Sunday, October 30, 2011


I am joining the Artsy Girl Connection for Project P.I.N.K. today.  

70% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no identifying risk factors for the disease.

25% of women with breast cancer are younger than 50 years old.

80% of lumps in women's breasts are caused by benign changes, cysts or other conditions.

Have you gotten a mammogram?

I need to schedule one myself!!!!

This post is dedicated to the memory of my friend, Carol.  She fought a brave fight for 9 years.  She was, and still is, an inspiration to me.  A really good friend.  xoxoxoxo

Sharing this post with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays and Natasha at 5 Minutes Just For Me for Pinning & Singing on the weekend.

All images are from my Pinktober board on Pinterest.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Definitely, a trick!

Leaves just barely started to change color and wham!!!

I was so excited to see a couple of pink roses in my back yard, they were entwined in my fig tree, which is now on the ground from the heavy wet snow!  

Mother Nature definitely is playing a trick on us for Halloween!

Sharing this with a Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday.


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Come to my Halloween Party

Y'all invited to my virtual Halloween Party

Don't be afraid, the moon will light the way

The pumpkins are glowing

The cake is all decorated

Drinks are ready

Snacks are set out

Some music for the season

I'll wrap one of these loaves for you to take home

Get home safe

I will be partying with

The ArtsyGirl Connection for Pin'Inspirational Thursdays
Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday's Fall Break
Liz at Savvy Seasons for Autumn Arrives Party
5 Minutes Just for Me for Pinning & Singing on the Weekend
2805 for Potpourri Friday
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper


All photos are from my Halloween board on Pinterest

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Chilly? Make Chili!

Miz Helen is sponsoring a chili cook off for the month of October.  To see all the delicious chili entries, click here.

This recipe makes four servings (about a cup each) so feel free to double or triple.  It is pretty straightforward, and over the years I have added different flavors, but I always return to the original recipe.  It is on the mild side, so if you are looking for three-alarm, feel free to add more heat.  

I start out by dicing a large onion, a green pepper and 2 cloves of garlic.

Brown together with one pound of 80% lean ground beef.  

I always add a splash (or two) of Worcestershire sauce any time I cook with ground beef (except my Italian meatballs).

Add 1 tablespoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and  a pinch of ground cayenne pepper.

When browned, I transfer to my little crock pot (I think it holds a quart and a half), with a 14.5 ounce can diced, fire-roasted tomatoes with garlic, undrained .

Then stir in a 15- or 16-ounce can of whatever beans you like or have in the pantry.  I used black beans.  Or leave them out!

Cover and cook on low three to four hours or high for two to three.  Check during the cooking to see if you need to add some liquid.  Usually it is not necessary, but if it seems a little dry, I would add a splash of beer or beef broth.  

I like to serve this with a side of rice or corn bread.  Toppings would include shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses, sliced black olives, crushed corn chips, sour cream or whatever you like.  This is so good spooned over grilled franks in toasted buns.  Perfect after a day of apple picking, raking leaves, or trick or treating!  :)

I'll be bringing my chili over to Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday, 2805 for Potpourri Friday,  Stone Gable for On the Menu Monday,  and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. 

Also joining the Fall Virtual Crock Pot  Party here. 


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Colors of Autumn

This week, Jenny Matlock is having a "Colors of Autumn" linky party instead of Alphabe-Thursday.  That will resume on November 2nd, with the Letter A.

Here are some of my favorite autumn photos from my Pinterest board entitled "Autumn", featuring the colors I love the most and which I feel represent this glorious season best.  

These are from recent blog posts I did

I do love earth colors, and pastels certainly have their place.   I love the vibrant reds, golds, orange, olive green, burgundy, russet - bring it on!  

I could not forget to acknowledge the month of October for breast cancer awareness.  So I am including a very pink photo, in memory of my friend Carol I.  (June 8, 1950 - July 12, 1998).

I have about 236 pins on my Autumn board, so please feel free to check them out.  You can click on the link on my sidebar, and follow me.

In addition to joining Jenny, I will also be joining Honey at 2805  for Potpourri Friday, Natasha at 5 Minutes Just for Me for her Pinning and Singing Party and Artsy Girl Connection for Pin'Inspiration Thursday.  Please stop by and say hi.


Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Sweetest Day

Downtown historic Phillipsburg, NJ
October 15th is Sweetest Day.  It happens every third Saturday in October.   It doesn't have national prominence but seems to be localized to the Northeast and Michigan.  

Perhaps it was this little known and not widely celebrated holiday that had entered my thoughts that led me and my friend T. to a lovely shop in Phillipsburg, New Jersey called Antoinette Chocolatier.

an apron with a nice slogan
The scent when you enter is subtle, hints of chocolate of course, but other notes from the various fillings and additions, such as espresso and raspberry.

Antoinette and her husband, Joe, work together in their meticulous kitchen and turn out the most delectable and really gorgeous pieces of chocolate.  One of a kind.  Chocolate to melt slowly in your mouth and to be savored.  A really cool gift for the chocolate lover in your life.  

Decisions, decisions...

An aquarium scene in chocolate

hat and shoe in chocolate

spun sugar sculptures
The store is housed in a building built in 1870.  The floors are the original wood floors, beautifully restored and maintained.

After our tour, it was time to choose

this is called "Jane"

Going clockwise:  champagne truffle, salted caramel, nut cluster, chipotle (striped), peanut butter cup, Jane, raz-ma-taz (raspberry filling), and in the center raspberry swirl.  My favorite?  All of them!

You can visit their website and order online.  You can also read more about the health benefits of chocolate here.

I think everyone should have a chocolatier.  It might just be the key to inner peace.  And with enough endorphins coursing through our veins, perhaps a world at peace.

Joining Potpourri Friday at 2805, Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday, and Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper.


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