October 21, 2016


It's going to be a gorgeous autumn weekend
here in the great state of Texas!
We plan to spend most of the days outside
sprucing up the lawn for most likely
the last time this year!
We are planning to sit around the firepit
and sip on hot apple cider
while inside, a delicious chicken
stew will be simmering away in the crockpot!
It's October....let's celebrate the harvest!

Chicken Crockpot Stew
4 chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, and coarsely diced
3 medium potatoes, cubed
1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/3 cup water
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 package dried onion soup mix
Salt and pepper to taste

Dice the chicken breasts. Mix mushroom soup with water in crockpot. Add chicken, salt, and pepper. Cook for 1 hour on HIGH. Then add all other ingredients and cook on LOW for 8 hours or 4 hours on HIGH. Serve hot with crusty bread or crackers. 

October 20, 2016


It's all TOO MUCH!
My brain is on overload
with this sad, sad state of election affairs.
Perhaps it's best to take a breather
slow down the pace of current events.
I am going to escape into PEANUTS!

Bake a fall treat today....
another batch of Two-Ingredient Pumpkin Muffins...
this time made with Angel Food cake and Chocolate Chips!
Y'all have a good day! 

October 19, 2016


Whether in an elegant parlor
a cozy breakfast nook
or a
sun-dappled garden......
books are quietly absorbed in the written word.

I chose a drama...a bit romantic and yet, a bit dark.
The author of THE STORY SISTERS,
is Alice Hoffman, who resides in Boston and also New York City.
This is the story of three sisters....they each meet their fate...
one on a country road, one in the in streets of Paris
and the last in the corridors of her own imagination.
It is the story of a family and how far love can take you.

Once a year there was a knock at the door.
Two times, then nothing.
No one else heard it...only me.
When I was old enough, I opened the door.
There stood a lady in a gray coat....holding a branch
from a Hawthorne tree. She spoke a strange language.
A big wind blew up and slammed the door shut.
When I opened it again, she was gone.....
but.....I knew what she wanted........

Last month there were several documentaries on
the murder of this sweet six year old child.
I watched them all.
I wanted to know more....
so I selected the book written by Steve Thomas,
a dedicated detective who was there
and remains dedicated to sharing what he knows and 
what the evidence reveals.
It was an extremely frustrating investigation
from this person's viewpoint.
The evidence leads in only one direction.
Most parents would go to the ends of the earth
to uncover the truth of how this horrible tragedy occurred...
the Ramsey's did not.
They already knew.

Lastly, I decided to read about
yet, another Kennedy....
this time, I wanted to know more about 
Ethel Skakel Kennedy.
My library is full of Kennedy biographies and autobiographies.
I am so glad I know much more about Ethel , her childhood, her younger self,
her education, her love for Robert Kennedy and her children.
I am so, so glad I read this book.
I can tell you, Ethel Kennedy and I would not be friends.
Her father was a self-made millionaire.
Ethel and her siblings were very, very indulged as children.
They were shuffled to various wealthy boarding schools
their entire young lives and 
 had no appreciation for education.
Most people quoted in the book were of the opinion
that Ethel was not the "brightest color in the box!"
As a child and young adult, she had no
appreciation for her wealth of material things
or for anyone else's property.
There was no love lost between the Skakel family
and the Kennedy's.
She valued being a Kennedy.
It brought power.
When she and Robert Kennedy were gifted their home,
Hickory Hill, by Joseph P, Kennedy,
it was a free for all.
Alcoholism  and addiction issues ran rampant in her family,
which were inherited by their children.
She and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis
were vastly different in most every way
really did not care for each other.
She gathered friends when they served her purpose
and then discarded them freely.
Yet, another Kennedy, who seems to have a sense
of entitlement based on a name.

October 18, 2016


Are you in love?
With October..................?

Now, I know you all have seen a recipe
for the "Two-Ingredient" pumpkin muffins, right?
Have you made them yet?
Well, I finally decided to give them a try and thought,
why did I wait so long?
I have seen the recipe using various flavors of cake mix,
so that probably works beautifully.
I chose to use SPICE cake mix thinking what goes more
perfect with pumpkin, than spice?

They are marvelously light and moist.
No eggs, no oil or water....
just one can of pumpkin mixed with a dry cake mix.

Bake in a prepared muffin pan
at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes.
I chose to make them rather rustic looking.....
just the appearance I prefer!

I frosted them with a 
Milk Chocolate and also a Cream Cheese frosting.
I also left some plain.

These are a "must-make" for the fall season.
They are simple to make and delicious!
It may be the perfect sweet treat for the season!

October 17, 2016


What a fabulous weekend!!!!
Son #1 came to visit while
his bride was in Austin for the UT game!

Oh my lawd....what a chef he has become!
Jenn had sent me a text last week, along with this picture
"Greg made the best bread ever!

I cannot stop eating it!"
And.....so.....of course,
I requested he bake us a loaf!

Bo fell asleep waiting for the bread to rise.........

Saturday night I was a queen....
the guys prepared our dinner!
Fresh shrimp, scallops and grilled steaks!

All I had to do was bake the potatoes!

While we were gathered around the grill,
enjoying the cocktail hour,
Bo was loving the sights and smells of an autumn day!

Hey....don't laugh...
this is my little corner of the world
and yes, there is a touch of autumn I spy......

what is it about the smell of grilling steaks in fall.......

I cannot tell you how delicious this is......
here's the link if you want to treat yourself.......

Leftover Oatmeal Bread

This was my contribution for a sweet ending...
and oh honey....yes....we double dipped.....

As promised...
Sunday morning was maple bacon and 
pumpkin spice pancakes drizzled 
with warm pumpkin spice syrup...
and....guess what...

Once the BoBo leaves....
it's time for lap time with Mommie...
that's me!
How did your weekend go?
I would love to hear about the places you went and the fun you had!

October 15, 2016


Hello loves!
It's the weekend!
What fun things do you have planned for the next
few days?
We are celebrating the season.......

Piper Rose is modeling her new
Pumpkin collar!
Such a fashionable Georgia Peach!
Ah....a dog and her ball....sheer happiness!

The kitchen is going to be bustling this weekend....
crockpots going, football games to watch
perhaps some chicken on the smoker!

Are you burning your pumpkin spice candles?

Halloween whimsy is beginning to appear......

Tell me....tell me do....
what fabulous pumpkin treats are you finding this year?
We tried the Sprouts Toasted Pumpkin Loops and gave it 
"two thumbs up!"

 I am waiting for the perfect fall
afternoon to pick a reading corner

and sip on this oh so yummy
sweet harvest pumpkin tea.....

And oh yes...
Sunday morning will be pancakes and maple bacon
with some of this warm pumpkin spice syrup......

We are ready for this sad election to be over.....
we deserve better than all of this...
"What's it all about Alfie?"

October 14, 2016


Well, the pictures were just too pretty not to share!
While the darling and I were babysitting the eight year old munchkin,
along with a pony-size Labrador,
this fun couple was enjoying the surf and sand down Mexico way......

This is the Four Seasons Resort
in Punta Mita, Mexico!

I probably would have spent one full day in this Infinity pool.....

This is not an all inclusive resort....
save your pennies for this vacation!
The report was GOOD...food, service, very nice staff
they were well taken care of!

Nothing like the beach for the day,
along with a drink in your hand and someone
to grant your every wish!

Hey.....Red Snapper for dinner....
way to go Jay!

Oh my....who wouldn't want this view out your private balcony...
can't you just feel that ocean breeze........

Y'all are so stinkin' cute!

Just beautiful at sunset and sunrise!

Just one thing....
can I tag along next time.....