SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER

September 22, 2017

FALL FAVORITES FROM THE PIONEER WOMAN


I adore the PLUM color of this dinnerware!!!!
I have a darling little vintage set of Debbie Mumm Halloween plates
I am using for our tablescape in October and I wanted an
accent color of dinner plates to feature them perfectly....
when I saw these lovelies from the Pioneer Woman collection,
I knew I had found the perfect pattern and color!


This is my second set of the Adeline glassware...gorgeous for fall!


I also chose one of her new fall patterned batter bowls...
these are marvelous for cakes and cookies!


Her fall linen line features all the glorious colors of fall....
tea towels and reversable placemats!


I don't know if you have ever noticed her spatulas...but...


she was creative to include a little sweet saying on each one....


I just may have to build a new storage cabinet to 
hold my collection of the PW home decor....
I am so, so happy with these products!
The quality is top notch and the pricing is amazing...
thank you Ree Drummond!
What have you found recently that you are loving for fall?

September 21, 2017

MAE AND I ARE DECORATING FOR THE SEASON




There is not a day that goes by that I don't appreciate the fall season.
There are all sorts of nooks and crannies to decorate
beginning with the front door.......


Mae does seem to enjoy fall leaves and faux pumpkins
that are on HER level to scatter and bat around!


Have you noticed the days are just now
beginning to be a little shorter...
When living in Maine, it would be dark by 4:00...
even though we are still in the 90's, I hear
cooler temperatures are soon to come our way!


Our coffee station is offering pumpkin spice coffee......


I made sure my darling has a cute little sugar bowl......


One of Grandmother Estelle's Hummel figurines has been
added to the mantel....for remembrance.....


Now here is the best of fall inspiration...
as soon as we have a cool breezy day...
I am going be serving these rustic chicken pot pies....
Autumn is so delicious.....can't you just taste it now?

September 19, 2017

THE PUMPKIN BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE



I think some of us feel as if we enter
"PUMPKIN OVERLOAD"
when September arrives....the variety of 
pumpkin flavored foods are everywhere!
I like a mild flavor of pumpkin in most foods
and last year, we tried some marvelous new food finds
such as pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin syrup!
This year, I have developed a marvelous
Pumpkin Breakfast Smoothie that is light, healthy and so refreshing!


Here are the ingredients you will need.....
1/2 cup of Coconut or Almond Milk
1 banana
1 container of Greek vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup of pumpkin
1/2 t. cinnamon
sprinkle of Allspice
1 T. honey
1/2 cup of crushed ice


Blend all ingredients together until smooth!


This Pier One wine glass was from their collection last year....
Just look how festive it can be when used for breakfast!
I love it.....such a light breakfast and a wonderful
change from bacon and eggs!
I feel healthier already.....now onto my Yoga class!

September 17, 2017

SO MUCH FUN WEEKEND!


There is probably nothing better than high school football
in Texas on a Friday night!
We take our football seriously.....it's the best of fall!
The evening was perfect weather with the sun setting as the band of the
home team took to the field....


Our grandson Noah. who is a freshman actually
made the VARSITY line-up....


We grabbed a hot dog at the concession stand which
brought back memories of when the darling and I worked
the concessions for all four of our kiddos!


It was a huge win for our team
with a heartbreaking loss for the home team as it was 
their homecoming!


Miss Abbie made it to the game during the 3rd quarter
after they played Volleyball in another city!
We treasure the times we are able to spend with them
since time seems to be flying by at a lightening speed!

Saturday we were on the road bright and early
to celebrate the birthday of Rob...our youngest!
We had 12:30 movie tickets......down in Austin.



This was our first experience at the Moviehouse and Eatery...
the popcorn and pizza were delish!


We are fans of Stephen King novels...always have been.
We were apprehensive about seeing the new version of IT
so we all bravely went in with eyes wide open.
The movie was better than we anticipated...
excellent screenplay, with top-notch actors and director!
We all really, really enjoyed this movie and gave it 5 stars!


We then did a bit of shopping and checked into our favorite hotel!


Time for a freshening up for dinner and then cocktails
down in the lounge/bar area. 
We caught a few snippets of the LSU/MISSISSIPPI STATE game...
disappointing loss for our LSU TIGERS!


We were going to have dinner at a new Sushi place,
but even at 8:00 PM, there was a 2 1/2 hour wait....
onto plan B.....


I had wanted to try this little authentic Italian Bistro which
proved to be MARVELOUS......


We were all starved by this time so since it was a perfect
evening down on Congress Street, we enjoyed wine
and some fantastic Italian dishes.....
a perfect Saturday down Austin way....


We gathered for breakfast at I-Hop, then hit the road
back to Dallas....Rob had a party to attend out on Lake Austin....
it was yet a grand, grand time celebrating with our birthday boy!


Over in Atlanta, there were baseball team parties,
along with a classmate birthday party to attend.....


Wouldn't you just love to spend afternoon in their gorgeous pool....
Miss M said the house was even more amazing....
so....good times had by all!
I hope y'all had a great weekend too...can't wait to read all about it!

September 15, 2017

CHEESY CHICKEN SPAGHETTI



Hello Lovies!
How is everyone doing with their fall decorating?
Today I am sharing a family favorite that I made for many years
from an old Southern Living Magazine recipe!
This is just the kind of recipe that we Southern girls love.....
When we were busy with high school football games
and soccer weekends, it was a "go-to" request for the children!


Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti
8 ounces Boars Head yellow America cheese
8 ounces cream cheese
 1 10¾ ounce can cream of celery soup
1 10¾ ounce can cream of mushroom soup
1 10 ounce can original Rotel, undrained
1 pound pot size spaghetti
3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper to taste


 Cut chicken into thin, bite size strips, set aside.
 Cook pasta according to the package directions.  
Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large non-stick skillet.
 Cook chicken until it is completely cooked.
Add the cream soups, Rotel, and cheese and heat until the cheese is melted.
 Mix the drained pasta into the chicken/cheese mixture. Serve immediately.

Estelle's Savory Tip....I find the Boar's Head yellow American cheese
in the deli...sometimes a special request behind the counter...it has far less sodium than Velveeta!

September 13, 2017

FALL FOODS AND COASTAL LIVING


This is what's on my mind....
fall baking and my vision board for coastal living...
two vastly different topics I realize...
but it's how we roll these days.....


Have you chosen some new recipes you would like to try this season?
How about this APPLE CIDER POUNDCAKE.....


Saturday and Sunday are football days at our house....
The Aggies and the Cowboys are the feature and we
can be sure this BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP will be on the menu!


Another family favorite is TACO TOUCHDOWN DIP!!!!


This homemade SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE
is going to be featured for ice cream sundaes this fall....
YUM-O!

So I hope you were inspired to try some new recipes 
that will bring smiles to your family!

On to inspiration for a coastal condo....
our dream for retirement years...


The first two colors have been chosen....
Soft blue and white....
lots of it!


The darling asked me what I have in mind for the living room
and
I need look no further....
TWO favorites for our inspiration board!