to desired tenderness.

Hope you like them!