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Friday, January 22, 2021

Five on Friday - January 22, 2021

 Happy Friday!  Enjoy my five for today ~

1.  National Pie Day   
Tomorrow is my kind of day - National Pie Day!  Whether you make your own or pick a slice up at your favorite place, celebrate tomorrow by savoring a piece of pie!  Do you like yours a la mode?  Room temperature, cold or warmed up?  One of my favorites is Coconut Macadamia Nut.  If you want to whip one up, see the recipe HERE.


This year for Christmas we got our parents a Brookstone Photoshare Frame and it was a big hit!  Now we (and anyone we share their special email with) can send pictures to the frame and they can see them instantly.  Amazon describes it best ~
Instantly send photos from phone to frames in seconds with the free Photoshare App
Multiple photos may be sent to up to 10 Photoshare Frames at once
Photos can be sent directly to the Photoshare frame via email, from PC or via link with Facebook
Photos can be sent from google photos or other photo apps, making it fast, easy and fun to find and share your favorite pictures with friends and family
High definition touchscreen display

Now if we are doing something we want to share, we can just send over the picture right away.  How fun! 



3.  All Creatures Great & Small
Eric and I have found a new show we are falling in love with - All Creatures Great and Small on PBS.  Here's the summary ~
James Herriot’s adventures as a veterinarian in 1930s Yorkshire get a glorious new adaptation in All Creatures Great and Small, a seven-part series based on his beloved books. See the highly-anticipated show Sundays, January 10 – February 21, 2021 on MASTERPIECE on PBS. Also, All Creatures Great and Small has been renewed for a second season!

Exciting newcomer Nicholas Ralph will make his television debut as the iconic vet who became renowned for his inspiring humor, compassion and love of life. Samuel West (Mr. Selfridge, On Chesil Beach) plays Siegfried Farnon, the wonderfully eccentric veterinary surgeon and proprietor of Skeldale House, who reluctantly hires the recently qualified Herriot into his rural practice.

Mrs. Hall, the resident housekeeper and matriarch of Skeldale House, is played by Anna Madeley (The Child in Time, Patrick Melrose). Siegfried’s errant and charismatic younger brother, Tristan, is played by Callum Woodhouse (The Durrells in Corfu). Rachel Shenton (Switched at Birth, White Gold) takes the role of Helen Alderson, an independent local farmer’s daughter who helps her father manage the family farm and care for her younger sister. Diana Rigg (Victoria, Game of Thrones) plays Mrs. Pumphrey, the delightfully eccentric owner of the overly indulged Pekingese Tricki Woo, while Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Ripper Street) plays Hugh Hulton, a wealthy landowner and rival to James for Helen’s affections.

4.  Love on the Rocks
Looking for a beautiful drink to have this Valentine's Day?  There's a secret menu item at Starbucks called Love on the Rocks you should try!  In Starbucks fashion, you need to know the special language to order it.  According to Popsugar, here's what you'll need to say:  Ask for a venti passion tea sans the water and sweetener.  Add four pumps of raspberry.  Ask for light coconut milk and light strawberry puree.  Ask that your iced drink be topped with cold foam with strawberry puree blended in.  Yum!


5.  Time to Clean Out My Purse....


Have a wonderful weekend!  The highlight of ours will be watching the football games and doing a Zoom Saturday night with our small group from church.  I'm really looking forward to relaxing for a couple days!  Pop back in on Monday to see the highlights.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Valentine Mantel

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  Today I'm thinking about our next upcoming holiday - Valentine's Day!  I'm spreading a little love by showing you our Valentine mantel.


I'm not going to lie, I had a very hard time getting motivated to decorate for Valentine's Day.  We won't be hosting any parties this year, so basically, the decorations will just be enjoyed by us.  (Seems like I've had this same thought for the last year of holidays!)  Did I really want to drag out the decorations when only we would see them?  Ultimately, yes.  Yes, I did!  So here is how it turned out ~




I didn't do anything too elaborate, but it still has a Valentine's feel to it.  Last year, my friend Carol decorated our house for Valentine's and I stole a couple ideas from her.  I loved how she rolled up a heart placement and put it in one of our glass jars.  It adds the perfect pop of color and design!


The hearth got a little love too.  Years ago I picked up a box of vintage-looking valentines.  I didn't mail many, but have used them for decoration accents for years!


Once we were finished, I was so glad we decided to decorate!  Sometimes you just have to push past your funk and move forward.  While the valentine totes were out, we went ahead and added some valentine love to the three-tier stand.  I'll save that reveal for another post.  

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - January 20, 2021

 

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Monday, January 18, 2021

Weekending - January 15, 2021

Happy Monday!  I know many of you are off work today to celebrate Martin Luther King Day.  I'm not one of you that are off, but that's not going to stop me from reflecting on some of his powerful words.


Now let's rewind the weekend and see what went down ~

Friday night we had dinner with our son and daughter-in-law.  I'm so, so thankful they are in our bubble!  After a long work week, it was just what we needed to start the weekend off on the right foot.  We played cards and watched the Blues game.  Eric enjoyed the company of their cat too!


Saturday Eric headed to work and I got busy putting away the rest of the Christmas decorations.  I took a little break mid-morning and signed up for the new Discovery + channel.  There were several shows that I thought we would enjoy and I wasn't wrong.  The first show I decided to try was Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines.  Loved it!  She seems so down to earth which made her show very enjoyable.  


I started watching Bobby Flay and Giada in Italy but stopped about half way through because I knew Eric would want to see it too.  The first episode had them in Rome and so many of the scenes brought back wonderful memories of our trip there a few years ago.  


Saturday afternoon I did a little craft project.  It's not 100% finished, but it is so close.  The plan is to put these little rolling pins on my Valentine Three-Tier Stand.  They were super easy to paint.  The lettering is cut vinyl using my Silhouette.  Now I just need to put some Modge Podge over the top.  


Sunday was a laid back, relaxing day.  The mantel was just looking so bare without all the Christmas decorations so we hauled out the Valentine's stuff and made it look a bit more festive.  I'll be sharing more Valentine's decorations soon!


It was cold and icky outside making me crave some comfort food.  So I decided to make a big pot of ham and beans.  Comfort food with a side of cornbread.  Delicious!


We spent the afternoon Zooming with our friend Linda while watching the Kansas City Chiefs beat Cleveland.  What a game!  

And just like that, the weekend is over and it's Monday already.  Hope your week is off to a great start.  See you back soon!


Friday, January 15, 2021

Five on Friday - January 15, 2021

How can we possibly be halfway through January already?  This month is moving right along!  We are bracing for our first snowfall so driving home from work could be fun today.  Before I head out to face the elements, here's my five for this week ~

1.  Ben & Jerry's Doggie Desserts
If you want to give your furry friends a treat, there's something new to keep your eye out for - Ben & Jerry's Doggie Desserts!  The line is debuting two flavors named after its employees' pets:  Pontch's Mix (peanut butter with a pretzel swirl) and Rosie's Batch (a mix of pumping and mini cookies).  The treats are made with ingredients that are easy on your pouch's belly.  If you don't see these in the stores, they are available through Ben & Jerry's website.  


2.  Netflix New Movies Every Week
You are missing going to the theaters to watch movies as much as we are?  Netflix is helping ease the pain by releasing a new movie every week in 2021 starting this week!  I'm just a tad bit too excited about this!  Movie nights are going to be happening at our house for sure.  For a complete list of the movies being released, click HERE.  Thanks Netflix!


I'm a pretty big stickler on cord management, so when I was gifted a set of these Cord Clips my heart did a happy dance!  They are so versatile too.  You can use these as bookmarks, snack bag clips, or to hold your keys on any magnetic area.  So many things!  I'm popping them in my work bag so they will always be handy when the need arises.  Get a set for you or to gift HERE.


I bought myself a little present this week - a new selfie stick!  Like half the world population, I used to have one years ago and honestly, I have no idea where that thing is.  I know when I got a new phone I wasn't comfortable with the way it attached.  This new one is perfect!  The bottom folds out into a tripod and it has a secure, snug fit for my phone.  It even has a remote so you can stand far away.  Need one?  Click HERE.



5.  Let's have fun!


Have a great weekend!  Hope to see you back here next week!

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Thursday, January 14, 2021

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