1 Year Ago Today!!!!

1989 - 2013 "Forever 24"

1989 – 2013
“Forever 24″

One year ago today my baby Sissy lost her life in an accident just a few miles from our parents home. Her death has turned my life (as well as my family’s lives ) upside down. Brittany was such a talented, strong, and beautiful young woman. She remains an inspiration for me to create beautiful useful items with my talents to help give back to those who need it. I hope that it brings some sort of comfort to those who receive something that I have donated . Making and donating handmade items certainly gives me something positive to do with my time. You can read about the tiny little hat’s that I donated in Brittany’s memory on my post titled “Forever 24“.

This song continues to be a source of comfort to me as I continue to grieve the untimely death of my baby Sister.

Over You” by Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton

Weather man said it’s gonna snow
By now I should be used to the cold
Mid-February shouldn’t be so scary
It was only December
I still remember the presents, the tree, you and me

But you went away
How dare you?
I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

Living alone here in this place
I think of you, and I’m not afraid
Your favorite records make me feel better
Cause you sing along
With every song
I know you didn’t mean to give them to me

But you went away
How dare you?
I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

It really sinks in, you know, when I see it in stone

Cause you went away,
How dare you?
I miss you
They say I’ll be OK
But I’m not going to ever get over you

It really sinks in... when you see it in stone...

It really sinks in, you know, when I see it in stone…

no words…

1 year

I can’t believe that it has been a whole year. It feels like it was just last week…



Gramp’s Kitchen – Salted Nut Bars


Salted Nut Bars

1 yellow jiffy cake mix
1 egg
1 – 12 oz bag of peanut butter chips
¼ Cup butter
2 Cups salted peanuts
¼ Cup melted butter
3 Cups miniature marshmallows
½ Cup white corn syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups rice Krispies
½ cup of butter

Combine cake mix, ¼ cup melted butter & egg. Press into greased 9 x 13 pan bake at 350 degrees for 10 – 12 minutes. Place marshmallows on top & return to oven for 3 mins until marshmallows puff up. Melt chips corn syrup & butter add vanilla. Pour over peanuts. Pour over peanuts & rice Krispies. Spread over marshmallows.

Refrigerate – cut into bars

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

♥ Missy

Surviving in the Frozen Tundra


Last Winter I knit all 7 of these Balaclava’s for my family. I wanted something for the kids and Hubby to stay warm with at school and work and then I also wanted one for each of us to put in our winter survival kit.


I also knit several pairs of mittens to match the balaclava’s. These are perfect for the kids to wear in the car when they aren’t playing in the snow. I also like to keep a pair in their school bags incase their gloves get wet at school.

Now that Winter weather is due to arrive in the near future I decided that it’s about time to start thinking about warm Christmas gifts.


These are the scarves that I made my parents last year for Christmas. I have decided to add on to last years gift with some matching winter weather gear. My Mother’s scarf is the lighter brown one on the left. I knit it with I Love This Yarn in Brown.


These are my Mom’s mittens made with the same yarn.


Here is the start to my Mom’s 1st balaclava. I plan to make each of my parents two so that they can each have one in each vehicle.


I got to go shopping at Hobby Lobby last weekend! Thanks Honey!!!


I bought all of this stuff to make this cute ornament.


Here is the pattern if you’d like to make one for yourself.

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond

The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor WheelsThe Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the best romantic books that I have ever read. Who’d want Mr. Grey from 50 Shades of Grey when you could have a Marlboro Man??? A book filled with romance, laughter, and a few tear filled gripping moments. A must read for anyone who likes Romance books.


In fact I liked her biography so well that I went out and bought her cookbooks too. I am so ready for fall. So I can start cooking and baking again. So tired of sandwiches because its too hot to eat anything else. Check out the Pioneer Woman Blog !

Gramp’s Kitchen – Bean Salad

I remember helping make this as a kid. Gramp used beans that he had grown in his garden and canned himself.


Bean Salad

2 Cans of Green Beans
2 Cans of Yellow Beans
2 Cans of Kidney Beans
1 Can of Garbanzo Beans
½ Cup Onions
½ Cup Green Peppers

Sauce (Double for a big batch)

¾ Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
½ Teaspoon of Pepper
2/3 Cup Taragon Vinegar
1/3 Salad Oil

Bring to a boil

Layer and chill before serving

*Recipe from unknown source. Found in my Grandparents kitchen.

♥ Missy