Saturday, September 27, 2014

Decisions, Decisions...

get out
This morning, I decided to take a trip to Home Goods. I was on a mission to find lamps for the end tables in my living room. I'd already been to Target and although I saw a couple of them that would really work for my space, they weren't exactly what I was looking for. I know that the right lamp plays a part in the over all room design and décor. So, for me, this is a really big decision.


Well, I started my morning with breakfast at Panera Bread. I ordered a bagel and hazelnut coffee, but when asked if I would like anything from the bakery, I couldn't help but drool at all the goodies in the case.



I considered it but, since I was already starting my day with a lot of carbs, I resisted the temptation.




So, after my belly was full, I headed to Home Goods next. Normally, I browse through the entire store, but today, I went straight to the lighting section. I saw these same lamps at Target and I think they are so cute. They are very affordable and I love the base.




These lamps could also work. They are adorable and totally within my price range.




After browsing for a bit, I finally left Home Goods. I had some ideas, but I wasn't ready to call it a day just yet. I hadn't been to Pier One in a long time, so I decided to go there next. I automatically knew that anything at Pier One would be pricier, but I needed to see all of the options before I could decide.

This is the first one that caught my eye. It's a very unique design and it's definitely not your everyday lamp.



Then I saw another one. It's the one right smack in the center with the bling. If you ask me, that is lamp magnifique. It's a very stylish lamp that comes with a very sleek shade and an extremely high price tag.





So, here's where I could really use your input. Out of the four lamps shown, do you have a favorite? Which one do you think would work best on my end table?

Here's a reminder of what my end table looks like. It's pretty small so I don't want a lamp that is so large, it'll take up all the space on the table.



Thanks for your help and have a fabulous weekend... :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Today I Am Thankful
Hello, thanks for visiting me again. I don't know what it was about today, but I just couldn't seem to get enough oatmeal. For breakfast, I had steel cut oatmeal with blueberries, chia seeds, sugar and cinnamon.



Then I spent a little time outside. You know, I gave myself a goal a couple of months ago. I planned to read the entire bible. I still have a long way to go since I only got as far as Deuteronomy, but I'm gaining so much knowledge along the way. Well, this morning, I decided to do some reading out on the deck again. I know there won't be a whole lot of days ahead where I can sit outside and do this. Well, at least not without wearing a sweater and gloves. So I'm enjoying it while I can.




When my sister visited me this summer, she surprised me with the coffee mug that's on the little table. It quickly became my favorite and I use it often.



Here is where the oatmeal craving kicked back in. That evening, I decided to bake some oatmeal raisin cookies.



It was my first time baking them and let me tell you, the recipe was very easy to follow.



They turned out great and everybody loved them. I definitely plan on making them again one day.



Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients

1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup of light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract (Yes, Tablespoon!)
1 Tablespoon of molasses
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of raisins

Directions

Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and molasses and mix on high until combined. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, toss the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Beat in the oats and raisins on low speed. The dough will be thick, yet very sticky. Chill the dough for 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll balls of dough(about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until very lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft and undone. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely . The cookies will continue to "set" on the baking sheet during this time. Cover cookies and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Enjoy and have a blessed day... :)
the most funny HD video compilation fail http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB8Tf4jag1Q

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Wonderful Lunch



I just love this picture. I can just sit and watch these leaves blow back and forth from this window all day. Well friends, summer is coming to an end and autumn is right around the corner. I do love summer, but I absolutely love the change of the seasons around this time of year and I immediately start to look forward to the great things to come. I can't wait to see all the beautiful fall colors. I'm also looking forward to the crisp, fresh air that's not too hot or too cold... but simply perfect. Okay, can you tell that autumn is my favorite time of year?

Also, my oldest daughter called me over the weekend and told me that she was going to spend the day with me Saturday and make me lunch. Really? It wasn't even my birthday. She's such a sweetie. She brought over some fresh vegetables that she'd picked up from the Farmer's Market and was very busy washing, slicing and dicing. Guess what was on the menu? Stuffed tomatoes and roasted potatoes... some lunch, huh?



It was so nice to be able to sit back and relax while someone else was preparing a meal and let me tell you... there were some wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. Snapping a couple of pictures also allowed me to get a little peek.








You know, I almost forgot to take this picture. I just wanted to devour this meal after it was prepared because it looked so good.



Have a wonderful, blessed day.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday's Room Crush



You know, I saw a quote today that said, 'Why is Monday so far from Friday and Friday so near to Monday?' That just got me to thinking. Wouldn't it be nice to have weekend all week? Sigh... I could get absolutely everything done on my to do list, sleep in every single day and still have a ton of time left over to have fun. I know... I know... only in my dreams, right? Well, I've also been dreaming about home décor and at least that's totally doable. I have to tell you, I am so in love with every one of these rooms I'm sharing today. I'm sure there will be something about these amazing rooms that you'll fall in love with, too... :)
London home of designer Colin Radcliffe.
West Village Townhouse
hanging light over coffee table
shore house







// Two Two Six, Hollywood Road by Studioilse. Photographs: Magnus Marding



bathroom




Have a great weekend!


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Creamy Tortellini and Spinach Soup

I picked up a bag of fresh spinach from the grocery store and spent a little while trying to decide what to do with it. I thought about making a garden salad then I thought about creaming it and having it with some baked chicken. It's just that sometimes I get tired of making the same meals every week so I try to change it up a little. I remembered another recipe that I saw on Pinterest. The pinner said that this recipe tasted like it came straight from a high end restaurant and I couldn't agree with her more. It's another crock pot recipe so not only does it taste great, but it's super easy, too.

 
In a large bowl, I added two cans of Italian style diced tomatoes.  
 
 
Then I added one bag of frozen tortellini and 1 box of vegetable broth. 
 
 
 
To that, I added a block of cream cheese then stirred everything in the bowl. Then I poured it all in the crock pot. 
 
 
  
Dinner was ready in 5 1/2 hours.
 
   
I'm happy to say, everybody loved it and went for seconds... score! Hopefully, you'll love it, too.
 
 
 
 
Ingredients
1 bag of frozen tortellini
2 cans of Italian style diced tomatoes
1 box of vegetable broth
1 block of cream cheese
 
Directions
1. First, you'll need a large mixing bowl.
2. Then you'll need to put in the spinach, the Italian style diced tomatoes, the tortellini, the   vegetable broth and the cream cheese. Do not thoroughly mix this together - just mix them enough so that no parts will be without any of the ingredients.
3. Then empty the bowl into the crock pot.
4. Cook this mixture for 5 - 6 hours on low.  
funny 
 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sara Bareilles - Gravity (Live)



Hello, I hope you're having a great weekend. My weekend is going pretty good so far. Not that I'm doing anything special. I rarely have anything big planned on the weekends. It's usually just a pretty laid back time with the hubby and sometimes my daughters when we get together. One thing I've been doing is trying to learn the above song on the piano. I think it's such a pretty song.



I play by ear, so it takes me a little while to catch every note, but I'm working on it. I used to be better at it when I was younger, but I guess my hearing just isn't quite the same. Anyway, I just practice a little every day. Although I don't play anywhere near as good as Sara, it's still fun to learn.
Excellent story. It was suspenseful and had an ending that knocked me out of my chair.
Then I finished reading a really good story and I couldn't wait to blog about it. If anyone out there is looking for the next good book to read... this is it. You won't be able to put it down and the ending will knock you right off your feet... trust me.

I also tried another recipe that I found on Pinterest. It's lemon blueberry yogurt cake


Okay, try not to notice that humongous pool of glaze beneath the cake. When I was drizzling the glaze over the sides of the cake, well... you can see what happened. The bottom picture is a little better. I'm glad I tried it because it was soooo good.



We rented Divergent from the Red box, too. We really enjoyed it. If you're into sci-fi, check it out.





That's about it. See, I told you. There's never a lot going on, just a laid back kind of day. I'm about to go to bed soon. I have to get up early and go to church in the morning. I wanted to leave you with a funny bumper sticker that is perfect for tailgaters. Take care and be blessed... :D

Perfect for tailgaters.

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Room With A View

 Window
This morning I looked out my bedroom window like I do every morning. Even before I watch the weather, I wonder what kind of day it's going to be. Is it going to be cloudy or is the sky going to be clear? It wasn't until my husband asked me what I was staring at that I realized I must have been standing there daydreaming again. What's new, right? It's just that I don't have a great view from any of the windows in my apartment, although there are only windows in the front and the back. So either I'm looking at the apartments across the street or I'm looking at trees and grass. I guess if I'm thinking positive like Pollyanna, I could say that at least I'm not staring at a dumpster or a huge brick wall. I just can't help but imagine, though. What would it be like to wake up every morning to an amazing view?
Pepe Calderin Design- Tuba TANIK
view
*A view from the window
I love the view from here ~ Miss J.

View from my window...

Living Room with a View #home #sothebysliving

That view!!!

Writing Desk

.morning.


view #window


So tell me, what do you see when you look out of your window?