October 19, 2021



I wanted to share the cutest little kitchen appliance ever!
I purchased one of these last year and sent it to our little
grandson, Luke the Duke and he loved it!
So, I decided to buy one for ourselves this year, but
as luck would have it, the price had increased ALOT!!!

Well, lo and behold friends, TARGET has this little waffle maker
in stock for $9.99....and I hopped right on it....with one little click,
into my shopping cart it went!!

I also highly recommend these little egg bites....
perfect for a quick and easy breakfast!

SOMETIMES.....it's the little things that can make one happy........

October 14, 2021


Company is coming for the weekend!
I always want a visit from the children
to enable them to use all of their senses
as they come through the front door...
It's a passion of mine to create
an autumnal home refresh for a seasonal gathering.

It's just plain fun to go through the fall bins
and place thoughtful touches throughout your home.

Of course, everyone migrates to the kitchen
to see what's cooking, which today,
features a yummy brunch, a fresh and light appetizer, a heartwarming
healthy soup and a hand held sweet ending......

This brunch idea came from my sweet and lovely friend, Linda
over at Linda's Life Journal...
this was my very first Dutch Baby.....

Hop over to Linda's blog for her delicious recipe.......


The darling had two servings of this....
I topped mine with fresh berries, bananas, powdered sugar and whipped cream!

Fresh Zucchini, salt and pepper, Lemon Juice,
Ricotta, Green Onion, Olive Oil and fresh herbs


Onions, Bell Peppers, Cabbage, Celery, Garlic, Tomatoes,
Vegetable Broth, and Dry Onion Soup Mix

Apple Pie Cinnamon Rolls

Lovingly layered home furnishings are used in
the upstairs bedrooms.....
soft sheets, quilts, velvet pillows and soft chenille throws

I have been a lover of quilts from the time I was a child...
both my grandmother's made beautiful quilts and there
was something very comforting about soft quilts on every bed
in the house....so I continue that with our home.....

I just treasure my collection of velvet pumpkins....
I purchase all these from ETSY......
If you are interested, I'll send you the name of my
favorite maker of these beautiful handmade pumpkins......

I had one particular quilt that I have been searching
for for over one year, and lo and behold, found
a twin size on Wayfair...oh happy day....
just what I wanted for our guest bedroom
that features our antique spindle bed which
was the darling's little childhood twin bed!

This quilt did not include a pillow sham,
which was fine with me....I wanted to layer
the shams, and chose a beautiful velvet shade of blush,
along with cottage style floral sheets....

A luxurious touch of the season with more velvet pumpkins....

This pattern is just so very romantic featuring birds, butterflies
and vintage post script.....

Jack the Jack Russell terrier, belongs to Luke the Duke...
he stays right on top of this bed waiting for a visit from him.....

This bedroom is actually referred to as "Robbie's room",
which features his bedroom furniture from his childhood years....
it all belongs to him....if I could turn back time, I would...
I would have all the children back home...I miss that....

You may say that I’m a dreamer,
but I’m not the only one…….


October 11, 2021


I am curious to know if y'all have decorated for fall outdoors yet?

The colorful FALL wreath went up this weekend.....
love the pinecones, eucalyptus, berries and cotton bolls!

I love homes that dress the front entry for the season!

An unexpected little garden scarecrow is peeking out
to welcome family home for the holidays.

I see so many that live up North have decked out their homes
in grand style...it's such fun to see the decorations!

We have just decided to begin, as the weather is now much 
cooler and more pleasant to be outdoors!

We so enjoy our outdoor patio and pool area....
as it was the first day of fall, it was the perfect
morning to sit and savor a cup of coffee......

We had a cold front blow through early in the morning
which dropped the temperature a good 20 degrees..
a mild day of 82 degrees....fabulous!

The backdoor wreath is rustic and features
the natural elements of the season...this will
carry us through to Thanksgiving day!

For the table, I added a table runner
and the centerpiece is this wrought iron pumpkin tea light holder
sitting on a beautiful autumn berry wreath!

Then added in a few special touches on either end
to create a completed bit of eye candy!

I added a fall touch to my little Zen dish garden
by adding some sunflowers and pinecones..
I think my little Buddha looks quite content!

Who doesn't love lanterns...all shapes and sizes!!!!

I have only purchased two small pumpkins thus far,
and LOVE the stems on each of these!

Let's talk garden flags..LOVE THEM!

Lantana in bloom.....

Here's an idea, try tucking in an inexpensive ceramic pumpkin
in a container filled with live plants!

I made a little dish garden with a variety of plants....

The color of lavender...

The marigolds are just gorgeous for fall.....

A good thing to add to your d├ęcor is scarves and pillows....

This cute little guy creates that perfect touch of whimsy.....

Put fall foliage in every nook and cranny!

So for now, I can honestly say...

It’s Fall Y’all

October 9, 2021



Hello all you Kindred Spirits...
thank you so much for coming back to visit me
in Estelle's kitchen today!
I have got a fabulous recipe to share with you
and I think you're going to want to make this 
as soon as possible...it's a winner!!
With both of us being retired, I look for
recipes that use fewer ingredients and are
easy to prepare...this one fits the bill!

1 lb. Hot Italian sausage
3 T. butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup beef broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sour cream
5 cheese fresh tortellini
fresh spinach
grape tomatoes, sliced

Brown the sausage. Add garlic, broth, butter and continue
to cook together over medium high heat.
Add sour cream, heavy cream and tortellini....
Cover and allow to simmer for about five minutes.
Uncover, add fresh spinach, and grape tomatoes, until
spinach wilts a tiny bit.
Serve with hot French bread!

I added a tiny bit of salt, pepper and onion powder!

I  highly recommend this one pot dinner....quickly
became a family favorite!

October 5, 2021


Hello Kindred Spirits....I so hope your fall season is going well..
Let's embrace the shift in season with gracious touches around
the home that fosters a cozy atmosphere both inside and out!

I love serving an Autumn Cider punch when
enjoying a beautiful afternoon outdoors
and today, I am serving a Honey Crisp Apple Cider...
mixed with fresh Orange Juice, Lemonade, fruits
and a touch of real maple syrup!

1/2 bottle Sparkling Apple Cider
4 cups Lemonade
1 cup Orange Juice
1/8 cup Maple Syrup
1 Honey Crisp Apple, Chopped
1 orange, sliced

Serve Ice Cold.....

We added a bit of country twist
by serving hot apple cider doughnuts too....

I love anything with apples during the fall season, don't you?

What a delightful afternoon this was...
making retirement extra special...
the warmth of the sun, sounds of nature
and easy conversations......

I would love to know how you enjoy easy entertaining
while staying at home?
It's good for the soul to create something truly special......