Thursday, July 25, 2013

Above the Clouds

I fly a lot for my job and there are a million things about flying that can get you down in the dumps. There is a lot of hurry up and wait. People are usually grouchy, flights get delayed, you walk a lot so your feet hurt, bags are heavy so your shoulders hurt. The plane stinks, the seats are small I could go on forever. But one thing about flying that I will never tire of is the view ...

I think about the care bears every time :) and how much I would love to be able to float on those clouds with out a care in the world. It reminds me that I am so insignificant and so are my problems...the world is huge and there is so much more out there than my tiny world.

It makes me feel small and humbles me. I see just a glimpse of what heaven may be like and I know that He is God and if I just open my eyes to his word and beauty he will surround me with it. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Baubles I Adore

I have liked jewelry as long as I can remember and I always was most interested in what my mom and grandma had. I love all kinds of jewelry but I gravitate toward old items or at least pieces that look old. So here is a random post about a few pieces I love and why.

Huge statement pearl and cameo necklace. I have always loved cameos and I got this one on a trip to Canton (giant flea market in Texas) I love it because it was so unusual and because it reminds me of that day I spent with my mom. 

Another cameo and this is probably one of the most special pieces I own. That cameo was given to my mom by my dad.  He picked it up in the original cameo factory while he was stationed in Europe in the navy. The diamonds in it are from my grandmothers wedding ring. It so amazing and special my mom had it made and gave it to me for my 30th birthday.

This is the simply adorable bracelet Super Man bought me at a vintage shop in paris for our 5th wedding anniversary. It is so unique and feminine and perfectly Parisian. I could not love it more.

My wedding earrings also a gift from my mother. They are delicate and I love how the aquamarine dangles in between the pave diamonds!

I collect broaches and this is one that was my grandmothers I remember how she used to wear it on her suede blazers.

A costume cocktail ring that I can't even remember where I got it but it always fancies up an outfit and I get compliments on it every time. 

My grandmothers slide bracelet, my grandmother left a gold bracelet mostly gold bangles to all the grand daughters and she left me this one. I was mesmerized by it as a kid and I still am. I think my favorite is the rose bud slide on the end.

Then of course there is my wedding ring my most favorite piece in the whole world. I love that he picked it out all on his own and I stare at it every single day...sorry for the bad picture. It's radiant cut with pave diamonds all over (they are my favorite). I remember how excited I was when I got it and how his face looked when he gave it to me.

I love how when people pass on or leave your life you have these things to remember them and feel connected.

Jewelry is so special and sentimental to me. I love costume jewelry too but it's the pieces that have a story that are my favorite. Do you have pieces that mean a lot to you?

Happy hump day!!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Jalapeño Basil Porkchops

During the summer we pretty much decide what we are going to eat with one question..."can we grill it?" So here is an easy one for the grill.

First get you basil

We keep some in the back

Pull the leaves off

Put your ring on your ring holder...mine is a cute bird my mom got me.


Lay out and pay dry

Chop it up...this is my favorite little chopper buddy I use it all the time and it is perfection and easy to clean!

Next is the spicyness it comes from the jalapeño jelly.

It's good stuff 

Thick perfect for marinade 

Low fat and low call...bonus!

Throw in your basil

Mix it up good then heat

Next season up the chops we like Lawry's and pepper.

Smother those babies in your marinade and let sit in the fridge for 20 mins or so.

Place on the grill...or if you are like me have some hot guy do it for you.

Slather them a little more then cool for 15 min and flip.

Sit back and look over the freshly cut yard while you wait for them to be done just another 15 min.

Wa-la yummyness!

I have mine with brussels sprouts  seasoned with sea salt and pepper sooo good but I know not everyone likes them including Super Man so he has his with other veggies and some potatoes.

Pork chops are very lean and low fat we have them a lot...It's a good week night meal and we have lunch for tomorrow.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Weekend For My Soul

This weekend was filled with way too many events but we got through it and had a wonderful time! I am not a huge fan of no rest on the weekend I think it's important to recharge from the week. This weekend I realized its also good to recharge with a shot of everyone you love...and the exhaustion is worth it.

Started with. Going away party for my best friends sister who is in return like my sister, she is moving to Seattle and its hard on all of us! So what are we to do?? Drink and dance yup that should make us feel better ;)

So we did and we realized things have definitely changed since we used to go out but one thing hasn't much fun my friends are!!

Then it was time to head to East Texas to celebrate my little sisters birthday so we packed up the dogs and drove through the random summer storms.

Till we arrived here... The entrance to the magical forest seriously how beautiful??

We sang and ate our selves silly. Then had a nice long visit with family it was good for my heart.

It was quite and late before we headed home to moms house.

I slept like a baby and woke up to great coffee and real bacon...

Yup sometimes I want the fat!! And my favorite blueberry muffins ... Thanks mommy!

We lounged around and visited while mom looked at the paper and the dogs begged for bacon.

Then we headed home but not with out a stop to see my favorite rose guy.

Love love!

The rest of the day was full of house cleaning, laundry and these little beauties Super Man found for me to redo.

Can't wait to turn them into something fun. 

It was an eventful, exhausting good for the soul kind of weekend that makes your feel alive. 

Hope you had a wonderful weekend too Happy Monday!