Attention All PRAYER WARRIORS:

PRAYER WARRIORS:
I just found out an hour ago that my Very Much Loved, Highly Missed & Cherished 90 year old Grandma Tina in Vancouver, Canada is in the hospital. She’s been in the hospital for almost 2 weeks now, and they don’t expect her to come home… I believe she originally went to the hospital for a broken bone? {Not sure}
She is having complications, and its one thing after another. I am heartbroken, speechless, and crying my eyes out. I haven’t seen her since I was 5 years old!! I just hope and pray that she isn’t in pain!! I wish I could afford to go up there, I want see her so bad… even if she didn’t know I was there, I want to be there for support to her, and the family. {Yes, I’m crying}
Please, all that I am asking is for you to read this in full, and PRAY, PRAY, PRAY!!! I will keep you all posted as I hear…

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Flower Pillow Cover {HGTV Fabric} – A Pumpkin And A Princess

I just found this tutorial, on (where else??) Pintrest, just a minute ago… Too cute not to post!!

http://apumpkinandaprincess.com/2013/05/flower-pillow-cover-hgtv-fabric.html

Posted from my Android ~ Ami

Cooking is relaxing

Oh, how I love rest days. I have not done anything today, no a thing. Well, except sleep. And for once, I don’t care. So, I am sitting here, watching a movie in the den… and tinkering around on Pintrest…. Which, by the way, is where I got the following recipe. There’s more to the recipe, than what I have posted below, and you can find it and all of the YUMMY details, @ the link to follow. . . http://cookiesandcups.com/brown-sugar-banana-bread/#_pg_pin=515803

  I hope all of you have had a very enjoyable weekend, and a memorable July 4th! -Ami

Brown Sugar Banana Bread with Brown Sugar Glaze

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1 tsp baking soda 1 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp cinnamon 1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 3 medium bananas) 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (or sour cream) 2 eggs 6 Tbsp butter, melted 2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar 2 Tbsp heavy cream 1 Tbsp honey 2 1/2 Tbsp butter

How to Make

1. Preheat oven to 350° 2. Spray 9×5 loaf pan with with cooking spray liberally, set aside 3. In large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. 4. In another bowl mix together mashed banana, sour cream, eggs, melted butter and vanilla. 5. Fold dry ingredients into wet ingredients until just combined. 6. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 45-50 minutes until toothpick comes out clean. 7. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes. Run knife around the edges of pan to release any parts that might be sticking and then remove from pan, transferring t o a wire rack to cool.

8. In small sauce pan, combine all ingredients, heat over medium until mixture reaches a full boil. Boil for 2 minutes and then remove from heat. 9. Let mixture cool for 5-10 minutes and then pour over banana bread. Glaze will set up and then cut into slices.

Notes
Store airtight for up to 2 days.

Recipe adapted from Back in the Day Bakery

Posted from my Android ~ Ami

Less than a Month to go, before we start a new chapter in our busy lives.

Have you ever found yourself in such a tangled mess, that you can’t find the way you came in, not to mention the door outta there?
  Well this week has been mess, no. Scratch that, the past few weeks have been a total mess!! I don’t mean mess, as in a ‘bad’ mess, just Good, Bad, Hectic, Exciting, and extremely exhausting, and we all know what comes with weeks of exhausting, messy messes….. The good, the bad, & the ugly – as far as emotions go.
>>  Ok, so the events…
  We got an above ground #pool – Its not the Ritz, but it will keep us cool when need be… We filled it up, and I had fun tanning in it as it filled up, until we noticed AFTER it was completely full, that it had sunk into the ground a good two feet!! A serious bummer to say the least. We had to drain it, which took about 3X longer than It did to fill it. My awesome Dad came over one day last week, and helped me level it out… It looks pretty good, now – I just hope its dosen’t sink more.  Now, since we are getting all of these massive storm cells, and monsoons, we are leaving the task of filling up the pool to good ole’ Mother Nature. 
  And, YES!! I have already gotten a 4 hour BURN… so much for covering up those tan lines. I look like a Chamellion!! Yeah, yeah – Laugh it up. ^.^
  I was moving plants around in my torched Greenhouse, the day before yesterday, when I found a #Tiny #Diamondback #Snake in the top of one of my Rosemary bushes. Now, hear me out. . . I don’t like to purposely hurt or kill anything, unless it could hurt me. This little guy was about six inches, maybe eight inches at the most, and had already struck at me twice, when I decided to put him in a box, and make him chill out a while. Now, maybe, If I can find a lid for am old aquarium of mine, I could keep it in the house… JUST KIDDING!! He’s long dead. I checked on him today, and he’s a gonner, the Greenhouse ants are having a feast. That’s what he gets for taking up shop in MY Greenhouse, and trying to bite me. He should just be glad I didn’t have a lighter nearby, I have been known to be a bit of a Pyro.
  I have had one scheduled shoot after another these past few days. (Hey! I’m not complaining!!) Mostly Maternity & Newborn shoots, I love these types of shoots. You get to see the family’s at their most romantic times; love is such a beautiful thing.  
As you already know, my husband is a Law Enforcement Officer, or a Copper, as I like to say. He has been in Law Enforcement for nearly 19 years, and his last day is August 1st. That is prime time, he will no longer be a full time Copper, but a Reserve Law Enforcement Officer. The beginning of August he is good to Virginia, to visit family (I am staying put, its cheaper), but when he gets back, he will be attending a local (and highly rated) CDL School.


  Now, this is breaking point for both of us. I am doing my best to keep us afloat, as far as finances and bills go. I am pushing both of my Photography businesses to the next level (JFox’C Photography TM & Voluptuous Volpe TM Photography) I have a LOT planned for both of them, as well as a possible third. With that being said, I am currently looking for sponsoring; business to helpus out with articles for our shoots; and models between the ages of 18-37 (Size, Race, Height – are not an issue).


  I have already begun to build my team of experts. It can be a daunting task, but it is so #Rewarding in the end!!
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On a closing note:: I had a late lunch with a close friend of mine. We just talked about the stuff we love, recent happenings, the crazy Georgia weather, all awhile munching in Chick-Fil-a.  I miss spending time with my closest friends; something about catching up that just puts me at ease.
I hope all of you have enjoyed reading this post; I apologize for neglecting my Blog and you as my followers so. It is not intentional.

Posted from my Android ~ Ami

{BORROWED POST} Make Your Cords Pretty! #Wasabi #Tape

May 28, 2013

We could easily waste entire days on Pinterest browsing the endless stream of inspiring DIYs. But the reality is there are just too many projects and too little time. That’s where designlovefest comes in. The charmingly curated blog started by Bri Emery captures everything we love about a fun, at-home project: color, quirk, and usability. Basically, we want to make each and every one. So, each week we’ll be sharing the blog’s easy instructions for projects that are both adorable and useful. Trust — you’ll feel like a crafting goddess in no time!

What You’ll Need: • Extension cord • Washi tape • Leather scraps • Sew-on snaps • Decorative embellishment • Scissors • Thread • Glue • Paper

First, cut pieces of tape 1.5 inches long

Wrap washi tape around cord in irregular increments. In this project, we overlapped our tape in some places and placed it side by side in others.

Now, create and cut a paper template. We made three sizes: 1 by 5, 1 by 6, and 1 by 7 inches.

Trace the template on the backside of the leather, and cut out.

Measure 1.5 inches from the ends and mark with a pen; this is where you will sew the snap. If you want, you can cover the stitching with a flat-back embellishment (we found ours at Michaels) and glue on. You could also use a small button, or use a snap setter if you have access to one.

Designlovefest is a multiple contributor design, fashion, and lifestyle blog headed by Bri Emery. It’s a place where type and images totally make out.

Posted from my Android ~ Ami