Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Memorial Day Tablescape

I found these star salad plates at HG and knew they would make a great tablescape for Memorial Day, Flag Day and 4th of July.

The silverware is from Ross.

The bowls were found at Ross and HG. The foil centerpiece is from the Party Supply Store.

I added my hubby's military picture at the head of his place setting.

Some sparkle at the other place settings.

The napkin and napkin rings are from HG.

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

Thanks for stopping. I hope you enjoy a fun safe holiday weekend!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Armed Forces Day

Today is Armed Forces Day and we got out our decorations for the front of the house. Memorial Day is right around the corner, too.

We pray often for those men and women who are serving in our Armed Forces to keep us safe and give aid to us in times of disaster.! We thank each and every one of them for putting their lives on the line for us each day!We both come from a long line of military men in our family! We give thanks to our uncles, brothers and of course, my hubby for their service to our great country!

I love America and am so grateful to be an American! Sounds like Lee Greenwood's song. lol But it is so true!

The flowers are exploding around here!

So what are you up to this weekend?

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Some of you have asked me for the recipe to a meal I served a month of so ago to friends!

This is the chicken dish on the left and garlic potatoes on the right!

The chicken dish is almost gourmet in taste. It has three different meats in it. So Yummy!...And so easy!

Party Chicken

8 chicken breasts (boneless)
1 can of mushroom soup
8 slices of uncooked bacon
1/2 pt. Sour cream
1 jar dried beef

Grease and 9x12 pan. Cover bottom with dried beef. Wrap chicken breasts with bacon. (you may need two slices per breast if they are large) Arrange on beef. Mix soup and sour cream. Pour over chicken. Bake uncovered at 275 for 3 hours.

Garlic Potatoes:

Wash and slice potatoes in 9x 13 pan
Shake on garlic salt to taste. (I use quite a bit)
Salt and pepper (I use kosher salt and grind the black pepper)
Cut up pats of butter and lay on top.

Cover with foil and bake 1 hr. at 450 or until tender. (I do a couple of layers of all the ngredients)

You can remove foil the last 10 min. or so if you would like a little crunch to them.

For dessert I served a Strawberry Rubarb pie.

Fresh Strawberries. 1 QT cut up.

Fresh Rubarb. I use a small amount so it won't be too tart.

Tapioca 3 TLBS

3/4 cup of Sugar

Mix all together in large bowl.

I shake in some cinnamon.

You will need two crusts.

After the top crust is on be sure to make some slits in the top to vent.

Make a little design if desired.

I always shake a little sugar and cinnamon on top.

Use a crust shield if you have one or small pieces of foil around the edges.

Bake at 400 for an hour or until golden brown.

Enjoy with family and friends!

I'm joining Michael Lee @ Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday!

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to those that asked for the recipe! I love hearing from all of you!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Entertainment Center

I recently packed up the bunnies and rearranged things in the great room. This is the entertainment center.

I found these two books at HG the other day and brought them home with me. They are much larger than the average book size and I knew they would look good on top of this cabinet.

I also picked up this vase. Sorry for the blurred pic. I've had the plate for a few yrs. and it has made the round in a few different rooms. You all know what I mean. lol

I recently added the cross on the left while visiting the Billy Graham Library.

I'm joining Marty for Table Top Tuesday @A Stroll Thru Life and
Kristin @ for Tuesday Treasures

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're having a great week thus far!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hail Storm

I hope you're all having a good weekend! It's been beautiful here since Tuesday...that is!

Tuesday night, Hubby and I were in the kitchen getting ready to eat dinner and heard some unusual sound hitting the house. I said, " What is that! Hubby said, "Oh, it's raining." I said to myself that is not rain and ran to the window and what to my eyes appeared?????? HAIL!

One car was in the garage and the other sitting outside. Yes, it got some dings in it.

It was accumulating fast! This is a flower bed in the front of the house that was getting pounded on. We found a dead Robin laying here when it was all over. I guess it encountered a piece of hail, poor thing.

Backyard pics.

The hail was the size of golf balls.

It broke flowers and knocked a lot of leaves off the trees but did not break anything else.

Hubby went out and scooped up a couple of pieces and took these pictures. Look how jagged they are.

I know some of you have been in the paths of really strong storms lately. We've been praying for you.

I'm joining Susan @A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.

Thanks for stopping and stay safe!