Road Trips, Ball Jars, and Young Love

Hi Y'all!
Happy Tuesday.

We've been over the river and through the beautiful woods of Arkansas and Missouri in the last few days to visit our oldest son for his 26th birthday. 
He's there working for a few months and we've used any and all excuses to go see him.  

I really enjoy road trips with my husband. 
We talk and talk.
We realized a couple of things this weekend.
First, we've had our oldest son half of my life!! 

How can that be??

Math is sneaky and since he's 26, I guess I can't claim to be 30 something.
Well I could but that would be just wrong!

What really caught my attention this weekend was to realize that both of my sons are in love.
Happy and in love.

Do you remember when you first fell in love?
That's the most perfect feeling in the whole world! 

Goosebumps and butterflies and long phone it's long text messages, I think. :)

Wouldn't it be neat if you could take that feeling and put it in a blue jar
just like we do with zinnias?

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A Tuna Recipe for Fish Haters...Really!

Now before I share this most deliciously wonderful recipe let me tell you that I hate fish!

Hate it!  Hate the smell!  Hate the texture!
Don't even like to walk through that section of the grocery store. Period.

But tuna salad is a different story when it's all dolled up. I like it with lots of ingredients added and with good quality tuna.   Looks good, doesn't it?

Gather up your ingredients and let me tell you how easy this is. :)

Tuna and Rice Salad with Avocado Dressing

For the salad:
2 cups cooked rice
2 cans solid white albacore tuna
1 8 1/2 oz. can of green peas
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup diced celery
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Dash or two of hot sauce

Mix it all. Easy as can be.

For the dressing:
2 ripe avocados
1 cup mayo
1 cup sour cream
3 or 4 drops hot sauce
1/2 tsp Worcestershire
1/4 cup minced onion

Mix together in a blender or I use my Kitchen Aid with the paddle.

Slice up tomatoes and serve the salad with dressing on top.
Add a cracker or two for good measure.

This is just delicious served up nice and cold on a hot summer day.

I know there are lots of us out there who really don't like fish but will eat tuna salad or
an occasional Long John Silver's. 

How about you?

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A Quick Home Tour

Good Morning! 

Today I'm joining Andrea at Momfessionals sharing some quick collages of our home. 
This summer is our 3 year anniversary of moving back to Texas after living in Oklahoma for a long wonderful time. This house has taught me that sometimes it takes awhile to make a place feel like home. We do feel that way now though and we know we are so blessed to live here.


When you poke around our house you will see that we enjoy color.
No neutral decor for us!!
I love my red and adding in robin's egg blue is my recent
love affair.


 Family Room

 Master Bedroom

So glad you have visited me today.
You can see more of our house by clicking on the 

Have a great day everybody!

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Summer Morning Up Close

Good Morning and Happy Friday!

Just stepped outside this morning to capture a little bit of beautiful.

It's super hot here but so pretty.

As this summer moves by quickly I just want to soak it all in!

And remember that every day is extra special for one reason or another.

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!

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A Family Room Peek - Sweet Little Pound Puppy Included :)

Welcome to our family room. 
You haven't been here in awhile so come on in!

This is where we sit with friends. 
We eat supper on the couch. 
 We watch all our favorite shows.
And sometimes we eat pie. :)

I tried to get Belle to smile for you but she's snoozing.

See my cute new pillows? Actually the couch is new and I forgot to show it to you.
We gave our other couch to our son back in March.
The awesome patterned pillows were a gift from Wendy at Life on the Shady Grove.
I just love them!

The love of my life wanted leather recliners so we got those too.
I have to be honest and say I thought I'd croak buying recliners but they are a dream to sit in!
Sometimes I look at them and think they are u.g.l.y. but he lets me do whatever I want decoratively so if he wants recliners that's a small thing.

I'm having so much fun bringing in zinnias for jars and vases this summer.
To me they are little jars of happy.

This is where we'll sit when I host book club next week. 
Oh speaking of that, I have a book give away to share with you in a day or two.

Happy Wednesday Friends!

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Every day of the week is pretty great but Mondays are different. 

Mondays are hot off the press! I like that. :)

 Mondays are fresh fruit in cute bowls because this week we are going to eat healthier.

Mondays have perfectly poofed pillows and the notice of a little dog 
hair even though she's not supposed to be up there.

Mondays have lofty goals and a long to do list.

That's my Monday. 
How does yours look?
I hope you have a great one.
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Book Club Excitement

Last week I attended the first gathering of a book club started by a group of local ladies. 
My longtime friend invited me and I was the odd man out; meaning I didn't know a soul there. 
Everyone was so sweet and welcoming though so it was a really nice evening.

The first book we read was The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza. 
It was pretty good. This was not a book I would have chosen on my own but it was enjoyable. To me the idea of a book club is to stretch your wings so it was worthwhile.:)

The sweet hostess greeted us last week with wine, salad, and yummy bread.
We sat around the kitchen table in a very low key style talking about the book and relating it to our own lives. 

Next time the meeting is at my house!
I must be a little crazy because I don't know these people
and I have a dog and a cat who enjoy new people a little too much.
If my new friends show up wearing black pants they will leave with a little 
of our family stuck to them. Yikes!

Anyway, Pinterest links to so many neat ideas for book clubs.
There are countless lists of books to read, food to eat and also fun decorating ideas. 
Remember me saying it was low key and enjoyable last week? I don't want to be that girl that goes all wacky but look at some of these ideas. :)

Honey I'm Home

Catch My Party

I'm so excited!
When the time comes, I'll take pictures and show you what I decided to do. :)

Are you in a book club? Tell me what I need to know!

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Mirror Magic

Oh my goodness, that girl has the prettiest mirrors 
and very carefully makes them reflect the most beautiful things in her home.

Those posts made me think of these pretty mirrors that I've had since way back at our last house.
I've had them in a hallway here in an effort to bounce
light into a dark spot but nobody really got to see them.
Well no more!

They are now hanging in our family room reflecting the green trees outside blowing in the wind
and the pretty things in the room like the curtains Sonya has made for us. :)

Thanks for the inspiration Mary Alice. 

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July in the Garden

Good Morning!

Hope you all had a great weekend.
We did. 
Family, food, and fireworks.
That's what it's all about for us on Independence Day.

I stepped outside this morning to record the garden pictures for the beginning
of July. We've had so much glorious rain and truly, our yard has been
transformed this year.

I kind of love the picture below because from this vantage point it looks like a cottage.
Is it? Nope, we live in a brick and stone Texas style house. 
No sign of a cottage but a girl can pretend. :)

Our Autumn Joy Sedum is in full bloom already.
I'll come out soon and trim it back so it will bloom again.
Love that plant! It does great in full, hot sun.
The Purple Cone Flowers are in their prime right now too.
This has been such a beautiful summer for us.

Is your garden doing well?

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