Penny's Passion: March 2018

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - March 22, 2018

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  This week is flying by and Thursday has really gotten here much faster than I thought it would.  I have managed to catch a nasty cold -- my first of the season and it's made concentrating this week a bit difficult.  Hopefully the worse is behind me and I'm on the mend!  And I hope no one I was in contact with last weekend ends up sick!

So today I'm going to sit out Thinking Out Loud.  But you don't have to!  Link up and share what's on your mind today.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Weekending - March 16, 2018

Happy first day of Spring!  It's not really feeling a lot like spring around here.  Currently it's cloudy and 35 degrees.  But what's making me smile today is reflecting on how much fun happened this past weekend I really hate to say goodbye to it.  For St. Patrick's Day Eric and I headed to Kansas City to spend it with our friends.  I was at a Board Retreat and Eric had to work on Friday so we didn't share a ride there.  Eric hopped on Amtrak in St. Louis and rode the train to Lee's Summit.  I drove from the retreat and arrived just in time to scoop him up when he stepped off the train.

Festivities began early on Saturday morning.  Kevin was whipping up his famous French toast and we didn't want to miss a moment of that goodness.  The Irish coffee was flowing as people started arriving and by the atmosphere you could just tell it was going to be a fun day.

We played games, watched basketball and ate (and ate, and ate, and ate!).  There was so much great food!  It was just the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! 

One of the games we played as a group was Codenames.  Here's the official description, "Codenames is a social word game with a simple premise and challenging game play. Two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. The teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the table. Their teammates try to guess words of their color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin. The game works very well with 4 players if you prefer to guess without help. Or you can add more players if you prefer lively discussion. There is also a cooperative variant where a single team tries to achieve the highest score they can by playing against the game itself."  Great game for a group of people!  Click HERE to purchase one of your own.

Eric and I also learned a new game - DragonStone Mine.  This one can be played with 2-4 players.  The rules are easy and can be played with children as young as 5.  A typical game can take around 30 minutes so it would be a great game to play with the kids before going to bed. 

Sunday morning we rallied around pretty early and was at Q39 to taste their BBQ by 11:30 am.  The place was beginning to fill up, but we were seated right away.  For starters we picked their seasoned onion straws.  The mound of goodness arrived at our table quickly and we all agreed it was fabulous!

Linda and I both ordered the burnt ends and brisket combo plate.  Eric choose a four meat platter.  Our burnt ends were average - I like my burnt ends "burnt".  The ones served to me were well cooked and super tender, but did not have that nice crispy outside.  The winner in my opinion was the ribs.  OMG - they were fabulous!  

We would definitely go back to Q39.  The service was wonderful and the atmosphere was great.  Next time I would order something different.  I spied some pulled pork sliders that looked pretty awesome.  

It was a good thing we got there when we did, because as we were leaving the line to the place was out the door.  Even if you have to wait in line to get a table, the food was worth it!

After filling our bellies, we decided to relax by taking in a movie.  The one we picked to see was Gringo.  Bad decision.  It just wasn't a good movie.  Not funny at all!  Did anyone else see it?  What did you think?

Eric and I left Kansas City late in the afternoon to travel back home.  We stopped in and visited my parents for a bit on the way.  Great way to cap off a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Five on Friday - March 16, 2018

Happy Friday!  I'm treating this like a holiday weekend because St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow!! Do you have your green outfit picked out yet?  It's just the best when this fun day falls on the weekend.

Before I officially start the weekend, here's my five for this week ~

1.  All Green Lucky Charms
In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, check out what Lucky Charms cereal has done!  An entire box of green marshmallows - perfect for making some Lucky Charms treats!  Just melt 3 tablespoons butter with a 10 ounce package of marsmallows and stir.  Dump in 6 cups of Lucky Charms and press in a greased pan.  Allow to cool a bit, then cut.  Perfect little St. Patrick's Day treats!

                        Lucky Charms Limited Edition Cereal with Green Clovers  20.5-ounce Box (Pack of 2)

2.  Easter Pillows
I've had a thing for pillows recently.  You might have seen the two St. Patrick's Day pillows we have in THIS POST.  Well, after this weekend those will be coming down and I'd like to replace them with THIS ONE and THIS ONE.  They look so springy!  And I, for one, am more than ready for a little spring around here!
Mini Eggs in Basket Square Throw Pillow in Natural
Available HERE
Mini Easter Wreath Square Throw Pillow in Natural
Available HERE
3.  Sea-Band
I suspect some of you are getting ready to hit the road for Spring Break or are planning your vacations for the summer.  If battling your child's motion sickness is usually part of your travel plans,  you might want to consider using these Sea-Bands.  There's really nothing worse for you (or for your child) than being sick in the car!  These bands provide natural relief without causing drowsiness or other side effects.  Check them out HERE.

4.  Love, Simon
We've been seeing the previews for Love, Simon (which opens today) and it looks so endearing.  Movie Insider says this, "Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it's a little more complicated: he's yet to tell his family or friends he's gay and he doesn't actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he's fallen for online."  Save me a seat because I want to see this one.

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5.  Happy St. Patrick's Day

a wee Irish humor just in time fo rSt. Patty's day

Have a great weekend!  Eric and I will be spending tomorrow celebrating with some friends.  Pop back in next week to read all about it.

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Friday Favorites - March 16, 2018

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Thinking Out Loud Thursday - March 15, 2018

It's Thursday already!  Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  Hope you link up below and share what you're thinking out loud about today.

Today I'm thinking out loud about St. Patrick's Day, specifically our decorations.  I love decorating for any and all holidays and am so glad that we have a little time between St. Patrick's Day and Easter this year.  Sometimes the two holidays are so close together I'm actually putting up our Easter decorations on Good Friday!

Now for the photo dump.  Let's start with the outside.  One of the easiest way to dress up your mailbox is with a magnetic wrap.  The one I have is from MailWraps is available HERE.

I just couldn't pass up the matching garden flag that went with the mailbox cover.  You can check it out HERE.

One of our best purchases were the tall black planters on each side of the front door.  Since it's way too cold for flowers or plants, I love the arrangements my friend Carol made a couple years ago.  So far they have held up so well and this makes the third year we were able to use them.  Interested in the planters?  They are available HERE.

Now let's move inside.  I made the wood blocks myself (thanks Home Depot for cutting the wood for me) and have been going to replace the letters spelling "lucky" since the minute I finished gluing them on.  I wish I would have done them on gold or orange or anything a little big and bolder.  But until someday comes and I redo them, I'm settling for the way they are ~

Even though this fabric banner is several years old, I still love it.  It adds texture and color to the mantel!

This little picture frame sits on the sink in our guest bathroom and displays a print for whatever season or holiday we're celebrating.  This particular St. Patty's subway art was a free printable I found HERE.

One year after St. Patrick' Day I picked up a couple pillows.  I just might keep a lookout for some more bargain pillows this year.   I have my eye on THIS ONE.

My friend TW and I wondered in some antique shops a few weeks ago and I picked up this gem - a pot full of shamrocks.

Cheers to St. Patrick's Day!  I hope you all have the luck of the Irish with you!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Let's Make a Pretty Notebook

This past weekend I found myself at home on a snowy Sunday afternoon and got the bug to make something.  A few week ago when several of my friends were staying over, we had a conversation about how we loved pretty things.  Speaking for myself, it makes me smile on the inside when I'm holding my favorite pretty mug or chopping vegetables with my Pioneer Woman floral knives.  

Why not make more things pretty in your life?  I mean, it is the little things, right?!?  So on Sunday I was sitting at my kitchen table working and glanced down at my Composition Notebook.  Now that thing could definitely be prettier!  I marched right upstairs and did something about it.

This project literally took me less than 15 minutes and I love the outcome!  Now when I glance over and spy my writing tablet, a smile spreads across my face.  Mission accomplished!

Here's What You Need
Composition Notebook
A piece of scrapbook paper
Glue (I used my favorite spray adhesive)

Here's What You Do
Cut a piece of scrapbook paper a little larger than your notebook.

Spray your adhesive on the back of the paper and wait one minute for it to get good and sticky.

Carefully place the paper on the notebook cover.  I started the paper where the binding tape ended.

Place the notebook on a cutting board and, using your hobby knife, cut away the excess paper.

Make sure you press the paper down over the entire surface.  I used little rolling pin.

You could stop right there and call it a day, but I decided to personalize mine by cutting my name out with my Silhouette.  The font I used was October Twilight from  Love that site for free fonts!

And just like that you have a pretty notebook!  Doesn't it make you smile a little bit when you look at it?

Since I'm quite the list maker, I go through notebooks rather quickly.  I hate spending a lot of money on something I know I'll be throwing away a little bit at a time, so this is a great way to have a fancy notebook for a fraction of the cost.  I usually stock up at back to school time when they are cheap and just pull one out when I need it.  

What's something pretty in your life that makes you smile when you use it?  Whatever those things are, fill your life with them.  Let the little things add joy to your day!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Weekending - March 9, 2018

Happy Monday!  Are you ready for a nice long day today?  I am!  I love when we have more light later in the day.

Man, weekends are just the best, aren't they!  We didn't have a ton of plans heading into the weekend and Eric had to work both Saturday and Sunday.  But it was still a great couple of days.

On Saturday I spent the day grading spelling tests for the St. Louis regional spelling bee hosted by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  The winner will ultimately be attending the Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.

One of the judges always gives us the cutest "bee" gifts.  This year was no different!  Love my new tumbler!

Saturday night we celebrated Ian's birthday.  It's so hard for me to believe that my baby is 27!  He's really grown into an impressive adult and I couldn't be more proud of him!

For dinner, we had one of his favorite dishes - Dijon Sirloin Tips.  You can find the recipe HERE.  We rounded out the night with birthday pie from Eckert's and playing Splendor

Sunday's church service was a great one.  We talked about what kind of legacy you will leave.  Really makes you stop and think.  We have all gotten where we are because of what others have done for us.  When was the last time you said thank you to those people?

When we stepped out of church it was raining and during our 10 minute drive home, it turned to snow.  As we started making lunch, the flakes got bigger and heavier.  Somehow we ended up with a couple inches of snow!  Meanwhile, we have this going on in our front yard ~

Eric scooted off to work and I had the afternoon to putter around the house.  A few weeks ago during girls weekend, we had a discussion about how we really like using pretty things.  It made me stop and think about how true that was.  Using pretty things just makes me feel good.  So I decided to fancy up one of my notebooks.  I'll share the super easy tutorial on how to make this later this week.

Later this week I'll also be sharing our St. Patty's decorations.  Here's a preview ~

Hope you had a great weekend!  The weather is supposed to warm up around here this week and I'm looking forward to warmer days.  With the sunset happening a bit later, we might even get in a couple walks in the evening!  See you soon!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Five on Friday - March 9, 2018

Hooray for Friday!!  Today is a special day around our house because it's our son's birthday.  Twenty-seven years ago Ian blessed our lives and I've been thoroughly enjoying being a mom ever since.  Happy birthday, Ian!

Now - on with my five for this week ~

1.  Spring Forward
Don't forget to set your clocks up one hour on Saturday night.  Officially, daylight saving time begins at 2:00 am Sunday but in our house we are usually fast asleep at that time so we do it before going to bed on Saturday night.  I, for one, am so excited to be getting an extra hour of daylight!  This is also a great time to check those batteries in your smoke alarms.

2.  Kohl's Cares Egg Hunt Bundle
Easter will be here before you know it (Sunday, April 1) so it's time to start thinking about what the Easter Bunny is going to be putting in those baskets.  This little bunny / book combo from Kohl's is just the thing!  100% of the net profit from the sale of this item will be donated to support charitable organizations nationwide.   Guess how much it costs - $5.00.  That's right - $5.00!  Sounds like a win win to me!  Click HERE to get yours before they are gone.
Kohl's Cares® Egg Hunt Bundle
3.  Gringo
We've seen the previews for this movie, which is opening today, and have literally laughed out loud.  Definitely going on our to be watched list.  Here's what Fandango has to say about it, "An exhilarating mix of dark comedy, white-knuckle action and dramatic intrigue, Gringo joyrides into Mexico, where mild-mannered businessman Harold Soyinka (David Oyelowo) finds himself at the mercy of his back-stabbing business colleagues back home, local drug lords and a morally conflicted black-ops mercenary. Crossing the line from law-abiding citizen to wanted criminal, Harold battles to survive his increasingly dangerous situation in ways that raise the question: Is he out of his depth - or two steps ahead?"  Sounds like a great date night movie to me!


For all us Joanna and Chip fans out there, look what's coming - a cookbook!!  This baby will release on April 24, but you can pre-order yours today by clicking HERE.  This could make a wonderful Mother's Day present (hint, hint)!  Magnolia Table includes 125 classic recipes such as chicken pot pie, chocolate chip cookies, asparagus and fontina quiche, lemon pie - just to name a few.  It's also full of personal stories and beautiful photos.  

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Have a wonderful weekend!  I'm going to be grading spelling tests tomorrow at the St. Louis Post Dispatch Spelling Bee and then we are celebrating Ian's birthday.  See you back next week!

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Friday Favorites - March 9, 2018

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