Monday, July 16, 2018

Retail Therapy

Sarah is taking two summer college classes this summer.  In between session 1 & session 2, I made her take a weekend off to indulge in some retail therapy ;)


I found a Groupon deal at a beautiful hotel near the Dallas Galleria.  We walked the entire Galleria (and stores all around the Galleria), and she shopped for some new clothes and shoes. 

The next day, we headed to IKEA and TJ Maxx for some items she needed for for her (college) apartment kitchen.  I think she checked off almost everything on her list and what she didn't find I knew I had lying around the house.  She is so excited for her first apartment :)

I'm so blessed to be the mom of this young lady and enjoy watching her walk the path of adulthood.

Patty

Sunday, July 15, 2018

What's for Sunday dinner?

I haven't made this dish in awhile and forgot just how mouth-watering it is!  Your entire house smells good while it's cooking in the crock pot.  A blog friend summed it up like this, "My house smelled so good I could've eaten the walls."

Crock Pot Zesty Chicken BBQ is what's for dinner tonight!


With a side of steamed broccoli, this a winner.

And dessert is a recipe that needed to be baked tonight.  I was reminded of it when my blog friend Billie sent me a pic of the ones her daughter baked.  (I'm so proud of you, Peyton!)

Creamy Blueberry Pie is, hands down, the most delicious blueberry pie recipe you'll ever sink your teeth into!


I hope you are enjoying your Sunday with family, friends, traveling, or at home in the a.c.

Patty

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

DIY: Patio Facelift

I really disliked how our concrete patio had been looking (stained and marked up).  My hubby had planned to paint it, and we were in the store looking at concrete paint samples when I came across a different product. 

Granite Grip Concrete Coating (Home Depot)

Over the course of two weekends, my hubby worked on the patio.

It needed (and was recommended for better bonding) 3 acid washes.



On the second weekend, he started the coating process.  It had to be applied under 90 degrees F.  So you can imagine how early he had to get up to beat the Texas heat!


At $50 a gallon, needing two gallons for 110 sq ft, we were keeping our fingers crossed!



He ended up putting on three coats.  I'm glad he did.

I LOVE the finished look and feel!


It looks like paint with a non-slip texture, but it isn't paint.  It doesn't hurt to walk on, in fact, it feels so good!  You can easily sweep grass and other debris from the surface.  There was a multitude of colors, but we went with a standard tan color.

I'm hoping it wears well! We have a lot of traffic on the back patio. 

Next step, we need to get that door painted this weekend.  It never ends!

Patty

Monday, July 9, 2018

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...


This exquisite thunderhead was truly something to make us take pause last evening.  The pink was from the sun setting in the west.  The storm skimmed along to our south, so we were able to just be and admire God's magnificence.


Happy Monday!

Patty

Sunday, July 8, 2018

I Love Me Some Red, White, and Blue!







No-bake Strawberry and Blueberry Trifle recipe found here.

Happy Birthday, America!

Patty

Thursday, July 5, 2018

A Liberty Tea



We borrowed this patriotic tea idea from the book, Tea and Cake With the Saints.  It was easy to plan and was originally going to be for just Miss Clementine and myself.  However, once the rest of the family (those who were home) saw the festive look, they joined right in!  :)


After the Boston Tea Party (when the over taxed colonists threw all the tea into the Boston Harbor), the Americans would experiment with different wild roots to come up with a tea that was safe and  enjoyable to drink.  They would refer to the new tea as a Liberty Tea.


We decided to pray a Rosary for our country, especially for our religious freedom!

“Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech you that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to do your will.  Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners.  Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way.  
Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues.  Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom your Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to your law, we may show forth your praise among the nations of the earth. 
In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness and in the day of trouble, do not allow our trust in you to fall; all this we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.” 

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