Sunday, September 29, 2013

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

— Marcel Proust 

 Art by Lise Auger
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Carolinas

Last Thursday, we got up really early, and headed out in our rental car on a drive from North Port, FL to Charlotte, NC. It was an enjoyable drive, with a scrumptious lunch and some sightseeing in Savannah, GA. 

Here are some pictures of our trip: 

While in Charlotte, NC we stayed at the 803 Elizabeth B&B. It was a welcoming stay.

We were in Charlotte for a little while for a meeting, to browse a home and try out a few local restaurants. Then we did the 10+ hour drive back to our rental in North Port, FL.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Children are a gift from the Lord

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

— Psalm 127:3

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

19 Kids and Counting's Jessa is courting

'We are so excited for Ben and Jessa!' Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar's third daughter Jessa has officially entered a courtship with 18-year-old Ben Seewald

'All of our family is involved in this relationship': The 20-year-old reality starlet met her teenage beau at church and their relationship will be documented in 19 Kids & Counting - premiering Tuesday

'All the girls are excited for Jessa!' Howard Books will publish a book penned by Jessa and her three sisters - Jinger, Jill, and Jana - next year

Tonight is the premier of a new season of 19 Kids and Counting on TLC.

I just read that Jessa Duggar, the 5th of Jim Bob and Michelle's children is courting. You can read the story here.

UPDATE on March 31st 2014

I just read that Jill Duggar is also courting. This photo from Jim Bob Duggar was in People Magazine.

Jill Duggar Being Courted by Derick Dillard| Couples, TV News, Anna Duggar, Jim Bob Duggar, Joshua Duggar, Michelle Duggar
Left to right: Ben Seewald and Jessa Duggar; Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar; and Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard

You can read the story here.


Last Monday we had the opportunity to go to Miami, Florida.

We rented a car for the trip from North Port, Florida and drove through the Florida everglades.

Here I am, dressed and ready to go.

Downtown Miami, Florida.

There was a lively outdoor market area on the marina, it had a beautiful fountain.

 Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

 Cory had a hogie roll and I had mahi-mahi, it was delicious.

The suit from the movie Forrest Gump.

After lunch we strolled around. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

FOURTH EVER 5 on Friday

Happy Friday.


This week has been a relaxing one, we've spent a lot of time in the pool, enjoying the last few weeks we'll be staying in Florida.

Oscar has been taking a few naps...


I ventured into Trader Joe's and bought some marinated chicken, fresh fruits and vegetables. You can read about that here. I also treated myself to some sunflowers.


My hubby brought be a pint of coffee chocolate chip gelato from Publix. Oh my goodness, it is so delicious, I treat myself to a few spoonfuls every few days. 


If you know me well, you will soon find me surrounded by my watercolors. I have been working on a hand lettered, watercolor collection of both mine and my hubby's childhood memories. Here's a sneak peak at my work space...

I love to look in magazine's for inspiration, and in this image I was inspired by this Victorian style roll top bath and the pink peonies


Last, but not least we went to see The Butler the other evening. Such a moving film, with references to The South, past President's and to our country that now has fairer equality than  fifty years ago. Oh, and in the scene from the 80's with hubby says his mom had the exact same sweatsuit. Cringe! Ha ha.

Have a wonderful weekend.

I'm linking up with 5 on Friday HERE.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Menu Monday #3

This past weekend we did a grocery shop at Trader Joe's near Sarasota, Florida.

I love an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, and decided to buy:

 marinated chicken breasts
4 bean dip
teeny tiny potatoes
a rainbow of mini tomatoes
brussel sprouts

This past Sunday for lunch I roasted three of the marinated chicken breasts in our toaster oven on 375 for around 30-35 minutes. I turned them over once during cooking and after cooling them down, sliced them and served them on the platter with the 4 bean dip on top. 

The vegetables (including some baby carrots I had from another store) roasted in the oven at 375 for 33 minutesif I'm going to be precise just drizzle the bottom of the baking sheet with extra virgin olive oil, and give the pan a shake about halfway through to prevent them from sticking.

It was a delicious lunch, and as a treat, I got myself some sunflowers also.

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