Saturday, June 29, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Maxi Makeover From a Men's T-Shirt


So, yeah!  I like T-Shirt makeovers.
 
 
I've done quite a few.  Have you seen them?
 
  
 
Today, I have a new T-Shirt Remodel over at Inspiration Café!  Please click HERE to see it!



 
I'm a contributor at Inspiration Café.   Squeal!!  Really!  Go see!
 
I am such a geek!
 
;-)  -Marci

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Peanut Butter Brownies

Brownies are a favorite dessert around here.  We also love peanut butter.  The other day I was goofing around with a recipe and *get this* it turned out really well!  Woo Hoo!
 
It's not a very pretty dessert, but it sure is tasty.  I thought I would share it with you!
 
 
It began with our favorite brownie recipe from this cookbook.
 
 
 
 
Next, I pulled out the muffin tin and filled each cup about 2/3 full of the brownie batter.  A teaspoon of plain ol' peanut butter was added to each of the cups. 
 
Check it out!
 
 
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Dibs were immediately called on the big one up front!
 
;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party #12

Good Morning and welcome to another fantastic party!
 
Back to the Basics
We have an exciting announcement this week!  For the next 2 parties we'll be adding NEW co-hosts while Mary is out of town visiting family!

That means your post will be seen on 4 different blogs!!!

We're your co-hosts Mary @ Back to the Basics and Joyce @ It's Your Life!  
 
Please give a warm welcome to Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
 
AND Diane @ MamalDiane

Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured!
 
My Feature this Week is:
 
 
 
Being a Daddy's Girl myself, I was so very touched by her story.  I'm sure their family would appreciate your prayers.
 
If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

Back to the Basics
We all love comments!  we try to comment on each and every link. 
Please hop around and show some love!

The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 

Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
And now for the party!

Monday, June 24, 2013

FREE GLASSES!!

When  Firmoo.com contacted me about an ad for them, I was pretty excited!  You might remember I've just recently begun wearing reading glasses.  Since I only need them for reading, I am constantly misplacing them!  How fun to pick up a pair for  FREE!  Take a look!  (Pun intended!)

 

;-)  -Marci

 

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Herbs: A Place to Begin... Chopping

Being part of our county's Master Gardener Speakers Guild is a lot of fun. My program is titled "Herbs: A Place to Begin". It is for anyone who might be curious about growing herbs or is just beginning to use them. I give simple advice for ways to incorporate tasty herbs into your every day life. After such a sweet reception to my presentation, I will be adding regular posts about herbs.

 
Watch for the ones titled "A Place to Begin".

Many recipes call for 'finely chopped' or 'minced' herbs.  What does that mean?

What it means is itsy bitsy, teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini pieces.

How do you do it?

I'd love to tell you I have some crazy mad knife skills like those chefs on TV, but alas, not so.  Here's my trick.  One of these slap chopper things.  Mine happens to be from Pampered Chef.


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These herbs are for vegetable beef soup:  garlic, basil, oregano, and thyme.  Mmmm...  'Love that combo!  And they all grow well for me here in Arkansas.

Here's how they look after some slapping.


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See the tiny pieces?

Check out my Recipes Page and  Gardening Page for more information and other ideas.  Please come back for other  simple ideas and ways to add herbs into your everyday life!  I hope this post gives you... 

A Place to Begin!
 
;-)  -Marci

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesdays with a Twist Link Party #11

We have an exciting announcement this week!  For the next 2 parties we'll be adding a NEW co-host while Mary is out of town visiting family!  That means your post will be seen on 3 different blogs!!!
 
Back to the Basics
We're your co-hosts

Mary @ Back to the Basics

and Joyce @ It's Your Life!  
 
and ME!  Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Each co-host will be sharing her own picks for Features. This gives everyone a better chance of being featured. Be sure to check all of our blogs to see if you were featured!
 
My Feature this Week is from Heidi's Wanderings


You have to see all the cute pictures in A Day at the Races 

If you've been featured we'd love for you to grab a button.

Back to the Basics

We all love comments!  Please hop around and show some love!
The party starts every Tuesday at 7am EST and will continue until Saturday at 11:59pm.  Feel free to stop back any time and "like" your favorites.  Please visit other blogs if you have a moment. 
Share older posts as well as new ones.  No limit on links!
 
*Pictures should be your own* 
By linking up you give us permission to use these photos
 (with proper link backs) in our features. 
 
And now for the party!
 

Garden Guest: Woodpecker

The north side of our front yard is a certified  National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat.  Really!  We have a certificate!  It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit.  I'm beginning a new series of posts to show you our Garden Guests. 
 
While I would love to take credit  for these photos, they were actually taken by our neighbors.  We live on one corner and they live on one of the other corners.  A couple of years ago, my garden was featured at a Master Gardener meeting.  Our neighbors, Travis and David, take remarkable photos so I asked if they would please stop by and see what they could do in my garden. 
 
 
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I love the shots of this woodpecker!
 
 
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Can you see the toes in the next picture?  Wow!
 
 
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Yes!  More of their photos will be posted later!  I'm not sure which ones were taken by Travis and which were taken by David, but they are all wonderful!  'Don't know what kind of camera they use, but if it comes up missing, I'm sure I will be the prime suspect!  ;-) 

Thank you to my sweet neighbors on the corner!
 
My song for the week is Down on the Corner by Street Corner Symphony.
 
 
Grab a song and link it at Holli's Hoots and Hollers for Tuesday Tunes!  'See you there!
 
;-)  -Marci

Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Long Overdue Introduction

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This is Wee Fashionista.  Isn't she gorgeous?


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She was born at home.  It was such a positive experience.
 
 
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The Midwife was wonderful, and everyone helped. 
 
 
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She weighed in at 9 pounds. 
 
 
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We all got to hold her,
 
 
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and climb on the bed to visit with her.
 
 
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Isn't she just the perfect addition to our family!
 
 
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;-)  -Marci



Saturday, June 15, 2013

Herbs: A Place to Begin... Simple Tea

Being part of our county's Master Gardener Speakers Guild is a lot of fun. My program is titled "Herbs: A Place to Begin". It is for anyone who might be curious about growing herbs or is just beginning to use them. I give simple advice for ways to incorporate tasty herbs into your every day life. After such a sweet reception to my presentation, I will be adding regular posts about herbs.

 
Watch for the ones titled "A Place to Begin".

How do you make an simple herbal tea?



This is probably the question I hear most often.  Folks have all these beautiful herbs in their garden, but have no idea what to do with them.  Teas are one of the easiest and most versatile ways to use herbs.  I've actually written three posts about how to make herbal tea.

Here they are:

Lemon Balm Tea

Peppermint Tea

Spearmint Tea 

Herbal teas are delicious hot or cold, sweetened or not.  There are approximately a bazillion ways to use them in recipes.  (Yes, there will be "A Place to Begin" posts about what to do besides drink them!) 

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BTW...  There are already some suggestions on my Recipes Page for you.  'Just sayin'.  ;-)

Remember to visit my Stone Cottage each week as I give tips on simple ways to bring herbs into your everyday life. Look for the posts titled "A Place to Begin".

;-)  -Marci

 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Garden Guest: Swallowtail

The north side of our front yard is a certified National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat. Really! We have a certificate! It is so much fun to see all of the critters that stop by for a visit. I'm beginning a new series of posts to show you our Garden Guests.

This beauty is a Black Swallowtail caterpillar munching away on parsley.

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I can't think of a clever segue into Tuesday Tunes today so my song is a completely random choice.


 
Pachelbel's Canon in D.
 
I hope your day is filled with beauty!
 
;-)  -Marci

Monday, June 10, 2013

Success... Finally!

 
You might remember my epic failure at making the Basic Wreath Form from Silo Hill Farm!  Check out my pitiful result HERE if you would like a good laugh! 

I love Danni's Interchangeable Wreath and really wanted one, dang it!  After much thought and many tears, I had an idea.  The burlap made me crazy, but what about work pants?  They have a similar color profile.  I dried my tears, blew my nose, and went to work.


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These are old, beat down work pants.  If this turns out to be another fail, no money is lost.  The legs were cut from the pants and sort of cut into strips, avoiding the torn places.  If the piece of fabric had a stain, I flipped it over and used the back side.  The canvas was so much easier than that crazy burlap.  (Burlap hates me!) 

 I used Danni's directions for her  Basic Wreath Form


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 Success...  Finally!  Next, some flowers were swiped from this sentimental project and added to the basic form along with some ribbon.


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It's hanging proudly on our front door!

Has another blogger inspired one of your projects?  Did you write about it?  If you answered 'yes' to both of those questions, hop over to Inspiration Café for a fun link party today!  It's all about creating 'knock offs' of other bloggers' ideas!





Is there a moral to this story? 

Crying really does help sometimes, but so does trying!

;-)  -Marci