Happy Fourth!

Hope all of my American friends had a spectacular 4th of July! We kept it pretty low key early in the day and hung out at home with the kitties.

In the early afternoon, we went down to Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando for Fireworks At The Fountain, where it promptly started storming like crazy. Luckily, Tadd’s office has an awesome view of the lake, and they were kind enough to open for employees and their friends & family. Some friends of ours joined us too. Soon enough the storms passed, it got dark, and the fireworks went off beautifully!

My week in Instagram; 4th of July version!

4th of July is over and our out-of-town family have left.  Posts should resume normal frequency now!  I’m sure you have all missed me immensely…Ha!

Just thought I would share some Instagram snaps from the week with you all…

Getting the guestroom ready for Tadd’s mom with a little help from the furkids.

Sunday morning, we got up early and drove out to DeLeon Springs to have breakfast at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill. It’s a historic restaurant where every table has it’s own griddle, and they bring pitchers of pancake batter and mix-ins (chocolate chips, blueberries, etc), and you cook your own pancakes at your table! Fun!

A closer look at the waterwheel of the Old Spanish Sugar Mill.

We took a brief stroll through the Stetson University campus, which is beautiful. This is one of the campus buildings.

We spent the afternoon and evening of July 4th enjoying the GORGEOUS weather by Lake Eola for the City of Orlando’s Fireworks at the Fountain celebration.

The breeze off the lake was sooooo lovely. Especially for July in Florida!

Awesome view!

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Happy 4th of July!

I have taken a little blog hiatus because we have had family in town for the week, but I will be back soon with a KILLER sangria recipe!  In the meantime, I hope all of my U.S. readers have a fantabulous Independence Day!

I know I posted this pic last year, but I am posting it again because I just love it…It’s Logan and Stella showing off their patriotism!

Have a safe, fun, and happy holiday!


Festive summer entry table, two ways.

Hope everyone is enjoying the first weekend of summer!  I will be honest and say that summer is my least favorite season, but I still believe that every season has their merits and there are some things I love about summer.

I’m a little late, but I finally started pulling out my few 4th of July decorations.  I thought I would share my transition from my beachy/summer themed entry table to a festive 4th of July entry table.

Here is what my entry table looked like at the beginning of the weekend (excuse the crappy photos…camera phone plus very overcast day = extremely mediocre pics).

And here is what it looks like now, ready for the 4th!

I also recently picked up these three wooden decorations for $1 each at the Target Dollar Spot.  Love them!  Interrupted my husband’s game of Skyrim to take this pic.  Hee!

I think this one is my favorite:

Weekend Update! Fourth of July edition…

I am sorry to say that the weekend did not turn out like I had hoped.  We still had a great time, but as you will see, a very large monkey wrench (er, three tiny ones) were thrown our way.

Friday night we did our typical relaxation night.  Not much to report there.

Saturday we worked a bit on the cabinets.  We finished the last coat of primer and started on the first coat of black paint!  Getting closer, but unfortunately did not finish them this weekend.  They still need another coat (maybe two!).  I couldn’t convince Tadd to really do much at all this day, as he really had his heart set on relaxing.  I couldn’t blame him, so we did a lot of nothing!

Twistee Treat!

Early Saturday evening, I was suddenly struck with the desire to go out for ice cream and to swing by the grocery store to get the stuff to make sangria.  We went to Twistee Treat, which is a place I had been meaning to try ever since we moved to East Orlando (almost 2 years ago!).  It’s one of those nostalgic ice cream spots, where they only have outdoor seating and the whole little shop is encased in a giant fiberglass vanilla ice cream cone with a cherry on top!  Very cute.  I got a banana soft serve cone with chocolate sprinkles.  Unfortunately, when they called us over to the window to retrieve our order, they let me know that my cone had fallen when they were adding the sprinkles, so they dumped it into a cup.  I was kind of annoyed because I had wanted my ice cream in a cone, and I really thought that they should have just made me a new one, but really, it tastes the same either way, so I sucked it up and dealt with it.  Tadd got a cheesecake flavored milkshake.

Once back at home, we finished our ice creams and I started on the sangria, which you have probably already read about in this post.  We drank a few glasses of sangria that night, and watched some TV.  Very low key day.

By Sunday, I was starting to get stir crazy being at home with not much to do for a few days, so I told Tadd that I wanted to have lunch with him somewhere and run a few errands.  He agreed, so we had a delicious lunch at Buffalo Wild Wings (love their buffalo chicken wrap!), and followed that with a trip to Home Depot.  We are Lowes people, generally speaking, but since I hadn’t found the perfect light fixture for the powder room yet, I wanted to at least see what they had at HD.  Unfortuantely we were only reminded yet again why we are Lowes people, and not HD people.  Selection sucked, prices were high, blech…  I also feel like the Lowes near us is about a million times more pleasant to walk around, better organized, etc.  Needless to say, we left without a light fixture, but did pick up a few random odds and ends that we needed.  Then, it was off to Target where we got, among other things, a trifle dish!  This is one of those things I have always wanted, but just never got around to getting.  I wanted to make a patriotic trifle for the 4th of July, so this was the perfect opportunity to finally get one.  They are so pretty!  I already told Tadd I want a 2nd one…maybe one with straight sides (the one I got is fluted, as you will see below).

Beautiful weather at Baldwin Park.

Sunday night we made plans to meet a few friends at the 4th of July event that evening in Downtown Baldwin Park.  We brought a blanket, and found a great place overlooking the lake, where the fireworks were to be launched.  The weather was actually pretty nice for Florida in July.  No rain, not too hot, and we were enjoying ourselves quite a bit.  At some point, Tadd needed to get cash and some beer, so he walked over to Publix with Keith.  This is where our evening took a strange turn.

In the Publix parking lot, they found 3 tiny kittens, about 3-4 weeks old.  They were mewing up a storm and very hungry.  Tadd and Keith stayed with them for a bit to see if there was a mommy cat around, but did not see any.  One of them was starting to run into traffic in the parking lot, so at that point, they decided to take action.  Tadd started calling shelters, which were of course all closed for the holiday and/or full to capacity.  The only thing he could think to do was to take them back to our car.  Once he had them at the car, he called me to meet them at the car so we could take the kittens home and figure out what to do with them.  So unfortunately, we had to cut our evening with friends short, before the fireworks.

We got the kittens home and into a large box lined with a towel in our spare/storage bedroom.  We had Keith watch over them while we went out in search of supplies.  Unfortunately, at 9:30pm on a Sunday, there wasn’t much choice aside from WalMart.  Luckily, they happened to have kitten bottles and kitten formula in the pet aisle, so we got some of that, plus some wet kitten food.  Tadd called his mom, who has some experience dealing with really young kittens, and she gave us some tips.  Meanwhile, we had posted about the kittens on Facebook and several friends were asking around about shelters to send them to or people who would take them in.  We did our best to feed them, although they were all a bit too freaked out to eat, and then we left them to sleep.  Tadd and Keith started taking turns feeding them every 4 hours at that point.  I feel terrible for them and I know they miss their mommy, but I am happy that they have been eating and sleeping since we took them in.

We think we have found a no kill shelter that will take them this coming Saturday, so we will have to take care of them all week.  Luckily Keith is still here, so he can keep up with their care while Tadd and I are at work.

Kitten stuff pretty much took up most of our Sunday night and Monday morning.  Late morning, I headed back to the grocery store to get the stuff to make my red white and blue trifle for our friend’s 4th of July party that night.  I took the easy way out and bought & baked a white boxed cake mix, and made some vanilla instant pudding (which I lightened up by folding in whipped topping).  Then I just layered cubes of the cake, with the vanilla pudding cream mixture, and strawberries and blueberries.  Easy stuff, but the results were very festive!

So Monday night, we left the kittens in Keith’s care, and headed over to our friend’s house for a cookout.  We had a great time eating, drinking beer, and shooting off (small) fireworks and sparklers!  His neighbors down the street were launching the big stuff, so that was entertaining too.

Woo! Bright!

I was happy to at least have somewhat of a proper 4th of July, since our plans to see the Baldwin Park fireworks Sunday night went awry.  Actually, all of Orlando seemed to be lit up last night with big fireworks.  Everywhere we turned in our friend’s neighborhood, and on our whole ride home from the party, we saw them all over the skyline.  Pretty cool.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend!

Three days off! Yay!

Who is ready for the long weekend?  Me me me me me!!!

I am excited that we don’t really have a lot planned, so we HOPEFULLY use the time to:

  1. Get some projects done around the house!  *ahem*powderroom!*ahem*
  2. Get some items crossed off my Summer List!

I am going to a party for the 4th on Monday night and have volunteered to bring a dessert, so hopefully I can come up with something crowd-pleasing and yummy.  I keep going back and forth between a few different ideas, so we’ll see what I end up making.  Maybe more than 1 thing?  Not sure yet.  My requirements are that it looks patriotic and tastes great.  Top contender at the moment is a strawberry/blueberry trifle…maybe something like this:

Found on Pinterest.

But then part of me thinks it would be SO much easier on guests to make something they can just grab and eat, instead of something that requires that they have to scoop out and serve themselves.  So I don’t know.  I will probably end up doing the trifle though.  But that means I need to go get myself a trifle dish…

And if I DO make the trifle, I contend that it is close enough to the concept of strawberry shortcake, that I will be able to cross that item off my Summer List!

I also have grand plans to clean out the larger of our two foyer closets.  This is the one that goes under the staircase, which Tadd and our friends have affectionately dubbed the “Harry Potter Closet”.  It houses all of our holiday decorations, wrapping paper, luggage and assorted odds and ends, but right now it’s a wreck.   I need a new system for organizing our holiday stuff, which seems to grow each year.  I want matching bins for each minor holiday, and I want a shelf system in there.

But…I am getting ahead of myself, because more than likely this really won’t get done this weekend.  I need the powder room to be finished first.  That is priority.  I have a tendency to mentally move on to the next project before the old project is done, which leads to a lot of unfinished projects.  Trying to curb that habit.  I am very hopeful I will have a finished powder room to show you by the end of the weekend!  Just got to get that cabinet painting done and get everything installed and hung up.

Oooh!  Also wanted to give a little shout out to LoveFamilyHateWork!  She made some dollar store hurricanes of her own this week!  Go on over and check them out.  Great job!