Friday, July 29, 2016

five on friday

Hooray for Friday. Mike has next week off, so we're squeezing in some last summer days of fun before school starts. I can't believe how fast this summer has went by and I'm not looking forward to letting go of these easy and relaxed mornings.  I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Here we go! 

We're going to the pool tomorrow and then having a low country boil for dinner....our favorite summer meal. After that it's CANASTA time. We love playing and squeeze in a few games whenever we can. Mike teams up with my mom and I team up with my sister.  It's so much fun! We play, talk, eat, laugh.  But you guys, I'm not going to lie...sometimes it gets UGLY.   I enjoy playing enough not to really care who wins, but everyone else, not so much.

Even though I don't smoke, whenever we play Canasta, I always feel like I need one of these. Ha!! I think it's because my dad's mom always had one beside her while she played cards. Just a bit of nostalgia I suppose. 


Landon picked out these cute shoes for his back-to-school sneakers. So fun and they are on sale right now! I'm hitting sales whenever I can because there is A LOT to buy for first grade. 

We went to a popular hot dog restaurant over the weekend, Hillbilly Hotdogs. It's near Huntington, WV in a little town called Lesage. It's a school bus turned restaurant that has even been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. They are famous for their Homewrecker, which thankfully Mike passed on. We did enjoy the regular hot dogs and the fried mushrooms were fantastic. It was a nice family road trip.

Now that fall baking season is almost here (hooray!!),  I'm wanting to get some new canisters to hold my baking staples. I want something that will hold an entire bag of flour and think this will work perfectly. I'm excited to get everything ready for pumpkin season. 

We needed some new lamps for our bedroom and I found these at Pottery Barn. A bit more than I wanted to pay, but the color goes perfectly with our new bedding.  I'm thinking about covering the shades with a floral fabric, but we'll see. I'm going to enjoy them as is for now. 

Have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

falling in love again (with nancy drew)

Saturday evening I was able to visit with an old friend. We got home from a day out with the family around 8pm and Landon wanted to play outside for a bit before bed. I sat on the porch while he played and read an old Nancy Drew book, The Witch Tree Symbol. I felt like I was 12 years old again, reading outside in the muggy evening heat as night fell.  It was wonderful!! Even though I'm older now, the books are just as good as I remember.  So good in fact that I've decided to revisit all my Nancy Drew favorites. It's a nice escape from the politics and sad daily news stories.

I've always enjoyed going back and reading books from my childhood and these are no exception. They are set in such a simpler time and the etiquette and manners displayed by the gang of River Heights is so refreshing.  I'm so glad I decided to pick these up again! 
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Friday, July 22, 2016

five on friday

Hooray for Friday! It's been crazy hot here this week and it's supposed to be even hotter tomorrow with the heat index topping out at 105. Where are you September?! No, I'm really not  wishing summer away, even though autumn is my favorite season. We have lots of fun left to squeeze in before it's back to school.  I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Let's get to it!

I got this cute shirt from the Nordstrom early access sale. I think it will be perfect for cool evenings in the fall. Oh, I mentioned fall again! HA... So many other cute things I want, but I'm trying to keep my spending in check.

I finally got around to watching The Forest this week. As far as scary movies go lately, this one was pretty good. MUCH better than The Boy, which was very disappointing.  Now I'm looking forward to Don't Breath coming out next month.

Landon is really in to older cartoons right now, especially The Smurfs.  We love working puzzles, so I've been ordering him some of the old 24 piece puzzles on ebay. I just ordered this one today. I can't wait til it gets here. I've got a few other items in my watch list that I'm going to get him for his birthday. 

We've been spending a lot of time at the pool this summer. I spend most of my time lounging on this Float and Roll Air Mat that I found for just $6 at Dollar General. It's so easy to take back and forth and not at all bulky.  I like to pretend I look super graceful climbing up on it. I got the green one and it's such a pretty color.

Since it's going to be so hot this weekend, I'm closing out with a refreshing punch recipe I found over at Christine's Cuisine.  My sister and I never miss a chance to make punch and I know we'll enjoy this over the weekend. Definitely a refreshing treat on a hot day! 

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

blueberry cornbread muffins

I absolutely love cornbread.  A few weeks ago I saw a picture of blueberry cornbread muffins and  they have been in the back of my mind ever since. I had some blueberries leftover from regular muffins, so I decided to try these out. I mixed up my regular cornbread recipe and folded the blueberries in at the very end. I was pleased with how they turned out. They are not quite as sweet as a regular muffin, so I think I'll sprinkle some sugar on top before baking next time.  They are perfect for breakfast spread with some butter or drizzled with honey.

Blueberry Cornbread Muffins

Yields 12 muffins
1 package cornbread mix (6 ounces)
1 cup self-rising flour
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups buttermilk
1 pint of blueberries

Preheat oven to 425. Grease muffin tin - set aside. Combine all ingredients except blueberries; mix well. Gently fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle tops with coarse sugar. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until muffins are golden on top.


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Friday, July 8, 2016

five on friday

Hooray for Friday! I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Let's get right to it.

I came across this neat idea when I was making my grocery list yesterday. How delicious does this look?!?! What a fun dessert idea for one of my very favorite treats. And I LOVE that you don't have to heat up the oven. I'm going to serve these with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum! 


I'm totally caught up in season 4 of Wentworth.  It's so good! If  you're not watching, you can catch seasons 1-3 on Netflix. Season 4 hasn't been released in the US yet, but you can find it online. If you like Orange is the New Black, you will LOVE Wentworth.  It's more of a drama than a comedy and so very intense.

Now that my hair is a bit darker, I don't have to go to the salon as much. That's one perk, as it saves time & money. But I still like feeling bright & blond during the summer, so I'm going to give this spray a try over the weekend.  Remember Sun-In? This works the same way - you can use it in the sun or with a blow dryer.

I've been looking for some new books that Landon will enjoy. I am a big Nancy Drew fan, so I'm hoping to come across a set of vintage Hardy Boy books for him in the future. He's still a bit young for them now though, so I was happy to find this series on Amazon. Perfect for the young reader. I'll let you know how he likes them. 

I know I mentioned this last week, but I just can't NOT mention it again. People are still trying to rebuild their lives after the devastating flooding in our area.  Please continue to pray for those who lost so much. If you'd like to help, but aren't sure how, please let me know.  You can also donate through Brad Paisley's GoFundMe page here.  Absolutely no donation is too small and the need is so great!

Have a great weekend!
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Friday, July 1, 2016

five on friday


I'm sure everyone has heard by now about the devastating flood that swept through our area last week. We were not directly affected, but it left so many in communities right beside us in complete ruins. Please continue to lift these people up in prayer. It's going to be a long and hard process as they try to put their lives and communities back together. If you'd like to help but don't know how, please reach out to me. Or you can donate through Brad Paisley's GoFundMe page here.  Absolutely no donation is too small and the need is so great!

I've got a hot movie date tonight. Landon and I are so excited to watch Tom & Jerry Back to Oz. We loved Tom and Jerry & The Wizard of Oz so much and this latest version sounds just as cute. Even if you're not crazy about the original Wizard of Oz, I promise you'll love these. 

Have you tried the Smirnoff Peach Bellinis yet? I got some at the store last week and my sister and I shared one on the porch last night. They are good but a bit strong, so if you're like us and don't drink very often, I definitely recommend sharing! We're planning to have one this evening. Cheers!


I got this cute shirt from Nordstrom yesterday. I love the style and how festive it looks for the holiday weekend.  I'm going to pair it with jean shorts and some cute sandals.


Are fried green tomatoes on your holiday menu? Take a peek at this baked version. They are DELICIOUS!! And there's no mess and extra fat/calories from frying. Seriously, they are incredible.

Bonus # 6!!  I'm finally starting up our book club. Be watching on Facebook for the start date. We'll be reading the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I hope you'll join in!

Have a great weekend!
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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

the flood aftermath

See the WV Flood aftermath here


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