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DIY Dry river bed and painting rock fish

Despite the heat and my lack luster energy, I slowly finished a dry river bed across the front of the house. Besides enhancing my garden view, its main purpose is to stop the eroding gulley effect around the drip line of our roof.  There are plants, rocks and a few garden animals along the “banks” and the grands painted some colorful rock fish to wait for the water to flow.  I’ll tell you how I created the river bed, how we painted the fish below. 
dry river bed w rock rish

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DIY Portable Sand Box

The kids love playing in their new portable DIY sand box.  They helped me put it together in about 15 minutes and the best part it was cheap to make!  Cheap may have been my choice of best but I’m sure the kids will say the hours of playtime is their favorite part.  You only need two things to get started.

diy portable sand box


Frozen Fruit Smoothie For One

Most of the summer I sip iced tea while watching the grands do their thing around our tiny homestead.  They like iced tea too but sometimes it’s so hot and they are hungry for a frozen treat so I pull out my little bullet blender and make one smoothie at a time as requested.  The recipe is super simple and quick using four basic ingredients I always have on hand.  You can have one yourself in less than five minutes.

Frozen strawberry smoothie in mason jar by poolside


Six essentials for Movie Night on the Lawn

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     Once a month during the summer our rural community comes together on the lawn to watch movies. It's a free movie night where all you have to do is bring your own chair, snacks and drinks. There’s nothing quite like a group of people talking quietly on a starry night with the sounds of children laughing, crickets singing and the silence when the movie captures everyone’s attention. When we finally settle down from all the visiting and setting up our seating area for the movie I hand each child’s personalized movie on the lawn snack bag and we make new memories. In this post I’ll share with you how to prepare your own personalized summer snack bags and the essentials you’ll need for your outdoor events.


Chocolate Pecan Pie Bar Cookies

Yesterday was a windy bleary day so I headed to the kitchen and baked.  I chose to update an old recipe that I believe originally came from BHG.  It combines my favorite pecan pie, sugar cookie and chocolate.   They are super easy to make and delightfully delicious. Hubs liked them so much I thought I might have to hide them!  P.S. look for more delicious chocolatey recipes in the Ultimate Chocolate Recipe Challenge at the bottom of this post.

Chocolate Pecan Pie Bar Cookie


Tea party and paint party for girls

DIL and I had as much fun as the ten little girls who attended Girl Grands birthday celebration. DIL chose a Tea Party theme with a paint party activity.  She purchased some adorable tea party paper cups with saucers and lots of girly decorations.  I helped put up the decorations and my favorite part – bake.

tea party 2


Cat Loves Little Red Hen

Last spring hubs came home with some adorable baby chickens. One of them was smaller than the rest and was picked on.  Close to the end of summer brother in law brought me a feral cat someone had dumped near his property.  A best friend relationship began between Cat and Little Red Hen soon after that.