Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Downton Abbey

I am one of those people. Yes, I am one of those obsessed with Downton Abbey.
 I finished season three a couple weeks ago and was very speechless to say the least. I will not give anything away! Downton is just so addicting. Once you get wrapped in the wonder of the Edwardian era, you want to keep watching.
I got a couple of books about Downton yesterday and I have only skimmed through them so far. I'm sure I'll read all about it when I can.
 This is the newest book that features more about season 3. Great info in this for sure just for the ultimate fan!
 A big part of me wants to be in the kitchen with Daisy and Mrs. Patmore. Crazy busy, but fun.
Here is a recipe from Downton Abbey. They have more recipes here. So interesting and fun! 
I just had to share my favorite thing recently. Russell has actually started watching the series with me and I am tickled about that! :)
This video should make you smile, if you are a Downton fan. It sure made us smile. So funny. Enjoy! Maybe it will hold us over til season 4!

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hearts, Roses, and Love. Valentine's Day 2013

I am back to blogging again! I have been on a bit of a blogging hiatus for a few weeks. I think part of the reason is because I have been watching lots of Downton Abbey. Post soon to come!
I hope y'all had a great Valentine's Day.
 Russell had these beautiful red roses delivered to me. I love roses so much.
I love romantic movies. I am such a sucker for them.
 I ended up watching The Notebook and French Kiss while I did my nails, which took a little trial and error!
 Valentine Nails!
 The colors I used were OPI's "I'm Not Really A Waitress" and Essie "Ballet Slippers".
Russell and I went on a special date last Thursday. We went to Crystal Bridges and had dinner at the "Art of Romance" event. It was so beautiful!
 Our table setting
 Can you say gorgeous?!?
 We were absolutely so excited. Can you tell?
 It was a four course dinner. We took pictures of most of the food, I admit. I couldn't help it.
Our first course was baked feta and gorgonzola cheese with walnuts, figs and honey on toasted baguette. The second course, shown above, was a red leaf salad with rose water vinaigrette, pomegranate seeds, and blood orange slices.
 Third course was filet of beef, seared scallop, lobster claw, and purple brussells sprouts. YUM.
 My favorite? The fourth course! a decadant chocolate box filled with berries and topped with a red rose petal, of course! Perfect to share!
It was so fun to walk around Crystal Bridges, have a memorable dinner, all with the beautiful atmosphere of acoustic guitar playing love songs.
 I decorated our table a little bit before Russell got home. He got me more chocolate of course. He knows what I love!
 Roses from dinner. It was so great to get to take these home! Love!
 I got Russell a half dozen Valentine themed cupcakes from Bliss Cupcakes. He was so happy!
Me and my valentine.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13

Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy Birthday, Russell!!

Today is a special day. It's my sweet husband's 29th birthday. He is such a wonderful man. He is not only my husband, but he is my best friend who I confide in, my better half, a teacher for me, a great listener, oh, the list goes on and on with wonderful qualities of Russell. I have never shared these pictures of us. They were taken at a photo shoot our friend, Rhyanne did in November.
 He is incredible!
Yep, he makes me VERY happy.
Russell, Happy Birthday, sweetie. Enjoy the last year in your TWENTIES! :) Love you bunches!
Love, Mer Bear
I am now cooking his special birthday dinner. Praying that the cake turns out! :) Trial and error, right? ;) Hopefully it will be good!
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31