Friday, May 22, 2015

Healthy Lunch from Leftovers in the Fridge

This morning was really a busy one.  I was doing some housework and laundry
and John our pest control miracle worker was coming over for our quarterly
spray to wipe out unwelcome Texas critters from the garden and house.

After John finished up and all the laundry was folded, I felt really
hungry.  I had skipped my usual oatmeal and berries and only had
a cup of tea ….

What can I eat???

I try to eat a healthy diet every day.  It's my own attitude about health
insurance.  I pay for it but seldom use it.  When I can stay out of the 
doctor's office, I am a happy camper.  Anyway ~ let's check the fridge ….

Left over brown rice from last night.  What can I do with this?
I grabbed a handful of slivered almonds and tossed them into a dry
skillet to toast for a bit.  Not too long, I don't want them to burn, only
to bring out their natural oils and enhance the flavor.

What else?  I have brussels sprouts in the veggie drawer.  I know David
won't eat them, but I do love them.  So I took a few, washed them and
started peeling off the outer leaves until I had a nice little pile.

I took the toasted almonds out of the pan and set them aside in a little
dish.  Then I added some olive oil to the pan, let it get hot and dumped
the brussels sprouts leaves into the hot oil.  I cooked them long enough to
get all glistening and hot but not brown.

Then I whisked together some olive oil, lemon juice, and Dijon mustard
in my vintage measuring cup.  I added some salt and pepper,
and whisked again.

I put the rice on a plate, covered it with the brussels sprouts leaves,
the toasted almonds and a couple of chopped up dates and drizzled
over the dressing.  

I filled one of my favorite hobnail glasses with ice water and lemon,
put everything on a wicker tray and headed out to the family room 
to watch an old movie and pray that we don't get anymore
thunderstorms and tornado warnings this afternoon.

How was the salad from leftovers?  Really good!

That's what I have been doing on this Friday before the long
holiday weekend.  What have you been up to?

By the way ~ Bentley always has to give John a big
greeting when he stops by.  John and his wife have a Yorkie
too ~ a little female.   Hmmm….  Puppies perhaps???

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Dozens of Tablescapes

Do you ever go through your old photos and think to yourself 
"I had forgotten about that"?  I was just going through my Picasa Web
albums and found lots of old tablescapes and thought I would share them
with you.

One of the wonderful things about being a blogger is that you record
moments and creative endeavors that you may not have otherwise.

So many tea trays and tea tables ….

In various shades of blue.

And in every room of the house ….

Out in the garden ….

And on a porch swing ….

For holidays ….

And grab and go lunches too ….

A market basket full of goodies ….

Or apple picking days ….

Enjoying the crisp days of fall ….

And in miniature too ….

I have enjoyed sharing all these tablescapes with you!

What's that Bentley?  Where are the dog tablescapes you ask?
We need to work on that don't we ;-)

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Sleep Your Wrinkles Away ;-)

I think I have finally stopped having sleepless nights.  This is a good thing
because lack of sleep depletes energy, makes one irritable and causes
wrinkles.  And who wants that?  I sure don't.  So, in order to get a better
night's sleep I have been turning off the TV.  The television is on in our
room at night and I have decided to turn it off and read for a bit instead.

Success!  When I read something light and fun I drift off to dream land
so peacefully.  

Now here is what y'all really want to know….  how to get rid of

One of the things that has helped me to sleep through the night is a sleep
mask.  Although our bedroom is pretty dark at night, there are still those
pesky little lights from electronic devices.  When I block out every tiny bit
of light I sleep through the night.

I was looking for an additional sleep mask when I came across this one.
First of all, let me tell you that I am not being paid to write about this, it's 
just something that I want to tell you about.  This is the iluminage sleep mask.
It claims that the copper infused fibers of the fabric will help to soften
the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes after thirty nights of
continuous use and continued improvement over time.  The company 
backs this claim through clinical independent double blind placebo results.
I just began the thirty day trial last night.  I will let you know how well
it works.  They make a pillowcase out of this copper infused fiber also,
but I will wait to see how well the eye mask works before I spend money
on the pillowcase.

Speaking of pillowcases, I purchased a silk one a couple of months ago.
The first night I used it I felt like my head was slipping off the pillow, but
now I love it!  My pillow stays cool all night.  Love that!  When I wake up
in the morning I don't have "bed head".  I can't tell you how much I am
loving that.  It also keeps my shoulder length blonde hair nice and shiny.
It's a win, win.  See, here is my silk pillowcase ~ it's the white one.  

So that's it for my beauty tips.  Wishing y'all sweet dreams tonight and
let's all sleep our wrinkles away!

Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley


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