I'd like to introduce you to my newest friend. Her name is Emmy. She's a beauty isn't she?
As you can see, Emmy and I have gotten very close. We're inseparable!
I guess that's not entirely true. You see, she declined my offer to come live with me and instead lives with this very talented young man named, Drew.
But, Emmy, if you're reading this, you know you are more than welcome to spend a few nights on my mantle.
All kidding aside, this beautiful award belongs to my friend, Drew Tyler Bell, an outstanding young actor and a man who loves the Lord and honours God in every role he takes on. Drew isn't afraid to express his beliefs in an industry where God is often forgotten. We know God has incredible things planned for Drew's life.
I know you don't want to hear this, but fall is just around the corner which means it's time to start making those delicious fall recipes. Every year at this time, I look forward to butternut squash soup and pasta dishes, delicious pumpkin muffins and pies, and loaves of freshly baked zucchini bread.
When I saw zucchini on sale at the grocery store this week, I knew I had to give a new recipe I found for zucchini muffins a try. I even added chocolate chips to a few of them for my hubby knowing that he would be skeptical to eat muffins with little green things in them. So now the secret is out. Honey, you've been eating zucchini!
I often spend my evenings browsing through other blogs in search of sweet stories, great giveaways, and inspiring photographs. Last night, I came across a blog called Guessing all the Way. Blogger, Laurie, is participating in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure walk for breast cancer. My grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer last September. I shared her story with Laurie and was so touched when Laurie emailed me asking if she could include my grandma's name on a list that includes both survivors and loved ones lost on her t-shirt for the walk. I find it difficult to express my gratitude to Laurie. Today, I am reminded of how blessed we are to have Grandma in our lives.
I'm missing this sweet boy today, but remembering the day I overheard him singing “Hey Soul Sister” while helping Opa with a renovation project makes me smile. Or how about the time he asked me why I wasn’t wearing a top in front of an elderly couple.(Just to be clear, I was wearing a strapless dress.) But the memory that gets me laughing every time is when I would hear a little thunder down under and ask him if he needed to go to the washroom. He responded every time with “Those are just some of my toots.” Too funny!
It's a big day in our house. After over a year and a half of Greg's American co-workers telling us that we need to get a Netflix account, we finally took the plunge and signed up. I'll admit that I fought it every time Greg brought it up, but now I couldn't be happier with my newest friend. With everything from new releases, classic TV shows, and even workout videos at my finger tips, I know how I'll be spending the 12+ hours while Greg's at work every day.
Oh, and if that isn't enough excitement for one day, check this out!
Thanks to an incredible blog giveaway, we are now the proud owners of a Flip Ultra HD!! Isn't she pretty? There may just be some video blogging in my future. We'll see!
Pretty (old), huh? No, I did not buy them at a vintage store, although they are old enough to find their way on to antique store shelves. Corelle dinnerware is the only things I knew growing up. My mother swears by Corelle's durability and has bought nothing but Corelle dishes for as long as I can remember. Luckily, she has retired these blue flowered beauties for a more modern all white pattern.
Now feast your eyes on this dinnerware.
Corelle has sure come a long way since I was a kid.
CSN Stores carries a wide selection of Corelle dinnerware sets. You are sure to find at least one pattern that would be perfect in your home!
I am so thrilled to be teaming up with CSN Stores once again to bring you another review of one of their fabulous items! Look for my review in the upcoming weeks, but for now, have fun shopping!
Alright, I'll give it to you straight. I'm an addict. I've said it before and I'll say it again. I have a serious addiction to reality TV. I know, I know. It's not truly reality, but that doesn't bother me in the slightest. The more ridiculous the show, the more likely I am to watch it. So when I heard that the new ABC reality show, Bachelor Pad, combined my love for Big Brother, Survivor, and The Bachelor/Bachelorette, I was hooked! We're all friends here, so you can admit that you, too, were glued to the TV screen the entire 2-hour premiere last week. Don't get me wrong. I know there is ZERO educational value in this show and that after over a decade of watching reality TV, my remaining brain cells were ready to hang themselves, but how can you tear yourself away from this dysfunctional family?! You got me again ABC. I'll see you tonight for another ridiculously fabulous episode. I'll be the one rocking the sweet asymmetrical top à la Tenley!
Do you realize what today is? It's Day 365!! Can you believe I made it through an entire year of blogging? I can hardly believe a whole year has passed and, may I be so bold as to say, I'm proud of myself for writing and posting at least one photo a day for a year.
It only occurred to me a few weeks ago that it would have made much more sense to begin a 365 day blog on January 1st instead of the randomly chosen date of August 15th. Oops! But, on second thought, it is my experience that New Year's resolutions are often broken so maybe August 15th was the perfect date after all.
Blogging has opened my eyes to a whole new world I didn't know existed. I am incredibly thankful for the opportunities blogging has brought me (one of which I'll be sharing in a few days). I am thankful for the amazing blogs I have found and the women (and men) who pour their hearts into writing each post. I am thankful for the friendships and connections I have made along the way. I am just plain thankful!
So where do I go from here? It would be very easy to drop this blog like a bad habit, and believe me, I've considered it throughout the year, but I've come to the realization that I love blogging. I love sharing everything from what I did last weekend to my conversation with the UPS guy. I also know that some people won't care to read about how high my basil plant has grown in the past 6 weeks and that's perfectly fine with me. I began this blog as a way of keeping in touch with family and friends back home in Canada and if nothing else, this blog is for them. So, my plan is to continue to write and post photos regularly, although I will not let myself feel guilty for not posting when life gets busy, when I have writer's block or when I just plain don't feel like it.
To everyone who took the time to join me on this 365 day journey (and even to all of you who jumped in along the way), thank you for reading my words, enjoying my pictures, and leaving sweet comments that made me smile. I hope you enjoyed 365 days of life behind the lens!
Do you remember the days when flight attendants would ask "Chicken or beef?" before serving a delicious hot meal during your flight? Or the days when you could ask for more than 1 bag of pretzels or peanuts and not be given a disapproving stare? Do you remember when newly released movies were played on TV screens and headsets, blankets, and pillows were given to you for free? Well, no more!
Take a look at this picture.
Looks pretty sweet doesn't it? TV screens in the back of each comfortable leather seat. Blue and purple lights lining the cabin walls and ceiling. Looks like a dream flight. But don't let this picture fool you. I learned very quickly that flashy lights and futuristic-looking seats was about all this airline had to offer. I flew an international flight over dinner time and all they offered was one small drink. Of course, you could purchase a sandwich for $10 or a tiny bag of chips or pretzels for $5, but really, that's absurd. And don't even get me started on those TV's. Seems great to have a TV screen in the back of each seat doesn't it? But not when they're charging $10 for internet, $8 to watch one movie, and $5 for a TV show. Puh-lease!
Anyway, enough ranting (although it does feel good to get it out). On to a more pleasant topic. Take a look at what greeted me when I opened our apartment door last night. Boxes, boxes, and more boxes!
As excited as I was to tear into these packages and see what had arrived for me while I was gone, you can imagine that it was also a little overwhelming. Where to begin? After humming and hawing about the best way to tackle this glorious mess, I finally just dove in like a kid on Christmas morning. With every box I opened, I was aware of how blessed I was to have received these incredible gifts. So despite my earlier rant, today I am thankful.
I'm leaving. My visit back home is up and it's time to say goodbye. I hate goodbyes and the tears that come with them. But it's time to hug my sister while fighting tears and tell my brother to try not to get too lonely without me. Time to go back to loving my sweet nephews from afar and hoping they won't change too much while I'm gone.
But the thing that keeps me strong today is knowing that with every goodbye there is a hello on the other side and I'm so ready to say hello to my husband again! That and knowing Micah has promised to call me "so much, so much, so much!"
I’m sorry.I know it’s not fair to post such a mouth-watering picture of juicy summer berry tarts and tell you about how sweetly scrumptious they are when I can’t share them with all of you.It must be tough sitting in front of your computer, staring at this photo and imagining each delightful bite.It’s cruel. I know.I’m sorry.
My emotions have been all over the charts today and I have felt rather overwhelmed at times, but this sweet toothy grin reminds me of what's important. Time to leave some things in God's hands and just enjoy my last week back home.
With my visit back home quickly coming to an end, I know I need to soak up all the sweet smiles, warm hugs, and wet kisses that I can get from my little nephews. Looking forward to loving on this sweet blue-eyed boy this afternoon!
I have been saying since January that I want to attempt stuffed mushrooms and since my hubby isn't really a fan of mushrooms I thought it best to wait until I was back in Canada to give them a try. I found a super simple recipe for Pesto & Parmesan Stuffed Mushrooms. It really is as simple as it sounds. Only 3 ingredients necessary for the perfect appetizer. I did however make homemade basil pesto which gave them a deliciously fresh taste! I also topped them with some crumbled feta cheese because who doesn't love a little extra cheese? I actually learned yesterday from one of my cousin's that the answer to that question is the lactose-intolerant. Oops! Well, cheese can sure please this girl!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.