The Lego Engineer’s Latest Build

It arrived yesterday. It was built yesterday. He saved his money, did extra chores and made it happen.

Before and After Pictures of a Cary, NC Residence

Here’s a peek inside a very nice client’s home.

She was gracious enough to let me take these before and after pictures.  It may be hard to distinguish the difference in some of the colors due to lighting, etc, but the overall effect is a seamless transition from one space to another.  That’s often a challenge in these newer homes where the open floorplan is very common.

I love Benjamin Moore paints.  You will see the the names of each paint color in the “AFTER” photographs.  Even the ceilings. 🙂

Let me know your thoughts!


Lemon Flower

Lemon Flower

Fresh Cilantro for $2.50 at Food Lion.

Fresh Cilantro for $2.50 at Food Lion.

Snip and use all winter. Just water from the bottom everyday and clip to encourage new growth. Needs support, too. I used some old colored pencils to keep it from drooping. Food Lion has a bunch of different herbs you can get. 2 @ $5. 🙂

24 hours later…


RealLY Simple Scones

Your toddler could make these.

I’m a loyal Real Simple magazine customer.  Actually, I don’t have a subscription at the moment, but that has change now that I’m writing this blog.  What I do have are a lot of Real Simple back issues.  All these years, magazines come and go in my house.  And then there’s Real Simple.  I cannot do it.  I cannot throw them away.  It would be like throwing away a journal.  And I’ve done that (really dumb).  Last summer, a friend brought a bunch of RS copies with her to the beach house we rented and when I walked in an saw them, I swear I screamed. She gave several to me on the last day. 🙂  I was literally ordering something on Amazon in the car on the way home.  Real Simple compares and tests things all the time. Who knew my ridiculous passion for the magazine all these years would play out in this blog, but there you go.  Guess I kept them for a reason.  It’s time to get to the scones.

I found this recipe a about a year ago and actually posted in Facebook about them.  I LOVE scones only I do not necessarily have the time to chop up bits of butter and mixer.   These scones have three ingredients and all you do is toss everything into a bowl.   The mixing is minimal.  I’ve actually made these in the morning before school because they are so ridiculously fast and easy.  Not to mention, my daughter Zoë loves them.  She had one with tea this morning.  Decaf, people.


Self Rising Flour, Sierra Mist lemon/lime soda and cream

Don’t forget the parchment paper!

The Recipe 

  1. 3 cups of self-rising flour
  2. 3/4 cup lemon/lime soda (Sprite or Sierra Mist)
  3. 3/4 cup heavy cream (I use light cream sometimes…whatever I have available)
  • Heat your oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Place the flour in a large bowl and make a well in the center.


Gently pour soda and then the cream.


Mix until incorporated, but don’t overdo it.  Just mix it around until it looks like this.  It should be bumpy, like this:

It should be gooey-looking.

Drop 8 large spoonfuls of dough on to the baking sheet.

Space them out about two inches apart. I had to use two baking sheets. I need bigger sheets.

I like to sprinkle some raw sugar on each.  I didn’t have any this time so I used plain old sugar and I still love them.

Bake until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes.

Fresh out of the oven! Let them cool for five minutes.


Serve warm with butter and honey or jam.  And a spot of tea!  Who says high tea is just for the British?

Hope you’ll try them.  Let me know!


ImageA dear friend comes over to my house this afternoon and brings me lunch.  She marches in with a huge Ann Taylor bag filled with delicious home-cooked chicken enchiladas, fresh kale salad with cranberries, nuts and apples and even two chocolate cupcakes with the most delicious chocolate frosting.  No, I am not sick. Yes, she’s a keeper.

More than the food, I love this afternoon for getting the chance to share three hours of laughter, non-stop laughter.  I don’t know what happens to me when I’m around good friends, but midway through lunch, I realized I am shouting, not talking.  My daughter would be appalled, but here’s nothing better than howling over shared stories with someone you really enjoy being around.

It’s so easy for me to run around all day taking care of whatever’s on my list without stopping to relax or check in with friends.  I love time alone, but maybe to a fault.  The more I get into those patterns, the harder they are to break.  And I know it has a way of bringing me down.

Today affirms what I’ve basically always thought about friendships.  We need our friends.  They need us.

So, next time you see a couple of friends hanging out at Starbucks and they’re laughing a bit too loud, smile and be thankful.  Happy people make a better world.

Spread the love.  Call your friend and plan to make some time for each other.  I guarantee you’ll be helping humanity.

"Color your world."

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