Sunday, May 24, 2015

Picnic in the Park

Don't you just love Spring? There's just something wonderful about taking long drives with the windows down and going on a relaxing picnic. This weekend the weather was perfect. I wanted to enjoy a fun time with my family, so I packed a basket with some delicious food and we all hit the road.

We found a new park to visit. 

It was Gifford Pinchot State Park in Lewisberry, PA and what a great find.

It was a great day for a walk, so we started off following one of the many walking trails .

... and found an interesting spot to rest for a bit.

After our little hike, we were ready for lunch.

There were lots of picnic tables right by the water so we had a couple of great spots to choose from.

This quiet little area seemed to be calling our name.

We unpacked our lunch and were ready to dig in. My oldest made the fruit infused water with lemons, blueberries and limes... yum.


Just in case someone new to this blog may be wondering what angel eggs are, we've never liked calling our eggs deviled eggs so we renamed them. Some people look at us kind of strange, but we've been calling them angel eggs for years now.

I hadn't made macaroni salad in a long time so I was really happy to see everyone enjoying it.

Unfortunately, at the end of our lunch, I forgot to take a picture of the dessert. The picture below is actually not from me, but from The Food Network. I found the recipe for strawberry oatmeal bars from the Pioneer Woman.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars
My family loved them so much I wanted to share the link. Make sure you watch the video, too:
 Have a beautiful day! ❤️

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Another DIY Project


Confession: I have a black thumb. It's a true statement and it's such an unfortunate issue in my life because I actually adore flowers and plants. I hate to say it, but I have killed more plants that I can count and was beginning to think I was a serial plant killer. I could just never get houseplants to stay alive. 

I pretty much gave up on buying plants that is, except for the holidays. We would always get one poinsettia, sometimes two. Well, just this past Christmas, hubby brought home a poinsettia as usual,  but instead of tossing it out after the New Year, I decided to try my luck and keep it around. Now, I didn't expect much, but I kept my fingers crossed and hoped he would survive. Do you know what? He did!

Most of his red leaves have already turned green and there are lots of new leaves coming in. Since he's the first plant I owned that has lived this long, I wanted to celebrate by buying some potting soil and a new larger terra cotta pot. I also wanted to make my plant's home pretty and at the same time do something fun, so I found some inspiration on Pinterest and immediately went to work. I headed outdoors because I always prefer doing a project like this outside. I covered the area with a trash bag that I used as a drop cloth then I sealed the inside of the pot with a coat of clear acrylic spray paint.

Because terra cotta is so porous, if the inside is not sealed, it will absorb water and the orange color will show through the paint on the outside of the pot after a while. The sealer also protects the paint from scratches, adds durability and makes the pot easier to keep clean. I let the sealer dry completely between coats because I also needed to spray on a second coat. The same process was used for the bottom of the tray as well.
Because of the design I had in mind, I added more sealant to a portion of the outside of the pot, too.

After about 24 hours, the sealer coat was dried sufficiently. I used painters tape again, but this time to tape around the top of the pot. I made a make shift stand by using a can from my kitchen cabinet then I was ready to add the pretty paint color which I used two coats of.

Then I painted the inside of the tray, too.
 Once I finished painting, I used the sealer again.
I let the pot dry for 2 days before adding soil and my poinsettia. The final step was using my glue gun to add some twine around the pot. It allowed me to keep any flaws hidden.   
This isn't a project that can be completed in a day or two, but it was lots of fun. I think the plant looks great in his new home even though I made a couple of errors with the glue gun... oops! By the way, I'm linking up with Roses of Inspiration today.
 Thanks for letting me share, but I've got to go now. My stomach is starting to growl and breakfast isn't going to make itself... ;)
 ofsparrows:Breakfast sorcery: the only superpower I want to have.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Right Now

Geico... Lol

Right Now
  • I'm wearing shorts, hubby's t-shirt that says Awesome God and my favorite comfy slippers.
  • I found a box of yellow cake mix hidden in the back of the kitchen cabinet. I mixed it the way I normally do except I also added 3 mashed bananas and 1 cup of chocolate chips in the batter, so it magically becomes chocolate chip banana cake. At least, that's what I tell my daughters.

  • My daughters are laughing and are asking me what other magic tricks I know.
  • I'm listening to my daughters laugh while sprinkling extra chocolate chips over the top of the cake.
  • I'm munching on a couple of the chocolate chips in my hand... yum.
  • We're making plans to go on a picnic next week and we're hoping the weather will be nice.
  • Hubby just said that he can't wait until the cake cools. He has a really huge sweet tooth.

What about you? What are you doing right now?

Happy Mothers Day 5/10/2015