Saturday, February 26, 2011

Home Life & "Free" Dragons!!

I just love being at home!  I think if I were told I could never leave, I would actually be okay with that!  Seems as though Wayne and I are always making plans and then, at the last minute, decide to just stay home and enjoy the company of each other and the dogs.  We've been running the roads for the last few days and I'm so glad today we are just staying put!  Probably tomorrow, too....unless we go for a hike, which is just about the only other thing I enjoy just as much [maybe a teeny bit more] than staying home!  And the weather has been awesome here!  Another beautiful day in the mountains!!  But, it's not "all" play...I've been doing a little bit of work, these awesome earrings I made today:
I named them "Dragons are a girl's best friend" and they are for sale in the shop.  However!!!!  I will be giving a pair of these away Tuesday!!  All you have to do is comment on this post and let me know your favorite thing about being at home.  Lita will be picking the winner!  Good luck!!

Have any of you ever tried "Allegro" marinade?  It's awesome!!  Yesterday I used a mixture of 1/2 "Original" and 1/2 "Hot & Spicy" to marinate some beef tenderloin steaks.  You just get the steaks cut about 1.5 to 2 inches thick, put them in a large zip-lock bag and pour the marinade over them.  Then I squeeze as much air out of the bag as possible and mush them around with my hands.  Refrigerate for about 3 hours, or overnight and then cook them on the grill on low, keeping the cover closed and turning them ever so often, until they are cooked to your liking.  They are awesome when served with organic baked potatoes and some fresh grilled asparagus.  For the asparagus, I just rinse it off well, then dry it off a little with paper towels.  I cut about an inch off the bottom stalk and then put them in a shallow dish/bowl.  Then, I pour some olive oil over them and generously sprinkle them with Mrs. Dash & Tony Chachere's.  Then, using my hands, I roll them around in the dish to make sure they are all coated well.  Wayne grills them up with the steaks and they are awesome!!  {be sure to taste test them often when they are cooking, until they arrive at your desired level of crunch} ~ A great dinner for an outdoor cookout, for sure!!  

Have a wonderful weekend!!  Good luck in the drawing!!
♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians - except for the occasional mountain lion steak." ~ Ted Nugent

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm ready!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Spring is really on the way!  Saw this today in my yard:
Jonquils!  A sure sign of things to come!  
I'm ready for some lazy late afternoon about you!

Happy Wednesday!!
♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love." ~ Max Muller

Monday, February 21, 2011


...I wake up and feel like my "light" is still off.  Ever have that feeling?  Don't you wish your brain had a chain at bedtime, on when you wake up!  That would awesome!  I wonder if our creator has a "suggestion box"...just a thought.  Today is one of "those" days, but I'm waking up now!  So, I know you are all anxious to know who won those awesome earrings from today's give-away...
Rhonda!!  She left a comment on my Facebook page [which you can do, as well, if you're a fan or friend of mine on Facebook].  There's only one entry per person, so posting at multiple places will not increase your chance of winning.  So Yay Rhonda!!  I hope you enjoy your earrings!!  Thanks to all that left comments ~ you're awesome!!  Stay tuned for the next "freebie", which will be up for grabs sometime this week!  I promise you'll love it!
We had so much fun yesterday!!  Anne & Mike hosted a "couples Mole' making class"  It was awesome!
The Mole' was pretty awesome, too!  I would never, in my wildest dreams, imagine all of the ingredients & preparing that goes into this!
 click the link for recipe & to

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Who cooks for you...

...had to share!  Wayne and I saw this awesome Owl yesterday afternoon!  He flew from the side of the road and up into the tree.  Wayne stopped the car and I jumped out with my camera.  Of course, he flew into another tree when he saw me and then Wayne starting "hooting" and the Owl turned around long enough for me to get this awesome shot!  People say the Owl "hoots" sound like they are saying "who cooks for you".
After spotting the Owl, we continued on to "Pretty Place", which is located in "Camp Greenville", just a short drive from our house.  We drove down there to watch the moon come up.  It was gorgeous!  And I lucked out and got this great shot of Wayne, standing by the cross, with the moon shining bright:
It was a great evening...topped off with some Mexican Food from a restaurant in town:
ah...Happy Saturday Night!

♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"When I die, tell my Doctor that the lunatic is in the ground and I'll see her on the dark side of the moon." ~ James H. Wright {my daddy} ~ 3 days before his cancer won the war.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


You guessed it...another pair of awesome earrings are going out to one of you lucky readers...all you have to do is comment on this post!  Lita will be picking the winner Monday!  Good Luck:
So Wayne and I went scouting yesterday and came across this old cemetery.  I took several photos and then came home and "googled" one of the headstones: 
Come to find out, this was the grave of a little baby named Ola Emert Galloway...she was the daughter of H.K. & Rebecca Galloway ~ born on 04.16.1891 and died on 09.08.1891.  I love exploring old cemeteries...I'm going to check out another one tomorrow.

I'm off to my camera club meeting!  Good luck winning the earrings!!  Have a great Thursday Night!!
♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing." ~ Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We have a winner!!

I'm convinced that you somehow telepathically send messages to Ozzy when he's picking!  Congratulations!!  Those awesome earrings are on their way ~ enjoy!!

It's a beautiful day, so we are going on a hike!!  Life is good!!

♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"A winner never stops trying." ~ Tom Landry

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Testing my little Owl divider...

Brand new in the shop!!  Spumoni!  Just in time for Spring & Summer!!

xo ~ Kathy

Be My Valentine!!

Hope everybody had a wonderful Valentine's Day!!  We had a lovely dinner at "The Hobnob" restaurant, accompanied by a bottle of "2008 Ben Marco Malbec" which quickly became my new favorite wine!  I think I enjoyed it more than the dinner, even though the dinner included lobster tail [my favorite].  
 Yay!  The days are finally warming up and I've been getting out with my camera.  This is a photo of my little garden angel statue, accompanied by some heart "bokeh" in the background.  My Valentine to you!!

So I'm off to make a few new things and then headed out with my camera!  Have a great Tuesday!!  And don't forget, you still have time to comment on my last post for a chance to win these awesome earrings.  Ozzy will be picking the winner tomorrow!

♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"What I need to live has been given to me by the earth.  Why I need to live has been given to me by you."  ~ Author Unknown

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Just in time for Spring & Valentine's Day!!  These are the next give away!  I love the bright yellow glass tulips...gorgeous!  And you know, all you have to do to win them is comment on this post and tell me your most favorite thing you've ever gotten [or would love to have] for Valentine's Day!  Ozzy will pick the winner on Wednesday!  Good Luck!!
 I finally got my old computer all set up for Wayne.  And while on the hunt for his Quicken CD, in my box/vast collection of computer software, I ran across 10 CD's full of clipart, most I've had over 15 years.  Just about all of the images are in "wmf" format and I didn't have any programs on my computer that would even let me open them.  So, I went on the internet and found this awesome little program, that not only lets me view the "wmf" files, but lets me change them to "jpg" format!  Then, I can open the "jpg" in PhotoShop and make brushes out of them!  I know this all sounds a little "geekish", but I'm in heaven!!
The sun is out!!!  It's almost 60 degrees outside and I'm getting out there!!  I have my camera battery charged up and my shoes are tied!

Have a great Valentine's Day everybody!!
♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end." ~ Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Whoo hoo!!!  Thanks to Steven Tyler & Mark Ryden, Antwanyce is the winner of these gorgeous earrings from my last post.  Please send me an e-mail with your mailing address, so I get get them on their way to you!!  Congratulations and thanks for reading my ramblings!!

It's a gorgeous day, so I'm heading out with my camera!  Happy Tuesday!!  I'll post a longer message later this evening.  I just wanted to give everybody a "heads up" on the winner!!

♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"The heart has reasons that reason does not understand." ~ Jacques Benigne Bossuel

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The best things in life are "free"...

That's right!  These awesome earrings, that I named "Big O's" are the next give away:
Whoo hoo ~ Lita will pick a winner Monday morning!!  All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post to enter.  Let me know what you think about my new blog look!  

BE SURE TO CLICK "READ MORE" to read the rest of this post!  This is something new on blogger :)