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Salads For Sale

I have a few questions for you...

Would you buy a previously prepared salad from a vending machine?

How about if it was in a mason jar and only cost one dollar?

I asked myself these same questions as I was reading an article from The Atlantic Magazine.

Formerly known as The Atlantic Monthly.

The article was in the Health section of the online edition of this magazine.

It seems, Luke Saunders, a young entrepreneur invented the salad machine-(vending machine.)

The article delves into the premise that if we have the same amount of dollars to spend on fast food

or a healthy salad that were both available to us in the same amount of time,

would we spend the dollars on healthy salads or turn to the comfort of a hamburger.

Super interesting and an article that definitely provides "food for thought," no pun intended...wink...

If you have some time to spare and are interested in the article, here is the link

The Dreadful Inconvenience of Salad.

In the meantime, I have a super great salad to share with you that is full of healthy ingredients,

and is great alone or along side your baked potato or entree.

And since we have had a very wicked snow and ice storm in Dallas this weekend, this is the

salad we will be having this evening-too slick to venture out.

Kishu Mandarin Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette 


12 cups leaf lettuce torn into bite size pieces

4 Kishu Mandarin Oranges

10 Champagne Tomatoes

1/2  Cucumber

4 Radish

Handful of dried cranberries

2 Tablespoon chopped walnuts

1-2 ounce Feta cheese (optional)

Salt and Pepper

Ken's Balsamic Vinaigrette ( fan of Ken's Dressings)


Wash lettuce and spin dry, tear into bite size pieces and place in large salad bowl

Peel Kishu Mandarin Oranges and pull apart segments

Slice Champagne Tomatoes in half

Dice Cucumber and Radishes

Add cranberries, walnuts and feta cheese, toss all ingredients together, salt and pepper to taste.

Now, seriously would you buy a salad from a vending machine-


Natural Spring Wreath & Vignette

It's wreath season at my house and I am thrilled to be making wreaths for my dear girls.

The two oldest have chosen neutral naturals and the youngest has chosen green naturals.

I have finished one of them and I have hung it on my secretary for inspiration

to create this Spring Vignette.

I have been hot gluing like crazy at my house these past few days and unfortunately have a

blister on one finger that is very uncomfortable.

I think it was worth it though for this cute Spring Wreath, one thing is certain,

I know it is not going to fall apart!

Not one thing went to waste making this wreath, not even the leaves.

Total cost around $10.00- $15.00, it will depend on your choice of flowers.

At the very least I buy my floral when they are 50 percent off, better yet, always shop the

discount section, as there are always pretty posies left behind.

Materials Needed to Make This 12 inch Spring Wreath

*( 1) 10 inch straw wreath form (finished product measures 12 inches).

* (24) 2 inch flowers and leaves from stems.

* (30) 1/2 inch flowers and leaves from stems.

* Scissors.

*Floral Cutters.

* Hot glue gun and glue sticks.

* Ribbon ( to hang wreath).

Spring Wreath Tutorial

12 Inch Spring Wreath Directions

Remove plastic from straw wreath, cut 24 floral stems to one inch in length.

Cut leaves off stems and set them aside.

Taking the tip of scissors separate the fibers of the straw wreath.

Place a generous dollop of hot glue into hole made by the tip of scissors.

Push 1 inch floral stems into hole with hot glue and hold for a few seconds.

Glue the 24 floral stems that you have cut to one inch length around the top of the wreath

then work your way around to the sides.

Cut stems and leaves off (30) 1/2 inch flowers.

Set leaves aside and save to add later.

Hot glue 1/2 inch flowers onto the bare spaces of the wreath.

Glue the leaves, around entire center of wreath.

Tuck and glue leaves around wreath to create natural appearance.

There are a couple of great finds that I have been wanting to incorporate into this Vignette.

The wicker/rattan chair which I found at  Angels Attic-$15.00  and the brass water pitcher I picked

up in Oklahoma while visiting my daughter and granddaughter-$5.00.

I cut back the roses that were still looking good from my Valentine flowers and bunched them up

in the cute chubby brass pitcher.

I added some green zest to my antique secretary desk by using green Ikat scrap book paper and

taping it to the back of the desk, along with green ceramic apples which I picked up at the Red

Door in Louisiana.  I like how the green adds harmony to the Spring vignette.

Then, I found these hankies in my sister's cedar chest.

 I lovingly ironed them, placed them on this silver tray and included them in my Spring Vignette

-but I must share this with you.

You see those monogram MJ initials-those were my Mother's-

I suspect she did this stitching as a child.

This Spring Vignette seems to have something for all of my pleased.


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French Country Cottage

Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Ivy and Elephants

Focus On Your Passion & Purpose

On January 1, of this year I hit the publish button on a post which I was compelled to

write.  It was on the subject of  Aging With Style.

A new year had dawned and so had a heightened awareness within my soul.

Aging- a topic so universal and yet when discussed it is done so with adjectives such as-

coping, accepting, transitioning, response is phooey!

I don't want to cope, I want to live with a heart that is on fire!!

I am so passionate about Aging with style and from the comments that many of you left

- so are you!

In my wildest dreams I did not imagine that the Passion, Purpose & Productivity Project would

resonate, inspire and encourage women to care for and uplift one another so thoughtfully.

As we continue this amazing journey together, hand in hand across the mountains and seas,

I would like to introduce you to a lovely, sincere, and passionate woman- Jan.

You will find Jan at Jan's Place  sharing recipes, devotionals and decorating tips,

 as well as glimpses into her life as she shares with us the talents she was blessed with.

Jan will be opening up her home, her life and her journey on how she "ignites," passion in her daily

life and just how much living a life with intent, passion, purpose and productivity means to her.

Thank you Jan, for sharing your time and thoughts with us today.

It seems to me that in today's world there is so much, (too) much pressure put on a female.

The pressure begins earlier and earlier with each generation.

The images we see, the voices we hear, the words which are written, do not define a real female.

There is no such thing as perfect in these imperfect earthly bodies, but there is real living to be done,

real adventures with those we love, and there is the importance of really being true to yourself.

Being true to yourself, being proud of the woman you are and the woman you are yet to be,

are all vital elements to being a woman who ages with style.

It is not the clothes we wear, nor the style of our hair that causes us to or not to age with style.

Aging with style is being imperfect, fragmented, totally honest with ourselves and accepting

who we are, warts and all!

Here are some tips that are beginning to  work for me, tell me what you think-

1- Everyone's journey is unique-there is no generic prescription.

2-Don' judge those who stumble (including yourself) we all make mistakes.

3-Keep your vision and goals aligned.

4-Don't let the word "Age," define you.

5-Laugh, seriously laugh alot!

As our project grows and as we continue to reach out to one another-woman to  woman  I would

like to share with you some of the inspiring responses I have received during the past few months.

Including a quote from Socrates~

Sharing some positive thoughts  from other Ladies who are embracing Aging With Style.

Sheri From Red Rose Alley ~
" Sometimes we get settled in our surroundings, we need to remember to sparkle..."

Willie From Living Life On Main Street
" Hey, I am almost 81 and it really isn't too late  to start anything,  I published a book..."

Michelle From It's a Small Town Life
"I want to age with some grace and purpose,"

Marigene From In The Middle of Nowhere
"Remaining optimistic and positive, laughing frequently, and keeping an open mind are keys to aging with grace and style..."

Satu From My Usual Daily Life
"I'm quite happy with my knowledge of life that I have now."

Jann From Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
"What would life be like without passion or purpose...I really do love life and I figure smile wrinkles are much better than ones formed from frowning."

Carol From Art and Sand
"I am content with myself and my age..."

Linda From Linda's Lens
" I hike and ski with folks in their 60's and 70's and they are my role models...I say you are as old as you feel, if you don't use it, you lose it!"

If this is your first visit please visit these other Bloggers for more inspiration.

Dewena writing from Dewena's WindowHonora writing from Pondside,

Linda writing from My Sew What Blog and Nancy writing from Created for a Journey.

Thanks again to Jan from Jan' Place for sharing her world that is "Ignited With Passion."

How do you remain true to yourself and embrace your purpose?

See you tomorrow with a New Spring Wreath~


Fabulous Friday

Well my goodness, this week flew by like an arrow and here we are on Fabulous Friday.

Sharing some pretty picks from the week with you today.

Treat yourself well, perhaps a fresh bouquet of flowers or a cup of tea.

A pop of pink for your nails or some coral around your neck.

Maybe a wrap around your shoulders to keep you warm.

Or a wonderful book to read in your favorite chair.

Have a lovely weekend, my dears.


Please Join Me~

Cozy Little House


Mini Moments Of Joy

As I was out and about today, everything that caught my eye was miniature.

I have come to realize that when life reaches out to me in this fashion, it is important for me

to take notice.

It all began when I was at the market and discovered this mini orchid, I did not even know there

was such a thing as a mini orchid.

My first thought was what a precious treasure and then I thought of our

Passion, Purpose and Productivity Project and I had a few thoughts I wanted to share with you.

You know as women we have or still do spend so much time of our lives "waiting."

I remember my own beloved Mother planning, wanting and waiting for my children and I to come

home to Idaho every Summer to be with her.

We wait for dates, dances, dinner, dudes and duds.

We wait for college, classes, cool styles and children.

We wait for marriage, motherhood, magical and marvelous moments.

And in the midst of all of this waiting we might just blink, sigh, wonder,

or wish the very moment away.

I have, I did.

Just not so much anymore-because it is time to practice restraint, it is important to bide ones time,

it is important to embrace the mini moments.

Remember when we were so young that the days felt they would never end, or that Christmas

would never, ever come, that we would never ever grow up and then all at once those things did

happen, in fact they rushed by as fast as the wind and we were all grown up.

So today, I took the mini moments, the mini orchid, the mini tangerines, the mini single serving slice

of  King Cake and even the mini vintage copper mold and really took time to appreciate the

importance of not forcing the moment to pass.

Not pushing through the hours of the day, not bursting each minute as if it was an expendable

balloon, but rather letting those precious seconds of the day glide gently to me.

Learning to do this is not easy for me,  I am really not good at sitting, or pondering.

My mind is a whirlwind of thoughts, notions, and ideas and I have put the cart before the

horse way too many times.

But not today... I paid attention to the perfect moment and it became a moment of joy.

How are you finding joy as you age?

Greenhouse Tales and Tips

Greenhouse Tales and Tips from Texas are coming your way today.

For my sweet readers who live in the cold part of the Country, I am sending you lots of

sunshine and warmth that I stowed away in my greenhouse just for you!

My Petunias are beginning to  dwindle, but I absolutely refuse to give up on them, 

so here is my first gardening tip .

Gardening tip 1-Keep those Blooms Coming-

 Fertilize, every 2 weeks with

Mix fertilizer and stimulator together in a watering can according to directions on bottles.

This is one of my tried and true recipes for gorgeous blooms, works great- even in our 

Habanero Hot Texas Summer Heat.

Gardening Tip 2-Improve your soil before planting-

I grew up on a potato farm(Idaho) and I know good soil, my region of Texas does not have great soil.

So the first thing I have to do is improve it.

By adding humus to any type of soil it will enrich it and improve it's pH balance.

Soil needs to be the consistency of crumbled up cake-retaining moisture but doesn't stay soggy.

I like Fox Farm Humus a little pricey, but well worth the investment for strong healthy plants

which produce magnificent blooms and tasty produce from the vegetable garden.

My Greenhouse is one of my most Happy Happy Place's during the Winter Months.

It was almost exactly one year ago that we purchased our Greenhouse, if you would like more 

information on the building process here is a little link.

Gardening Tip 3-Choose your plants carefully-

There have been numerous times that I have chosen plants based on their beauty, for the wrong area 

of our yard, going against my better judgement and naturally they did not do well.

I suggest starting with some easy to grow annuals if  you are just beginning your gardening journey,

or if you are like me and want a guarantee for awesome blossoms!

Here are three of my favorites CosmosPetunia, Marigold

 These are seed packets, but

you can easily purchase the plants from any garden center.

My succulents have spent most of the winter in the greenhouse, I did bring a few of them in during 

Christmas to decorate one of our guest rooms.

They thrive in the greenhouse with all of the bright light and extra heat that the Greenhouse 


Tip 4- Propagate your own succulents-

Succulents have become very popular the past few years and with the rise of their popularity so 

has their cost.  My solution is to purchase a couple of varieties and then propagate them.

Needles and Leaves has a beautiful post on propagation.

Here comes the sun and some roses for all of you sweeties too!

What are your favorite flowers in your garden?


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Fabulous Friday Finds

Welcome to today's post, a miscellaneous mix of joyful moments and delightful finds from this week.

It might just be a Fabulous Friday because it feels a little more fun, a little more lighthearted

and well maybe a bit disjointed.

But as I stay true to my mindset of living with passion, I am just going with it, now how about that!

The week began with this, a sweet little Miss Muffet celebrating her second Birthday.

My daughter ordered most of the Monster Inc. party decorations from a shop on etsy.

Cute, cute decorations, cake and cupcakes.

One very chatty, sweet and happy Birthday girl.

After enjoying a lovely Birthday celebration for our precious granddaughter.

Rebecca, Molly and myself  made a trip to Oklahoma City to a spectacular craft show-

Affair Of The Heart.

It is one of the largest craft shows in the Southwest, so large in fact that the three of us only made

it to two of the buildings at the State Fair Park.

We then called it quits-isn't that ridiculous, but honestly I think you need a shopping cart and a

motorized vehicle.. to take it all in.

When I saw these reclaimed metal pieces cut into different shapes,

and these made to look vintage tags, I just had to snap them up.

Make super cute Valentine gifts too.

Do you remember this saying which came from the movie Friday Night Lights?

Well, with Texas being our home,  I just had to have this detailed reclaimed metal sheet.

I think I am going to stain some bead board, frame it and then attach this

Texas Forever reclaimed Metal to the framed bead board and hang it on the back patio.

Kinda nifty don't you think?

Now, I must share a wonderful Friday find with you-these marvelous tulips straight from the garden

center at Walmart.

These tulips are actually bare bulbs tucked into a clear glass cylinder and placed in water, this

way they will last so much longer than stems from your florist or market!

Fresh blooming, vibrant tulips for $9.95-now thats too sweet of a deal to pass up.

Prettiest pink ever, a sweet addition to my Valentine Vignette.

They make a splendid last minute Valentine gift too.

It was a little random, but I stepped out of my comfort zone and thats a good thing.

Happy Valentine's  Day  With Love,


Please Join Me~

Cozy Little House

Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

French Country Cottage

Passion And A Party

Our Passion, Purpose, Productivity Project continues to be such a delight to me.

Each of your genuine heartfelt comments and observations are inspiring and motivating

as you journey through life being committed to living an authentic and intentional life.

Today we welcome Nancy who will be sharing her insights and passions from

Created For A Journey.

During the past month we have had the joy of meeting Dewena,  Pondside and  Linda as they have

shared their  stories with us as well.

Thank you Nancy, for joining us and sharing your beautiful photos and story on how you find

                                          passion and purpose in your own life.

       Nancy has a heart of gold and is an artistic gem, she delights and inspires her readers 

through photography, love of nature, family, grandchildren and many, many beautiful hobbies.
                            Thank you Tanna From The Brick Street Bungalow, for this quote.

                                 "The Essential Conditions Of Everything You Do Must Be 
                                       Choice, Love, Passion" ~Nadia Boulanger

             " Purpose is the reason for your journey, Passion is the fire that lights your way"

     "Life is short.  If there ever was a moment to follow your passion and do something that

                                                  matters to you, that moment is now."

    "The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion, style, compassion, 

                                                 generosity, humor and kindness."

Making a little trip to Oklahoma to celebrate this little angel granddaughters Birthday.

See you next week, with a few photos of Molly as she turns TWO!


Passion, Purpose and Photography

Something interesting is happening in my life, I am slowly emerging into a

Passionate Photographer with a Purpose.

This is pretty fun for me, because up until I started blogging, I was very uncertain about

taking a photograph.

Let alone understanding terms such as aperture, element, or reflector.

Imagine me uploading photos onto a computer and editing them...I almost feel like giggling.

Me-the fumble fingered gardening way!

Well, here I am in the thick of it all and Passionately loving every moment of it.

I do not have any ambitious dreams of becoming another Stephanie Gonot.

Or a modern day Jacques Henri Lartigue.

I am passionately content with taking my camera with me on my daily walks,

while embracing the beauty of nature, and what unexpected joy this walk may bring-

to my heart, to my mind, to my soul.

Isn't this what passion is all about?

Living one hundred percent in the bursting moment.

Not rushing the beauty,

Not rushing the feeling,

Not rushing the experience, of living abundantly, whatever it might just be.

Could Passion and Purpose be as simple as recognizing the sweet beauty of an unexpected

blossom  coaxed to an early bloom, by extra doses of sunshine on a unseasonably warm January


Or could it be a very mediocre photographer passionately thrilled over the possibility of

capturing a photo of a very skeptical Egret?

Could it be that Passion, Purpose and Productivity is all around us.

If we really and truly take the time, make the effort to look, listen and love with passionate spirits?

Could life be a gentler, softer journey, if we just allow ourselves

the freedom to relax and focus on the here and the now.

Not worried with the if's, the what's and the maybe's.

Perhaps life can honestly be filled with not quite so many thorns...

I believe, yes I do, with all of my heart.

I believe that it can be... it is within each one of us, and each one of us must find our own way,

to choose, to have the power to make it so.

Do any of us have it easy, oh of course not.

Have we all had our share of disappointments, heartaches, tragedies, health dilemmas-absolutely.

But just as the day dawns and just as the day closes.

We have abundant choices throughout each moment of each day to live it with

Passion, Purpose and Productivity.

There is not a prerequisite to live a life with passion, it is never too late to begin.

Never, ever be afraid to try something new and above all enjoy the journey.

As for this mediocre, photographer, she is striving to  run with passion, giving it all her best shot.

For more inspiration on this project please visit these other purpose filled bloggers.



Sew What

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