This is the second weekend in a row, my husband and I took a little day road trip and I didn't bring my camera.
I can't believe it.
Last weekend, it was to Saugatuck and Douglas. This weekend we went up to Manistee to an estate sale. It was suppose to be really lots of good stuff. However, we went on day two! WARNING! The good stuff is gone. They had some nice furniture but depending on what you are looking for, the little cool stuff I like (i.e. vases, sewing notions, fabric, decorative bits.....all of the type of things I had seen listed we long gone. It was a nice day anyway. We ventured to the Farmer's Market in Manistee. It's a nice, clean community...lots of huge old homes around the the downtown area.
We then took the back roads to Ludington. We snarled around Hamlin Lake. We did discover two vintage campers. Richard knocked on doors....one man had no interest in selling...the other no answer. We did find a phone number to call.
We then stopped at one of our favorite places to eat, Chef John's European Deli and Bakery. Everything they serve is homemade. We had Stuffed Baked Potatoe soup and split a huge sandwich. Grilled roast beef on rye with Chipolte Mayo and Red Pepper Aoili. It was very good. We passed on dessert. Though, the carrot cake was mighty tempting.
I made a quick stop into the Nautical Yarn Shop. They had lots of yummy things.
Then we made our way home.....grilled out later in the evening and just worked on keeping cool!
It's another hot one today. Richard mowed the grass early this a.m. but it's stuffy, steamy outside now.
Keep cool. I'll try to remember my camera next time...promise.
Jojo get ready to meet Auntie Barb, Auntie Maggie, Uncle Phil and Great Grandma Ruth. Cousin Leah may be with us too. Chicago here we come!!!! Get lots of rest tonight....we'll see you in the morning pumpkin! I get to hold you first! Well, maybe I'll let Grandma Ruth!. We're so excited~
A receive a lot of questions from people regarding what I do all day now that I am retired. It's hard to summarize. The one thing I do know is the days go by so quickly.
Today I thought I would let you follow me a bit to get an idea of what a day is like. It is already 12:30pm so half the day is gone.
I usually am up by 7:15 a.m. Coffee is ready thanks to the timer on the coffee pot. We sit and watch Good Morning America and get up on the local news and weather. By 8:30 a.m., we've had our coffee and TV fix. We fix a little breakfast and then get showered and dressed for the day. Oh...and make the bed.
This morning, I threw in a few loads of laundry then took a stroll around the yard. Surprise! My first dahlias.
I picked a few other things that are popping....
I found a recipe on Pinterest for Lemon Crinkle Cookies. They are first place cookies in a cookie contest so I thought I would give them a try. I thought maybe Carl would eat a few.
Pretty tasty I may say! My Mom stopped over to drop a few things off. Sent her home with some cookies after she admired the bibs I made for Joslyn.
And then we had to admire Joslyn's latest photos on my iPad.
So, chatted with Mother a bit. Now it's time to blog, check a few emails, have a little lunch out on the deck. It's a gorgeous day today. I will probably fold the laundry, hang a few things on the line to dry.
I will work on a sewing project this afternoon and then get ready for dinner at Lynne's this evening.
Girls Night Out! Yippee!
I do keep busy! Promise!.
Last Friday, Lynne and I attended the French Market at Horton's in Tipton, Indiana.
It was small. It was unique....after all, a French Market in a hardware store! It was a nice little venue.
They had some creative items for sale and some really nice displays.
Some creative ideas to copy!
I had to buy this pumpkin to use as a template. She also had birds, and makes christmas trees. These are made from paperback books. Richard has the right idea....cut on a bandsaw.
I just happen to have linen, vintage hankies, and vintage buttons. I'm really liking these pillows.
Here's Lynne! My road trip partner. We had a nice, relaxing time. We were going to meet up with my blogging buddy, Penny but the show was small and we were finished up...Penny and her husband had another two hours ahead of them on the road. We headed back north, stopped at a nice fabric store in Marion, IN, had lunch and continued back home.
It was nice getting away for a day. Good times, good conversation, good for the soul!
My brother Phil shamed me into hosting breakfast this morning. Ginny (my sister) came up for a visit yesterday and Phil thought it would be fitting for me to have brunch. My niece Jessie came up from Holland too.
It ended up being six of us. It was actually very nice and relaxing! We were able to sit outside on the deck and enjoy the morning sun and a few summer breezes.
I made a new recipe (as usual). They were egg nests (I'll include recipe below). I would definitely make again. Easy, quick, delicious and I bet they would freeze well for later use.
Phil made Dorie Greenspan's Lemon Poppyseed Muffins....always delicious!
Add fresh fruit and fresh, hot coffee. Perfect brunch.
Nice family time with Grandma! Oh and Simon too!
Recipe for Eggs Nests
24 oz. frozen shredded potatoes, thawed
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 Tbs. oil
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Mix and place in oiled muffin tins. Make well in center of each. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes.
Mix eight eggs and a small amount of milk for scrambled eggs. Place in well of each muffin cup after baked.
Top with crisp bacon pieces, small amount of cheddar cheese and parsley.
Lower over to 350 degrees and bake for 13 minutes. Done! You could add spinach to egg mixture. The original recipe suggested crack an egg into well of potatoes and top with cheese and bacon. Give them a try.
Lynne and I are off to Tipton, Indiana. Ever heard of it? It's just a tad north of Indianapolis.
I'm very excited. We will be meeting up with my good blogging friend from the Chicago area, Penny. www.athomeinenglishvalley.blogspot.com We hope to meet a few new bloggers that are vendors at the event.
I'll take pictures for you and tell you all about it!
Though we have had a cooler summer and the plants and flowers had a late start, I think they are looking pretty good! I want to share with you some of my favorites.
I purchased this bare root rosebush from David Austin Roses. When they say bare root, they mean it. It was just a dead stick when it arrived. Taa-dah~ I'm thrilled to show off my first rose of the season:
The first of the day lillies are making their show also:
And the Annabelle hydrangeas are spectacular:
And my pots I planted by the garage are happy, happy, happy!
I harvested some lavender also. I found a sweet white pitcher and will photograph for you a little later.
Enjoy the sights and smells of summer~