Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Pinterest, this time I love you...

After seeing so many DIY projects about painting garage doors with Gel Stain, I took a leap of faith.

So very glad I did.  Love our new "wooden" garage door.  
Step one - hose down and dry your garage door.

 Step two, tape off wood border. Step three take about two hours to paint the door.  Your project will be almost dry by the time you finish painting.  I did not seal the one coat of paint that it took.  Several DIYers said their project has lasted for years without sealing.  

Now, go buy a can of Minwax, Gel Stain.  I used the color Hickory.  $16.99 total project cost because we had the three inch brush already.  New "wooden" garage door, priceless! 

Extra little tip.  I stood and painted, no ladder necessary.  I just would up the door a foot or two and paint the next lower section till done. All painted at eye level!  

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Pineapple shrimp skewers

If you want an easy dinner for two try this.  I skewered one pound of shrimp, pineapple chunks and yellow onion slices on a wooden skewer.  I used my indoor cast iron grill and just kept turning them till the shrimp was cooked.  While grilling,  I sprinkled with Tony's creole seasoning, salt and pepper and basted with Catalina salad dressing.  

 You must try the Trader Joe's frozen chopped basil and the frozen garlic too. For one of our sides, I sliced Farmer's Market tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and drizzled the basil plus balsamic vinegar over the top. Then a dusting of black pepper and done.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer Days drifting away....

Fort Morgan was were we spent the last week of July.
 We talked about the beach for so long, hip, hip hooray we finally are here! Our pretty blue house for the week was perfect.

 MrHayes and MissRaylyn were the first to arrive with their Mom and Dad.  Soon MissLayton, MissHadley and MissAllyAnn plus Mom and Dad arrived and the gang was all here.

 Papa was in heaven (well we all were) and the twins took to the waves like fish.  That is until day three when the jelly fish came for a visit.

 If you want to see the perfect beachy top knot, MissRaylyn was sporting one.  Lala also surprised the littles with matching night gowns.

We had my Mom's 80th birthday celebration that week too! She and Karl made it down to the beach and my sisters and their husbands joined in too!
 We had a turtle nest right by the house, but, sadly it was not time for them to hatch and swim away while we were there.

 MissLayton and Barbie had fun in the sand. And the same Barbie, in the below picture, had fun flying a kite.

 Guys chillin' under the tent and littles chillin' and cleaning shells with the hose.

 It was a short walk to the beach from our house and an even shorter week at beach!  The time went by so fast!
Fort Morgan, Alabama is a fifteen minute drive from Gulf Shores, so we made a lot of trips back and forth for dinner and shopping.  But, the beach reminds us of what Gulf Shores used to be.  Mainly, houses and no high rise buildings.  

We will be back!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ham's Peach Orchard

.... and they don't sell hams.  Well, they do have a great pulled pork sandwich!
Dallas metroplex folks have you been here? MissLynley heard about it two summers ago and we have had it on our radar and finally found a Saturday to drive out.
Took us less than an hour from Coppell.  Website link is at the end of this post.
 Take 635 or I20 to Highway 80 East and drive till you see the building above on your right.  We got there at 9:40 and by the time we left the parking lot was 3/4th full.  It was getting really crowded in the tiny store.
 This is the entire store.  My back is to the ice cream check out.  Three rows full of great pies, jellies, dip fixings, pickled everything and peach ice cream!

 The tiny double decker buggies are great in this small space.  We got lucky to get there early enough to snag one.  They have hand held baskets a plenty, but peaches are heavy y'all!
 Texas grown Glads for sale too.

 We grabbed a peach pulled pork sandwich to share on the ride home!  Yum!
Go before they close for the summer.

Ham Orchard... go for the peaches for sure, and the other stuff!
It took three days for these peaches to ripen to perfection.  They are perfect with the summery napkins I am using! 


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Antipasta platter

I am still making great use of my Round Top cutting board purchase. See my shopping list below.

 Napkins we used.

Crackers and bread sticks, your choice.

Pepper Jack Cheese 
Cheddar Cheese
wedge of Parmesan Ragiano
Brie with a bowl of honey or orange preserves for drizzling over cheese

clusters of
sugared dates

bowls of
artichoke hearts
marinated mini corn

slices of

Be creative and just scatter away.  Then get ready to say "thank you" to all the compliments for your hard very easy work.

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