Wednesday, November 25

Garden Pic Wednesday: Memories Of Fall

With it almost being December, fall is a quickly fading memory in places where gardens have gone to sleep and snow has already fallen.
So, today's Garden Pic is a cheerful reminder of those golden days of autumn!
It's a photo I took of Marigolds in my front bed about the end of October, when they were at their best and a Brown-Belted Bumble Bee was busily enjoying them!

Brown Belted Bumble Bee on Marigold

My Marigolds are yet alive, but not near as pretty anymore.
I still have Red Salvia vividly blooming in pots, a couple pink Gerber Daisies throwing up fresh buds and my one bell pepper plant in the strawberry bed next to the front door is more loaded with baby peppers then it has ever had all year!
I still see Honey Bees visiting during the warmth of the day &

Since tomorrow is Turkey Day and I'll be busy, next post will be on Friday!
Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and eat lots of pumpkin pie!

Tuesday, November 24

Polyvore Tuesday: Lime & Orange Style

Today's Polyvore set is a new one for a contest sponsored by The Real Real, which is a dot-com that sells high-end recycled or used Designer fashion.
They're offering big prize money, but are so pricey, I doubt one could buy much more then a bracelet and a scarf even so.
Still, contests provide a creative incentive and I did two sets. The one I'm showing you here is the one I like best!

As a rule, most contest sponsors provide a selection of items for contest set use that they want advertised and generally require one or two of these items to be used.
In this set, 2 items were required. Any two, so I selected the orange shoe and orange & green purse. The pair seemed like hard colors to match up.
But I love the 50's style skirt and jacket I found in Polyvore's fashion clip-art and the black & white color-pop art background really set's it off!

Fall Style With The RealReal: Contest Entry

Fall Style With The RealReal: Contest Entry by madamdreamweaver

That's it for today! Stop back for Garden Pics tomorrow!

Monday, November 23

Good Eating Monday: My Favorite Disney World Eats

Since 2009, we've had occasion to visit Disney World a couple times and today I'm going to share my favorite eating spots where we got a tasty healthy meals for a reasonable price. 
Cosmic Ray 
Being we're two adults enjoying Disney by ourselves and not toting any kids, so my suggestions are probably best suited to adults or older kids who aren't just interested burgers or macaroni & cheese.
Plus, I we only ate inside a Park once a day for an evening meal as a rule, preferring quick-service most days and squeezing in maybe one more expensive "treat" meal once a trip.
My suggestions come from experiences over a variety of different occasions spread over several years.

For convenience, I'll list my favorite quick service dining spots by Park:
Quick service cafe's are places you can just walk in anytime and order food; no reservations needed.

Magic Kingdom:
Comic Ray's Starlight Cafe
#1) Cosmic Ray's Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland! Our fav place! They serve up a yummy half rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes & whole green beans for $10.99!
It was this price in 2009 and is the same price in 2015.
They also offer a variety of chicken, Angus, barbecue & veggie sandwiches and their Toppings Bar includes a sauteed onions & braised sliced mushrooms that I love piling onto my mashed potatoes! Plus it's big and roomy with lots of seating!


Sunshine Seasons in
#1)  Sunshine Seasons on the Future World side, in The Land building next to Soarin'. We ate at their Asian Shop & had delicious stir-fry meals, but they also offer Salad & Soups, Sandwiches & Bakery & a Wood-Fired Grill Shop for chicken, fish & chops. I tried their yummy pumpkin soup and Hubby had a Carrot Cake Cupcake as a treat, which is very moist. Prices were under $14.99. 
Also large & roomy with lots of seating.

#2)  Tangierine Cafe is a Mediterranean/Moroccan cafe in the World Showcase that serves Shawarma platters & Mediterranean
Tangierine Cafe
wraps. (Think Gyro meat & wraps.) If you like Greek or Turkish food, you'll love this! $14.99 and under. They have a little seating inside & some outside.
I happen to love Greek/Middle-Eastern Food and found it a great treat when we were there in 2009, because I want an adventure in eating if I'm taking the trouble to go to Disney World! I don't want to eat burgers!

Hollywood Studios:
#1) Fairfax Fare serves up a really tasty 1/2 barbecue rotisserie chicken served with a half corn-on-the-cob and small, but delicious home-made baked beans for about $10.49. 

They also serve several gourmet hotdog options, roast turkey legs & barbecue 1/2 slab spare rib plates or chicken & spare rib combo plates.
They have outdoor seating in back.(When we've visited in March a couple times in the past, some of the bigger eating cafes at Hollywood Studios, like the ABC Commissary & Studio Catering Company, weren't open. And I don't like eating Turkey legs, so I found good cafe eating options meager there in winter/early spring.)

Animal Kingdom
Sorry. No quick service I like here. They seem to lack much in good quick service cafes.
 We did enjoy a Starbucks coffee there with our peanut butter & jelly sandwiches we packed. 
Packing a lunch and perhaps buying a just drink is always an option for any Disney Park!

Now a couple excellent seated dining spots that may require reservations:
Crossroads House of Blues
This is great Southern American barbecue! During off-season for
lunch, you can just walk in. Maybe during summers, a reservation might be wise. Though, it says on the website they'll charge $10 for no-shows on a reservation, the server explained to us they don't usually enforce that except over major holidays, when people are making multiple reservations all over Disney, then not showing up, because that effects the Blues staffing & so on.
Daily prices at the Blues range from about $10.99 to $29.99, with lunch less being slightly less expensive then dinner.
While we were at our Conference this past month in the Orlando area, we had a chance to go there again and I had the pulled-pork barbecue sandwich served with sweet potato fries & coleslaw. That was $13.99. Not unreasonable.
Our friends, Bernie & Jacqui, who came to the same Conference, and joined us, had the same. I think Hubby had a chicken sandwich. Of course, it's when you start ordering the rib-racks or steak, that prices really go up!

House of Blues Gospel Brunch:
This is special singing & dancing Gospel musical celebration the House of Blues puts on twice a day most Sundays. This event DOES need a reservation and costs somewhere $38-$40 a person.
We went to this as our special treat event one year. It was entertaining and the food was good, but for something with the word, "gospel," in it's name, I'd have describe it as a fairly ambiguous.

This Lodge is a Disney resort near the Animal Kingdom Park. You just hop on a bus to get there. In fact, you can bus-hop to ANY Disney World resort to eat if you like.
The Boma Tastes of Africa buffet still resides in my memory as one of the best places we ever ate! It's a HUGE dinner buffet of all sorts of delicious African foods & desserts. Dining here was our special treat event on a visit to Disney back in 2009, since it runs around $38 a person for the dinner buffet, though that is not different from what you'd pay to take the kiddies to a character dining event.
Making a reservation would be wise, because Boma's buffet is busy & popular.
If you've never tried African fare, I'd describe it as ranging between savory to slightly sweet. Nothing was spicy. And the desserts were fabulous!
Good News for Starbucks lovers visiting Disney World:
Every Park now has at least one Starbucks. Disney Springs/Downtown has two!
And more good news: They just charge regular Starbucks prices!

One of the Starbucks at Disney Springs is large and roomy and the only Starbucks with inside seating!
So there you have it! My best suggestions for eating at Disney World.

Friday, November 20

Friday Finds: Beautiful Holiday Photo Cards!

Tis the season to be considering what Holiday Photo Cards you want to be sending your friends & family this year!
Today's "finds" are just a few helpful ideas!
Do you like the look of scrapbooking, but lack the time to create your own Christmas cards?
Then you'll love my Jeweled Snowflakes Photo Holiday Card!
I created this contemporary design based on the scrapbooking style with a white photo frame to hold your family photo and snowflakes that have a shadow to give them a feel of having been added as a 3-dimensional decoration. Plus each snowflake has a blue graphic "jewel" effect in the center!
The back also has snow & jeweled snowflakes plus a 3D ribbon encircling the writing area with plenty of space for your personalized greeting! The font style, size & color are all adjustable! Just click, "Customize."



Perhaps you're looking for something more traditional?
Then you might like this beautiful red & green striped folding card that holds a single photo on front!
The sample picture shown is in black & white, however, you could use a color photo if you prefer.
The inside has a nice decorative detail & is ready to be personalized with your information!

Holiday Stripes Christmas/Holiday Photo Card

Or maybe something simple, but festive?
This is a flat card that has a pink striped back and holds one photo on front. You'll definitely want to choose a photo with lots of bright colors, too!  

You might wonder why I choose so many single photo cards? 
The reason is I'm thinking of what will be easiest for YOU---especially if you're a new-comer to Zazzle cards!
 Before you upload, just run the photo you want to use through your favorite photo-shop to make it look it's best!

But I Recently Found This Lovely Two-Photo Holiday Card That Would Also Be Very Easy:
You can  personalize the text on the outside if you'd rather have "Merry Christmas" and the inside is blank, ready for a message!
(Diptych refers to a side-by-side photo--though usually hinged frames.)

Diptych Holiday Photo Greeting Card

Perhaps you'd like to send greetings, but bulk at First Class stamp prices?
Well, here's a festive Holiday Photo POSTCARD that would be perfect! Buy in bulk & get discounts; watch for sales and save even more! Just add your photo and personalize the greeting & return address for the back!
Lots of cute stuff!

Happy Holidays Photo Postcard

Want more options?
Go HERE to visit Zazzle's Christmas Holiday Card center!
I'm sure you'll find something you love!
All greeting card orders automatically include matching size white envelopes!
Come back for Good Eating Monday! I'm going to share my favorite eating places at Disney World!

Thursday, November 19

Mama Kat Thursday: 5 Things

The Mama Kat blog writing prompt for today is: "List 5 things we don't know about you, 5 things you know,  5 things you don't know & 5 things you believe."

5 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me:
1)  That I'm a huge fan of Once Upon A Time.
2)  That I'm a sponge for any sort of trivia, which I have a bad habit of randomly sharing.
3)  That my eyes turned from blue to green as I grew up: the inner iris is green, while the outer iris ring is gray-blue.
4)  That I have small feet. I wear a 6.5 size shoe. Hubby calls my feet, "Barbie feet."
5)  That anything chocolate is my favorite.

5 Things I Know:
1)  How to crochet & embroider..
2)  How to sew clothing, though I haven't done so in a long time.
3)  How to draw and paint in a variety of mediums.
4)  Lots of methods for studying the Bible.
5)  How to make a pie crust from scratch.

5 Things I Don't Know:
1)  How to knit.
2)  How to do any type of skiing: water or snow.
3)  How do any major remodeling skills like plumbing, wiring, flooring, cabinets, roofing etc.
4)  Anything about raising chickens.
5)  Quantum physics.
5 Things I Believe
1)  Laughter is a vital ingredient in life.
2)  That it's takes special effort to notice the good, joyous moments in life and be thankful for them.
3)  That every success, every goal met--no matter how small should be celebrated.
4) What Elley said in Jurassic Park: "You never have control. That's the illusion."
5)  What Jesus said about Himself, "I am the path, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me."

Thanks for Visiting!