Yard Art…

We recently purchased the two acres of property next to our home.  Our plans for this additional land is to create a beautiful green space with walking paths and sitting areas.  The property was so heavily overgrown that it was nearly impossible to see more than a few feet in either direction of the path that my husband cut through the woods.

This will be a life long project but the first step in the process was to clear the under brush and the trash trees.  Once the clearing was completed, it allowed me the opportunity to wander through the property and take in the beauty of nature.  I like to think of my discoveries as Yard Art.

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…This is the trunk on an almost petrified tree…This will become a focal point in a sitting area that I have planned for the center of the property.

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…This is the bark on a 300 year old live oak…He could be older but he’s not saying.

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…These tree roots grabbed my attention because they were the only ones like them.

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…Spider webs fascinate me but are typically very hard to photograph…

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Color on a Cloudy Day…

Texas Red Bud

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…slow down and appreciate the beauty that is part of your life.

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People Watching…

People watching in Jackson, Wyoming…

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Hostessing at the Wort Hotel, Silver Dollar Restaurant…

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Window shopping at Jolly Jumbucks…

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Persephone baking up artisan breads, sweet pastries and signature layer cakes…

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Sweet Surprises…

My soul mate and I celebrated our 25th anniversary last month…Although we planned our anniversary trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming together there was a little sneaking around going on with some of the details.  I thought I would surprise my husband by ordering a small version of our wedding cake from a local Jackson bakery.

When we arrived in Jackson our room wasn’t ready so we decided to take a walk around town. Our hotel was right off the town square and everything was within a 4 block radius.  As we walked I began to talk about this bakery I had heard of in Jackson.  I talked and talked about the macaroons they made and I expressed how I just had to have a macaroon while we were there.  We walked until we came to the bakery I had found online. I asked my husband to wait while I ran and checked to see if they had the desired sweet available at such a late hour of the day.  I came out with a little white cake box that held the cake I had ordered weeks earlier. I smiled, he smiled..we walked back to the hotel.  What was really in the box was still my little secret surprise.

We walked back to the hotel with the little cake box.  Our room wasn’t quite ready so we sat in the lobby in front of the big fireplace and looked through a couple local magazines.  The wait wasn’t too long. Finally our room was ready, our bags were taken up and a few minutes later we walked into the most beautiful hotel room.  That’s when I discovered I wasn’t the only who had been planning a little surprise.,,the room was filled with flowers.  Roses, lilies, hydrangea…where do you find hydrangea in February in Wyoming?

It was so sweet knowing that we both had been thinking about making our anniversary extra special for the other by planning, plotting, researching and seeing to a few extra special surprise details.

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The cake was 6 layers of sweet red velvet covered in cream cheese buttercream icing. The flowers were lovely and fragrant…all of my favorites.

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Sprinter…

Even in the dead of winter there is the promise of spring…and here in Southeast Texas old man winter is losing his grasp as spring overtakes the race…we are now in the season of Sprinter.

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Autumn Pear and Cranberry Chopped Salad….

Autumn Chopped Salad

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Ingredients:
6 to 8 cups of Chopped Romaine Lettuce
2 medium pears, chopped
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped pecans
8 slices thick-cut bacon (applewood) crisp and crumbled
4 to 6 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Poppy Seed Dressing
Balsamic Vinaigrette (I like Newman’s Own Light Balsamic Vinaigrette)

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Directions:

On a large platter, combine lettuce, pears, cranberries, pecans, bacon and feta cheese.  Drizzle generously with poppy seed dressing, followed by some of the balsamic vinaigrette. (I would estimate that I used about a cup of dressing…70% poppy seed dressing and 30 percent balsamic vinaigrette).  Toss and serve immediately!

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Delicious!

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Walking in The Woods…

Today, I took a walk in the woods next to our house.

photo 3 (8)After a few minutes I could no longer see the road or our house.  I was surrounded by overgrown underbrush, trees and brier patches…

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I was totally focused on watching where I was walking so I wouldn’t step in a rabbit hole, trip on a fallen tree or walk into a Pyracantha branch.

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The silence was broken by a soft scurry through the fallen leaves...

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the next thing I heard was a guttural sound and the loud flapping of wings…predator or prey.

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I was quickly reminded that walking in the woods is like visiting someone else’s home.

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Walk softly and leave things better than you found them…

This post was inspired by The List: 101 Things to Blog About

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