Jun 19, 2017

{Family, Fun and Giveaway}

I surely hope that you all have had a great weekend and that your week will bring lots of blessings your way. I have sure have had a good weekend.Anytime it's spent with family or friends it's good.

Don't you just love my little sign? My daughter Melissa and I and her two girls had a shopping day and we went to Books A Million. I spotted this little sign and I knew it would be perfect for my little room. Which in reality it is my home office but will always be my little room. More on that later!


I am reminded quite often the words of this sign.

The youngest grandgirl wanted Nana to read to her so down in the floor I went. Now let me go ahead and tell you that getting down in the floor wasn't half bad. GETTING UP? See here, I thought I was fixing to have to call SECURITY to come get me out of that floor! 

That grandgirl loved every minute of it though. 

Then a trip to Academy was in store and this little thing cracks me up.  She is a "people person" all the way and quickly made friends with the headless man! LOL! She had to try on helmets, then she found a little track she needed to run on and do her daily exercise and of course she needed to sit and rest.

There is never a dull moment when she is around. 

We made our way to Panera's, one of my favorite places to eat. The girls got to have their dessert first! YEP, that's what I am talking bout! We had lots of fun shopping.



Of course Nana had to try on different hats. 

I sorta like the Tiara the best.

But my favorite picture of the day was with these two cuties.

 
We had such a good day and then me and man made a trip the next day to none other than Bass Pro Shop. I really needed wanted some new hunting boots.
 

YEP, I was a happy camper...or huntress! 

And my youngest daughter was a happy huntress as well as she got Mama's older boots! Which looks just like they did the day I bought them but I love the "SHE" products for the outdoor woman. 

After several more stops my final destination was a trip to Bealls outlet. I always find something there and I especially love to browse through their spices and condiments. You can get the neatest stuff! I love Vidalia Onion and peppercorn dressing and when I saw this in a reusable carafe...well that was like getting two things for the price of one. I use olive oil all the time and this one has lemon and parsley! YAY! I have a recipe I am wanting to try that calls for Sriracha so it came home with me too. Sriracha has become one of the most popular condiments on the market, and for good reason. It adds a kick to your recipes and actually makes what might seem kind of boring exciting to eat! LOL! My man said I have watched entirely too many episodes of Chopped! TRUE! I can't use it to heavily as I love spicy but it HATES ME!  We love Salmon and I am wanting to try out a new salmon recipe with a Sriracha glaze.


Then I was gifted these beautiful paper roses! Oh my! LOVE them!  My first idea was to create a piece for my wall in my little room on canvas with fabric and using some of the paper roses. 



I am still not quite sure what I will come up with but I actually love this paper rose sitting in my chair.

We finished off the weekend with church and dinner with my family and celebrated Father's Day with the men in our life along with my soninlove, Jered's birthday. 

FAMILY.....God's gift.

  
Oh, and most of you know how much I love cooking with herbs, especially those I have grown. I have several heirlooms that I must take the time to snap a picture for you to see. My Rosemary has done me well this season. In honor of my little herbs doing so well I want to have a giveaway. 


Some months back I showed you all a picture of this cute salt and pepper shaker that I had bought. I actually bought two sets with intentions of gifting one set. So...now I will be sending it to one of you along with this cute hand towel.



All you have to do is tell me what is your favorite herb to cook with. Winner will be announced next week.

In closing I would like to leave this with you today.
God has no problems....only plans
Corrie Ten Boom 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy



 


46 comments:

  1. I love all the things in your photos, Cindy! And so lovely to see all the smiles! "Be still and know" is one of my favourite Bible verses. It reminds us to trust in Him and stay calm, that everything will be as it should be. And even though that is not always how we want or expect, it is how it 'should' be. Thank you so much for sharing, dear lady! I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thank you Linda for your sweet words . When I was recovering from that dang old mini stroke the Lord brought His Words of Be still and know He's God to me . Rest in Him and tray Him . Hope you ha e a good week .

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  2. So enjoyed this post! You're so much fun! An awesome Nana! :) Beautiful family, what a blessing!
    I think each of those hats reflect part of your personality. LOL!

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    1. Awe so glad you stopped by today Monica . Life is too short not to enjoy . I love hats but boy do they they cause my head to itch . lol .

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  3. Cindy, I love the picture of your grandgirl making friends with the headless guy! So funny. Looks like you did have a great weekend and of course you're going to be styling it in your new hunting boots. You crack me up with your hunting. My sister loves paper flowers and makes them often for showers and parties. Those are pretty. Herb? Will I guess my favorite would have to be basil but girl, it's from the store in a jar. LOL!
    Connie Royals

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    1. Connie, this grandgirl is a hoot and a half! Yes, I am going to love my new boots. Ready to wear them! Not sure what I will do with those flowers. My original idea was to do a canvas piece but one of them especially is so large. I do like them a lot and actually like the one sitting in the chair. I have a friend that said to me once, "Cindy, you do know you can buy herbs cheap at the store in a bottle?". LOL!

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  4. I love that family photo of you all on the swing. What a fun post. Your little grandgirl is such a cutie..they all are for sure! I love Panera too! Yummmmm!!! Those paper roses are huge. Good for you getting new boots and passing some good ones down too. Sweet!! I like you in the tiara best too!

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    1. Heather Lou, I like the tiara too. LOL! I actually still have one in my jewelry box that one of my daughters wore to a prom. Yes those roses are big. I keep thinking...I might just need to use these for a party or something. Ha! But I do think I am like the one in the chair.

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  5. I loved seeing all your pictures with you, the grands, and your girls with you and your hubby. I think I like the big flower on your chair, too. That makes a pretty statement. Hmmm...I do love using fresh rosemary for a homemade bread that I make, and also for steaks, and for garnishing. I hope you have a happy week, my friend!

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    1. There ya go Kitty. I like your wording...makes a statement. LOL! YEP I love using Rosemary too. I make a bread too that I use rosemary in and even in some dressings and dips. I loved your craft you done too with the tile. Turned out so cute.

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  6. Whew. I feel like I was shopping with you. I'm exhausted.

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    1. LOL! I was tired too girl! Can't hang like I used too.

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  7. First of all, THANK YOU so very much for your sweet words on my post today. I KNOW without a doubt that you'll be praying for us. What a fun time you had with your grand girls and I know they loved it just as much as you did. And I <3 your new boots, even if I'm not a huntress! LOL Favorite spice....I don't really have one. I did recently buy myself a lavender plant and I can't get enough of running my hands across it for the smell. Can you cook with Lavender? That's something I need to GOOGLE!!! HOPE you have a great week, my friend....sending hugs from Tennessee!

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    1. Ooh lavender smells so good! That is how I am with Rosemary. I love the smell of it. Deb, you can do all kinds of things with lavender. Yes, google it. Wish I could give you a hug right now. I know your heart is hurting but please be encouraged that Jesus, your best friend, loves you and Jack so much and He has you both in the palm of His mighty hands!

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  8. Cindy, you are too cute out traveling with the grands! You look like you enjoy every minute! The paper rose looks great sitting on the chair.. I also have that cute salt and pepper set. Hugs to you sweet friend!

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    1. thanks Pam . We had a good day . I'm sitting here now with three of the grands listening to them talk . They crack me up .

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  9. Thanks for your kind comments and support of my rather "out there" post today. :o)) What sweet memories you made with those girls. What fun! Mine are just now getting old enough to go shopping and enjoy it. I like the paper roses. And, the "she" boots are too cute! Happy week!

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    1. Lea I loved your "being real " post . I can't wait to wear the boots which will be now season. It that starts in September . Right around the corner.

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  10. Great post, Cindy, and I enjoyed all the photos. Wow, those big paper roses! I wonder what you will create? So cute that you all got on that swing for a Father's Day memory. I thought to myself "They must be small people!" I love cooking with basil.

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    1. LOL Mary. And the swing didn't fall which was awesome! I like basil too Mary. But I truly do love cooking with herbs. Sometimes I will just toss some herbs on my meats when grilling just to smell that aroma.

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  11. Hi Cindy, my favorite herb I use is Cumin. But we grow fresh rosemary that I use too. I also diffuse essential oils and I love lavender at night. Looks like you had a fun shopping day. I recently posted Psalm 46:10 at my blog along with many pictures. My parents and grandparents are buried very close to Corey Ten Boom. Oh I loved all the hats too.

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    1. Thanks Susan for stopping by. I will pop over to see your pictures. I never know my friend when you post as I have not figured out to get it to pop up on email. We did have a great weekend shopping. Hats are fun!

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  12. Oh, what a sweet giveaway!! You are so kind to do this!! I love using basil when cooking...I have just gotten into using the pestos, and oh, my, the basil is wonderful! Also, the sundried tomato pesto is wonderful, too!! I loved seeing pictures of your precious family...it looks like Nana had as much fun as the little ones! And, boy, can I relate to not being able to get up off the floor!!! LOL! You should see the shenanigans I have to go through...well, on second thought, you really shouldn't see them! God bless you, sweet friend...it is always so pleasant to come and visit with you and always lifts my spirits!

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    1. Thanks Cheryl for your sweet words. Praying things are going much better with your niece. Oh I need to try the tomato pesto. Sounds good. Getting down and up seems a problem lately. When you have old arthur in one knee, boy it makes it bad!

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  13. {{Big, Big Smiles}} Thank you Cindy. smiles

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    1. See you tomorrow Linda. Hoping you have a hodgepodge.

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  14. Oh you have the best company when you go shopping Cindy. Those girls are so much fun to go out with. Of course they are lucky that they have such a sweet Nana like you. And now for my herb. My favorite to cook with is Oregano. What sort of Greek would I be if I didn't say that. I put it on almost everything.

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    1. Mary, I bet you do use a lot of Oregano. I have some now that I need to be snitching some off of. It is one of my heirlooms and doing better this year than it did last year. Glad you took a break and stopped by to see me today. But I am sitting here wondering what in the world is that woman creating now! LOL!

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  15. What a wonderful, jam-packed post, full of fun, laughter, and joy...with family, shopping, cooking...and those huge paper roses! So wonderful! I'm smiling all the way through! Now, you want to know my favorite herb to cook with? Hmmm, well, I use a lot of garlic powder...does that count? Ha Ha. Actually, I've been using more Turmeric lately...found out it was good for us, and I like the flavor it adds to otherwise blah dishes. Basil is another favorite...I guess I'm not a real savvy cook...my husband likes his food pretty simple. But I do try to spice things up a bit now and then and surprise him. Love the salt and pepper shakers and especially the little towel! Grow where you are planted...wonderful advice. We've moved a lot in our lives and it seemed as though we were never "planted" anywhere for very long...but God always found ways to help us "grow" and "bloom" wherever we were. We are finally putting down roots here in the forest where we live...and I love the ways God is growing us here in His garden. Thank you for sharing your "life" with us. I enjoyed spending the day with you! God bless you always.

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    1. So glad you stopped by Pamela . I like garlic but not In excess . That's one of those spices rhstbgo a long way for me. I have a friend that absolutely loves garlic and I rhibk she uses it in everything . Lol .

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  16. Such fun times....Cindy you are rocking the hats! I love it. I do things like that when I shop, hats, shoes, glasses.....etc.

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  17. Oh! How nice of you... Rosemary is my favorite herb to cook with. I love Ree's Smashed Potatoes with rosemary.

    You sure are living the life, all except for getting up from the floor, that is. That rose does look especially nice sitting in the chair like that.

    Have a wonderful vacation with your family. Three daughters? Three sons-in-law? Four grandchildren? Plus two of you = 12. Did I get the equation right?

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  18. Vee I love Rosemary too. Gonna check out those smashed potatoes. I am laughing at myself Vee. I keep forgetting my little family is now 13. Our youngest grand is 14 months old so that means I messed up not you! LOL! Thanks for coming by.

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  19. Great Tiara and giant rose!
    My favorite `spice` to cook with is ginger, but its not an herb!
    Blessings to you and your beautiful family!!

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  20. What a fun and beautiful post! I love the photos of you and the family - especially the library photo. Just darling!

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  21. You have some great family photos to look back on. Your grandgirls look adorable, and I'll take your word for it that they are a fun-loving pair ;) I find I (maybe?) groan a little when I have to get up from kneeling on the floor with my daycare kids. I have a little laugh when they start groaning when they get up too! Sounds like you had a great time shopping ... always more fun with a group, right? Hope this weekend is just as fun.
    Wendy

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    1. Thanks wendy . Grands are the best . I'm sitting outside in lawn chair with youngest grand asleep on my chest ❤️

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  22. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. It's always good when you get to shop a little 😂

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  23. Cindy, family definitely is God's gift. You have a fabulous one! And as for sitting on the floor. . .what goes down must come up, but girl; it ain't that easy!! lol! Your grands are so cute, and what a fun Nana you are! I like you; love cooking with rosemary! I toss it with oven roasted potatoes and other veggies, also love snipping it on top of a roast, and of course in my artisan bread I make from my sour dough start. What a sweet give away!
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I love Rosemary and right now I have a healthy bunch of it! Thanks for stopping by my friend.

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  24. Cindy, I love your posts full of fun and love for your family. It's always fun to hear about your adventures with your grandchildren. They are so pretty and cute. You are the best grandmother!
    Thanks for all the tips on products. I can't seem to find time to shop so suggestions are great.
    I'm behind on blog visiting. We have been on vacation and had our grandchildren visit us at home. We are off to visit the Texas grands on Friday so I will be even more behind but thankful we can make the trip. It's a long drive from Alabama to Dallas and we are going further for a little RnR with them for a lake getaway.
    Have a great week. The weeks are flying by.

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    1. Bonnie I hope you enjoy your trip with your Texas babies . Praying for safe travels .

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Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog. Have a blessed day!
Hugs and blessings, Cindy