Sunday, February 17, 2019

Silent Sunday 2-17-2019

Have a great day!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Saturday Finds From the Anthropologie Sale

Good morning and a very happy Saturday to you! It is going to be a long rainy weekend here so I will be staying in and doing a few of my favorite things, reading and baking. I made the best cinnamon rolls last weekend and they were so good that I am making some more today! While I am waiting for them to raise I will be enjoying a few new magazines and a stack of great books. What are your plans?

Leopard Booties

If you are stuck inside because of the rain and the snow you might like to shop the 40% off sale at Anthropologie. The sale is an extra 40% off the sale items. 

Here are some of my picks. 

Floral Dress

Sleep Shirt

Flower Clutch

Embroidered Tunic Dress

Beaded Earrings

Rose Dress

Camilla Tote

Pom Pom Sandals

Flower Mules

Black Maxi Dress


Have a great day!

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Favorites from Foodess, The Cozy Kitchen, Foodtasia and More

Good morning! Did you have a nice Valentine's Day? Mine was great, a giant bouquet of white tulips(my favorite flowers) some chocolate cake and time with my loves.

On to my Friday favorites!

Interesting Food

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This Meyer Lemon and Bacon Pasta with Kale and Cauliflower from A Cozy Kitchen looks and sounds delicious. 

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I cannot wait to make these Chicken Samosas from The Foodess

Image Spend with Pennies

I made this Chicken and Rice Soup from Spend with Pennies and it is easy and delicious. 

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I have never made a financier but I have eaten many when traveling in France. I think I might make these Almond Raspberry Financiers from Foodtasia this weekend. 

I made this chocolate cake to celebrate a friends birthday and it is one of the best cakes I have ever eaten. 

Interesting Reading

Myths About food People Believed 25 Years Ago

The Parking Lot Suicides

52 Places to Go in 2019

The Simple Art of Kokedama

This story will warm your heart.

The Worlds Rarest

Interesting Books

Hollywood, 1938: As soon as she learns that M-G-M is adapting her late husband’s masterpiece for the screen, seventy-seven-year-old Maud Gage Baum sets about trying to finagle her way onto the set. Nineteen years after Frank’s passing, Maud is the only person who can help the producers stay true to the spirit of the book—because she’s the only one left who knows its secrets.

Auschwitz Lullaby

Auschwitz Lullaby  by Mario Escobar

Based on a true story, Auschwitz Lullaby brings to life the story of Helene Hannemann—a woman who sacrificed everything for family and fought furiously for the children she hoped to save.

The Recipe Box by Viola Shipman

Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.
When the chef embarrasses Sam, she quits and returns home. Unemployed, single, and defeated, she spends a summer working on her family’s orchard cooking and baking alongside the women in her life—including her mother, Deana, and grandmother, Willo. One beloved, flour-flecked, ink-smeared recipe at a time, Sam begins to learn about and understand the women in her life, her family’s history, and her passion for food through their treasured recipe box.

As Sam discovers what matters most she opens her heart to a man she left behind, but who now might be the key to her happiness.

Interesting Finds

I like this Le Weekend Sweater

Door Puzzle

They say puzzles are the ultimate in self-care. I personally enjoy jigsaw puzzles and often have one on the table during the winter. It is a relaxing way to spend a few minutes or a few hours.

Beautiful plates to add to your Spring table. 

Please share your favorite movies, podcasts, articles, recipes and anything else that you found that you think we might enjoy as well. Thank you for sharing your finds I always enjoy them. 

I hope that you have a great weekend.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope that you have a wonderful day and spend it with friends, family, pets and whomever else makes you feel happy and loved. 

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Drizzled Chocolate Caramel Corn

Good morning! I hope your weekend was great. Unfortunately, my mom slipped and fell and broke her right shoulder and her left wrist. Needless to say she is having a hard time doing anything. She is at home resting comfortably and I am putting together a Valentine's Day care package. 

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If you are looking for a sweet treat for your Valentine(s) I have a delicious, sweet, salty, chocolate  treat that they will love. It is basically my homemade Caramel Corn drizzled with your favorite chocolate(s). I used Guittard 64% chocolate but you could use your favorite chocolate bars or chips; dark, milk or white or even a mixture of the three to drizzle over the top. 

If you do not want to make your own Caramel Corn than you could buy a bag or purchase a bag of Kettle Corn( my favorite is from Trader Joe's) and simply drizzle melted chocolate over the top. Let is set, then break it apart and bag it up in a cellophane bag tied with grosgrain ribbon or put it in a decorative tin

Baked Brownies

I also made some sugar cookies and some Baked Bakery brownies to send along with my chocolate caramel corn in my Valentine's Day gift boxes. 

Do you have a favorite homemade gift to give to your Valentine? Or do you go out and find them a huge box of their favorite chocolates?

Have a great day!

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Saturday, February 9, 2019

Friday Favorites from Baked Bree, Call Me PMC, Kitchen Sanctuary and More

Good morning and a happy Friday morning to you! The last few days have been beautiful, warm and sunny, it is hard to believe it is February. Yesterday it was 73,  although I believe we are in for a temperature drop soon. 

I have lots to share this Friday so lets get to it!

Interesting Food

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The Best Club Sandwich from Simply Whisked looks delicious. I cannot wait to make it.  

My husband loves Chinese takeout and this Spicy Beef Ginger Stir Fry from Kitchen Sanctuary looks right up his alley. I think I will have to make this this weekend. 

Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Frosting, this cake is so easy and delicious. You could make one to celebrate Valentine's day!

Interesting Reads

The Treasure Behind the Wall

5 Must Reads for the Creative Entrepreneur

The Best Podcasts for Your Morning Commute

20 Random Acts of Kindness

The Formidable Women Behind Christian Dior

Interesting Books


I love baking and if I find a a cookbook or baking book that I LOVE I want you to know about it. Bravetart is my newest baking book and I think you will like it as well. It is filled with classic America recipes like cookies, cakes, brownies and more. I have already made the cinnamon rolls and a scrumptious chocolate cake and am looking forward to making the Pop Tarts, a white layer cake and my first batch of fudge! 

Mrs. Pankhurst's Purple Feather

When Mrs Pankhurst stormed the House of Commons with her crack squad of militant suffragettes in 1908, she wore on her hat a voluptuous purple feather. This is the intriguing story behind that feather.

Fashioned From Nature

Fashioned From Nature

Fashion has always sought to celebrate nature—from sumptuous silks and floral patterns to the spectacular creations of designers such as Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior—the two have always been entwined. Yet, in spite of this reverence for the natural world, fashion also seems destined to harm it. Spanning the 17th century to the present, Fashioned from Nature examines our dependence on nature for materials and the devastating impact of certain trends, as seen in the demand for ivory, fur, and exotic feathers.

Today, intense consumerism and fast fashion have taken things to a new level and this book discusses the need for a more conscious fashion cycle. But which has greater environmental impact—a leather handbag or a white cotton T-shirt? Considering the effects of land clearance, insecticides, and water consumption—not to mention washing in hot water after every wear—the answer may not be as clear as it first appears. No fashion choice will ever be without impact, but this book will stimulate debate and empower readers to question their role as consumers.

A Walk in the Wood: Meditations on Mindfulness with a Bear Named Pooh offers life lessons grounded in the simple act of slowing down, observing what is around us, and being present in our lives moment by moment.
The benefits of mindfulness are well recognized: greater peace of mind, less stress, and the opportunity to work through and transform thoughts, memories, and worries. It also fosters equanimity, helping us accept the changes and challenges life brings.
In our frantic world, who better to guide readers through this transformative practice than a long-beloved bear who has perfected the art of simply being? "Just two things to do to truly be Pooh--just be present and kind," he says.
And, not coincidentally, he lives in the woods. There is a growing acknowledgment of the benefits of deeply experiencing nature. The calming quality of sounds like running water and rustling leaves, the soothing properties of smells like lavender and chamomile, and the emotional comfort of beautiful natural vistas are well known.
A Walk in the Wood is both inspiring and instructive. Simple stories with clearly stated goals and easy-to-follow exercises provide all the tools you'll need to take the first step, or continue on your journey, toward a quieter and calmer way of living.

In these pages, the beloved Bill Bryson gives us a fascinating history of the modern home, taking us on a room-by-room tour through his own house and using each room to explore the vast history of the domestic artifacts we take for granted. As he takes us through the history of our modern comforts, Bryson demonstrates that whatever happens in the world eventually ends up in our home, in the paint, the pipes, the pillows, and every item of furniture. Bryson has one of the liveliest, most inquisitive minds on the planet, and his sheer prose fluency makes At Home one of the most entertaining books ever written about private life.

WE are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines

You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family's story of becoming gardeners in Joanna's first children’s book—starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family's love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.

Interesting Finds

Beautiful Gatsby Loafers!

Sampler Set

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Derek Lam Crosby Silent St. and recently I purchased Drunk on Youth I love them both! If you would like to try them you might like this Sampler Set.

Love this Scarf

I hope that you found something this week that you liked, if you have a recipe, book, movie, Podcast or more to share please do!

Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

My 10 Favorite Romance Novels

Good morning!  I love a good romance novel. Historical romances are my favorite but I also enjoy modern ones as well, especially if they are set in a romantic destination like Paris, London or Venice. As Valentine's Day is just around the corner I thought I would share my 10 favorite romance novels. 

 All of these books currently reside in my bookcase and have been for years; several of these books I read in high school, a couple in college and the others over the last 10 years. Some are classics, some more modern but the are all wonderful books that you will love if you haven't read them already. If you have read them, why not read them again, a classic never goes out of style. 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The story of the mysteriously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.

Ferney  by James Long

When Mike and Gally Martin move to a cottage in Somerset, it's to make a new start. But the relationship comes under strain when Gally forms an increasingly close attachment to an old countryman, Ferney, who seems to know everything about her. What is it that draws them together? Reluctantly at first, then with more urgency as he feels time slipping away, Ferney compels Gally to understand their connection - and to face an inexplicable truth about their shared past. A passionate love story that spans the centuries, fall under the spell of Ferney.

The Time Travelers Wife by Audrey Niffeneger

The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

Pride and Prejudice  by Jane Austen

 Set in England in the early 19th century, Pride and Prejudice tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. While Bingley takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane, Darcy has difficulty adapting to local society and repeatedly clashes with the second-eldest Bennet daughter, Elizabeth. Read for free on Kindle.

The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Claire Randall, a former British combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding clans in the year of Our Lord . . . 1743.

Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of a world that threatens her life, and may shatter her heart. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

Anyone who lived through the 1980s may find it impossible—inconceivable, even—to equate The Princess Bride with anything other than the sweet, celluloid romance of Westley and Buttercup, but the film is only a fraction of the ingenious storytelling you'll find in these pages. Rich in character and satire, the novel is set in 1941 and framed cleverly as an “abridged” retelling of a centuries-old tale set in the fabled country of Florin that's home to “Beasts of all natures and descriptions. Pain. Death. Brave men. Coward men. Strongest men. Chases. Escapes. Lies. Truths. Passions.”

Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquirel

This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way

At thirty-one, Noah Calhoun, back in coastal North Carolina after World War II, is haunted by images of the girl he lost more than a decade earlier. At twenty-nine, socialite Allie Nelson is about to marry a wealthy lawyer, but she cannot stop thinking about the boy who long ago stole her heart. Thus begins the story of a love so enduring and deep it can turn tragedy into triumph, and may even have the power to create a miracle...

The story of Robert Kincaid, the photographer and free spirit searching for the covered bridges of Madison County, and Francesca Johnson, the farm wife waiting for the fulfillment of a girlhood dream, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY gives voice to the longings of men and women everywhere-and shows us what it is to love and be loved so intensely that life is never the same again.

Do you have a favorite romance novel? If so please share your favorites!

Have a great day!

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