Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My forever baby got married!

And just like that, I have three married daughters and three great son-in-laws! My youngest daughter, who will forever be my baby, got married to her love. It was a destination wedding in Cancun! Destination weddings are like a week long family reunion, they are fabulous. 
My sisters and their families were there to help celebrate. And our first wedding where the groom's family outnumbered us. Well, by two anyway.
The bride, me in red and my sisters below!

I think the Johnson clan are pretty lucky to call Lynley one of them!

May God be with you and bless you.
May see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness 
from this day forward. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A "grand" Valentine's luncheon

At the very last minute, I decided to have the grands over for a Valentine's Luncheon.
It is not too late for you to plan one!  My inspiration was a children's book, Lilly's Chocolate Heart, by Kevin Henkes.

My grands love this little book and all year long we read the book together, right before they head home.  Then they each get a chocolate heart to gobble down at the end of the reading.
After the luncheon this year, they presented a dramatic play, while I read the book.  Their Mom's, Aunt and Papa were the audience. 

Let me present our "Love Lunch"
(obviously, I don't know how to attach a video, MissLayton and MissRaylyn were saying cheers!)

It all started with a couple cookie cutters and some cheese. 

Heart shaped all, PB&J sandwiches, cheese quesadillas, cucumbers, watermelon

Round turkey Pepperoni, too small to use the cookie cutter.  
Pink Lemonade (the grand babies felt so grown up, "in REAL glasses")
Velvet cake
 My book for the party inspiration. 

 Girls boxed chocolates and one for Mr. Hayes.

 "Velvet" cake for dessert.  MissLayton says (red) velvet cake is her Dad's favorite. 

 Yes, at MrHayes place setting you can find a finger monster. 

 More hearts, please!  Loved this little tiny garland.
 Pink Lemonade was served too, in those "real" Fostoria glasses. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Who wore it better?

I English smocked these collars and had the dresses made 28 years ago for my twins.  Thank goodness, I remembered they were in a garment bag in the closet.  I hand washed them and presented to my daughter's girls this month. 

My girls, MissMelissa and MissAnnMarie wore them as flower girls in a friend's wedding.

 My grand daughter's, MissLayton and MissHadley are wearing them to play with glue evidently. There was a Christmas photo shoot involved too.  I can't wait to see how that turns out.
 MissAllyAnn is wearing a dress her Aunt wore 28 years ago.  That Celtic plaid never goes out of style. Precious baby girls don't either!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jingle Bell Toss

 Here is a fun idea for all ages.
A jingle bell toss game.  You can play on the floor or on a countertop.

 I needed a family gift idea.  Every year I give each of my siblings and my hubbies brother a family gift box.  There has been Peppermint, movie, Italian, chocolate, Tex-Mex themes. 
This year Pinterest provided the inspiration for this game.
Amazon provided the supplies. 

Supplies needed
Glue gun
(tip) put extra glue on the underneath cups (feet)

All below supplies purchased through Amazon
Large jingle bells (ten per game set)
Art Canvas (11x14)
Plastic tiny cups (shot glass size)
Washi tape (optional decoration)

Bells (50) 7.99
Economy white value pack art canvas
(7) 18.61
Mini red party cups (120) 12.68

I had the hot glue gun and washi tape already

Ton of fun ~ priceless
But, for reference each set was about 7.50

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nutty as a fruitcake

My mother-in-law has been living with us off and on now for over three years.  We share this phase of our lives with my husband's brother in Georgia.  She has many adorable phrases that remind me of her.

If she gets a bit mixed up, her favorite saying is "Oh, I am just nutty as a fruitcake!"

So, in honor of Nicke, here is my recipe for "Nutty as a fruitcake fudge"
Thanks, for the basic recipe here .
Lynn, with Happier than a Pig in Mud!

Lynn, I am not sure why, but my fudge turned very soft, not firm.  

 My fruity ingredients were golden raisins, dried pineapple, dried mango, cranberries and apricots.  The nutty part was pecans. The raisins may have sipped on some orange liqueur while they were waiting to be mixed in with the white chocolate!

Fruitcake White Chocolate Microwave Fudge
14 oz can Sweetened Condensed Milk
12 oz white chocolate chips-I used Ghirardelli
2 - 2 1/2 C chopped mix/match traditional fruitcake add ins:
-dried apricots
-dried cranberries-I, um, forgot I had these-bummer
-dried pineapple
-candied cherries
-nuts of choice-I used toasted walnuts
2 Tblsp liquor of choice: dark rum, brandy, bourbon or orange liquor
1 tsp vanilla
  1. Microwave raisins in liquor of choice for 20 seconds. I had dark rum. Stir and set aside as you chop the rest of the fruit and nuts.
  2. Heat milk and white chocolate in microwave safe bowl for about 30 seconds. Stir, zap in little spurts until the chocolate has melted and is smooth.
  3. Quickly stir in everything else.  
  4. Pour into an 8x8 pan that has been lined with non-stick foil. Press down a bit and spread evenly.
  5. Chill at least one hour (longer is better), cut into squares and enjoy.
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