Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Boy, Was I SURPRISED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning! I have been missing cause we have been busy and then this past sat. my daughter and SIL and Joe threw me a big, SURPRISE birthday party!!!!!!!!!!!! I had no idea!!!! I wish so much I could figure out how to get the video from Facebook onto here but I can't. So, I will share some pictures from my wonderful day. It was even better because my sister flew up from Fl. and so did our son!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cold not believe my eyes! It also was a dream come true as I have always wished someone would throw me a surprise party for a birthday and it took til now:) I feel so very blessed! My actual birthday is this coming Sat. I thought we were just going to their house for dinner. Oh, it was wonderful. So here are some shots I thought I would share. Poor Joe, someone yelled to him to "suck it in" and he was making faces:):)
 Our daughter Tracy, Joe, me, our son Brian.

 Tracy gave me this banner to wear:) It says, "Birthday Princess".
 Tracy and Dave.
This is Tracys best friend and her boyfriend. Such a cute couple!!!

 These are our best friends. Joe and Bill have been friends since grade school and Wenda and I met when we got married. Also, she and I share a birthday! Is that crazy or what!!! But she is a year younger than I.
 BFFs, forever!!!

 The beautiful cake.
 Neighborhood friends. I love these girls!


 Opening gifts.
 My handsome son:)
 My sweet girl!!!!


 She helped me with the cake:)
 Tracy, Colleen and Dave.

 My baby sister Sue, Tracy and me

Thanks for indulging me. I am still coming down from the high. Thanks again to everyone who pulled this together and who came to help celebrate. I still can not believe I am this old!!!! How the heck did that happen???:):)
XO, Pinky

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 Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

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The Dedicated House – Make it Pretty Monday
 

TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME

Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays 

 
Katherine @ Katherines Corner for Favorite Things Thursday Hop
Between Naps on the Porch – Tablescape Thursday


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My Favorite Appetizer for a crowd.

Most people call this "Cowboy Caviar". I don't know why but I do know it is delicious and everyone I have served it to, loves it. I hope you will try it soon! here is the recipe and some pics I took making it. I copied the recipe from "Spend With Pennies".

COWBOY CAVIAR



A fresh, simple dip that can be thrown together in under 15 minutes!  This Cowboy Caviar makes a great side dish for any picnic, potluck, or party, and is a great way to use up your summer produce!



INGREDIENTS:


  • 3 Roma tomatoes , seeds removed, diced
  • 2 ripe avocados diced
  • 1 15 oz can black beans , rinsed and drained
  • 1 15 oz can black eyed peas , rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups frozen sweet corn , thawed (I just usually toss it in the salad frozen unless I plan on eating it immediately, it thaws quite quickly).
  • 1 bell pepper , diced (I used half a green and half a red, but color doesn’t matter)
  • ⅓ cup red onion , diced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper , seeds removed, diced into very small pieces
  • ⅓ cup Cilantro , finely chopped

DRESSING

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice (fresh preferred)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Tortilla chips , for serving


DIRECTIONS:


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  1. Combine tomatoes, avocado, onion, black beans, black eyed peas, corn, pepper, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro in a large bowl. Toss/stir well so that ingredients are well-combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together olive oil, lime juice, red wine vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Pour dressing over other ingredients and stir/toss very well.
  4. Keep refrigerated. If not serving immediately, be sure to toss/stir well before serving.
 As you can see I did a mix of green red and yellow sweet peppers.




Thanks for your visit. Not much is happening around here as Summer is winding down. Are you thinking of or planning for Fall? I am, planning and making lists:) I LOVE Fall and Fall decorating. But, I do NOT want to rush the seasons and I especially don't want to rush into Winter:(
XO, Pinky
 
I will be sharing here:

Metamorphosis Monday,

Wow Us WednesdaysFeathered Nest Friday

 Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

Share Your Style


 
Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson ~ Share Your Cup Thursday

 
The Dedicated House – Make it Pretty Monday
 
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME
 
 
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays 

 
Katherine @ Katherines Corner for Favorite Things Thursday Hop
 
Between Naps on the Porch – Tablescape Thursday
 
 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Black, White and a Touch of Green at the Table

Good morning. We are having house guests so I haven't had time to do a new post so am reposting this from ast year. I amy actuallly do a very similiar table soon, maybe. Hope if you missed this you can enjoy it now!  I started with a black and white checked runner. I wanted to make it light and airy.  I used a black and striped placemat and a sea grass round mat along with my white chargers and black and white flowered dinner plate and black and white salad plate. I topped all that with a green apple surrounded by a green, leafy ring.
 To compliment the runner I mixed it up a bit by gathering 2 napkins together in a simple, white ceramic napkin ring.
 My limelight hydrangeas are perfect for a simple but beautiful centerpiece.
 They are all different colors right now. Some are still  green and some...
 are white and some
 are beginning to show some of that beautiful pinkish color.
 I added 2 green candles surrounded by a green leafy ring for added texture.
 My clear bubble goblets will hold our beverage.

 The hydrangeas are in one of my white pitchers that is acting as a vase.
 To add some more texture I filled my white gravy boat with some seed balls and other pods.

 A single apple sits in a green leafy ring on top of the dish stack.

And mixing my flatware makes the table fun.


 This is the salad plate
 and this the dinner plate. They can be mixed together many different ways.

 Yes, there is also a small antler in this mix:)
 I really like the edge of the gravy boat and the leafy vine on the side.



 The rattan S and P tie in with the sea grass placemats.

Thanks for your visit! Are you dreaming and planning for Fall yet? I am just beginning to THINK about it. We have had some cooler temps this week that I have been loving. I hope you are surviving this awful heat if it is HOT where you are!!!.

 XO, Pinky

I am sharing here:

 Metamorphosis Monday,

The Scoop,  Inspire Me Tuesday,

Wow Us WednesdaysFeathered Nest Friday

 Foodie Friday and Everything Else Link Party

Share Your Style

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson ~ Share Your Cup Thursday

The Dedicated House – Make it Pretty Monday

 A Stroll Thru Life – Inspire Me Tuesday
TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME
Happy List Tuesdays~
Worthing Court - Home(work) Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style - Wow Us Wednesdays 

Ivy @ Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Let’s Dish!
Katherine @ Katherines Corner for Favorite Things Thursday Hop

Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage for A Favorite Thing.
Between Naps on the Porch – Tablescape Thursday
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