April 18, 2014

A Front Porch to Welcome Spring!



Its done!!!
Yay!!

I finally got into the mood to decorate our front porch for spring after some really nice days last weekend and the early part of this week. Only mother nature decided to pull a fast one and she yanked the rug of warm weather out and then zapped us with some pretty cool temperatures over the last two days.
Geeeesh!


As for pulling the porch together the first item I added was a place to sit, so out came my new thrift store wicker chair. It's placed on an angle so I can see our neighbors pass by on their spring walks and jogs.




I then added a little white table my sister had given me a few years back and adorned it with a couple coordinating metal lanterns. It is contrasted with one rustic lantern which literally has been sitting on my front porch through the entire winter.




Now I had the wreath hanging on the plain white siding, but that was just it...it was too plain.




So today as I was driving to pick up my friend Peggy, we were heading out for a cappuccino and a little girl talk, I passed by a house which had a bunch of doors sitting next to the road with a sign on it FREE. Oh well that was the perrrrrfect price to I grabbed one of them and stuffed it into the back of the minivan. 




Then I lucked out again because after I pulled out the door from the van I realized one side was already painted a pale sage green. I placed the door, green side out, behind my little white table and then using a metal wreath hanger, I hung the spring wreath. It was just the thing to beak up that long boring wall.




My ASC Antibes green chair came out of the entry to join the spring party on the front porch! 
Two Terra Cotta pots I had painted for a project a couple years ago and then left outside since then, were placed on the seat of the chair. I love the chippy paint look.




A rustic bucket of hydrangea were placed on the small shelf of the table and a pretty green carpet from the Christmas Tree Shop was added to the floor.




And that is my spring porch for 2014!

I hope you are enjoying a little warmer weather than we are here in the northeast. It is barely getting out of the 40's today. But hey if it stays cold it won't bother me, because we are heading for sunny Florida on Saturday!

Woo hoo!!!

Wishing you all a wonderful holiday weekend!

XO
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April 16, 2014

In a Time of Great Need...Who Can You Turn To? And a Request for Prayers

I am writing this because I want to share with you something beautiful.

People

People who are
old friends 
new friends 
and some
just acquaintances 

People who have 
hearts filled 
with love and 
concern 
for one another

People who simply
want to help
because it is the
right thing 
to do 

People who give of their
time
money 
and prayers

People who do not care
if you didn't
 know them
way back 
when

People of different 
religions
ethnicity
and upbringings

People, if just for
the simple reason
of logistics,
shared their 
lives together
for 4 years in the hallowed halls
of one very special place

Beautiful people
Cherished people
People with amazing hearts
of the purest gold

These people are my classmates
of a long ago and far away place
These people are 

The Abington High School class of 1979... 

...of which I am very proud to be one of...

...may God Bless each and every one of you.





Back story to this post...

I was born in November of 1961 which puts me right at the tail end of the baby boom of the mid 20th century. Over 76 million babies were born in the United States between the years of 1945 to 1964, so I am considered a late boomer or trailing edge boomer. As a result of all this booming the high school classes of the mid 60's to mid 70's also boomed in number. So much so that in the area where I grew up the class size of the time typically breached the 1000 student mark...and that is a lot of kids in one school. By 1969 our school district had to build a second high school to house all of the township students.  We had one school, North Campus for grades 9 and 10, and South Campus to accommodate grades 11 and 12.

So in this vast body of students it was virtually impossible to know each and every classmate. As a matter of fact to this day I am still finding out that Marry so-n-so who I worked with for years actually graduated with my high school class. As well illustrated in the movie "The Breakfast Club" we had several different "clicks" throughout our school. We had the jocks, the brains, the band kids, the super popular as well as the kids who kept to themselves, and we all pretty much hung with our own. For me I was part of the school's largest organization, the marching band, which put over 200 students from grades 10 through 12 on the football field and in band competitions each week during the fall, so I had a very large circle of friends.

Now factor in social media. Social media has made our world a much smaller and intimate place to be. We know when someone is getting married, having a baby or grand baby, moving or changing jobs, and on occasion, what one had eaten for lunch that day. We also know pretty quickly when someone is in trouble due to illness or have fallen on hard times. My class, which I never considered to be a particularly close class because of it's gigantic size, has for some reason in recent years begun to really rally together each and every time one of their classmates was in need. They are prayer warriors and the givers of generous words of love and support. The walls of exclusivity have crumbled around these so-called "clicks" to the point where recently a gal from our class, who I did not know in high school, sent out a Facebook email to invite our classmates to help financially another gal from our class, again someone I did not know personally in high school, who was recently diagnose with breast cancer and struggling to pay for her medications and travel expenses to get to and from treatment. With in days money was sent from several classmates to the tune of over $1,000, and by the end of approximately 2 weeks over $4000 had been raised and sent to our classmate in need. And as I scrolled down through the names of those who gave so generously, I saw that not one particular high school "click" was the sole source of this incredible gift. They were the names of the jocks, the brains, the band members and the super popular. People...the people I went to high school with and graduated the June of some 35 years ago, did this amazing thing with the prompting of just one email on Facebook and nothing else. 

Now we have another classmate, this person is someone I have known since the 9th grade, and as I write this I feel tears welling up in my eyes, she is dying. Our class is about to loose another one of our own, and we are all completely heartbroken for our friend and her family. The outpouring of love and kind words, photos, and remembrances are everywhere on our Facebook pages. 

So I ask this of you my dear friends of blogland, to please pray for my classmate and friend Amy, that she leaves this world with dignity and grace and to find herself whole again in the paradise of heaven.

And for my classmate Joe, Amy's husband of 29 years, that he and his family find peace in her passing and happiness once again as their lives will be forever changed by the loss of such a brave, strong, loving and devoted wife and mother. My classmate, my friend, Amy.

April 15, 2014

10 Things to do INSTEAD of Spring Cleaning

It is spring and you know what that means for most of us. I am sure we all plan on getting a little cleaning done as the weather is warming up and we can actually open the windows to air out our homes with some fresh spring breezes. But if you are anything like me once those windows are open spring fever sets in and all I want to do is throw caution to the wind, take off my shoes, and run barefoot through the lush green grass! (I'm such a naughty girl)

So what else can you do instead of spring cleaning? Well take a look at some fun alternatives in this adorable instographic from the site Shari's Berries


Spring Cleaning


How do plan to dodge the cleaning and organizing bullet so to play a little hooky this spring?

 I hope you are enjoying a beautiful day!

XO 

April 13, 2014

White Bean and Roasted Garlic Hummus



I love all types of hummus and just recently I was over a friend's house for a jewelry demonstration, (Yes I did get a little bauble for mother's day) and she was serving this beautiful white bean hummus from a local gourmet shop. So of course knowing me as you may, I had to do a little research on the old net looking for a white bean recipe I'd like to try. 

I found this recipe over at the blog SavorySimple, only the recipe there called for Tahini which I did not have in the house. No worries...I made the hummus without it and it came out yummy. The ingredients are pretty simple, all you need is a can of cannelloni beans, one whole bulb of garlic, olive oil, water, juice from one lemon and some salt and pepper. 

  • 1 whole bulb garlic
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 15.5 ounce can cannelloni beans
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Sea salt and pepper to taste
  • If you want to add the tahini you will need 1/2 cup.

Slice off the top of the garlic bulb so that all the garlic cloves are visible. Place bulb in a small oven proof bowl like a ramekin, drizzle a little olive oil over the top and season with salt. Place in an oven set at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes, remove from oven and let cool. Once cool squeeze the garlic out of their skins into a small bowl and mash with a spoon.


Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. 




I like this served with a mild black bean chip or with some fresh veggies! 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
XO
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April 10, 2014

Spring Blooms on the Dining Room Table



Spring has certainly sprung here in the northeast over the past 5 or 6 days. The temps have been warmer and the grass seems to be turning green right before our very eyes! Today I decided to celebrate this beautiful season by bringing a little spring to my dining room table.






A little more blue was added to the dining room in the way of a scrunched up tablecloth and then I placed my two chippy love birds in a pasta bowl nest of hydrangeas. 




They look quite serene in their new nest.






This weekend I plan to get some outside yard work done as now our beautiful daffodils have popped on through the earth and are in gorgeous bloom. Leftover fall leaves need to be raked up and maybe I'll do a little bit of mulching. 

Oh how I do love this time of the year as our world comes back to life with color in all its glorious splendor!




Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed spring weekend!

XO

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