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Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

You may have noticed I haven't been posting much this Fall. I've had bad allergies and between that and running after my 2 1/2 year old, I am pretty wiped out at the end of the day. I'm finally on some medicine and when the frost starts hitting the ground on a regular basis the doctor thinks that will help too. I have lots and lots of projects in my brain and hopefully I'll be able to carry out more of them soon!

Well daily life with all it's errands and such still goes on. Ladies, isn't one of life's biggest chores trying to decide what to make for dinner? I love trying new recipes and this is my favorite new recipe by far. It only has to marinate 30 minutes, which is so great! It's made with ingredients that I usually have on hand and it takes blah, boring, chicken breasts and makes them bursting with yummy flavor.
Are you getting hungry yet?  :)  :)



The recipe calls for dried rosemary, but while I have it, I've been using fresh. This winter I'll have to try it with dried and try broiling it. But while there's a bit of sunshine left I encourage you to head outside and throw these on the grill. Grilling used to always be my man's job and he is so good at it, but he's been having to work long hours lately so I've started grilling for the first time in my life. Thankfully everything's turned out good, so far. If I can do it, you can too!!

So try Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs from The Sister's Cafe. You won't be sorry!

p.s. I love this recipe so much I practically harassed my friend Sarah until she tried it. Finally she did and she loved it too!

Fall Front Door Stoop

It has taken me an entire month to get this fall front stoop together.
Good thing I like it!



It started with me buying these corn stalks from the farmers market waaay back in September.
One thing I love about Illinois is the abundance of cornstalks in the Fall.



Then I made this Fall wreath.
Really you could leave it up year round, but the rooster makes me think of farms.
And farms make me think of  pumpkin patches.
So there you go; rooster=fall. ;)



I had originally planned on painting my pumpkins white to go with the rest of my white fall look.
Large orange pumpkins are cheaper than white, hence the painting the pumpkins idea.
However, when I put the pumpkins on the front stoop, I liked the pops of orange.



I found this awesome chippy white chair last week.
It is shabby perfection!
My plan is to keep it on the front stoop year round and change out the decor with the seasons.



The large bee skep is from Junk Warehouse and I want to marry it because I love it so much!




I found these cool metal pumpkins at Hobby Lobby and painted them white.
Next year I may paint them some other color.
After all it is a woman's prerogative to change her mind......



The white bushel pots were marked down to $1.99 at Ikea.
The ornamental kale with the white centers are in terra cotta pots that I very sloppily spray painted white and when dry I sanded them down.



These next pictures are me playing with textures.
Hope you don't mind. :)











I may take a few more pictures for you when more of the mums open up,
 but I was impatient and couldn't wait any longer.
I am just loving fall in the Midwest.
It's incredibly beautiful here!






  







A lovely evening on the farm.....

The Na-Da farm barn sale that is.......



It was such a beautiful evening.



Everything was lovely and festive.



The glass of champagne was pretty nice too ;)
It's been a couple of years since I've had a glass.



There were yummy looking goodies there too.
But alas, I'm watching my waistline, so I just looked.



I think we were all a little jealous of the beautiful woman who picked up this wonderful piece!


 

This little tree was so pretty tucked in the corner of the barn.



Loved the chandelier hanging next to a mirror.
Double the elegance.



I enjoyed meeting Stacy from A Sort of Fairytale.
This is a picture from her booth full of pretties.



Aren't these the sweetest aprons you've ever seen?!



One of their goodies came home with me.
I'll have to share it with you another time. I haven't photographed it yet.



In other news.......
I want to introduce you all to my new sponsor Chic-Tiques.
She is having a Furniture Fix linky party on Fridays, so y'all go link up your fabulous furniture projects!


 
One more thing before I go....
I mentioned in my last post that I was having problems leaving comments on lots of blogs. I kept getting the error message: cookie value is null for formrestoration. I removed the cookies and it worked for one day and then I started having the problem again. Well thanks to Katherine from Home Grown Originals I was referred to this post by Elizabeth and co. I followed the instructions and so far so good. Yay!!




Some Bloggy Business

I wanted to let you know I'm offering advertising on my blog, but all the money is going for a very good cause.  Sharlie is a wife and mother who has cystic Fibrosis and is in desperate need of a double lung/heart transplant. A site has been set up to help raise money for medical expenses. There are a lot of wonderful things in the shop! There are recipes, tutorials and more. Remember, Christmas is coming up maybe you could use a good tutorial for giving out homemade gifts or goodies for your friends and family. All the proceeds from this site benefit Sharlie's Angels medical fund. Please go to the site and check it out.


photo from Emerald Cove

I am not able to leave comments on most blogs right now. This makes me want to cry.
 My friend Michelle made her first slipcover (for a recliner!) and I  haven't even been able to leave her a comment telling her how fabulous it is!
When I hit publish after typing out my comment I receive an error message that says cookie value is null for FormRestoration. This weekend I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the answer, but have not been able to fix it. I made a few simple changes that were recommended, but this did not help. The other thing I am told is to remove cookies, but at the same time I am told you need cookies for security reasons. I don't even understand how to remove cookies and am not sure if I should! I checked the page that shows what issues issues blogger is currently working on and this issue wasn't on there. :(
 I know I am NOT the only one who is having problems leaving comments. If anyone knows what I can do or a good link for this issue please, please, leave me a comment or send me an email.
This makes me so sad and frustrated! I very much want to have an interactive blogging experience.
Update: My dad called and told me it was ok to remove cookies and he walked me through it and showed me how. I'm so lucky my dad reads my blog! Thanks to the best daddy ever!! I've left comments on three blogs I was having problems with and it worked! Yay!!
p.s. Wondering why so many problems on Blogger lately? Here's a very interesting theory. Take a look.
p.p.s. A new update: Tried leaving a comment today and got the same "cookie" error message. ugh!


Heidi and I will be attending NaDa Barn Sale this Friday. Woo Hoo!
This is one of the things I was looking forward to when I found out we were moving to Illinois!
If you will be there, let me know and please come over and say "hi" to me. :)
(in case you don't know that's me on the right in the blue top)


Just for fun.....here's a little something I'm working on right now.
Thrift store armoire getting a pretty coat of  blue paint. :)

Have a great week!