Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spending Time With Jenna

I love to spend time crafting and who to do it better with than your daughter. Jenna and I made these really adorable all hand sewn sachets. They smell wonderful the sent we picked was white cotton. I will be hanging mine in the closet or maybe the car. I don't know what Jenna is going to do with hers, but knowing her sweet heart she will probably be giving it away. 

I am Happy,


Monday, March 29, 2010

Frugal Easter Gift and Really Cute


 I found this little bird at the Dollar Tree store and new I could do something really cute with him.

So I got out my left over Ivory Gloss spray paint and sprayed him. He took two coats and while he was drying I pulled out my letter stamps and a stamp pad to work on the other part of this project.

I made a monogram tag and tied it on with some jute string that I also found at the dollar store. I made one for all the lady in my family as a little gift for Easter and I know they will love it. I think that you could paint him or leave him the way he was, but he does make a very frugal gift coming in at about $1.20 if that. It is amazing what a little paint can do to change the look of something.



Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Has Sprung Around The Vineyard Homestead (PIC)

The vines are popping, the sun is shinning, and the birds are singing. It is so beautiful around here. I wanted to share some pictures of all the new life around the homestead. I hope you enjoy.

This little bee is hard at work and he was not thrilled when I first made my appearance in the rose garden, but soon went  back to his job.

Red flowers are so bright and beautiful. They always are the first flower that catches your eye.

Easter Lilly to remind us of our salvation in Jesus!!!!!!

And some ruby slippers, because there is no place like home!




Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My Mantle Redo for Spring

When the warmer weather and sun shine arrives it makes me want to be apart of the change. I took down the heavy drapes and put up a light and airy valence. I try to put out more spring like things around the house like pictures of flowers, little birds, and lots of color!



Friday, March 12, 2010

Yummy Split Pea Soup

I made a delicious split pea soup in the slow cooker. I topped it with some homemade croutons and shredded cheese. It was so good. Like many of you I shop in bulk and try to get enough meat for 2 months. This time I bought a ham at Costco for $15.00 and divided it into 4 meals to freeze and I had the bone left over. I decided to make some soup with it.

The recipe:

one ham bone

l 16oz bag of split peas (washed and rinsed)

4 cups chicken stalk and 2 cups water

palm full of dried onion

galic salt and pepper to taste

cook on low 8-10 hours

remove all the ham from the ham bone and cut it up if need and place back into soup

I made it the day before and then warmed it up the next day in the slow cooker

To top it off I made homemade croutons

The recipe:

I used 4 pieces of white bread cubed

bake for 20 min at 300 degrees

let cool

in a sauce pan on medium heat melt 4-6 tablespoons of butter

add croutons, sprinkle with garlic salt, stir

cook for about 3-5 minutes

(We call them crunchies in our family)

Top soup with croutons, cheese, and enjoy!  I like to stir it all up so the cheese melts and the croutons get all nice a soft.

We often stop at a reaturant called Pea Soup Andersons when we travel. There is one on the I 5 in Santa Nella, Ca. and one on the 101 in Buelton, Ca. They make a veggie pea soup that is yummy. They serve theirs with sides of croutons, cheese, bacon, and chives.   

I hope you enjoy,



Thursday, March 11, 2010

Fun Scrub and Gift Ideas!

The weather around here is warming up! So I start to think that it was time to get my feet into shape. I love flip flops and live in them all spring, summer, fall, and I must admit even winter ( I do live in Ca. it dosen't get to cold here). So I found a foot scrub that is all natural and stuff you probably already have in your pantry.

The recipe:                                                             

2 cups brown sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

mix all together.

It made enough to fill two of these little plastic containers.  It also works great on knees and elbow.

This is a great gift for Easter. You can put this mixture in a mason jar with a cute bow and recipe tag. You could also do a cute gift bag filled with the scrub, nail polish, and a cute pair of flip flops.

I hope you enjoy,


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


We attend the Fresno Home and Garden Show on sunday. We came across a booth that specialize in vermicomposting (worm casting.) They had a kit which included: 1/2 pound of red worms, DVD, school related worksheets with information, and a bin for there home. We added the shredded paper and our kitchen scraps such as fruit peels, coffee or tea grounds, egg shells ect... The girls had a lot of fun with this project. The DVD was a little silly, but had good info. We will use the castings in our flower bed. God's natural recyclers!



The girls want to play and hold the worms all the time. Joey wants nothing to do with them, coming for a boy who has been known to eat a snail (shell and all). We keep them under the kitchen sink with a tight lid, but that didn't stop me from dreaming about thier escape last night. Yuck!!


www.urban-worms.com is thier website if interested.