Thursday, May 25, 2017

My silverware collection...

It is raining,  so I'm not gardening today.
I did a little this morning in the rain, 
 but then it started to pour,  so I had to come inside.
So I thought I would do a post for today.

I uploaded some pictures from my camera,  
and I thought you might like to see my silver collection.
It's plated,  so it's not real valuable.

My silverware that I've collected over the years...
I cleaned these pieces last week, 
 they were so dark and dirty looking...

I do love the patina on the creamers 
and my daughter's baby cup though...

 The three trays are ones that I pulled out
 of a dumpster behind a jewelry store.  
What a lucky find that was.
It was the dumpster that we used 
when we had the candy store...

The Disney Ears were made by my sister
for Christmas a couple of years ago.
They are tree ornaments,
but I like to keep them out all year.
They are so cute!  I love them!

I have found a few things at yard sales 
and I eagerly scarf them up!
Most of the pieces came from thrift stores though.

I have so many collections...
I have the hoarder instinct,  I think!

But I try not to overdo it!
I'm running out of room to put the stuff!  Lol

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Monday, May 22, 2017

A New Recipe...

I have a new recipe for you...

This is not low carb,  but I indulged in a small piece...

My family loved it!

It is called "Cuppa".

This is easy and quick to put together.

Love that!

So here is the recipe:


1 Cup flour
1 Cup Sugar
1 Cup Fruit Cocktail with the juice
(I added some extra maraschino cherries on top.)

Mix and bake in a 350 degree oven in a greased pan 
for about 45 min or until golden brown on top.  
I used a glass pyrex dish about 9" x 13".
I tripled the recipe for the size of the dish.

I served mine with homemade vanilla ice cream.

As you can see,  not much left...
This size served about 13 people.
So,  you can adjust the size of it
by how many cups you choose to do.

My 4 year old Great Grandson loved it!
He picked all the fruit out,  then ate the rest.

I hope you like this, 
and you will make it for 
your family or friends,  or yourself.
On another not,  I've been gardening like crazy. I also had a wonderful vacation with my BFF in Tucson,  Arizona.  We visited her relatives and had a great time.  The country is so totally different from what I am used to.  Cactus, succulents and sand instead of flowers and green lawns.  It was a wonderful sight to see the cactus in bloom.  The colors are so brilliant.  We did see some beautiful gardens with roses and flowering plants that were so pretty.  It was a wonderful trip and we hope to go on another excursion next year.  We don't know where yet,
 we're thinking about it.

I should have some gardening pictures for you next time.  We are just starting to get some flowers now.  We are past the Spring bulbs now but not quite into the annuals and early summer flowers.  I am still doing clean-up,  edging,  digging weeds, and spreading bark mulch.  Lots to do,  not enough time in the day!
My body is sore all over,  but I am happy with my accomplishments!

'Til next time,  
Love ya,  Jean


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter to you and your families!
I hope you have a wonderful day!
'Til next time,
 Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Preemie Baby Quilts...

I made a few more baby quilts...
I love making these,  they are all so cute!

Ooppps...a little blurry!  Sorry!
This has little hummingbirds on the sashing and borders...

Little foxes on the sashing and borders...

Hearts on the sashing and borders...

I used all different fabrics on the sashing and borders...
They all have the same backing.
I bought it at a thrift store--8 yards for $2.99!
I couldn't pass that up!
I sew a lot during the winter and when it is rainy...
I can't work outside so I amuse myself this way!  Lol
And the hospital NICU loves getting them,  too!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April Fool's Day...

Happy April Fool's Day!!!

'Til next time,

Love ya,  Jean

Friday, March 31, 2017

My Birthday Presents...

Yesterday was my Birthday...
It was a fun day...
I got lots of good wishes and presents...
This was one of the presents from my BFF...
I showed the other one of the wall hanging 
that she made for me earlier...
I thought this was so pretty and so clever...

The chocolate bar is so good...
And the wrapper is so beautiful!
She also sent a beautiful card that she made.

YUM!  YUM!  YUM!!!
Thank you,  my sweet friend! 

Then,  my daughter shows up at my door, 
 with flowers,  a birthday cake and a card in hand!
She stopped in after work.
My DBF and I were on our way out 
to our favorite restaurant
 for a birthday celebration dinner,  
so we talked her into coming with us!  
We had a great time, 
and it was even better to share it with her.
Here's what she brought with her!

(It's half gone!)

Blessed!   I am truly blessed!
  To have such wonderful, caring, 
and generous people in my life...

It's a day I'll cherish forever!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

My BFF...

I had a huge surprise that came in the mail yesterday...

It was from my BFF,  
Lady Jane over at Our Cozy Abode...

She made it and sent it for my Birthday...

Here is the surprise wall hanging that LJ made for me...

Close up...

 The one I gave to her first...

Then she made one for me...
I love her for being so thoughtful!

I was going to make one for myself,
 but this means so much more to me.

I love you girl,  and we'll always be BFF's 'til the end!

She also made a beautiful card and sent me a yummy candy bar wrapped in the most gorgeous wrapper with a huge flower on it!  I will show that next time.

So,  take a stroll over and see what she is up to today!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


I love my little section of red here......

Speaking of red...

We have been making pizzas!  I have been on a low carb diet lately due to high blood sugar.  I found these low carb tortillas that have a lot of fiber in them.  The net carbs are 6 for one tortilla.  That's very low.  So,  in order to enjoy pizza,  we are using the Low Carb Tortillas for the crust.  Turns out they are delicious!  We don't miss the traditional crust at all.  This picture is the before they are baked.  I took one after they were baked,  but the battery was dead on my camera and the picture didn't come out!  Trust me,  they look really good once baked.
Now,  here's how to do it...
Take a tortilla,  put some tomato sauce on it,  put some meat and veggies,  whatever you like,  top with some cheese.  Bake at 400 degrees for  about 10 min,  and you will have a delicious treat!  Serve this with a nice big salad and you will have a
nice little low carb meal.

I've been sewing a lot.  We are getting another snow storm today,  as many of you are,  so I will be finishing up on some projects I have been working on.  Stay turned... I'll be showing them soon.

'Til next time.
Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Still going strong...

She's still going...

Lots of flowers...


Lots of beautiful roots...

I just love her!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Pink Baby Scrappy...

Made this one with all pink scraps 
that I had from other quilts...
First time doing the corner blocks...
figured it out on my own!  Lol

It is really pink...
and so cute...
picture does not do it justice...

I love doing these and I am gathering some
 lavenders and purples for the next one...

That's it for now...
'Til next time...
Love ya,  Jean 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Maple Syrup Time...

2017 Maple Syrup Season...

I'm making maple syrup from my silver maple tree
in my backyard again this year.
This is my second year.  So far this year,
I've gotten 2 and a half pints.
The sap started flowing early this year.  I hope it continues.
 Last year I got 7 half-pints.  I'm hoping for a lot more this year!
It's a beautiful thing!!

'Til next time.
Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


Ernie enjoying a cold one on a hot beach day...

I see my great grandson was playing with my
miniature beach scene last time he was here.  LOL

Thought this was funny,  had to show someone!

I hope everyone had a Happy Valentine's Day,
with lots of love flying around,
I did!

Have a great day!
'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Gelatin Dessert...

I made up a recipe for Gelatin Dessert...
The reason being that I have been having
 high blood sugar readings,  
and so I have been trying to lower my carbs...
The sugar-free gelatin that you buy 
is made with artificial sweetener.  
I wanted to avoid that by using 
Stevia for the sweetener.  
It is a natural sweetener,  
made from the Stevia plant,
and has no calories!
It is very low in carbs,  too!   
After some experimenting 
with different proportions of ingredients,  
this is what I came up with.
The recipe is pretty simple...

Lemon or Lime Gelatin Dessert

2 Cups water
1 envelope Knox Gelatine
1/3 Cup Stevia
4 Tablespoons lemon  or  lime juice
2 drops of yellow or green food coloring

First,  pour one envelope of gelatine into 1 cup of cold water. 

Stir and let sit for a few minutes.

In the meantime, get your serving dishes ready.
I put mine on a tray for easy handling.

After the gelatine is softened,
put the cup in the microwave
for 3 1/2 minutes or until it boils.
Bring it out and add the other ingredients to the cup.
Stir well for a minute or two until everything is dissolved.
Then add cold water to the 2 cup mark.

Pour the mixture (this is lemon) into the dishes,
cover loosely with plastic wrap,
and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or until it is set.

Each one is about 1/3 cup serving.
If you have it plain,  there are NO calories!
 It does have maybe one half of a gram of carb
from the Stevia.

If you add a little whipped cream,
you do have one or two carbs,
but still very low,  for a dessert.

YUM!  It is so light and refreshing!

The perfect ending to a meal!
I alternate the flavors,
 Lemon this time,  Lime next time.
We love it!

You may want to try this.
Let me know if you come up with some new flavors.
I'm thinking mint or coconut or rum...

I want to add that I am not affiliated in any way
 with the name brand products shown in this recipe.
 They are just what I have on hand,
and how I make this recipe.

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Lovely Orchid...

My little lady is blooming again...

Every year,  she never fails...

She gets no special attention...
She likes that windowsill that she sits on year round...

You can see how long her roots are...

And her flowers last for months!

What a beauty!!!

I am blessed!

'Til next time,
Love ya,  Jean

Monday, January 23, 2017

Frosty was here...

Some interesting frosty patterns on the back porch this morning...

I love looking at them...

It has actually warmed up,  but the designs are still there...

This is inside the porch... colder outside.

'Til next time,  Love ya,  Jean