Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year!
Greetings friends and family!
In a little bit we will ring in the new year. Yea! I want to share a few fun vintage photos I found.

Have a wonderful New Year!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Making Bird Ornaments
Ok now.
Don't laugh.
Now that I've had some time to relax and cruise the blog world. I have found a few things I want to do for next year. I found this wonderful blog.You will just love everything they do! Check it out. craftysisters Beautiful photos.
I did my own little tweaking due to what I had on hand. I had seen some bird ornaments somewhere that I fell in love with. Don't remember where, sorry.
I created my own pattern out of card stock and some left over scrap paper.
I used card stock for the body and then glued paper on top of it. I also glued paper to the back side as well. Didn't want it to look dull. So there are three layers to make it thicker. After I glued the pieces together I put a book on top of it to keep it from curling up.
I normally wouldn't have used gold but it looked best with the paper I had on hand. I found the music paper for the wing on line and down loaded form this site. Next time I will use a more vintage colored paper instead of white copy paper. Ha ha! Just trying to work out the kinks.
I used red glitter glue for the heart but I'm sure a rhinestone would work too.
Then I added a little rhinestone for the eye.
This was a fun and easy little project. Also this was the first time for me to give a tutorial. What do ya think of my maiden voyage?
I hope you enjoyed it.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Snow in Eastern North Carolina
This doesn't happen very often. It was so exciting for the kids and me. Ha ha I know. I'm a little old to get excited about snow. I even woke the kids up early and had breakfast ready! Applesauce pancakes and bacon. Yum! What a good mom!
This is my little maple by the front door. To cold to go outside.
Here in North Carolina I never take my patio furniture inside. Looks goofy all covered with snow. It snowed probably 3 or 4 inches all together. That's a big deal for around here.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

No Bake Cookies
Oh my goodness, your going to love this!
For as long as I can remember my mom has been making these cookies.
It's been a couple of years since I've had them but was reminded this summer of their deliciousness.
It starts out like this:
1/2 cups Butter
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup Milk
3 Tablespoons Cocoa
3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla
3 cups Quick Cook Oats
In a saucepan, bring butter, sugar, milk, and cocoa to boil. Cook for one full minute at a FULL boil. Remove from heat. Add remaining ingredients. Stir well and drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let them set up and cool. They set up quickly.
I hope you enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

My Daughter's Christmas Tree
I have been real busy the past few weeks. My family and I have been Christmas shopping, decorating, cooking and cleaning. All of my children were here for Thanksgiving and we took lots of photos.
I even went on line and down loaded our Christmas photo to send out to all our family and friends. Don't laugh, but my boys were having a beer while watching the games. Ha ha! Check this out.

We were playing around with some photo editing options. This is the 60' look.

I just can't stand it! I have such good looking kids. I know all mothers say that. Lol!

So this is afew close up snaps of my daughter's green tree in her room!

And here are some of her fav ornaments. I know, I know she picked them out.

Got to love the pig!

This photo she took of herself in the mirror. Not sure what was going on but I love the texture. Maybe it's was just a dirty mirror. Ha ha! I think it looks sorta vintage.

Hope you are having a super weekend! Thanks for not forgetting me.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fall Leaves
A couple of days ago I was leaving my house for work. I looked over my shoulder as I was backing out of the driveway. My Japanese Maple looked like it was on fire! Oh my goodness! The sun was coming up and hit the tree just right. So I hopped out of the car to snap a few pics. Buy the time I got back into the car the light had all ready changed.
I have been a little envious of some of the fall pictures you all post. Here in eastern North Carolina we have mostly pine trees. You have to drive to the mountains to see really pretty fall foliage. So I couldn't wait to share with you.

Also you need to see the cool tepee my class made Friday. We have been studying Indians for a few days. What do ya think?

The end.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Sausage Breakfast Muffins
Here is a little treat I made for the kids. When the kids were babies I would aways make something special for them on Sunday mornings. Well, as they got older and our lives got crazy, breakfast became quick and easy. Kids are now old enough to fix something for themselves. A friend of mine fixed something similar to this. So I tweaked it a little and came up with this I thought my children and their friends would like
I lined the cups with refrigerator crescent rolls.
Sharp cheddar cheese next.
Then I added crumbled cooked sausage.
Next I added eggs,beaten (one per cup) with a splash of milk and salt and pepper. Then topped with a bit more cheese.
I baked it for about 12 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
They look a little messy in the pan. I'm wondering if I should use paper liners next time.

Yummy yummy in my tummy hip hip hip horray!

They were so good. The kids all approved. Ha ha!

Owls Yesterday my second graders had a special day. We had a person come to our classroom with three owls. Two of them were Screech owls and the other was a Barred owl. This was my first chance ever to see an owl or raptor up close. How awesome is that! We have been studying them for the past few days. I didn't know it was illegal to own or capture owls of any kind. They are Federally protected. The kids were so excited and well behaved.
I thought it was super cool. I Just had to share this with you. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Yummy Popcorn balls!
Today I had the day off. I helped a friend out today and babysat her three adorable kids. I have almost forgotten how much you have to keep your eyes on them every moment. They were so easy to take care of, but then again I was only there for a couple of hours. The two year old fell asleep on my lap. Goodness that is a wonderful feeling of having a little one trust you enough to fall asleep next to you. Taking care of big kids, that's another story. No more falling asleep on mama's lap. They give you mental stress! But at the end of the day, they are still my little babies.
My kids still like to play in the kitchen with mama. So..we decided to have some good ol'e family time.
They still like to get their fingers messy and eat out of the bowl.

Guess what I'm taking to school tomorrow!

I'm not sure what children have to do with popcorn balls but that is how my mind works.

Scary Hua!?

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Pumpkin Muffins With Cream Cheese Centers
I found a super recipe in blog land a few days ago. Well...if ya know me, I had to try it. Anything made with pumpkin is calling my name.
I need to bring something to a wedding shower tomorrow. So how perfect is this. Check out this site: Oh my goodness! I can't tell you in mere words how beautiful her muffins are.

This muffin is so moist and delicious. Then when you bite into that little surprise, wow! My daughter said that this is her new favorite recipe.

This recipe made a little over two dozen. Very easy and fun to make!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Stay Away From Drugs!
Every year at our school we have Red Ribbon Week in October.
This is a week long activity to raise awareness in our schools to be drug free. We start out the week with Crazy Hat Day. All the children get to wear any hat of their choosing. The slogan is: Put a Cap on Drugs and be Drug Free. Then we have Twin Day, Sports day and we end with Pajama Day! Each classroom makes a poster that is to be judged. I had to share some with you.
This is from a kindergarten class.
This one is from a second grade class.
Another second grade class.

Second grade again. Oh yea! My second grade class. This was just a few. After all we have six kindergarten classes, six first grade classes, six second grade classes, and so on. We haven't been told who the winner is yet. Just some friendly competition. Have a great day! Remember to stay away from drugs!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

I hope y'all are having a fun and safe Halloween.

Monday, October 25, 2010

A Halloween Treat! Candy Corn Bark
This weekend I decided to try out a new recipe I found in blogger land. I found some really yummy ideas! is a super site to check out. My oh my, white chocolate. Talk about flipping your skirt! Ha ha!
My favorite, pumpkin! I can't stand it! She must have twenty recipes for pumpkin.
I also have a another blog that I follow. Check it out, http://http// She has lots of super ideas too.
Here are the ingredients. Pretzels, Oreo's, candy corn, sprinkles and the beloved white chocolate. Sounds good right!

You can follow Lori 's directions at Recipe Girl. I had a little trouble heating the chocolate. Some people use candy disc but I used Nestle Baking Bar. I was afraid it was going to burn or scorch. Anyway, I don't think I heated it enough. This is my first attempt at making candy.
I tryed to make chocalate covered pretzles but my chocloate seized. Really! What's that all about? I had to throw the whole thing away.
It's so yummy! It's so colorful! It's it! !!!!

Doesn't this look cute.

Have a super day!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Train Spotting
This is the little town in Missouri I grew up in. Well one of three, but all in the same general area. My dad was raised a farmer and also had milking cows. When he left the farm the first town we moved to was Elmer. He ran a feed store call MFA. I started the first grade there. I remember my sister and I walked to school every day. We had to walk across these railroad tracks. Being a little kid they seamed really big! I hated to cross them. I would run as fast as I could to the other side. The bigger kids would tell us a story about a (slow) person that was killed by a fast moving train. LOL!
Wowszers! That really freaked me out!

A couple of years ago I went back for a visit and decided to visit that small little town and show it to my daughter. Yep! Small town! Even smaller than I remembered. I told her about the fast train and the really w i d e tracks that scared me so much. Just imaging little Peggy running for her life so the train wouldn't get her! Listen people I was only 5 years old! Show some sympathy.

Oh my gosh! Here it comes. So I didn't make this up. It's still here!

All of a sudden the bells start ringing and the gate starts coming down. That startled us a little since we were standing on the tracks! How was I suppose to know the train from hell would be coming at that precise time?

So picture this, my daughter makes a bee line for the truck! Little Peggy all over again. I couldn't stop laughing!

Oh my! What a day. We had such a good time. My daughter kept asking, "How could you live in a town that small?" Ah yes, the good old days. ( Lucky for you I won't tell you the story about the little girl that followed me home everyday to bully me.) See ya. xoxo

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Camp Don Lee
This is one of the most beautiful places on this edge of the state! This is a sailing camp and much more! My daughter went to camp here several summers when she was younger. She learned how to sail a Sunfish and 16' Hobie, canoes and kayaks. She had so much fun! (Not counting the old bath house that I think is replaced now. Ha ha! It makes them tough.) This is the Nuese River and it's three miles wide.
We took the fifth grade here yesterday and I got to chaperon. I know it sounds horrible with a bunch of kids but it was a super good time! The temperature was 84 degrees and not a cloud in the sky!
We played lots of games and team building activities. We learned about the water cycle, weather instruments, plants, and critters of the woods. See, when your on a field trip, the children have to learn too! This is a Christian camp as well.
I was a little freaked out when it came to the nature trail. "Look, a spider here and a snake hole there!" All the time I'm telling the kids "Ok everyone keep together and move on. Hurry up!" The mosquito's almost carried us away!
Can you see our little friend below?
I was to the point that I couldn't look down anymore cause I was afraid as to what I might see. Ha ha!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you all enjoyed it!