Monday, November 30, 2009

Snow Creatures

In love with these precious little guys...

Little Red Cardinal

Love his little mohawk!

Beautiful Snow Owl

Nothing better than howling

at the snow.

Or prowling in it...

Tis the season

to gather around with friends

and have a little fun in the snow!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

at the
Pelican Grande Resort

This is where we spent our Thanksgiving.
It was picture perfect...

Truly a special day.

We sat inside a beautiful dining room with a beach view.

We felt as if we were on a mini vacation in the Bahamas.

It was hard to pay attention to food,

with a view such as this,
not to mention my handsome date. :)

But eat we did...

turkey, ham, stuffing, mashed potates,
flank steak, vidalia chicken, tomato mozzarella salad,
sushi, colassal shrimp cocktail, ceasar salad,
and pumpkin pie,
oh, and chocolate raspberry cake.

Not ashamed to admit...
this girl can eat!

Hope everyone had a feast fit for King,
or Queen!

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Home Sweet Home

I've been busy Condo hunting this past couple of weeks!

Which is why my blog and book writing have been a little sporadic...

but I may have narrowed it down.

Anyone who has purchased a home or even considered it,

knows how consuming it can be.

Naturally, I couldn't have picked a better time

with the holidays and my NaNoWriMo challenge,

but sometimes opportunity knocks.

I miss reading my daily blogs...

and do visit often,

although sometimes

my internet seems to freeze

when I try to comment,

and no longer have the leisure to check at work (shh!),

so I try when I can from my little iPhone.

Thanks to everyone for your continued friendship

and following!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

Horn of Plenty


A wicker cone-shaped basket filled with fruit and vegetables. The harvest cone is a symbol of abundance and women's fertility.


A time of year to realize what is tangible in your hands and to taste natural food, simply and deliciously.

Art by Olbinski

I find myself amazed at how wonderful apples have been this month. I don't think I've ever appreciated a crispy, but juicy Fuji apple (my favorite) more in my life than I have this month. I wonder how these delicious softball-sized fruit of goodness just plop from a tree like candy. It makes me think of how the oldest story known to mankind derives from an apple (fruit) tree.

Which makes me also think of the book I read earlier this year, The Ominivore's Dilemna, by Michael Pollan. The book takes an in depth look at corn, and how corn is the ingredient of 50% or more of processed foods, whether it be sugar based or in corn meal form. But what strikes me is how corn is one of the only foods requiring the hands of man to be reproduced. A single cob that falls from the stalk is not able to grow on its own by course of nature. The husk traps the kernals--it has to be shucked. Once shucked, the kernals have to be plucked and seperated because it wouldn't be able to sprout amongst all the others kernals, there would be too many kernals within the vicinity and therefore stunt the growth of others, not allowing hardly any single kernal to flourish into becoming a fully developed stalk. Makes you wonder how it all began?

Click HERE to read a NY times review of the book.

So, I'm reminded how awesome it is that science, nature, and man come together--creating little miracles of taste and supplying nourishment. Especially after spending numerous hours watching the Food Network, and becoming a harsh critic of my own experiments in the kitchen, it is nice to step back and look at the full picture in this week of giving thanks.

Here's to a Bountiful Harvest!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Travel Thursday


One of my dream destinations.

There are no words for Santorini.

Just enjoy... 

To view more beautiful images of Santorini, check out these amazing Flickr album: HERE.

Happy Traveling!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gigi's Day

I am so pleased to announce the winner for my 100th post!

This lovely winner has been following me since very early on. Gigi's blog, The Magpie's Fancy is one of my personal favorites. I can't even begin to describe with much sincerity how I've enjoyed getting to know her through her blog. I've even said over and over how much I adore her life. I enjoy sharing many of her posts with my boyfriend; he loves her captivating header with one of her own beautiful images of the moon over the ocean.

I've enjoyed traveling with her to London (virtually) and have enjoyed all her baking creations in her beach cottage. Her pictures and writing make me feel as if I'm really there with her about to enjoy breakfast chatting with an old friend. She is a very talented writer. One of my favorite stories she told around Halloween is about how she met her husband. They were outside waiting for one of their classes to start years ago, and he began talking to her, all the while she had been secretly crushing on him. It warms my soul to think of the sweet shy girl with a crush getting the guy she secretly pines after. And I love the nature walks she shares, I feel as if two friends are walking alongside in nature together.  So Gigi, thank YOU, for your loyalty and friendship.

I am very excited to personalize a gift package. No pics yet. It will comprise of a little bit of me, and a little bit of her. I can't wait to get started!

If you don't already follow Gigi, don't let another day go by without doing so... :)

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dream Jobs

Part II.

A few weeks ago, I posted the beginning of a Monday series about Dream Jobs. Here is another one of my dream jobs...

No, it's not Buddy the Elf!
 as played by Will Ferrel in Elf.

It would be a book editor like his father Walter. :)

If I had to choose to be stuck in an office working for a major conglomerate it would be...

Random House.

I have a fantasy that entails reading manuscript submissions all day. I am way better at editing than I am writing. I would be a kind editor. One that sees promise in all stories, whether they need work or not. I would offer suggestions of what could work better. I would see to it that I could find a market for each specialty book once in tip-top shape. If working to fit a company's budget, and it just didn't work for the book publisher I worked for, I would send a writer in the direction that may best suit them.

Ahhh... yes... to be in editor with a peaceful Manhattan office (if such one exists). I could read, edit, and assist. Wouldn't that be wonderful???

On, the subject of Elf, I decorated for the holidays yesterday and put up the tree. Ornaments are tonight!!! So, did I beat everybody?

And one quick reminder before you go:

Take one small step everyday to living your dream...

Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Friday!!

Giving Thanks...

It is not Thanksgiving yet,
but I'm going to rattle off a few things
 I'm thankful for a little early...

-my conversation with my grandmother this week-

-the realization i have it pretty well made at my job with a surrogate family-

-realizing i can't bear the weight of the world on my shoulders,
and knowing it's ok to accept the help of others-

-selling my first photo on etsy, and it not being a family member,
i swear i thought it was spam mail at first telling me i had inherited $ in Nigeria-

-the first cold front in Florida,
sorry everyone else in Winterland, that means 50 degrees F here-

-my hair is getting really long... yes!!-

-watching Teri @ Girl Meets Paris and Kori @ Blonde Episodes
do so well at the writing challenge, you continue to inspire me
thank you Teri for the Blog Award too!-

-a new pretty Emerald dress...
my boyfriend said i looked like a creature of the sea...
i think it was a good thing-

-pulling out the holiday decorations,
i don't care if it's not even thanksgiving yet,
i'm too excited to wait-

-wonderful blog friends new and loyal (not old),
who's comments brought me much needed cheer this week-

Have a great weekend my friends!

(Photo taken by Me in Lucerne, Switzerland outside a local Patisserie!)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Travel Thursday

Little Luxuries
      for the Traveler...

Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Personalized Velvet Travel Jewelry Roll
Available at Pottery Barn
and on sale for $19.00

Purchase HERE.

Take note friends and family!
Wow, blogging is a great way of posting a virtual Christmas list!
Hint, hint... ;-)

Pretty luggage
on sale at Pottery Barn
Love that duffle!

The Grown Up's Lunch Bag
Love the tan fold over bag!

Travel Alarm Clock
only $39!
(It really doesn't get better than this clock.)

Santa, are you listening???

I promise I've been good this year. :)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Good Eats Wednesday

Bananas, Bananas

Image via

After noveling about food, go figure...
I've got banana treats on the brain,
or my brain is going bananas, or something like that.
 Either way, bananas generally make their appearance
as the guest star in many of my favorite desserts.

Banana waffles in Amsterdam this spring. OMG... enough said.

Banana Macadamia Nut Fosters
from my all-time favorite restaurant Cafe Soriah in Eugene, Or.

The owner, Ibb, even comes out to prepare the Fosters in front of you.
The smell of melting butter, mixed with brown sugar, macadamia, banana liquor, fresh bananas,
whip cream, and vanilla ice cream... all prepared with a flame that could cinch your eyebrows and put
Benihana to shame. Pure heaven!

Let's not forget my grandma's Banana pudding,
and oh yes,
Banana Nut Bread.

Sorry the quality of photos is not the best.
My focus was to hurry up with these pics....
so I could dig in!

Bon appetit!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Happy 100th Post!

Up, up & Away!

Happy 100th to Simply Colette!

I want to thank everyone
who has followed, commented,
and been a wonderful friend!

Without your encouragement
and friendships,
this fun little project would not have
developed the way it has.

So, as my gift to YOU,
leave a comment,
and I will happily construct a surprise
gift package with lots of goodies,
that comprises everything this little blog represents.

I promise it will be great!

Also, the Disney Pixar film 'Up' is released on DVD today!


Enter by Saturday at Noon...
good luck!



Saturday, November 7, 2009

My Motivation

Where I Want to Hang Heart

Zermatt, Switzerland

Because I have been AWOL the past few days,
I want to welcome all new followers, and let you know I will get caught up
with all dear friends soon.

Things have been a little chaotic,
with trying to write 50,000 words in the month of November alone.
I was off to a good start,
currently standing at 6,100, and hope to continue on
on this Saturday morning.

Pressing business and family matters have kept me
from everyday normalcies, including
my personal favorite Thursday travel post,
which coincidentally is the inspiration
for my writing project.

Zermatt, Switzerland.

Photo via ME

Photo via ME

via flickr

via flickr

via New York Times

Hmmm... I'm thinking a
'research' trip is in order.

Who wants to join me?


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