Monday, August 18, 2014

Summer days & nights and a chocolate chip skillet cookie you will love ♥

 
Hello! How did it get to be August? I looked at the calendar today and it suddenly dawned on me that in only a few short weeks it will be September!  The Summer is going by so fast.  I've really been terrible at keeping up with my blog this Summer.  So many post ideas have come and gone but have never made it onto my computer.  I've been in an ice cream/movie marathon/summer reading coma that keeps me on my couch at night with either a spoon, a remote, or a book in my hand.  We are in the thick of the lazy, hazy, days of Summer! (Lazy being the key word here : ) 
 
 
 
 
The weeks between mid July and mid August feel like a blur to me.  I celebrated my 40th birthday (I can't believe I survived it! : ) and this past weekend my son turned 7! Why is it that the days go by slow yet the years go by fast?  It's scary to me.  Here he is blowing out his candles and making his birthday wish.  He's such a wonderful, funny, smart little boy.  Love him so much! xoxo
 
 
 
 
Aside from birthday's, we've been keeping ourselves busy with camp, beaches, library's, amusement parks, music lessons, and lot of ice cream! Just what summer is supposed to be ♥  Last night I made the most delicious Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie! Served warm with vanilla ice cream....oh my word was it gooood......but more on that later....
 
 
 
   
Here in New England the days have been incredibly H-O-T and sticky, but look at what the sky has been doing. Can you believe these clouds? I've never seen them so big and fluffy ♥  We were at the playground that day.  I looked up and could not take my eyes off the sky.  I wondered what the night would bring. 
 
 
 

You know that perfect time of the day when he sun begins to set and you see little rays of light peeking through the trees? I was actually quick enough to capture one of those moments that same day. The setting sun through the Rose of Sharon in my back yard.  So pretty ♥




And then this happened.  I took it all in and then said thank you to the universe ♥  I was in awe of its beauty.  This Summer has seen the most beautiful sunsets ever!  Even in my little yard they blow me away.  I watch the colors change from pink and orange, to purple, to blue, then to black. 


 
 
And then night falls. I've been fascinated by the night sky lately. I look up and wonder if anyone else is dreaming the same dreams as I am.  Remember that Mama Cass song "Dream a little dream of me..." ♥ I can't get it out of my head.
 
 
 
 
In case you were wondering what I dream about, I dream of  far away places.  I keep these figurines in my bedroom...as if I need a reminder...  The Eiffel Tower is so old it's beginning to curl.  (heavy sigh....)
 
 
 
 
We've been to the ocean a lot this summer.  Luckily it's only a 15 minute drive from my house. I like going on cloudy days to watch to the boats.   Its not as hot and the clouds are incredible. 
 
 
 
 
Morning coffee on the beach is my favorite. We pack a picnic with coffee and donuts and enjoy the morning before the crowds come. 
 
 
 
 
We throw rocks in the ocean and wonder where they'll end up. ♥  
 

 
 
Trying to get my son to do his Summer reading is hard.  For me it's easy. I'm currently reading When Autumn Leaves by Amy Foster.  I can't put it down! There is a charming little town, fun characters, and (yes!) magic spells. Love it! ♥  I just finished a book about Marie Antoinette which was great, but for a change I wanted something a little lighter.  This is perfect.  I can't wait to get back to it tonight!
 



 Remember that skillet cookie I was telling you about?  I had never made a skillet cookie before, but always wanted to try one.  I did a quick google search for a recipe and this is what  I came up with.  I had all the ingredients on hand and I threw it together right before dinner.  By the time we were done, so was the cookie.  If you want to give it a try, here is the recipe. I found it (here) at www.Lemon-Sugar.com



 
1 stick (8 tablespoons) of unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg, beaten
1 and 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
 
In an 8 inch cast iron skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter is melted add the sugar and brown sugar.  Stir to combine.  Remove from heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes. 
 
In a small mixing bowl, beat the egg.  Add a small amount, about 1/4 cup or so, of the melted sugar and butter to the egg mixture (to temper it) and whisk to combine.  Pour the egg mixture back into the skillet and stir until completely combined. 
 
In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.  Using a wooden spoon, carefully add to the skillet.  Stir to completely incorporate the dry ingredients. 
 
Add vanilla and chocolate chips.  Stir to combine.
 
Bake 15 - 20  minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Best served warm, but let cool slightly to set before cutting. 
 
Enjoy! ♥ 
 
 
 
 
Simple Summer Pleasures!
 
 
So that's what I've been up to. 
 


It's nothing fancy.  Just trying to enjoy the summer day by day, watering my plants and watching the sun go down. Maybe having a margarita here and there.  Reading books and watching Netflix. All is well in my corner of the world. ♥♥♥

I hope you are enjoying your Summer days and nights!  September is coming and Summer is slipping away.  I'm ready.  Are you? : )


Thursday, July 17, 2014

By the light of the moon ♥

 
 
When I was a little girl I thought the moon followed me.  I remember the strangest feeling I had riding in a car and watching the moon all the way home.  She was watching over me. My good luck charm. ♥
 
 
 
 
 I can always count on the moon.  No matter what kind of day I've had - she will be there for me, letting me know that all will be OK. She reminds me that beautiful things will always exist in the world if you just look up.  I'm in awe of her beauty.  I guess I would call myself a moon stalker.  As she used to follow me, now I follow her. 
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On the coldest of winter nights I bundle up and scan the starry sky until I find her. Moonlight in the winter is simply spectacular. In the summer it feels more serene . I make my wishes just the same, and she never disappoints me. I feel a sense of contentment under the moon. I've never seen a shooting star, but the moon is always there.   
 


 
Through the ages, folklore and traditions have been associated with the moon. It has been said, contrary to belief, that a full moon is Not a negative omen. With all that beauty, how could it be?! From planting crops to conceiving children, there are many superstitions around the moon. 




The light of a full moon is considered a better time to plant vegetables which are grown underground. It is said the moonlight pulls the crops upwards from the ground to result in a bumper harvest! Well done!
The time of the full moon is also said to be a time for curing many illnesses. Standing in her light brings luck. ♥
She can also predict the weather. A ring around the moon means rain will come in three days. Expect Fine weather if there is a single ring around the moon that vanishes quickly.
 
If a person without fortune stands in the moonlight of the New Moon it is to be considered bad luck. But if he has coins in his pocket and he turns them without revealing them to the moon he will have plenty of money in the months ahead. Also, the wish he's made while turning the coins will be fulfilled!
 
 



She's also a hopeless romantic! According to superstitions if a girl wants to know when she is to marry she should hold a silk handkerchief up in front of a full moon. The number of moons she can see through the handkerchief represents the number of months she has to wait before getting married. 
 


 
Another superstition says that under the New Moon, lovers should glance over their right shoulder, take three steps backwards, and say the following verse:
 
"new moon, new moon - true and bright"
"if I have a lover, let me dream of him tonight"
"if I am to marry far, let me hear a bird cry"
"if I am to marry near, let me hear a cow low"
"if I am to marry never, let me hear a hammer knock"
 
 


A full moon is believed to rejuvenate feelings of love and stimulate pent up passions. There is nothing more romantic than moonlight, so I have to agree with that one! ; ) I think it's also helpful that moonlight is the most becoming of lights.  We all look like we are in soft focus.  Thank you, dear Moon!



 
My favorite sentiment about the moon is that the moon I see is the same moon You see. It's the same moon all our loved ones in Heaven and on Earth see.  The same moon that followed me home is the same moon that my son makes his wishes on.  It will be the same moon that follows his children home and their children too.  We can't look directly at the sun, but we can gaze lovingly at the moon and say "thank you" for being there for us. ♥
 
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The next full moon is on August 10th.  For Good Luck just say these words in her moonlight:
 
"Lady of Luck come out of your hidden course,
Bless your light upon me as the light of the Moon shines above,
and in the Light of Luck will be blessed I, when the Moon is next to be full."
 
 
The way I see it, we need all the help we can get, so why not ask the moon?
 
 
"Aim for the moon, if you miss you may hit a star."
 
 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Time to sit and be ♥

Two weeks ago, this happened....
 
 


Somehow a miracle occurred and I had the opportunity to sit in my favorite coffee shop with a book and a vanilla latte. It was sheer bliss! ♥


 
The reason it was so blissful was because moments like this are very rare.  I seem to be always running around here, there, and EVERYWHERE! It felt so refreshing to just sit down and let the time tick away.  Just me and Shakespeare. We are good friends now.  He had me at sonnet #18 ♥
 
 
 
 
Since that day I've been dreaming about going back there.  I've decided to make time for this in my life.  Time to just sit and be.  Summer bucket list/life bucket list. 
 
 
 
 
There are always other things that we could be and should be doing.  I've found that I am much more productive after I've taken a little time for myself.  Even if it's just 1 hour in a coffee shop. I've learned to let go of the guilt and be good to myself. I'm a better wife, mother, daughter, and friend for it.  The "grind" will always be there.  I'll get back to it later.  Right now, I have a date with Bill and a chair with my name on it waiting for me.  ♥
 
So tell me, how do you treat yourself? 
 
 

Friday, June 20, 2014

A New Hampshire Getaway! ♥

Hello Friends!
 
I am just back from four days in beautiful New Hampshire! On Tuesday morning we packed up the car and drove about 3 hours to Lincoln, NH.  We stayed in a condo with my parents, right on Loon Mountain.  What a view we had!
  
 
The condo had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and balcony.
 
 
 
We cooked all our meals (except lunch) in.  It was so nice after a long day at an amusement park or the pool to just come home, shower, and relax.  Thank you MOM for taking care of us! ♥♥ And to DAD for making us a yummy breakfast on Thursday! ♥♥
 
 
 
We had had a Jacuzzi tub that SOMEONE took advantage of.... do you think we used a little too much bubble soap????!!!! WOW! This was very interesting!


 
 
We used the indoor and outdoor pool every day!
 
 
 
 
But for me it was all about the mountain views! This was taken from our balcony.  I can only imagine this in the Fall! The colors must be spectacular! : )
 
 

 
On Wednesday we took John to Santa's Village.  It's a Christmas themed amusement park in Jefferson, NH.  So much fun! I used to go when I was a little girl and not much has changed since then.  I like to imagine him riding the same rides as I used to when I was little.  One of the best parts of being a parent is seeing things through your kids eyes.  Right now I see happiness, joy, excitement, and silliness.  All the best things!
 
 
 
 
There were no crowds so we were able to ride the rides two or three times! Sweet!
 
 

 
They also have water slides, which are the best part! ♥
 

 
 
On Thursday we took a ride to North Conway Center.  It was a perfect day for browsing in and out of stores.  My favorite is Zeb's General Store.  
 
 
 
 
It's very old fashioned with wood floors and penny candy!
 
 


So much to pick from! John had money to spend and he chose a bag of licorice to take home.  It lasted about 30 seconds!



 
Old fashioned Coke machine!
 


 
I couldn't leave without visiting the Christmas corner.
 


 
After that we walked over to the Train Station across the street to take a peek at the trains.
 

 
                   
Browsed the five and dime....
 


 
And had an iced coffee at my favorite coffee house and art gallery.  This is a cool place : )
 
 
 
 
Small town America. 
 
 
 

It was a lovely get away.  We had lots of laughs and lots of fun!  But every good thing must come to an end sometime.  This morning we packed up the car and home sweet home we came!




As we speak I'm elbow deep in laundry, laundry, laundry!  You've Got Mail is on and I'm listening to it as I settle back in to my routine.  As good as it feels to get away for a while, it's even better coming home.  I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own comfy bed tonight and having coffee in my favorite mug in the morning.  It's the little things ♥




Happy Days!!! xoxo