Wednesday, May 25, 2016

This and That and a New Truck

Hello there! So, I mentioned awhile back that my oldest son is about to graduate college (in December) and he was fortunate enough to secure a job already. Now that he's making "real money" he wanted to reward himself with a new truck. 

The dealership didn't have exactly what he wanted in their inventory, so he custom ordered one. We've never ordered a vehicle before, but it was the neatest experience. He basically placed an order with every little thing he wanted on his truck. He was able to completely build it from the ground up with all the accessories he wanted. In just four short weeks, they delivered it. 

And here she is...






It's a 2016 Ford F-150 XLT Super Crew and he's thrilled with it! I can't believe how much room there is. He's so high up too. He can see so much better than when in his car. 

We're so happy for him. He's done so well in college and we are so glad he has a job that he loves. :) 

What's funny is that we're a Honda family...like hard core Honda. We've only bought Honda vehicles for the past 15 years. We've been so pleased with them and they last forever. Anyway, I've been thinking that I should get a smaller SUV for my next vehicle. So, when we were at the Ford dealership, I started looking around. 

I noticed the Escape Titanium and really liked it! I won't be in the market for another new car for a couple more years, but I'm going to keep that one in mind. Do any of you drive the Ford Escape Titanium? Maybe it's time to branch out a bit and try something new. :) 


Now let's talk food...I used to buy Hot pockets for my boys to have as a quick lunch. Then I came across these in the frozen aisle...



(And no, this is NOT a sponsored post) They're called Better Bakery Artisan Melts. They're about $3 a box and there are two in each box. My boys and hubby LOVE them! They say they are like glorified Hot Pockets, or "fancy" Hot Pockets. Lol!

I finally tried one the other day and they were right. It was so good! The bread is very soft and has lots of seasonings in it. There is a lot of filling as well. I just happened to have all the current flavors in my freezer at the time, so I took pics of each for you...







Have y'all tried them? Let me know if you're a fan like me. :) 

I posted this on IG the other day...




This is one of my favorite spots for curling up with a good book (or rather, my Kindle) and reading the entire afternoon. The only thing is that it's one of Holly's favorite places too, so we have to fight over it sometimes. Ha! 

Oh, and speaking of books, I've been reading a new-to-me cozy mystery series. It's called the "Frosted Love Cozy Mysteries" by Carol Durand and Summer Prescott. It sounds like a romance novel, but it's not. There's a little bit of romance, but mostly it's a good mystery without a lot of blood and guts. 

I bought the first 10 books on Kindle (for only $6) and read them all within a couple of weeks. You can read a little about this series HERE

For more of my cozy mystery book recommendations, click HERE.



 Hope y'all have a great day!

~Lisa


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Flowers, Po Boys, and Skirts

I needed to replace my patio flowers (it was getting too hot for the snapdragons and impatients) so I made a quick trip to Home Depot and picked up these beauties for only $1.25 each...



Pentas have always done well in our heat and of course, Vincas are a staple in Texas.



Below is a moss rose on the table, but it's not blooming yet. 





The miniature bottle brush bushes are starting another bloom cycle...



You can't really see it in the pic below, but the Lantana is still going strong in the front bed. I keep having to trim it back because it blocks the sidewalk. 



After a busy day of shopping and planting flowers, I took the easy road and picked up Antone's po-boys for dinner. Have y'all ever had these? The chow chow is my favorite part!



Okay, here's the skirt I mentioned in my last post. These aren't great pics, but I wanted to show a full length pic and a close up. It's from Walmart and comes in lots of patterns and colors and it's only $10.00! My store doesn't carry them, so I had to order online.



It's made of t-shirt material, which is so soft and comfy! It's a maxi skirt, so it's long. I'm 5'7" and it comes to my ankles. In the pic below, you can see how it has a "shirred" waistband. 



Once again, I'm having trouble with links to the Walmart website, but if you search "Faded Glory Maxi Skirt with Shirred Waistband" it should come up for you. It's one of their best sellers and I can see why. I love it! You could totally wear flip flops with it or dress it up with flats. Either way, I know you'll love it as much as I do. :) 

~Lisa 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

My New "Mora" Clock, Cherry Chocolate Cake, and Garden Pics

I've had a love affair with Swedish Mora clocks for some time now, so imagine my surprise when Pamela From My Front Porch To Yours Blog posted one on Instagram for only $12.99! She got it at Kirkland's, so I immediately hightailed it down there and got my very own. Of course for that price, it's not an actual Mora clock, but I didn't care. It was close enough and had the look I was going for. So, here she is...



Isn't she pretty?






I love how she looks on our DIY rolling cart...







Okay, I mentioned the Chocolate Cherry Pecan Cake recipe a couple of days ago HERE. Well, I made it and it was delicious!




With the cinnamon, it reminds me of the Mexican Chocolate Sheet Cake. So yummy!



I finally got a chance to snap some pics of my Vitex trees in bloom...



The purple blooms are so vibrant and pretty!


Oh, and I also figured out the name of these pretties. I spotted it at Home Depot and a couple of nice readers also knew the name...it's Orange Bulbine. So, there you have it. :) 



Apparently they're drought tolerant and perfect for xeriscaping if you're into that. 



So, that's all for now. I'll be back soon with my new favorite and very comfy maxi skirt that comes in a billion colors for only $10 and some new flowers for the patio. I know, I know...you can't stand the excitement, huh? Lol!

~Lisa

Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Great Deal and Two More Recipes

Just popping in with a few quick things... 

First off, I know a lot of you missed out on the $11.99 Aldi patio cushions I talked about HERE so I wanted to share these I spotted at Walmart recently...



At $14.97, they're only a few more dollars than the Aldi ones and they have lots of patterns to choose from. 

Awhile back, I posted the Chick fil A coleslaw recipe. (click  HERE to see it) For those of you that aren't aware, they discontinued it and the general public was pretty upset about it, so they gave out their secret recipe to placate everyone. I finally made it the other day and it was a hit!



Okay, I have to talk about this coffee...it's the "Houston Blend" from HEB and it's so good! As you can see on the label, it has real coconut flakes in it. Here's the description..."a combination of praline and Texas pecan flavoring, along with real coconut flakes." So good! If you're not local, you can still purchase it online HERE. I love that HEB sells items online now.




Speaking of HEB, they recently posted this recipe for Cherry Chocolate Pecan Cake...







Doesn't that sound amazing? I actually have this baking in my oven as we speak. I'll let you know how it turns out. :) 

~Lisa




Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Mother's Day Treats and a Few Recipes

We celebrated Mother's Day and my mom's birthday this past weekend. I thought I'd share our little table of snacks and a little box of treats I made up for my aunt and mom to take home with them. 

Yes, those plates and napkins say "princess." I thought my mom would like that for her birthday plates, and she did. ;)



We snacked on quiche, strawberries with fruit dip, Pam's pimiento cheese, shrimp dip, and lemon bars.


RECIPES:


FRUIT DIP: 8 oz. softened cream cheese mixed with one jar marshmallow cream. (I use a hand mixer to whip this up)

PAM'S PIMIENTO CHEESE: Purchased in the HEB deli. If you have an HEB nearby, this is the BEST pimiento cheese I've ever tasted and well worth the $7/lb. price. :) 

SHRIMP DIP: This is my aunt's recipe...
16 oz. sour cream
One 0.4 oz. envelope Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix
Two cans tiny shrimp, drained.

Mix the dressing mix with the sour cream and fold in the tiny shrimp. Might want to make the night before to let the flavors meld together. Serve with Ruffles potato chips and enjoy! 


LEMON BARS: This recipe came from one of those recipe exchanges we used to do many years ago. Did y'all ever do that? A friend of mine started it and sent a recipe out and then we were all given addresses to send a recipe to. I got lots of good recipes from all over, but this one didn't come with a return address, so I have no way of giving credit where credit is due, but it's been my go-to lemon bar recipe for ages. 

2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter
4 beaten eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup flour 
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Sift together flour and powdered sugar, cut in butter. Press in bottom of 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 20-25 min.

When it comes out of the oven, in a large bowl, beat eggs then add granulated sugar and lemon juice. Add in 1/4 cup flour and baking powder and mix well with whisk. Pour over baked crust and bake at 350 for 25 min. While hot, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

I used this Krusteaz mix for the cookies,,,



I added cream cheese frosting and pink sprinkles. 



I boxed up some lemon bars and cookies for my mom and aunt to take home...



I had a great Mother's Day. I even got to go on a little shopping spree and picked up a few clothing items. Here are a few of my treats. :) 



Do y'all see that perfume up there? It's called "Pink Sugar" and I've wanted to try it for a long time. It literally smells like cotton candy, which I'm very fond of. ;) I love it! (yes, I'm 12) 

If you decide to try it, here's a tip..The big size I got (3.4 oz) is $60 at Ulta, but I got it on Groupon for $24.99. I just checked and it's still that price. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

~Lisa 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Backyard Blooms

The lighting was just right yesterday afternoon, so I stepped outside and snapped a few quick pics of my backyard blooms...


Bottlebrush trees and Blue Plumbago



Pink Turk's Cap


Red Turk's cap (the wind was blowing and my flowers kept getting out of focus, so I finally gave up and snapped this one anyway)



Knockout rose

And a variety of Lantana...







My little Shrimp plant is even making a come back...



This purple Society Garlic is so easy to grow and it loves the sun...



Not sure what these orange blooms are, but they show off all summer long... 



My Vitex trees are this close to blooming. I'll share a few pics when they make their appearance. They put on quite the show. :) 

What's blooming in your neck of the woods?

~Lisa

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Around The House

Hello! I seem to be on a blogging kick lately. :) First off, a little tiger update. Remember my post about the tiger roaming around the Houston area neighborhood? They were able to locate her owner and he surrendered her to the city. They're going to try and find a tiger sanctuary that will take her. The shelter workers said she is very well behaved, in great health, and sweet as can be, so I hope she finds a great home soon. And just to clarify, the tiger wasn't roaming around my neighborhood. It was pretty far from where we live, thank goodness. It was neat to see it on the local news though. :)

I thought y'all might like to see what some of the bathroom signs look like, here in Space City...




Love the astronaut bathroom signs! It can definitely be interesting living in an area so close to the space industry. My youngest went to preschool with an astronaut's son and there are several kids in our schools who have parents as astronauts. And yes, I watched every episode of The Astronaut Wives Club last summer. :) 

Let's talk food, shall we? I bought these butter rum muffins at HEB last week and they were so good! Everyone liked them, which is rare. The bad part is that they were on sale, buy one 3 pack, get one free, so I ended up with SIX of them in the house. Thank goodness for treadmills. ;) 



Do y'all have a Schlotzsky's in your area? I was pretty much raised on their sandwiches and their pizzas are equally good. Just look at this BBQ chicken and jalapeno one...


Again...thank goodness for treadmills. Lol!

As I was vacuuming the cat hair off the dining room chairs for the umpteenth time, I started contemplating recovering them in a fabric that matches Holly's fur. Ha!



Don't you love it when you make a purchase and you know it's something you'll continue to love for years to come? That's how I feel about this clover mirror below. I got it at a great price and still love what it adds to the dining room. 



After cleaning the house this morning, I plan on propping my feet up on this pouf and catching up with some books on my Kindle. I think there's also a new Hallmark movie waiting for me on my DVR. :) 



Hope y'all have a great day!

~Lisa

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