This day, he asked me to dance…

…and 13 years later, I still think I’ve got the best dance partner in the world!

We’ve danced through euphorically beautiful sunlit meadows of happiness, and ominous storms filled with shadows, despair, fear, heartache, and pain.

But through it all – we’ve danced. We’ve held each other up sometimes, when we couldn’t stand on our own. We’ve hummed the music if our partner couldn’t hear it through their tears. We’ve stepped on each others toes. Knocked each others knees. We’ve struggled with both learning to lead and learning to follow.

We’ve stretched together, we’ve grown together. In certain seasons, we’ve shown off the other to their best advantage and taken a supporting role ourselves. We’ve put in extra “practice time” when our partner was unsure of their footing.

We’ve learned to trust…

We’ve learned to not care who is watching us…or what they think…but to dance to the beat of our own heart’s drums.

We’ve learned that the very best things happen outside of our comfort zone. And we’ve taken those leaps and twirls through life – together.

We’ve learned to laugh at ourselves. We’ve learned to have fun. We’ve learned to never get too comfortable or lose connection with our partner…because that’s when disastrous missteps can happen.

We’ve learned to give each other grace, and encouragement. We’ve learned that we are always at our best, when we’re by each others side.

We have learned to move, to think, to bend, to live…as two separate people who have been fused into one.

We’ve learned to dance.
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Happy Anniversary my beloved! I’m ready for oh, at least 60 more…got those dancin’ shoes on?? ♥

How to Make a Peach Pie

There’s something so nostalgic about a pie, isn’t there? It may never have the 15 moments of fame that cupcakes, macarons, or cakepops have all enjoyed, but it will always hold a special place in my heart – and will always be found at our table.

It’s peach season here in the south, and your pie is guaranteed to be mouth-wateringly delicious if you choose fruit that’s in season!

Keep your recipe simple, the sugar conservative, and let the perfection of the fruit shine through.

That’s my big pie-making secret! Well, that, and using Pillsbury Pie Crusts (don’t tell Martha…but once you try them, you’ll never pick up your old pastry blender again…).

 A quick cautionary word on peaches, they are almost always found right at the top of the “Dirty Dozen” List (which I wrote about HERE) and that means that they soak up vast amounts of pesticides and are best purchased organically if possible.

Ready to get baking with Jenni and I this week? Alrighty, let’s get to it:

Kristin’s Perfect Peach Pie

Pillsbury package of 2 crusts

1/2 cup sucanot (or sugar)
1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose)
1 t cinnamon
6 cups sliced peaches – about 6-8 medium ones (no need to peel them)
1 t lemon juice
1 T butter or margarine

Preheat oven to 425.
Place bottom pastry crust in pie plate. Mix flour, sugar, and cinnamon together in a large bowl. Add in sliced peaches and lemon juice, and gently toss to coat.

Turn into pie crust, and dot with butter. Cover with top pastry. Seal, flute, and cut a few slits in the center for ventilation

Cover edges with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown, and fruit mixture is starting to bubble. Cool on wire rack.

Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Enjoy!

Printable version can be found HERE.

 

Be. Wines Buzz Campaign

Top of the weekend to you! I hope your Saturday is off to a fabulous start…

Just popping in today to share a little bit about a Buzz Campaign I was recently asked to participate in for the new line of Be. Wines.

Before I share my opinions on the campaign though, allow me a moment to say that I believe that the decision to enjoy wine in moderation is one that is personal and should be respected, whether or not you are of the same opinion. Convictions and freedoms are rooted deep in your heart, and cannot (and should not) be imposed upon another person. I, of course, am not a proponent of drinking habitually, excessively, or illegally. Common courtesy begs that you only enjoy wine in the company of those who share the same freedom.


We now return to our regularly scheduled broadcast:

Buzz Campaigns are designed to draw attention to new products that are hitting the market when companies ask bloggers and social media gurus to help spread the word. We are compensated for our reviews with free or steeply discounted products.
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When I first saw the branding for the new Be. line of wines, I thought it looked very chic, simple, and refreshing. My immediate impression of the entire concept, was how helpful the idea of associating adjectives with certain grape varietals would be, for newcomers on the wine scene. They assigned the word “Fresh” to Chardonnay, “Flirty” to Pink Moscato, “Bright” to Pinto Grigio, and “Radiant” to Riesling. Makes the choice an easy one, when you are in a certain mood but don’t know which direction to head in the sometimes-overwhelming world of wine selection! Wouldn’t these four make a great quartet for a summer home tasting?

These wines don’t have a lot of depth or complexity to them, and as such would be perfect for brunches, bridal showers, summer tasting parties, or simply for those who enjoy straightforward, fresh tasting wines.

And now, a little treat for you! Courtesy of the Buzz Campaign, I have (5) “$3 off a bottle of Be. Wine” mail-in rebate coupons to give away to the first 5 comment-ers on this post. The refund is only valid in the following states, so make sure you live in one before you comment ;-): GA, ID, IL, LA, MI, NE, OH, SC, VA, WA

Enjoy your weekend! And next time you’re in the market for a light refreshing wine, why not consider Be.?

It’s the Simple Things… A Warm Homecoming


I really enjoy writing these “Simple Things” posts…reminders that our gestures don’t have to be elaborate or expensive to make those you love feel extra special.

So today’s “Simple Thing” is to pick a day to prepare a relaxing homecoming for your guy. Our husbands work so hard, and (if yours is anything like mine) often come home exhausted both physically and emotionally. – So our goal is to prepare a few little things that will help them relax and decompress from their day.

Why not set the tone with a little “Thank you for all you do… I’m so glad you’re home!” note taped to the door?

Does your guy like to soak in the tub to help soothe his weary muscles? If so, have a bath drawn with Epsom salts, so he can slip right in when he arrives. If he’s more of a shower guy, set out some fresh comfy clothes and put a towel in the drier for 10 minutes or so, bringing it to him when he is just ready to dry off. They may be men, but they’ll still appreciate the luxury of a freshly warmed towel!

While he’s relaxing in the tub or shower, fix up a little snack to hold him over ’til dinner. Maybe fruit, cheese, and chocolate? Or crackers and peanut better? Veggies and ranch? Just something light and easy. You could serve it in the tub, or have it sitting on the vanity for when he steps out of the shower.

Once he is clean, offer to give him a relaxing shoulder rub. It doesn’t have to be long, or deep, but a shoulder/neck rub always helps relieve tension.

And with just those few little thoughtful touches, your man will feel special, loved, and extra cared for….not to mention more relaxed for your evening together!

It’s the simple things girls, it’s the simple things.

*If your man gets home before you do, you can still set up a welcome note, fresh clothes in the bathroom, and have a snack all plated in the fridge inviting him to relax for a few moments when he arrives! I’m sure he will be touched by the gesture.

Soba Noodles with Asparagus

This recipe is perfect for summer, and easy as a wink to throw together. Good served warm or cold, and just as delicious the next day. Original recipe found HERE. My adaptation is below. *note: you may notice green beans in the photos…and that’s because the last time I made this, we made the official decision that asparagus would be a tastier sub. You can, of course, use blanched green beans instead though!

Soba Noodles with Asparagus

1 package buckwheat soba noodles, cooked to al dente, drained and rinsed
1/2 pound asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1 1/2″ lengths and blanched
1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2″ pieces
1 c. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1-2 spring onions, sliced
1 c. cooked chicken chopped or shredded
small handful cilantro leaves, minced
1/3 c. roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped

Dressing:

freshly squeezed juice of two limes
1 Tbs. fish sauce
1 Tbs. siracha (to taste)
1 Tbs. water
2 Tbs. sugar
2 Tbs. tamari sauce
2 Tbs. toasted sesame oil

Make dressing.  Place lime juice, fish sauce, chile sauce, sugar and tamari in a small bowl. Whisk in sesame oil until well blended.

Place all salad ingredients together in a large bowl, reserving a small amount of peanuts and cilantro for garnish.  Add dressing, toss well, garnish and serve.

Printable version found HERE, along with all the other recipes featured on Vignettes.

The Best of Intentions and an Outfit

 


How many of you would say that you are a person of good intentions?

So often, it seems, we are inspired to do great things. But how often do we actually follow through and turn those thoughts into action?

In the course of a day we might be…

Inspired to compliment an extremely helpful cashier.
Inspired to send a real (paper) letter.
Inspired to introduce yourself to someone standing alone.
Inspired to organize your life.
Inspired to buy a “just because” gift for someone you care about.
Inspired to help an elderly lady with her parcels.
Inspired to fix a special dessert for your favorite guy.
Inspired to be the first to say “I love you”.
Inspired to call a friend to let them know you were thinking of them.
Inspired to pay the toll for the car behind you.
Inspired to smile at someone who is obviously having a bad day.
Inspired to give a compliment to the owner of a cute pair of shoes.
Inspired to take a leap of faith.

It’s easy to be inspired – but it takes guts, intentionality, and sometimes hard work to put all that inspiration into action.

So the challenge is thrown. Will you pick it up and be a person of action today?

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