Tuesday, August 9, 2016

river walk

Enjoying a morning walk along the Allegheny River
with three handsome sons, three lovely ladies, 
and one adorable baby

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

shrimp salad with lime dressing

Shrimp Salad with Lime Dressing
Easy Summer Salad ~ Serves 4

1 lime
1/2  teaspoon kosher salt
1/8  teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound cooked medium/large shrimp
2 avocados, halved, seeded, peeled, and sliced
2  tomatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 cup celery leaves
2  scallions thinly sliced {optional}

For Lime Dressing:
Zest lime and then juice same lime {3-4 tablespoons juice}
In a small bowl combine zest, 3 tablespoons juice, cayenne pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.
Slowly whisk in 2 tablespoons olive oil until combined.

For Salad:
Rinse and thoroughly dry shrimp.
In a medium bowl toss shrimp with remaining lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt.

On four individual plates divide and arrange: shrimp, avocados, tomato, and onion {optional}.
Drizzle with dressing and top with celery leaves.

Monday, July 18, 2016

cord wrangling

With so many devices in our home
we needed a way to wrangle and label all their cords.

I bought some at RuMe but you can make your own


Picture Tutorial
{I couldn't find neoprene so I used vinyl}

These little cord wranglers would make great 
stocking stuffers or party favors
don't you think?

Monday, July 11, 2016

grandbabies update

Opal Josephine
{Bringing so much love to her parents}

Selah Kiri
{A wonderful new spark in her family}

Monday, July 4, 2016

affordable mascara

I have been looking for the perfect mascara for quite awhile.
It seems like after trying new ones 
I pretty much always return to 
L'Oreal Voluminous

Lately I have combined it with 
CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume
layering them both together in several coats

Next on my list to try is 
L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes

recommended by 

I am curious if you have a favorite mascara
that cost less than $20. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

fabric banner

Hymns and Verses 
recently posted this fun project
I look forward to trying it.
{blog shout out #12}

{photo credit: Hymns and Verses}

Hymns and Verses:  how to make a fabric banner

Monday, June 13, 2016

three little four leaf clovers

Red hair and blue eyes is the rarest combination in the world

The majority of natural redheads have brown eyes, with others likely to have hazel or green shades.

But like red hair, blue eye colour is a recessive trait, meaning that both parents must carry the gene for a child to be blessed with it. This makes those with red hair and blue eyes the rarest minority in the world, with only 1% having both.
So, each one is about as rare as a four-leaf clover.

Here we are with our three little four leaf clovers


Selah likes when Cedar and Ezra do whoo voices for her.

Monday, June 6, 2016

buffalo classic caesar

During our recent trip to British Columbia 
we discovered one of Canada’s favorite cocktails
 A Classic Caesar

Mott’s Clamato Rimmer
1 oz. vodka
4 dashes worcestershire sauce
2 dashes hot sauce
4 oz. Mott’s Clamato cocktail
3 dashes freshly ground salt and pepper

Rim a glass with lime and Mott’s Clamato Rimmer
Fill the glass with ice, add all ingredients and mix thoroughly. 
Garnish with fresh celery and lime.

Photo credit: Appetite by Random House The Classic Caesar

Upon returning home we didn’t have all the ingredients
so we invented a new version

Buffalo Classic Caesar

Fill a glass with ice
Add a dash of Buffalo Wing Sauce

Add five dashes of Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

A shot of vodka is next

Pour in ¾ cup Clamato Juice

Garnish with a lime wedge

Add a dash of celery salt

Our family loves all things Buffalo Wing flavored
so this is a perfect fit

Monday, May 23, 2016

apron shirts

While visiting the kids in British Columbia
I came across a fun sewing project at their local farmer's market.

They are aprons made from thrift store shirts.

I made several for our little ones.

Mine are made from men's small dress shirts
 but a child's large may be better {shorter}

It was fun playing with sleeve pockets 
and transferring labels to the front.

You may find the directions on this blog helpful
if you want to try making some

Here are two photos from Liz's blog showing cutting instructions

 photo credit {lovegrowswild.com}

photo credit {lovegrowswild.com}

This is the back view of one showing the 
collar and folded under edges.