Friday, May 17, 2013

Maybe Not So Healthy Recipe!

Almond Joy Brownie Bites
1 box of family size Chocolate brownie mix
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (14 oz.) bag coconut
1/4 C milk
1 C chocolate chips, melted
1/4 C almonds crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line (regular size, not mini) cupcake pan with paper liners. (Don't skip the paper liners as they make stick).
Make brownies according to package directions and pour batter only half way up the liners. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes.
While they are baking, mix the coconut, sweetened condensed milk and milk together. Remove brownies from oven and spoon on some sweetened coconut.
 Place bake in oven and continue to bake an additional 14-16 minutes.
 Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before removing the paper liners. Drizzle on the chocolate then sprinkle on the almonds.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, Good Friday is past, today He is ALIVE!


Please enjoy the video, but beyond that, take some time today to think about what Jesus did for us on the cross...what He would have done if YOU were the only one on earth. That's how much He truly loves us. The Easter eggs, the candy, the pretty dresses, and the ham dinner are all nice, but they truly are NOT what Easter is about. Enjoy your day in all these ways, but I hope you will set some time aside to honor Him, to thank Him, to praise Him for His great love.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Not a Bad Office on a Shoestring Budget!


I love what my husband has done for me! He's such a good guy. It's not completely done yet, but here are a few of the things we did.

This is what we started with. We originally painted it grey for our daughter - who wanted to go with black, white, red, and grey. Not the color I would have picked - but we just painted!! Then we decided that with the dog cage in her room, there was no way all her furniture & the dog would fit in the smallest room of the house - so we decided it would be the office instead. Now what am I going to do with grey walls??

Lighten it up a little! We painted the north facing wall a light yellow. The desk is my new office desk. Ikea & inexpensive.

Then we added a rug - and this was our biggest expenditure, but well worth it. I LOVE it.

We laid the rug, then added my desk back in with the computer & phone.

Still need to figure out what to do with all the yucky wires - but when just looking in - you don't really notice them.

Then added this 9 cubicle cupboard, which sits on top of my old high school desk - now refinished in a sleek black & white.

On the other side of the room - still to be completed, we took an old pie safe that was painted an antique green, repainted it black. The doors are not back on yet, because that tin punch front needs a make-over. So we're looking for some fabric to cover the tin-punch with - I'll show you that later - when it's done. But this is by far, the most organized my scrapbooking stuff has been:

Well, like I said, we have a ways to go. However, I'm in and working from my nice quiet space. That sure makes phone calls and working on business projects a LOT easier. Again, with great thanks for my hard working hubby.

More to come!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday's Fave Five for March 11, 2011

It's been a while since I've posted an entry to Friday's Fave Five, I've missed it. So I'm taking some time to participate today, and you can too, at Living to Tell The Story

We're in the midst of turning a bedroom into an office. So a lot of my favorites have to do with that this week.

1. Consignment shops!! We found the neatest old bookcase for $60 at a consignment shop near where we live. It's a Spanish style bookcase, and we're really not into Spanish, however, we're going to take off the big brass pulls, paint the whole thing black, and put some modern nickel or glass knobs on it. That should update it a bit. The shelves are really wide, which will be great for my scrapbooks and scrapbook paper. I'd show you a pic - but I don't get it til Saturday, and I forgot the camera when we went shopping.

2. Sunny east windows. I'm SO looking forward to the light that comes into my office space. I currently face west, and there's no window except a southern one that on a sunny day provides great shadows - right over my computer screen.
Nice east window, room in disarray with furniture refinishing projects!

3. Resourcefulness. We decided our original near $2,000 make-over plan was just not the best use of God's money. So we went on a household goods hunt. The current cabinets I use could just be moved into the new office. My old high school desk could be refinished and used for office supplies, a pie safe in need of a few fixes, could be fixed, refinished, and used for scrapbook supplies. Our $60 really tall, Spanish style bookcase can be refinished and updated, and be used for scrapbook supplies and whatever else needs stored. We bought a workspace table from Ikea for around $60, and my current desk will become my scrapbook table. Our one bigger expense was the new area rug - which we splurged on for $240.00. Well worth it, because I love it!

Covers more of the floor then I intended, but the next size down was too small!

4. Crockpots. This has been a handy tool. Hubby works all day, I work most of the day - even though from home, so our only time to work on the room is in the evening. Crockpot gets started with a nice meal first thing in the morning - and voila...supper at 5:30. I love my crockpot.

5. Hubby. He's my favorite person most of the time, but especially these last couple of weeks. He and I both struggle with arthritis...but every night, he's been working away after working all day. He takes his meds, and goes to work. He's so excited about the way things are turning out - which helps him stay motivated, and I am enjoying the outcome.

Well, those are my favorite five things (or person) for the week. What about you?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Me A-Z

Me A-Z

I'm playing along with Spunkysuzi.

A. Age: 56
B. Bed size: Queen
C. Chore you dislike: Cleaning bathrooms
D. Dogs: Chazz
E. Essential start to your day: breakfast & tea
F. Favorite color: purple
G. Gold or silver: gold
H. Height: 5' 6 3/4"
I. Instruments you play(ed): piano, flute
J. Job title: Mom, Wife, Virtual Assistant
K. Kids: 2
L. Live: Southwest Ohio
M. Mom’s name: my mom's name is Esther, I'm Connie
N. Nicknames: "constantly in trouble" - who, me??
O. Overnight hospital stays: several - not fun, no rest
P. Pet peeves: rude shoppers
Q. Quote from a movie: "Don't!"
R. Righty or lefty: Righty.
S. Siblings: two brothers - one in Michigan, one in Texas
T. Time you wake up: 7:30 a.m.
U. Underwear: Yes...what about them?
V. Vegetables you don’t like: rutabaga and kohlrabi
W.What makes you run late: misjudging the time it will take to get there
X. X-rays you’ve had: Dental, left leg - broken, left wrist - broken, 2 ribs - broken, pneumonia - chest name a few.
Y. Yummy food you make: Lasagna!
Z. Zoo animal favorites: don't have a favorite, love them all

How about you?