Something New is coming!

I have been working on something that is very exciting to me and I am about ready to launch it! I have been working for quite some time on getting everything together to open my Shopify store…Mayhem Bling! There are just a few more details to work out, but it is so close to being ready! I am also going to be incorporating all of my social media, my YouTube channel and this website so that it will all work together to create my Brand!!! This has been years in the making and I am so close, I always want everything to be perfect before I do it, but I am just ready to go with it and make adjustments as needed! Of course, I will be offering all sorts of items in my store. Just a few are: Knitted Beanies and scarfs, knitted stuffies, earrings, key chains, home décor items, laser cut items, custom items, and Print on Demand items such as shirts, leggings, throw pillows, coffee mugs and who knows what else I will come up with…hence the name…Mayhem Bling!!!

You can find me on social media: Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube as Mayhem Bling. I sure would love it if you would follow me on all platforms to help me build my Online presence!

Trying to cut the cord

Hey there! Just wanted to do a short post this evening because I have a great offer to share…but first I’ll tell a little bit about the “why” I think it’s a great offer.

Over the last few months I have been trying to help my Mom cut some expenses. Mom has worked hard her whole entire life. She quit school in her early teens so she could go to work and help her parents, who had children younger than Mom, but had also adopted family members who were even younger yet and was raising them as their own.  So fast forward about 40+ years… Mom worked for KMart for almost 20 years before they closed her KMart down several years ago. I am sure that Mom wouldn’t mind me sharing her age with you because she is very proud of how hard she has worked, and that she can still work circles around most anyone out there. Mom has a birthday coming up next month…she will be 83! She took a little time off but she has never been one who could just sit at home, so after some time off she got another retail job working at TJ Maxx. She worked there for months and then we had a terrible hail storm in our town and the building was demolished. Not only was her work damaged, but she had damage to her house and her new car was totaled. She lived very close to where the store was located. It was the worst hail storm we have EVER seen. So once again she found herself without work to do. She endured for a while, we got her fixed up with another car, got her house repairs done,  and she found herself sitting at home again, all the while going stir- crazy just being at home. She went out and got another retail job at the Dollar Tree. She worked there for several months and then due to circumstances beyond her control she found herself without a job. I digress but I wanted to share what leads me to this post! So, we have been trying to find ways to cut her monthly expenses since she no longer has that paycheck coming in. By the way, she is still looking for work and has applied at Belk and possibly Dollar General!!! So… I thought that if I got her a Fire TV Stick that could help cut down her cable bill. I ordered it and when it came in I took it over to her house, installed it and added all of the apps or channels or whatever you call them so she could try it out. She has used it some and she likes it but I don’t think she is totally convinced yet to totally cut the cord and be cable free…but she is working on it. Seriously, it would save her over 100.00 a month!!! So that brings me to the great offer I have for you! And a small explanation about it….I have recently become an Amazon Affiliate and I can offer promotions from Amazon and if you use my link and make a purchase I get just a little bit of profit from that. So…this is a pretty awesome offer!!!

You can get a Fire TV Stick and an Echo dot for just 41.99. That is an awesome deal!!! Christmas is coming….or if you just want to cut some monthly expenses…cutting that cable cord might help. We have one on every tv in our house and we love them. We have not cut the cord yet but we might soon. You would not believe all of the things you can watch. You can even get local news stations too.

I hope you take advantage of the link…I don’t think you will be disappointed!

Have a great night and I will be back soon!


Happy Fall Y’all

Well, well, well….it has been a long time! There has definitely been a lot going on around here and honestly, I just can’t keep up! I did want to get back to blogging now that I have some time on my hands. That is a whole other story that we can talk about at a later date. But for today I just wanted to come in…chat a bit…and talk about the upcoming Holidays.

I know that I can’t be the only one ready for some excellent food next week. Some good ole comfort food. Some stick to your ribs, fill your belly until you can’t stand it, go back for more, down home good cooking!!! Y’all got your stretchy pants ready? I do!!!

So…what y’all making???? We share duties so that one person doesn’t have to cook it all. Hubby and I usually go to His Mom’s for lunch Thanksgiving Day with the kids and his sister, and then for dinner that night We have my daughter and her family and My Mom over. This year we are going to be smoking ham and turkey! The last couple years we have just ordered from Honey Baked Store but we decided this year to do the meat at home, which is what we have always done, we just took a break for a while! I will also be making the dressing for both meals and baked mac and cheese!!! I love some baked mac and cheese! Really…this should be called Cheese and Mac….coz it is cheeeeeeezy! I will also be baking some pies! Planning on making my cornbread for the dressing tomorrow and just sticking it in the freezer until I need it next week. Here is a pic of Thanksgiving past…


YUMMY!!!! Doesn’t that just make you want to….I don’t know….slap someone?!?!!??? That’s the mac and cheese on the other end…I told you it was cheeeezy!

While we are on the subject of food and cooking…do you have an Instant Pot? Yes…Instant Pot…not Instapot. Most people call them Instapots…I don’t know why, anyway. Do you have one? Do you use it? I do and I LOVE mine!!!! I use it all the time!!!


And I do mean…ALL THE TIME!!! I cook in it at least 3 or 4 times a week. The thing is…everyone thinks you can only cook the things that are in the Instant Pot cookbooks. That is SO NOT TRUE! I cook all of my usual stuff….I just use the Instant Pot. You can adapt any recipe that you love. It is so easy! There are different settings for different things and it really does make it easy to adapt the recipe. I think a lot of people are intimidated by the electric pressure cookers and so they just don’t get comfortable using it. These are not the old time pressure cookers that you have to be worried about them “exploding” in the kitchen. There are safety features on there that were not available when Grandma was using hers! I tell you, meat comes out tender and still juicy, soups and stews have much better taste, you know how soup tastes after you have warmed it up a few times….just like that right off the bat! So if you have an electric pressure cooker take some time and get to know it….use it…become it’s friend….you will be glad you did! My word of advice though is this….please DO NOT EVER SIT IT ON THE STOVE!!!! I have seen so many times in the Facebook groups that I am in, about someone sitting it on the stove, either while using it or when it is not in use, and somehow the burner gets turned on and melts the pressure cooker. You have been warned! You’re welcome!

I am going to wrap this post up, but before I do I want to share with you a couple of things for the Instant Pot that you really shouldn’t be without. You can click on the picture and it will take you to where you can purchase them!!! (And if you do… it will pay me just a little bit too!)


If you use your Instant Pot…you have already figured out that sometimes the seal will retain a scent of what you cooked in it last. So it is a good idea to have an extra seal on hand. Especially if you cook both savory and sweet in your pot. You sure don’t want you cheesecake tasting like spaghetti sauce!

And then there is this little gem…

It is a steam diverter! I love mine!!! It fits over the pressure valve so that when you want to release the pressure the steam won’t blow straight up and into the bottom of your cabinet! Why didn’t I think of this? You just want to make sure you put it on before it comes up to pressure that way you aren’t trying to put it on and having steam escape and possibly burn your hand.

There are many different accessories you can get for your Instant Pot and I will share some more in another post coming soon!

Now that my stomach is growling from all of this food talk, I am gonna end this post and go try to figure out what we are going to eat for dinner tonight! Everyone have a wonderful evening and I will be back with another post real soon!

See ya soon,


Fluid Acrylic Painting

I just wanted to share something that I have been doing for the last several months. Fluid Acrylic Painting. I absolutely LOVE it! I have always loved to craft and I always enjoy trying different types of crafts. I just ran into this on Youtube and I have been hooked ever since! I am going to share one of my Youtube video’s that I published a few months ago. It has over 6000 views! I am so excited about that! I hope you enjoy it!

And here is a picture of what it looked like after it was dried and varnished!


Arts and crafts, College and coffee.


So, I had a few extra days off last week. My original plans were to have a booth at the local arts and crafts festival. It’s called the Bloomin’ Festival . It’s held every April in Cullman, Alabama. You should really check it out if you ever have a chance! Anyway, I apparently waited too long to check into the requirements to apply. I still had time to get the application in but one of the requirements was that you had to submit a picture of your tent display. No can do…I didn’t even have my tent yet! I had been lurking Amazon trying to figure out which one I wanted to get and before I could even decide, the openings for vendors were filled. I have my tent ordered, it should be here next week!!! Look out Bloomin’ Festival 2019…I plan on setting up tent!

I decided to go ahead and take the time off anyway because I can always find something to do! I really needed to get some pictures of my artwork and jewelry so that I could get some things listed on Etsy. I have the pictures but not one single listing is done yet. It’s a work in progress. It is ALWAYS a work in progress! Anyway, I talked with my daughter and she only had one class on Friday, and since I really needed to go to Huntsville, we decided I would just take her to class and we would have some lunch and do some shopping. Her class was at 10:30 so she said we would be fine as long as I was at her house by 9:30. No problem. Except I forgot to check my gas gauge the day before and had to stop and get gas before I could pick her up. I got to her house at 9:35. I was shocked that she hadn’t called or texted me before I got there to make sure I was up and on my way. She usually does! When I got there…she wasn’t ready. We finally got out the door at about 9:43 and she said we would still be ok….just don’t drive slow, she says. That is not usually my problem…she is usually telling me to stop speeding!!! So we get on the road and it is smooth sailing for about the first 20 minutes…then traffic pretty much comes to a stand still. Uh oh…not looking good for getting there on time. We creeped along for the next several miles until we could finally get off the interstate and headed at a normal rate of speed towards the campus. I told her that if I would have known about all the traffic mess I would have just taken the time to make my coffee to bring with me. That is definitely not something she is used to hearing because I have just recently started drinking coffee! She told me there was a Starbucks right by where her class was and I could just go in there and get some coffee while she was in class. Sounded good. Except what she didn’t know was that I have never ordered coffee at Starbucks! Never! Ever! We finally made it to campus and I delivered her to her class. She pointed out where I should go if I wanted some coffee and headed to her class. I would have about 40 minutes or so to wait and since I was just going to be sitting in my car reading while I waited I decided I would go for that cup of coffee after all. So I walk over to the building that housed the coffee shop, walk up to the counter, and explain to the woman who was working there that I had no idea how to even order the coffee that I wanted. I don’t know a cappuccino from a latte. Let alone what a Frappe or Macchiato is. So I told her what I wanted…brewed coffee with half regular and half decaf. Her reply was…”Oh….we ain’t got no decaf in the brewed coffee.” Although it plainly stated on the order board that it was an option. I said..”ok…well…what do you have that we can do half and half?” She offered an Americana with one shot regular and one shot decaf. “Sure”, I say, no clue what an Americana even is. Now, in my mind, at some point she is going to ask me if I want cream, sugar or some type of syrup. I don’t know much about Starbucks, but I do know that they have syrup for your coffee!!! Nada. She handed me the cup of coffee, told me how much it was and that was it. Ok. I look around and see that there is a counter that has stir sticks and some other stuff on it so I am thinking I will just go see what they have to offer there. Once I got to the counter I realized that she had run this coffee through some machine and I wasn’t exactly sure WHAT was in it. I took the lid off and it was a light color foamy looking coffee. Well now how an I going to know what the heck to add to it if I don’t know what’s in it? Guess I need to taste it and see. I just have to say…that was the HOTTEST coffee known to man!!! Oh my gosh!!! Talk about a tongue scorcher!!! I don’t think my tongue is ever going to be the same! I am pretty sure that I burnt the whole top layer of my tongue off!!! AND…it was just plain coffee!!! I put some sugar in it…stirred it up…and headed back to the car. I like cream in my coffee, preferably Hazelnut. I didn’t have that. Burnt tongue, no cream and a horrible first experience ordering at Starbucks…dumped the coffee in the trash can outside as I walked by. Should have taken the few extra minutes at home that morning to make it exactly like I like it! Not to mention that I honestly think it interfered with my sense of smell for the rest of the day! My daughter says it is the other way around, smell affects your sense of taste, but not taste affecting smell. She might be right, but I’m telling you, if you have never burnt your tongue that bad you will never know!!!

Have a great week everybody!



I’m back!

Whew! I’ve been gone for a while! I just don’t know where the time goes. As I get older the days go by so much faster. And I don’t seem to get as much as accomplished daily either. I have been doing a lot of painting. I am really enjoying doing the fluid acrylic painting and I have also been doing some acrylic painting and some water color.

This past weekend I was able to be a vendor at a local women’s conference with my friend Ginger. We both love to make art and we have wanted to set up a booth at arts and crafts shows so this was a good opportunity for our first venture!

We both had canvases already done but with the opportunity to show our art and possibly even make some sales we both worked hard and created even more so that we would have plenty to show. It was truly a labor of love for both of us because we LOVE doing it! However, it did involve quite a few VERY late nights! When I set my alarm on Friday night for the event on Saturday, my phone said “your alarm is set for 3 hours and 27 minutes”!!! What??? When we got to the venue we discussed it and she went to bed about the same time I did!

 Once we found out where we were to set up our booth we got busy unloading the cars and preparing to create an awesome display! I had a wire grid wall that I was going to hang my canvases from and I had a set of lights to drape around the sides and top to make it stand out. I got the wall put up and the lights on and guess what….half of the strand didn’t light up!!! I just bought them!!! It never even crossed my mind to check them ahead of time….rookie mistake! I thought…no problem…not gonna let that bother me, it isn’t going to affect how the art looks, let’s just get the canvases up and displayed. We had to be at the venue at 7 am and to be set up by 8:30. Shouldn’t be a problem! Right. My original plan was to put wire on the back of the canvases for people to hang them with but then I decided that it wouldn’t really be necessary because with fluid paintings they can be hung whatever way looks best to the owner. And one less thing for me to have to do before the event! Score. NOT. My plan was to hang the canvases with the wire from “s” hooks on the grid wall. When I tried to hang the canvases without the wire from the “s” hooks….it wouldn’t work! It needed the wire to hold on to! Another rookie mistake. In my mind it should have worked but I didn’t try it ahead of the event day. Another rookie mistake. Now, I have 40 canvases, a wall to display them on and no way to hang them. Bummer. I decided I would run out and try to find something to hang them with. It was 8:03. Supposed to be set up  by 8:30.  I left and went to the nearest place that might possibly have something I could use… Dollar General. A sign on the door said they were closed due to register issues. I drive across town to another Dollar General, ran in, told them what I was needing and the clerk took me to where the hooks were and what they had wouldn’t work….Okay….think outside the box Jo, time is ticking! I look down and see a roll of twine. That’s it! I can make a hook with the twine, attach it to the back of the canvas with duct tape and hang it from the hook! SCORE!!! I. Am. A. Genius!  Rush back to the event, Ginger helps me and we get them all hung up. Whew..disaster averted. WRONG!!! The first guest speaker started telling her story, which was an absolutely amazing testimony of the power of prayer! A canvas falls. Boom…..hits the floor. A few minutes later, a second one, then a third. One by one….the canvases were falling. Minutes apart. Just when I thought another wasn’t going to fall……crash….another one would fall. How embarrassing!!!! Finally I just got up and took them down, stacked them in front of the wall and left it at that! Major rookie mistake with the duct tape!!!

I said all of that to end up saying that I am grateful for the opportunity to get it all figured out and ready for the next event!!! I am now currently working on making a fail proof hook for my canvas!!!

Ginger had her artwork displayed in an awesome way!!!

I also make jewelry from the leftover paint from my fluid acrylic painting and those were on display as well.

Here is what the booth looked like before all my canvases decided to play Humpty Dumpty and fall of the wall!!!


Photo credit to Ginger.


So that was my first event experience with my art. I am thankful for the experience and looking forward to my next event!!! 

This is just one more example of why my blog has its name!!! Mishaps and Mayhem abound whenever I’m around!!!  But ya know what….I just keep on keeping on!!!

Be blessed! I will be back soon.




Where does all the time go?



I’m not sure where all of the time goes. I know that I have the same amount of time in my day as everyone else…but it seems to go by so quickly! Maybe it is because I am getting older and it takes me longer to do things! Maybe it’s because I try to cram too much into my day? I have so many things I want to do…so many things I want to make…so many people I want to share with…so many things I want to cook…and I still have to make a living! The pesky making a living thing. It get’s in the way sometimes of doing the other things…but it is a necessity!!! I think my issue is time management. Or maybe….I just need to move faster? Who knows! I have been working on a lot of different things….trying to get them to all come together in what I am trying to do to make the overall picture complete!!! I have my blog…I am working on my YouTube channel. I am trying to get my Etsy store going…and they are all linked to my motto…MishapsandMayhem…because it perfectly describes my life!!! There are always Mishaps and Mayhem going on…it wouldn’t be MY life if there wasn’t!!! The common thread is Mayhem. So please be patient…I will share when I can…as I can….and hopefully it will all come together to create the ME package that I have been working towards!!! You can find my YouTube channel by searching my name….Jo Dunagan…on YouTube. I have been doing some painting tutorials and a tshirt making tutorial. I will expand as time permits. Please check it out and leave me some feedback!!! I am working on my Etsy store and it should be going before long! It will go alot smoother once I have them all up and running and linked together! Thanks for your patience while I am working through this process!!!


Too much or too little?

I often times find myself questioning…do I do too much or not enough? Most of the time I feel like I try to do more than I can do in a day. But then…I feel like I didn’t do near enough! I know we all have different stations in life, different goals and definitely different energy levels. I just question…what is “enough”? What is…”the norm”? I just feel like it is time to start taking things a little easier. Not sure how to make that happen or if I even can. Just pondering.

I started today by going to the dentist for a routine cleaning and check up. (I had to be there at 7 am). Got a great report. WHEW! Going to the dentist has never been an easy thing for me. Lots of dental work over the last couple of years has made me realize that I need to stay on top of things…and it’s not nearly as scary as it once was! Thank God for a wonderful dentist!!!

Left the dentist office heading to work. Got there too early so decided to go pick up some donuts for the girls at work. I like the people I work with and like to do random things. And hey, we like to eat!!! Had to open today so I had to be there earlier than normal. Being there earlier than normal is always a struggle for me and a stressful thing…but I am getting better at it!

Spent my day being a part of the management team at work. Also filling in for a full time person that is on vacation this week and the part time person that wasn’t there today because of scheduling. Can we say…dual roles…or would that  be triple roles?

Left work and went to the grocery store. Picked up what I needed to get…came home and put things away. Changed into my comfy clothes and got started.

Did some cleaning in the kitchen. Started some laundry. Picked up some around the house.

I had a shirt order that needed to go out so I went to my craft room to work on that. Then I realized I had to cut some vinyl for another project I have going. Cut the vinyl and came back to work on the shirts. Got the shirts done and now it is past time for dinner. I am not talking about a shirt or two…12 shirts. Actually 13 but didn’t get the last one done yet due to a size issue. Luckily we had already talked about the fact that we were having leftovers of the chicken and dressing  from the weekend. So I put the chicken and dressing in the oven to warm and made some sides to go with it.

Oh wait..past time for the pups to eat. Feed the dogs.

Now the trash is full. Take the trash out.

I still need to finish the laundry. It will get done before I go to bed. Or in the morning.

I have recorded shows I want to watch…to unwind. Instead I decided to blog. And I am sure that there are many more things that I could be doing, should be doing, or need to be doing right now. But I am saying…Enough is Enough….I should eat dinner..but it is way too late ….I had a very late lunch today so not even hungry.

In my mind I have many many many more things or projects I need to be doing right now…or in the very near future. I have crafting to do…cleaning to do…cooking to do…and giving to do. Family to spend time with…memories to make….and trips to be taken.

Maybe I need an assistant? To help with  scheduling. Maybe I need a maid? To help with cooking and cleaning. Maybe I need vitamins? To help with energy. I don’t know. Who knows what the answer is. I just know that I still can’t figure out….do I do too much or too little?




If My Mom Had a Blog in the 70’s

I can assure you that if my Mom had a blog in the 1970’s it would definitely be different than the blogs of today. Here is what I imagine it would look like!




Finally…my day off. Well I guess I should say that I didn’t have to go to work at the dry cleaners today. Six days of 12 hour shifts are about killing me. I wish I had the day off. Today consisted of going to PayLess to get the groceries, then I had to run to Kmart to pick up a few things. Hubby is playing golf…again….so it is up to me to get this stuff done. I took the girls with me and that always turns into a fiasco. My two girls always have to have the two neighbor girls come with us. I swear they are inseparable! They are together all day long, every day all summer long. You would think that they could be apart long enough to get our errands run but no….they can’t stand it. Sometimes it is just easier to let them come to avoid the pouting and  foot dragging that I have to endure during the shopping if they don’t come. The only thing worse than the foot dragging is the fussing and jumping around in the back seat on the way there and back. I swear…one of these days one of them are going to go flying right out the window. It won’t surprise me a bit.  As always…they talked me into buying all four of them paddle ball’s at Kmart and within 10 minutes of getting home two of the four had already broken the rubberband that holds the ball to the paddle. There is no fixing it. Now it will just be a good paddle for their behinds! That was a wasted dollar. I did find a good buy on the Banquet Boil-n-bag meats that we like to make our Manhattans. PayLess had them on sale 5/1.00 so I got 10! That will make for a good dinner tonight. Hubby just loves the Salsbury Steak but the girls like the turkey the best. Not a bad price so Hubby can have 2 bags…he will be happy about that!

I went down to the basement to start some laundry after we got home from shopping and you guessed it….the stupid Sump Pump wasn’t working again and there was water a foot deep when I got down there!  I had to wait until Hubby got home from playing golf to fix it. I swear I don’t know how long my washer and dryer is going to last down there! How many times can they be in that much water before they just rust completely away? I just hope nobody gets electrocuted stepping out of the steps and into the basement! Taking that last step is always a bit scary! Maybe I can get him to build me a wooden platform like the neighbor has so that way they would be up out of the water a little more. Or maybe we could get a sump pump that actually works when it should…that would be great! After dealing with the mess of the flooded basement and trying to get laundry started I realized I didn’t have time to cook the boil-n-bags tonight and make the Manhattans so I just sent the girls to the store to get some Ham Salad, Pepsi and cigarettes. Maybe I can cook another day this week.


Another 12 hour day today. This 6am to 6 pm is killing me. I have been doing it so long I wouldn’t know what to do with a regular 8 hour day. My boss started another sale on dry cleaning today…10 cents for shirts and 15 cents for pants. We were busier than we have been for a while. The summer is a slower time so he always runs these specials. They bring in the business but with no air in there  it really takes a toll on you. We even had both double doors all the way up today and with both fans going we couldn’t get a good air circulation going. I know I will regret saying this later..but I am ready for winter!

Got home from work and of course the girls were at the park. They only halfway did their chores today and when their Dad got home he found a dirty fork in the silverware drawer. He swears that the next time he finds a dirty dish they are going to have to wash every dish in the house. And drink the water! I believe he will do it. I had to call them in for dinner at 7 o’clock after I got the Manhattans made. Hubby was happy that he got to have two! The girls did the dishes and then wanted to go right back outside..because…”everybody else is outside…why do we have to come in so early?” Well if everybody else jumped off a bridge would they do it too? Probably.


Well…it is going to be a long summer. I called the girls today at Noon just like I always do to make sure they are inside doing their chores and not outside at the hottest part of the day and they didn’t answer. They  know they have to be in the house from Noon to Two. I don’t want them having a heat stroke. I called again and still no answer. So I called the girls next door. All four of them were there. Having lunch and helping with their chores. When I asked if they had THEIR chores done at home they said NO that they were helping them first and then all four were going to our house to do their chores there. How hard is it to just do your own chores and be at your house when you know I am going to call to check? I told them if it happened again they would be grounded for two weeks. They better be there when I call tomorrow. And they better have their chores done tomorrow when I get home because I am having some friends and neighbors over for a Home Interiors Party. I will have to stop and get some snacks on my way home so I won’t have time to tidy up before the party. Hubby has his Union Meetings on Wednesday so that is the best night for me. I am hoping to sell enough to earn those white wicker sconces that I have had my eyes on for a while. Maybe even the gold candle cups to go with them!


I am so excited to announce that I had such a good Home Interior Party that I was able to get the Sconces, the gold candle cups AND the white wicker butterflies too! We had such a good time. All of the snacks I got were a hit too. We had those little fancy cookies from PayLess, I made a platter of cheese, bologna and braunschwaiger with crackers. Assorted chips and of course Tab and Fresca to drink. The only thing that didn’t go so well was that one of the party goers, I’m not totally positive of who…but I think I know who, forgot about her cigarette in the ashtray and it burnt a place on my coffee table!!! The party didn’t get over until almost 9 and Hubby was late coming in from his Union meeting so it was Ham Salad sandwiched for supper…again.


I called the girls at lunch and surprise surprise…they were actually home doing their chores! They better be glad because they sure don’t want to miss out on their park time any time soon. They brought a new load of sand for the sandbox today and every kid in the neighborhood is over there just having a blast! I bet you money if I look in my kitchen right now I have a few missing bowls and spoons and I am sure that they are right over there in that sandbox!!! If it isn’t my spoons and bowls it’s the roll of wax paper to use on the slide. They get that thing so slick that someone is going to get hurt flying off the end of  it.

Oh my word! As I was writing my post I looked out the window into the park to check on the girls and you will not believe what they were doing! They had the trash barrel turned on it’s side and they were standing on it and walking it around the park! ALL 4 OF THEM!!! Lord have mercy I don’t know how they stay alive! Last week they had the picnic table pulled up to the swing set and were standing on it while on the swing and swinging off! I don’t know where they get these ideas! They are all little dare devils. Well…it’s 10:30 and Frazier’s closes at 11 and I really need a  Chocolate Pecan sundae…I think I’m gonna send the girls up there to get me one….they have plenty of time to make it up there on their bikes it’s only about 10 blocks away.


This post is going to be short because it is late and I am tired. On a bright  note…I don’t have to work tomorrow!!! But I do have to get up and make cookies or brownies or something for the Ice Cream Social for the girls school tomorrow. I might make a cake for the cake walk…I haven’t decided yet. I went and played bingo after work tonight. I did pretty good…I won a few dollars and a black and white tv!!!! We already have one in the bedroom so I think I am going to surprise the girls tomorrow and let them put it in their bedroom! They will be so happy! I’m not really sure how big it is…maybe a 12 inch not sure but it will be better than nothing! I stopped at McDonald’s after bingo and got the girls and hubby some supper. They were sound asleep when I got home at midnight but they all woke up long enough to eat and went right back to sleep.


I got up this morning and started some laundry. Then I had to run to PayLess and get the stuff to make for the Ice Cream Social. I decided to make cookies and a cake for the cake walk. I got the stuff to make a roast and potatoes for dinner so I got that on the stove and going before we went to the school. It was SO HOT out there on that playground. There were lots of people there and I think all of the girls had a good time. Me and the girls Mom sat together and chatted and smoked while the girls played tether ball and chinese jump rope. They love to  play Red Rover but one of them ALWAYS ends up crying about something that happened during the game. Nobody got hurt playing dodgeball this time…miracles never cease!!! The roast turned out really good and the girls won a cake at the cake walk and we had that for desert. The girls are camping out in the backyard tonight. They love to do that. All four of them take their sleeping bags, zip them together, and hang them over the clothesline in the neighbors back yard. They took snacks and drinks, they have their records and record player. They ran an extension cord out of their bedroom window and they even took their TV out there! I’m sure all of the neighborhood kids are out there right now! I will have to run them off before long. It’s almost midnight and I am ready to hit the hay.


Well I had a pretty relaxing day today. The kids played outside all day and hubby was playing golf so I pretty much had the house to myself. I finished the laundry, did some cleaning and cooked some supper. The only excitement of the day was when two of the girls got in a fight while they were down the street roller skating. I don’t know how may times they have been told not to skate on that driveway but all of the kids just gather there when the people that live there leave. They say it’s because it is the smoothest flattest place on the circle to skate! It seems like I am always playing referee. For four girls that are inseparable they sure do squabble! It is never anything major…just little spats that need an adult to help work them out. They were fussing one minute and the next minute they were wanting to walk to the store. I let them go because I needed some Tab and cigarettes and it got them out of my hair for a while! I know they are going to come home with a mouthful of Bub’s Daddy Bubble gum…which wouldn’t  be so bad if it wasn’t that all four of them will have a different flavor! Sour Apple, Grape, Watermelon and Bubble Gum. When you mix it all together it is more than I can stand. They will have to stay outside until the flavor wears off! It has been a pretty typical week here in the circle…it will all start over again in the morning!! Happy Sunday!

Here are a few pics of “The Girls” and “The Neighborhood Kids” referred to in the post. These are remakes of pictures from “back in the day”.







Where Does the Time Go?

I know…I seriously….SERIOUSLY…need to get better at this blogging deal. I do not know where the time goes!!! I am way behind on posting the recipes I have made from Pioneer Woman. I have other stuff that I have cooked that I want to share. I even have pics to prove it! I mean…I have been doing stuff!!! I promise!!! I have also been trying to remake my craft room!!!! Maybe I have too much going on!!!! So this could be a totally random post..with a quick look at some stuff that I will hopefully follow up on….very soon!!!!! I am not sure what direction it will take. Hang out and see!!!

Made Santa Fe Soup yesterday. I love it! I got this recipe totally by accident but it has become one of my favorite comfort food soups over the years!

Many many years ago….(I started in 1992) I worked at Winn Dixie. If you are from the south you know that Winn Dixie is a popular grocery store brand. I loved that job. Really. I worked there until 1999. I had the best boss….ever. He still has a special place in my heart. I need to go visit him!!! Anyway…I was the Head Cashier and that meant that I was in charge of the front of the store. The cashiers, the service desk and the office. Many different things go on at the grocery store office that many people don’t realize. We sold Money orders, sent money via Western Union, cashed checks, sold cigarettes and basically was the overseer of the front of the store. We also had to deal with the ATM and the copy machine. The copy machine…that is where this whole story comes in! People had to pay 10 cents per page to copy things. Remember…this was the 90’s. People didn’t have the kinds of printers, scanners, copiers that are available today! So if there was an issue when someone was making copies I had to deal with it. Oh…it’s out of paper? Let me help you with that. Not a clear copy? Let me help you with that. Put money in and didn’t get credit? Let me help you with that! But this day…someone had left their recipe on the copier. It was a hand written recipe for Santa Fe Soup. I looked at it after the customer gave it to me. Hmmm…looks interesting. I like all of those things. I like soup. I am going to try it! It has been a staple in my house ever since!!!! So here you go….introducing Santa Fe Soup!

Santa Fe Soup

2 lbs hamburger, if you buy at WalMart…the 2.25 lb will work

1 onion, chopped. ( or use one pack of frozen diced onions)

1 can black beans

1 can pinto beans

1 can kidney beans

3 cans shoepeg corn

1 can corn

2 cans diced tomatoes

1 can Rotel

3 cans water (14.5 ox can)

2 pkg Taco Seasoning mix

2 pkg Ranch Dressing mix

Tortilla chips, sour cream and shredded cheese for topping.

Brown the ground beef and onions in a large pot. Drain if needed. Add beans, corn, tomatoes, Rotel, Taco Seasoning, Ranch Dressing mix and water. Bring to boil over medium high heat. Reduce to medium low and then simmer. I like to simmer for several hours just  because it gives it time for all of the flavors to marry. It gets better every time it is heated up too…just like most soups. Serve it this way……crushed tortilla’s on the bottom of the bowl. (Hubby likes Frito’s instead) Soup on top covered with cheese and add sour cream to your liking. The cheese and sour cream  makes it!!!! Very satisfying comfort food!!!


Today I also made some Monster Cookies! Not from scratch but from some cookie dough that my Grandson Landon was selling for school!


Pretty yummy!

So this was my crazy weird random post for today. I hope to get things caught up soon! I have made some pretty amazing food and want to share it with you! Along with the make over of my craft room!

Stay tuned!

Have an awesome week!