Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

I hope that you enjoy your Memorial day wherever you may be....

Friday, May 28, 2010

{this moment], Inspired by Soulemama

{this moment}

A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see. 
Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Being content...

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, 
in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: 
every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry,
both to abound and to suffer need.
Philippians 4:11-12

In the world we live in today, it is difficult to be able to be 'content'. The ads of television, magazines, newspapers lure us with bigger, better, brighter. They make us feel inadequate with who we are and what we have, assuring us that true happiness is just around the corner when we buy their products.
It is difficult to break away from this pattern. 
I, by NO means, am there... but I want to be. I have found one thing that helps is the absence of television in our home. The constant junk that filters through that black box is one of the biggest contentment-robbers out there.
Anyway off my soapbox... :) I hope to try to keep my eyes focused on what is true and eternal and off of all the 'stuff' that this world has to offer. 
May your day be blessed my friend.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

You get a line and I'll get a pole...

...and we'll go down to the fishin' hole.

Yesterday afternoon, my dear Son asked again to go fishing.
We had no bait.
So Shannon told them to go and dig some worms while the kitchen was getting cleaned up.
In a few minutes they came in with about 1/2 a dozen worms, two poles and were ready to go. :)
He *LOVES* to fish, we really need to do it more often.
This was Carlie's first experience.
Cameo decided to explore.
Here's Abe walking up to me and when I called his name, he immediately went into a pose.
What a great way to spend a early summer evening.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A new raised bed...

Abe has been adversely affected by the warm weather. He claims it is SO hot, it is TOO hot. So what he does is strip down to his undies and says that it is the only way he can stay cool enough to work. haha... I figure at 4 you should still be allowed to run around in your undies (although I am sure SOME might not agree)... and besides look how incredibly hilarious and cute he is with his underware, his work boots and his spade, ready to garden! I love it!
So we began work on our 4th raised bed last night after it got a bit cooler. This bed will house our squash and zucchini plants.
Cinder-blocks can be very pricey, but if you know anyone who does construction... sometimes there are some left over and you can buy them for next to nothing or get them for free!
If not, many times you can find a concrete plant that has 2nds and they sell them for a discount.
We were given these blocks from a job site that had too many and if they were hauled away they were free! Yippee! :)
The bed was filled with top soil and a manure/hummus mixture. I am hoping that our plants will thrive here.
And if all that were not enough cuteness, this is Cameo and Frodo. He is the sweetest bunny ever! We get him out and he hops around us while we work, never getting too far away. He is a dwarf rabbit so he will stay smallish. We hope to breed him with Chocolate when he gets older, how precious would dwarf chocolate bunnies be?!?! Awww!!!
I thank you for your visit and I hope you come back again soon. Have a great day my friends!!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Heritage Days

Friday, May 21, 2010

Sweet Tart Lemonade

Sweet Tart Lemonade

Last night I had success in finding just the right combination for the Lemonade my family likes… I hope you enjoy it too!

4-5 lemons, juiced
3/4 cup honey
1 cup lemon concentrate

Take your lemons and juice them into a 2 liter pitcher.  Add honey and then 1 cup of hot water to dissolve honey.  Once dissolved add lemon concentrate and COLD water. 
Put in fridge or serve over ice immediately!

Side note: Our family has been trying to get away from soda.  We drink a lot of water or honey sweetened tea.  So this is a nice change to the same ole same ole, and for us it seems to cure that craving for soda.
AND…. for those of us trying to get away from that white sugar demon, this is a great alternative to traditional lemonade or even kool-aid!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Customizing Jeans

Is it me… or is even our local Wal-Mart’s getting a bit extravagant in the price of blue jeans lately? I mean really… I don’t want to spend $17 for a pair of blue jeans my kids will outgrow in a minute or just because they have  ridiculous Hannah Montana’s name on the tag.
Actually, I don’t want to spend $17 a pair for blue jeans for ME! either!
 SO there… I said it. 
And don’t even get me started with the whole Target frugalista bit, ack! I didn’t know spending $49.99 on a dress was considered frugal.
Oh, I’m sorry… I get off on my own little soap-boxes sometimes and just run.
Customizing blue jeans… that’s why you were here right?
Ok, so my Carlie Jean is a bit thick around the middle.
~Yeah, it comes from me. ~
So she needs a jean with a bit more give there. She is tall for her age also, so finding just the right jean is not always easy.
The other day I was visiting a favorite thrift store and came across a sweet little pair of Levi’s with elastic in the back (love it).
For a $1.75 no less, RIGHT ON!

They fit with ease around the middle, but still were a good few inches too long.
I cut off the excess folded up a hem and sewed this trim along the edge. I think they are absolutely precious. And CJ loves them too!
It is a cute Little Red Riding Hood trim I found from etsy. 

So now she has two pair of jeans… Score!
Ideally, I would like to find her a sweet little red hooded sweater to wear along with them… how adorable would that be???

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Aprons for sale!

Jump on over to my etsy shop ( http://www.chasburrell.etsy.com ) and grab an apron for yourself. :)
Special requests are available!
Much thanks to my beautiful model and new bride Emily! xoxo

Friday, May 14, 2010

Some more pics from the past...

Cameo, Eli and Red Lady

Making Crackers

Play date... I LOVE Carlie Jean's *smile* here! Awww!
We were shucking and cutting up the corn in the one above.
Snuggling with Daddy...
My little bakerella... making zucchini bread.
Nothing like a little girl in a dress in muck-boots. :)
Sauerkraut making...
Abe in a box with his blankie :)
What happens when Moma turns her back for a SECOND :) haha

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pictures from the Past

I love to take pictures.
I love to look at pictures from years past.
I went through and gathered some of my older pics for this post. Hope you enjoy.
Kittens in an apron

Clematis in full bloom

Reading together

Fun times at the creek

A smaller clematis

May you look around today and find beauty in your surroundings too.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I know that there is a really good recipe out there for this... but I can't find it. So this is my own alternative recipe until I find the one that is exact. This one is still really tasty though. :)

1 finely chopped tomato
1 finely chopped onion
1 cup of fresh corn from the cob or
can of sweet corn (or shoe-peg)
1 can beans (you could use black eyed peas or pork-n-beans or whatever you like)
4 or more jalepeno's
1 can chopped or sliced olives, I didn't have sliced so I used chopped
2 tsp. garlic pwd
2 tsp. onion pwd

Mix together and put it in the fridge for an hour or longer. 
Serve with chips or as a side with your Mexican Fiesta! 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Carrot Cake

One of my all-time favorite blogs posted a carrot cake recipe long ago (she hasn't blogged in ages). One of the pictures is in my banner above. It turned out so gorgeously, and the cake is so delicious. Here is a link to the recipe... Jewel's Carrot Cake
Her blog is so beautiful and inspiring... I can get lost there for many minutes just reading and looking at all the gorgeous photos.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Spinach Quiche

We have been getting some beautiful eggs lately and I thought I would share our Spinach Quiche recipe.
Spinach Quiche
8 eggs
1 medium onion chopped
Fresh mushrooms or a 1 small can
2 heaping cups of fresh spinach or 1 box frozen
3 cloves of chopped garlic
1 Tbsp of parsley
1/2 cup sour cream
4 oz. cream cheese
4 Tbsp. butter
2 pie crusts (I will share our whole wheat crust recipe later)

Chop all of your veggies and beat your eggs, mix together thoroughly.  Break your cream cheese and butter in bits and add that to your mixture. Next, add sour cream and mix.
Pour into pie crusts and bake at 375* for 30-40 minutes.
Serve with a homegrown salad and enjoy. 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Garden Art

I love putting pretty things in my flower beds. I have little faux toadstools and pretty rocks. My Cameo brought these un-salvage-able cast iron pans and said, "Mom, what about these?" That child knows me SO well... I said, "YES! I love that!" :)
So into the herb bed they went.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Peonies in the afternoon

The storms over the weekend weren't as bad as expected, but I did have one tragedy. My gorgeous peony who was just about to bloom all the way out toppled over and broke.
But... the grand thing was I was able to bring it inside to enjoy on our supper table.
Peonies are flowers I remember from my childhood... growing at my Nannie Red's house. They were SO big and full. Such beautiful, huge blooms on such seemingly small stems.
I love it when something familiar strikes a chord and memories come flooding back.
Good times.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Little Dresses

A couple of weekends back I decided I was going to try my hand at making some little dresses.
I had no pattern, so I ended up with a variety of sizes. Which is good when you try something new, you tend to learn from your  mistakes. :)
I most certainly did.

I made this one first, believing it should be around a size 12 month. And it is except for the neck. It is a bit smallish.
So this one is now about a size 9 month. ;)
This one is so much better than the first, isn't that how it goes?
The colors are so precious and feminine.
I believe it to be about a 3T.
At this point, I remembered a tutorial my friend Chautona posted on how to sew the bodice together.
It went SOOOO much better.
The last has to be one of my favorites... my love of yellow and blue came through on this one.
What I didn't show is that the inside lining of the bodice has yellow gingham fabric. Oh the little touches... How I love them.
Then, the yellow bias around the hem. SO sweet! I figure this one is about 18 months... maybe 2T.
I wanted to hang them on the line and take a picture of them all side by side on the laundry line, but it was a TERRIBLE storm and so, it didn't happen.
There is hardly anything sweeter than little girls in sweet little dresses... well maybe they are equaled by little boys in overalls.  :)

Monday, May 3, 2010


Our newest addition...
Eli has been aching for a rabbit.
He picked her out at our local feed store.
She is a beauty.
And just as gentle as can be.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Filling more than my birdfeeders...

My little men were filling up their Moma's heart.
Oh, how I love these boys.