- Born a mid western girl but an ocean girl at heart! My soul belongs to the sea....I am obsessed with the color TURQUOISE and all things beachy. I love nature, the outdoors, dogs,cooking,wine,art backpacking, cycling and reading. I also have a passion for photography and I absolutely love photographing the beach that is where my soul is happiest.! I hope you enjoy following me and my adventures so welcome to my blog, I hope you are inspired. HAPPY BLOGGING !
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
And the turquoise star was something I found at this awesome antique place called Green Oak Antiques . I just painted my favorite color Turquoise. Think it looks cute hanging in the flower garden. The Black eyed susans are in full bloom and are as happy as can be!
So go take a peek around your house and see what you can recycle into something new. I bet you will be surprised at what you find. Hope you have a good rest of the week. It's gonna be a hot one here today in the midwest 90 degrees. I love S*U*M*M*E*R bring on the sunshine! Have a happy day today !!!
Friday, July 16, 2010
So it is going to be another hot day here and that makes me HAPPY!
I hope you do something fun and creative this weekend. I am off with some great friends of ours to stay on the boat this weekend. I am so excited to sleep on the boat. I have never slept on a boat but somehow I think it will be calm and soothing. I just love being on the water. I think we are going to have fantastic weather to be up at the beach this weekend!I will check back with you later and tell you all about our weekend at the BEACH.
But before I go here is a little recipe I found in the July issue of Southern Living Magazine.
In Season : BLUEBERRIES
You can't get a much simpler summer salsa....
Toss together 2 cups chopped fresh blueberries
1 cup whole blueberries
1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
3 tbs chopped cilantro
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 seeded and minced jalapeno
1/3 cup diced red peppers
pinch of sea salt
Chill and serve with blue corn chips or toasted pita chips
Enjoy Summer's bounty.
"Soak up the sun, and have some fun, Summer really is the happiest season"
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Riding through the city at night has a way of making you feel alive. The city has it's own vibe and a lot of great energy even at 2 am!!!! I was really surprised at all the people out at that hour who use the bike/running path along lakeshore Dr. The last part of the ride takes you along about 10 miles of the lakeshore bike/running path, very cool lots of sailboats in the harbor for the night. there are even a few cool little places to stop and have a cocktail along the path. All in all we had a fabulous night. I am surprised I have the energy I have today after being up all night, the adrenaline must still be running through my veins! I hope you got to get out this weekend and do something active. I really enjoying riding my bike and feeling the wind through my hair , riding gives you lots of time to think... So no matter how much you ride your bike just get out and do it and ENJOY every minute of it!!! My next big ride will be the 75 mile apple cider ride this fall, I have lots of long rides to get in wish me luck!
"Ride to live, Live to ride"
Friday, July 9, 2010
portabella mushroom with pesto & goat cheese
clean the gills from one large mushroom drizzle a little e.v.o.o on the bottom of the mushroom , fill the inside with pesto, artichokes, sun dried tomatoes,goat cheese, pine nuts and top with fresh chopped basil. this was AWESOME!!!! bake the mushroom at 375 for about 30 min or until goat cheese starts to melt.
Pour yourself a little summer white wine and enjoy~
Doesn't Mr. Seagull look happy as can be ???? I know I have said it a million times but I L.O.V.E the ocean I wish I was there now...
I hope you have a super weekend I am off for cocktails on the Urban Patio with my hubby !!!
"You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces- just good food from fresh ingredients" Julia Child
Monday, July 5, 2010
So she made us these cute daisy flips flops...
She even made these adorable daisy cupcakes, too cute!!!! even the daisy candies were edible
And how cute is this flower box? she grew some grass and arranged the daisies in the box. I think that is so adorable....
And you can't really see them but if you look up a the ceiling she even made those adorable tissue paper daisies and hung them all from the ceiling of her back porch. Great job Sara everything was super cute! I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend, I am off to the beach today to enjoy every last bit of the weekend... Have a fabulous day !
There are friends who pass like ships in the night,
Who meet for a moment then sail out of sight,
With never a backwards glance of regret,
Friends we know briefly, then quickly forget.
Then there are friends that sail together,
Through quiet waters and stormy weather.
Helping each other through joy and strife,
These are the friends who bring meaning to life
Friday, July 2, 2010
Now check out this beach house. I simply LOVE~ LOVE ~ LOVE this beach house. I would live in this beach house in a heart beat and it is in my favorite color Turquoise!!!. Every time we drive past this house it puts a big smile on my face. How could you not be happy living there ???
So now we come to a healthy eats part of this post, all this blogging has made me hungry.
Let me introduce you to the mung bean noodle... My same friend who found the fabulous wine also found these awesome noodles. You can find these at your local health food store... usually. They are so healthy and a great alternative to traditional pasta noodles . The only ingredients in them are mung beans and water. kind of crazy. We have been eating them like mad. You can really add about anything to them and they are great. Oh and check out the place mats aren't they cute. All I did was buy the turquoise place mats and I just hot glued the star fish on them. I think they are super cute and they took all of about 10 min to make. So for this recipe ~
I just made the noodles and infused some olive oil with about 5 garlic gloves, snipped some basil,parsley, and mint from my garden and sauteed some shrimp with a little white wine, olive oil and crushed red pepper. I also added artichokes, sun dried tomatoes and topped it all off with some fresh grated parmesan YUMO-O !!!!
Every once in awhile, a casual stroll on the beach yields an unexpected treasure–an unbroken shell, an unusually shaped stone, a piece of sea glass. Occasionally, the same thing happens with wine