Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Art Doll Give Away

If you would like to take part in this give away here is how it will work.

1. You need to have a blog.
2. Leave a comment with your email address included.
3. Enter before July 5th, 2008

I will draw a winner out on Saturday July 5th, 2008. This givings you over a week to enter.

The only thing required is that you have a blog and follow the steps listed above. I will post a link to your blog when the winner is announced on July 5th, 2008.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Where to begin...

First, a little history...
When we lived in Michigan over 7 years ago, we lived down town over a small flower shop named Blossom Land, it was a great loft apartment. Our neighbors were some of the owners of the shops downtown. One of the shops Green Wellies was our favorite to visit because of the wonderful pond and beautiful plants in the courtyard of the shop during the summer growing season. Over the years of living there we started having "after Hours" in the summer with the shop owner Leisa, Heidi and Ruthie from the travel agency two doors down and it was great weekly tradition. We would take turns bringing wonderful food and drinks after the shop closed and we would sit by the pond and talk about life, what happened that week, share old stories and laugh, laugh, laugh. It was a little break from work, life, the kids and men.

Leisa had mentioned that she would like to have an "after hours" for Heidi on her 40th birthday and the rest is now history. I found a great price on airline tickets and that was all it took.

Leisa and I started cooking for the event on Thursday. We both love to cook and thought an event like Heidi turning 40 required good food.

Here is Heidi enjoying her fresh, homemade food.

The menu included:
Black eye pea salad

Couscous with homemade citrus-ginger dressing goat cheese and garden fresh peas

Cucumbers in sushi vinegar

Fresh greenhouse tomatoes

Salt-top Rye from Bit of swiss


Baked Artichoke dip* (*Photo missing, substituted photo of spinach dip from another night)

Olive Focaccia

Cream Cheese Pound Cake with fresh Michigan Strawberries

Assorted drinks in the appropreiate colors

Cake was served, Happy Birthday was poorly sung

GIfts were given

Friends gathered

Fish calmed...

...and Heidi turned 40. Happy birthday Heidi, Just wait until your 50!

Monday, June 23, 2008

I am back!

I am going to take a long nap and blog later tonight or tomorrow. Do I hear a give away is comming? Come back and see...

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

I am away

I am away and have been for over a week. One of my friends was turning 40 and I had a chance to take a last minute trip to see her. I have lots of photos and stories to tell when I get back. I have not had access to a computer until now and I will not be able to get back to a computer until the 23 of June. When I get back I will be doing a give away. I am so excited. Miss you all in blog world!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Babies, babies, beautiful babies!

This is my friend.

These are my new friends!

I thought I would share some of the wonderful photos taken by Jennifer Soltren of Soltren Photography. Jennifer does both outdoor natural light portrait sessions along with full in home mobile studio sessions. If you live in central Florida your in luck, because she works in the entire central Florida area. You can find out more about her at and also at her blog .