From somebody's trash to my treasure. I like to re-style & re-create what was once a cast off. Isn't that what Jesus does with us?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Reflections on Spring

How do you capture the first Spring breeze? It's such a clean, fresh scent that you want to just breathe in over and over. That's when I know Spring has sprung!

I would love to "fly" so easily as the curtains do on a breezy, spring day. What a beautiful sign to show that Spring is in the air.
There's something so wonderful about this process of Spring coming in and winter going out. It's the new life that it brings. Birds happily chirping. Nests being made. Babies being born.

The warm sun has it's own say in the matter. It heats up the ground and ushers forth the beautiful buds that we are all longing for. I LOVE SPRING. It's in the air.

Thank you Lord for such beautiful, warm weather.

It's a wonderful thing to feel the sun on your back. I just have to smile.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

"B" is for Beautiful

Hi Ladies --
My girls and I are discussing the letter B in kindergarten this week. B is for Butterfly. My girls can't wait to get these caterpillars that we are sending away for. We will "raise" them and they will become butterfly's before our eyes. We are all so excited!
I thought I would share with you a few other "B" words that I like as well!

I know I've said this before, but I love old barns. "B" is for Barns.

"B" is for beaches! I could so see myself in this picture right now. We have been having so much rain and thunderstorms and flash flooding in South Central Pennsylvania, that I could really use a break to the beach. How about you? 

Last but not least, "B" is for books! I love books! (Magazines would be in the list too, but it didn't start with B : ) Especially old, vintage copies that look so pretty on an antique table or bench.

Have a beautiful day!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Heavenly Rolls

We've all had crescent rolls, but have you tried these? They are simply divine and go way too quick! (In fact I need to make another batch just to get some pictures!) Easy too!
Take one package of crescent rolls. Unwrap. Fill one bowl with 1/4 cup melted butter, one bowl with 1/4 cup cinnamon/sugar. Take 8 marshmallows one by one and dip in butter, then sugar mixture. Wrap crescent roll around marshmallow from the narrow end first. Completely "hide" marshmallow inside. Bake for 12 minutes.

These are fabulous!! They remind me of the empty tomb on Easter day. Mary and others ran to see Jesus inside, but HE wasn't there. What's the connection, you ask?
Well, when you bite into these heavenly rolls, you will notice that the marshmallow is melted gone. It's then that you can think of the empty tomb and the goodness of Jesus!


Monday, April 18, 2011

Old Barns

Happy Easter Week!
There is something about seeing an old barn afar off in the field, that really warms my heart. I love to gaze at it as we drive by for as long as I can keep it in view. Maybe it's because we grew up beside my grandparents' farm. I would run a couple hundred feet through the corn field and there I was. A red barn. A white, looming silo and a two-story farmhouse.
Farmhouse living was fun! There was always lots of people. My dad and his brothers would be wrestling from one room to the next, and us girls (kids at the time) would have to hurry out of the way to miss being knocked over in their crazy, fun antics. My "blue" grandma would always be in the kitchen cooking and baking. It always smelled good and I always raided the fridge.
I would raid her candy jar too. She never disappointed. She had this antique, silver dish with a lid and inside were always thick, pink mints and at Christmas time, those chewy Christmas wreath peppermints.
I hope you are having fond memories of your childhood today!

Easter Blessings!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Finding Fabulous on Friday

We are in search of a dishwasher, a pendant light and a range hood for our kitchen as part of our remodel. We signed the contract to have our cabinets refaced and a new counter top and back splash added. It looks like that will happen some time in mid-May. IT CAN'T COME SOON ENOUGH!!! I CAN'T WAIT!

I came across this fabulous light for above our kitchen sink. It's a little bit industrial-chic! JUST WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR! I hope I can find it somewhere. Every site I have checked so far says, DISCONTINUED. I hope I am not too late in finding fabulous on Friday!

Enjoy your weekend!! I hope you find something fabulous too!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Kitchen Accessories

Thought I would share with you some kitchen accessories I've been drooling over at Anthropolie.

I could see myself making a french dish out of this cookbook in my new kitchen!

Everybody has these, right? BUT I DON'T!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Be Calm and Eat Cake!

Happy Sunshine!!

It is a beautiful, Spring day here and we are thrilled for the sunshine! HOORAY!!
The bikes came out, the sleeveless tops and shorts. Nothing more beautiful than a sun-filled day!

We've all seen (maybe have) one of these signs. I've decided to change up the wording a little bit to fit my "needs." My family is participating in giving something up for Lent.
My beloved has given up tv (a big sacrifice!); my oldest: straws, my youngest: juice and yours truly: cakes, cookies and pies(another big sacrifice!)
So, my kitchen chalkboard has been boasting, EAT CAKE and CARRY ON (NOT!) just as a little reminder to my commitment.
I'll tell you, it's been tough to give up my favorite treat: chocolate junior tasty cakes, but I am doing it!!

I've been so proud of my girls too who are making their sacrifices for the first time.
Nothing compares to what Jesus has done for us on the cross! Happy Easter season!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hole in the Wall

Happy Weekend Girls!
I think I can officially say we began our kitchen remodeling! My beloved tore our microwave out of the wall. It has left us with a big, gaping "hole" between our cabinets. IT'S A GREAT FEELING!
It's going to be somewhat of a slow process since we are doing a little here and there throughout the Spring/Summer seasons. BUT AT LEAST IT IS STARTED! WOOHOO!
As soon as I have pictures of something-other than a hole in the wall-I will show you.

For now enjoy these beautiful, inspirational pictures from Skona Hem. Aren't they amazing?! Enjoy your weekend!