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NFL FOOTBALL---GOOD TIMES

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 4:17 PM Comments comments (68)
We had an incredible time at the Kansas City Chief's and Pittsburgh Steeler's game this weekend.  Came home to the news that my handsome U.P.S. husband will have the honor of delivering the game football in his browns on the field at the December 19th Cowboys/Jets game! This NFL is fun stuff!  Thanks Cowboys!

Can't wait---




Great day for a game!










I made a frie-nemy while tail-gating!










These fans know how to dress for a game~

ABBA AND EASY DANISH

Posted on May 23, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (11)
I haven't done a Rockin' Recipe in a while, and since it's still raining puppies and kittens (cloudy with a slight drizzle) here in my neck of the woods, I had a baking urge and scanned the fridge for ingredients.

I referred to my Pinterest page and came up with easy cream cheese chocolate danish.  I tweaked the recipe to make it waist line friendly since there's not much outdoor exercise happening in this soggy weather---no walk around the block, equals cutting calories in order to fit properly into swim suit in a month.

Technically danish are a Denmark specialty, but since they're Scandinavian, I decided to cheat a bit and listen to Swedish pop group, ABBA while I baked.  "Take a Chance on Me" whisked me right out of my rainy weather rut~

Recipe below for "Dancin' Queen Danish"---(tip:  If you dance while baking, you burn calories and feel less guilty while eating the flaky, creamy, chocolatey goodies.)

DANCIN' QUEEN DANISH---

One container reduced fat croissant dough (I used Pillsbury)
One 8 oz block of reduced fat or Greek yogurt cream cheese
1/2 cup of Truvia granulated sweetener (or Stevia for baking in the equivalent of 1 cup of regular sugar)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (less calories, more anti-oxidants)
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out croissant dough into one big rectangle and pinch perforated areas together.  Mix softened block of cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until creamy.  Spread cream cheese mixture over dough, and sprinkle on chocolate chips.  Roll up dough and cut into pinwheel circles.  Place on cookie sheet that's been lightly coated with non-stick spray.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. 

*The more these set up after baking (like the next morning with coffee) the better they are.  You could cool in the fridge to speed up the process. 

These are totally guilt free if you dance to "Waterloo" like no one's watchin' while baking~ Enjoy!

          My musical inspiration for today's rainy day baking---ABBA!






I love the new Greek yogurt cream cheese!  It's amazing on Pretzel Thins too---








Dancing break while they cool!












Coffee time---bring on the rain!

RAINY DAY PAINTED PROJECTS

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 5:59 PM Comments comments (58)
We have had an unusual amount of rain here in the Tulsa area this spring, and lots of cloudy days.  I love to get out in work in my garden, but it's been soggy for weeks.

Thought I'd at least make it out to the back porch (drain the potted flowers before they drown) and brighten up the garden with some painted projects.  Here's to future sunny days!

















My daughter moved this weekend and the old saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure" was tested on a mirror she no longer wanted.  I painted it Caribbean blue and glazed it with a pecan stain.  Flowers are so pretty---why not see all angles? 


























I re-painted our favorite pool sidekick from last summer.  Our seagull friend had totally washed out in the elements, so I gave him his colors (and eyes) back~



Quaint Storage Jars~

I painted the lid to an old jar and screwed in a cabinet knob that didn't match my bathroom any longer.  I have to wait until someone finishes off the pickles, mayonnaise
and olives before I can complete the set.  Hmmm...sandwiches for dinner?


Fun, back porch, painting day~

Miracles

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 5:13 PM Comments comments (9)

SIDEWALK FISH~

Posted on May 12, 2015 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (17)
Here's to aging homes!

You know why?  Because you can wake up one morning and decide to paint kois fish on your back porch, without worrying whether or not you'll mess up the fresh cement. 

I've definitely found that I have gotten more creative with my projects now that my house is nearing the  big 3-oh.  Fun stuff.

Here's my how-to:




I drew a template of my fish on plain white paper (the fish closest to the paint can is my pattern. )  I used chalk to outline them onto cement.










I painted the fish with Kilz, (white paint could be used) in a swimming pattern.










I used left over, latex paint(remember the orange bathroom?) to paint the details onto my kois in little dots, lines and patches.














And voila'!  Three happy, good luck charms swimming from my back porch door toward the pool deck.

So, here's to aging, cracked back porches with a little character to boot~


The Warren Theater loves my 1p36-er!

Posted on May 2, 2015 at 9:12 PM Comments comments (6)
     My husband and I took our little Eddie Jett to The Warren Theater today for the showing of "Avengers" for children with special needs and their families. It was amazing!
    
     The kiddos there could be themselves.  They could laugh, have a little stroll down the isle, and make a little noise, which we are totally used to---it was music to our ears. They adjusted the lights and sound so it was conducive to children with autism, genetic syndromes, and other special needs.
  
     Eddie Jett turned around in his chair  in the middle of the movie, waved and told the other kids "Hi" and yelled out, "Uh-oh," and his classic "You OK??" during the movie, as characters got way-laid--- and it didn't bother a soul there!

     THANK YOU WARREN THEATER in Broken Arrow for your thoughts turned into actions, and for making the movies a fun, exciting and special time for lots of area families and their precious kids.

     I highly recommend, if you have a child with special needs, you get them tickets for next months special movie!!! PS The Hulk was Eddie Jett's favorite---lots of "Uh-Oh...you OK's??"




Mr. Spoiled Rotten Pants!








Eddie Jett's quote when the Hulk appeared in the action sequences, "Uh-oh...you ok?"  









Warren Theater in Broken Arrow, OK  Thank you again for making our special needs little guy feel right at home in your gorgeous theater!

OKLAHOMA SNOW AND FIREPLACE S'MORES

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (27)

Drove home from work  through snow and ice and built a nice fire---the crackle and hiss of the burning wood is a much more soothing sound than the central heat kicking on~ and I just realized I have marshmallows, graham crackers and Hershey's candy bars in the cabinet~  SCORE!







CHRISTMAS LIGHT TROLLEY TOUR--TULSA, OK

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 11:03 PM Comments comments (168)
We have a big family on both my husband's side and mine.  It's sometimes difficult to find a perfect activity that everyone in the family can enjoy.

Last night we had the first annual Puckett Family Trolley Christmas Light Tour and ugly sweater contest...guess who won with a delightfully tacky cardigan?

I would highly recommend Urban Trolley, Inc. in Tulsa for a fun night of festive light watching.  They were able to accommodate our large family, from great grandpa, to the toddlers in our group.  We all loved it,  and can't wait to plan another trip next Christmas season!

Christmas is all about making memories.  My next annual holiday event is the French girl's Christmas Cookie Making Extravaganza where we flour  and ice the entire kitchen---yum!




Whaaaa?  I like leopard.  My crafting skills won me the title of ugly sweater aficionado.



















Thinking outside of the (hat) box...My son-in-law in his ugly Christmas hat!  Landon was proud~











The trolley from Urban Trollies Inc. in Tulsa was so much fun for young and...well, "older" alike.  Great family event for the Christmas season.









The kiddos were mesmerized by the houses we stopped at that were synched up with local radio stations.  This was the "Frozen"
movie soundtrack home!  They all sang along.

Orange inspired bathroom remodel~

Posted on December 6, 2014 at 10:51 AM Comments comments (30)
Monty and I did a little makeover a couple of weeks ago on our hall bathroom that was trapped in 1988.  I had originally gone with the rose-victorian theme for my daughters, but my poor son ended up having to get ready in the space until he moved out...poor dude.  He was a sport.

My husband even surprised me by putting a new state of the art toilet stool in that has the no-slam lid closing technology...it's the little things.

I've been inspired by warm colors---oranges, olive greens and golds lately, so chili pepper for the wall color it was.  It gave it a bit of a zen vibe. 

Now onto the extra bedroom/music room/work out room.  Conquering an aging home one room at a time.

Here are some before and after pics.  Try not to laugh too hard at the pre-model.  Hey, I've been busy raising kids for the past 26 years!

















Say goodbye to 1988-ish.  If I just could have stuck it out a couple more years, I'm sure this wall paper would have been chic-vintage.



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Entering the modern era.  We still have to replace the counter and sink, but I get an "ahhhh" effect now when entering this space instead of "eeek!!!"



I hand painted the filigree swirl pattern at the top.  Just used the same color, but in high enamel, so it shows up as a glossy shadow.  I did the same thing in my hallway.  Subtle, but adds interest.

And Blondie is covering up a small ding in the door---fun way to use an old vintage tee from your glory days~





















We replaced the old laminate flooring with this ceramic tile look-alike. Laminate tiles (so easy to install) with grout .  Great, inexpensive alternative.  And I love my Target bamboo floor mat.  Forrest still wants a fuzzy one to step out of the shower onto...I'll have to have on handy under the counter for his visits home.









CHRISTMAS WISH LISTS

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 9:49 PM Comments comments (11)

Picked up a couple Toy flyers from Walmart and let Landon and Clara circle items for their Christmas wish list. It kept them busy for over 30 minutes. Clara wanted all things PlayDough, and was so excited when she saw a toy Annabelle and Eddie Jett already had in their toy box.

Landon knew how much each item was...("Ga-Ga this is twenty nine dollars, etc.) and circled Spider Man stuff as well as every electronic device on two pages, which included an Iphone, and X-Box 1---he let me know the X-Box was only "Three hundred and forty nine dollars." Mrs. Voyles is doing a great job teaching him numbers and math in Pre-K, as it's already coming in handy for him in daily life.

I did make sure to inform them that this just a "wish list" and not a binding contract with Santa.

Can't wait for Christmas!



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