Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Fall Inspiration for Your Front Entry

Good morning! I am back from my short trip to visit my husbands family in the Midwest. We had a great time and now it is back to work and the start of a new month. I cannot believe it is October, can you? Soon I will be decorating for the day after Halloween too soon?

Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, the leaves, the pumpkins, produce and more, make it such a great time to decorate as we transition from Summer to Winter. Although I do not decorate the entire house I always make sure the front porch looks welcoming. 

Country Living

Here are some great ideas I spied this week on Pinterest. Of course there are thousands more but these were a few of my favorites.

Image HGTV

Stone Gable

Serendipity Refined

Better Homes and Gardens

Image Between Naps on The Porch

All Things Heart and Home

Maybey She Made It

Image Our Vintage Home

Image On Sutton Place

Image from On Sutton Place

Do you decorate for Fall? Or do you decorate for Halloween? I personally an not a fan of Halloween so I always decorate using pumpkins, gourds, corn and harvest produce. Tell me, have you found any new inspiration for decorating or do you decorate the same ways year after year?

I hope that you have a great day!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday Favorites from The Smithsonian, Remodelista, Helen Tilston, Tasty Kitchen and More

Good morning! Happy Friday and a happy weekend to you. I hope that you have had a great week and have some wonderful plans for the weekend. 

Image from Row House Nest via Rue Magazine

 I love Great Britain and one of the things that I enjoy most about spending time with family and friends there is the Aga ranges. Do you know what I am talking about? The beautiful ranges that take center stage in each kitchen and keep it and you nice and toasty warm on a cold Fall afternoon. This week on Remodelista they featured these quintessential cast iron enamel ranges, and I wanted one of each!

Image from The French Basketeer

I also love France and always enjoy when a fellow blogger shares their French home. This week Andrea from The French Basketeer shared a glimpse inside her house in Beaune. Be sure to visit her beautiful blog for spectacular recipes, party ideas and travel tips.  

Image from Helen Tilston

Helen Tilston one of my favorite bloggers is back in her native Ireland visiting and painting and this week she featured a painted a wonderful painting of another favorite blogger Pamela of From the House of Edward. Incidentally, Pamela is visiting Scotland right now but she has one of her always interesting "lists" posted this week and I think you might friend a book or something to enjoy.

image from Tasty Kitchen

I always enjoy new twists on old favorite desserts and this Cannoli Tart from Tasty Kitchen is one of my newest discoveries. I cannot wait to make this next week. The only problem is that I know I will not have any  will power to eat just one piece, which is the up side of going to the bakery and ordering only one cannoli, when it is gone, it is gone. 

Have you seen The Last of the Unjust? It is an excellent documentary about Theresienstad, "the model ghetto" during the Holocaust. 

This is a great article from Smithsonian Magazine Everything Was Fake But Her Wealth.

Last but not least, this is my favorite thing from my week. This was the invitation that my niece received to Homecoming. It was the first slide of the Power Point presentation in Theology class yesterday. Isn't it sweet?

I hope that you have a fabulous weekend, be safe and enjoy some time with family and friends. I know that is what I will be doing.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Good morning! I hope that you are having a fabulous week so far. I am having a great week but I have a big weekend planned so I am counting the days until Friday. 

Typically, I do not eat breakfast but on a cool day I feel like I need something to get me going. Often it is oatmeal with cinnamon and brown sugar but on the weekends when I have time I like to make something special, like coffee cake, waffles or cinnamon rolls. Oh and sometimes omelets and savory foods too just in case you think I only consume sweets. 

This recipe is easy, the mixer does all the work and you can make them Saturday while you have a little time and then bake them Sunday morning for a treat. I mean, what is not to love about a yeasty roll, filled with cinnamon and sugar and topped with cream cheese frosting?

Dough Ingredients:

3/4 cup warm water

2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 cup buttermilk

1 egg

1/3 cup oil

4 1/2 cups all purpose flour


1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

6 tbsp ground cinnamon

2 tbsp cornstarch

1/8 tsp nutmeg

5 tablespoons unsalted butter melted


6 oz cream cheese at room temperature

11/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp lemon juice

1-5 tablespoons of milk

In the bowl of a freestanding mixer fitted with a dough hook, add water, yeast and 1 tbsp of the sugar. Let stand for 10 minutes until the yeast starts to froth and bubble. In medium bowl whisk together the buttermilk, egg and oil. Add this to the yeast along with the rest of the sugar and mix until combined. Pour in 2 1/2 cups of the flour and the salt and mix on low, gradually add the rest of the flour to bowl and continue to mix on low. Knead for 5 minutes, until the dough pulls away from the bowl. Place in a well oiled bowl, cover with a damp towel and let proof for 2 hours in a draft free spot.

In a small bowl mix together the filling ingredients except for the butter and set aside.

Roll the dough out into a rectangle and brush with melted butter, making sure to leave 1 inch around the sides. Sprinkle filling mixture over the butter. Tightly roll the dough from the longer side, like a jelly roll and pinch the ends together to stop the filling from spilling out. 

Cut dough every 11/2 inches. Place buns in a lined 9 x 13 in pan. Wrap pan in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Remove pan from refrigerator, place on middle shelf in oven. Fill a pan with boiling water and place on bottom shelf of oven. Turn on the over to 400 for 1 MINUTE! Set the timer, because you will forget. I know because I do it all the time. Then turn off and let the buns raise until double in size, roughly or for 1/2 an hour.

Remove the water and the buns from the oven and set aside.

Mix together the icing ingredients and set aside. 

Preheat the oven to 350 and bake for 30 minutes, until golden brown, watch the buns because this could take less time than 30 minutes!

Frost with icing and enjoy!

Tell me are you a big breakfast fan? Or do you find yourself calling coffee breakfast? If you have the time and would love to have an accompaniment to your coffee or tea than these cinnamon rolls are a "must do" during the next few months where the days are long and cold.

I hope that you have a fabulous week!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pumpkin Love Pumpkin Recipes

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of the year. 

Although there are many reasons I love Fall, the changing weather and luscious colors, daylight savings, fires in the fireplace, the excuse to slow down and be lazy, my favorite things about fall is pumpkin!

Photo Pine Cones and Acorns

I cannot get enough pumpkin,  The smell of pumpkin and the spices that often accompany it take me right back to my grandmothers kitchen. I can picture myself standing there eating scraps of pie dough sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar while I wait for the first pumpkin pie of the season to come out of the oven.

Photo Pine Cones and Acorns

I will tell you though, I do not limit myself to pumpkin pie during the "season" which for me begins September 1st and ends on Easter Sunday, I eat pancakes and waffles and doughnuts, cakes, bread, cookies, pastas, salads, soups and more.

Here are a few dessert recipes that I have on my Fall Pinterest board that I plan to make in the next few months. I will write another post of all my savory favorites using pumpkin later next week.

Pumpkin Pie Bars from You're Gonna Want Seconds

Pumpkin Spice Cookies from

Pumpkin Carrot Cake from Gold Medal Flour

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Browned Butter and Sage from Eat the Love

Pumpkin Donuts with Buttermilk Glaze from Chili and Tonka

Pumpkin Cheesecake from The Lady Behind the Curtain

Pumpkin Dream Cake from The Novice Chef

Pumpkin Crumb Cake from An Edible Mosaic

Chocolate Pumpkin Bread with Cinnamon Glaze From Heather Cristo

Pumpkin Pecan Cake From Food Snobs

Pumpkin Pie Cupcake from Cakes Cottage

These are just a few of over 2000 Pins on my Fall Pinterest board. If you love Fall and pumpkins and more than click over and check out my finds. 

I have a crazy busy week coming up what about you?

Have a great day and a great week!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Friday Favorites from Sweet Paul, I Dream Of, Heather Cameron, Heather Cristo and More!

Good morning! I hope that you have had a great week! I have been traveling this week and although it is always nice to get away it is even better to get home and back into your own bed and routine.
When we left home it was cool and crisp, and now it is hot and sunny again which is lucky for me because I am not ready to give up going out on the water just yet. 

Image Jeanne I Dream Of

These past few weeks I have been in heaven following along Jeanne, the incredibly talented illustrator and artist who writes the blog I Dream Of, Instagram as she traveled to Scotland and Iceland. 

Image Jeanne

This week on her BLOG you can see a few of the 3000 photos that she took!

Apple Cider Bourbon Punch Heather Cristo

With the cooler temperatures there has been a wonderful assortment of comfort foods and Fall recipes for drinks, dinners and desserts. This week Heather Cristo featured Apple Cider Bourbon Punch, something new to add to your cocktail list along wassail and mulled cider.

Cauliflower Gratin from Sweet Paul

Sweet Paul featured this Cauliflower Gratin with Pancetta, the perfect side dish for any slow roasted meet this Fall or Winter. 

Image Heather Cameron

Have you always wanted to make the perfect pie for the holidays? Now is your chance to learn all about crusts, fillings and more from Heather Cameron in her new series A Year of Pie. I think this is perfect timing to learn some new techniques for the upcoming holidays!

The Mischievous Mommy

Etsy has many, many talented artists but have you seen the work by Eve's Imagination? If not check out the beautiful work created by Ruth Oosterman and her daughter Eve who is a toddler. Ruth writes the blog The Mischievous Mommy and you can see the collaborative effort of a budding artist and her mom.

Tell me, have you read anything great this week? Made anything scrumptious? Or have you been traveling to points unknown? If so, please share your finds and stories with us, we would love to hear about your adventures.

Have a great weekend!

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