Monday, April 17, 2017

This is 40!

Although I'm a little late in posting, I was lucky enough to spend my birthday in Destin, Florida this year and I must admit it was heavenly...couldn't have been more perfect.  Growing up my family visited Destin many times over the years and it is a place that holds many, many special memories.  To be able to ring in this new decade in a place that evokes such special thoughts of dear loved ones (some no longer with us) while looking forward to the future, was a bit overwhelming at points, but I wouldn't have changed a thing.

Old habits are hard to break, so I was up early and was rather anxious to head to the beach, making it just in time for a spectacular sunset.  The beauty of God's creation was truly awe inspiring....

....headed "home" for coffee and breakfast by our pool with Bestie KP (any time with Bestie KP is guaranteed to be a good time!!).....

.....spent some more time soaking in the rays and relishing the view....

.....enjoyed a spectacular dinner of fresh caught fish on the water, while enjoying another spectacular view and the first sunset of the trip.....

.....and was surprised with a beautiful cake and sweet treats from loving friends.

To top the night off, I crawled into bed, pulled up Instagram, and discovered I was the winner of a fabulous giveawy hosted by the talented Natalie Chang!

If the first day of the new decade is any indication of what's in store, then I'm a very happy camper and so very grateful!

Happy New Decade!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday Five [3.17.17]

Happy Friday!!  It's been a pretty terrific week and we're one week closer to Spring Break.  I can hardly wait!  Now for this week's five:

While I'm loving this Lilly Pulitzer cover up, I'm thinking this Target special might be the budget friendly find for Spring Break and Summer!

Bestie MHDRL popped in unexpectedly from Texas for her mom's big b-day this week.  It was such an incredible surprise and I'm soaking up every minute with her and her boys.  My heart is so full!!

I see this sweet, little reminder on the way to get my hair done.  Never fails to make me smile.

Speaking of the new do, my hair is always especially curly after a fresh cut.  One of my darling 3rd graders said, "Mrs. Fitch you have hair like my sister.  I'm so lucky I didn't get it and I have straight hair."  From the mouths of babes...

My love of honey bees is no secret.  While we've tried with a few new hives over the last few years, they never manage to make it through the winter.  Sadly, this year is no exception.  Just another example of how in danger they really are.  Cheerios is trying to help though.  They are giving away wildflower seeds in hopes of bringing back the bees!  You can get your seeds here.

Wishing y'all a wonderful weekend!  
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Coffee Edition]

Happy Sunday!  Today I'm sipping on a basic cup of coffee, brewed in our Chemex, with cream and sugar.  I'm a traditionalist and, in my humble opinion, it brews the very best cup of coffee.

During the week we use our Cuisinart for ease and the programmable setting, but on the weekends we pull out the trusty 'ole Chemex and slow brew a tasty pot.  Using their filters slowly pour the water over the grounds, allowing time for them to bloom.  The pot can be kept warm over a low gas flame.

If I had my druthers we'd have the Ottomatic , which does the slow drip for you, and use it daily, but the price tag is too high at this point.  I'll just keep enjoying the manual pour and the look of the carafe on the stove.

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend!  Cheers!

Happy Sipping and Shopping!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Five [3.3.17]

Happy Friday!  Happy March!!  March is one of my favorite months.  It's prospect of warmer weather, spring flowers, and summer being just around the corner.  This year is no different.  It's going to be a big month...BIG things happening with the tennis program, a girls' trip to the beach, Brother #3 is celebrating a BIG birthday, and, if I'm being honest, I'm celebrating an even bigger (or just plain older??) birthday.  But before we get to all of those, here's this week's five

I've been debating on a pair of Birkenstocks forever, but just can't seem to decide.  If you have a favorite pair I'd love to hear about them!  I think I have it narrowed to this pair or this pair, but am open to suggestions!

I recently started the The Greek Diet (and have received relentless teasing about the fact that the Greek girl needed to read a book about the Greek's really just a plan friends, a eat all those things I grew up eating and loving).  The book talks a lot about Greek Mountain Tea (and the older generations of both my friends and family swear by it).  I ordered some from Amazon and have been sipping on it every afternoon.  I like mine with a bit of honey or lemon. Honestly, it reminds me of all those times growing up sipping (begrudgingly at that point) on chamomile, another Greek staple.

While I'm actually loving the new eating plan, there are points in which:

However, if you're going to eat a salad, eat this one.  Jacques Pepin's recipes never disappoint and this one is no exception.

The 3rd grade boys were in a fit of absolute giggles the other day.  One, in particular, was pretty tickled with himself.

A little extra something this week...but who's counting?

Wishing y'all a wonderful weekend!  
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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

What's for Dinner [Jacques Pepin's Greens with Cream Dressing]

Y'all have I got a recipe for you today.  I swear this is so delicious I could eat it with a spoon!  There has yet to be a Jacques Pepin recipe I haven't absolutely loved and this certainly didn't disappoint.
We served along side baked cod and used a bit to drizzle over the fish, too. 

Jacques Pepin's Greens with Quick Cream Dressing

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 t. red wine vinegar
  • 8 cups loosely packed young Boston lettuce, washed and dried
  • Put the cream, salt, and pepper in a salad bowl and whip for about 15 seconds, or just until frothy.  Stir in the vinegar.
  • Add lettuce, toss briefly, and serve immediately.
  • Note: If it's too thick dilute with 1T of water before tossing with lettuce.

Happy Cooking!!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Five on Friday [2.24.17]

Whew!  What a week!  Happy Friday!!  Here are this week's Five on Friday:

My new favorite cardigan has all the comfort of your favorite cozy sweatshirt, while still looking a bit more pulled together.  I have a feeling it will be perfect for layering this spring when Mother Nature just can't decide what she wants to do.
Speaking of Mother Nature we have had the most spectacular weather this week!!  Sunny and in the 60s and 70s.  However, tomorrow's high is 32.  I'm not complaining though, we've been so lucky to have this little treat in the middle of February.

One of my sweet kiddos invited me to her Irish dance recital.  It was so very impressive.  I love dance of any form and seeing her darling smiling face made it all that much more terrific.

Some of my other kiddos participated in Math Bowl last night and came in 2nd.  It was a riveting and exciting night of math problem.  I jest, but in all seriousness, I'm so proud of them!  They've worked hard and were so supportive of each other!

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We did end up keeping Little Pup for one more week.  Hubby was completely convinced that our Old Man Stan would come around.  He certainly didn't.  It's quiet and to be completely honest, I miss him, but Stan is so happy his life has gone back to normal.

Wishing y'all a wonderful weekend!  
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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Best is Yet to Be....

With Valentine's Day approaching I'm again reminded of how grateful I am to be going through this journey with Hubby and especially happy that he's still here and doing so well.  We are truly lucky.

For our last anniversary I knew I wanted to incorporate the quote "grow old along with me, the best is yet to be."  What could possibly be more fitting after the year we had had together?  I searched Etsy and discovered ModifiedMetals who specializes in beautiful metal gifts and is based in nearby Crawfordsville.  The local connection convinced me it was perfect.  I must admit, after chatting with shop owner David a bit about my order, I knew the stars had aligned perfectly.  It was a true delight working with him.

Although they do custom work and will use your favorite saying or verse, I chose the "Grow Old Along with Me" sign measuring 22 x 22.  It fits perfectly over the gate leg table (a birthday gift from Hubby, who knew I've always wanted one) in our bedroom.  The quality is terrific and is a quiet little reminder about what truly is important in life.

There are a few other signs which caught my eye as well.  This Tree of Life is lovely.

Tree of Life Metal Wall Art

How adorable would this moon be hanging in a nursery?  They have the same saying, in a couple different versions and fonts. 

I Love You To The Moon Sign

There are many that would serve as the perfect wedding or shower gift or a too.  (Or even a last minute Valentine's Day wouldn't be the first time I wrapped a picture of the actual gift.)  Take a minute to pop over and see for yourself.  The craftsmanship really is beautiful.

Happy Love!
*Please note I was not compensated for this post....I merely just loved the shop and the product and wanted to share.  
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