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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

AFTER the Christmas glow...

WARNING:
PHOTO OVERLOAD
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 Since I didn't feel up to posting Christmas photos,
I would like to share a few now....




Red is one of my favorite colors and I use a LOT of it during THE season...

 I keep a hot drink bar all winter
but I do put my Christmas mugs away until next Christmas.


I seem to bake a lot more in the winter...
I love frozen pies in the hot summertime,
as in KEY LIME
LEMON
STRAWBERRY...
YUM

These little cuties are brought our every single Christmas
since I bought them in about 2005.
 


 A Christmas favorite besides LOTS OF RED, Santas and greenery
are the stockings....


I always love my house with all the
Christmas lights...
greenery...
Christmas scented candles...
pretty wrapped gifts...
heavenly scents coming from my oven...
As with so many of you like me,
my house looks a little flat..
the lack of all that color seems to make things lifeless.


I do NOT miss this snow during December, tho. 😆
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OK...
now back to how I am working in THE SUMMER HOUSE to
counteract the lack of GLOW in the house after all the holidays.

I started in the dining room as this is my favorite room in the whole house
♥ ♥ ♥ 
I moved in one of the 3 benches Mr. Sweet made for me many years ago.
We used one on each side of our long dining table when our large family got together...
I still do....

 I did a little stylin' on it....

 Seems books and plants makes everything look good....

 and cool pillows are my downfall...
I LOVE pillows....
is there such a thing as
a PILLOW FETISH ???

I've had this black and white sign since last year
but just moved it to a windowsill across the room.

 Any time I want a little bit of greenery on those windowsills,
I start another ivy in water...
it looks good growing
and once the roots get plentiful,
I pot it in an awesome container.


...a new throw in an old basket.


 Deeds, (now 17) painted this lovely scene for me for my birthday...
isn't it just so pretty !!!! 
I am so proud of it...
but mostly, I am proud of HER 💘 

I chose this pretty frame for it..
the tiny scollops on the sides related somewhat to her waves on the shore.





I wanted to show off the painting in this room... 

and decided hanging here, between
2 pretty windows,
was the perfect place.










 I changed up some of this wall hanging..
added this tiny clock on a ribbon and the little wooden angel.

and last (finally) but not least,
a very favorite project just recently done...

 because I don't have a window above my sink,


I added this window mirror and 
JUST. LOVE. IT


 I wish I'd done it sooner...
Mr. Sweet would have just loved it....
I can hear his sweet voice say
"You are so smart to come up with this idea, honey"....
and I know this idea has been around forever....👋 
He was always supportive of anything I wanted to do...
and ALways gave me more credit than I deserved...
he was just sweet that way.💖💖💖
BILL....how I miss that part of my heart.

Much love to you,
bj

Sunday, January 13, 2019

I Discovered Instagram....!!!

I FINALLY learned how to do INSTAGRAM....
and.....
I. AM. HOOKED.
Before IG, I only charged my iPhone every other day....
now..
it's on the charger 3 and 4 times a day !!
I am spending waaay too much time over there....
but it's fun, fast and easy.
I hope you will come follow along as I post photos almost every day.

Today, I posted pictures of 
MY LUNCH...
( I have a blogging friend, GLORIA, that used to tease me
a lot about posting "everything that goes in your mouth"!!)
Well, Gloria, dear heart....
my blog is mostly a FOODIE BLOG.

ANYway.....



I dearly love stuffed peppers...

 My favorite green pepper is a
Anaheim.
To MY taste, they are so much more flavorfull  than a Bell.

I stuff these with caramelized onions, salt and pepper,
and lean ground beef.

O HONEY


 I like potatoes and a salad with my stuffed pepper.


 These are Gold potatoes, just washed and sliced in large pieces...
they bake so quick....

 I baked this pepper and potato slices in my toaster oven
and both came out perfect!!

I am really loving my little new toaster oven and have baked a one layer cake in it...

I keep the "top" of the pepper
to keep the stuffing inside the pepper a little better.


 onions and meat cooked thoroughly before stuffing the pepper
makes baking pretty fast...
the pepper itself takes only about 20 minutes until nice and tender.
In that 20 minutes, the meat and onions are hot and ready to eat

This was also one of Mr. Sweet's favorite meals...
that fact made me enjoy my meal even more.
♥ ♥ ♥
I admit I missed him eating beside me...
but knowing I had a meal that he would have loved
just seemed to warm my heart.

Much love to all....
bj