Weekly Winners (February 19 – 25)

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!


Photos taken using my Droid Incredible or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.


This week’s featured “other post” is…

My week started in Nashville and ended in Texas!

Kassie Jordan CD Release Party
Kassie Jordan
Kassie Jordan CD Release Party
Most fabulous shoes... EVER
102: Kassie Jordan CD Release Party
Kassie Jordan
Friends at the end of the bar
Friends at the end of the bar
Oh really?
Oh really?
104: Mardi Gras Beads
Mardi Gras beads
105: Rosary
107: Woodlands Blanket
Woodlands Blanket
108: Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka
Mmm... Vodka


Crochet comfort

I have crazy talented friends. In music, in writing, in photography, in design, in life… everywhere I look I get to witness talents galore.

One of my friends, Anne, has opened her own Etsy shop, selling crocheted items. I have several of her creations, and I love them so much. Yesterday she gave me as an Anniversary gift one I’ve been literally lusting over since she opened her shop. I even pinned it on Pinterest!

Woodlands Blanket
Woodlands Blanket

Aren’t those colors gorgeous!?  I gave one to my cousin for her wedding, but I almost kept it for myself. I remember I kept petting it before I wrapped it going, “Want. Want. Love. Want.”

Now I have one! In fact I have it keeping my legs warm as I write this. Love it!

Let me show you the other things I have that she’s made:

Beanie cap
Beanie cap and Maroon scarf

I got the scarf first, and I wear it all the time. It’s my go-to scarf and it is SO WARM.  I can wear that trench coat or my light leather jacket INSTEAD OF my heavy letterman-style coat on cold nights if I have that scarf wrapped around my neck. And that beanie has kept me nice and warm on crazy cold Tennessee nights. (Crazy cold to me!) And darn it, its CUTE!

Summer scarf
Green Summer Scarf

Something a little different is my green summer scarf. It’s skinnier than the maroon scarf, and the light color is just perfect for spring! I love wearing it when temps are still just a LITTLE cool, but not cold. And I am guilty of being monochrome in my clothing choices. Black, grey and white are my go-to colors, but this little pop of color breaks it up in a really cute way.

Another friend recently used a blanket Anne made in her engagement photos. I thought it was a fantastic touch to make the photos more personal, and I am totally stealing the idea for future photoshoots. (Sorry, Kristy! But that was brilliant, so I am stealing! And as a sidebar, totally digging her photographer… Love their style of photography and will be taking notes as I prepare to shoot my first wedding later this year.)

What I love most is knowing these items are handmade. Anne takes pride in her work, and when you get something from her you know its done with love and that the quality is there. If you’re looking for a special crochet blanket, scarf, cap or just about anything else, give Anne a shout!

She didn’t ask me to share her work here or to promote her. I just love it so much that I wanted to.

Check out her shop. You’re going to love what you see. :)

Looking for Lenten recipes

120: Fish for dinnerLent not only means “giving something up” for 40 days leading up to Easter, it also means no meat on Fridays. I always say I could easily be a vegetarian. It not usual, when my husband is on the road, for me to go days on end without eating meat at all. But that’s my choice. When it comes to Lent, you would thinking cooking without meat was some sort of foreign challenge to me.

I do make a mean tilapia (as seen above). My parents and I discovered that last Lent. And I came up with this clam dip that I don’t know that I could duplicate now, since I didn’t write it down. I think it was just crab meat, mayo and garlic salt. I think. I really don’t remember, though.

Growing up, we made a lot of meatless spaghetti. And of course pancakes as a breakfast-for-supper meal. I love tuna fish sandwiches, and Tuna Helper is all kinds of awesome.

And you can’t beat one huge salad, either.

But this year… I want to try something new and different. I want to stretch my legs in the kitchen for Lent.

I definitely want to make hummus. I’ve been wanting to do that for a couple years now, and I think it is time I made that happen. I’m also thinking about stuffed bell peppers one night. I made a stuff tomato once when my husband was on the road, using a rice mixture I just made up, and then melted mozzarella cheese on top. That was yummy goodness. So I might do something similar using bell peppers.

Past that, though? I am kind of as a loss. I want recipes!

So help me out. What is your favorite Lenten/vegetarian dish? Throw me a cooking challenge!

The wife of a touring musician tells it like she sees it…