21 July 2017

Heavenly Key Lime Pie

What type of baker are you?
Do you get in your kitchen and tear it up with a mess here and there, maybe even get a little flour in your hair. Or are you a neat baker that picks up those measuring spoons as you go along?
Do you wear an Apron or do you dare to bake without one?
For me, I wear an apron as I am a mixture of mess and neat. I tidy up as I go along, but I really get into the therapeutic joy of creating an edible concoction.
So when I made this incredible edible heavenly Key Lime pie I knew it was a recipe that I just had to share with you all.
One of the best and yummiest things about this recipe is the crust.
This is a mixture of butter, vanilla wafers and macadamia nuts...I am totally blown away by the combination of flavors and will never make an ordinary graham cracker crust again!
Yes this is the best pie crust that I have ever had. (except for Mom's)
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I found this fabulous Summertime Key Lime recipe in Southern Lady Magazine. 
The cool thing is this, they have an online Recipe Box! 
A few weeks ago I shared a Lemon Curd-Filled Cake recipe from this lovely magazine too, as you can see I am into lemon and limes.


That reminds me that I need to be getting a Lemon Tree ASAP, maybe I will go to Covington's Nursery in Rowlette and see what they have in that department.
We get some amazing light in our kitchen and I'd sure like to have a Lemon Tree in my kitchen come Winter time!
Do you have a Lemon Tree?? If so I'd love to hear how it is growing for you.

What I like about this recipe is this:

As you can see the texture of this Key Lime Pie is spot on with a crust that cuts easily and yet remains firm.
The Key Lime flavor is not overpowering and the pie is actually best on the second day.
Recipe is easy to follow.
Pie crust is one of the best that I ever tasted.
This would be a lovely dessert to serve for any occasion and it is quite simple.

Thank you for joining me and have a fantastic weekend.
Happy crafting and baking to you!
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17 July 2017

A Family That Crafts Together

It all began many, many years ago on a cold blustery day in Idaho.  There were even rumors circulating that a major blizzard was about to hit and that there would be snow drifts too high to make it to Margie's Quilting Bee.
But this group of crafting ladies were not about to let a snow storm or snow drift deter them.
The quilting needles, thimbles, batting and colorful fabric had been carefully selected and assembled in advance. Even a spot had been made in the corner of the living room where the tired yellow and red velvet floral sofa had been pushed aside to make way for the quilting frames.
A flock of chattering Ladies composed of varying sizes and shapes had arrived despite weather adversity. They perched on the sofa like eager birds on a telephone wire, all ready to begin the art of quilting after the refreshments had been served.
Red jello jiggled in multi- faceted glass dessert cups, while a glorious pot of coffee percolated, giving a heavy sigh as it wheezed out one last drop. The delicious scent of fresh brewed coffee combined with the sweet intoxicating fragrance of homemade sugar cookies dotted the winter afternoon air.
This group of rural women not only valued their craft, they treasured their friendships.

My Fabulous Mother, who was part of this generation of makers, has passed this gene down to me and mine.
A crafting gene that has been entwined around all of our DNA from generation to generation and there is no denying it. 
We are a crafting family, so it is pretty much the norm that when we get together we either craft or present a craft as a gift. 
From the youngest to oldest we are of the mindset that no craft is too small or too big and hope prevails as long as we can create.
Today I would love to introduce you to a granddaughter that is designing and selling  Glam Sticks.
I know she'd be so thrilled for you to drop by her blog!
You can see her in the second picture on the right, selling her Glam Sticks and carrying on our family crafting tradition.


Crafting, making, creating, DIY whatever you want to call it is more than just about the product it is about ourselves, life, friendships, family,  inspiration,  joy, and the journey of discovery.
Want to know a secret??
There are no failures in crafting only experiences and you can always create something!
Crafting knows no boundaries!
You might just be amazed at what you discover and what you can accomplish.

Today I am happy to be able to share two simple and delightful crafts with you!

Our first project began one day back in May while I was visiting our children in Puerto Rico.
Amanda and I had walked, talked and solved many world problems as the grandchildren scurried by our side. 
Wyatt was filled with questions has he swatted the overgrowth of the encroaching rain forest while picking up ginormous snails and little Avery was toddling along. 
Finding treasures while on a walk about is fun, and Amanda and I happened across some
Sea Grape Leaves, they are quite huge!
We gathered many of them up, took them home then turned them into Coasters.
So much potential here for all shapes of leaves and themes.
Amanda is a very talented gal and is designing and selling handmade cards in Puerto Rico.
She is new to Instagram at  Coffee and Coconuts, just message her for more info on her cards.

Here is why we love this Sea Grape Leaf crafting project and the supplies which you will need.
1. Simple
2. Quite Earth friendly 
3. Perfect for all ages (blunt tip scissors for the youngsters)
4. Safe
Supplies For Modge Podge Leaf Coasters:

1. Modge Podge
2. Scissors
3. Dried Leaves
4. Paint Brush


Our second project for today are these fun, colorful and easy Jazzed-Up flip flops.
 As the days of Summer grow warmer and more afternoons are spent indoors, how about adding this little Jazz up your Flip Flop crafting to your agenda. Our daughter in North Carolina made this craft with her girls and you can too!


Here is why we really like these Jazzed Up - Flip Flops crafting project and the supplies that you will need.

1. Super Kid friendly craft.
2. Practical and purposeful.
3. Economical.
4. Supplies easy to find.
Supplies & Instructions  For Jazzed-Up Flip Flops:

1. Flip Flops ( many are on sale this time of the year)
2. Bandanna  (craft store, Walmart)
3. Scissors
4. Cut bandanna and tie on straps of flip-flop
5. Adult supervision and age appropriate scissors.
(Children can cut themselves.)



Thank you for taking time out of your day to join me, and Happy Crafting!

Love Of Home/Life and Linda

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12 July 2017

Mid-Summer Gardening Practices

It has been an unusually rainy June and beginning of July here at my home in North Texas. With the rain also came a different set of challenges for a Texas gardener. Normally this time of the year we deal with intense heat and drought like conditions which typically does the garden in, but this year the rain did a number on the plants. Plants can truly receive too much water and with our native clay soil the water tends to sit there, causing roots to have soggy bottoms and I will tell you there aren't many plants that like that!
Powdery Mildew has set in too and strangely enough sunflowers need sun...wink...
So my glorious crop of sunflowers has dwindled down to just a few spindly rows.

In this post I am also sharing an update and new information on the dreaded squash bore. 
I touched on the squash bore, an imperfect garden and oh many other things too in a recent blog post so if you have time you might enjoy a little lighthearted inspiration right here.
It is all out war at Jemma's on those dreaded bores.
I am sharing some pretty universal gardening practices today to keep your crops healthy as well as upcoming plants to consider adding to your garden as Summer blends into Fall.
I know some of you all don't have Fall gardens, but when in Rome...
I thought I would report in to you all on the outcome of one of my squash plants. 
It isn't pretty, so you may want to look away, seriously how can a bug and it's babies do this to a perfectly beautiful squash plant???
My one yellow squash plant did "heal," itself and was actually growing quite well again, but I was just so aggravated with the situation and the thoughts of those icky pests that had lived in the vine that I pulled it up!
I honestly felt much better too!
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I am just as excited as I can be that I have planted a generous amount of pumpkin and gourd seeds in anticipation of Fall festivities, neighborhood children and hopefully I'll get a grandchild or two out here to pick some too!
I love Fall, pumpkins, Holiday crafts and baking!
So these squash bores are not going to be attacking these plants if I can help it.(Live and Learn)

Mid-Summer Gardening Practices One:
Concerning Squash Bores

1. Cover the squash with netting so bores cannot attack( you will have to self pollinate.)
2. Powdered BT Microbial Pesticide.
3. If you aren't using organic products use Sevin Dust.
4. I have just ordered Spinosad, I have heard great things about this earth friendly product.
5. Do not plant squash in the same place every year, soil has dormant larvae, cultivate the soil.
6. Try a different species of squash (this was yellow squash.)
7. Dig up the squash vine and toss it away.


On a happier note the garden is filled with bumble bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
I think another good mid-Summer gardening practice, at least for me is to get rid of ailing plants.
Mid-Summer Gardening Practice Two:
Garden Maintenance 

1. Remove ailing plants from garden.
2. Mulch as needed for water retention, about two-inches is the rule of thumb.
3. Keep garden weed free, weed when the soil is moist and the weeds are small.
4. Summer time heat may be setting in, so water those plants an average of one inch of water a week. Depending on soil composition.


Mid-Summer Gardening Practice Three:
Think Fall

1.Begin planning a Fall garden.
2.Texas gardeners it is time to plant pumpkins and gourds.
(90-100 days from planting to harvest)
3.Keep cutting zinnias for continued blooms.
4.Wondering when to plant a Fall garden...plan backwards according to your first freeze.


You know I am always learning new things about life from my garden, do you feel like you do too?
Well, I saw this quote the other day on Pinterest  and I thought wow, this is a real truth.
So I will sign off today and leave you this.
                "Be patient with yourself, nothing in your garden blooms all year."

Jemma's Mid-Summer Gardening Tips

So while you tend to your garden, tend to yourself and be ever so gentle!
See you back on Friday with a fun project that Amanda and I made in Puerto Rico....yes it does involve Modge Podge, but I promise I will give this glorious glue a rest after this one!

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07 July 2017

The Bonjour Collection~Easy DIY Modge Podge Vases

Thank you for joining me today!
I love sharing craft ideas and projects with you and when they are crafts for any age and any skill level well that makes them all the sweeter!
My love for making something out of nothing began at an early age and I will always believe that it had something to do with the mountain air, my Dad who repaired all of his own machinery and my Mom that made just nearly everything from scratch.
What a glorious time of frugal meets creative.
The things that I love most about this project which I am sharing with you today is the ease with which anyone can make it, the joy of the process and then it turns out pretty too!
No technical measurements!

As you can tell I am pretty much obsessed with this Paris themed fabric, today's project is the third in a series of using this gorgeous fabric. 
If you'd like to catch up with the earlier posts you can find the table runner here
and the fabric covered French plates here.
I designed this little ensemble for a garden party, Ladies luncheon, shower or Birthday and you can too, if you so desire!
Remember the plates can go home with your guests too!
Jars, Jars and more Jars!
Supplies For Modge Podge Vases

1.   Assorted shapes and sizes of clean, dry jars with labels removed
2.   Acrylic Paint
3.   Glitter (optional)
4.   Paint Brushes for paint and modge podge 
5.   Fabric
6.   Dishwasher safe Modge Podge
7.   Paper Towels
8.   Paper plates for paint
9.   Scissors
10. Embellishments I used pearls (optional)

Well you can just imagine the possibilities of this project, they truly are endless and purposeful.
Jars can be turned into just about anything that you can think of and when you make them as vases you can give the gift of flowers and the vase too!
So my suggestion is just to enjoy crafting and maybe do a project or two this Summer with some friends too.
If you are looking for another Summer project your might enjoy this necklace project too.

When our  children were younger we were pretty much crafting several times a week.
Many times it was nothing more than paper dolls, snowflakes, or paper chains out of construction paper, and then there was the glitter...always, always glitter, no matter the mess glitter made we had to have glitter.
Glitter makes us sparkle and sparkling is good!

How To Make Modge Podge Vases

The big chunk of time is spent in the drying of the paint and the modge podge, so just allow yourself the better part of the day for the process to take place and you'll be good.
Always cover your work area before beginning.
1-Take those clean and dry jars and start painting them with your favorite colors.
2-Dry completely, no sticky paint.
3-While paint dries cut out your fabric, I layered my fabric on these jars to create depth and interest.
4- Once paint is dry take a clean paint brush and brush modge podge on jar, place fabric on jar and brush more modge podge on top of fabric. 
5- Work all air bubbles out of modge podge, add another layer of fabric if desired and repeat previous process. This is very important and must not be skipped, bubbles are not a good thing under fabric!
6- Add embellishments if desired and another coat of modge podge.
7- If modge podge is cloudy it is not dry.
8- Dry overnight.
Thank you for joining me today and have a beautiful and bright weekend!
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04 July 2017

Happy Fourth Of July & Patriotic Musings

As I sit at my desk looking over the green grass, with an American Flag gently blowing in the soft morning breeze.
I am reminded of the mindset that we are all one in American and my heart overflows with gratitude.
Growing up in rural America in the 60's we were a community of worker bees, striving to keep the colony healthy, thriving and united. It was sort of a blissful time.
I suppose it was a Mayberry RFD mindset and it was peaceful and it worked!
No matter the differences and strife that we hear of, I know in my heart that we are all here to work together and celebrate our beautiful Country.
Setting a positive example for one another never hurts either and if I must occasionally bury my head in the sand, well so be it! I am a woman of another decade...now that's another sort of freedom and let it ring too!
I am not a political woman I am a proud woman of the Country that I live in and I call home.
I don't even listen to the news, I just believe in my heart that we are all here to love.
America, July, Fourth, Jemma
Today I am remembering and honoring the WWII veterans as well as  my Mom and Dad.
My parents were not political either, they just did what was they believed was right and took pride in their home, land and the fact that Dad had returned safely from WWII. 
These memories actually make me feel teary and comfort me too. 
There is a grounding in the knowledge of where you come from so to speak and knowing that what you believe in is always true as long as you keep it pure in your heart.
Folks will always want to spin tales, but right is right and wrong is wrong and at the end of the day we should all focus on getting along.
Just that fact that Dad made it home from the war was enough to celebrate life everyday.
Momma had tended to the farm, her aging Father and my sister Sandra while Dad was away. 
Quite an agenda for a young twenty year old woman.
I am ending this post with one neat fact on World War II.
The women during this time period gave up wearing stockings in order for those materials to go into the making of supplies for the War.
Can you imagine giving up of your beauty resources!
If so, what one would it be? 
As for me I cannot live without lipstick, mascara or a touch of bronzer...guess the foundation would have to go!
Happy Fourth of July to each and everyone!
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26 June 2017

Lemon Curd-Filled Cake Bites

Hello to  one and all!
Can you believe that June is nearly over??? Why is it that time is passing by so quickly?
Could it be age, Summer, traveling or just plain old watching time fly?
For the hubby and I it is a little of everything, we just returned form a quick trip to  North Carolina where we had the best seafood, ocean stops and family time.
In fact it was so nourishing to our souls that I came home and whipped up a beautiful and tasty Summer dessert that I found from Southern Lady magazine.
It just so happens that it doesn't matter one bit if you are Southern, Western or Northern or in-between this magazine is filled to the brim with inspiration and recipes!
Sharing a congenial and casual gathering infused with tasty food and Summer time cheer is the best of the best and I just happen to believe that this Lemon Curd-Filled Cake Bite recipe is a dessert keepsake for anyone, anywhere.
This recipe is streamlined by purchasing Lemon-Curd, although making your own Lemon Curd can be done as well if you'd like. One of the perks of this recipe is that it is homemade, but not entirely from scratch. Personally I think it is pretty to cool for every baker to have some magic recipes in her recipe box and this is one of them!
This quick, easy, tasty and Summer dessert that would most certainly be positively perfect for Shower's, al fresco dining, Birthday's, Anniversary's and just an anytime dessert is glorious and I am happy to be sharing it with you!
Sharing this fantastic Lemon Curd-Filled Cake Bite recipe from Southern Lady:
Thank you for joining me today and may gardening, cooking and the beauty of the world inspire you each and every day!

Looking forward to catching up with you all!
Remember when life gives you lemons make Lemon Curd -Filled Cake Bites!

Love Of HomeLife and Linda

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20 June 2017

3 DIY Tin Can Styles

For me Summer time goes hand in hand with simple gatherings, grilling, picnicking and fun crafts.
So I am happy today to be sharing with you 3 Tin Can Crafts from my home along with a  group of fun loving, happy go lucky crafters who have gathered together to share their fun easy tin can crafts with you.
All links will be available at the end of this post for our annual Summer Time Blogger Challenge!
So lets go and grab those recycled green bean and pinto bean cans along with the olive and soup cans for this easy and customized DIY Can Decorating workshop right here, right now!
The theme for these cans are gift bags! Save money and use your creativity to customize tin cans any way you please:)  
Supplies for 3 DIY Tin Can Styles:

Let your imagination be your guide and have fun!
* 3- 14.5 ounce tin cans rinsed and dried
* Wire
* Fabric
*Tacky Glue
*Drill & 1/16th size drill bit
*Assorted Ribbon
*Scrabble Pieces
*Burlap Ribbon
*Assorted embellishments
*Faux Metal Ribbon
Let us begin with the pet owner in your family or yourself!
Everyone loves giving a little gift to the puppy in the family, a dog bone, maybe even some little snacks.
If felines are your thing customize this can for the kitty in your life and tuck in some catnip inside this gift giving tin can.

For all of these Tin can projects I began by drilling holes in the side of the can using a drill and 1/16th size drill bit.
After this I roughly measured enough fabric to cover the tin can and then I glued the fabric on the tin can with tacky glue.
I inserted wire into the drilled hole and then wrapped the wire with ric-rack.
I chose some scrabble pieces to glue on the tin can, you could easily put the pets name on the can as well.
Add your choice of fun embellishments and then toss in some pet treats and you have a great gift for any pet!



After drilling holes in the side of the tin can I measured and cut the burlap ribbon to fit the around the can. Then I attached the ribbon with tacky glue.
I inserted  wire into the drilled holes then wrapped the wire with twine as well as the top of the tin can.
I finished up the project by adding embellishments that went along with my foodie theme and tossed some baking supplies into the tin can for gift giving.



Cut metal ribbon, ric-rack, stars and stripes ribbon to fit the size of can and secure with tacky glue and wire.
Add star embellishments. For an extra festive Americana centerpiece add various red, white and blue flowers and other festive goodies.


I hope that you enjoyed these fun and simple DIY tin can projects as much as I did!
For more inspiration please visit these seven creative bloggers as they inspire you with their crafty creations!

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