Sunshine on a Cloudy Day

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When I pulled into my driveway this afternoon, I could see the sun shining between the dark clouds and loved the way it lit up my blue chair.  I ran into the house and grabbed my camera and headed out the back door.

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Photographing Bluebonnets in Texas Hill Country

My sister wanted to travel to the Texas Hill Country and photograph the bluebonnets this year and this is the results.  The flowers were beautiful and I had the opportunity to photograph some other amazing places I had wanted to visit for year.

You can check out a list of the places I recommend checking out if you are in the area HERE at Southern Blue Traveler.

 

Spring Chickens

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I just had to run outside and snap a picture of these chickens roosting on an old swing. They seem to like it so much that I’m thinking about moving it to their pen.

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I also wanted to get a few pictures of my chickens before we mowed all of the flowers.

Homesteading On One Acre ~ Getting started

I ran across this article on homesteading on one acre in the new Mother Earth News.  I sit staring at it trying to decided how much of the plan is actually feasible for me.  I love to plant and harvest my fruit and vegetables every year and I love canning, freezing, and drying those fruits and vegetables.

It’s the in between that I have a problem with.  You know, the dreaded hoeing.  I don’t like to hoe and avoid it at all cost.  That is probably why I love  my square foot garden so much.  Don’t get me wrong, there will be plants in the large garden  (aka..the work garden) but I actually love working in a smaller, raised bed garden.

I also want  to do a  more research in an effort to become more self sufficient.  There are cows in the pasture, chickens, eggs, fruit and nut trees already in place.  I just need to make everything come together and work more efficiently.

 

In preparation of planting season, I met a friend at our local Farm Store and purchased some seeds.  I restrained myself and only purchased what I needed but I wanted to get a little of everything.

Visions of  baskets overflowing with vegetables and shelves lined with canned goods danced in my head but thoughts of the dreaded hoeing  kept me in check.

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I dug out my little garden tools, gloves, and seeds this morning.  You may notice that I have  a total of 5 gloves and that none of them match.  Yep, my gloves have sock syndrome.  I always end up with gloves that don’t match.  I don’t know how this happens.

Really, every fall  I put away matching gloves and by spring, one glove magically disappears.  Fortunately I have a couple of gloves for the right hand and a couple for the left hand  so I’m good to go.

Have  you started planting your garden?

 

 

My Good Deals at Walgreens & Walmart

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Walgreens had some pretty good sales today even without coupons.  There were several Buy 1 Get 1 50%off deals, making them cheaper than my local Wal-mart.  Here is what  I picked up  today on my Walgreens & Wal-Mart run and the deals I used.

 

Pond’s Skin Care (select varieties) Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
Buy 2 = 4,000 Balance Reward Points ($4 reward) *monthly deal thru 3/28 Deal Scenario
Buy 2 Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser 3.5 oz $4.79 each Minus the Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off = $7.18
Pay $7.18 Get back 4,000 Balance Reward Points ($4 reward)
Final cost $3.18 total, just $1.59 each

Old Spice Antiperspirant/Deodorant 2.6 or 3 oz, Body Wash 16 or 18 oz, Bar Soap 6 pack or Body Spray 3.75 oz, Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off
 Buy 2 Old Spice Bar Soap 6-pack $4.99 each Minus the Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off = $7.48 for both
Use two $2/1 Old Spice Bar Soap 6 ct+ coupons found in the 2/15 RP (exp 3/31)
Final cost $3.48 total, just $1.74 each (only $0.29 per bar of soap!)

Dove, Degree, Axe, Vaseline or Suave Bath, Hair, Skin or Shave (select varieties) Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off 
Buy 2 = 1,000 Balance Reward Points ($1 reward)
Buy 2 Suave Mens Body Wash 12 oz $2 each Minus the Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off = $3
Use two $0.75/1 Suave Body Wash coupons found in the 3/8 RP (exp 3/21)
Pay $1.50 Get back 1,000 Balance Reward Points ($1 reward)
Final cost $0.50, just $0.25 each!

Tide Simply Clean & Fresh 25 loads or ERA Active Stainfighter Laundry Detergent 32 loads $2.99
Use the $0.50/1 OR $1/2 Tide Simply Clean & Fresh Detergent, Era or Cheer Detergent, Bounce Sheets or Downy coupon found in the 2/15 RP (exp 3/31)
or 3/15 RP (exp 4/30)
Or use the $0.50/1 Era Detergent 25 oz+ coupon found in the 2/15 RP (exp 3/31)
Final cost $2.49!

Bic Sensitive Shavers, 12 ct $3.63 regular price
Use $3.00/1 – Bic Disposable Razor from SS 3/8
Final Price: $0.63

Suave Professionals Shampoo or Conditioner, 12.6 oz $1.98, regular price
Use $3/
2 coupon
Final Price: $0.96  or 48¢ each

Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner, 13 oz $2.96  regular price
Use $2.00/1Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner or Treatment from RP 3/1
Final Price: $0.96

Right Guard Xtreme Heat Shield Mirage Invisible Solid Antiperspirant/Deodorant, 2.6 oz $2.88
Use $2.00/1Right Guard Xtreme Heat Shield Antiperspirant Deodorant from RP 3/1
Final Price: $0.88

 

Total before coupons and reward points  $40.70

Total after coupons and reward points $16.70

 

From Scratch Magazine – Feb/Mar 2015

 

February 2015 / March 2015

Special From Scratch Magazine Gift Guide

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Winter From Scratch Magazine !

SNOW DAY 2015

 

 

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Nothing prettier than Cardinals in the snow.

 

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It has finally done it ~ It has snowed in Southwest Arkansas !  We don’t get snow very often so it’s a big deal when we see those perfect little crystals fall form the sky.

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RAINBOW CUPCAKES

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I found these new cute pink cupcake wrappers at my local dollar store and couldn’t wait to get home to make cupcakes.  I decided to make rainbow cupcakes since it has been on my “to try” list for awhile.  To be honest, it was much more time consuming than I thought it would be and mine didn’t turn out those beautiful pictures that I have seen on pinterest but I still think they were pretty.

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I love the little wrappers and look forward to using them on future projects.

SIDEBOARD REDO

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I purchased this little sideboard/buffet over 20 years ago at a garage sale for $12.  I have moved it from home to home  over the past twenty years , changing the color to suit the room I was using it in at the time.

This time  I painted it a flat black, stained the top with Minwax ” Early American” , and put the cute knobs on it that I found at Hobby Lobby.    It looks perfect in my kitchen !

 

 

 

 

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