Wednesday July 26, 2017

 

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I like a Big Mac, but the bun is too much.  I love the idea of the Big Mac salad.  The mac sauce is easy to make and you can use grass fed beef for the hamburger and this time of year garden fresh tomatoes and garden lettuce.  Then grate some cheddar over the top.  The mac sauce that I make is just mayonnaise with a little tomato paste and a little pickle relish.  But I have the official mac sauce recipe on my salads board on my Pinterest.

 

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Paula Deen has some cute bowls that are out of stock on her website, but Amazon has a few of them in a set of 4.

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I like the above idea.  TJ Max has a similar container that has little milk bottles in it.  So fun to pick up flowers at the Farmers Market and divide them into little bottles.

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For a fashion find, I like Samantha Brown’s wrinkle resistant wrap style dress.  It was on HSN this week for $49.00.  It’s stylish and flatters any body type.  The dress came in the above blue and also it came in your choice of red or black.  I like the black one but the blue one is nice, too.  And red is my favorite color.

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I just love a little French style outdoor table.  The above table is an inspiration for summer ambience.

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For a household tip, a lot of laundry detergents contain dangerous ingredients, such as synthetic fragrances and chemicals known to release formaldehyde.  But you can get your clothes clean without comprimising your health — or going broke.

In Prevention magazine they had a recipe for Basic Laundry Powder:

1/2 cup soap flakes or grated plain bar soap

1/2 cup borax

1/2 cup washing soda

  1.  Combine ingredients well and store in a glass jar with airtight lid.
  2. Use 1/2 to 1 Tbsp per load.

Works best in warm or hot water.

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I love the above idea for a back yard drive in theater.  So cute and it brings back to the day.

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I love waterfalls.  So pretty.

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July 25th

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I really like veggie fried rice and the cauliflower fried rice is an easy and tasty lunch.  Also low carb.  I like the frozen rice cauliflower that is in the freezer section of the grocery store.  There are several varieties, but I like the one that has peas and carrots in it.  Then I just add a chopped up onion and sliced mushrooms and saute it all in a pan with a little olive oil and butter.  Maybe some green veggie if I have it in the refrigerator.  It definitely needs a little flavor and I just like a little low sodium soy sauce and a dash of sesame oil.

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Red is a dynamic color and also a good luck color according to Fengshui.

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I like the style of the above PJ’s.  Perfect for summer lounging and also comfortable to wear around the house early morning or after a long day.  They are $79.00 which is a little steep for me.

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Kohls has the same idea for a much more frugal price.  I’ve seen designer names like “Simply Vera” (Vera Wang) on Kohl PJ’s that are soft and comfortable material for for 1/2 of the price.  And if they are on sale even more savings.  Kohls has nice lounging PJ’s at a reasonable price.

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My inspiration for summer bucket list.

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I like the idea of making some meals ahead of time and not having to cook on a sweltering hot summer day.  The taco wrap, chicken salad and mason jar ideas aren’t too bad an idea.  Also a couple of snack containers with carrot sticks and dip.  I like Cabot onion dip.

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What a tasteful outdoor space.  Wow.  Love the lantern lights, outdoor fireplace, hot tub, waterfall and pool.

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I would lover a little outdoor table like the above.  The light green window shutters, window box, half curtain on distance window, climbing vines and the white snowball bush.  So French looking.  Like a French cafe.

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The above is kind of inspirational.

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For a household tip, I can’t say enough on how much I love my OXO container for keeping greens fresh.  It has a little charcoal container that fits under the slide on top and I don’t know how it works but the container will make lettuce stay crisp for days and days longer.  Love it.  ❤  I bought mine at Kohls with a gift card that I got for Christmas and it was on sale.  OXO items can be expensive.

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Love the above field of flowers.  Have a wonderful day.

Monday in July

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I like idea of a Bento box like they have at the Japanese Hibachi grill restaurants.  The above idea is just awesome and healthy looking.  Most Bento boxes have salad, apples, cheese, meats and grapes.  The above looks like they put in a little avocado in as well and I love how they used cute little silicone dividers in an oval container and lined it in garden lettuce.  Instead of a sushi roll, they wrapped a cucumber slice in a deli sliced cold meat and made a little roll.

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I love plants and the above 5 glass containers with the water plants is just adorable to put on a window sill.    A Vermont based website has these and it all comes in a set with the plants.  They went out of stock within a very short time of advertising these, but they said they would have more sometime.

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For a fashion find, I like the above jumpsuit ideas.  They flatter any figure and so cute with summer sandals.  Then the long chain necklace just makes it so stylish.

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For a frugal find, I really like the stylish look of the above sandals and they are at a really good price of only $11.99 – $13.19.  I put the link on my fashion board on my Pinterest.  I don’t know how comfortable to wear that they would be at that price, but so cute.  And if they are any good, they most likely will be sold out.  But I really like the style of them.

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I love the ocean and a walk on the beach early in the morning with a sunrise is just awesome.  I used to enjoy views like that years ago when I worked for a summer on Nantucket Island.  I would spend an hour before work on the beach every day and had the best tan ever and the morning sun is the best to not hurt your skin.  But I always wore sun protection lotion anyways, which is a good idea.

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It’s not an easy world and to stay positive I like the above ideas.

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I think that it’s important to use natural cleansers.  I changed to Mrs. Meyers dish detergent and hand soap and I’m going to try Mrs. Meyers body lotion also.  The above natural ingredient formulas for cleaning is a nice household tip to stay healthy.  The glass cleaner formula is thought to be better then what you can  buy and are without the chemicals that are said that they might cause cancer from carcinogens in them.  I just put vinegar and water in a spray bottle and it leaves glass windows sparkling without any streaks.  I haven’t tried the formula that they suggest with the rubbing alcohol and corn starch added.

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Have a wonderful day!

Sunday July 23, 2017

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My favorite lake is Lake Sunapee.  When I was a kid, I had a Volkswagen bug that had a bumper sticker on it that said “Follow the sun to Sunapee”.  I’ve always loved that lake.  It’s crystal clear water fed from a spring.  So the Yankee Barn home called “The Sunapee” is a dream lake home to me and to have that home built on Lake Sunapee would be the ultimate of all ultimates to me.

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What a dream Lake home.

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Then to have a fire pit and a boat.

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Having s’mores for the Grandkids to roast around the fire pit.

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I like that Flamingo floating tube.  That would be a must have to enjoy the water with.

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Sunapee Harbor is so beautiful.  The dock side restaurant called the “Anchorage” is just a fun place.  You can have lunch on the deck sometimes and the inside booths have a view of the harbor, also.

So who wouldn’t want a Lake house on the beautiful Lake Sunapee.

French Style

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Some people call it “shabby chic”, but I call it French style.  I would love a dressing table like the above.

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I love the French style of the table and chairs in the above photo.  I also love the chandelier and the Hydrangea arrangement in the middle of the table.

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I love the above throw pillow.

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Macarons are so French.  Fancy pastries are what French people are noted for.

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The only tips I see for country French ideas are the snapdragon flowers in a pitcher that looks like it has seen it’s better days.  The French style sparkling water, the chandelier and maybe the European style round cutting board.

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I have never liked baguettes.  To me, it’s like a crusty, hard bread that I don’t care for.  But it definitely is very French.

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Creme Brule is totally a French style dessert.  The above is Ina Garten’s Chocolate Creme Brule and I put the recipe in my Ina Garten or Barefoot Contessa board on my Pinterest.

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I love French fabrics.  Just something about the French style.

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I love everything about the style of the above room.  Especially the throw pillows and the French doors.

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I love the idea of an outdoor table in a garden.  To me, it reminds me of a chateau in France.

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I love the above table cloth for an outdoor table.  Then the blue and the white flowers just are the special touch.

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I love the look of shutters on a window and a window box with beautiful flowers.  I love the shape of the window, also.   To me it looks like what you would see in Provence, France.

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I love the above sewing and craft room and the chandelier is a French touch.  Also the color paint used on the walls and the cushions look like a French style to me.

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The above sewing form looks very French to me.  I love how it is all decked out.

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I also love the look of the ironing board with the basket liners in a French style material.  I would love that for a sewing room addition.

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I love the plants in the window and the flowers plus a Le Creuset pot.  Then the counter tops and back slash along with the sink just look very French to me.

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I love French style cafes with outdoor tables.

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I love the look of the above pantry doors.  It just looks like a French style to me.  The distressed wood and the fancy carving in the corners.

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I love the style of the above window and the way a half curtain is draped.  Also the flowers.

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Lavendar is one of my favorite flowers and it always reminds me of France.

So my blog is about the different seasons of Vermont, but also fun stuff.  To me French stuff is fun stuff.

My inspiration for the day is:  “Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create.”

 

 

Saturday Morning Sunrise

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I was making coffee at 5:00 AM this morning and looked out my kitchen window.  I thought that the dark cloud with the sun on the edge looked really pretty.  I didn’t think I could capture it, but the above photo pretty much looks like what I saw and my cell phone takes pretty good pictures.

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Then looking out my living room window, I could see the sun rising up which was pretty, but I love the way the cloud form looked.  It just caught my eye the way the cloud formation looked like little balls of cotton.  It just looked pretty and only lasted a few minutes.

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I saw the above fashion find that anyone could wear.

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I like local blueberries and they can be expensive.  But they were $3.75 for a good size container of blueberries at Pete’s farm stand in New Hampshire which is always a fun place to visit.  I get my eggs at the local Farmers Market for $3.00, so I didn’t buy eggs at Pete’s.

Another frugal find I have is I save quite a bit on buying gas in New Hampshire because Vermont has a ten cent per gallon sales tax.  New Hampshire is really much more economical to live in then Vermont.  If I buy anything on line, also it gets taxed and really adds up.  New Hampshire does not tax anything bought on line like Amazon, QVC and HSN.  I’m seriously thinking of moving to New Hampshire.  Will have to change my blog to a new name.

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I like flavored popcorn sometimes and the above lemon Parmesan flavor sounded good to me.  All they did was squeeze some lemon in with the melted butter and then sprinkle grated Parmesan over the popcorn.  I have all kinds of flavored popcorn recipes on my pinterest popcorn board.

A household tip that I found to clean the oven is as follows:  Just fill a deep heatproof pan with water, put it on the oven rack, and warm until the steam softens baked-on grease.  After the oven cools, use a paste of equal parts salt, baking soda and vinegar as a scrub.

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I always like going to the lake and can’t even imagine how much fun the above lake house must be.  When I was a kid, my Dad always had friends where he worked that rented out their camps and we would enjoy their camp on the lake for a week when my Dad had a vacation.  Soooo fun.  We didn’t have a boat but I remember neighbors that had boats and they had us water skiing with them.

I remember one camp that had a screened in porch and on a rainy day my Mom made corn chowder for my brother and I plus a bunch of our friends to enjoy that chowder on that porch overlooking the lake.  So fun memories.

An inspiration message that I found is:  “May your day be filled with love for yourself and others.”

 

Summer Days

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Went for a walk up to the dam early this morning before it got too hot.  Beautiful morning.  I love the view of Mt Ascutney and it’s so clean up there.

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Mt Ascutney is also beautiful viewing from the Connecticut River.  It’s just a beautiful mountain.  I’ve always loved that mountain from the time I was a little kid and my best friend had a huge window in their living room with a beautiful, breath taking view of Mt Ascutney.

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I love the above bush that my Mom and my Gram used to call a Snowball bush.   It is just so beautiful for landscaping.

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I also like old fashion Hollyhocks.  So pretty.

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I love a summer picnic.  One of the pleasures of summer.  I can only imagine a picnic in a field of lavendar.   So French.  Love the baguette, cheese, macarons and berries.

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So fun to imagine French style picnics.

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A simple white blouse is a classic and never goes out of style.  A staple for a summer wardrobe.  Plus it goes with everything and can be dressed up or dressed down.

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I love the idea of freezer meals that you can just throw into a crockpot in the morning with the prep work all done and then have a nice supper and not even have to heat up the stove or oven.  I pinned the ideas on my crockpot recipes board on my Pinterest.  I love that little machine that takes all the air out of the special bag and then seals it.  Best investment I ever made.

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The above is the Hapgood General Store near Hapgood Pond in Peru, Vermont.

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One of these mornings, I would like to run over to Hapgood and pick up one of their breakfast sandwiches.  Yum!

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Above is the owners of the Hapgood General Store and Paul McCarthy of the Beetles stopped in there on his way back from skiing at Bromley one time.  McCarthy’s people called ahead and the store had to be empty for him to be able to stop in there.  So cool!  That tells you how good the food is there for a famous Beetle hearing of the place and wanting to stop there.

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For a frugal find, I got the above top to wear bike riding, walking and exercise.  I absolutely love it.  I had a coupon for $10.00 that I got for being one of the first 50 at the door for the store sale.  Then I had a 20% off coupon and the top was marked down from $34.00 to $19.00.  So they practically gave it to me.  Love it!  ❤  I have a pair of black leggings that go perfectly with that top that I got at T J Max and the leggings are designer but at a T J Max price.  I wore the two together yesterday on my walk and you would never know how little I paid for them.

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Plus I got a free shopping bag that they gave away to the first 50 at that sale.  It pays to read those sale circulars that come in the mail in my opinion.

For an inspiration message I like is: “Balance is not something you find, it’s something you create”.

I like Prevention Guide magazine and one household tip that I found was that pizza boxes and a lot of fast food containers are coated with nonstick chemicals to keep grease from leaching through.  These nonstick chemicals (called PFCs) have been linked to thyroid disease, cancer, infertility, birth defects and weakened immune systems.  Another reason to cook more food at home.

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I love those zoodles that you can make with that little zoodle machine.  I put a ton of recipes for zoodles on my Pinterest zoodle board.  I found a really good OXO zoodle machine at T J Max for an unbelievable low price.  I just couldn’t resist it.  Especially with fresh garden zucchini so available at the farm stands at a really good price.

I really hate to run my air conditioners because they really run up the electric bill.  But on days like today I just have to turn on the air.

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And that’s my thoughts for today, the middle of summer.