Well, it is cloudy here today but this past weekend we had beautiful weather!
Lovely weekend spent with the the family.
Saturday we headed to the Home and Garden Show... I must admit I was a bit disappointed. It seemed that unless you were in the market for a new bathroom, done by the "Bath Fitters type" of people, needed new gutters or a new deck, the show wasn't much of a show for you!
However we did run into DiVine,The living Gardenivine. I wasn't sure what to think but evidently it was suppose to be a show "highlight".
See her face in this one... kind of creepy!
Moving on... as I awoke at the wonderful hour of 3:00 this morning I decided and to be a bit productive by doing the dishes, washing some clothes, and what else can you do at that hour besides whip up some homemade gornola!
Honey Almond Gronola
3 cups of this:
1/2 cup this
1/4 cup this
1/2 cup this
1/4 cup this (melted)
1 tsp this
Plus 2 tbsp warm water.
Mix oatmeal, almonds and coconut together in a bowl and set aside.
Melt the cocount oil and then add the honey, vianialla and water. Mix together and pour mixture over the dry mixture coating it well. Transfer to a greased baking sheet and pop in over for 10 to 15 mintues at 325. Stirring every 5 minutes.
It will look a bit like this
Super yummy to eat alone or mixed in with some yogurt.
It makes 10 servings and from what I can tell a serving is about 1/2 a cup. With some help from MyFoodDiary.com with the recipe builder it is around 268 calories a serving. Seems a bit high but you would only probably eat it in 1/2 serving size... 1/4 cup making it just around 134 calories. Either way, better eating exactly what you know than a list of ingredients you have never even heard of.
Got this recipe from Mallory, my bootcamp instructor! Next time you are at the store and are about to buy your gonoala take a look at those ingredients... might make you think again!
I am welcoming this weekend with open arms! I hate to wish my life away but we live for the weekends! My mom (also referred to as Mama Jane or Mimi) is headed into town and we have some fun plans ahead. Tonight might go sip on one of these:
And then tomorrow we are head to Birmingham to go see what all this is about.
Mom is redoing her upstairs bathroom so it should be fun to go get some ideas for it. But it will also be a challenge to me since I am in the "no shopping" season.
Before the "no shopping" season began, I did make a purchase that I have been wanting FOREVER!
I have wanted them for a really long time. In fact, I have been in search all over to find some even close to how much I like these but just haven't been able to find some. The ones I do find are even more expensive than these and I don't even like them as much. These are from Ballard Designs and were only $79 each for the large size which is be perfect for our front porch. Best part is, even though they look like cement, they are made out of fiberglass so they won't weigh a ton.They are just so versatile. You can make them look good all year round just like these:
Traditionally, the Christian church has observed the seven weeks before Easter as a time of penitence and spiritual self-examination.
Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, derives its name from the ancient practice of marking the foreheads of worshipers with ashes from the unused palm branches of the previous year. Ashes historically have had a dual significance.
First, they are Old Testament symbols of sadness and humility. Second, they are a reminder of our mortality. Each of us faces the inevitability of physical death. Our bodes and material possessions eventually will turn to dust and ashes. This is a reminder that we dare not trust in thing that crumble. But Lent does not leave us on the ash heap. It begins with Ash Wednesday, but ends with Easter. And Easter proclaims that, through Christ, God resurrects us from our dust and ashes, makes us new creatures and brings life out of death!
So this Lent Season I really wanted to refocus on what we have and not lust for what we want. Sometimes I feel the need to have what everyone else has or everything I see on all the great blogs I follow. And as much as I want a cute house and wear nice things, I want to take this time to refocus on the things that are truly important in life, non of which are material things!
Has MK been?!?!? Busy people, extremely busy!
But now I am back in blogging action! (hopefully anyway) Since my last post, "The day of my birth" we have had lots going on around the Baker Casa. I am going to recap with a few pics to help me catch up:
It snowed (again)
We celebrated a 6 year old B-day
Teddy see what it would be like to have twins :-)
Playing with this sweet lit guy
MK is back in action with this
Doing 2 sessions this time for the first time. I will let you know how that turns out!
And celebrated a 40th year old B-day...My brother
Which was a surprise by the way.
Which brings me to what else has been keeping me busy. It was one of the very reasons that I wanted to start blogging in the first place... my "projects". I have posted some of them before but not like I want to. So I am turning over a new and improved "blog" leaf and will really start trying to document all my "projects."
I have been thinking and I think what most stopped me before was just the process of writing all the steps of each project down. That just doesn't sound like my idea of fun. But what does sound fun is the Befores and Afters! So from here on out, that is what I will do, show the glorious Befores and Afters and if you have a question on how to do it, just leave a comment and I can answer. I would much rather know that I was helping someone in particular over just wasting time writing it all out without it being useful to anyone out there in blog land. Which that might even come a new blog makeover! Who knows... Spring just really gets my creative juices flowing!
With Spring comes my want to organize, clean, change out things around the house to get more color... etc. It seems like I always have a ton of my "To Do" list. So with the in laws coming in town this weekend, I wanted to make sure everything was "spiffed" up a bit.
Photos to come. I have been trying to the past 30 minutes to get them to upload from my phone but no luck... so it will be tomorrow!