Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dog Lovin' - Dogs As Best Buds

dogs as best friends, dogs playing fetch
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Our pups, Indigo and Lily, are best buds and there's not a day that goes by that I'm not grateful for it.  They play together, sit together and even sleep together. We've woken up numerous times to find Indigo with her arm around Lily. I haven't gotten a great picture of that yet that I can post ... it's been too dark!  I'm sharing some pics today I found of other "best buds" ... hope they make you smile too!

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Our pups - Indigo & Lily - best buds

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dogs as best friends, dogs sleeping together
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dogs as best friends, dogs sleeping together
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Do you have any great pics of your dogs as buddies?  Please send them to me so I can post them!

Happy Dog Lovin'!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sweet Indulgences - Blueberry Thousand Layer Cake From Sweet Paul

Blueberry Thousand Layer Cake from Sweet Paul Magazine

I'm a big fan of pancakes and the recent trend in the dessert world seems to be creating pancake "cakes".  I love breakfast for dinner and the concept of breakfast for dessert, well ... count me in!  This Blueberry Thousand Layer Cake from Sweet Paul magazine caught my eye and I decided to share it today since National Blueberry Month is almost to a close.

I love the mint garnish and would add whipped cream or cream cheese frosting between the layers of pancake, in addition to the blueberry jam. 

Click here for recipe.

Have a sweet day!

Images via:  Sweet Paul magazine

Monday, July 29, 2013

Inspiration - You Were Made To Stand Out

I love this original typography illustration print from Whimsical Lane on Etsy.  Good thought to start the week and a reminder that we are all made to stand out!

Turtles have been an inspiring symbol for me since I met my husband and he shared his mother's turtle collection with me. She collected turtles because they are the only animal that can only move forward. They can't go backwards.  What an inspiring metaphor to apply to our view on life!  I have several of her turtles in my office and always think of this when I look at them.  It certainly puts my mindset on the right positive track! 

Hope you have an inspired week!

Image via:  Whimsical Lane

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pinterest - My Favorites This Week


Lovely popovers

Beautiful watercolor

Virginia Bluebells

Happy weekend & happy pinning!

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Friday, July 26, 2013

In The Kitchen - Grilled Kale, Zucchini And Cannellini Bean Salad

Grilled Kale, Zucchini and Cannellini Bean Salad

I have been loving our new gas grill and having so much fun creating different "grilled" salads.  I haven't cooked much with kale as I never liked the flavor raw and decided to see how it would come out grilled.  I loved it!  This quickly became the base for my salad and I then tossed it with grilled zucchini (love), cannellini beans, sundried tomatoes, feta cheese and balsamic dressing.  It was so good! ... super healthy with a great smokey grill flavor!

P.S. Please excuse the picture ... it's not the best picture I've ever taken, but I loved this salad so much that I had to share it today!

Buon Appetito!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Artist Spotlight - Karen Kurycki - CMYKaren

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I have always loved watercolors and it's my preferred medium to dabble in when I paint.  I came across Karen Kurycki (CMYKaren) on Pinterest when I saw her Love painting and immediately searched for more of her work.  She has a wonderful way of incorporating hearts into many of her paintings and her use of color is inspiring. 

Thanks for inspiring me today Karen!  Take a moment to stop by her website and see more of her work ... you'll be glad you did!

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Happy Inspired Thursday!  

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Dog Lovin' - Summer Dog Fun In The Sprinklers

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Our German Shepard, Indigo, is obsessed with our sprinkler hose.  She absolutely can't get enough of it and it is the funniest thing to watch her try to get the water in her mouth. I laugh out loud every time.  I haven't been able to get a good photo of her yet, as it's rather hard when you're the one holding the hose!  I need to go buy the sprinkler attachment which is next on my list.  

Sharing some wonderful pictures I found which hopefully make you smile!

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dogs playing in water sprinklers
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dogs playing in water sprinklers

Happy Summer Dog Lovin'!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sweet Indulgences - Mini Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cakes

Since July is National Blueberry Month, I couldn't resist posting this recipe for Mini Blueberry-Lemon Bundt Cakes from Laura at Tutti Dolci.  I love the combination of flavors - bright lemon with sweet blueberries.  I also love that they are bite size and perfect for parties or guilt-free nibbles!

Click here for the recipe and more Tutti Dolci sweets.  You'll be glad you visited Laura's blog!

Image via:  Tutti Dolci blog

Monday, July 22, 2013

Inspiration - Chalkboard Art Quote - Kind Words

Happy Monday!

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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Pinterest - My Favorites This Week

Those eyes....

Lovely blue

Love the white flowers on white....

Mint ice cream

Happy weekend and happy pinning!

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