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Waldorf Salad Mountain Style

Peaches are one of my very favorite Summertime fruits and I am always searching for ways to

incorporate them into a healthy and tasty dish.

I truly believe you would enjoy this version of the all time classic Waldorf Salad.

In This Waldorf Salad recipe I used Palisade Peaches, which come from the High Country in

the Colorado mountains.  I really think these are the most succulent peaches I have ever tasted.

They were firm, yet ripe and the texture was moist and melt in your mouth sweet goodness.

This is a sweet yet tart salad which is a great dish to serve with chicken or even alone with some

great bread.

You are going to love that all you need is one bowl, a knife, a spoon and wisk to prepare this tasty

little treat.

Oh, and did I mention that there is an added bonus?

It is super healthy and I just be your kiddos are gonna love it too!

During our visit to Colorado we ate several meals out at some terrific restaurants in Durango,

however on our last night we really just wanted to stay in and enjoy the quiet and beauty of the

majestic Mountains.

Sadly enough, this Mother Hubbard's cupboards were bare, except for some fruit, yogurt and nutmeg.

Tada...the Waldorf Salad Mountain Style was born!

Ingredients :

3/4 cup coconut low fat yogurt (or vanilla)
1/4 tsp lemon juice
3 golden delicious apples cored and cut into cubes
1 banana sliced
2 large peaches pitted and cubed
1 tsp nutmeg

Romaine lettuce leaves (if you have them)


Whisk yogurt, lemon juice and nutmeg in large bowl.  Add apples, banana and peaches.
Toss gently,

Arrange lettuce on plate spoon salad over.


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Pops Of Orange For Halloween

I have put together a few simple ways to add a pop of Orange to  Halloween.

Some of these projects come with a link that has a tutorial, and others are inspiration from

my youngest daughter who lives in Oklahoma.

Last year I had some little pumpkins that really needed a pick me up so I got out the modge podge

and transformed them from plain to fun!  You can easily do the same.

I really enjoyed the messy process, so if you are up for a little craft here is the Tutorial

This is such a whimsical mix, I really like the silver cream and sugar set combined with the pops of

orange and the burlap runner for this vignette.

She always keeps her eye open for treasures throughout the year and is a smart shopper for sales.

One of the fun things about this welcoming wreath on her front door is all of the ribbon choices and

embellishments which you can use.

You have the ability to make it perfect for your very own front door.

My daughter made this one, here is a tutorial for a similar wreath which you could use as a guideline.

Most of all have fun with it, this is super easy and quick so if you are having guests over this

weekend and want to spruce up your entry, this project is perfect!

This is a darling vignette, I really like the use of the varying shades of orange

 anchored with black and white, and then tied together with a modge podge letter.

This is such a neat vignette, Fall leaves, potion bottles and a merry pumpkin displayed on a

vintage cake plate.

I like the no fuss attitude here and the way it welcomes Fall easily to her white wood table.

And a few simple mums and pumpkins on a red wagon can brighten any corner in your yard,

along with a  little story on child hood memories too.

So many sweet and simple ways to add pops of orange to Halloween!

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Fashion Friday & Skin Cream

I have fallen in love with Fall once again, I think I do this every  year.

And jeans, and leopard print heels and boots.

AND please remember anyone- no matter

your age or figure looks great in an awesome pair of really good fitting  jeans and a pop of leopard.

You are BEAUTIFUL, my friend -the REAL beautiful, the one who gets up with grumpy husbands,

sick children, the one who is not airbrushed, but the real deal.

This is not flattery it's a compliment for being you and giving the day all you've got.

My dear Mom, wore jeans fashionably all of her 83 vibrant years and looked great in them.

Jeans really have come a long way, and they are more comfortable than ever.

Truly there is a style, fit, fabric and color just waiting for you, and yes you will have to try them

on, because all brands fit differently.

If you really and truly don't want to try them on in the fitting room, tuck that receipt in a safe

place and try them on in the comfort of your own home.

Oh, and don't forget the statement necklace too!

I so enjoy flipping through magazines, checking out Pinterest and polyvore.

I find so much inspiration and direction.  

Then  I use that inspiration to choose many of my clothes.

I find deciding specifically what it is I am looking before I leave home  helps me

to stay focused. otherwise I tend to become overwhelmed once I hit the stores.

Fashion Friday tip of the week, is "Dream Cream."

It is DHR cream which is a mixture of Dexamethasone, Hydroquinone  and Retin A.

Now that was a mouthful, wow...  This combination of ingredients decreases irritation.


DHR requires a prescription, from your Doctor-( I personally see my Dermatologist)

and comes with a warning of sensitivity and Sunburn.

So a super good sunscreen is mandatory SPF 30 or higher.


But now let me share with you the benefits, it will help lighten, tighten and brighten our skin.

I personally have  melasma along my cheeks and neck, and those of us who

have olive or darker skin tones, too much sun, combined with hormones are high on the candidate

list for this common and annoying discoloration.

Frankly, I was just sick and tired of going through concealers, foundation and powders

trying to cover up and blend in the melasma.

I am heading into my second week and already seeing a difference.

I  will you keep you posted on my results.


So that wraps it up for this Friday, have a super weekend!

Oh, I am thinking of a little Fall Vignette for Monday, so come on back and see me!


Inspirational Thursday-The Table

I am of the mind set that many things happen for a reason.

So  I am very certain it is no coincidence that we found the table.

There it was...

weathered, worn and waiting.

Sitting there, perfectly charming in the high Mountain Meadow, where the Rocky

Mountains blend together over thousands of miles of valleys and peaks.

The journey to hike to this perfectly magical mountain meadow,

in the glorious Colorado mountains, took four hours and brought us to an altitude of 12,000 feet.

This is where we found the table.

Along the steady uphill journey I ran out of energy, being the pitiful flat-lander, that I am.

(I learned my lesson on the previous day of hiking) and  packed a milk chocolate bar in our

back pack, which came in very handy on this vigorous hike.

I gasped with delight in finding the table,  such a treasure and also in having

a lovely and interesting perch on which to rest and finish my soft and gooey chocolate bar.

A perfectly perfect 360 degree view.

I found it so intriguing, to feel the weathered wood nearly white in spots and

to see the carved names wondering who had sat here before me...

Mr. O and I had different theories on to why the table was here.

However we did both agree on one thing, only a person with a horse, perhaps a few

horses could have brought the table up here, in pieces, then assembled it in this serene mountain


The table, proved to be the perfect perch to sit upon to soak in  the mountain sunshine and  breezes.

It seemed as though the cool air, the pine trees and the wild flowers spoke to me

softly and gently reminding me of the joy of life, the wonderment of each moment.

I do not know if I would have sat as long, meditated so thoughtfully, embraced the beauty of the

mountains as long as I did, if it hadn't been for the restful and comfortable spot which

the table offered me.

While it is certain that Mr. O and I will always have different theories on the table.

It seemed only fitting to pick a small bouquet of flowers to adorn the table which had provided me

with such a restful and picture perfect spot to catch my breath, reflect and embrace the beauty of

the mountains.

And I will always

know in my heart that it was not just a coincidence that the table was there...

Best Cornbread Ever

Fall and Cornbread such a go together, this recipe is moist and has

whole kernels of sweet corn, green chilies and  shredded cheese.

I'm not sure about you but I have always loved cornbread, I could eat it several times a week,

if someone would make it for me.

This probably isn't going to happen since Mr. O. does not bake, but no worries, because this

is a recipe that is super easy and is ridiculously delicious tasting.

 A melt in your mouth cornbread that requires simple ingredients and minimal effort.

This cornbread will be a perfect addition to chili, soups, stews and casseroles.

Your family will crave this cornbread, which is super moist, cuts easily into squares, filled with corn,

green chilies and topped off with a pat of butter or perhaps a little  honey.

This is bad, bad, someone grabbed a moist, delicious piece of cornbread before I could even

snap a photo-now does this tell you how wonderful they are?

The first time we ate the best Cornbread ever was in Colorado on one cool Summer evening with

a steamy bowl of chili, I made the chili and our daughter ( who is an amazing cook) surprised all of

us with this extraordinary cornbread recipe, even the grands enjoyed it, chilies and all!

There is a chill in the air, Fall is here, enjoy these with your favorite soup!

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Savvy Southern Style


Ivy and Elephants

Fabulous Friday

As you know we took two trips to Colorado this year, and honestly it was just

ever so refreshing.

I would love to have a little cabin up there nestled in the pines and aspens.

We hiked daily and there were new discoveries around each mountain bend.  

I took over 200 pictures on this last trip and I am working on presenting them creatively.

So, they will be appearing throughout many posts in hopefully a way that will be interesting 

and inspiring to you, because I was thinking about ya'll on my trip...I really was.  

Today there will just be two, because there are other things I saw this week that made

this Friday positively Fabulous

The little cabin we rented on this last trip had this adorable tick tack toe set.

This is a slice of a tree trunk painted, so so creative and look at these rocks all

painted up- so stinking cute!

I suppose most of us don't have a tree trunk to paint, but I just bet plywood or such 

cut into a creative shape might be pretty nifty too.

I was just thinking wouldn't this be a cute gift to make and give for a Christmas gift? 

Wouldn't this miniature iron deer sitting on an end table be so adorable, festive and fun 

clustered together in a group of three or more combined  with some earthy pieces to create 

a glorious rustic woodsy sort of  Christmas vignette.

I am smitten, oh yes I am with these hounds tooth boxes topped off with black ribbon,

just stunning under the Christmas Tree.

When we returned back home to Texas, we nearly suffered to death with the

heat.  It tormented us night and day and just when we thought we couldn't make it

through one more second...

Our weather took a turn and went from blue and sunny skies to, RAIN!

Yes, rain...just look at these beautiful droplets of rain and oh even better than rain might 

be cool, cool awesome weather that feels like Fall, smiles, smiles, smiles....

And what goes with Fall, why Fairs and carnivals of course.

Close your eyes for just a moment and you can hear the buzz of children' s voices and

musical notes of merry go rounds as they faithfully spin around.

High pitch squeals from unsuspecting ride goers when the Ferris wheel stops their seat at 

the very tippy top, and the seat sways to and fro.

Fresh buttered popcorn, cotton candy, simmering rich barbecue and other predictable tasty 

treats permeate the carnival air.

Now, this was a week indeed, and how could it not be a Fabulous Friday!

Baked Apples

We are back from our rejuvenating trip to Colorado and

I have some beautiful photos to share with you-

but before I do that I just have to share this little recipe 

with you.

  You see I came back Fall Inspired...

Fall...oh the very thought of cool breezes, fresh apples, 

and leaves changing color delights me. 

And what better way to kick off the Fall Season than 

with an apple dessert.

Using a medium size ramekin filled with apples, sugar and


equals a perfectly enjoyable ending to a Fall meal. 

This baked apple recipe is a favorite of mine because rather than

using the whole apple you bake chunks or slices of your favorite 

apple in a ramekin. 

I am a huge fan of the Granny Smith, I like it's bright green color

and tart flavor.  

Mix that tartness with some sugar and butter and you have a  

winning dessert.


7 Granny Smith Apples
1/2 cup lightly packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoon cinnamon (less or more-your choice)
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 stick butter cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 medium size ramekins buttered
Aluminum foil


Preheat Oven to 400 degrees bake for 30 minutes or until tender.

Cut apples in half, core and peel them.  
Cut them into slices or chunks.
Toss into bowl with sugar, cinnamon, lemon juice, and vanilla.
Let them sit about 10 minutes to absorb flavor, taste and if they
need a little more of this or that just add it to your personal liking.
Scoop apple mixture into buttered ramekins and dot evenly
with cubed butter.
Cover each ramekin with foil and bake.

These apples are just so tender and flavorful and create their 

own buttery, cinnamon sauce, a melt in your mouth experience. 

Now, grab a spoon and sit back and enjoy and I was just thinking

wouldn't a dollop of ice cream be a perfect addition to this recipe...

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