Nov 7, 2017

{Tea Cup and Mug Exchange} So much fun!



I joined the talented and gifted Stephanie from The Enchanting Rose blog for her tea cup and mug exchange. This was my 3rd time of participating and it was so much fun. Stephanie will be posting on her Blog about the exchange on Wednesday so be sure to hop over there this week and visit. 



was given my name to send a teacup too. 
 She went above and beyond and needless to say, I could not wait to open my package when it arrived.


It felt like Christmas opening up all those sweet packages.


I am in love with my new tea cup! Isn't she a beauty? And of course I named her, "LADY LINDA".

Just look at all the sweet things that Lady Linda sent to me!


Look at that precious Dress Dish Towel she made for me! So, so cute!


It was so nice to make a new blogging friend and I truly do enjoy our exchanges. I was given Margie's name to present a teacup too along with other goodies.  Margie lives in Canada and her blog is http://teainthevalley.blogspot.com/


I am sad to say that I did not get any pictures of the items I sent to Margie. I do hope that she made pictures to share this week on Stephanie's blog. I sure enjoyed sending some sweet gifts to her and I almost kept the tea cup I purchased for her. LOL!  I have enjoyed our new friendship. 
 

The lovely Stephanie from the Enchanting Rose is so sweet to organize such a huge production with the exchange. I do not know how she does it nor keeps up with it! I wanted to do a little something special for Stephanie simply for being so gracious to be such a wonderful hostess.








I have truly enjoyed the exchange. It is so much fun to be paired up with ladies that you do not know, yet have some things if not many in common with. I am looking forward to the next exchange. 

Challenge for you this week:
Look around you and see who you might could be a blessing to this week. It can be something as simple as sending a note/card, baking a batch of cookies for them, calling them on the phone just to check on them, or maybe you just need to take the TIME to spend some TIME with them. The ideas are endless but the rewards are many. Hope you all have a great week.

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The blessings I receive are far greater than the ones I give.


 Hugs and blessings, Cindy 

Oct 30, 2017

{Homecoming, Fall Party and a New Spice}

My sunflowers are beginning to bloom and oh I love them. This is my third year of growing a few sunflowers. They are in memory of my motherinlove who loved sunflowers and went home to be with the Lord three years ago. I know she is smiling.


Our weekend kicked off last Thursday with our annual town Homecoming parade. I snapped a few pictures with cell phone. Of course I had to you know since I had grands walking in the parade.


Next on the list for the weekend was our annual Conner Family Fall Party at my fatherinlove's home. 
I made too many pictures as always so grouped them up so I could share some with you. YEP, still picture overload.
 

We always begin our fall party with asking the Lord to bless our time of fellowship and then the fun begins.


We have chili, hot dogs, chips, and desserts galore! And of course LOTS of candy. Sugar overload is an understatement!


Those who want to dress up do and it's so much fun to see what everyone comes dressed like, especially the kids. 


Of course the adults do a pretty good job at dressing up too!


We do all kinds of games for the kids. 


From bobbing for apples to GO FISH in the fishing pond.


Dart game with balloons to who can knock all the cans down.


Picking up pennies with your toes to toss the ball into the pumpkin.


We have enough games planned that it keeps the little ones busy......


 We even had a dance night for the kids. We had them to do that at the end of the party in hopes they would DANCE off some of that sugar!


It don't get any better than funnel cakes and carving pumpkins!


Our family has such a good time with our Fall party. Well, actually, we have a good time at most anything we do. LOL!


My fatherinlove amazes us all. He is always up for some fun and never waivers at anything we want to do. We love it! 



And to top it off.....My Georgia Bulldogs pulled it off against the Florida Gators in college football.. Yes, I am a Florida gal but I have a Georgia Heart.  




Speaking of a new spice....well, most of you know I love trying new spices. While doing a little shopping on a hunting trip (yes I did hunt but had some time to shop a little too) hee-hee, I found this Spice called Montana Mex Sweet Salt. So I bought one for myself and one for a friend as she loves to use different spices too. I read up on it and it said it was good for anything from popcorn to chicken. Well, I used it in a Baked Chicken dish along with other spices that I hope to share the recipe with you soon. VERY GOOD! Just so you know, it gives popcorn a little salt and sweet taste too. Love this new spice! 

I hope that you all have a safe holiday and enjoy your week, enjoy your family.   Remember

IT'S THE SIMPLE THINGS IN LIFE THAT BRING THE GREATEST PLEASURES! 

Next week I will be sharing about the Tea cup/mug exchange! It was so much fun! 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

 

 


 

Oct 23, 2017

{Carrot Cake Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting and A Little Fun}

I love cookies, cream cheese and pecans so I knew I had to make these cookies.


TIP: To save time buy a bag of shredded carrots and then give them a fine chop.

I like having all my ingredients on the counter and ready to go. That's how they do it on the cooking shows you know? LOL!


Doesn't those specks of freshly chopped carrots make that dough look pretty? YES, I know, I get a little excited about things like this!

Made myself a taco salad while baking my cookies. Anything with Sour cream is good!



The Recipe I had shows the cookies with nuts surrounding the sides and not the top, which was so pretty. But, I LOVE nuts and decided to top my cookies with nuts.



I made these for a family reunion and hid back a few for myself too! I made enough cookies that I boxed up some and gave to a friend for a birthday present.

Or you can pop over to my Pinterest page, select desserts, and I saved it there.  

Okay, so how about a little fun today with a few questions.

1: What's your favorite meal of the day? Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner (we call it supper at my house)

2: What's your style most often when it comes to daily meals? Home cooked or Fast Food?

3:  Are you one that likes to try new foods or are you more to staying with what you know?

Last one
4: Do you like to cook with different kinds of spices or are you more of just a salt and pepper kind of gal?

My answers: 
1:  Well, through the week I would have to say lunch most often. I am not a breakfast person unless it's around 10:30-11:00 am. I am not a late evening meal eater either if I can help it.  Sometimes I just can't help it either but if that's the case I never eat heavy. I would NEVER sleep a wink on a full stomach. Usually that is just the opposite for some people!

2: Home cooked. I usually eat fast food one day a week and sometimes two but only if I have no choice. I know that sounds weird but  truth is I would rather eat my own cooking or what my man decided to grill.

3: I love trying new foods.

4: I LOVE cooking with spices and I LOVE trying out new spices.
 
I do hope that you all have a great week. I am already looking at this new recipe book I purchased using "Coke" in food and desserts. No telling what I might try next! LOL! 

I will end with this today.


This week I challenge you to look around you no matter what your circumstances are and see the beauty of the Lord. 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy