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DIY Orchid Centerpiece

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So what is a gal to do who loves live plants and flowers but has the biggest black thumb EVER???
You DIY it, that’s what she does! Now outside, I can grow just about anything, but on the inside? I kill it! I try my best, but for whatever reason, me and inside plants do not get along.
If I want to enjoy beautiful plants or floral arrangements in our home, I have to go the DIY route.
The cost of a live orchid is well…a bit hefty in my book, especially for something thats going to end up dead within a few weeks..maybe even days. But I love those flowers so much. So to help myself out, I decided to take the easy way and purchase some artificial ones.
I knew I had seen the artificial ones at Ross on one of my many excursions there, so one day 2 weeks ago, I set out on a mission to round up some orchids. As soon as I walked through the front door of Ross, I spotted those little jokers on an end cap all the way in the back. I have stellar far away vision, especially when it comes to a great bargain, its the up close stuff that gets me into trouble. 🙂
You would’ve thought the store was on fire, the way I grabbed a buggy and headed for the back! I couldn’t believe my eyeballs when I saw the price tag. Each pre made arrangement had been marked down to 8.99! Lawsy Mercy! I grabbed 2!!!

Discounted Orchids from Ross

Remember a few weeks back when I made out like a bandit at the Hobby Lobby 90% off aisle?? Well during that same shopping trip, I scored a beautiful vase type container. The lid had a chipped off piece, but I figured I could still make use of it without the lid.

 

 

Vase from Hobby Lobby

I had this mental image of putting orchids in that vase. I’m so glad that Ross and Hobby Lobby assisted me in my decorating ideas.lol!
But seriously, $22.97 for 1 container and 2 orchid arrangements.


So here’s how I did it….I removed the orchids from the little basket pots they came in and separated them. Then using some green floral foam that I already had, I filled the inside of the container. I simply stuck the orchid stems in the foam, added the greenery then finished it off with some green spanish moss.
I dare say that an arrangement like this at a florist shop would cost so much more. So I saved some money and have an arrangement that looks great and will last forever!

I hope I’ve inspired you to check out the clearance section at any store you shop at and never overlook a good deal.
Don’t be afraid to grab something that’s broken, chipped or cracked…..you can always give it a second chance.

Have a beautiful week and make something beautiful!

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Weekly Menu ~2/6

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Welcome to this week’s roundup of Pinterest Inspired Meals!

 Dorito Taco Casserole  ~ Dinners, Dishes & Desserts

Patty Melts ~ The Pioneer Woman!

Photo Cred: The Pioneer Woman

Garlic Toast Pizza ~ Crafty Morning

Photo Cred: Crafty Morning

 Chicken Schnitzel ~ Baked By Rachel

Photo Cred: Baked By Rachel

White Chicken Chili ~ The Cookie Rookie

Photo Cred: The Cookie Rookie

Cabbage Noodle ~ Spend With Pennies

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French Onion Soup ~ Gimme Some Oven

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Oct. 31-Nov. 6 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Menus

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It’s Monday and a great day it’s going to be!

 This weekend, was filled with all sorts of fall fun.  I’m not a fan of halloween, never have been however, I have always tried to give our children an alternative so they’re not left out.  This year, we had a bonfire, watched  some football that we had DVR’d, chili dogs, S’Mores and apple dumplings.  I also make them fall baskets, filled with some homemade goodies, candy and small fun gifts.  You can read about that {HERE}!

Today tho, I want to share with you my apple dumpling recipe!  This recipe is from a cook book that was given to me by a dear friend’s mother over 27 years ago.  I love this cookbook because it’s a compilation of 1st place Blue Ribbon recipes from state fairs across the nation.  The recipes from this book never disappoint!

It has become a treasured item to me….I all but have a melt down if I misplace it and can’t find it..it’s just that special.  I thought I’d try to create a link on Amazon for you to purchase your very own copy too, however after checking it out, apparently it falls in the antique category and if you can find a used one, they start at $115.00 a copy.  So no link for you! 🙂

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Look!  Even the binding is coming apart…it really gets used!

The poor pages are so worn….I write notes and obviously spill ingredients onto it.

Below I am sharing that Apple Dumpling recipe from the ANTIQUE cookbook! Enjoy!

Let’s get to this week’s menu line up shall we:

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  1.  Honey-Lime Chicken
  2.  White Chicken Enchiladas 
  3. Patty Melts
  4. Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
  5. Korean Beef
  6. Slow Cooker Pot Roast
  7. Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

Blue Ribbon Apple Dumplings

Blue Ribbon Apple Dumplings

Ingredients

  • 6 apples
  • 2 c. Flour
  • 1 tsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 c. Shortening
  • 1/2 c. Milk
  • Sauce:
  • 2 c. Sugar
  • 2 c. Water
  • 1/4 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg
  • 1/4 c. Butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375* Peel and core apples! Sift together flour, salt, baking powder; cut in shortening. Add milk all at once, stir until combined...don't overwork! Roll to 1/4" thick; cut into 5" squares. Arrange apples on squares, then sprinkle sugar, and cinnamon over top and place a dot of butter into core space. Fold corners to center; pinch edges together. Place 1" apart on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush with milk or egg wash and sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top. Bake for 35 minutes.
  2. In a saucepan combine; sugar, water, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter. Bring to a boil and cook stirring continuously until sugar is dissolved.
  3. I use a mixture of instant clear jel and sugar to thicken it a bit.
  4. Pour over baked dumplings and add a scoop of ice cream!
  5. Submitted by Blue Ribbon winner; Mrs. Martin L. Barron, Columbus, Ohio, Ohio State Fair
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Have a wonderful week!!!

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Oct. 17-23 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Meal Ideas

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Hello and welcome back to our weekly menu ideas!

I’m so excited to share a recipe I found on Facebook using kielbasa sausage, beans, bbq sauce and a crockpot.  All of those ingredients are up my hubby’s alley.  That would be a perfect meal for him and what makes it perfect for me is the crockpot!  I love fix it and forget it types of meals, especially after a long day of being busy.

Speaking of crockpots, how many do you have?  I have several, well ok maybe more than several!  Like maybe an unnatural, strange obsession amount.  My most frequently used ones are the 3 that range from small, medium and large round ones.  Next is a 2 compartment dip pot….it’s really small.  Then I have 2 huge electric roaster pans…those count as crockpots too ya know.  I’m the person, everyone calls when they need to borrow a crockpot or roaster pan.  For Christmas, a few years ago, we bought our daughter one of those oval crockpots that have a stirring paddle.  That’s next on my list.  She loves it and I think I would too.:)  You can grab yourself one too.

With all this talk of crockpots, I had to throw a few recipes in this week, that use those nifty inventions.  So if you have a long day this week and already know you won’t want to cook, schedule one of these recipes for that day.

Let’s do this:

  1.  Crockpot Enchiladas – See recipe card below 🙂
  2. Smothered Pork Chops
  3. Crockpot Kielbasa & BBQ Beans
  4. Better Than Take Out Beef & Broccoli
  5. Loaded Baked Potato Soup
  6. Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken
  7. Go on out to dinner…You DESERVE IT!!!

Have yourself a wonderfully blessed week!!

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Crockpot Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 # Ground Beef
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • 1 Can of Enchilada Sauce
  • 1-8oz. bag of Cheddar Cheese

Instructions

  1. Begin by spraying your crockpot with a non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Next Season and brown the ground beef using onions, garlic, salt and pepper; set aside.
  3. I usually add a little oil to a frying pan and warm up the tortillas. You can use the corn or fajita size flour tortillas. Add 1 tbl. spoon of oil and heat, then place a tortilla in the oil on each side for just a few seconds. It 's a quick process and you'll need to keep adding a little bit of oil after 2-3 tortillas.
  4. Now you can start the layering process!
  5. Add some enchilada sauce to the bottom of the pot to get started.
  6. Layer tortilla, enchilada sauce, beef cheese....repeat until the pot is 3/4 full, making the top layer enchilada sauce.
  7. Cook on low 4-5 hours or on high 2-3 hours.
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Oct. 3-9 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Meals

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Happy Monday!  I pray that you had a wonderful weekend and are ready to tackle this week.  May you view your Monday as a fresh start and an opportunity to do something new or different this week.  On our local Christian radio station, the weatherman, loves Monday’s.  He says he actually prefers Monday’s over Fridays, even payday Fridays.  Even though I’m pretty sure he’s being sarcastic, I’m always encouraged by his enthusiasm to start a new week, however sarcastic it may be..lol!

Here in beautiful Kentucky, we are finally experiencing some actual fall weather and I am jumping up and down about it.  I could not be happier, lemme tell ya!!  We are surrounded by woods and the leaves are beginning to take  center stage and what a show they put on every year.  Stunning!

With these cooler temps, soups are a welcomed dish on the dinner table.  So this week, let’s throw a some easy soups.

So let’s get started:

  1.  Asiago Bisque   I can’t wait to try this one…looks sooooo good!
  2. French Onion Soup – Yum!  my favorite soup EVER!!
  3. Baked Chicken Tacos – baked tacos
  4. BLT Wraps – The dressing on these is Ah-Mazing!!!!
  5. Cuban Sandwiches
  6. Hearty Beef Soup
  7. Take the fam out!

Well this looks like a good line- up for this week.  I hope to try the Asiago Bisque one day this week.  It looks really good and hearty, especially with some bread…YUM!

Have a wonderful week and be blessed!

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Sept. 26-Oct. 2 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Meals

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Hello beautiful friends!  Here we are again on a Monday trying to put together some organization in our meal planning.  If you’re new to us, every Monday I share 6-7 meals with our readers that are Pinterest inspired.  We have a specific board on Pinterest dedicated to family style meals, then I pull from that board to create a list that’s in one place all nice an organized..here!

I don’t know about you, but having a meal plan sure helps out not only financially, but for my sanity!  They say when you’re trying to follow a diet and lose weight, meal prep is 90% of it.  I believe it too.

Before I share this week’s meals, I’m going to share a cookie recipe with you.  It’s for Toffee cookies and they are the bomb diggety lemme tell ya!

Toffee Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 C. + 2 TBL Flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda + 1-2 Tbl. Milk
  • 3/4 C. Softened Butter
  • 1 C. Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 C. Sugar
  • 1 Egg + 1 yolk
  • 2 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 Package Toffee Bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350*. Cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar, then add eggs. *Next combine the milk and soda. Add the milk/soda mix and gradually add the flour. Fold in toffee bits.
  2. Using a small ice cream scooper, drop cookies on to cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes.
  3. Note By mixing the milk and soda it activates the soda and makes for amazing cookies. My father was a baker for over 30 years and this was his tip.
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This recipe was adapted from Sixsistersstuff.com

Here’s our line-up for this week:

  1.  Tater Tot Enchilada Bake
  2. 30 Minute Beef Stroganoff
  3. Cheesy Meatball Tortellini
  4. Oven Roasted BBQ Thighs
  5. Fagioli Soup
  6. Cantonese Pan Fried Noodles

There ya have it for this week!  I hope you give the Toffee Cookie recipe a try.  They are YUM-O!!!!

May your week be amazing!!

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September 19-25 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Menus

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Hello Friends!  This past weekend slid right into the new week and has been a whirlwind already.  However, I have managed to cook dinner every night this week..can I get an Amen, Hallelujah?!?!

Recently, I found a recipe while scrolling the book of faces, that’s Facebook if I lost ya, and came across an amazing yet simple dinner recipe.  It didn’t have a link or even a fancy recipe card, just something, someone jotted down and was shared.  So if this is your recipe, kudos to you and let us know so we can give you props!

Any who, it’s so crazy simple, but oh so hearty!  I actually made it last night.  Here’s the recipe for ya…enjoy!

Mexican Roast & Beans

Ingredients

  • Chuck Roast
  • Salsa - 16oz. jar
  • Pinto Beans (pre soaked)
  • Green Chili - small can
  • Beef Broth

Instructions

  1. Presoak those beans overnight. Season and sear roast. To a crockpot, add the presoaked beans, roast, salsa, green chili then completely cover with beef broth. Cook on high for 6-8 hours,
  2. Serve with sour cream! Yum!
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Now for this week’s line-up:

  1.  Million Dollar Spaghetti
  2. Better Than Take Out Beef & Broccoli (trust me this is amazing)
  3. Summer Corn Chowder
  4. Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken
  5. Cheesy Goulash
  6. Mexican Roast & Beans, See above
  7. Take the fam out!

There ya have it for this week!  Let me know whatcha think!  Are you enjoying these recipes?  Drop me a comment!

Have a glorious rest of the week!

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September 12-18 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Menus

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Hello and Happy Monday to ya!  Welcome back to another addition of our Pinterest inspired weekly menus.  I was so praying for some cooler weather so I could make some soups.  Even though our mornings are starting off cooler we warm up after lunch time, making evenings a little toasty.  When it gets this warm, soups just don’t sound good, at least not to me.  However, after our weekend trip to Ohio filled with chicken, pizza and junk food, I couldn’t help but throw in a French Onion soup this week.  I love the fall/winter season in which soups can be enjoyed on a regular basis.  I know there are recipes out there for cold soups but for me? That’s not gonna happen.  I simply cannot wrap my mind around a cold soup.  It’s just down right unAmerican to me.

And chili? I love making a big pot of chili on Saturday mornings…now that screams football and America!!

I shall stop terrorizing myself and you with all this talk of soups and chili.  In due time, in due time!

So here’s our line up for this week.  I pulled several recipes from The Pioneer Woman.  Her recipes have never disappointed me.  For the most part, I would never find a new recipe and try it out on say some guests that we were having over for dinner. Except from her files..I can trust the Pioneer Woman to share recipes that are down right perfect and yes I have pulled up a recipe from her site and made for guests.

  1.  Firecracker Chicken
  2. Spicy Pasta Salad
  3. French Onion Soup
  4. Summer Stir-fry
  5. Chicken Tacos
  6. Cuban Sliders
  7. Go Out To Eat!!!

There ya go beautifuls!  Enjoy that French Onion soup and have wonderful week!

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September 5-11 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Menu

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Oops!  I completely missed last week, posting a weekly menu.  I purchased a new computer and spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to save and move all my info from the old old computer to the new one.  I’m a little technically challenged, so transferring all the info was a major victory..lol!

Most people are probably hosting or attending some type of BBQ today, Labor Day.  We had ours yesterday, so today we will enjoy leftovers from the BBQ.  Leftovers are the best…I actually kinda like BBQ food better the next day.  How about you?

I pinned some recipes this week that really look amazing…so let’s get started with this week’s line up:

  1.  Leftovers
  2. Roasted Shrimp Pasta w/ Lemon Cream Sauce
  3. Las Palmas Chicken Enchiladas
  4. Slow Cooker Ham Dinner
  5. Cajun Chicken Pasta
  6. Summer Corn, Tomato, Avocado Salad
  7. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bowls

My goodness, I cannot wait to try these this week!  Especially that Roasted Shrimp Pasta…..those noodles look divine!

Let me know if you try any of these this week and what you think.  I love hearing from you 🙂

Have a blessed week!

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“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. ~Matthew 11:28

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August 22-28 Pinterest Inspired Weekly Menu

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It’s Monday!  I wish I was as excited about Mondays as I am Fridays, but some weeks I just can’t muster the excitement.  The weekends seem to go by so fast and then the week days just crawl.  But today is a new day with new mercies and it is a day that the Lord has made, so I will muster up some rejoice and be glad in it..Amen!

So let’s get started with this week’s menus….I hope that these weekly menus are helping you out.  I know for me, it sure has made a difference in our eating out, which hubby is most thankful for.

I’m loving all the contributions you all have been making to the Pinterest board…keep them coming!

I’ve had a crazy hankering for some old fashioned meatloaf, so I’ve included a simple recipe in the line up this week.  Let me know what ya think.

#1:  Crockpot Sausage & Potatoes, Cantaloupe

#2:  Meatloaf, Au Gratin Potatoes, Green beans

#3:  Slow cooker Mexican chicken, Side Salad

#4:  Oven Baked Brisket, Mashed Potatoes

#5:  Teriyaki Chicken Casserole, Fresh Fruit

#6:  Garlic Chicken & Zucchini, Side Salad

#7:  GO!  (Go out 🙂

All of these recipes are taken right for the Pinterest board; Weekly Menus that features various recipes that you are pinning.  We choose 6 recipes each week and place them right here all nice and tidy and easily accessible for you.

I’d love to hear how these menus are helping you and/or any suggestions.:)

Have a blessed week!!

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