Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Yesterday was divine... I invited my mother, my sister and 2 friends and their girls along with my girls to a Christmas Tea at the Dallas Arboretum. A beautiful oasis in Dallas with breathtaking gardens, special events throughout the year and at Christmas they display over 500 nativities. The Christmas tea was hosted by the Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum. We were so honored to have the former first lady, Laura Bush, to be our story teller. It was amazing. She was amazing.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
1 ¾ cups flour
1 ¾ cups flour
1 tsp. soda
½ tsp. salt
½ c. margarine
½ c. peanut butter
½ c. sugar
½ c. brown sugar
1 unbeaten egg
2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 package of chocolate kisses
1 package of chocolate kisses
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. . Mix flour, soda, and salt. Set aside. Cream next 4 ingredients. Add the last 3 ingredients Mix well . Add dry ingredients gradually. Shape into balls and Roll into additional sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately place a chocolate kiss in the center. YUMMY!!!
Recipe #2 isn't a cookie but isn't a Chex Mix swap..so enjoy!!
Chex Muddy Buddy Mix (or in Texas we call this Puppy Chow)
9 cups of Chex Cereal
1 c. chocolate chips
½ c. peanut butter (**I have left this out for Presleigh and it is still great!!)
¼ c. margarine
¼ tsp. vanilla
1 ½ c. powdered sugar
Pour Cereal in LARGE bowl. Combine next 3 ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high 1 to 1 ½ minutes. Repeat in 15 second increments until smooth. Stir in vanilla. Then pour cereal and stir until coated. Pour sugar over “Coated cereal” and stir. Then store in an airtight container.
**This is a great gift giving treat. Place in a holiday tin lined with wax paper and your recipients will love you!!
Thanks for stopping by ...I hope you have many wonderful holiday treats and holiday memories and most of all, love to last long past the cookies on your platter!!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Oh my, the last post was on the 24th. I left y'all thinking that we are still sick--SO many wonderful things have happenend since then. Actually, nearly a month has happened. It's amazing, some of my dearest friends blog everyday...I think about blogging everyday..Does that count??? Well, let me catch you up on all that has gone on. (However, I will skip the dailies of life- such as laundry, cleaning, cooking, taking and picking up girls at school and trying to put all things in their place---)
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Lysol anyone?? I just finished spraying Lysol disinfectant spray all around our house. Can you guess why??? The crud germs have found their way to our house. 3 appointments to the doctor yesterday and 1 trip during after hours indicated 2 with viral/sinus crud and 1 with a strep type infection that produced mammoth hives, fever, sore throat---Then today, hubby came home from a golf game with 101 temp....Looking forward to a fresh week with hopefully, well bodies and eager minds. On the bright side, while sitting with my youngest, I worked on some embroidery for a big project that must be finished by November 9th...It is a reward to work with our hands and to hold our loved ones close!! May the germs not find their way to your house and may this week be happy and healthy for all!!
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Mark you calendar...save the date!! We are planning another awesome Tidbits and Tassels 2 Art Event on Saturday, August 28th 2010!!!
Friday, October 2, 2009
So sorry that my last post was in early September....So let me catch you up just a bit. Once my Art Event "Tidbits and Tassels" were over..I relished in all the fun and art that we had created for a few days. That came to a quick end when I was asked to do a "simple" project for the 3rd grade hall at our school...Decorate 5 enormous bulletin boards. My reply. .."Of course, I would love to." Indeed I did, but it was a huge undertaking but had a blast gathering and creating all of the symbols and of course painting a faux finish on butcher paper for the background. (Just a few pics of some of the boards!!!) And of course, in between getting these ready was the typical school work, swim team practice (for Savannah of course), a few doctor's appointments, teaching a Women's Bible Study(Tuesdays) and 3rd graders on Sundays, house cleaning (when it would fit) and getting ready to teach at Paper Cowgirl Altered Retreat which is tomorrow in Waxahachie, TX. Life is fast and fun...enjoy the ride!!!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Chantal Johnson has had her hands in the "art jar" since she was "une petite fille" ( a little girl) Her french-born and raised mother instilled a love affair with needle and thread, paper and crayon, paint and brush and the list goes on. She loves all things creative and has combined many mediums into her art and home. She has been published in Somerset Studio and is 9 time ribbon winner at our Texas State Fair (in the areas of embroidery, collage, decoupage and crocheting..just to name a few). She has also been published as a writer in devotional journals as well as an inspirational author for her church publications.
Her love of the arts is brought together with her love of teaching. For this fall Paper Cowgirl, she hopes to give the student a knowledge of good technique with freedom to create what is in the heart.
Chantal has been married to her wonderful husband, Scott for 23 years. They have 3 awesome children (19, 15, and 8). For Chantal, her children are truly the work of her heart!!
Papercowgirl official blog
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Summer is flying and we are having an awesome time here at "the Johnson Resort"...the name given by my sister. She was just here with one of her boys ...what a great time we had!! Our annual summer trip to Florida was earlier this month. It is a time we look forward to all year. These are a few pictures of our trip.
Friday, June 19, 2009
All I can say is YEAH!!!! Our major remodel is done...We have been enjoying the pool since May 29th. It took another 10 days to cure the plaster and then it became a salt water pool. I honestly didn't know how they would make it a salt water pool...chemicals, maybe?? Nooooooo, they just added 400 lbs of salt to the water and Voila..salt water. Did I feel a little silly!!! Our outdoor kitchen/living area is awesome. We eat nearly every meal outside and enjoy the view. Nature is back in our yard. I began a new herb garden with 17 lavender plants, 2 rosemary, basil, dill oregano, thyme and mint (in a pot, of course). My studio is in the process...we are waiting on furniture and are moving things each day. I am being inspired as I move things (that I forgot I even had). My goal is to have all the things that belong in the art studio in there before we leave for Florida on the 29th. Thanks for following the journey...It has only just begun!!!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Perhaps this title has been used before..at least by our family for the past several weeks!! But this time it is true. The studio needs painting and the pool need filling (plaster first) and of course, the decorating!! Our target date is Friday, the 29th!!! We can't believe the transformation that has occurred in our yard and the hopfullness in our spirit. We plan to use this wonderful setting for entertaining, sharing fun times with friends (new and old) gardening (I will have an herb garden!!) and creative art "retreats" for those that love to be inspired. We feel truly blessed by our Lord to be able to do these things and since all good is from him....He deserves the praise and the thanks...
Friday, May 8, 2009
If you are wondering, the answer is yes. We are still under construction..or should I say on top of it...our lush green yard has been turned into an oasis of dirt, stone, pipes, wood and a big hole in the ground. Seriously, it is coming along quite nicely. In the following pictures you can see where we have come from and to where we are heading. This will become an oasis of lush green, vibrant texas colors (in the plants we choose) and barrel full of laughter and good times. I am looking forward to the days in the pool, the studio and cooking outdoors. Who knows--maybe the inside of the house will stay clean...One can only dream!! Summer is here and we are almost ready!!
Friday, April 17, 2009
I wanted to give everyone a quick update on the construction....It's coming along. We have walls and a roof on my studio, a foundation poured for the outdoor kitchen and alot of mud (yes, it rained today!!) all around the pool. In fact, in my yard there is either concrete or mud. But by the end we will have a beautiful oasis of water, rock, color, life, food and art...what else is there?!!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Rain, rain go away..come again another day!! We know that we need the rain, but we are anxiously awaiting the beginning of the construction of our pool, the outdoor kitchen and my new art studio.. But our singing was to no avail...The rain came and the rain won't go away until Saturday. Then good weather on the horizon. So perhaps it will be next week. In the mean time, we are having a great time so far in this fast moving month. Our youngest, Presleigh turned 8 on the 1st and was baptized on the same day. Praises for that wonderful expression of her love for God and for her saviour in Jesus!!! Morgan is home for Spring Break and the girls are out next week!!! My parents celebrate their 48th wedding anniversay today!! What an example they have been and continue to be for my life!! I have also been working on many projects and hope to get Spring creations underway!! Many events, many memories being made and many avenues to share joy are happening here. Hope you are having many happy days....(by the way, I am lovin' my word for this year...Many)....