Sunday, September 24, 2017

Silent Sunday 9-24-2017

Have a great day!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Friday Favorites from Broma Bakery, The Sweet and Simple Kitchen, Pretty Pink Tulips, and More

Scrabble Tiles,Vintage plaid blanket,  Similar Blanket Here

Happy Fall! And of course a happy Friday to you. Does it feel like Fall to you? In my area it is still in the 80's so its doesn't feel much like Fall but thats ok I am still celebrating its arrival. 

Image from Broma Bakery

Fall is all about apples, pears, pumpkins and butternut squash. This Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese from Broma Bakery looks like the perfect dish to celebrate the coming of Fall. 

Chicken Pumpkin Quinoa Soup from Whole Fully

If you are looking for a healthy soup this Chicken Pumpkin Quinoa Soup from Whole Fully looks delicious. 

If you need a little chocolate fix this weekend you could make a batch of these Triple Chocolate Fudge Browneis.

Image from the Sweet and Simple Kitchen

Of all of the sweet treats to eat my absolute favorite isn't cookies, cake, brownies or candy, it is yeast doughnuts with frosting and no sprinkles. I search out the best doughnuts in every place that I travel and I have been known to eat a doughnut for breakfast and dinner too. Oddly, I have never made yeast doughnuts, but that is about to change because I will be making these Perfect Yeast Doughnuts from the Sweet and Simple Kitchen

Recycled Glass Pumpkins

Typically I decorate with pumpkins, gourds, pine cones and other natural items but I think I may have to get these recycled glass pumpkins from Pottery Barn. 

If you would like to knowWhere to See the Best Fall Foliage check out this post from Pretty Pink Tulips

My favorite story of the week HERE

I hope that you have a great weekend!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Branching Out with New Things From West Elm

Good morning! I don't know about you but I am so happy tomorrow is Friday. It has been a long week and frankly I need a rest. I want to be a slug and just do nothing. OK, let me rephrase that, I don;t want to be on a schedule and I do not want to work and I just want to relax, putter around and do what I want, like bake and eat. 

Image West Elm

I had a conversation a few months ago with an interior designer and she mentioned that she was thinking of giving up her profession because everyone seemed to want the same thing, "the perfect white/grey house" that they see on Pinterest and Instagram. Really? What happened to originality, and making your house your castle? Why would you want your house to look like everyone else? 

Image Pinterest

I do not have a white or grey house and shockingly there are no slip-covers. I have a traditional house with a collected interior. My husband and I have been traveling the world since we were teens and our house reflects that. 

Image Stone Gable via Pinterest

We have very eclectic taste, I love traditional Ralph Lauren plaids, and paisleys in dark blues and browns but then I love modern art in bright fuchsia, green and cobalt blue. I think the family crystal looks beautiful with hand-made pottery plates and twig flatware.

I typically shop vintage, antiques and more traditional looking shops, and I love one of a kind things. But I also shop at Williams Sonoma and Pottery barn for seasonal items and occasionally West Elm when I receive their new catalog.

Image West Elm

As I paged through the latest offerings online I found several items I liked. I really want this bright rug although I have no where to go with it. I love these mixing bowls and can always use a few more.  We buy these Rewind candles all the time and I am pondering these lamb mugs for my niece and nephew. 

What in your decorating style? Modern, eclectic, traditional? What is your favorite place for accessories? Do you shop at West Elm? What if your favorite but there?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Just Curious...What is going on in Your World?

Good morning! I hope all is well with you. In the news there is another storm, another earthquake, another missile test and a half a million people have cholera in Yemen. Some days I do not like to face the harsh world around me. What about you?

I recently read this post on Jen's blog Peanut Butter Runner and I sat down to write the answers of my own life in this survey-style questionnaire. 

What are you...

Making : Anything with pumpkin, to included pumpkin bread, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pasta and a few other recipes I will share later. 

Cooking : Meatballs and homemade sauce and chili this weekend. 

Drinking : Water and Trying to cut out my 1 mini Coke Zero every other day because I have read terrible things about artificial sweeteners. 

Reading: The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Wanting: Cooler weather, no humidity. 

Looking: At a huge pile of books and magazines that I have stored like a squirrel to read in the next few weeks. 

Playing: Classical music while I type this post. 

Wasting: Time. I am a worrier and I waste too much time thinking and worrying about things I have no control over. 

Sewing: I can sew by hand but I cannot sew on my sewing machine, the thread always gets bunched up. 

Wishing: For peace and calm in the world. Sorry if this seems like a "Miss America" answer but I am sometimes overwhelmed by all of the sadness in the world and wonder if God is trying to send us a message. 

Enjoying: Pumpkins. I love them, orange, white, grey, pink, whatever the color, size or shape I want to bring them all home with me. 

Waiting: To have my first piece of pumpkin pie!

Liking: Plaid, Fall colors and warm cozy clothes. 

Wondering: If I have what it takes to complete the 200 hour teacher training classes for yoga. I am actually a shy, introvert and the thought of teaching a class scares the heck out of me and takes me so far out of my comfort zone I can't tell you. 

Loving: My new haircut and "winter color", basically the same as before but no highlights.

Hoping: To be with my family for the holidays. And to take a few photography lessons this winter. 

Marvelling: That I survived my August challenge. I attend hot Vinyasa yoga 5 days a week, an hour a day. I challenged myself for the month of August to attend 2 classes a day either back to back or one in the am, once in the pm. It was the most physically and mentally challenging thing I have done to date and I am proud that I was able to do it. 

Needing: Nothing. 

Smelling: Williams Sonoma Pumpkin Spice Candle and Spiced Chestnut two of my favorite Fall and holiday scents. 

Wearing: My Fall/Winter wardrobe, Minnetonka slippers, a comfy sweatshirt and flannel pj's. 

Following: The weather forecast. 

Noticing: All of the suffering in the world these last few weeks with the hurricanes. 

Knowing: Life is short. My sister lost her fiancee 13 years ago and last night his son passed away. Hug the ones your love and ALWAYS tell them you love them. 

Thinking: Lately, I have been thinking that I need to live more "in the moment." My mind runs off worrying about stupid stuff and I am missing out on the present. 

Feeling: Happy that Fall is on the way. I am looking forward to lazy weekends, wrapping gifts, making cookies and getting ready for the upcoming holidays. 

Bookmarking: Many recipes on Pinterest for comfort food, Mexican recipes, desserts/cookies of the holidays. 

Opening: My mind to the possibilities of new adventures and activities this year. 

Giggling: At the antics of my pups Pisa and Paris. 

That is what is going on in my world, what about you? What are you, liking, making, feeling?

If you would like to answer your own set of questions here they are. If you post them on your blog let me know I would love to read what is going on in your world.

Making :
Cooking :
Drinking :

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Let the Cat Out of the Bag...Leopard for Fall

Good morning! Has your week started out as your wanted? If not there is still time to get it on track after all it is only Tuesday.

Image Here via Pinterest

Leopard is everywhere this Fall, bags, booties, hats, coats and more. Leopard could be considered a neutral or it could be a statement, I guess it all depends on how you wear it. If you were walking the street in head to toe leopard pattern than you would definitely be a statement. I personally like to wear either a leopard belt or boots or a bag (not alltogether) but with a crisp shirt, black pants or jeans and that's it. I like the leopard print to be the accent and the focus at the same time. 

Image HERE via Pinterest

I rounded up a few of my favorite leopard bags, just in case you want to add one to your collection! If money were no object I would add the Gucci bag to my Fall wardrobe. Instead I am thinking of this clutch or this handbag. I will let you know which I choose. 

Are you a leopard fan? Do you wear it frequently? Do you like to be a statement or a "neutral"? Speaking of bags,  do you prefer a clutch? Tote? Or handbag?

Have a wonderful day! Be safe in the storm(I feel like this is starting to be an everyday thing), I believe there are now 3 storms churning.

Monday, September 18, 2017

One Bowl Mixed Berry Crumb Cake

Good morning! A very happy Monday to you. In just 5 days it is officially spring. If you blink it will soon be Christmas 97 days to be exact. If you would like to keep track for yourself,  click here for the countdown clock. 

My weekend was nice, quiet and leisurely. In the summer when the weather is hot and sunny I feel like I need to get out, go to the beach, sit in the sun, enjoy the heat and warm weather. In the Fall and Winter I am a nester and I am a little slug. I like to stay home, read books and magazines, bake, relax and fluff up my house. 

I made this cake for breakfast and it quick, and it is delicious. I think it is a great way to enjoy the last few days of summer. 

Mixed Berry Crumb Cake

4 ounces very soft butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
11/2 cups of mixed berries, blueberries and raspberries

3/4 cup sugar
 1 cup all purpose flour
4 ounces melted butter
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 10 inch tart pan with removable bottom. Coat the pan with baking spray. You can also use a 9" round cake  pan. Make sure to spray with cooking spray and then line with parchment paper.
With a whisk or a wooden spoon mix the butter and sugar in a large bowl until the mixture is light and fluffy. Then add the egg and mix well. Add the buttermilk, mix well. Add one cup of flour and sprinkle the baking soda and salt evenly over the flour. Mix until all of the flour is incorporated. Add the second cup of flour and mix just until the flour is incorporated. 
Gently fold int he berries. 

For the topping
Combine all of the ingredients for the topping in a bowl and mix with a fork until you have large clumps. Sprinkle the topping evenly over the cake. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes, then cover with foil and return to the oven. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven, cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy. 

Have a great week

NOTES: I used a square tart pan for this recipe. 
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