April 23, 2014 - Spring in Texas

After a long, crazy winter - Spring seems to be here in all it's glory! Our winter was a typical Texas winter with lots of highs and lows - however for some reason I think I've experienced SAD - seasonal affective disorder - all I wanted to do was eat, sleep, read - could not get motivated to do anything else.  About the only thing I've done is cheer on my beautiful granddaughter as she danced with her competition team.

The view from my living room window makes me happy.

With Spring, I'm glad to say I have renewed energy and motivation...and I need both because my house and my diet have suffered from my condition! :(   I've been searching Pinterest and other sites looking for new ideas for exercise, healthy eating, organizing and cleaning, and of course for ideas for my yard.  Hopefully I will find lots of good ideas that solve my problems and that I can share.

Two things I've already accomplished - cleaned out my closet and my clothes cupboard.  I can actually find what I'm looking for.  I am trying color coding...curious to see how long it stays this way!

Also started working in my yard. Took advantage of one of our local high schools' plant sales.    Great plants at great prices.  
Some of my new plants

Also getting mulch this week from the high school.  The Athletic Booster club will buy equipment for athletic programs with the proceeds.  Thanks to Jemasco Inc. of Paris, Texas for giving back to our schools through this sales program.

with love, I'm Carole

HAPPY NEW YEAR - January 12, 2014

I keep looking at my Christmas Eve picture and realize that I should post something new!

2014 started out with good friends and lots of good snacks.  I haven't gotten any recipes yet but I'll share what I took. . .Something so easy, I should be ashamed of myself.

Cream Cheese Logs

3 - 8 oz packages Cream Cheese, softened
2 - packages Ranch Dressing & Dip mix

Blend cream cheese and ranch mix together  and then chill for about an hour.  Roll into logs - then roll logs in Lawry's Garlic Pepper.

Wrap in saran and chill.  Serve with Wheat Thins or your favorite crackers.

My diet never got anywhere in 2013, so I'm working toward losing weight in 2014.  Rejoined Weight Watchers online. Last time, I was able to lose 10 pounds.  It seems that I need to be accountable to someone!  And I MUST EXERCISE.  Anyone have any good motivation tips?

I just read the following warning listed here and wondered if this is what kept me from losing weight! Read all the way and find a new weight loss plan as well.  I'll let you know if it works. LOL


with love, I'm Carole


Started Christmas morning off right with Pumpkin Waffles - delicious.

Pumpkin Waffles

2 1/3 cups Bisquick
1/2 can Pumpkin
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cloves
(spices can be adjusted to personal taste)

Mix together and cook according to waffle iron instructions.
Add butter and syrup and you have a wonderful waffle!