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April 2014


Prayers extended to those in Quapaw, Oklahoma, as well as those families in Arkansas that were affected by the tornadoes that tore through those areas yesterday.

It's that time of year here in Oklahoma---I'm so grateful for spring, but also keeping watch on the skies for wicked weather.  My daughter is a fanatic when it comes to tornadoes, and luckily keeps us all alerted on a minute by minute basis if shelter is needed.  

Be safe all!

A very ominous image of the twister that tore through parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas yesterday.

Prayers for those injured, and for the rebuilding of schools, homes and businesses damaged.


I was born in Colorado and raised in Oklahoma.  Of course, I have to have a buffalo in my house.

I couldn't resist this guy yesterday.  The painting spoke to me.  He is now residing in my hallway.

Here's to the wild, open plains of the past and the mighty buffalo.

He looks right at home in my newly painted, orange entry way.  Maybe it was my Indian heritage speaking to me, but I just couldn't leave him behind. 


I had such a blessed Easter---the forecast called for rain, but we didn't receive a drop.

So thankful for my faith and my family.  

I hope everyone has a fantastic Monday.  I'm off to sub and go love on some Jr. High students.

These are my precious blessings---Jessica, Forrest and Skylar~

Papa doling out the big prizes for the Easter Egg hunt~

Look what we got!!!  Landon and Clara Jane~

Princess Annabelle eating a chocolate---very daintily, I might add~

Eddie Jett conned Papa into pulling him around in the red wagon for the hunt!  He's showing off his chocolate---you can tell by his sweet face, he's a fan!

My talented niece, Ella, did an incredible job face painting---Little artist

My brother, Greg, was the "Egg Cracking" competition winner!  His wife brought the tradition to us from Louisiana.  It's going to be an annual event at the Frenches Easter from now on!

OUT WITH THE OLD...IN WITH THE OLD---Re-painted furniture

I finally got around to painting my old coffee and side tables in my living room.  My grand son Landon uses the coffee table for a race car track.

I'm glad I didn't dump them.  I painted the tables with a regular old stain latex paint (a good way to use up paint from all those old paint cans accumulating in your garage.)  The top, I painted light olive, the legs black charcoal, and then I antiqued them with a walnut stain by just rubbing in on and off with an old cotton cloth.  I then painted a couple coats of polyurethane over the finish to Hot-Wheel proof it!

Before---the table tops were worn, but the structure was sturdy.  Time to re-d0.

Kilz and painted and ready to sit there and look pretty again, awaiting a Hot Wheel and a toddler with a need for speed.

             I think the olive and the charcoal black goes great together. 

Now go find an old piece of furniture and give it a new life---a very satisfying experience.


I've been threatening to paint my coffee, and end tables for over a year now.  I just had Forrest move them out to the back porch.  I guess that means I have to paint them now.  

Forced motivation.

I'll post a before and after pic.  

Have a great Tuesday all---I'm off to the paint store.


Tired of winter?  Go to the produce section of your neighborhood market, chunk a big watermelon in your cart, (pay for it, of course...watermelon don't grow on trees---they grow on the ground...sorry) round up five of the cutest kids in town, (my children made some pretty cute babies, so that was not a hard search) spread out an old blanket and let the pre-summertime festivities begin~

I am blessed---rooting for, consistent, warm weather!

                      ~Ga-Ga's springtime cuties enjoying a simple pleasure~

MTV Movie Awards

MTV Movie Awards were awesome tonight.

Johnny Depp just came on stage, and Forrest asked, "What is he wearing?"

My answer, "Whatever he wants!"

A little trivia from 2009 MTV Movie Awards---

Mtv movie awards 2009?
for the "best fight" category,
when they showed the twilight clip, what was the song playing in the background??

Best AnswerAsker's Choice
Gone by Crooked X

That was a surreal moment.  Our family didn't even know their song was even going to be played as the Twilight cast came up on stage---Forrest just sat there in the living room with a stunned look on his face.  Good times!

Even the Birds are Storm Watching In Oklahoma~

Severe weather season has returned to Oklahoma this spring...even the plump, wet, ruffled feathered birds in my backyard are storm watching~

Keep your eye on the sky all, and be safe and sound.

Painted Hallways--Autum Leaves Inspiration

I finally got around to painting my hallway this week.  I used a project I found on Pinterest.  I love it---so much better than the 1988 vintage floral wallpaper. 

The walls were in perfect shape, so I just had to plaster over some nail holes and glue a few small spots of paper down that had lifted a bit.  After two coats of Kilz I painted right over the wallpaper.  I used Valspar eggshell paint, but they matched a color called Autumn Leaves from Wal-Mart, I believe.  It's a fantastic, hip orange number!

After two coats of the lovely, warm orange tone, I drew by hand a pattern guide in chalk (which wipes off clean with a damp cloth once all paint is dry.)  I then painted a leafy-swirl pattern in the same color paint, but in a high enamel formula.  After drying and erasing the crazy white chalk lines viola!!  This pattern and texture gave my hallway a high end designer look for a low end price and effort. 

I love this subtle technique so much, I can't wait to try it as an accent in another room---maybe just over a doorway? 

Next room...hall bathroom.  You'll have to get a load of the "pink" wallpaper that has been hanging out in there since 1986!  Stay tuned.

After two coats of Kilz, I painted a lovely, warm orange eggshell color directly over the "vintage" wallpaper.  I then outlined, in a random chalk pattern, a leaf-y swirl-y pattern just as a guide.  I have to admit, it made me a bit dizzy. I was kind of nervous as to how psychedelic it appeared, but after wiping the chalk lines away it left a very chic, original pattern.

The very cool result!  The high enamel paint in the same color over the matte eggshell finish gave it a subtle, original designer look.  I've gotten so many compliments.  

The Autumn Leaves orange went really well with the Honey Yellow in my living room.  It's a nice transition.  Very, fall inspired.  I just did two walls with the pattern, so it didn't seem too busy to the eye.  Less is sometimes more. 

Here's a pic of the entryway off the hall.  (Do you recognize the Hibiscus plants that I kept alive all winter?  I'm excited to kick them outdoors.)  I kept the  entry way walls plain and only did the swirl pattern as an accent on two walls in the hall to make it special.  I absolutely love this color.  So glad I was brave and went orange!


Duck Dynasty night at our church was a big success this week!

My husband and I helped with Seniors booth which was a Duck Dynasty Donut Toss and Donut Eating Contest.  We stuffed lots of faces, and only had once incident with, let's just say, a donut coming back up!  It's not a party until..... well, you know.

We love our youth.  They are such an inspiration and blessing.  They keep us smiling and laughing.

I was thrilled to be declared the Jambalaya cook-off winner as well.  Awww shucks!

I'll post the recipe and pics next week.  I'm making a big pot for my family.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week.  Quack-Quack!

I love the smash-down technique!

Can you spot the doctor and the district judge in the photo?

My daughter Jessica helping with our booth--Landon made a couple duckies through the hole!

I received a Bass Pro gift card for first place in the jambalaya cooking contest.  It was my husband's birthday that day as well, so I handed the certificate off to him---(two "ducks" with one stone.)   Stay tuned for the recipe--


Woah baby!  This cake rocks!!  I'll have to admit, I didn't listen to any choice music while baking this beauty like I usually do when I cook.  I watched old SNL re-runs on my little kitchen t.v.--- Betty White was the made me smile the whole time.

Ultimate Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cake

Cake ingredients:
1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 small package of Jello instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups mini Reese's Peanut Butter cups, chopped

(I doubled cake ingredients and made a three layered 9 inch cake and a dozen chocolate cupcakes--I just topped the cupcakes with a few dark chocolate chips for frosting just before I pulled them out of the oven.) 

Cake directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. In a very large bow, mix together everything except the Reese's Peanut Buttercup. Batter will be very thick, stir in the Reese's Peanut Butter cups. Pour batter into cake pans that have been greased and floured. Bake for about 10 minutes more than the cake box suggests or when checking with a tooth pick it comes out clean.
3.  I used 3 nine inch layer pans and also made 1 dozen cupcakes-
4. Remove from cake pans and set on cooling racks and cool completely.
Frosting Ingredients:
1 cup butter, at room temperature
1 cup smooth peanut butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup whipping cream
Frosting directions:
1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and peanut butter until fluffy. Add sugar and continue creaming until well blended. Add salt, vanilla, and whipping cream, blend on low speed until moistened. Then beat at high speed until frosting is fluffy.
2. Frost cooled cake.

I chopped Reese's Peanut Butter mini's and put some between each of my three layers of cake.  Then sprinkled chopped Reese's on top and around sides along with Kit-Kats. 

This cake was for my handsome husband's birthday this weekend.  We all got stomach aches from eating too much!  It is irresistible! The perfect combo of chocolate fudgy goodness and salty peanut butter decadence.

Just a random pic of my Red Bull---gave me wings while I unwrapped all of those Reese's Peanut Butter cups!  You will want to follow this step too!

I wanted to stop here and just dig in with this giant spoon!  Self control ~

                                       TA-DA!  Near death by peanut butter!


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