Monday, August 11, 2014

More Daily Life Pics

Hello all! I have a few daily life pics to share with you today. Sometimes I think I don't have too much to share, but then I scroll through my iPhone pics, and realize I actually do have quite a bit. :) I'm always taking pics when out and about and telling my hubby "My blog friends will like this" or "My blog friends will think this is funny." See...I'm always thinking of y'all. :)

So, my first pic is actually a cleaning tip. If you mist your microfiber cloth with water prior to dusting, it will pick up way more dust and remove fingerprints too. And as a bonus, it keeps my tables dust free for 3-4 days longer than dry dusting. 

Okay, so y'all know it's hot here, right? Well, just look at how hot it is on our patio...

I put this thermometer out on our patio and within seconds, it was reading 124 degrees! Now, granted, the air temp isn't quite that hot, but the brick patio heats up quickly in the sun. You'll actually burn your feet if you're out there barefoot. Like I said on Instagram...Fall can't come soon enough!

Oh y'all...I can't stop buying paper straws and baker's twine. Here's my collection so far...

I just can't resist when it's only $1. :)

So, this may not appeal to everyone, but I LOVE cotton candy and anything cotton candy flavored. I almost always get cotton candy flavored snow cones when we visit our local stand (or bubble gum if cotton candy isn't available) Anyway, I found this at Walmart the other day. Oh my good!

walmart cotton candy ice cream

We celebrated one of my son's birthdays recently and this was the cake he wanted. It was almost too much chocolate, even for me. :) We bought it as Sam's.

If you don't want the calories, you could just melt one of these wax cubes. It smells just like the raspberry linzer cookies they sell at La Madeleine. I bought these at Walmart for $2.

And keeping with the food theme, I made these jam thumbprint cookies. I used raspberry and apricot jam. They were delicious! You can click HERE to see the recipe I used. My hubby said they taste "Just like Christmas!" Lol!

jam thumbprint cookie recipe

Oh man...I saw these at the store the other day...

Nope, no thank you. I like my coffee and chips separate. 

I was at Joann's and saw this cute mini chandy for a school locker! When I was in school, I would have loved this! 

school locker decor

And, back to food again. :) We have a Fresh Market grocery store near us, and we've kind of made it a Saturday morning tradition to pick up a few goodies there. This particular trip, we bought Tanzanian Peaberry coffee, seeded rye bread, 3 cheese black pepper bread, sweet pecans, honey roasted Thai spicy cashews, almond croissants, and Zots candy. It's kind of fun to stock up on stuff for the week. The sights, smells, and atmosphere of the place make it SO tempting! 

peaberry coffee

You'd think that would be enough bread, but just a couple of days later, my youngest son requested my homemade bread, and I couldn't say no. It literally takes 2 hours from the time I start gathering my ingredients until we're enjoying a slice. (and only 30 minutes of that is prep, the rest of the time is rising and baking) If you're new here, you can click HERE to see my post (with a link to the bread recipe) In that same post, there's a wonderful, easy tomato basil soup recipe if you're interested.

very easy homemade bread recipe

So, are you hungry yet? Yeah, me too. :) 

What have y'all been up to lately? Are you getting ready for back to school? We still have a couple more weeks, thank goodness.



  1. Did I tell you that I bought the pecan coffee at HEB that you recommended? Love it and what a heavenly smell!! We went to Central Market this weekend and made a haul on Hatch chile items. :)

    I'm with you on the heat....over 100 for at least 7 days. Ugh!!

  2. Holy moly!!! You have a good stash of paper straw and twine girlfriend!!! That cotton candy ice cream looks so yummy!!! And I'm with you on those coffee chips...yuck!

  3. I'm a big bread lover so I like everything you showed! You really have a large selection of straws and twine. I think you're ready for Christmas and a party! Those potato chips look awful, don't they? I saw those in the store the other day too and couldn't believe it. Who would like that?! I love cotton candy too. I have a big sweet tooth. You know you can buyit in tubs at Walmart! I discovered that at Easter and Christmas but I also think they sell it year round in the candy section. You can probably find it at Party City too. I never knew there was an icecream that tastes like it. Happy Birthday to your son. His cake looked good!

  4. Lisa, I love all your "goodies". Your straw and twine collection is fabulous! I know you will put them to good use. We are also in the habit of running to the Central Market on the weekends. Who can resist their bakery? :) And yes! It is hot, hot in Texas. My son and I had to run and errand yesterday afternoon and I didn't think we were going to make it. LOL Enjoy your day. Maria

  5. You have been craving sweets and color girl! Is that what that Texas heat does to people? Ha! Where do you find the straws so cheap. Abby won't drink out of a glass without a straw, just her own little fetish.

    Another question. I use my phone constantly for pics. The other day it said that I had run out of storage and directed me to Settings. From there it didn't make sense. Do you know how to add more storage? I can't take pictures!!

    Jane xx

  6. Okay, now I am seriously, that cake did look delicious! I'm just finishing up some birthday cards for 5 of my grandkids (5 of the 6 all have birthdays between mid-Aug & Nov 10th), and I love to use baker's twine. Where did you find the best deals? I was first introduced to those "scented wax cubes" through Scentsy (one of those home-party things), but the little boxes are $6 each & the burner pots were $25-$30, so I did not buy very much! When I found them at Walmart, I was thrilled. I don't think the scent lasts quite as long as the "Scentsy," but at a third the cost, I can live with that!

    As for temps here, we have actually gone down a few degrees, but the humidity has risen -- it's suppose to be monsoon season here. Most parts of Phoenix have gotten some real downpours, but just as last year, our area has not -- yep, we are "Under the Dome!"

  7. Thanks so much for the dusting tip. I am definitely going to try that the next time I dust. I made the cookie recipe and they were delicious. My son loved them. I am going to try the bread recipe soon. I would really be looking forward to fall if it was so hot also. Wow that is very hot. I am going to look for the raspberry linzer cookie wax melts when I am at WalMart next time. That sounds like it would smell so good. I hope you have a good weekend.

    1. You are so sweet, Kim! I'm so glad you liked the cookies! I love that you don't even need an egg to make them. I froze a few so I can enjoy them later too. :) I love that Walmart has those wax melts for only $2. Usually my mom and I each buy a couple of different ones and break off a few cubes to share with each other so we can each try new scents. I think almost every one I have is a "baking" scent. :)

  8. I have never seen cotton candy ice cream before, I can't imagine what it tastes like?!?! I think you might have a slight straw addiction. LOL!!!! That chocolate cake looks so delicious, it even looks sinfully rich.

  9. You always have WONDERFUL things to share :-) I LOVE all your posts!!!!!
    So funny about the chips, I too think Yuck!! I saw them the other day and was like...Ummmm, no thanks! I hope your week has been lovely so far!


    1. Thank you so much, sweet Sherri!!! They really are coming out with some crazy chip flavors these days. I think I'll stick to my salt and vinegar ones. :) Hope you have a lovely week too!!

  10. I remember when you shared the straws on IG, I wanted to hop in my car and drive straight to Michaels. I usually order mine from Etsy. And after seeing all of your goodies I'm ready for cake and ice cream.

  11. So many goodies! I can't get enough straws either ~ :) Have a bit of twine started too. Thanks so much for sharing!

    P.S. I can't do those chips either! I'm like you, coffee and chips separately.


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