Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Blog? Maybe...


VERSUS



I keep hearing about Wordpress and how much easier it is to use. I decided to give it a try with the same type format as this blog and see which is easiest. I will say Blogger has been easy for me and learning a new way is a bit daunting. But there are limitations to what I feel I can accomplish here. So, I posted a previous entry from this site on to my new blog, Pam's Best Laid Plans, and will continue to use both for a while until I make a final decision. What are your thoughts? Do you have preference? Have you transitioned from one format to another? I would love to hear your ideas.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Purple Daisy Boutique & build.Wise(IT) - Working Together Never Looked So Good!



I want to share a great online clothing store, The Purple Daisy Boutique. Purple Daisy Boutique has a store front in historical downtown Corinth, MS. The owner also happens to be my cousin. While the store opened last year to wonderful success, the need for an online option was clearly seen by constant request through their Facebook page. What a wonderful dilemma to have! Today the online store is in full operation mode! build.Wise(IT) designed a fully functional retail site for their specific needs. build.Wise(IT) happens to be owned by my husband. It has been a joy to sit back and watch these two companies work together to bring this site to life. 

Brittanie Howard
Owner


Stan Fields
Owner


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hexagon Love

Have you ever had a desire to create something yet you can't get motivated to do it? That's where I am creatively. My mind thinks of so many ideas but I can't seem to get past the thinking and in to the doing! In hopes that will change if given the right motivation, I have put together a collage of inspiration found through Pinterest for hexagons. Yes, I know they are done over and over and no, I haven't ever tried them. But...I love the idea of something portable and something new to try. I am planning to try English Paper Piecing method. I have searched for tutorials and there is such a quick tutorial video series done by Texas Freckles that I found to be helpful. Melanie even has printable hexagon sheets to download. So, what do you think? Have you tried EPP hexagons before? 

Blueberry Park has one of my favorite large hexagon projects. 

Stitches and Scissors has this adorable zippered pouched featuring hexies.

How adorable is this wall hanging by Sunflower Seeds?

clair101 has a entire file of hexagon flowers. Isn't this little owl fun?

And that is just a hint of what is out there to inspire me!

I still haven't decided what I will make but the ideas are churning. Now, if only I can get the scissors, needle and thread to cooperate! :)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Yummy Salad Recipe


A few weeks ago, while in MS visiting family, Stan's sister, Debbie, made a wonderful salad. I promptly got out my trusty iPhone and made a list of the ingredients. She didn't have a name for the salad but since it tastes so yummy, I named it appropriately Yummy Salad. I have made it several times and each time it is praised by all who eat it. It has so many wonderful flavors that meld beautifully. Now, on to the recipe so that you may enjoy your own Yummy Salad! One thing to keep in mind, add as little or as much for each ingredient. Deb's directions were to add a handful of this and a handful of that. I measured my handful and came up with 1/3 cup. It worked for us. :)

Yummy Salad

Ingredients:

1 bag of Romaine salad mix or Spinach
     (I have used both. Romaine was the original recipe but we actually like Spinach best)
1/3 cup of each of the following ingredients:
  dried cranberries
  cashews
  walnuts or pecans
  slivered almonds
  pine nuts
1 tart apple, cubed in to small pieces
1 can of pears, in own juice, or 1 large pear, cut in to small pieces
Fresh grated parmesan cheese, to taste
Creamy poppy seed dressing, to taste

Directions:

After cutting fruit, add all ingredients in a large bowl and toss gently with the dressing. 

I have served this salad with fish and chicken. It takes just minutes to prepare this yummilicious (not sure that's a word but I like it) salad.

Enjoy!

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