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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 62 – Baby, baby….miniature things

I have a slight “thing” when it comes to miniaturized things.  I don’t know why but it delights me and I’m fascinated when I see things like that. 

Today, at lunch, I was delighted.

miniature dessert

{{ squeeeee!! }}

How cute is this mini eclair/donut thing and a mini cheescake!!  Sorry that my fork messed it up before the pic but you get the idea.  They are bite sized and they were yummy! 

What things do you enjoy? 

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 61 – I spy the number 5…

The number 5 is my lucky number.  So many “5’s” in my life that I think it’s undeniable that 5 is MY number.

When we remodeled our bathroom I noticed this on the tiles….you can’t deny that this is some sort of sign.

5 in the tile

It’s almost like seeing Jesus in the piece of toast or something…it’s mind blowing.

What has blown your mind lately?

Stay awesome y’all! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 60 – Beef tips over rice sure tastes nice…

I’m in love with my crock pot and use it often.  We used it today in fact.  I left to take care of some business so hubby started dinner and when I got home it smelled AMAZING!! 

beef tips

All you need is some beef stew meat, a packet of onion soup mix, and a can of cream of mushroom soup.  You toss all that in your crock pot and set it on low for about 6 hours and that’s it!!  How easy peasy can you get??

And the other day I said that I had not taken any ice pics and that’s not completely true because I found these:

snow on a bush

snow day

So there you have it….proof that we had snow/ice! 

What did you have for dinner?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 59 – Admit one…or two….

I’m working on a project.  I’m always working on a project…right? 

It’s a shadow box and I saw one on Pinterest where they put all their ticket stubs in it and put “admit one” on the outside.  I decided to change it up a bit and I will be putting “admit two” since I am going to put both of our stubs, my hubby’s and mine in there.  ;)

admit two

So many memories of so many fun times will be going in this box and I can’t wait to fill it up.

Hope y’all make a lot of wonderful memories this year!

Stay awesome y’all! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 58 – Pinecone from South Dakota

It’s been snowing/sleeting here in the Dallas area and believe it or not….I haven’t really taken any pics.  No real reason why I haven’t but I just didn’t get around to it. 

Anyways – that really has nothing to do with today’s pic which is of a pinecone. 

pine cone

I picked up this pinecone while on a trip to South Dakota several years back.  In fact, it was January 2010 so I’ve had it over 5 years.  Is that weird? 

What kinds of keepsakes do you have?

Stay awesome y’all!  ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 57 – Red, red wine….

We enjoy wine and recently I won a basket at a Mesquite Chamber of Commerce event so tonight we drank a few glasses. 

red, red wine

How did you enjoy your night?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 56 – Ride ‘em cowboy

I have to admit that most times when I see something made out of wood I feel pretty confident that my dad could make it just as well if not better. 

wooden cowboy hat

What interesting things have you seen today?

Stay awesome y’all! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 55 – I’m going nuts…

Tonight I made my famous Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pecans….just because!  They are super easy to make and everyone loves them. 

cinnamon sugar roasted pecans

These are soooo yummy!  It’s hard to stop yourself from eating the whole batch!

What kinds of yummy things do you like to make?

Stay awesome y’all! ~lisa

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Travel outfit inspirations…

I love looking at outfit inspirations and thinking of ways that I could recreate them.  The reason I have to recreate them is they are often gone by the time I go to the suggested sites….aaacckkk!!  But have no fear….it can be done. 


This is from and I love all the pieces shown.  I already have several of the pieces and I’ll work on the getting the rest.  I am trying to maximize my wardrobe while at the same time minimizing the number of pieces of I actually own.  Simplifying things if you will. 

What kinds of things are you working on right now?

Stay awesome y’all!! ~lisa

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My 365 Photo A Day Project – Day 54 – Bean sandwiches

Yes, bean sandwiches. 

Yesterday it was cold in Dallas so I made beans and cornbread for dinner.  I always make extra because I use them to make refried beans for my bean sandwiches. 

When I make a pot of beans I don’t really add anything extra to it.  I do add just a bit of salt but not very much as I am not a big fan of salt in general.  This time I did have a ham hock on hand so I added that for flavor.  I then take the beans that I am going to use and I drain them and then mash them with a potato masher.  I add a bit of cheese and that’s it! 

bean sandwiches

When I make my sandwiches I like to make two half sandwiches.  Makes me feel like I am eating more than I really am.

ben and the bean sandwiches

What kind of things do you like to make with refried beans?

Stay awesome y’all! ~lisa

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