Thursday, September 18, 2014

Halloween Decorating Ideas

Those who know me are aware I'm a complete and total nut for Halloween! You could say Halloween is my Christmas as we go all out! (well we do for Christmas too..hmm...)

We decorate not only the outside and transform it into a full sized cemetery but the inside main and lower levels into one spooky home. It takes me about 2 weeks(weekends and here and there through the week) to get the inside completely done with a good full day to do the outside.

 Here's a peek to get you inspired to start your Halloween decor...

I like to make little well...big vignettes. I build on a piece of furniture with items of various heights and widths. Last year I added the large owl statue (love it..looks like Hedwig from Harry Potter!) Once I knew that was the centerpiece I worked around it with black candles, spiders, snakes, glass jars filled with creepy skulls and bugs and then tucked some cemetery pictures around it. One thing I do know..I use a ton of spider webs..along with spanish moss for that creepy factor!

We cobweb just about every surface we can and stretch it often across the room, across name it..we cobweb it! I love October for the reason I don't dust!!lol

I'm also a huge fan on vinyl can create incredible dramatic looks with them. From spiders, to bats, mice and last year we added the tree limbs and tucked a few crows on those.  

Here's a peek at the outside..last year it rained and I didn't snap a picture beforehand. We changed the entrance to the front versus on the side since we had a new blow up archway. We've replaced that with a new one for this year that I like just a bit better...can't wait!

Tune back in the next few weeks as I'll take you on a closer tour through the house and all the items I use to decorate!! It's Halloween Season!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti

Mexican Chicken Spaghetti


1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 lb velveeta cheese, regular or mexican
1 can(s) rotel tomatoes, regular or hot
1 lb spaghetti pasta
1 stick butter
1 can(s) cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 can(s) cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 medium onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, red or green, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

1 Boil chicken breasts in a large pot adding 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper to water.
2 Remove chicken when completely done, about 10 to 12 minutes.
3 Boil spaghetti pasta in remaining broth according to package directions. Drain pasta after done and discard water. Set aside the pasta...Do not rinse.
4 Melt the butter in that same (empty) pot and saute the onion and bell pepper.
5 Add tomatoes, soup, cooked chicken (cut into bite-size pieces) and spaghetti to the sauteed onion mixture, one at a time, and gently mix together.
6 Add cheese and stir together, mixing well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
7 Heat until cheese is melted thoroughly, stirring occasionally to keep from scorching.
8 SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Garnish with freshly grated Paremesan cheese and serve with a salad and hot garlic bread.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fruit Salad...yes...That's Right!

I ran across this fruit salad recipe online and didn't want to lose it.

So naturally I thought I should post here and then "Pin it" to Pinterest so I don't lose it!

The Best Fruit Salad

1 (29 ounce) can peach slices 
1 (20 ounce) can pineapple chunks
1 (3 1/8 ounce) box dry vanilla instant pudding mix 
1 lb of strawberries, (quartered)
1 banana, (sliced)
1/2 pint blueberries
1 bunch grapes (I use the red ones)
1 -2 tablespoon sugar (optional)

In a large bowl, combine peaches, pineapples, and vanilla pudding mix. This includes the juices from the cans. Mix well until pudding is dissolved. Stir in strawberries, banana, blueberries, grapes, and sugar if desired. Chill.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter To You!

This year we're changing our plans up a bit. We decided to take a break from hosting Easter given how crazy this year has been for us with Scott's heart attack. I will say I know I will miss's my second favorite holiday after Halloween. I mean how can you be nicknamed Bunny and not love Easter!

Each year Haley and I usually make some kind of fun treat from handmade candies, to cupcakes to cookies..this  year...we're going to pass and enjoy some amazing Jilly's cupcakes instead.  The hardest part will be deciding which ones we want as they're amazing!

We're still be getting together with our family though..this time meeting for breakfast. I'm sure it will feel a bit funny at first not to have everyone coming here..however when we return home and still get to enjoy the day and work in the garden..I know we'll be thankful for the break!
Easter 2013

Happy Easter to you and yours!  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bridget Jones and My Mr. Darcy

Funny that a Bridget Jones book would spur my desire to get back to blogging. Not that I ever took a blog break mind you. I blog for a living for my job and thus my own blog took. I felt like I was online enough. Blogging enough..

Then I realized that I missed being here...sharing, posting, writing without it being about work related I'm back.

Kind of like Bridget who I adore!

I just finished the newest book.. Bridget Jones Mad about the Boy.

BOOK SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!

I had heard rumors about Helen Fielding (the talented author) having Mark Darcy die in the book. And I'll admit..I wasn't too thrilled to hear this. After all..I live and breathe for Jane Austen, Pride & Prejudice and yes of course.. Mr. Darcy.

I read all the books written by authors carrying on in place of Jane..and their idea of what happens after we close the books..and our characters lives move on. I've watched the movies, BBC, (yes I even own two copies of Pride & Prejudice) name it..I'll watch it in the hopes of feeling like I did the very first time I watched Pride & Prejudice. Magical..

I wondered would I even like this new book...knowing something happened to Mark?? How would Bridget live without her man? Needless to say..she does live on..albeit it difficult for some time and years..but what made me want to write today was how beautifully the story ended. And how much it made me cry!! 

Yes Bridget is at the weight she wants and Twitter followers aplenty...but in the end despite losing her beloved Mr. Darcy...she finds herself in love with a new man... Scott.

The book and the ending really hit home for me...after all I almost lost my "Mr. Darcy" to a major heart attack this past January. And yes..the idea of going on without him is and was completely unimaginable to me. When I read about Bridget's new love, who she felt in the end her Mr. Darcy would approve of for she and her children, was named Scott..I forgave Helen Fielding for the pain and suffering she put Bridget through and thanked her for naming her new love's name..

I'm thankful every day I still have my Mr. Darcy... Scott! And I'm thankful my favorite Bridget (who I fancy myself a bit like too) has her Scott as well!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Beautiful Red Boston Terriers for Sale

That's right!

We have had another beautiful litter of Red Boston Terrier puppies and we have three   TWO looking for their families.

We have two ONE boy and a girl who are waiting for the perfect families to find them!

Up first... Harry!

Harry is leaning toward being a very light Red...he has a beautiful hagerty dot on his cute head and has amazing clown markings as well. He's an easy going guy...very sweet...very calm. Very lovable!

Up next...his sister Hermoine!

Hermoine is unique in that she has a FULL white face with two Red ears and is adorable! She's currently the biggest of the litter and is a very sweet and fun girl!! Beautifully marked!

Last but not least...the ever so adorable Ron!

Ron is a snuggler, lover and just all round wonderful puppy! He's marked beautifully as well with a clown face and two brown ears. He's currently the smallest of the litter. RON IS SOLD!

The puppies were born on September 11th, 2013 and will be 8 weeks old on November 6th. They'll all be current on their age appropriate shots. 

We do have both Dad, Mom and one son from a prior litter on premise. They average right around 20 pounds and are a beautiful Red and Chocolate Brindle. Dad is AKC registered as Seal however his color tends toward a Chocolate Brindle.

This is their Mom...Lira who is a beautiful Red Boston Terrier is registered UABR.

If you're interested in a puppy they're $650 each. Please contact us at for more information or to complete an application.

Bostons are the BEST!

Monday, May 20, 2013

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