March 19, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm thinking about...

...not taking feeling good for granted! We are all on the mend here. The sheets are washed, the Lysol sprayed, and the door opened to let the fresh...if still yet chilly...air in. I have to tell you, I am so thankful to be cooking and schooling and folding laundry again! Thanks for the kind words and prayers...they were felt and appreciated. : )

I am also thinking about switching gears...from St. Patrick's Day to Easter! They are super close this year, which means we will be saying goodbye to all things green, and pulling out the bunnies and eggs soon. As in tomorrow. But before we do, here is a look at the past week in our country home...

Spring is near...and soon we will be swinging and rocking and sipping drinks out here.
(Instead of rushing out without shoes or a jacket to snap a quick picture before running back inside.)

I couldn't wait to dig out the Easter mugs...this one is just too cute to not use. : )

Sunday morning was the first I felt like eating in French Toast it was.

And then it was the night before St. Patrick's Day...and we celebrated with a special bedtime story and snack. Peyton made chocolate chip cookies with green chips. Always buy an extra bag at Christmas, and pick the red ones out. : )

St. Patrick's Day Breakfast was fun...
and everyone has the fruit dip recipe, but just in case you don't...mix 8 oz. cream cheese with 8 oz. marshmallow cream. That's it. : )

My littlest leprechaun and I set the table while the big kids worked...

and our Irish dinner was delicious!!! Simply chop up some red potatoes, some cabbage, an onion, and some bacon. Cover with foil, and bake in a 400 degree oven for an hour or until done. I put it under the broiler for a minute to crisp the bacon too. Then I steamed some carrots and pan fried some kielbasa and we were set!

After dinner, we played some fun games...Uno Attack, anyone?...and took the obligatory photo. We were so happy Grandma came to celebrate with us! And if you see an extra face there, that is Madison's BFF Jessica. : )

We finished off the night with Peyton's traditional Lime Jello Cake for dessert.

And that is a wrap on St. Patrick's Day 2015!

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.
I heard a rumor we here in Pennsylvania may be seeing some snowflakes fly!


  1. So glad everyone, especially you, are on the mend. The pictures are great and I am 'wishing' the snow away!

  2. My dear Billy Jo, I am so sorry to hear you and your family were not feeling well... I am so glad to hear you are on the mend.

    Once again, you have amazed me with your sweet images of food, family, and love :) Take care, my dear. Hugs!

  3. You still have snow!! No snow left in MN! A little chilly but that is ok when kids still are in school. It was so hard to go to school when they just wanted to be home and play!

    That bunny mug is sweet!

    I need to post my green pictures also. It was nice having all my kiddos home!

    Glad you are feeling better!

  4. So happy to hear you are all on the mend! I love your St.Patrick's Day rainbow!

  5. Love this Billie Jo! Such a fun and Springy post - even among the snowflakes!

    I"m so happy to hear you're feeling better. Now you can jump in and enjoy getting out the bunnies and welcoming Spring with energy and fun. I loved all of your St. Patrick's day touches and I may need to nab a few of your ideas for next year (LOVE that breakfast rainbow - such a fun idea!!)

    Love how light and fun your blog looks for Easter too. Thanks for sharing all the fun with us too. ;)

  6. nice post and pics :)

  7. So glad you are feeling better! Looks like a great week at your house!

  8. I love the new fun colors on your blog. And your bunny mug is adorable.
    Hope you are having a wonderful Thursday my friend!

  9. Doesn't even the littlest cold make you so grateful for your overall health and ability to do things like fold laundry!?
    Your porch and view are beautiful!!!
    We love UNO Attack! Such a fun one. Sounds like a festive St. Patty's Day!

  10. Wow -- what a great celebration! That looks like so much fun! Snow snow go away! Have a fun weekend!

  11. So glad that you are all feeling better. It certainly does make you appreciate good health after you've felt miserable and crawled out among the living again. I should really appreciate it more often.
    You have more snow than we do. All brown now and some rain would help spruce things up a bit. All in good time. Happy Spring!

  12. I'm glad you all are feeling better. Your French toast looks amazing as does all of your other food. Spring is here and I am so happy.

    Amy JO

  13. What a fun and festive celebration! And I am so glad to hear you are feeling better. Now hopefully, that snow will soon melt and you will be seeing nature come alive again. Have a wonderful weekend!!

  14. I am glad you all are feeling better. I just love, love, love, love, your new background here. Thanks for sharing your photos with us, I will say it again, what a lovely family! Blessings

  15. So much fun!! Everything looks so festive and yummy. Peyton's cake looks so delicious! And I love your Easter mug so much. It's amazing how much cheer there is in just drinking something good out of a cute mug that makes you happy.

    And so happy to hear you are feeling better!


  16. Glad you are feeling better! Love all the fun festivities you do here. I think "home" when I think of you. Because you are so good at HOME and such a wonderful wife and mama!


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Billie Jo