The Old Mesilla Pastry Cafe (The SHED)

The Old Mesilla Pastry Cafe (The SHED)

Alright, I’m a sucker for fat. Yep, I get the occasional sweet tooth, salty/crunchy, but when I’m really craving something I crave FAT. YUM. Fry it up or cheese and butter and I get a little giddy.

One of my favorite “treat” dishes is Eggs Benedict with Green Chile Hollandaise sauce and artichokes from The Shed in Las Cruces, NM. Also known as the Old Mesilla Pastry Café.

Sorry for ruining the picture, you can hardly tell what’s under all the pepper….yes I too am I pepper girl. I’m the worst picture blogger possible. But the flavor of the dish is so wonderful. The eggs are gooey in the best of ways and the hollandaise sauce is delightful. I took the girls for a breakfast treat. They ate a plate size pancake and couldn’t have been happier.

I’m already craving this again and can’t wait for the YUM moment when the flavors do a dance in my mouth. Preferably the tango? At least that’s where my imagination takes it! 😉

Any other suggestions on Eggs Benedict or how y’all prefer it? Anyone?

Be kind and have a Tasty Tuesday!

The longer I li…

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, or a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with YOU, WE are in charge of our attitudes.
—-Chuck Swindol

For those with eyes to see and ears to hear…..

This is one of those quotes that needs to be placed everywhere so that we all see it. SO it reminds you that you are ultimately in charge of your outcome. Life does indeed happen. I have taken on the ‘NEW” attitude since I got back from Charleston, which I’ve always known but was probably too OC, too afraid to implement the concept. Finally, it hits me. LIFE is going to happen and I can either be afraid/OC/angry/disappointed, or I can find the joy/love/and faith in knowing that I WILL handle ANYTHING that comes my way.

Such a relief! I’ve got to tell you so far just with my children it’s made all the difference in the world. With my husband, with business adventures…it’s helping and it’s making a huge difference. Life is still happening all around but with my new way of dealing with it, man does it make life so much sweeter.

It’s all going to happen either way right? Make the choice 🙂

Happy Monday Everyone!

Churches on Every Corner

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Coming to end of sharing Charleston. If you haven’t felt the idea of how wonderful, charming, awesome, and beautiful this little City is…well, shoot. Go see for yourself! 🙂

Charleston is also known as the “Holy City” because there are churches on almost every corner. There was and still is much reverence for the churches. One of the main churches was tilted a little after an Earthquake in 1896. The law requires and still does that nothing be built over the steeple. The skyline was to remained to be seen so that these churches could be.
I never knew when most Churches have the graveyards, that the ones built on one side of the street are for the people that lived in Charleston. The other side were for the ones that did not. Interesting, I would guess this applies in most City’s?

The white Church is the Church that George Washington and Polk attended often. They have it down to which pew.

All of these Churches lined throughout Downtown and even the ones I saw on the outskirts are SOO beautiful and charming.

Beautiful and Charming….those will be my final worlds to

FOOOOD IN CHARLESTON

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WOW. When my husband and I agreed to take this trip I have to admit a big pull was the fact we would eat East Coast seafood. I don’t know why there is a difference with the East Vs. West Coast but there is. We were oh so excited to eat ourselves around Charleston. We did that part brilliantly. There were two restaurants that I really enjoyed. Great atmosphere, friendly folks, and awesome food. HYMAN’s and FLEETLANDING.

When I went to use the restroom at Hyman’s, on the back of their stall door was a quote that says life is all about attitude. “10% of life is what happens to us, 90% is how we CHOOSE to react”. Boy did that hit a home run already in my mind. Then when I went to wash my hands they had a scrub that you could sample. I was a pretty happy girl and I hadn’t even tried the food!!
The Hubby and I decided to share a combination plate of 5 different samples. Fried oysters, shrimp, Crap Cakes, Deviled Crab, and Shrimp Carolina. A side of collard greens, coleslaw and hushpuppies were also served. Now, we went basically the fried/fat way so I’m sure/know there are other choices if you choose. My favorite had to be the shrimp and shrimp Carolina. Where we live, the shrimp is shrunk to almost nothing and a tad on the rubbery side. Oh man, was I in for a treat. Plump, juicy, flavorful shrimp was so different I was in a daze. NOW my favorite, well one of my favorites. The shrimp Carolina….WOW, WOW, WOW….shrimp topped with an almost alfredo type sauce served on top of grits. I had no clue I’d love it so much. I practically stabbed my lunch partner anytime he wanted a sample of his own. THEN, my other favorite were the hushpuppies. Gee Louise, these hushpuppies might as well have been doughnuts, so wonderfully fried and flavorful…..ahh, my mouth is watering just thinking of it. If you haven’t got the gist, the food is great. The owners also came by to visit and he treated us to an appetizer (Fried Green Tomatoes) I’m already missing and wanting to create my own.

FLEETLANDING….sits right on the shore. A waterside view obviously with outside seating. It was a great place that the locals all seemed to hang. The food was fabulous. There I had a side salad and hushpuppies stuffed with lobster with a sauce. Yeeeeah, it was awesome. Travis had a Oyster (he’s crazy about em’) Po’Boy and even that was tasty! Again, I can’t express how good the seafood is. Now people from there may think I chose the worst places but until they live in a place where seafood is basically non-existent they’ll have to keep the shock to themselves.

This is also the land of Sweet Tea, I obviously don’t drink it but I loved their own tea that’s from the tea plantations there so I can only imagine how delicious the sweet tea would be. Fried Green Tomatoes (YUM) galore, Ice cream, chocolate shops, fried food ,baked food, jambalaya, grits, collard greens….I really was in heaven. We thankfully walked, biked, and ran the whole time we were there-that helped us eat even MORE food ;).

I also have this “thing”, I have to order a slice of Pizza wherever we go, because….who knows minus the fact I love pizza. Now, New York ruined the idea of what I thought was “good” pizza from home, but I still have to give all places a pizza shot. So, I got a slice for Andolini’s and it was wonderful. Just the way I like, a HUGE slice, packed full of flavor and toppings. Delicious….it can definitely hang with the boys in New York!
Happy Thursday! 🙂
Be Kind

QUOTE FROM HYMANS
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, or a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me, and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you, we are in charge of our attitudes.

More On Charleston

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These pictures are of various homes that I just fell in love with and also some with History involved. The first house was one of the Judges home and still remains through the family. What an expense for these families to maintain and meet the upkeep for these gorgeous houses. Think about it, homes from 300+ years ago that have undergone construction with the ages. Most houses get a reward when they have been renovated, this reward offers them a pretty hefty tax break. Some of these houses however have 100K in property taxes a year alone! YIPES!

Then you have the Heyward-Washington house. Famous for George Washington staying a week, but also Heyward was one of the men that signed the Declaration of Independence. I learned all sorts of little tid-bits. The term sleep tight? That came from when they would cross ropes forming an X on the bedposts to hold the mattresses up since box springs and boards weren’t thought of yet. They obviously sagged down from the weight and the maid/servant would come in and tie the rope tighter on the bed post–hence “sleep tight”.

In these houses they also ate a fair breakfast, and then a true dinner feast at around 2. This meal would usually last 3 hours. ARE YOU KIDDING? MOST people have scarfed down there food and hardly grunted within 10 minutes. This of course was their time to discuss their day, all the gossip, politics and or everything else that was happening. I don’t know about lasting 3 hours but a nice long meal with plenty of conversation sounds pretty good.

Then another gorgeous home that is now the Two Meeting Inn. This house was a gift from a father to his daughter who was going to marry. On her wedding day he left her a note that basically said I love you and here, you may build a house for 70K. Amazing what that got her. Then of course, the grooms parents were a little upset by this and countered with sending the newlyweds on a two year honeymoon and having the freedom to purchase their furniture from wherever they please and have it sent to the house. Not a bad deal eh?

Another home…The Calhoun Mansion. Currently occupied by what I would say an ecliptic man. He moved in with 7 trailers of “stuff” and it will take him about 9-10 trailers they say for him to move out. His collection was mainly on the Oriental side but there was definetly other things. If you’re a minimalist like me, it was called the “Oh my God” house, which even the tour guide referred to. A LOT of stuff. Interesting little history however, built by a very prominent-wealthy man who everyone despised because apparently his people skills weren’t as successful as his business skills. The original tile in the forum from 1853 is still in place and beautiful. The home was in 3 movies…Scarlet and the one and only Notebook. I forget the other because when he said the Notebook my head automatically went to Ryan Gosling. Anyway, it’s the Calhoun Mansion that they run up the stairs etc. when going into her house. Trust me, the only thing showing in the movie were the rugs and chandelier…. Anyway, back to old stuff. So, the family had to move out…I forget why and then it was taken over by the Navy, who basically tore it up. After that, some Hippies moved in and took over. Then finally, it was bought by the very different man with his very different antiques. All in all the house withstood, the Navy butchering it, and the hippies painting the walls orange. It’s a house to see just from the “Oh my God” effect. Plus, you help the owner get a tax break! 😉

There are oh so many gorgeous houses on the Battery and South Battery. These are the older, more expensive, and most to keep up with but BOY are they mouth watering. Most of the homes have a plague outside on their wall telling about the history of the home. Rainbow Row is nice and was built when the economy was rising again back in the day. Charleston was a very wealthy City at the time and I would say still is.

Hope y’all are enjoying a little bit of History this week! 🙂
Be Kind

Charleston, South Carolina–RESTORATION ON KING

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I can finally get to our trip! What an awesome experience, journey, sights, culture, food, and people. I fell deeply in love, it’s true. It was really love at first sight. I felt wonderful there and at home. I can chalk it up to the whole experience, everything we did, where we visited and even where we stayed.

Where we stayed….gee where to begin. The Restoration on King was remodeled a few years ago, I was told it was an old condo and I was also told it was an old house. Either way, the newly remodeled puts the “high” in class. It was wonderfully operated with great concern for their guests. Whatever you needed the front desk did everything to accommodate, from renting bikes to calling for a cab-just let them know. We received our fresh made breakfast in beautiful baskets right at our door. At each night, our beds were turned down, a lamp on welcoming our arrival, with chocolate (uh huh), chocolate almonds by our pillows.

The hotel “rooms” were the size of a one bedroom apartment. We had our own living area, kitchen/eating area, and the bedroom and bathroom. Have I mentioned it was wonderful?

Decorated artsy yet classy just the way I like. It had all the amenities we could ask for and everything provided to make sure you had mostly what you would at home. There was a wine and cheese social around 2 with cookies and milk to follow later in the evening.

There was an eating/gathering area up on the roof with a wonderful view. Access to a fitness facility just right down the road. This I appreciated but I was more than willing to just run around the city, because let’s face it I can stare at a wall on a treadmill at home! The fitness gym provided however was an excellent amenity.

This hotel is located downtown a perfect location for sight seeing, restaurants, the shore, and historical houses. I can’t give this hotel enough stars!

Enjoy your Monday! 🙂

Wild at heart

As I sit in the Charleston airport (perfect-easy size), I sulk a little. My husband has been anxious to get home from the moment we got here, and me? I’m dragging my feet to get back. I miss my girls deeply and look forward to their chubby arms wrapping tight around my neck in fact I may yearn for it. BUT I’ve enjoyed every bit of my vacation- which I will touch much more on when I have access to a computer.

II have learned I’m still so wild at heart, a gypsy soul, or as a kindred spirit told me an atomist. Whichever it may be its almost like a Jekyll/Hyde complex. I am a perfect 50s housewife but I am also a free spirit which most don’t consider about me because I’m so OC or manage business and finances so well.

As my husband says if it weren’t for him and the girls who knows how many random jobs I’d have or where I’d be. He is still amazed that when we met and I was Australia bound that I stopped gave him a shot. Must be my 50s housewife side because when I love it’s all the way and so loyal you should never have a doubt.

My free spirit side aches today because I’ll miss the ocean smell and breeze wrapping itself around me, dolphins sunbathing, eating my way through Charleston, the kind people and the clean city. However, I’m glad I got to feel that wild at heart side that I love so much.

Honor all the sides of yourself that you may have- they make you. Whether they are different, hard, or disagreed with people. Lord knows mine usually are. Thank you Charleston and all the kind beautiful people in it. What an awesome City you live in.