4 Jobs I have had:
1. Marina worker-painted boat bottoms, changed oil in boats, dangled by my ankles into the guts of huge yachts to fix their engine parts. LOVED this job!!
2. Waitress at the same marina...LOVED this job too but could never do it again...easily took home $200-$300 in tips a night on the weekends...other waitresses took home $75-$100...so we can say I have mad waitressing skills. :)
3. Florist. LOVED...got to take home all of the "old" flowers. :)
4. Reference library worker. During college this was my on campus job...I had to work 9 hours a week but there was only like 45 minutes of work to do so I read A LOT of reference material.
4 Movies I have watched more than once:
1. Gone With the Wind. LOVE.
2. My Fair Lady. LOVE.
3. Little Women. LOVE.
4. Sense and Sensibility. LOVE.
4 TV Shows I cannot miss:
1. LOST- Thankful I have Doug to watch with otherwise I would be lost.
2. The Office-Would Jim just propose already!!
4. Prison Break
4 People who email me regularly:
2. Carolyn (my sister in law)
4 Places I have been:
1. Romania-missions trip
2. Coasta Rica-Missions trip
3. Holland-LOVEd everything but Amsterdam
4. Sunset Beach-My Favorite Beach of ALL time. :)
4 Favorite foods:
1. Apple pie and vanilla ice cream
2. Cake batter ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and oreos
3. Fried Chicken and Mashed potatoes
4. Breakfast for dinner!!
4 Places I would like to visit:
2. The West Coast
3. Someplace tropical
4 Things I am looking forward to this year:
1. Summer fun!
2. Moses turning TWO!!
3. Spending time with my two men! Always my favorite!
4 People I am tagging:
3. Courtney (now you have something to start with!)
Do you feel like you know me better now? :)
To make up for his ridiculous behavior I made him wash my car...don't forget the tires Moses!
Like I said, Moses has been super clingy today but when I offered him my jar of buttons to play with he jumped out of my arms...and quietly spent the next 30-40 minutes taking them out of one container and putting them into another...ahhhhhhhh.....
The mailman brought me yummy things today...these sweet little dishes from my favorite Etsy potter, lgbrinkley...she is SO sweet...if you haven't gotten a treat from her yet you are seriously missing out!
And last but not least...here is another of my all time favorite recipes. Oven fried chicken...this is not the recipe in its original form because I have changed it to make it a little better. The trick is to 1) spray your pan (I use a glass pan) or use that non-stick foil 2) DO NOT FLIP the chicken over during cooking 3) spray the top of the chicken, once it is in the pan, with PAM.
The BEST Oven Fried Chicken
1/3 cup flour
PREHEAT oven to 375°F. Mix flour and seasonings in shallow dish. Add chicken; toss to coat. Beat egg and water in separate shallow dish. Mix cheese and breadcrumbs in third shallow dish.
DIP chicken in egg mixture, then in cheese mixture, turning over to evenly coat both sides. Place in 13x9-inch baking dish; spray chicken with cooking spray.
BAKE 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through (180°F).
First take some photo's of your kids holding something like they would a flower-like a pencil or crayon...nothing too large. I gave Moses one of my button flowers and told him to smell it (one of the few things he will do on command---the boy will smell anything). I couldn't believe how lucky I was to get this face!! If you have an older child you can get them to show you the "flower" this makes a cute photo too...keep clicking until you get one that will work...
Then I took an exacto knife and cut slits along the top edge of his hand (where it looks like the flower going into his hand) and again at the bottom. Then you just slip an artificial flower into the slits...this photo is a 4 by 6 so I used a small flower but you can use any flower you want...especially if you do an 8 by 10. When you put the photo into the frame take the glass out and put it in behind the photo or if you are mailing it, use cardboard to provide support instead of glass. Ta da!!! Cuteness you can do!! Make sure you let me know if you do this project...I wanna see!!! :) Beautiful spring day here today...lovely as lovely can be! Have a beautiful day you lovely readers!
Do you need a delicious new bag? Well, here it is! This has to be one of my favorites to date...made with delish Amy Butler fabric and lined with a chocolate brown...
And here is another order that I got finished this morning! Say hello to this custom Moose! isn't he adorable...all dressed up in his Amy Butler outfit! He will be going to live in a sweet little nursery.
Cool Lime Napoleons
Featuring tender pastry squares topped with colorful fruit, the "Napoleon" is a classic technique you won't soon forget.
1 package (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
3 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 can (11 ounces) mandarin orange segments, drained and patted dry
2 large limes or lime juice
1 container (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup sliced almonds, finely chopped
1. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Lightly sprinkle pan with flour. Unroll crescent dough across length of pan; pinch seams to seal. Lightly sprinkle dough with flour. Using roller, roll dough evenly to cover bottom of pan. Prick dough using pastry tool (aka fork). Bake 12-15 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes on rack. Carefully remove pastry from pan to cooling rack; cool completely.
2. Transfer pastry to cutting board. Using pizza cutter, cut pastry crosswise into six rows and lengthwise into four rows to make twenty-four 2 1/2-inch squares.
3. Add 2 tablespoons lime juice. In bowl, combine whipped topping, powdered sugar, lime juice; mix until smooth and slightly thickened. Place in pastry bag or baggie with corner snipped, place a dollop on each pastry square.
4. Slice kiwi. Place one kiwi slice and one orange segment onto each pastry square.
5. Stuff face. YUM!
Hope you are enjoying your day!! Go hug your honey!!
Also got some order goodies from Janesays...they are perched in the soon to be cute trinket box...
Do you know what your Love Language is? Love language is the way that you show and feel love...you can go here to find out. Learning AND utilizing this tool changed my life in such a positive way years ago that I thought I would share it...it helps you to learn how to show others (friends, spouse, children, etc) love in a way that is relevant and real to them...I would love to hear what you learned...
Up to the day I had Moses I worked as a case manager with 25-30 kids on my caseload and I know that those kids were not as loved as my son. It saddens me just to type that but I know it to be true...most social workers could tell you this, though it is not true of all those in need of a social worker but for the children I worked with...And it is not that the moms didn't love their children at all because I am sure they did...to the point just before it became inconvenient to them. I think to show true love, of any kind, you must go beyond yourself and what is convenient for you to do. Do you know what I mean? The mothers I worked with would take care of the very, very, very basic needs (bathing is not considered basic) but anything that took away from "their" time was too much to ask. With many of my kids it got to the point that I would just focus on one thing with them...to be the ONE person in their life to do what I said I would do, show up when I say I will and KEEP the promises I made to them. 95% of my kids had nothing else like me in their lives. I loved to bring them back to my office and indulge them...with attention, with my time, with concern and care, with no distractions. They loved it. My degree and that job has made me a better mother because I have seen first hand how easy it is to break a creature as fragile as a child.
At least once a day I find myself wondering how anyone could receive such a precious gift as a child and not cherish it always! Not only is it amazing to me that I get to be Moses' mom, that GOD choose me to do that but that it gives me a tiny glimpse of how much God loves me. Because if I love Moses SO much, to the point of random tears, swelling pride and joy, infatuation and utmost devotion then how much more does my Father in Heaven love me? It overwhelms me to think about it. And makes me feel more love at once and from more directions than I have ever deserved or earned.
Each and every day is a precious gift with this wonderful boy and I pray that I daily remember that and never take a moment for granted. I kiss him, hug him, hold him, love him and tell him I love him at every chance I can... This boy will never have a day where he is not told he is loved and treasured.
What is something that motherhood has showed you?
Bubba (for the life of me I cannot make myself STOP using this one)
Suga Booga (serioulsy...what is my problem)
I also may or may not have made up a song about him going disco dancing with his ladies. Do you make up songs about your children? Let's hear some of your best nicknames...
I would also love it if my other neighbor would cut their grass already. We have cut ours three times already and they have yet to touch theirs...it's over a foot tall if not more in some places. I can't say that I am looking forward to their cutting method however...who uses a weed-whacker to cut an ENTIRE lawn you ask...welp my neighbors do...more than one house on the block actually...don't even get me started on what that noise will do to your brain if you have to listen to it for an hour and a half.
And since I am on the subject of neighbors...what in the world must I do to get my neighbor to STOP letting her weenie dog use my lawn as a potty??!?! I thought it was common curtesy in the dog world to not let dogs do this but lo and behold...lots of mornings when I go to open my curtains in my living room there she is with the flipping dog...LOOKING RIGHT AT ME!!
Do you have annoying neighbor things that you simply must get off of your chest? Well here is your chance! :) Comment away my friends...
Despite all that, it is a pretty happy and beautiful day here in good ol' Virginia! We have actually skipped over spring and pretty much moved into summer...ahhh...I love the sun! Have a good weekend!
My pretty, pretty Dogwood tree. :) So happy!
Here is one of my latest projects...per a request and idea from my sister in law...bibs...giant ones. Two things annoy me about 90% of the bibs we have, they are either too short or the neck is tiny...these bibs solve both of those problems! Made from a hand towel, they are super absorbant, cute and sweet to boot. :) Is this what you were thinking Alli?
Cute ribbon tie in the back...
Here is what 50 4th of July invites look like unassembled...I am trying to do like five a day so it doesn't seem so overwhelming. :)
And here begins the goods I got in NJ...all this ribbon for $2!!!
Cute new papers...
Fun ribbon from my other SIL...she got it from her BigLots!!! One of my favorite brands...FYI CC...I went to my BL and it was ggggghhhhhheeeetooooooOO!
More fun supplies...
These new stamps define fun!
LOVE these too! Cute proverbs for life....or cards!
And the winner of the $25 store credit, chosen at random, is Allikaye's mama!!
Stay tuned for another fun giveaway coming soon!!!
Lanny-- You can get those letters HERE. :)
I am working hard to get through all of the comments about linking to me...but I am still playing vacation catch-up! Thanks to all who let me know!! I will stop by soon! :)