Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch ~ 135

Im a bit late posting my weekly chat with Patrice...many apologies..Long shifts are taking up my time. I hope you can all bear with me until things finally calm down, which may take a couple of months.

Until is this weeks chat..
Everyday Ruralty
Everyday Ruralty

What are you doing for Easter?
Working in the Care Home. Well someone has to and it will be good to be able to spend time with people who have no one to visit them at this special time. And Im sure we will be wearing the Easter Bonnets the residents made this week

Hats made by the Elderly Residents

How many spring flowers have you noticed the last week or so?
Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, Muscari, and my favourites that I photographed today, Bluebells. Its so wonderful that Spring is here at last and everything is starting to bloom
What was your favorite thing in an Easter basket, or as dessert at Easter dinner?
Anything chocolate..eggs, bunnies..always a treat at Easter
If you were a dog, what kind would you be?
I dont mind, maybe a Spaniel. As long as I was loved and get lots of cuddles...thats all that matters

Portrait of Little Boy Hugging His Cocker Spaniel Puppy Photographic Print

What are your favorite pizza toppings?
Hmmm....anything except anchovies. Cheese, mushrooms, them all. I have even got used to eating olives (Mr Ds Favourites) But at the moment pizza is off the menu as Im trying to get healthy.
 Love and Hugs 
Phoebe x


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bunny Butt Cookies

These cookies are so cute...I just had to share 

Photo: Bunny Butt Cookies 

Perfect for the kids to help make....and eat

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Happy Birthday..

Happy Birthday to my Beautiful Daughter
 No longer a teenager
The time has gone so fast!

Love and Hugs


Monday, April 14, 2014

What a Good Idea ~ Sweet Easter Garden

 This is such a cute idea for Easter fun

Plant Jelly Beans with your kids the night before Easter
After they go to bed replace with lollipops for a lovely morning surprise

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Egg Tree

I just love the idea of an Easter Egg Tree.

I cant do one this time

But next year....



Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chats on the Farmhouse Porch ~ 134

There dosnt seem to be much time for anything at the moment...but I still have time for Patrice and her Chats on the Farmhouse Porch. Lets see what questions she has this week

Everyday Ruralty
Everyday Ruralty

What has kept you busy lately?
Work, work work! Twelve hour shifts are a shock to the system, but it is getting easier..and Im enjoying it. Care work is the most rewarding job I have ever had.

Are you making or creating anything?
I have a facebook page where Im sharing my weight loss journey. Basically its to keep me on the straight and narrow and for my friends and family to kick my butt if I start to waver

What are you really hungry for right now?
Chocolate....but its not hunger..its greed. Oh darn...Easter is around the corner. I.. must.. resist!!

What song has stuck in your head lately?
Im not a big fan of copies of songs, but when I recently heard this version of 'Stairway to Heaven' when the Kennedy Centre honoured Led Zeppelin, I was completely blown away. I cant get it out of my head. I think the Zepps were impressed too

If I could celebrate my upcoming birthday with you, what would we do?
Definitely a pamper day, manicure, pedicure, facial and a trip to the hair stylist. It would do us both the world of good


Love and Hugs
Phoebe x 


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Cakes

Its so difficult trying to decide on an Easter cake this year

There are so many beautiful designs

Here are some of my favourites


Kards Unlimited Calendar of Events: March! easter-cake – Kards ... easter cake 300x293 easter

Art Eats Bakery custom fondant wedding and birthday cake designs ... Fondant Easter cakes by Art

Which would you choose?
Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Wreaths

Im just loving the Easter Wreaths around right now

Here are a few that caught my eye




Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Saturday, April 5, 2014

And This Is Me.....

A couple of months ago I told you I was trying to lose weight for my wedding later this year...and to feel healthier. 

I have been overweight most of my life, but had no idea how bad it had got. I just avoided looking in the mirror to much and started buying bigger and bigger clothes. I ignored the aches and pains I was getting and put it down to getting older.

Then, on my return from my visit to Mr D in California at the beginning of December, I looked carefully at the very few photos of myself (I tend to avoid the camera too). Mr D looked so gorgeous..but me I looked awful. I was shocked..and I cried. What had I done to myself?

But, self pity does no good, and only I could do something about it. No one made me is all down to me...and I determined to start doing things right. I owed it to me...and to Mr D, who loves me no matter what and who I want to spend a very long and happy life with.

I immediately started eating healthier, weighing everything, counting every calorie. I went to the doctor and got her to refer me to the gym. And I started to walk. I walk everywhere and slacking. Plus I have a very physical job. And the weight has been dropping off 

I have a long way to go..but I now feel confident enough to share a couple of photos with you

The picture that made me say 'Enough is Enough' taken November 2013
Notice the fake smile

Last Saturday..4 months and an incredible 66lb down
...and the smile is genuine

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Friday, April 4, 2014

What A Good Idea ~ Easter Strawberries

I just love Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Decorate with pretty pastel icing....
They are perfect for a lovely Easter treat

Chocolate Covered Carrot Strawberries for Easter

Easter Chocolate Berries -  Handcrafted Assortment 

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Easter Chick Place Holders

These cute little place holders are easy to make 
and would be ideal to make with the kids

OH. MY. GOSH. Cutest Easter place holders EVER! I must make these cute chicks from Crafts by Amanda @amandaformaro 

Find the tutorial over at Crafts By Amanda

Love and Hugs
Phoebe x