Thursday, May 17, 2012

On the Lookout!

We recently went on a lonnnnngg road trip back to Illinois.  While we were in Iowa, we went to a really neat place called Amana Colonies.  There is a total of 6 little communities that were settled back in the 1800's and set up as a religious colony where everyone lived communally.  They had to abandon the whole idea in the 1930's because the young people started to move away.  What is left now is this charming rural community and a really, really beautiful 'downtown'.

See the neat vintage metal bread box on the stool?  Well, dummy me I thought that is so cute, I should probably get one for the deck and plant something gorgeous in it.  But I didn't even look at the price tag.  So the rest of the trip was spent looking for one just like it.  Anyway, I would even be happy with a repro - so I'll keep my eyes open.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Move Over Martha!

                   Cute Invites                  
Our Homemaking Leader must make Martha jealous.  Her ideas have a definite 'look' to them and are so cute.

     "Find your wings and Fly"

We held a special night to honor our outgoing young women and incoming Relief Society Members.  There were 4 girls (one of which couldn't be there).
 Cute aprons don't you think?  They were made of tea towels from Marshalls and Tuesday Morning.

Notice the cute trims to embellish the towels

 Naked tea towels - in their "before" state           
 Her jar-o-trims

 While we watched food demos, the 3 senior girls made these cupcake garlands.  She found most of the liners at Michaels and are of varying sizes.

Can't you imagine these for a girly birthday party?  Notice how every once in awhile you insert a doilie and also how some of the liners are inverted.  She uses bakers twine and a large eye needle to string them.

We saw food demonstrations, the cupcake garland, the tea towel aprons and a professional housecleaner gave us some wonderful cleaning tips using stuff you would have on hand.
A fun and informative evening - and I think the girls felt special!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

BBQ Pork Chops

I get tired of the same ol BBQ recipies so this one caught my eye. I've made it several times and although the ings. are simple, it really tastes good. Try it on steaks too.

In case you can't read the teeny, tiny print, here is the recipe;

1 c. mayonnaise
2 T. lime juice
2 T. chopped fresh cilantro
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 t. chipotle chili powder (I have substituted chili powder)
8 pork chops

Blend first five ings. Reserve 1/2 cup; set aside. Grill or broil pork, brushing with 1/2 cup mixture, until done. Serve with reserved 1/2 cup.