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God is Love

When God speaks to us-

It's God talking to you! Have you ever felt sorry for yourself, it's an odd question I know.. But, most of us at some point in our lifetime has done so for one reason or another This morning as I was getting ready my hair just acted out, in that I mean a bad hair day for sure! It went one and I tried to get it to go the right way, nothing doing with the hair loss I have had due to the Disease Hashimoto's you know that disease I talk about the one that destroys the thyroid! This morning as I was trying to get read and look my best at 59, something I thought at 30 wouldn't matter lol. I mean then 59 was old and I never thought when I got here to 59 that I'd not feel any different about looking my best, and trying to take care of … [Read More...]

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The Blues that make you smile-

I love the great outdoors and it makes me smile when we can out and here at my home we spend a lot of time outdoors- Sharing some blues that make us SMILE- All photos from pinterest at https://www.pinterest.com/pamo/pretty-porches-and-patios/   So what is your favorite porch or patio area- … [Read More...]

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Welcome to my home-

I can not think of a better time of year here in Alabama, with the weather in the 70's each day I have started my potting and planting..  Not to plant too much incase we get that last cold snap in what we call Blackberry Winter, usually the last of April- I took some photos toady even under the cloudy skies here at my home front- I thought I'd share just a few of them with you today and hope you share yours here too in comments- So welcome to my home- The front door says welcome with my Ivy topiary I love and an old basket of  new Red Petunias                                            A close up of the red Petunias that sit at my front door-   Earlier this Spring I painted my front door "Crimson Tide Red" from Sherwin … [Read More...]

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Mother called it her Tree House-

A country home and an Alabama girl- Eight years go last month we moved into this home-It needed a bit of updating and took a few years to get there. Three years ago a tornado came right over our neighborhood and took part of our roof on our home and totally removed the roof on our deck that Mr Shabby had worked so hard to put up alone about the second year we lived here. Then a tree come down and took out the rest of it all but the floor- It's now time to re-roof and re-screen it in. This is my place of peace and quite and where I grow the herbs I cook with I already have a few planted!  When my Mother was alive she loved to sit out here rain or shine when the roof was on. She said she felt like a kid in a BIG tree house because the deck … [Read More...]

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Living with Autoimmune Disease and eating right-

  It's been a couple of years now after being diagnosed with another Autoimmune disease Hashimoto's the autoimmune disease not may Dr.'s or us understand well.   For me it has taken my down a time or two. Eat the wrong thing, or have too much stress ( stress in our life each day can be too much) when you have Hashimoto's. For some and I am one of them, it can be a mind changing illness and daily life seems more stressful even the little things seem BIG! And it seems to happen over night.    I had been meaning to write this and let the ones that have Hashi's know that the battle rages on in me and I now know that we can only slow the process not remove the illness alone. That would be a God thing, one I pray for daily for myself … [Read More...]

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Message of Hope-

God has ordained seasons in your life. It’s easy to get frustrated when our dreams aren’t coming to pass on our timetable. When that happens, we have to submit our plans to Him and trust that He has a better plan. Understand that in God’s kingdom, every season is not harvest. There are plowing seasons. There are planting seasons. There are watering seasons. And sure, we would love for every season to be a time of increase, but without the other seasons, we wouldn’t be prepared. It’s during the plowing seasons when God’s bringing issues to light that we need to deal with. He’s getting us prepared for promotion. If you’re not making as much progress as you would like, the key is to not lose any ground. Don’t go backwards. Hold your position … [Read More...]

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The Best Strawberry Cake Ever-

Print The Best Strawberry Cake Ever- Ingredients Ingredients 1 (18.25-ounce) box white cake mix 1 (3-ounce) box strawberry-flavored instant gelatin 1 (15-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed 4 large eggs ½ cup vegetable oil ¼ cup water Strawberry cream cheese frosting, recipe follows Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting ¼ cup butter, softened 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 (10-ounce) package frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed and pureed ½ teaspoon strawberry extract 7 cups confectioners’ sugar Freshly sliced strawberries, for garnish, optional Instructions Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) round cake pans. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and … [Read More...]

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A weekend project-

This weekend I decided to take some old fencing and cedar that I had in the basement and make a bench to go in the living-room So, I started it Saturday and finished it this afternoon I think any wood will do, the Bench is 5 ft long 20 inches high and 18 inches deep I painted it once I had it all put together with Chalk Paint®  by Annie Sloan in Paris Grey, then I added some dark wax by Annie Sloan. If you do not have a dealer near you for all your Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan needs, try  http://www.ladybutterbug.com/ the owner Karla, is always helpful and kind and the products are shipped very quickly.            Snapped with my cell sorry they are blurry- I almost forgot to even take before's, oops                    After I got … [Read More...]

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Speckled Malted Egg Cake-

Print Speckled Malted Egg Cake- Ingredients Cake 1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ white cake mix ½ cup malted milk powder 1¼ cups water ⅓ cup vegetable oil 3 eggs Frosting 1½ cups unsalted butter, softened 4 cups powdered sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Dash salt Liquid blue food color Speckling Chocolate 1 tablespoon unsweetened baking cocoa 4½ teaspoons vanilla Phyllo Nest ⅓ cup kataifi (shredded phyllo dough) 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted 3 speckled candy-coated malted milk egg candies Instructions Directions Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 3 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray; set aside. In large bowl, stir together cake mix and malted milk powder with whisk. Add remaining … [Read More...]

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Lemon Roll Cake

Print Lemon Roll Cake Ingredients Cake 3 eggs 1¾ cups Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow cake mix ⅓ cup water 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 tablespoons powdered sugar Filling 1 cup whipping cream 2 tablespoons powdered sugar 4 teaspoons grated lemon peel Garnish 1 tablespoon powdered sugar Instructions Heat oven to 375°F (350°F for dark or nonstick pan). Line bottom only of 15x10x1-inch pan with foil or waxed paper; spray foil and sides of pan with baking spray with flour. Place paper baking cup in each of 8 regular-size muffin cups. In large bowl, beat eggs with electric mixer on high speed about 5 minutes or until thick and lemon colored. Add cake mix, water, lemon juice, oil and 2 … [Read More...]

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Orange Mousse Pie-

Print Orange Mousse Pie- Ingredients Crust 1 box Pillsbury® refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box Filling 1 envelope unflavored gelatin ¾ cup orange juice 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened 1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon grated orange peel 2 cups whipping cream 2 large oranges, chopped, drained (2 cups) Topping 1 container (6 oz) Yoplait® Original 99% Fat Free French vanilla yogurt Get Fresh Ingredients & Recipes Delivered www.Plated.com/4-Free-Meals Instructions Steps Heat oven to 450°F. Bake pie crust as directed on box for One-Crust Baked Shell, using 9-inch glass pie plate. Cool on cooling rack 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in 1-quart saucepan, mix gelatin and orange juice; let stand 1 minute. … [Read More...]

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Bacon,Egg and Cheese Ring-

Print Bacon,egg and Cheese Ring- Ingredients 4 slices bacon, cut in half crosswise ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon milk 4 eggs, slightly beaten Salt and pepper, if desired ¼ cup chopped red bell pepper 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend (4 oz) Chopped fresh cilantro, if desired 1 cup Old El Paso® Thick 'n Chunky salsa, if desired Make Quick & Easy Bacon Cheddar Dip Instructions Steps Heat oven to 375°F. Line large cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper. In 10-inch skillet, cook bacon over medium heat about 4 minutes or until cooked but not crisp, turning once. (It will continue to cook in oven.) Set bacon aside; drain all except 2 teaspoons bacon … [Read More...]

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Chocolate Bunny Butt Cake

Print Chocolate Bunny Butt Cake Ingredients Ingredients 1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® dark chocolate or devil’s food cake mix Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box Tray or cardboard covered with wrapping paper and plastic food wrap or foil 1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting Red food color 1 large marshmallow, cut in half lengthwise 2 cups shredded coconut 2 cups coarsely crushed chocolate wafer cookie crumbs (about 40 cookies) 2 strawberry or cherry stretchy and tangy taffy candies (from 6-oz bag) 1 roll Betty Crocker® Fruit Roll-Ups® punch berry chewy fruit snack (from 5-oz box) 3 green-colored sour candies, separated into strips Construction paper Instructions nstructions … [Read More...]

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I’ve got that Cottage feeling-

I love the Summer months and riding through different towns looking at cottages- This one I love a lot- I love this little cottage with the ferns, American Flag flying. This one speaks to me totally- The little red cottage makes a bold statement- Little Red Cottage, oh so cute- My favorite so far, I think, nantucket no doubt- My favorite so far- Then when I see this one well, my mind goes hmmmm, love love love- I love a home with great curb appeal, that means so much to me.. Spring/Summer are my favorite seasons when we can work in the yard, plant,prune and enjoy the labor of all that we do at our home-And an American Flag hanging makes it all the more awesome- Tell me the one you loved and why, I love hearing … [Read More...]

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Win it now-

RULES you must like the face-book page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shabby-and-Such/235005483180340 , then tell us the color you want your initial on the Rabbit- Winner will be picked Sunday afternoon and it will be on it's way to you. Remember we will choose from names that have liked her face-book page and gave their comment for the color they want on the blog here..   Good Luck to all that enter- … [Read More...]

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Accent Pillows Pottery Barn fabric at 1/2 the price-

I hated this long cold Winter and was searching the Etsy pages for a touch a Spring a few weeks ago. I cam across this page that I soon found myself going wow! These are Pottery Barn Fabrics or some of the ones they use.. And much to my surprise 1/2 the price even with the shipping! So take a look at Spring on my front porch, Spring has sprung here in Alabama.. I am in love with them, the  fabric quality is awesome they are the pocket slide in which I personally love, no zippers to bust or break just easy in and out.   Fabric one was this vivid Spring/Summer stripe, a close up to see the fabric heavy and nice. I love the stripped lumbar in my Iron chair on the porch! What do you think.. This is the back side as you see, it … [Read More...]

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Marinade for Grilled Salmon-

Print Marinade for Grilled Salmon- Ingredients 4 salmon fillets 1⁄4 cup virgin olive oil 3 tablespoons soy sauce 2 scallions, chopped (2 green onions)Very fine- 1 garlic clove, finely chopped Very fine- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger chopped very fine- Instructions Mix oil, soy sauce, scallions, garlic, and ginger to make a marinade, pour over salmon and marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator. Add cracked pepper just before you grill! Grill, 5 minutes per side when the salmon flakes when pierced with a fork it's ready to eat- Enjoy 3.2.2929   … [Read More...]

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Hang it on the door-

Recently I was looking through some Esty sites and I stumbled across a few that I loved. I just received my wooden Rabbit for my front door for Easter. I wanted to share this Etsy site with all of my readers, I found that Kay was easy to work with, her prices were great and the item was truly worth it. I have shopped around my town and beyond for items for my door. I change with each Season and sometimes more than once during a Season.. Kay was easy to work with, my item shipped in good time and I am totally pleased.. It arrived on Saturday-   I couldn't wait to get it hung on my front door- A close up of the slight distressing, I found this to be just as it had been described on Kay's site. So many times when we order … [Read More...]

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Master Bedroom Makeover-

Your master bedroom should always feel like a retreat . . . a serene place to escape the stresses and obligations of the day. However, the bedroom is often times the most overlooked space in our homes. But there isn’t enough time, money, or energy to spread around everywhere, right? Our main living spaces just seem to take precedence sometimes. Well, let me encourage you to realize the importance of loving your bedroom again and its effect on your quality of life.   I believe a relaxing, beautiful bedroom sets the tone for the day as well as a peaceful evening - it’s the place that we associate comfort and rest. There are so many budget-friendly ways to add charm and warmth without breaking the bank. Choosing the right paint color … [Read More...]

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When and Why Women Cry-

 Just when and why do women cry! In my younger years the tears would flow so much easier. As I have gotten older I find that I do not cry as often, but when I do, oh it is usually a good one. What I call a "Soul Cleansing" I know there are times I need to cry and let out the hurt, anger, pain I am feeling from deep within.. I remember my Mama sating to me oh I need to cry but the tears just will not come, I have to say that I didn't get then, but I sure do now Like Mother, like daughter, I find myself holding back those tears, or they just will not come at all..  How many of you can cry at the drop of a hat? Why does one person get choked up over a Hallmark commercial, while another sheds tears only for the death of a loved one?   I … [Read More...]

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Valentines Evening Bath Bombs-

Your Valentines Day is not over yet and if it was a BOMB - We  have a much better Bomb for you, it's a yummy, relaxing, Bath Bomb with your name on it. Easy to enter, like https://www.facebook.com/EddieandEva on face-book or visit their site at http://www.eddieandeva.com/Default.asp for some incredible Bath and Body Works for YOU! Then  be sure to leave us your blog post to tell us yes, you want to win it in a comment here on the blog...  Come on share this and have fun it's FREE .. … [Read More...]

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Sweet Valentines Day Stories-

A few stories that is sure to put a Valentines Day smile on your face- Devoted and Determined During World War II my parents had planned a romantic Valentine’s Day wedding. Suddenly my father, then stationed at Camp Edwards in Massachusetts, received orders to prepare to ship out, and all leaves were canceled. Being a young man in love, he went AWOL. He and my mother were married four days earlier than originally planned and he returned to base to an angry sergeant. After hearing the explanation, the sergeant understandingly replied, “Okay, okay!” Then, as an afterthought: “But don’t let it happen again!” – Contributed by Sandra L. Caron Making the Grade My high-school English teacher was well known for being a fair, but hard, grader. … [Read More...]

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Tell us your favorite Country Cottage Bedroom-

Ok, I have heard from many of you on the Cottage you chose from the photos I shared on  previous post yesterday - So tell me now the bedroom you would personally want to have in your Cottage. Just post your comment here on the blog for us, we love to see what people like- Love to play decorate that cottage-or truly decorate your cottage with ideas from these amazing bedrooms.       All photos can be found at https://www.pinterest.com/smither1/cottage-country-decorating/   … [Read More...]

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We all need that one little place-

As Spring gets even closer I love the outdoors, while looking for a new home possibly I think to myself, ok it is only me now so how about a cottage? Do you see one of your dreams here, if so which one and why? Tell us here in a comment, I love to read all of your comments too.  Next time we will look for the things we see in these beauties.    2 All cottage photos came from https://www.pinterest.com/explore/lake-cottage-style/ … [Read More...]