Friday, September 12, 2014

A peek at what has been keeping me busy

I have been a bit distracted lately.  Our master bathroom is undergoing a major remodel.  Gutted and now the renovations have started.  I wanted to go for a glamorous, vintage New Orleans look. 
We started with a herringbone, Carrera marble floor.... swooon.  The grout did dry a bit lighter, but I wanted the pattern to really pop, so went with a dark grey.

Peek of new furniture style sinks and super shiny chrome faucets.  Love the cross bar handles!
I will share more when this project is complete.  Hopefully, soon.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

First Day 2014

MissHadley and MissLayton are giving Mom a few hours a couple days week to have some of her "own" time.  She told me her first day alone was mostly spent in meetings.  

They have started a two day a week preschool at a church near by their home.

They look ready to me and enjoyed their new lunchboxes.  Monogrammed of course.




I am sure they were of course the most precious not even two year olds in the room!


Monday, August 25, 2014

Blueberry Raspberry Lemon Cobbler

I just may try this one again.  Very, very easy and yum in my tum!
You see my portion control below, tiny ramikins.  Not the hubby, I came back in the kitchen and half the cobbler was gone!



Pinterest inspired.

One box lemon cake
1 can blueberry pie filling
1 bag frozen raspberries
one stick butter melted
chopped pecans

In a 9 x 13 pan
Layer fruit and stir together
(next time I would add pecans to this layer as not to brown during baking)
top with dry cake mix
sprinkle with melted butter
Bake 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes until golden


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chicken Roll Ups

Pinterest inspired, easy and yum.


Five ingredients.  I used...

Grands large crescent rolls - 1 tube
Chicken breast strips - already cut and seasoned - almost used the whole bag
low sodium cream of chicken soup
Mexican style shredded cheese
2% milk

Below stuffed, rolled, covered in sauce and ready to bake.


Baked, puffed, browned and delicious.

Recipe found here.  I topped mine with pepper and Tony's creole seasoning before popping it in the oven.  I also did not spray my pan with that spray stuff and they did just fine.  The layer of sauce underneath helps them to not stick.  

  • 6 oz cooked chicken breast, chopped
  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup cheese


Preheat oven to 350.  Lightly spray a 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

Mix together milk, soup and cheese - set aside. Separate crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Top the large part of the crescent triangle with the chopped chicken. Top each crescent roll with 1 tsp of soup mixture. Roll crescent rolls up. Spread approximately 1/3 cup of soup mixture in bottom of 9x13 dish. Place crescent rolls in dish. Pour remaining soup mixture over crescent rolls.

Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Read more: http://www.plainchicken.com/2009/03/chicken-roll-ups.html#ixzz3AAy1ndvo

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Lunch with my little ladies

Sometimes you just need to put lunch on the calendar and enjoy an afternoon with just the girls. 
The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas was just the perfect spot.
Constructed in 1908 just north of downtown Dallas.  This is the original front entrance of the house, they only added the awning cover.

A family home turned into a gorgeous restaurant and a hotel addition.



I reserved a table for the four of us on the glassed in veranda. A private room would have been nice too.  Their signature tortilla soup was a great first course. 

They let us wander around the house after brunch.  You can see across the upstairs hallway is the elevator and private room that was created for a stay by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1936.

FDR's room view and balcony, now a private dining room for up to 20 guests.

The original owner was a history buff and had these stained glass windows created for the library with the family coats of arms of the barons that witnessed the signing of the Magna Carta.

The ultra new and modern lobby of the hotel greets guest with a table full of beautiful orchids. 


bits of history of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

1908 
Cotton Mogul Sheppard W. King and wife Bertha Wilcox begin to build the original estate.

1923
Fire destroys the the King's first home

1925 
10,000 square foot Sheppard King Estate is completed

1935
King Family lose their fortune and sells to Freeman Burford and wife Carolyn Skelly.

1040's
Home sold to Toddie Lee Wynne and his American Liberty Oil Company to be used as the company headquarters.

1979
Caroline Rose Hunt purchases and transforms the estate in a world -class restaurant

1981
Nine story hotel opens with 143 guest rooms

1989
Mansion awarded Five Stars

1991 
Mansion award Five Diamonds - only one in Texas

2007 
Mansion undergoes multimillion-dollar redesign




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