Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

I received this from Debbie Ford ,who passed away this year,
since I adored her way with words + her
thought I would pass it on to you, Dear Readers, for your Thanksgiving

A Gratitude Ritual
by Debbie Ford

The beautiful gifts of gratitude begin at home
so today invite a healing to happen
in your own body
in your own consciousness
in your own loving heart
that feels blessed to be alive

Notice all the riches you've been given
the feet that allow you to stand
the legs that allow you to walk
the stomach that allows you to eat
the lungs that allow you to breathe
the throat that allows you to speak
the mouth that allows you to taste
the nose that allows you to smell
the eyes that allow you to see
and your beating heart
that allows you to love
Honor them all
Become present to the treasures of your life
the opportunities that you have been given
the ones that have effortlessly opened up for you this year
Reflect on your family, your kids, your partner, your friends
Look through appreciative eyes
the eyes of what's right
the eyes of the divine
Give thanks in a way that you never have before

Allow fear, doubt, struggle and pain
to melt away in the presence of this all-loving appreciation
Thank God that you have a consciousness
that is able to shift and transform in just a moment
Thank God that you are courageous enough
to take a moment to bless yourself
to bless the universe
to bless all those who love and guide you
and then to bless all of the world

Send your tears of love and gratitude
to those who are in pain
to those who are alone
to those who are confused
Allow the heavenly vibration of gratitude
to puncture their fearful illusions
and open up their hearts to what is truly divine
Today, take this vow of deep self-love and gratitude
knowing that when you are in the presence of this kind of love
you - as well as all of those around you - will flourish

Take five slow deep breaths, breathing in love, appreciation, gratitude and joy
Know that you are never alone and you will never be alone
We are all here surrounding you with love.

Happy Thanksgiving



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Naples A Way Of Love

Naples A Way Of Love By Carla Coulson & Lisa Clifford

Look what I got in the mail from Carla Coulson- a fabulous book of her beautiful photographs.
I am so excited!!!!!

I have not had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Clifford (or for that matter Carla),
but have been following Carla's blog forever.
You can check out her blog here.

I adore Italy so I can not wait to read this...

The pictures are wonderful! 
Love the ribbon to mark your place, what a wonderful touch.
Can you tell, dear readers I am excited!



Friday, November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving Ideas

Here are some ideas from my Pinterest Thanksgiving board.

I love these ideas. They are so creative! 
Don't you think, dear readers...


A popcorn turkey - can't get much better than that!


Use your pumpkins as flower vases.


Love these as serving pieces.


Great looking centerpiece.


So simple + lovely.


Just a little sparkle makes these pumpkins so great.


Aren't these just wonderful?

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Pumpkins used as vases.

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Blue & white + orange a favorite of mine.


Use those little pumpkins as candles on the table.


Just some white paint.


A leaf as a place card! 


These are pumpkin shaped rolls with pecan stems.


Gourds with candles!


Hmmm... individual bouquets, so pretty.


Dessert can be acorns!

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Wheat can make such a beautiful centerpiece.

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Pomegranates as a door piece. 
Simply beautiful.

Hope you got lots of ideas from this post.
I certainly did! 

Don't they all just say- 
 Happy Thanksgiving?



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Monday, November 18, 2013

Parties & Celebrations

These are from my Parties & Celebrations board on Pintrest. 
Do you have a favorite?
Each one has such grand ideas.

Love that Big blue & white jar with green in it.

Clever idea for daffodils.

These boxes are just wonderful.

Ghost chairs just disappear I love using them.

So pretty + great idea.

Amazing outdoor party.

Roses hanging upside down. 
Charming arch.

Roses up in those mini air balloons.
The separation is a great idea.

Just adore the lemons on the plates with rosemary + flowerpot. 

Isn't this the best looking bicycle?

Lots of candles everywhere.
Everyone looks better in candle light.

These branches are so beautiful with little bouquets tucked beneath.

Love how the fabric is glued on the back of the chair.

I am a sucker for any tent! Especially this one...

Flowers under a dome,how clever.

Adore wisteria!

Doesn't get much better than this for a garden party!
Chandelier in the trees.

Adore these banquets with the hedges & birdcage lights.

I just love any kind of writing- aren't these wonderful?

Those balls are fantastic.
Does anyone know what they are? 
Vines with twinkle lights?


No question, who is sitting here.

Love that!

Hope you enjoyed these photos as much as I have, and took some great ideas with you.

I know I have!




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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Potato Corn Soup

Potato Corn Soup

It is fall again so soup is on the menu!
I love making soup! 
 Love it!  

 This is a recipe of a great corn soup.
When the weather is cool there is nothing better. 
At least that is my idea of better.

1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 large yellow onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
1/2 celery stalk, chopped (about 1/3 cup)
3 ears of sweet corn, kernels removed from the cobs (about 2 cups)or frozen

1 bay leaf
3 1/2 cups milk, whole or low fat
1 medium Yukon Gold potato, or Russet, peeled and diced
1/4 green bell pepper, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

1 In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onion, celery and green bell pepper and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, until soft. Add the celery and cook for 4 or 5 more minutes.

2 Add the corn to the saucepan. Add the milk and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a bare simmer. Cover the pot and cook for 30 minutes. Make sure the heat is as low as can be and still maintain a gentle simmer to prevent scalding the milk on the bottom of the pan.

3 Discard the bay leaf. Raise the heat, add the potatoes, 1 teaspoon of salt, fresh ground pepper to taste, bring to a simmer and reduce the heat to maintain a simmer for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are almost fork tender.

the corn kernels and4 Raise the heat, add the thyme. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 5 minutes.

This is the makings of greatness.

In the pot goes the onion, green pepper and then the celery.

Potatoes go in next.

Then the corn.

And finally the milk.

This is what it looks like cooking...

HMMM, yummy on a tray... with a little salt & pepper

I got a succulent from my garden.
Janet loved it-(that is why we took a picture).
 I put it in a little blue & white container. 

Here is the corn soup almost finished.

Nothing warms me up like soup.
 What is your favorite thing to eat on a fall day or night, dear readers...
I know you have favorites! 



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