We were home late on Sunday from Massachusetts and I was back on the road by Tuesday heading to Texas. It’s shower time y’all!
I arrived Wednesday at the little house and unpacked before heading up to my sister’s. My car was loaded with wedding decorations including the bouquet. Talk about a nervous drive trying to make sure nothing got screwed up. But I was glad I was able to bring it out and now we can focus on the shower.
We hit the ground running when I arrived. Reviewing through the menu and getting our lists together of what we still needed to buy. Decorations have been accumulated and it was time to start getting them up. Marie’s house is looking amazing and all the work being done for the wedding is really paying off. I can’t wait to show you all the work when it is done.
Thursday is a day of decorating, getting our nails done (mine look horrid after all the crafting), grocery shopping and of course the liquor store. I have things to do! Ashley comes in to try on her dress so that I can get an idea of what needs to be adjusted. Oh my, her dress is beautiful and all lace! And it needs to be taken in quite a bit. Holy cow!!!
Friday I am deep into my cooking mode so all worries about alternations will have to wait. I make my Sangria using a Llano red wine and a berry brandy. Llano is one of my favorite Texas wine companies. They also have an amazing port I highly recommend. So here was the menu for the shower. I had to make up the chocolate bread pudding for the dessert tamales and prep the rest of the menu. Luckily the beans, rice and tortillas came from Rosa’s and would be picked up before the shower along with a few other things. We had a few last-minute decorations to make and were so glad Beth and Carla came over to help. Chairs are delivered from Borrowed Treasures. I love the assortment they brought and can’t wait to see what they do for the wedding. Our brother Chip and his wife Noemi arrive with our niece Anita. Woo hoo!
Saturday as Marie is rushing around running last minute errands (our brother too) I have Anita working those arm muscles helping me with the two sauces for the tamales. The cookies as gifts were so adorable from Back Home Bakery. Long story short, it was great! Everything went well for the shower. We had over 50 people show up and Ashley was happy. We took care of the food and venue so that Havalah and the rest of the bridal party could concentrate on the bride. Noemi and Beth worked hard helping me with the food and clean up. My brother cooked the meats and jalapenos and Clarinda was the photographer. Michelle made the red sauce, yummy! I am so grateful and thankful for everyone’s help!
Sunday was a day spent finishing the headdress for the flower girls, taking in the wedding dress and chatting with my sister. Ashley will be a beautiful bride and I know that when I go back before the wedding, more alterations may be needed. The wedding is just a month away…
There is a great deal going on right now. We are down to the wire on the wedding shower for Ashley. That means I have a lot to get done before I head back to Texas. I had her brooch bouquet just about finished and torn the whole thing apart yesterday! It just wasn’t what I thought it should be. I scrapped the whole thing, ordered what I wanted for it and now I am waiting for my deliveries. Crazy I know, but it just didn’t speak ‘Ashley’ to me like it needed to do. I think my sister and niece were a little surprised at the news, but they know if I don’t like, ain’t nobody gonna see it.
I will be finishing up the rest of my to do list for the wedding next week. Bouquet, hair pieces, corsages, jars, flags, dream catchers…the list goes on and on. But I will be done and everything ready to head to Texas with me in a few weeks. I will be taking a few days after the shower to visit my daughter Lacey in Houston. She just returned from vacation with Abby and Maya, so I can’t wait to catch up on what is going on with her. I am hoping to see Amber and Chris while I am there. It will be great to see them. Their wedding is just after the new year! You will see what I am doing for Amber later this year.
We now have our official Facebook Page up and running as of yesterday. Look and ‘like’ our page so that you can see the latest of our adventures in your newsfeed. We are also on Instagram and will be posting little pictures and videos of our adventures between our blog posts. Our Pinterest boards are growing, and we are sharing the great people we have been following with you. We are also on Twitter.
It is all so exciting for us. Marie introduced me recently to an app called Marco Polo. On this app you send little videos for free back and forth instead of having to type out a text message. You can find it in the app store so check it out. We have had so much fun with it and when we shop it is easier to communicate when you need someone’s opinion. No longer must we take pictures and try to get them to send. We just make a little video and share.
In September we will be adding a series of blogs/posts called ‘Tips, Hacks and Cowboy Hats’. It will be where we share helpful hints and open it up for you to share your helpful ideas with us or questions. I always find it interesting when Marie and I cook or work together at the different ways we do things. And I am always learning about new tools, programs or apps from Ashley and Marie. They seem to know what is the latest and greatest that will make my life easier.
So, have a great weekend, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. I can’t wait to hear from y’all and please share with us your ideas or questions. What are you working on? Is there something fabulous you would like to share? Hope to hear from you soon!
Potato salad is one of my favorite foods to make when you have a cookout or large gathering. It brings back such great memories of watching my grandmother make it. She would make it for church functions and to go with fried chicken. I have not tasted potato salad like hers anywhere else. It is very refreshing and different.
It has been a while since I have made it. I had to pare it down for just the two of us this time. I think it is pretty good even if I say so myself. There are no true measurements, so you will kind of have to take a light hand and add more if needed. But give it a try and let me know what you think.
Grandma Treva’s Potato Salad
5 lbs of potatoes cleaned, peeled and chopped into bite size pieces
½ a large onion finely chopped
1 large bell pepper finely chopped
1 apple peeled and finely chopped
2 celery stalks cleaned and finely chopped
2 eggs boiled and finely chopped
1 tbsp prepared mustard
½ cup to 1 cup of mayonnaise
1/3 cup to ½ cup of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp of salt or more to taste
Put potatoes and salt in large pot with water covering potatoes by 2 inches. Boil until just done so a fork can easily pierce through the potatoes. This should take about 20 minutes. Drain potatoes into strainer and sprinkle vinegar on potatoes making sure to cover all and let drain. Put potatoes in a large bowl with onion, bell pepper, apple, celery and eggs. Add mayonnaise, mustard and gently combine. Add more salt if needed but taste it first. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle gently with paprika.
Getting ready to make potato salad
Good for you!
Apple a day will keep you smiling.
Left the skins on this time but think without is better.
Try to keep your fingers out of this…oh my!
** I switched out the usual vinegar with an apple balsamic vinegar. It gives it a deeper flavor. The sweetness of the apples and the tart of the vinegar makes this such a light salad. No sugar, pickles or relish is added!! You don’t need it. I have used granny smith apples and even ambrosia apples so use the one that you like the most. And being from the south, I have also been know to use Miracle Whip/Mayonnaise combo if I don’t have enough mayo.
Remember in our post ‘And We’re Off…’ when I talked about projects I was working on? Here is an update on Ashley’s wedding decorations I am making.
Taking them apart is a lot easier than putting them together. Catching dreams here.
Oh the mess people! Work in progress here.
Sammy helping with the dream catchers
I started off taking apart dreamcatchers my sister had purchased. The feathers and all did not work with the vision of the wedding. I had feathers floating all over my house after that. Sammy even got into the fun for a while.
My neighbors by now are used to coming home and finding things hanging in my trees. One day I will break down and make myself a paint tent but until then, my trees will have to do. Some of these are macramé hoop and some are hula hoops from the dollar store. I removed the beads inside and stripped them of the covering if I was able too. Then hung them to be spray painted. When you are working with light colors you want to make sure that none of the dark shows. I even covered some in white tape to help with string get a better grip on the hoops because sanding wasn’t doing it for me.
And the winner is…
This is how we wrap
Some of these are too big for the lap.
Plastic needles for the sewing
It’s a start
I use Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton string/yarn to cover the hoops. It works great and won’t damage the doilies when you attach them. Some of the macramé yarns are rough on them. After wrapping the hoops, I attached the doilies using the same yarn. We bought some of these at Antique Week in Warrenton and I had quite a few already.
I got two…only 15 more like this. But then there will be more!
Got it going on now…
Hoop de doo
Give it a swirl
So close…but not done.
Then it is to the stringers. I have everything from vintage lace and ribbon to yarns and muslin that I am using. I try to get an assembly line going so that I can focus on each stage instead of having chaos in my office. My husband made me a bar to hang things from to work and it made it easier when I got to the stringers. But now I have taken over my dining room. I see new tables in my future for my office and a little rearranging in there too.
Got it going on now…
Rack and Stack
Tatting never looked so dreamy
I am not finished with these beauties yet. There are feathers and so much more to be done but so far, I am pleased with my progress. Tomorrow I will sit and work on the pompoms and tassels for a while. This is love ladies and gentlemen. My niece would tell you I am not known for showing emotions, but there is a lot of love for her in each twist and turn I make. It warms this Mimi’s heart that she will know she is surround with nothing but love.
When I am done, and they are hung at the wedding I will update you on these beauties. Until then, look at Pinterest at some of the great ideas people have come up with on dreamcatchers. See y’all later, I’ve got to get back to work!
Our trip to Texas the end of May was amazing. I love the ranch! My nephew Belvy graduated. My sister’s construction is almost complete. We threw the graduates a great party. And we got to spend time with friends and family.
My darling husband unfortunately said he caught a cold. We all say it is allergies, but he is adamant that it was a cold. It was his first time to be at the ranch in the spring. So, he had a few days where he wasn’t himself. Otherwise, he was working fences and having fun. He loves working on the ranch and sweating it up.
Marie and I dragged our husbands for a little couple’s time to Grandbury. It was early in the week so unfortunately the brewery wasn’t open, and neither were the museums. But we had a great day of shopping around the square and lunch at Fuzzy’s. One of our favorite shops is The Wagon Yard. It has incredible furniture and décor. Jeff tried on a Viking hat. It didn’t fit his Cro-Magnon head…hee hee hee. We stopped at the Panhandle Gourmet Kitchen Shop. Oh, the smell of fresh coffee just takes you over. I love all the kitchen gadgets and cookie cutters. I really should have bought the coffee! The Paisley Buffalo has really cute clothes. Marie had me try on a little romper. Wish it had fit me. Mimi & B’s is an eclectic array of wonderful. Marie got quite a few things and so did I. Had to get a little sass for my kitchen. But one of my favorites is Brazos Moon Antiques. If the hubby had not been with me, I would have gone crazy in there. It was a wonderful day with our hubby’s.
Sweet morning fog
View in the morning from Mimi’s house to Marie’s house.
Waking up on the ranch to me is so peaceful. The little white house is now known as Mimi’s house. Yes, I named it after myself and yes, that is where my husband and I stay when we visit. It gives us a little privacy and gives Marie’s family time for themselves. Not that we are at the house long other than to sleep. Jimmy is either working with the boys of hunting. I make my way up to my sister’s house as soon as I am dressed so we can start our day. But Marie decorated it so nice for us at Christmas. Next year they should be doing some updating on it, so we can’t wait to see what Marie does with it. We have been pinning for a while ideas to decorate it.
Floating with Mama
Life of a spoiled dog.
Refreshing isn’t it Mama?
Florida Cracker is one handsome man!
Texas Ranch and Florida Cracker
We are now buddies.
After all the work and adventures of the week, Sunday before we left was spent relaxing by the pool. Sammy finally got in the pool with me. We floated around with him on my shoulder. A few crazy trips down the pool slide and some rest on the chaise made it a great ending to a wonderful week. I miss the morning sun and sitting on the porch swing. The view of the cows in the pasture and sweet Charlotte in her pen. There is nothing like Texas and there is nothing like going home.
I was sitting here quietly working on my many projects I have going and about to fix dinner when I got a text from my sister. (This happened a few weeks ago.) Marie asked if I was available to Facetime. Sure! I pulled out my iPad (I don’t have an iPhone, I am a Samsung girl) and called her up. What to my surprise, she and my niece Ashley were with the wedding planner talking about invitations.
Yikes! All I could think about is here I am with no make-up on, my hair a mess and I am in a tank top with sweats. Oh, please don’t let them be able to see me. I just can’t be seen like this outside my home. I must wear make-up to the grocery store people! I don’t do this! Yes, I freaked out! Don’t laugh, it’s not funny…okay, maybe it is but no! We need to work on our communication skills…
Walter is even scared of my wet hair!
Hubby and Walter agree!
So, I am pacing in my kitchen as she flips the camera angle around, so I can see what is going on. Whoa! Forget about me, look at all the pretty paper. There are these beautiful invitations before them. I listen and watch as they discuss what is what to get me caught up.
I had my own ideas of what Ashley and Joshua’s invitations should be like. I had made a mockup of what I had in mind for her a couple weeks ago because I am horrible at communicating my ideas. I am one of those people with hand gestures and different words to describe things when I talk. Yeah, it drives my husband crazy, but he still loves me. Anyway, Ashley had liked my idea and was excited to see what can be done like it.
I loved the laser cut on the paper. It is expensive but exquisite and would have been great. Not in the budge though. There is such a huge variety of papers and weights as well as foiling and embossing available these days. So, as we went through everything and KC her planner helped pull it all together, Ashley was able to give them an idea of what she wanted. The art design will be a first of it’s kind for the stationary company they said. Everyone is excited to see the mockup when it is done.
No, I am not going to give the details away. My sister will share all that when it is all done. But to hear the excitement in Ashley’s voice as she was seeing it all come together was priceless. The little touches that show the many facets of who she is are going to be amazing. Oh, I am so excited for her! Just you wait and see!
Saturday was graduation day for my son Belvy. We had a party for Belvy and a few of his friends that were graduating, to celebrate the big day. We adopted Belvy, who is from Haiti, when he was 13 years old but he wasn’t able to come to the U.S. until he was 16 1/2. …lots of bureaucracy… But we were so excited when he finally was able to come home to us.
Belvy didn’t speak much English when he first got here. I homeschooled him for a couple of years working on his English and filling in gaps in his education. He then enrolled in Peaster High School where my older 2 children graduated. Four years later, he is a high school graduate. We are so proud of Belvy! All the hard work he has put in to his education. He is our super hero.
The party was so much fun. We went with a Super Hero theme. I think Belvy loved it. He is so into action movies… Marvel and DC…
Kids swam for hours, ate hamburgers, hot dogs and nachos, and played video games in the Game Truck.
Even the little ones had fun. Biv and her frien
Getting ready for just dance
Belvy enjoying playing video games.
Then as the sun went down, we watched a movie outdoors on a giant screen. …The Adventures of course! My favorite part. Sitting and relaxing with popcorn and a good movie.