Archive for April, 2010
What idea, dream, book, project, plan or business do you dream about making happen? What niche are you designed to fulfill? What dream do you keep so hidden within that you haven’t even given it words? What burning desire is just waiting to be set free?
You know it’s there. We all have something we are dreaming of doing. The problem is… we wait for someday, or just don’t even give our dreams enough worth to bring them to the light and take action on them.
What is keeping you from setting this dream to wings? Just what if you set it free and it came true? Just what would happen if your wildest dream came true?
What if? What if you opened it, gave it a name, nurtured it and it became real?
Don’t let it collect dust any longer, open your dream, set it free… and watch it fly. I dare you….
Watch and listen to the talented Kelly Corrigan read “I dare you”. The inspiration for today’s thoughts.
I just wanted to let you all know that I will not be posting for a few days to take in the charming city of Charleston, SC. I can’t wait to visit the Historic District with the antebellum homes, row houses, historical buildings, and history.
I am told everything is in bloom, so hoping for some garden tours as well. Trying to decide which of the many plantation tours to take. Any suggestions from those who have been there?
We will also be traveling down the coast a bit to historic Beaufort as well. This is the city that has been in so many movies for it’s historic charm and seaside appeal. Oh, I can’t wait!
As you all know, I love good food, so I have also been reading a few reviews on where to dine and take in the flavors of the south. Sounds like great dining won’t be a problem, just enough days to take it all in!
Well, I will be “back” next week to share some photos, stories, and some tips on one of the great cities of our south. Till then….
I am always inspired by lovely, organized closets. I particularly like the ones that are large enough to have a dressing area and one that has it’s own window. A closet should be organized enough to allow it to function with ease and pretty enough to make us happy. To start the day’s routine in a pretty personal space is a perk we should all have.
Here are a few closets that particularly inspire me…
This one is particularly beautiful with the light and airy wallpaper, large framed mirror, and lady-like chandelier. I love the colors and all of the white. A good place to start the day! (photo from My Home Ideas)
How about this one? I like the baskets, closed storage with glass doors, creamy yellow walls, personal touches, and wood floors. (photo from Progressive Farmer)
One last one to leave you dreamin’… How about this walk-in wonder? A very simple set-up, not tons of shelving, etc. I am fond of the ottoman, dressing area, ladder for scarves, and the wallpaper wrapped around the ceiling.
It isn’t always necessary to have tons of space, loads of closet organizers, or high-end products to make a functional, pretty space. (photo from Cottage Living)
I encourage you to think about making your closet all it can be.
Have fun with the process!
These are ten things that I couldn’t get through most days without, in no particular order…
1. A cup of tea (rather multiple cups of tea!)
2. My latest read (currently Three Cups of Tea)
3. My daily devotion book
4. Burt’s Bee’s lip balm
5. My planner with my “to-do” list
6 . The three pillows I sleep with-
7. My creative journal
8. My iTunes music list
9. Doing something c
What things do you depend on to get you through your day, your busy schedule, or your routine? Of course the people in our lives are most important, but there are also “things” that we depend on and look to for encouragement, purpose, or just for comfort. Some days the list changes, other days it stays about the same, but we are creatures of habit.
Think about what makes you function, work, smile, or just get through the day.
Penne with Roasted Tomatoes and Black Olives:
1 lb box of penne pasta (I like Dreamfield’s or Barilla brand best)
1 large or 2 small onions, diced
4 stalks celery diced
1 pressed garlic clove
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp kosher coarse ground salt
1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper
3 – 14 oz cans fire roasted diced tomatoes (I like Hunts 100% Natural brand best)
1- 4 oz can sliced black olives
In about a tablespoon or two of olive oil, cook onion and celery. When clear and soft, add garlic and other seasonings. Add roasted tomatoes and black olives. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes. In the meantime, cook pasta according to directions. When pasta is cooked and drained, add to tomato mixture and toss. Serve with shredded asiago cheese on top.
For a Optional Meat Versions:
Ground beef: Cook 1 lb ground beef with onions and celery- continue with directions above.
Chicken Breast: Cook diced chicken breast with onions and celery, continue with directions above.