Sunday, September 17, 2017

Quick and Easy Parmesan Crisps

Right before the hurricane hit, I made these Parmesan Crisps. I've always wanted to try them and they were so easy and tasty! 

They're great to serve with a salad or just a quick snack. 

Click HERE for the recipe I used. 

 This is the microplane fine grater I used to grate the parmesan. I wouldn't suggest using shredded cheese, because it needs to be very light and fluffy. That 5 oz. wedge of parm made 30 crisps. 

Here's a close up of the fine grater I used...

See how light and fluffy it gets?

I scooped up heaping tablespoons and placed them on a parchment lined cookie sheet and baked them in a 400 degree oven for 5 minutes. 

Here they are right before going in the oven...

And right after they came out...

I let them cool for a few minutes, then transferred them to paper towels to drain a little of the oil...

Here's a close up...

They were very good! I stored them in a glass container in the fridge and they held up well. 

It's always fun when a new recipe turns out great. :) 

If you follow me on IG, you know there are exciting things going on in my kitchen. We're expecting lots of fun deliveries this weekend. Stay tuned...


Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Garden

Edit: I had this post ready to go and then Harvey decided to visit. I thought I'd go ahead and post it now though. Things are definitely green around here with all the rain and my plants didn't seem to mind the storm at all, thank goodness. Hope you enjoy my summer garden pics...

I snapped a few garden pics the other day and thought I'd share. We're still in the thick of summer around here, but hopefully in another month or so, we'll cool down a bit. 

Below is the Candlestick bush I talked about earlier. It's starting to bloom and couldn't be prettier. 

I'm still so impressed with my white Angelonia. I think it'll become a garden staple for me. You can see the blue plumbago in the background too...


A little purple Angelonia with some bonus Gomphrena that popped up. Love those garden surprises! 

My Torenia and Marigolds on the patio are just starting to fizzle out. They lasted the whole summer though, so I can't complain. I'm not sure if I'll do mums or pansies on the patio this fall. I love mums, but hate to keep deadheading them and the long stretches in between blooms.

Are you starting to plan your fall garden yet?


Monday, September 4, 2017

Harvey and Helpful Resources

Hello all! Things are starting to get back to normal in my city, thank goodness. Most of the roads are opened back up and the stores are pretty well stocked again. 

I thought I'd share a few facts about Harvey. We received 9 trillion gallons of rain!!! Just look at this comparison...

What?! Unbelievable!

Here's a screenshot from my phone in the middle of the storm. We got so many tornado warnings and flash flood warnings...

And where would we be without a little humor...

We DO love our Whataburger in the south. ;) Someone texted this to me and I thought it was so funny!

The stores were out of bread for several days, so I resorted to making my own...

It tasted a lot better anyway. :) I've posted this easy recipe before, but in case you missed it, click HERE for a link. You'll also find a recipe for a very easy Tomato Basil Soup recipe in that post. 

Here's how Holly felt after all the stress of Harvey...

My city has a program that I signed up for where they email/text me any time they need to share important information. This could be anything from an interruption in garbage service, to flood advisories, to the library hours changing. It's very helpful and this is how I found out about two local food pantries that needed donations. The email gave a list of things they needed, but I decided to visit them in person first, to get the latest info on specific needs. 

I'm so glad I did that too because the email said they needed diapers, but I wanted to ask if there were specific sizes they were running low on. I'm glad I asked because they told me they had just received a huge donation of diapers, but were in need of Pull-Ups. They were also able to give me a current list of things that weren't included in the email, like can openers, ketchup and pet food.  

A lot of my local friends have been asking what they can donate, so I thought I'd show a pic of some things I recently donated to a couple of food pantries...

Some items in need: baby formula, pull ups, can openers, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soup, canned meats, diaper cream, baby food, baby bottles, pet food, bandaids, ketchup, toilet paper, cereal, disposable razors, ziplock bags, paper towels, gloves, etc. 

Saturday morning, I loaded up my car with these things to take to two different food pantries. After I dropped off the first donation, I went to Dollar Tree to pick up some markers I needed. While I was there, I ran into the sweetest lady that was loading up her cart with laundry detergent, ziplock bags and toilet paper. I asked if she was collecting donations and she said she was. She said she was going to Mary Queen (a local church) and that just happened to be the other food pantry I was donating items to next! 

She said she was just there and they needed laundry detergent, toilet paper and quart size ziplock bags, so I loaded up my cart. We followed each other over to the church and I just added those items to the rest of the stuff I had already bought for that food pantry. So glad we were able to help out a little. 

I bought canned pet food because that way, it's easier to divide up between families. Can openers were going fast too. You have to remember some people lost everything and don't even have the basic kitchen utensils. 

One more thing...does your neighborhood have the Nextdoor app? It's very useful. You just sign up for it and you're automatically connected to hundreds of people in surrounding neighborhoods. It has many uses. I've seen numerous lost pets reunited with their owners after a pic was posted on this app. It's also used as a neighborhood Craigslist. People post pics of things they want to sell/give away. Neighbors keep each other updated on all sorts of things.

Anyway, I recently got this app and it proved to be very helpful during the hurricane. People were posting which streets were flooded, which stores were open, etc. I recently saw this on my app and thought I'd share for any local people looking for help with flooded homes...

So many homes flooded that have never flooded before. Because of this, many didn't have flood insurance and need a lot of help. Flood insurance isn't required in my neighborhood, but we always purchase it for peace of mind during storms. And let me tell you, it provided SO much peace of mind through all this. :) 

You can still text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. Every bit helps. 


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Update

I want to thank so many of you for checking on us. I appreciate it more than you know. First off, we're fine. Our home didn't flood and we still have power, thank goodness. We should have plenty of food, water and pet supplies to get us through a week or so and hopefully by then, the roads will be clear and we can get to the stores. Right now, we're stuck inside our subdivision. There are flood waters all around us. None of the stores are open because no one can get to work. 

Most neighborhoods received at least 27 inches of rain, and some received about 50. FIFTY INCHES. Can you even imagine? Just think about that for a minute...what if the waters were rising and you had 10 minutes to think about what you wanted to take with you on a mandatory evacuation? could only take what you can carry in your hands. 

So many people left for work on Friday, not knowing they wouldn't be able to return to their homes that night because of rapidly rising water. These people have pets at home that are in dire need of being fed and they're worried about them being able to get up high enough above rising water inside their homes. Heartbreaking. 

In my little town, about 1/3 of the homes are flooded. The roads are impassable. We've been hearing Blackhawk helicopters overhead as they rescue people from their roofs. Yes, their ROOF. Because the water is so high in their home. 

We received a Code Red Alert phone call from our city Saturday night. It was a recording telling people that if the water was rising in their home, to take an axe and their cell phone and get to the attic. Use the axe to cut a hole in the roof and call 911. Then wait on the roof for a rescue helicopter. Again...can you even imagine? 

You can't tell where the streets start and stop. What used to be a street is now a lake. We've seen video of a deer swimming across a major six lane road. The poor animals are confused and don't know what's going on. So many people had to leave their homes, not knowing what they'd find upon return. 

Lots of people got over 5 feet of water in their homes. Just devastating. 

But, as usual, the people of Houston and the surrounding areas really stepped up to help. As heartbreaking as these stories are, there are just as many with a happy ending. People helping total strangers. People using their own boats to go around and rescue people from homes. Businesses that weren't affected are opening up their offices as a shelter. Houston will get through this. It will be awhile, but Houston will survive. 

Again, thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers for Houston and all of Texas. Please continue to pray as we'll need it for a long time and please forgive me if I can't reply to your comments or visit your blogs in the coming weeks. As soon as the water goes down and we're able to get around, I'm going to do whatever I can to help my town. I plan on donating food, clothing and whatever else they need. 

If you can, please donate to the American Red Cross. You can donate $10 by texting HARVEY to 90999. People are in need of food, water, clothing, pet food, medicine, toiletries, and so much more. We all thank you. 

Here are some pictures of the devastation...

Below is before hurricane Harvey and after...

FM 528 at Bay Area Blvd...

This is a high school stadium...

Thank you again for your thoughts and prayers. It's very much appreciated. And if you can, please text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross. 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Neat App, Glasses, Contacts and Coupons

I have to tell y'all about a neat app I found. It's called iScanner and it's available for iPhone and Android. It turns your phone into a powerful mobile scanner and it's free!

You just open the app, hit the + button, then "camera." Hold your phone over a document you want to scan and it automatically finds the borders and scans it. It crops out anything in the background, so it's JUST a pic of the document. It also gets rid of any shadows (like when you hold your phone over a document and there's the shadow of your phone? Yeah, it automatically gets rid of that shadow when it scans it) No more taking a pic, then having to crop it, etc. Then you can export it to fax, email it, add to dropbox, Google drive, or Evernote. You can save it to your camera roll, text it, print it, and lots more. No need for a scanner with this little gem (which is a good thing since I never learned how to use our scanner ~ha!) Available in the app store. It's very convenient when you're not at home or near an actual scanner, but need to scan something. 

I used it last week to scan a glasses prescription and text it to By the way, has great prices and customer service. Lenses are included on all frames over $160 and they have free shipping. They have brands like Ray Ban, Oakley, Coach, Burberry, Armani, etc. A great place to purchase your glasses. We just purchased a pair of Ray Ban frames (with lenses) for $175. 

While on the subject, if you wear contacts, ac lens is a great place to purchase your contacts. We've been ordering contacts from them for years now and they have great customer service, low prices and free shipping. I just ordered again last week and used a retail me not coupon and saved $41 on contacts! 

Y'all be sure to check when ordering stuff online. Just search the store you're shopping at to see if there's a coupon. They have a ton of different coupons. You just copy and paste the coupon code. They've always worked for me. 

Just letting you in on some businesses I've been using. I'm not getting paid to endorse these places. I'm just truly happy with the service.  

So this was my set up the other night while getting ready for the season premiere of Flipping Out...

I have my coffee, dark chocolate Hershey's Kisses and remote handy. Do y'all watch Flipping Out? I love it! 

That's all for now. Hope y'all have a good day!


Friday, August 18, 2017

An Easy Scone Recipe and Decor Pics

I wanted to share this easy Mocha Chip Scone recipe with y'all today. I made them twice last week. Don't they look yummy?

It's Sandra Lee's recipe. Here's a link:

Speaking of good things...look what I found at the store this morning...

Thin Mints cereal!!! So yummy! 

I get questions about my plate wall all the time...

Here's what I used to hang the plates:

I got mine at Hobby Lobby.

I try not to bore y'all with the same pics over and over, so here's a different view of my living room...

And my foyer...

Just trying to mix it up a bit. :) 

Hope y'all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 14, 2017

Around The House

Has school started in your area? It's about to start back here. With my youngest starting college, this will be the first time in 18 years I won't have to worry about meet the teacher, open house, schedule pick ups, buying school supplies and filling out those stacks of registration forms. And you know what? I'm kinda loving it! My son drove himself to school last year, but prior to that, I endured car lines for 17 years!!! And for 7 of those years, my boys were in different schools, so that meant 4 trips a day to 2 different schools. Whew! I'm enjoying my much deserved break. :) 

Holly keeping watch on the front door. 

So I have to admit something...

I bought Pumpkin Spice Creamer the other day. Too early? Maybe. But with this heat, I needed something to make me think of fall. 

I might have also purchased this...

It was buy one, get one free so I couldn't resist. :) 

Speaking of coffee creamer, have y'all seen this? 

Reese's PB cup flavored creamer!!! Reese's PB cups are probably my favorite candy. I haven't been able to find it yet, but I hear Walmart carries it. Have y'all tried it? 

Hope you all have a wonderful week! 


Friday, August 11, 2017

Another Walmart Deal

Hey, y'all! Thank you so much for your input on the kitchen counters! The clear winner on here and IG was Ouro Romano. I think that's the one we're going to go with. I'll keep you posted. :) 

So I took my youngest to his last pediatric dentist appointment the other day for his cleaning. They "age out" when they're 18, so he'll go to our family dentist from now on. He's been going to the pediatric dentist since he was so little and it's weird that it was our last appointment in that office. He could have driven himself of course, but since it was his last appointment, I wanted to be there. :) 

If anyone in the Clear Lake, Friendswood, Pearland, or Bay Area needs an excellent pediatric dentist, I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Bogert on Clear Lake City Blvd. 281-480-8877. He's not only the best children's dentist, but he's also one of the kindest men you'll ever meet in your life. Everyone in the office is so sweet and helpful too. So happy we were able to take our boys there for all these years. If I could go to Dr. Bogert myself, I would. :) 

So, you've probably noticed how popular tassel earrings are right now. I bought some Bauble Bar ones at Target on clearance, but now they carry an entire line of them at Walmart! AND...they're only $4!!!

walmart tassel earrings

I bought the white and pink, but they had a ton of other colors. Here's a pic from the WhoaWaitWalmart Instagram page...

Look at that selection! And all only $4!

In other news, my parents finally moved in next door a couple of weeks ago! My aunt came out yesterday and we had a "girls day" at the tea room for lunch and then took my mom grocery shopping. It was so much fun being able to get together like this again. I made a lemon pound cake for us and I was going to share it on here, but it wasn't very good. Lol. I'd much rather have lemon squares. :) 

Holly says "Happy Friday!"

Thanks for stopping by!


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