Wednesday, May 19, 2010 | | 31 comments

Do you ever get so busy and yet having nothing to say about what's keeping you going at such a hectic pace?
That's how I feel this week.
I'm crazy busy but I've got nothing {interesting} to share with you.

The end of the school year has arrived.
I only have 17more days of school. It's bittersweet ~ I'm looking forward to slower paced days, visiting family, afternoons on the beach, lunch dates with friends, and dinners on the patio. However, I'm really going to miss those sweet smiles, the *a ha* moments when the lesson clicks, the excited greetings each morning, and sharing my day with the children.

Hope you're all having a great week!

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Garden Club

Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | | 29 comments
Bright (not so much) and early Saturday morning a sweet friend and I grabbed our coffee and headed for Essex.
Each year the Garden Club hosts a plant sale on Mother's Day weekend. It begins when the bell rings at 9am. I'll give you a hint ... if you want the "good stuff" you need to be in line by 8am.

While waiting in line, you get to know those around you, share a few gardening secrets, have that second cup of coffee and perhaps a homemade treat made by these lovely ladies.

There is also a Treasures sale ... I'm so using that line when we have our tag sale ;)
They have some home good items as well as garden goodies. I did have my eye on a couple topiary fences but they were quickly nabbed ~ darn!

I wasn't able to take as many pictures as I would have liked due to the relentless drizzle. Note the white tents with the their shop signs. So cute. The Garden Club members all wore hats decorated with flowers. So much classier than name tags don't you think?

On the other side of The Green there were annuals to be found, succulents in handmade cement urns and beautiful herbs. I did pick up a beautiful pot of herbs to give to the hostess of the party that we attend Saturday night.

This was my first round ~ I managed to grab the desired shade plants on my list. Within a matter of minutes the entire back of my SUV was filled to capacity as well as the back seats.
The best part of these sales are the prices ... CHEAP!

Jane and I did a little poking around in the local shops. I am on the hunt for dresses to wear to the weddings we are invited to this summer.
We rested our weary feet while enjoying a delicious lunch with a glass of wine ~ living the life! :)

It was the perfect day with the exception of the torrential down poor that caught us unprepared ~ wet is an understatement.

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Grilling goodness

Thursday, May 6, 2010 | | 15 comments
I accidentally deleted many of your comments.
If you don't see your comment, it's simply because I was trying to multitask {not paying attention} and hit the wrong button.
I apologize.

The past week and a half has been insanely busy in my world. I often find that the month of May is busier for me than the Christmas season.
Each night I fall into bed with the best intentions of accomplishing all tasks for the next day and then some ~ yah right!
 I’m falling short and sinking fast.

I’ll be stopping by to say hi soon …

I love my grill this time of year.
It’s quick, easy and in no time an entire meal is ready to be served. This is a family favorite that I’ve been making for years. I often make extra for leftovers. My salad for lunch tomorrow will feature the chicken along with red peppers, avocado and tomatoes.

Grilled Chicken & Sausage skewers

8 hot Italian sausages

1 cup olive oil

2/3 cup fresh lemon juice

½ cup red wine vinegar

6 large garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup Dijon mustard

¼ cup mixture of thyme, basil and fennel seed

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

8 boneless chicken breasts

2 lemons, thinly sliced

Place sausages in pan. Add enough cold water to cover partially and simmer until firm. About 12 minutes. Drain and let cool.

Marinade ~ combine the next 8 ingredients and mix well.

Cut the sausages and chicken into bite size pieces. Add to marinade and let rest for at least one hour {the longer, the better}.

Place on skewers alternating chicken and sausages ~ add lemon slices as desired

Grill until chicken is completely cooked

* I often make half the recipe

*This is also very tasty without the sausage

Grilled broccoli is delicious with a little sesame oil and french grey sea salt.

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