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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Simple pleasures, and I challenged myself to be a copy cat!

Today, I am going to make my coffee talk series, short and sweet!
Today, as I was driving home from Aldi's eating a candy bar, I was so happy and almost felt a feeling of relaxation, no NOT almost,
I did feel relaxed.
 Can you believe, I have these pretty corner windows in my kitchen, and never once do I lift the blinds and have ever put pretty little window vases with flowers in them? Now that is a simple pleasure, I have been missing out on.
I bought these cute little vases from Dollar tree last year.

If you have never had Aldi's chocolate I really do recommend it.
(Thanks Mom) Now so far I have tried around 5 different candy bars...NOT in one day of course, but they are all good.  The milk chocolate one with almonds in it, is addicting, and you can't stop at one piece..don't say I did not warn you!
 (these are the windows I am speaking of...Man does it look nice with the blinds up! No rocket science to figure that out, but apparently, I never thought of it!

 Aldi's chocolate is  the very best chocolate I ever ate in my life...that is a pretty good claim, and again, I am not getting paid to say these things.
Now you want to know my challenge...OK well on the back of Country Woman magazine was a fabulous photos of flowers and tea...the gals and I admired it so.  Today, I thought, I am going to try to copy that...I have so many fresh flowers around my house today, why not?
Not too bad for my first time trying to copy...I do have some tweaking and learning to do. In fact I learned a few new tricks yesterday I can't wait to try sometime.
Well anyhow, got to thinking about simple pleasures... and that is truly one of mine...
Fresh flowers and chocolate:)
 What is your simple pleasure? 
Keep it clean please this is a kid friendly show! (JK, JK)



Blogger Melissa Miller said...

Great photos Debbie! The tea cup is beautiful. I must stay away from chocolate right now though...:)

April 27, 2011 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Allyson Pecilunas said...

Looks great, Debbie!! You did an awesome job copying it! I love chocolate and candy I have been eating it like crazy! UGH starting a diet on Monday.

April 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

Well if I MUST keep it clean are so funny Debbie:) I think lighting candles is one of my simple pleasures. Once in a while, in the very early morning, I light all my candles, put on the funky music station Soundscapes and sit and drink my coffee...aahhhhh, so relaxing:)

April 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I think you did and awesome job at coping Deb!! Boy could I go for a piece of chocolate now (LOL)!! I love chocolate and coffee together it might sound nuts but it is goooood! Martina

April 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My guilty pleasure is Victoria magazine, cup of hazelnut creamed coffe and a snickers bar,,love the flowers with tea cup,, funny because right now on my table is a vase of tulips and my tea cup from this afternon,, ,mmmmm,, maybe I should take a photo of it,, thanks again,, and beautiful photos,,(another co-inky-dink,,) my husband is eating choclate covered almonds as I write this,, they're his guilty pleasure,,

April 27, 2011 at 2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie,you did good gurl!Your photography is "PRO".
Looks like you had lots of fun,thats what it's all about.
Love the saying on The Country Woman magazine:sweet blend tea compared too our Mothers,sweet but strong.
And don't even get me started about chocolate(I just can't help myself)my all time favorite in the world,OH!...but I do love me some fresh flowers also,come over to Loblolly and see my fresh cut roses from my yard.
Lazy on Loblolly

April 27, 2011 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

Beautiful job copying the composition! I think drinking coffee at Barnes & Noble with a big pile of decor mags is one of my simple pleasures. And if one of those Godiva bars finds it's way to my table, all the better. Great topic! Thanks for sharing.

April 27, 2011 at 2:51 PM  
Blogger Ms. Bake-it said...

You did a fabulous job being a copy cat Debbie! Your photography skills have changed so much since you began blogging!

I have many simple pleasures but here are just a few of my simple pleasures are cuddling with my grandson; cuddling with my furbabies; walking on the beach; and sitting on my patio in the very early morning with a cup of tea and listening to the birds singing.


April 27, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger Debbiedoos said...

Love all these simple pleasures! I can go on and on too...I love coffee, and I love cuddling on the couch with Lucy, oh and Mike too!!~ Like I said so many simple ones to rant about!

April 27, 2011 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

First, that pic is gorgeous(your copycat), you nailed it!!! And OH! Chocolate and almonds, my fave!!!!! (Not my butt's fave, but my fave, lol!) I love the blinds up with the vases, super pretty:) You nailed it for me, chocolate, flowers, outdoors, it's all so happy and peaceful:)

April 27, 2011 at 3:35 PM  
Blogger Donnie said...

I have to agree that a great cup of tea or coffee and chocolate is right up there with some of my finest moments...well, not at the top but

April 27, 2011 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Marianne said...

Great copying job for my simple pleasures, I do have a few of them. I just love sitting out on my porch, with a glass of wine,watching life go by. Driving my car on country back roads with the windows open and the music blasting, and just just being home with my family.
Marianne :)

April 27, 2011 at 4:07 PM  
Blogger Glenda/MidSouth said...

You did good!
After reading this post I now want chocolate and none in the house. :(

April 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM  
Blogger Kathy@ Gone North said...

I think you did better than the original.. + you added the chocolate.... AND How did I miss those vases at DT?? Very, very cute.
My old boss hooked me on to Aldi's choc... the best.

April 27, 2011 at 4:39 PM  
Blogger Jemsmom said...

Your copy is dead on! I don't know what you need to tweak! Is the chocolate an Aldi's brand or is it Rittersport? I love Aldi's and love that you have to pay a quarter for your cart! I need to send you some Milka. It is the BEST chocolate in the world!!! The one filled with strawberry cream is to die for! That is a simple pleasure for me! My simple pleasures are just quiet times to enjoy Tom and Jemma!

April 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Great photo...your photos are getting more amazing every day!!!
Have a beautiful day...
Now I want a candy bar :)

April 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Doing a great set of Nails... Cause I know I'm good at it...


April 27, 2011 at 6:02 PM  
Blogger Donna said...

With your gorgeous backyard I wouldn't have blinds at all! Nice touch.

April 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

I'd have to say that flowers and chocolates are my favorite things too, well except grands..that would have to be it! It looks like those pictures came out of a Martha Stewart magazine, great job

April 27, 2011 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most most loverly, Debbie Dear! You copy catted beautifully!
Oh, I love me some chocolate!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

April 27, 2011 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Pam Kessler said...

Your photo looks very close to the inspiration one! I like your vases on the windowsill photo also. Very pretty!

April 27, 2011 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

My simple pleasure is chocolate. I don't really like any other sweet things, just milk chocolate. Now my favorite is Cadbury cream eggs so this time of year I am having a simple pleasure just about everyday. I usually give up chocolate for lent, which is not easy, and spend the next several weeks eating one a day after Easter. I only eat one...but I try to make it last at least 10 minutes.

April 27, 2011 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

I adore your new window makeover...those brilliant blue vases are so pretty!

Um, Aldi?!?! Huge fan...right here! It is were hubs and I do most of our shopping (including chocolate...which is DELISH!)

Glad I found your blog today...we are Aldi soul sisters for sure :)

xx Cat brideblu

April 27, 2011 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Chocolate and flowers sound good to me! Maybe that's why men always buy chocolate and flowers for gifts (or maybe it's because they are not very creative)!
I thought your photos were gorgeous and you did a great job copying the magazine photo.

April 27, 2011 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Dear Sweet Home said...

Please don't even talk about chocolate...haha! I have eaten more Easter candy this week than my kids:( I will have to walk again tonight just to break even! haha! Your "copy" is darling!

April 27, 2011 at 6:54 PM  
Blogger Alison @ The Polohouse said...

You are so clever!
I love that your recreated the vignette using your own pieces and I think your version is even better.

I adore chocolate. I don't think we have the Aldi brand around here.

One of my favorite napkin sayings is:

"Everytime I say that dirty word 'exercise' I have to wash my mouth out with chocolate."


Great post, Debbie!

April 27, 2011 at 7:35 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Flowers always fill my heart with pleasure!

April 27, 2011 at 7:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great photo! You captured the feeling exactly.

The blue vases look great in that window! What a cheery view to enjoy while washing dishes.


April 27, 2011 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger Dragonfliez Made said...

Debbie that is a great picture! Aldi's chocolate is actually that good!Yumm.. melt in your mouth.

Simple pleasures for me is pretty flowers, wild preferably.

April 27, 2011 at 9:03 PM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What beautiful photos, Debbie. You did good. My simple pleasure is about to take place. Going out and smelling the honeysuckle as it blows in the wind. It is in full bloom and I can't wait to get a whiff.

April 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

The blue vases are lovely with the sun coming through the window. Also love your photo tricks, you'll have to tell your secret. I see you are talking about the Aldi chocolate. Now I'm craving some. LOL!

April 27, 2011 at 9:12 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

I LOVE fresh flowers in my house and all of these are beautiful! The vases are very nice too. I'm not a candy person...can you believe that? I never even think of eating it. Just wish that I felt the same about cookies, pie, cake, etc. Those are my downfall.

I think I have a lot of simple pleasures since I retired. One thing I love is to have my coffee in bed in the mornings and watch TV ~ something I've recorded when I didn't have time to sit and watch. If my Forrester sleeps in, I can do this easily. On the weekends, I read the paper instead of having the TV on. Quiet time...

Hope you're resting from your big day!

April 27, 2011 at 9:24 PM  
Blogger Bonnie@ The Hopeless Romantic said...

Debbie, u are the most origional "copycat" i know, lol. It all looks great! Simple pleasures, ive learned to savor them, watching Nate hit one over the fence..........

April 27, 2011 at 9:28 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

I think your pictures are great!! My simple pleasures, vanilla coffee cream, and coke zero


April 27, 2011 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

1st I do love me some Aldis
2nd The photo is ah-mazzzzzing!!! :)

April 27, 2011 at 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope you don't mind I'm a copy cat too!May I say I'm in good company,,,

April 27, 2011 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Fabulous photos Debbie!!!!
Oh i love all the binds, curtains up on all windows!! This looks great!
Don't get me started on chocolate..that damn Easter bunny brought to much to our house!!!
My simple pleasure today was enjoying the new issue of Romantic HOmes..oh it was heaven !

April 27, 2011 at 9:59 PM  
Blogger Designs on 47th Street said...

You sure have a way with photography as well as decorating. Beautiful details of simple things. Oh great ~~ more chocolate suggestions!
Come see me sometime, I've missed you!

April 27, 2011 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Debbie at least it looks like you have sunshine at your place. love the flowers in the window


April 27, 2011 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Lovely photos, Debbie! My simple pleasure...I love to grind coffee (it's a simple pleasure just smelling it), brew up a fresh pot of coffee and make myself a big my happy place!

April 27, 2011 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

Great photos, Debbie- I don't know how you stood to work with the blinds closed all this time. Man..I open every shade in the place the minute I get up...of course you are much brighter and hotter there, aren't you? Never mind I think I just answered my own question. I will NOT be trying any of those chocolates because we all know that the fatter I get the skinnier YOU look! Nice try! xxoo Diana

April 27, 2011 at 11:06 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Simple pleasures? The glass of wine that I am sipping as I enjoy your post. Listening to the steady tap of rain on the roof, and being thankful that, so far at least, the tornadoes that have encircled my neck of the woods have steered clear of my home. Knowing that the 20 years that I have invested in my daughter have resulted in an amazing young woman.

And, oh yeah, taking pictures that somehow turned out far better than I could have imagined! :)

April 27, 2011 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger Randi said...

(Shhh...I'll whisper because I don't want to irritate the fine folks at Country Woman, but I think your photo is prettier...)

April 28, 2011 at 1:56 AM  
Blogger cheeky rose said...

I love those blue vases, they would give me on told pleasure if they were on my window sill.

April 28, 2011 at 5:47 AM  
Blogger 1 Funky Woman said...

I think you did a fab job my dear! And you seriously hadn't opened your blinds, that does not seem like happy, cheery, bubbly you! Glad you did now!

Aldi chocolate is yummy, but can't have any now. I just joined Weight Watchers a couple of weeks ago and am 10 lbs down! Maybe someday I can eat a heavenly piece of chocolate again!


April 28, 2011 at 9:34 AM  
Blogger Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Debbie, you are too funny! Love the blinds drawn! In fact I'd probably remove them and just keep a simple window treatment. Love the vases in the windows!

I think you did a great job copying the magazine! Did you know if you drop a penny in the vase your tulips will stand back up!

Have a great day!

April 28, 2011 at 10:58 AM  
Blogger FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi Debbie, Flowers and chocolate, it doesn't get better than that does it?
My favorite simple pleasure is taking my sweet dog Lexi for a nice walk. All she wants to do is get her leash and go out and walk and it makes her sooo happy!

April 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger An Oasis in the Desert said...

I haven't seen Country Woman magazine, but I think your vignette is truly lovely. Your talk about simple pleasures reminds me of a book that I read several years ago (& have read at least 2 more times since then) titled "Simple Abundance" by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It was written to read a chapter each day for a year & follow through with some simple "tasks" to help us each realize how to appreciate the "simple pleasures" in life. It's really a lovely book.

April 28, 2011 at 3:29 PM  
Blogger linda said...

oh i thought i smelled CHOCOLATE over here i have 7 aldi bars in the freezer i love emmmmmm i love the pic so pretty love the window with the blinds up and the flowers.

April 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

You did a fantastic job being a copy cat...nice photos!

My Simple pleasure? Hmmmm, probably when my husband, 2 kids & I are all together cozily watching Jeopardy, (or the Yankee game) on tv. I just love having everyone contained together in one room!

April 28, 2011 at 10:06 PM  
Blogger Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

That was definitely worth copying. It looks so pretty and your pictures are so pretty too! The addition of the chocolates makes it even better.

May 1, 2011 at 12:16 AM  
Blogger Janna Renee said...

I call that being inspired!! You did beautifully!

May 4, 2011 at 11:58 PM  

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