Thursday, June 24, 2010

Good Morning? Yes it is!!!!

This is the weather I live for-- in the 70's, breezy, blue sky and fluffy white clouds.  Heavenly!  The flowers are blooming like crazy!
Hot pink Rose Campion
 Asiatic Lilly

And Hydrangeas are everywhere!

The fauna are enjoying the weather as well!


A little squirrel that liked having his picture taken!

I had to bring some of it inside, and I don't think Hermes would like if I brought in the squirrel, so it had to be some flowers!

I Heart SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Life is just a bowl of cherries!

Our tiny little tree has given us great cherries this year!
In honor of these little gems, I made up some napkins for my Mom-in-love, using some of the vintage buttons in her Mother's collection.  These were inspired by Martha (genuflect and cross your self).

Time for a Dairy Godmother sing-a-long!
Life is just a bowl of cherries
Don't take it serious,
Life's too mysterious
You work,
You save,
You worry so
But you can't take your dough
When you go, go, go

So keep repeating "It's the berries."
The strongest oak must fall
The sweet things in life
To you were just loaned
So how can you lose
What you've never owned

Life is just a bowl of cherries
So live and laugh,
Laugh and love
Live and laugh at it all!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Dress refashion

I decided to try my hand at refashioning a dress.  I didn't get extreme like some of the ladies out there, such as New Dress A Day.  But I did change a neckline slightly, radically take it in and messed with the darts.  Here is before:
Grandma's poor dress, it looked so nice on her, not so much on me.  But the potential was there for a little summer dress for kickin' it in the backyard, etc...

After!  Much better!  I need to dig around for an appropriate belt, but I just grabbed one I had handy.  I may try tightening it up a little more and forgo the belt.  But my sewing machine is what I like to call a B!^@H- @$$, and I was going to throw it out of the window if I didn't stop for the evening.

Friday, June 4, 2010

strange garage sale finds

For the low, low price of $2 I am the proud owner of a viking helmet and a very ornate brass hookah.
Note:  I am not condoning smoking in any way shape or form, however I am all for sticking things in your nose as long as it does not result in an emergency room visit.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Healthy , cheap kid's snacks? Sure!

      It seems that I can't go a day without reading somewhere about how you can't eat healthy without a large grocery budget.  I just haven't found that to be true.  I am sure that many of my friends and family members have healthy, yet frugal foods that are go-to staples in their homes.  Since summer vacation is here, I am putting out  some ideas of snacks that are kid-friendly, inexpensive and healthy and encourage anyone to comment with their own suggestions, in an effort to dispel this myth of healthy food being expensive.
      ---My go-to decadent sweet is to get a bag of frozen berries and dump them in a bowl with a large tub of vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt poured on top of them.  My kids like it, but not as much as me!!! Granola sprinkled on top is for special occasions!  If you really want something amazinfg, try it with frozen cherries.
     ---A great homemade healthy version of  slushie-- Blueappleberry slushie!  Put ice cubes in the blender, cover with 100%apple juice and a handful of frozen blueberries.   Blend until smooth enough for sipping through a straw, Yummy!
    --- Hot air-popped popcorn with a smidge of butter and/or parmesan cheese sprinkled on.
     ---Homemade popsicles made from juice, especially orange juice.  Anyone remember the "Timer" PSA's on saturday mornings?
--- "peanut butter pops" is just, ummm, peanut butter eaten directly from a spoon.  It is supremely good.

---fruit salad sounds like a pain to make, but 1 banana + 1 apple + 1 orange or some grapes = easy yummy in the tummy.

---frozen edamame.  I buy a big bag at the asian grocer for $1.39.  Simply boil, drain and lightly salt.  Then have fun squirting them out of the shell and eating.  Plus, you can show your kids this video

     I do the majority of my shopping at Aldi's which has super cheap staples, produce and frozen fruits and vegetables, with a limited selection, but good quality.  Recently I found this product, which I think will be great or the long car trip we have planned.
Fruit leather in strawberry or raspberry flavor, with 50 calories each.  But just look at the ingredients!

And they taste great!  Much easier than making your own, which I like to do, but takes some time and is not so easily transported for outings!  I also think these were less than $2.00 a box, but can't remember an exact price.

    I look forward to other ideas from people.  It is so easy to get stuck in a rut with cooking, especially for kids.  I know that people are feeding their kids foods that are healthy and inexpensive, it is time to share ideas!