A Lunchtime Hummus Delight!

Day after day we think about what to make for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every day, over and over again. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut eating the same foods, or eating something that isn’t all that exciting. That’s when it’s nice to change things up and try something different. This comes together so quickly, with just a few ingredients, and it couldn’t be better (or more refreshing)!

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Featured Artist: Conrad P. Clarke!

What a treat! I love when you’re looking through gallery website, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. and you run across an artist who’s work is unlike anything you’ve run across. Can you imagine with millions of people painting how difficult it would be to pull off your own style? Each painting is a treat for the senses.

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Stunning (Pre) Sunrise…

(Prior to) Sunrise From The Swag | Waynesville, NC

The above photo is a sunrise image taken from The Swag (from the dog trot/porch area). No filter, no enhancement, just pure Mother Nature in all her glory! There is nothing better than to wake up to these stunning colors. We high tailed it to Gooseberry Knob where it didn’t take long for the sun to rise above the distant mountains. Wow. What a show it was! To think that this image was just the preview of what was to come is amazing.

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House Plan CA-02-2026 by LIVEWELL Home Design!

House Plan CA-02-2026 by LIVEWELL!

I love the porch on this home as well as the side screened porch. The perfect spot to hang out on a nice day! The windows are a great pick making this home fit in if it were built in an older subdivision. I think they fit this home nicely. #windowsareimportant Great lines to this home.

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A way to eat salmon if you you’re not a fan:

Candied Brussels Sprouts, Potato Croquettes and Wild Caught Dill Salmon (Cooked on a Cedar Plank)

I’ve tried to be a sport in the past. I WANT to like salmon, it’s good for you, yayaya… BUT, it’s strong taste about did me in each time. We would go out to eat and my husband would have me try a bite of his… #itsanogo Then, one day we were talking with a neighbor (thank you CW) who had been to a nearby restaurant. She said she always orders the salmon. I thought, ugh. And then…

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Meet Jack… Happy Halloween!

“Jack” by Barb Walker 10×10″ Oil

Well… HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Isn’t this a happy pumpkin painting? It reminds me of how we carved them growing up. My dad would take part of the cut out eyes, stick a toothpick in it and attach it to the head for ears. We always got a lot of comments. I do the same and it’s too funny how many people notice.

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Creamy Chicken Pasta Recipe by Suzy Karadsheh!

Creamy Chicken Pasta on Bowtie

Fall is in the air! With the change in weather comes a change in light – it goes quickly during the day – so we have to eat dinner earlier and earlier to be able to capture a good food shot, haha. #thanksfred This recipe comes together quickly and is out of this world delicious! If there are just two of you, this heats up well the next day!

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Duck Blinds House Plan by Allison Ramsey Architects!

Duck Blinds Plan C0050 by Allison Ramsey Architects

Sweet as can be, right? This is a small house, but it’s far from tiny. This plan lives much larger than what it looks. Don’t you love that it has so much charm? New homes often are lacking charm compared to homes that are older, yet this one has the best of both worlds. Charm + Efficiency = Woohoo!

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The Loss of a Legend…

It’s never easy to lose someone who is so wonderful. A person who contributed so much to this world, made it better in every way. Penny had a gift with her words, and with her humor. I am so thankful she shared some of her stories with us. Go hug your favorite people right now, let them know how much they matter. Because time is not guaranteed and it is fleeting. I sadly share this news with you…

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Featured Artist: Bethanne Hill!

The Road Home by Bethanne Hill 30×22″ Acrylic

Bethanne Hill. This woman has such an imagination! We first saw her work at The Swag, there were a few of her paintings – fabulous in every way, and they fit perfectly in the spots they were hung in. You can look at them for a long time because there is so much going on. Just think of the stories that could be told…

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A Touch of Happy Color!

Wildflowers in pottery vase – such a nice touch!

This beautiful flowers/vase were waiting in our room on our last vacation – when my husband surprised me with a trip to the Swag (wonderful place) for my birthday and our anniversary. Pops of color so pretty and a gorgeous pottery vase. He thinks of everything! This was extra special.

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