In the Kitchen~ Chocolate Oatmeal Fudge

I’m trying to keep sweets out the house but sometimes you need a little something.  Hmm, I remembered that old cookbook I bought at an estate sale.  I remember thinking, “when I buy an old cookbook I am going to look and see if there are any recipes marked.  Those are the recipes I want to try.”  In the estate sale cookbook there was a recipes for Chocolate Oatmeal Fudge… aka no bake cookies.  YEP, that will hit the spot!  My little helper and I make ourselves a batch of chocolate oatmeal fudge.  Since the recipe referred to it as fudge I decided to try it in a 9×13 pan.  It is a little hard to get out once it is completely set.  Next time we will be doing cookies but they are yummy.
Prep and recipe.  The cover is ripped of the front but recipe is marked!

Little helper, measuring the oatmeal.

On A Whim… A Day Trip

    I adore antiques!  Awhile back I was reading a blog and fell in love with this antique store… um I mean barn.  I barn that has been transformed into a antique store and outside a pink silo with polka dots.  YES… this is right up my alley.  To my amazement it was located in Virginia!  I hae ntioned going there at least a million time and hubby brought be there.  I could have spent a couple thousand dollars easily! 

On A Whim Antiques in Leesburg, VA.

      The main reason for my visit, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  I have been wanting to buy some for at least a year now and well there are no dealers super close.  I am sure I could have order it online but how fun is that?  I like to shop, SEE stuff and fill my mind with all the treasures I’ve seen.  I got my paint and already started a project.  I small project but at least I am doing something.  Start small and move on the bigger projects.  The reason for the paint… two bookshelves and an television armoire.  I have know how I would paint them for a few years but it seems like with move all the time.  I will start working on them soon.  I need to take all the books out of them and make myself a place to paint in the garage.

A cute little shop in historic Leesburg, VA.

     I know it will probably take longer than I want o get them started because I will start cleaning the garage and end up doing the whole thing.  We have a HUGE move coming up next year and we  I will be sorting EVERYTHING!  SO newly painted bookshelves…. coming soon.

A romantic dinner for two, four we have children.

Kool Beenz Fat Quarter Swap

     I am participating in my first ever Fat Quarter Swap hosted by Kool Beenz.  I went shopping last week to pick up my goodies for the swap.  The first fabric I found was actually a apron panel and I knew it was going to be one of the bonus goodies in my package.  I was looking for pre-cut fat quarters and the store I went to was having a huge sale and the fat quarters were 30% off.  The sale met that they had very slim picking on the fat quarters.  So I decided I would just get the panel and try another store.  I turned around after having the panel cut and found a fabric that matched perfectly with one in the apron panel.  I went and had this fabric cut.  I then decided  too look around at the yardage and see if I could find any other fabrics to go with my theme.  I found another one! Yay.  Now I had two fabrics to cut fat quarters from and a bonus fabric panel.
     On to the second store where they sell pre-cut fat quarters.  I grabbed the panel and walking in to see what I could find.  SCORE… two fat quarters!  I now had the four fat quarters I needed for the package.  I grabbed some ric rac too… because everyone love ric rac.  Right?
     Since I have never cut a fat quarter and I remember I had seen a tutorial on how to cut fat quarters.  I looked it up at Sew Mama Sew.  Boom… that was easy!  I see myself buying lots of half yards which will give me two fat quarters.

       My finished fat quarter swap package.  I wrapped it up and sent it out today and I sure hope my swap buddy will love it.  I can’t wait to see my package!  I am already looking forward to the next swap, it sure is fun picking out goodies to surprise someone. 

Spring Break… Spring Blink

      I can’t believe the week is already over!  We had a 10 day Spring Break and it just wasn’t enough time to do all the fun things I had planned.  We can say that it was fun but it went to so quickly.
     One day we went to Chippokes Plantation State Park with a friend.  The weather was still a bite chilly and they didn’t have all the building open yet.  We did see a few pigs, donkeys, and chickens.  They had a lot of old farming equipment; telling how corn, cotton, and peanuts were harvested.  It was all very interesting.  There was a few flowers out now but I would love to go back and see how different everything looks when the leaves are out.

I will say I much more of a picture person than one for writing.

Waiting to Grow

     In January I started The Simplified Home on wordpress, I have been having a hard time sticking with blogging from wordpress because it is new and different.  I tried but it seem to take me forever to edit one post and add pictures.  After a few months of not using my blog I thought, go back to blogger.  Here I am!
     January is the month for new beginnings and a list of things we would like to accomplish.  I know for myself I had a huge list of places to go and things to accomplish on my to do list.  In the four months, what have I actually crossed off?  Not much.  I hear myself asking, “I wonder if I can make up for the lost time, can I still get back on track and be where I should be?”  In some areas I can make up for the lost time but in others I will never make it up.  I need to start over…. fresh start.  Starting tomorrow I need to look at the list and pick one thing to accomplish daily.  I know that it will help me see the progress I am making and I will be excited to see how much is getting finished.
    What are these things on my today list?
     I have decided that 2013 is a year that I will start making healthier changes in my life, home, and mind.  My family will eat healthier, move more and limit sugar and sweets.  We will remove chemical cleaners and other products in the home that contain unsafe chemicals.  We will use cloth napkins, cloth kitchen towels (instead of paper), we will not be using paper plates and will continue to recycle.  While tossing out the garbage in the house I will also work on tossing out the garbage in my mind.  I know my thinking isn’t helping me and it has been a huge road block for me over the pass few months.  Praying that God will guide me along as I make these changes.

I feel much like the urn above….. I look a little bare but I am full.  My seeds are planted and I am awaiting the rain and sunshine to nourish me.  For when I receive them I will grown and flourish.
~Stephanie (me)