Aug 31, 2012

Friday Favorites With Dawn

This gal has made it so easy for Friday Favorites. I'd like for you to meet Dawn Hoyle, owner of page book page called Simply Southern At Heart.
She shares decor, designs, recipes, and so much more on her facebook page. I sent Dawn a message to ask if I could introduce her on my Friday favorites and show off some of what she posts on her page. Of course she said yes but does want us to know that she does not own any of the pictures or recipes that she post. She finds the pictures on the Internet and from other favorite sites.

She actually needs no introduction....her FB page already has 16,033 likes · 58,145 talking about this. 
That could have changed already in the last minute!

Dawn said,  "I started this page as it is something that I love to do, it relieves stress and gives me happiness to see and share beautiful things.". 

Thank you Dawn for sharing with us. Google Simply Southern at Heart and check Dawn's page out! Love her daily show cases!  

Now here is a few things for my Friday Favorites from Dawn's Simply Southern at Heart.... 

Looks like Fall..........

 Brilliant idea. For a pretty design for your rolled out cookies use the bottom of a pretty glass with a design! NOW WHY DIDN'T I THING OF THAT!!!

Sweet Idea...

All the ideas using simple jars amaze me.

Another jar idea....

This is so stinking cute!

Oh my! Do I ever need want one of these!

 This cracked me up!

Be sure to visit Dawn on FB... Such a sweet gal.

Hey, by the you want to make new friends on the blog? Go over and visit my friend Debbie over at 
She has a linky going on and you can link up your blog and visit other blogs!She is need of Labor Day Ideas of "what to do and where to go"....Speaking of Labor Day Plans....what do you plan to do? We'll be celebrating with the kids and grandkids. Pool party and hamburger cookout!

Hope you've enjoyed our Friday Favorites today!

I leave you with is:

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Aug 28, 2012


Last Wednesday in our Wednesday in the Word I tossed out some pieces from the book Crazy Love. If you missed that post and want to read it you can find it here.

Today I would like to continue with a few pieces from the book called Crazy Love. Once again, this is not a judgmental post on anyone....Take my word for it...I am preaching to the CHOIR!

Do we offer God our leftovers?

God wants our best, deserves our best and demands our best. From the beginning of time He has made it clear that some offerings are acceptable to Him and others are not. Just ask Cain, upon whose offering God "did not look at with favor". (Gen 4:5)

It is so easy for us to fill ourselves up with other things then give God whatever we have left.

A mumbled three minute prayer at the end of the day, when we are already half asleep. Two crumpled-up dollar bills thrown in as an after-thought into the church's fund. FETCH GOD! Is basically what we are saying.....

Let's stop calling it "a busy schedule", or "bills", or "forgetfulness". 

It is actually called evil! God is HOLY

Oh may we all be more mindful of the Holiness of our Creator. May we all truly GIVE GOD OUR BEST! 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Tootin' with the grands..Nothing like them grandbabies! 
We have a craft and baking day at Nana's house sometimes and oh do they have fun!

Here is the deal with they are at Nana's! We don't do anything that isn't fun! We don't eat anything that is good for you!!!! We might brush our hair and oh well, we might not! Needless to say...we pretty much do what we want too!
Isn't that how it is suppose to be at Nana's house?

I have a play room for them and it is filled with dress up outfits, shoes, crafts, books, toys, TV, movies and etc. They love it! But we also have rules!

They like this rule the best:

Craft time! Of course the baby is more interested in taking the cushion in and out of the chair!!!

She has already changed into some of the dress up clothes.

 She is getting very serious right about now with her craft!

He isn't!!!! LOL! My only grandson and he is all boy!

 He wore his tee shirt on all day backwards! I knew it was backwards...but hey, what the heck right? We're having fun!

The mess fun begins!

My little Conner made Nana a purse!!!!

She is my little organizer. She is actually organizing all the colored paper!!!

Play time now!

The oldest and the youngest.

She loves this little chair! Best money I ever spent!

My oldest granddaughter tries her hand at making cake pops! 

We didn't have the new cake pop pans that you can put your batter in so our cake pops was made by rolling them babies in little balls. If you could have seen the look on her face when I told her, Raygen, wash your hands and dig in!!!!

Not to shabby for an 8 year old's first time at cake pops?

She tasted one and said, Nana, this is the best thing I've ever eat!!!

We had enough batter to make a single layer chocolate cake and of course she had to put sprinkles on that too!

She was quite proud of her cake and her cake pops! So was I.


Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Aug 24, 2012

Friday Favorites

Great stuff this week....but decided to showcase some food, desserts and appetizers. I must be hungry!

Does this popper chicken look good or what?

Great idea for parties! Keeps the fingers from touching all the snacks!

Does this look good? Oh yeah!

Breakfast upside down cake? Why Not?

 Too cute of an idea! Cookie cutter pie crusts with pumpkin filling.

Orange and honey butter recipe

Grilled mozzarella cheese sandwich.

Looking for something easy and yet good?
Try this red velvet cake with pudding.

Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings

Carmel apple bites

Well, I hope you have spotted something on here that you just gotta try! 

And...I leave you with this:

Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Aug 21, 2012


Food for thought this week.

 This is statements coming from the book "Crazy Love" not a judgmental attitude of any kind. Just food for our thoughts this week.

Lukewarm Christians tend to choose what is popular over what is right when they are in conflict. They desire to fit in both at church and outside the church; they care more about what people think of their actions (like church attendance and giving) than what God thinks of their hearts and lives. 

"Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets". Luke 6:26

"I know your deeds, you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead." Rev. 3:1

Lukewarm people rarely share their faith with their neighbors, coworkers, or friends. They do not want to be rejected, nor do they want to make people uncomfortable by talking about private issues like religion. 

"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven". Matt. 10-32-33)

Food for thought can choke us can't it? Let us all be in prayer and ask God to help us NOT to BE a lukewarm Christian. I am praying...are you?

Hugs and blessings, Cindy


Tuesday Toots

Want to "TOOT" on my tablescape today! I realized recently that within the next month I will be changing out my tablescape and have not shared my BEACH THEME!!!

It started with this jar. I bought this years ago from a friend that had a little shop in our home town. I decided to build around this theme.

Then the fun began!Sea shells, potpourri, colored stones and candles set the tone.

 Oh yes, 40% off at the Dollar General!

 Looks pretty beachy to me!

Decided to go with the green and blue...

Cute little salt and pepper shakers from the Dollar General...yes, 40% off!

The sand dollar I found on the beach in Fernandina Fla in 1999. Made a great little covering for my dish of potpourri.

I also found this adorable picture frame at the Dollar general. My youngest daughter made the picture on a road trip she went on this summer and I added some scripture and it was perfect for my tablescape.

I've had the blue place mats but found the fish plastic plates at Walmart on clearance.

White plastic tumbles at Walmart. Four for 88 cents. Cute coasters at the Dollar Tree.

Bamboo napkin rings at Walgreen's!

I love my cloth napkins. Found them at Little Dollies in Pigeon Forge in Tn. Got me a set of white and a set of beige.

Don't ya just love it when it all comes together?

Found this at Ross! PERFECT for my chandi!

My friend Vicky made me the bunting to match my colors! LOVE IT!

Found these cuties and couldn't resist!

Then the grandbabies went to the beach and brought back Nana a pile of seashells! Perfect for a centerpiece for my breakfast bar.

I hope you have enjoyed my Beach tablescape. Come on over and we'll have a little grilled salmon, steamed veggies, garlic cheese biscuits and maybe some lemon pie!

Hugs and blessings, Cindy