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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Eye Candy

We had to run a few errands today and stopped in one of our favorite stores, Dorothy Lane Market. They have the most wonderful, delectable goodies and the sweetest bakery department in town. On Saturdays there are samples galore and Grace had a ball. The store employees were tickled that this young girl tried everything! She loved the veggies and fruit, the juices, the cheeses and the tiny samples of their specialty sandwiches. Oh so good. Of course there were samples of some wonderful baked goods. Oh the chocolate! Why, even the olives look like a work of art! Is there anything in nature more colorful than peppers? The lovely Spring flower arrangements were a breath of fresh air on a cold Winter's day. When we had finished our errands, we decided to have lunch at one of our favorite places, Christopher's. Grace, Mom and I each had their tomato and chicken salad plate and oh how good it was. Bill said the BBQ sandwich was Heaven on a bun! When we arrived home, 2 boxes were waiting on me. The first box contained my 3rd order from sweet Kathy at Hens N Daisies. Kathy even included one of her dear Easter tags. Isn't this one beautiful? I have two other hearts from Kathy and am awaiting another! I adore them! Kathy's things are a delight, as is she! The second box had the most precious painting from Donna at Donna's Art. Isn't this nest painting wonderful? Thank you Donna! I love it! I hope to purchase more of her lovely work in the future! I purchased these two Spode plates recently and have placed them at opposite ends of the mantel. (See Barbara? I spelled it correctly!!) They keep the Staffordshire dogs company there. I love playing with my mantel...changing it seasonally or on a whim. And this is a little thrift shop purchase. I fell in love with it and had to give it a proper home...well as proper as my home ever gets. Ahem. Just a sweet little pin dish and, for only $1, how could I go wrong! We are going to run by our favorite Chinese place for take out this evening, then head to my buddy *T*'s for dinner and a movie. Tonight we will be watching "Michael Clayton". I have not seen as many of the Oscar nod films this year so look forward to this one. I hope your weekend is sweet. The sun is shining here for the first time in a week...it just looks *happy* outside! Do something good for YOU and remember to smile as often as you can. You are all a blessing to me.
Love and Hugs, Susie Q

43 comments:

Rosie's Whimsy said...

That was indeed a whole lot of eye candy! The desserts, the flowers, the lovely heart and art.....oh my....be still my heart! Me thinks you had a grand day :-) Rosie

Tara said...

Hi Susie

Thnaks for your kind words about my thoughts on turning 40!
:0)
Love how your blog is looking, thanks for the Irish blessing, so nice to extend to all of us! Enjoy your weekend!
Tara

Tammy said...

A lovely cheerful post on this snowy Ohio day...thank you so much!

Have a warm and happy weekend!

Greenie Gardens said...

What a great shopping tour! I'll take one of everything please. What a lovely lift those lovely flowers are. Sounds like a fun time. Take care, Stephanie

Andi said...

It was actually hard to get past the photo of the chocolate turtles!!! Oh my...those look so yummy! Your pictures of the colorful veggies and fruit and of course the flowers are wonderful Sue.

I love your new purchases. I'll have to check out some of Donna's art myself.

Hope your weekend is delightful!

Love, Andi

Janet said...

I just love a market like that! If I had one near my home I fear my grocery budget would be ruined, but oh the food I would cook. Enjoy your Chinese foo and I was thinking of watching Michael Clayton "On Demand" tonight.
Janet

Melissa said...

Those turtles are adorable, I would hate to eat them they are so cute!

The flowers are just gorgeous, something that cheered up my dreary evening, though like you said the sun was shining today for the first time in a long time. Something to be thankful for.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi SusieQ....Terrific post and filled with so much eye candy. You know I just love the bird nest painting and skipped right over to her blog and inquired about one for me. Hope she can do it. Have a great rest of the weekend. :) xo Lynn

PEA said...

I'll take a dozen of the pistachio turtles and a dozen of the cashew turtles please:-) Oh wow, I would go nuts in there...pardon the pun! lol Loved seeing all the pictures, how beautiful the flowers are as well. Such wonderful parcels you received as well...isn't it amazing the talent some people have!! Gorgeous! It was sunny here also but still very cold...I only went out to have coffee with my friend June then came straight back home. I should have gone shopping with you! hehe xoxo

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Would love to shop in that gourmet store!! Yummy food, gorgeous flowers!

I love Kathys hearts and Donnas paintings. I own some of both :-).

Have fun with your Chinese and movie night! Have a wonderful weekend.
Penny

Cherdecor said...

Dorothy Lane Market! It has been a long time since I heard that name! I remember that market! What a wonderful place to shop.

We have Stauffers of Kissel Hill out here who do the same thing. They put out all kinds of samples for people to taste. It is a shopping experience, for sure!

It sounds like you have had a wonderful day! It does a person good to get out and about.

Wishing for sunshine!

Brenda said...

I thought my little shop I went to today was awsome until I saw your blog..OMG i would have been tasting too. Glad you had a good lunch with the girls.

Meggie said...

What scrumptious goodies from Dorothy Lane's. I can practically taste them from here. What lovely purchases...very nice! Let us know how you like the movie...I haven't seen it either. It seems when Oscar night rolls around, I've seen very few of the movies.

Tammy said...

Beautiful, beautiful pictures!
Love those colors- it was truly eye candy for sure! :)

Pamela said...

I think I'm hyperventilating... get me a brown bag. (When I feel better, I"ll use it to take the goodies)

Latharia said...

WOW! Just beautiful colors & treats for the eyes!!!

jennifer said...

What a full and lovely post. I love the painting of the robin's eggs. I also love LoVe LOVE your green blog site. VERY festive! Jennifer

Rosemary said...

All I can say is Wow!!
What a great market!!
Looks like you got some great goodies.
Have a nice weekend!
Rosemary

Mom2fur said...

Ha, ha...the turtles really look like turtles! I would almost hate to eat one, they are so cute!
I loved Gerbera Daisies, too. I'm going to try to get myself a few potted ones. Did you know they clear the air of icky stuff like formaldehyde and benzene, which are found in many household items? (And cause headaches!)
My daughter calls Gerberas "Happy Flowers"!

Valerie said...

that pin dish is soooo cool!! man what a catch!!

i so need to do some antiquing/thrift store snooping...but most of ours out here are either crap or overpriced.

you ARE lucky!

Sheila said...

Hi Sue, I'm catching up on blog posts today. Love your pictures! I see you weren't feeling well either; I'm just getting over the flu. Glad you're feeling better, have a good Sunday and enjoy the Oscars tonight!

Donna said...

Beautiful photos and colors! Yummy chocolates!
Thank you SusieQ for mentioning me in your post, and I'm so happy you like the bird nest painting! (I've got another request for one!)
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Hugs,
Donna

Terri and Bob said...

Thank you so much for the eye candy. I love the plates on the mantle. I have to say, the chocolates were lovely. I would love to spend some time in there before Easter. Reminds me of that wonderful movie, Chocolat.

The French Nest said...

Ohhh, I want to taste-test it all! Hey, someone has to do quality control, right?

The art and flowers are stunning!

Kate

LW said...

Love all the pictures…
and the tulips are stunning…spring please!

Louise

Miss Sandy said...

Thank you for the eye candy ~ the colors are so refreshing after so much gray! I adore the little nest painting! Have a happy week!

Kathleen Grace said...

Oooh! The colors are just what I need on a white wintry day like this! I just love the bright colors! The turtle candies are so cute and the flowers, sigh, I just want to go tothe farmers market and buy armloads! I'll have to wait til May when it opens:>( The nest painting is wonderful!

wendy said...

Thanks for the tour Sue, what eye candy indeed.

Cassandra said...

What beautiful pictures! That market reminds me of Whole Foods...those turtles are too cute!

smilnsigh said...

What are you trying to do to me, with all those goodies! Eeeek!!!! ,-)

Mari-Nanci

Dawn Bibbs said...

Oh NO...I picked the WRONG time to read this post! Here it is, 10:18pm on a Sunday and I am SOOOO craving something sweet right now. THANKS, Susie!! :-)

Oh my goodness, that stuff looks awesome. And the the veggies even look good, lol. And you KNOW I am SO loving the flowers. Now I'll never be able to get any sleep tonight, lol.

Love ya! Have a great week.

Mary Isabella said...

Can you pack up one of everything from the market and send it to KY. LOL.....Smiles

Melissa said...

I would not have lasted two seconds with those turtle-shaped turtles. How cute!

NAME: CIELO said...

Wow... a lovely and yummy eye candy post!

thank you for sharing!

happy day to you

cielo

Mary said...

Hi Sue,
We just have the same taste (excellent, of course) because I have one of Kathy's beautiful hearts and one of Donna's fabulous paintings, too!

Love your Spode dish!
xoxo,
Mary

Gretchen said...

wuuuuunnerful, wunnerful! Beautiful eye candy. xxxooogretchen

Sandi McBride said...

Did everyone blog about food? I've seen so much food and candy and cakes that I have a virtual belly ache! It all looks so scrumptious!
hugs
Sandi

Strawberry Lane said...

What a wonderful fantasy of colors!! Wow! What a treat!

JafaBrit's Art said...

The nest painting is lovely, just LOVELY. I knew this was Dorothy Lane Market before I even read it, I recognized the fruit tart. GREAT photos.

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage said...

Oh my gosh...Dorothy Lane Market...one of the things I miss most about the "Miami Valley." Beautiful food pics...thanks for the DLM memories!

Cheryl Wray said...

Those treats and flowers were just BEAUTIFUL!!! Made me want to reach into the screen and grab me a chocolate!!!!

Hope your weekend was wonderful!!!

Barbara Jacksier said...

You weren't exaggerating. This post is eye candy extraordinaire. I keep going back and forth. Love those habanero peppers

Sugarmama said...

Hi Neighbor I just found your blog... Just wanted to say hi and now I must go to Dorothy Lane Market and find a Killer Brownie!!! Yum!!!