Waiting….

waiting

waiting

Yes…waiting that’s what our little Cooper has been doing, waiting for his big brother Riley.  I see him wondering where the big guy is.  It is heartbreaking to see him go out first thing in the morning and sit or lay on the patio waiting for his brother to finish his breakfast….but Riley isn’t eating his breakfast, he isn’t coming out, he isn’t home anymore and I don’t know how you tell a dog that his alpha brother is no longer part of his world.

Friendship is important, even in the doggie world!

Friendship is important, even in the doggie world!

This is harder than I thought it would ever be.

I’ll be back next week I promise.

I’ll be back with delicious recipes.

I’ll be back with a smile.

I’ll be back.

Riley won’t and we are all wondering and waiting…..

Peace and Love

Isabelle

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Full Circle

Sometime last year I went for a run and found a wrench on the ground.  I shared my thoughts with you in this post (Found).  A few days ago I went for a run and found this:

a perfectly beautiful Lacrosse ball

a perfectly beautiful Lacrosse ball

I know everything happens for a reason.  I know things come full circle (yup…it’s a ball!).  I know that what you put out there comes back to you.  Isn’t it great that in an unplanned moment you are reminded that your heart is full?

The past 1 1/2 week has been full of emotions: our oldest got hurt playing Lacrosse, then she had a minor car accident, then our youngest learned a “protect your phone” lesson the hard way.  My parents came and went, now I won’t see them until fall.  Our older dog Riley is….well he is old, he is deaf, he is trying so hard to keep up, and it is part of life.

So when I look at this silly Lacrosse ball I need to remind myself about my wonderful Grandpa, the original finder of all things.  A man with a lot of health problems yet who smiled and laughed (often at himself) everyday of his life.

Yes, today it is that simple.  Smile, laugh, and choose to be HAPPY!

Have a Fantastic Friday!

Peace and Hope your heart is full,

Isabelle

 

I talk too much about the weather….

I know.  I definitely express my dislike of cold weather on a regular basis.  It’s getting old.  I just can’t help myself.  I need sunshine!

AND WARMTH…..

How can we go from this:

Mr Man and I last Thursday night at the FDIC 5K run <3

Mr Man and I last Thursday night at the FDIC 5K run ❤

To this:

Snow......SNOW IN APRIL this past Tuesday! Seriously?!!!!

Snow……SNOW IN APRIL this past Tuesday! Seriously?!!!!

Let me re-state my usual plea:

Dear Mother Nature,

We are not always the best citizens of our lovely earth.  We apologize.  This unpleasant and unseasonal weather is somewhat cruel and hurtful.  We can be good citizens.  Please pretty please give us some signs of Spring….that is all.  We will treat it well.

Your faithful and loving friend,
Isabelle

Peace out and have a Fantastic Friday what ever the weather may be in your corner of the world!

Don’t Run With Scissors!

HA……don’t run with scissors!  It shouldn’t be legal for me to operate scissors!

Last week I poked myself in the eye with scissors.

Yup….I can’t even make that stuff up!

Suffice to say I am a giant moron!

Long story Long (HA!) I decided it would be a swell idea to cut my own hair (I know….I know….problem #1) I was “carefully” trying to simply trim my hair.  Everything was going along fine (it’s all in how you see it I guess) and then I thought (other problem…I shouldn’t be allowed to think) I should put my head upside down (WHAT THE HECK!) and start trimming this way.  Trim a little here, trim a little there and wham bam thank you ma’am stab myself right into my left eye.  LUCKILY I didn’t do any permanent damage.  But it brought me to my knees and I almost vomited (sorry TMI).  The shock of the pain was so sudden and excruciating.  I got light-headed and wanted to scream for my life.

After a few tears….only from my right eye (hahaha), I was able to gather my thoughts and stand up.  Guess what I decided would be an awesome idea?

Keep on trimming my hair….

If you need me, I might at this point check myself into a mental ward.

On another note….remember my New Year’s Resolution to sew more: Reconnecting

yup I made that dress!!!!! So proud of myself!

yup I made that dress!!!!! So proud of myself!

Note: please be kind…I am not a model and this was painful!  This dress is made with 4 old tees!!!! Isn’t that cool?

Here’s where I found the idea (I didn’t follow her plans exactly but you’ll understand): Colorblock dress from old tees

Have a Fantastic Friday!

Peace out!

Isabelle

The Little Tree That Could

oooopppppsssssss……

Yep I skipped last Friday’s Fantastic Friday.

So sorry.  I am certain you guys were all tore up about it!  :/

To brighten this suck it fabulous winter, here is a little ray of sunshine from my little Meyer Lemon Tree.  This little tree has been surviving thriving for the past 5 years.  THIS is the first and so far only fruit that it has given us.  Matt says I baby this tree.  Yup, he is correct.  This tree definitely needs love and babying.  Poor little guy wishes he was in hot Cali or Florida….not Alaska…ummmm I mean Indiana!

lovely isn't it?  And yes there is a "potentially" perfectly delicious other lemon...but let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet!

lovely isn’t it? And yes there is a “potentially” perfectly delicious other lemon…but let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet!

Peace Out,

Isabelle

Note: oh and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY ❤

Girls Night Out: the cliche

With all the “reality” T.V. shows we are bombarded blessed with on a daily basis it is difficult to think positive thoughts about girls night out.  But in fact, the idea stems from a simple truth: you need girls time when you are a mom, a wife, a daughter and even a sister.  You need to connect or re-connect with people who feel your pain….hmmm I mean understand your daily life!

Cheers to you!

Cheers to you!

I met up with my friends the other night and it was just the remedy I needed to get through this lovely cold spell we have been dealing with.  A glass of wine (or two) and some delicious duck tacos, it was a good evening with two of my favorite ladies!

Take a moment to enjoy your friends.

Peace and GNO,

Isabelle

note: the pic wasn’t taken the other night (I was enjoying my friends’ company therefore NOT taking pictures!) This was from a lovely date I had with my hubby in Michigan last fall 🙂

One year…and a delicious Breakfast Smoothie

Last year after the holidays, when all was calm and ritual again, my husband suggested we drink our breakfast.  NO NO not actual alcoholic drinks but juices/smoothies….drinks of that nature!

I have ALWAYS, for as long as I could remember, eaten bread (or some sort of) for breakfast.  I am french after all therefore toast with cheese or pate is part of my DNA.  That being said, I knew my fruit intake was minimal at best.  I love vegetables, I love eating well, I love working out…blah blah blah.  BUT I don’t really care to eat fruits.

So, in order to prove a point….which one I don’t remember.  I decided I could give up my usual breakfast fare for a delicious smoothie.  Believe me when I tell you that it wasn’t easy.  I love bread.  But I did it.  One year ago, I started making smoothies for breakfast.  I guess the old sayin’ that if you do something long or often enough it becomes a habit.  This time, it’s a good and healthy habit.  I love my smoothies!

My fave: Purple Smoothie

My fave: Purple Smoothie

SO for this first Fantastic Friday of 2014 I wanted to share with you my favorite smoothie.

Ingredients:

1 banana

1/2 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)

1/2  cup fresh spinach

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 cup almond or coconut milk (not sweetened)

1 tablespoon peanut butter (preferably organic)

about 1/2 cup water (you could use coconut water)

How to:

Put in your blender and press start! 🙂

pretty from start....

pretty from start….

Voila!

to finish!

to finish!

Note: You could add some green powder, I always forget but Mr. Man loves it.  Also the amount of water is up to you.  You may prefer a thicker smoothie, your pineapple might be extra juicy….who knows.  It’s not brain surgery!

Wishing you all a Healthy 2014 and a fantastic Friday!

Peace and Love

Isabelle

Just in case….Printer friendly: Purple Smoothie

After the madness

I guess calling it madness is a bit harsh.  But every year everyone I know seems to be in over their head with preparation, shopping, organizing, planning etc…yet at the end of the day I keep thinking; all that matters is that we have warm food, a welcoming house and a smile on our faces.

So as always one of my favorite times is the quiet and happy feeling of a successful get-together, a clean kitchen and a happy family!

My new coffee mug from my lovely husband <3

My new coffee mug from my lovely husband ❤

With that in mind, I wanted to wish you: Merry Christmas!  No matter how late, it  can still be a Merry Christmas!

Peace and Love Always,

Isabelle

I can be the grinch!

I don’t like Christmas music.

There.

I said it.

I am sorry.

I am not sorry.

I LOVE CHRISTMAS.

I just don’t like the music.  Never have and probably never will.  My peeps like to torture me with this.  Fine.  We went to a lovely Christmas concert.  I went because I love my people.  Turns out Trace Adkins made a Christmas album with a Celtic flair to it.  I LOVE  CELTIC MUSIC….. LOVE LOVE LOVE….

The Palladium such a gorgeous place!

The Palladium is such a gorgeous place!

It was a wonderful concert.

Still don’t like Christmas music.

Peace and Don’t hate me because of this,

Isabelle

I want to live there….

First let me apologize for my lack of recipes and overall contact this past week.  I have to admit: I am in over my head with the holiday season/parties/school/kids events….and on and on.

Between Holiday Parties that we are attending and parties I have nicely offered to make more complicated dishes that I should have, between the kids sports, tutoring, finals, student gov’t, work, etc….well I can’t see straight!

BUT….I have my Christmas Village.  Every year, I make my little village (or willage as I like to call it) Every now and then my peeps will find me in the dining room looking at it.  Yup, just standing there enjoying my little willage!  I try to make it different every year.  I love it.

The Willage :)

The Willage 🙂

see the handsome firefighter?

see the handsome firefighter?

the lovely Church...a little bit higher than the others!

the lovely Church…a little bit higher than the others!

grocery store (from Florida of course!) and even a "watering hole"...it is MY village afterall ;)

grocery store (from Florida of course!) and even a “watering hole”…it is MY village afterall 😉

one last overall look!

one last overall look!

Hope to be back on track with new recipes new week!

What is YOUR favorite Holiday decoration?

Wishing you all a Fantastic Friday!

Peace and Love,
Isabelle