Welcome September

 

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Every leaf  speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn trees.~ Emily Bronte

 

Aren’t you getting excited?  Crisp air, smells of burning wood, burst of orange, rust, and deep greens.  It is on its way.  Boy, I love this time of year.

 

Hubby and and I spent the last weekend of August in the beautiful city of Munich, Germany.  I will share that tomorrow, but now I will dream of making all things apple!

Treasure Hunt

This past weekend I hit my Flea jar again!  Just love it when that happens.  I did not go with anything in mind.  I just went to look around and be inspired.

I have not been very good at hitting the markets this summer.  Shame on me.  I guess that means I need to get busy this Fall.

I love baskets.  For some reason I have been more interested in wire baskets lately.  I like being able to see through it.  This weekend, I found one!  I also like glass bottles.  I have been collecting demi johns, but this time I found something a little more interesting.  I was very drawn to the shape.

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The bottle is clear and has a wide mouth.  I cleaned it out and I ‘temporarily’ put by one of the much bigger demi johns that I have displayed in the entryway.  My wire basket has found a home in the master bath as a ‘holder’ of literature.  Perfect for those long soaks in the tub.

I am saving the best for last though!

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Fabulous, isn’t?  I have seen them in a lot of places but the condition has been poor or it has been more than I want to spend.  I picked up this baby for $10!  I smiled and danced away.  It has sat in my table for a couple of days just so I can admire it.  I do not talk to it or anything.  Last night I  put it under the coffee table.  A perfect way to display some of our art books.

I feel successful.  I love giving old tired treasure a new home.

 

Adventures in the kitchen

Keeping with our vow to spice things for our weekend dinners, Hubby and I were at it again!

This time our focus was to include the delights of the last of the summer veggies.  Hubby said that was nice but he needed some meat!  Always accommodating, we agreed on a superb menu!

First, a Curried Summer Squash Bisque.  The color of this soup was spectacular.  We love soups.  In fact, we could survive on them all fall and winter.  This one was light, refreshing, and I have to say… Darn good!

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See, pretty!

With the bisque, we had a seared steak topped with tomatoes, onions and olives.  Hubby decided that it would make an excellent sandwich.  Not what the recipe called for, but hey just go with it.

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You know, it all turned out amazing!  A little Italian wine, a lot of conversation, and wow what an evening!

I am loving this!  Cannot wait to do this again.

Harder than I thought

Today thousands of children will be walking through school doors.  Some for the first time and others are seasoned pros.  It is so exciting.  I was always about as excited as they were.

Today is different, though.  For the first time in 25 years, I will not be at a school where all the enthusiasm is taking place.  I have to say I have a big lump in my throat.  Instead, I will be sitting at my desk preparing of a training I will be giving in a couple of days.

Oh, how I love my job!  But days like this one is pulling at heart strings!  A tradition at my house for years has been the Sunday evening before the first day of school, we sit down and watch Mr. Holland’s Opus.  That movie inspires me for some reason!  This time we did not.  I will watch it but I just could not last night!

So here is to the official start to school.  Another year of growth professionally and personally.

Happy Monday!

Eureka!

Just walking around can be a learning experience.

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This was just way toooo cool to pass up.  What is it?  It is a place where people in the neighborhood can leave books.  This one was just for kids.  You can just borrow it, read it, and return it.  Awesome!

What an amazing service for everyone.  In my family reading is a must.  If we lived in a neighborhood with one of these… Oh my!

Just had to share.  It is the educator in me.

It is so wonderful to be back.  Enjoy you weekend.

On the road again

Hubby and I recently hit the road again to sightsee.  We drove 50 minutes down the autobahn to a scenic village named Dinkelsbuhl.  It was wonderful.  I am really loving the landscape in beautiful Bavarian Germany.

 

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Gorgeous, right?  Don’t you love the clean streets?  We were struck with how immaculate everything was.  I cannot imagine what this place will look like during the Christmas season.  Hmmm…. Might have to go check it out!

We are loving these short day trips.  We are getting acquainted with our surrounding area.

Happy Thursday!

 

 

New things

During vacation a couple of weeks ago, Hubby and I vowed to be more creative and adventureous in the kitchen.  The deal was twice a month on weekends, we would have meals that all the dishes were new to us.  In otherwords, dishes that we have never made.

This was our first weekend.  Hubby made pulled pork.  I made spicy coleslaw, baked zucchini chips, and jalapeño cornbread.   We ended up making pulled pork sandwiches and throwing the coleslaw on top.

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I will say they were pretty darn good for two first timers.

I stink at making cornbread.  I do not know what it is but I have never been able to make a decent one.  Hubby asked me to try once more.  Urgg… Is what I thought.  We do not like processed food.  I knew I would be doing it from scratch once again.  Can I say I love a Food Network?   I selected one of their recipes.  I felt like Julia Child!!!!!!

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I did it!  It was a thing of beauty.  I did think we had too many carbs.  However, since the cornbread turn out fabulously I did not care so much.

The baked zucchini was well….not so good.  Let me restate that.  The zucchini was great but it did not turn out ‘chip’ like.  I know it was my fault.  I plan on trying again.

It was so much fun trying new things.  I cannot wait to do it again.

I am found….

Oh where, oh where have I been.  That is a great question!  Quick answer: work.  Long answer: thinking.

I love this time of year.  School starting.  Fall approaching.  Familiar times.  Finding a balance has been a real challenge lately.  I have learned to prioritize.  I have learned that being flexible is more than a want.  It is a need.  I have learned that on weekends I crave Hubby time.

All that said, I have been searching about this here blog.  Where does it fit in?  When do I carve out time?  Don’t you wish you had more time?  I do not have the answers just yet.  And right now, that is okay.

I know I will figure it out.  In the meantime, work and Hubby come first!

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This is more like it!

It is nice to be back.

And just one more…

Amazing Daughter knows me so well.  For my birthday she bought me a book she found as she was cruising a book store.

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It has been sitting on my night stand for a couple of weeks.    As you know, I love Jane Austen.  This is a book about the servants at well….Longbourn.  Will it be any good?  I have no idea.  However, I will find out!

Yesterday was the first day back at work.  When the alarm went off, it took me a few moments to figure out what that sound was.  I made it through the day with a huge smile on my face.  My reward…Longbourn!

I will let you know how it is!

Enjoy your Tuesday!

It’s Time

Yesterday as I was running errands, I saw this.

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This object kind of sums up my outlook right now.  Today is the last day of summer vacation for me.  On Monday morning, it will be back to heels, office, and excitement.  It has been a very short but restful summer.  I am ready to get back to work.

I know right around the corner is my favorite season of the year, Fall.  This candle that I purchased yesterday is my favorite scent.  If I could, I would have this year round.  It embodies warmth, home, and adventure.  Strange that a jar does that for me!

As I enjoy every single moment of the weekend, I will be looking forward to the days to come.

Happy weekend!