Noonday Collection Flash Sale Ends Wednesday

 

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Some of Noonday Collection lovely Spring items are on Sale for only a few more days!

visit: http://www.lindazink.noondaycollection.com to order before these little gems are sold out!

Hope your weekend was fabulous and you had a Happy Mother’s Day!

I was blessed with the men in my family cooking for my daughters and I. They made an amazing  Mexican inspired meal. On top of that I was surrounded  with grandkids hugs and laughter. A great day!

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Have a great Monday!

Linda

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Seaside

This summer we haven’t played as much as we should have so we skipped out of town for a few days to spend some time in Seaside Oregon with some of our kids and grandkids.The weather was perfect! We must have been blessed with the warmest days of the summer and it was HOT even at the beach.

We loaded up our cars with kids, beach toys, towels and enough food to make most of the meals for 4 days were away.After a few Starbucks stops and a quick stop at a grocery store for a couple of things we didn’t have room in the ice chest for we were at the beach house.

We all pitched in and unloaded the cars quickly and gathered enough snacks and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for little wave jumpers and then we hit the beach.

The kids had a blast and even when their little feet were numb from jumping waves in the cold ocean they stayed in the water until we called them in to go back to the cottage.

Evening were filled with logs burning in the firepit and gooey marshmellowy s’mores.

The sunsets always take my breath away and remind of how majestic our creator is to display such beauty for us to enjoy.

I am so thankful for those few days of fun and refreshment. I hope we will be able to play a bit more before the changing of the seasons and enjoy these sunny days of summer before the fall chill starts to shorten the days.

Linda

A BiG WhOoPs! and Needed Prayers

In my endeavor to start this blog I decided to use WordPress’s free option and in doing so it does limit the amount of storage space you have available for media files ( media library). Well I noticed that since I started this blog in January I had gotten close to using 50% of the media storage for pictures. Some of the pictures in the media library I hadn’t even used in the post but had downloaded so they would be available as I wrote my blog. In my effort to create space for new pictures to be downloaded I decided to delete used and unused photos from the media library. I assumed they would remain viewable in the blog post however even though they weren’t in storage. I even deleted a few and checked the blog were they were used and they were still there.

Evidently I was wrong, (sad, frustrated face to be inserted here). So I deleted about 350 pictures and then noticed that some of my older posts pictures were no longer shown in the blog.

If you are viewing a post and wish to have me add the pictures , please comment and I will try and replace them. I have tried to repair the most viewed and current posts, but would rather focus on writing new ones than repairing rarely viewed pages.

So live and learn I guess, but what a bummer.

NOW TO WHAT’S REALLY ON MY HEART

I hesitate to use this blog in this way but on the other hand I could really use your prayers for my Mom.

My mom is in the hospital with very serious pneumonia and she also has had MS for many years. She is in fragile condition and we are praying she will recover. So far she is struggling so your prayers are really appreciated. We know our God can work miracles and we need one now.

Thanks for following me and I hope to get back on track with tutorials and decorating ideas in the next few weeks , but Mom is my focus at the moment.

Sincerely,

Linda

Teagen the Very Hungry Caterpillar

This past Saturday we celebrated Teagen’s first birthday with a yard full of family and friends. The weather was perfect and all the plannng to make it a fun and special day was well worth it.

Brianna ( her Mommy and my youngest daughter), planned the day around Eric Carle’s book The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Teagen loves  and I mean LOVES food , all food, yet she is tiny and petite. So the Hungry Caterpillar was the perfect theme.

Pinterest was abound with fun ideas for food and decorations that really helped our inspiration. Brianna had a few ideas of her own and between the two of us it all came together.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so I will post plenty. Starting with the food and decorations:

The ‘Birthday Cake’ a giant cupcake

Brianna gathered the kiddos for a finger painting project and it turned out adorable.

The children were all in swimsuits and in and out of the kiddie pool and sprinklers so clean up was easy.

Now for the birthday girl… our little Teagen.

Why is it so fun to watch that first birthday cake experience? We love to watch the little one’s reaction to that first taste of frosting and cake and ultimately make a mess and end covered in frosting. Then we spend the next few years trying to get them to eat neatly . Well our little Teagen LOVED her big cupcake, even though she only ate a few  bites of actual cake and had more fun playing in the frosting.

We all agreed it was a great day for children and adults alike as everyone stayed until it was time for little ones to slip into jammies and head to bed.

Can’t wait for the next party at our house!

Linda

Baseball Treats

So baseball is in full swing around here. My husband is playing on the church softball team, and he is 20 years older than the rest of the men on the roster and loving it. Go BABY! Don’t you love it when you do things that make you feel young ?

My grandson , Canyon just finished his first t-ball season. Cutest thing ever to watch him slide at every base as he takes his turn. Every hit is a home run at that age. He is really into it and has serious atheltic potential. This makes his baseball Papa very proud.

Isn’t he the cutest baseball player ever? I think so.

I just had to share the t-ball treats my daughter made for his teams last game snack. Baseball rice crispy treats!

Way to go Summer! Such a simple cute idea I just had to share. I have such talented , creative daughters!

So ‘Batter Up” and make some for your ball player, young or old, they will love it! Maybe even a great addition to your Father’s Day menu.

Linda

Take Time to Chase a Butterfly

It only takes a couple of warm sunny days in a row for the first blossoms on the trees and wild flowers to start appearing.

I had a little fun with my camera this weekend taking pictures around our place.

We had some of the grandkiddos here and spent most of the time playing and exploring outside. They love to trample through the trails and climb on stumps and logs so we had a blast just being together. I asked them if they wanted to go to a park after church and Canyon( my 5 year old grandson) said” No , Grammie, I’d rather just stay at your house and play outside”. He’s a joy to my heart, well they all are, but he says the sweetest things. So we did just that and we had a great time around our place. They are happiest with simple things and just your time and attention.

Sometimes we can get so busy with the work to be done that we forget to just stop and play. I think that is one of the reasons why God gives us grandkids. They make you take time to snuggle, read a story, walk a trail , chase a butterfly, pick a flower, find a bug or salamander, laugh until your sides hurt and sing a silly song. We did all of that and more this weekend.

I thank God everyday for the little ones He has blessed our family with they bring us more joy than they will ever know.

I pray you take some time soon and just see the day through the eyes of a child and be blessed as you slow down and study the petals of a flower or the wings of a butterfly. Believe me it will be so worth it.

Make the most of this Monday!

Linda

‘HOME’ Printable

Yesterday I was feeling zapped of energy and starting to get a sore throat so I spent alot of time surfing the web. I came across this fun free printable to download and place in a frame. I will share the web link with you :http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2011/05/filler-print.html so you can have your own copy.

So cute and you can choose from a variety of different font colors. You can either print it off on your home printer or download and save to have Costco print for you.

Thanks Ladies at www.eighteen25.blogspot.com .

Linda

Seeds

Maybe it’s because Spring is just around the corner and we are trying to get our garden plans in order, but I have been thinking about seeds alot lately.

We purchased seeds for the garden in anticipation of starting plants early in our greenhouse.

 We still have plenty of preparation to do to get the raised beds constructed and filled with soil, but we are getting ready.

Some of the seeds are so small you think they will fall through your fingers and never be planted where you intend them to be. Others like the beans and pumpkins are large enough to place just where you want them to go in the row or hill of fine dirt.

I’m wondering as I look at these seeds , what kind of seeds am I planting in those people I share life with? Am I encouraging, loving and sincere and planting seeds of hope and trust in the God I love? Are my seeds randomly falling between my fingers and being planted in lives of others I don’t even know? Are my seeds intentional or spontanious allowing myself to plant those seeds of God’s love and life in Christ in others as I make myself available to Him? Or do I plant seeds that are weeds and of no value , not edifying but blocking out the sun (Son)?

What kind of seeds are you planting in those around you? Your children, spouse , friends, the person who does your dry cleaning. the clerk at Costco, the teller at the bank, the person in the desk next to yours, the co-worker you eat lunch with?

The other day I was getting granola out to sprinkle some on my yogurt( trying to eat healthy), and this was on the inside flap of the box.

While not out of the bible it had a truth that resinated with me.

Enjoy the sun today . I may go sit in the greenhouse, it’s almost 70 degrees in there and I can fill the warmth of the sun in spite of the on 40 degrees on the outside.

Have a great Monday.

Linda

Savory Cheese and Sundried Tomato Biscuits

Today I was invitited to an lunch-tea with a few friends and wanted to bring a little bite of something to share.

I tried to come up with something I had all the ingredients for on hand. I knew I had some cheese and sundried tomatoes so this is what I came up with:

Savory Cheese and Sundried Tomato Biscuit Bites( so they would be appetizer size)

I often take a basic recipe and alter it a little to make it mine own, so that’s what I did here.

Recipe makes 12 regular size biscuits, but I made them small and bite size so there were more than 30.

Savory Cheese and Sundried Tomato Biscuits

Preheat oven to 450 degrees . Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or apply a nonstick cooking spray.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour

3/4 cup cake flour

( you can use 3 cups of bread flour instead)

1 Tablespoon Cream of Tartar

4 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

9 Tablespoons(1 stick plus 1 TBSP )Unsalted butter cold and cubed

1 cup of buttermilk ( or 1 cup milk and 1 tsp lemon juice, let sit for few minutes and use for substitute buttermilk)

1 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 cup sundried tomatoes cut into small pieces

1 teaspoon italian seasoning or combination of oregano and basil

2 Tablespoons melted butter to put on top of biscuits when they come out of the oven

(I used my food processor, but you could do by hand just as easy. )

Add the flour(s) , cream of tartar, and baking soda in a bowl or food processor. Stir together.

Stir in the sugar, salt and pepper . Cut in the cold butter until it is the size of peas, you can use a pastry blender or process on pulse 15 times with food processor. Then add the milk until incorporated. Dough will be sticky. Stir in the cheese and chopped sundried tomatoes and italian seasoning. Turn dough out on floured surface knead a few times. Roll out until 1/2 inch thick and cut with biscuit cutter or rim of a floured glass to the desired size.

If making regular 2″ biscuit size cook about 10 minutes. If making small bite size appetizers cook only 6 minutes. I learned this the hard way.

When they first come out brush the tops with melted butter. Serve warm.

They are quick and delicious. I will be making these again soon.

Enjoy!

Linda

Lamps Shades and Tulips

After posting about my need to have my bed made daily and how my bedroom has transformed over time, I am already considering a minor change.

I have been loving the look of burlap lamps shades I have seen lately. They have a current but cottage-like feel and seem to really go well with a formal lamp base such as mercury glass or crystal. I like mixing the formal or traditional with casual relaxed style.

Pottery Barn has some great ones and I have been tempted to purchase.Burlap Tapered Drum Lamp Shade

However I have a tendency to love the look but think I can do it for less money.

Yesterday I stopped by World Market and in my wandering through the store noticed they had some burlap shades as well for less than half the price. Not quite as well made as Pottery Barn but since I was using them in my bedroom and I just wanted the ‘look’, I brought them home to try. Now I am trying to decide but I think I like them and they lighten up the look for Spring. Only thing I don’t like is that at night you can see the light bulb when the lamp is on. Since that only happens when we are reading in bed I think I can live with that. The plastic is still on the shade until I make my final decision but at $19 vs $49 I think I just might keep them. What do you think?

   Burlap Shade                                                                                    Brown Silk Shade

I love tulips and since Spring is few months away they aren’t blooming in my yard yet. However they are everywhere in the grocery stores and this makes me so happy. I think they brighten a room and add a pop of color. I love them in red, white, yellow, pink, I love them all! So my house has them tucked here and there and they just give me joy. For $6.99 that’s a cheap mood booster.

Have a blessed Wednesday!

Linda