Monday, April 3, 2017

Birthday Crawfish Boil

Saturday, we hosted our son-in-law's annual birthday crawfish boil.  The last several years, our daughter has hosted this event but this year it was our turn! 

The crawfish were quite large and were shipped in from Louisiana!
Since we don't have any grass yet, the cooking pots were set up in the garage.
The birthday boy was the designated Boil Master.
Tables were covered in the garage as well as our grilling porch. 
Not only were there crawfish to eat but shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and onions.
We also had red beans and rice, slaw and other snacks!
This is how those young ones ate!  They just stood around the table and ate with their fingers.  Several of us (older) relatives took our meal and ate at another table.  :)
You can tell my great nephew wasn't quite sure about it all!

We even had "crawfish" cake!

Another exciting part of the day came when one of the guests literally flew in on his helicopter!  Since it was also April Fool's Day, we thought the kids were teasing us but they were serious!  This friend is a farmer who does field spraying on the side with his copter.  We really had the neighbors taking when he landed on the back of our property!
Grandma had to take the kids over to welcome him!

We really had a fun afternoon visiting, eating and celebrating!  Hope you had a great weekend, too!:

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Orchid Show at Shaw's Gardens

My dear mother-in-law's birthday is this week and she loves orchids.  She has several and is always so excited when when they bloom.  Instead of buying her another beautiful plant this year, we decided she might enjoy going to see the Orchid Show at the Missouri Botanical Garden (Shaw's Gardens) in St. Louis.  

I had no idea there was such a wide variety of orchids!  Some were tiny, some were huge, some looked like delicate spiders, some looked like bearded irises. Some even looked like dancing ladies! They were simply stunning!

(Warning: This post is LONG on photos.)

I know this was a long post but what a feast for the eyes!  These were all vanilla producing orchids and the exhibit included plackards that shared information about how the beans are collected and the vanilla is produced.  There was also information about how these plants were propagated.  It was all very enjoyable.  

I hope this post made you smile!  Have a wonderful week!

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Amaze Me Monday
Dishing It and Digging It 
Tuesdays At Our Home
Make It Pretty Monday
Tuesdays With a Twist
The Scoop
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Our New Laundry Room

Slowly, I've been showing you bits and spaces of our new home.  We finished building and moved in last Fall.  With Precious Daughter's wedding, preparing for our Favorite Son's move to Montana, our own move and the holidays taking most of our time, I've just now found time to breathe and share a few photos.  Today, we'll take a peak at our small, hard working laundry room.  It isn't easy to get good photos but here goes!
When designing our house, it was important to me to have our washer and dryer close to our bedroom.  In our last home, the laundry room was on the main floor just off the kitchen.  This worked okay for awhile as our family spent a lot of time outdoors.  The laundry area doubled as a full bath, complete with toilet, utility sink and shower.  All of the bedrooms were upstairs and as the children have grown and moved out and J has retired, I was finding myself continuing to haul all of our bedding and clothing up and down those stairs several times each week.  I thought how much easier it would be to have the laundry near our master bedroom.  And, it has worked just as I'd envisioned!

This is a small space and I really had to think what I wanted to do in this room as well as what I wanted stored here.  As you can see, we have a Maytag Bravos XL washer and dryer.  I love them!  The new technology is a big improvement on our old Maytag.  Our clothes are clean and the process is much quieter!  You can see they take up a lot space and that surprised me.  J had to cut the dryer vent hose just right so the dryer would clear the plantation shutters.  I also store a folding clothes rack and my clothes steamer here.
I had our cabinet maker build only base cabinets and I had him add a Formica counter top for folding.  I didn't add wall cabinets as I was afraid it would make the room look smaller than it already was.  We added one shelf I already had and another one J made to liven up the wall a bit.  I added some of my photo and plants.  This is a hardworking room and  I didn't want much decor to clean.
The outside wall has a clock and I hung my mother's old wash board on the opposite wall.
My laundry and cleaning supplies are stored in the cabinets.   When we moved, I really pared down my cleaning supplies to what I used on a weekly basis.  The rest were donated or pitched.  What I kept HAD to fit comfortably in this cabinet. 
I've been following Mary Organizes 91 Decluttering Challenge and it has helped me decide what to keep and what to let go of.
Ironing supplies and mops are stored behind the door as is a hanging rack for clothes ready to be ironed.  I'm hoping to find just the right hooks to hang my ironing board some day soon.
That's our little hard working laundry room.  The master bedroom is just a few steps away.
Thanks for stopping by!  I'm interested in your comments and how you utilize your laundry areas.  Wishing you all a happy week!


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Metamorphosis Monday
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Tuesdays at our Home
Dishing It and Digging It
The Scoop
Make It Pretty Monday
Home Matters
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Home Sweet Home
Sweet Inspirations