25 June 2015

Perfect Weeknight Dish

A bit excited and a bit fearful, I leave tomorrow, driving to North Carolina. It is my first trip since my surgery last August and my diagnoses. My mind keeps bringing up all the what if's, but I'm trying to remove them with positive thoughts. My daughter wanted us to fly, but I was not comfortable with flying just yet. I need to feel like I can get horizontal if I need to. Plus, I cannot be without my water for more than a minute, and I am afraid they would take it from me and there I would be. Besides, the drive may be fun. 

On a yummy note, I made a dish last night that will be made many times this summer it is so delicious. It is simple and you can make it quickly. The tastes just kept taking us back in time to our trips in Italy. I did not measure my ingredients, it's the rebel in me I guess. :) But I think I came pretty close to the measurements in the recipe. 

All above photos by spbm

Do yourself a favor and try this. You will be glad you did. 
I am posting the link to the blog where 
I found the recipe. 

You can find the recipe here.

And while you are at it, check out this beautiful food blog, Butter Basil and Breadcrumbs, it is eye candy with great recipes. You will be glad you did. 


Thought for the day:

Some changes happen deep down inside of you. 
And the truth is, only you know about them.
~ Judy Blume

21 June 2015


I made the cutest macrame hanging light this weekend. After seeing one on Pinterest I wanted to make one for myself and my daughters. It is so adorable I am going to offer them for sale in my Etsy shop. When I saw the photo of this my first thought was, this will work up fast. Wrong. So wrong. It took forever and a day; and my fingers and arms were so darn sore I could hardly pick up my coffee cup the next morning. I still have to get another finished before this weekend to take them to my daughters. Mine will have to wait, as always. :) 

Leave me a comment if you are interested in purchasing one. I can make it any length, the one below is twelve feet.

 Above photos by spbm

And here is a photos of the one from Pinterest>>>>>>>>>Link 

I'm also making some plant hangers to put on Etsy. But if you would like to purchase one directly from me, please leave a comment. 
Here is a couple that I this week.

photos by spbm

I am going to try and sell enough stuff to buy myself a used car. I cannot do payments these days, not with all the meds I'm having buy. 
I want to try and get a used VW Bug. I think I can find one for less than $5,000.00 that would be decent and still running. I would be happy getting a vintage one, but they are running around 8-10 thousand for a decent one. And then there is the problem of keeping it running. David is not able to do the work on a car that might be needed for a used vintage car. 
So please send any good vibes my way regarding this matter.
Thanks. :) 

I found this one on Craigslist for $4,700. Unless the Universe is really on top of things, I don't see being able to get this one, but it is a good visual.

17 June 2015

June Treats

                     photo by spbm

I'm really into making my own iced coffee these days. It is so much better and so easy to make. I just make a strong coffee and put it in the fridge to get cold, then add whatever kind of milk you prefer.

Haven't been doing much outside, we've had so much rain I need to invest in a boat. 

I'll be driving to NC next weekend to see my kiddos. So very excited about seeing them and the trip. It's going to be so nice to have some time away and be with my kids. I'll be making Dutch Baby Pancakes every morning, they love them and what they always want for breakfast. 

I made some this morning after seeing a recipe for them with cherries and almonds. I think I have made them with every fruit available but did add the almonds and they are delicious. The fun thing about making these is that if you have individual skillets or pans, you can make each individual one with a different fruit, or plain. 

photos by spbm

The blog where I got the idea to add the almonds is here, but I used my own dutch baby recipe. They are all pretty similar. The one I have used for years has never failed me, so why change a good thing.

31 May 2015


We get lost in between the gaps...

26 May 2015

I Want To Talk To The Animals

This is something so beautiful that words cannot do it justice - it must be felt.

I've always felt that animals are the purest spirits in the world. They don't take or hide their feelings, and they are the most loyal creatures on earth. And somehow we humans think we're smarter...what a joke! ~unknown

25 May 2015

Veggie Burger

I'm in search for the best veggie burger recipe out there...if anyone knows of one, I'd appreciate knowing about it. I made one for dinner, my first attempt, it wasn't bad, but it's not a keeper. It was a recipe I found on Pinterest, not going to say where or who, cause it may have been my cooking. I just did not like it enough to try and tweak it to my liking.

It looked pretty, held together well...but the texture was not suitable for my taste, also needed more seasoning. I just don't think adding more seasoning will make me like this particular recipe any more.

So if anyone has a good veggie burger recipe, please leave the link or recipe. I'd love to try another one. I love veggie burgers, just have to find a recipe that I can make to my liking.

I made whole wheat buns, they turned out great. Made the sauce and it was ok, not great. One of those meals that just did not knock my socks off.

Maybe next time.

22 May 2015

First Clematis Bloom This Year

photo by spbm

“Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, 
Tears from the depths of some divine despair
Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes, 
In looking on the happy autumn-fields, 
And thinking of the days that are no more.” 
― Alfred Tennyson

21 May 2015

My New Ride

My new ride... finally found a bike on Craigslist, went and picked it up last Friday evening. I spent a lot of time on it over the weekend, so much fun, and it felt wonderful to ride again. I spent a lot of time riding in Germany, but have not really rode a bike since returning to the states. KC is not the best riding city, lots of hills and not really any bike lanes. I gave my bike to my daughter, thinking I would not be riding again. But after being diagnosed with this disease, I decided I want to stay as active as I can, even if I don't have the greatest city to ride around in.

I was so blessed, I found a bike that had less than 30 miles on it, like BRAND NEW. Perfect size, color, everything about it is exactly what I wanted, even the price was unbelievable. I do want to get a rack and a basket, maybe next month. 

Loving it and hoping it will help me feel better.

Pickled cucumbers, red onions, and sweet red pepper salad. Delicious with burgers, BBQ chicken, just about anything. We ate these everyday in the summer, always lots of cucumbers and peppers from the garden. My mom always made the dressing with vinegar, a little oil, sugar, salt and pepper. I saw a recipe the other day and it had sweet chili sauce, so I tried it with this batch. I did not have sweet chili sauce so made my own with regular chili sauce and honey. I added some fresh parsley, celery seed, minced garlic, celery seed, salt and pepper - delicious.