Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Peach Crisp

Dessert today!

Peach Crisp:

2 cups frozen peaches (or fresh)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp. cinnamon


1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup oats

3/4 tsp. cinnamon

3/4 tsp. nutmeg

1/3 cup butter, softened

Thaw peaches (if using frozen) in strainer under warm water. Place in greased baking dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Mix topping ingredients together using a pastry blender until mixtures resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over fruit.

Bake at 375 degrees F until light brown and bubbly. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.

* You can substitute other fruits for the peaches: apples, blackberries, cherries, blueberries

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Yard Clean up

I am very excited that the rain we were supposed to get the day before yesterday missed us, but that means it is time to get to work and clean up the yard. It has been a very long winter and I am very anxious for the warmer weather I know will be here soon. I want to be able to enjoy the outdoors and therefore need to clean up the yard.

I have perennial pruning to do as well as, tree and shrub pruning, leaf pickup, stick pickup and lawn fertilizing to do. I need to mulch the perennial garden and till the vegetable garden for the lettuce and spinach planting. I know it is still too early to mow the grass but I am chomping at the bit to see those gorgeous lines on the lawn again. I feel a sense of serenity, seeing the mower lines in the grass. Kind of like seeing the vacuum lines on the carpet in the house.

Ultimately, I want to see my beautiful spring and summer flowers in all their glory. I may have to take a trip to the Morton Arboretum this week to be inspired and drink in the beautiful view and smells of spring. Do you hear a field trip coming? I do! Work first though...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Spring Break

Spring is here originally uploaded from gentilepurespace.

My family and I are on Spring Break. We have decided to go on a "Stay-cation". We have much catching up to do and have no extra funds to venture to a fancy vacation. Today however...we are just hanging out. No work, no cleaning, and no laundry! :)
Happy Spring Break!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Even though our Chicago Suburb received another inch of snow yesterday, the first day of Spring, I am confident that Spring is here to stay. The snow melted today and on my foot tour around my yard, I found a cute purple Grape Hyacinth blooming in the sun. It reminded my that I LOVE the colors of Spring! Purple seems to be one of the first colors to appear in my garden at this time of the year. This post is a tribute to all thing purple. :)

I have several purple items listed on my etsy site. This is one of my favorites! I have made several different variations of this bracelet recently, and have sold every one of them at local craft fairs. You can get your own designer bracelet here.

The Spring season means for me it is time to jump head first into feathering my nest. I clean like a fiend and get my home ready for entertaining. I love to have people over and enjoy my home, my patio and the outdoors. I love these beautiful Longaberger Woven Traditions dishes. They are available in many beautiful colors but one of my favorite colors is "Eggplant".
What is your favorite Spring color?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Happy Place

When I am feeling a bit stressed, as I have been lately, I try to imagine my "Happy Place" This is as close to what it would look like if I could paint a picture for you with my words. Someday, I will make a point to visit the real "happy place". Until then..."Serenity Now!"

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Donut Burger

I had to laugh when I saw this posting at Happy Lady Eats.
It is my son's "Dream-come-true" in the way of food adventures. This amazingly indulgent treat combines all the insides of a traditional burger sandwiched in the middle of a glazed doughnut. It may be a heart attack on a plate, but it sure does look good.
My son has been known to pile up a stack of Krispy Creams and them squish the air out and shove it in his mouth. I can't recall how many donuts he managed to "cram" in his mouth, but it was alot!
A donut burger is now on his food wish list. Believe it or not, he is stick thin, so the extra calories would do him good. Just a thought. :)