SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

September 19, 2018

SPEAK TO ME


I am sure you have noticed that everyone is now
decorating with words.....throughout their homes
the trend is to have wall art make a statement
which reflect a mood, evoke a smile, or offer comfort.
These are a few decor items for fall that spoke to me......


We begin with a fur baby who "speaks to me" with her beauty.......


Yes....HELLO FALL....stay as long as you can........


I love tucking little precious creatures in unexpected spaces.......


This seems to be what the fall season is all about.....


For the darling in my life....to remind him everday how much he means to me......

September 17, 2018

PUMPKIN SPICE FRENCH TOAST


Hello Loves.....
here is an easy idea for a fall breakfast or brunch!



I love filling the grocery cart with seasonal foods
that are offered for just a brief period of time in fall and winter.
All of my grandchildren love my French Toast
and the secret is using a great bread..
I bought the PEPPERIDGE FARM Pumpkin Spice
bread last year and came across it again a few days ago....
I thought......how delicious this bread will be in French Toast!

Simply soak each bread slice in an egg/milk/vanilla/cinnamon
mixture and brown in a skillet with melted butter.


Pour warm Maple Syrup over each serving.....


It's delicious....perfect for a crisp, cool fall morning!

September 15, 2018

NEW FALL FAVORITES


Now that we have returned from our trip out to California,
the decorating for fall continues......I know Mae Mobley
is content once again, now that her family is back at home!
Her cat nanny took great care of her and we received
daily photos and a written report on her...one being that she
had scattered her toys all over the living room, and
there was evidence of a pretty good time with a roll of toilet paper.....
sheer boredom I am sure!


While we were gone, my new order from
Grove Collaborative arrived with the
Mrs. Meyer's new fall scents....
oh my gosh y'all....these smell heavenly!
Hope you put these on your shopping list before they are gone!


I came across this lovely woven placemat this weekend,
which matches my Pier One coffee mug beautifully....


A darling little tea towel set.....


And of course, it's time to bake some Spice cupcakes.....


This sounded delicious,  so I added this to our coffee station...
a lovely Spiced Mocha in the mid-afternoon is just
what the doctor ordered....


My sweet son Greg turned me on to this new peanut butter
while we were visiting.....this is AMAZING!
We have always been a JIF family, but I think
I will keep this in the pantry for some time to come!


I don't know if you're like me, but I have to go shopping in our bins and choose the
right combination of colors and textures to create a vignette....it's a work in progress
and I am having a ball seeing old treasures....
this little glass pitcher on the left belonged to my grandmother,
so somewhere it will hold fresh florals among the velvet pumpkins....


This new addition is going to end up on the
farmhouse table....I absolutely love this!


I still don't know how the cozy corner in the foyer
is going to look, but I know it's going to be festive
and full of lights.....still gathering a plan so stay tuned.....
My You Tube favorites are way ahead of me in their home
decorating....sometimes I am amazed at how much seasonal decor
they have...don't you love being inspired by others who
love decorating as much as you do?

September 13, 2018

FALL COFFEE STATION


Creating a cozy corner in the kitchen is a fun little project
especially when the focus is COFFEE!
This is the area that greets you each morning
and you want it to be a reflection of each season!


We continue to prepare for the autumn mornings
when we wrap ourselves in a favorite cardigan
and enjoy that marvelous cup of hot coffee.....


I love when family can grab a pretty napkin and a hot croissant
while they make their way to the window to see if the leaves are falling....


Do you offer a seasonal coffee for those who enjoy 
a taste of fall?


I love collecting sugar bowls in cute holiday designs.....


I wonder how many little things you can gather to create
a coffee station vignette....probably items you have had for
quite a while......


Make it cozy....make it colorful and enjoy!

September 5, 2018

APPLE PIE CINNAMON ROLLS



THESE......are perfect for a fall breakfast or brunch!
I plan on serving these again for a holiday gathering....so delicious!
And....you won't believe how easy these are to prepare........


APPLE PIE CINNAMON ROLLS

You will need one can of refrigerated cinnamon rolls...not the large ones
One can of Apple Pie Filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Separate each cinnamon roll and place each in a prepared muffin tin.
I flattened them out a bit and created a little cup indention on each roll.
Spoon apple pie filling on top of each roll.
Bake for about 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from oven and place the rolls on a serving platter.
Drizzle with icing and you are ready to serve!


It's a taste of FALL y'all!
Happy Baking!

September 3, 2018

CAPTURING FALL'S VIBRANT COLORS AND LAUGHTER

Hello Loves....
how in the world are y'all doing today?
I would love to share some new fall finds
with you today as we go around the house
and continue to sprinkle bits of fall here and there...
How many Pumpkin Spice items have your picked up already?


First and foremost....I found this adorable little 
shabby chic mixing bowl and spatula set which is going
to be marvelous for fall baking days!
Don't you love cooking with beautiful kitchen ware?


I wish you could smell these....
I mixed up a batch of roasted cashews sprinkled with
melted butter, honey and spices....
this reminded me of going into Sears and Roebuck's,
marching right up to the candy counter and buying a
little bag of hot roasted cashews....that is one of my
most treasured childhood memories!


I love filling the glass vases with autumn fillers
such as popcorn kernels and dried beans.
It is simply beautiful and festive for the season!


I found my little scarecrow shelf sitter and he found
his home for the fall....just adorable!


Don't you just love the colors of fall?


My favorite time of day when the candles come on and fill
the rooms with that soft glow.....


Then there is that lovely aroma of pumpkin and clove.....


Oh yes ma'am....stocking up on seasonal goodies...
cannot wait for breakfast now!
Pumpkin Spice Cheerios with fresh sliced banana.....divine!


Beautiful Mae Mobley is dreaming
of sitting in front of the fireplace.......
of course we are a few months away from that!


Over in Atlanta....Miss M has had her hands full....
her husband underwent a very serious surgery a week ago,
so she has been running back and forth tending to home, Luke, Piper,
homework, football and Weebelos....
She has a very sweet and thoughtful friend who dropped by
and left a goodie basket for her.....


Thank goodness they were able to have an evening out prior
to the surgery.....he is taking baby steps in his recovery, so
prayers answered, he will be home soon and on the mend...


Miss Irma, who is Luke's Ohio/Florida Grandma
came over to help keep the home fires burning...
and, they celebrated her birthday with  a big,fun celebration!


Luke spent Labor Day weekend at the lake house
of close friends, which helped tremendously while his 
Daddy was in the hospital.


What a glorious weekend of fun they enjoyed.....


Don't you love to see kiddo's having such fun......
enjoy the moments....welcome the fall season....
capture those memories!





September 1, 2018

LATE SUMMER, EARLY FALL COZY CORNERS

Hello Loves....
we have turned the page to September.....
let's create some new memories, shall we?


I have loved and enjoyed this back door wreath and thought
I would leave it right here until the end of September.
The colors are perfect for late Summer and I simply
added a few more flowers to it for a fuller look....
I think it's just gorgeous for this time of year!


I will tell you this is my FAVORITE new cleaning product....
I use it for the kitchen and the bathrooms also...
the LIME-SEA SALT fragrance is just marvelous....
again, perfect for late Summer!
I have new fall scents on the way from Grove Collaborative!


The guest bath is adorned with a little green velvet pumpkin
and the fragrance of Autumn from a Bath and Body Wallflower.....


I don't know about y'all, but I have a real love
for Scarecrows.....this little guy and his best girl
are going to be part of a new Fall Cozy Corner
I am designing for our foyer.....just precious!


This is my newest Jim Shore which I found on EBay...
I simply adore her....so, I think I will showcase
all the fall pieces I have from his collection
on Mother's buffet...she would love that if she were here!
His creations are American Folk Art which I have always
been drawn to....


In the kitchen, there is always something delicious going on.....
my Fall LookBook has been delightful to put together
and it continues to be an ongoing project....
just chocked full of ideas, recipes and inspiration....


I have been preparing our favorite breakfasts.......


Baking sweet treats for the darling in my life......


Including the very first loaf of Pumpkin Bread for the season.....


And.....preparing so many of Ina Garten's recipes.....
she has a wealth of delicious vegetarian dishes!
Her recipe for Scalloped Tomatoes is fantastic for lunch..
it's a savory combination of plum tomatoes, rustic bread cubes and fresh basil!


Our project for Labor Day is to prepare the outdoor living space
for fall and the wedding party gathering.....
this is going to so fun and will include a trip to Home Depot!


I will be changing out the summer pilllows
for a new Autumn vibe....


The Lantana continues to thrive....
yes, the MUM'S have arrived in the nursery,
but it's way too earlier here in Texas to put those out!


I love garden elements tucked here and there....
I have had this little tealight moon face for about thirty years..
isn't he just adorable?
He began at our first home in Texas, then in Maine
and now back home in the great state of Texas again!


So that's what's going on here y'all....
Fall is on the way.....
Hope you will enjoy every minute of your season this year....
remember to celebrate the moments of your life......