My Dog is a Life Saver



It all happened on a normal day. We had just recently moved into our home and I was doing laundry as normal. My daughter was upstairs in her bedroom and I was in mine on the phone when my dog (which is a toy poodle) came barking. Now she’s VERY territorial which means she barks ALOT but this particular time and type of bark was unusual. We knew something was wrong.

We began asking her what was the matter? At first, I thought maybe she had heard someone or something.  She began going back and forth from my door to the top of the stairs. I  knew I needed to take precaution and see what was going on so, I ended my call. I walked out of my room and made my way downstairs. Right, when I reached the second set of stairs I immediately saw smoke! I noticed it was coming from the laundry room.

Then it FINALLY happened…the smoke detector decided to finally start going off.  I proceeded to go on into the laundry room to see exactly what it was that was causing all of the smoke and if it was potentially a fire. Everything was happening so quickly at this point.

As I walked into the laundry room, all I could see was smoke and no fire that I was aware of. It was difficult to see but I made my way to unplugged the dryer and then the washing machine because at that point I was unsure as to which one was causing the problem. In the midst of that,  I had to run and turn off the alarm because by this time the smoke had traveled and set the alarm off. I knew I did not want fire trucks coming and I “had things under control”.

On top of all that, my husband was calling! Boy Oh Boy was I happy to hear his voice!!!! I was trying to tell him what was happening and he was asking questions. I was trying to talk and he was saying he was on his way home. It was just too much!

Through all of this, I think know my precious pooch was much BETTER than a smoke detector/alarm because she alerted me before any of those went off. I am grateful for her because this could have ended another way. Sometimes I think about what if I would have ignored her barking or been too engaged in my phone conversation. The malfunction of the machine would have possibly ended much worse.


Only By Grace




Globe Eggplant with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette


I wanted something different during our normal grilling out but I didn’t know what. I was just tired of  having the same old thing. the regular side items. So, I was out one day and found a Cookbook called  Weber’s New Real Grilling: The Ultimate Cookbook for Every Backyard Griller.

This was my first time trying eggplant on the grill and I was a little hesitant, to say the least.  I just couldn’t wait to dig in. Hence, as to why the picture looks the way it does. I had to do a taste test before it was officially time to eat. It was delicious!

The recipe is below.

Serves 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Grilling Time: 8-10 minutes

  1. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F)
  2. Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients, including 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Add 1/3 cup oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly to emulsify. Set aside.
  3. Cut the eggplants crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. brush both slices of each slice with oil and season evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. grill over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until well-marked and tender, 8 to 10 minutes, turning once or twice. Place the slices on a platter. Immediately spoon the vinaigrette over the top. Serve warm or at room temperature.


4  sun-dried tomato halves packed in oil, drained and minced

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon minced shallot

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon honey

Kosher salt

freshly ground black pepper

Extra virgin olive oil

2 globe eggplant, each about 1 pound, ends trimmed


~Please let me know if you give this recipe a try.

Updated to give a closer view.





Staples Shopping Trip

I decided to stop by Staples on my way home to see if they had any deals  and I’m thrilled at the bargains I found. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but I did end up purchasing something that was on my list of things needed. So, the trip ended up being well worth it.


I absolutely love candles. I was actually on my way out of the store when I saw the candles on a table marked 50% off. I turned around quickly and when back inside to see what fragrances they had available. Now, I know I really didn’t need anymore but they were too good to pass up. It’s not like you find Yankee Candles under $12 for a 22 oz. size.

I purchased the following scents:

  • Tropical Pineapple
  • Blooming Jasmine
  • Coral Shores



The Be Happy sign can be hung on the wall or free standing. I do like the look and what it says but it was actually purchased because I’m going to need it to do a DIY. It’s the shape and size I was looking for. It was $4 so I was Happy.



This Office sign was $1. Can you say SOLD? It was definitely going home with me.



The Be Brave coffee mugs were $1 each so I decided to get them both. They have a gold handle which makes it look fancy.  You can’t go wrong with coffee mugs and quite ones at that.


Oh and the Clorox wipes were also on clearance.  I purchased these because I simply needed some. I use these on a regular basis so this purchase wasn’t out of the ordinary.

file box

Lastly, I found this wooden Letter/Legal file box. I was ecstatic because I saw one on a company’s website for $50! Now granted it wasn’t a file storage box but it’s the same wooden box concept.  The one on the website was just what I was looking for but NOT for that price. I told my husband if I can’t find one any cheaper then we’ll have to make one. Thank goodness I found this one for $9.


Hopefully, you enjoyed this shopping experience and stay tuned for more.