Penny's Passion: 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Five on Friday - May 26, 2017

Friday is here!  If you read my Thinking Out Loud Thursday post, you know I'm excited to get this weekend started!  All weekends are great, but a three-day one is exceptional.  Before I totally turn into weekend mode, here's my five for this week.

1.  Memorial Day
Even though Memorial Day unofficially marks the beginning of the summer season, it originally was a day set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the US military.  In 1971, Memorial Day became an official federal holiday.  Before 1971 it was known as Decoration Day and originated in the years following the Civil War.  Please take a moment out of your weekend to honor those who have lost their life while protecting our freedom.



2.  New Blue Bunny Ice Cream Treat
Now that summer is here, it's time to break out the ice cream!  Blue Bunny has several enticing new varieties and the one I'm most excited to try is the salted caramel pretzel snack.  Blue Bunny describes it this way ~ Vanilla flavored reduced fat ice cream layers with salted caramel and chocolate covered pretzel pieces enrobed in chocolate flavored coating with caramel candy drizzle.  Sounds delicious, doesn't it!

3.  Pirates of the Caribbean:  Dead Men Tell No Tales
Planning on catching a movie this weekend?  The new Pirates of the Caribbean movie is opening today.  Rotten Tomatoes summarizes it like this, "Johnny Depp returns to the big screen as the iconic, swashbuckling anti-hero Jack Sparrow in the all-new "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales." The rip-roaring adventure finds down-on-his-luck Captain Jack feeling the winds of ill-fortune blowing strongly his way when deadly ghost sailors, led by the terrifying Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem), escape from the Devil's Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea-notably Jack. Jack's only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced."


4.  The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
We read this book a few years ago in book club and I loved it!  I was very excited when I heard they were making it into a movie and this week that excitement grew even more when I heard that several of the actors and actresses from Downton Abbey cast will be in it.  The lead will be played by Lily James (Lady Rose MacClare) and others in the film are Matthew Goode (Henry Talbot), Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil Branson Crawley), and Penelope Wilton (Isobel Crawley).  The book is uniquely written in the form of letters between Juliet and various people on the island of Guernsey just as London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War.  This would be a great book to add to your summer reading list!  You can purchase it HERE.


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Have a safe and fun holiday weekend!  I'll be back next week to share the fun we had and show you some of the graduation decorations we are using at Kelsey's graduation party.  

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Friday Favorites Linky Party - May 26, 2017

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - May 25, 2017

Welcome to Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  We are so close to the weekend and I can't stop thinking about it getting here.  Three glorious days off work and lots of fun activities planned.  It just doesn't get much better.  That's what I'm thinking out loud about today!

Memorial Day weekend is when we gather for the annual washers tournament with my friend Linda and her family.  Have you ever played washers?  I had the good fortune of being paired with Linda's dad a couple years ago and we managing to pull off the win.  Hope the washer gods are with me again this year!


Washers is a great yard game where the whole family can participate.  You basically are tossing washers at the center of a wood box that is 25 feet away from you.  Points are given for getting your washer in the cup (center) or in the box, as long as your opponents doesn't cancel your point out by getting their washer in the same spot.

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We play that you also can earn a point if you have a "leaner" (washer resting on the wood trim of the box).  It takes an entire day to work your way through the tournament and it's a fantastic way to kick off the summer season!

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We'll also be celebrating a graduation!  Kelsey is my friend Linda's youngest daughter.  It's so hard to believe that the little girl I've known since birth is old enough to be finishing high school.  This young women has a wonderful future ahead and I'm excited to see what lays in store for her.  Linda and I made the decorations for her graduation party a few weeks ago when she was visiting.  I'll share them with you next week.


I'm hoping to capture all the weekend festivities with my new Canon Rebel T6!!  I've been wanting a DSLR camera since......well, forever and it finally happened.  We decided to get the bundle package and I'm still wading through the shipping box admiring all the things I know nothing about, but hopefully by the weekend I will at least know how to take a picture.  Check back in next week to see how I did!  


So that's some things on my mind today.  What are you thinking out loud about?  Link up and share your thoughts.




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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Five on Friday - May 19, 2017

We've made it to Friday!  We have had fabulous weather this week and the warm temperatures has me so excited for summer.  It's been great to be able to take a walk during lunch and I love seeing the miles accumulate on my FitBit.

The warm temps definitely had an influence on my five today.  Check them out ~

1.  National Strawberry Day
It's a sure sign that summer is coming when you can pick fresh strawberries.  Enjoy National Pick Strawberries Day on Saturday.  Eric and I love going to Eckert's, a local farm, and pick fresh berries.   Do you have a place to pick near you?



2.  Ice Stick Trays
These ice cube trays make the perfect shaped ice sticks for your bottles of water.  I bet they would also be perfect for Swell bottles.  The set sells for $8.99 and comes in a set of 3, making 30 ice cubes at a time.  Because the narrow shape, they freeze quickly.  I use normal-shaped ice cube trays to store my earrings.  I'm thinking these would be great to hold necklaces.


Does the warm weather make you sweat?  Like really sweat to be point of pitting out your shirt?  Or do you dramatically perspire when you get nervous?  Well, these babies might be your answer.  Don't worry about raising your arms.  There will be no wet spots there!  Underarm shields are highly absorbent and hypoallergenic.  They firmly attached to your clothes and you can just throw them away at the end of the day.  Click HERE to get some for yourself.


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Is there a trip to the beach in your future?  Bet you could use this set of 4 mesh sea shell bags to gather your beach finds in.  They come in four different colors so it would be easy to identify which bag belongs to which person.  Get all 4 for only $13.99.  Click HERE to grab some.  Girls weekend coming up?  These would super cute goody bags.  Add a beach towel, magazine and a bottle of sunscreen for an adorable gift.  

5.  Summer Reality....

                    If only my teeth were as white as my legs!  Dentaltown - Dentally Incorrect:

Have a great weekend!  I'm headed to a friend's house tonight for a Scandal viewing party.  Looking forward to ganging out with some gal pals!  Tomorrow we're having dinner with Kayla and Ian.  Hopefully in between I'll get a ton of chores done.  See you soon!

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Friday Favorites - May 19, 2017

Let's hear it for Friday!  Who else is ready for the weekend?  I can't wait to read all the link ups today.  My feature this week is from Brooklyn Farm Girl.  Can't wait to make the Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole.  Have fun picking your favorite!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - May 18, 2017

Welcome to this edition of Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  I'm thinking about a whole cornucopia of random things today.  Let me share some things I'm thinking out loud about today ~

Even though the wedding I helped with a few weeks ago is over, it's still heavy on my mind.  It could be because I still have not totally cleaned up all the paper scraps from making the table numbers and name cards, but I think it's because it was just such a beautiful wedding I can't get it out of my mind.  Erica Turner, of Turner Creative Photography, was the one capturing all the memories on film and she dropped another magnificent preview ~

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Speaking of weddings, I want to make a little public service announcement on behalf of all the brides out there.  PLEASE remember to RSVP to those wedding invitations (or any invitation for that matter) you were honored to get in the mail.  We've all accidentally forgotten to mail our reply back, but we should make every effort to let the bride know if we are intending to go to the wedding OR if we aren't going to be able to make it.  That's right, RSVP even if you can't go.  There are so many last minute details to weddings.  It's unfortunately that many brides are stuck trying to figure out if people are coming or not that haven't made their intentions known.  Be a good person - RSVP!

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One more random thought for today.  This past weekend Eric and I saw the newly released movie Snatched.  Although it's a bit raunchy at times, we both were entertained.  I laughed out loud several times and so did Eric.  This flick is getting sub-par reviews, but I'm still glad it was the movie of our choice this past weekend.  Have you seen it?  What did you think?

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Five on Friday - May 12, 2017

Wow - where did this week go?!?  I'm not complaining - I'm more than ready for the weekend!  The weather is supposed to be great and it will be so nice to spend some extra time at home.  Due to the rain we had a few weeks ago, Eric and I still haven't got our postage stamp sized garden planted or a single flower in the ground.  Hopefully by the end of this weekend those things will be done.  

Before we get to that, here's my five for this week ~

1.  Happy Mother's Day
Just in case you haven't heard, Sunday is Mother's Day.  Are you ready to honor your mom?  Being a mom is hard work.  I'm thinking we need an entire month to celebrate, not just a single 24 hour period.  Here's wishing all of you a very special day and I hope you spend it doing something that makes you happy.  Too busy to shop for something for your mom?  Think about giving her a Kindle Unlimited subscription.  Thousands of book would be available for her reading pleasure and truly a gift that keeps on giving!

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My friend Linda accidentally left this book at my house and I'm so glad she did!  I picked it up and started reading it.  Now I can't put it down!  I'm turning the pages very carefully so it still looks like new when I return it to her.  Here's what Amazon has to say about it ~ "Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself; he's still haunted by heartbreak after his great love disappeared. She left him with only a letter, which he has never opened.
After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he hauls anchor and departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and discover the end of the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.
Internationally bestselling and filled with warmth and adventure, The Little Paris Bookshop is a love letter to books, meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people's lives."
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3.  Paris
Reading The Little Paris Bookshop started me daydreaming about how much I would love to visit the Eiffel Tower.  Paris has always been one of those places I wanted to venture to someday.  Well, someday is going to be this summer!  Eric and I booked our vacation to Paris!  I'm so darn excited I can hardly stand it!!  So, if you have any helpful hints or must-see places in or around Paris, please pass them on.  We're enjoying this planning stage and welcome any and all suggestions.  Merci!

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4.  Snatched
This comedy opens today and is definitely on my list of movies to see.  I'm hoping all the funny parts aren't the ones in the previews!  Here's the description from Rotten Tomatoes, "After her boyfriend dumps her on the eve of their exotic vacation, impetuous dreamer Emily Middleton (Amy Schumer) persuades her ultra-cautious mother, Linda (Goldie Hawn) to travel with her to paradise. Polar opposites, Emily and Linda realize that working through their differences as mother and daughter - in unpredictable, hilarious fashion - is the only way to escape the wildly outrageous jungle adventure they have fallen into. Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn star in the new comedy adventure SNATCHED, which also features Ike Barinholtz ("Neighbors"), Wanda Sykes ("Bad Moms") and Joan Cusack ("Working Girl")."  

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5.  Parenting tip in honor of Mother's Day

Have a wonderful weekend!  I'm spending the day with Ian and Kayla on Saturday.  We're doing brunch and catching a movie.  And then there's that work we need to do around the house.  See you back next week!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Friday Favorites - May 12, 2017

Happy Friday!  We have a wide array of features for you today.  My favorite was a scrumptious tomato sauce.  Check it out below.  And don't forget to link up and share your great post ~

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - May 11, 2017

Well hello friends!  Thanks for popping in to Thinking Out Loud Thursday.  I can't wait to share with you what I'm thinking out loud about today!

I took a little time off from blogging last week to enjoy a couple fun activities we had going on.  First, our son Ian was sworn in to the Illinois Bar last Thursday and we couldn't be more proud! He has now passed the bars in Missouri and Illinois.


Eric's mom and my parents were able to join us and witness this special occasion.  Doesn't having family participate in these momentous occasions make them even more special!?!


My friend, TW, arrived at our house Tuesday night from Wisconsin to help me with a wedding I was doing on Saturday.  It takes a very special kind of friend who will drop everything to help you out and I'm so thankful to have him in my life.  We both worked our normal jobs during the day and transformed ourselves into wedding planners at night.  Let me tell you, there was a whirlwind of activity happening each evening - paper was being cut, glue was being sprayed, spreadsheets were being examined.  Some people might not think that sounds like fun, but for us it is a blast.  Friday night Kayla, my daughter-in-law, joined in on the fun and when we woke up on Saturday morning we were ready for the wedding!

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There's not many things I love more than weddings, especially if I get to help with them.  My friends Lyndsey and Justin are a perfect couple and to work on their magical day was truly an honor.  So many things went right, starting with the weather.  I was at the chapel getting the ceremony started while TW and Kayla were transforming the History Museum into a reception haven.  The day could not have been better.


I was so thrilled to be working with my favorite photographer, Erica Turner.  Her photos truly capture the essence of the subjects she is shooting.  Erica's sneak peak photos are fabulous and they make me so excited to see the rest of the pictures from the day.  Need a photographer?  Turner Creative Photography is your answer!  You'll be hearing more about the wedding details in future posts, but for now I have to share her sneak peak pictures (these make my photos above look SUPER amateur)  ~

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When I reflect back on the whole wedding weekend, an overwhelming feeling comes over me.  I am truly so blessed to have friends who will step in and share with me these experiences.  It's my passion to help with weddings and they are willing to come with me on the ride and make it even more fun.  Thanks TW and Kayla!  Can't wait till our next one!


So that's what I'm thinking out loud about today.  What's on your mind?  Link up below and let us know.


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