Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Out of Town - I'm so Excited!

This will be my last post this week :[ sad face, sigh, but it's actually a good thing.  I am heading south to my home town, Knoxville, Tennessee!  I am so excited I can't stand it.  Will today ever end?  Well, I'm sure it will and I will be sorry it's gone.  As we get older, we finally realize that we want and need every moment of every day.  I never get everything done that I planned or wanted to do and as we all know, there may not always be tomorrow.  Okay, now enough of that.  Back to my excitement.

My one and only nephew, Jessye is graduating from High School Friday night!  I really cannot believe he is eighteen years old and getting ready to start college in the fall.  Speaking of my how time flies!  He is such a sweet young man and I am so proud of him.  His father is my one and only sibling and he is very much like his father.  I have not seen them since the first of December last year, so that is another reason I am so excited.

I am going down a few days early so I can visit with all of my family a little more leisurely and not be so rushed.  My mother had eleven siblings!  Two brothers nine sisters!  YIKES....  There are still seven sisters and one brother that are still alive and well.  I plan to have dinner with all of my Aunts this evening as they get together the third Wednesday of every month and it just happened that tonight is the night.  So that makes me so excited. 

As you can only imagine, I have a TON of cousins, first, second and third.  I am hoping to see as many of them as possible in my short visit, so that also makes me very excited .  I am sure there will be shopping involved with a couple of my aunts that I consider shopaholics!, don't tell them I said that!  But, none the less, that gets me all excited too.

I am also very excited to visit with my best friend in the whole entire world!  Angie and I have been friends, let's see now, she's been married for almost 31 years and I was in her wedding, okay, so a long time.  Angie is one of those friends that you wish was really your sister and you actually feel like she is.  The kind of friend that you tell everything and anything.  The kind of friend that you've laughed with, cried with, been mad at, but not for long, shared the good, the bad and the ugly with.  Been through life, deaths, births, illness, divorces, you name it.  That's my Angie.  I am so excited to see her this weekend that I can't stand it.

Well, since I have no pictures to share regarding any of the things I am talking about on this trip, I am including a few photos of my Jessye from his Senior Prom last week and I promise I will share pictures from my trip next week.


I hope everyone has a great week, and a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend.  I will be back on schedule next week, and I will be so excited about everything that happens on my trip home!

Until we meet again, enjoy life.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Busy Week!

I have not had a chance to get on my blog all week long and it's driving me crazy!  So, of course I had to do something even though not what I really wanted to do, but it will have to do.

I spent the weekend at the country place and it was wonderful.  We worked in our vegetable garden and it is coming along just fine.  I am very excited about it.  I actually got to cut some fresh lettuce for our salads Saturday and Sunday evenings!  We had terrible thunder storms the last three evenings and have been under severe storm warnings!  The tornadoes that hit in Missouri barely missed us I guess, so I am happy about that but sad for those folks!  I do pray for all the areas that have been hit by tornadoes this year!  It's just terrible.  We actually had the most beautiful rainbow following the storm on Saturday night!



Yesterday was my birthday and I had such a wonderful day.  I had good wishes from numerous family members and friends and even friends and family that I had not heard from in a long time.  It was wonderful and very overwhelming in a way.  I was treated to day of pampering with a manicure and pedicure that was wonderful.  Then I was taken out to dinner and had grilled shrimp that was delicious.  I received gifts in the mail from my cousin that is like my sister and receiving it exactly on the day of your birthday is so special!  I got the cutest sleep shirt that is the cutest, a woozie that is the coolest huggie for my wine glass.  It has the most beautiful dragon fly on it and it is so unique.  She gave me a new Brighton bracelet that I love.  I wore it to dinner last night!  So I would say that I had the best birthday in a very long time and I am so thankful and so blessed.





Getting older is sometimes the greatest and sometimes not so great! But, this year was the greatest!

So, until we meet again....  I off to work today!  Have a great day.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bourbon Open Weekend! Come on Down....

Today kicks off one of Bardstown's largest events.  All the Bourbon Distilleries sponsor a huge Golf Tournament this weekend every year.  This has been going on FOREVER!!  Lots of activities, lots of visitors from everywhere in the world will come and take part, although I think the main reason is the BOURBON!  I may be mistaken, but I don't think so.  There are 400 golfers scheduled to participate in this golf tournament over the next three days.  There will be plenty of Bourbon consumed over the next three days, I would be afraid to estimate that amount!  But, if you are not a golfer, it can be fun anyway.  Bardstown has a lot to offer that does not pertain to golf or bourbon!

For instance, take a stroll down main street and visit our quaint shops and unique boutiques and great restaurants.




Visit our Bardstown Bookseller's store and pick up a copy of our local author's book, ""Small Town Sexy" and you may even see Kim and she'll sign it for you!  The book store also has the most wonderful candies ever!!


or take a historic carriage ride through the streets of Bardstown and find out all the history our little town has to offer.

or visit My Old Kentucky Home and tour the home where Stephen Foster lived as a child.

have lunch at one of the most historic places in town and maybe spend the night at the Old Jailers Inn Bed & Breakfast!
or come visit me at Lisa's Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio.....

Regardless, I promise you'll enjoy the day....

Until we meet again....

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Fire up the barbie and get the ribs drunk!

I suppose you think I'm nuts?  But, this is exactly what we did Saturday!  My Mr. Small Town was watching the Today Show one day last week and they had this Australian Chef on doing these Aussie-Style Ribs.  He was so impressed that he ask me to get the recipe and he wanted us to try them!  and so we did.

The reason I said get the ribs drunk is because the name of the recipe is "Rum 'n' Coke Ribs!

Ingredients:

2 Racks of Pork Ribs

Marinade:

1 cup of Rum (yea, that's what I'm talking about)
3 cups of Cola (I used diet coke)
1-1/3 cps Tomato Ketchup
3-4 Dashes of Tabasco Sauce
2 Garlic Cloves, minced finely
4 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce (it's in the Asian isle)

Combine all the marinade ingredients in a bowl, then place ribs in a pan and cover with the marinade and refrigerate overnight.  (I only marinated for about 6 hours and it was perfect)

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees and place pan of ribs uncovered in the oven for approximately 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes depending on the size of your ribs.  Every 15 - 20 minutes, bast them in the sauce.  Remove ribs from the oven and have your grill ready.  Put them on the grill for 10-15 minutes to caramelize and lightly charred.  While the ribs are getting all that love in them, put the marinade in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Reduce by half to serve with the ribs!

Call me crazy, but I think these were the best ribs I have ever had!  They were so tender and juicy and the sauce was absolutely delicious.  I have some leftover and cannot wait to use it on something else, like chicken.






I hope you will give them a try!  They are delicious!

Until we meet again......

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Silly Things that make me Happy!

When I am at our country place I'm always looking for things to do and because of my creative personality I sometimes do the silliest things.  I worked in the garden on Saturday and pulled weeds and trimmed by herbs.  As you know my herbs are killer this year!  Anyway,  I cut off a bunch of the mint and blooming sage, to thin them out.  Well, I just could not throw it away so I went in search of something to put my herb cuttings in.  Since I am very limited to accessories in the country, you will never believe what I found to use as a container!

I found this old coffee pot in the back of the cabinet that the guys used when they use to camp out during hunting season!  It was just the perfect container for the country place and it made me smile and made me so happy!  It's so amazing what you can come up with when you're resources are limited.  I guess if we did that every day in day to day life, we'd all be richer! and besides it looks so pretty.

Until we meet again... I'm heading over to Savvy Southern Style, WOW Us Wednesday.  Come join in the fun.  http://savvysouthernstyle.blogspot.com/2011/09/wow-us-wednesdays-30.html

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Childhood Memories!

This weekend brought back such wonderful childhood memories for me that I just had to share.  We went walking on Saturday morning before the rains came and I noticed the most beautiful honeysuckle and wild roses along the road sides!  The aromas were breathtaking and I thought about the days when I was a child and we use to have honeysuckle everywhere.  I loved to pick it and smell it and even taste it.  We have always had honeysuckle and wild roses along the road, but I've truly never seen them like they are this year!  They are so full and thick and full of blooms and so beautiful.

I actually think this counts as another one of my life surprises and one of my favorite things too!  Is honeysuckle a childhood memory of yours?  I would love for you to share you're memories with me.

Until we meet again.....

Monday, May 16, 2011

Life is full of surprises! You just have to look for them!

Over the past few weeks, I have had the most incredible surprises.  First of all, I had three of my herbs that I planted last year come back in full force!  After the winter we had, I was shocked, but so surprised and happy.

 Mint

Sage
Thyme

Then I discovered that all the wildflowers that I planted last year, but never came up are going to be glorious this year!  I am so excited about my wildflowers because they draw the butterflies and bumble bees and I love to watch them.  They make me so happy!


Wildflowers!

Then, as if that was not enough in one spring, we discovered that we have all kinds of sunflowers coming up all over the garden from sunflowers that I grew last year and we cut down in the fall!!!  They are truly everywhere!

Sunflowers!

So, take it from me that life is full of surprises, we just have to look for them!

Until we meet again....

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Something I've Never Seen Before in all My Life!

Last week when we went to our country place to mow and work in the garden we discovered a bird had laid an egg in the middle of our driveway!  It is the craziest thing I've ever seen!  The egg looks like a rock and the mother bird had just cleared a small area and there it was.  We placed a big rock by the nest so we would hopefully not run over it.


Well, to our surprise, we arrived at the lodge Saturday and went to check out the nest and low and behold there were four eggs!  The mama bird goes nuts and chases us every time we get near the nest, but IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR DRIVEWAY!!  It is very comical.  My Mr. Small Town got an orange cone, yep like they use on the roads, and placed it by the nest so that hopefully it will survive until the babies hatch.  Lord only knows how long that will take, but I sure hope we get to see them.



I am told this bird is called Killdeer's.  I've never heard of them and I've never seen birds nest their eggs in rocks.  I guess there is a first time for everything!

Hopefully I'll be able to share the babies next week.

Until we meet again...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ten of My Favorite Things!

  1. My Merle Norman Brilliant C Skin Care.  I hope I never have to live without it!

2.  My Merle Norman Sheer Defense Tinted Moisturizer.  I love it because it's a tint, a moisturizer and has SPF 15 and my Purely Mineral Powder.

3.  My Hair Tassy.

    4.  Tan Towels.  "Look Good Naked" is their motto!

5.  My Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops!  What did I ever do without them?  I have several pairs.  This is the "Lilly" Cork.

6.   My Bon Bon House Slippers!  They are so funky!  They are made in California, a over 70 year old woman crated this line, who they say is a hippie!  I would love to meet her.

7.  My Homemade Citrus Soaps with a Exfoliator.

8.   One of my Handmade Purses.  I carry them with attitude!

9.  Ice Cold Watermelon!  That says it's summertime!

10.   My "Extra Large" Tervis Tumbler full of Ice Cold Water!


I hope you might enjoy one or more of my favorite things.

Until we meet again....

It's my favorite time of the year! Spring Fever!

 I was wondering this morning around 6:30 a.m. if it was worth it.  I was suddenly awaken by severe leg cramps that had me jumping out of my warm bed in agony!

I love my pretty new planter,  It adds so much color to the patio. 
I just fell in love with this topiary!  I think it will get prettier as it fills out!   This Ivy vine came back from last year!  What a surprise and it's just beautiful.


My herb pot is truly one of my favorite things.

I found my fire pot for $15!  They are $40 every place I've seen them.  I was so happy to find this one.

So, I have decided that, yes, it was worth it! 

Until we meet again.....

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Ten Things that make ME Happy!

1.  Sunshine
2.  Family & Friends
3.  Reading a good book!
4.  Taking pictures and creating a story
5.  Planting flowers and watching them grow
6.  Planting herbs and cooking with them
7.  Cooking and Baking and have people enjoy it
8.  Growing vegetables in the garden and eating them and sharing them
9.  Having someone to love
10.Being loved!

An Introduction to Bardstown, Kentucky and Ginger Zuck

I am not an author, or a writer, or anything like that.  I am just a woman who has a lot of creative energy that feels the necessity to put it somewhere and share it with others.  I don't know if you are familar with Bardstown, Kentucky?  It is a small, quaint, wonderful town in central Kentucky, located approximately 35 - 40 miles from Louisville and Lexington.  It is the Bourbon Capital of the world!  I am not a Bourbon person, (they may hang me from the highest tree if they heard me say that), but Bourbon is a HUGE deal around these parts.

I have lived her since 1998.  My late husband's employment transferred us here and I am so grateful!  I never knew Bardstown existed.  For the first 3 or 4 years that we lived here I never got to appreciate Bardstown because I worked for Corporate America and commuted to Louisville every day and by the weekends, I got to clean house on Saturday and crash on Sunday's.

Unfortunately, I only got to start enjoying Bardstown, discovered the joy it brings you, the people and friendships I've made over the years until my husbands sudden death in December of 2006.  That's pretty sad.  So that is why I want to share Bardstown, KY with others who may be like me.  I hope you will take a look at some of the wonderful things our small town has to offer and come visit us! and if you prefer, we'll have a nice glass of wine, which is my Bourbon of choice!

Until we meet again......
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