Friday, March 18, 2011

Cherry Berry Plum Water

I was in the mood for something sweet and came across this recipe for Cherry Berry Plum Water. Yum! Maybe the fact that it is 65 degrees outside and sunny but I am craving a springtime treat. I just love making fresh juices in the warmer weather. Need to stock up on supplies but this one is on my list. Thanks for posting this yummy drink, Vintage Bleu!

Cherry Berry Plum Water
6 Strawberries, diced
1 Plum, diced
18 Cherries, pitted
4 C. Filtered Water
2-3 Tbsp. Agave Nectar or Honey
Mesh Strainer

Directions: Simply blend/liquify your fruit in your blender along with your water. Strain into a medium sized bowl. Be sure to press out the juice from the pulp with a spoon to get as much juice out of the pulp. Sweeten your water with agave nectar or honey. Serve chilled or over ice cubes. Garnish each glass with whole cherries!"

Monday, March 14, 2011

so classic...

my very first real grown-up perfume. It was Christmas when I was 12 years old. For the first time, there was a present under the tree for me with only "Daddy" on the from space. What?... not  Mama and Daddy? My daddy had bought a present  for me and was pretty proud about it, too. (poor, Mama!... all those kajillions   of gifts that she bought for every occasion all through the years and she, of course, put his name along with hers on each and every tag! But she was a trooper about the whole thing... )  What in the world was in that little box? Shaking and shaking it didn't help one bit. "Daddy!, pleeeease just give me one itty-bitty hint!" I begged for a few days... So he did. "It has something to do with TV", he admits. "Something that you see on TV on a show or commercial?" I try to clarify. "No. It has something to do with TV", he states.  I RACKED MY BRAIN FOR DAYS. It's 1969, people. I can't think of one single thing that has to do with TV that would fit into a box that small. Christmas Day finally arrives and I am so excited to rip into that mystery box. When I do, I am GIDDY! ... my very own real grown-up perfume! more sneakily having to steal my Mama's. (haha... like she couldn't smell it on me.) yipee! yipee! yipee!... Wait a minute. "Daddeeeee...! TV? This doesn't have ANYthing to do with a TV!".... "Sure it does. It says channel 5 right there on the label."


You nut! I miss you!  
beautiful image via Pinterest.

warm weather...

have a seat, spring, and stay a while.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

they're magically delicious...

Here's a "charming" little cupcake for St. Patrick's Day! 

1box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow or devil's food cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
3cups Lucky Charms® cereal
Green edible glitter

  1. 1Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 24 cupcakes, using water, oil and eggs. Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  2. 2Frost cupcakes with frosting. Top each cupcake with 2 tablespoons cereal; sprinkle with glitter.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

making some rose water...

You will need 12 or so roses for this project. I plucked what used to be my beautiful Valentine's roses from Sweet Hubby. (Let me insert a step here if you use roses from your garden, some suggest to soak the buds in vinegar first for about 15 minutes to kill any insects and to clean the petals... then rinse well with cold water and pluck apart.) Bring three cups of water to a boil.

Remove from heat. Add your petals and stir to wet all the petals.

Let cool completely. You can even place it in the refrigerator overnight and finish the next day. Strain the cooled liquid into a jar or bottle with a spray or spritzer top. Squeeze lumps of  petals to get all the water possible! Isn't there such a delightful aroma!

Spray on after your shower! My dark red buds made dark liquid. As you can imagine, pink buds will produce                                                                            pink rose water. Soooo easy peasy... and it smells divine! 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Saturday, March 5, 2011

burlap and bows...

I want to makes this pretty burlap pillow. I adore the the big cream bow tied around it. This little pretty will adorn a vintage child's rocker I recently lucked up on at a recent estate sale. The seat of it looks just like the one in this picture! Don't you want to make one, too?!!

image is not from Sissie's Shabby Cottage !
I thought it was. Sissie says it's not. I guess she would know.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Day 14...

I am not a dieter. I never have been... (cue the image of me to the right. In my simple I-live-in-Mary Beth-land  mind, the HUGE camera makes me look very thin...). According to a couple of so-called doctors that I've seen over the past few months, I need to lose some pounds (whaaaaaa?) and ...get this.. start exercising! (WHAAAAAAA?) Geeze Louise, I watch "Dancing with the Stars", "Survivor", "The Amazing Race" AND was a cheerleader in high school!.... What else could I possibly do?!!

Well, in an effort to get my blood work numbers looking better, I started checking out all the diet programs out there these days. Being a used-to-be-home-ec teacher (with a minor in nutrition... haha) I knew that my program would have to be  nutritional sound, easy to understand, use real food and hopefully not leave me miserable every day. From "The Doctors" show, I learned about a doctor developed "17 Day Diet" program that offered a plan that changes every 17 days and seemed to meet all of the qualifications that I was looking for. I ordered the book and started to get excited about the changes that might be coming in my direction. After reading the first few chapters, I was ready to begin. I am happy to say that this morning on day 14, I have lost ELEVEN pounds! ...and I have to say that I have felt very content every day. I already feel so much better and more energetic! Next 17-Days, I'm coming atcha....   

Wednesday, March 2, 2011