Showing posts from October, 2014

Brown Sugar Frosting

baking | October 28, 2014
Oh yum, this is a vanilla infused, buttery brown sugar frosting that clings to the spoon. This is a frosting that makes the simplest of cakes turn from ordinary to extraordinary. The fact that it is so easy and no fai l makes this even more of a frosting that you and I will want to keep and use during the Holidays, perfect on sugar cookies too. I made this frosting and then dipped my Rolo Chocolate filled German Chocolate cupcakes into this sort of forget the cake and eat the frosting out of the bowl recipe. Seriously, do not make this frosting when you are hungry because you can easily eat it by heaping spoonfuls. I am getting a little off track here, but if you like a little ooey gooey, in the center of your cupcake you might want to give this a little try. Just tuck a chocolate caramel Rolo  in the center of your cupcake batter just before baking. A little added bit of goodness, never ever hurt anyone. I was preparing dinner at the same time I was baking these and this little guy w

Family Room Mantle Dilemma

Decorating | October 26, 2014
Our Family Room mantle always seems so challenging to decorate, I become so indecisive as to what and where to place things, that eventually it becomes a dilemma. So, this year I decided on a few things from the beginning. One, I wanted to use Gold. Two incorporate a Rooster or two. And three I was not going to spend any extra dollars except on pumpkins and maybe a little can of gold spray paint to paint some frames and a jar or two. I just really want to keep this vignette economical, enjoyable, simple and Autumnal. I seem to have plenty of gold accessories in our home, so it was just a matter of assembling the different sizes and shapes together. I love this tin whatchamacallit, which my oldest daughter gave me when she and her family lived on the North Shore in Louisiana, and these straw flowers are a near perfect fit. (could someone please tell me the true name of the whatchamacallit, as I truly cannot remember.) Well, by now you know I love my floral chairs and you have seen them

Fashion Friday Fall 2014

coats | October 23, 2014
Pantone Color of the year Radiant Orchid, flows beautifully from Summer into Fall Fashion for 2014. There are mixed reviews from real women on Radiant Orchid. Radiant Orchid is still in and is  being incorporated into the Fall Fashion scene. There are  some women who tend to think this color is reminiscent of the 80's and were ready for it to end when Summer did. Others find it a fantastic transition hue from Summer to Autumn, what do you think? The word is out that ecru, tan and beige are gorgeous neutrals for Fall. Not only in clothing, but in makeup, nail polish and eye shadows. These timeless neutrals are being given the title of..  Neutrals are the New Black for Fall 2014. Winter coats are looking seriously good for Fall, they are a staple in any Winter wardrobe. From Orchid to Tartan who doesn't love cosying up in a statement check or classic neutral as the days turn cooler. Be happy, be grateful, be you... Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful weekend! xoxoxoxo

Golden Mountain Views

colorado | October 22, 2014
While visiting Colorado this Summer we were fortunate to meet so many friendly, happy and congenial people and we even made some long distance friends. They recently took some beautiful pictures of the Mountains and the magical moment when Summer ends and Fall takes over and cloaks herself in brilliant hues of orange, yellow and red. Their journey began along highway 550 from Durango Colorado to Telluride Colorado. Truly, one of the most breathtaking journeys you will ever take by car any time of the year. This route is also know as the million dollar highway , there are a variety of theories, as to the Million Dollar name and one of them is that it cost one million dollars to build. The town has an interesting history going back hundreds of years ago. For centuries the Ute Indians used Telluride as a Summer camp, and it wasn't until the 1700's that Spanish explorer's named it Telluride. At one time Telluride was a thriving and robust gold and silver mining community, but s

Boo Buns

boo buns | October 21, 2014
Could I interest you in a warm Boo Bun or Braided Bread? A great and simple no fail recipe that is full of endless possibilities from these fun Boo Buns to Cinnamon Rolls, this Basic Sweet Dough is an all time favorite. These buns won't scare your little one, in fact they will run for more-great fresh from the oven with a dollop of butter or slice them in half for a mini sandwich. This recipe comes from my Mother's Southern Living Cookbook 1970. The Basic Sweet Dough recipe is the same no matter the shape you choose. I used half of my dough for the Boo buns and the other half for the braided loaf of bread. I really like braided bread because instead of slicing your piece of bread you simply break off a piece of this soft, tender sweet bread then add butter and maybe some honey too... Mind you, you will have to knead this dough, I know that can be a deterrent to making bread, but honestly these buns and bread were well worth the effort. In fact on a scale of one to ten these bun

Dressing My Antique Hutch

Antiques | October 20, 2014
You have seen her before, throughout the Seasons. My Antique Hutch. She is old, she is loved. So, she and I enjoyed our time spent together, one Sunny afternoon. I felt she would like a few roses too... Is there anything quite as comforting as spending time with someone who knows you so well... After all she did see me grow up. And just because I was playing around with some burlap and silver, I added a gray velvet pumpkin to this petite bowl. While I was dressing my Hutch, I added a little a burlap flower to my silver. The day sort of went like the book   If you Give a Mouse a Cookie... you might remember how one thing lead to another, well this is how this afternoon went. Completely enjoyable in every way. The next thing I did was open up her doors, where some of my China resides and added some porcelain painted pumpkins in shades of gold and orange. Dressing her in items which all have memories alongside my grandmothers beloved gold china pieces. I go with my heart when I decorate,

A Quilt With A Heart DIY

Diy | October 17, 2014
We have nurses in our family, and we are proud of them and their hearts of servitude. The nurses in our family go all the way back to World War II to present day. So, I am writing this today to give them a little love, sing their praises and recognize that they are the unsung heroes in many a hospital stay. Not to mention they are also crafty and talented... So, when my (nurse) sister-in-law shared with me this comfy quilt made out of  tee shirts and whipped together under 6 hours, I had to share it with you. And along the way of sharing this nifty tutorial I wanted to share this with you... Given the recent  Ebola concern in Dallas Texas, which is just 20 miles from our home, it was important to me to share some gratitude for the nurses who took care of the first Ebola patient in the United States of America and to all of those nurses who serve the large and small communities throughout the World. Courageous men and woman who do their best with the knowledge ,education, services and

Natural Fall Wreath DIY

acorns | October 12, 2014
I am sitting here today with our windows open, a cinnamon candle burning, the rustling of leaves jumping across the back patio and tortilla soup simmering in my favorite orange cast iron pot. Loving every moment of it and remembering how much I love this time of the year and just wondering why Fall takes so dreadfully long to arrive in North Texas. So with the cooler weather arriving I felt inspired to make this  natural Fall Wreath over the weekend and I snapped a few photos of it while the morning sun came into our bedroom. You have seen this favorite armoire of mine many a time, it just makes a great backdrop and I love to photograph it too. You know how you have the same piece of furniture for many years,  and tend to forget all of the lovely details. Whenever, I add a new wreath to this armoire, I am always reminded of the quaint and intriguing shop it came from in the historical city of New Orleans. Great memories for me. So, the items need for this wreath are sweet and simple...