Tuesday, November 16, 2010

One Word Wednesday ~ YOU'RE IN FOR SOME FUN!!

You've probably noticed I haven't posted or been to see you over the past several days.
Well, to put it in a nutshell, I've been too busy.  And, with Thanksgiving coming up, my attentions will
be shifting to family fun and lots of eating, sooo.....to help me out
Sally @ Sally G. has generously agreed to take over 
One Word Wednesdays for three weeks, starting this week.
I'll be forever grateful ~ Thank you so much Sally!
Now treat her at least as nice as you treat me, if not nicer, okay!
And, she has a great word in store for you next week!  
In fact, it's so good, I'm going to try my hardest to play along, if that's in any way possible.
OMG...I just read her post ~ you guys are going to have FUN!!

So, without any further ado....
please CLICK HERE to visit Sally
 for this week's word
and to link up!

d y n a m i c

(my apologies to Vickie for not having the time to come up with a post)

 I'll see you back here in four Wednesdays!

One More Note:  Sally will be tied up (no, not physically) all day Wednesday, so she'll be visiting all participants on Thursday.

When we came back to Atlanta from being at the lake this past weekend 
our neighborhood turkey was waiting for us in our yard. 
I grabbed my camera, which was of course in the car with us, and I started shooting away.
She didn't mind me getting close, although she did begin making odd turkey noises
which I guess meant "keep your distance, or else"!
The first time we saw her was at least 4 or 5 years ago.  
We don't see her very often, but she does have a tendency to pop up right before Thanksgiving.
Of course, we think she's asking for it, but it never fails she returns to the hood a few months later.

H A P P Y    T H A N K S G I V I N G    E V E R Y O N E !
(in the States, that is!)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Born to be Wild

See that little guy over on the left sneaking away from his Mom while she's not looking?

Well, check out this adventurous little guy to see how he was put in his place for straying!

thanks to Dave H. for sending me the article

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

One Word Wednesday ~ Connect

this week's word

 c o n n e c t

 mostly made me think of relationships
and the connection of people

how spouses connect with one another
how parents connect with their children
how friends can meet and form an instant connection
that is difficult to explain
 but easy to feel

and i can probably speak for more than just myself
about the connection i feel with my blog buddies
even though i have never met any of you in person

to connect with other people 
makes us a part of something bigger than just ourselves
it can also give a feeling of warmth and security
like a snuggly blanket
on a cold winter's night

what are your thoughts on this week's word?

please join in by adding a link to your post below

chosen by 
Vickie @ Nature's Details

d y n a m i c

that should be very interesting...
looking forward to seeing your spin on it next week!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

We're Here!

The beauteous pansies rise
  In purple, gold, and blue,
    With tints of rainbow hue
      Mocking the sunset skies.
- Thomas John Ouseley,
        The Angel of the Flowers 

I just love when winter pansies
pop their little heads up
as though they're stretching their long necks
 trying to make sure they don't go unnoticed

In our area, if the temps don't get too cold
they will show off their colors all winter long
but, as much as I enjoy seeing their perky blooms on a dreary day
I would still prefer to see a bit more of the white stuff around here!

how do you "connect"?  check in on wednesday!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Jillsy's Kitchen ~ Crazy Chicken

it's been awhile since i've added to my online "easy as all get-out" cookbook
so here's another super simple recipe
and always a crowd pleaser...

I'm not sure how it got its name, but it might be due to the fact it's so crazy delicious and simple!

4-6 Chicken Breasts (cut in halves)
and the following....

1 - 11oz. can mandarin oranges
1 - 16oz. can whole cranberry sauce
1 packet dry onion soup mix
8 oz. French Dressing (I substitute Sweet Honey Catalina)

mix it all up 

place your pieces of chicken
in a piece of bakeware
large enough to hold it all (obviously)
and then smother them
with the cranberry concoction you just stirred up

cover it with a lid
and bake at 325 for one hour and 45 minutes (give or take)
or until you just can't take the yummy aroma coming from the kitchen anymore
without dishin' it up and serving it

it will be all bubbly when done

by the way...you can't forget this....about 15 minutes before serving, cook up some Minute Rice to 
serve this dish over....the rice will soak up all the extra saucy goodness so you can enjoy every last drop!

the chicken should be juicy and very tender from cooking it slowly at the 325 temp

Bon Appetit!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dona Nobis Pacem

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. 
 Then will our world know the blessings of peace.
  ~William Ewart Gladstone

 please join
the challenge 
by blogging for peace
and let's make
the world 
come together
even if just for a day
to join hands
and embrace each other  
in the spirit of peace 

With the upcoming holidays, let's keep in mind
the greatest gift that could be given is one of peace and love.

*above design is available for purchase
as a holiday greeting card ~ click here.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

One Word Wednesday - Retreat

this photograph was taken a couple of years ago
but when Sally G gave us the word "retreat"
for this week's One Word Wednesday
my mind went immediately to it

six years ago we purchased 
a weekend  getaway on a pristine lake
a little over two hours from our home in Atlanta

we fell in love with the fresh country air
the breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains
the stunning sunsets 
and last but not least
the rest and relaxation

it is most definitely our retreat
from city life
and one we look forward to every chance we get

i have to say....
this shot says it all

do you have a personal retreat?

please join in below by adding your thoughts on the word... 

r e t r e a t

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and for next Wednesday
i have selected the word

c o n n e c t

see you next Wednesday when we'll hook up again!

Please Join Me....

on thursday, november 4th
please join in for a wish for peace.
to read more about this creative challenge


and for those who would like to join in tomorrow
for One Word Wednesday ~ think...

 r e t r e a t

Monday, November 1, 2010

My Very First Interview!

i am so honored today
to be featured over at

please come by and say hi!