Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Book Club

Company at my home tonight! This book was so good! What is even better is enjoying the company of my closest pals once a month. We keep saying we need to get together more than that, however; time, time, time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future. Wow, did i just date myself or what??? On the appetizer menu tonight:

Cheese and Crackers
Bacon Wrapped Water chestnuts
Crab dip w/Crackers
Deviled Eggs (thanks to my dad, he makes the best!)
Franks RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip (new recipe, i LOVE Franks)
Lemon Bars w/fresh Raspberries & dusted w/ powdered sugar
Beer, Wine, and Strawberry Sangria's (thanks Amber, you're a life saver!)

Our club is pretty laid back. If you don't read the book you are still allowed to come. Basically, its an excuse to get together and do the girlfriend thing. I know i can count on any one of these women at anytime. All i have to do is pick up the phone. They would be there. Period. I am so lucky to be a part of this amazing group of women.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Hippity Hoppity

Easter's on his way! Jelly Bean anyone???

Friday, March 26, 2010

Eat Your Carrots

I don't know why, but it started last spring. I fell for carrots. I love them fresh from the garden, and cooked with a little butter and brown sugar; yummo! And they are just the cutest thing to decorate with!
I found this little candy dish at my local Hallmark store and had to have it. After all, its not like there are a bazillion "carrot" things out there to collect and decorate with. It makes the thrill of the hunt even sweeter when i find something. Help yourself to some bunny treats!

Here are a few other finds. The platter i just like to display on it's side in my hutch. The gardener teapot guy is actually a set i purchased many years ago in a small shop in Montana. i will have to show you Mr. Gardener teapot guy's better half sometime.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

One of Those Days...

Today i got up and cleaned the kitchen, fed the dogs and cat. Then i vacuumed, dusted, swept, and took out the garbage. I then cleaned the bathroom, ran errands, paid bills and stopped at the store for dinner supplies. Finally got around to a couple loads of laundry. It's going to get to 50 degrees here today! So, i dutifully hung the towels out on the line. There is absolutely NOTHING, and i mean NOTHING like the fresh scent of items dried outside. I do have a huge sense of accomplishment, however i get the feeling when everyone arrives home tonight i will hear "So, what did you do today?"

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Beautiful Flowers

When i got home from my business trip on Thursday evening this brilliant little bouquet greeted me. It was from my wonderful daughter. What a bright spot to a long day! Thank you, thank you! I love flowers! Any flowers, any shape, size, or color! I used to have favorites. I would see pink peonies and think "They are the best!". Then i would find variegated geraniums and respond "Oh, i really like those!". Then what to my wondering eyes should appear? Springtime Lilacs!! Now, those are the bees knees! But what about beautiful roses? Yes, i love them all.
Aren't they lovely? What are your favorite flowers?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dinner's Ready!

I made the best new recipe last night! Talk about absolutely yummyoscrupdillyitious. Yes, that is a word in my vocabulary. As i am not very experienced with cooking salmon, you can imagine my great delight when the Mr. and i sat down to eat and it was ever so good! I paired it with a simple macaroni salad and wa-la! The kids ate, but without much comment (as 2 teenagers, they could have cared less that they were eating the best ever Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze). I will share the recipe with you below.

One note: not sure if i was supposed to be drinking a Merlot with this or not. However; i had it, and i like it, therefore i drank it. Second note: i would double the glaze in the recipe below, soooo yummy! Third (and i promise last) note: Don't overcook the salmon or it will be dry!

Seared Salmon with Balsamic Glaze

1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1/4 c. orange juice
2 Tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 skin on salmon fillets
2 Tablespoons butter
salt and pepper

Whisk vinegar, honey and orange juice together, set aside. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Season salmon with salt and pepper and cook skin side up without moving till sell browned about 4-5 min. Flip salmon skin side down and cook till all but the very center is opaque, approx 2-3 min. Transfer to platter and cover with foil. Wipe pan out with paper towel and lower heat. Carefully pour balsamic mixture into pan. Simmer until thick and syrupy, about 5 min. Whisk in butter and pour over salmon. Enjoy with whatever wine you like or have on hand!!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Book Nook

Here are just a few of my favorite books. I love books. I mean LUUUVVV them! i like to buy most at Amazon, but from the "used" section to save money (of course, why would you pay more if you don't have too???) As you can see, a couple of my girls are vigilantly guarding them. My absolute faves? Anything by Tracy Porter, and anything by Mary Jane Butters. Get them if you don't have them, they are WONDERFUL!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thoughtless Thursday...

Splendid Bleeding Hearts just for you from my garden last spring.

Wanted to leave you with a quote i found. i thought it was thought provoking.

"When they discover the center of the universe a lot of people will be disappointed to learn they are not it". ---Bernard Bailey

Tuesday, March 9, 2010


Welcome friends, welcome family, welcome neighbors, welcome spring!!! Please spring, come in, come in! The sooner the better! The door is open. It is soooooo gloomy here. They say no sunshine til Friday... Oh what ever shall i do? I perhaps need to invest in one of those lamps that emit Vitamin D rays. Does anyone have one? Do they work?

I know what else you're thinking. You're thinking: Why did she hang that pretty little Welcome sign on an ugly plastic 3M hook? (i know you just scanned back up to have another look!). Well, you see, usually it is covered up by the wreath, the sign, or whatever i put out there. This time it just happens to show. Where did i put that grey spray paint.....

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Snail Mail

Oh! What a delight to bring the in mail yesterday and discover this little gem! It's a hand made card from a dear friend! These things just don't happen much anymore, and i have to admit i send very few rays of sunshine thru snail mail myself. However, she knew this was just what the Dr. ordered. I felt better just knowing that someone was thinking of me. Remember back a short while ago, before email, when snail mail was the only way to send a card? We are all in such a hurry these days, but when that hand-addressed little envelope caught my eye i couldn't help but feel special. Truly, sending things snail mail is more of a lost art form anymore, and makes it seem like such a novelty. Perhaps that should be the Post Office's new motto: When you want someone to know you really care, rely on us!
Isn't it just peachy to see how i fit it right into my Easter decorating? Now i have a challenge for you. Just leave a comment about this blog by Friday, March 12, and i will send a card, via snail mail to you. (remember to email your address to me if i don't have it). You never know what it may contain, or what might be tucked inside.....

Friday, March 5, 2010

Finially Friday

Yes, it has been a whole week since my last post. Shame, shame, on me. I have given myself a good scolding and will try very, very hard not to do that again (notice no promises were made). Do you realize that the older one gets, the faster time goes? It's true. I don't know how to prove it; however, i'm quite positive it does.

So, wadda ya think? Like the colors? I have one follower who has asked more than once: "So, where are the quilts?". So--TerriCat, here we go. I have to admit, i tend to go in spits and spurts with my whole creative thing. One minute i'm quilting, the next crochet, then on to decorating, etc, you get the idea. So, I haven't quilted in quite awhile, but that won't stop me from sharing a finished project or two with you. This one is called Sunburst, and I'm really quite proud of it. It's draped over a chair for now, but this summer i will hang more of them on my clothes line for you to see.