Thursday, August 26, 2010

Happy Birthday to Amy

Happy Birthday Amy!
We love you and hope you've had the best birthday yet!


Monday, August 23, 2010

Country Living

Recently I had a chance to visit one of my most favorite couples at their lovely home in the country, which happens to also be one of my most favorite places! It can't really be explained, it just has to be experienced! And what an experience this trip was... Like a mini-vacation! Here are a few of the highlights:

1- Homemade pimento & cheese sandwich, cantaloupe, and lemonade:



2- Relaxing in the sunroom with these two:



3- Getting outside:








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The end!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Butterfly Dreams

I may be behind on this... but I just found out about the NYPL Digital Gallery!!!
For months I have been on the hunt for plates to hang above our bed. So far, I've found 2 that I really love.
So tonight when I found these, I immediately thought about our bedroom. Our bedding in solid gray linen with a white monogram. Our walls, ceiling, and trim are also gray. Our bed is walnut and we also have some chairs and other accents in an oatmeal linen.
So now that you know all that... what do you think about these?
I think they are practically a steal at only $25 each for 10". They also come in 14", 20", 30" and 40". I was thinking 2 of them in floating frames... What do you think?



Speaking of Spaniels....

Today I had a presentation in Coffeeville, MS and a meeting in Winona. On my way home, I stopped into an antique mall to look around. This is one of my very favorite things to do and I had not stopped in this particular one in a while.
I'm not sure what I am going to do with it yet, but I had to have it! I'm really not even sure what it is. I guess my love for spaniels just made me get it.
Sometimes it's not about the "worth" of the item, just what's it means to you. :)
I'll post some ideas for what I might do with it later... Stay tuned!


Monday, August 16, 2010

New Hairdo





Today the boys went for a visit to the Shaggy Hound! Bentley is so tired he can't keep his eyes open and Banks is so proud of his new do... He's been prancing around the house all night! Banksie Boy got a very masculine cowboy style bandanna and Bentley got a lime green bow with navy polka-dots!!! We have taken the bow off... Daddy and Bentley didn't care for it much!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Thanks for the yummy canned goods!

A big THANKS to my in-laws for the great veggies, sauces, and fruits they gave us! Hopefully one day I can learn canning. I have many memories of my mammaw canning and her pantry always being full of these type goodies!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Checkmate

Last night I had a strange craving for Chess Squares! I haven't had them in so long and they are so easy to make. If you haven't tried them before, you have missed out! But not for long! Run to the grocery and grab 6 simple ingredients! Your mouth will thank you.

Here are the things you will need:
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
8 oz. Cream Cheese
3 Eggs
1 Stick Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Box Powdered Sugar



Mix cake mix and butter until crumbly.



Press in 9x13 inch pan sprayed with Pam.



Mix powdered sugar, vanilla, cream cheese and eggs; stir until smooth.
Reserve enough powdered sugar to dust the top of squares.
Pour in pan.




Bake at 325 degrees for 50 minutes.



Top will barely be brown when done. Let cool and cut into squares. Enjoy!



I wanted to blog about our pizzas we made... but it's a lot of work taking all these pictures between steps. :) I also had a very hungry husband and father-in-law waiting on them. We finally ate around 8:15 (which is late for Wiley and I), but it would have been much later if my mother-in-law weren't helping me! Thanks Ms. Patricia!

We made one pizza with pesto, chicken, red onion, fresh corn, black beans, grated parmesan, and mozzarella. The other one was equally good with tomatoe sauce, Hutchins special bbq sauce, calamata olives, chicken, parmesan, mozzarella, red onion, basil leaves.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Little Golfin' Girl

This summer Conner Beth (my 11 year old niece) has been very busy with golf. This weekend she came in 1st place at the Wolf Hollow Junior Invitational at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, in the 13-18 year old division. (She would quickly add to this post that she didn't even have time to warm up on the 1st day b/c she left her clubs at home and had to go back for them as they were only 10 miles from the course!) For those of you who are actually reading this and aren't family.... CB has been playing since she was around 3 yrs. old. She has an amazing God given talent and I am so proud of her! Currently her handicap is 9.0, but she would like to eventually tour on the LPGA so she works hard to get to at least a 2.0. Also, this summer CB was featured as a WJTV Future Star!!! She did a great job in her interview! And she did get her new cell phone! You can watch the interview below...

At this very moment she is going bananas over Craig's List! She is saving for an i-pad and just sold her 1st item for $20!!!! It didn't even stay on the site for 10 minutes! Good luck selling CB! I love you!



Little Fish Boy















Over the summer my sister's children have spent alot of time with my parents. Luckily for the kiddos, they have a pool. William is 4 and has just learned to swim. Mom actually had lessons lined up for him and about 30 minutes before the swim coach arrived, he decided he would swim. This weekend he was back in Columbus and decided it was time to start jumping into the deep end!!!! He told his momma "he's not a little boy anymore, he's a fish"! So here are some pictures of our cute little fish!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

First Post

I have decided to take the leap into the blogging world.... So here it goes, my very 1st post!

Last week I sent an email to my husband (Wiley), father (Dad), mother (Mom), sister (Kameron or KK), and my friend and honorary family member (Teresa) asking their opinions on "naming the blog". Naming the blog was a very major step and such a huge commitment!

So, here are the only responses that I received:

Wiley: "Get Back To Work"

Dad: "Courtney's Back To Work"

KK: "Get Back To Work" A Blog for Addicted Web-Browsing Women

Teresa: "Prairie (since you live there), Farmhouse, Hippies, Peace. A blog..... What exactly is a blog?"

Mom: No response, she probably hasn't checked her email yet :)

The next day Teresa called me and said what about "Pure Prairie"! I loved it! So she gets all the credit for the name! Thanks Reesa!!!

The top 3 really had fun with that "Get Back to Work" response.... and as much as I loved KK's....

I don't have children (other than Banks, Bentley, and Kitty) and I'm in sales (Educational Software), so I realize that a blog dedicated to my animal children and my work would probably loose a readers attention fast!

These are some of the things I really love and would love to blog about:

Design

Cooking

Animals

Gardening

Family

Friends

Fashion

Antiques

Junk

Organizing

The Great Outdoors

Travel

Weddings

Sunsets

Movies

Photography


I'll start blogging tomorrow! So hard to decide on 1 thing..... Excited!