May 5, 2015

I don't speak Spanish, and pretty much the only thing I know is "hola" - so that's about as festive as I can get this Cinco de Mayo. :)

This weekend was action packed. By action packed I mean that we did a lot of work. The weather was WONDERFUL, and we did some tree planting, shutter painting (which is still a work in progress), gardening, flower planting...all day Saturday. Sunday we spent the day on the boat riding around site seeing, and I think I saw more pontoon boats than I've ever seen in one location. Full moon?

Sunday night after we got home and cleaned up, I sat on the couch to 'rest' thinking that I wanted to soak up as much of the weekend as I could before Monday came. Next thing I knew my husband was waking me up telling me that I just needed to go to bed. Boo. Party pooper.

And then, it was Monday. Why does Monday come so fast??? 

When my alarm went off I literally told myself it was a cruel joke and it was still the weekend.

Also, can we discuss the whole "may the 'fourth' be with you" thing that was going around yesterday? It took me a while to get it, obviously I'm not into that scene. Once I did it was very evident that yes, it is a full moon. 

How was your weekend? More importantly, what are you eating for Cinco de Mayo? I'm on a diet, so please share how many gallons of cheese dip you plan to consume.

Here's what I'll imagine I'm eating as I take a big healthy bite of salad...

Pulled Pork Nachos, obviously
Guacamole that I could eat it with a spoon
Beef Queso Dip because you should
Classic Margaritas to top it off


Friday Favorites in Five

May 1, 2015

Today is a random day. Well, actually that's not right. It's Friday. BUT I am random today. 

I have found all kinds of goodies this week. Most of them are home and garden related, because that's where my mind is. This weekend. I'm doing it. I'm going to get flowers and more flowers and edibles for the garden. Whoop whoop! I'm pretty sure that I said this last weekend too, but then it got colder so I didn't do it. 

How was your week? Anything exciting? Mine was typical. Grocery store, food prep, sleep, work, eat, sleep, work, eat, work out, sleep, feed the dog, etc.

We're a lively bunch around here.

1. I am really curious about these Black Bean Brownies. I mean, do they taste like beans or do they taste like brownies? Anybody? Because if I can get the benefits of both...yes please (if you know what I'm sayin'). They're going on my "try someday" list. This list used to be a "must try" list but I rarely get around to trying them, so I've renamed it appropriately.

2. I bet these Peanut Butter Caramel Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars don't taste like beans (not that the other ones do, but you know what I mean). Whhhhaaaattt???? Yes. Again, going on the try list.

3. Did you honestly think I would not have a picture of some type of gardening? If you did, you haven't been reading lately. Shame.

4. It really wouldn't make sense to have something like this gate at our front walk, but I like it.

5. I'm 99.9% sure that this craft to distress paint with vaseline will happen (actually happen, not someday happen) this weekend. I don't have good experience with distress painting, so I'll let you know how it goes. :)

Any fun weekend plans? Going anywhere fun? Please share! That way I can pretend that I'm doing some crazy exciting too. Oh, and by the way, can we take a moment and pause...it's May. MAY. What? Where is this year going?

Weekend Trip Recap

April 29, 2015

Last weekend my husband and I went to the Biltmore for an overnight stay (let me clarify: we didn't stay at the Biltmore...we stayed close by) with one of their hotel package deals. It was awesome!

I've always wanted to go in the spring to see the tulips and all oft he flowers blooming. Dream garden. Seriously. 

The grounds were really pretty with a huge variety of trees, flowers and shrubs. I can't even imagine having to maintain all of that. And the house, good grief the house. I wonder how many housekeepers were on staff because it would take me at least 2 months to clean. Without taking any breaks.

The craziest thing to me is seeing their way of life, seeing the "modern technology" of that time, and seeing how far everything has come since then. When you really think about it, there have been so many advances in what is actually a pretty short span of time. 

It was a great trip. I highly recommend going if you've never been. Gorgeous views, good places to grab a bite to eat, a winery to tour and sample Biltmore wines, tons of activities, and downtown Asheville is a short drive with several cool places to go eat. We've talked about going back during Christmas and taking one of the behind-the-scenes house tours!