Monday, August 17, 2015

The Badlands of South Dakota

We recently took a trip to the Badlands. Although we had been to the Badlands on several occasions, it's always amazing to see. Our family still travels together at least once or twice a year and we try to take in a national park.



It is very desolate and you can look for miles and see no sign of civilization. 



The park is located in southwestern South Dakota. Our grandsons did the Junior Ranger program in the park.  


It consists of 244,000 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spirels blended with grass prairie. 



The wind and water have ravaged the land yet it is so picturesque.





There you will see the largest mixed grass prairie in the National Park System. 


We drove the Badlands loop to take it all of it's beauty and take lots of pictures. There are so many angles to capture of the buttes and spires. 



The erosion of the Badlands reveals layers of different colors: purple and yellow (shale), tan and gray (sand and gravel), red and orangine (iron oxides) and white (volcanic ash). 


Next we will travel on to North Dakota in our adventures to visit all 50 states. Take care - Judy.

Linking to:

Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch

You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
The Scoop @ Stone Gable

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday


Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner

Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life




Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Out for Dinner at The Glenn - Shrimp Etouffee

I have been out of touch with most of blogland since the end of April. I have mostly been reading your posts in between trips to the nursing home. My father had a fall so I have been in southern Illinois since that time taking care of him. He is now in a nursing home and I visit with him twice a day reassuring him that everything is ok and making sure he eats. My blogging has really suffered but his care is at the top of my list right now.


Last Saturday evening, my husband and I took a little time to go to a restaurant in Charleston, MO, which is about 22 miles from Dad’s home in southern Illinois. The restaurant is named The Glenn which is the owner and chef’s family name. My husband had heard the restaurant had a great chef and fabulous food. We certainly were not disappointed. 

I order the shrimp etouffee and I can't begin to tell you how fabulous it was. Every bite just exploded in my mouth with flavor and goodness. Here's a picture of the entree.


Mr. Glenn, the chef, certainly has a talent and made our experience at his restaurant a pleasure. His wife was also working at the restaurant that evening and we had a chance to visit with her. We plan to dine there again soon. Here's a link to their FaceBook page. The Glenn family (father and sons) are farmers in the Charleston area but one son wanted to become a chef and returned to the area after working in a metropolitan city and opened The Glenn Restaurant. 

Thanks for stopping by - Judy.

Linking to:

Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
The Scoop at StoneGable
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday
The Uptown Acorn for Share Your Style Link Party

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday

Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life


Sunday, June 28, 2015

Patriotism - My Style

With Independance Day just around the corner, I wanted to review a little of my patriotic style from the past. 


This red, white and blue tablescape featured a rustic centerpiece with a wooden star and a crate full of fresh red geraniums with a Peggy Karr Glass flag bowl. 



The sideboard at the end of the table had a basket filled with more geraniums and lots of sparkles for the fourth of July. 



Patriotism was also shown throughout the house with Pottery Barn pillows on a white couch. This look was such a favorite in blogland. 


The pillows really pop on the couch.



A trayscape featured red, white and blue dinnerware and decor.



I hope you are making plans to celebrate July 4th and show your patriotic style - Judy. 

Linking to:


Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined


Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday
The Uptown Acorn for Share Your Style Link Party

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

Feathered Nest Friday @ the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains - Chimney Tops

My husband and I took a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, TN, recently. Today, I am sharing a few pictures of the Chimney Tops which is a mountain in the central part of the Smokys.


The mountain has an elevations of 4724 feet. Chimney Tops is a popular hiking destination.


The picture below shows a look at part of Gatlinburg from the Chimney top area.  



I'll share look pictures from the Smokys next time - Judy.

Linking to:

Outdoor Wednesday


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fresh Summer Garden Salad and Dessert


There's nothing much tastier than a fresh summer garden salad. 



Plus it is so easy to toss it together. 


Red bell peppers. 


Nice red tomatoes. 

 

A few slices of cucumbers. 



Green onions (if you like them). A squeeze of fresh lemons.


Toss with your favorite dressing or serve the dressing on the side. 





There you have it, an easy fresh summer salad. 

Now add an easy cherry cheese cake dessert and we are ready to eat. 


Enjoy your summer salads  - Judy. 

Linking to:

The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday


Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm