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February 17, 2017

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You heard my recent trip to Amelia Island left little leisure time.  But, I did get to see 3 items of particular interest while I was there.  The first was the oldest lighthouse in Florida.  Granted, I saw it from a distance, but I DID see it!  I wish I had the opportunity to visit it, but tours were not offered on a daily basis and, even if I had the free time, the tour wasn’t available on the day I spotted the lighthouse from afar.

The 2nd item of interest was the oldest bar in Florida.  I can’t say I went inside, but I did see it!  I heard the Bloody Mary’s were quite a spectacle – adorned with a skewer that included a shrimp and a hush puppy!

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Lastly, and the most interesting to me, the third item of interest was the Pippi Longstocking house.   In 1988, the original Pippi story by children’s author Astrid Lindgren, was made into a movie, “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” which was filmed entirely on Amelia Island, Florida.

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Most of the movie was filmed on Centre Street, in the quaint historic downtown Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island’s only city.  The ice cream shop in the movie was actually the oldest saloon in Florida that I mentioned above!

Pippi bookThe setting of much of the book and the movie was in Pippi’s dilapidated fictional house, the ‘Villa Villekulla.’  Though in the movie the house looked unkempt, disheveled, and badly in need of a fresh coat of white paint, the present state of the movie house looked a little different.  You can see that the weathered white clapboards so prominently featured in the film are currently an olive green siding!

Even if you hadn’t been a Pippi fan, the 146 year old house was something to see – known for having a wider variety of gingerbread motifs, such as sunbursts, fish scales, clovers, brackets, globes, scallops, circles, diamonds, and Maltese crosses than any other in Fernandina Beach, according to a historic museum tour guide.

If you have an interest in the Amelia Island or in the book Pippi Longstocking, you may want to watch the 1988 film “The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking” described as a fantasy musical with a cast that included Eileen Brennan, Dick Van Patten and John Schuck.

Thanks for stopping by Friday field trip to Villa Villekulla!

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things…like reading a favorite children’s story!   Jackie xo

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february book giveaway!

January 31, 2017

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This month’s book giveaway selection is Sweeter off the Vine:  Fruit Desserts for Every Season by Yossy Arefi. 

I love cookbooks that organize recipes by the season!  And, this cozy collection fills that order by providing heirloom-quality recipes for sweet treats that truly cherish fruit; season by season.  Yossy Arefi’s recipes showcase what’s fresh and vibrant any time of year by enhancing the sweetness of fruits with bold flavors inspired by her heritage.

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Accompanied by gorgeous photography – a requirement for all cookbooks in my library – Sweeter off the Vine is a must-have for bakers of all abilities.

Enter to win this month’s selection by leaving a comment on this post, or on Instagram or Facebook.  A winner will be chosen at random at the end of the month.  Good luck!

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Congrats to Barb, the winner of last month’s giveaway selection The Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters (click here for more on the book).  I know you will enjoy trying all the delicious and healthful smoothie recipes in this collection Barb!

Instagram users, please read on for this month’s challenge!  In keeping with our ‘fruity’ theme, let’s share photos of fruit this month!  Whether it be a bright display in the grocery store or a creation from your kitchen; show us your fruit using hashtag #pleasuregram!

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Thank you for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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january book giveaway!

December 30, 2016

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My go-to eating strategy after the holidays is always to have a day or two of consuming strictly juices and/or smoothies.  This strategy always works to get me right back on the healthy eating track!

With this in mind, I decided to feature The Blender Girl Smoothies by Tess Masters as the January giveaway book selection.

This book is a wonderful collection of 100 recipes for (vegan) smoothies designed to fit every need and taste!  Each recipe features a beautiful photograph with suggestions for 3 optimal flavor boosters and nutritional add-ons.

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The Blender Girl Smoothies is a fabulous resource whenever you need to try a new flavor or healthful ingredient combination smoothie!

Even if you don’t use my post-holiday eating strategy, a delicious and healthful smoothie is a go-to in any eating plan!  Leave a comment on this post to be entered to win this great title!  A winner will be chosen at random at the end of January.

Congratulations to  Betsy, winner of last month’s giveaway – a 2017 calendar by Anna Rifle!  I know you will enjoy this lovely calendar!  (For more on the calendar, click here.)

Instagram users, please read on!  In the spirit of this month’s giveaway, let’s share our smoothies!  I would love to see your favorite flavor combinations!  Use #pleasuregram to share photos of your creations!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a safe weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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holiday reading

November 18, 2016

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It’s been a crazy week – next week will be even more hectic!  I barely had time to turn on the computer today, but you know I could never miss a Friday post!

So, for today, Friday field trip is a throwback from a couple of years ago.  I shared a DIY project that deserves repeating!  I thought I would remind you about the cool ‘book a day” idea so you can prepare to put one together for yourself before December starts!

Click here for the full DIY!

Have fun with it!

Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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november book giveaway!

November 1, 2016

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When something sparks my interest, I get caught up in exploring it.  Most recently, this is happening with salt.  I started investigating different types of salts, created a DIY salt cellar, and I have plans to visit a salt-themed restaurant.

The November book giveaway highlights this current interest of mine.  More specifically, the book is about using salt in desserts.  Sea Salt Sweet:  The Art of Using Salts for the Ultimate Dessert Experience  by Heather Baird demonstrates the tasty relationship between sweets and salt.   With the holiday season almost upon us, this selection is perfect for creating a delicious and unique dessert for your celebrations!

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More than just a recipe book, master baker, Heather Baird teaches how to use fine artisan salt to make mouthwatering desserts for any occasion.  Leave a comment to be entered to win this wonderful book.  A winner will be chosen at random from the comments received.

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Congratulations to Deborah, winner of The 52 Lists Project by Moorea Seal, last month’s giveaway selection.  Enjoy!  (Click here to read more about the book.)

Instagram users, please read on!  In keeping with the salt theme, let’s share photos “all things salt.”  Your cool salt cellar, a photo of your latest artisan salt find, or a great culinary creation using salt are all great subjects!  Use hashtag #pleasuregram to share!

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Thank you for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

P.S.  Click here if you missed the salt cellar DIY.

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the woman behind the man

October 28, 2016

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A recent work trip to Texas gave me the opportunity to visit the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin.

I had never before been to a presidential library and always thought of them as archives and not necessarily something I wanted to visit.  I found out in Texas that I was wrong on that thought.  The LBJ library was not just archives – though there was plenty of that, all stored neatly and expansively in red covered boxes.

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In addition to the traditional archives, the building is a storehouse of memorabilia and artifacts, interactive displays, replicas, and presidential telephone recordings – all exquisitely displayed.  Quite honestly, regardless of party affiliation or political beliefs, this historical record of Lyndon Baines Johnson, our 36th president, is fascinating!

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The Oval Office from 1963 to 1969, when LBJ served as president.

I enjoyed my entire visit, but my favorite part of my tour was the top floor where all the former first lady’s artifacts were on display.  Mrs. Johnson – Lady Bird – was an amazing woman.

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A portrait of Lady Bird Johnson at the LBJ Library and Museum in Austin, Texas

On Friday field trip today, I am sharing a couple of my favorite photos from my visit to the museum.  The trip created a new motivation to try and visit all of the presidential libraries!  I even picked up a ‘passport’ that I can use to document my visits to each of the 13 libraries!

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Lady Bird’s office during the time she worked on the LBJ Library & Museum.

If you want to learn more about Lady Bird, I highly recommend a great recent nonfiction book (that reads very much like a fiction) titled Lady Bird and Lyndon:  The Hidden Story of a Marriage That Made a President by Betty Boyd Caroli.

Another recent title you might also enjoy if former first ladies are of interest to you is  First Women:  The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower.

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The outside of the LBJ Library and Museum on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a marvelous weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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september book giveaway!

August 30, 2016

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September 2016 Year of Cozy Giveaway pleasure in simple things blogWith September here in a couple of days, I am announcing the next giveaway book.  It is The Year of Cozy by Adrianna Adarme.  This book is fabulous!  If I were to write a book, I would want it to look like this!  It includes 125 recipes, crafts, and other ‘homemade adventures.’  Adrianna has created a book that is truly a joy to experience.  The recipes, creative inspirations, and DIYs are organized by season – starting with Autumn/October.  Anyone that reads this book is sure to enjoy a wonderful takeaway – whether it be a new perspective, or a new recipe.

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I feel lucky that Adrianna chose to share her ‘good life’ moments with me in the pages of this creatively inspirational book…I am sure you will feel just as lucky when you read it!  Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a copy for yourself.  (The photos here weretaken of my own copy of The Year of Cozy.)

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The winner of the August giveaway,  My New Roots by Sarah Britton is Sheryle.  Enjoy creating some of the healthful plant-based selections in this wonderful cookbook, Sheryle!  Click here to read more about this title.

Instagram users, please read on!  All during the month of September, in keeping with the giveaway book, let’s share things that make our lives cozy!  Use the hashtag #pleasuregram to share!  Have fun with it!

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Thanks for stopping by!  Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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august book giveaway!

July 29, 2016

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July has almost come to a close!  So, I am using today’s post to announce the giveaway book for the month of August.  This debut recipe book by Sarah Britton is a collection of 100 all-new plant-based recipes and it is titled My New Roots:  Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season.

Whether you are a newcomer to natural foods or already a devotee, this book makes it easy to eat healthfully when whole foods and plants are the center of every plate!

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The recipes are organized by season – I love this – and accompanied by stunning photos.

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Leave a comment on this post to be entered into the drawing.  The winner will be chosen at random at the end of August – the perfect time to get fall recipes in order!

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Congratulations to Heather S., the winner of the July giveaway, Posh Toast.  (Click here to read more on this book selection.)  Heather may not limit her toast to just breakfast anymore!  Thank you to everyone who entered by leaving a comment.

Instagram users, please read on!  In the spirit of our giveaway book, let’s share photos of healthful ingredients during the month of August using hashtag  #pleasuregram.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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july book giveaway!

July 1, 2016

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I have really been loving the ‘designer’ toast craze!  Putting all kinds of great ingredients on a good piece of toasted bread just can’t be beat!  It is also a wonderful way to use favorite leftovers.

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Because of this, I decided to make the July giveaway book one that will inspire you to create your own yummy toasts!  The book is called Posh Toast with recipes by Emily Kydd and photography by Louise Hagger.  This book is sure to inspire some great toast creations.  Use one of the 70+ recipes in the book to create your toast, or be inspired to come up with your own!

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Just leave a comment during the month of July to be entered into the drawing to win this great recipe book!

Thank you to everyone that entered to win the June book selection and congratulations to the winner, Diane S.  I know this book will come in handy for you Diane!  To read more about the book, Rising to the Occasion by Paul Dickson, click here.

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Instagram users, please read on!  Why don’t we share ‘posh toast’ photos for the month of July!  Share photos of the ingredients you use for your toast creations using hashtag #pleasuregram.  Can’t wait to get some new toast ideas!

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Thanks for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend and remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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may book giveaway!

April 29, 2016

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I am not saying I don’t eat salads all year ‘round – because I do!  But, I definitely enjoy them all the more in the spring when a fresh plate of greens can be enjoyed while sitting outside on a patio or in the sun at the beach!  All food tastes better al fresco! :)

With that said, it should not surprise you that my May book giveaway is salad related!  It is called Salad Dressings by Jessica Strand and it is a wonderful resource on how to create dressings for all your spring salad creations!

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Just leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of this great recipe book.

Thank you to everyone that left a comment for a chance to win last month’s selection Naked Cakes:  Simply Stunning Cakes by Hannah Miles.  (Click here for more on that.)  The winner is Heather!  Congratulations and happy baking!

If you are an Instagram user, please follow @pleasureinsimplethings and join our challenge for the month of May! In keeping with the salad theme, tag your salad creations with #pleasuregram so we can share!  (My daughter made me the wonderful salad pictured below!  It was yummy!)

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Thank you for stopping by!  Have a wonderful weekend!

Remember to take pleasure in simple things, Jackie

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