Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sewing Room and Office

I recently moved my office from a 10 by 10 room to my daughter’s former bedroom. It is a much larger space and I could move the sewing paraphernalia to the room.






As much as I love having all my “work” items together, I hate having the room look disorganized. So I purchased these sewing notion organizers from Home Decorator’s out of their Martha Stewart line. They are beautiful, especially when I organized them by color.

Her room before…



My office after…








I can work until 1 or 2 AM and feel secure and organized.  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bee Table


We had a wonderful Mother’s Day on Sunday. I love to cook dinner for Mother’s Day and this year was no different. I decided to go with a bee themed table to celebrate the spring and this lovely weather. My goal was to eat outside but rain was in the forecast so dining room it was….

Here is the wonderful table with my galvanized chargers.




New bee plates for everyone.



Bee flatware and glassware.







White hydrangeas and yellow lilies with bee skeeps for the centerpiece.





I love the yellow mustard tablecloth and print napkins. It is such a happy table and these bees are so welcome rather than the real ones. 

Menu

Filet Mignon 
Twice Baked Potatoes
Lemon Garlic Broccolini

Strawberry Salad with Sugared Pecans 
Champagne Vinagrette

Strawberry Shortcake

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Vacation Planning

Planning vacations can be daunting and difficult. We have our vacation planned and the house reserved. A week at the beach where there are no distractions, no attractions except family, beach, relaxation and fun. We nap, eat, play games and enjoy each other’s company. The day starts off with a big breakfast and everyone can sleep as late as they want. Next up is packing lunch for the beach, the boys head off and set up “camp”. Camp includes tents, chairs, blankets, towels, games, any beach toys, coolers filled with drinks and even a battery powered fan in case one of the grandchildren wants to take a nap. We load up lunch and settle in for a long afternoon of relaxation and playing in the water.




After the beach, it is showers and naps, while I stick something in the oven for dinner. It could be a ham, lasagna or some other form of dinner. The menu is always easy and can feed a crowd. The evening meal is surrounded by plenty of games and laughter. Some evenings we walk the beach with my dogs. Our rental house always allows the dogs and we love to have them with us because they are part of the family and I hate, hate, hate boarding them. This way I am sure they are safe, because they are with me.



This vacation is my ideal vacation. I do like to see other places but when I want to relax, the beach and this type of vacation is the way to go.



So I have a packing list all ready from years of travelling to the beach, which I will post. I also have a pretty set menu that allows me to relax and not in the kitchen all week.

As you can tell, we look pretty relaxed. Oh yes and a large bathtub with two little ones helps!!






What is your ideal vacation?


Vacation List:

Toiletries For Everyone
Soap
Shampoo
Conditioner
Toothbrush
Toothpaste
Floss
Lotion
Aloe
Deodorant
Razors
Brushes/combs
Hair cream
Safety Pins
Glasses
Make up bag
Feminine products
Nail clipper
Vaseline
Air freshener

Medicing
Allergy
First-Aid Kit – w/band aids, ointment, etc.
Vitamins
Motrin
Benadryl

Beach Stuff
Beach towels
Umbrellas
Canopy/tent
Blankets
Chairs
Cooler with wheels
Smaller portable cooler
Beach Cart/portable wheels
Beach toys (or buy cheap ones there)
Goggles
Floats
Big beach bag
Waterproof bag or plastic bag for wallet and cell phones
Smaller beach bag or drawstring bag for kids to carry
Plastic-ware
Napkins
Bottle opener
Garbage bag/plastic bags
Waterproof sunscreen
More waterproof sunscreen
Lip balm/protector
Bug spray
Hair brush
Hats
Sun glasses
Hand sanitizer 
Wipes

Entertainment & Technology
Waterproof Camera
Digital Camera
Laptop
iPad
Portable speakers
Cords & chargers
Books
Magazines
Frisbee
Basketball
Nerf Football
Tennis Bag
Batteries
Deck of cards
Board games
Card games – UNO, etc
Note pads
Pens & colored pencils

Rental House Needs
Pillows
Extra sheets for pullout couch
Disinfecting cleaning wipes
Paper towels
Napkins
Laundry detergent
Dryer sheets
Stain remover
Flashlight

For The Car Ride
Car chargers
Snacks & drinks
Garbage/plastic bag
Portable items from Entertainment List

Menu

Sunday 

Breakfast - Doughnuts
Eggs
Toast
Lunch - Sandwiches
   Chips

Dinner - Lasagna
     Cesar Salad
Monday 

Breakfast - Egg McMuffins
Fruit
Lunch - Flour Tortilla Roll-ups
Dinner- Ham
              Baked Potatoes
              Corn
              Salad
Tuesday 

Breakfast - Pancakes
                    Bacon
Lunch - Greek Salad
              Pasta Salad
               Pizzas
Dinner - Tacos

Wednesday 

Breakfast- Sausage Burritos
Lunch - BLT
Dinner -  Seafood Boil

Thursday 

Breakfast - French Toast
Lunch - Subs
Dinner- Hamburgers and Hot dogs
               Baked Beans
               Salad
               French Fries
Friday 

Breakfast - Bacon, Egg and Cheese Bagels
Lunch - Chicken Sandwiches
Dinner - Pizza

Saturday 
Breakfast - Leftovers
Lunch
Dinner