Bloom Where You’re Planted

Bloom Where You’re Planted 

Posted: 2:39 pm Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

By Staff Writer

What a long glorious weekend!

It was full of rest, relaxation and restoration for me. How about you?

The family and I went to the Washington coast and as the kids played field games, ran on the beach, ate watermelon, and had bonfires, I painted.

Painting, creating, trying new techniques, and “giving birth” to art has been my salvation and continues to be.

I saw some mixed media art pieces some time back that I fell in love with and found out the artist authored a book on her technique. I purchased said book, and have fully immersed myself in two large canvases; one in honor of Zacky, the other in honor of a young woman, (parents are friends of mine,) who is also gone all too soon.

This weekend I painted six mini-canvases and will apply the same torn paper technique that made the other two special as well.

Two of them I’m calling In Flanders Fields, in honor of the men that lost their lives there during WWII, and the reason paper poppy’s are given out on Memorial Day by the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars members.

I hope that your Memorial Day weekend was just as memorable, and that you, like me, took some time to reflect on the courageous men and women that died in uniform to protect our freedoms.

God bless America!

Beautiful Florals | Balsam Hill

Balsam Hill is one of my favorite sponsors and a huge supporter of Point Hope. If you’re looking for some beautiful florals to add to your summer decor, look no further.

From luscious single stems, to wreaths and arrangements, Balsam Hill has it all. Their True Petal™ technology is the secret behind their incredible life-like beauty and Forever In Bloom inspired designs.

Brighten up an entryway, a table, a nook, or an entire event with florals from Balsam Hill!



New Music | Delilah Jr.

Delilah Jr. just had her last violin concert and was so stinkin’ cute, serious, and proud!

Free lessons are given in our community by a three-generation set of women with a passion for the instrument and music. Clara is Delilah’s instructor; both her mother and her daughter instruct as well.

They give up their afternoons to teach, and their evenings and weekends for performances because they realize the importance of music and how it beneficial it is.

“Science has shown that musical training can change brain structure and function for the better.

It can also improve long-term memory and lead to better brain development for those who start at a young age.

Furthermore, musicians tend to be more mentally alert, according to new research from a University of Montreal study.”

It’s also been shown that music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory. What a gift!

We are sooo grateful to these amazing ladies for sharing their time, talent, passion, and heart with the children and our community.

Watch out Lindsey Stirling, Baby D is comin’ atcha!

Recipe | Fried Plantains

You know those funny looking big “bananas” you see in the produce section of your grocery store? The ones labeled plantains? Yes, people really do eat them, and one of the BEST ways to do it is by slicing and frying.

That’s what we did one evening recently and used the delicious slices atop, what else, ice cream! Don’t be shy about foods you’ve never tried. Fry up a plantain today!



  • 2 large somewhat overly-ripe plantains
  • 1-2 cups vegetable oil (we used coconut)


  1. Peel and slice plantains
  2. Pour vegetable oil into a deep 12″ skillet (I like to use my cast iron) and heat on high.
  3. Gently place plantain slices into the skillet, being careful not to crowd them (about 1 plantain will fill the skillet.)
  4. Fry until golden brown, remove to plate with paper toweling to absorb excess oil. Repeat until all sliced plantain has been cooked.
  5. Sprinkle with brown sugar, powdered sugar, or drizzle with honey.
  6. Use atop a slice of angel food cake, yellow cake, or ice cream.
  7. Enjoy!

Those April showers most definitely brought May flowers, and #DelilahsGardenWars are full-on raging!

This fun, mock-competition between Producer Janey and I has grown to include a few dozen or so garden warriors and is an excellent way to show off our petal pride on Facebook and Instagram.

We have been heaping, uh, “compost” on one another, cracking ourselves up. It’s all in jest though, and we invite you to join in!

Post your pretty posy pics on your social media platforms and use the #DelilahsGardenWars. Have fun and tag all your gardening buddies!

June is coming at us fast my friends, bloom where you’re planted, and
Love Someone!