Memories of vacation past…
soothing and relaxing…
crystal clear blue water…
thoughts of vacations to come…happy blue monday!
Recently I stumbled upon a WordPress blog post about blogging buddies…and I am happy to say that I found a couple of kindred spirits. My new bbf,( blogging buddy friend) @ vintage pages, challenged me to throw caution to the wind and cook without a recipe. I accepted the challenge!
My version of Pasta Rustica…not because I consulted a recipe, I just love the name. Using only what was available in the fridge and pantry and absolutely no reference to a cookbook or the food network.
Leftover Pan Fried Sausage
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Sea Salt and Vinegar Chips!
I think I have fallen victim to subliminal advertising.
To be fair there wasn’t anything subliminal about it.
They were front and center over at My Pajama Days infiltrating post after post.
I was intrigued.
Each ingredient on its own is lackluster at best.
Salt. Vinegar. Potatoes.
What is so incredible about this combination?
I bought a bag.
I opened the bag.
I reached into the bag.
I selected the perfect first chip.
I tasted and…
bold and tangy, crispy and salty!
Wow! That’s quite the combo…I like them…
This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship!
This post is almost exclusively from the 2011 inspirational wall calendar hanging in my office. I always choose my yearly wall calendar based on the pictures. In years past I have I had calendars that featured adorable puppies, beautiful landscapes and this past year I ordered a custom calendar filled with pictures from one of our favorite family vacations. This year’s calendar features comfort food…desserts…and as a bonus they have included a few of the recipes. The creators of the calendar have wrapped it all up with a pretty bow by reflecting on life as a sweet journey.
…be generous with love and friendship, for the return will make life all the sweeter.
With every friend comes a different kind of friendship. Some are characterized by the laughter that always seems to bubble to the surface no matter what you’re doing. The silly memories that emerge are priceless. Some friendships feel like comfort food, infused with the kind of warmth you can’t put into words but are keenly aware that your soul needs. Then there are the friendships that take root on many levels, through common interests, a kindred spirit, a similar sense of humor, and a trust born instantly by the reflection of yourself you see in the other.
No matter how many friendships our hearts hold, God has created us with the capacity to receive more. Some we’re given to enjoy for a season, some for years, and some for a lifetime-but each one becomes a part of our unfolding story. And God knows what is just right for us. The friends we need at the moment we need them…the wisdom, strength and joy we have to offer…the times when we have little more to give than a smile and a hug. Each and every kindness, whether given or received, is a fragment of His beautiful purpose.
Friendship is like the perfect confection from God- sweet and satisfying with a wonderful way of making us feel special every day. It truly is a cupcake for the soul…so whenever one is presented to you, let your heart reply with an enthusiastic, Yes, please!”
I’m Posting every week in 2011! Actually I have been posting at least twice a week and sometimes as many as three times per week for the past 10 months.
I like the idea of committing to the blog a week challenge so that I have an accountability partner.
I would love to have the discipline to blog every day in 2011. However I think I would only be setting myself up for failure and an incredible amount of stress. I blog for the pure enjoyment of expressing myself and sharing my thoughts with those who care to read them.
I know it won’t be easy, but it might be fun, inspiring, awesome and wonderful to grow my blog posts into an everyday occurence by the end of the year. Therefore I’m promising to make use of The DailyPost, and the community of other bloggers with similar goals, to help me along the way, including asking for help when I need it and encouraging others when I can.
If you already read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes, and good will along the way.
Your BBF (blogging buddy forever)
BTW…if you are looking for a blogging buddy, someone to read your posts and encourage you along the way, subscribe to my blog and I will return the favor.
Well this post is really late getting out as I was lacking inspiration…until I visited a couple of my favorite blogs and discovered that they had something in common…Voila, creative inspiration!
When you mention blue monday people will usually think of the day being sad because the weekend is over and it’s time to get back to grind of the work week. Some people will think of the 1983 song by New Order.
As for me I prefer to think of blue monday in an altogether different light. I love the color blue! It is soothing and peaceful. The color blue brings to mind beautiful sandy beaches and cool crystal clear Caribbean water. It also reminds me of my favorite bird, the northeastern bluebird. I have also chosen blue as the accent color in our new home. And of course my very first brand new car was Blue.
I follow a couple of blogs that have weekly features based around a day of the week and a color. The Red Door Antiques has Red Friday and Faded Charm has White Wednesday. I love the idea, so I am going to borrow it and run with it. As you can see I came up with blue monday…
Today’s blue monday offering is…one of my special treasures. It is a picture painted as seen through the eyes, from the heart and by the hand of a very talented eight year old.
As for the song I think of when I hear blue monday…lets just say it isn’t the one by New Order.
Did you hear about the shoe giveaway? Saks Fifth Avenue has a little giveaway going on. The Grand Prize is a free pair of designer shoes from Saks Fifth Avenue every week for a year…worth up to $20,000.
So I registered! Wouldn’t you? And then I decided to pre-shop just in case I get the call. A girl can dream, right?
All photographs and descriptions are from InStyle.com …Megan Deem, the fashion features editor has the most incredible job. I imagine her office is like a giant closet filled with the most incredible things from the most creative designers in the world. The shoes I have chosen are my favorites from her feature “We’re Obsessed! …if money were no object”. You can jump over to InStyle to see all of the obsessions. Enjoy!!!
These shoes are spectacular, sexy works of art and I would love a pair of each! The first three are my absolute favorites, the others are randomly listed. (just in case Megan Deem needed to make space in her office for the new arrivals she would know which ones she could send my way..wink)
We live in an area that is home to large variety of bird species. I have always enjoyed watching birds in their natural habitat. However that isn’t easy to do when you live in suburbia. That is not the case now!
Since moving in we have encountered a variety of wild life. We have been visited by deer, hogs, possum, raccoons, squirrel and armadillo. The bird variety is just as varied. However, I am not as familiar with my avian friends.
I know that we have had cardinals, downy or red bellied woodpeckers as well as a pileated woodpecker, northeastern blue birds, nuthatches, meadowlarks, hummingbirds, mourning doves, bluejay, owls and red-tailed hawks. Not to mention the homely vulture and the common blackbirds.
I have just recently discovered that I can take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count. The GBBC will take place February 18-21, 2011. The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual 4 day event that engages birdwatchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginner birdwatchers to experts. You can spend as little as 15 minutes are as much time as you would like to spend each day of the event. It’s free, fun and easy! Well at least that’s what I have read.
I think it would be fun if a few of you joined me in the GBBC. We can meet back up here the week following the count and share our bird watching experiences. And for you Home Schoolers this would be a great science project for the kids. Check out the link for the Great Backyard Bird Count for all the information you need to participate in this free, fun and easy event!
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I'm a woman in my 40's and finally feeling that I know who I am and why I am, I would like to share the shadows from my life. Having got here fairly intact and along the way found the ability to take a step back and see things more clearly it is my hope that perhaps by blogging I may help others through their own dark places.
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