Mother’s Day 2014

DSCN4205I had a wonderful Mother’s Day this year. The day of we had reservations for a Mother’s Day Brunch at Southerly Restaurant and Patio. It was wonderful great atmosphere and tasty food. Next door was a specialty foods store that also had cooking classes. We will definitely go back. We did a little bit of a photo shoot in the front yard before leaving for brunch. Since I am the one usually taking the photos I tend not to be in many of them. I try to make a point to have Chris take Chloe and my photo together every year on Mother’s Day. (P.S. you might have noticed I am wearing braces, My husband the dentist is learning how to do them and is using me as a test patient. Isn’t it nice of me to help him out, let me just say if I knew then what I know now about  wearing them I might not have been the happy helper.) Anyhoo, back to Mother’s Day.

 

DSCN4144That week Chloe’s PreK class had all of us Mom’s join them for a Mother’s Day Tea. The kids all put on a show singing “You are My Sunshine”. Tears welled up in my eyes as I watched my daughter and her class sing to us. I get so emotional about these things.

 

DSCN4154The kids had the tables all set up with fresh cut flowers in glass vases that they decorated for us along with a special card. We had a lovely meal of finger foods along with little ham sandwiches the kids all helped make for us. It was wonderful sitting and getting to know some of the other Mommies and spending time with Chloe in her classroom.

 

DSCN4190That Saturday I was feeling motherly and whipped up a dozen of these Strawberry hand pies made with local strawberries. I forgotten how great hand pies are and how well they travel for picnics or days at the beach. I think I will be making more of these little lovelies and experimenting with different fillings.

 

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DSCN4163I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and was able to spend it with their loved ones. So much going on around here and I am only able to find the time to share a little bit of it. Seems like the more you involve yourself into your life and the more you have to share the less time is available to share it. Life is Good and I am going to Keep Keeping On!

Easter at Middleton Place

DSCN3584Happy Easter! We went to Middleton Place yesterday for their Easter Extravaganza. It is a beautiful place with lots of gardens to explore. It has been raining for the last few days but that did not stop us. It was actually almost better because there was less people.

 

DSCN3587I could wonder around this place for a long time. It makes me want to find a hidden bench and read “The Secret Garden”.

 

DSCN3614I have a thing for statue butts. Ha ha ha, what can I say they make me smile and giggle.

 

DSCN3605They had several areas for crafting for the kiddos.

 

DSCN3606Here is Chloe sporting her new Easter bonnet she put together. I think the peacock was a little jealous.

 

DSCN3615This is the area for the egg hunt for Chloe’s age group. You can kind of see all the white eggs peeking out of the grass. All the eggs were hard boiled eggs that you could take over and die them different colors after collecting them.

 

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DSCN3617All the kids ran in when it was time and scooped up the eggs. There were a few ceramic eggs in the mix that you could exchange for a gift. We did not find any of those.

 

DSCN3619Lots of fun and several egg casualties left in the field.

 

Easter2014The Easter Bunny made an appearance and was casually spotted through out the festivities.

 

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DSCN3638Today we had an easy relaxing day. Chloe found some eggs in the front yard from the Easter Bunny. I made cinnamon vanilla French toast for breakfast. We all had a little bit of chocolate. Everyone seems to be entertaining themselves which gave me some time on the computer to write this post and catch up on my blogroll. May is my month to be Queen for my quilting bee. I think the rest of the afternoon I will get working on my block choice.

Valentine Love

DSCN2574For Valentines Day I gave my daughter a ton of smooches and “I Love You”s and also a teddy, chocolates and cherry suckers.  Does Valentines day ever go like you plan it? With the ice storm and power outages this week Anything we had planned did not happen instead we just went with the flow of the day.

 

DSCN2587I tried a new recipe for dinner and it was delicious and easy. Hubby even said it was good and he has put it in his top 10. It is Slow cooker Moroccan Chicken. I made rice to go with it. I make my rice with chicken broth instead of water. I followed the recipe exactly and cooked it for the 4 hours on high in the crockpot. I love crockpot recipes. This recipe is from Disney Spoonful one-pot meals, found HERE,

 

DSCN2585Why did I bake a cake yesterday even though I was running around with a million things to do? Because my hubby was working a 12 hour day and I knew when he came home and saw the cake he would smile. I always tend to make a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. I used food coloring on the frosting to make it pink.

 

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After Chris worked 12 hours he stopped off at the market and picked up some roses for me and handed them to me along with a smooch when he walked in the door. I can just picture the market in the evening with a handful of Men with a concerned look on their faces. For me it is the thought that counts. He could have come home with a piece of lint  he had found on his shirt sleeve and said it reminded him of me and I would have laughed and thanked him for the sentiment. I enjoy flowers and he knows it.

This weekend we are taking it easy with no plans but to wander around the house and stay in our comfy clothes as long as we can.

Happy New Year 2014

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Happy New Year! Wow a whole new year ripe for new beginnings and a clean slate. On Christmas Eve Chris and I got to bed a little after midnight after setting up for the next days festivities. Chloe promptly woke us up at 5:00 am. As you can see in the photo thru the windows it is pitch black outside. We all had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed our time with each other. I was planning on writing a big post with lots of photos but I am feeling it is time to move passed the holidays and start the new year. So I will keep this short and sweet.

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I did want to share a supper easy treat Chloe and I made over the holidays that is fun and easy for little kids to make. You just need some small pretzels, Hershey kisses, & some M&M’s. You lay out the pretzels on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Then you place one Hershey kiss on each pretzel. Heat in the oven on low heat just long enough for the Hershey kiss to start to soften. Pull it out of the oven and let it cool just a bit so it is not to hot for the kids to touch but warm enough that it is still a bit soft. Then place 2 M&M’s on top of the soft Hershey kisses. Place tray in refrigerator until they set. Chloe had fun making this tray of treats.

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We put a few of these on a plate along with some milk for Santa and his reindeer to enjoy while he visited our house.

December was a tough month for me. I don’t want to get into too many details. After some unexpected events my biological Mother moved in with us for a little over 3 weeks in December. In this time we tried hard to get things in place to have her move to our state and set her all up with social services for her health and other needs. After all our efforts in the end our help was not wanted and she has moved back to where she was. A brief background on my mother – her and my Dad were divorced when I was 2 years old and my Father got custody of my older sister and I. My Dad raised me. I don’t have that whole bond where I feel some big connection to my mother. Even with out that bond I felt the need to try and help her. The whole experience was a huge eye opener and a learning experience. The sad part is that I had so little expectations for my mother and she still let me down. I normally would not post this kind of stuff but sometimes I feel the need to share incase it helps someone else that might be in a similar situation. Plus sometimes it is good to show the real side of life and that everything is not always rosy. Anywhoo, glad for the growing experience and super glad to be moving on.

I am looking forward to 2014. Of course I have an endless list of projects I would like to work on. We already have a few travel plans for 2014 that I am looking forward to. One of those trips is a family vacation where we finally get to see my new nephew that was born in 2013. I joined a Quilting bee for 2014 that starts up this month. My daughter turns 5 this year and will officially start kindergarten in the Fall. The list goes on and on of all the things I am looking forward to and am excited about.

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas! Wishing all of you a happy and safe holiday. Here is Chloe with Santa. When he asked her if there was something she would like for Christmas she replied by asking for a rocking horse. Today we are relaxing at home with family visiting from other states. It is nice to finally kick back and relax after all the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations. I am still in shock that it is the end of the year and 2014 is right around the corner. I can’t wait to go thru my blog reader and see what everyone has been up to and plans for the new year. A big hug from me to you and an extra one if you need it.

Batten Down the Hatches

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We spent Thanksgiving holiday with family up in Oregon. Here is Chloe all dressed up for a big turkey dinner. She is standing with Coco my MIL Doberman.

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I did manage a little crafting while I was there. I made my first beeswax rolled candles. They are not as easy to make as it looks. I watched a Utube video and they gave me bad instructions. After I rolled a few and they looked like a 2 year old slapped them together, my hubby came over and tried one and of course his was perfect looking. Turns out it is better to be heavy handed then light on your fingers as I was instructed. So I unwrapped the ones I did and re made them to more satisfactory looking candles.

Here are a few pictures from our visit.

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My MIL and I were able to sneak away to her local quilt shop Grandmas Attic. I never leave that place empty handed. I came home with two lovely fat quarters, a flying geese ruler, and Eleanor Burns book “Quilts from El’s Kitchen”.

We took the red eye flight home to South Carolina. I had not taken a night flight since my 20’s. I think I am still recovering from the long flight and 3 hour time difference from Oregon to here.

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I had been working on my Woodland sampler cross stitch. I am hoping to really pick up the pace and get this done by January.

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I have a whole pile of different projects I plan on sewing for the holidays and of course that did not stop me from adding a new one and moving it to the top of the list. I am making this small bunch of fabrics into a advent calendar. I know December already started. At least if I finish it I can use it next year. One too many sugar plums dancing in my head, we will see how much I actually get accomplished this year for Holiday sewing. I do cheat a little because I tend to sew thru January. Always seems like there is way more sewing time for the holidays after the holidays have just passed.

October Fun

DSCN1596October is my favorite month of the year. It always feels like the beginning of all the happy holidays and the welcome of cooler temperatures. Here is Koda getting into the Halloween spirit. I will warn you this is a long and heavy photo post.

 

DSCN1352We love to go to the pumpkin patch in October. This is where Chloe picked out her pumpkin to carve this year.

 

DSCN1416Nothing like a hayride on a beautiful South Carolina day.

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DSCN1435Of course we ran to the petting zoo and hung out with all the little animals. They had the coolest baby animals this year.

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DSCN1465It is time for persimmons to start popping up in the produce section. Such a sweet treat.

DSCN1490The key is to wait until they are very ripe. Wait till they are so soft you might bruise them if you touch it. Then cut off the stem peel if you like. I slice mine up like a tomato and eat it with out the peel.

 

DSCN1514We went to the local Blue Crab festival and enjoyed a bucket of crabs. They had a bunch of bouncy castles for the kids and also plenty of other festival food besides crab.

 

DSCN1540The best part besides the crabs was walking along the property and looking out over the water.

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I slacked a little on the Halloween decorating and just put out a few pumpkins and a pumpkin door cover. I strung a small string of ghost lights in one of our rose bushes out front.

 

DSCN1482Here is a Halloween wall hanging I made a few years ago using a fabric panel and sewing a few borders around it. The other side is a pumpkin motif that I usually use as a table topper thru the holidays. Chloe called dibs this year and had me hang it in her play room.

 

DSCN1563This was the first year I let Chloe carve her own pumpkin, with a little help of course. She loved taking the guts out.

DSCN1569 Here is her pumpkin. Not bad for a first time, and a little spooky.

 

DSCN1585 1000Chloe was a Pirate Princess this Halloween. She did great at trick or treating this year. She remembered to say trick or treat and thank you, and even thru in a few Happy Halloweens. She is growing up so fast I can hardly stand it.

DSCN1635I had big plans and dreams of all the Halloween crafting I was going to do this year but sadly I only managed to whip up this Pirate Booty bag. It was the perfect bag for Halloween candy. I also dressed up as a pirate this year. I carried this bag around and when Chloe’s treat bag got to heavy and full I would dump it into this bag. She was able to continue on trick or treating or shall I say Pillaging and plundering the neighborhood.