January 17, 2022

QUIESCENCE OF WINTER

I would like to thank each of you sincerely,
for your kindness and encouragement
for Estelle's....it came as quite a surprise
and warmed my heart....
I am grateful for your friendship and
lovely words....You are such a gift to my life......



Hello Sweet Friends....I'm so glad you dropped by
for a short visit today!
You know Texas weather is never, ever boring....
we can enjoy a sunny January day by the pool with temps in the low 70's
and the very  next day, embrace a blustery day with elements 
that resemble snowflakes....it can be quite enchanting actually...


Sunday morning snow in Atlanta

I have put on a few touches of a winter casual vibe
in our kitchen, and I think pretty things do help to
brighten the mood of cold January days!


I found this sweet little sugar and creamer on Amazon
and absolutely fell in love with them......
this pattern also has a few other pieces
that I may pick up at a later date!


I sure find it wonderful to use seasonal florals
year after year....and a touch of red berries in amongst
frosted branches is just lovely!


This candle is Flannel, from the Bath and Body Works....
Notes of crisp Autumn air, Bergamot,
Heirloom Mahogany and Soft Musk


How sweet is the Toile creamer...just love
the old-fashioned scene of winter......


The Winter season gives us time to rest and reflect
within our homes, planning meals and intimate gatherings
for those we love....it can add so much happiness to our lives!
These are two winning comfort food recipes I have made
the past few weeks that I highly recommend!


The creamiest, richest Rice Pudding ever......



A decadent loaf of fresh Cranberry Orange Bread with Orange drizzle......


I probably snap a photo of Mae Mobley 4 or 5 times a day....
I mean she can just be napping or bathing or playing and 
she is just so darn loveable!!!!!

In other news......


Miss Elizabeth took this photo out on her ranch
which is right before she put the horses in the barn
for the night....her rancher neighbor needed a spot
for some of his cattle, so they have proved to be friendly company
for the horses....a cold January day......


The time has finally come for our grandson Noah,


to relocate out to Montana to begin his college career....
they flew out a few days earlier so that they
could enjoy a family ski trip....
he has a football scholarship to the University of Montana.....
go Bobcats!
Due to Covid, this new class of Freshmen will
begin the Spring Semester, rather than the normal Fall....
I think like everyone,,,,we are all quite weary of Covid....


The view from their beautiful Air B and B.....


After a day of skiing....time for grilling out in the snow.......

I hope 2022 is a year for all of us to
Relax, Restore and Refresh.....
It is our time to be grateful for each day, find the beauty in nature
and realize the importance of being on good terms with all people.







January 10, 2022

A LOOK BACK AT 2021

Hello Kindred Spirits...welcome back to Estelle's.
This will be my 12th year of blogging....that's a pretty long time...
I told the darling toward the end of 2021, that I thought I would
probably close down my blog...the inspiration had left me...
If I didn't feel creative, then I had nothing to share.....
his reply was, "I think you should keep at it...."
Perhaps the pursuit of happiness is one of the defining motivations
in our lives...We are drawn to a range of attitudes and activities
that are designed for comfort and happiness in security and simplicity.
A life well lived is making connections with friends and family,
showing care and concern for others and taking pride in where we live.
I believe in this...you must put effort into your life if you want to
reap the rewards....if you put little effort into your life, there's not much
to look back on...each day is our gift.....let's don't miss the ride......

Estelle's is about a lifestyle...celebrating the seasons.
We strive to stay relevant in our retirement
and enjoy life as best we can.....
We adopted a hygge way of approaching food and entertainment,
the holidays and seasonal activities, in the spirit
of family...we're glad you're here!
This is a snapshot of Estelle's in 2021 and what was accomplished each season!

Celebrating Spring


We created  floral arrangements for Easter


Celebrating Summer


Lunches on the Patio


Planting seeds in the flower pots around the pool


There is joy to be had when growing something beautiful
from seeds.....


Capturing the glorious blooms from the Vitex tree
on a warm summer afternoon


Making sure that sweet summer fruits are on the table
for a light afternoon snack...can't you just taste those
dark, sweet cherries!!!


Turning summer's sweet strawberries into the
darling's favorite pie!


We made homemade peach ice cream for the first time


I learned to make my very first Dutch Baby


I also perfected the best Coconut Cream Fried Pie we ever tasted!

CREATING COMFORT


The bedrooms were transformed by adding new quilts....


Creating warm and welcoming comfort foods.....


Learning to perfect the Midnight Quiche


We made homemade soups....the BEST French Onion Soup....


And, homemade Broccoli Cheese Soup for two....


I hosted a lovely ladies Book Club
and featured the book, Tea with Jane Austin!

Celebrating Autumn

We made dried apple slices for decorations.....

We dressed the FARM HOUSE table for the season.....

We had a ball creating a welcoming Fall from entry.....

We carved a Jack O' Lantern

We scattered fall décor on the patio
creating a lovely seasonal vibe....

We made the fall afternoons outdoors special.....

We added small touches of the season to bring coziness to the soul....

We added a darling fall leaf banner to the mantel....

We dressed the piano in Autumn splendor....

We created a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner together as a family....

We created another beautifully decorated Christmas tree.....

So, that's what Estelle's is about...
a small blog that strives to bring you something interesting
to bring into your home as we share and connect .....
embracing the simplicity and pleasures of everyday living!


January 7, 2022

DARN GOOD CHILI AND JALAPENO CORNBREAD...LET'S STAY HOME



Hello all you Kindred Spirits....
Winter did indeed arrive in Texas on January 2, 2022!
We actually had a night down in the teens, with
a cold wind blowing through the night air...
and a day of sunshine, but just barely above freezing!
So, it was a day to spend indoors and finish
putting away the Christmas décor and pack the tree
away for another year!


This is the time to hibernate and create a cozy
corner made for an afternoon of reading a good book,
sipping on hot tea and wrapping up in a cozy throw......


This is the Winter look on the Windsor chair.....

A small plate of sugar cookies and a slice of citrus....
I'm in heaven.......how perfect for Winter.......

To me, there is nothing more warm and cozy,
then a pot of chili simmering on the stove,
along with cornbread baking in the oven!
Call it pure comfort at home......


Sunday dinner is always about making it easy....
Making a box of Jiffy Cornbread into mini-muffins,
some topped with Jalapeno's extra special!


Dressing up a package of Bear Creek Darn Good Chili taste
homemade with seasoned ground chuck and lots of peppers and spices!


Garnished with sour cream, cheese and fresh green onions!
Oh boy....warms your heart and your tummy!

We're going to make 2022 a great year....y'all stay warm out there.......
thanks for stopping by today!