The Little Things

In this all too unprediactable, at times disappointing life, it really is the little things that make the difference in a day.

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Like your building management hosting a #Kingofpops afternoon. Yay! Nothing like a yummy handmade gourmet popsicle to take the edge off of Hump Day! Thanks so much!! #eyeconsultantsofatlanta so glad to be a part!

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and I feel certain there must be an organ or two in there as well…

 

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I snapped this shot of a single thread web strung between hydrangea branches as we headed out the front door.

And this character scurried across the windshield when we pulled out of the driveway…

 

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Obviously making a fast getaway. I thought I caught a menacing glare as I took this photo. I hear there was an untimely accident involving windshield wipers and water….

The first photo and the next were taken using my nifty new little “cheap trick” gadget. I had seen this set of lenses for the cell phone before but always walked on by. I mean, cheap means cheap; and I have wasted more bucks on ‘almost real’ items before. This time I said, “Go for it,”and did. At $10.99 I thought it was worth the risk.

The set includes a macro lens, a wide angle lens and a fish eye lens. So far I love what the macro lens brings to the table. I already get really nice macro shots with my iphone, but this lens gives greater detail to those tiny bits and pieces. The wide angle lens is cool for selfies as it pushes the image back, allowing for a more natural look and more subjects to be included. The fish eye lens is, well, a fish eye. And there’s even a nifty little lint-magnet bag to carry them in! 😀

What do you think?

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The Crape Myrtle blossom was lying on the hood of my vehicle.

Cool beans, huh?

What?…Where were we going? Well, one day I will share my recent ideas regarding the death of customer service in America; but let’s just say we tried a new burger venue that sent me a free birthday burger coupon. 🙄 Big mistake.

We ended up going to my very favorite burger IN the universe-#Wahlburgers. Always consistent, always fresh, friendly service-at the bar-and my tummy is always grateful. That’s #Wahlburgers boys and girls, in #thebattery in #Atlanta. You guys rock!

 

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The entire menu looks great, but I have yet to branch out
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I could dive right into this Spiked Cherry Coke!
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Always perfection. The bacon and cheese…my tongue tingles just thinking about it.

I can think of no better way to start this #Free48 than with this meal and Linda Hill’s #SoCS promt, ORGAN.

I sure hope yours is filled with simple pleasures…

like an airshow. Be sure to check out Dan’s recent adventure at an air show.

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Practically/#Thursday Doors

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A practical door, practically a door! Another little wonder in the wonderland of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

I can’t believe I missed this the first time we went to the gardens. I wonder if they are retired soldiers….

Thursday Doors is a prompt brought to us by Norm Frampton. 

Visiting his blog and clicking on the blue frog will take you to other great doors posts!

I’m Late!

I’m late, I’m late….

 

I promised I would post the result of my hush puppy trial yesterday but never got around to it. I must apologize but it was with good reason. I was having fun!

We were fortunate to be able to get out during a reprieve from our recent rains to make a return trip to the Botanical Garden and found a new spot that we totally missed on our first trip. We found a couple of new friends there!

 

 

More on that later….on to the hush puppies.

I actually like this recipe more than most others I have tried because it gives more of a light, cornbread texture-and they are good cold as well! The inside is light and fluffy while the outside maintains a nice crispy texture.  They were perfect with the breaded shrimp we had alongside.  Time was short so we opted for a prepared shrimp that only needed cooking.  Next time, the real deal.  Honestly, I avoid frying anything very often so this was a special occasion.  When I do fry it is normally only pan frying in a small amount of oil.  This requires the full monty, however, and so we did.

 

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Hush puppies cooling their jets..
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These breaded shrimp came from the grocery freezer..not like homemade but sufficient
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Nice platter yes?
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Crispy outside, light inside. Perfect with butter!

 

We made a significant dent in this platter.  My plate was clean!

 

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Who would think there was room for dessert? Well, how could we resist fresh, juicy mango with whipped cream?

 

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Yeah….we had to wait a few minutes before tackling the mess in the kitchen. 😂

 

Would I change the recipe in any way?  For me, the white cornmeal is a bit too fine so I would try to find a self rising yellow or make my own.  I might even substitute some yellow corn flour in place of the whole purpose flour in the recipe.  I added cayenne or perhaps you might like fresh jalapeño.  The green onions were great and I added some well drained diced red pimiento, or you could use finely chopped fresh sweet pepper.  It’s your cornbread, after all! The buttermilk definitely made the texture perfect for me.  I hope you guys let me know how yours turn out.  In case you missed my last post, with the recipe, you can find it here.

Meanwhile….back in the garden….

 

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Doesn’t he look just tickled? Exactly how I feel when I am there! Sans frogs in hand….

 

Maybe he’s thinking frog legs with hush puppies….🙊

 

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Savoring the moments….

 

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“We have to stop meeting like this,” I whispered.  He said he would be there waiting until next time.

I promise to share more of our #Free48 later on.  I hope yours is unfolding splendidly!

Come Away With Me…

I’m not sure about you, but I could use a nice walk outside today in the sunshine.  Since that isn’t likely for many of us during the rains and storms, I thought I would share a bit more from the Garden of Delights.  The Atlanta Botanical Garden is an amazing place. Enjoy a walk with me and a view from the top of the hump day hill.  It’s quite nice up here! 🙂

 

 

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Until next time…..

This post brought to you by #1LinerWednesday. Stop on over to Linda Hill’s place for more great posts and the rules for this little midweek bit of fun.

 

Hidden

Once upon a time…..

 

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In the middle of a noisy, bustling and crowded metropolis, lay a hidden kingdom.  Behind the gates and beyond the woods, in the shadows of the stone garden, a princess was locked into dreamless sleep under the watchful eyes of a fiercely magnificent dragon…..

 

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The megalopolis known as Atlanta
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The dragon towers over….
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the still, sleeping princess
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Ever watchful
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he is magnificently terrifying.

 

Meanwhile, beneath the glare of the midday sun, Poseidon’s daughter sun’s herself in the cool fountain waters as she gazes wistfully into the mists of sweet memory-the ocean and freedom.

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Her comfort in the pool where she waits…

 

Yet her beauty is rivaled by the rising Phoenix, spreading its glorious wings in welcome of the admirers awaiting a small miracle from the kingdom’s most beloved creature.  Beneath its gaze lies the tavern of sustenance and indulgent delights.

 

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The rising Phoenix
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Very decent food in the LongLeaf restaurant
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Hot rolls and cool beverages, both wonderful

 

Weary travelers make their way to this oasis constantly….

 

 

Venturing deeper into the lush gardens, there appears from mists of the past, a great and treasured beast…..

 

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She whispered of the miracle within the heart of her world.  After traversing winding trails over bridges and and rails, we found the goddess who protects and showers the kingdom with loving tender care.

 

 

She cares for its many living wonders with gentle adoration and appreciation….

 

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Behold!  The Green Emperor! Master of the Orchid House.

 

 

Beyond the Orchid House lay the tropical rain forest, filled with lush mystery….

 

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And lo and behold there he was…..my prince!

 

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Well…..he had potential.  As he serenaded me I thought to give him a quick kiss!  Alas….

 

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This was as good as it got.  So we put our heads together and decided our worlds were too different…..

The Zen garden was lovely as well. I made a couple of new friends there too.

 

 

And then there was the magic of glass sculpture…oh my!!

 

 

Alas it was time to leave the kingdom but we made a map so that we could return again….and again. Weary, but satisfied, we left the magic and wonder with tired feet and full spirits.

If you are ever in Atlanta, take a detour from the hustle and bustle and visit the magical kingdom….

 

 

Doors to Imagination

I thoroughly love spending time near the Atlanta BeltLine, so was not disappointed when last week’s work event was held near one of the best areas of it. It was the finale to a vision fundraiser ending with a walk on the BeltLine. I had planned ahead because I had a special little gift for someone who lives there, though we have never met.

Oh! And I did make some new friends! 😀

 

Oh…what? Yes! My tiny friend and my little gift. I adore the #tinydoors folks and made a special gift to leave for them at my favorite door.

 

And here is one other for you. This one is so unreachable I have no idea how any one but a real faerie could have put it there!

 

 

We had a nice walk down the BeltLine where local artists share a myriad of eclectic designs and grafitti. Hubby spotted this one and we had to get a closer look…

 

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Eeeek!! We need to close that door! Pronto! 😱

What better way to cool off than with a tasty fresh made popsicle from Atlanta’s own #Kingofpops  and if you want an adult version, they make them in their shops. Such imagination and yumminess all in one.  For our event I chose an Orange Cream Pop.

 

 

This is our group photo. It was a gorgeous day.

 

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PS….

This is for a very devoted Doors Poster. Visit Dan’s blog for some amazing doors!

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This post brought to you by our King of Doors Norm Frampton.