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ALL THINGS PEPPERMINT

I realized it’s been almost a month since my last post.  What can I say, we’ve been busy (more on that later).

When I first started this I know I said I don’t have favorites, that I can’t narrow down all the things I love to just one.  However, this is an exception.  My favorite is peppermint.  Peppermint what?  Peppermint anything and everything; soap, decor, flavoring, colors, scent, if it’s peppermint I LOVE IT!

These are a few I keep in stock or enjoy on a regular basis.  You definitely should try one or ALL of these!

While I love peppermint all year long, Christmas time is a great excuse to go CRAZY!  Check out some of the peppermint love around 8050.

Yes, I have a full tree dedicated to peppermint.  My friend Jennifer provided the inspiration for this when she bought me the enormous peppermint disk that tops the tree.  Thanks Jen!

Peppermint Stocking

A special holiday treat.  Unfortunately, I have to stock up at Christmas time because it’s a seasonal special.

My mom always seems to find the best smelling peppermint soaps.

And what would a gift be under the tree if it weren’t peppermint themed.

Indulge in a little peppermint this holiday season!



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Patchwork Memories

Why is it that a songwriter can sum up my feelings so perfectly with their lyrics.  
“Circumstances change, separation stays the same, I can’t wait ’til we’re together.”

“We built our sails to catch the wind . . .”

“Your life turns pages each and every day . . .”

“If you try you can take me with you, in your heart and memories . . .”
This holds true with a songwriter I’m very proud of,

Lane Davis.

I guess my relationship with Lane goes all the way back to, oh I don’t know, her birth!  Lane and I are cousins so I’ve never not known her (well except for the few years I was alive before she was born).  Anyway, she is EXTREMELYtalented!  And she has finally decided to share that talent with the world through her recently released album, Patchwork Memories.


The Lord has blessed us with a very tight knit family.  Family gatherings are a common occurrence in which we often beg her to sing.  There is often a silly song moment where she entertains my  nephews.  And if she’s playing at a local venue you better believe we’re there to cheer her on.  We’ve been lucky enough to enjoy her talent for the past several years and to watch her grow as a musician.  
Plus, B and I were honored to have her sing at our wedding.  

She came by a couple of weeks ago and I peppered her with questions so you could get to know her a little bit better.
What is your favorite song on the album?
No Sorrows.  It came together in a fun way in the studio and I have actually been singing the tune for years.  It has the exact feel of what I wanted and it’s fun to perform.

What song was the hardest to write?
Patchwork Memories.  It was not a personal experience making it difficult to write.  I was writing for a friend but I wanted everyone to identify with it.  

What’s the hardest thing about songwriting?
Being confident in your work knowing that someone else is going to hear it.  

What’s your favorite nail polish color?
OPI On Collins Avenue and Fall You Don’t Know Jacques
What book are you reading?
Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons

You have a new apartment that I know you’ve thoroughly enjoyed decorating.  What’s your favorite item in your house?
Other than my cat, Poppy, my Karastan Rug.  It’s so soft, plush and the perfect burnt persimmon color.

There are a few items every girl can’t leave the house without.  What is your item?
My Swiss Army tool.  My dad gave it to me and it has everything.  If it’s not in my purse, it’s in my pocket.  

So, what are you waiting for, buy the CD!  
Patchwork Memories is available at the Cunningham Hardware Cafe, Carlisle Weekly, and Davis Brothers Farms.  Or you can contact Brooke, Lane, or me.  
Check out lanedavismusic on Facebook for upcoming shows and events!
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Yes, I drink my coffee black.  However, I have a new discovery that has pulled me to the other side (at least for now).  And I must give credit to my mom for really making the discovery.
Oh how delicious!  You must try it.  I must share with you that B said it tasted like old woman suntan lotion.  What does that mean?

For me, it’s divine!  I just add a little bit to the bottom of my favorite coffee cup, fill the rest up with Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (another item to add to my love list), stir, and savor.

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While Monday’s cool weather may not be the official end to summer, in my mind fall is here!  And it happens to be my very favorite time of year. 
But . . . if you need one last taste of summer here’s your chance,
NO MACHINE REQUIRED ICE CREAM. 
 
Yes you read that right, no machine required.  How you ask?  Read on.
I once bought an ice cream machine for $5 at a yard sale and for some reason I thought it was a good deal.  While a lot of the things I buy at yard sales are good deals this one was not.  I was still in a very early stage of understanding how to make good, quality homemade ice cream.  Since then I have learned that the machine is the key ingredient.  And that key ingredient can cost around $100.  Much less than the best won’t turn out good, quality ice cream.  Needless to say my $5 ice cream machine is in some landfill and my homemade ice cream skills aren’t much better.  So when I discovered this recipe on Kevin & Amanda (a website I like to follow) I didn’t believe it myself. However, after testing a few combinations I must add this to my . . .
So, feeling pretty confident in my new discovery and my newly developed homemade ice cream skills I decided to share this with my bible study group (aka women in my sunday school class).  Brooke fixed cookies and cute bottles of milk for everyone while we worked. 
There are two necessary ingredients.  Yes,only two.  Can you believe that? 
1 – 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk
2 cups of heavy cream
So all you do is put the 2 cups of heavy cream in a mixer and whip until the cream forms stiff peaks.
Pour the sweetened condensed milk in a separate bowl.  You can add in a variety of other ingredients to “flavor” your ice cream.  Mix the other ingredients (chocolate chips, berries, crushed oreos, cookie dough, etc.) with the sweetened condensed milk.  Click here to see Amanda’s combinations. We made two combinations; Smores and Cinnamon Bun.   (See recipes at the end of this post.)
Once the cream has formed stiff peaks fold it into the sweetened condensed milk mixture.  Fold doesn’t mean stir it.  You want the cream to stay fluffy. 
Pour into a 2 quart container and freeze.  That’s it!  The recipe says it needs to freeze for around 6 hours but just until firm is sufficient. 
(one of my combos)
ENJOY! 
Thanks girls for a fun night!
Smores
2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
½ cup mini chocolate chips
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ cup marshmallow cream
Cinnamon Bun
2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
3 tbsp melted butter
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla
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Put Some Love in the World
Last night I was able to have a dear friend of mine and her family come over for supper.  I haven’t seen her in two years.  We’ve known one another since we were around 16 years old.  No matter the distance between us or the time between our visits or talks she will always be my dear friend.  To love on her two sweet girls and see what God is doing in her family was such an encouragement. 
So thankful for a visit from my friend EA.
I don’t think age limits friendship.
New friend, Vivi Mei
Young, sweet friendship
As I cherished my time with EA, I remembered a post I read on one of my favorite blogs.  Joy the Baker (love her) was promoting a giveaway (yes, yes I love blog giveaways and I
always enter but never seem to win) and she had a unique way for her readers to enter. Most of the time to enter a giveaway you simply comment to the post and say how much you love what they’re giving away.  She encouraged her readers to . . .
“let someone know that they inspire you, let someone know that you appreciate them, let someone know that you love them”
 . . . and then she asked that after they did that they post a comment about what they did.  I think she summed up her reasoning when she wrote,
“Put some love in the world.”
So after spending time with EA and reading Joy’s post, my mind started moving to all these people in my life that are my friends.  I reminisced back to a particularly difficult time in my life when a friend sent in the mail, snail mail that is, these lyrics framed.
“When the sun shines
We’ll shine together
Told you I’ll be here
FOREVER
Said I’ll always be your
FRIEND
Took an oath
I’m sticking it out to the end
Now that it’s raining more than ever
Know that we still have each other
You can stand under my
Umbrellla”
(Courtesy of Rihanna)
Also in the package was an umbrella.  To this day I still have those lyrics in my house.  I’m reminded every day that she loves me and is there for me.  And over the years I’ve been able to echo that message back to her. 
Friends push one another to finish.
I rememberd a time at work I thought I might go crazy when my phone rang.  The office was calling to tell me I had a delivery.  My sweet, precious friend had sent me flowers in a coffee mug with a huge smiley face on it. 
Tacky Mismatched Friends
So now that I’m married I’m getting to experience a whole new realm of friendship.  My friendship with B is something I cherish (probably not nearly as much as I should) and will never experience with anyone else. 
There’s nothing like the friendship in marriage.
So are you still with me?  My mind moves on a crazy path sometimes. 
In our Sunday school class we’ve been going through 1 Samuel.  The close friendship of Jonathan and David is such a beautiful picture.  Even when Jonathan dies David cares for his family. 
I could go on and on of stories and memories of my precious friends.  But you’re probably wondering by now so where are you going with all this?  All I really want to do is echo Joy and simply encourage you to cherish and love your friends.  But also to remind you to be a friend. 
So . . . today I add friendship to my  . . .

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