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A Beautiful Banket of Snow

Friday, February 27, 2015

I've been hoping for snow.
At least one covering of fluffy white snow before winter is over would be wonderful!

The forecast has called for it a number of times and we've gotten a light dusting here and there, but not a pretty blanket of snow.

Well last night was the night, we got two inches of snow and it is beautiful!

colonial home

Caring for Cutting Boards

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

We really enjoy watching cooking shows
and have often seen cutting boards by Boos Blocks used by chefs when chopping veggies, cutting and seasoning meats.  The cutting board we've been using in our kitchen has been a small plastic one, our wood one got worn out long ago and I just haven't gotten around to replacing it.
With just completing our kitchen renovation, there were a couple of folks who knew just what we needed for Christmas!

Our cabinet maker handmade a beautiful maple cutting board for us, it is long, narrow, and fits perfectly across the prep sink in the island and my mother gave Mr. Heart a cherry Boos Blocks cutting board, so we got two!  My mom is so sweet, she he loves to cook and is always giving her girls (and SIL) useful kitchen wares and utensils.

sealing boos blocks cutting board

Amaze Me Monday #99

Monday, February 23, 2015

Welcome to Amaze  Me Monday!

Guess what?
Next week will be party #100!
Thank you, thank you, thank you, for being here each're the best!

I can't wait to see what you have to share this week, so link up and enjoy the features...

From My Front Porch to Yours put together an amazing gallery wall using different elements and textures.

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Bluebirds in the House

Friday, February 20, 2015

Those of you that know me well know

For some reason we don't have many bluebirds.
We see them everywhere,
down the road,
around the bend,
on the fence posts,
but rarely on our property.

Years ago I went to our local backyard bird store to inquire about how to attract them.
They were very helpful and I purchased what they suggested.
A bluebird house
on a pole
with a feeding tray just beneath the house
and a baffle on the pole to keep the house safe from predators.

Bluebirds use pine needles to build their nests, which is what we use in our flower beds, so there are plenty around for them to gather.  We also have several bird houses hanging from trees here and there for other birds to nest in.

Placing the bluebird house where they said, in the direction they said, and using the food they suggested, the first year we had one brood nest in the house and I was so excited!

bluebird perching

A Magic Smoothie?

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Most of us want to eat healthy
to loose a little weight, look better, feel better, and to live longer with a better quality of life.

It can be a bit confusing.
What does eating healthy really look like?
Maybe more important is how much time does it take and how much does it cost?

Truth is
eating healthy takes more time and cost more than driving through the fast food line
where in a matter of minutes a hamburger with cheese, fry and drink can be delivered through the car window for a mere $5.50.
Quick, cheap, tastes good, but no health benefit.

Mr. Heart and I eat pretty healthy most of the time.
Lean meats.
Ground turkey rather than hamburger.
No bread in the house.
No boxed foods.
Nothing fried.
Fresh fruits and veggies.
Brown rice and that is limited.
We eat out on weekends and even then are mindful of what we order.
My husband is disciplined and exercises most every day.
Me...I come and go.
But the older we get, none of this seems to yield the results it used to.

My downfall has always been the holidays, Thanksgiving through New Years Day.

Our large family gathers and we all bring lots of food.
Amazing food, delicious sweets, (I love sweets!) and boy do we eat!
Then leftovers for the week, so it's really Thanksgiving week at our house.

All the parties before Christmas.
The baking, giving of baked goods and receiving of baked goods.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner with our huge family.
Then leftovers for a week, so it's really Christmas week at our house.

Then New Years Day.
We gather and do it all over again, and celebrate a birthday or two!
Then leftovers for a week, so it's really New Years Day week at our house.

I had to face the facts long ago.
There is no magic pill.
No magic ingredient.
No magic smoothie.
No easy choice.

Eating healthy takes time,
costs more,
but is so worth it.

Though I haven't conquered eating too much over the holidays
there are a few quick things we do all year to help us with eating healthy so I thought I would share one with you.

Decorating with Collections ~ One Thing Leads to Another

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

It is true.
We decorate our homes with pieces that speak to us.

It was a bit of a surprise, discovering a collection of pups while straightening up some cupboards.
A fun surprise while doing early spring cleaning,
finding one here and another there,
to realize I had a collection of pups of many different types and styles.

Pieces found over time,
not intentional,
they had spoken to me and is how this collection came to be.

With my new found collection, I decided to use some of them.
The Staffordshire pitcher was added to the table by the couch here.

One thing always leads to another.
I brought this pothos plant in from the kitchen, moving it to the marble top table in the great room.
I love the vivid green in this blue and white transferware pitcher,
something bright and cheerful on these dreary days of winter.