"Night Sky" Petunia

The "Night Sky" Petunia is spotted!
My brother has a hanging basket of these in his yard...beautiful! I have never seen or heard of this one before.
This lovely new color pattern is not 100% stable. When we have hot days and cool nights, the color will be predominately white with a purple star pattern.

 When both day and night temperatures are unusually high, the coloring may become almost solid purple. Very unique!


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Floral Friday Fotos

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Taco Casserole

Everyone in our house loves any recipe with a Mexican flair! This dish is quick and easy to make...


Here's what you'll need:
1 pound of lean ground beef
1 can of refried beans
1 jar (16oz.) thick and chunky salsa
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
4 med. green onions, sliced
2 med. tomatoes, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar or Jack cheese
optional:
1/4 cup sliced black olives

Pre-heat oven to 350*. Cook beef over medium heat, stirring occasionally until browned; drain. Stir in refried beans, taco seasoning, and salsa. Reduce heat to medium. Let heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.
 In ungreased 2- quart casserole, add beef then sprinkle with tomato, green bell pepper, onion, olives, and cheese. 
Bake uncovered 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted. Serves 5.

I served this on shredded lettuce with tortilla chips on the side.


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Happiness is Homemade  * Sundays at Home  * Smell good Sunday * What's for Dinner  *  Nifty Thrifty Sunday * Family Joy * That DIY Party Busy Creative You *
 Amaze Me Monday Mix it up Monday * Make it Pretty Monday * Cooking and Crafting with J and J * Show and Share *  Busy Monday * Keep it simple Monday *Show and Tell *  Warm Heart Totally Terrific Tuesday Tasty Tuesday * Dagmar's Home * Delicious Dishes *Turn it up Tuesday *  Talk of the Town  * Waste not Wednesday *  Thrifty and Vintage Finds *Moonlight and Mason Jars  What's Cookin' Wednesday  *Share Your Style Create it Thursday *  Creatively crafty *  Full plate Thursday * Throwback Thursday * The Handmade Hangout The Pin Junkie * Anything blue Friday * Sweet Inspirations Friday Finds * Foodie Friday *  Photo Friday * Foodie Friday and everything Else * Friday Features *  What To Do Weekends * Home Matters Party Palooza Saturday Sparks *  Best of the Weekend *

DIY Foaming hand soap


We girls all know how easy it is to step into Bath and Body Works and lose control.......every label is prettier than the last and those scents draw you into a sniffing frenzy. Before you know it, you're walking out with a shopping bag on your arm! I admit that I've done it... but now I've started making my own foaming hand soap and shower gel. It's easy and stretches the budget.

DIY Foaming hand soap
What you'll need:
* CLEAR hand soap (any brand... Dial, Softsoap, store brand)
*   warm water
*  empty foaming soap dispenser...I save my empty Bath and Body bottles.

Directions:
Fill the empty container with one inch of soap. Add warm water slowly to one inch from the top to leave room for the pump.
Shake gently to mix.


Pump a few times for foam and you're done! How easy is that?  The large containers of hand soap cost about three or four dollars and can make plenty of refills.

 I like to use lemon scented dish soap to make mine for the kitchen sink.

DIY Foaming Shower Gel
What you'll need:
* Clear shower gel works best to create foam.
* warm water
* empty foaming soap dispenser
Directions:
Fill the empty container with one inch of soap. Add warm water slowly to one inch from the top to leave room for the pump.
Shake gently to mix.
Enjoy!.....and save money.

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 Amaze Me Monday Mix it up Monday * Make it Pretty Monday * Cooking and Crafting with J and J * Show and Share *  Busy Monday * Keep it simple Monday *Show and Tell *  Warm Heart Totally Terrific Tuesday Tasty Tuesday * Dagmar's Home * Delicious Dishes *Turn it up Tuesday *  Talk of the Town  * Waste not Wednesday *  Thrifty and Vintage Finds *Moonlight and Mason Jars  What's Cookin' Wednesday  *Share Your Style Create it Thursday *  Creatively crafty *  Full plate Thursday * Throwback Thursday * The Handmade Hangout The Pin Junkie * Anything blue Friday * Sweet Inspirations Friday Finds * Foodie Friday *  Photo Friday * Foodie Friday and everything Else * Friday Features *  What To Do Weekends * Home Matters Party Palooza Saturday Sparks *  Best of the Weekend *

PEPPERONI PIZZA DIP

I've been making this dip for a few years now and everyone
 I serve it to says "That's my favorite". 
 It has lots of cheesy, gooey, goodness with pepperoni spicy taste!

PEPPERONI PIZZA DIP

INGREDIENTS:

1 (8 - ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sour cream
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1 cup pizza sauce
1/2 cup pepperoni, diced
1/4 cup chopped onions
sliced black olives, to taste
1/4 cup chopped green or red bell pepper
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Chop pepperoni, onion, olives, and green or red pepper into a large. bowl.
3.  In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, and oregano.
4.Add to the pepperoni mixture.
5. Combine and spread into a 9-inch pie plate.
6. Spread pizza sauce evenly over the top..
 Bake 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle cheese on top. Return to oven and bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve with tortilla chips, raw veggies, crackers, whatever!!

***I've made this in a crockpot for church functions and it works well. Just mix everything above and cook on high for 1 hour. Stir and reduce temperature to low to serve.

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Happiness is Homemade  * Sundays at Home  * What's for Dinner  *  Nifty Thrifty Sunday * Family Joy * That DIY Party Busy Creative You *
 Amaze Me Monday Mix it up Monday * Make it Pretty Monday * Cooking and Crafting with J and J * Show and Share *  Busy Monday * Keep it simple Monday *Show and Tell *  Warm Heart Totally Terrific Tuesday Tasty Tuesday * Dagmar's Home * Delicious Dishes *Turn it up Tuesday *  Talk of the Town  * Waste not Wednesday *  Thrifty and Vintage Finds *Moonlight and Mason Jars  What's Cookin' Wednesday  *Share Your Style Create it Thursday *  Creatively crafty *  Full plate Thursday * Throwback Thursday * The Handmade Hangout The Pin Junkie * Anything blue Friday * Sweet Inspirations Friday Finds * Foodie Friday *  Photo Friday * Foodie Friday and everything Else * Friday Features *  What To Do Weekends * Home Matters Party Palooza Saturday Sparks *  Best of the Weekend *