Monthly Archives: July 2011

Favorite Photo Friday…Two

I know I missed last Friday, but I have about 25 minutes before we leave for the airport to start our vacation so I am bound and determined not to miss this Friday! The cruise can wait…the blog cannot.

Anyway, for my photos today, I chose two that I took in St. Augustine on our one year wedding anniversary. They were both taken outside of the Bed and Breakfast we stayed in. Enjoy!

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Posted by on July 29, 2011 in Photography


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Pillows…time to accessorize

So, while it has been quite a few days since I’ve written anything, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working. Most of my time lately has been spend quilting while watching old episodes of My So Called Life on Netflix instant.  Kind of an interesting combination I believe.  Other than quilting, I did change up all the cabinet pulls from the bathroom by spray painting them like I did on my Jewelry hanger.  Instant update for free, since I already had the paint.

I also made some pillows for the living room and dining room.  I borrowed some creativity from Alicia at Thrifty and Chic, to make three pillow covers:

The awesome polka-dotted one was not made by me. Mom bought it for me at Big Lots 🙂  The green one, however, I made and LOVE.  It is my absolute favorite! The cool thing about these are that they are covers, well, kind of shams really, so I can change them out as often as I want.  Which quite possibly might be whenever I find cheap fun fabric on sale!

See the flap?

This orange one is the same shape as the green one, and I think that pattern is pretty cool.  Thank you Hobby Lobby for the fabric!!

Finally, the fabric for this little green pillow comes from a consignment shop in my home town.  It was a table cloth of some sort, but when I saw it last summer I loved it and new I would eventually turn it into pillows to brighten up our house.  Brightening up our house doesn’t seem to be a concern of mine now!

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Posted by on July 27, 2011 in Home Decorating


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A Day at the Beach…in Ohio

Since the weather in Northwest Ohio has been hotter and crappier than Gainesville, FL for the last week, we decided to find respit in some water.  Lucky for us, there just happens to be a gigantic lake near us. You might have heard of it…Lake Erie?  Ring a bell?

We packed up towels, chairs, books and sunscreen and headed 25 miles north to Maumee Bay State Park. So…on the map we were almost on the western tip of the lake.  See Toledo?  See Oregon?  Maumee Bay State Park is in Oregon.  

It was really nice there.  Lots of families picnicking, having family reunions, camping, etc.  There are two places to swim: in Lake Erie, or an “inland lake” formed from the Maumee River (I think).  We wanted the full experience and chose the Great lake.  We sat in in the sun inches from the lake for about 15 minutes before the sweat  became too unbearable for me.  Into the water we went.  It was a little warm, but still refreshing.  It was really great for people watching too.  A dad playing wiffle ball in the water with his kids captured our attention for a good twenty minutes.  Adorable!

All in all, a good afternoon.  As you can see from a lack of photos, I was having too much fun to remember to take out my camera and snap a few shots.  We will return, so I’ll get some photos next time.

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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


Sunshine and Daisies

So I finally got my craft room organized enough to actually be productive in it.  The downstairs bathroom and guest room needed artwork and I just happened to have come canvases that I couldn’t stand anymore.

1/2 bath

This one was inspired by a painting I saw on Color Splash by David Bromstad


Posted by on July 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


Vegetarian for the evening…

For Meatless Monday Tuesday, I tried out a recipe for Chickpea Burgers and Mint Raita.  It turned out pretty tasty!  I used (and adapted a bit) a recipe from Big Girls, Small Kitchen posted on Meatless Monday.

For the burgers:

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used pecans because as a part-time Southerner I’ve always got them in the house)
2 garlic cloves
1 shallot
1 15 ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup mint, minced
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg, whisked
a little oil for the pan

Toast the nuts on the stove until they smell nutty.  Chop the garlic and shallot in the food processor.  Add the chickpeas, mint, parsley, salt, cumin, and paprika and pulse until it’s all mixed.  It’s a bit crumbly.  Don’t expect hummus or anything.

Dump the mixture into a bowl and mix in the beaten egg.  Now that I write this, I bet you could just plop the egg in the food processor and do the same job with out the bowl.  Hmmm…  Anyhow, then mix in the chopped toasted nuts.  Form into four patties and chill them.

After a while in the fridge, (mine were in for about 2 hours) heat a bit of oil in a pan over medium high heat. Cook the patties for about 4 minutes on each side until they are beautifully browned.

We served ours on toasted whole wheat English muffins with tomato, cucumbers, and the raita:

Mint Raita:

1 cup lowfat plain yogurt
1/3 cup mint leaves, minced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt  (I’d cut back…it was a little salty)

Mix everything up in a small bowl and chill.  Simple.

As a side dish I served baby spinach with warm balsamic mushrooms.  I sauteed some crimini mushrooms for about 5 minutes until brown.  Then added in a sprinkle of salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. About 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar finished it off.  I let them cook about about a minute more.  The mushrooms were served over baby spinach and a sprinkle of feta cheese.  Yummy!

I’m hoping to make a meatless meal at least once every week, for no other reason that it is a challenge and it forces me to find new recipes!


Posted by on July 19, 2011 in Cooking and Restaurants


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Fresh Raspberries

Today Jonathan and I went Raspberry picking in Haskins at Pullins Raspberries.  They had acres of black and red raspberry brambles.   It didn’t take too long to pick just shy of three pounds of berries.  My personal favorites are the slightly overripe red raspberries.  Yum!  We’re still deciding what to do with them, but I am leaning towards raspberry sorbet.  I’ll let you know!


I would be a bad wife if I didn’t take the time to also tell you about Jonathan’s garden.  He worked all afternoon yesterday and planted cucumbers, tomatoes, a crookneck squash plant, and an eggplant.  Hopefully by the end of summer we’ll enjoy the fruits of his labor.


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Posted by on July 16, 2011 in Uncategorized


Favorite Photo Friday

So, I decided to do a photography post every Friday to force me to dig through my photos.  Enjoy!!

 Six years ago I took a trip out west to visit my friend Christy in Idaho.  We took many road trips and one was a two day adventure in Yellowstone National Park.  I was drawn to all the stark looking trees in the park.

I stared at this tree for two years before actually taking a picture of it.  It is located outside of my former classroom at P.K. Yonge.  I absolutely loved the texture!


Posted by on July 15, 2011 in Photography


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