Friday, March 6, 2015

Are You a Creature of Habit?

 Some time back I proclaimed on this blog that I would try to be more creative.
Did that happen?

Mmmm, maybe not.
We did change the color scheme in our master bedroom and that was epic for us!

Yesterday on our snowy day I cleaned the kitchen and tried to change the counters.
I added a plate.
A really pretty and colorful plate.

I really like the plate.
My son noticed it immediately and complimented it.
The colors are pretty next to the Janet Hill print.

Will the plate stay there?
Nope. Bye bye plate.
Well, it can stay until my coffee is finished when I clean the counters again.

I need space to cook.
Acres of it would be nice but this little stretch next to the stove works well.

Some things just need to stay the same.
Are you a creature of habit too?

I did change up the cup towels.
There....creativity in the kitchen.
I'm good. :)

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend.
We are off on a little trip to New Orleans.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

It's a Pretty Big Deal!

When my kids were little in Oklahoma we loved snow days so much! 
We'd make snowmen and sled down the hills in our neighborhood.

We'd laugh at cars that were trying to go up the street in front of our house...
they never made it and we collected cars at the end of our street for a few days.

We'd put clothes on and take them off all day long with 
lots of hot chocolate in between.

The best part was no school, of course.

Then the day came that they didn't want to play out there much any more.
They preferred to sneak off in their cars and do doughnuts in a parking lot. :)
Yeah, Spencer just told me that the other day.

 I still love a good snow day.
It's a little more rare here in the Dallas area and everyone gets so excited.
The eggs and milk are gone from the grocery store.
Everything is closed. 

Belle isn't too sure about it but she knows there could be a bone out there somewhere.
I'll be enjoying the snow glow from inside the house today.
Might even work on adding a little Spring to a shelf or counter top.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Super Delicious Vegetable Soup and Yes It Has Cabbage

I really hesitated to say cabbage in the soup title because 
I know there are many cabbage-phobic people out there.

But here's the thing....this is so yummy!
I'm not a dietitian but this soup is bound to be good for you! 

How To:

* In a little olive oil, I sauteed a chopped onion, two chopped stalks of celery, 
and a some minced garlic until tender.
*Added two of the small boxes of vegetable broth and 
simmered awhile so the good flavors would go together like Joanie and Chachi did a long time ago. Remember that? I miss Happy Days. :)

Then I added a can of diced tomatoes drained, a can of cannellini beans drained, 
two chopped carrots, and most of a head of chopped cabbage. 

There is also salt, pepper, and red pepper sprinkled in for good measure.

I remember eating cabbage soup years ago when on Weight Watchers
 so I'm sure we will get skinny if we eat this.

Now y'all know that I've been to the doctor a few times here lately and she talks a lot about calcium and bone density. 

We definitely want to have strong bones so after you have your cabbage soup, 
I recommend a scoop of Rocky Road. A reasonable portion.

That's my plan!!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

This Room at the Top of the Stairs

This room at the top of the stairs is where my sweet friend stayed last week.

I made sure the pillows were poofed and fresh flowers were ready for her.

She didn't care that there's not a chair in the room. 

We sat on the floor and talked like good friends do.

We talked about our kids when they were little and our kids now in their 20s.

We talked about husbands and dogs and parents and cooking.

We reminisced about our old neighborhood and how blessed we were to all land in the same place.

I told her she could easily make her own upholstered headboard.

She told me about all the cute clothes she's selling at her part time job after she teaches school all day.

We talked about wood floors and cabbage soup and college expenses and Hilton Head.

We talked about babies and menopause and how we're trying our best to maintain our weight.

It was like we were never ever apart. 

Real friendships are like that.

I love my friends.

"There is nothing on this earth more to be  prized than friendship."
-Thomas Aquinas

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Girlfriends, Onomatopoeia, Hot Flashes, and Cute Shoes

Happy Monday Peeps!
I've missed y'all.

I've grown to love two and three word titles that seemingly have nothing to do with each other. 
In my mind the words make sense but to you I'm sure they are silly. And they are. :)

My girlfriend was here last week from Upstate New York.
The Texas weather gods smiled on us as we shopped, ate too much,
and went to the Dallas Arboretum. Love this girl!
We met about 21 years ago right as she was moving into our neighborhood in Oklahoma. It always pays to stop and say hi to someone new because that someone might be a wonderful friend for life. ♥

I was in bed last night trying to think of 
an onomatopoeic word that would describe hot flashes.

Why? Well, let's just say that my sweater flies off in a flash, my leg sticks out of the covers at night, and thank goodness for clothes that zip because they come off faster!! 

You could say that I'm "sizzling" and my clothes "zip" right off. You understand, right?

I'm constantly saying, "Is it hot in here or is it just me?" 
This is my life now and I'm thankful because I'm healthy. :)

Last important topic
We all love Target.

Go there fast and get these cuties!

They are adorable and comfortable.
What more could you want for spring fashion?

Have a great day and stay warm.
After the beautiful week we had last week it is icy here today.
Never boring!

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Monday, February 9, 2015

A Cookies and Milk Monday

Happy Monday Y'all!

Today is perfect here in Rockwall, Texas.
It's 73 degrees, the sun is shining, the water in the pond is sparkling, and the birds are singing. 
The frogs have even popped out of hibernation and are singing their
mating call. :)

So many reasons to smile including these oatmeal raisin cookies that just came out of the oven.
I hope you are having a wonderful day too.

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Faking It

Many moons ago, all fake plants were removed from our house.
Well actually, The Nester told us to remove all the old dusty
things and I did! 
Ever since then I've stuck my nose up in the air
about most faux plants.

The other day I was at a girlfriend's house and she had some really pretty faux flowers that definitely caught my eye here in the dead of winter.  
So when we went to Canton she helped me find these little pretties.

I guess they are dogwood blooms. I'm sticking with that. :)
Whatever they are, they are beautiful and just right for this spot
right now. The aqua vase has been hidden in a bathroom upstairs.
I'm happy to have it out here in the entry for awhile.

Ann, the flowers were found at The Cotton Shed in Downtown Canton. 

So here's the lesson today - copy your girlfriends. 

Have a great day!!


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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In Our Kitchen Today

A cute little bird nest rests on a cookbook.
 I don't remember where I bought this one but I ♥ it.

Sophie soaks up the sun and warm breeze on a warm January day.
She and I hate to rub it in but it's 78 degrees here today.

Perfect little cups have a spot in the glass front cabinet.
Thank you Glenda.

Somebody left their keys on the counter.
That same somebody swears he never loses anything and he puts everything away.

What's happening in your kitchen today?


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