May 28, 2010

thrifting for treasures

I've got the itch!

And I can't help it!

I want to go to yard sales

and thrift stores.

I like to find

vintage lovelies.

It makes my day!

Take a look
at my new found treasures!

I love vintage kitchen canisters.
These were a steal at only 99 cents a piece!

They are made of spun aluminum.

It makes me happy to see something
that was made in the USA.

I swear...these two are the NOSIEST ladies in the yard
I can't take ONE picture
without them coming around
to see if what I have resembles food in any way shape or form!


But that's ok
cause, I like 'em!

Here is my next
found treasure!

Imitation milk glass


It doesn't have to be real milk glass
to make me happy.

I can't wait to use this for my Memorial Day picnic.
It will be on my dessert table
displaying some kind of sweet little pretties!

And finally

my find of the day...

this vintage sleeping bag...

it no longer zips...
but I don't care...

I will be using it
to snuggle up with
at the drive-in theater
this summer.

It is made of cotton
and has the feel
of being washed
a million times.
It is sooooo soft!

I paid $6.00 for it
and I have a feeling
we are going to be life long friends!

I also have a feeling that
if either of my nieces
Brittany or Ashley visits,
I will have to keep a close eye on it...
for fear of them
stowing it away in their suitcase!

The End!

toadally cute

We found a cute little toad
hopping around in the grass.
I would have stepped on him
had he not hopped away...
startling me...
and causing me...
to let out a little...
He was so cleverly camouflaged
by the grass
it was hard to follow him
as he hopped away.
But then...

my boys
put him in a box
so they could get
a closer look.

My youngest son Easton
had no qualms
about holding
the warty little fellow.
am WAY too squeamish
to touch a toad.
And besides...
if you touch a toad...
you'll get warts!!
I know
that is just
an old wives tale...
it sticks with me!
It was so cool
to really get
a good
at the bumpy
little creature.

I don't know why it is...


whenever my family finds

a frog or toad...

which isn't too often...

we just think

it's the greatest thing ever!

May 27, 2010

Pomplamoose - If You Think You Need Some Lovin

I love this song! I linked to it from another person's blog. Sorry, I can't remember whose blog I was reading at the time, but I am so happy they had a link. These guys are so talented and fun! They are called Pomplamoose. You can find a lot of their music on YouTube. Enjoy!

May 26, 2010

Eating Healty

it is time

time to eat better

time to eat healthy

I go in waves

actually, I always eat pretty healthy

I rarely eat processed foods

I never eat fast food

I just eat

homemade cookies

homemade cakes

and homemade pies

I will still eat those things

just in moderation

and I will eat more

fruits and vegetables

and takes some walks

it was a long winter

but now

it is summer

life is good!

May 24, 2010

Funnel Cake Fever

My husband is usually the one standing in the funnel cake line.
Mind you, he will always ask me if I would like one as well.
I will always tell him no.
when he returns and starting eating that
I, of course, want a few bites!
Then I am telling myself,
"Dang, I should have got one too!"
Why do I do that??
Can anyone relate?
Lately I've had a hankerin' for a funnel cake!
Of course I'm not going to wait until the next county fair!
I found a few recipes on the internet...
all pretty much the same ingredients...
It's actually the simplest thing ever!
There's nothing much to the recipe:
flour, milk, baking powder, salt and eggs.
Of course you will need:
a clean kitchen funnel
and an 8 inch fry pan filled with one inch of oil.
I used what I had on hand...
canola oil...
and it worked just fine.
Here's the recipe!
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Mix flour, baking powder and salt.
In separate bowl, beat eggs and milk.
Add flour mixture to egg mixture.
Beat with electric mixer until smooth.
Heat oil to 360 degrees.
Hold funnel in one hand with finger over bottom opening.
Fill funnel with 1/2 cup batter
Hold funnel few inches above oil.
Release finger allowing batter to run freely into oil.
Start in middle and make a swirl in a circular motion.
Fry until golden.

Funnel cake will flip easily with tongs.
Transfer to plate and dust with lots of powdered sugar!

Let cool slightly.
Please eat this while it is still WARM and GOOD and NICE and CRISPY!
It would be a sin otherwise!
P.S. Batter will make approx. 6-7 funnel cakes.

May 20, 2010

my visit to Cape Coral, Florida

Arrived home Wednesday afternoon from my visit to Florida. Had a nice time. It was good to see my sister Holly and brother in law Jeff. The star attraction of the visit was my little niece Abby. She is 15 months old and very adorable! Here they are in this photo.

We went to the beach one day...swam a little, hung out a little...and no...I did not get a sun tan! This is my sister Holly and her daughter Abby.


Abby and her Uncle Derek, which is my brother.

My brother Derek and me. It was so good to see him. It's been 2 years!

My 16 year old nephew my 14 year old niece Kelsey. They have grown so much I can hardly believe it! I look like a shrimp between the two of them!

My sister in law Sandy and her daughter Kelsey. It was great to see Sandy again. We got to talk for a little when I first got into town.

Abby loves to play in the cupboard and take out the beaters from the mixer. I'm guessing soon she'll be taking out those pretty white plates right there.

Don't you just love little toesies!!

I baked a strawberry blueberry pie. It was DELICIOUS! I think it needed a little extra cornstarch to thicken the filling. We ate it with vanilla ice cream in a bowl. Divine! Makes me want to make one right now!

Abby loves to play in her closet with all the pieces to her bottles.


Evening boat ride to Matlacha. Here is me and Abby.

Here is Abby's Grandfather, my sister's father in law. His name is Dutch.

This is Abby's Grandma...Shirley, and her Daddy...Jeff.

Abby and her Daddy.

Bye, Bye!

I had a great time in Cape Coral, Florida. It was great to see everyone!

May 12, 2010


When I was a child I received a book called "My Learn To Sew Book". How I was given this book is a memory that remains dear to my heart.
I remember being in Erie, PA on vacation while staying at Presque Isle Cottages. My father must have had to work so he was not there with us. Bear with me because this memory is so faded, but I know it was real. I remember my father coming to the cottages one day and I was so happy! He must have had to go back home that night and when I found out, I was so sad that I was crying and crying. I remember it was bedtime, and I was in bed and could hear my parents and other relatives talking and laughing in the front of the cottage. I was laying in bed sobbing and my Dad came in and told me he got me something and he gave me this book. He layed down with me for a few minutes until I calmed down and stopped crying. He thought I fell asleep and left to go back out and join the party. I wasn't asleep, but I didn't say anything. I really have no idea how old I was, but I feel like I was so little, so I must have been about 5. The funny thing is, there is no way, my father bought that book for me. That was just not the kind of thing he would do. I'm sure my mom had bought it and brought it with her to look over while on vacation. She probably planned to give it to me later. However...I of course thought that my Dad DID buy it for me, and I remember being very surprised and very loved because I couldn't believe he ACTUALLY picked this book out for me. It doesn't matter now that he didn't buy it, what matters is that at the time I actually thought he did. Well, I have always loved this book and I used to look at it over and over again throughout my childhood. I always wanted to sew all of the projects but never made a single one! Some years ago, my mom gave me back my book. I couldn't believe she still had it. It's been sitting in my bookcase ever since. This past winter my niece Abby was about to turn one and I decided to make her a baby doll. I knew I had the perfect pattern!
It was called Polly Dolly from my childhood book "My Learn To Sew Book". It is such an easy pattern and that is why I love it. I decided to use fabric for the hair instead of yarn. I thought it would be better for a 1 year old, just in case she tried to chew on the hair. I had fun embroidering the sweet little face as well. The book also includes a dress pattern for Polly Dolly.

I really hope Abby likes her dolly. Although, I do have visions of her looking at it and throwing it down just like any other 1 year old would do. But...I hope one day she will come to love her dolly as much as I loved making it.

To Abby From Aunt Bonnie With Love