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January 20, 2017

WORDS FOR AMERICA


JANUARY 20TH, 2017


INAUGURATION DAY
FOR OUR
45TH PRESIDENT

GOD BLESS AMERICA

January 19, 2017

INSPIRED WINTER STYLE FOR THE NEW YEAR



Just as I was thinking about "purging my closets,"
I thought perhaps I better take inventory of
items I love but haven't worn in awhile.
I am SO glad I did, because when
I visit fashion boards and think about outfits
to coordinate, I always come up with new ideas
with accessories I already have!
Here are some of my favorite fashions
for the Winter of 2017!



I almost never wear heels anymore, opting
for ballet flats instead.
I walk better and feel better,
so I am always on the look out for pairing
them with slacks and accessories!
I think this year, I may invest in some Tory Burch flats!



It helps me tremendously to see
how jewelry accents certain wardrobes.
Don't you just love the pop of blue
in the cardigan?
I probably would have never thought to put
these colors together and I just love it!


Believe it or not, I have an olive color bag
that I have not carried for some time.
This outfit is so chic....love the chunky heels too!
And...I have a scarf just like this one!



These are my colors!
This outfit is perfect for an afternoon
lunch date down on the square.
Are you loving chandelier earrings as much as I am?



This is perfect for date night with the darling!
I am REALLY excited about this look!



 Now this one....this one is my favorite!
Lipstick Red and animal print flats....
love the cuff bracelet too!

What's in your closet these days?

January 18, 2017

THE OCTOBER APRON RUNNER -UP!



Sometimes, being the"runner-up" can prove to be
the happiest thing ever!
We all know our friend Susan at
My Mother's Apron Strings, who every month
creates and gives away her beautiful apron creations!
I received a message from Susan back before Christmas
that the winner of the October giveaway never contacted her,
so when she drew names of  blog readers out of a hat,
for the "second winner"...it was ME!


I am the proud owner of TWO of Susan's aprons
and I am so honored to have them!
Susan chooses such beautiful patterns that 
you just cannot help but smile when wearing one!


The first apron I won can be seen
on my sidebar! 
I think I may declare that one my 
spring and summer apron!


I fell in love with the colors she selected for October!
Thank you Susan for such a wonderful blog you 
write and sharing so generously, you're lovely handiwork!


I responded with a note of thanks 
and one of my all time December
favorites from Michel Design Works...
I thought she may enjoy this for her holiday baking....
Susan is my "hero baker",so I am sure she loves her kitchen!


Be sure to hop over to Susan's blog and say "Hey!"

January 17, 2017

STUFFED SAUSAGE BREAD


I have a wonderful friend that made a fantastic 
stuffed sausage bread. She would bring us
a hot loaf of her bread for a treat when we worked together
about ten years ago. We fancied ourselves part of the
Ya'-Ya's...me being Vivianne and her being Teensy!
Over the course of time,
I created my own version of her bread and believe me....
the guys in my family....LOVE THIS! 


ESTELLE'S STUFFED SAUSAGE BREAD
1 (1 pound) loaf of frozen bread dough
1 lb. of sage sausage
1 cup of finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped green pepper
1 t. garlic powder
3 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 t. black pepper
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup of shredded white cheddar cheese
1 egg, beaten
Cornmeal for dusting 


Thaw the bread dough and allow to rise.
Brown the sausage, onion, green pepper until 
sausage is browned and crumbly.
Drain.
Blend in the seasonings and mushroom soup.

Roll the bread dough on a prepared surface
which has been lightly sprinkled with cornmeal.
Roll the dough in rectangle.
Spoon the sausage mixture down the middle of the bread,
then roll up into a log shape.
Brush with beaten egg.
Bake at 350 degrees F. for about 30 minutes
until golden brown. 
Slice and serve while warm.
I serve this with a beautiful ice cold wedge salad!

January 16, 2017

NEW ORLEANS STYLE IN FRISCO


Great weekend....Great weekend!
What a fabulous way to celebrate
a
BIG PROMOTION!
Cheer's Y'all!
Spicy Bloody Mary's and Mimosa's!


Frisco is a booming area here in Texas!
We discovered yet another bistro which is
now a family favorite!


This is how we roll....
a dozen fresh gulf oysters!
Add fresh lemon.....horseradish, Tabasco
and
saltines!
DIVINE!


Love the decor of this restaurant..
it has just the right touch of New Orleans elegance
and
FABULOUS FOOD...
I am always impressed with black linen and chandeliers!
The wait staff was articulate, knowledgeable, attentive and looked sharp
in matching attire!
Also, it was a quiet atmosphere.....cannot wait
to return for date night!


The menu was just lovely and there were SO many
entree's I wanted to try....
but since I am working on my "beach body"
I selected this fresh, amazing salad!


Greg gave me a taste of these divine Gouda Grits!!!
Oh heavenly days......


The darling also let me try some of his Shrimp Po'Boy...
they got the bread just right!
If you have ever had a true New Orleans Po'Boy,
you know what I'm talking about!


This is going to a hot spot in the spring....
Saturday however,  was a cold, rainy and foggy day here in Texas!


Next time, we are not going to pass up the 
Bread Pudding...but we wanted to try
the cupcake cafe right next door!



Oh baby, baby......


Yep.....we selected
Red Velvet, Peanut Butter,
German Chocolate and the Great Divide!


BoBo was allowed back at our house
since we wanted to ensure Mae Mobley
was doing well...
it went great!
He has settled alot and they did not have one time 
of needing an intervention!
She did spend most of her time in our bedroom
and
he was very well behaved!


Sunday morning was meant for a good breakfast!
Homemade Sour Cream Blueberry Muffins!


Add some fluffy scrambled eggs and you're good to go!


Yes, Mae...you have the run of the house once again!


They are addicting....
Greg and Jenn helped the darling finish the puzzle
and
I LOVE THIS!
I just have to frame it!!!
It makes me happy just looking at it!


Next up....
I think we have a theme going on here!


Are you looking forward to The Inauguration festivities this Friday?
I most certainly am!!!
And listen....see the words above?
Hope, kindness and embracing a new President and First Family
can be a wonderful thing for OUR United States of America!


May God bless them all
for keeping America strong and safe! 













January 12, 2017

BAKING DAY AT ESTELLE'S AND ADDING FLAIR IN ATLANTA


Oh yes, loves...
it was such an enjoyable day here in Texas!
How special to enjoy some outdoor time!
A 75 degree day.....marvelous!


The Nandina's have finally turned
the most beautiful shades...
they should have been this way in late Autumn
but the weather was just so mild.


I was very motivated in the kitchen today....
I know the Darling will be most appreciative....
A big pot of Mother's spicy chili.....


Homemade Buttermilk Cornbread


And....


his favorite Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake!


We actually have made progress on our puzzle...
once again, the darling proving he is a little better
at problem solving than me......


Mae Mobley LUVS throws....
every single one of them!
Just look at those kitty toes....beyond precious!


Weekends in Atlanta include
the playoffs...
Steelers Won! WooHoo!!!


Miss M is loving gray tones too....love the patterns she has chosen!


A change in color, pattern and accessories can so change
the look and feel of your living space!



Have you gotten the new Pier One catalog?
Oh,,,,,it will put you in the mood to prepare for spring...
but not yet....let's just enjoy Winter for a bit!
Please tell me what's going on in your world?

January 11, 2017

BEST BUTTERMILK CORNBREAD


I knew this would get your attention!
Hey y'all is right!
Have you been searching for the perfect
recipe for a really great southern cornbread?
Then, look no further......


Winter days are the perfect time to
have big stew pots full of soups and veggies
simmering away on the stovetop.
One of my Daddy's favorite dinners
was Butter Beans with Ham!
And you know, you are going to need a 
good cornbread to accompany such a fine meal!


Y'all be sure to write this one down!
This is a very moist cornbread and so easy to prepare!
So, so good!!!!


BEST BUTTERMILK CORNBREAD
2 cups of yellow SELF-RISING cornmeal
2 cups of BUTTERMILK
1 EGG
1 T. SUGAR
1/3 cup of BUTTER

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Melt the butter in the baking dish.
While butter is melting, prepare your batter
by mixing cornmeal, buttermilk, egg, and sugar together.
Pour batter on top of melted butter.
Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown!