Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kate's Breakfast ~ The Giveaway Winner

dunkindonuts.com
 
 
The random winner of the

 WHAT'S FOR BREAKFAST GIVEAWAY

is . . .

KATE N.

'My favorite breakfast?  It depends, but in general I'd say oatmeal with cranberries and honey. :-)
Yeah, that or a delicious donut from our local donut shop.

Just happened across your blog from wearethatfamily.com. Nice place you have here. ;-)'


Enjoy your $10 gift card, Kate!  And welcome to Creekside! 
 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Summertime's 5 Best Lingering Joys



I don't want summer to end. 
 
Period.

This has been the best summertime ever. 
 
And here's why : :

 the pleasure
Parking lot bench, sidewalk cafe, backyard picnic table, water's edge?  Doesn't matter.  Even the simplest food tastes extraordinary when the breezes are blowing and the sun warms you somewhere deep within.  And watching an owl swoop in close at dusk while we nibbled dessert with friends?  It just doesn't get better than that. 

the victory
This summer's greatest shock?  Rolling out of bed more mornings than not, donning my sneakers, and heading out the door to walk a couple of miles.  This is a 1st.  Ever.  Wish I could say that I've lost 10 5 pounds ... but the reward has been simply knowing that I'm taking decent care of my body.  It makes me smile.

the serendipity
Launching into a rousing rendition of 'Home on the Range' with grandgirl #5 as she rides her Radio Flyer horse like a crazy woman, dressed in a flowing cape and a battered white-brimmed Easter hat perched on top of a Red Sox cap.  Crooning a '80's Top 40 song in perfect off-key harmony, at a moments notice, with my sister.  Singing an ancient hymn with my Dad as we clear the table ... and an unexpected gentle duet of 'Everyone needs compassion, the kindness of a Savior' with Mom near the close of another day.  These are memories that will stay close to my heart.  Forever. 

the relaxation
I'm on my 10th 11th book this summer.  If you want me, I'll be on the back porch with my feet up, quietly savoring yet another unfolding saga.

the fun
Life can be a never-ending frustration as we try to fit square pegs into round holes and find that, once again, things usually don't work like we want them to.  So am I the first grown woman to sit on the floor hunched over hundreds of minuscule plastic pieces ... only to discover that within 5 minutes she's become hopelessly hooked on a Lego Friends barn-building project?  That satisfying silent pop as the teensy parts fit together {and the sweet shared moments with grandgirl #2} were just sublime.

Go figure ...

What are your lingering summertime joys, my friend?

 
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Sunday, August 24, 2014

One Scarred Hand to the Other

 
'He has removed our sins as far from us

    as the east is from the west.'
Psalm 103
 
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Saturday, August 23, 2014

What's for Breakfast? ~ A Giveaway

Maybe about once a month or so, we sleep in on a Saturday morning.  Late.  Then roll out of bed and head out to the old white pickup for a bit of a leisurely run into town, six miles away.  We might stop at the post office, then head to the dump to drop off the trash.  A quick drop in at the library might be in order and then we tool up the road to the hardware store {no pun intended}, where there's always something that the man needs to help him fix / paint / build / construct one thing or another.
 
And then the highlight of our lazy hour of errands?  Breakfast at Dunkin' Donuts.  I'm a cheap date. What can I say?
 


 
And this, my friends, is my newly discovered favorite breakfast sandwich.  Actually, it's the best homemade-tasting fast food I've had in forever ... a Southern Style Chicken Biscuit. 
 
Can you say yum?
 
We don't have alot of Southern style anything here in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley.  And yes, yes, it's a bit heavy on the fat and calories, but if you're eating healthy most days, you'll be ok and you probably won't even need to eat again til suppertime.  I loved it so much that after I savored every tasty bite, I headed back up to the register and picked up a $10 gift card to share with one of our readers. 
 
'Cause if we live too far away to meet for brunch, this is the least I can do.
 
So ... What's your favorite breakfast?  Leave a comment on this post by Thursday, August 28th at 9 a.m. {eastern} and you'll be in the running for this little gift.  {Sorry, US only.}
 
I can't wait to hear what you're digging into in the a.m.!





 
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