Steampunk Flower Bouquet…

I have a real appreciation for re-purposed rust.  This is my favorite “pin” of the day. Gearhead Flowers I wish I could give credit to the creator of this exceptional arrangement. However, not everyone on Pinterest thinks to list the origin of the photos they “Pin”.  If you know the origin of this photo please share it…not only do I want to give credit wear credit is do, I would like to know how I can order one of these bad boys.


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the first blank page…

Today, is the first blank page of a 365 page book... What will this book say about your life a year from now?

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2015...is here and with it comes opportunities for each of us to make a difference in our little piece of the world.  Some opportunities will present themselves in what appears to be small inconsequential moments; a warm smile offered to a passing stranger, holding the door open for a woman wrangling an active group of little’s, or paying for a cup of coffee for a total stranger.  Some opportunities will present themselves in ways that have the ability to impact someones world and change the quality of their life; giving warm clothes and blankets to a homeless shelter, helping raise money to build water wells in under developed countries, adopting a less fortunate family for Christmas.  I believe that when we give with a joyful heart our hearts are filled with joy and our life is better for it.

The bible tells us that God’s mercies are new every morning, Lamentations 3:22-23.  There is no need to wait until the beginning of a new year to make changes in our life or the lives of those around us. However, we embrace the opportunity to do just this every January 1st.   We make lists of resolutions; being more organized, eating healthier, getting more exercise, read our bible everyday, drink less, quit smoking, learn a foreign language, wake up earlier, get more sleep, visit family, and on and on and on!

Sure, today is the 1st day of the new year and there is no time like now to make a change for the better.  So DO IT!  Choose one thing to change today…Turn off the TV and read a book. Get up off the couch and go for a walk. Throw out all of the Christmas sweets and replace it with healthy snacks; fresh fruits, veggies and nuts.  Start today…it’s the first day of the rest of your life. Then tomorrow do the same thing…choose one thing to change and just DO IT!

Every day of our life is the 1st day of the rest of our life. We don’t have to wait…we can make the change now. If you didn’t start yesterday then today is the day.  No need to make a resolution…just make a change and live the life you’ve imagined. What will you write on the blank page today?

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2014 in Review: Jackson Hole Wyoming…Food Lovers Paradise!

Looking back over the trips we took in 2014 I have to say that Jackson Hole Wyoming exceeded all of our expectations! The people were friendly, the scenery was breathtaking, the hotel accommodations were spectacular. But the food was the big surprise...

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Jackson Hole Wyoming was an unexpected food lovers paradise…When we arrived in Jackson Hole, our room wasn’t quite ready so we stopped into the W0rt Hotel’s bar for an appetizer.  We ordered a burger and some fries…a Kobe burger and Portobello fries. The fries were the surprise…Tempura fried, tossed in truffle oil, red pepper flakes, Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh parsley.

IMG_6618After we finished this surprisingly delicious afternoon snack we decided to walk down to Persephone Bakery and pick up the anniversary cake I pre-ordered before we arrived in Jackson Hole. It was a delicious 6 layer red velvet cake covered in cream cheese icing…just like the one we had at our wedding reception 25 years ago.

DSC02138We were blown away by the quality of the food we experienced in Jackson Hole.  Even breakfast in our room was one for the books. The rooms at the Wort Hotel are beautifully appointed. The attention to detail and the finer touches that surround you with the feeling of true Western Hospitality could make cold cereal seem like a foodies’ dream come true.

DSC02149Our anniversary dinner was a special treat. We were seated at the Chef’s Table at the Wild Sage Restaurant.  The place was really small, only a few tables so taking pictures of our food felt a little awkward. But I did manage to snap a pic of the Chef’s in action and the dessert the Chef sent to our table.

IMG_6652We enjoyed seared Foie Gras, bison rib eye and Wagyu Beef Tenderloin…

IMG_6654One of the last meals we enjoyed while in Jackson Hole was at Snake River Grill…the highlight of that meal was the Bacon wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates.  It’s been 10 months since we ate at SRG and I am still dreaming about that appetizer…I have even attempted to recreate it for friends.

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Of course Jackson Hole has it’s fair share of places that offer pastries, ice cream, coffee and breads.  But just across the street from our hotel was a very special chocolate shoppe.  Atelier Ortega’s Coco Love…offered a selection of chocolates that were the perfectly sweet ending to an incredible vacation.

DSC02238Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a foodies’ paradise.  Getting there may be a bit of a challenge, but once you’re there you will be hard pressed to decide where to eat first…we were there for 5 days and ate out every single meal and didn’t scratch the surface of all the incredible places there are to choose from in and around town.   Now we know that Jackson Hole offers everything you could want in a vacation destination!

 

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Merry Christmas from Texas…

Our place all lit up for the Christmas Eve festivities

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Our Texas inspired photo booth…

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from our family to yours…Merry Christmas Y’all!

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Recycled Christmas Tree Ornaments…

Over the years we have accumulated quite an assortment of ornaments.  Some are keepsakes and find their way onto the Christmas tree year after year.  Some have seen better days and have been relegated to the box of misfit ornaments.  That is, until I got the idea to give a few a new look for this years family Christmas decorations.

The old…

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This years Christmas Party theme was Boots and Bling, All things Texas! I decided to decorate the tree on our pavilion with a bit of Texas flair.  I picked up 2 yards of red bandana fabric and 1 yard suede with a tooled leather look to recover the old ornaments.

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I gathered the fabric up and tied it up with a bit of jute.

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There you have it a whole new look..

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O’ Christmas Tree…Do you have a favorite ornament?

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I love the Christmas Trees that all of the bloggers and businesses I follow are sharing.  I especially love the ones decorated with a monochromatic color pallet.  I love the ones that every inch of the tree is covered with decorations.  I love the whimsical trees. I love the ones covered with homemade ornaments. But I love our tree the most…

Our tree is a beautiful eclectic mix of travel ornaments, burlap ribbon, woodland animals, bird houses with a touch of glitter and crystal sparkles!  Here are a few of my favorites from Christmas’ past and our many travels...

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

DSC03561A beautiful mix of ornaments we’ve collected throughout our travels…DSC03562A touch of glass and glitter and a splash of color…DSC03565Softened by burlap garland and glittery branches…DSC03566The cutest collection of owls nestled in with the ornaments from Louisiana and Italy…DSC03567There is our ornament from San Francisco….DSC03568A special memory from my home town…Christmas Eve at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.DSC03569A collection of all things Texas

DSC03571Have you heard of the Terlingua Chili Cook Off?DSC03574 I spy an ornament from the Cayman Islands and a few handmade paper covered eggs…DSC03576Then there are the ornaments from our trips to Santa Fe and Taos, New MexicoDSC03581 DSC03582May you have Peace this Christmas SeasonDSC03585Even birds are welcome in our treeDSC03573May your Christmas be merry and bright…

 

 

 

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“Splash” Christmas Decorating…

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Over the years I have gone from having very little in the way of Christmas decorations to having an over abundance of Christmas decorations.  For years I felt somehow obligated to display every single decoration I had in my possession…at times our house looked like there was a Christmas explosion.  I would like to think that I was doing it for my husband and my son, but really as much as they enjoy Christmas, fewer decorations would not have dampened their Christmas spirit.

I have to say that last year I cut back a little… I didn’t put ALL of the decorations out  but there was still an overwhelming amount spread throughout the house.  So much so that a couple of months ago I realized that there were still a few pieces hanging out in plain view…well not in the main living area, but in rooms that I do go into from time to time. Namely the game room! Oops…sorry honey!

This year, I am embracing a new style of decorating. I am not quite ready to embrace a minimalist approach. However, I am embracing the idea of Splash decorating…I don’t think that’s a real style of decorating but it’s the best description I can come up with for this post.

I do love decorating for Christmas…I enjoy the sparkle and shine that the decorations bring into the house during a time of year when the local flora and fauna are made up of browns and greys. Also, we host our annual family Christmas gathering and gift exchange. This event in itself requires a festive atmosphere…

My idea for this year is to splash a little bit of Christmas in every room in the house…A simple grapevine twisted into the word Noel and accented with tiny points of light set on the buffet. A beautiful floral arrangement placed on the dining room table surrounded by a cluster of trees made from a variety of natural materials.

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A collection of brightly colored mercury glass cone shaped Christmas trees arranged in the master bedroom on the dresser accented by my collection of vintage brooches, ladies gloves and handbags.

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The guest room is getting a simple pillow update…the cutest silver fox pillows from Home Goods.

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The kitchen gets a little splash of color with a collection of red and white Christmas tins that draw your eye up to the top of the kitchen cabinets.

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The dessert buffet table is laid out with the Christmas dishes given to me by my Mom some 20 years ago when our son was little.  I have lined the window with a collection of bottle brush trees that tie in with the Christmas trees on the dishes…

DSC03515What is your Christmas decorating style?  Do you pull out all the stops and go all Griswold on Christmas? Or are you more reserved when it comes to decorating for the Christmas Holiday?

I will admit that I am not quite done with putting out the decorations. However, the rest of the decor will be focused on our outdoor entertaining area…

 

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