30 Day Jazz/Swing/Blues Challenge Day 22

Happy Sunday!

I discovered the Alabama Shakes a little over a year ago when they premiered on an episode of Austin City Limits. Neil and I instantly fell in love with their sound. They are one of those rare bands that sound better live than recorded.

Day 22:

Hold On by The Alabama Shakes

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

Love & life lessons,


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30 Day Jazz/Swing/Blues Challenge Day 21

Hello! I wish all of you a fabulous weekend!

Day 21:

Turn Me On by Norah Jones


Love & life lessons,


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30 Day Jazz/Swing/Blues Challenge Day 20

Happy Friday!

Today’s song choice is a cover of James Brown’s It’s A Man’s World. This song is so powerful & while I like James Brown’s version, there’s something beautiful about a woman’s voice belting out these lyrics.

Day 20:

A Man’s World by Joss Stone

This song is still fitting for today’s world.


Love & life lessons,


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30 Day Jazz/Swing/Blues Challenge Day 19

Hello lovelies,

I couldn’t have a challenge that includes the Blues without including Stevie Ray Vaughan, the man is a legend!

SRV is one of the greatest Blues Musicians/Guitarists of all time, in my opinion.

Day 19:

Pride and Joy – Stevie Ray Vaughan


Love & life lessons,


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Wordless Wednesday #2 Why I left my heart in Vermont.

I know this is “Wordless Wednesday,” however; I just wanted say that these pictures tell the story of why I am so in love with Vermont. Also, I apologize for the long post. It was hard enough to sort through the hundreds of photos I wanted to share. I just felt like I couldn’t leave these out. Photo Credits are found underneath the photos, some even have a back story!

I hope you enjoy looking through these beautiful photos!

Love & life lessons,



Photo Credit: Neil Weigman          Neil and I stumbled upon this beautiful pond. Neil captured the photo, isn’t it beautiful? I enlarged this and had it framed. Now it hangs in our living room. I am still so in love with this photo. Good job, hubby!

Ben & Jerrys

Photo Credit: Kristian Weigman

Cheese Emporium

Photo Credit: Kristian Weigman        I LOVE Cheese!!

Christmas Shop

Photo Credit: Kristian Weigman           Village Christmas Shop in Weston. I love this store so much!


Photo Credit: Kristian Weigman        Crowley Cheese Factory. The oldest cheese factory in Vermont! This was on an episode of Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe! I have to visit this place every time I’m in Vermont. It’s soooo good!


Photo Credit: Kristian Weigman This picture of the sunset was taken on the top of Okemo Mountain, which is a ski resort. So pretty!


Photo Credit: Jimmy Doyle     The Weston Priory, which resides a community of Benedictine Monks.

quichee gorge

Photo Credit: Kristian Weigman     Quechee Gorge


Photo Credit: Nicholas Erwin      I searched long and hard to find a picture that did justice to stargazing in Vermont. This picture shows why Vermont is one of my go to places for stargazing. I didn’t have it at the time, but now that I have my professional camera, I’m hoping I can take some pictures similar to this one!

vermont sky

Photo Credit: Kristian Weigman   Just look at those green mountains, and that beautiful Vermont sky!!

Von Trap Bell

              Photo Credit: Jimmy Doyle.  A bell that was donated to the Benedictine Brothers by the Von Trapp family. How cool is that?!


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30 Day Jazz/Swing/Blues Challenge Day 18

Hello! We’re halfway through the work week!

Today’s song choice is by Jonny Lang. I saw Jonny at Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California back in 2007. It was the first concert I had ever attended with my brother and sister-in-law. It was also my first and only Blues concert.. (I need to change that.) I remember that day very well. We had a picnic in the vineyard before the concert, which consisted of smoked salmon dip and homemade crackers, apricot filled cheese, various meats, fruits, and of course, wine.

The concert was amazing. The venue was absolutely gorgeous, and I remember dancing with my brother, but since we are big goof balls, we did the disco, and very random other dances. It was a great night filled with laughter!

After the concert, the views from on top of the mountain vineyard were breathtaking. The lights of the city shone below us, and I remember thinking I could have stayed there watching that view for hours.

Mountain Winery

The venue at Mountain Winery where I saw Jonny Lang.

Today’s song choice is one of my favorites by Jonny, but I don’t believe he performed this particular song at the concert. It’s hard to remember, that was 11 years ago!

Back For a Taste of Your Love – Jonny Lang

Just imagine me doing the “disco” to a song like this! Ha ha!


Love & life lessons,


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Tasty Tuesday #1


I originally planned to share one of my own recipes with you, but I couldn’t find anything I really wanted to share, and since I have band practice tonight, I will not be making any new recipes worth sharing.

Instead, I thought I would share the recipe for one of my favorite foods: Crab Cakes! This recipe is not my own, however; it does have my own spin on the recipe. I combined two recipe’s to get this one. One from Andrew Zimmern, you might know him from “Bizarre Foods” on the travel channel, and the other recipe is from my friend, Amanda.

The recipe I’m going to share with you is a true Maryland Style Crab cake. What does that mean?  Well, it MUST be made from Maryland blue crab (if you can’t find blue crab, you can still make them, it just won’t be a true Maryland Crab Cake, that’s okay, it’s still good,) and it also must NOT include any filler. Trust me, you don’t need it. Blue crab is so good…you don’t want to add much to take away from its flavor.

I’ve had crab cakes in New England, California, and Florida, while some were good, nothing beats a true Maryland Style Crab Cake. The one I tried in Vermont had green peppers in it, my husband and I informed them that they need to stop advertising their crab cakes as Maryland Style, because they are not!

If you would like to try a Maryland Style Crab Cake, I highly recommend the recipe below:

Maryland Style Crab Cakes


How to Make It

Step 1

In a small bowl, whisk the mayonnaise with the egg, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and Old Bay until smooth.


Step 2

In a medium bowl, lightly toss the crab meat with the bread crumbs. Gently fold in the mayonnaise mixture. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.


Step 3

Scoop the crab mixture into eight 1/3-cup mounds; lightly pack into 8 patties, about 1 1/2 inches thick. In a large skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the crab cakes and cook over moderately high heat until deeply golden and heated through, about 3 minutes per side. Or you can bake them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, for 20 minutes, flipping the cakes half way through.

I like to serve these with french fries and coleslaw.! So good!

crab cakes.jpg

If you are ever in Baltimore, I highly recommend either Pappas or Roys Kwik Korner for a delicious crab cake!

If you do try this recipe, let me know what you think!

Love & life lessons,


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30 Day Jazz/Swing/Blues Songs Day 17

Happy Tuesday!

If you have ever watched the movie Nine 1/2 Weeks, you will recognize today’s song choice. In the movie, Kim Basinger does a sexy dance to this song, but that version is performed by Joe Cocker.

I have chosen the one performed by Etta James. I personally think the guitar is a little more raunchy, and if I were to dance for my husband, this is the version I would choose. Plus, who doesn’t love Etta James? She’s so soulful!

Day 17:

You Can Leave Your Hat On – Etta James

I highly recommend playing this at high volume while dancing around your living room or kitchen (my kitchen was made for dancing!)


Love & life lessons,



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Thank You Monday #10

Every Friday Jimmy Fallon writes ‘thank you” notes to random people or places. I have decided to take a spin on that, only my “thank you” notes will be sincere because I don’t  say thank you nearly enough to the people in my life, and I will also do “Thank you Monday’s”, so I can start my week off on a positive note!

My tenth “thank you” is to my friend, Christen.

I met Christen in high school. I remember thinking she was this cool chick who wore bright colors, but I never really took the time to get to know her personally. It wasn’t because I didn’t want to or anything like that, but honestly back then if you weren’t in the band or in my youth group, I really didn’t hang out with you.

I dated a guy in high school who attended the same church as Christen, I got to know her and her brother a little better through that, but I remember really liking both of them.

Time passed, Christen started dating a guy I grew up going to church with, and then she moved to Arizona. Recently, within the last couple of years Christen and I have developed a friendship through Social Media, she and I have so much in common, it was hard not to comment on each other’s post’s.



Thank you so much for all the “Facebook love,” I always look forward to your comments, they brighten my day! Thank you for praying when I ask for it, and for being a listening ear, even if it is just through social media, I really appreciate it!

Thank you for sharing your amazing talents such as: drawing, polymer clay sculptures, and photography with us! You are truly an inspiration!

I look forward to our “Purple Fiddle” visit whenever you come up, and maybe I’ll get back to Arizona one day!

I’m so glad we connected, and I consider you a dear friend!



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30 Day Jazz/Swing/Blues Challenge Day 16

Today’s song choice is one of my favorites! I also really enjoy this mans voice!

Day 16:

Autumn Leaves – Leslie Odom Jr.


Love & life lessons,


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