November 21, 2017


tell your family you love them.

Each year is different than the last......

I am not certain what made me chose this soft blue color scheme
this year...perhaps it was the soft gray and cream of
these new velvet pumpkins.....

I pulled in the little pheasants
and the pewter candlesticks.....
The glass candle holders belonged to
my Grandmother Grace.

I added a few autumn florals
to the soft blue hydrangea arrangement we 
have in our master bedroom......

I found a lovely jacquard tablecloth
which I think is really going to go beautifully
with our Thanksgiving china......

Hearth and Hand from the Magnolia Collection
had the lovely gray candles I used.....

And....there you have it.....

I love creating a beautiful space where
we gather for the most lovely, bountiful feast of the year.
I will be signing off until December
and would like to wish each of you a

November 20, 2017


In the South, every dining room sideboard
is going to feature a pound cake!
It's tradition!
This is a recipe Mother used often
and it is so melt in your mouth good....
it's going to WOW your family and guests!

2 sticks butter
3 cups sugar
6 eggs, separated
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 325°. Generously grease and flour a tube pan. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt and baking soda. Set aside. In a small bowl, mix sour cream and buttermilk until smooth. Set aside. Keep egg whites in a medium-large bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic to make sure nothing splashes in it.

 In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat until well combined.

Add 1/3 c. of the flour mixture. Mix just until combined. Then add 1/2 of the sour cream-buttermilk blend. Mix just until combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture alternately with the wet mixture and mix until combined.

 Let it sit while you beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. Carefully fold the egg whites into the batter until all combined.
Spoon into the tube pan. Lift pan a few inches and drop onto counter to release any air bubbles.

Bake for 1 hour. Depending on where you live and your oven, baking time may vary. A toothpick inserted in center will come out clean.
 Let it cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Remove from pan and place on serving platter or cake saver. Glaze while still warm.

Recipe for glaze: 3 tablespoons real butter 1 cup powdered sugar 3 tablespoons milk 1 teaspoon vanilla. Melt butter in small sauce pan. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, milk and vanilla until smooth. Pour over warm cake.

November 19, 2017


Hello Loves!
Even though we are a bit blurry eyed right now,
I wanted to journal our celebratory night 
in Uptown Dallas this weekend
while celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary.
It was a gorgeous November day in Dallas.......
let the adventure begin!

As we checked in, we
were met by lovely hosts who poured us a glass
of wine.......

The chandelier was breathtaking.....

The artwork throughout the hotel was
certainly a conversation starter.....

We enjoyed a glass of Rosé
in one of the many seating areas.

This boutique hotel is eclectic to say the least!

The weather was cool and very breezy
as we enjoyed some relaxation and people watching
on the balcony overlooking Uptown.

This was our first visit to The ZaZa, but
one of our sons had celebrated one of his anniversary's here.

It was lovely to have all the amenities offered listed
in their own personal storybook.....

As the sunset, and night approached,
it was time for the party to begin!

This was the perfect occasion to dress for an evening out
on the town.....which, we don't do very often. 

The Dragonfly was packed and LOUD....
we decided to go on to our restaurant
and enjoy cocktails in a quieter environment......

Even though the restaurant was within walking distance,
we chose to take the courtesy car service both to and from dinner...
too cold and windy to walk.....

I love it when my cocktail matches my outfit......

Three Martini' pretty and delish!

Dinner was lovely with appetizers, steaks, seafood and sides....

Now, comes the issue....
directly across from our suite.....
It was a fun adventure, but lack of sleep just was not planned
to be part of our special evening....
too old for that anymore.....
but, we enjoyed the adventure nonetheless....

Happy Anniversary Darling......

November 17, 2017


What's cooking in the crockpot is going to be
something to make all of your guests happy campers!

The darling and I attended a PROGRESSIVE DINNER
last weekend and I thought since it was a cool fall evening
to tour and visit eight homes, this may be the perfect
contribution by bringing a savory slow cooker bean casserole!
Everyone could easily serve themselves a little cup of
this smoky bean medley, which was infused with real
maple syrup and bites of Applewood smoked bacon!
It's a combination of chili/baked beans and barbecue....all in one!


20 ounce can baked beans
15 ounce can great northern white beans
15 ounce can black beans
15 ounce can dark red kidney beans
15 ounce can pinto beans
1 1/2 lb. Applewood smoked bacon
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 Tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 cup ketchup
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
1/3 c real maple syrup

Empty baked beans into slow cooker. Open all the rest of the beans into a colander and rinse with cool water, then add them to the slow cooker.
 Dice bacon and cook until almost crisp, but not quite. Remove from pan to a separate plate and drain off most of fat.

While the bacon is cooking mix the last 6 ingredients in a bowl.
 Add onions to bacon fat and sauté until soft but not browned.
Add the brown sugar mix, the bacon and the onions to the slow cooker and stir well to combine all.

Slow cook on high for 4 hours or medium for 6. You can also make this in the oven 350 degrees for about 1 hour, stir a few times while cooking.

November 15, 2017


This little guy had me at.....HELLO.......
I found this beautiful watercolor fox on clearance at Pier One
last summer and it just spoke to me that HE would be 
my inspiration for the fall mantel!
I was not sure what colors I wanted to use to accent
the lovely soft blues in the background, but I certainly am pleased
with the results!

I found a sweet little fall wreath with neutral tones
and added a soft sage pumpkin in the center.
Target had these beautiful sage pumpkins this year
so I bought some for all of us....daughter, daughter-in-laws
and combined deep blue greens and varying colors of sage
for the pumpkins. 

This just seems so lovely and soft as this
darling little happy fellow smiles back.....
We enjoyed this for the entire month of September, 
changed it out for Halloween, and now
it's back for November.
I have found that I really enjoyed that this year....
this way we were able to enjoy the seasonal decorations
all through the fall season

Lo and behold I came across this sweet hand hooked 
fox accent rug, which was going to be just perfect
placed on the hearth for Mae to stretch out in front
of her fire for those cold fall evenings.

I have also so loved the autumn banner...

The theme was THE FOX 
and I will say, this may have been my favorite fall mantel of all times.

November 13, 2017


Hello Loves....
here's a short little inspiration video
of what Estelle's is preparing for the Thanksgiving gathering...
hope you enjoy!

November 12, 2017


We have not been able to visit Miss M and family
for a year now......and I miss her!
I asked if she would send me a few snapshots of the
beautiful fall color out her windows which is always stunning to me...
especially since we have little to no color here in Texas!
WOW! The beauty that surrounds their home is beyond gorgeous!

Oh how I love to see children playing in the yard after
a hard day at school.....makes me all verklempt missing
my children when they were littles......
Piper always keeping a close eye on them....
wanting to be outdoors romping around herself!

I love the quietness of a cool November day....
this is such a short-lived sweet time of life....
winter soon to follow....

How I love the view out of our kitchen window....
the greenbelt is beautiful this time of year.
The cottonwood trees are turning a beautiful shade of gold
and the leaves keep falling so gently throughout the day.

The neighborhood honors Veteran's Day by flying our flag
on every corner which is stunning as you drive through the area......

This was a quiet fall morning and every nook and cranny shows
we are all celebrating the season.

Our neighborhood has beautiful green spaces throughout
which creates an open feeling where you can walk
through the woodlands...just a beautiful feature!

I think I am a bit melancholy lately....
this time of year makes me want to travel the roads
home to see our we did for many years...
feeling the excitement and hearing the laughter we shared.......
Remembering all of our Thanksgiving dinners with them,
of course the delicious food is remembered, but it is more
of the sentiments...... that we wanted to share the celebration together
as a family....and you realize, that one day,
some of those you love will no longer be here.....

This is a good spot to snuggle.......
Enjoy your Sunday loves.