Monday, March 12, 2018

Sale Items I Bought

Yay!  My Mom and I had another shopping trip,
and Macy's was having some excellent sales.

We had a lovely time.  Look how cute my sweet Mom is!

Here's what I wore on our expedition:
top: WhoWhatWear (Target)
skirt: Rekucci
bag: ABage (Amazon)
shoes: Target

I took photos of everything I decided to purchase.
There was a LOT of good stuff on the sales racks!

I love the heart pattern, and the fit is good, too.
sweater: Charter Club

Ever since I saw this (from this movie),
Mélanie Bernier : "La recette de l'amour ? Personne ne l'a"

I've been looking for a lace blouse that isn't too itchy and that 
fit well.  This one fits the bill!
shirt: Tommy Hilfiger

This blouse has beautiful detailing, a great fit, a pretty fabric,
roll-up sleeves, and little blue and silver stars!!!
Wonderful!  And under $15 on sale!
(Oops - a bit blurry.)
blouse: Michael Kors

Look at that little padlock as the zipper pull!

I love stripes, and I like the grommet detailing on this sweater.

Also it fits great and has a bell sleeve
and blue details around the hem of the sleeves and waist.
sweater: Tommy Hilfiger

And (surprise!) - another striped sweater!
sweater: Tommy Hilfiger

You can't see very well in the photo, but there are four rows
of clear sequins along the stripes on the bodice.

Here's a try-on video for you!!!

We had another errand to run before going home,
but we needed some nourishment, so we sat in the car with
the cool winds blowing through and ate a picnic I packed. 
Salad, potatoes, mandarin oranges - left over from the dinner party the night before!

It turns out that EBay was having a sale, too - 20% off everything! -
so I did some browsing.  I was looking for a pair of earrings to replace a pair that I bought with Christmas money and not received (I got the money back, don't worry!)  I wanted something small (around 1/2" in length), dangling, post-style with butterfly backs, and 14k solid yellow gold.
I found two candidates . . .  and bought these!
Aren't they cute?!

The other pair might be next on my list
after selling some older stuff that I'm not wearing anymore.

Both pairs are vintage (pre-loved).

I was pretty tired after a busy week, and enjoyed the late afternoon and evening
with some cats!


Enjoy some down time this weekend and snuggle close the people and creatures you love!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Dinner Party

I got the wonderful opportunity to have my parents over for dinner on Wednesday.
I enjoyed cooking and enjoyed the precious time together 
with some of my most beloved people even more!

We entertain fairly casually, but I like to add some special touches
to make a special evening special!

On Wednesday it was napkins with gold stars
and napkin rings.

The meal consisted of salad:
fresh spring greens, cucumbers, shredded cabbage, shredded carrots,
walnuts, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, hemp seeds, green olives.

Roasted oregano potatos

Pineapple sauteed vegetables
(onion, eggplant, carrots, zucchini, red bell peppers, 
pineapple chunks, fresh spring greens)

Pasta - both whole wheat . . . 

and gluten-free.
I ate the veggies on top of my pasta, but I also made a meaty marinara sauce for the men. 

Dessert was DOUGHNUTS!!!

Some with coconut flakes
and some with chocolate sprinkles!

I think I'll make another batch of these doughnuts tomorrow.
They're easy and delicious.
I haven't eaten doughnuts much since I needed to become gluten-free 15 years ago,
and the ones I've had haven't been that great.
These are worth the time for sure!

Here are our plates once we dished up -




My parents brought me lovely daffofils - which I love!!!

Such pretty blooms and a cheerful color!

What a perfect evening! 

Though the sink didn't get cleaned up until the following morning!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Food, Shopping With Mom, Cats

It's been sunny and beautiful here,
and not too hot (yet).
Today it briefly reached 80.

Let's start this post with FOOD!
I made a lot of great food lately, and I'm proud of how it all turned out.
I'm struggling right now with a Crohn's flare-up, but  these foods still look pretty good!

First amazing thing: DOUGHNUTS!

 I usually don't crave doughnuts, but when I do,
it's the raised chocolate glazed ones.
These are not raised, not fried, but definitely chocolate glazed!
These are baked.  And light.  Fluffier than I expected, too.
I am making another batch tomorrow when my parents come over for dinner.

I put coconut shreds on some, and mini chocolate chips on some.
Some I just left glazed.

Is your mouth watering yet?

I also made some pancakes with blueberries and mini chocolate chips.

I make these a lot.
I use buckwheat flour for these.

Here's a typical lunch this past week.
Thin rice cakes with hummus, spinach, pickles, shredded red cabbage,
shredded carrots, and a tomato slice!
With sliced oregano potatoes.  Yum yum!
I might have to have this for dinner tonight.

Oops!  On this batch I left off the spinach by accident.

Slice washed potatoes about 1/4" thick, arrange them on a baking stone (or pan lined with parchment paper or nonstick baking pads) and sprinkle with oregano, garlic powder, salt, and whatever other spices you like.  This time I wanted them old-home style.  I wanted the house to smell like a big roast had been cooking all day.  It did!

I also made some pasta salad this week.  The dressing didn't turn out well this time,
but that happens sometimes.
You see a banana and blueberries in the back to the right,
sprinkled with cinnamon.

Now we'll move on to the best day of shopping I think my Mom and I have had
in ages!

A couple of other shopping trips spring to mind as EPIC and precious.
One was a trip with my Grandma (my Mom's Mom), my special Auntie Cindy,
and me.  I think I was 22 or 23 and I bought a number of cute little dresses (I still remember them).

I remember a shopping trip in Minnesota in October with special fondness because it was CHILLY and breezy and cloudy and beautiful AND we enjoyed exploring some new territory. 

Pretty much every shopping trip with my Mom feels extra special because we can't just do it every week (though that would STILL feel very special!)

Here's what I wore:

blouse: WhoWhatWear (Target)
camisole: JKY by Jockey (Target)
pants: Express
shoes (Target)

Look how cute my Mom is!

There's my Mom in the trenches at Ross!

There we are in the monitor!

I didn't find a huge bunch of stuff at Ross,
but we did find some wonderful thigns.

I am happy to have bought this GOREGOUS
light blue faux leather jacket!
I REALLY DIG this perfect color and the cut of this jacket.
And it was only $39.99!
jacket: Marc New York by Andrew Marc (Ross)
blouse: Target
jeans: INC International Concepts (Macy's)
socks, shoes: Target
bag: ABage (Amazon)

We had lunch at Chipotle and it was delicious.
I get a veggie bowl.
It's huge and very filling, so I can go on and do more shopping!

Next we went to Target.
I bought this t-shirt from Target online, so I thought I would insert it here.
It says, "duck, duck, gray duck".
This is a Minnesota pride t-shirt, in case you didn't recognize it.

Do you know the game "Duck, duck, goose"?
Well, in Minnesota only, it's called "Duck, duck, gray duck".

Jillian (my dear sister-in-law) was wearing this shirt when they came to visit,
and  I had to have one!

Can you see us in the self check out monitor?

The sky was beautiful.  I love those wispy little clouds.

Here is the unveiling of our new front patio!
I have been browsing online to see what sort of decor I'd like in the front entryway,
and I wanted something welcoming, yet modern.
It needed to feel fresh and also fit in with the rest of our home decor. 
WELCOME to our home!

Someone else felt at home in our yard!

Let's move on to the backyard . . . 
I was hanging out out there with a glass of water,
and saw this pretty prismatic effect from the sun.

I put bleach in the fountain to clean up the water and the fountain itself.
The next morning, we woke up to this!!!
It looks like the fountain grew a beard!

It's getting warm enough for our Chinese Elm trees to bud.
Their tiny little leaves are growing!

On Saturday, Greg whipped out his big stick (from Mark & Jillian)
and cut some branches.
This neat tool has a mini chainsaw that hooks on to the end.

And the day ended with PINK CLOUDS!

Now we're on to the CAT portion of this post.

Here is Claude after brushing herself on the counter.

While I was fixing my hair in the morning,
these three cats were enjoying the fresh air and the sunshine.

But they got sleepy and needed to cuddle!


Have a great evening!

I hope you have some fuzzy babies to cuddle.