It is too HOT to cook!

I am sick of this heat!  I thought I was used to heat after living in Houston for 15 years but it is seriously hotter here in Tulsa! We have had record heat here – like weeks of over 104! That is hot. So, I am not turning on the oven or even the stove. We enjoyed our dinner tonight so I wanted to share this recipe. It was a recipe I tore out of a magazine – and unfortunately I do not know which magazine it was!!

Refreshing Shrimp Salad

Start with romaine

Now sprinkle diced celery, chopped tomatoes and onions

Add your shrimp. I used frozen shrimp that had already been cooked

It’s time for the dressing

Oh and of course garnish with lemons! It is all about the presentation. Please take time to do this step. I even do this just for my husband and me. It makes the plate prettier and I think it is worth the time.

Here’s the recipe:

Step 1.  Shrimp Sauce/Dressing

1 cup mayo

3 T of ketchup

2 t. mustard

2 t. lemon juice

1 t. Worcestershire sauce

1 t. garlic powder

Place in your fridge. I actually had my act together and made this earlier in the day. So all the little flavors got to know each other all afternoon in the fridge – as they say…………let the flavors “marry”. You can double this if you’re making it for more people.


Step 2. Putting the  Shrimp Salad together (according to my recipe)

1 pound boiled shrimp

1/4 cup celery

2 T minced onion ( I used red onion)

1 1/4 cups shrimp sauce

1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded. (Yuck, I never ever use iceberg – NEVER. It has zero nutritional value. It is like water. I use romaine  – it is pretty, green and much more pleasing to the eye)

3-4 tomatoes – diced!  Hopefully you have a garden and can use fresh.

Garnish with fresh chives. Oops I forgot this step! Oh, darn! My picture would of been better with a bit of chives sprinkled about!!


Monograms – Part II


After I posted about monograms last week I noticed that one of my favorite decorators also did a post on monograms. I was just a bit proud of myself that Phoebe Howard and I would both be thinking about monograms. She even had a chair in her post that “kinda”  looks like the chair I did. I think I need to move my chair into our master bedroom!

courtesy of Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper

Here’s my chair.


I really love this chair!  I have a similar chair I would love to upholster like this. How cute is this chair?  Now, I would not do a monogram on it –  maybe one could have too many things monogrammed around their house!


Thankful Thursday!!

I am a forgetful person. I seem to forget about all of the blessings that God has blessed me with. It is helpful for me to have HIS word in a place where I spend lots of time……………….the kitchen sink!! Just seeing it a thousand times a day has caused me to memorize it – so when I fret (and I am good at fretting) I will remember that HE told me to leave all my worries with HIM because he cares for me!! Little, little me!!


More on Monograms

Here is another monogram project I did for outside. I used the same technique as in my last post, but this time I used some leftover Sunbrella fabric I had. I saw these Pottery Barn pillows when they went on sale this summer and loved the red and green colors – and realized I had some fabric to coordinate!! Always exciting to use up leftover fabric. It seems you’re doing it for free!!





Monograms – “All by Yourself”

I am addicted to monograms! Always have been – always will be! I have always thought they were wonderful! Even when my boys were young I loved doing monograms for them. I had some of their outfits professionally monogrammed with their names but it was expensive and a true sacrifice!! I had to figure out another way to do it on the cheap. I would find some cool fabric, trace their names out and then use zig zag stitch on my sewing machine. I did sweatshirts, pillows & beach towels. I would look at designs in their coloring books and use a picture as a template and use that as a template. Yep! Still have that obsession with monograms. Let’s just say I am a bit more refined with them now!

Now that we are truly in the computer age – I can still do monogramming “all by myself”! Check out this funky chair that I did my initials on!

This is a cathedral chair. The oval back is perfect for a monogram.

Create your monogram in Word using “word art”. I used the Harrington font for this project.  I put the initial of my last name in the center, my first name initial to the left and my maiden name initial to the left.


Cut your initials out.


Now we need to cut out the fabric you are going to use for your monogram.


This is Wonder Under which you can buy at Jo-Ann Fabrics. It is like stitch witchery but with the use of your iron it will fuse on both sides of your fabric. Make sure to read the instructions. It is really easier to use if your fabric does not have a wrong side.

Fuse the fabric with your iron.



Cut out your monogram


Iron or fuse to your fabric. I used a drop cloth for my fabric – and a linen fabric for my  monogram.  At this point you could stop and not applique stitch your monogram to the fabric – the Wonder Under fuses the fabric very tight – but I wanted it to look more like a professional monogram.




Staple and trim fabric.


Now we are ready to add trim to hide the staples.



Apply your trim. I got mine at Hobby Lobby – I think it was $.97 a yard. Cheap!! I did use a hot glue gun but that was a mistake. Although hot glue guns are great tools – they are not for all projects. I should of used a fabric glue.





A little bit of whimsy for our guest room!

Gift Giving – it’s all in the presentation!!

Hmmmmmmm – what do you give a friend who has everything?? Or what do you give a friend that goes to Starbucks at least once a day??  I even have friends who go to Sonic once a day. Oh wait! That would include myself also!! Large diet DP with lime.   It is yummy and refreshing!! So, what do you give em?? A gift card!

But a gift card by its self is boring, especially if you put it in the envelope they provide……………..but you give them a gift card that is all spiffed up that is a different thing! Show them you love em by the presentation!!

Lets get started!!

I used this bright pink paper. But I have done the same thing with a guy and just used a more manly papers!


Now lets fold it and tape it.


Now we need to start spiffing it up……………….I just gathered up what was in my supplies.


Take some of your flowers and attach with brads.



Tuck a strip of tulle under your flower. Add another flower – and some more tulle – just keep going until you like what you see.



Now it is the time to create the fold marks at the ends of our envelope.



Take a small saucer and place it at the right and left edges of your paper. While firmly holding down the saucer, take your scoring tool and press down hard while tracing back and forth. Turn your paper over and do the same on both sides of the paper and at both ends.



Hope you can see the scoring on the paper.  Now you can fold the ends into each other so your envelope can be sealed.



Take your gift card and wrap it up in pretty tissue.  Then I used double sided tape so that it will not show!!  Now its time to add some pretty ribbon.

I am always picking thru the $1 bin at Michaels that is full of ribbon. I have no idea what-so-ever what I will use the ribbon for at the time – but I just can not resist all that ribbon!!

Ta-dah!!! I hope my little friend likes her gift!!