Holiday Décor Sans A Tree

Seven years ago we brought home a white furry bundle of pure joy and it has been seven years since our home was adorned with a decorated Christmas tree.  All of our ornaments that have been collected throughout the years, along with the memories I have of each, stay tucked away for safekeeping in the attic space above […]

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A Traditional English Christmas Afternoon Tea in the Lowcountry

This morning I am recalling the many blessings and memories of this Christmas season.  There are new additions to the Holiday Memory Bank. One, that I want to share with you, involves my very special friend, Maggie, who was born and raised in England.  Although she’s resided in the US for more than 40 years and is […]

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Pumpkin French Toast Bake

If you read my post Scrumptious Pumpkin Muffins then you know I love everything pumpkin.  I recently found this post from A Rented Kitchen for Pumpkin French Toast (Pumpkin French Toast Bake) that looks too delicious to pass up and I decided to pass it along to you all to enjoy, too! I think I will make this for […]

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DIY Mason Jar Snow Globes

Originally posted on Maison Melanie:
Happy December! Christmas decorating is in full effect chez moi, from putting up the tree to displaying branches and other holiday-themed decor. Given my current festive frame of mind, I wanted to share a really fun DIY project I stumbled upon a couple of years ago on Whipperberry: mason jar snow globes! Inspired by…

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Scrumptious Pumpkin Muffins

When the season changes from Summer to Fall I get a craving for scrumptious pumpkin.  Pumpkin runs a close second to Honeycrisp apples as my favorite fruit.  I love everything pumpkin – pie, muffins, pie and more pie.  As with my Fantasy Fudge, I bake many pumpkin pies throughout the holiday season.  Pumpkin pie is my breakfast of choice.  Heated up with a […]

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My Signature Holiday Sweet

I don’t quite know when or how it happened.  That moment when fudge became my signature holiday sweet indulgence.  When it became that one holiday treat that my friends and family would expect and that others would start to request.  I don’t know when all this happened.  I do know that during the month of December I make batches and batches and pounds […]

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sunflowers = joy

Originally posted on amaryllis log:
There are so many things to love about fall, including of course the beautiful colors. This post is truly just an observation of the moment, not looking too far ahead or behind. A little afternoon sketching session with my sunflowers. I was inspired by Charlie O’Sheilds at Doodlewash. He paints…

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The Tale of Two Ragdolls

Each and every day is filled with two constants – Cagney and Sadie – our beloved Ragdoll breed cats.  My husband and I are dog people (we were partial to Golden Retrievers and SharPei’s) who for the past 15 years happen to be owned by these two very-canine like felines. We chose this breed of cat because […]

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The Flower Petaler

I am drawn to flowers.  I love to see them blooming in a garden setting and along the roadside in brilliant waves of native wildflowers.   I love the joy they bring and the difference they make in a home’s décor.  I have a vision of planting “bouquet gardens” in my home’s landscape.  These “bouquet gardens” would be […]

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A Masked Halloween

One year ago today I and my husband were visiting friends in Boerne, Texas.  There for a wedding, we were invited to the “Halloween” rehearsal dinner with instructions to come dressed in costumes.  We were unprepared and at a loss about what to do about the costume requirement. With the help of my BFF’s (aka mother of the bride) […]

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