Saturday, August 29, 2015

It's Been One Year Ago.....


I can't believe it has been one year ago that I left Beaufort, SC coastal home behind for a new adventure in North Carolina.






Even though we didn't stay long in my coastal home, I still miss my home at times.  However, I am glad that we made the move and now am settled in the Raleigh area.  Where I live now, it is conveniently located near top rated colleges (Duke and UNC) so there are many activities held on a weekly basis.  My friend that used to live in Beaufort also moved to NC and is close the beach area so I can also visit her.  I love the fact that the mountains are two hours away from my home (we love to visit Asheville too).  Since Beaufort is about 4 hours from us, we can still go back and visit our friends and contacts that we made while living there.

We have been renting for a year now in the Raleigh area (we also did the same thing in SC before we actually bought our home there)  This way, we were able to explore the area and find out exactly where we wanted to purchase our home.


I will be back on more details.  CAN'T WAIT TO LET THE DECORATING BEGIN!


Monday, August 17, 2015

I Love Garnet Hill

Hello There,

Recently I received my Garnet Hill catalog in the mail and immediately I was swooning over so many things.  I recently ordered a beautiful quilt and shams but have not used them yet.  Hope to share them soon with you!

Here is what I am loving in their catalog:


For Me:


I love having some flats in my wardrobe.  They can be used with jeans or a casual dress.

I love these too!





The collar and the cuffs on sleeves, so adorable!



I love wearing capes and have several but I really am loving this one, too!




Love the simple style of this dress!

You can never go wrong to add a simple black dress to your wardrobe too!




For the Home:


You never can have enough of sheets!  Aren't these so pretty?  Loving the design, too!



I love these quilts too especially the gray and light blue ones!




Have you bought any new fall items to add to your wardrobe or home decor yet?

**All images - Garnet Hill

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Hodgepodge Wednesday

I have noticed that my friend Carla, from the the blog, http://theriverflowing.blogspot.com/, joining in some fun on Wednesday Hodgepodge from the blog, From This Side of the Pond. I thought I would join in the fun of Wednesday Hodgepodge.  So here we go!




1. When was the last time you relocated? Did you move yourself or leave it to the professionals? Are you happy staying put or is there a move in your future? Best thing about moving to a new city or town? Least favorite and/or hardest thing about moving house?  

The last time I moved (we moved ourselves) was nearly a year ago from Beaufort, SC to the RTP area of North Carolina.  The best thing to moving to a new area was exploring the new area, trying out new restaurants in the area visiting the beach (yes it was 15 minutes from where I lived.)  My least favorite was transferring all the medical records from my previous home, finding new doctors and dentist, and unpacking.  I moved from SC due to the crime nearby and did not feel safe on the coast. 

2. When were you last 'moved to tears'? Explain.  

Moving and leaving my family back in Pennsylvania.  Although I am blessed that I visit 3-4 times per year!

3. Do you have rules about eating in the car...any forbidden foods? What's the last thing you consumed in your car? Your go-to car snack when traveling long distance?

I do not eat in my car.  I might have coffee on the run.  My go to car snack consists of fruit, pretzels and crackers.

4.  Share a favorite song relating to cars and/or driving.

Take it Easy - The Eagles

5.  What's your most frequently visited drive-thru...Starbucks? the bank? the pharmacy? some other window?

Bank

6. "He who hesitates is lost"...would you agree? When it comes to making decisions do you generally act quickly or do you more often than not fall into the 'lost' category?

One of my weaknesses here, I tend to hesitate and do not act quickly in most situations.  I wish I could act more quickly with situations though.

7. When was the last time you got lost? Was it stressful or an unexpected happy adventure?

The lost time I got lost was when we moved to Raleigh to our new rental.  Seriously, I have never seen some many homes and streets in this area where we live. There were so many different routes to get to our home.  It actually took us about a week to find different ways to our home


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Peach Crisp


I bought some peaches from Trader Joe's so I could make a dessert with them.  The peaches looked so good and did not take any time to ripen once I got them home.

I turned these beauties into a homemade Peach Crisp and it was so good!





My kitchen smelled so good while the crisp was baking.  I love serving it warm with fresh whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.  In the fall, I love to make apple crisp, too!  









Recipe can be found here.



Hope you are having a great week!


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunflowers - My Favorite






"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It's what sunflowers do." ― Helen Keller

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Embracing Summer

As I write this post, I can't believe it is August and soon it will be Fall.

Summer is one of my favorite months.  I love wearing sandals, flip flops, dining al fresco, walking at nights, vacations, beaches,  and mini weekend getaways.


Pool time with nieces and nephew


In May, I went to Berlin and Prague for vacation - it was so wonderful and looking forward to visiting Europe again soon!




We also went for a weekend getaway to Asheville, NC at a beautiful Bed & Breakfast.




Al Fresco Dining

Kure Beach, NC


 There is nothing better than  making meals during the summer months using fresh vegetables and fruits.



Roasted Asparagus

Blueberry Crisp



Spending time at the pool too was also needed during the summer months.  I am so glad that our community pool does not close until Mid-September!


This summer was also great going to concerts (James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band and Steely Dan_.  We also went to outdoor music festivals nearby.

Sorry not a good photo from Iphone


Now I am looking forward to some cooler weather.  I love wearing layers, sweaters, jeans, scarves, boots, and hats.  Also I love making homemade soups, stews for the colder months ahead.  Always love to add fall touches to my home with pumpkins, mums and gourds, a burn a pumpkin spice candle in the home!  Sitting by the firplace is also one of my favorite things to do in the colder months!












Are you looking forward to Fall?






Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Time is Ice Cream Time


Hello There,

How is your week going so far?  I can't believe it is the last week of July already, summer is sure flying by!

During the summer months, I always make a homemade ice cream.  Hot summer weather  reminds me of my childhood when my local ice cream truck would ring his bell in my neighborhood to sell his ice cream.  My sisters and brother would run excitedly to the truck, we actually called him by his name, Henry, since he was our regular ice cream person!

I made some awesome homemade banana ice cream over the weekend and it was perfect for the hot weather here in NC.  The recipe is quite easy and was made in my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker.  I love it!  Recipe can be found here.











Just love these adorable ice cream cups that I found at HomeGoods......








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So what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?  I love banana, mint chocolate and pralines and cream!




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