Friday, February 7, 2020

Ready for the Weekend!


Hello Friday! I'll be tying up the loose ends around the house & with my AvonLadyTJ business for the week, so I can UN-tie my apron strings, fling it all to the wind and ENJOY the weekend!

Do you do anything special in anticipation of the weekend?

And I'd like to wish my beautiful mama a happy HAPPY birthday! Love you Mama! ~ xo

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy your weekend my friends!~TJ

Sunday, February 2, 2020

What We Ate this Week ~Dinner Edition

It is still so helpful to me to see what others are having for meals, as I sometimes get into a rut and can't seem to figure out what to make for dinner. (Breakfast is fairly simple and we often don't eat lunch, opting instead to graze.)

This week we had:

Ham and baked acorn squash~ (ham and squash both bought on sale at Aldi. I cooked the ham loosely following this recipe since I didn't have any pineapple on hand and made it in my Wolfgang Puck 8 qt Cooker . For the acorn squash, I  halved them {I  had 3}, scooped out the seeds {saving them for roasting later!} took a stick of softened butter & combined it well with 1/2 cup of sugar and salt and pepper to taste and them frosted those babies all over, placed them in a baking pan and cooked for about 45 minutes in a preheated 375°F oven {your timing may vary. I usually start checking after about 30 minutes, poking with a fork. When they are nice and soft, with a beautiful caramelized glaze-y surface, I  consider 'em done!} )

Chicken and veggies soup with wheat saltines ~ (whole chicken bought on sale at Randall's and slow cooked in my Wolfgang Puck 8-Quart Cooker , meat picked off the bone and broth from the carcass in the same cooker. I used veggies that I had on hand in the freezer {broccoli, cauliflower, mixed Asian vegetables}, pantry {mushrooms, peas and carrots} and crisper {celery, carrots}. I seasoned the broth with herbs and spices I had on hand {garlic powder, dill, turmeric, parsley, salt and pepper}).

Lentil and ham soup with cornbread ~ (lentils were bought when on sale and stored in the freezer and the cornbread was made with pantry staples, eggs {bought on sale} and milk bought at Aldi})


We used the leftovers from the above meals to have for dinners on other nights, making for quick, heat and eat meals.

What did you have for dinner this week?

Thanks for stopping by! ~TJ

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Apron Sale! "Ann Marie" ♡

I'm hangin' another one of my girls out on the line to sell! Meet...
Ann Marie 





"Ann Marie" is a vintage reproduction (my vintage reproduction aprons are just that...patterned after a deconstructed vintage apron.) half apron that is splashed with flowers! She's simple and straightforward~you know exactly where you stand with her. If she sounds like you, you two will get along swimmingly!

~This pretty little half apron is reminiscent of times gone by, when an apron was part of every homemakers daily life. They are the workhorses whose function is hidden by their sheer beauty and simplicity. You will pass them down for generations to come, along with the wonderful stories and rich history associated with them that only YOU can create!~

First come first served...

Measurements (all are approximate):

Waistband - 23 3/4"
Ties, each - 26"
Length, from waistband to hem - 20 1/2"

Easy care~wash & wear cotton fabric (cold wash recommended)

$18 (includes shipping & handling)

The fine print~
Paypal and Cash App accepted
PM me with your mailing info
US addresses only please
*created in a smoke free environment and made with love
**Returns of item accepted within 30 days of purchase. Buyer will be responsible for return shipping expenses. Item must be in the same condition it was sent to buyer in, with no wear, tear or damage.

Thanks for considering adding this pretty girl to your home and family life.

♡Aprons make fun and unique gifts! Build a cute kitchen or housewarming gift basket around them for a gift that's sure to be remembered for years to come. 

♡Each of my handmade aprons is a unique creation, I don't strive to make multiple duplicates. They are born of where my minds eye, and the materials I have on hand, lead. This insures that no one else will have one exactly like yours!

And thanks for stopping by! ~TJ

Have you had a chance to take a gander at "Becky"?

*I would so appreciate it if you would spread the word to friends and family! Every little bit of income I make through this blog via the sale of my aprons, Avon products or through my affiliate relationships, helps to support my dear hubby and me and this blog! A million thanks friends! 

Monday, January 27, 2020

Pizza Night!


We love pizza! But long gone are the days when we had the regular income that allowed us the privilege of going out to eat twice a week like clockwork, and ordering up a couple of pizzas when the mood struck. We can still enjoy pizza that is as delicious as any pizzeria has to offer though, AND at a fraction of the cost since finding a pizza dough recipe that we think rivals any pizza restaurant's. Add a little of my simple pizza sauce (recipe below) and a few favorite toppings (all bought on sale or grown in the garden, of course!) and dinner is served!

The pizza dough recipe I use is this one. Although it is technically a "no knead" recipe, I find whipping up the dough is even faster, and appeals much more to the lazy housewife in me, when I dump the handful of ingredients into the processor bowl of my Ninja and whir it 'til it all satisfyingly comes together in a ball, but...I have done it both ways. The dough does take some time to do it's doughy thing {aka rising}, so plan your pizza party a day in advance (better yet, just keep some dough made up and keep it in the fridge for those impromptu pizza cravings!)!

what's this?!

it's a pizza dough baby! peek-a-boo!

mama's gonna tuck you in for a nap so you can grow big and strong. night-night little one. shhh!

Mamaw's Simple Pizza Sauce

2 cups canned crushed tomatoes  (can use tomato sauce)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 
1/4-1/2 teaspoon dried basil
salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Combine all ingredients. Spread a thin layer on pizza dough before adding toppings. 
*Want to make less sauce? Simply half the recipe, but...keep in mind, any remaining sauce can be frozen and be used for your next pizza party!

Mangia!

Does your family have a regular pizza night? What are your favorite toppings? And if anyone has a tried and true "white pizza" topping/sauce (the garlicky-erπŸ˜‰ the better), please share, as that's my mine and my daughter's favorite. 

Thanks for stopping by! ~TJ

*I would so appreciate it if you would spread the word to friends and family! Every little bit of income I make through this blog via the sale of my aprons, Avon products, or through my affiliate relationships, helps to support my dear hubby and me and this blog! A million thanks friends! 



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Apron Sale! "Becky"♡

I will be posting some of my apron creations here on my blog and would so love and appreciate it if you would  share with family and friends. My inventory closet is bursting at the seams and as I keep adding aprons to it, one of these days it's  gonna blow!

Ladies and gentlemen,  I  present to you...

Becky






First come first served...

~This pretty little half apron is reminiscent of times gone by, when an apron was part of every homemakers daily life. They are the workhorses whose function is hidden by their sheer beauty and simplicity. You will pass them down for generations to come, along with the wonderful stories and rich history associated with them that only YOU can create!~

"Becky" is a yummy little, zero calorie apron that will have you whippin' up sweet memories all throughout your day! She's a vintage reproduction apron (my vintage reproduction aprons are just that...patterned after a deconstructed vintage apron.)  that I just couldn't resist bringing to you. Go ahead, you know you wanna...

Easy care~wash & wear

Measurements (all are approximate)

Length - 21"
Ties (each) - 25 1/2"
Waistband - 23 1/2"

$18 (includes shipping & handling)

The fine print~
Paypal and Cash App accepted
PM me with your mailing info
US addresses only please
*created in a smoke free environment
**Returns of item accepted within 30 days of purchase. Buyer will be responsible for return shipping expenses. Item must be in the same condition it was sent to buyer in, with no wear, tear or damage.

Thanks for considering adding this pretty girl to your home and family life.

♡Aprons make fun and unique gifts! Build a cute kitchen or housewarming gift basket around them for a gift that's sure to be remembered for years to come. 

♡Each of my handmade aprons is a unique creation, I don't strive to make multiple duplicates. They are born of where my minds eye, and the materials I have on hand, lead. This insures that no one else will have one exactly like yours! 

And thanks for stopping by! ~TJ

*I would so appreciate it if you would spread the word to friends and family! Every little bit of income I make through this blog via the sale of my aprons, Avon products or through my affiliate relationships, helps to support my dear hubby and me and this blog! A million thanks friends! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

It's a New Decade! Hello 2020!

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The entry of a new decade had me reminiscing back to Y2k and all the panic that was happening surrounding the decade to come. January 1, 2000 dawned, and the world remained intact. Do you remember Y2k? Hindsight is 2020 as they say!

I have long ago abandoned making resolutions for the new year. In its stead, I  began beginning each new day with goals and aspirations for the 24 hours set before me. Yes, I do make longer term goals, and resolve to meet them within a set time frame, but not "new year's resolutions".

How about you? Do you make New Year resolutions? Care to share what some, or all, of them are?

Another new year trend I have noticed going around is, a "word" for the upcoming year. I haven't really joined in on that bandwagon either, I do good to remember the next word in a sentence I am speaking, let alone try to remember  a word I need to focus on for the next 365 days ahead, lol!

I don't begrudge folks that keep these traditions, I  have my own and wouldn't want to be judged for not following what is trendy. I have always marched to the beat of my own drum, and am a live and let live sort of person. I enjoy, and find fascinating, the variety people that keep this world interesting.

I hope and pray that you all have a wonderful, healthy, prosperous new DECADE!

Welcome 2020!

Thanks for stopping by!~TJ

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Slow, Sweltering Days of Summer~

I have been doing very little in the garden lately.  Even in the early morning and late afternoon to evening, it is still very warm and, most days, uncomfortably humid. I prefer to take refuge in the cool of our home.  Those times when I simply must get out to run errands can leave me feeling a bit on the faint and queasy side.  I'm beginning to think it's age but I'm not really sure, as I've never been a fan of the heat. I'm fairly certain that I should be living in an area that is mainly rainy and cool, sheltered by the shade of a thousand trees in the spring and summer. And chilled by brisk autumn winds and icy cold snow in the winter. But...God in His wisdom, that is much greater than mine, saw fit to plant me in an area hot & steamy enough to cook up a mess o' crawdads.  It is well...
I mentioned last week that I took some cuttings from the one & only chartreuse colored coleus that I have, in hopes of making more. That is it pictured above^^^. I love it and think it is just beautiful! It is rooting nicely and is just about ready to spread it's little toes in some soil.  There I will let it grow some before putting it in the ground.

I also transplanted some mina lobata, some well established sage & the big mama chartreuse coleus.  The sage and coleus had been sharing a pot for far too many seasons and were desperately in need of repotting.  It was originally the sage's home and the coleus just popped up out of nowhere, as most of my coleus plants have.  (I may have told this story before, but I tried and tried and tried again to grow coleus from a package of seeds with no luck for the longest time.  I had all but given up when, suddenly, coleus was popping up everywhere!  In spaces between concrete slabs, in craggy rocks...here, there and everywhere!) 

Back to the transplanting business...I always do my transplanting in the cooler temps of the evening, but I always wait with bated breath until I am sure that they are going to manage in their new home.  This has been especially so with the mina lobata since they were very tender new seedlings (a few didn't make it, despite my efforts to baby them by shading them from the harshest rays of the midday sun and keeping them well watered).

I reseeded some things that didn't germinate.  I experimenting with sowing seeds inside this time around.  I still think the seeds may be too old to be viable but hey, it doesn't hurt to try!
my plant haul! (rosemary plants not pictured)

I set out one day on a mission to buy a new rosemary plant since I have really missed having one.  Their scent reminds me of Christmas trees and winter, and because of that, it is probably my favorite herb.  (I love them but apparently they don't love me, as I've never successfully been able to keep one alive.)  Anyway, four stores later, I finally found some! The store also happened to have many plants on a major sale, some as low as fifty cents each! So...two rosemary plants and six other plants later😢, I made my way home, happy as a clam.


I'm going to take a cue from our public library and plant one of the rosemary in a sunny spot on our property that is reminiscent of a tiny Tuscan hillside micro climate. The library has had some swoon worthy rosemary plants out front for as long as I can remember, so they must be doing something right.  I think I may have been loving mine to death...ya know, to mush watering and whatnot.  Wish me luck!

Even though I'm pretty sure it's not the correct time to prune my grapevines, like Edward Scissorhands, I took to snipping "the freeloader".  After doing some reading on grapevine care, I'm thinking that maybe I had let him run amock and take advantage of my good graces for far too long. "It is for the best", I whispered soothingly, "I will use your beautiful vines to make a wreath so that your beauty will be admired for years to come.  Just think!  You will be making a contribution to the home!  And next season, hopefully you will also contribute to our bellies."πŸ‡ He wasn't convinced. I took away all his glorious, flourishing leaves.  He's now embarrassed.  He feels naked.  He'll live.
still pretty skimpy. i will add to it as i get more vines

I hope you had some lovely garden adventures this past week!  I would love to hear about them.  And if you have any rosemary growing tips, PLEASE send them my way!

Thanks for stopping by! ~TJ