Wow, it's been quite some time since my last post. How time flies. This is my favorite time of year for everything, clothes, scents, texture, temperature, and of course food. I was searching for a dessert to make for Thanksgiving, and ran across this one from Rachel Ray.
Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cream and Pecan Praline
Aren't you just drooling?? I love pumpkin flavored desserts, with the exception of pumpkin pie. Throw in some whipped cream and pecan praline and I'm all over it. After reading the reviews I know this is the dessert I will be baking to celebrate turkey day!
I was able to squeeze in a little free time for some Lonny magazine love today! I ooh'd and ahh'd over lots of stuff but picked these two images as my must post for today.
The first image is Lauren Gold's home. She by the way is design director for Nate Berkus, whateva! No, I'm kidding that's cool. The second image is of Nate Berkus Associates Chicago office. I'm a sucker for giant open spaces with exposed beams. I might have to add a brick wall though. Well, I will definitely be adding these pics to my file for inspiration. How about you?
I recently finished a couple of aprons for a sweet gal I met thru our community garage sale. We chit chatted about decorating, and found out we have a lot of the same interests. I love it when you meet someone that shares a similar passion. Anyway, I finally delivered her aprons this past week, and snapped a few photos to share with all of you. Thoughts???
Well, we've come to yet another Friday, and of course my main focus is always food. How could it not be? There are just way too many wonderful food bloggers, magazines, restaurants, and farmer's markets to ensure my obsession.
Today when looking for a recipe and image, I was drawn to this simple and rustic Flatbread with Honey, Thyme and Sea Salt! Doesn't that sound delish! I'm sure I could handle an entire batch all by meself with a glass of wine! You know you could too!
Saw this dessert this morning over at Kiss My Spatula, and all I can say is yum! I love quinoa, but have never tried it in a dessert. The topper for me is the lemon whipped cream! This is a must for me very, very soon.
We had a wonderful family weekend. In fact I can't remember a better weekend we've spent together in a very long time! We had a picnic in the park, ate ice cream downtown, played in the river, hiked and explored, and just hung out together doing nothing at all! Hope your weekend was just as special!
I made it to the opening day of our Farmer's Market! I planned to take lots of pics, but sometimes plans just don't work out the way we intend. While I was walking around with my favorite little man (see pic below), I thought about what I wanted to make this weekend. Obviously the options are endless, but I decided on pickles! I looove anything and everything pickled! So that's it, decision made!
I held my first ever yard sale this weekend, and it was a huge success. I was out at 6 am setting up, and not long after people were already filling the streets. I can't believe I actually worried if people would show up!
I did three things that I really think helped make it such a success.
~One, I had these balloons, and this boy holding them. Well, not the entire day, but long enough for me to take a couple shots! But, I had a large bouquet of balloons to grab attention.
~Two, I used one of my chalkboard frames to write this: Don't Be Shy, Come on Down, At least One Bargain is Bound to be Found! I placed the sign at the end of my driveway, and I'm so happy I did. I wanted to lure those people in that have a tendency to slowly drive by, and it worked! Plus, several people inquired on the frame, and if I would sell it. Of course I said no, but I gave out my email address if they were looking to have one made!
~The final thing I did that I think was an important factor was using twine and cream colored tags for all pricing. I bundled all sheets, blankets, kitchen items, frames, clothing, shoes, etc. with twine and a nice tag. People really seemed to appreciated my effort.
So there you have it, my three tips for a successful yard sale!
Have you tried these crackers yet? Every time I purchase a box of these Raincoast Crisps, I can't control myself. Today, I picked up the rosemary raisin pecan, and they don't disappoint. I love rosemary, but a little goes a long way. These crackers have the perfect amount, just enough that you know it's the flavor your detecting, but not overwhelming. I LOVE them. I tend to eat them plain, but they are really made for toppings. I just never get around to it, they are just that good. XO SHS
I wanted to give my mom a little "thank you" for watching Mr. Jackson while my husband and I went on a date this weekend. She is in the process of getting her yard pulled together, so I thought flowers and herbs would be the perfect little gift. I picked up some cosmos, an orange flower I don't know the name of, and rosemary. I didn't want to present it to her in Home Depot bags, or the plastic containers they come in, so I came up with this. The container is a cheese box that was stained and lined with a neutral fabric. I added the flowers, and topped it all off with spanish moss, and a little note with Jackson's pic saying thank you. What do you think? She was pretty happy with it, and I am too!xo
The other day I made my first recipe from Heidi Swanson's new book super natural every day. I decided to make a recipe that was a safe bet for Jackson, and I was right. He loves the millet muffins- and they were so easy to make. If you don't already own it, you can go here to get the book. Since I have an entire basket of fresh strawberries on hand, I think today I will try the roasted strawberry recipe for breakfast tomorrow- yummy!
Thought I'd throw in this last pic of Jackson and Whiskey boy waiting for daddy to come home last night. They usually wait for him together, side by side, it's pretty dang sweet.
A girl can wish right?? It has been a while since I last visited Terrain, and oh did I miss it. There is just too much goodness! Here is a sample of the things that I'm wanting right now, but believe me there's more, lots more.
this tea-dyed linen chair. i just love that burlap back
this cream honeycomb throw
this honey pot
these nesting bowls
these measuring cups- i really love these!
this book, i've read so many great reviews, i really, really need this too!
and of course candles, I'm a fool for quality candles.