Friday, February 9, 2018

five on friday

Happy Friday! It has been quite a week for me. I had an allergic reaction to a sulfa medication and spent Sunday in the emergency room and Monday and Tuesday on Benadryl & steroids. Fun, fun, fun. I'm feeling much better now and looking forward to the weekend. I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Let's jump right in. 

I ordered this shirt from Nordstrom last week.  I love a cute thermal shirt and especially love this shade of blue. It's also available in red if you need something cute and casual for Valentine's Day.  It's on sale right now, so grab one for yourself.

I'm going to be busy this weekend making my red velvet macarons for Valentine's Day. I'm going to try making heart-shaped. Follow along on Instagram to see how they turn out. I'm Tonia_thc

There's some big changes coming up in my life next month. I'm anxious, excited, full of hope. Just ALL.THE.FEELINGS. I got a new life planner from Erin Condren to help stay organized, plus lots of fun stickers I can't wait to get ready for my next adventure. I'll share more about that in the next few weeks. 

And now in book news... 
I got my advance reader copy of Raspberry Danish Murder in the mail a few weeks ago and just finished it up over the weekend. It's the latest in the Hannah Swensen series by Joanne Fluke. It's one of my favorite cozy mystery series and I've been reading it from the very beginning. That said, I was very disappointed in this latest book. The previous book was quite a cliffhanger and this new one did not really focus on that or wrap it actually kind of ended with yet another cliffhanger. It might be time to wrap this series up, but just because I feel invested after 22 books, I'll keep reading. 

I guess I actually just have four things to share this week, so I'll stop here. Hope you all have a great weekend! 

- Tonia

Friday, January 26, 2018

five on friday

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Let's jump right in. 

We're having movie night for the youth at church tonight. I'm really looking forward to it. The kids will have a great time and it gives the adults a chance for some additional fellowship time. I love our church family so much. God is definitely working and moving at our church. Tonight we're watching The Prince of Egypt. 

I've been using Lancome Renergie lately for my skin. I definitely needed something that helps with firming. It's a little pricey for me, so I'm trying to make it last. Any product recommendations out there?  

I got a few new pictures for the living room that I need to hang, but I have the worst trouble hanging pictures and photos. I heard good things about these Gorilla Hooks. I'll be using them tomorrow so stay tuned for how well they work. 

I was looking for a simple storage solution for our back hallway and saw this on Pinterest. It's only a photo - no actual product to purchase or a "how to". I think it would be pretty easy to replicate, so I'm going to show the picture to the handiest person I know and see what she thinks - my momma. ;)   Kirklands has this that's similar, but I don't think it's designed to hang on the wall, which is what I like most about the original.

And in book news...Mike got me this book for Christmas. It has lots of good information about plants, vegetables, etc. and some interesting stories, but not much new information. The illustrations and pictures are great though. I might try to do a cross stitch from a few of the drawings. 

That's all for today. Coming up next week I'll be talking about my Valentine red velvet macarons and other goodies, plus sharing information on how you can join The Hillbilly Chicks book club. Have a great weekend!

- Tonia

Thursday, January 25, 2018

sticky buns

My mom had asked for some sticky buns a few weeks ago when I made cinnamon rolls, so I whipped some up over the weekend. You can see all the pics over on Instagram (I'm Tonia_thc).  I used the same recipe I use for my cinnamon rolls and added a deliciously yummy caramel pecan topping. 

Give these a try and you won't be disappointed. I've been using the same recipe for 25 years. That's right - I started baking when I was 4. Ha

Find the recipe here and the caramel pecan topping is below. 


Sticky Bun Topping

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter 
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup 
1 cup pecan chips 

Melt together butter, corn syrup and brown sugar. Pour into 9x13 pan, sprinkle with pecan chips. Top with cut buns and proceed with 2nd rise then bake. Let rest 10 minutes before flipping