Monday, July 30, 2012

Project Life

Your choice of a Project Life Core Kit, Binder, Big Pack of Photo Pocket Pages, Big Envelope Pages, and Scrapbook Dividers.

What I wouldn't give to win this giveaway!! Especially the new Cherry Edition.  Enter here.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Project: Lose 10 Lbs.

Taking drastic measures by putting it out here.  Starting small though, 10 lbs to start.  Overall - 30-35.  But 10 to start.  Now. Today.  Did you know every ten pounds lost is a dress size????  It is.  Oh, heck, I should have taken a photo of the scale this morning. [insert frown face here]. Next weigh-in I will.  But today's starting weight is (drumroll please, or not) 160.  
Well, it be what it be. For today that is.
This weekend I plan on starting a crocheted sweater. And I plan on finishing reading that book. And packing my scrap bag for next weekend's crop.  And cleaning the kitchen.  And slow cooking kielbasa in sauerkraut. And. . . well, I plan on a lot of things.
Hey! Happy Friday to YOU!

Happened to read this after I had a brainstorming session earlier.  So appropriate!!!

July 27, 2012

  1. SagittariusSagittarius (11/22-12/21)
    Getting your hands dirty would do you some good today. It is time for you to build your ideas into something solid and make your dreams manifest. This could include something as simple as baking a big batch of chocolate chip cookies, or as major as getting out a hammer and nails and building a new doghouse (of your own design!). The important thing is to take something from the 'idea' phase to the 'realization' phase. Remind yourself that anything is possible -- you just have to do it!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012


loving my new haircut
reading this book (I'm SO slow, I know!)
snapping photos of these (still obsessed with them)
wishing the Mister and I were having dinner here.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Summer Reading (it's not over yet!)

Give me my porch glider (covered with pillows), the summer sun, a warm and gentle breeze, chilled wine, er, ah, that's pink lemonade to you, child, and a new book or two, or three...

Monday, July 23, 2012

My Greenery

While my Mom, sons and daughter have the greenest of thumbs, I, alas, have been known to ... well, kill a plant or two.  But that's changing.  I have two plants (one from my Grandma's funeral, and one from my sister's) that are growing leaps and bounds, two spider plants that were cuttings from a plant of an attorney I work for, and this summer, I am attempting to grow herbs from seeds. The cilantro is growing wild, the basil needs a bit more prompting, and I've just started dill.  Once all three herbs are lush and full and ready, I am going to use them in a recipe found at Eat Dangerously.  Though the recipe is listed under their Holiday (Valentine) index, I am going to make it just because...(just because I'll have all three herbs on hand at the same time).

Chicken with 3 Fresh Herbs You'll Want to Eat in Bed 
 2 chicken breasts (normal, as in bones & skin)
¼ cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
¼ cup of fresh dill, chopped
¼ cup of fresh basil, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove of finely chopped garlic
2 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped
juice of 1 lemon with a ½ teaspoon of lemon zest
¼ teaspoon of paprika
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 tablespoon of butter
salt and pepper
In a nice pot, heat up your oil and butter on medium and put in the chicken fat side down. Saute for about 3 minutes until golden. Flip and cook for another minute.
Push the chicken to the side and add the garlic and onions and cook for a few minutes until either the onions or garlic are just starting to brown in 2 minutes or so. Lower the heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes.
Next, add the tomatoes, the chicken, paprika, salt pepper, and half of the lemon juice, half of the cilantro, half of the dill, and half of the basil.
Cover again and continue cooking on low for 30 minutes.
Right before serving, add the other half of the lemon juice, cilantro, dill and basil, which will be very fresh and bright.
Serves 2.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

To Flea Market We Will Go

Today donned hot and sunny.  Joey and the girls wanted to go to the Flea Market. We picked up K on our way. As Mom and I had begun brainstorming the day before ideas for our annual Christmas party, flea marketing was perfect as I was on the look out for apothecary type jars.  I found one, it's plastic, but for a quarter, it's PERFECT!  Also, picked up a box of vintage glass ball ornament (love these!) and an old spoon. I don't know, it reminded me of cooking over a campfire, something I have never done, so I really don't know why that spoon appealed to me. Weird.  Anyway, K added dolls to her collection, Jade added a Buzz chair, and Cammi got a Lucy (of Peanuts) classroom toy. 
Then Jade, brave Jade, got her ears pierced. She did marvelous!
After picking up a few groceries and dropping K of at Carl's house, we went home to bake lazagna and watch Curious George 2.  This weekend was one of my favorites!!!
I love shots of them walking.
Curious George spent the day, too.
Thrifting works up an appetite.
That's not dirt on her chin, it's a Smiley tattoo.


Saturday, July 21, 2012

Thinking Christmas . . . Already!?!

Mom came over this morning and we made breakfast. Then we sat and poured over catalogs for ideas for our annual Ornament Exchange Party.  I know, I know, that's six months away.  BUT! planning is half the fun!!! and it's never too early for that.  Anyway, we are thinking of a candy cane theme - Snow White and Rose Red. Gosh, it's been a long time since I've read that fairy tale.  I saw a cute jar filled with peppermint sticks in one of the catalogs (jar and sticks not for sale), so a-thrifting we will go!
Not too soon after Mom left, Cammi and Jade arrived.  Jade brought her Curious George with her, so we snuggled up and watched movie one of Curious George.  Made popcorn.
Later that day, Mister joined me for a lovely evening.  I made pork loin sandwiches and pasta salad. We watched a few innings of the Pirates Game.
I have to say, today was just lovely!
Jade hiding behind George
Cammi, not too old to join us
Jade out of hiding
George and the Man with the Yellow Hat

Friday, July 20, 2012

It's Friday!!!

Let the weekend begin!!!
My hopes for this weekend:
1. To have alone time (all weekend), sorry kiddies, Grammy just needs to be.
2. To get a whole lot done.
That's it. Easy Peasy.  Now, if it just works out that way.

Checking the List!

It's time to revisit my Summer Manifesto.  Maybe cross a few things off.  Maybe add a few.  I know my days have been busy! My weekends busier.  I know the stores are stocking up on school supplies, already
  1. Go to the Drive-In
  2. Spend more time at Amanda's pool (only been there twice, but there's time)
  3. Read the books on my Summer Reading List
  4. Cook with seasonal foods (and eat healthy)
  5. Grow a garden herbs (growing basil and cilantro)
  6. Walk the neighborhood in the evenings
  7. Have more picnics (1. the park near Amanda's; 2. Idlewild; 3. Amanda's) More to come
  8. Clean out the cellar (again)
  9. Spa weekend once a month (with the girls)
  10. Go thrifting (have and will again)
  11. Make something wearable
  12. Camp-out in the LR with the kiddies (make smores)
  13. Make ice-cream
  14. Take a trip to the zoo
  15. On a rainy day, go to the museum
  16. Wear a summer dress every day (even on the weekends) (am and loving it!)
  17. Go miniature golfing
  18. Take all the kiddies to Idlewild Park (done)
  19. Enjoy my front porch (have and still am)
  20. Make iced tea (always)
  21. Donate (scheduled)
  22. Make a Financial Vision Board
  23. Take more photos (ongoing))
  24. Learn to sew
  25. HAVE FUN! (am!)
Hmmmm, not too shabby.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Right Now

Second afternoon of thunderstorms rolling through. Refreshing while it's here, though if this keeps up the Wharf will flood.  I wonder if it's raining in my house??!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Today was gorgeous (hot), but gorgeous! I parked at Station Square and had to snap a few shots.  The sky, the greenery, it's all so pretty.
Let's see, the evening brought a tc from Mister who thought it was too hot to do anything (true); J&T drama and I finally was able to catch the first episode of the 5th season of Breaking Bad on Demand.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Hooray for Chuck E. Cheese!

I have the 3 grand-girls today and Kai.  Kay and Kai are leaving for Virginia tomorrow so I wanted to do something special with them.  First stop through was the eye docs so Kay and I could pick up our new shades.  Then a quickie stop at Pat Cataan's for some adhesive (upcoming crop). Then to Chuck E. Cheese for lunch.  My sweet Mom met us at Pat Cataan's and then joined us at Chuck E. Cheese.  I AM SO HAPPY she did.  My chance to get a photo of her with each of her Great Granddaughters.  
New Glasses
Trying out the goods at Pat Cataan's
Singing for tickets with Chuck E.
Games! Glorious Games! Keep thy children Busy!
Food! Glorious Food! and no clean up!
Cammi, my happy girl!
Winning the mother lode of tickets
Jade, another happy girl
My K and Kai. Gotta snap em when I can
Ah, there's one.  Hi Kai!
The picture of concentration
Nan and Jade
Nan and Jade and Cam
Nan and Cammi
Nan and Kayla
Like to take THAT home (oh, did I say that out loud?) Oops.
Jade on a virtual roller coaster.  Wow! It's like real life.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Project Summer 2012 Journal

I've built the foundation for my Project Summer 2012 Journal. Months ago I had purchased a set of 3 Cartapaglia Tree Free Recycled Notebooks (made in Italy) from Barnes & Noble.  Two notebooks are lined, one is graph paper. I knew I wanted to use them, I just wasn't sure for what.  Then on a recent trip to Pat Cataan's, I bought two Little Yellow Bicycle Medley Album Kits.  These kits are made up of envelopes, pockets, inserts and a tag.  You can also buy coordinating products.  The themes of the two kits are "Saturdays" (shown here) and "Paradise".  The kits can be used on their own, but I knew right away I wanted to incorporate them with the notebooks for a more versatile and pretty journal.

I also bought the coordinating Decorative Edge Cardstock for each kit.  These come packaged in their own plastic wrappers which I also incorporated into my journal (some with the cardstock in, and some empty for photos).
And let's not forget embellishments! Cardstock stickers and fabric stickers.
I used the graph paper with the Paradise line (to be uploaded at a later date).
I have been saving stubs and such over the past month and now that I finally got my book done, I can begin to fill it up.
Letter stickers: Thickers.