Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Full Circle Bookshop and Cafe

On our way out of town today, we decided to stop at a new shop to browse books and grab lunch. My helpful Yelpers recommended the sandwiches and the shop so I felt confident we would enjoy it. Did we ever. My eldest was in heaven, browsing books (to the ceiling!) and taking in the cozy atmosphere of the shop.

The Café was a little slow (our boys had finished their grilled cheese sandwiches, ordered dessert pastries and had finished those before my husband and I received our food), but the food was excellent. I had a fancy version of a BLT (Peppered Bacon & Roasted Tomatoes on focaccia with avocado & jalapeno relish) with the aforementioned soup and both were very flavorful and filling.

Impressive to both my boys was the Pokémon themed drink options (shown below) ... and we enjoyed a Drink Instinct together. Cute bookstore, great staff, wonderful environment, and delicious food ... we'll be back!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Diamond Brigade 5K Color Run

The 75th Field Artillery Brigade hosted their 37th Annual Run today. A Half Marathon and Color Run 5K were both available.  Our family of four took on the 5K and it was a lot of fun. Brigade families showed up, some with strollers, some with custom tank tops, and all with a great attitude ready to run.

My *ahem*overly dramatic*ahem* teenager fell to the sidewalk upon completion but admitted he had a good time. I did stop halfway through to take a selfie with a couple of the Soldiers who were distributing water as my "proof of life" ... not sure where all the drama from my oldest comes from.  ;)  My preteen ran with his dad and came in 13th overall! My wonderful in-laws were in town to cheer us on and it was great to visit with them. All in all, a great day in Diamond Country!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Brigade New Year's Reception 2016

The Menu

Bourbon Barbecue Meatballs
Chipotle Shrimp Cups
Smoked Salmon Cucumber Rounds
Kielbasa Bites
Miniature Quiche

Caprese Skewers
Miniature Cheeseballs
Goat Cheese Dates

Pecan Tarts
Assorted Cheesecake Bites
Chocolate Eclairs

Sparking Holiday Punch
Mimosa Bar
Fruit-Infused Ice Water
Coffee, Hot Tea, Cocoa

Friday, November 20, 2015

Honey Fruit Salad

Dump this into a bowl. 

Add chopped red and green apples. 

Add halved (seedless) red and green grapes. 
Add halved walnuts. 

Fold all ingredients together until mixed well.
Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

For the Love

I love this book. I love seeing it resting on my end table ... I love carrying it with me wherever I go ... I love hoping someone will ask me what I'm reading ... I love reading and re-reading this book.

I want to carry a basket full of copies of this book with me everywhere I go and hand them out to every woman I see. The mom with the screaming toddler in the airport, the wife struggling to find her worth in a failing marriage, the female minister heading into her church to shepherd her flock, the young coed worried about how she compares to her friends, the new Christian, the established Christian, the don't-come-near-me-with-your-crazy-religion non-Christian ... I want them all to hold this book in their hands and feel the warm waves of love, support, and understanding that it exudes.

For the Love is a breath of fresh air to world-weary lungs and a balm to sad and splintered souls. In her quirky way, Jen Hatmaker will make you laugh and think and cry and wonder and question and pray and ponder and feel. She will be gentle with you, and she will show you what actual, true, redemptive, perfect love is all about. It's a message our very beings yearn to hear.

A combination of modern-day commentary on such ordinary-turned-hilarious topics as leggings-as-pants to the most important questions of our day -- how do we treat each other better? -- this book covers the concerns of today's women with grace and laughter. Women of Earth, you will love this book and you will walk away from reading it with a renewed sense of your own value, and you will know that you are loved.

This post is part of Jen Hatmaker’s “For the Love” Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with many other inspiring bloggers.  To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE.


Thursday, June 18, 2015

PCSing is Hard

This expression perfectly sums up all of our feelings about still being in guest housing on day 10 of our PCS move.