I’ve Been Tagged! You’re IT!

Good morning! I’ve been tagged for a game of blog tag by Sunshine and Lollipops. It’s an opportunity for bloggers to get to meet and know one another. 

Here are the rules:
  1. Every tagged person has to tell 11 things about themselves.
  2. The person who tagged you asked 11 questions, answer them.
  3. Ask 11 questions for the 11 blogs you are going to tag, please choose blogs with less than 200 followers.
  4. Mention the blog that tagged you, but don’t tag them back.

11 Things about me:
  1. I am the oldest child and I have one younger sister. And no, we are not twins. 🙂 We get asked that a lot.
  2. I married my high school sweetheart at the ripe old age of 17! I have been married to said sweetheart for 30 years!
  3. I have two children. A son, 25, and a daughter, 23.
  4. I am originally from MS and grew up in a rural area with chickens, pigs and lots of fields to hoe and grow vegetables.
  5. I have picked cotton. Once. I was 7.
  6. I love country music. My husband does not. 😉
  7. I live in the beautiful state of SC and have for 26 years. We moved here for my husband to finish school at Clemson University.
  8. I love to travel and just got back from a trip to CO.
  9. I love coffee. I am a 4 cup each morning girl. 
  10. I am saved by grace and am thankful for God’s merciful love.
Sunshine and Lollipop asked me the following questions.

  1. What is your favorite craft/hobby? I change this often. Right now, I would say embroidery. I also love to machine sew and really any thing that has to do with a needle and thread. My other love is reading. 
  2. How long have you been into your hobby/crafts? I learned to embroider, cross-stitch, etc. around the age of 12. My grandmother taught me. I learned to sew on a sewing machine at age 15 in a home economics class at school. My grandmother continued that education.
  3. Do you have a special room or designated place to do your hobby? If so, what do you call this space? I call it the guest room. 🙂 Well, that is for any sewing on my machine. Embroidery is done in my large comfy chair in the den while I watch a DVRed program. I did have a craft/office combo room but my husband has commandeered that room as a full office since he works from home now.
  4. What time of day do you craft? I usually craft in the afternoon. I cannot do anything creative if my house is a mess. I do all my morning chores and then can feel free to make a crafty mess. 😉 I can’t see well enough to craft at night.
  5. What is your favorite tool for crafty/hobby? This is hard because I have so many. I do love my embroidery scissors that have a curved blade. I can nip threads so close without a tag left.
  6. What was your last purchased tool? New needle packet.
  7. What would you purchase if money were no object? If you’re meaning something for crafts, I would have a studio built just for my use. Wouldn’t that be divine? 
  8. If you could live anywhere, where would you live? I would live where it is warm year-around. Maybe with mountains and ocean together, so I am thinking Hawaii! Aloha!
  9. What is your favorite season? Summer! I love flip-flops and shorts weather.
  10. What is your favorite TV show? Justified!
  11. Do you like sports? What’s your favorite sport? We are huge baseball fans and I love watching Braves baseball. I also am a huge Dukes basketball fan. 
The Grand Finale! My 11 questions to ask.
  1. How long have you been blogging and what is your main focus on your blog?
  2. What is your favorite craft/hobby?
  3. What is your current or latest project?
  4. Do you craft for yourself or for gift-giving?
  5. What is your favorite holiday?
  6. Who is your favorite author?
  7. Do you have a favorite blog that you have to read? If so, share the name and link. 🙂
  8. Where is your favorite place to vacation?
  9. Do you love to cook or eat out?
  10. What is your favorite food?
  11. Tea, coffee or wine?
I am tagging the following blogs. Please let me know if you want to play and I will check out your answers! 

Here Come the Holidays – SPARK Link Party & Printcopia Giveaway


It’s November, that means that not only are we all gearing up for the holidays, but it’s also time for our new November SPARK themed party!

Time to inspire and be inspired with our recipes, stories, home decor, photography, crafts, DIY projects, Etsy items, and more.

The November theme for the month is-


A big welcome and thank you to our party giveaway sponsor this month-


Printcopia is a photo printing company that creates personal photos on canvas prints. The process is super user-friendly, just click the link and upload your photo. You even have to option to upload from Facebook or Instagram.
One lucky winner will receive a custom 8×10 canvas print (ARV over $40)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

SPARK is co-hosted by these lovely bogs

and these November guest hosts
SPARK Participation Guidelines

1. Become followers of each of the co-hosts as well as our guest hosts. We all have a variety of follow options on our blogs to make it easy for you.
2. Only family friendly links
3. Feel free to link up your Etsy items (not your shop), but no more than 5 items per Etsy shop
4. NO giveaways or linky parties
5. Link up to the original post, not your main blog
6. Please grab a party button (found at the end of this post) and display it on your blog somewhere. If you’re not a blogger, a shout out on your social media sites is greatly appreciated. The more the merrier!

November Theme- Here Come the Holidays


Remember, each month has a unique theme, and we ask that you only link up posts or items that are relevant for that month. Please grab a button to post on your blog and help spread the word!



Have fun!

On Vacation

I will be out of touch for the next week. I am going to Colorado for vacation! I may post photos but I am not planning any post over the next 9 days. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I will see you later! 🙂

Weight Watchers Wednesday – Skinny No-Bake PB Pie

I have tried several recipes from Skinny Taste. My favorite is the Skinny No-Bake Peanut Butter Pie. My entire family loves it and can’t believe it is low fat. I can’t believe it only 5 WW points! 

Instead of using traditional peanut butter, this recipe uses Better’n Peanut Butter. I found mine at Target. It mixes smooth and still gives that great peanut butter taste for way less fat.

5 oz. reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup confectioner sugar
1/3 cup Better ‘n Peanut Butter
8 oz. fat free frozen whipped topping, thawed
reduced fat graham cracker pie crust
3 Tbsp Hershey’s chocolate syrup (I omit this. I am not a huge chocolate syrup fan)

Beat cream cheese and sugar together with a mixer until smooth, add BnPB. Fold in whipped topping and spread in to pie crust. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or until firm. If you desire chocolate syrup, add before serving.

Check out Gina’s version on her site. She has mixing photos and a finished photo with the chocolate syrup.


Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetable Beef Soup

Fall is quickly approaching and there is something about knowing it is the month of September that means making soup. Crazy. It’s been in the 80’s and 90’s but mind says, “Make soup.” So, I made soup! 

This recipe was given to me years ago by my good friend, Rita. It is delicious, easy and has become Stan’s favorite soup. 

Vegetable Beef Soup

Ground beef – 2 pounds extra lean. Boil and drain. Add back to pot.
Add the following:
1 46 ounce V-8 juice – I use lower sodium, original flavor
1 can beef broth – fat free
2 cans Progresso Hearty Tomato or Tomato Basil (which I prefer) soup
1 14.5 ounce can of drained, diced tomatoes
1-2 teaspoons of minced onion
salt/pepper to taste
1 Tablespoon sugar
Vegetables of your choice. You can use fresh or frozen. I usually purchase two of the frozen bags of vegetables for soup at Publix. It contains potatoes, beans, corn, okra and tomatoes. I then buy a small bag of green peas and add those.

Cook until potatoes are tender and veggies are done. Serve with crackers or cornbread. 
This makes a hearty and filling soup.


I’ve Been Tagged

Marilyn of 4 You With Love blog tagged me in a blog questionnaire game of tag. The following questions are what I am to answer. Then I have to come with 11 questions and tag 11 people. I have never done this but am happy to give it a try to share a little about me and hopefully learn about others.

Here goes:

1.  What was your favorite childhood toy?
Barbie dolls and her house, van, and hand sewn clothes that my grandmother made for all my Barbie’s.

2.  How many children were in your family and what is your birth order?
I am the oldest of two girls by three years.

3.  If you are married or seeing someone seriously, how did you meet them and what attracted you to them?

My husband, Stan, and I met in high school and we will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary in August.

4.  What do you do when you are not blogging? 
I don’t work except at home, so I am generally cooking, cleaning, sewing, crafting or reading.

5.  Do  you  do any volunteering and if so what/where?
I spent 20 years volunteering at school, church, crisis pregnancy center, etc. Last year we had a tragedy in our family and I decided I needed time to regroup and focus on my family and friends. The free time has allowed me to help out friends in need and also to have a friend really give of her time to encourage me.

6.  What is your favorite activity that you blog about (cooking, sewing, knitting, painting, remodeling, etc)?
I enjoy all different activities but sewing/embroidery and cooking are my two favorites to blog about.

7.  What is your favorite childhood memory?
I loved vacations. On the morning that we would leave, my mom would pack a cooler with  
pistachio salad, strawberry dream salad and fried chicken. We would stop and picnic on the way to our destination. I always loved those picnics and the excitement of knowing we were headed someplace fun.

8.  Who is your (fantasy) dream guy?
Instead of who, I would say what makes a dream guy…honesty, faithfulness, kind, considerate, generous with his time, selfless, a man who loves God first and family second. 

9.  What is the “creating/crafting” skill your mom/grandmother taught you and you always think of them whenever you make something with this medium?
My grandmother taught me to cross-stitch, embroider and quilt. Anytime I engage in any of those activities, she is always on my mind.

10.  Where do you see your blog 12 months from today?
I hope active. I did well for a couple of years and then really let it slip away for two years. I started anew in January and really have a desire to continue blogging. I am hoping to meet new crafting friends, share new projects and enjoy the time I am online.

11.  Who is your idol?
My kids! I love them dearly and am so thankful they survived my parenting to grow into two wonderful, healthy, active adults. My son is 25 and my daughter just turned 23. My son told me last week that I was a Ball of Happy. I am choosing to take that as a compliment.  🙂

Key West Grilled Chicken and Grilled Pineapple Recipes

While perusing Pinterest earlier in the week, I ran across two recipes I wanted to try and try them together. Key West Grilled Chicken and Grilled Pineapple. Both turned out to be delicious. I added Grilled Zucchini to the mix and a bag of baked Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Fries. The family declared it a keeper meal. The marinade for both the chicken and pineapple are so easy. The zucchini I washed, sliced, brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with Trader Joe’s 21 Spice Blend and grilled. 
Grilled pineapple recipe can be found here: http://jana739.wordpress.com/2008/10/12/grilled-pineapple/
Key West Grilled Chicken recipe is here:
This meal made me want to throw on a bathing suit and flip flops and sit by an ocean. Okay…truth is, I want that any day!

Bean Dip Recipe

My entire family loves Mexican food. We have a favorite restaurant, http://papasmexicanrestaurant.com/, that serves the most wonderful Bean Dip as a free appetizer instead of the customary salsa. After some research and pondering, I came up with my own version of Bean Dip. It is not exact but my husband and son thinks it is great. 
Bean Dip

1 (16oz) can pinto beans, drained 
1 cup picante or salsa sauce 
2 cups shredded Fiesta blend cheese
3/4 cup sour cream
1 T. chili powder 
1/4 t. cumin 

Put all ingredients in to a bowl, mix until beans are smashed and all is mixed well.

Pour in to a greased casserole dish and bake on 350* for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve with warm tortilla chips.

WIP This Week

I have always loved needlework,whether it was cross-stitch, embroidery, etc. Viewing Pinterest has given me a renewed desire to embroider. I am an organized person, maybe a bit OCD about some things, and can’t stand to have things a mess where I am trying to work. I am the same in the kitchen. It has to be completely clean before I can start dinner. I digress…This is my embroidery thread box. A jumbled mess. Yes, all the thread is sorted by number in to small plastic bags. The problem I have is that I like things by color. So when choosing threads for a project without a thread guide list, with the way this is stashed, it is nearly impossible to find all of one color to choose variances. So, this weekend I started winding the thread on to cards. I am writing the DMC number on each one so it can be replaced as needed but I am sorting by color. Ahhh… all will be good for easy embroidering after it is completed.
I am just getting started but isn’t this much better?
have a baby boy shower for a friend this Saturday. I have worked on a felt and embroidery name design and a monogram tag toy design.
Today I went through my children’s fabric stash and pulled out a few to choose from for the shower gifts. I love the Japanese prints.

As you can see, I need to have busy hands this week. I am thinking it would be a good time to start watching the series Downton Abbey. I keep hearing about it and I can watch while I stitch. We have it on our Instant Queue with Netflix.  Anyone else a fan?

The Story of Keep Calm and Carry On

Did you ever wonder where the Keep Calm poster mania started? I had no idea of the rich history from the 1930’s the poster entailed. This short YouTube video tells the story. And this bookstore has put me in to a stupor!  

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