Monday, August 20, 2018

No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Some Fall Finds

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Good morning! I hope that you had a great weekend. I had a busy one cleaning closets, and hauling stuff the the thrift store. I also read, relaxed and walked at the beach among other things. It was so hot that I did not bake but I did make the easiest ice cream known to man. Seriously, it has 3 ingredients and you do not even need an ice cream maker, if you have one use it, the ice cream will be a little creamier, if you do not have one it will still be creamy and delicious. 
No Churn Vanilla Bean Ice Cream 


cups heavy whipping cream

Place condensed milk, heavy whipping cream and vanilla bean extract in a blender, blend until well combined. Pour the mixture into a plastic lined loaf pan and cover. Freeze for at least 5 hour or until frozen solid. 

When ready to serve remove from freeze and let thaw for at least 5 minutes, scoop out desired amount into a bowl or a cone and enjoy!

This ice cream is scrumptious alone but you can also use it to make ice cream sandwiches, top with hot fudge, or make a brownie sundae!

Brownie Sundae

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Summer is fast coming to an end so I am trying to cross a few more things off of my bucket list. Have you enjoyed the summer that you wanted? Do you have a favorite recipe for ice cream or just a favorite flavor? 

As i have said in the past few weeks I am savoring the present and embracing all that Summer has to offer.  That said I have seen a few  Fall things on one of my favorite online stores, Zulily,  if you are familiar with them then you know the items are only available for a limited time, so I thought I would share a few thins with you before they are gone. 

I like all of the farmhouse signs, but this one is my favorite and I love the bright orange velvet pumpkinshere and here


Have a great day!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Silent Sunday 8-19-2018

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

10 Delicious Lobster Recipes from Salads to Pasta to Sandwiches

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Good morning and a happy Saturday to you. Do you have big plans? I am off to the farmers market this weekend for vegetables, eggs and whatever else looks good, maybe a fresh crepe? Our market has a ton of fresh vegetables but we also have a lot of fresh caught seafood, including scallops, oysters, shrimp and fresh Maine lobsters which are flown in each week. 

Lobster Bisque from Living Chirpy

I personally do not eat seafood but my husband loves it, especially lobster and he is always looking for new recipes and new ways to make old favorites. 

Lobster Cobb Salad from Kitchen Confidant

Here are 10 delicious lobster recipes I think you will love! Simply click the name under the photo and you will go to the recipe. 

Lobster BLT from How Sweet Eats

Lobster- Roll from The Suburban Soapbox

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Lobster Scampi from Cooking for Keeps

Lobster Grilled Cheese Williams Sonoma 

Lobster Dinner Sur la Table

Lobster Paella William Sonoma

Lobster Tacos from Kitchen Lush

If you are like me and you love lobster but don't like to eat it here are a few of my lobster finds which are perfect for entertaining!

Have a great day!

One more thing! If you like Soludos as much as I do I thought I would let you know that almost all of our favorites are on sale right now.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Favorites from Savory Simple, Modern Honey, Sidewalk Shoes, Butter Your Biscuit and More

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Hello and happy Friday. I hope that your week went well. I am ready for the weekend, but then again when am I not? The mornings here have been cool with no humidity and great for walking, the afternoons sunny and warm, perfect for reading on the porch. This weekend will be the same sort of weather so I will be spending a lot of time outside. 

You can't walk into a store without seeing piles and piles of peaches. If you need a new recipe or two to use up your peaches then try this Summer Peach Salad or for something sweet, Vanilla Peach Coffee Cake or this Italian Peach Coffee Cake.

Image Savory Simple

This Chicken Bacon Avocado Salad looks scrumptious. I will be making it this week. 

Modern Honey

I am adding this Skinny Fettuccini Alfredo from Modern Honey to my list of comfort foods for the coming cooler months. 

Image Sidewalk Shoes

It's never too soon for Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Image from Butter Your Biscuit

Interesting Reading


If you are in Atlanta this weekend you definitely want to visit the Piedmont Art Festival, it has been named one of the top 100 art festivals in the nation. And my friend, the artist Marian Buis will be at booth #252 showcasing her whimsical dragonfly sculptures! These wonderful fine art sculptures are made with found items and are the perfect piece for your garden or home!


I love these Bento Boxes they are perfect for back to school or to use to take your lunch to work. 

If you want to add a touch of Fall to your table these dishes are on sale for $17.99!

Cute mug!

Fall soaps, lotions and candles. I already ordered mine because it is my favorite scent. 

I just got these Frye booties yesterday at Marshall's. They are super comfy and cute. 

And last but not least! 

If you were a fan of the Aerin Fairfield Collection at Williams Sonoma it is on sale this weekend up to 60% off. 

If you found, made, read, watched or listened to anything interesting please share it with us! 

Have a happy and safe weekend. 

Last but not least. Soludos on sale!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Life Lately

Life lately has been up and down, good and bad, exciting and a little scary. Summer is coming to an end and although it is not my favorite season I will be sad to see it go because for some reason I feel like I am more relaxed and happy during the summer. Maybe its the time at the beach and the bbq's or maybe its because winter is gray and depressing so the summer sun rejuvenates me? Or maybe it is because without fail if the sun is out I at 4:30-5:00 I am on my front porch with a book relaxing. Sometimes I just sit there and soak of the sun  and sometimes I read. Typically in the Fall and Winter although I relax and read by the fire I always feel as if there is something waiting to get done and its just not as relaxing. 

I have been a little sad the last few weeks because my best friend found out her dad has cancer and he is terminal. The last three weeks she has been spending every moment with her dad as he makes his way home to the Lord. I cry every time I speak to her or get a text because she is far away and I just wish I could be there to hug her, or hold her hand and help her or just sit and let her cry as she has done for me in the past. When we do talk we talk about how wonderful her dad is and how blessed her family has been to have him for 97 years as he has been healthy and happy the entire time. I hope that I am blessed to have my parents live to be at least 97. 

My good friend, who was also my neighbor for the last three years, moved back to Spain a couple of weeks ago. I miss her laugh, her spirit, her tenacity at learning English and I miss her every morning when I go to hot yoga as she was my partner and my cheerleader and I hers. I cannot wait until we meet again in Spain in the Spring. 

I am excited and a little scared because we are contemplating moving and have gone to look at houses but haven't found the perfect one just yet.  Although I am excited because I will be living closer to family, I am a little scared because I love my life here and I do not do change well in my old age. Not to mention I hate packing. 

For now I am going to enjoy my time here, and try to live in the moment. 

That's what going on here, what has been happening in your neck of the woods? I hope that whatever it is you are savoring the warmth of the sun and the waining days of summer. 

Post Notes:

Lately I have been:

Sipping my coco from these mugs from Anthropologie. 

Dreaming of my first pumpkin bread in this cute Fall pan from Williams Sonoma. 

Wanting this pumpkin cast iron from Staub but I am running out of room so I might have to settle for this little individual sized one.

I LOVE, LOVE, tartan and I have shoes, coats, sweatersdresses, and boots but after seeing this pair in red I think I might need them as well.

If you love tartan too check out my Tartan Shop where I have links to all thing tartan. Many are on sale from last season before the new stuff comes out.

My 6 Favorite Design Books to Preorder Now

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Good morning! The kids are going back to school here and that has me thinking about books, not school books but beautiful design books. I could look at beautiful design books for hours pouring over each photo taking in the rooms, the furniture, and the vignettes. I always feel books are the gift that keeps on giving because even after having them for years and looking at countless times each time you open them you find some new and interesting detail you did not notice before. 

There are so many beautiful books coming out in the next few months and I could have easily listed at least 30 here but I thought I would narrow it down to my 6 favorites and the ones that I have on my wish list. 

1. Nora Murphy Country House Style by Nora Murphy

Nora Murphy has turned her passion for country house style and its embodiment—her own home in Newtown, Connecticut—into a multimedia juggernaut. Her blog, website, e-magazine, strong presence on social media, and increasing visibility in print media and on TV have earned her a devoted following all over the country. Now she has distilled the essence of her knowledge about country house style and how to achieve it in this irresistible volume. The first part of the book lays out the universal elements of the style; the second reveals how she has incorporated these elements into her own home; and the third shows how the elements of this comfortable, comforting, easy aesthetic and approach to life can be applied in different ways and in different locations to striking, individual effect. Five homes, each of which expresses a unique take on the style, are featured. Part primer, part wish book, Nora Murphy’s Country House Style is all inspiration.

2. LaVie est Belle by 

This celebration and distillation of the spirit of France provides a privileged glimpse inside 18 ravishing French homes, from chateaux to farmhouses, as well as the regions in which they are set, including Normandy, Brittany, the Ile de Ré, Paris, Provence, the Loire, and Bordeaux. The book also features insightful essays on the traditions and characteristics of French life, including pavement cafés, vineyards, classic French furniture and fabrics, regional food specialties, and more. Interspersed throughout the book are recipes for authentic French dishes and quotations from great writers and philosophers, designed to immerse you in the culture and ambience of the French way of life.

Wendy Goodman has discovered and published stories on an astonishing array of private houses, notable for their character, personality, and flair, in her 30 years of design hunting. In May I Come In? she visits more than 75 that capture and express their owners’ spirit and passions. In this pantheon, imagination and originality hold sway: Artists and eccentrics are the equals of aristocrats and the mandarins of design, and every room has a story to tell. May I Come In? is profusely illustrated with superb images by leading interior photographers, as well as Goodman’s own snapshots and memorabilia related to her quests. It is an irresistible visual record of the art of living by one of its most penetrating observers.

From Brideshead to Downton Abbey, the country house is a subject of fantasy and curiosity, as well as a rich resource to explore the history of great architecture and decoration and the lives of landowners and those who made the houses work. With hundreds of photographs from the National Trust, and others from public and private collections, this visually lavish volume draws back the curtain on important historic homes in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. At the same time it reveals the complex stories of these interiors, both grand and hidden, from great halls, libraries and entryways to the kitchens and stables and gardens. Locations featured include Knole, Cragside, Castle Howard, Chatsworth, Polesden Lacey, Petworth, Bodiam Castle, Blenheim, Longleat, and dozens more.
An insightful essay by renowned British author and historian David Cannadine explores how the idea of the country house has changed over the past forty years. Additional essays reflect on how changing twentieth century values have impacted the country house, with contributions by writers and scholars such as Sarah Callander-Beckett on the private house, Madge Dresser on slavery and the country house, and Dr Oliver Cox on the 'Downton Abbey 'effect.' The texts are woven around extensive picture essays, introduced and curated by country house specialist Jeremy Musson, which look at the identity and image of British country houses of all kinds and the stories they contain.

5. Buckingham Palace: The Interiors by Ashley Hicks

Starting at the Grand Staircase, Hicks leads us through the state rooms, which include the White Drawing Room and the Blue Drawing Room that both overlook the palace gardens; the Ballroom, which is the setting for twenty investiture ceremonies each year; and the Throne Room, used by Queen Victoria for spectacular costume balls in the 1840s. The long, skylit Picture Gallery is hung with important works of art from the Royal Collection by Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Nicolas Poussin, Anthony van Dyck, Johannes Vermeer, and Canaletto, among others. Decorative furnishings from George IV's exotic Brighton Pavilion lend a fanciful turn to many of the rooms.

6.  Life Along the Hudson by Pieter Estersohn

This scenic stretch of estates along the Hudson offers some of the finest examples of American architecture and landscape design. The edition's thirty-five featured homes were designed in a range of styles by notable architects Stanford White, A. J. Davis, Calvert Vaux, Warren and Wetmore, and more. All pair exquisite interiors with expansive lush lawns and riverfront views. Formerly country homes for eighteenth-century landed gentry and nineteenth-century industrialists--Astors, Chanlers, Chapmans, Delanos, Roosevelts--they include Dutch colonial cottages and grand Gothic Revival, Federal, Georgian, and Beaux-Arts residences. Constructed on land owned by the influential Livingston family, who settled in the area in the late seventeenth century, many have been restored to their former splendor by the original owners' descendants as well as recent leaders of New York City industry and the arts, including Richard Jenrette and Brice Marden.

Do you have any of these books on your "wish list?" Or do you have some others that you think we need to add to our lists? If so , please share them. 

Have a great day!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Homemade Spanish Sangria

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Good morning! I hope that your week is off to a great start. The weekend was a mix of sun and rain, work and play.

For the last three years we have been blessed with the best neighbors here on an assignment from Spain. Each time we went to their home we were served Sangria in addition to other traditional Spanish fare. Although I have made my own sangria in the past theirs always tasted better and so before they moved home I asked them to share their recipe. It is fruity, delicious and refreshing and it is in my opinion the perfect refreshment for hot summer parties. They recommend making it ahead so the flavors meld and making a lot because your guests will love it. 

Spanish Sangria

1 bottle red Spanish Wine, we use Rioja
1 lemon
1 orange
1 peach
1 apple
1/4 cup Spanish brandy
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
1 lime for garnish

Slice the lemon and orange in thin slices and add half of them to a pitcher, cut peach and apples into cubes, add all of the peaches and half of the apples to the pitcher. Muddle the fruit a little to release some of the juices. Then add the brandy, sugar and orange juice, stir well to mix together. Next add the wine and the cinnamon sticks and mix again. Place the pitcher into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight. 
Take the leftover fruit and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. 
When ready to serve the sangria stir it well. Add ice to each glass along with the reserved apples, then pour in the sangria and add slices of lemon, oranges and limes for garnish. Note: the limes are not traditional but I like them in mine for color and taste. 

Are you a sangria fan? Or do you have another summer drink that you enjoy?

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Silent Sunday 8-12-2018

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

My Saturday Finds from Brooks Brothers, Vans and More

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Matisse & Decoration

Good morning! It's Saturday and I am ready for pancakes and a stack of magazines before I go out and clean the garage. Then if the rain holds off I will be at the beach. What do you have planned?

Before I head off to start my day I thought I would share a few things I found this week. 

White Shirt From Brooks Brothers

I love this white shirt from Brook Brothers, it is classic and could be dressed up or down. 

Pink Shoes

As a child I always got a new pair of tennis shoes for school and although I am not going back to school at this age these Old Skol Vans are cute. 

Williams Sonoma

Aren't these tropical melamine plates gorgeous?  I think they are perfect for any last minute summer soirees. 

H&M Blouse

I am in love with this blouse. I ordered it from H&M yesterday, I hope it fits. 

Dorie Greenspan

Dorie Greenspan is one of my favorite cooks and this is her new book, you can pre-order it here.

Genius Desserts

You know me, I love desserts and I can't wait for Genius Desserts to be released.

That's it for today have a great day!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Friday Favorites from What's Gabby Cooking, Taste of the South, and More

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Good morning! A happy Friday to you. I hope that you have had a great week. The weather here has been bright, sunny and hot, the perfect southern, summer weather. I am looking forward to a little rest this weekend and I might even venture to the beach.

Here are a few of my favorites from around the web this week. 


Image What's Gabby Cooking

Like many when it is hot and humid I do not feel like cooking so this Watermelon, Kale and Feta Salad is perfect. 

Image from Taste of the South

If you feel like making a little effort by cooking the watermelon try this Grilled Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad.

This Tomato, Basil and Feta Over Spaghetti Squash is one of my favorite things to make in the summer. It can be made with pasta or spaghetti squash if you are eating low carb and it is refreshing and delicious.

Even though it is hot I still like to enjoy chocolate treats, so these No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Treats are perfect, you simply cook everything in a pan on the stove, scoop them out and refrigerate until ready to enjoy.

Interesting Reading

Are you a fan of Goop? Interesting article about them here


I love these embellished sandals

Who What Wear Target

I love dresses, they are easy to wear and make it even more easy to get dresses. This shirt dress from Target is one of my new favorites. 


Cute napkins for the last of your summer parties. 

Glasses Anthropologie

These pineapple inspired glasses  are great for cocktails, sangria and wine as well as lemonade and water. 

Image and Book Here

I have been in love with Carolyne Roehm for years, in fact I am just old enough to remember her work as a fashion designer. Her art, books, houses, flower arrangements, interior design are awe inspiring. This September her newest book is coming out, it is a little expensive so you might want to put it on your Christmas list. 

That's it for this week. Please share your recipes, podcasts, books, adventures and whatever else you discovered this week. 

Have a happy and safe weekend.