Coral Reef Swim

Today I have a fun guest post from Coral Reef Swim.  If you are in need of swimwear you need to check this site out!  Where else can you find swimsuits at this price?..and they are offering a special discount just for Pink Polka Dot Creations readers!  It doesn’t get much better than that!  ________________________________________________________________________________

Have you heard about Coral Reef Swim yet? If not, it is a must! They are a local Utah company that has designer quality swimming suits at an extremely affordable price.

If that’s not good enough, let’s talk about how absolutely adorable they are! They sell both swimming suits and cover ups that are bound to compliment every body!

Right now they are having a huge sale and all suits are only $15.99.  Not only is that the best price of the year, we also have an exclusive discount for an additional 10% off of your order with coupon code PINKPOKADOT.  Enter at check out, but you better hurry because the discount only lasts through 7/31/14. 

 

Check them out at www.coralreefswim.com, you can also follow them at facebook.com/coralreefswim and instagram.com/coralreefswim for any other deals of giveaways they have going on. Enjoy! 

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Thanks Coral Reef Swim!
And thanks to you for visiting today,

Hope you are having a Happy Summer Day!

 
rustic frame

Rustic Picture Frame

Medical update: I am getting a little bit stronger every day.  I think the thing that fooled me the most was how weak I am and how little energy I have!  I guess that is from the blood loss. I feel like my arm is getting a little bit stronger every day and my incision is healing well.  The good news is that the numbness is slowly leaving…the bad news…I can now feel it!  I still have my super glue on the top of the incision, but the bruising is almost gone.  (My arm just looks a little bit dirty where the bruising is!)  I can now start lifting 10 pounds, but I cannot yet rotate my arm outwards all the way.  But all in all, I would say that I am doing super!

So, I still cannot do very many projects, but I would like to share one with you that I picked up at a little boutique during our town celebration:

Rustic FrameI love this frame with the little clip at the top!  It is so easy to change out your picture!  This would be perfect by your family calendar, or some place that you are always looking at, because you can change the picture every time you change the calendar!

clip frameAs I said, I did not make this, but it would be super easy to do.  

You will need (4) 1 x 4 x 16 1/2″boards and (2) 1 x 2 x 13 1/2″

1-metal clip with hole+small screw

Small nails or staples

Lay the (4) 1 x 4 boards together side by side, then nail the (2) 1 x 2 boards across the top and the bottom 1 1/2 inches from the edge.  Nail or staple in place.  Paint color of your choice and distress the wood.  Screw the clip in the center.

The frame that I purchased has a hanger on the back, but I will be putting mine on an easel in my living room, so I did not need the hanger.

rustic frameWe just had a new family pictures taken and I love this photo of my immediate family!  This was the only black and white picture that I had printed, because we were all color coordinated, but I am a BIG fan of black and white pictures!

(I am going to do a new photo wall, so I will show that later!)

This picture frame is a fun one, because you can use portrait or landscape photos (you will need to turn the frame for portrait pictures) and of course you can paint it to any color to match your home decor.  These would be great gifts for any of you looking for Christmas ideas!  (Did I just say Christmas?…I should  be slapped!)

Thanks for visiting today!

BBQ Beef Salad Pizza

BBQ Beef Salad Pizza

My husband and I went to a small restaurant awhile back, in Heber City, Utah called the Spin Cafe.  I ordered a version of this salad pizza and it was so good that I wanted to try to duplicate it at home!  I changed it up a bit, by adding cheese to the crust because I think that makes it more like a pizza!

This recipe is perfect for all of these hot summer days!  You only need to heat your oven for a short time and you can use any veggies that you already have or use up some of those fresh veggies from your garden!

BBQ Beef Salad PizzaThere really is no recipe for this, which makes it even better because you just use up what you have!

You will need to start with a flat bread.  You can use any kind that you want.  I used a Greek Pita flat bread for this recipe.

Flat bread PizzaDrizzle some olive oil to the top of the bread then add your favorite cheese to the top.  I sliced mozzarella cheese very thin for this one.  Bake it in a 400 degrees F. oven for about 10 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and starting to brown.

BBQ Beef  Salad PizzaTop with your favorite salad toppings, I used butter crunch lettuce, grape tomatoes and green onions. but you could also add green peppers, basil, cucumbers, raw zucchini or anything else that you might love on your salad! Top with some leftover BBQ Beef, BBQ Pork, grilled chicken or whatever leftover meat you have!  Add your favorite salad dressing  sprinkle with some kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, and cut the pizza into 4 slices and you are ready to eat!  This is such a refreshing, light meal for these hot summer nights! 

This is perfect for your kids to each make their own version and they can add the topping of their choice!

So do you need a menu idea for this weekend?  You might want to give this one a try!  My husband and I both love this recipe and I have made it several times, it is a keeper because you can just use up all those leftover veggies and meat that you have in your fridge!

Have a Super Weekend Everyone and thanks for visiting today!

chalkboard yard

Chalkboard Door

Hi everyone, here is my first project post since my accident!  I want to thank everyone again for all of your kind, sweet comments and for your support, they both mean the world to me!

Obviously, this project was finished before my injury, but it is one that I have thoroughly enjoyed while I have been recuperating!

chalkboard doorMy husband took this old door out of a house that was being demolished a couple of years ago and it has been sitting in my garage for that long.  I knew that I wanted it for out in my yard, but it took me this long to figure out what to do with it.  I was trying to decide what color to paint it, and my friend Jackie, is the one that gave me the idea to do a chalkboard in the center!  I immediately fell in love with the idea!

chalkboard yardI put this door in the corner by my table and I love what a fun accent it is to my yard!  It was a simple project to do…I simply brushed the inside with chalkboard paint, then when it had dried a cured for a few days, I taped the inside and painted the outside with a butter yellow exterior paint!  Such a simple idea, but a fun one!   I wired the doorknob on the back to the railing so that it is secured and cannot fall over on anyone! As you can see, we decorated it for the 4th of July.  Some of the grandkids had a great time helping me,  I wrote the words and they did all of the rest of the decorating!chalkboard door July 4thDidn’t they do a great job?  What kid does not love to doodle with chalk?

chalkboard door summerMy daughter did this “Welcome Summer” sign.  Like I said kids of all ages love to doodle on a chalkboard, because if you don’t like how part of it turns out, you just erase it off and keep going!

This would also be a fun project to do on a door that you have in your home!  Your kids or grandkids would love it!

I can see all kinds of fun sayings going on this chalkboard and I also have a fun project coming up that will go with this door!  So stay tuned for that one.

Thanks for visiting today!  I appreciate all of you and your support that you give! 

Have a Happy Day!

 

Blogging Hiatus Update

Well, it has been over a week now since my accident and I am so happy to say that I am on the mend!  I am even typing this post myself! (My DIL typed for me last week!)

My cut is healing well and the bruises are turning beautiful colors, so that is improvement.  I cannot lift anything over 10 lbs for another week or two, so I am still very limited.  I do not have any external stitches, rather, they super glued the top layer together, so that is great that I do not have any outside stitches that will need to be taken out.  My energy and strength are slow in coming back, but I will just take it one day at a time.

My family has been amazing!  My daughter has stepped right in and taken over with so many different things, that I don’t know how we would have done it this past week without her.  And all while she worked full time too!  She is a keeper.  My son in law text-ed me and ask if he could come and water my pots, and he knows how many pots I have and he still did it.  It has been in the 90′s all week, so they would not have lasted very long if he had not done that!   My husband has literally been by my side the whole week and has done everything from laundry, to cooking, to getting me dressed.  He has been a great little slave!  :)  I think that I must be the luckiest girl in the whole world.

I have also had so many friends, family, and neighbors that have called or come to see me and cheer me up and offer their help.  I am truly blessed when it comes to friends, and neighbors…they are the best!

I also want to thank so many of you who left comments, emails and Facebook comments.  I am sorry that I could not respond to any of them, but I want you to know how very much I appreciated your kind comments and prayers and your support.  I was brought to tears many times.  THANK YOU!!

I am learning to slow down…it is hard for me to learn that, but I guess this was a good wake-up call.  I have a couple of projects that I had done before this all happened that I will try to post this week.  I will only be posting a couple of times a week for a while because it is hard to do projects with one hand and especially when that hand is my left hand and I am very right handed!

Sometimes when something happens to you, you start to wonder why…not why did this have to happen…but why am I so very blessed!  

Thanks again for all of your support!  Have a great week everyone!

 

 

Unexpected Blogging Hiatus

I had an accident on the 4th of July and had my first ambulance ride! I was washing out a glass lemonade jug and it broke open in the sink, cutting my arm. It hit one of the two major arteries, unfortunately, and I am pretty much out of commission right now! I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the next little while. I’m doing better but it will take some time to heal before I’m back to blogging. 

I am so fortunate that my kids and husband were here to help until the paramedics arrived and have been so much help these last few days. My husband even did his first batch of laundry in 38 years. So it’s not all bad, I guess!

Have a great week!

4th-of-July

Happy 4th of July

Hey everyone!  

I hope that you all have a very happy and safe 4th of July!

4th-of-JulyI am so grateful for this great country that I live in and the freedoms that I enjoy every day!  As we celebrate our nation’s birthday may we all take a minute to remember what a wonderful country we live in and all those that have sacrificed so much for us to enjoy these freedoms every day!

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and that you will get to spend it with those you love!

Thanks for Visiting!

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July 2014 Visiting Teaching Handout

Here is my visiting teaching handout for July, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  This month the topic is: Jesus Christ…Advocate.July 2014 VT I chose to use the quote from Elder D. Todd Christofferson and I love this message! It really has great meaning and I love that I personally have an advocate and that you do too!

July-VT-2014

Here is the printable.  If you do not have a color printer, or you do not want to use your ink…you can always send this to your favorite photo processing center as a 4 x 6 photo.  To save, right click over the image and go to “save image as” then save in a pictures folder.

July-VT-2014-blankHere is the blank for those that would like to translate the message.  Or if you are in need of a patriotic card for anything you can add your own text!

Here are the downloads:  July VT 2014

You could add this with my patriotic fudge or you could come up with any fun red, white and blue treat or goodie to go with the card.  Or of course you could just use the card!  You do not need to take something every single month to your sisters, the important thing is your visit and that your sisters know that you love and care for them!

Happy Visiting this Month! 

patriotic fudge

Patriotic Fudge

I have a quick little post for you today, just in time for the big weekend!  Can you believe that the 4th of July is this week?  My oh my, where does the time go?patriotic fudgeI saw this idea on Pinterest and  I have made fudge like this before but the thing that caught my eye…was that this recipe calls for butter extract.  I have never used butter extract and so decided that I would try it out.  I know that fudge is not a diet food, but hey, if you can cut a few calories, why not try it?   Well…fudge is not a diet food, so let’s not try to make it one!  I did not like the butter extract at all and would much rather have the real thing!  As you can see, this turned out to be a very soft fudge even though I cooked it a little bit longer than the recipe said.  I am glad that I tried this recipe out and it is a very quick recipe to put together, but I think that I will stick with the good old fashioned boil on the stove fudge like this recipe! (If you want white fudge, just substitute the white chocolate chips for the chocolate ones.)

Of course you could change up the colors of M & M’s for any holiday and it would be an easy fun treat any time!  I think that I will try it sometime with 2 teaspoons of butter rather than the extract.

Red White and Blue Fudge
Yields 24
An easy fudge that is perfect for the 4th of July or any patriotic gathering!
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131 calories
16 g
8 g
7 g
2 g
4 g
28 g
30 g
16 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
28g
Yields
24
Amount Per Serving
Calories 131
Calories from Fat 61
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
11%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 8mg
3%
Sodium 30mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 16g
5%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
7%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups white chocolate chips ( I used the Guittard Vanilla A'Peels)
  2. 8 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  3. 2 teaspoons butter extract
  4. 1/2 cup red and blue M & M's
Instructions
  1. 1. Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray.
  2. 2. Place chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in medium glass bowl or large glass measuring cup.
  3. 3. Microwave at 50% power for 30 seconds. Stir, and repeat until chocolate is completely melted. About 60-90 seconds. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.
  4. 4. Stir in the butter extract and 1/2 of the M & M's.
  5. 5. Pour into the prepared pan.
  6. 6. Sprinkle with the remaining M & M's.
  7. 7. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before cutting.
Notes
  1. Can change up the colors of M & M's for any holiday!
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calories
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fat
7g
protein
2g
carbs
16g
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 Are you ready for the big holiday?  Do you have a big family get together, a party with friends or do you celebrate with the crowds?  Whatever you do… I hope that you will have a great and a safe one!  

We get together with some of our family and we have a fun water party and games that the kids love…because I usually have prizes!  They have already been asking if we are getting the water slide out and what we are doing!  So I guess that I had better get planning, quick, because it is coming up faster than I am ready for!

Have a great Monday everyone!  Thanks for Visiting!

Diet coke baby

Diet Coke Poster Child

**No children were harmed or consumed any of this product during this photo shoot!**

This is our darling little Poster Child for Diet Coke!

Diet coke babyMy granddaughter got hold of my Diet Coke bottle and she was not about to give it up…not for anything!

diet coke baby

Mmmm, this looks pretty good, what is it?

diet coke babyAhhh!

diet coke baby

What do mean that this stuff is not good for me???

diet coke babyNo!…Grandma it’s mine!

diet coke babyTrue love!  This is a girl of my own heart!  

My older granddaughter tells me that I am a “Coke”aholic all the time.  She thinks that it is pretty funny and I probably have to admit that she is pretty close to being right.  So now you know of one of my bad habits…but hey, we all need one or two of them don’t we??

Hope that you all have a great weekend!  I think that I will enjoy mine with a good bottle of Diet Coke!