Archive | July 2014

Southern Belle Favorite Things: Quality Time

One of my favorite things is spending time with the kids.  My “niece” and “nephew” I guess you could say.  They are my cousin’s kids but I love them like a niece and nephew, plus my cousin was always like the baby brother I never had when we were growing up.  They just moved back home from South Dakota and I can not get enough quality time with them.  The little girl is five and the little boy is seven months old and they both have me wrapped around their fingers.  Those two kids have brought many smiles to my face and have made me laugh more than I can count in the last few months.  I can’t wait to spend more time with them.  I am already looking forward to when we can take her back to Disney World and take him for the first time.

Looking Back: South Dakota

Last week the Timehop app on my phone kept showing me photos from 2 years ago when we took, what would be our last trip, to South Dakota.  We were going to go again this summer but our reasons for going came home.  It is beautiful country out there and I will admit that I am a little sad I didn’t get to see it one last time.  I’ll never forget the time I spent in the Black Hills.  Going to Bear Country, and seeing buffalo in Custer State Park, and a prairie dog town in Badlands National Park.  I can say I have had free ice water at Wall Drugs been to the Corn Palace, and Storybook Island.  I can say I have seen Mount Rushmore and a pig race at Old McDonald’s Farm.  I have watched as lighting has lite up the night sky and rode a train from Keystone to Hill City and back winding through the lush green country side.  I have taken a ride across the badlands felt that freedom on my face and breathed in all that open space.  I never imagined I would enjoy the Black Hills of South Dakota as much as I did.  Maybe some day I will get to go back and take all that beauty in one more time.


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I Did It!

I finished my first book in my summer reading challenge.  It was “Rose” by Leigh Greenwood, book one of the Seven Brides Series.  I really enjoyed this book.  It took me a while to get into it but once I did I could not put it down.  I have already started reading the second book “Fern”.  I hope it will be as good as the first one.  I’ll keep you posted.



Southern Belle Favorite Things: Favorite Comfort Food

This may sound weirded to some by my favorite comfort food is rice and gravy. White rice with white pepper gravy. I love it! I’ve been eating it since I was a child and to this day to me this is comfort food.




Southern Belle Favorite Things: Summer TV Shows

Summer is not known for the TV shows like the rest of the year is, but this year I have found a few shows that I really like and thought I would share them with you.

1) Night Shift

2) Motive

3) Rizzoli and Isles


I was really surprised that I like Night Shift as much as I do, in fact I am really sad that it is already over the season.  I guess working in a hospital draws me into hospital shows.  I watched Motive some last year when it was on but I have really taken a liking to it this year.  I know Rizzoli and Isles has been on for a while but this show is new to me.  I have never watched it before but it is on after Castle, which I love, so that is how I started watching.  I don’t know what it is but I love the crime shows.

Summer Reading Challange Update

My summer reading challenge is not going as I hoped it would, so there is not much to update on.  I am still on book 1 instead of 6 or 7 like I should be.  I have had time to read but do not read when I have the free time.  I need to get myself in gear.  I don’t think I will make my summer reading challenge goal but hopefully I can get back in the reading grove real soon.

Southern Belle Favorite Things: 2 Favorite Songs (For Now)

Right now I have 2 songs that are my favorites and it is because the words ring so true right now.  The first is “What If It’s You” by Reba McEntire.  The other is “Stepping Stone” by Lari White.  I could listen to these two songs over and over again.  They are almost like my life plying out in song.

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Trying Something New…


Refrigerator Oatmeal


I’ve seen this on Pinterest and thought I would give it a try.  Now I used instant oatmeal because that was all I had, but all the recipes I found said not to use instant oatmeal.  I thought it was really good with the instant oatmeal so I’m not sure if I will try it with regular oatmeal.  Last night I used Kroger Active Lifestyle Raisin, Apple, and Walnut Oatmeal.  Tonight I think I am going to try Strawberries and Cream.  Here is how I made it…

1/2 Silk Almond Milk

1/2 cup or 1 packet of oatmeal

1 Meijer Greek Plain Non-fat Yogurt

I mixed everything together and let it sit overnight and ate cold this morning.

I found it to be good hopefully you will too if you try it.

Falling In Love

100_6801Why is it that the girl who believes in love at first sight and fairy tale endings can’t find love herself?  I know my prince charming is out there somewhere but it seems like he got lost along the way because it is taking him a long time to get here.  I wonder if he will ride up on a white horse or a pick-up truck and if he will be a true southern gentleman.  Maybe I have already meet him and he’s just waiting for the defining moment when he realizes that he and I together would be better than us on our own.  Time will only tell!