Thursday, April 28, 2016

Kitchen Make Over - New Stone Bar Wall (DIY)

Two Sundays ago, while perusing through, I saw a bar/island wall that had stone on it.  The rugged look of the limestone really made it unique and very Texas-looking.

I showed my hubs, "Dude, isn't this gorgeous?"  Guess what?  One week later he had 2 out of 3 sides completed!  Check out the photos...

Before ::

During ::

He decided to throw a coat of brown paint on the wall in case there would be any gaps between the stones.

The stones were put on one at a time with a mortar mix.  He did cut and trim a few as he pieced it together.

After ::

Isn't that great?!!

David worked hard on this project, (he said it was easy, but tedious), and it turned out absolutely fabulous.  

The product is called Airstone.

His next plan is to outline the fireplace.  :)

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Making Memories - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

I'm sitting here listening to some rain drops beginning to hit the windows.  We are due for a Texas-sized storm in about a half hour.

I am thankful for ~

* Miss Sally's recovery from wisdom teeth removal

* shelter

* modern conveniences

* my friends

What we are reading ~

I pulled out our summer book bin and it is definitely in need of some new summer -themed books.  I ordered these 4 for starters :

* If interested, I put up this post that lists the books we have about Mary.  (The month of May is dedicated to Mary.)

From the school room ~

* Miss Sally's ACT score came back.  She'll definitely land some nice scholarships!!

* Last week, the younger kids went on a field trip to the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison (suburb of Dallas).  

Plane enthusiasts, check out this link to see a list of all the amazing planes we saw!

I am praying for ~

* this bad weather to pass without any catastrophes

* an end to abortion

* our priests

* our country

Around the house ~

A couple of weekends ago, Miss Ester and Mabel took part in another goat tying clinic.

This goat tying clinic 2.0 focused on riding in on your horse, jumping off, capturing the goat, and tying its legs.

(They made a movie out of it to present at the homeschool talent show next month.)

From the kitchen ~

I just posted the recipe to this amazing Key Lime Pie. (Recipe here)

I am listening to ~

David's ham radio and all the storm chasers reporting in.  I hear thunder in the distance and the rain right now is intermittent.

Coming down the pike this week ~

Wednesday - Ballet for Miss Clementine
                   - I teach Confirmation class

Friday - David and Ester take Penny to the vet for horse vaccinations
           - The dads of Troops of St. George will be smoking the pulled pork for the family field day

Saturday - Troops of St. George family field day

Last batch of photos to share ~

Someone got a new set of wheels!

Wishing you all a great rest of your week!

~  Patty  ~

Books About Mary

With May being dedicated to the month of Mary in the Catholic Church, we have a small collection of Mary books that I pull out.

~  Patty ~

Monday, April 25, 2016

Key Lime Pie - II

There's an amazing pie restaurant in our town.  They have scrumptious, homemade pies, except for their Key Lime Pie.  I'm a lover of Key Lime Pie but found theirs so tart that I could barely finish it.

I think my Key Lime pie recipe is much better and decided to make it for Sunday dessert.  Then I started thinking, I wonder how many Key Lime pie recipes are out there??

Sure enough, I ended up finding this new one from Food Network.

I'm calling this Key Lime Pie II since I already have a Key Lime pie recipe on my blog.

Have you ever heard of sour cream and powered sugar together?  I had not and never would have conceived of such a thought.

That cream topping is actually sour cream with powdered sugar, and it was delicious!  It offset the tart taste of the key lime juice perfectly.


1 no bake graham crust
1 cup key lime or regular lime juice
2 (14 oz) cans sweetened condensed milk
2 whole large eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tbsp lime zest


1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

2.  In a separate bowl, combine the condensed milk, lime juice, and eggs.  Whisk until well blended and place the filling in the pie shell.

3.  Bake in the oven for 15 minutes and allow to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

4.  Once chilled, combine the sour cream and powdered sugar and spread over the top of the pie using a spatula.  Sprinkle the lime zest as a garnish on top of the sour cream and serve chilled.


~  Patty  ~

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring Flowers - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~

Sunshine reigns!

My Red Yucca plants (top 2 photos)  have been blooming since March.  The Prickly Pear was ready to burst with colored flowers when I took this photo.

I am thankful for ~

* a pilgrimage to the Holy Doors this past week!

From the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 8, 2015, until its end on November 20, 2016, an opportunity is given for the faithful to receive a Plenary Indulgence, decreed by Pope Francis and with the pastoral intention of each Diocesan Bishop around the world.

Each diocese around the world will have a designated Holy Door for the faithful to pilgrimage to.

Holy Door/Doors of Mercy?  A ritual used since the 15th century as an expression of conversion.  Pilgrims and penitents pass through it as a gesture of leaving the past behind and crossing the threshold from sin to grace, from slavery to freedom, and from darkness to light.

These rituals are often associated with prayer, pilgrimage, sacrifice, confession, and indulgences.

The Diocese of Dallas has designated the pair of doors at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe.  This past week, two bus loads of parishioners made a pilgrimage to the Cathedral to pass through the Holy Doors, take part in the Sacrament of Confession and spend an hour with Our Lord in Adoration.

Plenary Indulgence Guidelines?  In the Diocese of Dallas, Catholics should follow the guidelines below to obtain remission from all temporal punishment due to sin::

1.  Visit the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, entering through the Doors of Mercy, plus receiving the designated sacraments (within 21 days) and praying the prescribed prayers -

**1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be - for the intention of the pope.

2.  Practice the Corporal and/or Spiritual Works of Mercy, plus receive the designated sacraments and praying the prescribed prayers (listed above).

What we are reading ~

Sam just finished this sequel to The Green Ember and loved it.  Looking forward to the next one!

I just received this in the mail, anticipating a virtual book club I will be taking part in this summer.

(Thank you, Sarah, for the suggestion!)

From the school room ~

We just completed mid term week for the 4th quarter!  Totally looking forward to finishing up school in four weeks!!

I am praying for ~

* the intentions of our pope

* our country

* an end to abortion

* for so many who have asked for prayers

* for my spouse and children

Around the house ~

My Prickly Pear bloomed this morning!

Our neighbor gave us a type of spineless cactus plant (top right photo).  I'm not sure what it is called but it makes a nice addition on the patio.

From the kitchen ~

I recently posted about  this yummy pot roast recipe that you make in the crock pot.

I am listening to ~

the hum of the vacuum cleaner as Miss Mabel vacuums the tile floor.

Coming down the pike next week ~

Sunday - Stan serves 8am Mass

Tuesday - doctor appointment for one of the kids

Wednesday - ballet for Clementine and Confirmation class for me  (I only have 3 left!)

Saturday - Family field day for the Troops of St. George

A last photo to share ~

My Marian Garden this year.

Since all of my rose bushes succumbed to that dreaded Rose Rosette Disease and had to be pulled out, I put in a Red Yucca, a Daylilly, and some Zinnias.

Does anyone else have a Marian Garden?

What's a Marian Garden?  You can read about it here.

Hope you all had a great Saturday and that your Sunday is blessed!

~  Patty ~

Friday, April 22, 2016

Crock Pot Pot Roast

Delicious!  And the gravy that comes with it is so good!

This has to be the easiest recipe I have out there, and there were no left overs :)


2 (10.75 oz) cans mushroom soup
1 (1 oz) package dry onion soup mix
1 1/4 cups water
5 1/2 pounds pot roast


1.  In a medium bowl, mix the mushroom soup, dry onion soup mix, and water together.  Place the pot roast in the slow cooker and coat it with the soup mixture.

2.  Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 8-9 hours.


~  Patty  ~

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Square Foot Garden (2016 update #2)

I don't think it looks as pretty without our beautiful, yellow marigolds.

I wish they wouldn't have attracted those pesky snails.

But the garden sure is growing!  Our tomato plants are looking fantastic and have flowers on them.

The green pepper plants are slow growing.

The bean plants are taking off nicely.

I replanted a couple of more cucumber seeds to replace the sprouting ones the snails ate.

The (what appears to be) empty spaces above are actually growing carrots.

They are so tiny!

My goal this weekend is to research which flowers would be most effective in the garden to replace the marigolds.

Hope you are all experiencing good weather where you live!

~  Patty ~

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Ordinary Life - Daybook Post

Outside my window ~ 

Mostly big, gray clouds with intermittent sun.   Monday we enjoyed a beautiful morning storm that showered our garden with glorious rainwater.

But on Tuesday night, yowzer!  Did the skies over North Texas freak out!

Have you ever seen hail storm damage like this??

Not our house, but acquaintances of ours.  Every house on that street that was facing the north was pummeled.

I am thankful for ~

* the fact that our house wasn't destroyed by the hail

* a wonderful visit with my mom

* 2 employed teenagers!!!  Music to a parent's ears :)  (Miss Ester was recently hired on with the city's aquatics department as a swim instructor aide.)

What we are reading ~

I really haven't had the time between Easter and my mother's visit.  I need to work on it though.

However, Stan the man just finished reading this for fun ::

He loved it and I just ordered the sequel, The Black Star.

From the school room ~

* We are just finishing up with week 31.  That means only 5 weeks left!!  So excited :)

* Miss Sally took a college campus tour of St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, OK.  It is small, Catholic, and only 3 hours from Dallas.

* Miss Sally took the ACT last Saturday.  (She took the new SAT in March; results for that won't be back until May.)

I am praying for ~

* a nice recovery for Miss Sally who had her wisdom teeth removed today.  All four were impacted, poor thing.

Fuzziness is due to the high risk of a mother being skinned alive for taking a photo of said teenage daughter's recovery.   ;)

She was enjoying her first meal of the day, Macaroni and Cheese.

Around the house ~

New summer sandals were in order.

The cost of 6 pairs of shorts and 1 belt for 2 teenage girls.  We hit up Plato's Closet, a retail shop for teens.

Actually, I've seen adults shopping there and it is like, holy moly.

As my friend Jen said, "Just because it's in your size doesn't mean you should wear it!"

Miss Ester celebrated another Baptism birthday this week.

That box in the photo?  It is a Sacrament keepsake box.  They are the BEST!  Each child has one and they keep their cards and mementos from every Sacrament they've received safely inside.

After lighting her own Baptism candle, we sing Happy Birthday, and then the kids always receive a small, faith-based gift.

Miss Ester received her own holy water font to hang next to her desk or somewhere in her bedroom.  Someday, she can hang it in her own house.

Isn't it beautiful?

I think all of our kids have one now, except Miss Sally.

From the kitchen ~

I did not do any Easter baking since I was up in KC visiting my sister and her family.  So I baked (and froze) a lamb cake for this Sunday, Good Shepherd Sunday.

I'll decorate it Saturday night and hopefully, it'll look like this one I've made before.

(That's about as crafty with cake decorating that I can get.)

I am listening to ~

the sound of Star Trek.  Miss Sally is watching it on the laptop while she recovers.

Coming down the pike this week (end) ~

* Friday - Grocery shopping

* Saturday - Goat tying clinic 2.0 for Ester and Mabel

A last photo to share ~

Garden snails.  These little buggers are so destructive.

Come to find out, they LOVE marigolds (which are  were in my garden "to keep pests away").  I've lost 2 cucumber plants and all the leaves to the marigolds.  Of course I pulled the flowers out and spread table salt all around the edge of my garden wall.  No snails since.

Have a great weekend and a blessed Sunday!

~  Patty  ~

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Grammy Bought a Slip & Slide

They have SO much fun on these, but I'm always waiting for a broken bone!

Can you guess which one was a wee bit nervous?

Fun times!

~  Patty ~


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