Monday, May 27, 2013

Help my Yard (Stage 2)

   So, last year I posted a blog with pictures of the front of my house asking for help with a little curb appeal. I received a lot of great responses with ideas, you can check it out HERE.
   Next, I picked out some cute plants and mulch and my hubby and I got to work. Check out the pictures from stage 1 HERE. The yard look great, but it didn't last long because the mulch wasn't barricaded in and some of the plants did not survive (I never said I was good at this lol!)
   This year, we decided to go on a more permanent route with a little easier maintenance, even though it called for a little more work.. A whole Saturday to be exact, but it was fun and anything I can do together with my husband is time well spent.

My husband picked out scalloped edging for a barrier. I picked river rocks for our filler rock, though they ran out and I mixed them with calico rocks and they still weren't enough. So when the store gets more in, that will be done. We also added a couple of plants in place of some that did not come back after the winter.

The Left Side.
The two Hydrangeas are coming in amazingly! I was very excited when they started blooming. Both sides have a curved barrier. My husband also put up the shepherds hook his parents gave us, so I picked out some hanging baskets to go on it. 

 The Right Side.
This is where the majority of plants did not survive. I moved the garden rocks we got for our wedding shower from my mom here, they fit quite nicely. My husband trimmed back the tall, skinny tree, too. I still have no clue what kind of tree it is, but It blooms with white flowers.

I finally bought a wind chime I liked. I want one that sounded pretty more than anything. Most of the time the hand-tuned chimes are very simple, so I added a few (scrapbook) stickers to the weight and I love it.

So that was stage 2! There's still a little more work to do and I'll keep you updated!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Homemade Fish Sticks

   Usually I make this meal with salmon fillets, but all I had in the freezer were tilapia fillets, so that's what we used. They were still very good and flaky!

What you need:
Fish fillets (I use salmon or tilapia)
bread crumbs
Parmesan cheese
Olive oil
        -For the dip I was just going to use tartar sauce, but we were out of that, also.. apparently I need to make a trip to the grocery store lol. Here's what I mixed up for dip that my husband dipped the entire meal in.-
Mustard (regular or dijon)
Lemon juice
Garlic salt
Dried parsley flakes

Start out by cutting your fillets into stick shapes or just smaller sections.

Rinse your pieces lightly in water and roll them in a bread crumb/parmesan cheese mixture.

Lay them out on a cookie sheet greased with olive oil.

Bake in the oven about 15-20 minutes on 350* degrees or until golden brown and internal temp is at least 165*.
Try them in the dipping sauce listed above, it's delicious! 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Haystack Candy

   My Granny used to make all kinds of candy for the holidays including these and I love them! I made them Sunday for our marriage class at church and I didn't get to take any home!

What You Need:

1 Package of Butterscotch chips
1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
1 Package Chow Mein Noodles (uncooked)

 Start by pouring the entire package of butterscotch chips and the Tbsp of peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cook in microwave until chips are completely melted and can blend with the peanut butter.

Pour the chow mein noodles into the melted mixture and mix until all noodles are coated. Drop on wax paper in small amount and let cool until completely hardened.