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Favorites Party – Week Three

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Today’s FAVORITE is a favorite kid story.  Seriously, Kim.  Just one?  There is no doubt that in this adventure called parenting, dull moments are rare.  And, really you all hear a big-sized portion of my children and their shenanigans.  From John Henry peeing on our dog to Anna’s unending artistic expressions, it’s hard to pick just one.  So, I thought I’d share an outrageous kid story and the links we went to for Moosie and Mimi.

Bloggy World, meet Moosie.

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And, Mimi.

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John Henry’s Swedish Uncle Olov gave him Moosie when he was ten months old.  Mimi was a gift at a baby shower when I was prego with him.  He hasn’t parted with either since.  These are what we in parenting land refer to as his “lovies.”  Bedtime is not complete without either one.  They have traveled near and far with us.  And, we neveh EVAH check them in, ‘cause that’s one bag that we just can’t afford to lose. 

So on one trip to Cabo San Lucas, Moosie and Mimi were M.I.A.  We left our car at the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City.  We did the usual TSA check which is always an adventure with children.  Because, if Anna isn’t pulling her pants down to walk through the metal detector, then John Henry is up to his own covert operations trying to smuggle in Hot Wheels. 

Once we boarded the plane, I took my seat.  Then, it happened. 

“Where are Moosie and Mimi?” I asked. 

“I lost them.”  John Henry told me with the saddest looking blue eyes I’ve ever seen. 

I rushed up to the head flight attendant and told her my story.  A mother herself, she understood my dilemma.  At this point, even the Captain was involved.  Next thing I hear is the Captain alerting a TSA agent asking if Moosie or Mimi were there.  That’s right.  He called them by name. 

No Moosie or Mimi. 

I called Falon, who cared for our kiddos, and asked her if she could drive to Will Rogers and search our Tahoe.  Falon, knowing how vital these two bedtime lovies were headed straight for the airport.  God bless Falon Barnes Yost.  And, then, our plane took off for our connection in Dallas. 

In Dallas, Falon informed that Moosie and Mimi were indeed safe and sound in her loving arms.  She over-nighted them to my mother in GA, who in turn gave them to Kris’ dad who would be meeting us in Cabo.  Whew. 

The great Dr. Takle later gave us the “attachment” lecture.  We just smiled and nodded.  We didn’t really care at this point.  Moosie and Mimi were enjoying Piña Coladas with the rest of us south of the border.

And, that’s all that mattered.

What’s your favorite kid story?

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KFD Designs

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‘Tis the season to promote my friends.  Let me introduce you to Kristen F. Davis.

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Kristen is an artist, blogger, jewelry designer, and expert in turning walls into pieces of art.  She has the spectacular gift of rescuing furniture, lamps, you name it, and making them chic and enviable.  She’s not even afraid to try her hand at rewiring an old lamp!  She’s either brave or just plain crazy.  I’ll choose the former.  Below are some of my favorite photos of her brilliance.

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Kristen took an old shelf and painted it the same color as her wall to display her white dishes and “trinkets.”  This is one of my favorites.  Read more on open shelving here.

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The girl’s not afraid of color.  You can see the before and afters here.  Isn’t that turquoise great?

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She paints floors.

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And walls.  The black you see hanging from the tree is chalkboard paint.  How cute is that? 

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She makes jewelry. 

Kristen’s jewelry is terrific and fun.  I recently purchased a fabulous hand-made necklace and the earrings above from her Etsy store.  The jewelry is reasonably priced and ONE.OF.A.KIND.  Love, love, love it.  Check out her current inventory here.  They make great one-of-a-kind gifts!

Kristen offers style tips and before and afters on her blog.  Check her out!  Also, her new site, www.kfddesigns.com will be launching soon.  When it does, I’ll put it under my “Links I Like.”

If you live in the Atanta-ish area and are looking for creative wall, floor, or fireplace painting, she is your gal.

Unfortunately for me, I can’t make things or paint well.  But give me a box of legos and the results are endless. 

Are you artsy, creative like? 

 

 

 

 

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Favorites Party – Week Two

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It’s FAVORITES time again.  What a way to get in the holiday spirit.  Since I’m not decorating my house due to impending holiday travel, I’ll ‘tis the season right here in bloggy world.

Today’s FAVORITE topic is FAVORITE gift.  A favorite gift you’ve given or received.    

Now, don’t get me wrong.  I love to give.  But, I sure do get silly excited when I’m the recipient of presents.  Except for that puffy Christmas vest one of my students gave me years ago. 

My favorite gift.  I had a hard time narrowing it down between Dolly Pops, Brooke Shields  Barbie Doll, Snoopy Snow Cone Machine {carpal tunnel hell}, and the Barbie Townhouse.  But in the end, the Barbie Townhouse beat all.

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Do you know how awesome that yellow elevator was?  You pulled a string to raise it up and down.  It was seven year old HEAVEN for this little girl.  I loved it.  Thank you mom and dad for making my Christmases so grand.  They were perfect.  Even without the beloved Cabbage Patch Doll J

I’ve actually looked at buying one of these vintage Barbie items on eBay for Anna.  I did manage to acquire a Brooke Shields Barbie Doll for her still in the box on eBay for 99 cents.  I really didn’t get the reaction from Anna that I was looking for on that one.  Can’t imagine why.  Brooke is way cooler than Hannah Montana.

What is a favorite gift you have given or received?

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ONE Album.


You can only listen to ONE album for the rest of your life.  Only ONE.  Which album do you choose?

My pick is Sting’s Ten Summoner’s Tales. 

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The title is a play on Sting’s given name, Gordon Sumner and a character, “the summoner”, from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales.  Aside from this album being beautifully poetic, Sting’s voice relaxes me like no other.

I’ve seen Sting in concert numerous times.  Even caught The Police Reunion Tour.  And, while I appreciate his early work with The Police, nothing compares to his career as a solo artist.  NOTHING.  I finally met this perfect Englishman almost five years ago.  He wore this scarf wrapped cleverly around his neck and…  Oh, I could go on and on.  He made this cute little reference about my name and Dusty Springfield.  How beautiful that day was. 

If I could only download one song from this album {oh, the humanity}, then it would be “Shape of My Heart.” 

Your turn.

ONE album.  No more.

And, this is completely Thanksgiving related, because I am ever so thankful that Gordon Sumner was born on October 2, 1951.

 

 

 

 

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Favorites Party Tuesday!

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Every Tuesday ‘til Christmas, I’ll be joining my gal pal, Kim, in her 2008 End of the Year FAVORITES Party.  She assigns the FAVORITE topic each Tuesday.  It is her party, after all.  Join the fun.  And, hop over to Kim and give her a shout.  You will Lu-HUV that girl.  I love her for many reasons.  But, mostly because she laughs at me.  And, I like that in a person. 

Today’s FAVORITE assignment is Thanksgiving.  Huh.  Good call, Kim! 

Most of my Thanksgivings have been spent in Georgia.  I’ve spent two of my 33 Turkey Days in Oklahoma and will spend my third one here this Thursday.  One tradition that I maintain no matter if I am southeast or smack dab in the middle of America is my grandmother’s dressing.  As soon as I learned to drive {or never learned according to a few}, I began driving to Callie Mae’s house to help her make the dressing – or manna from heaven.  I have acquired her mad dressing makin’ skills.  Oh, yes I have. 

Side note:  Callie Mae is my Grandmother who is also Big Mama to many. 

This Thanksgiving Day will not go without Callie Mae’s dressing.  I thought I’d share her recipe with you.  It’s Southern.  It’s mad.  It’s go-o-od.

Callie Mae’s Dressing
You need:

cornmeal
8 eggs
salt & pepper
1 can cream of chicken
oil
buttermilk
1 stick of butter (melted)
3 or 4 onions (chopped)
12 saltines (crumbled)
5 pieces of loaf bread
small chicken (cooked)
broth from chicken
turkey juice

Directions:
Make 1 large pan of cornbread.  Mix 3 handfuls {gotta love Big Mama] of cornmeal, 1 egg, salt & pepper, and 2 spoons of oil.  {Teaspoon? Tablespoon? Nope. Just a regular old spoon.}  Add buttermilk and equal parts of water.  Add just enough to “make juicy,” Callie Mae says.  Pour mixture into large iron skillet. Make sure you cover skillet with 3 SPOONS of vegetable oil.  Cook on 450° until brown.

Cut cornbread up into large bowl.  Take juice from turkey and mix with cornbread.  Add cream of chicken, butter, onions, saltines, bread, broth, chicken, salt & pepper.  Whew.  I’m tired already.  Oh, and let that broth cool before pouring or Callie Mae will go pick a hickory stick.  Add remaining eggs, and “make it juicy!” 

Mix it all together and throw it into a large, deep glass bowl.  Begin baking at 350°.  When you start to see some bubblin’ on top, turn up the temp a little at a time until it hits 450°.  Cook approximately 1 hour until done.

Hmmm.  I hope I didn’t leave anything out.  Oh well.

Voila!  It’s not for the faint of heart.  But, I cannot imagine a Thanksgiving meal without it. 

Now, Kim said we could share a favorite Thanksgiving memory, tradition, game, or food.  And, I chose tradition.  When I told Kris I thought about sharing how Bryan, husband #1…..Wait.  Not insinuating that Bryan was like #1 as in Woo-Hoo, you win the prize.  Just that he was my first husband.  Well, ex-husband.  Follow?  Back to my story.  I thought about sharing how Bryan proposed to me on Thanksgiving Day and how sweet it was.  Kris was all like, “Why don’t we stick to the past 5 years.”  And, I was all like, “Okay, but it was such a sweet memory.”  And, I just dug deeper and deeper.  So here ya go.  Callie Mae’s Dressing. 

What’s one of your favorite Thanksgiving memories, traditions, games or foods? 

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My Favorite Things. Your Favorite Things. (2nd Edition)


My, my.  You people know what you like. 

Hope commented:

“Y’all probably don’t need this kind of moisturizing but up here in Canada … whoa!  Dr. Denese (probably on your QVC) sells a face “oil” that doesn’t leave a trace of oil, doesn’t clog pores and leaves your skin feeling like it was just made.  It’s called Hydro Shield Moisturizing Face Serum. Did I mention that my fine wrinkles have all but disappeared!”

I didn’t know what a fine wrinkle was until I hit my thirties.  But God is good, and He has His scientists at work developing formulas to make fine lines a thing of the past.  ‘Cause If I have faith like the grain of a mustard seed….

Now, Marla loves a lot of things, including Mexican food, but I couldn’t have agreed more when she commented:

“I LOVE LOVE LOVE Burt’s Bees Champagne lip shimmer stick. It just adds a little sheer shimmer to your lips, kind of a sun kissed look.”

I, too, love and use Burt’s Bees Champagne shimmer stick.  My lips have never looked so hydrated with a kissable, pinkish frost.

Karen e-mailed me this product that has revolutionized her mornings:

Senseo Deluxe Single Cup Coffee Maker! I couldn’t live without it.  Chris & I both drink coffee throughout the day. There’s nothing worse than stale, burnt coffee that’s sat in a pot being heated for 2 hours. Not even the thermal carafes did any better. Then, I found the Senseo on Amazon.com.  It makes 1 cup of coffee at a time using a pod. You get the same flavor every time.  You don’t have to worry about how much coffee you put in or how strong/weak it will be. The grounds are contained in the pod.  It just lifts out & gets thrown away.  What’s even easier is Amazon has the pods for it, and they are reasonably priced.  You can also subscribe & get a discount. I do that with coffee & tea.”

Now, for you men who like to smell real nice for your lay-deez – or you men on the prowl wondering why the women just aren’t that into you, this one is for you:

Chrome by Loris Azzaro.  I just purchased this cologne for Kris.  He sprays it on, and I am in L-O-V-E.  It’s wonderful, I tell you.  It’s sexy and masculine. 

Shari Lynn wants to know some of my diet and exercise tips.  God bless her to think I have some.  Maybe, I’ll post on that one tomorrow.  And, your feedback will be more than welcomed.

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My Favorite Things – Your Favorite Things (1st Edition)


I’ve been intending on writing an occasional post of some of my favorite things and/or some of your favorite things; hence, the title.  I’m not sure how often I’ll run ‘em, so we’ll just play it by ear.  Okay?  Okay.

My good friend, Amy, e-mailed me one of her new favorite things. 

Amy writes:

I just tried Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes and thought I’d died and went to heaven.  They take off all of your make-up in an amazing 60 seconds or less – even the water-proof mascara that I don’t wear but they claim it does.  I do believe it!  It took off all my make-up, saved my white wash cloth, and left my face smooth as a baby’s bottom with a hint of glisten.  I especially will be happy for this find on one of those late, miserable nights when you know the make-up needs to come off but it’s the last thing in the world you want to do.  You could wipe your face off on the way to bed.  I highly recommend this product and would hope someone would share the same with me if they find anything half as amazing!

No, no.  Neutrogena is not paying Amy to endorse their product.  But, they should.  After all, she is one of the beautiful people. 

Now, I realize this favorite thing comes of no help to you male-type readers.  But, you can pass this little bit of heaven onto your wife, girlfriend, momma or Aunt Clarissa (that is, if you have an Aunt Clarissa.)

As for me, I’ll be picking up my own Neutrogena towelettes today.  After all, if I can glisten like Amy, I am all over it.  Can I get an amen?  Yes, yes, I see that hand.

I promise to have a favorite thing for you handsome men next time.  Stay tuned.

Are you using a product you think we need to know about?  What about a fabulous recipe you are just dying to share – or cook in my kitchen?  Or, any other random things that are making your top ten list?

E-mail me your favorites at durstee@aol.com, and, let’s share them with the world!  Or at least with all ten of my readers.  Hallelujah.

Do you take your make-up off every night? 

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