September 26, 2016


Hello Loves!
Did everyone have a great autumn weekend?
I cannot believe we are almost waving
goodbye to September!!!

I have so been loving the Spiced Tea in the afternoons...
there is nothing so luxurious as curling up with
a soft blanket and a cup of hot tea,
while doing a little Christmas shopping on QVC......

I picked up a few more new fall items that are just too darn cute!

Each day is such a gift during these months.....

The darling and I had a matinee date on Sunday afternoon.....

I have said it so many times...
Tom Hanks is just a superb actor!
Sully kept us on the edge of our seats...
I cannot even imagine the experience these people shared.
It's a marvelous movie by my heartthrob
Clint Eastwood....very emotional too!

From the previews, there are some
terrific flicks coming in November and December!

This is coming to Estelle's next month......

Oh yes....
time for scarecrows, ghosts, witches and goblins...
candy corn and chocolate bars!

This will be my last post for September as 
the darling and I are leaving on a jet plane for a while.....
But....I will see you in October with many new 
ideas for autumn decorating and delicious recipes!
Y'all have a beautiful week!

September 25, 2016


This is one of our all time favorite meals to prepare
on a Saturday night!
I can tell you I have served this dinner on many, many occasions!
There is almost nothing better than fresh Gulf shrimp
prepared with spicy seasonings, fresh lemons and garlic!
Be sure to serve these shrimp with hot french bread
so that you can "sop" up all that delicious marinade!

~Adapted from
The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup Zesty Italian dressing
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. Lemon Pepper seasoning
1 T. black pepper
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves
2 lemons, sliced
1 large onion, sliced
3 lbs. fresh unpeeled large shrimp

Melt butter in roasting pan. Add Italian dressing and next 8 ingredients.
Stir all together.
Add shrimp and toss to coat.
Bake, uncovered at 400 degrees F. until shrimp turn pink,
about 20 minutes.
Stir occasionally.
Discard bay leaves before serving.

Mother's Rice in Consomme...
another long time favorite! 

Barbecue Shrimp, Rice in Consomme, fresh Caeser Salad
Hot French Bread!
It's Saturday night y'all....
dinner is served! 

September 23, 2016


“Two sounds of autumn are unmistakable...
the hurrying rustle of crisp leaves blown along the street...
by a gusty wind, and 
the gabble of a flock of migrating geese.” 

~Hal Bourland

“There is something incredibly 
nostalgic and significant about the 
annual cascade of autumn leaves.” 

~ Joe Wheeler

“October, baptize me with leaves! 
Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. 
October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and 
carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. 
O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!” 
~Rainbow Rowell

“Autumn is the hardest season. 
The leaves are all falling, and they're falling like
they're falling in love with the ground."

~Andrea Gibson

That old September feeling, 
left over from school days, of summer passing, 
vacation nearly done, obligations gathering,
 books and football in the air ... 
Another fall, another turned page: 
there was something of jubilee 
in that annual autumnal beginning, 
as if last year's mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” 
~Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

“Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. 
The morning of the first September 
was crisp and golden as an apple.”
~J.K Rowling, Harry Porter and the Deathly Hallows

“It looked like the world 
was covered in a cobbler crust of 
brown sugar and cinnamon.” 

~Sara Addison Allen-First Frost

“Days decrease, 
And autumn grows, 
autumn in everything.” 
~Robert Browning

“That country where it is always 
turning late in the year. 
That country where the hills are fog and 
the rivers are mist; 
where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. 
That country composed in the main of cellars, 
sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, 
and pantriefaced away from the sun. 
That country whose people are autumn people, 
thinking only autumn thoughts. 
Whose people passing at night 
on the empty walks sound like rain.” 
~Ray Bradbury

September 22, 2016


Fall is my favorite of all times, for fashion!
It reminds me so much of shopping and preparing to
drive up to Oxford to begin a new year of college.
Mother LOVED fashion and was fortunate enough to
enjoy shopping trips to New York and Chicago
to buy the new seasonal favorites.
Everyone has their own style and these 
are my new favorites from Soft Surroundings.

I adore tunic tops and this one is first on my list of must haves!
The ombre shades of rose and the beautiful embellishments
make this tunic a stunning wardrobe addition!

This is a casual look I just love
for perhaps a Saturday drive
over to Dallas and strolling around
The Galleria!
Wine and Turquoise go beautifully together!

Any tunic length soft and flowy jacket
is just feminine and romantic!
Chiffon layered tunics are seen everywhere!
I am so in love with long statement necklaces these days!

This outfit would be beautiful for an afternoon
fall wedding. 
The statement pearls look chic...

I am loving soft cowl collars!
They are flattering on most everyone...
The high-low hemline is another current trend..
anything that covers the "dupa" is a good thing!

I have this is both red and lapis blue!
Great for travelling and totally chic!

 A rule of thumb....
just a touch of animal print...don't overdo it!
Love the red shirt paired with olive green
which is not something I have considered before!

Tonal neutrals are just beautiful!
This outfit would be stunning for a casual dinner party!

My pick for a football weekend
and backyard barbecue!

Statement necklaces!!!!
The more the can never have too many!
Lovely for a casual Saturday at home!

Love this...
My choice for an impromptu Friday night date!

What are your fall fashion favorites this year?

September 21, 2016


“Honey, time marches on
eventually you realize
it is marchin' across your face.”
~Truvy Jones

I mean, who doesn't want to look their very best?
I am so sad when I waste money on products that don't work!
As we age, it becomes evident that our skin 
begins to show the signs of aging...tiny fine lines and wrinkles
are much more visible!
So when I try new products and love them,
I want to pass my favorites on to you!
These are my current favorites!!!

I have tried Physician's Formula a few times in the past,
but this adorable packaged foundation caught my eye.
I simply adore Rose Gold and was actually looking for a new make-up brush,
so I decided to give this new foundation a try.
I am always searching for a foundation that works with 
my aging face. A foundation that is light, yet covers well
and goes on smoothly.
This just may be my favorite of all the brush too!
I called Miss M when I first applied this and told her
it was just marvelous!

I also purchased Garnier SkinActive BB cream.
It is a bit more shiny than I normally prefer,
but I am liking it on my works great
when I am out at the pool for a tinted sunscreen!

The second fall favorite for my hands is
Wet and Wild Nail polish....
it is glossy, does not chip easily when working in water
and the color I selected is
215B...Haze of Love!

I really enjoy Garnier products!
Their Green Apple and Green Tea Shampoo and Conditioner is HEAVENLY!
It is not heavy and leaves the most delightful scent not only on your hair,
but your entire bathroom.....just love this product!
(sorry I turned the conditioner upside down)

Their Moisture Rescue Gel has been on my vanity for a while now...
I will NOT be without this gel is marvelous for your under eye area!
Very, very refreshing and gentle!

My favorite new blush...Maybelline FIT ME!
For fall I selected deep coral!
Again, this is light, goes on smooth and gives just a soft glow!

I confess, I am a lipstick junkie...
I was REALLY excited about these two new lovelies...
These are from the
L'Oreal Color Riche Lilly Pulitzer line...
not only is the tube beautiful, but these are actually gloss.....
I love them both....
very moisturizing and does not dry your lips out like some lipsticks will do..
the colors I selected are 
101~Rose Medley
202~Coral Encore

For eyes....
I tried a new product from Wet N' Wild..
this palette of shadows which were just the colors I wanted for fall...
I love how the colors are identified for specific eye areas.
Just a great price for eight shadows!

One last new favorite.....

Don't you love it when you try new products that really work for you!
I hope you found something you want to try.....
 I would love to hear about your new beauty finds too!

September 19, 2016


Do you ever come across a photo in a magazine
that all of a sudden inspires you to create something similiar?
I was very drawn to this vignette when I saw it...
the colors, the quietness it seemed to evoke...
a very simplistic arrangement.

And.....just for fun...
I pulled together some similar elements to create my own....

I love our Canadian goose....
he stays on display in the darling's office bookcase.
He was the first element I chose based on the magazine photo.
I then chose elements of pewter....
Mother's little tea set she purchased in Canada.
If you will notice in the photo,
there is a small pewter floral vase behind the pumpkins.

I bought this floral arrangement when we lived in Dothan
and to me, it had all the rustic subdued shades of fall.

I adore cow prints, but this type of rustic artwork, does not really
match our decor....BUT...
a smaller framed watercolor worked beautifully with this vignette.
It showcases the soft golden color of an autumn afternoon
and the sweet calf's you can just picture in a Texas pasture.

The table runner is actually
one of my autumn wraps.....

I just love how it softens the room.

“The leaves fall, the wind blows,
the farm country slowly changes
 from the summer cottons into its winter wools.”

~Henry Beaton

September 18, 2016


Fall is the perfect time to have a mixture of Spiced Tea on hand.
Mother's recipe was the absolute best which I make every October.
But one of my dear friends said she makes a variation of this
recipe and keeps it on the counter for her afternoon tea break!
What a marvelous idea!
Of course, when you catch the sniffles
it will certainly offer you comfort!

1 jar of instant tea, unsweetened
1 container of Lemonade mix (I use Country Time)
1 container of orange drink mix (Tang)
Allspice or Cloves

Mix together:
3/4 cup tea
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup Tang
1 cup lemonade mix
1 t. cinnamon
1 t, cloves

I normally double this recipe, I also substitute Allspice for Ground Cloves.
You can adjust the strength according to your individual taste,
but we normally add 2-3 T. of mix to one mug of hot water.