Sunday, October 23, 2016

Silent Sunday 10-23-2016

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Friday Favorites from Love Lola, The Lemon Apron, Veggie Inspired, Collage of Life, After Orange County and More

Photo taken by my sister yesterday in the Midwest. 

Good morning! Happy Friday to you. I hope that your week went well. Mine was very busy and tiring so I am ready to relax. I am hoping that the weather cools off a bit so I can get out and look for some Fall color, so far I have not seen much here.

Image Love Lola

I have been eating copious amount of salad lately so tonight I am going to be feasting on my favorite food pizza. What makes it even better is that it is  pumpkin pizza from Love Lola.  I have a feeling this is going to be one of my new favorites! 

Image from Veggie Inspired

I may have to make these Pumpkin apple and caramelized onion quesadilla from Veggie Inspired as well. 

Image from The Lemon Apron

I will not be making this scrumptious Apple Pie with Cheddar and Thyme Crust this weekend but it is on my list to make for the holidays. This beautiful pie is from a new blog The Lemon Apron that my sister discovered. The recipes, photos and styling are fabulous. 

Image L.L.Bean

This post The L.L. Bean Man from Jeanne at Collage of Life is one of my favorites because not only do we we get to hear about how Jeanne met Mr. H but also because Jeanne is a fellow tartan lover and she has conveniently linked all of the fabulous tartan finds from the new season in one place. 

One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited is the San Juan Islands in Washington state, this week Celia from After Orange County posted about a fabulous vacation rental on Orcas Island on the same island chain. 

Did you find anything interesting this week to share, a book, a movie, a recipe or interesting article? I would love to hear about it so please share. 

I hoe you have a great weekend. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Just Curious...Do You Know What Hygge Is?

Good afternoon! I hope that your week is going well so far. We are having a heat wave so the air is back on and the shorts are out. Are you experiencing the same crazy weather? 

In the meantime I am am curious, do you know what hygge is? I have been seeing a lot of books about this subject lately and I was wondering if I was the only one who did not know what it was? 

For those of you who are like me and did not know the meaning of hygge, pronounced hoo-gah, it is basically the Danish concept of nesting. The word roughly translates to cosiness and conviviality, but it encompasses your entire attitude about life. Some say it is hygge that makes the people of Denmark the happiest on earth. 

Although hygge is a concept practiced at any time it really comes it to its own during the harsh winter months. Keep in mind that the winters are long and cold in Denmark, it is dark for 17 hours so making yourself cozy, and happy is one of the best ways to get through it. Candles, dinners with friends and family, slowing down and enjoying life, sharing and appreciating the big and small things in life with those we love, savoring a cup of coffee alone or with others, a good book by the fire wrapped in a warm blanket, snuggling your pups, all of this is hygge. 

If you would like to create a little hygge in your home this winter here are a few things you can do:

Invest in some candles, they say that Denmark it the second largest consumer of candles, Austria is first. 

Slow down and relax, read, and savor your surroundings. 

Get a comfy throw to snuggle in.

Invite friends and family for simple meals, maybe even a pot luck. Remember, it is not about a big production but about being together. 

You can also practice hygge by baking something scrumptious and sharing with friends. 

Bundle up and get out and appreciate the beauty of nature, then come home and enjoy a cup of coco or coffee in a favorite mug. 

What do you think? Do you like the concept? Do you practice hygge already? 

Have a great day! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Rhodes Almond Braid Bread

Good morning! I am really excited today because you can find me and a recipe that I shared over on the Rhodes Bread Dough Blog!

Come and check it out if you have time, the recipes is easy and delicious!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Monday Musings

Good morning! How was your weekend? Mine was perfect because of its simplicity; beautiful weather, long walks, a trip to the farmers market, a little baking, dinner with new friends and lots of time reading. 

We have new neighbors from Spain and they invited us to meet some of their Spanish co-workers and to have authentic paella. The paella was scrumptious and the company and conversations were enlightening. It is so interesting to me to hear views about our country, the election and of course to learn more about their beautiful country. 

I find that as the  weather turns more to Fall/Winter I am more and more inclined to be at home. Are you the same? Consequently my stack of books and magazines is dwindling, so please share your latest "good reads. "

I am also pinning like a crazy Christmas elf on my nine Christmas Pinterest boards. I am one of those people that love Christmas, the decorations, the music, the Nutcracker, the movie and of course the food, baking and finding the perfect gifts. I am in search of a few new cookies to add to my repertoire, I want to make a buche de noel this year, and I may or may not change up my color scheme. Cataloging all of my "thoughts" on Pinterest is making my life a lot easier. 

What did you do this weekend? Did you relax, read, bake, cook, take a trip, tick a few items off of your bucket list?

Whatever you did I hope it was great and I hope that you have a wonderful week. 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Friday Favorites from The Wanderlust Kitchen, Smitten Kitchen, The Cut, Lisa Leonard and More

Good morning! How are you?  I just wanted to thank you all for your comments and emails regarding my post about the election. It is so nice to have an intellectual conversation with intelligent, knowledgeable and well-read people about important events and topics. Thank you for taking the time to comment and share your views, I have learned a lot from you and I appreciate you taking the time to share your information. 

Image Wanderlust Kitchen

I love Indian food. The spicy, flavorful dishes are some of my favorites to replicate at home and if they are easy to make than I like them even more. This Indian Cilantro Tomato Chicken from The Wanderlust Kitchen is one of my new favorites, in fact I am making it again today. You can whip this dish up in under an hour, serve it with rice and maybe even naan bread and you have a takeaway meal at home. 

Image from Deb Smitten Kitchen

Pumpkin is my absolute favorite thing to eat; pumpkin pasta, cake, pie, and bread to name just of few of the items that are on rotation at my house this time of year. I have several "favorite" recipes but I am always looking for more and when Deb from The Smitten Kitchen posted this pumpkin bread yesterday I whipped up a loaf straight away. It is now my new favorite pumpkin bread. 

We are going to a dinner party this weekend and  I am bringing a chocolate dessert tray. These Fudgy Cocoa Brownies will definitely be on it! 

Image Etsy via Pinterest

Today is the 90th birthday of one of the most beloved characters ever written about, Winnie the Pooh.  I remember when I was little wishing that I lived in the Hundred Acre Woods with those adorable little animals. Happy 90th Birthday Winnie the Pooh! By the way, to celebrate Pooh's birthday there is a new character coming out, a penguin, which you can read about it HERE. 

Image Abrams Books

This stunning book by female photographer Inge Morath is on my list for Christmas. 

Did you read, see, eat, make or find any interesting things this week? If so, please share. I hope that you have a happy, safe weekend. 

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