Saturday, December 27, 2008


I'm still here. Finally got a new computer ,however ,we still do not have high speed internet. Sooo, I'm still running a little slow. Trying to catch up with everyone, hopefully I will be able to visit everyone. I have truly missed visiting with all of you. Soooo much to catch up on. I have been going crazy not able to blog. Our precious son #1 sent us a new computer for Christmas. We were all sooo happy.( Do you see me doing the happy dance.? I just can't type fast enough to try and get everything I want to say.) Now I have to remember how to do the little that I had learned on how to manage this computer blogging thing. I just have to re-learn again.
Until tomorrow.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


I'm still here. I have been having some computer problems. It has been moving verrrry slow or not at all. I think I need to get a new computer. I have so much more to post and I haven't been able to visit any of my friends blogs due to this slow moving and getting frozen on my computer board. It took me 30 min. just to be able to post this entry. arrrgh!
We are having to prepare for our unwanted guest, Mr. Hurricane Ike. I was able to get the needed items. We plan to ride this one out. Last time it took us forever to get to San Antonio. We do not want to get stuck in that long line on IH-10 out of here. It was a good thing that we went to the store in town this morning as on the way back home the DPS and other law inforcement personnel road blocked Hwy 36 into downtown Rosenberg . I hope we don't get very high winds, we have an enormous tree right out side our back porch, if it falls it will either be on top of our house or the garage. I still have lots of more work in the morning moving furniture and plants into the garage. Well, I will close for know, keep our state of Texas in prayer.

Saturday, August 2, 2008


Head on over to Artfulife to enter her "Little Miss Firecracker" giveaway. Really cute.

Also, is also having her 1st giveaway. Go and visit her blog and enter.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


This week has turned out to be a week for cooking and baking. My neighbor gave us some figs she had picked off of her fig tree. I'm not really a big fan of figs. I've only eaten figs in a Fig Newton Cookie and that was when someone else bought them and they offered one to me. If I had to choose between buying a chocolate chip cookie or a Fig Newton, well I guess you know the answer anything with chocolate is a winner all the time. In fact I think any other cookie would beat a Fig Newton. So, here I am with this huge bowl of fresh figs and I just don't know what to do with them. My son and DH liked the fresh figs and they ate a few, however, I still have this huge bowl of figs and I know they will not be able to eat all of them before they start going bad. In fact a few of the figs had already started to ripen and were popping open. I asked my neighbor what she does with all the figs she picks and she said that she makes them into fig preserves and she gave me her recipe. Well here is another dilemma, I have never made preserves and canned before. So this week has been a learning experience and a new appreciation for figs. My fig preserves turned out great and I love the taste. My DH now wants to plant a fig tree so that we can pick our own. If thats the case it will be quite a while before I can make preserves with our own figs. (hee hee)
I decided to bake some sweet rolls and use the fig preserves. Below is the recipe for the Fig Preserves and Sweet Rolls.
3 cups mashed figs ( I found it easier to cut the figs in half and scoop out the pulp with a spoon, then mash the figs)
3 cups sugar
1 pkg. (6 oz.) strawberry flavored gelatin

Mix dry ingredients. Pour over figs and stir well. Cook 20 minutes or until thick. Pour into jars and seal.

3 1/2 TO 4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 pkg. active dry yeast
1 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs

1/2 cup fig preserves
1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup powdered sugar
2 to 3 tablespoons milk

Grease 2 cookie sheets. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup and level off. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast; blend well. In small saucepan, heat 1 cup milk and 1/2 cup butter until very warm. Add warm liquid and eggs to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Stir in an additional 2 cups flour until dough pulls cleanly away from sides of bowl.
On floured surface, knead in 1/4 to 1/2 cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl; cover loosley with plastic wrap and cloth towel. Let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 60 minutes.
Punch down dough several times to remove all air bubbles. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; divide into 24 pieces. Roll each piece into 15-inch rope. On prepared cookie sheet, loosely coil each rope into a circle, sealing end underneath. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 20 minutes.
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Carefully brush rolls with melted butter. Make deep thumbprint in center of each roll; fill with 1 teaspoon preserves. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan immediately; brush a second time with melted butter. Cool. Combine powdered sugar and milk; drizzle over cooled rolls. Makes 24 rolls.


Genevieve of Bella Enchanted is hosting another great swap, "Wicked Witch Switch Swap" . Deadline to enter is September 1st.

Monday, July 21, 2008


Here are some great swaps to enter in.

Whimsical Magical Fun, Debb Gathering Place at is hosting a "Fairy Door Swap". Deadline to enter is July 31st.Bella Enchanted at is hosting a "Magic Wand Swap". Deadline to enter is August 1st.
If I Could Set My Soul Free at is hosting a "Wizard of Oz Swap". Deadline to enter is August 12th.

Shawnee at Flirty Apron Swap at is hosting another apron swap. This is my third time joining this swap and it has always been a lot of fun. There are some really talented ladies who can sew some fabulous aprons. Deadline to enter is August 15th.

Princesses In Disguise at is also hosting a Summer Apron Swap.

Hope you join some of these fabulous swaps and go over and visit their blogs.

Saturday, July 12, 2008


Congratulations to Nancy at "fete et fleur", you are the winner of my Birthday Give Away! Nancy, email me at with your snail mail addy and I will send your prize to you.

Thanks to everyone for your birthday comments and for entering my give away.

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Well it was a wonderful birthday celebration on Saturday July 5th. We had a Garden Party at my parents home. This is my mom, sister and myself. My sister was making Appletinis and Mimosas... mmmm, very tasty. Wish I had one now.

My Dad looks good for having had surgery on Thursday. My sister and I are the bookends in our family, as I am the oldest and she is the youngest. I have four brothers in between.
Here are three of my four brothers, my youngest brother had to leave early before this picture was taken. He and his wife just had their first born baby in June (her actual due date was to have been in August). Baby Bella is still in the hospital as she is a premie. She weighed in at 2lbs and some ounces, not quite the 3lbs. ... but by the time I left San Antonio, she did weigh the 3lbs. Please keep her in prayer.

Here is a group picture of my sister, cousins, aunts and my mom. We played the "No, Know, Knows, Nose" game. My sister copied pictures of each guest when they were younger and put them on necklaces and they were handed to them as they arrived (you can see some of us are wearing them) If anyone mentioned the word "No, Know, Knows, Nose " the person who heard it then takes their necklace away. The person who aquires the most necklaces wins the game and a prize, as well as the person who never gave up their necklace. It was very funny trying to carry a conversation when people are trying to trick you into saying these words. After the game was over everyone took their own necklace with them as one of their party favors.
Being that our birthday party was a Garden Theme, we baked our own beehive birthday cakes and decorated with frosting to resemble honey and some candy bees (You can see a bee between the letters T and H).
We blew out our candles (of course it took me several trys to get my candles out). It was a great party, can't wait to plan for next years birthday party.

Here is what I am giving away for our "Birthday Giveaway".
A partiotic apron, soap bottle apron and a cookbook. I have a few other items also.
It's not to late to enter, just leave me a comment with your email on the previous Birthday Post or on this post. I will be drawing a name on July 11th and annouce the winner's name on Saturday.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008


I'm soooo excited, I'm going on a birthday trip to San Antonio to celebrate my birthday on July 5th with my family and my sister Michelle. We both have the same birthday (no were not twins, as I am 20, yes ,20 years older than my little sister). It's kind of hard to lie about your age when there is a 20 yr. difference reminder always there. The bright side is she will soon get to the age where she will not want to reveal her age (I'm still waiting, LOL) the down side is as I get older I can never forget my birthday and how old I am. But what the heck your as old as you feel. Sometimes I feel older than my age. heh! heh!

Sooooo, to celebrate my birthday (our birthdays) I am having a "BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY" ( I will have to surprise you as I haven't decided what just yet, but when I return I will post a picture). I will draw a winner next Friday July 11th when I return. Leave me your email address with your comment so I can reach you.

Hope everyone has a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Curious? Well come on in and join us in the magical "Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Don't fit through the door? Perhaps you need some magical potion to help shrink you to size. Well take a swallow but please be kind enough to leave some for the rest of the party guests as many more are sure to follow.
Oh my, we have some party crashers. Mrs. Butterworth and the Gingerbread Boy. They just could not stay away, any time there is a party going on they just have to be there as they love to dance the night away. They just love to party hardy! She thought she could sneek in by wearing a mask.

The Queen of Hearts has arrived but doesn't feel quite sure if she plans to stay until she sees the delicious sweets (she thinks the party is for her, heh heh!)

Do you dare? Will you grow tall or will you shrink?

Thanks for stopping by, enjoyed your company , the party was a blast. Now I know your partying has just begun. So tah tah! Have fun but watch out for the Mad Hatter.
Head on over to Vanessa's for the rest of the party list.

Saturday, June 21, 2008


If you are interested in entering a new apron swap...head on over to "Booming Aprons"
and get details to join...DEADLINE IS JUNE 30TH, so you still have plenty of time to join in the fun.

Yahoo! Guess what I received in the mail today, yep, my apron from the Patriotic Apron Swap. It is just adorable. I had to try it on as soon as I opened the package. It was so nicely wrapped in red tissue paper and tied with a navy blue ribbon which I know I will be using in some craft and some paper napkins with a BBQ grilling print, really cute. Her short story on how her family celebrates the 4Th of July was very interesting and sounds like so much fun. Now I will have to give grilling chicken another try again, hopefully, I won't burn it like last time. Heather was my secret swap partner and she has advised me that this is a "Good Luck Apron" so I won't have any grilling problems. Thanks Heather for such a lovely apron and for bringing me some "Good Luck Grilling."

Friday, June 20, 2008


A MAD HATTER TEA PARTY!!! Vanessa from "A Fanciful Twist" is hosting a "A Mad Hatter Tea Party", an imaginary tea party in celebration of her 200th post....with hats, cakes, crowns, striped socks, masks, birds, and treats galore, old photos, costumes & imagination drop on by her blog for details. It will be one big soiree of us all sitting around a Mad Hatter Tea Party Table sharing stories on Saturday June 28th, hope to see you there.

Monday, June 16, 2008

End of Flirty Apron Swap and Thank You's

Well, the Celebrating Independence Flirty Apron Swap 2 has come to an end. Below is a picture of the apron I made for my partner. I mailed it out today. I hope she likes it. I also made an apron for her dish soap bottle. Oops! I forgot to post the picture of it. I really liked this pattern, its from See & Sew #B5125. I want to thank Wanda from The Rat's Pajamas for the Tag Kit she sent me. It was so sweet of her to send everyone who left a comment on her blog during the "2nd Annual Cottage Charm Giveaway" this sweet Tag Kit. I can't wait to start making some tags using all of the goodies she included.
I also want to thank Tina at Garden Goose for the nice giveaway she had. I really love this print of the girl with a kitty cat. This is a copy of one of her mother's paintings. It's just so cute. Sorry for the glare, I left it in the plastic sleeve when I took the picture.

I also want to thank RoseMarie at Sugarplum Cottage for the nice giveaway she had. I can't wait to decorate with it during the Fall months.

I've been late in sending out all of these thank you's and I apologize for this. I just have not been able to get into a schedule of when to blog and when to do the things I need to do around the house. I just feel so overwhelmed at this time. So many things to do and just don't know where to start.
Our garden seems to be coming to an end. I pulled all of our corn stalks and gave them to my neighbor for her cows to enjoy some greens. It has been so hot and dry that we only harvested at the most one dozen of the corn and they all did not have complete kernels on the cob. Very sad. I think this must have been due to the hot dry weather we have been having. Maybe next time our corn crop will be better. We did enjoy plenty of squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, peppers , onions and green beans. I guess it will soon be time to start preparing my seedlings for our fall garden at the end of July.
Also, keep checking in as my Birthday is coming up in July and I am planning a giveaway. In fact this will be my first giveaway. Yipee! I'm so excited.

Thursday, June 5, 2008

We're Having a Front Porch Party!


Rhondi at Rose Colored Glasses is having a Front Porch Party. Please go visit her to get the list of all the parties happening on June 5th.

Below is a picture of my front porch at Rose Cottage. Hope you enjoy your visit.

Irma's Rose Cottage

Monday, May 26, 2008

Lesson Learned

Look at all the vegetables I picked in one day! I am so amazed that we have been able to grow all of these veggies. See how the tomatoes to the left of picture are beginning to ripen. Wish you all lived close by, I would share. I had to pick the tomatoes before the squirrels and birds decided to make a meal of them.

I had to scold Hedwig the other day...not a pretty site. I was watering the garden and had layed the water hose down in the first row while I harvested some of the veggies and who do I see... just one row away....Mr. Birdie, taking his morning bath, flapping his little wings and dunking his little feathered head in the water as to say...Look at me, your Hedwig does not scare me nor do you! Well, I walked myself over to that first row and HE STILL DID NOT MOVE! Not only was he thumbing his little beak at Hedwig, but he was thumbing his little beak at me...YES, AT ME! Well, this did not set well with me nor with Hedwig, as I started to move even closer, I guess he decided he was not as brave as he thought. He flew away, hopefully never to return. I hope Hedwig learned his lesson not to sleep on the job.

DH decided he wanted to grill chicken, (they still don't trust me on grilling since the Easter incident).

I sliced one yellow and one green squash and brushed both sides with olive oil, salt and peppered it and put them on the grill.

See how good it looks, as Rachel Ray would say Yum oh!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Vegetables and Pink Marshmallows, Yummy!

Looks like our vegetables are starting to come in. I was able to get some lettuce, peppers, bell peppers and some tomatoes. The tomatoes still have to ripen so I have them all in a row on the kitchen counter top like little round soldiers waiting to turn red. There are lots more on the vine, but my Mom said I need to wait until they sort of turn from the green to a white green. Not to leave them on vine until red as the birds will then want to peck at them.
I also got my first squash, it looks like a baseball nice and round. Well, it got eaten up for dinner today. I fixed it with onions, peppers, diced tomatoes and chicken. Yum Yum, it was just delicious! Can't wait for more to ripen. The cucumber plants are just a blooming like crazy. Can't wait to see them grow. We tied the vines onto cattle pen and they are climbing up very fast. I think we planted the tomatoes too close to each other and also too close to the cucumber plants. Well, we will be prepared next year a little better on the planting space.

Now you know I had to show some yummy pink which I call Frocks because they are the fake Crocs, but they are just as soft as can be, almost like walking on marshmallows, Pink marshmallows. I got these for Mother's Day along with some other goodies (Martha Stewart glitter, Susan Branch stamp pads, craft books and craft supplies. Yippee! I get to do some crafting while wearing my PINK Marshmallows).

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Flirty Apron Swap II

Head on over to Shawnee's Flirty Apron Swap II, . Dead line to join is midnight tonight 5/15/08, so hurry on over and sign up. There is also a great apron giveaway for signing up.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day!

Hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day. My day was great! Just stayed home and relaxed. My middle son came over and spent the afternoon with us. My oldest called to wish me Happy Mother's Day, he is in the Navy and could not make it home. My youngest son grilled chicken this time and it turned out great, did not get burned like Easter time when I tried to grill it, Middle Son remembered this incident and brought some brisket just in case (I think he was trying to be funny or maybe he just wanted to make sure we had something to eat in case it happened again, He! He!). We had Hummingbird Cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert. Very addicting. Here's the receipe for Hummingbird Cake:

3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs beaten
1 1/4 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 can 8 oz. crushed pineapple with juice
1 cup chopped pecans
2 cups ripe mashed bananas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon together into a mixing bowl. Add eggs and oil to dry ingredients. Stir until ingredients are moistened. Stir in vanilla, pineapple and 1 cup pecans. Stir in the bananas. Spoon the batter into 3 well greased and floured 9 inch round cake pans. (I used 2 pans which were a oval). Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes then turn onto cooling rack. Cool completely before frosting.

Crean Cheese Frosting:
2-8oz. pkgs. cream cheese room temperature
1 cup butter room temperature
2 pounds sifted confectioners sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Combine cream cheese and butter, cream until smooth. Add powndered sugar, beating with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla. Frost the top layers, stack and then frost sides. Enjoy!

Below are pictures of the sterling silver ring I won at Across The Pond Designs by Casey. Thanks for having such a nice giveway. I need to practice taking pictures, these came out a little blurry. The ring is gorgeous, I love it. Sorry for the bad photos.

Looky! Looky! These are the first of some peppers from our pepper plants. Its an assortment of banana peppers, cayenne, and jalapenos. Hedwig seems to be doing a great job. He has managed to keep the birds and squirrels away. Nacho is on call waiting to be backup just in case.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

It's a Bird, No It's a Plane, No It's Hedwig the Owl

Above is Hedwig. He is related to Harry Potter's Hedwig. Hubby said he will scare the birdies away and our garden will be saved. Hah Hah! We will see how good a guardian he will be.
Above is our cutie lettuce. I told you it was cute. Just hope it tastes as good as it looks.

Yipee! We got help to get the weeds out. Our son volunteered to help out. Isn't he a sweetie (He really wants $30. Hmmm, lets see what else he can do for this $) Hubby was delegating where to weed and making sure no harm came to the onions which may sorta look like weeds to our son but they are really onions. Ha! Ha!.

See the bare spots we have, well Hedwig get to work, shoo those blackbirds away. I still think I will need to get him some more help. Scarecrow to the rescue! Hmmmmm! Will Nacho return and help save the garden? Stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

The Little Prince Has Arrived!

Isn't he a cutie? He arrived today and plans to live here at Rose Cottage. Thank you Michelle @ Faerie Dust Dreams for having this giveaway. I was so surprised to find out that I had won. Please check out her blog and esty shop as she has some really cute things.
Well, today was another day of weeding, it seems to go on and on. I started to pull the weeds but hubby said noooo, use the hoe, well I tried and then my arm started hurting. This is no fun, I just want the weeds to be gone (Wish I could twitch my nose like Bewitched and they would be gone, no such luck). So my hubby and I compromised, he would use the hoe and start chopping at the weeds and I would rake them up. Well, we got 3/4 of the way down one row. Yep, 3/4 down one row with 7 more to go. I'm not really a gardner, this is just the second time we have planted and the first time our garden was not this large. We have been working on it only in the afternoon, I guess we need to get up in the morning and also do some more weeding. But I tell my hubby "I'm not a morning gardner", I'm an afternoon like past 6:00 pm gardner. He told me "That's not going to work". Soooooo, I guess I will need to set my clock and wake up early tomorrow morning, but then again maybe I will and then maybeeee Not.

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Flowers are Blooming

The flowers are blooming! The angel trumpet plant is starting to come to a full bloom. I love the pink color.

The hisbiscus are also so colorful. I have several hisbicus trees in pots. I did not think they would make it being in pots, but they did. Lowe's had such a great sale last year that we were able to get four of these trees at $6.00 each.

I did some weeding again in the garden today, however, I still need to go out tomorrow and do some more. Like I said before, a never ending job. The lettuce is starting to grow. This is my first attempt at growing lettuce. It looks so cute (is there such a thing as cute lettuce? Well, mine is cute anyway.) I think the birds are getting to some of our sprouts as we have bare spots here and there in the rows of squash, beans and corn. I think I will need to make a scarecrow or something to keep those darn blackbirds out of the garden. Maybe my hubby will stand guard and shoo them away, Nottttttttt! he he!
Scarecrow to the rescue!
On another note, if you want to enter some giveaways:
Camille @ Simplify is having a gorgeous quilt giveaway , please visit her to register and mention that I sent you over.
Also, Jan @ Maple Lane is having a Mother's Day giveaway. Really cute items (apron, tea cozy, and more).

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I've Been Tagged!

My first Tag, Yipee!
I've been tagged by Michelle of . (She is also hosting a Craft Space Challenge. Please visit her blog for details.)

The rules for the Tag are as follows:

1. Link to the person that tagged you.

2. Post the rules on your blog.

3. Share six weird things/habits/quirks about yourself.

4. Tag six others and let them know they've been tagged.

So, here are my six weird/things/habits or quirks:

1. I love to watch scarry movies knowing that I will not be able to sleep at night.

2. I love to buy craft/decorating/cookbooks, really all kinds of books and magazines, I think I have enough to open a bookstore.

3. I love to eat tuna salad sandwiches with ice cold chocolate mik.

4. I love the smell of new tires. When I was expecting my youngest son I use to make my DH take me to Sears Tire Center just to go smell the new tires. My doctor said I was a first on smelling new tire cravings he had heard of. (PS, I still love the smell of new tires, weird, huh.)

5. I always put on one sock and shoe and then put on the other sock and shoe. That way, I at least have one foot ready in case I should ever need to run out in a hurry, I'm half prepared. Does that make any sense?

6. I like to eat buttered popcorn with chocolate kisses. If you haven't tried it you should, great combination.

So, I now would like to tag:

1. Kat @
2. Vickie @
3. Jackie @
4. Rosa @
5. Laurie @
6. Linda @

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Garden is Growing

The plants are growing! As you can see the tomatoes and cucumber plants are starting to stretch. In the back ground you can see the onions growing (all 200) ha! ha! I still need to do some weeding, but that seems to be a never ending job. We have also been trying to clean around the yard and get rid of a whole bunch of items that need to be gone. The weather has been so wonderful, in the 80's with a cool breeze.

Well, it's time to go back outside and do some weeding in the garden.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My Memory is Just Fine!

I have been working on the birthday card for Karla's Great Aunt Caroline who will be turning 100 yrs old. This is the first time I will be making a card and I'm so excited about trying this craft. I guess this will be my first practice as I will then be making the cards for the swap also hosted by Karla and Beth.
I'm just a slow learner at this time. I'm still battling with how to post on my sidebar (ex: the above pic, I wanted to add to my sidebar, don't know HOW, Uggh!) and how to post the pictures with writing underneath each picture instead of showing all the pictures at one time and then having the write up underneath. Soooo, if anyone can help me out, please contact me. I tried to post a picture and my computer said my memory was low. Now what is up with that! I am starting to get burned out again. My computer should not be complaining to me about his memory (noticed I said He cause surely its not a She, as we know all us women have great memories, Ok, I'll give HE some credit as He is the one posting my words.
I guess I'll have to sleep on this again, I do seem to accomplish more in the morning. Until tomorrow.