Monday, September 30, 2019

Silent Sunday 9-29-2019



Have a great day!



Saturday, September 28, 2019

Saturday Selections from Madewell


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Happy Saturday morning to you. Are you a fan of Madewell? Over the  years I have purchased one or two items a season from them and have loved the quality and the style. Here are a few of my favorites from their Fall collection. 







Quilted Reversible Coat is a classic addition to your Fall wardrobe, especially one that is reversible. 





This Corduroy Acorn Top is great with jeans, pants and can be dressed up or down. 




Leopard Loafers, as I have said many times I like to use animal print as an accent to my outfit, shoes, belts, and bags are the perfect way. 



Madewell Plaid Coat

Have a great day!



Friday, September 27, 2019

5 Daily Finds Quilted

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Good evening! I hope that you had a great Friday! I found a few quilted pieces that would look great in your Fall and Winter wardrobe. 























Have a great night!



Friday Favorites from Simply Delicious, Half Baked Harvest, Fox and Briar and More

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Good morning! How was your week, I hope it was great. Do you have any plans for the weekend? My sister and brother-in-law arrived yesterday to spend the weekend with us and we are headed off on an adventure today with my mother-in-law. Whatever your plans I hope that you have a wonderful weekend.

Food

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It is almost cool enough for a big steaming bowl of soup and this Potato Leek Soup from Simply Delicious looks perfect.


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This Cauliflower Mash with Meatballs and Gravy looks like a big bowl of comfort.


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Doesn't this Autumn Apple Harvest Granola from Half Baked Harvest look delicious? I would eat this as a snack instead of for breakfast.


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I could eat this whole tray of Soft Beer Pretzels and Cheese Dip from Fox and Briar. I think they would make a great game day snack.


Bake Pumpkin Donuts
I have never made pumpkin donuts but this Baked Pumpkin Donut Recipe from Baker by Nature

Interesting Articles


This Website Turns Your Pets Photos into a Bespoke Painting.

Learn from the Best, Zoe Bakes and Joy the Baker are joining forces to teach a workshop on Puff Pastry! If you live in New Orleans click here for information.

 5 Reasons My 90 Year Old Grandmother Smiled on Her Deathbed.

8 Things to do on Sunday Night That Will Help You Have A Better Week

25 Famous Women on Becoming Famous Later in Life

The Words People Can't Spell

Hacking Instagram in the Name of Classic Literature


Books



At forty, May Attaway is more at home with plants than people. Over the years, she's turned inward, finding pleasure in language, her work as a gardener, and keeping her neighbors at arm's length while keenly observing them. But when she is unexpectedly granted some leave from her job, May is inspired to reconnect with four once close friends. She knows they will never have a proper reunion, so she goes, one-by-one, to each of them. A student of the classics, May considers her journey a female Odyssey. What might the world have had if, instead of waiting, Penelope had set out on an adventure of her own?

RULES FOR VISITING is a woman's exploration of friendship in the digital age. Deeply alert to the nobility and the ridiculousness of ordinary people, May savors the pleasures along the way—afternoon ice cream with a long-lost friend, surprise postcards from an unexpected crush, and a moving encounter with ancient beauty. Though she gets a taste of viral online fame, May chooses to bypass her friends' perfectly cultivated online lives to instead meet them in their messy analog ones. 

Ultimately, May learns that a best friend is someone who knows your story—and she inspires us all to master the art of visiting.



Table Comes First by Adam Gopnik

Never before have we cared so much about food. It preoccupies our popular culture, our fantasies, and even our moralizing—“You still eat meat?” With our top chefs as deities and finest restaurants as places of pilgrimage, we have made food the stuff of secular seeking and transcendence, finding heaven in a mouthful. But have we come any closer to discovering the true meaning of food in our lives?

With inimitable charm and learning, Adam Gopnik takes us on a beguiling journey in search of that meaning as he charts America’s recent and rapid evolution from commendably aware eaters to manic, compulsive gastronomes. It is a journey that begins in eighteenth-century France—the birthplace of our modern tastes (and, by no coincidence, of the restaurant)—and carries us to the kitchens of the White House, the molecular meccas of Barcelona, and beyond. To understand why so many of us apparently live to eat, Gopnik delves into the most burning questions of our time, including: Should a Manhattanite bother to find chicken killed in the Bronx? Is a great vintage really any better than a good bottle of wine? And: Why does dessert matter so much?

Throughout, he reminds us of a time-honored truth often lost amid our newfound gastronomic pieties and certitudes: What goes on the table has never mattered as much to our lives as what goes on around the table—the scene of families, friends, lovers coming together, or breaking apart; conversation across the simplest or grandest board. This, ultimately, is who we are.

Following in the footsteps of Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Adam Gopnik gently satirizes the entire human comedy of the comestible as he surveys the wide world of taste that we have lately made our home. The Table Comes First is the delightful beginning of a new conversation about the way we eat now.




The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook presents over 100 recipes that showcase the cookery and customs of the Crawley household—from upstairs dinner party centerpieces to downstairs puddings and pies—and bring an authentic slice of Downton Abbey to modern kitchens and Downton fans. 

Whether adapted from original recipes of the period, replicated as seen or alluded to on screen, or typical of the time, all the recipes reflect the influences found on the Downton Abbey tables. Food historian Annie Gray gives a rich and fascinating insight into the background of the dishes that were popular between 1912 and 1926, when Downton Abbey is set —a period of tremendous change and conflict, as well as culinary development.

With a foreword by Gareth Neame, executive producer and co-creator of Downton Abbey, and featuring over 100 stunning color photographs, The Downton Abbey Cookbook also includes a special section on hosting Downton-themed dinner parties and presents stills from across the TV series as well as the latest film. Notes on the etiquette and customs of the times, quotes from the characters, and descriptions of the scenes in which the foods appear provide vivid context for the dishes.

The recipes are grouped by occasion, which include breakfast; luncheons and suppers; afternoon tea and garden parties; picnics, shoots and race meets; festivities; upstairs dinner; downstairs dinner; downstairs supper and tea; and the still room.


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That's it for this week. I hope that you found something you enjoyed, as always I hope that you share your favorite recipes, books, and more with us. 

Have a great day. 




Thursday, September 26, 2019

Life Lately




Good morning! I am sorry the posting here has been a bit off this week. I have been busy with my 90 year old mother-in-law who is visiting for two weeks. We have spent hours talking, laughing and reminiscing. We have also gone on a few adventures and there are more to come. I am savoring  every minute of my time with her and I am staying off social media for the most part. I want to, enjoy our time together and make memories.

I will be back tomorrow with my Friday Favorites.

Have a great day!




Wednesday, September 25, 2019

5 Daily Finds from Talbots Sale

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Good evening! I hope that you had a great day! I found some great pieces for your Fall wardrobe from Talbot's! 
















Here are a few other things you might like as well, click the arrow on the right to see more. 
The best part, there is a sale and you can get 25% off your order. 

Have a great night. 



Pumpkin Zucchini Nut Bread

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Good morning! Yesterday was the first day of Fall, unfortunately mother nature is not cooperating as it is back to beach weather. I am not letting it get me down, I've got my mums and an array of pumpkins dotted around the house and on the porch.




The Fall baking has already begun, this weekend I made this delicious Pumpkin Zucchini Nut bread that I discovered on Pinterest. I won't lie, I was a little skeptical about adding the zucchini but you cannot taste if and it makes the bread so moist. This recipe makes 2 loaves, you can give one to a friends, or freeze one to eat at a later date. I think this bread is perfect to give away in your Christmas baskets of food gifts.




Pumpkin Zucchini Nut Bread
Recipe from Life Made Simple

Ingredients

1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 vegetable oil
3/4 c granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar packed
3 eggs lightly beaten
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini(lightly squeezed)
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking porder
/2 teaspoon kosher sea salt
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 ground cloves
2/3-11/3 cups chopped nuts(pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds) or chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray two 8x4" or 9x5" loaf pans with cooking spray. 
In a large bowl whisk together the pumpkin, butter, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Add the zucchini and fold in with a spatula. 

In a medium bowl whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Gradually add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, add the nuts or chocolate at this time as well. Do not over mix, mix until just moist, its ok to see a few streaks of flour. 

Pour the batter evenly between the two pans, place in oven and bake for 40-50 minutes(9x5" pans) 50-60 minutes(8x4" pans) or until a cake tester comes out clean. Remove pans from the oven and cool on a wire wrack, leave in the pans for 15 minutes then tip the bread out and cool on the wire rack.




Enjoy!

Have you been baking yet? Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe to share?

Have a great day. 



5 Daily Finds from Threshold at Target

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Good evening! I hope that you had a great day! I found some great things at Target this week and I thought you might like them for your Fall decor. 



This is a great neutral table runner that could be used all Fall and Winter long. 


This Jacobean Style table runner is beautiful and adds a touch of the old world to your decor. 


White ceramic pumpkin.  The perfect neutral piece for any room. 



How cool is this rolling pin? Simple roll your dough then cut out your cookies and you have instant texture!


This leaf tray is a great piece to serve candy, cookies and other treats or to use as part of your arrangement. It reminds me a a vintage brass leaf from Virginia Metal Crafters. 

I hope you have a great night. 


Monday, September 23, 2019

5 Daily Finds- Fall Lights

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Good evening! Happy Fall! I will admit that I already purchased some mums and some pumpkins but that is all the decorating I have done. I love making an arrangement with pine cones, pumpkins, antlers and other found objects and then stringing a few strands of lights among them. It adds a little ambiance and a touch of the season. 
Here are a few string lights that you might want to add to your decor. 


















Add of few stings of these lights to you arrangements, decor or even a hurricane lantern for a touch of whimsy and color. 

Good night. 

Happy Fall Y'All

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Good morning and a happy Fall to you! I am so excited that it is Fall. I am doing a happy dance, if you have ever watched Snoopy from The Peanuts dancing that is what I look like.  I love everything about Fall; the crisp cool weather, the leaves crunching under my feet, the amazing colors of nature, leaf peeping, pumpkins, apple picking, anything plaid, pots of soup simmering all day long, bonfires, football, cosy, lazy days by the fire and the fact the Fall is the start of the most wonderful time of the year. 

What are your favorite things about Fall? 

Have a great day!



Sunday, September 22, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday Selections

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Good morning! Happy World Gratitude Day! I hope that your weekend is off to a good start.  To those who live in Southeast Texas, I hope that you safe and that the flooding has subsided. 




It is a cool, crisp morning here and we are off on an adventure with my mother-in-law, although I would love to see some Fall color I think it is too early. Whatever the case I am looking forward to a great weekend. 

Here are a few things you might like if you are shopping this weekend. 




If you want to add a touch of leopard to your Fall wardrobe these booties are on sale for $55.00.







Acorn and Pearl Earrings, a stylish pair of earring for Fall.



These pajamas look cosy and stylish, you could wear them all day and look and feel great!




We have a few of these down throw blankets at our house and we keep them in a basket by the sofa so that when we, or our guests, are watching movies we can each have our own little blanket to keep us warm. They are also great to keep in the car or at the bottom of the bed in case you get cold at night. They would also make a great gift! They are also available at Bed Bath and Beyond, if you get one from BB & B make sure to use your coupons. 

I hope that you have a great day! Enjoy the beautiful weather.