Charleston, SC Photo: Quote at Colonial Lake

On one of our venture’s downtown walking I happened upon this quote. This bench is at Colonial Lake in Charleston, SC – which underwent quite the facelift!

This quote is so true – the one’s you love are a gift far greater than anything money could possibly buy – cherish them!


Blue Boat – Maine.

I took this photo several years ago. I just love the blue in the boat, the light reflections in the water and those fabulous shadows.

Makes me smile… Happy Saturday!


Catch you back here tomorrow!

Guess the Artist?!

I haven’t posted a Guess the artist in a while – this is one of our paintings, which I LOVE! Can you GUESS THE ARTIST?

I have retouched this photo on the bottom left corner to remove the artist’s signature.

Do you know the name of this artist?

Comment on my Facebook page or on this blog…

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The Holiday House plan (C0412) by Allison Ramsey Architect!

Holiday House (C0412) by Allison Ramsey Architect

This is the Holiday House plan (C0412) by Allison Ramsey Architect! This plan is a beauty! I have to say I love the “L” shape of the home, incorporating the terrace, pool, fire pit and outdoor kitchen, all of which just extend gracious living right outside your door! The exterior of this home is gorgeous – so much curb appeal!

Be sure to check out images of a real life home built (Houzz)… WOW! It helps to see the real thing, doesn’t it? For each of the images you will see questions that people have asked. There is a lot of great information!

Holiday House (C0412) by Allison Ramsey Architect

This plan offers a nice, open, living/dining/kitchen area. Can you imagine working at this kitchen island with views of your beautiful terrace and pool? There is a wonderful downstairs master suite, with windows looking onto the pool area. There is also a library and reading room. Oh! Love it!

Holiday House (C0412) by Allison Ramsey Architect

The upstairs is just perfect with two bedrooms, a bathroom and a sitting room.

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Images are not for construction or reproduction, they are property of the design firm.

Featured Artist: Tom Brown!

Tom Brown. So many interesting paintings with layers of wonderful, thick paint that adds texture. The shadows and colors are wonderful. Oh, the light! Love the signature as well! Absolutely beautiful!

Be sure to check out Tom’s Daily Paintworks Gallery!

Read a bit about Tom, from his website:


I am a lifetime artist. And for many years I have been teaching my unique painting methods to other artists through sold-out workshops as well as my Videos and eBooks.

This website shows a small sampling of my paintings. You can see more of my recent work on my Daily Blog where I offer new affordable original oil paintings every day of the year.

I’m former president of the Orange Art Association, and past member of the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association and Southern California Plein Air Painters Association. I’ve hosted a popular TV show teaching my unique method of oil painting outdoors (en plein air) and in the studio. My work has been represented through prominent galleries for more than 20 years and is in numerous corporate collections.

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Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

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No Bake Oatmeal, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies

Are you looking for a quick and easy recipe no-bake cookie recipe? I didn’t think I was a fan of the no-bake chocolate, peanut butter, oatmeal cookies – but after I made them (I’m not sure if this recipe was different, but let me tell you…) OUT OF THIS WORLD! Bonus… you don’t even bake them!

Once you mix up the batter, you spoon onto a cookie sheet with parchment paper (or silicone baking sheet), let sit 30 minutes and they are done!

Click HERE to print the recipe!

No Bake Oatmeal, Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 2-3 dozen cookies  – these take approximately 45 minutes to make.


½ cup unsalted butter

1.5 cups sugar*

½ cup whole milk (can use 2%)

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

Pinch of salt


½ cup smooth peanut butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract


3 cups Old Fashioned Oats*

In 4qt (large) saucepan, add the butter, sugar, milk, cocoa and salt.

Bring to boil (stirring it together). Boil 1 minute. Then remove from heat…

Add peanut butter and vanilla, stirring to incorporate

Stir in oatmeal.

Once all ingredients have been combined, drop by teaspoonfuls onto Parchment lined cookie sheet. (I used a silicone baking mat on one cookie sheet, and didn’t use parchment and it worked ok, but it would be easier to use Parchment Paper).

Let cool 30 minutes to set. You can then store them in an airtight container at room temp (or fridge) for up to 2 weeks. I cannot imagine them lasting one week, they are that good…

This recipe was adapted from the recipe by the Brown Eyed Baker (

*What I changed: I added less sugar (1 ½ cups vs. 2 cups) and I used Old Fashioned Oats instead of Quick Cooking Oats, as called for in the recipe. Very minor changes.

Beyond delicious!

NOTE: These are excellent and perfect for get-togethers – but beware if dogs are nearby, dogs cannot eat dark chocolate…

Featured Artist: Michael Naples!

Pair of Peaches by Michael Naples 6×6 Oil

Michael Naples. There are so many wonderful paintings – Michael has a great website as well as a blog and a Daily Paintworks site. All are fabulous, be sure to check them out! I love the black background in this painting PAIR OF PEACHES. Doesn’t it just make those peaches come alive? Wonderful!

Also be sure to keep up with Michael on Instagram @michaelnaplesfineart!

Read a bit about Michael, from his website:

Michael Naples is an artist from Wheaton, IL (Chicagoland). He earned his BFA degree from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. In 2001 he was accepted into the Society of Illustrators and published in their annual.

For the next decade he filled his time doing various illustration jobs, murals, and many, many commissioned portraits for people all over the US. But it wasn’t until a chance encounter with an article about Daily Painting that he found his passion for oils. He began his own Daily Painting Project in August 2006 and hasn’t lost a bit of momentum.

Michael has won several awards and had numerous articles published about his paintings. These Daily Paintings have been purchased by collectors all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Sweden and every state in the US.

When Michael is not behind the easel, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and 3 daughters.

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Images are not for reproduction, they are property of the artist.

Catch you back here tomorrow!