May 15, 2022

Oh boy do DH (Jeff) and I (actually the whole family) love these pork taco boats!! They are just so delicious. Our son-in-law made these for us several years ago and we've been hooked ever since.

☆☆CHEESE OPTION: the last 2 times I've made this we used the Feta cheese with sundried tomatoes in it, talk about yummy! 

☆Quick note: if you don't have the boats use whatever soft shell you have or can find.

Happy Cooking & Enjoy your day! ♡ Tina

May 8, 2022

Back a couple of years ago while perusing the World Market website I came across these candle holders. I had seen them on an Instagram account before,  thought they were cute so I bought them. Unfortunately after having them a month or so I really didn't care for them,  so into a drawer they went.

One day around Thanksgiving as I was searching through the drawers I saw them and an idea to "re-use" them popped in my head. I had been eyeing candle holders similar to these for a while, so I 


  • Clear Gorilla Glue for crafts
  • 4 - 5in round plaques
  • 4 - 4in round plaques
  • 6 pkg ½in round beads w/⅛in hole
  • White nylon thread
  • Hot glue + glue gun
  • Black craft paint
  • Antique gold rub & buff
  • 2 sets of 3 'whitewash and gold bottle taper candle holders '


  • Wipe down candle holders
  • Apply glue around the top edge of holders (below)

  • Once glue is applied flip matching holder and place on top. Apply pressure until set (30 seconds)
  • Repeat with remaining holders

  • Once glued let it setup for about 24 hours.
  • Grab 3 - 4in round plaques and mark center. Place holder on top and trace around bottom.

  • Next glue a 4in round plaque to a 5in round plaque. Let setup for 24 hours. 

  • Then glue holders to base. Let set for 24 hours
  • Once set glue beads around base of holder and plaques

  • For the beads around the center and the top I strung them on thread and did a dry fit before using the hot glue to set them in place.

  • Paint holders, then rub & buff, finally add candles.
I finished just in time to use them in this past Christmas decor in the dining room...

Then they were moved to the foyer once Christmas was over...

As of now only 2 of the 3 are being used...

So what do you think? Do you have candle holders that can be re-used?

Enjoy your day! ♡ Tina

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May 1, 2022

Well hey!
For as long as I can remember I've always wanted a church pew in my house. Somehow I always missed out on them or I would find one and the price would be horrendous, but it didn't stop me from looking. Finally I decided if I couldn't find one then I would find plans or come up with my own plans so Jeff (darling hubby=DH) could build it. Before I started drawing up plans I went online and did a search on Google and on Pinterest and came across these plans from
Jamison Rantz at Rogue Engineer | HERE |

The plans are easy to follow and thorough. As for the cost? Jeff (DH) had a stash of 2 inch thick oak, cherry and a little hard pine. Although I was excited to use this variety of wood, finding a stain that worked wasn't happening, sadly.

So, it was painted black and I love the way it turned out. We use it in our eat in kitchen with our table & 2 chairs...

And our sweet precious Shelby loves to take naps on the bench too.

I'm so happy I found these plans. So if your looking to build a reproduction church pew, head over to the Rogue Engineer.

Happy building & enjoy your day! ♡ Tina


Apr 29, 2022

Hello there and welcome to 'Monthly Musings' a monthly or so post of my favorite small businesses, home decor, recipes and much more!




  • DH and I are currently working on a Murphy Bed + built-in for my office/ guest room. 
  • Here's some inspiration I used for my office/ guest room HERE | HERE | HERE | or PINTEREST BOARD

  • I'm wanted this DRESS from CHICOS but it sold out! So now I'm on the hunt for one similar.
  • I also have a crush on these MULES and SLIDES

  • Did you miss this month's what I've read? Continue to WIR|vol.24 


  • This account is swoon worthy ... if you've never checked out Bambi @number131 squares you're missing out.

Do you have any suggestions you'd like to bring to my attention?

Enjoy your day! ♡ Tina


Apr 24, 2022

Welcome back to the Reading Nook & Vol. 24 of the 'What I've Read' series.  The 'What I've Read" series is a monthly post and will be a combination of audible, kindle and physical books. Let me know if you've read/listened to any of these books and if so what you thought. Goodreads profile 

Have you found a new to you author and would like to see all the books they've written in chronological order? Then head over to BOOK SERIES IN ORDER

The Peyton Place Murder: The true crime story behind the novel that shocked the nation. Author: Renee Mallet

  • Barnes & Nobles | Kindle | Audible - 4 hours | ☆☆☆
  • How many of you have either watched and/or read 'Peyton Place', author Grace Metalious? Ive both read & watched it. This book not only gives some insight & background about the author, who's definitely a character, but tells the true crime story that you would think was inspiration for Grace Metalious most famous book, but who swears it was not. How hard it was for female authors during this time to be taken seriously and a sort of 6 degree of separation between Grace Metalious and infamous/ famous people. 
  • It was a decent book, a lot of what she wrote seemed like filler to make the book longer. 

The Housekeeper: A twisted psychological thriller. Author: Natalie Barelli (narrator Susie Berneis)

  • Barnes & Nobles | Kindle | Audible - 8+hrs | ☆☆☆☆
  • "She's a liar. She's a stalker. She's in your house.When Claire sees Hannah Wilson at an exclusive Manhattan hair salon, it's like a knife slicing through barely healed scars. It may have been ten years since Claire last saw Hannah, but she has thought of her every day, and not in a good way. So Claire does what anyone would do in her position—she stalks her.Hannah is now Mrs. Carter, living the charmed life that should have been Claire's...Which is why when Hannah advertises for a housekeeper, Claire is confident she can apply and not be recognized...What better way to seek retribution—and redress—than from within the beautiful Mrs. Hannah Carter's own home? Except that it's not just Claire who has secrets. Everyone in that house seems to have something to hide.  And now, there's no way out."
  • The voice of the narrator sounded older than a 24 year old and that kind of got annoying at times, BUT, this book was actually really good, lot of twists and turns. Sometimes the dialogue dragged bit but I did enjoy this book.

When We Believed in Mermaids - Author: Barbara O'Neal (narrator: Susan Naughton & Kathrine Littrell)

  • Barnes and Nobles| Kindle  | Audible - 11hrs 55m | ☆☆☆
  • "Her sister has been dead for fifteen years when she sees her on the TV news…Josie Bianci was killed years ago on a train during a terrorist attack. Gone forever. It’s what her sister, Kit, an ER doctor in Santa Cruz, has always believed. Yet all it takes is a few heart-wrenching seconds to upend Kit’s world. Live coverage of a club fire in Auckland has captured the image of a woman stumbling through the smoke and debris. Her resemblance to Josie is unbelievable. And unmistakable. With it comes a flood of emotions―grief, loss, and anger―that Kit finally has a chance to put to rest: by finding the sister who’s been living a lie.After arriving in New Zealand, Kit begins her journey with the memories of the past: of days spent on the beach with Josie. Of a lost teenage boy who’d become part of their family. And of a trauma that has haunted Kit and Josie their entire lives.Now, if two sisters are to reunite, it can only be by unearthing long-buried secrets and facing a devastating truth that has kept them apart far too long. To regain their relationship, they may have to lose everything."
  • Some of the reviews on this book complained about the one narrator mispronouncing some of the words. It wasn't as noticeable as it was  made out to be. Although long it was an ok book.

That's all for this month. Let me know if you've read any of these books and what you thought...
Happy reading and enjoy your day! ♡ Tina


Apr 18, 2022

If it's Wednesday it's sandwich night. Sandwich Wednesday started in our home about 10 yrs ago when our oldest grandson 'D' was still here. It grew from necessity, since Wednesday seemed to be the busiest day of the week for us. Although 'D' and his parents moved to Florida sandwich Wednesday has stuck with me.
So in honor of sandwich day,  here is one of our favorites (with alternatives)

Happy Cooking & Enjoy your day! ♡ Tina



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