Sunday, March 24, 2013

'Egg'cellent Friend Gift

I love finding small gifts to give out for any occasion and was particularly pleased when I found these through Pinterest.  What better little something to give to a friend than letting them know how 'Egg'cellent they are?  The original post was on Eighteen25 and she was even kind enough to provide the printout for us to download.  Her version was for teacher, but fortunately she also has one for friends.

This was what I made and filled the treat bags (found at the craft store using my 40% off coupon) with 3 kinds of 'egg' candy: malted milk eggs, Reese's peanut butter eggs... and of course a Cadbury Creme Egg.

I decided the tag needed a little more something, so added a strip of yellow washi tape - loved it!  (And the Cadbury Creme Egg got the opportunity for a close-up in this shot!)

All in all - very pleased with these simple little gifts!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Bountiful Baskets - My First One

Several of my friends on FB just rave about Bountiful Baskets Food Co-Op, a group of people that work together to distribute healthy food like produce and fruit.  Until this last week I never remembered to order in time and now that I've experienced it I see what all the buzz is about.  It's a short order window, then they take the money and go out and buy fruit and veggies that are as local as possible.  You have the option of upgrading to organic, plus great extra baskets like artisan bread, stir-fry veggie mix, etc.  Pick-up time for most places is 7:00 in the morning and you only have 20 minutes to get your order picked up or it is donated.

Here we are all lined up while the volunteer checks our receipt against his list.  See how dark that sky is?  The line moved fast though and it was fun to chat with everybody.

Lots of baskets lined up ready to be taken home.

After my order was verified a volunteer pulled a veggie basket and fruit basket for me.  The blue laundry basket is what I brought from home to transport my goods.

Look at all that fresh produce goodness!  Oh I didn't mention before - this basket cost $15 plus a "first timer" fee of $3.

And here it is once I got home.  It turned out to be far more than what the two of us could eat, especially because I had just stocked up on lettuce and salad extras two days before.  Fortunately Lynne' and Alicia, her maid of honor and BFF, came over a bit later to head off for some fun with me and some friends.  After we enjoyed time together I sent both girls home with a bag of produce.

Would you believe that Keith and I have never cooked fresh asparagus at home?  I headed to Pinterest and found a great recipe for grilled asparagus and we had it that night.  Now I see what all the talk is about and asparagus will now be part of our normal rotatation.  :)

I'm extremely pleased with the amount of food I got for the money and the quality was phenomenal.  If this is something you're interested in check the site to see if your city has one - they are all over the nation!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Break the Ice Post

Where has all the time gone? The biggest problem with taking any kind of a blog break, even when it was totally unplanned and unintentional, is that it's very difficult to come up with that "break the ice" and start again post. For what it's worth, this is it. I do have pictures of crafts and family and things I've done, so once I break the ice I'll be back to normal blogging again.

What has happened in the almost a full year since last we spoke? Glad you asked! Here's just a few huge things in our family, in no particular order:

~ Our daughter fell in love, is engaged and will be married in August! Let me tell you that being Mother of the Bride is a lot more work - and tons more fun! - than anybody ever let on!! 

~ Our son and daughter-in-law are expecting their second child in October! We could not be happier for them... and for us! ;)

 ~ After losing our beloved Golden Retriever we just could not bear the thought of getting another one. The flip side of that is that our home was lonely without a dog. God's timing is beautiful - a manager at work sent an email to a few of us saying that the DFW Cocker Spaniel Rescue Group that she worked with was in dire need of fosters. Keith and I talked about and prayed about it, then we became fosters! We kept several dogs until #4 - Beau - and I fell in love. It's called a Foster Failure when the foster adopts the dog, but I'm thinking either way they get a home and that is good. I'll surely be posting photos of this comical, loving dog a lot. He is wonderful.

 ~ I've started knitting again! Really I almost had to with a wedding and grandbaby coming up. Photos of projects soon.

 ~ I'm still making cards and still love it. I also started doing Project Life for my scrapbooking and it fits my needs so perfectly I almost can't stand it!

 ~ I have a serger now (my mother-in-law is letting me borrow hers) and I'm looking forward to using it more. I also have a big hankering for doing some quilting and some clothes for the American Girl dolls that Brooklyn and I love to play with.

 And I will stop here because I could seriously do the world's biggest post trying to catch up. I've missed this and I'm excited to begin again!

Life is good.......