Thursday, January 29, 2015

Dark Chocolate

it's official, i am addicted to dark chocolate and 
i am a chocoholic, and i just can't help it and
bless my heart, i can't keep it hidden any longer...

there, i admitted it, i need help

it seems as though the colder it gets, the more i indulge
please hurry Spring.......

oh did i mention i love anything lemon too?
this is my Lemon-Ginger Swirl Cake i made in my new pan i got in Seattle,
i won't tell you how good it was!

What do you do to survive the long, winter? 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Gurgle Pot

The Gurgle Pot

i have to show you my "Gurgle Pot" yes it gurgles and is the most adorable thing :) 
My sister had one and they come in all colors. I saw this at the Seattle Pike Place Market 
and they had every color under the rainbow.  To get it to gurgle , you just pour water out of it, 
and it makes the cutest gurgle sound and will put a smile on your face too when you hear it:) 
It will always gurgle after you pour the water and then slowly bring it back to an upright position, 
but there is also a "sweet spot" as you are pouring the water, if you have the water at a certain level,
 it will gurgle for you again. 

You can here it gurgle here {lol} yes it's the little things in life that amuse me :) 
I believe they are made in Seattle which probably is the reason why they are so popular there.
More info here:  Gurgle Pot

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Room to Breathe

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing 
or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, 
is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.
Erich Fromm ~

Hello again. I decided to take Kim's Class Be Still ~ 52 and I couldn't be happier.
 Just in the first class I learned so much and Kim is such an excellent teacher. 
Thank you so much Kim for all that you do :)

I know this may not look very special to a lot of people, 
but to me it was, especially to see all the changes a simple photograph can go through.  

Be Still ~ Week Two


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

time to be....

"......We need time to dream, time to remember, and time to reach the infinite.
 We need time to be ......"

hello! just wanted to say hello and let you all know I am still here :)
I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful new year... Our southern winter hasn't been too bad, so far....
It's supposed to reach 70 degrees here today,
so that will be the perfect reason to get outside and enjoy the sweet air. 

I got some new pink roses at Trader Joes, which was enough to give me some 
ideas on taking some new photographs. They are my favorite flower to photograph. The good news is
that I got the roses free as the young male cashier thought they weren't as fresh as they should be. 
It certainly made my day!! 


As for us, we cook all the time and make everything by scratch, 
I am keeping track of everything with photos too, 
so stay tuned for some great recipes! 

I am also doing a huge spring cleaning in my home 
and I am going to be cleaning out my storage unit and selling everything in it.
It's time for me to quit procrastinating and get it done. 
So I have my work cut out for me. My goal is not to have to pay the storage fees again in February,
so I better get busy! 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Black-Eyed Peas & Collards Please

I'm going to go back in time just a little bit to New Year's Eve day and show you my Black-Eyed Peas and
fixins' for the day to hopefully persuade some good luck to come into our lives for the New Year. 
I was lucky enough to find fresh, not frozen, canned or bagged Black-Eyed Peas at Whole Foods and 
decided to give them a go.  They came out real good. I used Emeril's Hoppin' John recipe here and I couldn't 
find a ham hock so I substituted an organic ham from Whole Foods Grocery Store. Gosh I love that store. 
p.s. don't ever use canned Black-Eyed Peas! They are horrible! If anything get the dried peas in the bag
and soak them overnight, drain and then cook them.

you certainly can't have Black-Eyed Peas, without some homemade Collard Greens. 
Whole Foods had these organic as well and this recipe was so good, 
I couldn't believe how good they were!
I honestly think I slurped them down, but I was a pretty hungry girl. 
The delicious recipe for Southern-Style Collard Greens is right here Oh yum :)  
And I trimmed the recipe down a third. 

And believe it or not eating Stewed Tomatoes on the side is in the mix too...
We are not eating anything that comes from a can anymore. nothing. 
It's not that hard to do and I figure if "they" can make it and put it in a can, 
I "can" too. I didn't meant it to come out like that, but I can LOL
or I will give it my best shot. 
So this is my homemade Stewed Tomatoes, organic even
so simple to make! I will now make them more often.
Here is the recipe I used for Stewed Tomatoes and only as a guideline, and I did't put as much sugar in them.
I only used 4 whole tomatoes and removed the skins as stated too.
I wish I would have made more of it for leftovers and it also went perfect mixed with the rice the next day too. 

My homemade cornbread with all organic ingredients is on the table too to represent the "Gold"
you are probably asking yourselves, what self respecting person wouldn't make their cornbread in a 
cast iron skillet? Well, it's simple, because both of my cast iron skillets are either too big or too small for this
particular cornbread, so I just make it in this and it always comes out perfect. I have been making this
same cornbread recipe for almost 20 years and we are happy with it.

{I took all these photos with my phone, so nothing fancy here}
I didn't have time to "pose" my food, I was too hungry :) 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

A Beautiful New Year

A pretty sunrise

Hello everyone! We had a wonderful Christmas and wonderful New Year's even though it sounded like bombs going off outside our home from the fireworks going off that are legal here. It was hard to keep the dogs calm. But we managed to get through it!

New Year's Day. 
A fresh start. A new chapter in life waiting to be written. 
New questions to be asked, embraced, and loved. 
Answers to be discovered and then lived in this transformative year of delight and self-discovery. 
Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. 
Only dreams give birth to change.
~Sarah Ban Breathnach

All of us every single year,
 we're a different person. 
I don't think we're the same person all our lives.
~Steven Spielberg

Happy New Year's! 
May it be a good one! 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Winner of Mikasa Dinnerware Give-Away

The winner of the Mikasa Dinnerware Give-Away is "Miss Hootnonny" Comment #3

I will be contacting you by email later on!  Congratulations!!
I just know you will love it!

Thank you to all that entered!!