Saturday, July 18, 2009

Good morning on this Saturday morning . . .

This weekend is drill weekend. For those who don't know, my husband is in the Tennessee Army National Guard. That is also his full time job as well. I think he secretly looks forward to these weekends because he can get caught up with work. Especially the paperwork part. But unfortunately, it is more time away from the family. I forgot about his monthly plans until about 6 this morning when I asked him what he had planned for the day?! I was hoping to get some stuff done myself, which as you all should know is almost impossible with 4 kids in tow. There is no such thing as "real quick" anymore.

Let me run to Hobby Lobby "real quick" . . . . that's not going to happen.

Let me run to the grocery store "real quick" . . . . uhmmm, yea - you got to be kidding.

I could keep going, but you all get the picture! And most of you have kids - it only takes 1 for the not "real quick" rule to apply! Not that I'm complaining - it's just life now and I'm completely cool with that. But there are times it would help IF I didn't have kids with me. Such as the grocery store!

With yesterday's sneak peek, I'm sure you noticed some paw prints. Or at least I hope you recognized them as that. Fortunately, my son did {remember, I always ask him what things are on a painting - if he "sees it" then that's it!}

I actually painted them going in the same direction all the way around. So the other side shows them going "up" - I thought it was cute!

I'm showing you this picture because Hudson said he thought the front looked like a cow! Not quite what I was going for! A cow pattern is much larger than a dalmatian. BUT, I paint my patterns large so I can see 'his confusion!' AND there are smaller dots on the canvas that would not be on a cow!!!

The sad part is I did look up both patterns and specifically painted an area on a dalmatian and compared it to a cow so that it wouldn't look so mooie! Lonnie said it looked like a dalmatian, but he cheated and saw the sides first! Since this was a local one, I got to hand it over. She seemed pleased as punch so I'm sure she saw ONLY dalmatian spots!



This is one of my favorite recipes for the summer! And I had a hankering the other day, so I had to make it. I took a picture because I thought it would be a good one to share!!!

I've heard of this being made several ways - but so far, mine has been the easiest!

Texas Caviar

1 can of black beans {rinsed and drained}
1 can of black eyed peas {rinsed and drained}
2 cans of shoepeg corn {rinsed and drained}
1 green pepper {diced}
half of a medium red onion {diced}
2 small packs of cherry tomatoes {cut in halves or quarters}
1 container of zesty italian dressing
"some" dried parsley {I usually dump in a little more than a teaspoon?}

Mix all ingredients together. Chill over night. Eat with chips!

Love this stuff. BUT I'm the only joker in my house that will eat it so I don't make it often. If you don't like one of the ingredients - DON'T leave it out! I promise it doesn't taste like you think it will!!! TRUST ME!! Looking at that picture makes my mouth water!!!


If you haven't been to my site in a while, you should go! Just to check out the home page! I added a new picture! Tell me, how cute is this baby?? Shannon, we need to talk - where did you get that outfit!? That owl is cracking me up!! {I'm about to paint a couple of those for someone!!}

If you have professional shots of your child and it also showcases their painting and would like to share them on the site, I would love to have them!! I will credit your photographer on the credit page. So - PLEASE send them my way!!!


I had a sneaky peeky to show - but I have to blog about someone else's stuff tomorrow so I don't want to show my piece! Trust me, mine will not compare! So, I'll do a sneaky peek tomorrow - promise.

I'm off to the grocery store {with all 4 kids!} Pray for me! haha


Meagan said...

LOL... good luck at the grocery store! :-) Hope they don't get the gimmies!

The dalmation painting is super cute... nothing cow-ish about it! ;-)

Shelly said...

I'll bring my fork to help eat your TX Caviar ...

Jo said...

My dtr is a dalmatian freak (also a big cow fan)- I showed her the picture and she said it's dalmatians Mom - she didn't see the sides 1st either!I(in her younger years, she so would've had to have that in her room!

chesley said...

I recognize that outfit you were asking about. It's coco bonbon's I think. We have a dress for next year in that pattern. They have these awesome warehouse sales a few times / year & the stuff is super cheap. I'll send you the email next time I get one. Word is there's going to be one in August. Oh..and cute painting :-)!

Jen R. said...

I miss those days of "real quick" too... Especially the aimless wandering around HL by myself.

fiberdoodles said...

It's clearly a dalmation! What a great job.

Thanks for the recipe, it is a must at the next pot luck with girlfriends.


J Family said...

I've been reading- just when I read I usually have baby in arms so I have to come back to comment but that doesn't always happen.

I can't believe I used to complain about taking three kids into the store. Right now my 4 isn't that hard since J is still a baby but I am sure it will be impossible soon.

It is 115 degrees here so we don't really go anywhere anyway. :) Love all the art, stories, everything. Your blog makes me smile, thanks!

Matt, Allison and Jade said...

I'm still to jealous of the lamps to say much...they would match my house perfectly:(

Sallie said...

Kim, just had to tell you that I made your potato salad for my dad's birthday last week, and it was GREAT! I'm not ashamed to say I am a good cook, and know good recipes when I see them! Love the fresh dill and the cucumber dressing!! Makes it so good...and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

Live from the Quick House said...

Stop it, that is my summer fav, I take it everywhere, so cheap and easy and I love it!!! Just made it on the 4th!

Live from the Quick House said...

Oh yeah, I add avacado, rotel, and lime! Try it!

T Lee said...

I make that stuff, too. We call it Spicy Bean Salsa. My recipe includes some jalapeno, but I leave it out.

But, yes, yum with Frito scoops!

An Accomplished Woman said...


You are so cute. I love the Dalmatian picture. Can't wait to see the new pictures.


P.S. I love, love, love Texas Caviar. I need to make some....

Izzy said...

LOVE the dog print!

AngieP said...

I just stumbled onto your blog. How AWESOME!!!!!
You are so talented. I LOVE the dalmation print. I noticed you are from Murfreesboro...I am from the area and my sis lives there. What a small world. I am excited about finding your blog. Angie Panter :)

Tara said...

made the texas caviar.....LOVED it! already passed the recipe on to some friends.

Jacqueline Presley said...

How do you make sure perfect letters?