Monday, October 27, 2014

Pinterest Fail - Meringue Ghosts

We had a combo birthday/Halloween party for our two girls about a week ago.  Of course I scoured Pinterest looking for cute ideas for the party.

When I saw these beauties from Smart School House on Pinterest, I was so excited to make them.

They looked so easy to make - just a few ingredients.  And they're so adorable.


These ghosts are scary all right

Not so much.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

NRH20 Doggie Beach Bash

Mark your calendars for this Saturday, September 20th.  It's time for Doggie Beach Bash at NRH20.  


Here's info from their website:

Say so long to summer at the ultimate pool party for you and your pooch! Paddle alongside your pup in the NRH2Ocean and Endless River. Splash with the kids in Frogstein’s Splashatory and the Tadpole Swimming Hole. Relax with the whole family on the white sands of Beachside Bay.

T-shirts will be available for purchase the day of the event for $15 each or 2 for $25 while supplies last. 

The first 500 guests through the gate will receive a goodie bag. 

Admission is $20 per person including up to two dogs, with proceeds benefiting the North Richland Hills Animal Adoption & Rescue Center. Children 2 and younger will get in free with a paid adult.  Buy your tickets online in advance, if you'd like.

Dogs must be spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations and current on rabies vaccinations. 

Participants will need to print, fill out, and bring a waiver to the event. 

How adorable is this doggie?
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Texas Music Around Fort Worth Weekend of August 29, 2014


Friday, August 29, 2014 

Zach Coffey w/ Jenna McDaniel @ Love and War in Texas in Grapevine - 9:00 - $10

Lost Immigrants @ White Elephant Saloon - 9:00 - $5

Will Hobbs @ Longhorn Saloon - 9:00 - $5

Jesse Jennings Band @ Railhead in Willow Park - 7:30

Rawstin @ Stagecoach Ballroom - $6


The Rocky King BandPearl's Dancehall & Saloon - $10

Watershed @ Fred's Texas Cafe - 8:00 

Rodney Parker, Leon Bridges & Christian Lee Hutson @ Fred's TCU - 9:00

Legacy 4 (R&B) @ Grease Monkey in Arlington

Matt Barron @ World of Beer in Arlington - 9:00

Saturday, August 30, 2014 

Uncle Lucius w/ Bobby Duncan @ Love and War in Texas in Grapevine - $15 - 9:00

Steve & Christi Carrasco @ 2:00 (No Cover) & Bracken Hale @ 9:00 - $5 @ White Elephant Saloon
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Shootin' For A Cure This Saturday

Please don't forget about Shootin' for a Cure this Saturday.  Here's a post I wrote about it a couple of years ago.  

This event gets bigger and better every year.  Come on out.  I'll see y'all there!!

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Texas Music Around Fort Worth Weekend of August 22, 2014


Friday, August 22, 2014 

Restless Heart w/ Jon Christopher Davis @ Love and War in Texas in Grapevine - 9:00 - $25

Jason Roberts Band @ Longhorn Saloon - 9:00 - $10

7th Anniversary Bash with Randy Brown Band @ Railhead in Willow Park - 7:30 

Bobby Flores & The Yellow Rose Band @ Stagecoach Ballroom - Start @ $15

Little Joe Y La Familia @ Billy Bob's Texas - Start at $10 - 10:30

Jerry WebbPearl's Dancehall & Saloon - $10

Devin Leigh @ 12:00 - Jody Jones @ 3:00 -No Class @ 8:00 @ Fred's Texas Cafe

Songbird Jones  @ Fred's TCU - 9:00

Don Pendley @ Grease Monkey in Arlington

Big Joe Walker & the Heartland Pickers @ World of Beer in Arlington - 9:00

** Please don't forget about Shootin' for a Cure this Saturday.  Here's the lineup of music they'll have:

Highway 80 West Band - 1:00
Rocky Lott Band - 2:30
Truck Stop Gamblers - 6:00
Steve Helms Band - 8:00

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Monday, August 4, 2014

Win $500 in zulily's Back To School Giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

There is nothing better than getting all of your back-to-school shopping done in one place…unless you can get it done AND paid for! Enter to win the zulily Back To School Giveway where both you and I can each win $500 in zulily credits! While you're back-to-school shopping on from 8/4 - 8/11, pick out your favorite item (apparel, shoes, accessories, gear and more) and post a link to that item in the comments section below. zulily will announce their winner on 8/12, and if we win, I'll announce who my winner is on 8/13! Thanks zulily for making the task of back-to-school shopping fun!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Texas Music Around Fort Worth Weekend of August 1, 2014


Friday, August 1, 2014 

Pure Prairie League w/ Branded and Jon Christopher Davis @ Love and War in Texas in Grapevine - 9:00 - $20

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Walmart's Savings Catcher

Have y'all heard of this new service Walmart is offering?  I learned about if from a friend on Facebook.  It's really a cool deal.  It's kind of like price-matching but Walmart does all the work for you.  It's called Savings Catcher.

Go shop at Walmart.  Then when you get home, go to Savings Catcher, enter your sign-on information (which is the same as your sign-on info) or create a new account.  Then you enter that long number that's at the bottom of your Walmart receipt - the TC #.  It's right underneath the # Items Sold.  You put that number in and put the date that you made the purchase.  

You'll get an email from them saying:  "Success!  We have received and are processing your Walmart receipt."

Then in a couple of days, you'll get another email saying whether they found a lower price or not.  If they did, then the email will look similar to this:

"Savings Catcher checked advertised deals from top competitors in your area and found one or more lower prices. That means you get back $*.**!

You can accumulate your Reward Dollars or transfer the amount to your Walmart eGift Card at any time."

Then go back to Click Transfer to eGift Card.  Then your funds will be transferred to a Walmart eGift card.  You'll get another email saying your Walmart Rewards eGift card has arrived.  And it says this:

Your Savings Catcher credit of $*.** has been loaded to your Walmart Rewards eGift card. You can redeem your Rewards eGift card on or print for use at any Walmart store.
Save it now and use later:
Save your Rewards eGift card to your account and use it when you are ready to shop.
  1. Store this card and PIN in my account.
  2. If you've lost this email, print the card from My Account to redeem in a store.
  3. Or Select "Use a Walmart Gift Card" during online checkout to use on a purchase.
Remember that your Savings Catcher Credit is always loaded to the same Rewards eGift card.
To review your full Rewards eGift Card balance go to

Print out the email they send you with the bar code on it, take it with you on your next shopping trip to Walmart, and hand it to the cashier and you'll save the amount on your eGift card, or you can use it on
Here's an example.  I have $9.32 in reward dollars.  That's just from six shopping trips!  So next time I go to Walmart, I take my email I get with the bar code on it, hand it to the cashier, and I'll save $9.32

Here's the results of my last six receipts.  I remember not too long ago I was able to buy groceries for our family of 4 for $100 a week - not the case now.  Groceries have gone way up, and Savings Catcher is one way to help you save a little money. 


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Texas Music Around Fort Worth Weekend of July 11, 2014


Friday, July 11, 2014 

Big Joe Walker w/ Shaun Outen @ Love and War in Texas in Grapevine - $10 - 9:00
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Texas Music Around Fort Worth Weekend of June 20, 2014


Friday, June 20, 2014 

Highway 80 West @ Woody Creek BBQ @ 6:00

Highway 80 West @ Chubby's - around 8:00

Playing For Change (World Music) @ Levitt Pavilion in Arlington - 8:00

Charla Corn (AWW Shucks Craft Show & Concert) @ Red's Roadhouse - 9:00

Max Stalling @ Whiskey Girl Saloon - 7:00

Burton Tyler @ 2:00 (No Cover) & Stephen Pointer @ 9:00 - $6 @ White Elephant Saloon

Rance Norton @ Longhorn Saloon - 9:00 - $5

Zach Seth Band @ Railhead in Willow Park - 7:30 

Tommy Alverson @ Stagecoach Ballroom - $12.50

Stoney LaRue - Holy Moly - Whiskey Folk @ Billy Bob's Texas - Start at $15 - Doors open @ 6:00 - Music starts @ 8:00 

Monte GoodPearl's Dancehall & Saloon - $10

Jody Jones @ 12:00 - Jacob Furr @ 3:00 - Brent Best @ 8:00 - The Hard Pans @ 9:00 @ Fred's Texas Cafe

Sam Anderson & the Higher Dudes  @ Fred's TCU - 9:00

Rodney Pyeatt @ Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ - 7:00

Kyle Redd @ Grease Monkey in Arlington
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Recipe To Try - Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

Have y'all seen my garden?  I'm pretty proud of it.

My 8-year-old is hiding back there
Our garden just took off this year.  The cucumbers and tomatoes have just taken over everything.  It took a long time before we got veggies, but they're coming in slowly but surely.

I swear I feel like Indiana Jone scouting out pathways to grab the veggies.  I feel like I need a machete or something - but if I used a machete, I'd cut down all the beautiful young baby veggies that aren't ripe yet.

Since I wasn't a schooled gardener, I thought that I'd be able to actually pickle and can tons and tons of cucumbers all at once, and I'd have jar after jar after jar of delicious pickles that would last us all year - I thought the same thing with the tomatoes.  That just isn't the case with this small of a garden - at least it's not happening that way for me. 

But I digress...since we're only getting a couple of cukes at a time, we came up with this yummy recipe for refrigerator pickles.  It really is delicious and it's super easy.  My girls could eat a whole jar of these in one sitting.

You can even have your little ones help you load the jars up.  What a great learning and fulfilling experience it is to have your kids help you in the kitchen.  You could feel like Mama Of The Year letting them help you.  It's so awesome having your kids help you...until they start fighting about who gets to put what in the jar.  No, it's my turn to put them in the jar.  No, it's my turn.  That's MY pickle.  That pickle is ME.  I GET TO PUT IT IN THE JAR!  IT'S MY TURNNNNNNNNN! 

That's when you scream at the top of your lungs THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A HAPPY LEARNING, BONDING EXPERIENCE FOR ALL OF US!!  LOVE AND PEACE AND ALL THAT CRAP!  NOW IT'S COMPLETELY RUINED BY Y'ALL FIGHTING.  And then you just quit for a few minutes and grab you a big ol' glass of Moscato and then all is right with the world.  


You know that happens in your kitchen too, right?

I'm not, like, a lone wolf in this situation, right?  Right?  I'm right, right?  Please tell me I'm right!!

But I digress's the fabulous pickle recipe. The pickles really are awesome, no matter how much drama you have to put up with while making them!

Homemade Refrigerator Pickles

2 cucumbers - sliced
2 garlic cloves - sliced
1 very, very, very small onion - sliced (I use ones picked from my garden which are about the size of a big gumball)
1 tablespoon of kosher salt - plus a little more
ground pepper - however many shakes you want
fresh dill
quart mason jar

Slice everything up.  Put a sprig or two of dill in the bottom of jar.  Then add couple of slices of onion and couple of slices of garlic.  Add a couple handfuls of cucumbers.  Keep going like that until the jar is full - dill, onion, garlic, cukes until you use everything up.  

Next fill the jar about 1/4 to 1/3 full of vinegar.  I put the salt in next and the pepper.  I use about a tablespoon of salt plus a few more shakes.  I also put quite a bit of ground pepper in.  Then fill the jar the rest of the way up with water.  

Put lid on.  Give it a good shake, shake, shake - let your kids shake, shake, shake the jar - then put the jar in the refrigerator.  

24 hours later, you'll have delicious pickles and your kids will be fighting over who gets the last dang pickle. And you'll be saying to yourself, Summer, I love you, but I'm kind of over you right now!

What?  I know they're cute!  They're also a tad ornery.  And they could quite possibly be one of the reasons why mama drinks a little...okay a lot a little... or a little a lot - either way works.
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Texas Music Around Fort Worth Weekend of June 13, 2014


Friday, June 13, 2014 

The Dunwells (Folk/Rock) @ Levitt Pavilion in Arlington - 8:00

Matt Kimbrow  w/ Chase Sanford Band @ Whiskey Girl Saloon - 8:00

Morris McCann @ White Elephant Saloon - 9:00 - $5

Jimmy Fincher and The Perrin Playboys @ Longhorn Saloon - 9:00 - $5

3 Fools on 3 Stools @ Railhead in Willow Park - 7:30

Mark Fields Band@ Stagecoach Ballroom - $7

Granger Smith @ Billy Bob's Texas - Start @ $10 - 10:30

Tommy AlversonPearl's Dancehall & Saloon - $10

Honky w/ Homer Henderson opening @ Fred's Texas Cafe - 8:00

Mike Stinson Band w/ Carey Wolf opening @ Fred's TCU - 10:00

Green Light Pistols (Alternative) @ Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ - 7:00 

Legacy 4 (Motown) @ Grease Monkey in Arlington

Saturday, June 14, 2014 

Somebody’s Darling @ Levitt Pavilion in Arlington - 8:00

Joey Green Band @ Red's Roadhouse - 9:00

Cameran Nelson @ Whiskey Girl Saloon - 9:00

Bodie Powell @ 2:00 (No Cover) & Terry Rasor @ 9:00 - $5 @ White Elephant Saloon

Steve Stewart Band @ Longhorn Saloon - 9:00 - $5

Amos Moses Band @ Railhead in Willow Park - 7:30 

Cody Robbins Band @ Stagecoach Ballroom - $8

Aaron Lewis @ Billy Bob's Texas - Start at $16 - 10:30 

Hill City BandPearl's Dancehall & Saloon - $10

Wayne Floyd @ 12:00 - Marty Christian  & Darrin Kobetich & James Hinkle @ 3:00 - Kirkland James @ 8:00 - HELL Texas @ 9:00 @ Fred's Texas Cafe

Johnny Mack & the New Bon Ton Playboys w/ James Hinkle  @ Fred's TCU - 10:00

The Geezers aka Tommy Alverson, Amos Staggs, Terry Rasor @ Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ - 6:00

Brad Thompson Band @ Grease Monkey in Arlington

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