Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Custom Wedding Florals

Anna Pearls Attic Creates Custom Wedding Florals! 
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Below are some examples from Ashley V's beautiful wedding in July 2016.  Stay tuned for more pictures for our portfolio.
Bridal Bouquet

Bridal Bouquet

Bridesmaid Bouquet and Hairpiece

Mother's Corsage

Friday, January 27, 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Chicken Kale Quinoa Soup

This recipe is so good for your body and your soul.  It's loaded with healthy proteins from the chicken, quinoa, and chickpeas!  There is lots of vegetables to give you precious vitamins and minerals.  It's hot and steamy.  Top it with a little parmesan cheese.  You will think you have died and gone to heaven.

Anna Pearl's Chicken Kale Quinoa Soup

Makes 6 servings

1      Tbls. Olive Oil
1      Yellow Onion, diced
1      Green Pepper, diced
4      Garlic Cloves, finely diced
2      Chicken Breasts, Boneless, Partially Frozen,     diced into bite-sized pieces
2      Quarts Water
1      Knorr Chicken Bouillon Cube
2      Teas.  Italian Seasoning
2      16 oz. cans Tomatoes, diced
1      16 oz. can Chickpeas or Garbanzo Beans
1      Bunch Kale, chopped
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Parmesan Cheese to garnish

In a Dutch oven, heat olive oil.  Sauté diced onions until translucent.  Add diced green pepper.  Sauté for 4 minutes.  Add diced garlic and sauté for an additional 3 minutes.  Transfer onion/pepper/garlic mixture into a stock pot. 

Place chicken into Dutch Oven.  Sauté until no pink shows in center.  Add to stock pot.  Add a little bit of water to the Dutch Oven, stir around, and pour into the stock pot.  

Add Water, Bouillon, Italian Seasoning, Tomatoes, Chickpeas and Kale.  Bring the soup to a boil.  Lower the heat and let simmer for 30 to 40 minutes, until kale is tender.  Top with Parmesan Cheese to garnish.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Anatomy of a Good Lunch

HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACK BEANS  *   THE BLACK BEAN IS REALLY GOOD FOR YOUR HEART!  Lots of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, and phytonutrients!  The fiber helps to lower your cholesterol.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF QUINOA  *  QUINOA IS THE SUPERGRAIN OF THE FUTURE!  Fiber, Fiber, Fiber!  Protein, Protein, Protein!  Not to mention iron, lysine, magnesium, Riboflavin (B2), Manganese.  Very good for you!

Helps muscle growth, aids maintenance of weight, prevents cataracts and skin disorders, reduces risks of colorectal cancer

Vitamin K builds those bones, Vitamin A sharpen your peepers, the nitrates repair the muscles, and the folate and fiber protect your heart.  They also help prevent stroke!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

'Knee Porn: What's the Big Deal?'

      In the movie ‘Braveheart’, the story of the First War of Scottish Independence is told.  ‘Braveheart’ features the actor Mel Gibson who plays the infamous Scottish warrior, William Wallace.   The film won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, and Best Sound Editing at the 68th Academy Awards. Throughout the film, Mel Gibson is wearing the traditional Scottish kilt.  His knees and legs are clearly seen throughout the movie.  Although this film won many awards and Mel Gibson has lovely knees, there was no mention of knee porn related to the wearing of the kilt.
Photo Credit: Travis Simpkins
      When James McAvoy (X-Men) wore a kilt to an after party following the Royal Film Performance and the World Premiere of ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ in 2005, there was no mention of knee porn on the television talk shows. 
Photo Source: Pinterest

      Gerard Butler (Lara Croft, How to Train Your Dragon) dressed in a brown leather kilt, pink shirt, untied army boots and carried a sword at a Scottish Evening of Fashion and Fun at Copacabana in New York City in 2005.  Although those in attendance had a good laugh at Gerard’s expense, the internet did not light up with kneeporn articles. 
Photo Source: Pinterest
      At the Johnnie Walker ‘Dressed to Kilt 2007’ fashion show at the Capitale Theater in New York City, Tony Curran (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) wore a plaited green kilt and danced a jig down the runway.  Twitter was not all a-twitter with #Kneeporn tweets.
Photo Credit:  Getty Images
      Yet, on August 9, 2014, the first episode of   Starz’ Outlander premiered.  Since that day, Knee Porn has become a social media buzz word.  In fact, a search of Twitter using the hashtag #kneeporn shows that Chelle Yodogawa ‏@kykico posted it on September 1, 2014.  She said “Is anyone else pausing the stable scene and trying to get a peek under the kilt?” #kneeporn #OutlanderCAN @Heughan @Writer_DG
Photo Credit: Outlander/Starz Make a Meme.org
      This tweet was in reference to “the kilt” worn by the character Jamie Fraser who is played by actor Sam Heughan.  Heughan’s portrayal of Jamie Fraser has taken the internet by storm.  Facebook groups have sprung up with overwhelming numbers of adoring fans.  Photos of Sam in every different possible situation are being passed around social media.  Memes are being created and photo collages are being displayed. 
Photo Credit: Outlander/Starz
      Though most of Mr. Heughan’s rather magnificent physique has been displayed in the storyline of the show, it is his knees that have caused the most conversation online.  One woman said, “Jamie was covered in blood, and all I can see is his knees….”  There have been offers to marry Sam’s knees.  People are thanking God for “the” knees.  Instead of drawing attention to their abs, men are taking pictures of the sexy knees.  Michele Watkins #watkinsteam tweeted, “We hit the motherlode!! #kneeporn #Outlander.”
Photo Credit: Outlander/Starz
      Season Three of Outlander is being filmed in Scotland and South Africa. It is expected to air on Starz in April 2017, barring any complications during filming.   The producers have promised to delight its audience with more adventures, intrigue and romance.  No doubt, there will be more opportunities for viewers to have a “wee” glimpse of Jamie Fraser’s knees here and there.  Just how far these devoted Outlander fans will go with their #KneePorn addictions is yet to be determined.  It will certainly be amusing to watch as this phenomenon continues to unfold.  Expect an overload of photos of hairy, sexy legs. 
Photo Credit: Outlander/Starz
More information about the Outlander series can be found at https://www.starz.com/series/outlander/episodes  The first episode is free! 
Disclaimer:  If Starz gets their nickers in a wad about this post, I say this:  Stop yer whinin', lads.  I have provided a link to yer page. Just so ye ken, I make not a shillin' off this blog.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Fence Post with a View #33

Legend has it that after losing the love of her life, Native American Princess Timpanogas climbed to the top of this mountain and jumped to her death.  Grandfather was so sad that He placed her atop the mountain to be memorialized forever.  Do you see her profile?

Mount Timpanogas near Heber, UT

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Most Popular Post of 2016 was.....

Whew!  2016 is over!  I think that might be a good thing, considering all of the celebrities we have lost this year.  I kept thinking it cannot possibly get worse.  Then, another famous person would turn to an angel....bam...it was worse!  After Carrie Fisher passed away, I went to a mountain cabin and hid for the rest of the year.  I just didn't want to know....

It was a very happy year in our family, though!  We were able to get our youngest child married off to an amazing young lady that we love very much.

 Our blog reached 30,000 visitors!  We had a fun giveaway.  My dear Farmgirl friend CEEJAY won!  That made me very happy! 


We are creeping up on 40,000 visitors as of today!  That is almost 10,000 views in a year.  Who'd a thunk our little blog would get to see so many friends from all over the world!

The blog had a poem about a Rolly Polly, some horse riders in the drive-up at McDonalds, some love from a few chicks, the loss of a furry friend, and quite a few Fence Posts with a View.

The favored topic of 2016 seems to have changed from previous years.  My obsession with the Outlander series seems to have spread to about 500,000 other people in the world.  (Of course, I am taking credit for all the interest!  It has nothing to do with the amazing story, the beautiful costumes, the incredible cinematography or the sexy leading men or women. )

The Top Three Posts of 2016 were as follows:

#3  Fence Post with a View #25  114 Views
#2  New Obsession - Outlander on Starz  178 Views

And the Number One Post of 2016......Wait for It.....Wait for It.............with 605 views

#1  Now We Know What They Wear Under The Kilt  

With that final result, I may have to spend 2017 re-evaluating my blog and it's purpose.  (Just kidding, I'm not changing a thing.)