Friday, June 22, 2018

Sharing Summer Recipes

Today starts the first weekend of summer.  Time to start thinking about
menus and recipes for the hot, sultry, evenings ahead.  Hopefully the 
smoker outside will be command central rather than the kitchen.
I am always hunting for new ways to marinate chicken and beef.
David doesn't like fish.  That's a real shame since we live on the 
Texas Gulf coast where fresh fish and large shrimp are plentiful.
I still plan to grill some shrimp, even if it's just for me.

I am going through cookbooks, back issues of Southern Living magazine, 
and scouring the internet for new ideas.  

I would like to keep things fresh, fun and flavorful.
So, I was thinking, let's start a recipe sharing post each week.
Let us know what new things you have tried and what your
family enjoys.

Starting next Friday, I will start posting some of our summertime 
favorites and new recipes too.  I hope y'all will join in and keep the
party going!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Come and Get Your Coziness!

It's been raining here for the past couple of days.  It rained all night,
and has kept up through the morning.  As I was telling my friends on
Facebook, I stepped out onto the veranda to check on the yard when 
I stepped on a long squiggly worm, got bit by a mosquito, and received
an emergency flash flood warning on my cell!  Time for coffee!!

And, it's time to get cozy.  So that's what I plan to do.  In the meantime,
I have some images of coziness that will get you in the mood to get 
cozy too ....

I think I will make some barbecue chicken, sweet corn, coleslaw, and
biscuits with honey for dinner.  Comfort food.  

Stay cozy!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Monday, June 18, 2018

My MacKenzie-Childs Bird Feeder Project

You may well have seen this MacKenzie-Childs cup and saucer on
this blog before.  I found this set at antique shop back in Idaho quite
a few years ago.  It sat on a wicker table on my front porch back there,
and on the veranda here in Texas.  

Several days ago, I had a brainstorm about turning this lone cup and
saucer into a bird feeder for the garden surrounding the potting shed.
I remembered that I had a walking stick that had lost it's top and
realized it would be perfect to be the stand for the feeder.  All I
did was to paint the stick and use industrial strength glue to hold
the cup and saucer in place.  Now it looks just perfect in it's new home.
On Saturday, I purchased 40 more pounds of bird seed, so my little
tweeties will be content for a while.

I finished painting a vintage chalk board for the shed, and five little bird houses 
too.  These bird houses will be used for a chandelier project currently in the

No outdoor projects for a while.  We have received the first bands of rain from
Invest 91L.  That is meteorologist talk for a very big weather system sitting in
the Gulf of Mexico just starting to come on shore.  The rain so far has not been
too heavy, but is expected to get much heavier and bring thunderstorms along
with it.  It never organized enough to be a hurricane or a tropical storm, but
different forecasts have predicted either 3 to 5 inches, or 5 to 8 inches of rain.  
Hopefully there will be no serious flooding with this system, but quite
frankly, we really need the rain, so I am not complaining.  The next few days
will be inside projects of all kinds, and I won't have to worry about watering
the plants twice a day.  It's a housebound vacay!  

Bentley and I are staying dry and snug indoors and wishing y'all a 
happy Monday!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sure Do Miss My Daddy!

Dear Daddy,

There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of you.  You were a strict daddy,
but a fun one too.  You purposely changed the words in all my favorite bedtime
stories to keep me guessing.  You helped me build forts and put a hardwood 
floor down in my backyard tent.  Is it any wonder that I grew up to be an
interior designer.  

You watched all the old scary movies with me on TV.  Back then, they
were not all that scary, so we giggled through most of them.  

When you and mommy had a cocktail in the evening, you made me
my own non-alcoholic one with ginger ale and a cherry in one of
mommy's champagne glasses.  I felt so grown up!

You built a big igloo in our front yard for me and all the kids in 
the neighborhood after a big snowfall.

You taught me to love and appreciate history and the lessons it
teaches us.   Your love of ancient Egypt instilled that same passion
in me.  In college I went on to study Art History and took many
classes in ancient philosophy.  

You set boundaries that I now appreciate, while encouraging me to
explore and grow.  You always told me that I could achieve anything
I set my mind to, and being a girl did not mean I couldn't 
accomplish me goals.

Happy Father's Day, dear Daddy.  Thank you for everything!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Friday, June 15, 2018

Very Exciting News!

This may not seem like big news to you, but it sure is to me!  If y'all
read my blog earlier this week, I was formerly known as .... 


I have been reforming myself slowly, but surely.  This is my latest
success story.  I planted some sunflower seeds recently, and now they
have sprouted.  So excited!

I know that most kids can do this, but for me this is major botanical
accomplishment ;-). This little guy is almost 1 and 1/2 inches tall.
I will be measuring him every Friday.  In the meantime, I will be
checking on him a couple of times a day to see if he needs anything
at all.  

Grow tall little seedling, grow tall!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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