Friday, April 18, 2014

A Vintage Blue Housewarming Gift


I wanted to share this gorgeous vintage porcelain enamel pan with you since I bought it last summer,
but it got lost in the shuffle somewhere along the way.
Story of my blogging life.




However, I instantly thought of this blue lovely when I saw a link-up party called "Anything Blue Friday." 
{Be sure & stop in at The Dedicated House to look around!}



Isn't she PURTY ... just about perfect in my book.



And you know, as soon as I laid eyes on her, I knew she belonged to my sweet friend, Jenny.
{She's the one that gave me the Granola Munch recipe that I recently shared ...
be sure to check it out if you haven't yet.}
So I scooped it up & put it in my cart.



And you know where I bought this from?
The flea market.
Have you ever bought a gift for a friend at the flea market or the junk store?
My friend Jenny loves shopping at the thrift stores just like I do & she loves old things.
Yep, it just had her name on it.




I thought it had loads of character ... worn edges here & there.
It's worn clear through the white in one spot.




Here it is on my old vintage chair ...
These two have a lot in common.







I decided to send this to Jenny as a housewarming gift for the new house they had just purchased.
Thus began the hunt for what to put inside that would weather being shipped to Missouri.




I knew these red & white kitchen towels would make a striking combo & they did!




Jenny has a soft spot for drinking coffee, so adding the mug was an easy decision.


 
I tucked in a note & off it went to MO.

I LOVE giving gifts to people.
It just makes my heart happy & this one was especially fun.

I have pics of us together, but nothing recent -- so I thought I'd share this one of sweet Jenny & her daughter, Brooklyn.  Isn't this shot so fun?!

We visited the Stephens family in February & smiled when I saw how Jenny used this pan.
She has it in her bathroom, sitting on the top shelf of a little chippy roller cart.
It's filled with rolled washcloths.

Now, just for fun, since this post was inspired by BLUE,  here are some fun & interesting stuff about BLUE:

~ I personally like blue cause it's the color of the sky & the ocean ... I don't commonly
decorate with blue, but I do wear it {royal blue actually looks pretty nice on me}.

~ Blue is the overwhelming the “favorite color,” & is seen as trustworthy & dependable

~ President Martin VanBuren is credited with introducing blue into the decorating scheme
of the White House in 1837 and since then, there has been a “blue room” there.

~  Blue is the favored color choice for toothbrushes.  Ha.

~  Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.  I'll remember this one!

~ Many common phrases include the word blue:
  • out of the blue: unexpected
  • True blue: to be loyal or faithful
  • Once in a blue moon: an event that occurs infrequently
  • Blue ribbon: first place; to describe something as being of the highest quality
  • Blue blood: an aristocrat
  • Blueprint: a detailed design of an object or idea
  • Blue plate special: a special priced meal at a restaurant
  • Feeling blue: to feel sad or unhappy

So, hope your skies are blue, but not your spirit!
Thanks for visiting Call Her Blessed & come back anytime.




Who doesn't love a good party?!
You can find me here linking up with these great blogs.

Monday     The Girl Creative     C.R.A.F.T     The Modest Mom
Tuesday     A Delightsome Life   A Bowl Full of Lemons    Titus Tuesday      A Stroll Through Life
Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style         Adorned From Above
                  The Dedicated House   The Thrifty Home     A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch   Serving Joyfully     Lamberts Lately
Friday      Rooted in Thyme  The Thrifty Groove   Farm Blog Hop    French Country Cottage
Sunday    Nifty Thrifty Things    Suburbsmama    Sew Many Ways

Friday, April 11, 2014

Phone Pic Friday

Haven't made a phone pic Friday post, well, since a very long time!

I don't know about you, but I'm grateful for the camera on my phone.
I'm not an iphone user {I have a Windows phone & it's several years old - I keep my phones for forever},
& while the camera on my phone isn't nearly as good as the one on my hubby's iphone,
I still use the fire out of it.
I take pics of all sorts of this & that.
Here's the proof.

...life according to my phone pics 

Now, I tend to take a lot of pics of clothes.

This particular pic totally sums up what I'm drawn to when I shop for clothes!!
I didn't even notice this monochromatic scheme til the sales lady hung these in the fitting room.
It made me giggle & I had to grab out my phone to snap a pic.
This is what I gravitate toward every.single.time.
Yes, I love color & wear color, but I love love black & white.
{I bought the houndstooth peplum shirt in the front - clearanced to $5.99!}



Generally, when I take pics of clothes, it's to send to friends & family --
it's usually pics of cute skirts that I think my girly friends would like.


 These were from Target ... and again, notice the color scheme that I'm drawn to?!


And as not to variate from all things black & white ... ha ... here are 2 of my boys all ready for church.
They are twins & quite regularly they come out of their rooms dressed very similarly.
Aren't they handsome as can be?!
{These are our newly engaged sons!}


Oh & one more of clothes ... aren't these little Easter dresses darling?!
Took this for a few of the 'girl' mommas at church.


And here's Riley ... he brings lots of color into our life!
Here he is sporting his Hilton Head attire, Christmas gifts from his cousin, Tiffiny.


Occasionally, Coops joins Riley at the table for school =)


Here's Riley newest activity!
He used some Christmas money to buy a new ukulele!
He's learned a few songs & seems to be picking it up quickly.


In February, we took a road trip to visit our friends, the Stephens, in Springfield, MO.
Here's the arch as we were passing through St. Louis.


On Valentine's Day, our friends took us to the most romantic little restaurant I've ever been to!
It was an authentic Italian place with loads of character & delicious food.
We were with great company & had a fun evening out.



After a looong, cold winter, we finally got a snippet or two of warmth.
I packed us up a picnic supper & off to the park we went.
Here's Garrett, wearing his US Capitol shirt, having just gotten back from CPAC in Washington, DC.



I was so happy to see these little sweeties popping up!
They are the first flowers to peak through the earth each spring & because I'm so giddy with delight,
I have to snap a pic every year.


This sunset made for a gorgeous evening sky.
God makes beautiful things.


And when the morning comes, God is already there!
I loved this sign.


Here's another good one.



All 3 of these were taken on our January trip to Tennessee.



Course, there's always pictures of food on my phone!
My guys love it when I make this dessert ... it's Apple Skillet Pie.
I'll have to share the recipe sometime.



And the same with flowers.
I am a blessed wife & momma ... one boy or another is always bringing me home fresh flowers.
These were from Gunnar.



And sometimes, there's even a selfie.
I like to send a pic to James every now & then.
For some reason, I don't think I look like myself in this one ... not sure who/what I look like though ;)



And here's one last pic that I wanted to throw it in, even though it's from clear back in December.
It's an adorable pic of a package I received in the mail from my dear friend, Jenny, in Missouri.
We share a profound love for Peanuts ... & she always finds a way to include 'Charlie Brown'
in the mix someway or another.
I just love this all ... it makes me happy, indeed.




Well, I've had tons of fun looking through & reliving good memories.
Hope this brought a bit of whimsy into your day too.

Have a great weekend.




Who doesn't love a good party?!
You can find me here linking up with these great blogs.

Monday     The Girl Creative     C.R.A.F.T     The Modest Mom
Tuesday     A Delightsome Life   A Bowl Full of Lemons    Titus Tuesday      A Stroll Through Life
Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style         Adorned From Above
                  The Dedicated House   The Thrifty Home     A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch   Serving Joyfully     Lamberts Lately
Friday      Rooted in Thyme  The Thrifty Groove   Farm Blog Hop    French Country Cottage
Sunday    Nifty Thrifty Things    Suburbsmama    Sew Many Ways

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Flowers & Yogurt

I have the sweetest husband.
I really do.

Today, he brought me home prizeys.
He said he was thinking, 'How can I make my baby smile today?'
And he answered that question with flowers & yogurt!









And as if this beautiful bouquet isn't enough, he brought me my first hanging basket of the season!




And now to the funnest & CUTEST part of the gifts:  the yogurt!




He's heard me carrying on about how much I am loving this certain coconut yogurt.
So being the sweetie he is, he thought he bring me some home!
Only thing is ... the one I'm raving about lately is the Liberte brand.
{It is to die for, people, just sayin'.}

I would've never told him, but he asked if he got the right one.
It's totally ok though ... these will be delicious too ... cause they were bought with love!
;)


How incredibly cute is all this?!
I tell ya, I felt pretty loved today.



Monday, April 7, 2014

Homemade Granola Munch





I have this super sweet friend  ...
and she introduced me to this wonderfully delicious granola.

It pushes all the right buttons.

There is one downfall though & I'd be remiss not to warn ya.
The culprit is stated right there in the name.

Munch.

You can.not.stop munching on this once you get started.
Trust me ... ya just can't.
You can even ask my sons.
They can't stay out of it.



The ingredients are:

1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup honey
4 1/2 cup oats
1 cup chopped pecans
1 cup chocolate chips {I especially like the mini-chips in this recipe}




And it couldn't be more simple.

In a saucepan over low-medium heat, melt the butter, peanut butter & honey til smooth.
Remove from heat & add the vanilla, oats, & nuts.
Stir til combined &  let it cool completely before adding the chocolate chips.
Course, if you want to start munching all the sooner, stick it into the fridge to cool even faster.



This is a loose, soft granola & is perfect for munching just like this.
But, it's also great spooned over yogurt ... or my personal fave is to eat it sprinkled over a banana.
It's thee perfect snack.




And there's just something about making granola from scratch that makes you feel
hardcore homemaker.
Like 'brag to your friends ... yea, I make my own granola' kind of homemakerish.
;)






Who doesn't love a party?!
You can find me here linking up with these great blogs.

Monday     DIY Home Sweet Home    The Girl Creative     C.R.A.F.T     The Modest Mom
Tuesday    A Delightsome Life   A Bowl Full of Lemons    Titus Tuesday      A Stroll Through Life
Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style         Adorned From Above
                   Women Living Well    The Thrifty Home     A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch   Making Home Base      Serving Joyfully     Lamberts Lately
Friday    The Dedicated House   Rooted in Thyme    French Country Cottage
              The Thrifty Groove     Farm Blog Hop
Sunday    Nifty Thrifty Things    Suburbsmama    Sew Many Ways


Thursday, April 3, 2014

DIY Instant Oatmeal

One of our pantry breakfast staples has always been a box of the little individual instant oatmeal packets.
My boys love them & they make for a super quick hot breakfast.
The problem is, as my boys have turned into men, it takes 3 or 4 packets to fill them up.
And, as we've been trying to make healthier choices, everything comes into question ...
how can we eat a healthier version of 'fill in the blank'?
This recipe answers the instant oatmeal question!




This takes no time to put together -- it's healthier & tastes even better!
I've tried a few different recipes & this is the one I like best.






Here are the ingredients:

6 cups quick oats, divided      
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c non-dairy creamer {powder}






Pour 4 cups of the oats in a large snap-top storage container {or a gallon ziploc bag}.
Pulse the additional 2 cups of oats in a food processor until they are more of a finer,
almost powdery consistency.
Add to the other oats.
Stir in powdered creamer, brown sugar, and salt until well mixed.

To make a bowl of oatmeal, scoop 1/2 cup of the instant oatmeal mixture into a bowl.
Add approximately 3/4 cup of water to oatmeal.
Microwave for 1-2 minutes.

Add milk, cream, butter, dried fruits or nuts ... whatever you enjoy mixed into your oatmeal.




See my funny pink label on top ;)  It also has the recipe written on it so I don't have to look it up each time.


And just how easy is that?!
You get waaayy more for your money going this route!





And if you need it on the go, just put the desired amount into a small ziploc bag
for a portable, quick breakfast.

This recipe makes it easy to RISE & SHINE!










Who doesn't love a party?!
You can find me here linking up with these great blogs.
Monday     DIY Home Sweet Home    The Girl Creative    Make It Yourself Monday     C.R.A.F.T     
Tuesday    A Delightsome Life   A Bowl Full of Lemons    Titus Tuesday      A Stroll Through Life
Wednesday   Raising Homemakers        Savvy Southern Style         Adorned From Above
                   Women Living Well    The Thrifty Home     A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Thursday    Between Naps on the Porch   Making Home Base      Serving Joyfully     Lamberts Lately
Friday    The Dedicated House   Rooted in Thyme    French Country Cottage
              The Thrifty Groove     Farm Blog Hop
Sunday    Nifty Thrifty Things    Suburbsmama    Sew Many Ways