Friday, July 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Robynn

Today’s a special day… it’s the birthday of a special friend!

Robynn at Robynn’s Ravings

Robynn’s one of the sweetest, funniest & most compassionate people around.. I am so blessed that she calls me friend. I’m almost tempted to be selfish and keep her all to myself.. cuz she’s sucha picker up’er and I love her dearly.. But I love all of y’all too! So here’s a lil present for y’all too. If you haven’t met Robynn.. and you want a little bang in your ying yang, a little zing in your zang zang, a little ching in your chang chang come along! You don’t know what you’ve been missing!













There is a gift that gold cannot buy

A blessing that’s rare and true

That’s the gift of a wonderful person coming into my life

Like I have in you!

Happy Birthday Dear Friend!


Love You My Friend!



Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday … Stuffed Shells

Welcome to another double duty post.

Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday..

What’s on the Table & Menu today..

  • Cheese Stuffed Shells
  • My Wedding China


I have two sets of what I call my Wedding China.. Neither set is expensive but I really loved the pattern and colors.. When I was 17 I started my Hope Chest.. and this is the very first set of china I purchased. At the time I started my Hope Chest there was a store going out of business called Zayre's.. That is where I got most of my home starting supplies for my hope chest and this set of China. Today I’m featuring the set I call “ My Yellow Set” .. It is by Fine China of China.


  • White & Yellow Napkins … Home Trend from Target
  • Black Metal Flower Napkin Rings.. Pier1


  • The Chippy White Butterfly Votive.. A gift from Cindy at Applestone Cottage.  Isn’t it just the sweetest thing..


  • Jade Chris Madden Veneto Flute Stemware.. JC Penny
  • Clear Water Goblets .. Pier1
  • White Fish Salt & Pepper Shakers… Target *available item $4.99 set*


  • The White Ruffle Salad plate is Simple Dining .. that I found at Ross.
  • Green Square Charger… Target *recent purchase*


My Wedding China..

  • China by: FINE CHINA OF CHINA .. Pattern: FCC179

  • Description: Gold Trim, Yellow & Blue Edge, Floral Swags. 

  • Replacements . com has a picture posted but they don’t have any listed in stock or replacement cost. I was really surprised to even see them on there.

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  • Flatware .. Oneida Brooch pattern .. Target.


  • Black Iron Triple Candle Stands and Candles.. Target *purchased years ago along with matching fireplace tool set. 
    • Floral  Greenery Centerpiece.. Hobby Lobby *spring purchase*


Cheese Stuffed Shells:







  • Mix together eggs, spinach, cheeses and spices until combined.
  • Fill each shell with 1 large tablespoon of cheese mixture.
  • Place filled shells in a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  • Pour sauce over shells.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes or until bubbly




Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch & Gollum @ Designs by Gollum are our Hostesses for these fun parties.. Please head over and visit them and all those participating in today’s Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday events.  Just click the buttons below.

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Hugs, Debbie


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday … Outdoor Education.

Welcome to Outdoor Wednesday Y’all … Susan at A Southern Daydreamer is our lovely hostess for the fun weekly blog party.. Make sure you drop by and show her and all those participating a lil bloggy love.

This week I’m going to share with y’all an Outdoor Adventure Show & Tell.. I have mentioned several times here about my husband Jeff and his passionate love of all things relating to Nature and the Wild Outdoors. Jeff is a certified Hunters Education Instructor, and He teaches Hunters Education here in Georgia. Earlier this month he was teaching at the Georgia FFA Wildlife Camp. He was only there a week.. He had to get back to his money making job here at home..  but Ashley went for 2 weeks. 


The above college shows a few of the different groups attending.. There were 6 groups in all the first week that he was there. That’s Jeff there in the center.

  • Orange O’possums
  • Silver Snakes
  • Pink Panthers *the only girl group*
  • Green Geckos
  • Blue Bears
  • Yellow Yaks

This next photo is the one and only non outdoor photo.. but I wanted to share this guy. This is Jeff’s buddy, Steve Struggs sitting there beside him. If that name doesn’t sound familiar.. maybe you’ve heard him called by his other name.. “The Snake Master”.  If you have school age children chances are they know him and have seen one of his shows at their school. Steve has traveled throughout Georgia and the Southeast teaching kids for the last 12 years.


First up: An Outdoor Class Room.. The Rifle Range.


Inside that class room:

  • Before any child touches a rifle or shotgun they are first taught the safety and operation of each of the firearms.
  • Wilderness Survival is taught.
  • Primitive fire starting.
  • Building and making a shelter.
  • Water purification.


The instructor takes the class on a blood trail field trip.. On this trail they are shown and taught first hand the safe way to cross a fence with a firearm… as you’ll see in the next 2 photos.


The red spot you see below is an mock of a blood trail that they are following. At each spotting of blood they are to put an orange flag to make the spots easily spotted if needed to trackback.


Each kid is shown and gets a turn at practicing the proper and safe way to cross a fallen tree with a firearm.



They are taught the safe way to approach an animal.. in case they haven’t fully expired. This protects them from being injured by the kicking or charging animal.


Here an Instructor is shooting an assault rifle.. a Remington R25… as part of a safety demonstration.


He fired from 150 yards away to show them the distance a bullet can and will travel.


He was shooting at the larger wall and another target you see in the background.


This is one of those targets he was shooting at.. it’s a half inch thick solid steel plate. Lesson taught here was that even fired from 150 yards away a bullet will penetrate steel and cause damage.


This is a mock wall demonstration…which he also fired upon from 150 yards away.  It shows the students what can happen if a careless shot enters a house wall.


This mock wall is actual width of a standard home wall.


The photo below is the backside of that wall showing where the bullet penetrated.


Each of the Students are sized to the shotguns. Meaning that they check and measure each of their arms for length.. can’t be shooting a bigger gun than you can handle.


Here’s Ashley being instructed just before stepping up to shoot.


She is being taught the proper hold and stance when preparing to fire.


Time to shoot some clay pigeons..



Ashley’s a lefty, so she shoots left handed… Here she is shooting at a clay target.. it’s that lil tiny orange dot located just under the words clay target on the photo. She’s definitely her Daddy’s girl! 


She’s a natural..


The Archery Range:

  • Each child is taught safety and basics of Archery.


Ashley is a natural at this also and has completed both basic an advance classes in Archery.. in fact she is working with an Olympic Coach each Saturday on toning her skills… She loves it! 


It wasn’t all classes all the time.. at night the kids got to experience all types of fun activities. Ashley had the time of her life those 2 weeks.. and she’ll be back next year for a whole month as a Junior Counselor. As for Jeff.. he’ll miss the outdoor classes.. because it’s back to teaching inside for the month of August.


For information about the FFA Wildlife Camp for the Summer of 2010 you can contact the Wildlife Camp’s website by clicking here.


If you have a child or know of any that need to take the Hunters Education Safety Class in Georgia.. You can visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website to learn where and when classes are being offered by clicking here. 


Thank You for joining me today for my lil show & tell Outdoor Wednesday.. Please check out Susan and all the others participating today by clicking the button below.


Happy Wednesday Y’all… Hugs, Debbie

Monday, July 27, 2009

Blog Hop … Favorite Child Photos

This week's Blog Hop theme is Favorite Kid Photos. You can have one or more of your favorite photos your kids, grandkids, someone else's kid or even YOU when you were a kid. Funny, precious, heartwarming... your favorite!.

I could never pick just one!

A Stroll through the years…

At 3 .. She knew she was getting something good.


The Spring she turned 4.


Middle School Years..



Christmas 2006..


Spring 2007.. New Hair Cut. Leaving the Middle School years behind.


Fall 2008…I love this one… There were bugs in the leaves.


Winter 2008.. First Ski Trip.


Spring 2009 … First Love.


Spring 2009 .. Sweet Sixteen.


Summer 2009.. Starting School next week as a Junior…


*Sigh* Where does the time go.

Hugs Y’all, Debbie

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