Tuesday, April 29

Inspire Me Tuesday

What do you see when you dream?

Or daydream?

I often picture Paris alight with the sun's glorious rays casting golden colors amongst the shadows...

It reminds of a time when I was young and free. When I lived in Paris and just the living there made the world seem so big and so small and so possible all at the same time. When my hopes were fresh and my spirit barely bruised...

I am grateful for all that life has sent me since then, both the joys and the sorrows.

But sometimes I dream of that time... Of that freshness and wonder.

I smile at that girl who knew so much and so little. If I could, I'd thank her.

Because when I daydream about sunsets in Paris, I daydream about her.

And she reminds me that anything and everything is possible still.

Always possible.



(Image by John Lindesay Small via Pinterest.)


Monday, April 28

Disney Day: Dinner at Sana

The Husband and I have been trying to make time to "date" each other more and the other. Ought he surprised me with dinner at Sana, the Indian/ African restaurant on the Vacation Club Kidani Village side of Animal Kingdom's lodge.
Since it was date night I made and effort and trotted out the heels and a cute new clutch I love.
We were both pretty tired looking cause we were both pretty tired but it was still fun. I loved this wall of lanterns at the entrance.
The whole resort has these wonderful quotes painted on the walls throughout. I really loved this touch! This one is in the main entrance.
The lobby was beautiful.
And of course I went straight to the windows to look for animals on the "Savannah." Do you see the giraffe?
Pic heavy animal sightings and food goodness after the jump!

Saturday, April 26

She Sells Sea Shells

I love working with natural materials and these shells I collected on my trip to Hawaii back in January make me dream tropical dreams...
Some are from a Kumu (teacher) who taught us about the local history, nature, and lei making. And some are direct from the ocean to me.

I can't wait to wear them while daydreaming of sea turtles and waves..



(All images created and owned by Krista Carson.)


Friday, April 25

Friday Funny

The Atlas of True Names

This amuses me, your welcome. ;)



(Image via the Atlas of True Names.)


Thursday, April 24

Bevies of Beverages

Elderflower Green Tea Slush
To make this fun and easy alchoholic slushy you only need three ingredients: iced green tea, Elderflower Liquor, and ice.
Pour one shot of the liquor per two cups of green tea into your blender.
Add ice to the top of the liquids then blend.

Pour and enjoy!

I used St. Germain, one of my faves, and pre-brewed and pre-sweetened green iced tea from my local grocery store, Publix.

But you could also use Arizona brand green iced tea or brew your own hot, sweeten it, then chill it.

No matter what specifics you choose, though, you'll end up with a refreshingly cool and yummy slush! Perfect for spring and summer!



(All images by Krista Carson.)

Wednesday, April 23

Happy Birthday Moma!

Today is my wonderful Mother's birthday!

She may be the most fabulous woman I know!

Smart, beautiful, fun, joyful, outgoing, the inspiring list goes on.

Hope you have a wonderful day Mom! So glad I finally get to spend a birthday celebrating you in person again!



(Image created and designed using Martha Stewart Craft Studio.)


Wanderlust Wednesday Foodie Edition: Proper Pie Co.

The other day my Husband and I were craving some honest to goodness British crumpets... Mmm... Back in Seattle we'd just head on down to Pikes Place Market to the awesome crumpet dedicated bakery there.
(So so good, if you're ever that way go!)
But where to go here inOrlando
A quick internet search lead us to Proper Pie Company.
So we popped in the car.
It's a fantastic authentically British and totally yummy bakery.
They bake a variety of sweet and savory pies everyday and even do fish and chips every Friday.
The bakery itself is pretty small and informal with the kitchen area visible and in a tiny roadside plaza but the food...
So yummmy!
They have pies coming out of the oven, pies baked and frozen for travel (One Brit in front of us in line drives all the way down from North Carolina), and pies baked that morning that are chilled in the refrigerated display with along with Brit desserts and drinks.
If they don't have what you want hot, no problem.
They'll make it toasty in a jiffy.
They also have all the yummy shelf goods. Like the British Oxo gravy and my favorite candy, the crunchie bar.
They even had the British Easter candy in stock for the holiday!
(I was sure to pick one up to tuck in my Husband's basket.)
And this Vimto I tried, it's like a blue slushie! One of my favorite things!

If you're in a hurry to fill your tummy, like we were, you can take your hot pie outside to a little picnic table. The staff will bring anything being heated out to you along with some HP (kind of like a British A1 steak sauce).

The pie above was a yummy curry one but every kind we tried was sooo delicious that we couldn't pick a favorite.

And if you want to pack it up and bring it home everything heats to perfection still.

Even this Scotch egg was still yummy heated up at home.

(It's a hard boiled egg covered in a breaded sausage mixture that's lightly fried and sometimes has bacon thrown in there too for good measure.)

Of course, they had crumpets and scones too but we ended up saving those for another day. Lol.

Proper indeed!

If you're local, go!

(They ship and cater too!)

Proper Pie Co.

145 Ridge Center Drive, Davenport, FL, United States

(863) 438-2705






(All images created and owned by Krista Carson. Taken at/ of Proper Pie Co.)

Tuesday, April 22

Inspire Me Tuesday

Well said.



(Image via Pinterest.)


Monday, April 21

Easter Snapshots

Church yesterday morning.
The lace and silk bunny ears I made for Easter.
I think they'll be fun at Disney too.
My first Easter casualty... ;)
The boys and the Westies. (My husband is on the left with Abigail our pup and my little brother is on the right with my parents pup Piper.)
Abigail all dressed up in her Easter best.
And the Peep squeak she got in her basket from her Grandma.
And us trying to take an Easter pic to text to my family not there.
Outtake 1.
Outtake done.
My sparkly Easter bracelet stack.
(From the top down: Cushion cut rock crystal bracelet Christmas present from Blue Nile online, Argento Alchemy made sterling silver sister morse code bracelet by me, Aquamarine bracelet from my siblings when I graduated college, London Blue Topaz and diamond sterling Ippolita bracelet from my Husband, and a pavè white Saphire bangle bracelet from my Mother for my wedding.)

And lastly, a deliciously yummy dinner of homemade stuffed cabbage over mashed potatoes for dinner. My absolute favorite!

Hope your weekend was a great one!



(All images created and owned by Krista Carson.)

Sunday, April 20

Happy Easter!

He is risen indeed!




(Image created and owned by Krista Carson.)

Saturday, April 19

Easter Baskets Of A Sort

I love Easter! The resurrection of my savior, the joy, the renewal, spring,
the chocolate too!
So here's a peek at what I've got going on in the Easter basket department.
First of all, there are no baskets... I use bird cages.
More after the jump!

Friday, April 18

Get Nailed: Easter Edition

I wanted to go with pretty pastels for Easter but with the usual Easter bunny and egg nail art.
For my fingers I OPI's Nicole Polish in I Love Salmon and Ciaté's Pepperminty. First, I was sure to use a good base coat so the creamy color came out even. (This also prevents it from dying your nails!) Then, I used a long thin nail art brush to make the mint chevron on my ring fingers only. The look was finished by adding a silver triangle stud inside and an emerald green crystal on the tip.
I used the same color scheme on my toes but instead of matchy matchy nail art I used the same brush to paint a green leaf-scape and added a sprinkling of the same green crystals on my big toes.

For both I completed my work with a shiny quick dry top coat.

My nails are ready.

Spring it on!



(All images created and owned by Krista Carson.)