End of Summer Tradition

One of our family traditions is the girls get together and go to lunch at the end of summer and spend the afternoon together. We have always gone to Beverly’s and have never been disappointed, until this year. When we arrived at the restaurant it was not very busy, even though it was 12:30 p.m. I was thinking to myself, ‘we beat the rush, that’s great’ and then we discovered why.

The food was good but not as spectacular as it has been in past years and the presentation was lacking. Usually it is such a happy place and they make you feel so welcome and special, not so much this year. The service was not up to their standard. I had to ask for bread, the waiter couldn’t find a dessert menu and he never checked with us to see how our food was. From start to finish we were there for over two hours, which is a little much since we had a 7month old and 7 year old with us. Thank goodness the kids were well behaved so the wait wasn’t a big problem. The one thing I missed was the complementary huckleberry lemonade they usually serve in small glasses.

On the bright side the French Onion soup was delicious. Everyone enjoyed their meal and they made Sara’s meal dairy free which I thought was very nice that she was able to get what she wanted.  We did find out that they are having some management changes, so maybe that why it wasn’t up to standard. The view of the lake was beautiful and spending time with the girls can never happen too often. It is wonderful to take time out of everyones busy schedule to spend time together and be thankful we live in such a beautiful area.

Usually we walk around town and look at all the changes that have taken place, but this year it was raining so we didn’t do that. Instead we went to Paris In Blue, a boutique in town that is filled with unique items from baby stuff and Oprah’s favorites to special chocolates. She always has new items each time I have been there so it never gets boring. Sienna bought a collectors stuffed mouse from Paris with her allowance that she had been saving. On the way home we decided that we would give Beverly’s another try next year and hope it’s back to the Beverly’s we remember and love.

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Halloween Heads in a Jar

One of our crazy family traditions is on the Sunday before Halloween we all dress up in our Halloween costumes and have a dinner of hotdog mummies, worms, brains, bones, pumpkin poop, and whatever else we can come up with. This may sound crazy but it is a lot of fun. It all started with our granddaughter, because she loves Halloween so much. She always says it is her favorite holiday, but who doesn’t love free candy.

To prepare for the festivity we always decorate the house, watch a few scary movies and make some sort of homemade decoration. Last year it was a wreath for our front door. This year my husband found this cool idea for heads in a jar. We found jars at the dollar tree that were perfect to get the projected started. What I like most about them is they have no writing on the jars. When we were finished we put the Jarheads on the decorated fire-place mantel. Since the picture inside the jar is laminated it can be used year after year. Our granddaughter loves it!

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The Best Chalk Painting Results

Chalk paint is wonderful to use, so versatile, and I love the results of the matte finish. I was attracted to the idea of no stripping, sanding, or priming. I have taken some classes from our local stockist and have learned a few tips and tricks that I want to share. One thing that I learned is that cleaning the surface of your project is one of the most important steps. I have painted several pieces of furniture and I have found these steps to be the most important ones for superior results with your Chalk Painting.

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Weight Loss Week 27-28

The struggle is real! It has been a busy two weeks and not all of that has been good for my healthy life style change. It has always amazed me how a little change can throw me off track.  My brother came for a short visit it was great to see him, I hate the fact that I live so far away from the rest of my family. During his visit I ate terrible, but it was only for a couple of days. Next we had to get ready for the installation of our new hardwood floors.

We moved all the furniture out of the first floor, and ripped out all the carpet. We did that on a Sunday because that was the day we could get help moving everything. Of course we were all starving  so we ordered pizza for everyone, I planned on eating just one piece, but I ended up eating two. I have not had pizza in a long time, it just doesn’t work with weight loss. Living with the house all torn up is quite stressful.  Saturday the installer, David, started the floors and Monday he finished so most of that time I spent out of the house which involved making some unhealthy food choices. Now that I look back I could have done so much better, but I didn’t make a solid  plan and for me that is extremely important. I missed one of my weigh-ins because I had to be home to let David in and pay him when he was finished, but I know the weigh-in would not have been good.

The floors are finished and they are beautiful and life has returned to normal. On my last weight-in I lost a little so I feel like I’m getting back on track. I was on the TOPS website and saw a video about being a perfectionist and what it does to us. One point that hit home was that if we think we have failed at what we attempting to do, we go off the deep end, for example if it pertains to food once we know we have eaten something that wasn’t on our diet we say we blew it and eat everything in sight. I wish I could find the speaker’s name and book that he has published because I think it would be something I could relate to. I will continue to look for it. This week I will recommit to eating healthier and exercise outside more and it should show up on the scale.

Dollar Tree Thanksgiving Centerpiece

I arrived early for a class I was taking and decided to check out the Kitchen Store in the shopping complex. It is loaded with all kind of kitchen tools, food products, beautiful dishes, pots and pans that I could only dream about owning. They had several displays of thanksgiving items, but what really caught my eye were the handmade Thanksgiving centerpieces. They were on long boards and I had never seen this before, I could just envision the whole family gathering around the table. The perfect golden turkey, fluffy mashed potatoes, my favorite fruit salad, stuffing in my grandmother’s antique serving bowl, homemade rolls, and my husband’s delicious  gravy. I could hear the family and guests complimenting me on the beautiful centerpiece and how the colors were a great representation of autumn and how it makes my table magnificent. As I checked the price tag I was quickly brought back to reality. There was no way I could afford or justify a $110.00 Thanksgiving Centerpiece.

I left the store empty-handed, but I could not shake that centerpiece from my mind. A few days ago I was moving some things around and came across a brown candle that I have had for years and the first thing that popped into my mind was a centerpiece on a long board. I have several used boards in the garage because I make signs with them and all kinds of spray paints and stains. So all I need to do was make a trip to the dollar tree, and I found everything I needed.

With my trusty glue gun in hand and my wire cutters I was able to make my fabulous centerpiece. I cut a board that was 5-1/2 inches wide to 34 inches long and stained it the color ‘Kona’ and put a coat of matte sealer on it. I bought two orange pumpkins and spray painted one with metallic gold the other with Ivory and taped off some of the sections and spray painted metallic gold. I glue them with craft glue to the board because hot glue gun would have melted them. I glued a candle holder in the center and then placed leaves around the edges with my hot glue gun. I filled in the empty spaces with leaves, sunflowers, a couple crows and some raffia. I used a few pieces of wheat that I had on hand for a little more texture.

I made the Dollar Tree Thanksgiving Centerpiece with stuff I already had and less than $10.00 from the dollar tree. This is a simple project that doesn’t take much time and can be enjoyed for several months.

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