Come away with me…


High among the aspens, and with the most beautiful people I’ve ever seen in one place at one time, I attended a wedding.

It was more than just a wedding…

It was a magical weekend…


deep velvety roses kissed delicate hydrangea petals everywhere



the trees sparkled


the back drop was Heaven inspired


and each detail a blessing.








There was a Queen Bee








and Princess Bees too! 




Can you find the bees buzzing?





Honey & Cheese together in perfect harmony.




The King Bee

with his




Such amazing new friends…


truly a Magical weekend!

I hope you were inspired to add sparkle to your trees, honey to your plate, or beauty to your life.








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Faux Shi Shi and Easy

Hope your summer is sl o w ly going by.
I’m still in the fast-track statistics class that not only
teaches me lovely bits of standard deviations
and critical values, but it also teaches me the likelihood
of not having any dessert
left over when n= 12 short cakes
and k= fruit topping.

Here’s a faux shi shi, cheap and easy, no- bake, one bowl dessert that will wow….well, I don’t know if it will wow them…but it’s easy and that’s what matters.


Add lemon juice and sugar, to a tub of PRE-WHIPPED cream cheese.  Mix well and then add a bit of vanilla.


Add a couple of dollops of the mixture to a dozen sponge cake cups.


Decorate the tops with bits of strawberry, kiwi, apricot, and plum- or whatever you like. You can stop here or continue on with a quick glaze.


Heat a few tablespoons of apricot preserves with a little lemon juice to cut the sweetness.  Let it cool a bit and then slather over your fruit.  This will not only add tartness, but will help to keep the fruit from drying out while it waits in the fridge. enjoy!




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Did you know about this? Why didn’t you tell me?

I hate reading….and I love reading.

I’m kind of an all or nothing girl, and when I get started I can’t stop, and the next thing you know it’s 4 a.m. and I haven’t brushed my teeth in days.

Do you know what I mean?

Now that school is out for the summer (except for my summer term statistics class), all I want to do is catch up on some reading, but I have to admit things could start to fall apart around here.

Through the magical and mysterious interweb, I have found a way to read and keep up with my chores simultaneously!

I can pull weeds, empty the dishwasher, do my hair and makeup, drive to class, and grocery shop while I listen to audio books on my iPhone!  But lately, my favorite thing to do is to curl up in my bed with the lights out, rest my eyes (don’t forget about my statistics homework), and let the narrator read me a bedtime story.

Forget books on tape and only being able to hear the book in the car! This is so much better!  Why didn’t I think of this sooner?  Did you know about this?  Why didn’t you tell me?!

Here are the hard copies from my summer reading lists (of the past) that I pulled from the nooks and crannies of my house…013

So far, I’ve already listened to The Tiger’s Wife and The Good Earth….in like, five days!  My library loans them out for about 3 weeks through the app, Overdrive Media.

The Good Earth was a re-read.  Buck’s delicious descriptions came to mind many times in my Chinese art history class… “But with the coming of spring talk began to surge up out of their hearts and to make itself heard on their lips”  makes me want to slip into a misty Wang Hui ink and color on silk and take a stroll along the river’s edge with O-lan.

The Road because McCarthy is just so great….and yes, I even liked Child of God- from an academic point of view. I’ve started The Road a few times, but I’m determined to get this one done.

The Tiger’s Wife because of the mixed reviews and awards.  I had to make up my mind for myself (3 out of 5 stars btw).

And last but not least, Life of Pi.  While at the theater waiting to see The Best Marigold Hotel with my mom, I saw a trailer for ‘Life of Pi’ that is supposed to be in theatres around Thanksgiving. I’d put the trailer here for you, but it has been pulled off of YouTube and I can only find cheesy, home made trailers.

The preview that I saw was so….magical…that I started a new movie/book club!  The goal is to actually read the book before we see the movie.  ‘The Official Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie’ club members are Jen, Bridgette, and me .  Wanna join?  If so, let me know because we have a secret knock and password. Winking smile

What’s on your Summer Reading List?  Fiction, biographies, cookbooks, magazines, travel brochures…the backs of your eyelids? I hear ya.

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Here’s to lazy summer afternoons with a good (mp3) book.


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****PaRtY on the Patio!****

Here’s our FIRE PIT!  I don’t refer to it as a regular fire pit because, well, it’s a long story.


But here’s the thing, fire pit season in Dallas is October through maybe April.  It’s just too hot to snuggle up to a campfire here already. So May through September meant topping the fire pit bowl with a piece of wood and loading it up with tons of candles just so we weren’t sitting in the dark and talking to each other’s silhouettes.

Until now!…


We added patio lights, and I’ll show you how we did it….



Level up four 8’ posts in four buckets and add a little Quickrete.


I considered using sand instead of the concrete, but mosquitoes love wet sand, and it just didn’t seem stable or heavy enough to support tall poles.

IMG_3326Add enough concrete to fill a third of the mixing bucket.



Add a little water at a time.

And then mix it up with your handy dandy thing-a-ma-jig that attaches to the drill….IMG_3325to a pretty thick consistency.  

When you fill your little buckets, consider who will be carrying them around when they are stored away.  I filled mine half way and have enough room to drop in four-inch pots of flowers to hide the cement. But, eh, I really don’t care if my cement is showing.


The cement was sloped down from the pole toward the sides of the buckets.  After the cement was dry, we drilled holes though the sides of the buckets at the lowest points so the water would drain out…again, preventing blood sucking skeeters.




Add four hooks…042

and then the lights!  We chose the clear bulbs.






Tip: lower your lights into a bucket to store them away.


Now, I have a place in the backyard for a couple strands of pennant flags.



I used a paper pattern, Heat & Bond, an old Rachel Ashwell shower curtain, and pinking shears.  There are 44 pennants in all, and they are alternately attached on both sides of the top band.



After the triangles were cut, I cut 1” strips off the shower curtain and sewed the ends together creating two strands that were 25’ long.  I found the center of each strip/strand and then attached the first two triangles on each side of center so that they would cross each other over the fire pit without bunching.   I then attached the remaining triangles working out from the centers.   Here is the intersection….



That’s it. Easy peasy.

Pretty fun and Pinteresty too! 





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