January

January

January 21, 2019

WINTER COFFEE STATION AND KITCHEN WORKSTATION


I so love decorating this little workspace for the seasons.
This is the last of winter vignettes that I will put together
which will last until Spring.....
It's rather fun to look around your house and snoop
in the cupboards to see what you have on hand
that you have not seen for a while....everything old
becomes new again.


In every vignette I pull together there will always,
always be a family heirloom mixed in with newer decor items.
In this case, the vinaigrette set belonged to my mother-in-law.


I adore this little glass milk pitcher which
is from the Magnolia Hearth and Hand collection.


I incorporated a neutral color scheme
of black, white and taupe.
I loved the french country print which
pairs beautifully with the toile mugs.


I found these mugs at Home Goods some years ago.

Now, let's take a look at the coffee station.....


I love, love, love pulling together a coffee station....
pull together anything that you love for the season....
and choose a color scheme....it's so enjoyable to pour 
that first cup of morning coffee when you feel as if you were 
in a cafe......


The heirloom?
My grandmother Grace's glass candle holder.......


How adorable is the winter mug?
I cannot wait to use this for hot cocoa topped
with real whipped cream and a peppermint chocolate......


Mmmmm.....decadent....
a hot peppermint cocoa......


topped with a Ghiradelli Snowman
melting into a puddle of whipped cream.....


While you enjoy your coffee, be sure to grab
 a warm triple berry muffin.....
better than Starbucks I promise you!


I also love sending a message for the day......


Pretty napkins, a rustic pinecone, homemade muffins,
real silver and a touch of greenery....it's delightful I think!
What comfort spaces have you designed in your home for Winter?

January 17, 2019

CREATING A VISION BOARD and THE SUNDAY NIGHT SUPPER RECIPE


Days in January, 2019


Winter days can be ordinary, yet glorious for the senses...


It's Monday morning and I am craving some comfort.....


Why not start your day with a delicious breakfast
of eggs and fresh veggies....

Time to cozy up the kitchen and enjoy the smells of a winter day.......
I had a loved one comment the other evening, 
"what smells so heavenly?"


It was my current favorite candle from Bath and Body......


I love to cozy up the house with a simmering
stove top potpourri......


I had one can of pumpkin left from fall baking,
so why not bake a Pumpkin Spice Pecan cake.......
one of my favorite scents is cinnamon, clove and spice baking......


Sunday Night Supper Soup was simmering away in the slow cooker....


The pasta addition is up to you....I did not add this..
I also used canned carrots and fresh zucchini.
Also use the crushed tomatoes seasoned with basil, garlic and oregano
for better flavor...I love, love, love this recipe!


After one fragrant hour...the cake was done to perfection......


Beautiful, and delicious too......


Time to warm up hearts and hands with
hot soup and cornbread.....

And now on to a favorite pastime of creating a vision board....
Aren't we all dreaming of spring???


One of my friends asked me if I ever made vision boards
and my reply was, "I have been making these since I was 
a teen girl in Mississippi!"
I love to begin with seasonal boards and choose elements I
want to have on hand for the coming year.
I made so many of these before we moved to Maine and I
so wish I had them to look back on now.
It's a fun little craft to entertain you on slow days...
unleash your creativity and see where your vision takes you......



I normally create a vision board using poster board, glue,
and old magazines......I love this craft and I think you will too!

January 14, 2019

A WEEK IN REVIEW AND PLANNING FOR CHRISTMAS....2019

What's been going on here at Estelle's?


I hope you are filling your winter days with things 
that make you happy and joyful....whether it be reading
a suspenseful book, baking some homemade treats, taking time for tea
in the afternoon, or enjoying a walk through the woods.....


Our Christmas gift to each other was theater tickets 
to see A Bronx Tale over in Dallas.
This was a limited two week engagement and we
were so looking forward to this musical!
It turned out to be just a beautiful mild day, and
the perfect opportunity to get all dolled up for a date!


Going to the theater and enjoying a cocktail before the show
is probably one of my all time favorite dates....
it's such fun to people watch and feel all the anticipation
of the orchestra warming up and everyone taking their seats....


We have always loved this movie and the musical
was just amazingly wonderful!
This tells the early life story of actor Chazz Palminteri
and is directed by Robert De Niro.
The darling child that played Chazz as a young boy
was just simply fantastic...his name is Frankie Leoni....
https://www.dallasnews.com/arts/theater/2018/07/06/burleson-boy-makes-debut-broadway-bronx-tale


Are you taking advantage of end of season sales....
I bought this canvas print which is going to be
a beautiful addition to one of the guest bedrooms!


Oh baby...don't these look decadent!!!


The game watching appetizers were enjoyed by all,
even though  the Cowboys managed to end their season with a loss...


Nick treated his beautiful bride, Catherine, to a fancy
steak dinner at Pappas Steak House!

Out in California, walking the BoBo
turned into tiptoeing by some beautiful creatures.....


Be still my heart.......


They have had some cold, rainy days
which have been perfect for lazy Sundays
and snuggling with Bo and darling little Rusty!

Have you wanted to try a new recipe?
I made the Sunday Night Supper Soup
and ....it's a keeper!!!
Let me know if you would like the recipe!

Yes....call me crazy,
but I am one of those people
that begin planning for the upcoming holidays
once Christmas ends and New Year's begins....


For 2019, I am thinking of going clean and simple....
mostly whites and forest greens.....
I put together my inspiration board as the ideas
begin to swirl about.....
I am just in love with MAGNOLIA HEATH AND HAND......
my collection continues to grow and I am loving it!!!
How about you? Have you fallen in love with a certain look?

January 11, 2019

A FOOTBALL PARTY CALLS FOR APPETIZERS AND COWBOY COOKIES

WE'RE HAVIN' A PAHTY OVER HERE!


This is Dallas Cowboy country y'all and
they have made it to the playoffs!
Finally, we are super excited to back our Cowboys
to a hopeful win over the Los Angeles Rams!


It's the perfect time to throw a celebration
for da' boys!!!


We are going to enjoy two appetizers, one hot and one cold
with
Cowboy Cookies for a sweet treat!


Pay no attention to this little Steeler's fan..........
you're out numbered little Dude......

COLD MEXICAN DIP
Many layers of goodness

2 (101/2 OUNCE) cans of jalapeno bean dip
3 medium ripe avocados, peeled and mashed
2 T. lemon juice
1/2 t, salt
1/2 t. pepper
1 8 -ounce carton of sour cream
1/2 cup mayo
1 pkg taco seasoning
1 bunch green onions, chopped
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 can pitted ripe olives, chopped
8 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

In a 9"x12" dish, spread the bean dip
Mix avocado, lemon juice, salt and pepper and spread
on top of the bean dip.
Mix sour cream and mayo; spread over avocado mixture.
LAYER remaining ingredients in listed order.
Serve with tortilla chips.



CROCKPOT HAMBURGER DIP

2 LBS. ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (4 ounce) can diced jalapenos
1 1/2 T. minced garlic
1/2 t. salt
1 T. sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 t. oregano
16 ounces of cream cheese, softened and cut into cubes
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 1/2 t. chili powder

In a skillet, brown ground beef with onion and jalapeno.
Drain off excess fat once browned.
Place beef mixture into crockpot.
Add tomato sauce, garlic, salt, sugar, ketchup, oregano, cream cheese,
Parmesan cheese and chili powder. Stir to combine.
Cover and cook on low for 2 hours until cream cheese melts
and dip can be well combined.
SERVE with tortilla chips!




COWBOY COOKIES
`Whiskey in a Teacup

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 and 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups softened butter
3 eggs
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
2 cups shredded coconut
1 and 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 and 1/2 semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, cream together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and butter with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the butter mixture and mix well before adding the next egg. In batches, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined.

With a spatula or wooden spoon, fold in the oats, Rice Krispies, coconut, pecans and chocolate chips. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Take directly from the freezer to the oven and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown. Bake them slightly less if you like chewier cookies, longer if you like them crispy.


January 9, 2019

WINTER CONTENTMENT


Hello Loves!
How is the winter in your neck of the woods?
We have had cold, rainy days here in Texas....
just about right for January!
Let's cozy up for a few minutes and see what
method of inspiration can be found here at Estelle's!


This is our first sunrise of the new year...
January 1, 2019....I wanted to capture the moment.
It's already a good day when you can catch the sunrise!


I always put one of the Hummel's out for winter....
such treasures these are from Grandmother Estelle.


I have found that I have been purchasing a new snowglobe
yearly for about the past three years....it seems like
I now have a collection....and simply adore them!
2018


2017


2015


I purchased this adorable winter white
faux fur jacket and this beautiful
gold and burgundy tassel necklace.
Now, I just need a dinner date!


In the mood for blues and candlelight.....on a winter evening.......


A cold rainy day is always my favorite to bake something delicious.....


This is the first new recipe for the new year....
Joanna Gaines Banana Bread....
it did not disappoint....simply fabulous!


Going to begin the DIY paper cone wreath......

The California kids made it home safely
and shared their reunion with their BoBo baby....
this sweet few minutes will just make your day.....
HOME SWEET HOME...BACK IN BABY'S ARMS.....