Thursday, August 15, 2013

My fashion attempt with the chambray shirt...

Fashion has escaped
me for several weeks now.  
So much has been going on this summer
with my dad and his surgery that 
I have just not been in the
mood to worry about what 
I am wearing.

Recently, the husband and I have 
been having a date night once a 
week, and it
has rekindled my inner fashionista.

I found these photos on Pinterest and loved 
the color combinations.  
I decided to see what I could do with them.

This is what I came up with...

The night was cool, so the sleeves worked
out great.  I liked the bright orange and
the turquoise together.  It is
not a combination I would
normally try but was glad I did.

Perfect going out to dinner outfit.  
Had salmon and asparagus at Sassafraz,
one of my fave restaurants.  It was delicous, as
usual.  And I didn't have to cook
or do the dishes.  Perfect.
 I was happy with the outfit and the dinner! 

Whatever you wear, wear it with a smile!  :)

Style inspiration...where does yours come from?

Sometimes it doesn't take much 
to spark my brain into 
thinking about style.  
 I saw this sea foam 
green and white combination...

instantly thought of a 
sea foam top that I have had 
for probably at least 7-8 years and 
never worn.

I love the top... just had never found the 
right combination that I wanted.
Pairing it with white was the 
look I had wanted.

Color combinations sometimes jump
out at me, but not as often as I would 
like.  I usually need to see the
colors in an outfit to put them together.

This photo also reminds me of the outfit... 
(and really makes me want cake)!

My goal is to try to watch for
 more style inspiration in unusual places.  
Pinterest is an inspirational
overload, surely I can figure out some
ideas from there.  

I found this photo after the fact,
but it has the basic colors of my outfit. 
I want to be able to use something 
like this for my style ideas. 
   I will work on that.

Whatever you wear, wear it with a smile!  :)

Monday, August 5, 2013

The STEAKburger

While in Memphis for all of my
dad's tests and surgery and such, 
I had the opportunity to go to a nice dinner with Eric.

J Alexanders 
was the restaurant of choice.
We had been years ago and
 remembered it was good, 
so we tried it again.

I got salmon of course 
because it is my fave.
It was awesome!
Eric ordered the steakburger.
I got a bite or 2 of his burger...
it was sooo good!  
It had so much steak flavor...I fell in love with this burger.

I knew that I had to try to 
make one at home.
I called my local butcher and asked
if he could grind up some steak
for me.  He was reluctant
because he said it would be 
expensive for the amount of
meat that you would get.
I was determined, so he agreed.
The New York Strip steaks
were on sale, so that is what I got.

I also bought a small pack of 
ground chuck to mix in, just so that
there would be a little 
more fat in the patties.

I cooked them over charcoal 
just until done.  One good thing
about them was that they
didn't shrink up very much 
because they were so lean.

They turned out nicely.  
They didn't have quite as much
of the steak flavor as the 
one at J Alexanders, 
but they were 

I used toasted onion buns, and I 
also grilled some purple
onions with the burgers.
Topped with homemade
pickles and homegrown tomatoes...
Pretty darn tasty!

Love what you eat and eat what you love!  :)

Sunday, August 4, 2013

My Brother....

56 years ago, my mom gave birth 
to my one and only brother.

His name was Dennis Mason Blessing.

He only lived to be 4 months old.

He died of crib death.  What is today known as SIDS.  Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

No one knows why it happens, but for some reason the child stops breathing in their sleep.

This had to be a tough, tough thing for my parents....or any parent to endure.

But they managed to go on...and unfortunately...have 4 girls boy.

I happened to be the last girl.   Luckily...I was a tomboy to the core.   Trucks, mud, mechanics...I was in.   About as big of a tomboy as I could be...

My parents gave us a great life, one that should be envied.  I never once wanted for anything, but I also worked for what I got.  
They taught me to work for what I wanted.

I sit here today, at 41...thinking that 
I really have so much to be thankful for...
2 wonderful parents that
 I would give my life for...
2 sisters, Penny and Sissy (Selina) that 
I am closer to than ever before...and 
a whole bunch of nieces and nephews, 
and great nieces and nephews. :)

I have a sister that has passed away, way before her time as well...Joni...she was one of the most precious people to ever walk 
the face of the Earth.  But she had 
the hereditary cholesterol problem that plagues
 many of us and she died at the
early age of 50.   :(

We love you Joni!

I don't know why this fell on my heart, but I thought about my brother today.  Maybe it is because my dad is going through a tough time, and I hate to see him down.   He is the toughest and most determined man I know, so I know he will be okay, but I wish I could give him part of my life and energy.

Who knows why life gives us what it does, 
but it is given to us for a reason.
We are meant to do the best we can with it
or give up, and I ain't gonna give up.

For some reason...
I didn't get the...want a kid gene, 
but I have
7 nieces and nephews and
9 great nieces and they got
it covered.  I am soo soo proud of each 
and every one of them!   :)

To my mom and dad...
thank you for making me who I am...
I hope I make you half
as proud to be
my parents,
as I am
to be your daughter...   :)