Yummy Collard Greens

They had collard greens as a manager’s special, 32 ounces for $1.99, so, I had to make some yummy, and a little bit spicy greens.

Here are the ingredients:


    • 1 (1-pound) bag or 1 pound cleaned, cooked and chopped turnip greens
    • 4 tablespoons margarine
    • 2/3 cup chopped onions
    • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
    • 2-3 teaspoons ground chile de arbol
    • 1 1/4 cups diced tomatoes
    • 2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
    • Salt       Greens1
    • Greens3 Okay, you put the greens in a large pot and cover with water . Bring to a boil and then simmer for 45 minutes. Cut up the onion and garlic and put that into the butter or margarine and soften the onions then add the chile de arbol. Instead of the tomatoes I use Herdez hot salsa. Drain the greens after the 45 min. and add the onion, butter tomato mixture and the chicken stock. You will not believe how awesome these are.
    • Good Luck out there, as collard greens do bring good luck!Greens 4

Staycation Blondies

Blondies 1Super easy but super yummy, Jan’s Come to Jesus Blondies.


8 tablespoons of butter (unsalted) – one stick

1 cup brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 pinch of salt

1 cup all purpose flour

Mix melted butter with the brown sugar, make sure it cools a little before you beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the salt and flour

Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Fall Festival on Ponce

Warning : There is a ton of cuteness in this post!

Coop and I went to the Fall Festival on Ponce. Let me first show you this kids area. IMG_6431   IMG_6432   IMG_6433   IMG_6434How fun would this be?

The place was packed but what we came upon on arrival was this….IMG_6436Is this little Sophie not adorable? IMG_6437Okay really cute right, but wait, then we ran into this…IMG_6440A Tricolor King Charles Spaniel named Charlie.IMG_6441  5 months old..IMG_6445His mom wanted to change his name to Matthew McConaughey when I told her Bradley Cooper’s name. Trail 3It was a great fun interesting day!

The simple joys of being alive

The girl who came back to life

I am not a morning person.

I am woken up when the (sun)light streams through our white cotton bedroom curtains. I then fall asleep/wake up/argue with myself for 30 minute intervals until I decide to drag myself out of bed. This all occurs between between 5am and 7.30am. I will stagger to the bathroom and complete my ablutions. I will wander from room to room in the flat until I have gathered what I think I will need for the day. I am usually grumpy and tired but resigned to the fact that this is life and I should not complain. Finally, I leave the house and make my way to the station. I have started to buy a small cafe mocha and plain croissant before I start my hour long journey into work. It helps on the days that I do not manage to eat breakfast at home and…

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LaVista Park Fall Festival

It is fall again, time for the Fall Festivals! My neighborhood had their annual one today. IMG_6412Friends and neighbors all around, a fun time for all! IMG_6415They had food from Rain (Sushi, Thai, Chinese, excellent food!) Marco’s Pizza and they were grilling burgers. IMG_6413Pizzas delivered by delivery and fireman.

IMG_6419Coop enjoyed his really big water bowl, didn’t even notice all the cans and bottles. They had a silent auction, raffles (that were obviously rigged, no I did not win) Zumba classes, a cake walk and a really old magician, who amused many young children! IMG_6425Zumba…

It was a great day! IMG_6426

Off the Trail with Coop

IMG_6409There was no keeping on the trail with Coop today. He loves to go on adventures and how lucky am I! So it was a gorgeous day and cool out. We started off the trail and it was headed down to the creek. IMG_6405Where we saw this and this…IMG_6408Another peaceful afternoon by the creek. Trail 1Then back on the trail and off again. We rested on a bench. Trail 3 and listened and looked at all of this. 

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Camp Creek Greenway Trail

Camp Creek Greenway Trail is located north of Atlanta in Lilburn,GA.IMG_6358This is a great trail. This was at the beginning of the trail near the parking lot. IMG_6364Then a little further down the trail there were these IMG_6368There were three of these. Then if that isn’t enough then there was a Little Library. IMG_6370They have tons of benches to rest. The day was lovely and peaceful.IMG_6372    IMG_6374I spied this little bird…IMG_6380 I think it is a Tufted Titmouse. IMG_6393

IMG_6400Special fountain near the end. It is just lovely. I hope everyone can take the time to visit! IMG_6390