Echo Bella...repeat beauty.

{Echo Bella}...repeat beauty. Passion for all things, jewelry, food, decor, photography and people I love. Cheers!

Favorite Quote

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt


Whatcha doin' this weekend?

Maybe a lazy day at the pool?

                                {Via Trip Advisor}

Maybe a picnic in the park?

                                {Via Walsall}

Maybe a hike in the woods?

                                   {Via Bookbuilder}

Maybe a little gardening?

                        {Via Skippy's Vegetable Garden}

Maybe a visit to a landmark?

                                {Via BoonevilleMo}

Whatever you decide to do I hope you ENJOY your weekend!!!


Corn on the Grill

Picture of Jalapeno-Lime Corn on The Cob Recipe

{Jalapeno-Lime Corn on the Cob}


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 6 ears corn on the cob, husked
  • 1 slice bread, of any kind
  • Coarse salt


Combine butter, lime, jalapeno, garlic and paprika in food processor and pulse process until smooth. Place on waxed paper or plastic and roll. Place in freezer until ready to serve.
Cook corn by boiling, steaming or grilling. Cut disks of butter and rub onto corn, nesting the butter in a slice of bread to apply it to the hot corn. Season ears with salt (and fight over the hot buttered bread slice!)

Good Friday Morning, Sunshine


Check back around lunch time... I'll have a wonderful weekend grill recipe to try!  Was this NOT the fastest week? I honestly can't believe it's Friday, already.

See you at lunch time.


Sun Flowers

 It's no longer raining in DC so I thought I would put something a bit more cheery up.  Nothing says sunshine and happiness like a sun flower.  These are beautiful pictures taken by Melody Farrin.


                              {Via Melody Farrin}

Rain in DC today...

"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow. "  ~Gilbert J Chesterton 
"Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots."   ~ Frank Howard Clark
"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky."   ~Rabindranath Tagore 

                                             {Via argo_72}

                                            {Via VeNiVi}

Love the rain, only if I can watch it from my window...


Crape Myrtles

I really want to plant a Crape Myrtle in my backyard. I have been procrastinating for months so now I have to wait until fall to plant one.  I can't decide which color to choose.  So, I have posted a few different colors that I like and that would look good with the other trees and I need your help to decide.   Please let me know which you like the best!  Many thanks!  I will follow up next month with a picture of the winning color (if there are blooms of course).

 White Crape Myrtle

                           {Via City Garden Guide}

 Dark Pink Crape Myrtle

                             {Via South Pasadena}

Red Crape Myrtle

                           {Via Selma Daily Photo}

Purple Crape Myrtle

                              {Via LSU AgCenter}

I am personally leaning toward the red OR the white.  I use a lot of planted pots to provide me with lots and lots of other colors during the spring/summer months.


Places to visit...around the world

                        {Via Travel Guide Europe}

Italian Villa, Italy

                         {Via Travel Guide Europe}

Coast line of Dalaman, Turkey

                         {Via Travel Guide Europe}

Montpellier, France (south)

                         {Via Mediterranean Cruises}

Santorini, Greece

With my morning cup of coffee, I've managed to visit four amazing places.

"What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds.  When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then.  People don't have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road."  ~William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways


Peaches...a summer favorite

Picture of Boozy Peaches and Cream Recipe

         {Boozy Peaches and Cream}

This recipe is super easy and it looks elegant. You can also use nectarines and I would imagine plums would be good as well.  Instead of the bourbon you could substitute with an extract, like almond or lemon or vanilla.

Directions:  Toss 3 sliced peaches with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract; set aside until juicy, about 30 minutes. Whip 1 cup heavy cream until it thickens, then beat in 4 teaspoons brown sugar. Add 4 teaspoons bourbon and beat until soft peaks form. Layer the peaches and cream in dessert glasses; top with toasted pecans.


A Wonderful Sunday to you all

                                     {Via zindagi ke kuch pal}

Wishing you a lazy Sunday!