Friday, September 30, 2011

Red and Aqua and Inspiration - Day Two of Blog Fest

Oweee - I just Love RED and even better is red and aqua!!  I had seen this combination several places on line but none better than Allsorts. 
If you have not visited this site then you must go.  It is a delicious delight of color and whimsy as well as creativity.  Jenny B. Harris is the creator and artist of this wonderful site and I just can't get enough.  She inspires me in so many ways with her art and seasonal patterns and goodies.  If you need inspiration and just a smile - go there - you will be Happy you did!!

Another thing I learned from this site is Pinterest!  I had seen this logo here and there but was not sure what it was.  I still don't know all of the ins and outs but it is a wonderful place to put your ideas and pictures, etc..  If you are like me and are always finding things online that you want to remember and save then this is the place for you.  It is like a huge bulletin board for all you see and love and are interested in online.  What a wonderful idea and another great inspiration.  Check it out at  So much fun!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ah--- Awsome Fall......

I know I have said it many times before but I just absolutely, head over heals, no holds bared LOVE Fall!!!  Only problem is it goes by way too quickly and gets all caught up in thinking ahead till Christmas and I look back and don't remember enjoying it the way I would love to.

So - I am taking the advice of one of my favorite bloggers, The Inspired Room, and challenging myself to write something about Fall everyday in the month of October - okay - so I am starting early but I am excited.

Another favorite thing in Fall is all of the beautiful art that is out there to help us get in the mood - the little guy to the left is a perfect example.  He just makes me happy and smile every time I look at him and he was created by one of my favorite artists - Primsy Doodle Designs.  She has the most wonderful whimsical designs for every event and season and I so love the colors.  There are several links for her sites scattered on the blog - check her out and you will be inspired.

When I see Fall art, and crafts, they inspire me to do - to act and get involved.  I hope  you are inspired to do the same and enjoy this absolutely wonderful season!!!  For those of us in the hot South - this is also a respite from the extremely hot weather we have over the Summer and the disappearance of the humidity.  Better hair days - long walks, great food and more......join me in challenging ourselves to live in the moment and enjoy this Fall.....

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Homemade Jambalaya ~ Sort Of

In our family we love Jambalaya and it can be pretty labor intensive.  My hubby can make it from scratch ala Paul Prudhomme and it is fantastic.  Me - not so much.  I have used Zatarans mixes and they are great too.  But, if you are in a pinch and need a good quick dinner this is the way to go.

I get lots of food emails as I am very interested in relearning to cook.  So today I was playing the what can I make with what I have game and discovered something pretty good.  I believe I will start doing it on purpose from now on and trying some other varieties.  Let me know what you think.

Sort-Of Homemade Jambalaya
1 cup rice
2 cans Progresso Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Soup (Really)
Seasonings to Taste

Put the soup in a large saucepan and heat.  Cook the rice according to package directions - I use uncle Ben's Converted Rice and it works great but any rice will do.  After the rice is done stir it into the soup and cook on low for about 30 minutes.  This will allow the rice to absorb the liquid in the soup and it is excellent!  We add shredded cheese, sour cream along with chopped onions as toppings.  This stuff is surprisingly delicious.  If you have some chicken or sausage on hand, that could be chopped and added as well.  Either way it is very inexpensive and tastes like you went to lots of trouble.  Give it a try and you might be delightfully surprised!  There are lots of other varieties of Progresso soup that can be used the same way - and no I don't work for them - just trying to save money and still feed my family something good.