Some of my flowers are still looking good and blooming away. My black-eyed Susans, pictured above, are spreading to a nice thick mass of bright flowers. Gardening has been a bright spot in my summer break. I learned all the names of the flowers I have. This is a whirling butterfly in the back of this picture next to my house. I think the name suits it.
I have alot of projects on the go this week. I have some sewing and some painting I want to do. When the weather gets a little cooler, I will get back to my knitting and crocheting. For some reason, my mind keeps drifting to Halloween projects. I have always loved Halloween but I am surprised it is distracting me this year. I haven't decorated much for that holiday in the last couple of years. When my boys were little, I went all out but now, I just haven't gotten into the spirit. I think I may have some fun with it this year.
I wanted to share a project with you. I forgot to take a before picture and I realize this isn't exactly a 10 on the difficulty meter, but I think this is a vast improvement. I started out with a free vinyl footrest. It was grey and my friend who moved out of state gave it to me. The chair that went with it was cracked. I then purchased a matching chair at a local drugstore for 14 dollars. It was faded peach in color but the style was what I wanted-Adirondack. I purchased a couple of cans of Krylon Fusion for plastic and voila-a matched set.
My husband built me two wooden Adirondack chairs years ago and I painted them white. They are very heavy to move around so they stay put out by our fire pit. This is a nice light weight set to move around where I may want to read a magazine in the afternoon. I can even drag them up on the pool deck. The foot rest makes it a very comfortable set. That fusion spray paint is awesome. I am looking around to see what other plastic thing needs painting!
Now on to something sweet! I made cream cheese blondies today. They are pretty darn good and totally satisfy that sweet craving plus they were super easy too! Ready? Take a yellow cake mix and add 1 cup chopped pecans and 1 egg and 1 stick of melted butter. Mix well and pat in a lightly greased 9x 13 pan. In the same bowl, take one 8 oz. pkg. softened cream cheese, 2 eggs and a 16 0z. pkg. powdered sugar and beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Pour over the crust. Bake at 325 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool and refrigerate. Cut into bars and enjoy!
I think I will get back to straightening my craft room. My husband installed a regular door on my craft room to replace the bifold door(big improvement at keeping my kitty out when I am using my iron!) and we found some storage for the games that were taking up most of the top shelf of my storage so I have been happily rearranging. I hope everyone has a great week. Take care. Nancy