Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day: Remember OUR Troops!

Please take a minute and remember our troops on this Memorial Day 2015!

Have a great day!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friday Favorites Gimme Some Oven, Annie Eats, Dorie Greenspan, Food Tanks and More

Good morning! Memorial Day is upon us, can you believe it? Time just seems to be flying by and Summer starts this weekend, pretty soon it is going to be Christmas. But let's not think about that now, let's celebrate Memorial Day and remember our Armed Service members, those who are active, our Vets and those who have paid the ultimate price.

Strawberry Rhubarb Mini-Tarts

Summer is all about berries so why not make these Strawberry and Rhubarb Mini-tarts from Dorie Greenspan.

Hoogie Rolls

Will you be barbecuing this weekend? Then you may want to make these Hoogie Rolls from Annie Eats, I think I am going to try these rolls with my barbecue pulled pork.

Gimme Some Oven Red White and Blue Margaritas

Every party needs a signature drink and this Red, White and Blue Margarita from Gimmee Some Oven looks like the perfect holiday cocktail, in fact you could make it alcohol free and serve it as well.

Image A Vintage Contessa via style mind chic life

I discovered Style Mind Chic Life some time ago and always enjoy her posts, this is one of my favorites because it features her favorites from a recent link party. Make sure to check out theLink party because it is unique and filled with so many fabulous and new to me bloggers.

Lou, Boos, and Shoes posted Lovely Things a reminder that it is the little things in life that make us happy, so lets savor them. 

Image food Tank's

I love to discover new books and this is an excellent food centric Spring reading list from Food Tanks. I am really looking forward to reading the book about apples, especially since I learned that there are over 700 varieties of apples grown all over the world. Who knew?

Did you find anything interesting this week in the world to share, a book, a movie or a recipe? If so please let me know and I will add it to my links.

I hope that you have a wonderful, safe weekend and please, if you should see a soldier, thank them for all of their hard work and sacrifices. I would appreciate it as the sister of a former soldier and I am sure that they would as well.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Remember Our Troops: Memorial Day Thoughts

Memorial day, the "official start" of summer and a typically happy day to get out meet friends and celebrate with a barbecue or a day at the beach. Of course everyone knows the real meaning of Memorial Day is a holiday set aside to remember the men and women who lost their lives while serving in the armed services. 

I wonder though how many actually remember those brave men and women on Memorial Day or any other day. Lately all I have seen on the news is the crisis with ISIS, the unrest in the Middle East and so much more. All of these are areas that our American soldiers, who happen to be your sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, moms, dad, aunt, uncles, friends or neighbors are fighting for our freedom and safety.

I hope that this Memorial Day each and everyone of us take the time to really think about these men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can be happy and secure in our homes, out enjoying the sunny weather and sharing a meal with family and friends. 

Maybe this weekend we could do one or ore of the following:

1. Fly your flag and support the troops.

2. Go the the local Memorial Day parade or Memorial to the soldiers in your town and leave flowers to show your support. 

3. If you see any soldiers while traveling, walk up and shake their hand and thank them for all their hard work and sacrifices. 

4. Go to a site, like or and pick a soldier to send a care package to.

5. Donate your time to Wounded Warrior Project.

6. If you know a family that has lost a loved one let them know that you care. Even though it may seem awkward or a painful everyone wants to know that their loved one is remembered and loved.

7. Listen to their stories. 

8. Volunteer your time or goods to the USO. Most airports and military bases have USO facilities where soldiers and their families can "have their spirits lifted." 

9. Vist the VA.

10. There are a million ways to say thank you we all just have to make the effort to do it.

I know many do not support military intervention and I am not here to talk about that or to preach. I simply want to remember all of those men and women who are away from home and family and doing whatever it takes to keep us safe and sound. As the saying goes, "freedom isn't free." it costs time away from family, and friends, loss of limbs and life. 

On that note, to all of my friends and family and those soldiers I do not personally know, who have served or are currently in the US military I thank you for your sacrifice. My thoughts and prayers and with you and your family. 

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Novel Interiors by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti

If you are a fan of great literature,  quotes, beautiful photography and of course home decor than you will love this book as well. It is filled with the stunning photographs of Ivan Terestchenko and the homes of what I consider "everyday people." 

It is like you walked into the homes of friends, each is so warm and comforting. The focus is on the details, a chair, a table, butlers pantry, a bookcase, a gallery wall. Not every room or photo will appeal to everyone but perhaps a detail on the bed, like the pillows, or the stove in the kitchen, or the frames on the wall will appeal to you. 

The book is divided into six chapters, my favorite is "Shall I put the Kettle On", the cosy nooks, well worn comfy sofas, and transfer ware in this chapter make me wish for a rainy day, a cup of tea, and a chance to sit and relax in any one of thee comfy homes. 

I loved so many of the rooms in the book because they looked like "collected" interiors, rooms that were put together over many years with favorite pieces including books, art, perhaps items purchased on the home owners travels, not all purchased in one store and plopped down in the house.

The last chapter, "The Style Gurus" lists by chapter the books and authors that inspired Lisa to write the book, many of which are favorites of mine; Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Vita Sackville-West, Nancy Mitford , Ernest Hemingway and so many more. 

I hope that you check out Novel Interiors: Living in Enchanted Rooms Inspired by Literature by Lisa Borgnes Giramonti. 

Have a great day! 

P.S: If you feel like baking a treat to enjoy while you peruse this book try these Frosted Fudgy Brownies from Once Upon a Chocolate Life.

Note: I was provided a copy of the book to review by Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. If you love books and have a blog than you may be interested in checking out Blogging for Books

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Swedish Almond Cake

Good morning! A happy Monday to you! How was your weekend, did you get any sun or were you in the ferocious weather that seemed to take over the Mid-west for most of the weekend? I was lucky, the weather was gorgeous, sunny,  and perfect. 

I am a huge fan of chocolate obviously because I have another blog, Once Upon A Chocolate Life devoted solely to that, but my other favorite flavor is almond. I love it in cakes, cookies, danish, candy and pretty much any other thing that I can flavor with it. Lately, I have been baking a lot with marzipan and almonds and this weekend I baked the easiest and tastiest cake of all of the recipes I have tried so far. It is perfect with a cup or tea for breakfast or served as dessert perhaps with a few berries. 

Swedish Almond Cake
Recipe from Shugary Sweets
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 Tbsp coarse sugar (pearl sugar)
Preheat oven to 350. Grease a 9' round pan and cut a piece of parchment to fit the bottom. In mixer fitted with paddle attachment, blend sugar with zest from one lemon. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add in salt and almond and vanilla extract. Mix in the flour and melted butter then pour batter into greased and floured 9 inch cake pan. Sprinkle with coarse sugar and almonds on top.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, cool several minutes, then run a knife around the pan and turn out onto cooling rack remove parchment and turn upright to cool. 


Have a great week!

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