Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Vessel Bowls for the bath

Lately I've been thinking about changing up our bathroom fixtures, up-grading so to speak. When we built our home 11 years ago, we added the needed items, not so much the wanted items in the baths. Well time has gone by, my children are older and now I would really like to have some style that is pleasing to the eye.
My husband and I have talked it over, he's on board for changing up the bathrooms soon. So, now I'm in the dreaming & planning stages. One thing that I've said all along is when we change out all our Plan-Jane sinks, that I want some vessel bowls. I just love the way they look! There are so many different designs to choose from.

Here are a few that I really like.

 I really like the copper vessels a lot but not sure if they're practical for us.
Isn't the one below just the cutest!

The natural stone vessel is one that I believe my hubby would like. What man wouldn't?
It will take me some time to find just the perfect sinks for us. I do know that I don't want the shallow vessels, I can just envision a water mess on the counters every day. I also don't want glass, at least the thin glass for fear of it chipping or breaking.
Do any of you have a vessel bowl? Do you have any pointers about the good, the bad and the ugly that I should know about before deciding on which kind to get?? If you have copper is it hard to maintain the beauty of it? I would love to get your opinions.

From the Heart,

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Walk Across Texas week 6 update

Can you believe that six weeks has already passed since my daughter and I decided to try to do the Walk Across Texas program on our own to accumulate a total of 830 miles between the two of us? Are you getting tired of the weekly up-dates yet?? Some weeks I wonder if you are but since I started writing about WAT, thought I might as well continue until the end. Only two weeks left! Even if you don't leave a comment, I hope that we are inspiring you at least a little, to do some walking too.

Call me Forrest this week, Forrest Gump that is! Instead of "Run Forrest Run" it's been "Walk Forrest Walk". Seems like most of my week has been walking and walking, really trying to get those miles in before the end of the eighth week. Are you even wondering why I'm not getting any projects done or posted??

My grand total for the week of Oct. 20th thru Oct. 26th were 56.95 miles!  Amazing what you can do when you feel like the pressure is on.

If you want to catch up on what Walk Across Texas is, you can read about it...
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5

Only 2 weeks left. See you next week for another up-date.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

From the Heart,

Monday, October 22, 2012

Walk Across Texas week 5 update

 Where does time go? We've already finished with 5 weeks of regular walking on a daily basis. If you don't think the weeks fly by, just start walking and reporting it to others and you'll realize just how fast time passes by. I always feel as though I'm not doing enough.

This is going to be short and sweet.
My grand total for the week of Oct.13th thru Oct. 19th were 44.26 milesA tiny bit more than last week, but not by much.
Love my little Fitbit Ultra for keeping up with my miles.

If you've not been reading my posts about Walk Across Texas, click below to catch up on the details.

About Walk Across Texas
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

Only three weeks left in the WAT program. I'd better get my walking shoes on and get busy!
Are you doing any daily walking for exercise?

From the Heart,

Thursday, October 18, 2012

DIY Industrial~look Painted Wood Stool

Do you ever have a time when it's hard to be creative? You know that you want to build or paint or sew or craft but your mind just can't get kick started. So you go to town and purchase more items for more projects that's on your ever-growing wish list of things to get done. Then you go to antique shops and browse until you find some item that just has to come home with you that needs a little love and attention. Only to still not be sure of which project you want to tackle first. Please tell me I'm not alone here!
I haven't wanted to do anything real technical lately or too many steps, and frankly I need to clean up my sewing area before I can ever begin to get on projects that require lots of flat space for material to be laid out.
So in the end, I decided to re-do a $3.00 stool that I got at a garage sale a couple of years ago that has just been sitting in the workshop.
Here's what I started with
Huge difference from what I ended up with.
 In the end, I love how it turned out. Here's the steps that I did to create my Industrial looking Stool.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Cheese Burger Soup Recipe

Every year when the weather turns the slightest bit cool, my family always asks me to make their favorite soup~Cheese Burger Soup. The other day it happened again. The brisk air in the morning and I already had a couple of my kiddos begging me to make it.

I thought I would share the recipe. Well, it's kind of a recipe. I don't really use one when I'm cooking although when it comes to baking I always follow a recipe to the tee.

Here's what I do, you can change the measurements to suit your family's needs. My family always request that I make a huge batch.

Cheese-Burger Soup

5 lbs ground beef or ground sirloin
1 to 2 onions diced
5-6 carrots diced
1/2-3/4 stick butter
12 cups potatoes (I use my processor to slice the potatoes quickly into thin rounds)
Chicken broth, enough to cover potatoes. I use 8-10 cans. You can also use 1/2 broth and 1/2 water if you want.
2 tsp Fresh Rosemary, chopped
Salt and Pepper to taste
2-3 blocks of Velveeta Cheese cubed
1 can Evaporated Milk
Sour Cream and Green Onions to garnish

First in a skillet brown the beef, drain off any fat if there is any.
Next in a large stock pot, melt butter then add the onions and carrots, salt, pepper and Rosemary and saute for 7 minutes, until the vegges are soft.
Then add the potatoes and cooked ground beef. Next add enough chicken broth to cover the potato/beef mixture.
Bring to a boil long enough to cook potatoes, about 30 minutes.
When the potatoes are soft, turn down the heat and add Velveeta cheese and Evaporated Milk. Stir until melted. You do NOT want this to boil after adding the cheese, it will scorch quickly. Ask me how I know. :0)
Dip into bowls, garnish with Sour Cream and green onions if you have them.

This is a recipe that you can truly play around with. The measurements don't have to be exact, just have the ingredients listed and make to your liking.

From the Heart,

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Walk Across Texas week 4 update

 Happy Monday all!

I'm posting my info late this week because I didn't get on the net all weekend. We had two beautiful days with nice weather, so my time was spent outdoors, shopping, spending time with my family and also working on a little project that I will be posting about this week.

This past Friday marked the half-way mark for our Walk Across Texas program. Four weeks down and four to go!
My grand total for Oct. 6th thru Oct 12th were 42 miles!

If you've not been reading my posts about Walk Across Texas, click below to catch up on the details.

About Walk Across Texas
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3

Wish me luck on the second half~I really need to get in the groove and get more miles walked. Have you been doing any walking lately? It's great weather this time of year in our part of Texas. Not too hot or too cold.

Ta-ta for now. I'll post again next week with another update.

From the Heart,

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Walk Across Texas week 3 update

Another week has passed. Three weeks down~five weeks to go. My week was off to a great start but when Thursday rolled around, it just went down hill. And I don't mean walking down hill either. I only got around to walking 2 miles Thursday and 3 miles Friday. Those two days really brought my average down.

My grand total for Sept 29th thru Oct.5th were 33.75 miles!

If you would like to read about previous weeks, click below.
What is Walk Across Texas.
Week 1
Week 2

I'll be back next weekend to report how the week went.
Wish me luck!

From the Heart,

Friday, October 5, 2012

Ramsign Giveaway--The winner is.....

It's time to announce the winner of the Ramsign give-a-way. I want to thank everyone that entered and also a big thank you to Ramsign for their generosity of offering one of their gorgeous signs to one of my lucky readers. was used to generate the winning number
Congratulations goes to lucky number 23. I'll be sending you an email shortly.
 Photo taken of generator

Thanks again to my lovely readers for entering. I wish that everyone of you could have won.

From the Heart,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Our Fall Table Decor

We've been having a few cool morning lately so it's finally put me in the mood to start decorating for Fall. Here's our dining room table all dressed up for the season.
I used my dough bowl that my hubby got for me last week and filled it with decor. Loving my dough bowl!

 The plumpy pumpkins, I painted and the little ones were purchased at Dollar Tree. Got to love a good bargain.
 Don't you love the little bird leaf dish?? My sweet daughter got that for me.
 Added some scented pine cones to the mix.
 More Pumpkins
All the greenery was purchased at Hobby Lobby
Have you finished all your Fall decorating?
I know that I still have a lot more to do.

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit.

P.S. If you haven't signed up for the Ramsign giveaway, there's only one day left to enter. Contest ends 10-4-12 at midnight.

From the Heart,

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