A Positive Attitude

- A Positive Attitude -

So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference – President Thomas S. Monson

A Positive Attitude - Thomas S. Monson

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Summer Fruit finds on Pinterest

We’re in the middle of our nectarine and grape harvest. Last month we feasted on apricots. Having fresh fruit growing right outside our back door is a delicious treat. But having access to the fruits we love in the market is wonderful too. So this week we’re sharing our favorite summer fruit finds on Pinterest. Enjoy!

Summer Berry Tarts

 Image credit: Food & Wine

I have a weakness for pastry. Add some summer berries and you’ll have my heart just like these Summer Berry Tarts do from Food & Wine.

Classic Homemade Strawberry Pie

 Image credit: The Casual Craftlete

When our kids were growing up we had a huge strawberry patch. From the time our daughter Britt could walk, she was covered in strawberry juice from helping herself to the sweet berries right out of the garden. I can’t wait to make this lovely Classic Homemade Strawberry Pie from Katie at The Casual Craftlete.

Peach Upside Down Cake

 Image credit: Use Real Butter

Growing up, my all time favorite cake was my mom’s pineapple upside down cake. No matter how many times I make it, it doesn’t seem to taste as good as my mom’s. Now I’m game to change the recipe up a bit with another one of my favorite summer fruits. I’m loving the recipe for Peach Upside Down Cake from Jen at Use Real Butter.

Watermelon Sorbet

 Image credit: Cincy Shopper

Nothing says summer like the sweet taste of watermelon! I’m looking forward to making this easy 4 ingredient Watermelon Sorbet from Jen at Cincy Shopper. My grandkids are going to love it!

Georgia Peach Pie

 Image credit: Food & Wine

Did I mention I have a weakness for pastry? I think I’m adding this Georgia Peach Pie to my bucket list! Can we have food on our bucket list?

Blackberry Fennel Pizza

 Image credit: Scaling Back

Food should be beautiful. It should look as delicious as it tastes. I was in love with the Blackberry Fennel Pizza from Scaling Back the first moment I saw it. I know it’s going to taste as delectable as it looks!

Lemon Dessert Bowls

 Image credit: The Proper Pinwheel

Presentation is big part of serving a lovely dessert. Lexy from The Proper Pinwheel nailed it with these awesome little Lemon Dessert Bowls. I can think of so many delicious ways to fill them.

Berries as Ice

Image credit: Redbook

Easy peasy and so delightful! Simple Frozen Berries as Ice in summer drinks. Perfect!!

Fruit Pizza

 Image credit: Livin’ The Dream In Beantown USA

Have you ever heard of Fruit Pizza? I’m here to tell you its heaven on earth! So many delicious flavors all wrapped up in one awesome dessert!

Summer Ice Cubes

 Image credit: The Culinary Tribune

Whether your cooling of with a big glass of ice water or enjoying a cold lemonade, these Summer Ice Cubes from Reiko at The Culinary Tribune will make it taste better. Why? Because they’re gorgeous!

Apricot Turnovers

 Image credit: The View From Great Island

Remember that pastry weakness of mine? Here it is again with Apricot Turnovers from Sue at The View From Great Island. I can see breakfast, lunch, dinner or a midnight snack! How about you?

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Florida Sea Shells

When I was flying back and forth from Los Angeles to Miami, I’d take time to walk along the beach to collect Florida sea shells for Cathi. She was home in California where, at the time, it was cold and rainy. She keeps the shells in the ensuite by her bath where she can see them each and everyday.

Florida Sea Shells - Simple Sojourns

July, 2014 – iPhone 4S

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Tuesday Giveaway Linky

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Shabby Chic Backyard Wedding Party

A few years ago we attended the most adorable wedding reception. The son of very dear long time friends married the girl of his dreams. The shabby chic backyard wedding party theme was absolutely fabulous! 

Shabby Chic Wedding Reception Party - Simple Sojourns

Candles lit the way hanging in delightful jars as we walked up to the house.

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The hanging lights set the mood before we even signed the guest book.

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And the guest book! We signed classic little cards with our best marriage advice.

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The display was fitting for a shabby chic event!

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And for sending off the bride and groom at the end of the night there were sparklers!

Wedding Gift Cards - Simple Sojourns

A vintage suitcase held a collection of wedding cards.

Wedding Chalkboard Signs - Simple Sojourns

 How adorable are these chalkboard signs that told the story of the budding romance?

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Vintage frames with fresh flowers in a collection of different vases served as centerpieces on the burlap covered tables.

Shabby Chic Garland and Banners - Simple Sojourns

I was told the brides sisters made the adorable garland streamers.

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There were individual flatware pockets that included the napkin and a straw along with salt & pepper. Oh so cute!

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The beverage bar had several choices of fruity summer beverages. This is just a tiny taste of this fabulous wedding party! There was delicious food, a gorgeous cake, an ice cream bar, a photo booth and even a dance floor! 

All photos were taken with my iPhone 4S

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We Travel for Fulfillment

We wander for distraction, we travel for fulfillment – Hilaire Belloc

We Travel for Fulfillment - Simple Sojourns March 24, 2014 - Nikon D90 with 18-55mm Nikkor Lens

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Summertime on Pinterest

summertime

Summer for our family means ice cold drinks, frozen treats, road trips, picnics, backyard barbecues, camping and family reunions. That’s also summertime on Pinterest!

Blueberry and Orange Icy Pops

Image credit: Two Loves Studio

Nothing says summer like fruity frozen treats! Healthy natural ingredients are a must. I can’t wait to make these delightful Blueberry and Orange Icy Pops from Two Loves Studio.

Patriotic Confetti Launchers

 Image Credit: Piikea

How about a last-minute 4th of July activity for everyone? With just a few supplies you probably already have in your house you can make these fun & patriotic Confetti Launchers from Piikea. Change the wrappers and celebrate birthdays too!

Blue Jeans with White Tee

Image Credit: Polyvore

I love everything about this Favorite Jeans and a Tee. I’m a blue jeans gal at heart and prefer white tops to all others. It’s a perfect fit for me via Polyvore.

summer activity list

Image Credit: Real Simple 

We’re always looking for new things to do during the summer. We like to take advantage of the warm weather and time with family while the grands are out of school. Now is the perfect time to create memories with this Fun Summer Activities Checklist from Real Simple. I know our grandson (who is now 14-years old) will always remember camping in Yosemite National Park when he was just a little guy. Camping in Yosemite was a family tradition when his father was growing up!

Veggie Burgers with Pomegranate

 Image credit: Food & Wine

Summer means barbecues and hamburgers. So as a vegetarian, I’m always on the lookout for healthy protein filled burgers without meat. I’m over the top excited about the Veggie Burgers with Pomegranate Ketchup from Food & Wine magazine. I can’t go wrong with a delicious burger made with mushrooms, edamame, almonds and couscous!

World's Clearest Lake

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Do you have a bucket list? Mine is on Pinterest. I like having gorgeous images of what I’d like to do, see and accomplish in my life. Seeing Lake Nelson which holds the title of the world’s clearest lake is one reason why this lake in New Zealand is on my bucket list.

Watermelon Pops

 Image credit: Real Simple

Watermelon is a summertime treat. You’ll find it at nearly all of our family summer gatherings. How clever are these Watermelon Pops? Easy and fun for everyone to eat especially the littles!

Orange County Model Engineers

Image credit: Orange County Model Engineers

I had no idea the Orange County Model Engineers Club even existed. It’s a non-profit organization that operates a 7 1/2″ gauge railroad at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa, CA, on the third Saturday and following Sunday of each month. Times are from 10 am until 3:30 pm. Fun for the whole family and especially train buffs.

Secret Sanctuary Backyard Pool

Image credit: HGTV Gardens

I am absolutely over the moon for this gorgeous Secret Sanctuary backyard swimming pool. Secluded as if in a wooded wilderness, it’s one of 17 luxurious lap pools from HGTV Gardens. Just look for number 16!!

Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic, Herbs and Parmesan

 Image credit: Simply Recipes

Pasta. It’s an easy go-to meal at our house. And this Angel Hair Pasta with Garlic, Herbs and Parmesan from Simply Recipes has my mouth-watering!

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Easy DIY 4th of July Patriotic Candles

Today we have a quick tutorial for easy DIY 4th of July Patriotic Candles.

DIY 4th of July Candles - Simple Sojourns

In less than ten minutes you can have festive candles for your celebration table, mantle or anywhere else you want to spread the patriotic cheer!

DIY Patriotic Candles - Simple Sojourns

Supplies:

  • Two candles – I bought several boxes of red candles for less than $3.00 at an after Christmas sale
  • Twine – approximately 18 inches depending on the size of your candles
  • Scrapbook paper or wrapping paper of your choice

4th of July Candles - Simple Sojourns

Cut the paper 1 to 2 inches wide. The length needs to over-lap when wrapped around the candle.

Patriotic Candle - Simple Sojourns

Simply wrap the paper around the candle.

Making Patriotic Candles - Simple Sojourns

And wrap the twine over the paper three times. 

Easy 4th of July Candles - Simple Sojourns

Tie twine into a square knot and trim ends to desired length. That’s it!

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Cheers to a Happy 4th of July!!

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Disney Lollipop

It’s a rite of passage. Taking all day to lick your way through a Disney lollipop. It should be required of everyone during childhood. Don’t you think?

Disneyland Rite of Passage - Simple Sojourns

 March 7, 2011 – Panasonic DMC FP8

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