Friday Favorites

Hello and happy Friday!!! How was your week? My week was really good but a bit hectic. I think I say that almost every week. I have a few favorites to share with you and some not so favorites that I will put a spin on and make them a good thing.

Last weekend my niece, Michelle, and I went to nearby Tellico Plains to a little gift shop, Timeless Treasures. They sell the Judy Blue Jeans that everyone is raving about. I will have to say they are very comfy. I tried on a couple of pairs but decided I didn’t need any. Michelle bought a pair. They do have some nice things in this shop. They have a great selection of the Simply Southern Sherpa lined shackets. I will definitely go back and do some Christmas shopping.

We also went next door to the Charles Hall Museum Marketplace. This is a shop with several booths of lots of different things. You may find a booth with antiques, local made crafts, photography, and lots of other things. There is a lady who brings in fresh flowers on Saturday. She has dried ones in the fall and winter. I bought a bunch of dried ones. I also bought these ceramic cats. I thought at first they were McCoy because there was an Mc marking on the bottom but I think it could have been someone’s initials. But that is ok I love them.

I forgot to show you this Santa that I bought a few weeks ago when I was in Dahlonega GA. We had some time to run into a few antique stores on the town square and I bought this cool guy. I am adding him to my Santa collection. I definitely don’t have one like him. The artist is Greg Guedel. This Santa is actually carved from wood. I think he will make a nice addition to my Santa family. Check out Greg Guedel if you get a chance he is a fantastic artist.

O.K. I don’t know how I am so late to the game. I saw someone on TikTok eating from a tub of Cheesecake No Bake Filling. I didn’t even know this was a thing. I went to Walmart and sure enough you can buy a whole tub of just the filling!!! How did I not know this? You can eat it with animal crackers, graham crackers, or just with a spoon. Or you can put it in a crust and make it into an actual cheesecake. I had to buy a tub. I haven’t opened mine yet. I will admit it is a little costly about $5.00 a tub. But I am sure it will last a long time HA!!!!

I think I may have mentioned these candles to you before. Someone gave me a large one as a gift last year and it is now the only candles we burn in our house. I love this scent. I always get mine at Walmart. The large size, 16 OZ. are about $15.00 but right now you can find the smaller ones like this 12 OZ for only $6.00. I am going to stock up on these.

The other night for dinner I made my own little Charcuterie board, or plate I should say, It made the perfect dinner snack. I haven’t done a large Charcuterie board but I may have to try my hand at that through the holidays.

So a few things this week that were not too pleasant. Our heat and air system finally bit the dust. It is twenty three years old and we have had it since we built the house so I guess it served us well. We noticed a few weeks ago when it got warmer that the air didn’t seem to be working correctly. Then the heat wouldn’t come on when it got cold. We called the man who has worked on it for years. He checked it out and declared the official time of death. It took a few days but today we finally got the new unit installed. A costly but necessary project. and the best part to me is we have wonderful heat. And the new thermostats are pretty.

I had to be in Knoxville on Monday morning at 8:00 AM. Knoxville is about an hour from me so I had to leave out very early. I had a follow up Doctor’s appointment. Good news there everything was fine. I had a high potassium level reading back in May but my doctor assured me that all of my other blood work was fine and he didn’t think it was anything to worry about. Too late for that. But I was glad to get the news when I did.

I had to have a yucky colonoscopy on Tuesday so another early morning appointment in Knoxville. The prep for these are much worse than the actual test. I had to do the prep on Monday so I was starving by Tuesday afternoon. My husband took excellent care of me and treated me like a big baby. All was good with my colon and I don’t have to follow up for another five years. So that is a bit of fantastic news. My sister had colon cancer at the very young age of 35 so me and my brothers and sisters have had to have colonoscopies on a regular basis for many years. I am happy to say that my sister is a 35 year cancer survivor. Catching this early and getting it taken care of is the key.

So some things that were not extra nice to have happen but turned out to be fine overall. I just have to leave you with this picture of two adorable Christmas presents that I found under the Christmas tree.

So how was your week? Anything new and exciting to share? Have a wonderful weekend.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!

Friday Favorites

Hello and happy Friday first let me say Happy Veterans Day to all the wonderful brave men and women who served our country or continue to serve. I thank you and appreciate you more than you will ever know.

How has your week been? Mine was a short work week because I had Monday and Tuesday off. So Friday came quickly and that is a good thing. I have quite a few favorites to share with you this week.

On Tuesday I had lunch with my sister and my niece and a good friend, in nearby Athens. We also went to the Dollar Tree there to check out their Christmas ornaments and decorations. The Dollar Tree in Athens, which is about 20 minutes from us, is the best one around. We found several things and had such a good time together.

Later that day I went in a totally different direction to Sevierville to eat dinner with a friend from Pennsylvania. She was in town for the annual souvenir gift buying show and we met and ate dinner. It was so good catching up with her. Before having dinner I had about an hour to kill so I ran by the TJ Maxx in Sevierville. I love this store it is one of my favorite TJ Maxx stores. We ate dinner at Harpoon Harry’s. I love their Crab Rangoon sushi. Sevierville is about an hour and a half drive for me so I got home really late but it was totally worth it.

I have been working on this scarf. It is a very easy knit. One I can grab and take with me and not worry about a pattern. It is just K2, YO, K2tog. I love the colors and I am going to be a little sad to finish it but I can’t wait to wear it. It’s one that you can wrap around you without it being bulky.

I finally broke down a few weeks ago and downloaded Beachbody On Demand. I had been thinking about it for awhile. Since May I have lost 30 pounds. I was really needing to add some exercise into my daily routine. I have been doing Beachbody for a couple of weeks and I love it. You can download it for a month, three months or a year. I did the year. My nieces have it and they love it. It is a little costly about $130.00 for an entire year, but there are 41 different workout programs and each one has a different set of workouts. I am doing a couple of the country line dance routines and 30 minutes passes by before I know it. They are so much fun. There is also a body sculpting one that works specific muscle groups. I ordered one of those small Pilates balls to use with this workout. I downloaded the app so I can take it anywhere with me. If I am traveling and want to do a workout in my hotel room I am able to without going to a hotel gym, which I am not always comfortable doing. There are also recipes and food plans, I haven’t tried any of those yet because I like my own plan.

This is the Pilates ball I ordered from Amazon. It is small but there are lots of uses for it with many of the workouts on Beachbody.

I ordered this Shacket from Walmart online. I have been wanting one of these with a plaid pattern. I was pleasantly surprised when I got this it is fairly heavy and can definitely be worn as a jacket. It is very toasty. I haven’t seen one like this in our local Walmart but you can find it online.

It seems like I am always on the lookout for face products. I saw this one on TikTok and the girl using it just loved it. Sometimes when I wash my face I wonder if I am getting all of the makeup off of it. This is a balm that you use first, and it sort of dissolves your makeup. You then follow with your regular face cleaning product. I am loving it and the good thing is you can find it at Walmart.

I wanted to give you an update on the press on nails that I used a few weeks ago. The blue ones I put on lasted for about two weeks with me only having to replace two of them. You get thirty in a pack so this was no big deal. They looked great and they are really easy to file down just like your natural nails. The only drawback is that when I took the press on nails off, my nails underneath looked TERRIBLE!!!!! they are pitted and weak and breaking like crazy. So I am not sure if everyone has this problem. But for my nails they are not a good thing. Maybe I shouldn’t have left them on as long as I did. I don’t think I will use them again unless it is just for a special occasion where I will only have them on for a day or two.

This is what they looked like after two weeks. They looked great but not worth the damage to my nails.

I hope you might find some of these useful. Have a wonderful weekend.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!

Friday Favorites

Hello friends and happy Friday. It has been a fairly easy week at work, and that always makes my overall work week very nice. We have had a lot of school groups visiting but they are usually cleared out and back to school by noon.

Some of my favorites for this week include working out. I have been so dedicated to my workouts this week. I did at least thirty minutes of walking or working out every day this week. I ordered the Beach Body On Demand series and I love it!!! There are so many different types of workouts. There is a country line dance video that I have been doing this week. I plan to start a new series on my blog about my weight loss very soon. Lord knows I have lost and gained thousands of pounds through the years. If I can do it and keep it off then anyone can. I want to get to a comfortable weight and really work on maintaining it. But I do need to get there first. My goal is Moderation and moving my body more. So far I’ve lost 28 pounds and I am feeling so much more energetic. But more about that later.

On Thursday evenings during the month of October our little town of Madisonville holds a market where people can sell baked goods, fresh vegetables and flowers and hand made crafts. Since last night was the last Thursday in October I knew I needed to go. It was great!! Unfortunately I went hungry and wanted everything!! Buying from local vendors really helps support small communities and I am always in favor of that.

Look at these decorated sugar cookies and cake pops. This takes some patience for sure.

The name of this little company is We Knead Dough. That is so cute. They are a young couple and just adorable. I bought a loaf of bread from them. We discussed sour dough which I make and a quicker rising dough like they make. They are amazing.

Cutest name for a company. Check out their website. They also do catering jobs.

This is the bread I bought. I haven’t tried it yet but it smells heavenly.

The peanut butter cookie pie was very tempting. It was almost crunchy like a cookie and it probably had about a million calories.

I loved these fresh flowers. This woman also had several varieties of dried flowers and I decided on the dried flowers.

I actually wanted all of them but I bought the pink ones on the left.

A very talented young lady was there with some of her pottery. She also had several plates that were very interesting. I did think about a couple of pieces but I resisted.

I think this bowl is just the most beautiful color. I am sad I didn’t buy it. It would make a wonderful gift.

I did buy a couple of these mini bundt cakes. I bought one of the lemon and a double chocolate. I need a hostess gift tomorrow night so I thought these along with some of the other treats would be good.

The lady who had these bird houses was a wonderful painter. She had several different ones and they were so cute. Again these would make great gifts. Something very different and locally made.

I love this little camper

This booth had every kind of roll you could imagine. Blackberry, cinnamon, blueberry, pepperoni, and even buffalo chicken. I picked the buffalo chicken and the blueberry. I took the blueberry to work and saved the buffalo chicken here.

I am now sorry I didn’t get the Pepperoni Mozzarella rolls. Maybe next time.

Tomato juice and tomato jam. I am not fond of tomatoes. These tomatoes looked great. The man selling them assured me I would love the tomato jam but I didn’t try any.

Aren’t these tomatoes pretty?

This family also made scrubs and dandelion salve. I bought some of the salve. It is supposed to be good for insect bites and mosquitos love me.

This is the salve I bought. It says salt/Sugar Scrub but it is definitely not a scrub I think they may have gotten the labels mixed up. I would love to learn to make it.

My final stop at the market was a booth selling Caramel corn. I only bought a small bag but it is to die for. It is light and airy and so yummy. I am allowing myself a tiny bit each day. Believe me it is hard to stop.

After the little market I stashed my stuff in the car and went down the street to a shop I had been wanting to go in. Sweet and Sassy is the name of the shop. I had heard of it but never been in. It is beautiful and I loved everything. The owner, Cheryl told me they were clearing out all the fall merch and they were moving the Christmas stuff in. They are having a big Christmas open house next weekend. So many great gift items. And very reasonably priced. She also sells the chalk paint if you need any.

The layout of this shop is so appealing. It just makes you want to stay in there forever. I love all of the bread bowls and like I said everything was so reasonably priced.

A few Christmas items are out already and they have all fall merchandise half off.

I bought this egg basket. I have a couple of ideas for it but haven’t decided for sure yet.

I just love our town. It is pretty and quaint and the courthouse is just beautiful.

Downtown is having a Scarecrow stroll. All of the business owners are encouraged to put a scarecrow outside their shops or businesses. It is a lot of fun walking around town and checking them out. There is a contest and there are prizes for the best one.

I have a big day planned tomorrow and a quiet Sunday but I will catch up with you on all of that on Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend!!!!!

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!

Friday Favorites.

Happy Friday!!! How was your week? Most of my favorites this week are things that involved my family and fun times and that is always a good thing.

On Monday we celebrated my nephew Caleb. It was his nineteenth birthday so we went to our local Mexican Restaurant where we love to celebrate. We had such a good time and the food was great!!! I bought Caleb a leather hat and belt when I was In Dahlonega Ga last week at the Gold Rush Festival. I think he liked it. It’s hard to tell with that age group.

Doesn’t he look handsome in this hat?
The whole gang!!!!
Look at this? This was my brother in law’s meal. I am not sure what all it was but it looks so yummy!!!
Awesome looking tacos.

Last week a sweet co-worker went to Pigeon Forge and brought me back this homemade lye soap. I knew there were a lot of uses for lye soap but he also brought a bit of literature about it and I found it very interesting. I think I’ll do a post on it next week. I love this little tin it is in. I have it on the sink in my downstairs bathroom.

And then another co-worker brought me home made apple butter. I can’t wait to spread this on some warm biscuits. It was just a week for sweet and thoughtful little gifts. I just love that it makes my whole day.

You probably know about this coffee at McDonalds. This is a small iced coffee, and I should have taken a picture before I drank half of it but it was just so yummy I couldn’t help it. The small is only 140 calories and $1.39 or something like that. I got a large in Knoxville last week, and I got the pumpkin spice this time, and it was only $1.99. I did find the pumpkin spice to almost be too sweet.

I just got this book in the mail. If you haven’t read Colleen Hoover you should give her a try. I read, It Ends With Us back in the summer. I loved it I could hardly put it down. This book just came out and it is the sequel to It Ends With Us. I know it seems a little funny because the title sounds like it should be the second book but if you read it you will understand. You definitely need to read It Ends With Us first. I just started this one and I can’t wait to get into it.

What have you enjoyed this week?

I have a big family reunion tomorrow and I have six loaves of bread rising in the kitchen. I am also doing my baked beans that my family loves. I can’t wait to see everyone. Have a wonderful weekend.

Always remember

Love your day your way!!!!!