enchilada sauce

I LOVE enchiladas. They are what I always order when we go out for Mexican food. But, when I would make them at home, using enchilada sauce from a can, I was always disappointed. I felt the sauce had a metallic taste to it. So I was excited when a couple of years ago I found a recipe for making my own enchilada sauce. The recipe was part of a Crisco oil ad. I realize it's more work to make your own sauce, but trust me it's soooo worth it. If you have left over sauce after making your enchiladas (I usually do) mix it into some cooked rice, add corn, green onions, whatever you like and you have a fun side dish.

Enchilada Sauce
2 tb. oil
2 tb. flour
2 tb. chili powder
1 ts. cumin
1-14 oz can chicken broth
1-8oz can tomato sauce
1 ts. salt
1/4 ts. garlic powder

Heat oil in a skillet; stir in flour and chili powder; cook for one minute. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

For more fun recipes go to www.designsbygollum.blogspot.com

lovely loos

Country Home

Skona Hem

outdoor wednesday

Photos I took this spring while visiting Golden Gate park in San Francisco California.

For more time in the great outdoors visit sweet Susan at http://www.asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/


Look what we had for lunch today.
Heirloom tomatoes, mmmmm, yummy!

garden stroll

Hope you enjoyed your stroll through this beautiful garden. Images from Veranda

my wedding dress

This week Kelly's "Show us where you live" has turned into "show us your life" the show and tell for this Friday is wedding gowns.

You may have noticed a theme here...poofy dress, poofy sleeves, poofy hair, but give me a break people, this was 1993! Bigger was better!

Evan my poor sister got stuck with big, poofy sleeves. It was what I wanted.

Look at this sweet picture of my husband and I gazing at each other. Notice the romantic restroom sign the photographer captured, nice.


I am having my first GIVEAWAY!
Why? Just because I want to! I did have my 200th post recently, so we can celebrate that. I am giving away three little booklets (they are only 5 inches high) that I bought at an antique shop in England. The books have sweet little poems and really lovely pictures. To enter just leave a comment on my blog. If you mention this giveaway on your blog, you will be entered twice (just let me know). If your email address is not on your blog, then please leave it in your comment so I can contact you. The giveaway will run through Friday July 31st and I will post the winner on Saturday.

Here are the three booklets and below is a sampling of some of the pages from the insides of the books.

harry potter

This Friday the theme for Kelly's "Show Us Where You Live" is children's birthday parties. Last weekend I took my oldest son Grant to a Harry Potter event at the public library and I thought that a lot of the things they did would be great ideas for a Harry Potter themed birthday party.
Here's my guy in his homemade Harry Potter costume. There is a griffin on his shirt and Harry is in the Gryffindor house so it seemed appropriate. The cape is from an old ninja costume. For some reason Grant felt it was very important that he wear a belt (he usually doesn't). I used an eye makeup pencil to apply the "scar" to his forehead. We did buy the glasses from a party supply store.

First the kids each picked which house they were in, notice the evil Slytherin house was not an option.

Grant got Gryffindor, yeah!
There were three stations set up and each house went to a different station and then they switched stations when they completed the one they were at.
The first station for Grant was potions. I think the librarian is dressed as professor Trelawney, she looked great.

She mixed up some slime for the kids.

The Gryffindors got red slime. The Hufflepuffs got yellow and the Ravenclaws got blue.

The next station was history of magic.

There was a Harry Potter word search and a coloring sheet.

The last station for Grant was herbology, where the kids planted a basil seed.

There was a costume contest.

I think my Harry Potter was the cutest. I'm sure the other mothers there felt the same about their child..........but they're wrong! ;)
BTW: I'm having my first ever GIVEAWAY on Saturday!

taupe & white

I love taupe and white rooms. They make me sigh, so calm and peaceful. So elegant and beautiful...........
Coastal Living

Coastal Living

Skona Hem

Pottery Barn