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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 !

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spring Wreath & Wine Drive

Sunshine Sunshine Sunshine !!! bring on the sunshine. The sun has not shown it's pretty little face in such a long time, but today it has decided to make an appearance and I have to say it makes my soul sing. So in the spirit of spring I made this happy little turquoise daisy wreath. I just love it it makes me super happy.

So seeing it has been really dreary and cold we decided to do a little lake Michigan wine tour one saturday afternoon.Our first stop was Lemon Creek winery look at this cute little sign they have hanging in the tasting room, how cute is that!!!
Look who greets you at the door Shadow the wine dog! He is quite the little beggar for the little crackers they give you with your wine tasting.Shadow is even famous he is in the book called wine dogs. How fun is that two have dogs greet you in the winery, two of my favorite things wine & dogs!!!

Shadow asking for wine, just kidding he is really begging for those little crackers :-)
This is Shadows partner in crime he is just relaxing and enjoying life at the winery, rough life Huh?

Me enjoying a little vino at the Round Barn Winery one of my favorite Michigan wineries. So if you have cabin fever and you love wine then get out there and do a little wine drive even though it's cold and nasty it's always warm and cozy at the wineries. Speaking of wine I am going to pour myself a glass and watch all the little birdies at my feeder. Happy Sunday!

Drinking wine is divine....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Beachy State of Mind

Ok so is it to think early to have spring fever??? I can't help it I am soooo ready for spring! I am already thinking about spring bulbs, putting out my new beachy door mat, cleaning up my yard, cleaning out the pond... my mind is going a million miles an hour. I can't wait for the first warm spring day to get out side and start getting the yard ready for springs arrival. I have been in a little bit of a funk with the lack of sunshine this last week so I decided to do a little craft project. I poured myself some of this Fabulous wine ( isn't it a cute name?) Cabulous and I have to say it was FABULOUS. I just thought the little saying was too cute. I love finding happy little sayings on wine bottles. So I turned on the twinkle lights and pandora and had myself a nice little evening crafting. The wreath was so simple I just used some spanish moss and some reindeer moss and glued on some little starfish and sand dollars, oh and the little piece of wood is just a piece of drift wood I collected. I just painted the little word beach on it. I can't wait for the first warm spring day to put it outside my back door.
If you are wondering where you can find this wine I found it at World Market while on vacation in South Carolina, so wish we had a World market, I love that place.

I have been a little uninspired in the cooking department but I came across this recipe courtesy of Vegetarian Times magazine and it was so refreshing.

For the salad:

I baked a block of tofu (in your oven at 475-500) depending on your oven I jut cut the tofu into wide strips and baked about 5 min per side or a few min longer there again depending on your oven.

toss tofu into salad, I used spinach leaves with bean sprouts, carrots, roasted pumpkin seeds

for the dressing:
1 tbs lime juice
1 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp siracha chile sauce
1/4 tsp fresh grated ginger
dash of rice wine vinegar
wisk all ingredients together and serve

~A very simple salad with a lot of flavor ~

I am in a beachy state of mind while getting through this winter. I am dreaming of the day I get to put my toes in the sand, smell the salty sea air and feel the warm ocean breeze through my hair! that is what is getting me through winter.

How are you getting through this winter??? I would love to hear ...