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Gift Basket a.k.a Mystery Sister

5 May

The other night I had the opportunity to make this gift basket. I’am apart of a SAHM group where once a month we gift one another. This was my first time participating and I must admit, I had a blast shopping and making this Cross Canvas for the lady. 18199013_1160690540720136_5190579871568564710_n


Re-purposed Antique Shelf

18 May

Design by Kathleen Heady

A piece a redesigned for a local Antique Shop.







Tulip Time

14 May

I just love every single one of these photographs! The Tulips are amazing and with the Hippo in the mix it just gives every photo a little fun and character. I love it!

Meanderings Abound

Tulip Time is an annual festival that occurs in Pella, Iowa on the first Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in May.

I had never been, so I thought this would be the year to make the journey. Unfortunately, the weather did not agree with my decision so I waited out the rain and went to visit the tulips the day after the festival ended. Thus, I missed out on the many fun attractions that I am told Tulip Time has to offer, such as parades,  the Tulip Queen and Court, and the quilt show. This did not dampen my spirits, while I do love a good parade and a cuddle with a fine handmade quilt, my true passion is for tulips!

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Pico De Gayo

26 Jan




2 cups tomatoes chopped

1 lime

1/3 cup onion

1 Jalepeno chopped

1 Garlic Cloves minced

Garlic Salt to taste

Black Pepper to taste

1/2 cup Pace Medium Hot Picante Sauce

1/2 tsp. Chili Powder

1 tbsp. Water

1 tbsp. Siracha Hot Chili Sauce

1 tsp. Red Crushed Chili Peppers

3 oz. Cilantro


Directions: Chop 2 cups tomato, 1/3 cup onion, 1 jalapeno, 3 oz. Cilantro and mince 1 garlic clove and add each to mixing bowl. Blend 1 1/2 cup tomatoes in blender add to salsa and mix.

Squeeze 1 lime in salsa then add 1/2 cup pace picante sauce and 1 tbsp Siracha Hot Chili Sauce, 1/2 tsp. Chili powder and 1 tsp. red crushed chili peppers and mix. Then add 1 minced Garlic Cloves and 1 tbsp water. Mix and add Garlic Salt and Black Pepper to taste. Serve with Nachos.



Braised Pork Chops & Sauce

23 Jan




4 Pork Chops

2 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 tsp. Chili Powder

1 tbsp. Soy Sauce

1/2 cup Water

Salt or Herb Seasoning to taste (optional)


Step 1: Make the Pork sauce. First Add 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce in mixing bowl. Then add 1 tbsp. Soy Sauce and 1/2 cup Water and 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder. 

Step 2: Add 1 tbsp. Olive Oil in pan. turn heat to high. Once Olive Oil is warm/hot add all four pork chops to pan and braise on high heat for 1 minute. Then flip the pork chops to other side and let braise for 1 minute. Continue braising two more times on each side. 


Step 3: Add Salt or Herb Seasoning to your taste if you like (optional) I chose Mrs. Dash Original Seasoning and seasoned both sides of each pork chop while braising in pan. Once pork chops start browning on both sides and begin to look cooked add Pork Mix. 



Step 4: Pork the pork mix on top of pork chops. Then turn heat down to medium low and flip each pork chop in pan so that all the Pork Chops get the juice on both sides top and bottom.  Let cook in sauce uncovered for 3 minutes on medium/low heat.


Step 5: Turn heat back on high. Once sauce is boiling. Cover pan with lid. Bring heat to low and let pork chops simmer for 5 minutes or until pork chops are fully cooked then serve.





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