Saturday, August 31, 2019

Saturday Selection Pottery Barn

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Good morning! Happy weekend, I hope that your weekend it starting off well. We are hosting a bbq today so I am baking this morning among other things. There are a lot of great sales this weekend and I am taking the opportunity to buy Christmas presents. Did you know that between 40% of people start Christmas shopping before Halloween? 

Here are a few of my favorite things from Pottery Barn from their sale this week.

This cosy throw is perfect for sitting in front of the fire, for taking to a tailgate party and to use as a tablecloth!

Classic napkin rings are always a good thing to have for casual or formal entertaining. 

turkey platter $17.99!

If you always wanted a vintage transfer-ware turkey platter and could never find one this traditional turkey platter copy is on sale at pottery barn for $17.99! I have two or three vintage ones and I use them every Fall in my decor and for family meals. 

Rustic Copper Chargers, $6.99, another piece to use all season. 

I received this family sentiment bowl which says, "Family is belonging to and believing in each other." as a gift last year and I love it. In fact I love it so much that I have given it 3 times as as a hostess gift with toasted nuts or cookies. 

For the grown up Harry Pottery fan in your life, these leather crest coasters are perfect. 

Enjoy the weekend and the sales. 

I hope that if you are in Florida that you are prepared for whatever this hurricane may bring. I lived in Northern Florida for 6 years and it is incredibly stressful watching, waiting and getting ready to evacuate or to stay in these storms. 

 Here are a few more great buys from Pottery Barn

Friday, August 30, 2019

Friday Favorites from Joy the Baker, Ful-Filled, Cooking for Keeps and More

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Good morning! I hope that your week has been great! I am looking forward to the long, holiday weekend, and a little peace and quiet. All week my two dogs, Pisa and Paris have been barking at the contractors that are remodeling the bathroom and the mudroom. After a few hours they stop barking and then then try to escape from the room I have barricaded to go into the bathroom to befriend the same contractors. 

I hope that you enjoy my finds this week. 


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This Mediterranean Fresh Tomato Tart with Feta from Joy the Baker looks amazing! I have to make this!

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Grilled Feta and watermelon stack from Cooking for Keeps is an easy salad to have in your recipe collection. 


As is this Late Summer Harvest Salad from Ful-Filled.

Image and recipe from Seasons & Suppers

I made this, Pumpkin Cranberry Walnut Bread , my first pumpkin recipe of the season, and it was delicious! I will be making many more loaves of this for the holidays and to give away.


Kir Royale Cocktail from Cookie + Kate are one of my favorite drinks, I usually use my own homemade raspberry liqueur(which is an easy and delicious DIY gift) when I do not have Chambord. 



Fall Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow

Learn about autumn leaves through a lyrical tale with illustrations and activities. 
With beautiful illustrations and a lyrical narrative, Virginia Snow takes children on a fun and educational adventure. Take a stroll through the woods and learn to identify 24 different kinds of leaves by their shapes and autumn colors. At the end of the day, learn how to press the gathered leaves and how to make a leaf rubbing.
Book includes:
• Colorful illustrations of 24 separate leaves
• How-to instructions for pressing your own leaves
• How-to instructions for rubbing your own leaves
• A game matching leaves to trees and names
• Fun facts about the trees featured in the book
This is a great book for kids and grandkids. 

When You Read This by Mary Adkins

Iris Massey is gone. 

But she’s left something behind.

For four years, Iris Massey worked side by side with PR maven Smith Simonyi, helping clients perfect their brands. But Iris has died, taken by terminal illness at only thirty-three. Adrift without his friend and colleague, Smith is surprised to discover that in her last six months, Iris created a blog filled with sharp and often funny musings on the end of a life not quite fulfilled. She also made one final request: for Smith to get her posts published as a book. With the help of his charmingly eager, if overbearingly forthright, new intern Carl, Smith tackles the task of fulfilling Iris’s last wish.
Before he can do so, though, he must get the approval of Iris’ big sister Jade, an haute cuisine chef who’s been knocked sideways by her loss. Each carrying their own baggage, Smith and Jade end up on a collision course with their own unresolved pasts and with each other.
Told in a series of e-mails, blog posts, online therapy submissions, text messages, legal correspondence, home-rental bookings, and other snippets of our virtual lives, When You Read This is a deft, captivating romantic comedy—funny, tragic, surprising, and bittersweet—that candidly reveals how we find new beginnings after loss.

Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her 'special' child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.
But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray.
The arrival of Narcisse's relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist's across the square - one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own - all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence - even, perhaps, a murder...

In the spring of 1844, the Wells family receives a letter from a distant relative, the wealthy landowner Nicholas Van Ryn. He has invited one of their daughters for an extended visit at his Hudson Valley estate, Dragonwyck. Eighteen-year-old Miranda, bored with her local suitors and commonplace life on the farm, leaps at the chance for an escape. She immediately falls under the spell of both the master and his mansion, mesmerized by the Gothic towers, flowering gardens, and luxurious lifestyle—but unaware of the dark, terrible secrets that await.

Anya Seton masterfully tells the heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her remarkable passions, and the mystery that resides in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck.


I like this cake stand and think it would be a great piece for Fall desserts, with or without the dome. 

Wood charger($9.98) for your holiday table. 

Brown and white transferware is one of my favorite things to use in the Fall. I just purchased several bowls similar to these Spode bowls at TJ Maxx. 

Beautiful soapstone pumpkin from TJ Maxx. This pumpkin is available on line, just click the link here.  

Ghost and Pumpkin Garland, Available online at TJ Maxx. 

I hope that you have a happy weekend, enjoy the holiday and the extra day off! If you are in the path of the hurricane, stay alert and be safe, I am praying for you. 

Thursday, August 29, 2019

10 Scrumptious Foods to Eat at Your Labor Day Party

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Good morning! This is the last hurrah for most of us this summer, it's back to school and back to work for another year. Here are 10 scrumptious foods that you might want to make for your Labor Day party. I will be having at least 4 or 5 things on this list. Then I will probably have to diet so that I can get ready to eat all of the tasty treats of the upcoming holidays. 

Photo credit: Quentin Bacon 
Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010

This bbq pork sandwich from Martha Stewart may be all I need to eat for the entire weekend! I am drooling right now. 

A fabulous meal in one foil packet, Bbq chicken from Life Made Sweeter.

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It would not be a summer party without a burger! This Bacon Brie Burger with Spicy Peach Carmelizd Onion from Climbing Grier Mountain would be great. 

For the hot dog lovers, Grilled South American Hot Dogs with Tomato Salsa, recipe from Cauldron.


Corn is a summer staple, this Parmesan Grilled Corn is great side to serve at the bbq! Recipe from Tara's Multicultural Table.

Country Living

Use up some of your gardens' bounty and make this Cucumber Tomato Salad from County Living.


Watermelon Berry Salad, cool, refreshing and a great palate cleanser before dessert. Recipe from Yay for Food.

It doesn't get any easier than this recipe, store bought pie crust and blueberries make east Blueberry Hand Pies, you can make these with your kids and grandkids for a little fun. 

This is the Best Banana Cake Ever and it is great for parties and for kids to take to school as a special treat too. 

Add a plate of Magic Bars to the buffet and watch them disappear. 

What are your plans for Labor Day? Do you have a favorite food that you love to eat in the summer and are planning to make to eat this weekend?

Have a great day!

5 Finds from Target for Fall.

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Good evening! I hope that you enjoy my 5 finds from Target!

Fabric mini-pumpkins!  I think these would be great in a bowl, used to make a wreath or as place card holders at Thanksgiving. 

This dress is a great piece to have for Fall, you can dress it up or down, wear it to work out out. 

Fall Flower Dress from Isaac Mizrahi, this dress is coming soon along with items from all of the people Target has collaborated with over the last 20 years. 

Fall Walk. This is the perfect book to teach your kids and grand kids about Fall, and identifying over 24 leaves and trees. 

This is my favorite candle from Target, as you can see I love them so much they are on the side bar of my blog. I love the elegant, old world look of the glass and all of the scents. I think they make wonderful gifts; pair it with some soaps, bath salts, a book and give it to a friend for her birthday. Or you could give a few for a hostess gift. 

Target is my go to place for inexpensive "trendy" clothes, decor and other seasonal items that my grand kids love. 

Have a great night. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

5 Daily Finds from Mark & Graham

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Good evening! I hope you had a great day! It has been a busy one here and very noisy with my two pups barking non-stop at the contractors here working on the bathroom remodel. 

 I have 5 fun pieces from Mark & Graham to share with you today! All of these items are from their clearance sale and are up to 70% off. I think several of them are perfect for gift giving.

Even though summer is almost over you can still use this Enamel Ice Bucket($39.00) for entertaining this Fall and Winter, it comes in white and buttery yellow or white and blue. You can also get it monogramed or personalized. The large bucket is $74.00 and the tray is($44.99). 

This wicker bag is classic and can be used for years to come.

Boiled wool earrings, my sister in-law wears these all of the time and loves them. 

I love this chair, it is a great piece for inside or outside. 

Double sided scarf perfect for yourself or a gift. 

There is also a sale for 20% off the items not on clearance. 

Here are a few more items you might like. 

My 5 Daily Finds

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Good evening! I love seeing all of the beautiful new fashion and finds that show up in my in-box so I thought I would share a few each day with you as well, just in case you need something or want to start your holiday shopping. 

Beautiful Fall colors in this tartan scarf from ASOS

Restorative eye pillow. I have one of these and I use it every day at yoga, the soothing scent is very relaxing. It is also great to use at home as well. 

Bring on the pumpkin spice candles! Only $10.00 at Target.

Have a great night. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Life Lately

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Good morning! I hope that you had a great weekend. Ours was a little crazy, we woke up to a phone call from my mother -in-law that her car had been stolen. Apparently she accidentally left her side garage door unlocked when she took out the garbage and sometime during the night, while she was asleep, the thief came in the garage, then into the house(when they didn't find her keys inside the car) plucked her keys off of the hook in the kitchen, and drove off in her car. Thank God they didn't hurt my mother-in-law, I do not even want to think of what could have happened if she would have woken up and startled them. What is even more crazy is that she lives in a house in the "active adult" neighborhood of an assisted living facility, I am not sure how the security did not see anyone come in the neighborhood and drive out in her car. We are grateful that nothing happened to her and frustrated that we are so far away.

This week we have contractors in and out remodeling a bathroom and the mudroom. We have an in-laws' suite downstairs with a bathtub and decided that since we have aging parents a better solution would be to convert it to a shower. This morning the bathroom was stripped to the studs and by Wednesday next we will have a fabulous new bathroom and mudroom. 

 The weather here is in the high 90's and humid. The last week it has been mostly gray and rainy. It is the peak of hurricane season so it is to be expected but every year it manages to take me by surprise. It is hard to believe that this week is Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end to summer, soon it will be Halloween and then the holidays will be upon us.

What is going on in your life lately? Are your kids and grandkids back at school? Do you have any fun plans for Labor day weekend?

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Saturday Selection: Anthro Day at Anthropologie!

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Good morning! I hope this Saturday morning finds you well rested and perhaps relaxing and reading in bed with a cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa. Maybe you are reading or perusing the sales, whatever you are doing remember to take time for yourself and rejuvenate. 
I realize that it is only August 24th but in my house it is never too early to think about the holidays. Today and tomorrow are part of Anthropologie's "Anthro days" and if you are like me you might find a gift or two for your family, friends or even yourself. Today and tomorrow you get 20% off all clothing and home and 30% off select Fall  favorites. 

Here are a few of my favorite pieces.

This dress is one of my all time favorites, it is a classic piece that will never go out of style. You can dress it up or down. 


This Maeve embroidered sweatshirt is another piece that you could dress up or down. I would wear this with a skirt to a dinner party. 

Asymmetrical Jacket Anthropologie

This red Sascha Asymmetrical Jacket is not only beautiful but makes quite a statement. 

This explorer shirt is in my cart. I love anything that has maps, or graphics on it. 

Talk about statement, these Embellished shoes would look great with jeans, dress pants and more for the upcoming months. 

If it is plaid or tartan then I love it! I ordered these shoes and I cannot wait to see how they look. 

Sun girls Rifle Paper Co shoes are so whimsical.

Here are a few more pieces that you might like.