Saturday, January 1, 2011

The first sunrise of 2011...

and it was spectacular!
It holds so much promise for a beautiful year ahead, as do I.
Each New Year's Eve I never make it to watch the ball 'drop', but getting up early today to see this ball 'rise', over the rooftops and through the trees...well....that more than made up for it.

We had a perfect New Year's eve with good friends, Moggie and Charles. Although they live next door, we just never see them enough! I actually made my first Lobster bisque and it came out perfect. After searching for the perfect recipe, and realizing lobster bisque could be very complicated, I settled on Paula Deen's Creole Shrimp and Lobster Bisque

- simple & divine!

Moggie and I are not only neighbors but kindred spirits as well, as she is an entrepenuer and an artist- she and her daughter Meg own Bead My Love -

a company they created together, out of their love for beading and bead embroidery.
Their creations are exquisite, truly breathtaking works of art!

They travel extensively...attending bead shows and teaching classes throughout the year- quite the dynamic duo and I envy their amibition as well as their talent!
At the end of January they'll be exhibiting at the To Bead True Blue in Tuscon, Arizona, a big event they are very excited about. Visit their website for more info about this talented Mom and daughter team ~ who I'm proud to call 'neighbors'!

We're supposed to be in the 50's today and sunny, I may just be on the tennis courts breaking in my new racket my darling children gave me for Christmas! The perfect start to 2011!!



Rhonda said...

oh my! What a beautiful sunrise! Thanks for sharing it with my lazy butt that slept in!
Happy New Year!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

What a beautiful sunrise! LOL we were sound asleep as midnight rolled in!

Wishing you a wonderful 2011!

Victoria said...

That bisque sounds delicious! We stayed up for the New York ball drop then hit our nice warm bed. My husband was out in about 10 minutes but I watched the Twilight Zone marathon until 11. We're a wild bunch...haha:)

Happy 2011!!!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Happy New Year Sweet Paula! I hope this year brings you much love, creativity, happiness and good health my dear!

That was a beautiful sunrise! We didn't see it over our way...only's dreary and cold!


ShabbyESP said...

Thank you for sharing that lovely sunrise.

I hope your 2011 is wonderful!!!


Winchester Manor said...

Happy New Year Sweet Friend...wishing you a wonderful 2011!

Heaven's Walk said...

Hi Paula! Happy New Year to you! What a beautiful way to begin a new year. :) Thanks for sharing it with us lazy butts who stayed in bed til 9am! lol! I also wanted to thank you for sweet comments you left on my blog a couple days ago regarding my clay tags. Yeah, I better get busy selling them. I have to justify making more --- because I'm just itching to get my hands back into that clay! lol! Have a great day! xoxo laurie

Melody said...

A very beautiful sunrise. Wishing you every happiness in 2011.

michelle said...

What a beautiful sunrise for a new day and a new year!! I hope that you have a blessed year full of love and life!

Happy New Year!!

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Cheers and Happy New Year to you Paula. What a gorgeous sunrise. Unfortunately, I missed it. Little too late of a night the night before so I was sleeping in - actually a rarity for me. Your dinner with friends sounded just perfect. I'm sure your bisque was delish! Paula Deen has the best recipes. I'm anxious to check out your friend's website. Thanks for sharing.

Also, I won your sign over at Kathy's! I'm super-psyched about it! I've wanted one of pieces - any one! - for so long, but just have not splurged on myself yet. Thanks so much!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Gorgeous sunrise...thanks for sharing Paula!!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

What a beautiful photo of the sunrise!

Happy New Year. Here's to many more lovey sunrises!!


injaynesworld said...

Glorious sunrise and I'm optimistic enough to believe it bodes well for the new year. Your lobster bisque sounds divine. I may be crashing your party next year.

Happy New Year, my friend.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Beautiful sunrise! Happy New year! Love reading about your friends and their creations! Sounds like just what I LOVE! ♥

Unknown said...

I love that you watched the sun rise to bring in the new year! You are a spring chicken indeed!That bisque sounds delicious. I'm glad you had a wonderful new years with your talented neighbour!

Sandy xox

Tete said...

I so love your sunrise- I didn't see the ball drop, either. Just wanted to hop over and thank you for grabbing Debbie's button!

Heaven's Walk said...

Paula - I just wanted to thank you so much for your prayers for Debbie at House at the Lake - and for promoting prayer for her with the button that Tete made that you put on your sidebar. ♥ You're an angel. I know that Debbie is feeling the warm embrace of all the prayers being lifted on her behalf. I'll be keeping everyone updated when I hear something... xoxo laurie

Tina said...

I've stumbled on to your blog and have enjoyed reading it...Beautiful sunrise photo!
You have a new follower!

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

Happy New Year, Paula! We did finally revert back to real Delaware winter weather.


Jenny said...

What a beautiful way to celebrate the New Year! I know yours will be filled with beauty, creativity and grace!