Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Flower Holders Made From Tin Cans


Normally, I'm not that much into the shabby chic look for my home, but I do appreciate it's whimsy and unique appearance.  My sister and I wanted to construct something for my mother's caregivers to express thanks for the care they give our mother.  I had a collection of cans that I knew I wanted to use "some day".  Here's what we did with a few of them.


Because it was May, we decided to fashion these flower containers to resemble traditional May Day Flower Hangers.  We wrapped wired twine around the cans in, up and down, and in an all around fashion.  Then we constructed handles atop the cans connected to the body twine as handles so that they could be hung on door knobs or hooks.  We then attached cotton lace, burlap, ribbons, and bird and butterfly name tags.  The final task was to fill them with roses from my garden. 



Double Delight & Yellow St. Patrick's Roses


The ladies loved them and we were so happy we made them.  Now, we will have to continue to supply them with lovely flowers to make more of their days delightful.


Plastic cups were inserted as to not rust the inside of the cans.  They fit and worked perfectly.


I'd love to know what you think and what kind of artsy-cragty projects you might be up to as summer begins.  I love reading your comments.  Just click on the comment button below and you can share.

Thanks for reading and sharing.  I hope you have a delightful day!
Debbie


Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Delightful Walk Through Peters Canyon


I can't believe that I have lived in this area for over 28 years and have never taken a walk around Peters Canyon Lake which is only about a mile from my house!  This is the most beautiful walk.  My son, Chris, was here for a visit and we took this 2.5 mile walk around the lake.  

I had heard it was a long walk with steep grades and it was on the second half.  It was well worth it!  I think in the future I will walk the scenic west side to the half way point and turn around and walk it back.  The views of the lake, bunnies, and greenery were so delightful.  The day we went it was about 8:30 am on an overcast morning.

I will refrain from commenting further so you can just enjoy the views we encountered.



























This hill is a lot steeper than it looks!  Hope you get a chance to walk this pretty path sometime soon.

Hugs, Debbie

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Daisies & Birthdays




The table is set and awaits the two birthday girls, Patty & Mary.  We will be going to a Chris Tomlin Concert this night!! 




For those of you who may be interested, the daisy plate is Metlox Sculptured Daisy. The yellow beverage glasses resemble a Fostoria pattern, but I am not sure if that is what they are. The sherbert glasses are a Depression Era pattern. The tablecloth was purchased in Switzerland. The silverware pattern, is Oneida, Louisiana.


Our meal began with a mint marinated fruit salad.  It was cool and refreshing!  I just place about 1/2 cup of water and 3 tablespoons of sugar in a pan and brought it to a boil.  I then added a couple of drops of spearmint oil to it and marinated the fruit in it for about 1/2 hour.  The mint leave was added to compliment the mint flavor.  


Years ago, my friend Alma served this recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad.  It was delightful and memorable, not to mention healthy!  It's still as great as the first time I made it. I altered it just a little bit. 



Alma’s Chinese Chicken Salad

          1 bunch green onions, chopped
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
          1 package toasted slivered almonds
          2 packages Oriental Style Top Ramen Noodles, roken up in hands
          1 can mandarin oranges
          1 ½ whole cabbages, shredded (cut into thin slices)
          2 boneless chicken breasts (grilled boiled)
          (I purchased a broiled chicken at the store and extracted the meat)
          1/2 cup olive oil
          4 tablespoons cider vinegar
          3 tablespoons sugar
          1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation

Beat and Chill:

1 package Top Ramen seasoning

1/2 cup olive oil

4 Tablespoons Cider Vinegar

3 Tablespoons Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

In large Mixing bowl Combine:

2 bags of Cabbage

Chicken

Onions

Sesame Seeds

Toasted Almonds

Crush the Top Ramen

Oranges

Toss and then add mixture over top and toss again.


Janice amazed us with her ability to duplicate Tommy Bahama's Pina Colada Cake! It tasted exactly like the one you would purchase there.  It was out of this world good.  She said you can obtain the recipe for it online. She had to make up her own white chocolate mousse for the frosting. It was spectacular the day after, and the day after that!  My son and husband loved it too.


We had to scoot to get to the concert on time.  We made it!  We had great seats and and even greater worship experience.  Kari Jobe opened for Chris and she was fabulous too.  A message was preached by Loui Giglio from Atlanta.


Can you see Chris Tomlin!  We could, and we could hear him quite well!


The Birthday Girls!

It was a delightful evening in every way!