Sunday, September 30, 2012

Scavenger Hunt #23

This week's prompts for Ashley's Scavenger Hunt photo challenge are,
Yellow, Getting Ready, Bright, Teeny Tiny & Connections


Getting fly!!


Teeny Tiny


Thanks Ashley, this was a great week for me!!


Saturday, September 29, 2012

I Love New Jersey

I love the Jersey Shore...
I live in Central New Jersey, Ocean County, to be exact.
I am right in the center of everything this beautiful state has to offer.
And, we offer a lot.
We are NOT The House Wives of New Jersey
We are not "juice heads" from The Jersey Shore.
New Jersey caters to the outdoors and nature.
To our beautiful beaches, parks, hiking and biking trails.
We always have amazing fairs and festivals.
Without leaving this state, there is always something amazing to do or see.
Last night, the hubs and I were in Ocean Grove and Asbury Park.
For the usual suspects, dinner, a bike ride and a walk along the ocean.
From the boards, looking out to the Pier in Ocean Grove,
it started getting a little cloudy.
But I was not going to let a little rain spoil my ride!!
The boardwalk is wide, the Victorian homes are gorgeous,
and that sky is getting really dark. We moved forward.
The moon was full, the view was gorgeous!!
The hubs and I
It's a little silly to write that, I'm pretty sure you guys know us.

They were having a bon fire on the beach in Asbury Park,
do you see how cool this place is.
There were lot's of drummers and dancers on the right of this picture.. 
 This was my favorite image of the evening so I'm sharing it with

Nancy at A Rural Journal
Your Sunday Best 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Confections of a Rock Star

Where do I start??
I love cupcakes, I am a bit of a cupcake connoisseur.
I bake them, I fill them, I frost them, I decorate them.
But my favorite part is eating them. I consider my palate to be golden.
You all know how much I love Asbury Park,
Asbury Rocks!!

Well there's a new little bake shop in town and it rocks as well.
Confections of a Rock Star

Kimmee, pictured here with none other then me,
is the owner/baker/rock star drummer.
Talk about a lot of hats.

Kimmee's drums help set the stage for the decor in this awesome bake shop.

Focusing primarily on cupcakes, these cupcakes are the best I have ever eaten.
Pink CD's in front of the trays display names from her "set list"
Red Carpet, Starving Artist, Road Trip,
Greetings From Asbury Park,
Strawberry Fields & 10th Avenue Freeze Out
just to name a few!!

Kimmee was featured on 3 Days to Open with Bobby Flay

Kimmee RoCkS, her cupcakes rOcK and I wish her the best of luck! 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Day Trips!!

The hubs and I take a lot of day trips
and one nighters...(oh, does that sound naughty??)
You know what I mean, 2 days and one night away from the homestead.
In New Jersey, there are so many places we can go,
just for the day, and have a wonderful time.
This past Sunday we drove to Lambertville, New Hope
and Peddlers Village, in Pennsylvania.
Three distinctly different towns,
this entire area is about 1 hour from our home.
It's a beautiful spot, the weather was perfect and we had a super fun time.
It's a huge shopping area and I am not much of a shopper.
We wandered around and found some beautiful walking trails.
In Lambertville, we found a beautiful patch of morning glories,
in a gorgeous shade of purple.
I think these berries were part of the plant,
it looks as though they were hand painted by someone who loves color.
There wasn't anywhere to put the camera,
 so we could get a picture together.
We had the same problem at the Delaware River...
 this bridge connects Lambertville to New Hope.
Once we got to Peddlers Village,
 We found a spot for the camera and used the timer.
Finally, a picture together!!
I loved this windmill against the pretty blue sky,
and this gorgeous Koi Pond, loaded with fish!!
because as she said, there are a lot of hearts mixed in here!!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Cool In The Pool!!

I know it's a bird bath, but I am sure my birds think it's a pool!
They have so much fun in the bird bath,
and it's so entertaining to watch them.
If you don't have a bird bath, get one...
you will never regret it.
I took a lot of pictures at the bird bath on August 22nd,
here's just a few of the ones I took!!


These guys don't bathe, they play!!
Don't miss the little guy, mid air, jumping in on the left!!

Too many pictures?? Maybe...
I loved each one of these images for a different reason!!

Sharing today with Stewart at Wild Bird Wednesday
Please stop by to view all the amazing birds from around the world.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Barn Charm #50

We are still in Norway

Aren't these barns great!!
There is something about this image that I really love.
Neat, clean & tidy, that unusual green, what a pretty place.
This is Norway Barn number 9 and we still have a few more to go.

Many thanks to my amazing friend Maggie
for sharing all these amazing images with us.
Sharing today with Tricia's Barn Charm
Please stop by Bluff Area Daily to see all the amazing,
charming barns from all around the world.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ashley's Scavenger Hunt #22

This week's prompts for Ashley's Scavenger Hunt photo challenge are,
Cracked, Fallen, Ordinary Color, Bokeh & Fence

This week, I used a beach theme,
all of my images are from one amazing afternoon in Ocean Grove.
If you have never been to Ocean Grove, New Jersey, you must go!
It's quite the amazing, victorian, seashore community!!



Ordinary Color
A bit of a stretch, I know.
But I really wanted to stay on the beach for this group!!


Thanks Ashley, this was super fun and I am so happy to be back hunting!


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saying Goodbye...

to the sunflowers.
I had some late bloomers this year.
I took these pictures on August 22nd,
some were just beginning to open,
others on the same plant, were just about there.
This one was gorgeous, stretching for the sun!!
Only nature could provide something so beautiful,
something so perfect!!
Sharing with Nancy at A Rural Journal 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Look Who Turned 54,

ummm, that would be me, the girl on the left!
Wednesday was my birthday and I had such an amazing day!
The hubs surprised me with this,
the "Newest iPad" and I absolutely love it!!
We had such a fun day out and about
and ended up in Asbury Park, one of my favorite seashore area's.
We had dinner at Moonstruck,
 a renovated three-story Victorian house overlooking Wesley Lake in Asbury Park.
I had Pesto Pasta with fresh diced tomatoes and pine nuts! YUM!
Chuck had this super yummy chicken with
potato wedges and fresh veggies!
Did we have desert you ask?? You know we did...
I had the black & white creme brulee, served warm,
Chuck had pumpkin cheesecake.
It was a beautiful day and a gorgeous evening at the beach.
I had the best day EVER!
Now, on to my iPad, my new favorite toy!!