Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday Favorites from Flourishing Foodie, A Flavor Journal, Mind Body Green, and More

Good morning! I hope that you had a good week, mine was certainly better than last week but I will admit I am so looking forward to the weekend. 

Interesting Food

While you are preparing for the big storm coming this weekend you might want to pick up the ingredients for this White Bean and Kale Soup from Flourishing Foodie, it looks hearty, comforting and delicious. 

Beer Cheese Soup Image Here

Spicy White Cheddar Cheese Beer Soup from A Flavor Journal is on my list to make this weekend.

Hot Chocolate Oatmeal

When I was little I remember that my grandmother ate chocolate rice for breakfast and I couldn't wait to try be able to try it. This week I discovered something a little more healthy, Hot Chocolate Oatmeal from Mind Body Green

The Ultimate Brownie Muffin is just that, and more, not necessarily healthy but they are a great treat. 

Interesting Articles

Now Hiring! San Francisco LightHouse Keeper. This sounds like a great job.

Interesting Books

From the best selling author of The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield Once Upon a River.

Once Upon a River is a glorious tapestry of a book that combines folklore and science, magic and myth. Suspenseful, romantic, and richly atmospheric, the beginning of this novel will sweep you away on a powerful current of storytelling, transporting you through worlds both real and imagined, to the triumphant conclusion whose depths will continue to give up their treasures long after the last page is turned.

Kitchen Yarns

I just received Kitchen Yarns by Ann Hood and I cannot wait to read it this weekend. 

Hood tracks her lifelong journey in the kitchen with twenty-seven heartfelt essays, each accompanied by a recipe (or a few). In “Carbonara Quest,” searching for the perfect spaghetti helped her cope with lonely nights as a flight attendant. In the award-winning essay “The Golden Silver Palate,” she recounts the history of her fail-safe dinner party recipe for Chicken Marbella—and how it did fail her when she was falling in love. Hood’s simple, comforting recipes also include her mother’s famous meatballs, hearty Italian Beef Stew, classic Indiana Fried Chicken, the perfect grilled cheese, and a deliciously summery peach pie.

Stitch in Time
Stitch in Time by Daphne Kalma.

Donut is an eleven-year old geography buff who keeps her taxidermied mice hidden in her late mother’s hope chest. Her pops passed away, leaving her an orphan. Aunt Agnes has moved in, bringing along her lumpy oatmeal, knitting, and a plan to drag Donut off to Boston forever.

Donut stands to lose everything: her friends, her village, her home, the woods, and walks where the memories of her pops are stored up.
While Donut dodges the ache of missing her pops, she and her best friend Tiny plan how to keep her where she belongs.

Interesting Finds

I love feathers and collect them on my walks when I find them. I discovered this Feather plate from Pier 1 this week and thought you might like to know that it is on sale for .68 cents! 

I love this sweater dress from Anthropologie! It's $48.00.

Everything below is less than $5.00. 

Please share your favorite recipes, books, articles, movies and whatever else that you found this week.

Have a safe and happy weekend.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

More Tartan Finds on Sale from JCrew, Brooks Brothers, Talbots

Although it is only January and the beginning of Winter the stores are selling off their warm, cosy clothes to get ready for Spring. Many stores in my area started stocking their Spring/Summer garden furniture and clothes just before Christmas.

Pillows Williams Sonoma 

I have been following along with the sales to see if I can find a few tartan plaid things not only to wear and uses this season but next season as well. 

Here are a few of the things that I found that you might like too. If you see something you like simply click on the photo.



Brooks Brothers

Miscellaneous Stores

Tartan Shoes, Boots, Slippers

Tartan Scarves

Tartan Gloves

Tartan Throws
Sadly a few of the things I purchased at Christmas are sold out but there are still a lot of great tartan finds if you are looking for something to add to your wardrobe or home.  

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

5 Ways to Stay Motivated This Winter

Good morning! We are two weeks into the new year and I am wondering how you are doing? I don't make New Years resolutions, as I mentioned here but I know that many do and so I am curious are you sticking to your goals? 

Last week the weather was rainy, cold and grey for 5 days and I basically acted like a bear in hibernation. I went to yoga on Monday and the rest of the week I slept in, worked the rest of the day in my pajamas, walked my dogs in the cul de sac and that was the extent of my activities. I ate salads and drank hot chocolate because that is all the food that we had in the house and frankly I couldn't even muster the energy to make anything, in fact for the first time in about 10 months I did not even bake anything. 

So my question to you is this, how do you stay motivated in the Winter, not just to exercise but to get up, get moving and to conquer the day?

Here are 5 things I am doing this week to stay motivated. 

Custom Art Reani Etsy Store

1. Make a plan. 

On Sunday's I make a list of things I want to accomplish during the week to include, exercise, a meal plan and a few indoor activities.  Most times I accomplish it all but as I mentioned last week was a struggle. Oh well. This week I made another plan and so far so good, even with the cold and the rain. 

Cross-stitch for beginners

2. Start a new activity. 

I went to the library and got a stack of book, some cookbooks and some reading for leisure. I loaded up my Kindle Unlimited with a few of my new favorite authors. And I dumped a new puzzle on my table to give me a little distraction from the grey days. I personally find puzzles relaxing, do you? You could learn to knit or even to do needlepoint or cross-stitch

3. Learn a new skill.

I signed up for a few online classes this week and you can too. There are a ton of resources to learn a new language or to brush up on one that you already know. If you are interested in learning something new you can check out EdX, or Coursera to get a start. You can also take exercise classes, cooking classes and many more things online in the comfort of your home. It doesn't get any easier than that!

4. Enjoy the things winter has to offer.

If you can't beat them then join them. Make a fire, light your favorite candles, go out and make a snowman, go skiing, or snowshoeing! If we had any snow I would be out every day snowshoeing, it is my favorite winter activity. At the end of each day, get a cup of tea, a book and run yourself a warm bath, add your favorite bath salts or bubble and relax and rejuvenate so that you are ready to start the next day!

Cinnamon Rolls

5.  Reward Yourself

You don't need to run out and buy a bunch of stuff on shop online, but you can reward yourself with a cup of hot chocolate, homemade cinnamon rolls on the weekend or your favorite dessert. You could also book a massage or a day at the spa

What are you doing to stick to your resolutions if you made them? What is your best advice to stay on track and motivated? Please share the tips and tricks that work for you. 

Have a great day!

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Friday Favorites from Cindy Hattersley's Design, the Brick Kitchen, Made By Danica, and more.

Good morning! How was your week? I am wiped out and cannot wait for the weekend. I have been packing and purging, lugging stuff around the house, making piles for the thrift store and getting distracted looking through books and magazines that I need to thin out. 

The cold weather arrived yesterday and it really feels like winter now, I think we have seen the last of our 65 degree days until May. Oh well, they were nice while they lasted. Now it is time to settle in with some hot chocolate and a pile of books, at least until I have to go pack up another room.

French Onion Soup

I love soup and one of my favorites is French Onion, I posted this recipe on my blog in 2012 and it is one of my "most pinned" recipes. I am making it today so I thought I would share it with you as well. 

If you don't like French Onion soup,  Cindy of Cindy Hattersley Design is sharing her Mexican Street Corn Soup as well as 5 other bloggers favorite soup recipes. Any one of these delicious recipes are perfect for a cold winter day. 

Strawberry Pomegranate Pistachio Tart

Add a touch of summer to your winter weekend with this beautiful Strawberry, Pomegranate, Pistachio Tart from The Brick Kitchen.

Image Made By Danica

If you would like something a little more healthy than these Pistachio Snicker Bars from Made by Danica might be right up your alley. They are raw, vegan and gluten free.

Interesting Travel

Speaking of travel, here are a few Castles that you can stay in

The Brick Kitchen also have some great food and travel guides that you might like. 

Interesting TV/Articles

Interesting Instagram

Monalogue is one of my favorites to follow. If you are an Anglophile and love beautiful photos than you will want to follow Mona as well. 

Interesting Books

Eat Feed Autumn Winter by Anne Bramley is on e of my all-time favorite cookbooks! It is an oldie but if you don't have it I think you will enjoy the recipes and beautiful photos!

Martina's Kitchen Mix

Martina's Kitchen Mix
 is one of my new favorites, I love the photos, the recipes and the stories. I have already made several recipes and my favorite is the Cheese Tortellini with Gorgonzola Cream Sauce and Toasted walnuts, the perfect comfort food!  

From the Publisher:
To country music icon Martina McBride, cooking and singing aren't all that different. When she makes something delicious, she wants to share it, which is a lot like sharing her music with an audience. When she’s not on stage or in the studio, Martina is most likely experimenting in the kitchen and cooking with family and friends. Growing up on a farm in Kansas, Martina began helping her mother in the kitchen at an early age, preparing fresh-from-the-field ingredients. Meals and stories were shared daily around the table. It’s a tradition she continues with her own family as often as she can because real life is what’s worth celebrating. In this gorgeously photographed cookbook, readers will find more than 100 simple and satisfying recipes filled with fresh, seasonal ingredients and downhome flavor. 

The Southern Living Party Cookbook

I just got the Southern Living Party Cookbook and I cannot wait to throw a party! The photos are beautiful and there are recipes and drinks for every occasion, everything from Watermelon mojitos, to Pimento Cheese rolls, and brownie ice cream sandwiches. 

From the publisher:
This new essential guide to entertaining is divided by occasion, offering a fresh lineup of menus and ideas from Oxford, Mississippi’s go-to caterer for every celebratory scenario life serves up. In this update to the best-selling book of our mothers’ and grandmothers’ era, Elizabeth’s tell-it-like-it-is voice provides a twist to the classic Southern advice that is a refresher for entertainers of any age or experience. Packed with delicious recipes from the original book like Smoked Salmon Canapes, Hot Cheese Squares, and Brandy Alexanders, the book also includes popular picks from the current pages of Southern Living as well as Elizabeth’s treasured recipe box.

Interesting Finds

Love this shirt and what is even better is it is only $8.00!

UGG Slippers

I LOVE slippers, especially ones that I can wear outside to get the mail or even to my morning yoga class. I have heard great things about these UGG Ansley slippers so I ordered a pair in grey, they also come in pink, black, tan and a few other colors. I will let you know how they are once I get them and wear them awhile. 

For my fellow dachshund lovers, cute mug from Pier 1. 

 As always please share your recipes, adventures, finds, books, article, podcasts and whatever else you think we missed and would enjoy. 

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Tartan Bags

Good evening! I love tartan, seriously I could wear tartan pants, shirts, and sweaters and wonder if I could add a pair of mittens to the ensemble as well. 
This evening while perusing the sales before the stores start stocking Spring finds I found a few tartan bags that I love, so I thought I would share them with you. 

Have a great night.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Life Lately...January

Good morning! I hope the New Year is going well for you. Life lately here has been busy, chaotic, frustrating and exciting. This past summer my husband and I decided that we should downsize and move one last time; from that came many more discussions as to where, when and what we wanted. As we have both been out of the Midwest for many, many years we ruled that out, even though that is where most of our family is. Then we pondered a move to several states that we had in the past visited and loved but did not have any connections. We also thought about staying where we are but after an exhaustive search we could not find anything that we liked and it is also no where near family which we put as the top of our list as a reason for moving.  We have finally narrowed down our search and have had our house on the market since December 1st. I am still unsure if that was a good idea because I feel as if I "missed Christmas" with the staging, photo shoot, and the showings my life has been in limbo this past month. Although I baked between showings, I wasn't able to decorate as I normally do and to be honest that had me feeling a little down. With the start of the new year I am invigorated and ready for new adventures to come. Hopefully soon a new house will be found and the house here will be sold. In the meantime I am purging my shelves and closets and feeling all the better for it. What has been going on in your life lately?

Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

New Year, New You? 5 Things to Do To Have A Great Year

Good morning and a very happy Monday to you. I hope that you had a great weekend. I am sure this past week that you have heard or read numerous posts about New Years resolutions. I personally do not make resolutions, I did half heartily when I was younger but gave that up years ago when I never ever followed through with one. I guess with age comes wisdom. Here is the bottom line, you do not have to wait for January 1st to start over, every day of your life is a new day and a new opportunity to live a happy, healthier life.

Here are 5 Things to Do To Have a Great Year and A Better Life.

1. Practice Gratitude 

Practice gratitude because being grateful makes you happy. Be grateful for the good, bad, simple and momentous things in your life. In other words just be grateful and make a point to acknowledge it in your life.  It is as simple as keeping a gratitude journal where each morning or evening you make note of  3-5 things your are grateful for, there is nothing too small or too big to be thankful for. It could be a sunny day after a week of rain, the perfect cup of coffee, a promotion, a new puppy, and so much more.

Thankful Journal

2. Exercise More

Do you know the easiest exercise? The one that you actually do. One of the easiest ways to stay healthy and to take care of yourself is to exercise. I am not suggesting you run out and join a gym or run a marathon, I am talking about something that is as easy as tying your shoes and going for a walk. Walking is a great way to exercise your body and your mind. While walking you can meditate, listen to a book, learn a language, or socialize with your friends. Walking is low impact, can be done at anytime of the day, is great for cardiovascular health, osteoporosis and more. I have had a Fitbit Flex for over 3 years and although I do not wear it all of the time, to date I have walked 14, 895.295 steps!  I try to walk 10,000 steps a day, sometimes I walk more, sometimes less but at least I try.

Fitbit Flex

3. Eat Healthier

Along with exercise, dieting is one of the top resolutions that people make. I have tried everything from Paleo, to Atkins, no carbs, low carbs, shakes, no food and everything in between. I was a vegetarian for over 20 years and I was the most unhealthy I have ever been, my nails split, my hair fell out and I looked like a chipmunk. Several years ago I just gave up when I came to the realization that what works for me is everything in moderation. As I age I try to eat healthy 80% of the time and eat things like pizza, donuts, and other things I like 20% of the time. This year why not make an effort to eat more fruits and vegetables? Drink more water, eat fresh food, not processed and you will feel so much better. Little changes will make a huge difference in how you feel.

S'well Water Bottle

4. Get More Sleep

Experts recommend 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night and in fact say that it is as important if not more than what you eat and if you exercise. A good nights sleep is great for your mental health, your cognitive functions, your heart, your weight and so much more. The bottom lie is your need a good nights sleep. Make your bedroom an oasis by getting yourself a good mattress, a comfy pillow, some new sheets, a down comforter and whatever else you need to create a comfortable, calm soothing environment.

Bed From One Kings Lane

5. Spend You Time Wisely

Life is precious and time is short, don't waste it doing things you do not want to do or with people that you do not want to be with. Live your best life doing things you love, that bring you joy. Give your time to people who make you happy and guess what, you will find yourself happier.


None of these 5 things are are new or innovative, just 5 things that are easy to do that will help you to live a healthier and happier life.

Please share your resolutions if you made some this year as well as your tips for sticking to them or things that you do to live a healthier life.

Have a great day!

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Friday Favorites from Savor the Best, Creme de la Crumb, Broma Bakery, Purely Katie and More

Good morning! I am sorry to have been missing in action the last few days, to be honest I am having a hard time getting myself gear; the holiday on Tuesday threw off my timetable and I have felt like it was the weekend ever since. 

Interesting Food

Image Savor the Best

It's been rainy and grey here the last few days so my mind has been on comforting soups and easy meals. Doesn't this Instant Pot White Chicken Chili from Savor the Best look delicious?

Image Crem de la Crumb

I made Three Cheese Stuffed Chicken from Creme de la Crumb last night and it was scrumptious.   Here are  20 other easy and delicious chicken recipes to make!

I LOVE hot chocolate, so much so that I drink it everyday, 365 days a year, I even make my own chocolate "mix" by blending different chocolates. If you can would like to make your own, click here.

Image Broma Bakery

If you want to try something a little different this Tahini Hot Chocolate from Broma Bakery looks rich, creamy and comforting. 

Interesting Reading

Interesting Movies/TV


I think At Eternities Gate looks like an interesting movie, it is based on the  letters of Vincent Van Gogh and stars Willem Dafoe. I gave this 3 volume set to my husband years ago and it is a beautiful insight into the life of the artist in his own words.

52 TV Shows That Will Blow Your Mind in 2019

Interesting Books/Music

This book, Insight by Tasha Eurich was a recommendation from a friend. I just ordered it, have you read it? 

Most people feel like they know themselves pretty well. But what if you could know yourself just a little bit better—and with this small improvement, get a big payoff…not just in your career, but in your life?
Research shows that self-awareness—knowing who we are and how others see us—is the foundation for high performance, smart choices, and lasting relationships. There’s just one problem: most people don’t see themselves quite as clearly as they could.
Fortunately, reveals organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich, self-awareness is a surprisingly developable skill. Integrating hundreds of studies with her own research and work in the Fortune 500 world, she shows us what it really takes to better understand ourselves on the inside—and how to get others to tell us the honest truth about how we come across.
Through stories of people who have made dramatic gains in self-awareness, she offers surprising secrets, techniques and strategies to help you do the same—and how to use this insight to be more fulfilled, confident, and successful in life and in work.

I just started The Last Words and I cannot put it down.

Paris in Love, finished this last week and it is one of my favorite books about Paris. 

I listened to Roger Waters Igor Stravinsky this week after hearing a review on NPR and I loved it! You can listen to it free on Amazon streaming.

Interesting Finds

I have this cape and in fact gave it as a gift for Christmas and I love it. I wore it last week and 3 ladies stopped me to tell me how much they liked it. This Tartan Cape is  On Sale this week. 

Tartan Cape

As is this tartan cape which I also purchased this year. 

I hope that you have a safe and happy weekend. As always, please share your favorite books, movies, finds, recipe and links from around the web.