Monday, June 26, 2017

This Weekend:

* Friday morning we lounged around in our jammies until we had to go pick up my car from the shop.  Only Carson wanted to go with me which meant...

...he was less than thrilled that there was a Goodwill close by that I made him go with me to.

SOME DAY my kids will enjoy thrift shopping with me.
I just KNOW it!😜

* Date night Friday night.
My only requirement was that wherever we went...had to have a STRONG Diet Coke. {One of those days!}

We ate HERE and that dessert was as mouth watering as it looks.  I've been dreaming of it ever since!

* Saturday morning I had to practice the dreaded organ for church so the boys tagged along with me and brought some friends to play hoops.

You guys!!!
Playing the organ is legit a beast!!!

It is OH SO DIFFERENT than playing the piano.

Lunch afterwards at my new favorite place...

If you like fried chicken {seriously... who doesn't?} then this place is for YOU! 

The honey butter rolls and side of gravy they serve with it is SO. DANG. GOOD.
{Did I mention it's all REALLY low-fat?!😝}

* Saturday night we had our darling missionaries over with some friends for dinner.

Our friends brought over their slip and slide and Cubby and his brother pretty much took over.

I was reminded of just how nasty the whole 'wet dog' smell is.

Mud and grass were everywhere but - - who cares.
It's been HOTTER than HOT outside and the kids needed a nice cool down.

* Churchey-church on Sunday.

London gave a talk in primary...

And then lost another tooth on Sunday night.
I just love that smile!!

* Leftovers on Sunday night.
I LOVE that my husband was the one to suggest it.
Messy kitchen + laziness = leftovers.
And man, were they good.
It was a WIN all around.

Friday, June 23, 2017

A few Fun Finds Friday + Goodwill Goodies.

This excessive heat {You guys! It got to 122 degrees one day!} has really put a damper on my FUN FINDS.  Just getting IN and OUT of my car is nasty. 

Thankfully, I found these finds last week and they're worth sharing so...

Super cute BIRTHDAY stuff in the $ bins at Target right now.

As well as some fun printed paper placemats.
{I LOVE paper placemats!}

Over at Hobby Lobby...

They have a whole package of different cute chalkboard signs - - like the kind you fill out for pictures and stuff?

* * * * * * * * * * * 
And just because I feel bad that my 'Fun Finds' have been slacking lately....I'll enlighten you with some of my 
'Goodwill Goodies'...

If you follow me on Instagram - - every so often I post these odd Goodwill finds as part of my Instagram stories...

Most are from the book section {think...RANDOM book titles!} so here are a few from this past week.


Because if bangs, a perm, glasses AND braces don't SCREAM - - - TOTAL BABE ALERT! - - I don't know WHAT does!?!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

My 2 FAVORITE Summertime Recipes.

 My mom made this pie for us growing up and it's a MUST for summertime. It's one of my FAVORITES and it's surprisingly EASY! Also: strawberries are on SALE this week at Sprouts so...there's no excuse for you not to try it.

Marci's Mom's Strawberry Pie

4-5 cups strawberries, quartered
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
Dash of salt
2 HEAPING Tbs. Cornstarch
2 Tbs. Strawberry JeLL-O
1 Tbs. butter
1/4 tsp. red food coloring

Bake pie crust {I purchased a Marie Calendar's frozen pie crust and it was ready within 12 minutes!} LET COOL COMPLETELY!

Mix sugar, cornstarch and water.
Stir constantly over medium heat.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly - mix well until thickened. 

Remove from heat andt hen stir in JeLL-O, butter and food coloring. Fold strawberries in and pour in baked pie shell.

Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

Everytime my family has a barbeque, one of us is assigned to make our Grandma Lamoreaux's Famous pasta salad.  It's quite simple really and basically just involves boiling your pasta, chopping up your veggies and mixing together your dressing.

Here are SOME of the things that MY Grandma used to add to HER salad:

*CELERY {allergic to it}
*RADISHES {Double BLeH!}
*CHEESE {Yum!}

While all of those things are yummy {to some!} here is what I now add to MY version of the salad:

*Green peppers
*Green Onions

Peas would even be good in there.
{If my kids didn't barf at just the SIGHT of them!} can add ANY or ALL of the above ingredients.

As for the rest of the salad:

Boil your pasta according to directions on the package.
{My favorite kinds to use for this salad are either the
mini seashell noodles or the rotini corkscrew noodles}.

Drain, rinse with cold water and allow to cool.

While pasta is cooling...chop up all of your vegetables.
{I usually chop up my cheese and add it to the mix very last!}

As for the dressing...mix together 1/2 cup of mayonaisse and 1/2 cup of Miracle Whip.

In a separate bowl add 1/2 Tbs. - 1 Tbs. of sugar....mixed with water.  
{Just enough water to make it a runny consistency.}

Add this sugar water to the dressing mixture.

Mix everything ALL together.

Season with: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder...whatever you'd like to give it that extra KICK!

Chill until serving.

It's really really yummy.
And even yummier the next day!