Thursday, July 20, 2017

Reese's Brownies and New Countertops

Just a quick post to tell you about some Reese's brownies I made recently. So easy and yummy too! 

All I used was this boxed brownie mix and some Reese's peanut butter cups. (I ended up not frosting them, because it was already so rich)

I simply mixed up the brownies according to the box, then pressed down some Reese's until the batter was all the way up the sides...

I baked them per the instructions and this is what they looked like straight out of the oven...

I have to say, they were very good! 

So there you have it, a very simple delicious take on a plain ol' brownie mix. :) 

In other news, we're thinking of redoing our kitchen countertops. We've had ours for about 8 years, but ever since we painted our cabinets white, I've been wanting lighter counters too. 

We currently have laminate and I think we'll go that route again. We did consider butcher block, since we both love the look, but we're really hard on our counters and we spill things on them...a lot. So I think we'll stick with laminate, at least for now. 

Formica laminate has come a long way, even since we installed ours. There are no more brown seams and you can even get pretty edging instead of the straight edge laminate is known for. 

This is one of a few we're considering...

Lowe's Formica Laminate 

I love the edge. I was wanting something with white, cream and grey and this seems to fit the bill. I've ordered samples and I might go to Lowe's to look at a bigger sheet. 

I'll keep you posted if we decide to redo our counters. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Monday, July 17, 2017

My Southern Garden

We've had regular amounts of rain this summer and as a result, the grass is very green and everything is blooming right on time. I wanted to do a quick post with lots of pics so I can look back and see which plants bloom best this (very hot) time of year. 

I love dappled shade pics...

 This plant below is a candlestick bush. I'll have to take more pics when all the yellow blooms open up.'re such a charmer...

These little flowers below are doing so well in our heat. They're called Portulaca and we've since added a few more to that spot. 

And the Crepe Myrtles!!! They're all doing so well! I don't remember all of them blooming at the same time like this, ever! 

So there you have it, a little southern garden in July. :) Hope y'all have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Bubble Gum, Pizza and a Move

I remember seeing these adorable bubble gum machine ornaments on Instagram last year, but my Hobby Lobby was sold out. So imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon July! Ha!

Isn't it adorable? I thought it was so cute, I had to get one. Glad I didn't miss out this year. Even though it was weird buying Christmas stuff in July. 

This was my dinner the other day...

Would you like some pizza with your jalapenos, ma'am? Lol! What can I say...I like it spicy. :) 

Since I'm sharing my dinners with you, this is what graced our table the next night...

Our local HEB has these Southwest chicken breasts that come 2 in a pack for only $4. The container is oven safe, so you just pop it in the oven and it's ready in about 25 minutes. We paired it with some garlic bread for a yummy meal for about $10 and it fed all four of us.  Have you checked your deli department for deals like this? I hear Fresh Market has a deal that's similar. 

One more thing...remember awhile ago when I mentioned something cryptic about a move? Well, I wanted to wait until it was a for sure thing and now I can tell y'all that my mama is moving right next door to me!!! She and my stepdad moved away to Sugar Land about a dozen years ago...insert sad face. They were over an hour away from us and we finally convinced them to get back on our side of town. I'm so happy to have my mama back. :) 

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lazy Days of Summer

Don't you love the lazy days of summer? I'm enjoying not having to set my alarm clock, for sure. It's nice to have a relaxed schedule for awhile. :)

So I posted this on IG the other day and got lots of DM's asking how I made Holly's personalized picture frame above her eating area...

Click HERE to see the post I did a long time ago, with the tutorial. I still love it to this day. Look how tiny she was! 

Well I did it...I pulled up the last Knockout rose we had in our back garden. It just wasn't doing well and was pretty scraggly looking. Here's a pic of it just before it was pulled out...

Kind of a dark pic, but you get the idea.

I decided to replace it with more Blue Plumbago. Y'all know how much I adore my other one in the yard. It's such a show off bloomer, and I love it for that. ;) 

Our garden center had Plumbago on sale for $3, so we got three of them to replace the rose. 

Here they are making themselves right at home between the two Crepe Myrtles...

As you can see, they've got plenty of room to fill in. 

 I hope they do well in this spot. The sun exposure is about the same as where my other Plumbago resides, so fingers crossed. 

After many days of rain, the sun was streaming into my bedroom and I couldn't resist taking this pic...

A lot of people complain about the rain, but I personally love it. I mean, not if I have an outdoor event planned, but other than that, I love a good rain storm. 

One more thing...y'all know how much I love reading my cozy mysteries, right? Well, I'm re-reading one of my favorites right now. It's the Myrtle Crumb Mystery series by Gayle Trent. 

Here's a link to her site on Fantastic Fiction:

Fantastic Fiction: Gayle Trent

And here's a link to Gayle Trent's website:

Gayle Trent: Myrtle Crumb Series

I won't go into detail since I've talked about these books before. Just know they're very good and they definitely meet my idea of a "cozy mystery." :) 

There are 5 books in this series and right now, they're all only .99¢ each on Amazon (in Kindle form)

There's also a prequel to the Myrtle Crumb books called "The Party Line" and it's only .99¢ as well. 

Gayle Trent also writes the "Daphne Martin Cake Mysteries." 
 Click HERE to read about them. I just bought the first in that series and loved it! I'll definitely be buying the whole set.   

One more to share...I just started reading the Donut Hole Cozy Mysteries by Susan Gillard. Click HERE to go to Susan's site on Fantastic Fiction. I'm loving these books too! There are over 50 books in this series and I read the first 6 last week. Right now, Amazon has books 1-5 on Kindle for only $2.99 and 6-10 for $2.99 as well. 

Guess that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, July 9, 2017

Harbor Freight Pressure Washer ~ $80!

I've got another Harbor Freight deal for you today. We purchased this pressure washer yesterday for only $80 and it did a magnificent job cleaning our patio and wooden bridge in the backyard. 

I wanted to share in case any of you are looking for an affordable pressure washer for household projects. 

Check out these before and after pics...

It was super easy to use and did the job quickly. We found ourselves looking around trying to find more things to clean! Ha!

Here's a link to the one we bought:

It's regularly $99, but we had a coupon to get it for $79.99

I must be on a cleaning kick because this morning I cleaned the washing machine using THIS TUTORIAL. It worked like a charm and now I'm washing all our sheets in some new (to me) detergent...All Free and Clear. It seems to be working great!

Hope you all have a great day! 


Friday, July 7, 2017

Mug Cake Recipe

I'm back to share the Moistest Chocolate Mug Cake recipe with you. 

Just look at this goodness...

You mix the ingredients up, pour it into a mug and pop it into the microwave. The whole process takes about three minutes. 

Click HERE for the recipe. I can almost guarantee you'll have all the necessary ingredients on hand. (I omitted the hazelnut chocolate spread and added powdered sugar after I baked it.)

If you click on the link above, there's also a recipe for a vanilla version. Yum!

I know it's weird to post this right after I posted my exercise routine, along with all those low calorie snacks. But like I said, you can't totally deprive yourself all the time. And the bonus with this is that it makes a single serving. No leftovers to tempt you for days. :) 

Here's how it looked straight out of the microwave...

I used a humongous mug, so that's why it looks tiny. 

And right after I dug in...

Look how yummy! 

I decided to try a little powdered sugar and that added just the right amount of sweetness for me. 

In case you're wondering, yes, it was cooked all the way through to the bottom of the mug. This really was the best mug cake recipe I've tried. You could add cookie butter in place of the hazelnut spread. Or even add chocolate syrup after you bake it. The possibilities are endless! 

 Let me know if you try it. Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

This and That

First off, HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!! Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday! 

I have a variety of things for you today. First up, I have to share about Harbor Freight Tools. Do you have a store in your area? They have very low prices on all kinds of tools and you almost always get a free item with every purchase. You can order online if you don't have a store in your area.

Here is just a sampling of things my hubby just bought. All this was only $12 and the flashlight was free...

harbor freight free items
A three pack of work gloves, an infrared thermometer and a variable speed reversible drill.

Here's a link to their website if you're interested.

I recently posted a pic of my kitchen and several of you asked about the fryer on the counter. Here's a link to the one we have:

And here's a closer look:

My son bought it and made us some deep fried Oreos with it. Oh my...they were so good! He used a basic pancake batter, dipped the Oreos, fried them up, set them on paper towels and sprinkled powdered sugar on them. I always avoided them at the State Fair because they sounded gross to me, but boy was I wrong! They tasted like a homemade chocolate chip cookie. The Oreo gets completely soft and squishy during the frying process, which makes it so gooey and yummy. :) 

Here are some pics of the deep fried Oreos he made...

This little deep fryer is great! It's only $25 at Target and the clean up is a breeze. All the oil is contained inside the machine and there's not any splatters to deal with. So nice!

In other news, I have to share some bra info with you. This may be TMI, but I'm going to share anyway. Ha!

So, you know how happy I am with my "old school" camisoles I finally tracked down, right? Here's a link to the blog post where I talk about them, with a link to purchase...

You can also just click HERE to order them. At only $8.49, they're a great deal! 

Anyway, as I was saying, I love those camisoles (especially since they're loose fitting and not clingy like all those microfiber ones out there) but I was wondering if something else would also work under some of my white/light colored tops. 

The camisoles do a great job, but I was wondering if a different color bra would be just as good. (I was mostly wearing white ones before) Anyway, I googled it and turns out I'm the last person on the planet to realize that a white bra is the totally wrong color to wear under a white shirt. Lol! What you want to wear with white or light colored tops is a nude color bra. Or at least something that's closer to your skin tone. Duh. 

Don't know why I didn't think of this sooner. Better late than never, right? 

Anyway, I got some that were a nude color (I think the actual color was "toasted almond") and you know what? They work PERFECTLY under white/semi-sheer/light colored tops! No need for a camisole under those now. With a nude color bra, you can't see the bra through the fabric! I still wear my camisoles under several other things, but for the most part, the nude bra works great. 

***My friend Lauren just reminded me that the same goes for undies too...nude color is best with light colored pants. I need to stock up on nude bras and undies now. :) 

Also, Cotton Candy grapes are back in season, y'all! I picked some up the other day and they were gone in no time. And yes, they taste exactly like cotton candy.

I posted this on IG the other day...

This is my idea of the perfect afternoon...a cup of coffee, some maple cookies and my Kindle. Ahh...pure bliss!

And last but not least, I'll leave you with these funny cat shirts I found at Walmart...

I was cracking up while taking these pics! We thought they were so funny! Love the Taco Cat one the best. :) 

Thanks for stopping by!


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