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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Blogging Questions


I have two blogging questions, for now…

Here we go, In no particular order. 

Warning:  Whining ahead.

Photography:  ( I have a Canon T3i).

Although I enjoy photography very, very much, I NEVER know if my photos are going to turn out well.

They are often out of focus or the color is wrong.

We have some natural light in our home, but not enough to take photos without using all sorts of special camera settings, plus a tripod, and a timer.

I am just not that adept, and trying to read up on the exposure triangle makes me want to stick a hot poker in my eye.

I have been tempted to buy a high quality, low light, wide angle point and shoot.

I can honestly say this has been the single biggest deterrent to blogging more frequently.

Any suggestions?


Does Blogger have a gadget to add a recipe format?

I often see recipes posted within blog posts that look like they are using a template.

Thank you!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Day 31: Enjoying Simple Things, At Last

Kitchen Sitting Area

My Kitchen Sitting Area


In no particular order, here are my thoughts about re-entering the world of blogging consistently by posting for 31 consecutive days.

Granted, I got off schedule a bit in the final stretch, but by looking at the clock and the date creatively, I made it , and I am posting Day 31 on Day 31- and I have 31 posts to show for it.

* I hope those of you who stopped by to read don’t think I am some kind of stalker- as in ‘Oh my gosh, there she is again!’.

* I did have a theme , a main idea, an over arching idea which is simply this:   Enjoying Simple Things. 

* I learned an important lesson, however, throughout this process.

Enjoying Simple Things is ALL in the eye of the beholder.

*Isn’t that great news?  We can live life according to what suits us (as differently as that may seem to others), and we can call it SIMPLE. 

* And finally- the greatest part of this exercise was connecting with you- both old and new blogging friends.  Thank you for your emails and your encouragement.

May all your SIMPLE dreams come true today!

Day 1:  31 Days of Enjoying Simple Things

Day 2: 
Dear Daughters,  Listen to the Yearning

Day 3: 
Know What You Enjoy

Day 4:  Staying Home

Day 5:  Ranch Recipes #15, Simple Acorn Squash

Day 6:  Simple Grocery Shopping Method

Day 7:  Simple Blogging

Day 8: 
Dear Daughters,  Simple Safety

Day 9: 
Learning to Read

Day 10:
The Beginning of Ranch Recipes

Day 11:
Skincare, A Simple Necessity

Day 12:
Skincare, Part 2

Day 13:Simple Signs of Fall

Day 14:
Fall Tablescapes

Day 15: Simple Birthday Celebration

Day 16:
Dear Daughters, Simple Sleep

Day 17:
Simple DIY Projects

Day 18:
Circling Back

Day 19:
If We Were Having Coffee

Day 20:
Teach Us To Delight in Simple Things

Day 21:
Limes, One of Life’s Simple Pleasures

Day 22: Dear Daughters, Simple Priorities

Day 23:
Dear Daughters, Contradicting Day 22

Day 24:
Simple Fit Throwing

Day 25:

Day 26: 
Simply the Best: Fall Fragrance

Day 27:
Simply the Best:  Songs

Day 28:
Friendship and Makeup

Day 29:
Simple Fall Porch

Day 30:
Simple Birthday Celebration

Day 31:
Enjoying Simple Things, At Last


Day 30: Simple Birthday Dinner


Last week I hosted our October birthday group celebration honoring three dear teacher friends,

and we kept things very simple.

Everyone, except the honorees, brought something.


Spinach Artichoke Dip and Crackers

Spinach Salad with Raspberries, Sugared Pecans, Raspberry Vinaigrette

Hot French Bread

Hash Brown Casserole


BBQ Brisket from our local BBQ restaurant (my contribution)


Chocolate Sheet Cake  topped with Vanilla Ice Cream
for dessert

I decided to buy the brisket by the pound at a bbq restaurant because it is always delicious, and although I make a brisket often for our family gatherings, it is not a guaranteed success.

I justified the cost because by the time I went to the grocery store and bought a brisket and various other items, buying it made more sense.

That’s my story ladies!

It doesn’t have to be complicated, does it?


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Day 29: Simple Fall Porch


One of the simplest things I enjoy is re-using things from around my house in different ways or in seasonal displays.

I just open the boxes marked fall, take a look at what’s inside , and start slinging.

It doesn’t get any simpler than that.

So having a recycled wreathe (above) and adding black and white check ribbon meant for

Christmas 4 years ago works for me.

It really worked once I took the black linen pillows from my den and threw them on the wicker love seat out front.




October is almost over.

Can you believe it?


If you want a laugh, read my last year’s post on Halloween candy.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Day 28: Friendship and Makeup


My friend Lupita and I in my kitchen at one of my annual Teacher Christmas Parties.

I have loved makeup since my high school days at Saint Mary’s Hall.

I may have worn a uniform and saddle oxfords every school day for 4 years, but I usually had on Maybelline demi false eyelashes too.

I learned to master cake eyeliner and to this day, there is nothing better.

During trips to Fred’s Pharmacy in Falfurrias as a teenager,  I was mesmerized by the Revlon display.

Now jump ahead from that time in my life to November of around 1985.

It is a memory etched on my heart.

I am literally squealing in the faculty parking lot with my dear friend Lupita Ramirez.


We were oohing and aahing over the Borghese Christmas Eye Shadow Collection.

I lost that dear friend in August of this year to breast cancer.


So in looking to re-create that moment in 1985, because I miss my friend, I have been looking at every eye shadow palette I can find. 

This makes perfect sense to me.


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