Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Our summer days are filled with swim lessons, play dates, gardening, errands, cooking, playing, watching movies, visits to the library, day trips here and there, lots of slow mornings (Yay), and that just about sums up our summer days.  

My plants are doing really well, as long as I remember to water them daily.  I planted my sunflowers and zinnias from seed this year and it's been fun to watch them grow.  It's been so, so hot here this summer, but it's hot here every summer.  I think I try to forget just hot and muggy our summers are, but July always reminds me again.  

I've been eating lots of blueberries.  I made a berry cobbler for the fourth of July and Smitten Kitchen's blueberry crumb cake yesterday.  I think we have one slice left, so everyone loved it!  

I hope you are enjoying your summer!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


We took a trip to Charleston a few weeks ago and we had a great time!  I love Charleston for so many reasons - it's just such a charming, historical city.  The food is always fabulous in Charleston and the homes and gardens are breathtaking.  

We stayed on Isle of Palms by the beach which is about a twenty minute drive from downtown Charleston.  Our daughter loved spending time at the pool at our resort and we all enjoyed taking walks on the beach looking for shells.

We can't wait to visit again!

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Hello!  It's May - my favorite month and it's also my birthday month!  All the flowers are blooming, Mother's Day is this coming weekend, we are winding up the school year in just a few, short weeks and looking forward to summer! 

I requested the black and white cake from Whole Foods for my birthday and it was as delicious as it looks!  I would highly recommend it.  We spent the day in Asheville on Saturday and enjoyed a yummy lunch for my birthday - it was a really fun day.

I've also been doing a bit of gardening and I bought these beautiful, hanging baskets for our front porch.  I planted a few pots with geraniums, snapdragons, and a few other plants.  I still need to buy some herbs and do a mixed herb garden.

Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful Moms out there!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Early Spring Days

Good morning!  I love these early, spring days when it's still chilly in the mornings and evenings, but the afternoons are warm and sunny.  I'm on my second cup of coffee this morning, as it's a bit cool out, and thinking maybe I should've sent a light jacket to school with my daughter instead of a sweater.  We went on an evening family walk after dinner last night, and it was such a beautiful, spring evening with most of the trees in bloom and I noticed that azaleas are also starting to bud.  Thinking we will do that again tonight.  

My potted parrot tulips are blooming.  I planted a pack of seven bulbs, and ended up getting three flowers, but they are beautiful indeed.  The first one to bloom was eventually picked, of course, and brought inside to enjoy on our kitchen table. 

I've also added some things to my kitchen window ledge.  I have a basil plant up there and a succulent that I've had for a while, and a sweet photo of Charlotte in a frame that she painted at school. Thinking I might add a few more herb pots and maybe even a small potted geranium for some color.

Hope you are having a great week!  Get outside and enjoy this beautiful, spring weather!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter

Hello friends and Happy Easter!  We dyed eggs on Friday evening and used the Paas Classic dye kit.  Our eggs turned out really pretty and bright this year.  I think leaving them in the dye cups a bit longer may have contributed to the extra bright colors.  My daughter looks forward to this fun tradition every year.

We had a low key Easter this year with just the three of us.  We went to church this morning and then out for a quick lunch.  Now we are back home and I've decided it's time to do a bit of spring cleaning.  I just took off my white sofa slipcover and it's headed upstairs to the washer soon.  I love a fresh and clean slipcover.  

Charlotte was super happy to see the movie "Annie" in her Easter basket this morning.  I remember seeing this movie when it first came out at the movie theater.  I think I was seven then. 

I hope you are having a great Easter and a great spring weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Ninth Birthday!

We celebrated our sweet girl's ninth birthday this past weekend.  I really cannot believe she is already nine - time please slow down!  We started off with brunch at her favorite French cafe/bakery on Saturday and it was delicious, as always.  They treated her to a yummy plate of macaroons for dessert!  After brunch we did some shopping at Paper Source for wrapping paper and ribbon for her gifts.  She chose the all pink floral print and I chose the multi colored floral print next to the bottom, but I basically wanted them all!  I really do appreciate nice gift wrap and so does my daughter.

On Sunday, I made her birthday cake - chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting (her favorite) topped with lots of yummy sprinkles.  It was delicious and she loved it!  We celebrated at my parent's house for a little family party.  It was fun and she enjoyed it!  She received lots of sweet gifts - new outfits for herself and her American Girl bitty baby doll, some games, and a really sweet locket from her aunt and uncle.  And on Monday, which was her actual birthday, we took cupcakes to school so she could celebrate with her classmates.  

It was a great weekend and we were so happy to celebrate our sweet girl turning nine.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Almost Spring

Hello!  Last week felt like Spring with highs in the seventies.  Daffodils are blooming, and my potted tulips are starting to sprout, but we are back to Winter today.  That's okay with me, as I'm not ready to say goodbye to winter quite yet.

I recently purchased The Simple Bites Kitchen cookbook and I am loving it.  I've tried several recipes so far, and some more than once, and they've all been great.  I made the corn chowder for dinner tonight and it was excellent.  We all loved it!  If you are looking for some new and mostly healthy recipes, I would highly recommend it.

It's the first day of March today, and it definitely came in like a lion with lots of rain and wind.  My daughter will celebrate her ninth birthday later this month and I can hardly believe she is turning nine.  Where does the time go?  She is such a sweet girl and we have so much fun together.  We are looking forward to celebrating her birthday in a few weeks with a family party and a class party at school.  

I finally got around to framing one of my favorite pieces of Charlotte's artwork from kindergarten.  It's very special and we love it!

Well, I'm off to make a cup of hot tea and get cozy while I watch a cooking show on PBS this evening.  Cooking shows not only inspire me to try new foods, I also find them very relaxing to watch.