Our baby is 4!

Can it be possible? Our precious granddaughter is 4 years old today! She is the sweetest and happiest little thing! She had a big ice cream sundae party Sunday at her house. She was cracking us up the whole afternoon with her excitement. When I would take a picture she would stop, turn and say “cheese” flash a smile and move on to more important things! She went from birthday girl to princess in a flash…..check out some of the pictures!

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During the excitement, sweet little Jax enjoyed eating all the leftover ice cream and playing with the truck that his Paw bought him.

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Happy Autumn!

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Today was the first day of fall and it was so beautiful outside! It was so sunny, cool and crisp out. I love, love fall in West Texas. It makes me dream of a crackling fire, a cup of hot spiced tea or cocoa, and comfort foods. Speaking of comfort food…my hubby made a huge pot of his famous stew tonight and the other night I did a bad, bad thing…I made this wonderful recipe that my sweet friend Brittany posted on her blog. OMG!! It is wonderful!! Apple Dumplings…need I say more. It was so easy and sooo good and calorie free!! Yeah right! Thank you Brittany!

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Easy Apple Dumplings

2 medium Granny Smith apples
1 (8-count) package refrigerated crescent roll dough
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup orange juice
1 teaspooon vanilla extract
1/2 cup very finely chopped pecans

1. Preheat ovent to 350F. Grease an 8-inch-square baking dish.

2. Peel and core apples. Cut each apple into fourths. Unroll and separate crescent roll dough. Wrap each apple section in a crescent roll. Place in pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

3. Combine butter, sugar, and orange juice in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour over dumplings. Sprinkle pecans over top.

4. Bake 30 minutes, or until crust is golden and beginning to boil and apples are just tender when pierced with a fork.

5. To serve, spoon some of the syrup from the baking dish over dumplings. Serve with ice cream, if desired. Serves 8.

(I drizzled caramel sauce warmed in the microwave over the top once in the bowl……just for added calories!! hehe)

Lead paint poisoning or just “old”?

old-hag-small1Well, after researching lead paint and discovering it was banned in 1978…I have come to the sad conclusion that I am just old and tired!!! I also have decided if Greg and I ever move it will be to a brand, spanking new house. I am so excited for my “young” kids but I don’t think I could do this again (unless I hire someone!!!) Seriously, I haven’t minded any of the work but today I decided that something must be seriously wrong with me. My adorable hubby explained it to me.  I am not as young as I think I am!! So I am old and that makes me so sad!!!

The house is about there, if we EVER get the kitchen done. I am not a vindictive person BUT I could kick that girl’s little or BIG a** for doing the stupid things she did! She painted all the cabinets….yes without sanding and covered oil based paint with “cheap” latex so they are peeling off in strips!!! She is (was) a strange person. She has never forwarded her mail so it is still coming to Summer’s house…hmmm…a $12,000 roof replacement check! I think she is a nut case and I have grown to dislike her more and more!!! Ok I am finished venting.  Now if you want to see a sneak peek please visit my precious daughter’s blog at picklesandapples.com. She is so loving her house and it is a great house!!! We just want to decorate and decorate and decorate NOT paint and clean!!

Oh… and please pray for my old bones!!!

Coming soon…..

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Sorry no posts in so long. Several friends have wondered why? Well, my daughter finally got her house and we have been busy packing, moving, unpacking, CLEANING, and now painting! When I say cleaning I mean scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing……the owner left the house filthy!!! OH MY!! This morning my daughter is taking the babies to a play group so while they are away, I am deep cleaning all the wood floors. That is an impossible task with a toddler around.

The gal that owned the house took everything but the kitchen sink (and we wished she would have taken it! ha) seriously she tried to take all the light fixtures the day before closing but the kids threatened to cancel the contract, so she left them. However…the fixture in the dining had those cute little shades and she took them, took all window coverings (they were supposed to stay) and even took batteries out of ceiling fan remotes!!!! We are not sure but we think she pulled up a few trees!! hehehe  Oh well, the drama of that is over!! It is a wonderful older home and has so many possibilities! Our goal is to make it THEIR home.  That is if we don’t end up in the hospital from all the hard work!!!!!!!

Stay tuned for (hopefully) before and after pictures. See ya soon!