Thursday, October 13, 2011

Follow up Soup Recipe....and a Goodbye, for now.


First, I want to share the scrumptious soup recipe I spoke of weeks ago (so sorry for that time lapse), it was quick and easy to make (the chopping of ingredients took up the most time), and was amazingly tasty and filling, I dearly hope you can find the time to try it out for yourself!

Secondly, this will be my last blog post for a long time. I have been thinking, thinking, thinking about this, and after much consternation and deliberation, I have decided to temporarily stop blogging. I feel that at this chapter in my life, I am so short on time, energy, and causes to post that I really need to just call this quits for awhile and stop worrying about how very little I do get around to posting.

I do very much look forward to eventually being at home in a few years (hopefully with my own cute little munchkins), testing and sharing new recipes weekly, accomplishing small tasks which I may share (like tons more knitting/crocheting/sewing projects, among other things), and just posting about daily life with my husband and (hopeful) children. Right now I just feel like I am extremely limited on what I may post; I can't really speak much of the children I nanny due to privacy reasons, and I honestly don't do very  much besides work. I love my life, and am extremely happy with where I am right now, but I usually have to really rack my mind for posting ideas.

Thank you all so much for the love, friendship and good humor you have shared with me, I will still pop in and read each of your blogs every now and again, and I fervently hope that eventually, you won't be afraid to come back to mine once I open it back up again. God Bless you all in everything you do, thank you for taking the time to take a small peek into my life!


Now, here is the marvelous recipe, I do hope you'll try it! :o)

Chicken and Potato Soup with Bacon

Serves: 4

you will need:

1T Butter
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 Onion, sliced
9oz./250g smoked lean Bacon, chopped
2 large Leeks, sliced
2T all-purpose Flour
4 Cups Chicken Stock
1lb. Potatoes, chopped
7oz. skinless Chicken Breast, chopped
4T Heavy Cream
Salt and Pepper
Cooked Bacon and sprigs of fresh flat-leaf Parsley, to garnish.

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Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and onion and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes, until slightly softened. Add the chopped bacon and leeks and cook for another 3 minutes, stirring.

In a bowl, mix the flour with enough stock to make a smooth paste and stir it into the pan. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Pour in the remaining stock, then add the potatoes and chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes, until the chicken and potatoes are tender and cooked through.

Stir in the cream and cook for another 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and ladle into serving bowls. Garnish with the cooked bacon and flat-leaf parsley and serve immediately.

There you are! I hope you'll enjoy it! We did enjoy the bacon garnish, but found that the soup tasted just as good without it. I also left out the parsley garnish, as I didn't have any in my kitchen and figured it wouldn't make a very noticeable difference.

If you enjoy this soup, I would highly recommend the book I posted about previously, from which I took this recipe: 100 Best Fresh Soups: the ultimate ingredients for delicious soups including 100 tasty recipes. The book has no one author, but was put together by the "Love Food" organization.




Enjoy your evening, and thank you again for all the love you've shown!

Many Blessings to you,



Sunday, September 25, 2011

It's a soup kinda day

Here's what we will be feasting on today!  It's a rainy, breezy day here,  perfect for a sumptuous soup like this one!  This is Chicken and Potato Soup with Bacon,  and it contains several other nummy ingredients (like leeks----oh yum!) as well! After we sample it this evening I will be sure to report whether we liked it or not, and I will share the recipe with you.  I hope you are having a blessed Sunday!

~Just a Girl



Thursday, July 14, 2011

Number Seven, the end of something amazing!

I'm sharing this from my phone; my husband, my two sisters and I have been waiting since 4:00 pm this afternoon at Cinetopia (an amazing luxury movie theater) to see "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two." This film is the very last of eight movies representing J.K Rowling's Harry Potter books, and I can't wait to finally see it tonight at midnight!! Yes, we are crazy, and my poor man has to get up to be at work tomorrow by 8:00 am. I can't remember the last midnight showing I went to, so this is kind of a fun ordeal for me. Anyway, I hope you all are having a lovely evening, I am passing the time by reading and chatting with everyone here. :o)

Have a wonderful night

~ Just a Girl

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

A Wonderful Read!

Good Morning! :o)

I must make this post brief, as I am about to head out the door to join my little sisters for an afternoon of gift-shopping for my wonderful Mom's upcoming birthday, but I have been meaning to share this book with you and will do that now!

I was looking for a good book to read the other day at Barnes & Noble, and remembered several (probably about five) friends recommending this book, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, to me. So, I sought it out, enjoyed the first few pages enough to purchase it, and I devoured the book within one week! I would highly recommend this great novel to each of you. While it is a bit lengthy, it is what I would call an easy read, and it is written so very well. 

I would also tell you to go look for it at Target, as they are selling it for about $5 cheaper than anywhere else I've seen.



Click HERE to read a quick summary about the book. :o)

Let me know if you read it, I really loved it!



I'm sure many of you will have seen the recent trailer for the upcoming film based upon the book, but if not, you may watch it below! In all honesty, I don't think the movie will even come close to how great the book is; It looks to me like the writers have turned it into more of a humorous film than the serious and sometimes humorous story that it is. Enjoy!





Have a wonderful day!





P.S. I'm sorry if the video is cut off; if it is, you should be able to go to the original page by clicking on the video itself. Or you can also go to youtube.com and type in "The Help." :o)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

"It was a Hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."

I have often thought that I might make a very good Hobbit. There are few things I enjoy more than sitting down in my nice, clean little home and listening to the sounds of the birds and the rain outside while I enjoy a hot cup of tea and some eggs or toast. 

Today is very much so a "Hobbit" kind of day. Yesterday I was finally able to clean up some odds and ends that had been lying about and bothering me in our living room, kitchen and bedroom, and this morning I am enjoying sitting in my nice dark living room with a steaming cup of tea, while I listen to the sound of Northwest summer rain outside my windows. I've been wanting more sun these past few weeks (I am on vacation until August 1st, yay!), but God is so good to send us this cleansing, cool rain.



 My indoor plants enjoying the cool morning air through the screen


My tea (green ginger) waiting to be all drunk up


Rain on leaves outside my window....


My silent wind-chimes, taking a rest


And my cozy little living-room, welcoming me in. Please don't mind our wrinkly carpet, or bed-sheet curtains. ;o)


I hope you have a restful day as well, or that you enjoy the business you will be experiencing today!

~For my Gratituesday post~

I am thankful for:

1. This cooling rain

2. Time off from work

3. Friends to chat with

4. The sound of silence

5. Time with which I may do whatever I want!



Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day! 




Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Well, I was headed off to bed a few minutes ago, and remembered that I still need to make my Gratituesday post! :) I am actually posting from my phone, so this won't be anything flowery unfortunately.


I am thankful for:

1. A husband who is peppy and silly even when he's just as exhausted as I am (hey, it could be worse, he could be grumpy!).

2.  My loving Mom who calls just to say hello, even if there isn't really much to chat about.


3. Little Black dresses! Every woman needs at least one dress that makes her truly feel shiny. ;o)

4. Warmer late Spring weather. No, it's not the warm gentle summer breezes and sunshine yet, but 65 degrees with no rain is pretty nice!

5. Chocolate. What would I do without that melty goodness? It often lifts my mood throughout each day.

Okay, I know, some of these weren't all that serious, but I am still thankful for each of them, they make up little (and big!) parts of my daily life. ;o)

Have a wonderful night!

~ Just a Girl

Monday, June 13, 2011

~Long Overdue~

Hello all! I know I've been extremely absent for about a month; my apologies. Sometimes life is just so full and busy that I have to practically force myself to open my laptop! I know a lot of people struggle with exactly the opposite, but I guess I'm just an old-fashioned girl born into a childhood from whence I draw memories that just don't involve personal computers....and those peaceful memories have stuck with me ever since. ;o)

Today I simply want to share two wonderful recipes with you! These are long overdue as they were prepared and enjoyed on Easter weekend, but I have not forgotten them, and I do hope you'll try them at some point.

The first recipe is: Easy Pavlova ---click here!

I was originally going to make a Ghirardelli Chocolate Coconut Torte, but didn't have all the ingredients I needed. Then my husband's amazing cook/baker of a Grandmother looked through what I did have, and saw that I had all the ingredients to make Pavlova, a fluffy, creamy Australian cake named after the famous ballet dancer, Anna Pavlova.

The recipe sounds like it might be difficult, but once you get going it really is very simple! Just be absolutely sure not to allow any water/grease/yolk to mix into your egg-whites.

here you go!:

Ingredients

  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 6 kiwi, peeled and sliced (I used Strawberries, sliced vertically instead)



Directions 

1. Pre-heat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Draw a 9 inch circle on the parchment paper.  

2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually add in the sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat until thick and glossy. Overbeaten egg whites lose volume and deflate when folded into other ingredients. Be absolutely sure not a particle of grease or egg yolk gets into the whites. Gently fold in vanilla extract, lemon juice and cornstarch.  

3. Spoon mixture inside the circle drawn on the parchment paper. Working from the center, spread mixture toward the outside edge, building edge slightly. This should leave a slight depression in the center.  

4. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack. 

5. In a small bowl beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. Remove the paper, and place meringue on a flat serving plate. Fill the center of the meringue with whipped cream, sweetened if desired. Top whipped cream with kiwifruit  (or strawberry) slices.



My husband's Grandmother and I also decided to follow a commenter's (tassygirl) handy tip and leave the meringue in the oven to cool overnight:

 "FANTASTIC. Growing up in Australia this dish was part of our national identity, but here in the US I could just never get it right. This recipe is just as it should be. We always let this dish cool in the oven - just turn the oven off at the end of the cooking time and leave it there (even overnight!). For those who have found that it sometimes sticks, in Australia we would coat the paper with a thin dusting of corn starch before spooning the mix onto the baking tray."


I do hope you'll try this recipe! It's fairly easy, delicious, and quite light on the stomach after a large meal. 

Here is what mine looked like once it was finished!






















The next recipe I'd like to share with you is Braided Easter Egg Bread.




I made this bread sheerly for the fun of it, and also because I've never made a loaf of bread before. My wonderful mother-in-law (thank you so much L.!) helped me to figure out the dough consistency before I let it rise, and I think it turned out to be very pretty and tasty! :o) I hope you'll try this one as well, the bread turns out rather sweet and cakey, and goes well with dinner! I also made a small change; I didn't dye the eggs (mostly due to a lack of time), and I mixed a bit of honey and water together for a glaze once the bread was done baking. Oh, and I couldn't resist adding sprinkles. ;o)





Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 whole eggs, dyed if desired
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted



Directions 

1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt and yeast; stir well. Combine milk and butter in a small saucepan; heat until milk is warm and butter is softened but not melted.  

2. Gradually add the milk and butter to the flour mixture; stirring constantly. Add two eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat well. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes.  

3. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.  

4. Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal size rounds; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each round into a long roll about 36 inches long and 1 1/2 inches thick. Using the two long pieces of dough, form a loosely braided ring, leaving spaces for the five colored eggs. Seal the ends of the ring together and use your fingers to slide the eggs between the braids of dough.  

5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place loaf on a buttered baking sheet and cover loosely with a damp towel. Place loaf in a warm place and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes. Brush risen loaf with melted butter.  

6. Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until golden.




And here are some pictures of my bread before and after baking! :)

















Have a blessed evening wherever you may be, thanks for reading!
 


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gratituesday

I am going to copy one of my very favorite people, and begin writing "gratituesday" posts. Every Tuesday I am going to share what I am thankful for, be it old or new, constant or not. I think it's a wonderful thing to count our blessings, and I know that I especially need to remind myself of all the wonderful things in my life on those days I feel grouchy and spiteful. If you feel inclined to share your blessings, please do so, I would love to hear about them! :o)

This week, I am thankful for:

1. My wonderful husband who is always my rock in hard times, and is so patient and helpful, even when I can   sometimes be disagreeable to spend time with!

2. A warm, dry, 900 sq. ft. apartment to live in, with a strong door that locks, two bedrooms and two toilets (woo-hoo!), and a kitchen big enough to fit a small table in. 
What  a luxury this place really is; so many people worldwide live together in a one-room home with very little possessions.

3. A great job with two little cuties who give me hugs and kisses every day! 
Sometimes I really tire of working full-time, dealing with toddler tantrums, and not being able to make decisions the way I might with my own children, but I am so very blessed to be paid so well, teach future grown-ups how to be decent people, and develop such a beautiful friendship with a wonderful family.

4. Wonderful women in my life to talk to/vent to/laugh with! 
What in the world would I do without any of the dear female friends and family members I have in my life?? I would be an anxious, bitter and frustrated mess more often than I am now! It is such a blessing to be able to open my heart and mind up before these amazing women of God, and I praise Him every day for bringing them into my life, whether I see them often or not.

5. Two hands with which I may work hard during the day and craft with during the evenings and weekends! 
Seriously, this may sound amusing, but how lucky are we all to have been given two working hands? I love keeping busy, whether it is folding laundry, wiping noses (or baby bums), crocheting, baking, snowboarding, you name it, and I couldn't do any of those things without my two hands. ;o)


There are my five blessings for today! I have many more great things I am thankful for, but I will just have to share those another time. I hope you feel blessed too, even if things might be very trying for you right now. Life can be so stressful and painful at times, but it always helps to remember that it could always be much worse, and I know writing these Tuesday posts will help me to keep that in mind.

Many blessings,

A little Limerick


As you may have read previously, I attend an every-other week ladies' Bible study. Well, we end our study every summer to take a break (mainly to give our wonderful leader a break from writing lessons), and then we return to our meetings again once Fall arrives. Yesterday happened to be our last study before the summer, so we decided that we would all get together and not only pray, but eat burgers and other yummy things, and pretty much just laugh and have a fun time. I had a blast, and my favorite part was reading aloud the limericks we were asked to write and bring to the study for fun!! 

I personally love reading and writing poetry, and even though I put this assignment off until the last minute, I had a great time coming up with my limerick. I personally didn't think it was all that hilarious, but the ladies at Bible study sure got a kick out of it! ;oD

Here you go!




There once lived a frog in Paris

who was very best friends with a flea.

They hopped and they leaped,

until the naughty frog creeped,

and ate his friend up with much glee!




(not my original drawing)


So much fun! :oD Limericks are so easy to write and often provide a laugh. I just might have to come up with a weekly limerick, how fun that would be!

Have a lovely day!

I'm Alive!


Well, I am back!

 I can't believe how much time has passed since my last true post, and the thing that is really amazing is that I haven't been on a computer at all since I last posted!! Can you believe that?? ;o) I recently acquired a handy little smart-phone, so I am able to check my e-mails etc. while I am on the go, so it definitely makes me a bit less interested in surfing the web after work. But I will try to make a point of blogging more regularly again.

Anywho, I have been very busy these past few weeks with work and evening activities; and I plan to share some of my latest adventures with you today! :)

Friday, May 6, 2011

My apologies





I just want to apologize for my absence lately; I've been so tired and busy, and there has just been so much to do what with Easter, being sick, working, and Mother's Day coming up. :)

I truly hope to be back soon, I have so many pictures to post and things to write about! Sometimes I think that is part of my problem; I think of all the things I "need" to post about, and become slightly overwhelmed. I'm a silly person, there's no need to be overwhelmed by something so simple and fun as a blog!

Some things I will be posting soon:

Easter pictures

Three wonderful new recipes

stories about the twins

May your weekend be happy, relaxing and fun! 

Every So Fondly,

Sunday, May 1, 2011

BREAKING NEWS

I will post again soon, but just HAVE to post this breaking news:

OSAMA BIN LADEN IS DEAD!!

God Bless AMERICA!!
Click below!!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Long Time No See!

Wow, has it really been a week since I've posted?? Time really does fly! I've been very busy with work, being sick, Easter, and lots of time with family and friends the last week, so I just haven't been on the computer much. I suppose that's a healthy thing really. ;o)

 I will be back soon with posts and pictures of my latest adventures, stories, pictures, recipes and art projects! I certainly have packed a lot of hands-on activities into the past week. I've recently become addicted to my first-time attempt at cross-stitch, and although it can be quite maddening at times, I really love it!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter weekend together, and that your Monday started the week off on a good note. Please come back soon! :o)

With much love,

Monday, April 18, 2011

A little smile will do....

Today as I was out walking in the beautiful sunshine with the twins, the district school-bus drove by full of small children. Now, the school-bus is the ultimate attraction, distraction and day-maker for the twins. Once that big yellow bus rolls around the corner, screams of "Skoo bus! Skoo bus!" are heard, and wild jumping up-and-down occurs. :o) I think this is absolutely cute, so I look forward to seeing the "skoo-bus" as well!


Today when that bus rounded the turn, a small hand was seen waving happily from within. The twins and I all noticed, and they waved excitedly back, with giant grins across their little chubby faces! I couldn't help but think of how funny it is that almost every little child is typically happy to wave and smile at another child or complete stranger no matter how hard or sad their day might have been, but we as adults can rarely put a smile on our faces to make another stranger's day.

I like to think of how children view the world, in such a hopeful and curious way, and I try to remember that if we all waved and smiled at each other, a lot of people would feel a lot more loved. So whenever I am walking with little b and little g, I try to put on a nice, eye-crinkling smile for anyone walking or driving past, even if they don't make eye contact, and even if I'm just not in the mood to smile. Because you never know, you might just save someone's day!



Think about it, and even on those really rough days, smile for someone, you just might get a nice smile back! ;o)


Friday, April 15, 2011

What Am I Doing Tonight?


Watching this:

{Hooray! We've been patiently waiting for this to release!!}


Eating This:


{except it will of course be baked and topped with lovely Dill and Butter}



And then hopefully lots of this:


{I love my sleep!}


I hope you are enjoying your Friday wherever you are; It is the weekend at last! I am very happy to have some time to get our piles (yikes) of laundry folded and put away, among other things. I am off to do that, so TTFN!


Thursday, April 14, 2011

Friday, Friday, Friday is my favorite Day!

Tomorrow is indeed Friday, hooray! I am very much looking forward to getting our apartment clean, laundry folded, good food cooked, etc. etc.....there just seems to be no time during the week. I get home from work at 4:00 (I work a nine-hour day), and I just don't feel like doing anything. I know that sounds so pathetic---I don't even have any kids to feed or care for once I get home! But by the time I am here, all I want to do is plop down onto the couch with some tea and have someone else make my dinner. ;o) Ah well, I have it very good, and I am very thankful for my great job that I truly do  enjoy.

I just wanted to share a few pictures of a crochet project that I am often playing with when I have spare time. It's really a very simple pattern, but so much can be done with it if chosen! You can find the pattern for your own use here on the Lion Brand website. I've tweaked it to my own liking, and each time it turns out a little bit differently!


These are crocheted Rosettes! They are very simple to make, and turn out beautifully! I like to make pins and hair pretties out of these, and they make great gifts. One flower is easily finished in 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your crochet speed.


I use wool sock yarn to make my rosettes, and the colors always turn out differently and are so gorgeous! You can do so much with the variety of shades, and every flower is unique. I don't have any pictures of the felt and pin backing that I use right now (I was nice and gave all those finished brooches away, lol), but it is very simple to put together. Here is a close-up of two finished flowers. They are each about two inches in diameter.


And as you can see, I have sewn three little pearls within each of these two lovelies, they glam them up a little bit. ;o)

Once I am done making each flower, I cut out a small round-edged square of brown felt and stitch it to the back, then I use a hot glue-gun to attach a metal pin (to wear as a brooch of sorts), or even to a large-sized bobby-pin (to wear in one's hair). These flowers could be attached to hats, pillows, rugs, blankets, scarves, you name it! I will be attempting to sell off some of my stash this next winter at several local bazaars.

Anyway, just thought I'd share! These are addicting to make, and require little money and really very little crocheting experience. If you do make some, I'd love to see your pictures! 

Have a happy Thursday night! 
Until tomorrow,

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sugar Fiend


I was so excited to find the orange creme kind!


Ever since I was little, chocolate-covered marshmallows have been a favorite of mine!


I like to eat these chickies stale. ;o)


Dark chocolate, of course.


And a lil' something fruity to contrast with all that chocolate! ;o)


It's funny; up until I moved out of my parents' house (at the age of 20!), I received an Easter-basket full of goodies each Easter morning. I think it might have had something to do with the fact that I had much younger sisters and my Mom didn't want to leave me out of the fun, but I still felt spoiled by this treat! We'd get up before church and go find our baskets, often getting each other's mixed up amidst the excitement of finding one at a time! One of my little sisters always ended up rather upset that they didn't get my basket. ;P

Now it isn't quite so exciting, I have to take myself to the store to pick out my goodies, and it's often well before Easter morning that I eat them all up. But what can I say, I still get excited over those little yellow Peeps and chocolate eggs/bunnies every year!

Easter is among my top three favorite holidays, not just for the candy, but also (and most importantly) for the knowledge that my Savior is Risen, and lives on!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday Monday

Whew! Today was definitely Monday, and I am exhausted! Our downstairs neighbor kept us awake most of the night doing laundry and setting up new furniture. My husband and I are about ready to totally lose our patience, I need more sleep to do my job properly and not be a grump! We've had even worse neighbors before, so this really is nothing, but it's still frustrating. Ah, apartment life! ;o)

On another note, we've had lots of schizophrenic sunny/rainy/hailing weather today, but I am so glad for the small bit of sun we have been given! I wanted to snap some shots of all the cute little puffed-up birdies I saw outside today, but was too busy with the babies to take the time to snag a good picture.

Instead, I took a quick and rather boring picture out my back window just to show you that we actually have blue (and still slightly sunny) skies right now! ;D
Amazing, isn't it?? ;o) I'm sure a lot of you live in very sunny places, so to you this might be a silly picture, but it certainly helps to boost my mood!

4/11/11

Where are you right now?: Home, at last!

What do you wish you were doing right now?: Lounging on a warm sunny beach!

What shirt are you wearing right now?: A sleep-shirt, I guess I'm ready for an early bedtime.

What are you eating right now?: A Vanilla Poppyseed Muffin, yum!

What are you drinking right now?: A 16 oz. Butterscotch White Mocha, so very good.

What room are you in?: My living room.

What are you listening to right now?: The sounds of naughty children screaming on the playground outside. :o(

What pants are you wearing right now?: A pair of  black yoga leggings.

Who do you wish you were with right now?: Well, the love of my life is just a room away, so I'm fine! 

What time is it?: 5:22 pm

What will you do next?: I will probably just chill here on the couch for a while longer before making dinner.


Have a joyous evening, wherever you may be!

Blessings,

Friday, April 8, 2011

Something exciting (to me)

Do you remember being a little girl and being very, very excited about something to the point that you squealed and jumped up and down? Well, I do. I did that a lot, I must have been easily pleased! ;o) For me the most exciting thing ever was being told that I would be able to spend the night at another friend's house. We'd play dress-up, watch Disney movies, play outside (especially in summer-time), and sometimes we'd even get to help bake something yummy! Those experiences were so thrillingly fun, and the whole day seemed to last forever.


Now as most of you know, once you grow up and all the magic fades a little (or a lot), things just aren't quite as exciting as when you were a little girl! Going to the movies is fun, and being with friends is fun, but you definitely don't get that "jump-up-and-down-and-squeal" feeling. I suppose that's a good thing, because if we did feel that way, we'd look pretty stupid, and I think men would really run the other way. XD

I do have one thing I am always very excited about though, and that would be PBS/BBC's Masterpiece Theater!  I love period-piece shows and movies, they are so imaginative and beautiful, and I love to think of what it might have been like to be born a long time ago. I don't know what it is about these shows, but they make so happy!

I wasn't alive in the '70s, so I missed out on this show, but "Upstairs Downstairs" was apparently a huge BBC hit, and lasted five seasons! I am very excited to share with you that this Sunday (4/10/11), PBS will be airing the newest installment and continuation of the old show on television!

2010 Upstairs Downstairs

The show takes place in 1936 Britain, at 165 Eaton Place, and circles around everyone inhabiting the walls of the old house, servants and residents alike. If you are interested in watching the show, you can go to this page for further details. I know I will be in front of my television Sunday night! ;o)

Until Later,