Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring Life

My blogging has slowed down a bit, but our life sure hasn't! With the coming of spring comes a push to do another round of "settling in." We have turned to sprucing up our front yard and finally working on our backyard. We are not nearly finished, but here are a few pictures of what we've been up to.

Backyard Progress:
We are working on cleaning up and leveling the backyard so sprinklers, sod, and landscaping can happen. We had a lot of help yesterday and are hoping to see some serious work take place on it over the next week and a half.

Frontyard Progress:
Robby has been working on the front yard now for awhile. He has added a chunk of sod to fill in some of the yard, taken out two trees and added three plus some crape myrtle bushes, and then embarked on creating a little "patio" feel with the area next to the walkway. The picture above shows what we've been doing so far. We're still going to move around the front plants and put in some flowers, but thanks to a trip to Debbie's garden, we already have some lovely green plants that will definitely be favorites for me!
One of my favorite things we put in are these beautiful asiatic lilies. We bought them yesterday and they were all closed. Today when I walked out, some of the flowers had already opened! It's so exciting.We are having so much fun doing this. I've never considered myself "green" smart, but it has been fun getting help from people and making our home literally come alive with plants. I will continue to post, so you can see how we do at developing our green thumb.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Before and After

Good-bye, depressing pine tree and leaf-less oak. I'm not sure how we would have been able to even find our front door once you became full grown!Hello beautiful yellow butterfly magnolia, baby japanese maple, and yellow ginkgo!

Deal of the Week

I have been on the hunt for a bright table cloth that brings in the blue and brown for months now, and finally I found one! The best part? Only $4.50. That gladdens my budget-minded heart.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Myth Busters

We have all heard of those recipes that call for strange or minimal ingredients that produce something fantastic -- one can of this mixed with just a jar of that and you get the world's best peanut butter cookies (or something like that.) Well, this weekend Stephanie and I tried out one of these so-called miracle recipes. Just one can of Dr Pepper and one box of white cake mix, and you and your guests should be quickly enjoying the tastiest spice cake ever! We were up for the challenge, and here's the quick run-down.
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No can of Dr Pepper, but 12 oz from the bottle should do it!

One cake mix and 30 minutes later...

A very successful and tasty cake indeed. But not in the slightest a spice cake. White cake with a brown color, yes, but no spice. So much for all those so called flavors in Dr Pepper.Busted myth number one! What shall we tackle next??