Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Of pomander balls and vases

At JoAnn I spied some cute little vases of silk flowers with that resin stuff in the bottom - you know the ones?  So simple, and yet at $10 apiece, so pricey!  But I really wanted them as they were perfect for those floating shelves in the master bedroom.  I couldn't bring myself to buy them, because I knew I could make Rustown Mom's version.  I found the small vases at HEB in the floral department for $2, and Joann had the silk flowers 50% off, at 1.50 each.  I think they came out cute!
My version is interchangeable, too in case I want to switch out silk greenery for the season.
The metal pomander balls are  from my sister - but I have seen these in Goodwill.  
The top one one got a coat of Rustoleum in  "Aluminum". 
I just tied on scraps of grosgrain ribbon.
I love these floating shelves and the combo of colors with the silver and black.  
Sometimes it's the littlest details, right?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A gift for Kristin

One of my co-workers is leaving to become a full-time mommy and part-time student.  We put together a tongue-in-cheek laundry basket of things we thought she would need for her new life:  bon bons, trashy magazines, sleep mask, slippers, hair bonnet...
we know it will be no picnic for her (we are all moms, too!), but it was fun to put together.
I made her an apron to go with a wonderfully ugly coffee mug I found at a a thrift store.  Perfect! I got the fabric at Joann's, made a simple apron with ties, and embellished with a few trims I already had - they matched perfectly.  Don't poms poms just make you smile?
I really meant it to be a fun thing, but she loved it and said she would actually wear it - which is amazing as she doesn't cook; her hubby runs a couple restaurants so he takes care of that.  That's not to say she will have a life of leisure - she's just swapping her part-time job for school, and I know she'll have her work cut out for her with a 6 month old.  We commiserate and support each other - learning all about each other's kids and lives and serving as sympathetic listeners...
The mug gave me a chuckle - I hope it makes her smile, too, remembering us every time she pours herself a cup of coffee.  And I will miss her even as I wish her the best of luck!

Friday, May 27, 2011

I worry...

.....because that's what I do.  I wouldn't be your mom if I wasn't worried for you.
I know you'll grow up, and you'll do just fine, and someday you'll be a pal of mine.
But today, I'm your MOM, I can't be your friend;
I'm a parent who wants uncertainty about your future to end,
who likes things tidy and planned, oh-so-neat....
and right now they aren't.  
And I can't rhyme something to that, because I feel worried out of my mind.

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." ~ Elizabeth Stone 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Penne Pasta Skillet

Here is another "working woman's friend" recipe that  also freezes well if you happen to be mindful enough to plan ahead, or if you have leftovers...I usually fall into the latter group...

Penne Pasta Skillet

1 pound ground beef or turkey
1 jar of your favorite sketti sauce
2 c. water
3 c. uncooked penne pasta (we happen to like penne rigata!)
1 c. shredded mozzarella

 Can you tell where I shopped this week? (:
In a large covered skillet, brown the meat then drain it*.
 then add the water and the spaghetti sauce.
 Stir in the pasta, and bring it to a boil. 
Lower the heat and cover it, letting it simmer gently for about 20 minutes.  Take it off the heat, sprinkle the cheese on top, and re-cover it while you fix a salad or some garlic cheese bread. (For that I spread on a mixture of butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese on half a loaf of French bread and broil til browned and crusty)
A pretty simple recipe, and one you could change up depending on the sauce you use, and even the pasta...so simple a kid could make it; tonight was Bubbie's turn to cook.  I LOVE getting the boys into the kitchen.  It makes them more likely to eat it up!

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*I  rinse the meat after I brown it - it's just my quirky way of getting as much fat off it as I can (:

Monday, May 23, 2011

Trip to Brenham

Last Friday I wanted to get the heck out of Austin for some time with my mama...so I did!
We ate a delicious fried seafood lunch
 at a restaurant with a nice view
 Brenham is 'country' and very pretty...
 we admired my mother's new bottle tree sculpture
 and the garden - lots and lots of tomatoes coming on...
 as well as onions!
 we coaxed the chickies into giving us eggs...which they did
and enjoyed some homemade raisin pecan pie which was soooo good..
It was a nice visit!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Hubby's tie tutorial

Recently Scout had to dress up for a band banquet...and Dad was called upon for a little...demonstration
 And by that, I mean he had to basically start from scratch...
learning the fine art of measuring down to his belt buckle
wrap it around, and up and through...
well, you're getting there
 Dad goes through the motions again.  
Reminds Scout it's like tying ropes in scouts...
Maybe if they were in front of a mirror?
 I gotta hand it to Hubby being very patient...
but we're about to be late!
 That was tricky, eh Scout?
 His girlfriend helped with the buttons on the cuffs.
 How do I look?
 Awww...gosh, so sweet!


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