a bit of this, a bit of that

6:07 PM

I heart Pink and Black!!

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There is no other combination

of color that makes my heart flutter

like these two lovlies


Thank you to our lovely Hostess

for bringing this fabulous group of

Pinkalicious goodness together in one place

Poppies blowing in the wind

Rosemary-Cranberry Sorbet

1/2 cup(s) sugar
2 sprig(s) rosemary
1 can(s) (16-ounce) whole-berry cranberry sauce
2 crisp apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
Juice of 1 large lemon

In a pot over high heat, bring sugar, 1/2 cup water, and rosemary to boil. Remove from heat and let steep for 45 minutes, until syrup forms.
In a blender or food processor, puree cranberry sauce, apples; lemon juice, and rosemary syrup. Finely strain mixture and chill for 1 hour.
Freeze in an ice-cream maker according to manufacturer instructions. Transfer to a chilled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until firm, about 1 hour.
Enjoy - recipe from Country Living

Oh my goodness...you have not lived

until you've tasted Dutch Double Salted Licorice

Serious Black Licorice Lovers Delight

I am licking my lips as I write this


The perfect eyeshadow duo

pretty and classic


The lace.....the ruffles

The Shoooes

I am in lust for those beauties on the left

and that pewter clutch...to die for


Spread the laughter today...its infectious

xOxO Nerina

10:28 PM

The longest day of the Year !!

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It's Summer....Whooohooooo !!!!!

The Summer Solstice

The Longest Day of the Year
(in the Northern Hemisphere - thank's Robyn)

I hope you did something

exciting on this wonderful day

This is going to be the best Summer Yet!!

What exciting plans do you have in store!!

Big Hugs xOxO Nerina

1:21 PM


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My own Father left
this planet many many years ago
He is always thought of
warmly by my Mom
as well as his large brood of kiddies

Happy Father's Day to all of you
wonderful Daddy's out there
you know who you are!!

~ Celebrate ~


Tomorrow my son will be travelling
with his grade 8 graduating class
to Cleveland, Ohio
They will be gone for 4 days.....boohoo!!

I know he will have a sensational time
with all of his friends, sightseeing, shopping
and of course the highlight of this trip
the evening cruise on the lake

The following Monday

will be his Grade 8 Graduation
where has the time gone!!

Andrew and his Daddy
Enjoy your Sunday Everyone!!
Big Hugs xOxO Nerina

8:58 AM

Inspirational Balance...

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Downtown G20 Fortress Nightmare

World Leaders

concrete blocked streets

3 metre high concrete fences

new cameras everywhere

police presence everywhere


Security Zones

I walk (try to anyway) through the

heart of the RED zone to get to my building

commuting nightmare

July 1 st cannot come soon enough
$ 1B spent on Security....OMG

We cannot imagine the insanity next week

if this week is any indication


Getting the flow of my new job

new schedule

new routines

a joy to go to work

smiling faces

forgot all that I learned in training

love it anyway

So many of you are busy today

visiting all of the wonderfully creative spaces

of the friends that bring

so much joy to our lives

as they share their creative spaces today

is hosting the second annual

'Where Bloggers Create Party II'

I can hardly wait to see

where the magic happens

and your talent and creativity comes alive

is linking her Pink Saturday post today as well.

You are all in for a very special treat!!

Enjoy !!

Big extremely tired hugs to everyone!!

Happy Weekend :)

xOxO Nerina

4:52 PM

Happy Wet Pink Saturday !

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Hi there Blog Buddies

You know it is the middle of the afternoon on Saturday
and I woke up a couple of hours ago.
I know...can you believe it.
It is raining cats and dogs outside
....England and the USA are playing
in the World Cup of Soccer.
I was with the Euchre ladies last night
...came home past midnight
and slept like a baby.
I have been sleeping only
about 2....3...or 4 hours the past couple of weeks.
Started my new job on Monday,
played baseball
on Tuesday (got a home run
...and not just a piddly bobble one,
but a crank it far and hard one
...yay me)
legs were killing for a couple of days after.
All of the new info from
training with my new job has been
a drain on the old brain.
I guess I just needed to sleep
from the relief of the past two years.
Suddenly I realized
....oh my gosh
....gotta post for Pink Saturday
(have not been near my home computer all week),
gotta get my swaps finished
(a crown swap....swoon & a very vintage summer swap)
and (my huge apologies Molly)
gotta send out my giveaway
and so many countless other things
that need to be dealt with pronto.

My apologies for
the rambling.....blah...blah...blah....done!!!

Some pretty pinks
that are making me smile
and inspiring me to move forward
and create

Watermelon and Feta Appies
from Christine Cushing

This is just one of those cool combinations
where fruit gets thrown into the savoury mix
and it really creates a taste sensation!
Makes 12 appetizers.
Yield: 12
1/4 medium sized watermelon
1/2 cup crumbled feta (125 ml)
1/2 zest of 1/2 lime
pinch of sumac
12 black olives, pitted, finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped chervil or parsley (15 ml)
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (5 ml)
Cut twelve wedges of watermelon
so that the wedges are ½-inch thick
and shaped roughly in 3 x 3 x 3-inch triangle.
In a medium bowl,
combine the feta
lime zest
black pepper
and olive oil.
Toss gently to combine.
Sprinkle each watermelon wedge
with some of the feta
and olive mixture.
Serve immediately.

Raspberry and Milk Chocolate Cheesecake

180g digestive biscuits
75g melted butter
100g milk chocolate
300g cream cheese
200ml double cream
75g sugar
150g raspberries
icing sugar
chocolate melted, to serve (optional)

Crumble the digestives in a food processor, add the melted butter and mix well. Place in a 20cm flan ring with a push-up base and pat down with the back of a spoon. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or a glass bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Mix the cream cheese, cream and sugar together until smooth. Add the raspberries and stir in, then add the melted chocolate and quickly swirl through. Spoon into the flan ring and smooth the top with a palette knife, then place in the fridge and chill for 2 hours. Serve dusted with icing sugar and a little melted chocolate if you like.

Making it your own
Who doesn't love cheesecake? Use good-quality chocolate like Green & Black's, after all it is for you, too. Leave the raspberries out if you want to make this at other times of the year.

Prickly Pear Pink Margarita's {via 'My Sweet & Saucy'}

Prickly Pear Margaritas
serves 6
3 1/2 cups crushed ice
3 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
3 oz. frozen limeade
6 Tequila
4 1/2 oz. Cointreau
3 oz. prickly pear cactus juice
3 T. sugar
Lime wedges and kosher salt for garnish

In a blender, add all of the ingredients (minus the garnish) and pulse it until the ice is completely blended. Taste and add more sugar if necessary.
Rub some of the lime around the rim of the glasses and then dip the glasses into the salt. Pour in the drink and garnish with a lime.


I think I'm ready to get down with my HUGE to do list!!

What's on your list

Don't forget to visit
Our Hostess for this fab Pink Saturday party
to see many more inspiring
Pinkalicious goodies
to help you get your list going
(notice how I did not say completed
cause the list is just neverending)

Happy Pink Saturday!!

xOxO Nerina

11:28 PM

Pink Baskets !!

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Happy Pink Saturday Everyone!!

Boy did I have a sugar rush
from all of the Birthday cake last Saturday!
What a blast it was!!
our Hostess of Pink Saturday
to see what pinks are making us smile today.

Well......it is Saturday again....ALREADY....
My apologies for not visiting lately
finished up with my job today

bye everyone...I miss you already

starting a new one on Monday
A little frantic to say the least

You know

tying up loose ends so everyone knows where to find stuff

fun fairs, baseball yesterday (I am feeling it today)

and just the regular May/June madness.

Once I settle into my new job
I will be back enjoying
your Inspiration



Fabulous Photos

and you will have me smiling

from ear to ear again!!

Until then.....I thought

I would show you a couple

of the hanging baskets

that I have around outside

Have a Fantabulous Pink Saturday !!

Big Hugs xOxO Nerina

2:51 PM

Giveaway Winner....finally !!

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Happy June !!!!

Giveaways are fun

it is choosing just one winner

that is difficult

..... so without further adieu

If your name is Molly

and you are from Fleur de Bee

YOU have been chosen by random.org

as number 30 of 39

and the winner

of this Pink Saturday

2nd Birthday Giveaway

Please send me an email

with your address

and I will forward to you

this little goodie just in time

for you to chill some hot drinks

for a picnic in the warm Summer sun!!

Have a fabulous day everyone!!

xOxO Nerina


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