Sunday, January 20, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #254

Messy Messy Fail - The UPK'er got a Smithsonian Triop Growing Kit for Christmas - basically the sea monkeys we remember but a tad bit crazier looking.  I followed all the directions but I don't think they were warm enough in the kitchen - no baby triopts to report.  We are going to try again tomorrow only this time, they are going under a lamp!

Tidy Victory - Snowmobile season is here and the trails officially opened up TODAY!  Sleds are running, gear is ready - it's go time baby!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #253

Messy Messy Fail - I received the Pioneer Woman Instant Pot for Christmas which I LOVE.  However they weren't kidding when they said learning to cook with it had a learning curve - AKA don't mess with the recipes.  It took a few not so good recipes, like really dry chicken alfredo, to figure that out.  

Tidy Victory - But now I think we finally have the Instant Pot down and I am ready to roll - be watching my FB page Love My Mess for all of the recipes I am trying out AND their end results!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #252

Messy Messy Fail - In my attempt to decorate our front porch for the holidays, I found some GIANT plastic Christmas ornaments at Walmart and tied them up with sparkly red ribbon on the hanging basket hooks.  Should have known that with the amount of wind we get, those ornaments would simply smash into each other all night long until they cracked or flew off the hook completely.  Next year, I'll need to find a new vision....

Tidy Victory - 2018 was a HUGE year for donating/getting rid of stuff in our house!  I am very proud of the numerous Salvation Army and Sweet Repeats (a local high-quality children's consignment shop) drop off trips I made - we are talking at least 12!  It makes me happy to know we are making more space in our home for ourselves, getting rid of items we no longer need or use AND the items will go to another good home and not necessarily a landfill!  

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #251

Messy Messy Fail - I truly think I fail to move the Elves on the Shelves every other night.  I should set a timer or something - this SHOULDN'T be difficult.  They discipline purposes are being snafu-ed but it's my own fault.  

Tidy Victory - All holiday decorations are up, presents have been purchased and we are NEARLY ready for the holiday.  Bring it on St. Nick!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #250

Messy Messy Fail - It's been a busy week of winter concerts, hence my lateness to the party.  But I am now off the hook and can enjoy my last week and a half of work STRESS FREE!

Tidy Victory - All Christmas decor is up EXCEPT for a few prints I had to purchase some special sized frames for - I need to pay closer attention to sizing next time!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #249

Messy Messy Fail - I was so excited to get a growler filled up at a new beer store in town.  Unfortunately I forgot I had left it in the trunk of Ruby Red Grapefruit (my car!) and when I opened the door - CRASH!  Lucky for us we have 7 other back ups.

Tidy Victory - Our Christmas tree is nearly done - just looking for the perfect topper, our former one is too small!  Be watching my Facebook at Love My Mess or my Instagram account Love My Messy Messy Mess  for the grand finale!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #248

Messy Messy Fail - I bought all of these discounted bulbs at Walmart to plant in the fall - Queen of the Night tulips, grape hyacinths, etc.  And then the snow fell, and I have not seen the ground since.  I'm praying for a little warm up before the ground freezes to get these babies in.  That's what I get for waiting!

Tidy Victory - All of the pumpkins and Halloween/Thanksgiving decorations are down.  The local deer are going to have a pumpkin feast on the side of the hill this week!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #247

Messy Messy Fail - I knew it was coming but I tried not to think about it - my old aluminum tablespoon finally broke off at the neck.  I am divested - do you think I could find another somewhere out there?  I don't think my baking will taste the same without it :(

Tidy Victory - I feel that it is a victory in that I am NOT putting up my Christmas decorations yet.  I feel strongly and firmly about this - no Christmas until AFTER Thanksgiving.  So I pat myself on the back for holding out!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #246

Messy Messy Fail - I went to Walmart with a list but left with a few extra items.  One of which I literally left in the Walmart parking lot underneath the shopping cart.  It was such a cute poinsettia doormat!

Tidy Victory - I made an AMAZING batch of cinnamon roll baked doughnuts today from Tornado Alli's new dessert cookbook that is going to be coming out REALLY soon - be watching for the link to purchase!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #245

Messy Messy Fail -Didn't I watch some poor woman do it this morning - you know, get to the cashier to check out and realize you don't have your credit card on you.  I waited patiently behind her, Lord knows it's happened to me before and I was so embarrassed.  Well, would you know it was my turn this evening when I got into the checkout line in Walmart.  I had to reload everything off of the belt back into my cart so I could run back out to my car to find my darn credit card.  That was no coincidence, my friends.......  

Tidy Victory - We are having a family birthday party for my 1st grader tomorrow and I have never been more prepared - cake is baked, balsamic corn & black bean salsa is marinating and the pizza is ordered.  It's always fun to have everyone in our family over for a party!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #244

Messy Messy Fail - I thought I was soooooooo cool - I had planned to make space cupcakes for the 1st graders' 7th birthday party at the bowling alley this weekend.  The frosting was black, blue and purple mixed together for a nice "space" effect.  It also effectively turned every child's mouth and teeth purple/black, including fingers and anything they touched for about 30 minutes after eating the cupcake.  They looked great though!  Gotta look up if there is a way to make black frosting without the lasting effects.....

Tidy Victory - Halloween decorations are up, costumes are ready to go, now to carve pumpkins on Tuesday night.  Be watching my Instagram account at Love My Messy Messy Mess for pictures!

P.S.  Congrats to me below - I got a featured post woohoo!  Be sure to click the link for the recipe!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Happiness Is Homemade Link Party #243

Messy Messy Fail - New house, new sun and weather patterns = having to figure out how to keep plants blooming and happy.  I thought my Walmart mums were in the sun all day, but they are now brown and without flowers.  Now I know for next year I guess.

Tidy Victory - For the first time in probably, oh say, 6 years, I got a haircut and color WITHIN 3 months of the previous cut.  I mean seriously - my hairdresser who is also a friend would say the kindest things to me after not seeing me in her seat for 9 months..."Wow your color really grew out well, girl!" Color never looks nice after growing out for 9 months, she just pitied me.  So I decided my time has come - darker color with some fun blond baliage hanging out in there.  Thanks for a lovely time Miss Faith!