Penny's Passion: 2022

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Five on Friday - May 13, 2022

What a week!  I'm so looking forward to having a couple days to regroup so I can take a run at the work week again.  Let's start the weekend off with my five ~

1.  National Apple Pie Day
Not that I need a reason to eat apple pie, but if you do today is your day.  It's National Apple Pie Day!  If making one isn't your thing, call a bakery and order one up.  You can't let this national day pass you by without celebrating it!


You can always count on Jennifer Weiner to give you a great summer read, and this summer is no different.  Her newest book, The Summer Place, was released this week and it's going straight on my TBR list.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
When her twenty-two-year-old stepdaughter announces her engagement to her pandemic boyfriend, Sarah Danhauser is shocked. But the wheels are in motion. Headstrong Ruby has already set a date (just three months away!) and spoken to her beloved safta, Sarah’s mother Veronica, about having the wedding at the family’s beach house in Cape Cod. Sarah might be worried, but Veronica is thrilled to be bringing the family together one last time before putting the big house on the market.

But the road to a wedding day usually comes with a few bumps. Ruby has always known exactly what she wants, but as the wedding date approaches, she finds herself grappling with the wounds left by the mother who walked out when she was a baby. Veronica ends up facing unexpected news, thanks to her meddling sister, and must revisit the choices she made long ago, when she was a bestselling novelist with a different life. Sarah’s twin brother, Sam, is recovering from a terrible loss, and confronting big questions about who he is—questions he hopes to resolve during his stay on the Cape. Sarah’s husband, Eli, who’s been inexplicably distant during the pandemic, confronts the consequences of a long ago lapse from his typical good-guy behavior. And Sarah, frustrated by her husband, concerned about her stepdaughter, and worn out by challenges of life during quarantine, faces the alluring reappearance of someone from her past and a life that could have been.

When the wedding day arrives, lovers are revealed as their true selves, misunderstandings take on a life of their own, and secrets come to light. There are confrontations and revelations that will touch each member of the extended family, ensuring that nothing will ever be the same.

From “the undisputed boss of the beach read” (The New York Times), The Summer Place is a testament to family in all its messy glory; a story about what we sacrifice and how we forgive. Enthralling, witty, big-hearted, and sharply observed, this is Jennifer Weiner’s love letter to the Outer Cape and the power of home, the way our lives are enriched by the people we call family, and the endless ways love can surprise us.

3.  Trader Joe's Fancy Cheese Crunchies
On our last trip to Trader Joe's, we picked up a bag of fancy cheese crunchies.  Oh.My.Gosh!  They are so good!  The corn snacks have a cheese and truffle flavor, more truffle than cheese.  If you're a truffle-loving fan, you have got to try these!  They just might become a staple around our house.


Looking for a special gift for a graduate?  Birthday gift for a girlfriend?  Something for your very own self?  Check out this personalized stationery.  I love it!  Stationery is always nice to have on the ready when you need it.  Personalized stationery is even better.  With this set, you choose from 20 fonts for the personalization and 19 envelope colors.  Don't you want some?

5.  What a good idea...


Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  We are hoping to get unpacked from vacation and put all our beach stuff away.  Oh, and there is still all the laundry.  It will feel great to get it all done though.  Pop back in next week for more fun!

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

2022 Trip to Orange Beach, Alabama

Hi friends!  Thanks for stopping by Thinking Out Loud Thursday where I share something on my mind and invite you to link up and do the same.  Today I'm thinking about our vacation last week to Orange Beach, Alabama!

I was in desperate need of a vacation and Eric was more than happy to come along.  When we started talking about getting away for a week, I knew I wasn't going to have a lot of time to plan a trip.  So I fell back on a trip I took last year with my friend Linda and rented the exact same condo we stayed in less than a year ago.  The condo was located in the Regency Isle building in Orange Beach, Alabama.  It's a short walk on the beach to the infamous Florabama and sits right on the beach.  I was hopeful sitting on the balcony, overlooking the waves coming in on the white sand, would melt my stress and give me the fresh start I so desperately needed.


Our journey started bright and early on Saturday morning.  We were facing a 12-hour drive to our beach destination.  After crossing Illinois, we entered Kentucky.


From Kentucky, we drove straight into Tennessee.


Nashville was the perfect distance from our home to stop for lunch.  We love finding quirky little dining places and were drawn to Bare Bones Butcher.  This joint is a combination butcher shop and diner.  Word on the street was they have the best burgers in Nashville.  I would have to do more taste testing to confirm that, but I can attest to the fact that the burger was delicious!




It was great to get out of the car for a bit, but we still had a seven-hour drive in front of us.  We loaded back up and headed out.  

The next state we hit was Alabama!  We were getting closer to our final destination!


To get to the condo, we had to drive into Florida, then barely back into Alabama.


We pulled into our home-away-from-home for the week at about 8:30 pm.  The sun had already set for the day and we quickly unpacked the car and settled in.  

To be honest, the week didn't quite unfold like I had hoped it would.  Work kept me busy the majority of the time, but working from the beach did have its upside.  One was the view of the sunrises and sunsets!




The weather was gorgeous!  The beach was literally steps away from the condo, which made it easy to take a break and go for a walk on the sand and let the water wash over our feet.  




We also made it a habit to celebrate happy hour every day.  Why don't we do this at home?






We divided the time during the day when I wasn't working between sitting outside on the balcony and hanging out on the beach.  I'm not sure what it is, but the rhythm of the waves washing ashore is one of my most favorite things.  


We did break away one night to go on a dolphin cruise.  Eric did a little research and selected Surf's Up Dolphin Cruises.  Best decision ever!  We loaded our boat and took off for the open water on a beautiful evening.  This particular cruise company takes two boats out and when they spot dolphins, they position the boats on either side of them and cruise as fast as they can.  The dolphins love to play in the wake between the boats.  Boy did we see a show!  Can't say enough about this company.



Friday was the only day the weather wasn't perfect.  Honestly, I still loved sitting on the balcony watching the clouds roll in.  By late afternoon, the sun was out and we enjoyed our last day of vacation.  

I'm not going to pretend the vacation turned out to be the relaxing one I'd dreamed of, but it was still wonderful to have a change of scenery for a week! 

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - May 11, 2022

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Five on Friday - May 6, 2022

Happy Friday!  This day is a little bitter sweet for us because it's the last day of our vacation.  We'll be headed home tomorrow.  I've had to do quite a bit more work on this vacation than I'd hoped, so we just might need another vacation soon!  

Let's look at my five for today ~

1.  Mother's Day
Sunday is Mother's Day!  President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed Mother's Day a national holiday for the first time on May 9, 1914.  I would like to wish a special Happy Mother's Day to my mom and mother-in-law!  And Happy Mother's Day to everyone who unselfishly dedicates their time and talents to mothering.  Hope you have a wonderful day!


2.  Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
For all you Doctor Strange fans, get ready for the release of the newest movie.  Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness opens today!  Here's the synopsis from Fandango ~

In Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” the MCU unlocks the Multiverse and pushes its boundaries further than ever before. Journey into the unknown with Doctor Strange, who, with the help of mystical allies both old and new, traverses the mind-bending and dangerous alternate realities of the Multiverse to confront a mysterious new adversary.

I recently ordered this top in black from Amazon and love it!  We had a concert coming up and I just wanted something new to wear and had zero time to go shopping.  So I took a chance and ordered from Amazon.  It comes in a ton of colors and the fit is true to size.  


While on vacation this week, I've been doing a lot of reading outside.  My old Kindle was very difficult to see when I was sitting outside with my sunglasses on.  Eric gifted me a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas and I'm loving it!  It's so easy to see in the bright sunshine and has made reading at the beach so much more enjoyable!  Another great feature is it's waterproof.  So if you're at the pool or laying in the tub, no worries if it gets a little wet.  Love it!


5.  So true...


Hope you're weekend is wonderful!  I'll be sharing our vacation story next week so be sure to pop in.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - May 5, 2022

Thanks for stopping by Thinking Out Loud Thursday!  I'm on vacation this week, sitting in my very own time-out chair on the beach.  

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - May 4, 2022

 Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop May  2022

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Five on Friday - April 29, 2022

Let's hear it for Friday!  We are so darn happy to see this week come to an end because we are heading to the beach first thing in the morning.  I'm so looking forward to a few days of rest and relaxation.  Before we hit the road, let me share my five for today ~

1.  Ozark Season 4, Part 2
Are you ready to wrap up the Ozark series?  The remaining seven episodes of part 2 are dropping today!  I see some binge-watching in my near future.  I'm so anxious to see how the story will end with Marty, Wendy, and the kids.  This has been a great show and I think they are ending it at the perfect time.  The story is still intriguing and they're going out before they run it into the ground.  


2.  Alton Brown Good Eats 4
I'm such a sucker for good cookbooks and a good one came at this week.  The fourth and final Alton Brown Good Eats was released this week.  Here's the summary from Amazon ~
An all-new collection of must-have recipes and surprising food facts from Alton Brown, drawn from the return of the beloved Good Eats television series, including never-before aired material

This long-anticipated fourth and final volume in the bestselling Good Eats series of cookbooks draws on two reboots of the beloved television show by the inimitable Alton Brown—Good Eats Reloaded and Good Eats: The Return. With more than 150 new and improved recipes for everything from chicken parm to bibimbap and cold brew to corn dogs, accompanied by mouthwatering original photography, The Final Years is the most sumptuous and satisfying of the Good Eats books yet.

Brown’s surefire recipes are temptation enough: the headnotes, tips, and sidebars that support them make each recipe a journey into culinary technique, flavor exploration, and edible history. Striking photography showcases finished dishes and highlights key ingredients, and handwritten notes on the pages capture Brown’s unique mix of madcap and methodical. The distinctive high-energy and information-intensive dynamic of Good Eats comes to life on every page, making this a must-have cookbook for die-hard fans and newcomers alike.

Last year when we were at Disney, we stayed at the Beach Club Resort.  Every time we entered the hotel, the scent was absolutely amazing!  When we got home, our daughter-in-law gifted me this candle that smelled exactly like the hotel!  She found it on the Magic Candle Company site and they have lots of other scents too.  I love it so much I'm taking it on vacation with me this year so our condo has that beach resort smell.  


Invitation season is upon us.  There are all those weddings and showers coming up!  If you're involved in any of the invitation preparations, look at these wax seal stickers.  I love them!  I also love pulling down the lid to our mailbox and having a pretty envelope waiting for me inside.  These make dressing up envelopes pretty effortless.  


5.  How I feel...


Have a fantastic weekend!  We're getting away for a few days and I'm giddy with excitement.  Pop in next week to see where we are.