Thursday, June 26, 2014

"Have a Wonderful Birthday"Card, Outdoor brunch and Breakfast casserole recipe

Well this week was my sister Jan's Birthday, so it called for a little celebration.  I had my sis, and our friends Deb and Julie over for a brunch on Tuesday.  It was so nice to get together, I love these girls. Some serious chatting when on. lol  Here is the card I made for my Sis.


It was a beautiful morning so I thought we would eat out on the deck. Deb, Jan and Julie.


I made a couple different kinds of muffins and a breakfast casserole. And we had fresh fruit.
This was a first time I had tried this breakfast casserole recipe.  I've made many different kinds in the past but this was a new one that I had run across on Pinterest.  It really was very cool.  I'm sure you could add different thing for variations. Use different veggies, cheeses ect.   I cant wait to try it with green chilies and jack cheese.
Below is the recipe I used. 



 Breakfast Casserole
  • 16-oz. pkg. shredded frozen hashbrowns, thawed and divided                               
     
  • 1 onion, chopped and divided                               
     
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage, browned and drained                               
     
  • 1 green pepper, chopped                               
     
  • 4-oz. can sliced mushrooms, drained   ( I used fresh)                            
     
  • 1/2 to 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese, divided                               
     
  • 1 doz. eggs, beaten                               
     
  • 1 1/2 cups milk                               
     
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: garlic salt to taste
Spread half of the hashbrowns in a lightly greased 13"x9" baking pan. Layer ingredients as follows: half the onion, sausage, remaining onion, green pepper, mushrooms and half the cheese. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour egg mixture over casserole; top with remaining hashbrowns and remaining cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and refrigerate overnight.
Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 20 minutes or until a knife inserted in center comes out clean.

Im glad it was a nice day for Jan. She has a heart of gold and is always doing for  others. I loved making her feel special on her birthday.  Thanks Deb and Julie for making the day extra special!


Thanks for stopping by my friends!  Happy Summer days ahead for all! YAY Summer!

Vic

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Hideaway Farm Saturday

Hi friends... I said I'd be back with some photos to share and wanted to do them in a separate post from my last post.  Still I couldn't bring myself to only show you the devastating photos from the tornados that went through the little town of Pilger here in Nebraska.  I have to share some happy photos of a get together we attended up the road at some friends farm yesterday.  
 
 
It was a Summer Solstice Party and a Party celebrating their Anniversary. They are the most fun loving, kind, giving couple ever. And boy do they know how to throw a shindig! :)
 
( oh and we are super excited to find out .. they are expecting their first little one!)
 

Everything that comes with a get together in the country. Enough homemade food to feed an army.  They had pool set up or the kids, lots of farm animals for them to look at ( including a new baby calf) and an awesome band.


Their home and yard, is the perfect country setting for a get together.
 
 
 

I wanted to give them a little something so I framed this photo of their farm, and added the name and date.  I took the actual photo yesterday to commemorate the day. Good thing they don't live far away... I took it . ..then drove home.. printed it and added it to the frame, before heading to the party :)

It was a great day!


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 A little over a week ago the small town of Pilger NE ( about 50 miles from us) was hit by twin tornados.  In the Midwest we are always aware of the threat of tornados and bad weather, but this was one of those times it became very real.. just how quickly bad weather can become very dangerous.

You can read more and see video HERE

( this photo is not mine. found on the internet with no photo credit)

Pilger is a town with a population around 350 people.  Two fatalities ( one a 6 year old little girl) and 16 Critically injured.  It's been just horrible seeing what this community has had to go through. The town as obviously been evacuated and volunteers have been being bused in to help with clean up efforts.   Jarad ( our youngest son), Kate, (our daughter in law) and I, went to volunteer on Tuesday.  Jarad is a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT so he worked with them.   It was a sobering day.  Although it felt good to be with so many amazing people who wanted to help.  Certainly restored my faith in humanity!  Seeing people pull together in times like this to help eachother..... amazing!!


This was laying at the end of main street.
People have been so good about bringing water, shovels, totes, trash bags ect.. 
Sending in monetary donations, on top of coming and physically helping with the clean up.   I'm really proud of my State.

Please keep the people of this little town in your prayers.  The mother of the little girl who lost her life is still in a comma in serious condition, the last I heard. 
I can tell you one thing, after many years of hearing tornado warnings and watches I think I was getting a bit to casual about it.  Not any more!  This has been a sad reminder to me, just what can happen.

Please also pray for the animals who were lost and injured in this tornado. Thanks to social media, there has been a facebook page set up to help reunite pets with their owners.  Also a foster home program for pets of those who lost their home. ( which you know I signed up for :)

Hugs to all of you!

Vicki

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cakes and lighted canvases... more wedding fun

Hey friends!  Thought I'd share some more wedding ideas while it's all still fresh in my mind.  There are so many in my files still to share.   It's been a busy week.  Some of you may have heard that hear in Nebraska we have had damaging storms and tornados this past week.  We are safe but unfortunately a small town about 50 miles from us was hit by not one but two tornados. It has been a sad and eye opening experience for many of us.  Please keep the people of Pilger in your prayers. I will share more about this but in another post since this is a happy "Wedding" post. I want to keep it that way.

Incase some of you are new to my blog, these photos are from my nieces wedding last month.  It was a fun, whimsy, happy wedding ... filling with personal touches everywhere.   Neely had so many adorable creative ideas ... I just have to share. One of the things she wanted was instead of one big wedding cake, was to ask family and friends to bake their favorite family recipe and bring it.  They were all displayed on my sisters amazing milk glass cake plate collection.

The sweet   little hand painted  bride and groom  was done by my cousin Paula ( the kitty is there little sweet Chachi) lol  Is that CUTE or what!  THANKS Paula!

My sis made the super cute "Just Married" banner.


My sis is so great with making things look so pretty.


Here are some photos of the cakes on the cake plates.  Neely had made the cute little flags for each cake, so that people could right on them what kind they are..    On the backs it said.. "We thank you for sharing your talent with us on our special day! Love, Alan and Neely"

I have never had such a hard time choosing what cake I wanted!!  The good thing is .. you served yourself.. :)  so you could take a little sliver of a couple different kinds.
I made my Aunt Viv's Carrot Cake.



My sis and I made the lighted canvases behind the cakes.  I'm so mad at myself because as I was organizing photos I must have accidentally deleted the photos I took of the steps as we were making those, as my plan was to give you a tutorial.   We found the tutorial on Pinterest .. so if you are interested just there.   We did 3 ..... 3x4 canvases and put them together on the back of the cake table, at the reception.

 
So thankful to my friend Cindy Van Koll who make this drawing I did into a chalkboard sign for us for the cake area at the reception.  She also did one for Dancing and for the Photo Booth.  Cindy ... you are amazing and such a great friend!
 
 

I thought this was such great idea .. and such a fun way to get people talking.  All around the railing where the cakes where , they had old photos of them in their childhood with family and friends who were at the wedding clipped up on twine with painted clothes pins.




So many sweet person touches.   In an up coming post I'll share some of the decorating DIY ideas.

I was so lucky to get to be part of the "putting together" of the fun stuff for this wedding with Neely and my sister Jan.  It was SO FUN!    It was like a creative whirlwind of ideas!  Watching it all come together on this gorgeous day.. while  witnessing the union of these to beautiful souls was just over the top amazing!!
Love them beyond words



Thanks for stopping by!

Vic

Sunday, June 15, 2014

"Bathing Beauties" Whatevers TWO June 2014



It's time for June "Whatevers", with my favorite girls!  I chose to do something a little different this month ... a sort of "altered Jar" of sorts, instead of a page... to help tell the story.
    If your not familiar with "Whatevers" You can read more about it here.  But basically my friends...Nat, Cat, Cuchy,  Martha  and I have committed to a full year of bringing new life to  forgotten photos. Each month we create a page( or in this case.. other altered project) and give it a story using that months photo. We share the photo with you in hopes that you will play along and join in the fun.
 There is also more info at the bottom of this post along with the links to the other girls blog, so that you can check out what they have created.

Usually I share my project, and then my story, but this time I'm going to share my story first.

Bathing Beauties

Natallia, Catarina, Victoria, Carmenza, and Martha Beth had been the best of friends since their early school days. Each of them being " high spirited" shall we say. It seemed they were certain to find each other and  become friends in the strict all girl school they attended. They were not exactly known for following the rules.  Don't get me wrong, they were good girls, but they like to have fun! That might just mean sneaking out the back door of the gymnasium for an afternoon at the beach now and then..  
Their love of Art and Music was a passion that kept them close long past their early years and all throughout their adult lives.  As the years went on and they had families of their own they always stayed in touch.  Luckily always living within an hour or so of each other.   For as long as they could remember the beach was the place they always met. The place they could , laugh, talk, draw, paint, swim, whatever they wanted. They could just be together.  One Saturday afternoon a month, they met there... year after year. The beach was not the exciting spot it was when they were younger.  The people now mostly went to the beach closer to town.  That was fine by them, they still loved this place, and loved even more, having it to themselves.  It was always guaranteed to be  a good time with these five involved. Martha Beth would bring the most amazing food that she would prepare. She was always trying new recipes. Victoria was always happy to try them out. This year particularly ,she thought to herself, it was a good thing she had bought her new suit a size larger.    Natallia and Carmenza were usually chatting about something like the gorgeous shades of blues and greens of the ocean waters or the amazing textures of the rocky uplifts.  Catarina ... oh Catarina, she was a character. She always arrived last, and always with a grand entrance, waving and hollering  from the car window before she ever got parked. She came bounding down to the beach like she was ready to take on the day. Towel in one hand and her basket of tea in the other.  She was always in charge of bringing the tea.  Everyone LOVED her tea!  As she passed out her tea to everyone as she informed them that she had been tasting her new batch and that they were in for a treat, as it was one of her best batches ever. They would spend the day, talking, laughing, eating and drinking .... drinking that delightful tea.     They would drink the tea Catarina poured from her mason jars.  Tea from mason jars? hmm   They never questioned her tea. They certainly didn't want her to quit bringing it.
They drank tea... and they danced. They talked, and laughed and danced some more.  Enjoying every minute of the day, until they watched the sun sink down in the water and disappear.    Until next time... to art... to good friends... ( and to Catarinas tea).. let the good times roll!



The stamp set I used for this was Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamp - Bathing Beauties
I minute I saw this photo.. I knew I had to use this stamp set. I love it!


Catarina  dances among the shells and sea glass :)




I created this background as a backdrop for my jar. ( a cornfield just hardly seemed appropriate. lol



 ***Click here to see what Cat, Nat, and Cuchy made out of the photo and which story they tell.



Here is how it works
  • NAT, Cat, Cuchy (Carmen), Martha and I and I have made a one-year commitment to each other and picked twelve photos with Whatevers whom we will give a story.
  • Every month – if possible always on the 15th –  each of us will do a post with an individual story that goes along for us with the same photo.
  • If you want you can play along and we will have the photo for you to download and show us your version of The Whatevers. The photo will be posted at the end of our blog posts- not on Facebook!
  • There is no rules to the story itself- it can be funny, sad, uplifting, breathtaking- WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the length or the form of the story- it can be a short sentence, an essay, a poem or a soap opera – WHATEVER
  • There is no rules on the artform you choose – it can be a scrapbook layout, an altered art project, an art journal page – WHATEVER
  • Here is a rule though: if you take the photo you have to link back to us and show us your story.
  • These pictures are from our personal stash and are for personal use for you only! If you want to use them for a publication whether a book or magazine in print or digital form please ask for permission!
  • If you want to participate we’ll have a linky list for each Whatever Post.
  • You can also join our The Whatevers -Facebook Page


 Here is this months photo

Thanks for stopping by!

We'd love to have you play along!

Vicki





We would love to have you join us and play along!!

Monday, June 09, 2014

Vintage Scrabble boards photo displays

 
Hey friends!
I keep thinking I want to get back to sharing some of the wedding projects from my nieces wedding... I get started and something seems to always sidetrack me. lol  I wanted to share these Vintage Scrabble boards my sis and I did up for photo holders.  I wish I could find the link on Pinterest so I could give credit were I first saw them, but couldn't find it. I always like to give credit, .. I appreciate creative people who share their idea. Anyway, I thought it was a cute idea, and my sis and I both happen to have the game boards so we made a couple.   In a "love" theme of course :)


I was telling my friend Deb about these, and she did a cute one up with photos of her three Granddaughters. It turned out so sweet!




I wish you could see this photo better.  My sis and I both love it .. especially because you can see Neely's ring in this photo. The ring was my Grandmothers.   My brother-in-law took theses photos.  I adore candid moments like this.


I have been working In my flowers and out in the yard so much these past few days I haven't been in my craft room much at all.  All winter long, I counted the days until Spring... and now I'm enjoying the nice weather.



Since I haven't been traveling as much I can enjoy my plants with out worrying if
Mr.C will remember to keep them watered while I'm gone. (wink


I'm excited about this new addition to my backyard. Working on getting flowers planted in it.  It was left at Jarad and Kate's Cabin when they bought it. I was lucky enough to end up with it.


hope you are all finding time to do some of your favorite things also.  Please join me in letting the dusting and vacuuming wait, so I don't have to feel too guilty. lol

I'm always happy to have you stop by.. thanks!

Vicki

Friday, June 06, 2014

Pet Appriciation week / DogVacay

This week (June 1st-7th)  is Pet Appreciation Week!  I was asked to post a bit on my blog about what I appreciate about my dogs. Well most of you who have visited my blog for any time at all, know that asking me to share about my dog is not exactly a task for me:)  They are part of our family!  
But before I share, let me tell you about bit about DogVacay
They connect dog owners with dog lovers to provide services such as dog daycare and dog boarding.  Here is a little video that explains just what they do and how it works.
 


They have a Blog that is a fantastic resource guide.  Tons of interesting information!
Everything from Learning Basic Dog Commands to Decoding your dogs body language.

I even found this post... "Best Dogs in Weddings Ever"   Oh..  it's great!


Now.. about Daisy and Molly.

A little bit about Miss Daisy. We have had her about a year and a half now.  We got her at the shelter, and at that time they thought she was maybe a year old.   She is full of energy... and keeps us on our toes. lol   Of course we have been used to having older dogs for some time now.   A few months before Daisy came to live with us, we lost our precious Aly. We had adopted Aly from the Shelter also and she  was with us 14 years. She was more special to us than I can even put into words. Our hearts were broken when she passed. She and my mom ( who had been staying with us) passed the same week.   We still had Molly, but Molly was missing mom and Aly also... so a few months down the road... Daisy came to live with us.  She helped heal our hearts.  And continues to do so!

About Molly...   Oh Moll Dog.  She was a tiny, tiny pup when she came home from the shelter with us.  They told us, she wouldn't get to big.  umm.. they were wrong.  But we love her so much!!  She is now going on 13.  She has some serious health issues, which means we really baby her ( a lot) . That means we  pretty much let her have her way about anything she wants. ha ha   ps. she loves carrots for a treat
AKA - spoiled old dog :)



There are so many things I appreciate about these dogs that I hardly know where to begin.  We have always had pets.  I believe they teach children to kind and compassionate.  It also teaches them responsibility.   Over the years, as our boys were growning up I saw how the dogs comforted them when they went through tough times.
You can always count on your dog being there when you get home.
 Now that both our sons are grown, they both still love animals.
Our son Jarad and his wife Kate have to amazing dogs of their own, Riley and Cloey, who they take with them everywhere.    Weston, our other son considers our dogs, his as well!  They LOVE him!  He takes them with him on all kind of adventures.  He is 100% dog lover!

You can always count on them for a laugh, even on a hard day.



 
And ... even if you have a bad hair day... they might look at you funny...but they keep their comments to themselves.
 
 
There are great to take a Sunday afternoon nap with.
 
If your sick and have to stay in bed.  They will stay right by your side.
  You have to appreciate that!
 
 
 
One thing I do feel very strongly about, and that is pet adoption.  Please Spay and Neuter your pets. PLEASE adopt from shelters and don't buy from pet stores or breeders.
 
I have a this photo of Molly on my side bar.  You are welcome to use it on your blog. As a matter of fact .. Molly and I would love it if you did!
The photo of the poster below was taken in PA by a friend of mine who is a animal activist.  I was so thrilled she used it.
 
 
Our dogs are a huge part of our lives.  Yes, if you come to our house, you might see dog hair occasionally, squeaky toys on the floor, and have to tolerate a little barking at first. But it's the only way we'd have it. We cant imagine our lives without them.  I don't ever see me with out a dog... ever.


Thank you Molly and Daisy for making our lives complete!

Thanks for stopping by... and remember, an extra hug for you pet today:)


Vicki