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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Three Little Pigs

Once upon a time, there were three little pigs...

No....not those pigs!  These pigs...

These are our newest backyard friends!  We went and picked them up last night and got them settled into their new home.  These guys (and girl) weigh about 50 pounds each and we think it will take between 4 and 5 months to finish them out.  They are very skiddish and do not liked to be petted (?)......yet :-)  They haven't lived with the Morgans long enough to know how great they're going to have it!

Last night they wouldn't let you get near them with a 10 foot pole.  But today, they had already gotten a little better as evidenced here:
   I know you like that farm girl style ;)

And after a little coaxing with some hamburger buns, I finally got the little fella right where I wanted him.

 And so, for now these little porkers are "wee, wee, weeing" in their new backyard home!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Taking Care

I've always said, "Take care of your family, and take care of those who take care of your family".  Jacob's uncle has been in the hospital for a few weeks now and so we took a trip to see him last Thursday and then again on Sunday.  Of course, as any good southern woman does-- I took food!  Cookies, to be exact.  I figured they're easy to eat, no utensils required, and yummy.

Both recipes I used are from one of my favorite cooking blogs, The Girl Who Ate Everything.  Each time we went I took some cookies for the family, but I also took some cookies for the "ones who take care of my family" (the doctors and nurses).

I made S'mores Cookies that were fabulous (especially right out of the oven)!

The original idea for the sign was from here, but none of the designs really fit the bill so I tweaked it a little!  It says, "Thank you for your hard work and dedication to the medical profession.  We appreciate you. We need S'more people like you!"  The nurses loved the cookies and were so excited!

The second time we went I made Ooey Gooey Chocolate Cookies and they were fabulous as well.  I mean, it's a Paula Deen could you go wrong?  I found the recipe for this cookie here.  I put these cookies in ziplock bags and attached these signs:

Here is a more clear picture of the signs.  You can also click on the picture to be taken to the site where you can download the template!
Thank You Free Printable Tags - Teacher Gift - Living Locurto

So you can take away two lessons:
1. Make these cookies.  You won't regret it.
2. Show others you care!  You won't regret it, either.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Front Yard Makeover

Not too long ago I fell on a plan to redo our front landscaping.  I had no clue what I wanted and no clue how to do it.  Not a good start to a project!  So, my Mom agreed to come down and help me buy plants, put them in the ground, and mulch!

Before even thinking about plants, I decided to ditch the cookie cutter builder bed (a ~3 ft. wide rectangle along the front and halfway down the side) and redo the actual design of the bed.  I wanted it curvy so Jacob and I spray painted the layout and he got to work cutting out the sod.  I helped by rolling it up into little logs :-)  Jacob did such a good job of cutting out the sod that he was getting the original sod netting up.

Since the bed was right in front of the house, I wanted it to look presentable year-round and be relatively low maintenance.  Having that said, we looked for plants that are evergreen and perennials.  Don't get confused-- perennial means the plants come back year after year.  Annual means the plant needs to replanted every year.

We did a tiered layout so that when the plants are fully developed, the larger plants will be in the back and the low growers in the front.  Here are some of the plants that we used:

Kaleidoscope Abelia
Fire Power Nandina (red in the fall/winter, green in the spring/summer)
Pink and Coral Drift Rose

Low growing sunrise Lantana

Frosted Violet Heuchera
Christa Heuchera
Zinnias (one of the only annuals)

Hydrangeas (we're thinking our blooms will remain blue-- it depends on the pH of the soil)

Acoma Crape Myrtle (dwarf and has white blooms)
Low growing Gardenias (the BEST smell in the world)

Queen Mum Agapanthus

Since the plants are not full-grown the bed doesn't look as full as it eventually will.  But, I must looks pretty amazing!  I love driving up to the house now to see our beautiful flowers and shrubs!  Here is a before and after:

And here are some close ups of the plants:

We bought all of our plants from Pinecone Perennials in New Bern and I LOVE THAT PLACE!!!!  They have gorgeous plants and very reasonable prices.  I also love the fact that when I went back (and back, and back--- haha) the owner knew my name, greeted me, and was "at my service".  I love a supporting small, local businesses........ especially when they have amazing service.  You can't put a price on that.

And after discovering my new favorite nursery, I also discovered another favorite.....HANGING BASKETS!!!!  I am officially obsessed with hanging baskets.  PP had amazing prices on their hanging baskets and were they ever gorgeous.  So, here is an upclose of my "baby".

This is a portulaca and the blooms are variegated.  Another cool tip- at night the blooms close up. Then when the sun comes up they bloom all over again.  Now how cool is that?!

My next project is to work on our back bed next to our screened in porch.  So, I will update you as that project comes along :-)

Until then......
Be productive!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Our Desperate Housewives Journey Comes to an End

Most of you know that Jacob and I do not have cable.  It is just not on our priority list.  Therefore, all of the shows that most people watch, we don't.  Well, that is until I discovered  This website has a majority of the popular TV series online.  But, me being the OCD person that I am- cannot watch a TV show starting in the middle.  I have to start back from Season 1, Episode 1: The Pilot.  So about a year and a half ago Jacob and I started watching Desperate Housewives from the beginning.  At first, I thought it was kind of lame-- but then it just PULLS YOU IN like crack and you get addicted...haha!

So we've followed Lynnette, Susan, Bree, and Gabby through it all (even if it was a little later than most).
Season 1
   Season 2
  Season 3
  Season 4
  Season 5
  Season 6
  Season 7
  Season 8

Last night we finished the series......and I LOVED how they brought everyone back from across all 8 seasons.  But, I must say the ending left me hanging.  Maybe there will be a spinoff show?!  One can hope, right?  So until then, Jacob and I will find another show, start watching it from The Pilot, and a few years later be in the same position we are now :)