Sunday, January 10, 2010


I'm so excited! The sweet husband made me a chalkboard for my kitchen! And not just any chalkboard but a 4-feet wide chalkboard! He used an old gold frame that we were no longer using, sprayed it white, cut a board to fit, sprayed it with chalkboard paint....and voila! new chalkboard! Thanks, sweetheart! I can say whatever I want to say with this baby...and not run out of space!

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Have a happy week!


Thursday, January 7, 2010


Nothing beats a bowl or mug of warm soup on an icy-cold day here in Texas! (Yes, icy-cold in north-central Texas!----We're not used to this!)
My sweet sister-in-law, Annice, gave us some Southern Heat Tortilla Soup Fixins! (She gets it from a booth at her local Junior League holiday markets.) Thanks, Annice! The label says in Arlington, Texas.
You add your own chicken, some frozen corn, and I also threw in some rinsed, canned black beans........Mmmm...delicous! Counting calories, so skipped adding the crushed tortilla chips (OK, so pretend you didn't see the buttered cornbread photo below!)

Add some spicy cornbread (just used a mix plus eggs, evaporated fat-free milk, some salsa, and a little Tabasco!) for a super quick & easy meal!---the kind of meals I like!

The "butter" above was actually "Smart Balance" spread----just so you know.....
And to top it off: sliced jalapenos to accompany the soup & cornbread ----to kick it up a notch! (We always buy the extra-large jar! And we go through Tabasco sauce like crazy! What can I say?---this is Texas and we like it HOT!)

Here's lookin at you, kid!
What's your favorite soup in winter weather?
Stay warm, Patti

Saturday, January 2, 2010


HAPPY NEW YEAR! Mom and Dad's house was like a Winter Wonderland for Christmas! They love to decorate! (Guess that's where I get the decorating bug!) From Mom's extensive vintage Santa collection to Dad's beautiful Christmas lighted display (complete with moving reindeer) visible from the octagonal window area in the eating nook, it was magical! Everywhere you turned, there was something special to view! Wanted to share some photos with you:

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