Friday, May 29, 2009

Foodie Friday

This recipe for Banana Bread is delicious! It disappeared very quickly around here, plus it's so easy to make. That's the kind of recipes that I like....short and sweet!

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Wet ingredients:

1/2 stick butter, softened

2 eggs

3 bananas - mashed

2/3 cup sugar

Dry ingredients:

Mix together 1 1/3 cup flour

3/4 t. salt

1/2 t. baking soda

1/4 t. baking powder

1/2 t. cinnamon

Combine wet and dry ingredients and pour into a greased loaf pan. Bake for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. For more scrumptious recipes please visit Designs by Gollum.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Ritz-Carlton - Washington DC

Yes, I'm still talking about our trip this past weekend to Washington. We stayed at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. I'm just letting you know that I highly recommend it. It was extra extra nice. Everyone was so attentive and everytime you walked by, one of the employees asked if you needed anything or directions. We never moved our car the whole weekend. Actually I never saw it again. They took it when we arrived and brought it back when we left along with complimentary bottles of water to take with us. We stayed on the 16th floor and had a wonderful view of the city. They furnished us robes and we had chocolate on our pillows every night before we went to bed. What a treat! It was also attached to a 4-story mall! Now you can imagine that I was in heaven!!! The metro/subway entrance was also in the hotel, so we never had to go look for one. I remember telling Hubby and Travis on the way back from a tiring day...I sure am glad that we just have to get off the metro and go upstairs. It was a wonderful place to stay and we would definitely stay there again.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday - The White House

Here are a few shots from our trip to Washington this past weekend. I have never walked so much in my whole life. Not only were my feet sore, but my hips were too. That has never happened before! We saw so much in a weekend and we took plenty of pictures. I won't bore you with all of them. (That is all at once) We did get a shot of President Obama leaving the White House for Camp David on his helicopter though. The squirrels must be so used to being fed by everyone that they came right up to you. For more Outdoor Wednesday pics, please visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day 2009

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day, which always signals the start of summer for me: opening the pool up, wearing white shoes and accessories and my clematis blooming around my mailbox. It rained ALL day here yesterday, but believe it or not, it quit for an hour for us to have a cook out at Mama and Daddy's.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Happy Memorial Day

While in Washington we visited Arlington National Cementary. They had put flags on ALL of the graves for Memorial Day. We watched the Changing of the Guard, which was very interesting. We also saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and John F. Kennedy's Grave with the eternal flame. Let's all remember the soldiers that lost their lives for our country as well as the one's that fought in the wars.

Thursday, May 21, 2009


We are leaving today for Washington DC for a short vacation. I'll be back on Monday with plenty of pictures. But don't worry, I won't put them all on here! By the way, g.suzie, I would love to read your blog, but it's set to private. If you decide to ever open it up, please let me know. Hope everyone has a nice Memorial Day weekend!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

These are the eggs that I blogged about last week...the ones at work. They finally hatched this week. They are all cuddled up together. Isn't this sweet? It's been cool here for the past couple of days, so they need to stay close together to keep warm. I still don't know what they are though. If I get a chance, I'll have to take a picture of the mama bird. For more Outdoor Wednesday tours, please visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Melissa's Birthday

I took my friend, Melissa out to eat at Macaroni Grill for her birthday this weekend. We have known each other since the 1st grade. It's so nice to have friends that you can consider family. She is a sign language teacher at one of our local schools and she loves it. She has also never met a stranger - full of fun!!!!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Met Monday

We are finally finished with the kitchen cabinets. Yay! We just have to put some finishing touches on, but the majority of it is complete. I know ya'll are sick of hearing about it. After we painted, I put up the word wall over the cabinets to match the monogram over the sink. Then we put on new cabinet knobs and drawer pulls and changed the hinges. I also added wooden medallions on the cabinet doors. Then I lightly painted them. I really like how they turned out. For more Met Mondays, please visit Between Naps on the Porch.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

New Toy

Look at my new "toy" I bought yesterday. I love it!!! Several drawbacks though...I had to use Hubby's contract which was the only one that was up for renewal. When I did that I had to take over his number which now I have his work calling ME and I had to get him a new number, which he is so THRILLED about, because he has to call all those people with his new number. Sorry Hubs! Then the iphone comes with its own sim card, so now I have to put all of my numbers in my new phone instead of just transferring them over. But I guess it will be worth it. Right now I'm lovin' it!! I've already ordered me an Ed Hardy cover for it. I'm lovin' me some Mr. Ed.....can't wait until it comes. I'm very impatient!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Graduation Day

Yesterday Travis graduated from Surry Community College with an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice. We are so proud of him! He's getting his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Gardner Webb with one semester already down. So now we have 2 years down and 2 years to go. Yay!!!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bird's Eggs

This is what happened to me yesterday morning: I'm pulling in the parking lot at work and there is a squirrel running up the drive in front of me with a bird on its back. Of course I'm thinking of all days not to have my camera with me! I pull in my parking place and watch them. The squirrel is running and the bird is on his back flogging him. The squirrel runs up a fence and then jumps in a tree and the bird is right behind him. The squirrel runs way up high in the tree and of course the bird is right there, but then the bird flies away. I'm thinking now that's the weirdest thing I have ever seen. A few minutes later one of my co-workers comes in my office holding a blue egg. She said look what I found in the parking lot. Wonder were it came from because there are no trees in the parking lot. I said oh my gosh....that squirrel must have had that egg and that's why the bird was so upset. So we went outside and looked around where the squirrel had run from and we found a nest in a bush. I don't know if the egg fell out or the squirrel climbed in after it. At lunch I went home and got my camera and came back and took this picture. I love the color of these speckled eggs. I don't know what kind of bird it is. I think it was a grey color because it flew out when we approached the bush. We laid the egg in the nest hoping she would take care of it. We don't even know if it is hers or not, but I'm gonna keep a check on it. Anyway, I thought it was quite interesting.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

This post is funny because Hubby always rolls his eyes, and asks if I have to take the camera everywhere we go? I'm always looking for something to take a picture of for my blog and he knows that. Well, Saturday I had gone shopping and when I got home he said that he had something to show me. He pulled out his camera and he had taken a picture of Sammi the Salamander that lives in the downspout of the house. I said you've known about this thing AND it lives here!! He's named it Sammi because it sits and watches him when he's outside doing yard work. He said that he thought that I would want a picture of it for my blog for Outdoor Wednesday! Can you believe that......just when you think that they never listen to you and they throw a curveball like that. Wasn't that sweet of him? I think I'll keep him....Hubby that is....not the salamander! For more outdoor posts, visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Earbobs - That's what my Grandma used to call earrings. I was cleaning out my earring boxes and found these. Just about the only time that she wore her earbobs was on Sundays to go to church. Each day she was in the kitchen cooking, canning and baking with her apron on. But on Sundays, everyone always wore their best to church. For her, that meant putting on her earbobs and necklaces. I also found my Grandpa's cuff links and tie pin. Any other day, you could find him working in the garden. But they always dressed up on Sundays. Now everyone wears what they want to, from dresses to jeans, which is fine too. But when I saw these, they just took me back to years ago when my sister and I would go through all of Grandma's jewelry that she kept in a long table and try all of it on and pick out our favorite pieces. Please go by and visit Chatting at the Sky more everyday inspirations.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Met Monday

Well, we almost finished the kitchen. I was taking pictures and my camera battery died. So, while it is recharging I'm putting up the pictures that I did take before it died. I'm still not completely finished, because I still have some things to hang, but you get the picture anyway. At least the sponged walls are gone. Go by and visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more metamorphosis pics.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Mother's Day 2009

I hope everyone is having a nice Mother's Day. I know I did! Travis brought me breakfast in bed to start with this morning. How nice of him! These are just a few shots that we took today at Mama and Daddy's. She cooks lunch every Sunday so we all gathered at their house as usual. In most of the pictures we were laughing so hard it was hard to get a good one, but I managed to pick out a few. We always have such a good time when we're all together! We got Mama a bird house for Mother's Day and the son-in-law's put it up for her. They're pretty nice too!!!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mother's Day Flowers

These were delivered to work to me yesterday. They are Mother's Day flowers from Travis. Wasn't that sweet? I have to say he's very thoughtful, even if he is mine. I can brag a little, right?

Friday, May 8, 2009

New Shoes

Don't you just love it when you come home from work and find a package at your door? That's what happened to me today! I had ordered these shoes from Newport News "months" ago and they had been on backorder. They finally came today and I love them! Of course now I have to have a new dress to wear with them!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday

I took my camera with me when I went for a walk in my neighborhood. I zoom in and out everyday and usually do not notice what's around me. It's kinda different when you're walking and taking everything in. These are few pics that I shot while I was out and about. Please go over to visit Susan at A Southern Daydreamer to see everyone's outdoor pics.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Cute Sign

I got this cute sign this weekend. Of course, it's for my kitchen. It seems that everything I've bought lately is for the kitchen. Hopefully we will finish it this weekend. Yay!!!!