Recipe Exchange: Bruschetta

It’s time for the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange with Little House on the Prairie, and today I’m sharing what I made for an event at my husband’s work. Bruschetta with Tomato and Mozzerella. I’m not sure that it’s technically Bruschetta. but I didn’t know what else to call it. This is simple, yummy and easy to take to a party or potluck!

Just a few simple ingredients and you’re ready to go:

12 oz Garlic “chips” from Ralph’s

An 8 oz  Mozzerella ball from the nicer cheese section, thinly sliced and halved, since the “chips” are small.

3 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced

20-25 Spinach leaves

Some olive oil

Salt and pepper

Lay out the “chips” and brush each one with the olive oil. Start layering, mozerella, spinach and tomato, until each “chip” is loaded. Sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper and serve. Enjoy!

I forgot to photograph the spinach, but you all know what it looks like. And these are actually my scraps above. :>

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Modest Mondays

It’s time for Modest Mondays with the Modest Mom again! I love that she hosts this wonderful link-up every week! This week’s dress is peach and black  and came from WalMart. I wore a Cami-Secret again to get rid of the crazy plunging neckline that is soooo popular. I paired it with this heart-on-a-black-cord necklace and dangling hoop and black “pearl” earrings. The shoes? Sanitas again. I love the peach color of this dress!

What are you wearing this week?


New Crocheted Turquoise Purse

Hey everyone! Here’s a new crocheted item in my Etsy Shop: This adorable Crocheted Turquoise Purse! With the white flower detail, it’s whimsical and cheerful, and great gift for women and girls alike!

So hop on over to the shop and take a peek!

P.S. One of my pet peeves? The new trend to use the word “crochet” for everything, with no regard to tense, verb, etc!

I crocheted this purse, or it was crocheted, it is a crocheted item. I like to crochet. I do a lot of crocheting. Almost every single person who pins an item like this to Pinterest, uses the  incorrect word to describe it. It just drives me crazy! Sorry for the rant…

Oregon…Part 9

We spent our last day at the beach preparing the RV and such to head to Portland the next day, then off to Cannon Beach to walk around the conference center and see our old homes, as well as new buildings they’ve built. The last visiting too. The extra relatives had left, but we squeezed in one last visit with my sweetie’s aunt and uncle that night. His uncle had 2 scares while we were there because of reactions to medication and we were with them both times. Glad to be an encouragement to them during some of these stressful times they’re going through. First off, the Cannon Beach Farmer’s Market across from The Irish Banks with pretty flowers, then a jaunt through the woods I used to love. A bit more difficult these days, with thorns and trailblazing a path.

Next, off to The Cannon Beach Conference Center

Next, I had one last  visit with my dear friend while my sweetie visited with a friend. On my way back to CBCC to pick him up, I took a quick peek of the famous Haystack Rock we love so much!

My perfect beach weather!

A little gift for the aunt and uncle…

Another fun-filled day!

Recipe Exchange: Fruit Pizza

After a long break, I’m posting with the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange with Little House on the Prairie Living today! I made this Fruit Pizza for our church potluck on Sunday, but I used my favorite crust this time…PERFECT! This is such an easy, pretty, versatile and crowd pleasing recipe!

I usually make it round like a pizza usually is, but I knew I’d be slicing it up for the potluck, so I just made a rectangle instead.

Here’s how I made it this time:


6 Tablespoons butter

3/4 cup icing sugar

1 Cup flour

1 Tablespoon milk

Cream the sugar and butter together. Blend in the flour and milk. Spread thinly into the shape you want and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Let crust cool.


About 6 oz. cream cheese

1/2 cup icing sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Mix all together and spread over cooled crust.


Any fruit of your choice. I used about 6 oz. of blackberries and 8 oz. of strawberries. Slice and place on the crust. Voila!

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Modest Mondays

I’m taking a break from vacation posts today for Modest Mondays! After a long break, it’s good to be back! Yesterday I wore this fun lilac dress, which I believe is from Kohl’s. Those $10 off of $10 or more cards are great!! The tiered skirt is so fun and happy! I wore one of my “Cami Secrets” for modesty, because soooo many things are made tooooo low cut. Over it I wore my favorite go-to short sleeved cardigan from a thrift store. The jewelry I chose to accent the black, as I realized I don’t really have lilac jewelry. I chose the heart on a cord necklace and hoops with black, dangling pearls.

I love the comfort and pretty color of this outfit!


Oregon…Part 8

Monday was our last chance for a trip to Tillamook and a visit to The Pioneer Museum, Netarts (one of our honeymoon locations), Cape Lookout and The Cheese Factory! These are all places my family enjoyed every year growing up and my husband’s family now also enjoys. We were enthralled by some darling birds we came across at The Terimore in Netarts. I realized later that my camera somehow was on the wrong setting though, it does that sometimes when I take it out of it’s case, but still okay photos.

On the way we tried to find the location of the restaurant we found on our way to Netarts after our wedding, because we were STARVING. Does anyone get to eat at their wedding? : > We found it! It was remodeled, with new owners, but still there, and the owner chatted with us a bit. I’m amazed we found it as it was dark, raining and we were not very observant of anything but each other at the time, but we did. It was called “Bayside Gardens” then.
We also saw what we called “the octopus tree swing” at Cape Lookout, the “airplane tree” we all used to “fly” and the “kissing sea monsters” out in the water.
Warning: Tons of photos!!!

Oregon…Part 7

We spent the next few days tooling around with relatives and meeting up with old friends. The above flowers are cheering up my cousin-in-law’s house, with more cute things below. We ate the BEST Mexican food at our favorite place The Stand! I was so excited to get my rice and beans after a 4 YEAR hiatus, that I forgot to take a photo…YUMMY! And I loved the mosaic tabletop of Cannon Beach’s Haystack Rock! Visited with 3 other visiting relatives as well as  the 4 who live there. Ate some Irish food at McKeown’s that was okay, but a tad bit American tasting and showed off the cove, the popular surfing spot for Seaside and ate THE BEST ICE CREAM ON THE PLANET: TILLAMOOK! My favorite flavor is Chocolate Chip Mint with their BIG chunks of chocolate yumminess!!!!!!!!!!!! No one else does this!!!

It was such a blessing spending time with family and friends!

Oregon…Part 6

We saw so many license plates throughout our trip, I decided I would start keeping track. I didn’t start recording them for a few days, so there may be states I’ve forgotten. Many, many people besides us seem to be vacationing in Oregon this summer!

My List Of States:











New Mexico


New York





South Dakota





Beautiful British Columbia

Alberta, Canada


Oregon…Part 5


After the Social and a nap for me, we headed off to barbeque with Cousin Leta, Jeff and her nephew to their friend’s house. The guys set off a few fireworks for the kids. Then we joined with the family to watch the sometimes crazy fireworks show in Seaside, enjoying them both with the naked eye as well as with 3D glasses. Very cool! And the added bonus? Someone set off FLOATING LANTERNS! You know, like in Tangled. I had one fantastic view of the first one directly above me, flame and all, but alas, I was not expecting it, so no photo of that one…

Great show, great day!