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Friday, February 25, 2022

Simple Pleasures #29

I love the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and for my birthday my daughter, Cary, my son-in-law, and grandchildren gave me a membership. 

They knew I was looking for a place to walk that is safe and beautiful. 

It is less than 20 minutes from me and I can go as often as I like.

purple orchids in pots

When you walk into the orchid house it is like walking into a tropical paradise.

Although it was a beautiful warm day when I went on Wednesday it is a place that brings summer into your life no matter the weather outside. 

orchids in a tropical environment

I really needed the walk there this week because I have been feeling anything but simple and serene.

With everything that is going on in the world and the continuing pandemic, I have just wanted to stay in my safe apartment.

I was so glad that I was able to work through the anxiety and make myself get out. 

wall of orchids at botanical gardens

Listening to the sounds of the tropical frogs and walking along the paths definitely eased my troubled soul.

By the time I left, I was feeling much calmer.

Simple Inspiration

conquer the anxiety of life

Lovely Reads

Instant Pot Recipe Of The Week

Spring is coming and that means it is time to spring clean my freezer. 

I found some chicken thighs that I need to thaw out and cook so I want an easy Instant Pot recipe.

This chicken thighs recipe sounds perfect to me because it cooks the chicken and rice in one pot.

instant pot chicken thighs and rice recipe

It promises that the chicken will fall off the bone and the rice will be buttery, tender, and fluffy.

Gluten-Free Recipe Of The Week

For some reason when I think of lemon cookies I think of spring.

These gluten-free crinkle lemon cookies sound delicious.

Along with a bright lemon flavor they also have a beautiful crackly sugar top.

gluten free crinkle lemon cookies

I think these would be perfect on a warm spring afternoon with a glass of iced tea. 

Catching Up

Recent posts you may have missed.


Beautiful bird and orchid pillow cover

Camera to photograph spring flowers

New mat for your yoga practice

yoga mat

Let Roomba do the work for you while you enjoy beautiful early spring days.

Roomba self-emptying vacuum

Pretty spring baskets for your bathroom

pretty baskets for bathroom

Fabulous hair conditioner

My next read, Call Your Daughter Home, is an emotional, timeless story about the power of women working together and the fearlessness that comes with motherhood.

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  1. Good Morning Laura. Happy Friday. I use Olaplex and it is a great shampoo and conditioner. Love the pretty orchids. Have a great day and weekend. xoxo Kris

  2. What a wonderful place to go and walk! I bet it smells wonderful too! Those recipes sound yummy... I'll try those cookies one of these days for sure as I love lemon. Going to go check out the yoga mat also, as I do stretches in my living room and though I usually throw down a blanket, a mat would be nice! Have a great weekend! Is warm and sunny here.. I think our cold snap is over for now. xoxo Marilyn

  3. Well, it sounds like you had a lovely birthday walk at the Orchid House. Beautiful flowers and thanks for the resources. I've just opened two articles to read and that lemon cookie recipe. I think we could all use a little lemon lift right about now. xo

  4. What a perfect gift, and that fact that you can go as often as you want makes it the gift that keeps on giving!


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