Thursday, October 4, 2018

Happy Autumn

Just a quick "hello" as I'm off to the school soon for afternoon pick up.  

I hope it's looking and feeling like autumn where you are.  We headed north to the mountains last Saturday and it definitely looked like autumn there with leaves falling and temperatures in the high sixties.  We are still waiting on cooler weather to arrive here.  It is 90 degrees today - way too hot for October.  It may not feel like autumn, but at least my porch looks like it.  I'm dreaming of sweater weather!






Sunday, September 16, 2018

Catching up

Hello friends!  It's been a while since I've had a chance to update my blog.  Life has been very busy since Charlotte started back to school last month.  We are back into our routine which feels nice.  Third grade has been a big transition from second grade for Charlotte and myself, really.  The children are expected to be much more independent this year.  She seems to be happy and adjusting well.  

I've been cooking/baking quite a bit which has also been very nice.  One of my favorite places to be is cooking away in my kitchen!  I made our favorite  chocolate cake and topped it with buttercream icing.  Twice a month, during the school year, I make this chicken noodle soup and stash it away in the freezer for school lunches and a quick dinner here and there.  I also made these delicious pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  I'll definitely be making them again this fall.  And the granola bars are a weekly staple in our house.  I almost always have these on hand.  They are perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. I add chocolate chips, raisins and pumpkin seeds to mine.  I also made dutch oven bread to go along side spaghetti and meatballs last week.  Lately, my lunch several days a week has consisted of leafy greens with olives, pumpkin seeds, Dubliner cheese and a big scoop of quinoa topped with lots of olive oil and it seems to keep me full all afternoon.

Hopefully, fall is beginning to arrive where you are.  We are still waiting on cooler weather, as it has been hot here since May.  Once it fully arrives, it will be much welcomed.  I am not a hot weather person.  Fall and winter suits me just fine!

Hurricane Florence has been making her way through our area over the weekend with just some off and on rain and wind - thank goodness.  I made brownies and cozied up on the sofa last night to watch a new Hallmark movie and it was delightful.  Yes, I'm a Hallmark movie junkie!












Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Summer!

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

Charleston

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

May

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!