Friday, August 23, 2019

Labor Day Inspiration + HM #247

Find your Labor Day inspiration for the patriotic holiday weekend! Plus linkup @ Home Matters w/ recipes, DIY. #LaborDay #PatrioticHoliday #HomeMattersParty
Now that we are heading into the late summer days and anticipating autumn, it just seems like a good idea to get back out to the deck that we painted this summer and spiff it up again. For this week's Home Matters Linky Party #247 them of Labor Day inspiration, I decided to rearrange the deck chairs and switch out some of the decor. #LaborDay #PatrioticHoliday #HomeMattersParty

We painted the deck floor a gray-blue (Lazy River was the actual name of the paint we used), and I worked on painting the gazebo, railings, and built-in bench white, a transitional theme in red, white, and blue will be perfect until it is time to pull out the pumpkin spice outdoor decor! Here are a few ideas that I found to inspire me to get back out there and appreciate the remaining days of summer.


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Pumpkin Spice Bread

Even though it is still technically summer, about this time every year, we are all ready for autumn . . . more specifically, we are looking forward to pumpkin spice! The other day our college-bound kiddo asked, "Mom, can you make some pumpkin bread?" Well, of course, I would be delighted to make you some pumpkin bread!

I got out the old, old Betty Crocker Cookbook with the tea bread recipe that I've used for many years to remember what adjustments I would need to make for pumpkin bread. This is a great recipe that you can use for banana bread, apple bread, plain ol' quick bread, pumpkin bread and pretty much anything else you might want to stir into the batter.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cakes, Desserts - Recipes, Serving Ideas + HM #246

Here I am again . . . kind of at a loss . . . because we don't actually eat cake very often. So when I discovered that you could make an amazing cake using cake mixes, I thought that would be a great short cut that just might work for our family. For this week's theme at the Home Matters Linky Party #246 we're rounding up recipes for cakes and desserts, and I think I found some that I might actually make for my family. #cake #cakes #desserts #HomeMattersParty

I've actually baked the old fashioned Waldorf Astoria Red Velvet Cake from scratch for more years than I care to admit - we used to have it for every birthday when my big kids were younger. But then, they grew up and went on their way to college and now they have families of their own. 

If you've ever made the really old fashioned Red Velvet Cake, you know that it is quite a bit of work. The frosting is cooked and it is a two step process. The cake batter is also rather "fussy," but once you get the hang of it, the cake is really great.

Because it is made with cocoa, it ends up being chocolate but not a super sweet chocolate, which made it good for those in my family who don't really care for the extra gooey chocolate desserts. But these days, I just don't have the time to invest in baking a cake that takes a whole day to make. These cake mix cakes are great! So, here's to having your cake and eating it, too . . . and doing all the other stuff in life that makes you happy!


Late Summer Inspiration for Home and Family from the Favorite Things Linky Party

School started around here today. I wasn't ready but that didn't seem to matter one bit! Our youngest went off this morning and arrived back home, all in one piece. This mama is glad to have this day over! But then there's tomorrow, and the day after that and the day after that . . . . I guess I better get used to it!

Since I've been working the past several weeks on renovating my little corner of the blogosphere, I've taken the opportunity to "clean up" a bunch of digital "junk" - like several thousand emails that just keep showing up faster than I can read them or even delete them. I still have a lot to do, but I did make great progress today. Do you ever feel like you are drowning in an ocean of cyber pollution?

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Healthy Habits Giveaway Sponsored by Katherine's Corner

Hello! Here's another great opportunity for you! Thinking about the end of summer activities and the approaching cooler weather, it's time to re-evaluate and focus on getting healthy . . . I’m joining Katherine, from Katherines Corner for her Healthy Habits Giveaway!

CLICK HERE to ENTER to WIN the Healthy Habits Giveaway!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Are you ready for Back-to-School?

I'll be honest . . . . I am so NOT ready for my girls to go back to school. I've never, ever been ready for my kids to go back to school. We've considered homeschooling many times, but our experience with public school has been, for the most part, very positive.

We have many friends and family members who homeschool and several whose children have attended private schools. Perhaps it is because I have such positive memories of my own experiences in public school that I want my children to have the good parts of school.

But I really love having them home during the summer months, and I always feel a bit of sadness when it is time for them to return at the end of summer. Of course, one day they all eventually grow up and go on their own way, even after their school days.

I think I will finally be ready when the last one walks across the stage for her high school graduation diploma. But I'm not sure.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Blogging Basics: Grammar 101

Are you a writer? Of course you are . . . you are reading a blog post about blogging, so if you are a blogger then you are a writer! Pretty simple, but I’m thinking that lots of “bloggers” don’t see themselves as REAL “writers.” You know what I mean?
I’ve been blogging for a really long time. And, since I am also a writing instructor, and English teacher, and an editor for several published authors, I notice things that other people might not see. That’s my job. But that doesn’t mean that everything I read gets my “nit-picking” attention. I don’t sit in lectures or sermons and count all the times the speaker uses a split infinitive (well, we all do that) or leaves a modifier dangling (whatever that means exactly . . . ) But since I’m pretty good at what I do, I’ve had the opportunity to share a few tips with other writers on simple ways to make your blogging / writing more reader friendly.