Thursday, June 3, 2010


Hi there everyone. How are you today? I am in the doldrums. Today is the last day of school. I don’t like the last day of school. It means I have almost 90 days ahead of me of “at-home-munchie-monsters-who-love-to-aggravate-mom” days! YUCK! Doesn’t anyone favor year round school with NO breaks? LMAO… just kidding! I have a game plan this year to hopefully not have to endure such “wanna-pull-my-hair-out-by-the-roots” moments LOL! So we shall see… regardless, I had 3 little people to pick up in a couple of hours… ain’t that silly? 3 hours of school! Useless I think! We also had a very vicious thunder/lightning storm, which knocked out my power for a few hours, and now I am having some serious computer problems (the computer keeps rebooting itself!)! PLUS then my mom calls me and tells me that a kid at DS14’s school yesterday set off a BOMB in the gym! I can see what kind of a day this is gonna be! So sorry I am quite a bit tardy today.

This craft project I am gonna bring you today was so cool I had to post it. You ever see those little metal necklaces shaped as hearts in 2 pieces that say Best friends? Yea teen girls give them a lot. Well I found something similar… and it incorporates crafting and recycling which is always awesome. Plus the puzzle piece representing the autism thing gets me all happy too! So if you have young ladies, maybe this will be something they might be interested in!

Craft Idea of the Day: Best Friends Puzzle Necklace


Pieces from an Old Puzzle
Satin Cord
Mini Pony Beads
Hand Hole Punch
Tacky Glue and Toothpicks
Low Temp Glue Gun
Scraps of Craft Foam
Markers or Letter Stickers


Paint two puzzle pieces that interlock together. Let dry. Write "BEST" on one piece and "FRIEND" on the other (or you can use letter stickers). Decorate using holes punched out of scraps of craft foam. Using a toothpick to dab on glue will make this easier.

Cut two pieces of satin cord to make puzzle pieces into necklaces. Hot glue one end to the back of a puzzle piece. Slide on some beads. Hot glue the other end to the other side of the puzzle piece. Repeat for second piece.

Give one to your best friend.

Ok today’s food is inspired by my mommy! No not some of her favorite food (well it may be IDK) but more by where she was born! The Florida Keys… she is a conch and proud of it! LOL So I am bringing you some island favorites that will tickle your tropical taste buds! Salute to the Florida Keys!

Key West Chicken


3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves


In a shallow container, blend soy sauce, honey, vegetable oil, lime juice, and garlic. Place chicken breast halves into the mixture, and turn to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator at least 30 minutes (2 hours to overnight is best!).

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.

Lightly oil the grill grate. Discard marinade, and grill chicken 6 to 8 minutes on each side, until juices run clear.

(ANY piece of chicken will exchange well with this recipe, so if you tend to favor dark meat like thighs and quarters… go for it!)

Key Lime Pie


1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
3 cups sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup key lime juice
1 tablespoon grated lime zest


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime rind. Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust.

Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes, until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. DO NOT BROWN! Chill pie thoroughly before serving. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream if desired.

Florida Keys Rum Runner


1 oz. Light Rum
1 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz. Blackberry brandy
1 oz. banana liquer
1/2 oz. grenadine
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
crushed ice

Mix in blender until ice is crushed into slushy form. Serve while frozen. Top with 1 tablespoon of Bacardi 151.

Ok folks, I am off to go cry in my beer LOL… I don’t like the last day of school. But hopefully I can keep the house busy enough to where A. it’s not a dreadful time and B. time will go by so fast that the next thing you know they will be back in school kinda thing! LOL! Then I have to work on my computer some more. I hope you stop in again tomorrow for some great food, cool crafts, and awesome conversation! Until tomorrow (hopefully) my pets… HUGS!


  1. Thank you for all the kinds words Renee. I am so looking forward to my upside down garden doing better then an in ground garden. I like the idea of having no weeding to do when your plants are hanging, easier to keep all those ground insects away, & easier to keep the neighborhood dogs & cats out of my garden as well.
    I am sorry I haven't commented sooner but life keeps me busy. My DD is 17,she just finished her school year & she is officially a Senior. End of the school year events kept us very busy. Then my DH whose is a truck driver finally got some time of work. So we had many bbq's & enjoyed lots of family time.
    Those salads look great Renee, we will try some here in Southern, CA. They will go great at our summer bbq's.
    Thank you Renee & thank you fellow blog followers. I hope everyone has a safe & wonderful summer. Kathy

    Those are great things to have on hand,
    Renee. I also think these things would
    also come in handy for people in other
    areas of the country. Here in California
    those would work for our Earthquake kits. Other places for Tornadoes, Flooding, or other storms you may get. I especially like the ideas you have for the pet kits, we have 1 dog & 2 cats. It's great to be prepared with them also.
    Thank you for all the great ideas Renee.

  2. All the recipes look great & I look forward to trying them.
    I know how kids can drive you crazy when you spend too much time with them, I have a teen they can drive ya nuts, sometimes. My DD keeps very busy over the summer since she prefers to be in school then out. She swims like a fish in the pool & reads all the books she gets her hands on. When she isn't sleeping in, hanging with friends, or catching up on movies she hasn't watched yet. She is taking 2 summer classes for extra credit for her Senior year. That will keep her busy for 1 month. In between all that we have to find time for us to have fun as a family, too. I look forward to the calm of this summer before DD's busy Senior year starts in August. Plus soon she will be out of the house more, once she starts working and/or taking college classes after graduation. I will enjoy this time before it's gone to soon. We have to decide on some local small trips.
    Enjoy your time with your kids before they are off to college or living out on there own. Time flies so fast you have to appreciate all the great times now while you can. Before their lives get so busy they have less time for us.
    Enjoy Your Day Everyone! Kathy

  3. WOW you're from the keys too or just your mom? I think travel would be awesome. Today's recipes are wonderful. So much that I think I want to do an island party for some friends and use these ideas. Thanks for that! I am sure, with as many things as you have planned this summer, that things will be fine! If you have to get away, tell your DH you need a break and just drive. I am sorry to hear about your computer problems. I hope you can get them fixed soon. OMG a bomb? Really? How do kids know how to make bombs in junior high? And where were their parents? What is this world coming to! I commend you for being so involved with your kids and having them turn out so great! Take care!

  4. Debbie "MOM"June 3, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Hello everybody! Isn't it great to be alive today? Summer is here, the weather is fine, so lets gear up to have a real fun time! LOL
    OK Renee, I can hear those thoughts through the broadband and it wont be that bad. You'll see, summer will zoom by and the kiddos will be whining because they have to go back to school.
    Thank you for the salute to KEY WEST FLORIDA! My birth place. Which makes me one of the very few people in the U.S.A. that can say we are true Southerners. The most southern point in the United States is Key West and we Conchs are proud of it. We live our lives on island time. LOL And most favorite pie, Key Lime Pie (except no imitations) is one dessert I will take as is, no artificial sweeteners in this please. Just isn't the same. I will skip a whole meal of carbs to eat one piece of sweet, tart, delicious Key Lime Pie. That drink has a cute name and sounds like it could be pretty strong too! I wonder if any of ya'll here know what a true rum runner is. Look it up. You would be surprised. Lets just say, its not a drink.LOL
    Sorry to hear you had so much trouble with your computer. I always check for your blog first thing in the morning and was a little curious when it wasn't there this morning. Hope its fixed good for you now. OK. Til next time.....

  5. Ken "DAD"June 3, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    I LOVE Key Lime Pie, Renee. HINT HINT!