My Crazy, Blessed Life!

So maybe you’ve been wondering where I’ve been. And then again, maybe you haven’t missed me at all. Either way, here’s a quick recap of what’s been happening in my crazy, blessed life!
All kinds of blogging ideas have been running through my head: I want to write a review for my favorite beauty subscription service, Birchbox.
I think I have found a running buddy. At least for the summer. I need to write a post about that.
Oh, and I also belong to the subscription service called Naturebox. I get these fabulous healthy treats delivered to my door once a month! I need to write a review about that too.
Then there’s the Brad Paisley concert tickets I won! Can’t wait to tell you all about that!
And food. All of the glorious food! I can’t begin to tell you how many photos I have of recipes, dinners out in great restaurants, and some of our get-togethers.

You see, I have a lot to write about. And it always seems like I’m in the shower and I think, “Oh! I need to write a blog post about this!” Especially when I’m using my Olay total effects seven in one body wash. I think, I need to tell people about how great this stuff is! Then, of course, the second I step out of my shower, life begins again.

In the middle of all of these great blogging ideas, my husband and I have decided to put our house on the market. Stop. That’s right. For sale. You want to talk about crazy. We have lived in the same home for 30 years. Raised our kids here, hosted numerous friends and family get-togethers, remodeled, upgraded, built an outdoor fireplace and patio, and created more memories than this aging mind can recount. It’s the only home we’ve ever known. We are truly blessed. But our kids are grown now, and we feel its time to downsize and move closer to the city. Thus, the cleaning, decluttering, painting, fixing, donating, craziness has begun! It’s been a little overwhelming, both emotionally and physically. This is what has been taking up the majority of my time. We just listed the house last week, and have had our first showing. We have also begun scouring the neighborhoods and the Internet for a new home. I’ve been praying a lot. Now it’s in God’s hands! He knows if the timing is right or not. And He knows who needs to love our home next. I’m trusting Him.

For now, I’m going to post some random photos of some of the things I mentioned earlier. I hope you enjoy them. Please leave me a comment and let me know your favorites! Oh, and if you’d like, you can say a prayer for my husband and me and our home! Thanks, and talk with you all again soon! Hope you are having a great week! May your summer be as crazy and blessed as mine! Or at least as blessed!

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Repost from last summer: Easy Plum Tart!

You all know how I love easy recipes, and this one does not disappoint. Thanks to Good Housekeeping magazine for bringing these each month. They make my life so much easier, and I look forward to each month’s issue. The first thing I do is flip to the “Good Food” page to see what the One Sentence Recipe is for the month. image This time it is this delicious Plum Tart. It’s only fair that I show you the picture from the magazine, because my finished product, and my pictures, never look as good as theirs!

Now for the recipe: Spread 3/4 c canned almond pastry filling on 1 (9 inch) refrigerated premade piecrust rolled out to 12 inches on parchment-lined cookie sheet, leaving a 2 inch border (I did not do it this way; I used a baking stone and left out the parchment and it turned out great); top with 4-5 sliced medium plums, fold in edges, and bake at 400 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until crust is golden and filling is bubbling. Serves 8-10.

Yeah, right! I cut that baby into fourths and my husband and I ate half of it right out of the oven! Then we finished it off the next night! It was that good! Now granted, I’m sure we were not supposed to eat that much. But, we are empty nesters, and I don’t bake all that often! Besides, I’ll run it off tomorrow! Anyway, plums seem to be readily available, so pick up some and try this recipe. Then let me know if you like it as much as I do!

Here are some photos so you can see which products I used, and what the finished tart looks like at my house. Which is a good house; just maybe not as good as the one over at “Good Housekeeping”!

CRAVEBOX FAVORITES

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I’ve mentioned before that I belong to a subscription service called Cravebox. If you haven’t heard of them, you can click on their link on the right side of my blog page to check them out. I encourage you to do so! I got to thinking today about how every time I receive a new Cravebox, there is always at least one item that grabs my attention immediately. Whether it’s a cleaning product, something to eat, or a new body care item. something screams, “Open me now! “. Some of my favorites have included Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix, Puristics Intensive Eye Treatment, Mary Kay timewise repair volu-firm eye renewal cream, Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub in Tropical Mango, Sun Rype fruit snacks, Dole Fruit Crisps, Belvita Breakfast Biscuits, Oxi Clean for my dishwasher, Brookside Dark Chocolate Pomegranate bites, Natural Vines soft licorice, and a book entitled “How I Came to Sparkle Again”. And these are just a few of the items I have enjoyed, thanks to Cravebox. There are many, many more! Oh, did I mention Crum Creek Soy Nut Mix? Delicious! (I took those with me for a snack on the plane!) They usually include coupons for a free items that can’t be shipped, like International Delights Iced Coffee. Awesome!
Anyway, I just wanted to share so that you would have an idea of how awesome this program is. And this is not a typical subscription service. You get to choose if you want to be in on a drawing for an upcoming box, or you can automatically choose an instant box for a couple dollars more to make sure you get in on that one. Oh gosh! Tully’s Coffee was one of my absolute favorites! Sooo good. And there was a Dog Lover’s box, which my little poodle loved! I’m including a few photos of some of the boxes I’ve received in the past so you have a better idea of what to expect if you join. Enjoy!