Tuesday, June 30, 2015

When You Want Something Fresh

The Man of the House and I were up bright and early Saturday.  Some might  even say too early for a Saturday morning.  I would have been one of those people a week ago.

But we were on a mission.  A mission to find ourselves some nice, fresh produce at the local farmer's market.

We are blessed to live in an area with no shortage of local tailgate markets. But the big granddaddy of all the produce markers is the WNC Farmers Market.  Which is where we could be found on this sunny, and already warm and humid morning.

We had a list.  We had a good attitude.  We had our shopping bags.  And we came away with a few staples and something new to try.

I was able to score the fresh free range eggs I wanted, some sweet and new red potatoes; as well as a purple bell pepper.  Purple!  I wanted to plant purple peppers this year, but never got the plant.  So I was excited to find them at the market and get a chance to try it.  Because I think it will be so pretty in a big green salad.  And because it's so fun to say!  Purple pepper. (Go ahead... say it - I know you want to)

One happy surprise was finding I could get the dried beans I needed at the farmers market by the pound, rather than buying them by the bag at the grocery store.  Who knew?  Not me!

We got to see a mini hydroponic growing set up.  Ran into an old friend. And met the delightful owner of a local farm selling at the market.

The Man and I agree - this experience scores a "Win" with both of us.  And chances are, if you're at the WNC Farmers Market one Saturday morning this summer - you might just see us there!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

What To Read This Summer

If you know anything at all about me, it's probably that I am a reader.  My "to be read" list is... well, hopeless.  It never ever ever gets any smaller, no matter how much I read.  Because there are always so many more books to discover and read. 

If we're being honest - my idea of heaven may just be a huge library filled with all the books I never got around to reading in life and with a never ending supply of new books and a comfy chair.  And maybe a bottomless coffee cup sitting on the little table right next to that chair.

What's all this leading to, you make be asking yourself?  Well, when I realized that everyone and their sister seems to be creating a summer reading list, I thought "Sure... why not?"  (yep, that's me putting my awesome creative thinking skills to work.  You're welcome. Ha!)  It just made sense.

I am in the middle of a personal reading challenge for the year.  Reading in alphabetical order by author's last name.  Which you may notice as you take a look at my personal summer reading list. Although there are a few "out of order" books in there as well.  Just because, that book needs to be read.  Like, NOW.

So here you have it -  What I'll be reading this summer:

1)  A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin
I just started this one last night.  The most recent book in the Game of Thrones: A Song of Fire and Ice series.  And when I say "most recent" this book came out in 2011.  We're still waiting for the next.  And waiting... and waiting...

2)  Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.”  The first line is an attention grabber.  The reviews convinced me to make this my book to fill the N spot in my author alphabet. 

3) Once Upon A Summer by Janette Oke
 I needed a book for the O spot in my author alphabet.  This was a freebie that has been sitting in my Nook library for a while.  There ya have it.  

4) A Sentence of Marriage by Shayne Parkinson
Another free Nook Book.  Which I have been wanting to read because a) I'm a sucker for historical fiction and b) all the reviews on GoodReads either 5 star loved it or 1 star hated it.  I'm curious to see where I end up in my opinion of it.  

5) The Geometry of Sisters by Luanne Rice
"'What is one sister without the other? Is it even possible to imagine?' New York Times bestselling author Luanne Rice explores the complex emotional equations of love and loyalty that hold together three pairs of remarkable sisters"
They had me at "sisters".  Seriously.  As the oldest of 3, I adore books that explore the complexities of the sister bond.

6) Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy by Karen Abbot
I have had this on hold at the digital library since the beginning of the year when I was back on "A".  I'm finally at #11, so hopefully I'll be reading it before the summer is out.  The true stories of 4 female spies during the Civil War.

And last, but certainly NOT least - 

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my very favorite books of all time.  So, yes - I am almost giddy with the idea of a new book by the same author based on the same group of characters. Welcome back old friends - how I have missed you!  I just hope it lives up to the hype.

I'm also still on the look out for a good book to fill my "Q" author spot.  So, if you have any suggestion - PLEASE share them in the comments!

Happy Reading!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What's It All About?

It's not about what I do or don't do.  It's not about how good I am.  It's not about how much I plan or how hard I work.  It's not about how many to do lists I make or items I check off those lists.

It's not about me at all.  It's all about God's plans. His will.  His mercy.
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Monday, June 22, 2015

A Spirit of Gratitude: June 22


The grand baby "dancing" in the car
Fresh berries for dessert
Watching basketball playoffs with the Man of the House
Latest order completed
A little late spring cleaning
A trip to the store for cleaning supplies
A rainbow - Right. There!
The grand baby falling asleep while the Man of the House holds him
The grand baby's morning silliness
Soy butter toast 
Clean laundry room

The garden looks beautiful
Cookies and cream cupcakes
A groomed dog
A trip to Lowe's
Baby squash
Empty laundry sorter
One grumpy boy - beyond ready for bed
Mr & Mrs Cardinal having breakfast at the feeder
Deer in the road on the way home

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

A Spirit of Gratitude: June 11

the Man of the House getting up to help me bring the car in at midnight
Coffee after a night of little sleep
bunny ears completed
Walnuts and craisins
clean sheet day
New listings for Queen B's Busy Work

the smell of fresh basil
Going back to sleep
Some relief for the headache
another order in the mail
Blueberry pancakes
first baby tomato
Quiet morning
job opportunity for the male offspring
Hugs from the grand baby
pizza night
New project ideas

Stomach feeling better
great prices on fruit
Staying up late to watch a movie
Smoked chicken
hatching butterflies
Fresh to-do lists
Early to bed
early to rise
Oatmeal with blueberries
the male offspring starting his summer job
releasing butterflies
Getting several items completed for Queen B's Busy Work
new shoes for the Man of the House
the Internet company agreeing to reduce our bill
The Man of the House offering to go out for dinner so I don't have to cook
Pimento cheese pizza

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

'A Spirit of Gratitude' - June 4

  • thunderstorms at night
  • Morning coffee
  • Foggy mornings
  • Sun breaking through mist
  • Watermelon
  • The chance to drive the male offspring to school
  • Twizzlers
  • The way the grand baby says "muffins"
  • A cup of fresh cold water
  • finishing two books in one day
  • First birdsong of morning
  • Caramel Macchiato
  • playing peekaboo
  • yawning cat
  • the sound of rain making me sleepy
  • Rain watering the garden
  • listening to the Man of the House practice guitar
  • Cucumbers
  • discovering your journal does have a built in ribbon book mark - after weeks of using an index card to mark your place
  • Crock pot meals
  • The grand baby falling asleep in the middle of the living room floor
  • Morning kisses
  • Lemonade iced tea
  • Date night
  • fireflies
  • the twilight sky
  • The male offspring's 17th birthday
  • Grilled hamburgers
  • The male offspring playing his new guitar
  • the female offspring baking his birthday cake
  • Eating tacos and managing to not get any on my white shirt
  • The grand baby saying "hey, a little help here"
  • Lazy afternoons on the couch
  • Gorgonzola blue chips
  • fresh cut grass
  • Waking up early without the alarm
  • June
  • The sun coming up before 7 am
  • The grand baby picking eating mulberries
  • weeding the garden
  • New shirts
  • "Spicy meatball" sandwiches
  • Falling asleep to the sound of falling rain
  • the last of the watermelon

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Gorgonzola (Black and) Blue Chips

I had a great idea for a post.  I had it all planned out.  Here's what happened...

I was going to share one delicious snacky type food with y'all.  One the Man of the House and I discovered at one of our favorite restaurants a while back and quickly began making at home.  It's simple to make, and it is YUMMY.  Gorgonzola blue chips.

I started snapping pics with my phone as I prepared a pan full of salty, savory delight for the man and I to enjoy.

 First... you lay your blue corn chips out on your baking sheet.

Then you cover them with crumbled gorgonzola cheese and pop the pan into the oven under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese gets melty and bubbly.

And this is where the entire project took a downhill turn.You see, I stepped out of the kitchen for a couple of minutes while they were under the broiler.  And things escalated quickly...

In just a few sort minutes they went from gorgonzola blue chips  - to Gorgonzola black and blue chips.  Yep... toasted them right up to a slightly burnt mess.

The bad news - that put the brakes on the entire "I'm gonna blog about this" idea. Sorry...

The good news - they were still pretty darn delicious.  (oh yeh, we ate the entire pan!)
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