October 4, 2015


Hey y'all!
How is everyone doing this beautiful October weekend?
Texas has enjoyed the most glorious weather....finally!
The evenings have been cool and breezy,
with days just as wonderful!
Everyone has been out and about....
including the darling and me!
We have spent all weekend in the back yard,
trimming all the shrubbery and taking down the 
overgrown Morning glory vine!
When you are our age, this is back breaking work!
Lots of lawn bags to manage...
then bags of new mulch to spread throughout the flower beds!
We are POOPED!

Anyhoo.....we managed to do a little more decorating both
inside and outside!
Since we are hosting Thanksgiving this year,
we want to welcome all the family
with beautiful mums and colorful flowers !

I do so hope you have enjoyed your weekend too
enjoyed sprucing your home up for the holidays! 

I completed the centerpiece for the farmhouse table!

Autumn on the cake plate!

I just love indian corn, don't you?
This bowl is from Better Homes and Gardens! 

The backdoor welcome wreath!

Mrs. Scarecrow made her first appearance today.....

I love this little garden flag....
do you change yours with the seasons?
I put little harvest colored stones in the bird fountain....

We feel so much better that this gardening chore is almost done!

Next up...
planting the pots..
but, this shall have to wait a few weeks....
Thank y'all for visiting today
a very special welcome to those of you that are new to Estelle's!
I appreciate each and everyone who drops by for a look/see!
Happy Fall Y'all!

October 3, 2015


It's a pre-holiday makeover..
finishing touches in the master bedroom!

The nights are changing...
time for richer colors and cozy quilts!
What colors are inspiring you these days?

I am going from cream and sea glass
aubergine and olives! 

I love, love, love my collection of quilts.
I love to layer them and coordinate the patterns...
from florals to plaids to toile!
Inspiration gathered from Ralph Lauren.......

I went "in house" shopping and pulled together some of my favorite things..
silk scarfs, candles, velvet pillows and florals to make new vignettes....

everything old is new again!

I have had this quilt set for so long and never used it....
it's time..
lovely shades of purples with delicate crewel work...
I plan to layer several quilts together
and just play around with them
until it's the look I am going for! 

A new print always helps...
oh the romance of it all....
What's your art style?
Do you change your bedroom look
according to the seasons?

How I love the autumn months!

October 2, 2015


Now y'all know it's football season,
so you simply must be serving
some fabulous appetizers for your guests
while watching the games! 
Our family  Luvs GULF SEAFOOD
so today's featured recipe is
courtesy of Southern Living! 
This has it all..including pickled okra! 

It's football season Y'all!

1/4 cup butter
6 green onions, sliced
2 celery ribs, diced
1 cup chopped assorted bell peppers
1 1/2 pounds peeled, large raw shrimp, chopped
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese
3/4 cup sliced pickled okra
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Toasted French bread baguette slices

Preheat oven to 400°. Melt butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add green onions and next 2 ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes or until peppers are tender. Stir in shrimp and next 2 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low; add cream cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Remove from heat, and stir in okra and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Spoon mixture into a 2-qt. baking dish, and sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbsp. cheese.

 Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with toasted french bread.

Our Aggies!


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October 1, 2015


“October is crisp days and cool nights,
A time to curl up around the dancing flames
Sink into a good book.”

My darling Grandmother Grace always had muffins baking.
This was her recipe for the classic Raisin Bran muffin,
which I make often. In my humble opinion,
there is no substitute for her recipe.
These make the perfect after school snack 
for the little ones and for those of us that are
"young at heart".....well we adore them 
with that afternoon cup of coffee! 
What a wonderful way to celebrate our favorite autumn month!

2 tablespoons SUGAR
1 teaspoon CINNAMON
1 14 cups FLOUR
12 cup SUGAR
12 teaspoon SALT
1 tablespoon BAKING POWDER
3 cups Raisin Bran cereal
1 14 cups MILK
14 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a small bowl, combine 1 tbsp sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine cereal and milk. Let stand about 2 minutes or until cereal is softened. Add egg and oil. Beat well.
Add flour mixture to cereal mixture and stir just until combined. Scoop into lined muffin cups. Sprinkle evenly with topping.
Bake approximately 25 minutes. We love these served warm and slathered with creamy buttah! 

September 30, 2015


Bo's Birthday Cake from...
Three Dogs Bakery

I did manage to snap a picture of a little tongue action....
let's all sing
Happy Birthday Bo........

Time for presents.....

Time out for photos....

Is there any bacon in here?

This is fun.....
I like being the center of attention......
Is it time to have bacon?

Piggy was a huge hit from Grandma and Papa....
hours of oinking.....
hours of oinking.....

Cannot wait until Piper meets her cousin Bo...
they have the love of pigs in common....
with hours of oinking.....
hours of oinking........

September 29, 2015


Inspiration for hosting an Autumn night Book Club.....

What's new at The Reading Corner at Estelle's?

Our Souls at Night
A Novel
~ Kent Haruf

An eloquent, yet bittersweet story
of a couple in advanced age who
come together and wrestle with 
events that shaped their lives
their hopes for the imminent future.

Excerpt~ "She went along the  sidewalk under the trees and turned in at Louis's house. When Louis came to the door she said, "Could I come in and talk to you about something?"
She looked out the windows at the side yard where the night was settling in and out into the kitchen where there was light shining over the sink and counters. It all looked clean and orderly. "You're probably wondering what I am doing here," she said. "Well, I didn't think you came over to tell me my house looks nice."........................The closeness of that. Talking in the night....in the dark.....she stood to leave..."I'll be waiting to hear from you...."

Addie Moore and Louis Waters
have long been living alone in houses
now empty of family, the nights so terribly lonely,
especially with no one to talk with.

Their brave adventures, the pleasures and their difficulties
are hugely involving and truly resonant in today's world.....

1 pkg. spice cake mix
1 lg. can pumpkin (29 oz.)
1 pkg. Pumpkin Spice pudding mix
1/2 cup oil
3 eggs
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ginger
2 tbsp. water
1/4 cup milk

Combine all ingredients and mix well.
 Bake in a greased tube or bundt pan at 350°F 
for 40-45 minutes.

September 28, 2015


Hi everyone!
How was your weekend?
 Atlanta had a rainy, cool autumn few days
I know Mr. Jay was SO glad to finally be at home
after a month of traveling out of the country!

We were all anxiously awaiting his arrival
and how he would handle the meeting of his new family member.
Looks like it was puppy love at first sight!
Just look at those paws...
gonna be a big ole' girl!

Saturday night was made for a family night
cooking up a big pot of spaghetti...
I mean....

This is his famous Italian gravy
he will not give me his recipe!!!

I see that little sly smile....
Just like a true Italian handsome man....
it's an old family recipe.....

I told Miss M to please put my name on one of these freezer bags...
It's worth a flight to Atlanta, don't y'all agree?

Sunday mornings are meant for hot cinnamon rolls and coffee..
easy like Sunday morning......

It was a great football weekend....
The Aggies won,
Ole Miss won,
poor Texas..
suffered a heartbreaking loss....

Yes, my loves, it is still 90 degrees here in 
the Great State of Texas
an Autumn weekend calls for a big pot of chili
homemade Firehouse cornbread
to watch the
Dallas Cowboy Game!

Big Tex went up on Friday
It's Texas State Farm time....

What did y'all do fun this weekend?
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