'Morning 'Lanta


Nothing beats a sunrise hike on Stone Mountain.  The air is crisp and fresh.  The burn your muscles feel from walking the incline is intoxicating.  You push and push and push and then…THE VIEW!  

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Monday’s Message: DO NOT WORRY


If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you know that I was in San Francisco with Dereck last week.  It was the perfect getaway for both of us after a long month apart.

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Be prepared when creating summer’s favorite treat.

Read more: 10 Tools for Making Ice Cream on Food52

A sweet treat from one of my favorite food bloggers, Food52. Yummy!

This is what your morning looks like when you promise a friend to cat (and chicken) sit!!

I call this place Seed&Shelter - the magical humble abode of friends Cooper S. and K.Jo G. At Seed&Shelter the grounds are beautiful and welcoming and complete with fresh produce growing in clay pots and view of a well-kept meadow that’s to die for. Along with the chickens and finches, cats roam free and there’s even a slight hum from beehive that’s taken residence near local shed.

It’s always a pleasure to visit but even more special when you get to walk the grounds alone, pretending like you’ve stepped into the pages of Garden and Gun magazine.

Glad that I could help guys, but really the pleasure was all mine!

What could more beautiful and romantic than an evening on the ‘Frisco pier with my love, followed by dinner at Il Fornaio. 

Monday’s Message: ENDURANCE


I am a runner.

As a push to break a 7 minute mile this month, I think about The Race of Faith.  I memorized this scripture back in 2005 and it has become my mantra, actually a cadence, during my daily run.

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Looking for that perfect grocery bag? Not anymore.

Check out Thug Kitchen’s new merch store. You’re effing welcome.

aleeshadenise turned 1 today!

Monday’s Message: NO ANXIETY!


These days it seems like my prayer list is getting longer and longer. I’m hoping to somehow God can organize and prioritize my prayers by importance: what I really need and what I really want.

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English Elegance


If you follow me on Pinterest you know about my love affair with Pashley bikes and Old English countryside manner.  

The quintessential English town and country bicycle. Perhaps the world’s first luxury bike - and still handmade in Pashley’s Stratford-upon-Avon factory. Traditional style. impeccable details. It doesn’t get more romantic than this.

Click here for more info on the timeless beauty.

Romancing the Wind HD

Hands down, my favorite YouTube video.


formal place setting

(via mylittlegreenapple)

Chai Spice Pancakes

1 cup gluten-free Bisquik

2/3 cup almond milk or soymilk

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/4 teaspoon ground all-spice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup chopped walnuts

2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

Nonstick cooking spray (optional)

Mix the Bisquik, pepper, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, and ginger together in a metal bowl. Add the soy milk to the dry ingredients and mix them until they are well combined. Put this mixture in a measuring cup. Using a nonstick pan (or a pan lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray) on medium heat, pour 1/3 cup pancake batter onto the middle of the pan. When the top side bubbles and is mostly firm, flip the pancake over. Keep this on the heat for another 1 to 1½ minutes. Repeat until you’ve used all the batter.

Top with walnuts and organic maple syrup.

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