May 23, 2016

{Candy Bouquet}

How about a candy bouquet today with a little bling? Mercy, this bouquet almost didn't happen!!! Do you know how hard it was for me to NOT eat that REESE'S? Only because I am a good Nana though.....LOL!



My oldest granddaughter Raygen, who is 12 was trying out for Cheer-leading and I wanted to do a little something for her before she tried out that would be an encouragement to her. WELL what better than some CANDY right? 

So I gathered up some goodies for the bouquet.



Bought 4 boxes of candy to make my container to hold the bouquet with.


Hot glued the boxes together to make a square. 


Then I cut a piece of Styrofoam to fit and added just a tad of glue so when I pushed it down in the boxes that it would stay without falling out of the bottom. 


Took a piece of tissue paper with a couple of toothpicks and stuck it in the Styrofoam. 


Hot glued the little sticks onto the back of each candy piece.


Then I started assembling the bouquet by sticking the candy pieces through the tissue paper in the Styrofoam.


I added a couple of packs of gum, popped in some Daisy's and a little bling. 


A gift tag......



And there ya go....a cute little candy bouquet. She LOVED it! (and so did her brother)



Her mom (my oldest daughter) wrote a scripture on each of her feet before she went for try-outs.  Of course her feet would be covered...but she wanted scripture and scripture she got!  Raygen's choice of scripture was Phil. 4:13. "I can do all things through Christ who gives me Strength". My daughter's choice of scripture was Joshua 1:9. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.".




Our sweet Raygen is our newest cheerleader in the family. We are excited for her and what the new year with this journey will bring. We prayed that God's Will would be done regardless of how we felt as her family. Because I am so sure you all know that when your child is disappointed (Or grandchild) then you are too. But....my prayer was also that if our Lord chose to allow her to make this team that she would be a shining light for Him. And that she would bring a ray of sunshine with her kind and humble spirit to others. I do believe that our Lord honors the desires of our heart when our hearts line up with His will.


Our family is looking forward to a new season of Wildcat football in our county! Brings back lots of memories for me.

And just one more picture for today....This sweet girl is almost 9 lbs now! WOW! I think it would be safe to say she is thriving! And have I told y'all that she is so sweet that sugar just drips off of her?


Hugs and blessings, Cindy

May 16, 2016

{Mini Chocolate Pies} Good Grief-Somebody just slap me!


Well I promised in my last post that I would give you a simple, easy, mini chocolate pie recipe so here it is.....


Recipe:

1 egg
Splash of water
1 box of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust softened as directed on package
1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
Sugar

1: Preheat oven to 350. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.


2, Make egg wash by beating egg with just a splash of water till well blended. Set aside.


3. Mix pudding according to directions on package and place in the frig. to set for just a bit.




4. Unroll pie crust.


 5. I don't know what size my cookie cutter was but whatever size that you want to use would be fine. The bigger the cookie cutter the bigger the pie! LOL! 


6. I cut out two crusts for each pie. Then with a teaspoon I put pudding on one pie crust. Then I placed the other piece of pie crust on top. 

 Doesn't matter if the pudding oozes out just a little. (but not a lot)

7: Brush egg wash on the top and sprinkle with sugar



And pop in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Cool before serving. I think I had around 12 of these little pies with pudding left using this size cookie cutter.



Mercy, have mercy! These little things are tasty.
It's just all in a days work girls! 


You can also use other flavors of pudding. Lemon Curd would be good as well. 

And what did I do with the left over pudding????

 Topped those cuties with some graham cracker crumbs and an Oreo and well....need I say more????

BUT THEN...I decided to get on a baking kick and whipped up some strawberry cookies. Needless to say a sweet friend was a recipient of a "SWEET" treat


 And I must give a shout out for our birthday girl Kyleigh. She is 5 years old now and she is full of Class and Sass and we wouldn't have it any other way!

Her first birthday:



Her 5th:









God is good and He is good all the time!!!


I love to go to a great party so I am partying with Jann today over at 
 http://jannolson.blogspot.com/2016/05/share-your-cup-thursday-198.html

Hugs and blessings, Cindy



May 10, 2016

{The Happenings around Conner's Pond}

Oh my it seems we've had lots going on in our neck of the woods. How about you? When I said to someone recently "I have a busy and full life" I meant every word of it but I would not take anything for the wonderful life that God has given to me!

So here's a few highlights........


New kitchen granite counters are now installed and I LOVE THEM! Here's a before picture and after picture I snapped with my cell phone. Dang those cell phone camera's come in handy at times!!!

Before new counters.



A few pictures of the new granite. 



New sinks too.
 

I do love the color.


Now of course I must change out the handles on the cabinets and drawers. I've got to buy new bar stools because when they took out my drop down bar off my counter then the bar stools I have are now too short. Bar stools with backs or no backs????  There's also a little touch of painting on one wall that needs to be done and I had no intentions of painting my kitchen cabinets but now I'm having 2nd thoughts. My cabinets are 22 years old and solid oak and I love them.  But...now I am wondering if I need to go with a darker color cabinet. Paint or Stain? Give me some ideas ladies..... I love my kitchen floors but then would I need to replace it with another color if I change my kitchen cabinet color! And handles for the cabinets....oh my! 29 of them I need to purchase! Decisions, decisions...MONEY, MONEY! 
But my granny used to say...."Rome wasn't built in a day". 

Another highlight for me recently was that I was invited to speak at one of our local nursing homes for Mother's Day where my mom resides and needless to say "God was good". The place was packed out with family to support the mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers. 

Then I had another wonderful opportunity to speak to mothers and daughters at an event the same afternoon. The decor was Mad Hatter (in which I do love) and beautifully done. Needless to say when I arrived home that night this old chick was dragging but in a GOOD WAY!  I did snap a few pics with my phone camera to share. There was an array of fingerfoods and desserts.







My prayer through the messages delivered that day was that our Lord would be honored.

 My oldest daughter just celebrated her birthday on May 3. She wanted "Brownies and Ice cream" for her CAKE and that's what she got. 



She got all sorts of nice gifts but this one cracked me up.


My middle daughter is always telling her sister (the birthday girl) that she is a Trophy Wife. She loves to aggravate

Mother's Day couldn't have been any better. Anytime you are surrounded by your children and grandchildren it's a true blessing. I am so proud of the mama's my girls are to their children. Raising them in the Word of God is the sweetest gift I could ever ask for in my life! 


And speaking of gifts.....I just have to share this cute picture of the newest grandgirl that is a gift from heaven. She is about ready to go to the beach don't you think? LOL! 



 And I just couldn't let the opportunity pass me by today without paying tribute to my motherinlove for her birthday who is walking on the streets of Glory with our Lord.


She would have been 78 today. She is so very missed by our family. She was a wonderful role model at what it truly means to be a Godly Mother, Motherlove, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother. Her life was her family and she taught us all well what family truly means. I am looking forward to the day when I will see her again.

Next week I'll be sharing a simple and easy recipe for mini chocolate pies...and OH YES....GOOD, GOOD, GOOD


Hugs and blessings, Cindy