My Casa Bella







-Thomas Osbourne Davis

Welcome To My Casa Bella

My Casa Bella- means-my beautiful home- but it can mean so many other things. How you make your home a home. The sounds of children or pets playing. The aroma of scones in the oven or a lilac candle burning. The flowers blooming in your garden. The home grown vegetables ready to be picked. Grandma's quilt at the foot of the bed. A fire to curl up to with a good book. Or just a family spending time together with love, laughter and a good time.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Things I "Love"

This time of year when I find myself cooking and baking more I realize how much I enjoy kitchen "toys".
My DH bought me an Emeril Stainless Steel pots and pan set which I've waited for many years
(sorry for the picture quality)

Then for one of our anniversary's he bought me this wonderful thing that I've always wanted

(Exact color too)
I use it all the time. I have friends and family that own one and they told me they hardly use it because it's too heavy to move around or it doesn't scrap up at the bottom of the bowl, but I got it anyways and I LOVE it.
I have the perfect place on the counter for it so I don't have to move it around to use it.
Today I plan to make Gluten Free Cherry Walnut Oatmeal cookies and I'm using this baby for it.
DH also bought me a Knife set that we purchased at Kohl's, it's the Food Network brand of stainless steel knives, I couldn't find a picture of it, but oh my, I didn't realize how dull my other knives were until I pulled these babies out.
On the first try I sliced a nail off!
Don't worry, no bleeding involved, thank goodness.
They slice like butter, it's amazing!
And last but NOT least my parents bought me this wonderful time saver

I use this Cuisinart all the time, I'd cry if it ever broke down.
So yes, I get excited about kitchen gadgets like I do about shoes and clothes, so I have to stay out of those stores.
What are your favorite Kitchen gadgets?
(I know I said in a previous post I won't be posting as much because of time, well, looks like I have some to spare)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Getting More Done:

We recently got rid of our DirecTV and signed on for Netflix instead, that was a tough decision to make since I enjoy the Cooking Shows and HGTV plus the TCM channels as well but we wanted to make some changes and find time somewhere in our crazy schedules to be able to do more. Plus the price of TV these days is absurd and we thought it best to put that money towards gas since we are on the road quite a bit.
Now that we've been without TV I find that I don't miss it. On Netflix I get to choose the movies and shows that I WANT to watch and I'm watching movies I've never even heard of.
I also am getting more reading done, I finally purchased the
I found it at a local antiques store, I am missing two books which I will have to find.
As a little girl I watched Little House on the Prairie and loved it so much, I often wished I lived during those times, life was hard for them but they enjoyed work, family, worship and used their time wisely.
Today so many of us waste time in front of the TV, computer or playing video games all day long. They used their hands then, made their own things, learned so many trades, I'm not complaining, we have amazing technology now and can get more accomplished in a more timely manner, but we also waste a lot of time too and we don't even realize it.
Anyway, I at times say I was born in the wrong era and yet I'm amazed how far man has come since then.
But, my point was, I am enjoying more reading and doing more projects around the house here and learning another language with my DH. We're having a good time, busy but a satisfying busy. 
I didn't realize how much time I was wasting until now.

Friday, December 2, 2011

So Much To Say, So Little Time

As you can see, I've posted so very little these past few months.
Our lives here have suddenly taken on a very busy
course, like so many of you,
so busy that I don't have time to sit and play on the computer
and read some of my favorite blogs.
I also don't have time to write on my own blog.
Is this good-bye?
Not right now, every now and then I will post, but if it is far and
few in between, then it may one day be.
So you won't see many new posts, maybe once a month, maybe
more, we shall see!