Friday, July 25, 2014

Purple Schmurple Smoothie AND Fly on the wall July 2014

I'm going to do something a little different this month, I'm showing you some things that go on, through photos and words.

What am I talking about?

Well, it's time for the monthly Fly On The Wall post!! You know: a bunch of bloggers share with their readers about what goes on behind closed doors, we love our families and they give us LOTS of material...heehee check out what I mean by visiting some of the others.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:                          Baking In A Tornado                                Just A Little Nutty                                          The Momisodes                          Spatulas on Parade                              The Sadder But Wiser Girl                          Follow me home . . .                  Stacy Sews and Schools                          Menopausal Mother                                    Go Mama O                                    Kim Ulmanis                        Dates 2 Diapers 2                            Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                         Someone Else’s Genius                      Battered Hope    

Purple Schmurple Smoothie
Quick simple and good
1 cup almond milk
1 cup blueberries
1 frozen banana
Blend and enjoy!

 Our fishing buddy, thankfully he stayed in the water!

I take photos while my husband fishes.

This is Beau, my oldest and biggest kitty, 15 lbs!

My lovely Lily, showing me exactly what she thought of me trying to take her picture, yet again.

Sugar, we're currently looking for a support group, he's addicted to almond milk.

Thomas, one of the farm cats (at my SIL's), he eats and sleeps

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

couscous pinenut salad

Did you see my post about sweet potatoes? If so, I mentioned the couscous salad, well here it is.

I'm sitting here laughing, why? Because every time I see the word couscous, I hear in my head "couscous the food so good they named it twice" and I have no idea where that came from.

We enjoyed this salad along with a perfect baked sweet potato for a meatless meal, that I loved but my husband ate. If you're a guy you know what I mean by that. He's a meataterian and I'm healthy. It's not a meal without meat for him, but since he had ice cream for dessert, he was okay.

Couscous salad
Okay this was really good, simple and yes I cheated a tad. I did the big no no and bought something in a box. I did not use the "flavor" packet in side, so it wasn't too unclean.

I cooked this in my own chicken broth, when I cook a chicken to use in several recipes, I save the broth and freeze it in 1 cup servings. Then I can just take it out and use when needed.

1 cup chicken broth (you could use vegetable broth)
pinenuts, 2 TBSP
cucumber, diced, 1/2 cup
sweet peppers diced, 1/4 cup
olive oil, 2 TBSP
lemon juice, 1 TBSP
pepper, fresh ground to taste
parsley, 1 TBSP dried
garlic powder, 1 tsp

In a small sauce pan bring  chicken broth to boiling, shut the heat off and pour in the couscous. Cover and allow it to sit for 5 minutes. At the end of the time, fluff with a fork and gently stir in all remaining ingredients.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MEET the Host: The Southern Special week 16

Seems kinda crazy, but after 16 weeks, we thought you might want to know more about us: Cate, Mandy and myself.

So, today, we are sharing our "interview" questions. AND of course I'll share my favorite links from last week. Be sure to hop over to their sites as well, because you could be featured there, we each choose our own.

Dawn's answers:
Blogging questions:

How long have you been blogging? 2 years on June 18th
Why did you start blogging? I became an empty nester and needed to fill my time, plus friends and family had been asking me for years for recipes or to write a book. So blogging seemed like a good place to start.
How did you come up with your blog name? I struggled with that one. My husband and I sat around for a couple of days making list of names until we found one we liked.
Do you have any blogging advice? It's a lot of work or a lot of fun, that is up to you. Like a baby, time consuming, don't do it if you don't love it and make it yours. There are a million articles on how to be a successful blogger, but my experience has been like anything else in life, what works for one does not always work for another. Find what works for you and stick with it.

Personal questions:
How long have you and your husband been married? We celebrated 23 years of marriage in May. We have been together 25
How did you meet your husband? hahaha now THAT is a story in itself. I was dating his roommate.
Do you have children? I have 3 grown sons, two with my husband. PLUS 2 grandchildren
What are some of your hobbies? cooking, reading, photography, writing
Do you have any pets? 3 furbabies, cats
Where do you see yourself in five years? Working on a book that has been accepted for publication Ten years? Preparing for retirement
Do you have a favorite book? The Mitford Series, by Jan Karon. It is a set of 8 and I have read the entire series 6 times. I love them.
What is your favorite vacation place? I have only been on vacation twice in my life so I don't have a favorite spot. Anywhere would be nice.
Does your town have any fun festivals in the summer? We recently moved to a teeny tiny town in South Georgia and yes, we have the Wild Chicken Festival

Cate's answers:
How long have you been blogging? 
I have been blogging for five years.

Why did you start blogging?
I started my blog as a way to let my family in Illinois know what I was doing in Georgia. I don't even think they knew about it until I started sharing my posts on Facebook and that was recently!

How did you come up with your blog name? 
Well, I'm a Random Crafty Georgia Girl! I post about the crafts I make along with the randoms of my life while living in Georgia! (I'm a girl too just in case you didn't know that!)
What has been your most viewed post? 
Peanut Butter Blossoms 
Do you have any blogging advice?
Just be yourself. Don't try to make your blog something that you aren't! When I first started blogging, I didn't really know what I wanted my niche to be. Just find something you like and it will come to you!

Personal questions:
How long have you and your husband been married? 
Mr. RCGG and I will be married for 2 years on July 21st.
How did you meet your husband? 
We met through mutual friends. He was homeschooled and his friends were in my class.
Do you have children? 
What are some of your hobbies?
I love reading, making crafts, and blogging.
Do you have any pets?
We have two cats.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
In five years, I see myself living closer to the beach with Mr. RCGG and our kids! In ten years, I see myself still on the beach with the husband and kids! Haha! I like the beach!
Do you have a favorite book?
My favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is the only book I have ever read more than once. Every time I read it I find something different about it!
What is your favorite vacation place? 
We love Jekyll Island! I have blogged about it many times. We were married there almost two years ago! It just has this beauty that makes you want to get back to nature. You wouldn't even know you are by the ocean.
Does your town have any fun festivals in the summer?
Nope! We have Pioneer Days in the fall, but it really isn't that great!
Mandy's answers:
How long have you been blogging?   8 months
Why did you start blogging?  I was pregnant, and wanted an outlet
How did you come up with your blog name?  My life revolved around my "household" and my husband and son are obsessed with superheroes
What has been your most viewed post?  Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Party and Avocado Fudge
Do you have any blogging advice? Just be yourself!

Personal questions:
How long have you and your husband been married? 7 years
How did you meet your husband?  at the gym!
Do you have children? yes, 2- my son will be 3 yrs old in a couple of weeks and my daughter is 5 months old
What are some of your hobbies?  photography and fitness
Do you have any pets?  not anymore, we did have a pug named Oreo
Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?  we are moving to the beach in a month, so I plan to stay there.  I will eventually get back to my career in event planning once both kids are in school
Do you have a favorite book?  I am more of a magazine reader if I ever find the time
What is your favorite vacation place?  Aruba or any Caribbean cruise
Does your town have any fun festivals in the summer?  There are tons of things going on in Orlando every week, it is like they come up with the most random things to have a festival for, so too many to list

Be sure to follow your host!! Thanks so much AND link back to whichever blog you posted your link through.
Cate: Random Crafty GA Girl ~  Facebook ~ Twitter

Mandy: The Household hero  ~ Facebook ~ Twitter  ~ G+ ~ Pinterest

ME:  Facebook ~   Twitter ~  Pinterest ~  G+ ~ Instagram
The Rules are simple:
 Share #recipes #crafts #DIY projects #beauty #fitness #homedecor #landscapes, #architecture #homemade items and more! 
Link 2 -3 links from YOUR blog. Link back to one of your host on the post you shared OR on a party page. Visit others, share the party and ENJOY!!

This week I chose the LAST THREE post that were linked up. Cause I'm random like that.

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