Wednesday, September 30, 2015

cooking up a storm....literally...

Last weekend was a bust at the b&b due to weather, and it looks like this weekend may be even worse!! Everyone cancelled out and we actually closed for a few days, so what better way to spend a rainy day than cooking!? I was determined to use all the veggies that my guests had brought me, so after looking at some Pinterest inspirations, I made these....
 


 

 

Parmesan-Roasted Acorn Squash:
photo source: pinterest

 
 
 



There's a nasty forecast for the next few days, and possibly even severe weather from Hurricane Joaquin!? My last night for guests wasn't supposed to be until Sunday night, but as of today, everything is cancelled out, so my season is officially over.
Guess I'll pull out the recipe books again this weekend....because really, is there anything better to do during a storm?? :O) :O)
Keep calm and cook on- For the kitchen next year?

Thursday, September 24, 2015

good things thursday: b&b

Another season at the b&b is quickly coming to a close. In a way, it seems like forever since my first weekend back in May.....


then again, how can the countdown be down to 10 days??

I had a few of my favorite guests visit this week - a major "good thing" about my job. I was sad though, that Margaret's trip was cut short....with little notice due to (possible) bad weather coming in!? We didn't even get a chance to get ice cream! :O( She is the sweetest person, and I always look forward to her visit! :O)

I also had two other return guests who brought me (LOTS) of produce again this year.




I totally don't expect it, but thank them sooooo much for this generous gift! :O) I am planning to be very creative and use all of it (hopefully even try a few new recipes-which I plan to post!). :O) Thanks again!!! I love talking with both of them and enjoy having them stay at the b&b. I have made many new friends over the past 13 seasons, including this sweet couple. :O) :O)


Produce used so far.....

- tomato sandwiches for lunches

-tomatoes in vinegar (a favorite of Peter's)

- corn on the cob

- yesterday, we had sauted squash w/onions......

 
 
.....and Coconut Shrimp
 
- I also baked all but a few sweet potatoes and froze in ziploc bags. I can take a few out at a time and heat up for a quick side.



I bought the ingredients to make stuffed peppers (to freeze), and broccoli cheese soup, but yesterday was crazy, busy!! Back on the to-do list for tomorrow....

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Pioneer Woman Collection @ Wal-Mart

Check out the new Pioneer Woman Collection at Wal-Mart! While I'm obsessed with white dishes right now, all those pretty colors make me want to re-do my kitchen! I love everything...and it is soooo affordable!

Some of my favorites are:

The 12-piece dinnerware set in teal [$44.92] also available in red, plum, & linen

The Pioneer Woman Cowgirl Lace 12-Piece Dinnerware Set


this pretty printed footed bowl set with a splash of orange [$15.88/set of 4]

The Pioneer Woman Flea Market 6" Decorated Footed Bowls, Multi Burst Red, Set of 4


and these turquoise dessert dishes [$15.68/set of 4] also available in clear & plum

The Pioneer Woman Adeline 10 oz Glass Sundae Cups, Set of 4

a 2-pack turquiose metal colander set [$17.97] also comes in red & linen

The Pioneer Woman Flea Market 2-Pack Metal Colander, 3-Quart and 5-Quart


and I must have had a vision about this cow creamer.....


The Pioneer Woman Flea Market Red Cow Shape Creamer
P.W. cow creamer [$5.46] in teal, red, & floral


because earlier this summer sister had a similar one she had found at a yard sale and was selling on eBay....I had to have it!! :O) :O)

 
 
 
 

that dreaded trip to Wal-Mart doesn't seem quite as dreaded now.....I need to check this out!



[10/52] photo challenge: orange

 
a little fall decor....
 
[10/52] photo challenge: orange
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

congrats nathan!

A big congratulations to Nathan who was officially released from training and is now 2nd man on the DS 506!! We are VERY proud of you!!
 
 
Nathan Elliott Crockett's photo.

Monday, September 14, 2015

monogram monday: gallery wall

Mom has been sprucing things up a bit at her house and decided to do a gallery wall in the tv room. She shopped her house and came up with some nice pieces. Of course, it has to include at least one monogram. LOVE! <3 <3

 
 
 
 
 
Here are a few more inspiration walls from Pinterest:
 
Creative Reader Projects No. 186: Inspiring Decor, Crafts, Makeovers, & Recipes - bystephanielynn
 
Photo Gallery Collage Wall
 
Learn how to create a fun, personal, and creative Gallery Wall for LESS THAN $20! Yes, you CAN decorate an entire wall for that cheap! Get a...
 
 
Love this display and especially the big letter M
 
wall gallery ideas; already started the frames on the office wall - like the added bonus pieces like an R or a saying!
 
Buffet Table / Hutch with Wall Collage | Do It Yourself Home Projects from Ana White
 
Like the idea of a gallery wall with quotes, paintings and photographs. All the things that me make smile :)
 
Since I have a large painting (which is represented by the chalkboard in this photo) this layout is a big help.
 
Beautiful gallery wall on a budget - I love the initials!
 
A Pop of Pretty: Canadian Decorating Blog - http://apopofpretty.com/wall-art-letters-photo-canvas/
 
gallery monogram wall
 
Small Gallery Wall with DIY Monogram Photo Clipboard (tutorial)
 
Gallery wall with Personalized Wood Oar
 
and this is my favorite for a kid's room!
 
Letters - these would look great in our school room!  The Lily Pad Cottage: Playroom Makeover