Chocolate Granola and I Won??

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Ok…how yummy does that chocolate granola look??? I made that lovely concoction of coconut, almonds, oats and chocolate chips (a few other goodies) thanks to a super lady and her oh so wonderful blog called “Food Loves Writing”. Click here to see it for yourself. And, click here to go directly to the oh-so-tasty recipe for the granola you see above. Soooo good!

I entered a little contest Shannalee had on her most wonderful blog and guess what?? I won!!! I was so shocked and just wait til you see! Check it out:

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There’s a great book entitled “The Ungarnished Truth” by Ellie Matthews. I can hardly wait to read it! In the prize pack was also a RuMe bag that’s so deceptive in size. While it looks tiny, it opens to be quite sizeable. Love it! And, sweetheart that she is, Shannalee also included the cutest card that I thought fit her blog and her so well. Perfection! 

Just be sure to bookmark her blog because it’s definitely worth checking out over and over. Plus with cool giveaways like this, you know you want to be “in the know!” Shannalee ROCKS!! Thanks Shannalee!

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A Change of Heart

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I guess it had been a couple years since we had eaten at a Quizno’s restaurant. Honestly I hated it! I think I ordered a Ham Sammy and had some sort of soup – maybe potato or broccoli?  He felt the same way. I remember thinking I had no reason to ever eat there again. And, we wouldn’t have. Except…he is wonderful about finding great things for us to try and he was lucky enough to get us each signed up for a free sub in a million sub giveaway with Quizno’s. (I guess we broke our challenge today of eating out only once in month unless it doesn’t count if it was free?) I never thought of getting a free lunch, but needless to say, we jumped on it!

I’m sorry to say that the 1 million Quizno’s subway giveaway is over and all million sub coupons were given out within a matter of like 3 days, I think?  I wish I would have come here to announce that to all my friends but it really didn’t even enter my mind. Mainly because I had such a bad experience with them in the past. Now, I regret that decision.

When we went there today (Store number 4231 on Vann Drive in Jackson, TN, which incidentally is NOT the one we ate at in the past), I ordered the small ham and swiss sub on wheat. I need to get on another subject for just a second here to explain something:  I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned my odd eating habits publicly on this blog but I have never liked the following things: mayo, mustard, ketchup, salad dressing, white milk (chocolate, yes), lasagna, chili, vegetable soup with a tomato base, raw onions, pickles, olives, tomatoes, coffee, and I’m sure there’s more. You are probably thinking, right….so you surely have milk with cereal? Nope. I eat it dry. Always. You are probably also thinking that I have some sort of dressing on my salad? Nope. I eat it dry too.  Sandwiches? Plain. The looks I have gotten in restaurants ordering a dry salad or a plain burger…not pretty. The meals I have barely squeaked through so as not to hurt the host/hostess’ feelings. Oh my. It’s a horrible way to be. I WISH I liked all those things. I have tried, honestly tried. Lasagna looks interesting to me. I love the smell of Chili.  The only exception to my oddities is pizza. I L-O-V-E pizza, but ALWAYS order it lite sauce, and have to say “light sauce, almost no sauce” to them and sometimes they get it right. Ok…now you think I’m so strange that you’ll never come back to my blog again, but hopefully I haven’t lost you…

Back to Quizno’s…So, I ordered my sandwich with no mayo or tomatoes (it comes with tomatoes, lettuce and mayo).  Let me tell you, either they have changed their sandwiches or my tastes have significantly changed in a couple years. This sandwich was AWESOME!! I love the herbs they use – my mouth was having a party today while munching my oh-so-delicious free sandwich!!

Quizno’s – you have some new faithful customers thanks to your million sub giveaway…and we’re telling everyone we know about you! We heart you and will most definitely be back! 😀

Owls and Fun!

My new owl shop is going just great! It seems there are lots of us owl lovers out there and I’m seriously, seriously having so much fun with them! You wouldn’t believe all the notes I’ve taken (both written and in my head!!) about things I want to do and want to figure out how to do…

I have just listed another owl painting, for the purple lovers out there:

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Just yesterday I finished a couple other fun fellas. This one is a fun scrabble tile pendant:

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and an ACEO painting “Bloom” with the words “Bloom Where You Are Planted”:

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Oh the bliss of it all! I’m honestly giddy with excitement and can barely do anything else except think, dream, and live owls these days!! So much fun!

The Best Blog Daily Thinker Award

My dear sweet friend Eliza has started herself a new blog and it’s just the cutest thing! I hope you have time to go and check it out here. She’s such a sweetheart and I think you can tell that just by reading a bit of her blog!! This dear and wonderful lady honored me with a Blog Award today and I am so appreciative, dear Eliza! 

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The Best Blog Daily Thinker

Now for the rules: The rules are to post it on your blog and pass it on to 10 other deserving bloggers. WOW! This is so hard to do. I have dozens of blogs in my Google Reader. If I didn’t choose you, please know that I did this randomly only going in the order they are in my reader, but if you would like this award please just feel free to grab it… 😀
Here’s my picks:
MK 

Country Southern Cooking

Living in the South, I grew up with lots of Southern cooking. There’s no other comfort foods in the world like Southern food. Or at least not that I’ve found!

I had a recipe for country gravy from (I think) my mother-in-law, but I have altered it to be lower in sodium because of my husband’s health concerns. I did want to share it, though, because it’s a really great recipe for anyone who wants that comfort without all the sodium. (If you want to make this and you want to use the normal recipe, you can add salt and about 1/2 pound of cooked sausage, crumbled into the gravy.)

*I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of this delectable dish for you to see. When it was ready, a camera slipped my mind!! Silly me!!*

Country Gravy

  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • dash of salt

In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter and oil together. When melted, add the flour, one tablespoon at a time, stirring constantly.  Continue cooking on medium, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Begin adding milk about 1/2 cup at a time, still stirring constantly. Continue cooking until desired consistancy has been reached, usually about 2 more minutes. Add pepper and salt. Stir well and serve over homemade biscuits.

Soooo good, especially if you have it like we do…at dinnertime. Around here, breakfast foods are not always restricted to breakfast hours!! 😀