Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Green is good

 Do you like kale?  The green leafy vegetable that is so nutritious and good for us.  I must admit I haven't eaten kale in the past, but since I've discovered "kale chips", I'm hooked.  

A simple recipe.  
Tear about 1/2 pound of washed, dried curly kale (ribs removed) into 2-inch pieces.  Toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt (or seasoned salt), then spread in a single layer on a wire rack placed atop a cookie sheet.  Bake at 250 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, removing when leaves are crisp but still bright green.  

A crispy salty treat that is so addicting!

Just thought I'd share.

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Random things


Hello, dear friends.  How are you?  I just realized my last post was in August...how did this happen? ~ I guess time flies when we're having fun.  And here it is fall already.  Don't you just love all the warm autumn colors?  I bought a big orange pumpkin today for the front step and yellow and red mums for pots.  

We have had quite a lot going on lately.  September is a big birthday month for us and we celebrated our granddaughter's 2nd birthday with family at Galen's mother's house in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  It's a good central meeting place for all of us since Amy and Bruno and the kids live in New York.  What a great time we had!

And our other granddaughter, Maddie, here in North Carolina, just turned 15 in September. It seems like only yesterday that she was just a toddler, and now, here she is getting her permit for driving!  

Also, in September, I had my  6-month follow-up appointment at UNC Cancer Center.  Everything is good!  A little osteoporosis setting in but that is treatable.  I feel great, and this will be two years cancer free!  I am thankful everyday for my health and that I can garden and do all the things I love to do.  

And speaking of the garden, I planted kale, broccoli and spinach for the winter months, and have harvested quite a few tomatoes and peppers.  I've been cleaning up the flower beds, too.

Just to let you know, I may not be posting on my blog as often as before, but I am still here and will check in occasionally.  

Enjoy this wonderful fall weather! 

'till next time, 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Simple pleasures

They say the best things in life are free.  I believe that.  As I look out over my summer garden and see all the beautiful color, nature is smiling back at me.  

The black-eyed-susans are in full bloom now and spreading themselves everywhere.  

I picked a handful this morning and brought them inside to enjoy.  

It's the little things in our lives that can make a big difference.  Simple little pleasures.  

So go ahead, pick some flowers today and bring them inside to enjoy.  You'll be glad you did.  

Have a good week!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

"Nature" crafts

I started a few projects this week, and when I finished them, I realized they all had something to do with nature.  Funny...hadn't even thought about it until I was taking photos.   

So here are my "nature" crafts I've been working on.  

A white bird house for the fence post in the back garden.  

 I cut and pressed a fern leaf for framing.  

And I painted a rock with butterflies.  This will make a great paperweight and I'll be listing this on etsy.  

Simple and fun nature crafts.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Summer days

Here we are, mid August already, and suddenly I'm finding myself wanting to hang on to summer with all my might.  How about you?  Maybe it's this unseasonably cool weather we've been having here in the south ~ gray days, and to top it off...a lot of rain. 

Please stay, summer!  Send warm days, blue skies, and bright sunshine. I'm just not ready to let you go.  

Enjoy your week, everyone!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Recycled tins

You know those decorative tins you get when you buy candies or nuts or cookies, and are just too pretty to throw away? 

Here is how I recycled some of mine.  

Some can be useful, and some purely decorative!  

Have a good week, everyone!  

Friday, August 1, 2014

Chalk painting an old dish cupboard

Good morning, my friends, how are you?  I hope you're having a good week.  Can you believe it's August already!    

I want to show you a project I've been working on using chalk paint.  I have never painted with chalk paint before but I have seen beautifully transformed pieces of furniture on some of your blogs and I have been wanting to give it a try.  

Let me tell you first how this all came about.  I had an idea in my mind for quite some time, of an old dish cupboard that I wanted in the kitchen.  I've seen a lot of these cupboards in my "English Home" magazines and I love the look.  Well, last week, while antiquing with hubby and my sister and her husband, I saw a cupboard just like the one I had in mind.  I showed my dear hubby and he said, "I can make one for you".  Well......, yes, that sounded good.  

So the next day, true to his word, out of an old wooden door that he had stored in the garage, he made my cupboard.  Custom made!  Can't beat that!  

Here are some photos, before and after.  

Two coats of "Old Violet".  Then I used a dark soft wax to finish it.  

Above is the kitchen before.  

And the kitchen after.  

Thank you again, dear hubby, for making this for me.  

And I might add, using chalk paint is so easy, it covers just about anything, and you can use the regular wax or dark wax to get just the right color you're looking for.  
'till next time, 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Twinkle lights

Hello my friends, how are you?  We finally have a clear day today after lots of rain, but still very overcast and gray.  I have been feeling the need to get out in the garden and do something, even if it's just pulling weeds.  Does the garden ever call to you?  Galen thinks I'm crazy, but I find it very rewarding and therapeutic.  

I decided to restring twinkle lights outside in the jasmine over the back porch.  The lights will usually last about six months so I only have to replace them twice a year.  They went out two nights ago.  

I twist the lights through the vines starting at the bottom, taking them up and over the porch door and ending near the pergola.  It makes the prettiest light at night.  No matter how dark it is you can always see without turning a harsh overhead light on.  The twinkle lights create a nice ambiance.  

Lights are done....now maybe I'll go pull those weeds.    

Enjoy your day!