Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I got the fever!!!

"Guess what?! I got a fever, and the only prescription is more cowbell!"
I love that SNL skit! lol

I do have the fever....the fever to change up this house!!!!
When we get to feeling better we're for sure going to be doing some floor sanding and staining.  A color along these lines.  With a light colored wall.  "natural wicker" is the color :)

I want a new table too....this is for sure it!

I know this isn't for for everyone but I love these lights

and copper everywhere :)

this is too easy and inexpensive not to do!  Maybe this will be first :)

I'm joining my girl Daph over at Flip Flops and Pearls for her Semi Wordless Wednesday.  Stop on by and join in :)
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Thanks for stopping by and come back anytime or follow along if you like.

You can also find me on Facebook at Monogram Boutique or follow along with me at my Twitter and Pinterest account name "lawilkerson".  Send a shout out and i'll follow you back!

Thanks all and many blessings,
Laura



Mason jar soap dispenser

Ok ya'll this is too easy not to do!!!!

I say this on Pinterest.  If you don't know what Pinterest is you HAVE to go check it out!!! So many inspiring  DIY projects and beautiful pictures.  I love it!!  If you want to join you can sign up for it but it takes FOREVER or you can get an invite from a member.  If you're interested, just let me know and i'll shoot you an invite.  That's the faster way!

Any way.  Here's what you need for this project.



Mason jar (really any jar with lid would probably work)
Pump (I got some liquid soap with pump from Dollar Tree)
Hot glue
Liquid soap 
Hammer and nail

   
All you do is put the lid on the jar and take your hammer and nail and punch a few holes to make a big enough opening for the pump.  I think I punched like 3 holes and then took a screw driver ad pried open the hole all around till I got the opening to where I wanted it.  And yes I was eating Cheerios :)

Take the pump and make sure the "straw" end is short enough and isn't obstructed.  I had to cut mine down quite a bit.
I hot glued all around the inside of the pump and around the edge and then put on the lid.  Wiped away any excess glue so you wouldn't see it on the lid.

Fill jar up with soap and screw lid on tight.




This is so easy and really cute.  I had this soap on hand and think it looks like a glass of milk but the clear looks really pretty and if you're lucky enough to have one of those blue jars that would be beautiful also!

I'm planning on making quite a few of these to put in a little gift baskets for several folks at Christmas.  Yes Christmas, people!!! It's right around the corner and I have to start early!!!!

Well hope you try this and like it!


Thanks for stopping by and come back anytime or follow along if you like.

You can also find me on Facebook at Monogram Boutique or follow along with me at my Twitter and Pinterest account name "lawilkerson".  Send a shout out and i'll follow you back!

Thanks all and many blessings,
Laura

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer fun

Hi ya'll!

Whew it's been a long two weeks and even longer weekend.  While some would relish in a long weekend it's not so fun when you're playing nurse to a loved one.

My sweetie's first day back to work since our vacation ended him up in the hospital with an emergency appendix surgery.  Unfortunately it was a little worse than what they originally thought once they got him into the OR and he had to spend a couple more days in the hospital than we'd hoped.  Any way he's home and slowly moving around and looks like he'll be outta work for about a month.  These kids are going to drive him nuts!!!!! lol!

Thankfully we are praising God that this did not happen while we were on vacation the week before.  That would have been a mess that I don't think I could have survived myself!

Well I know i've been MIA for a while so I thought i'd show you some vacation pictures!  We did absolutely NOTHING but eat, sleep, swim and relax (and not necessarily in that order).
                          
We did take a hike one day.  Lord it was hot!!!
            
These caves/caverns (not sure what to call them) were pretty awesome.  My older daughter, Hayley, is not fond of birds so she was constantly duckin' and weavin'!  That was probably the funniest :)


Playing basketball :)

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We also went to the marina and fed the fish.  None of us wanted to get on the boat so we just fed the "starving" fish.  They are a trip!!! You can hold your hand or foot down there and they come up, mouth wide open thinking you're about to feed them!  The water level was about 20ft over normal so we couldn't swim in the swimming area but that's ok we enjoy the pool more anyway and I can't swim so it makes everyone nervous when I get out there in the lake water with a noodle.  Last year my hubby tied a rope to my wrist and the boat so if I floated away he would pull me back in.  It was pretty funny :)  I'm all about a good laugh!
   
Here's a view from the pool area.
And this is what I did!  Relaxing with a drink and my pink flamingo straw with my pool hat! I also got a little reading done.  I have been saving my copy of Gone With A Handsomer Man for just this occasion and it was well worth it!!!

Well ya'll i'm gonna get in here and fix some soup for my sweetie.  Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Thanks for stopping by and come back anytime or follow along if you like.

You can also find me on Facebook at Monogram Boutique or follow along with me at my Twitter and Pinterest account name "lawilkerson".  Send a shout out and i'll follow you back!

Thanks all and many blessings,
Laura

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Pasta anyone?

Hey ya'll!

I know i've been MIA for a couple weeks.  We were on vacation last week up in the mountains at the lake.  I've got some great pics i'll be posting later on.  All this week i've been bed sitting my hubby at the hospital.  Poor thing has never been poked and prodded so much in his whole life :(

Well I hope in the next few days things will get back to some normality and I can play catch up.

So all I could do waiting at the hospital is to think about what I want to eat, cook, bake and devour!  Here's what I thought about most.

How about a Macaroni Grill recipe.  I've only been there once, like 3 years ago on my birthday, and this is the dish I had.  I loved it so much, I searched the web and found the recipe.  There's actually a website that has all the famous restaurant recipes on there and has a free download of a book.  If any of ya'll are interested in it just hollar and i'll send it your way.

So here's the Scaloppine di Pollo recipe that I love so much.....i've also done this with shrimp instead of chicken and like that much better but chicken is cheaper....."I'll have the chipper chicken" (little Steve Martin from Father of the Bride) :)


Macaroni Grill's Scaloppine di Pollo Recipe (Chicken, Artichoke, Mushroom Pasta)

Lemon Butter Sauce:
4 ounces lemon juice
2 ounces white wine (plus one glass to sip on while cooking...it's the rule)
4 ounces heavy cream
1 pound (4 sticks) butter
Chicken and Pasta:
6 to 8 (3-ounce) chicken breasts, pounded thin
Oil and butter for sauteing chicken
1/2 to 3/4 cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper, for dredging
6 ounces pancetta, cooked (i've also used cooked bacon bits)
12 ounces mushrooms, sliced
12 ounces artichoke hearts, sliced
1 Tablespoon capers
1 pound cappellini pasta, cooked (I use angel hair pasta...the cappellini is just slightly thicker)
Chopped parsley, for garnish
    Make the sauce:
    Heat the lemon juice and white wine in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce by one-third. Add cream and simmer until mixture thickens (3 to 4 minutes). Slowly add butter until completely incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and keep warm.
    Chicken and pasta:
    Cook pasta and drain. Heat a small amount of oil and two tablespoons butter in a large skillet. Dredge chicken in flour and saute in pan, turning once, until brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and add to pan the pancetta, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and capers. Heat until mushrooms soften and are cooked; add chicken back to pan.

    To serve:
    Place cooked pasta on each plate. Add half of butter sauce to chicken mixture and toss. Taste adding more sauce if needed. Place chicken mixture over pasta. Garnish with parsley. Alternately, mix pasta and chicken mixture together. Toss with butter sauce.
    Hope you all enjoy this pasta dish!
    I'm joining Daph over at Flip Flops and Pearls for her Recipe Swap
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    Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!
    Many blessings,
    Laura

    Thursday, June 9, 2011

    Baby shower gift tutorial

    Hey ya'll!

    I've been a busy bee this week getting things together to leave for vacation.  The kids have been in bible school all week and i've had lots of unfinished sewing projects going on.  I seriously found a pair of pants someone asked me to hem up like 7 months ago!!!! I feel terrible!

    Anyway, got all the little side projects done and we've got a wedding and baby shower the day before we leave for vacation so I whipped up a little baby shower gift and thought I'd share it with you all :)
    I made her some burp cloths out of the old fashioned Gerber tri-fold cloth diapers.  I need to find a better quality tri-fold.  If any of ya'll know of a better brand, please let me know.

    Found a really cute pack of girly wash cloths and folded each individual one in three long strips then rolled them in the shape of a lollipop.  

    I secured them with a straight pin and covered with some netting,  stuck a little popsicle stick on the under side of the "lollipop", tied off with a matching ribbon and trimmed up the netting.

    I rolled two of the burp cloths and secured with a clear rubber band.  Then wrapped the remaining one around  both and tied with matching ribbons.  Then just stuck the lollipop wash cloths in them.  

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    I think it turned out pretty cute.  Different and a little more creative that just wrapping them up in a gift bag.

    Well I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will be MIA next week enjoying the mountains and some nice spring water and be relaxing pool side!  I can't wait :) :)  I'll for sure take plenty of pics and share with you all when I get back!

    Many blessings,
    Laura

    ~Easy strawberry cake~

    Hey ya'll!

    With all these strawberries in season now, who wouldn't want a easy, cool and refreshing strawberry dessert!


    I made a simple yellow cake and in a 13x9 cake pan.  You can make one from scratch or use your favorite box brand.  Don't fuss too much over it because you're gonna doctor it up!

    After I baked the cake I took about a 1/2 stick of butter and rubbed it over the cake until it melted.  You can skip this step but at the time it sounded really good so I went for it :)

    Then I poked holes in it with a wooden spoon.  I made some strawberry jello and instead of letting it sit and gel I poured it in the holes.

    Sliced some strawberries for the top and popped it in the fridge and let get real cold.

    I did make some whipped cream from scratch cause it just tastes much better to me and served it on the side.
    YUMMY!!!

    This cake didn't last long in my house for sure!

    Ya'll enjoy!
    I'm joining Daph at Flip Flops and Pearls for her Recipe Swap!  Drop on by :)
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    Many blessings,
    Laura

    Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    Healthy Inspiration

    Hey ya'll!
    I'll be joining Daph over at Flip Flops & Pearls for Semi Wordless Wednesday.

    I need some healthy inspiration

    I want need to get in shape....seriously
    Yep, that's about my level right there! lol!

    I do love yoga.....I can actually do this....for about 3 seconds



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    I have always wanted to run....not a bunch of Forrest Gump running but like half a marathon would be a pretty awesome accomplishment or just long enough to clear my mind if that's possible

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    I'll never be able to pull off something like this

    But I wanna be able to "ROCK" something like this! :)
    I heart vintage bathing suits....takes me back to the day!

    I figure if I put it out there in blogger land, then I will motivate myself....maybe.....hopefully......soooo i'm giving myself one year to get myself in a healthy shape.  Not super model, unrealistic shape but shape enough to show it off ;)

    And if that doesn't work I'll have an excuse lined up..........
    LOL  I had to put that one in there :)

    Happy Semi Wordless Wednesday ya'll!!!!!!
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    Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts, comments and inspiration is always welcomed :)

    Many blessings,
    Laura

    Crawfish boil & comments

    Hey ya'll!

    Hope everyone has had a wonderful Memorial weekend and enjoying their Summer.

    We sure are.  Got the garden growing and looking good, even though we could use a little rain.  It's been in the 90's for the last week and half and there's really not much you can do in weather like that except lay around in the pool!  So sounds good to me :)

    We spent our Memorial weekend at my BIL's.  He had a crawfish boil on Saturday and boy was it good! YUM!!! I believe they cooked four 35lb bags and sweet corn, potatoes and sausage links and there wasn't a single bit left at the end of the night!

    The first batch was a little too spicy for my taste but this nice cold concoction helped cool it down :) LOL!

    Silly Keke!  She loves Uncle Shorty's cookin' but Bubba, he's awfully picky.  Thank goodness he's too busy to stop and eat anything!

    Sunday we just pool hopped and cooked ribs on the grill.  Me and my SIL made potato salad, broccoli, rice and cheese casserole and cooked fresh cabbage on the grill.  Now if you've never had cabbage on the grill you don't know what your missing!  Our friend down the road grew cabbage again this year and i'm telling you it was as big as my head! I've never seen any so big!  It was delish :)

    We came back home Monday and back in the groove Tuesday and now this week is a week of cleaning, planning, a little sewing and getting things around to leave on vacation Sunday.  I for one cannot wait! 

    Oh, I have to show you what was in the local Kroger store the other day!  Some Woo Pig Chewy!!!!! This is so cool and being a Razorback (born and raised) and transplanted into Coronal Reb land (which I believe is a big black bear or something silly like that!), I have to show my Arkansas pride any way I can :) and the ice cream doesn't taste so bad either! lol!  

    I also wanted you all to know i've been checking out your blogs and have tried to comment on some but blogger just hasn't been letting me do so.  I've seen that others are having problems too.  I've downloaded Google Chrome and it automatically let me comment on a post that i've been trying to all night long!!  Hopefully this will work.  I just wanted you to know i'm still here and have still been "visiting" often and even though this Summer is going to be jammed packed i'm still hopping around and enjoying all of your posts!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Many blessings, 
    Laura