Thursday, April 23, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Hopefully I will have it done in the next couple of days. Oh! and I picked up the thing I needed to finish my red silverware chest at Michael's the other day, so I should be getting that finished soon too.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Here are some of the beautiful tulips blooming at Biltmore right now. These are outside of the winery and the Bistro where we met for lunch.
Here we are! Isn't Jeanne just adorable? She was exactly as I thought she would be. Full of warmth and charm!
Jeanne and I soon realized that we had a lot in common. We both have 4 sisters and a brother. We both were born in Michigan. But it didn't end there. Our husbands both worked for the same company in Florida - though at different times and places. Here are our husbands below. Do you notice that they are almost dressed alike?
Some more beautiful tulips. Please click on these pictures to enlarge them so you can see how beautiful the flowers are at the Biltmore.
My lunch at the Bistro. Salmon salad. Jeanne had the same.
My husband had mushroom ravioli and Jeanne's husband had the trout.
Some orchids in the greenhouse at the Biltmore.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Well it is now part of ANOTHER project that I have going on in my home and not finished yet. This buffet is in my dining room. I had painted the sides and front black last year when I redecorated my dining room. I had planned on covering the top in mosaics, because it has seen better days. I am finally getting around to it.
Remember this silverware chest? STILL NOT FINISHED! I am waiting to go to Michael's to pick up something I need to finish it.
Sometimes, I just whip through projects. Other times it seems to take forever!
Do you have any projects going on around the house?
Saturday, April 11, 2009
The package was filled with wonderful goodies. A pair of mugs with matching tray and coasters. Beautiful cloth napkins. Tea, chocolate wafer rolls. ME note cards and sticky notes. And a book, that has been read and passed on for over a year now. Everyone that has read the book, signs and dates it and passes it on to the next reader. The author of the book includes a hand written note too. How fun is that!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
The ornate arm on a lamp, along with the crackle finish.
Pom Pom fringe on a pillow.
A seashell from a walk on the beach, while on vacation and a piece of coral my Mom and Dad brought back from Hawaii in the late 60's before we realized that was bad for the environment.
My Dad's walking stick and a blue umbrella in a stand made from a vintage wine barrel, next to my front door.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Red, yellow and green peppers, with onion and garlic simmering in the fry pan.
Chicken and spices simmering in another pan...
The finished dish, served right from the pan
Sunflowers and some great Spanish wine, made us almost feel like we were dining in Spain!
1. Scrub and debeard the mussels, discarding any that do not close when tapped sharply. Set aside.
2 Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet. Add the peppers, onion, garlic and tomato, stirring constantly till cooked. Set aside.
3. In another skillet heat 1/4 cup olive oil and cook the chicken until browned on all sides. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, rosemary, thyme and cumin. Set aside.
4.Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat 4 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet, and saute the rice until it is translucent. Pour in the chicken broth and combine well. At the pepper, tomato, onion mixture. Sprinkle in the saffron and stir until well mixed.
5. Transfer the rice into a paella pan. Mix in the chicken, sausage, mussels, shrimp, peas and capers, combining well. Bake the paella, uncovered and on the lowest shelf in over for around 25 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.
6. Discard any mussels that have failed to open. Serve paella straight from the pan, garnished with lemon wedges.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
The first one was from Rosanne from Bits of Life, Scrapbooking and Cooking. She had a giveaway a few weeks ago for Blog Candy. Rosanne is an artist that creates wonderful altered art cards, notebooks and more. If you have met Rosanne yet, click on the link above and stop in for a visit. Tell her Penny sent you!
Rosanne includes some of her wonderful art in the giveaway. She send me some wonderful cards, a notebook and a wonderful Lindt candy bar! Thank you Rosanne. I love everything!
The next giveaway I won was from another Penny! Her blog is called, Confessions of A 40 Something Momma Queen . And speaking of Momma Queen, Penny just announced a new little on is on the way!! Congrats Penny!!
Penny's Giveaway was all about Easter. And since I don't own ONE Easter decoration, I was thrilled to win this giveaway! Everything was wrapped in this beautiful box. Do you see the birds and butterflies?
Look at all of the goodies inside! I couldn't wait to start unwrapping.
Look at this sweet note card!