The Verdier House Plan by Allison Ramsey Architects

The Verdier by Allison Ramsey Architects

I love cottage house plans and think they have such charm. This plan has a 8′ deep porches. What I love about this Allison Ramsey Architects is the ability to make modifications if you have something in mind that is really important to you. I might opt for a slightly deeper porch on the front and back, and you’ll see via the link below how their website shows images from homes that have been built so you get a good idea on modifications.

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Quick Cold Cucumber Soup – A favorite!

Cold Cucumber Soup – FIVE STARS! – Recipe by

You are looking at utter perfection in a very pretty glass. This cold cucumber soup recipe is what dreams are made of. Short ingredient list, comes together SO quickly and lasts a few days in the refrigerator. It’s pretty and more importantly it’s COLD and bursting with flavor! Seriously, a ten minute soup (well, a little extra with prep time, but not much).

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Still the Man of My Dreams…

Our Wedding Day…

Married twenty nine years to the love of my life. Fred is the sweetest. We are partners for life in every way. I cannot imagine spending life with anyone but him. We met years ago, clicked right away, and the rest is history. We are probably different than most couples – we like spending time together, ha ha. This is our story…

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Throwback photo: Port Clyde, Maine

Port Clyde, Maine

Maine is a drop dead gorgeous place to visit. It’s also like a double edged sword. You go, you enjoy, you are overtaken by the beauty, the clean air, the quiet, and then… you don’t want to go home. There are some of you out there who have had this exact reaction. I’ve loved pretty much everywhere I’ve gone to visit. But I have never felt the pull that I felt like I did when I was in Maine.

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Thankful for another trip around the sun!

💫Another trip around the sun… thankful!💫

How many of you don’t have a lot of images of yourself? I’m the photo taker in the family and I’m not super comfy with it in reverse, so… a sprinkling of images throughout the years… and cake… and flowers. I’m thankful for another birthday (am I the only one that feels like they’re coming sooner and sooner??) I never really understood why birthdays are celebrated by the person who was born. They should celebrate the mother. Really!

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Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

Best Pumpkin Bread Recipe | Bonus: Makes two loaves!

We were in the middle of a heat wave. Charleston, as many of you know can get quite steamy. Heat index was 117℉ 🥵 – what better recipe to make than a batch of pumpkin bread? You know, have the oven going… brilliant! Actually, it really was. It was delightful to have a slice of pumpkin bread for breakfast or a hearty snack. It only bakes (in my oven) for 40 minutes (some ovens may take a bit longer) and POOF, you have two loaves of heaven right in front of your very eyes!

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Doesn’t Everyone??

Pretty Flower

Perfection. Plain and simple. It amazes me each time I take a moment to really look at things. The beauty is almost incomprehensible. There is so much to appreciate all around us. Just look at the perfectly formed petals of this flower. Look at the center – how it’s like a stunning piece of art. All of this beauty and the world can be so ugly at times. So, focus on the good, and share it like wildfire!

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Grace Park Cottage (SL2063) by Bridgewater Consulting LLC for Southern Living House Plans!

Grace Park Cottage SL2063 by Bridgewater Consulting for Southern Living House Plans

Pretty eye catching, isn’t it? I love the French doors, the ceiling fans, the dog that appears to sit so regally on the front porch. This is a fabulous house plan full of wonderful spaces. I like the clean lines of it, the center hallway and the flexibility of the spaces. Not to mention the obvious… the front porch!

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Happy House!

Happy House Anniversary!

Many years ago we made the move to an older subdivision in Charleston. We live in one of the first neighborhoods developed (outside of the peninsula) – developed around 1926 – Our home was built in 1931. Due to the depression I’ve read that the neighborhood was started but there was a lull due to the depression. It was not built out until after World War II.

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Fiddle Faddle, Georgian Bay & Special Wishes

Fiddle Faddle NSSC | My dad, mom, me, Bridget (sister, looking into the camera)

Today is a big day for several reasons – but it’s also a day to be grateful/blessed for growing up in a loving environment. I don’t take that for granted, I am thankful every single day. This is my family on our sailboat many (many, many) years ago. I vividly remember the curtains my mom made for the boat, they were a very cool purple/gold/off white stripe. I ran across this photo of a photo and LOVE IT!

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A Field of Sunflowers…

Sunflowers are so happy!

We were driving down a dirt road far out in the country. It was a hot and humid day. I spotted field after field of sunflowers and had to jump out, climb up several hills to get this shot. There was a dark cloud looming, the weather was about to turn – we were in for some major rain. Would I have time? I sincerely hoped so! On top of the approaching weather there were ants everywhere, but I managed to get this shot, spectacular isn’t it?

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GO Logic 1100 Model

GO LOGIC 1100 Model

What a super cool plan. This home can be as net zero friendly as you like. GO Logic offers many options – you can select a plan, and then look through the many options for everything. The look changes significantly with each making each plan very versatile. They’ve got some gorgeous two story plans, but this one story caught my eye…

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View from Mingo Point | Kiawah, SC!

View from Mingo Point (Kiawah, South Carolina) June 2021

Drop dead gorgeous, right? Mingo Point (located on Kiawah Island, SC) is a popular event venue. Our nephew and his fiancé were married here back in June. It was a beautiful wedding. Over the top beautiful. Every moment there was something stunning, the sky, the clouds (and of course, the bride, groom and all in attendance!) – When I saw these clouds roll in around 9PM I had to get some photos!

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Slightly Flower Obsessed…

Michigan Cosmos iPad Sketch | barbara stroud

A quick sketch on the iPad is always a good time – it’s relaxing, and it’s my preferred way to create art (clearly not to sell but just to settle down for the evening) – quick cleanup (turn it off), hehe. I used my finger so it could be a wee bit more precise, but I wasn’t going for precise, just quick and sketchy. I like the pink with a white background. I also have a coloring book app that I use, ha ha. #goodtime

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Lupine Gallery, Monhegan, Maine

Lupine Gallery, Monhegan, Maine | Photo: 2017

The Lupine Gallery on Monhegan Island, Maine is one of our favorite places to visit. The gallery has such a stunning space both upstairs and down – so many incredible paintings all in one place. The Lupine Gallery owners Jackie Boegel and Bill Boynton are the most delightful, knowledgeable and friendly people you could ever meet. Next time you visit Monhegan be sure to stop in the gallery and take a peek at the stunning work they have available.

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