Sunday, August 31, 2008

Color of the Week: Hot Stuff Pink

Seen around my town this week in shades of Hot Stuff Pink (love the car) (punch buggy you owe me a Coke):

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Crack

It's very alarming when your step-son comes home on leave from the Air Force and the first thing he says to your mother-in-law when he sees her is "Grandma, thank you so much for The Crack you sent me. All the guys loved it. I'd really like to take some more of The Crack back to the base with me."

My kids love The Crack. I think it's really called White Trash or Dish Pan Candy or something like that. We call it The Crack because it is so addicting (and the word "The" is always included). My m-i-l shared her recipe with me and I made some this morning. Yup, I'm hooked. When you call the TV show Intervention to come save me, please have them send Candy Finnigan as my interventionist. That would be just so appropriate.

The Crack

4 cups Cap'n Crunch Peanut Butter Cereal

2 cups Rice Crispies cereal

2- 12oz bags white chocolate chips or 1 lb white almond bark

1 cup roasted whole almonds (salted)

2 cups pecans- either whole or large pieces (toast in oven for a few minutes)

Line 2 or 3 cookie sheets with wax paper or foil. Pour cereals and nuts in large bowl. Melt chips or bark according to package directions. Pour melted white chocolate over cereals and nuts and mix well. Coat all pieces and then pour mixture on cookie sheets. Spread into one layer and let cool and chocolate will harden. Break into chunks and store in air tight containers.

Hide your own stash well.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Historical or Hysterical?

I have plans to drag out my sewing machine and start creating with fabric again. I ordered a neat little folding table from here that I can leave up in the study rather than set up (and then take down) all my stuff on the dining room table like I usually do.

Anyway, back to my story for today. I went to the fabric store yesterday to look for patterns. Probably will start back sewing with a simple tote bag as I have some natural linen and a vintage cotton that will look great together in this Amy Butler sort of way. Or maybe something like this soft little baby doll in a bag from Turkey Feathers.

OK Back to my story. Again. So while I was looking through the pattern books, I came across this collection from Simplicity in the costumes section of their Fall book. Called the Historical Costume Collection, they have patterns for 7 different eras- from the Renaissance to the Late 19th Century. The sewing looks pretty elaborate (how to they get the hips to puff out like that? Do they still sell crinolines or whatever that slip thing was?) and here are a few of my favs:

OK, where do you buy a wig like that? It's really the hair that pulls this look off.

How was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?

Whoa, that's a lot of taffeta.

My favorite. It reminds me of drapes. Sort of what Scarlett did in GWTW. Although I think that was a little number in green.

And of course, they have a pattern for sewing your own undergarments. Still no explanation of the hip thing. Not that I really need any extra poufiness there anyway!

Monday, August 25, 2008


I forgot how much I love thrifting. I had a few minutes today and decided to stop by our local Goodwill. I hadn't been in such a long time and was so glad I stopped as this is what I found. A terrific sewing basket in a great color combination. Great retro styling (is it retro if it's original?) and all for $5.99. What a deal!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Color of the Week: Orange Crush

New Blog Feature! Color of the Week. This week's color is Orange Crush. The Mister and I tooled around our town looking for Orange and this is what we found.

Killing Them Softly

We have ants in our kitchen. Yuck.

Those tiny little ghost ants that appear out of nowhere and just take over everything. Probably driven indoors by the high water from Fay. Thanks a lot, Fay.

Until the Mister can get in touch with the exterminators tomorrow, I have found a successful line of defense. Literally a line. I squirted Soft Scrub with bleach along the edges of the countertop and smeared with a sponge and left to dry. Nothing has crossed that line and my kitchen smells fresh and clean!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

My 2 Right Feet Left

This is fascinating. I love vintage TV!

Can you imagine being able to dance like this? I am so horrid at dancing but I love watching.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Jewel Drool

One of the joys of being a grandmother is getting to do things that you remember your own grandmother let you do that were so much fun and made your life special. Like going through her button box or trying on all her jewelry.

Even the good stuff.
After all, a little drool never hurt a Rolex.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


and iLoveit. I love my new iPhone 3G. I have always been a borderline gadget junkie and geek wannabe. I put off the iPhone because of other cell phone contracts, new product worries, etc. but finally took the plunge last Saturday. So glad I did except after my visit to the local Apple store, now I want all things Mac. Oh those ultra thin keyboards.

The coolest things on my iP right now are the Koi Pond and Campfire applications. The colors, movement and sound of the apps are incredible. Even the Wudgie begs to play with the Koi Pond so she can "chase the fishies".

A big thanks to my blog friends who left kind caring messages about our wellbeing. We fared quite well as Fay never made it to hurricane strength before she landed. The storm center passed about 20 miles south of here and left us with some much needed ground moisture. And my iPhone worked through the whole thing.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ready or Not

We are right in the projected path of Hurricane Fay. Yet another reason I don't particularly care for Summer. Hurry Fall.

We are ready, though. Here's all my orchid "babies" in the garage. Note the Mister's "baby" there to the right. It's a Geezer Glide and it's purple.

As my sister-in-law pointed out yesterday, we are the only house around where our hurricane shutters match the color of our house. We call it "prepared, with style".

See you on the other side of 70 mph winds and 10 inches of rain!

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