Welcome Fall…

It’s time to open the windows, toss warm cozy throws over the backs of chairs, sweep off the patio and invite friends and family to stop by and Welcome Fall….


The fall season is an experience for the senses…the explosion of red and orange colors, delightfully cooler temperatures and the warm comforting foods made with nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice.


I absolutely love having fresh flowers around the house…year round.  It’s one of the easiest ways to add a smile to your decor. And it’s so easy…grab a seasonal bouquet from your local store, dust off an old mason jar, dollar store vase or in this case I used a trifle bowl.  Add something unusual to the mix and voila…a pretty little piece of happiness.


When the seasons change I take the opportunity to rearrange a few of my favorite things and give little nooks and corners a fresh look. This table sits in my morning room…I have tucked my small collection of crocks under the table. On top of the table I have arranged a few of my most recent purchases; a vintage egg crate and egg scale and a collection of vintage seltzer bottles.  I added the back of a sweet little antique chair as a back drop for the whimsical fall floral arrangement.


…Surprisingly simple and fun to make.


Fall seems to be synonymous with all things pumpkin spice, or least that is what my little sister has convinced me of through her daily postings of all things pumpkin.  Then of course there is the never ending barrage of all things pumpkin that show up daily in my inbox and news feeds.  So, I gave in…the cookies are good but for the record I prefer pumpkin bread smothered with cream cheese.


…The cooler Fall temperatures are a welcome change from the dog days of the southeast Texas summer.  In this part of Texas the Fall colors are minimal…on a good day we may see a splash of red or orange from the Chinese tallow tree or a splash of salmon from the occasional rain tree.  Our backyard space is perfect for spending time alone relaxing in the hammock, snuggled up in front of the fireplace with my personal fire-man or dancing the night away under the stars with close friends.  What ever the occasion adding a few fall touches adds a level of warmth.


Welcome Fall…Y’all!

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Fall Festivities…Farmers Market…The Great Pumpkin Heist

The arrival of pumpkins should naturally coincide with cooler temperatures.  Right? Well here in coastal Texas the arrival of pumpkins usually means we can expect at least 6 more weeks of record high temperatures…..but record high temperatures could not deter this NOLAgirl from her annual trek to the farmers market for the great pumpkin heist.

Farmers Market

Of course you can buy your pumpkins and gourds from your local grocer or big box store especially if your only going to buy one or two.  But there is something magical about the visual appeal of these multi colored, lumpy bumpy not quite round orbs that makes it impossible for me to limit my purchase…

Cinderella Pumpkins

My husband and I are regular patrons of local farmers markets…we shop local every chance we get. Most of the markets we stumble on during our travels have an average of two to three dozen vendors.  The vendors are selling everything from free range chicken eggs, beautiful cut flowers, homemade sweets and of course a variety of locally grown fruits and veggies.  Occasionally, there will be a local grass fed meat supplier. And my personal favorite local honey and goat cheese…But this trip is all about the pumpkins!

Pumpkins galore

Of course there must be some restraint…either based on the available budget or the available space for transportation…No matter which…both were completely exhausted. Here’s to another year and a very successful GREAT PUMPKIN HEIST!!!


Are you wondering what I’m going to do with all of the pumpkins from my trip to the farmers market.….stick around!!!

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Roundtop Texas…a weekend in pictures!

Zapp Hall…October 2015

Zapp Hall

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They call this time of year the dog days of summer.  I live on the Texas Gulf Coast where the temperatures in August are well over 100 and if it were any more humid it would be raining. But even on the most brutal of summer days relief can be found where the road meets the water…the salty sea breeze, crashing waves, the call of the seagulls, children and dogs playing in the surf, an aged couple walking hand in hand…and before you know it your enjoying a SeaScape.

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Steampunk Flower Bouquet…

I have a real appreciation for re-purposed rust.  This is my favorite “pin” of the day. Gearhead Flowers I wish I could give credit to the creator of this exceptional arrangement. However, not everyone on Pinterest thinks to list the origin of the photos they “Pin”.  If you know the origin of this photo please share it…not only do I want to give credit wear credit is do, I would like to know how I can order one of these bad boys.

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the first blank page…

Today, is the first blank page of a 365 page book... What will this book say about your life a year from now?


2015...is here and with it comes opportunities for each of us to make a difference in our little piece of the world.  Some opportunities will present themselves in what appears to be small inconsequential moments; a warm smile offered to a passing stranger, holding the door open for a woman wrangling an active group of little’s, or paying for a cup of coffee for a total stranger.  Some opportunities will present themselves in ways that have the ability to impact someones world and change the quality of their life; giving warm clothes and blankets to a homeless shelter, helping raise money to build water wells in under developed countries, adopting a less fortunate family for Christmas.  I believe that when we give with a joyful heart our hearts are filled with joy and our life is better for it.

The bible tells us that God’s mercies are new every morning, Lamentations 3:22-23.  There is no need to wait until the beginning of a new year to make changes in our life or the lives of those around us. However, we embrace the opportunity to do just this every January 1st.   We make lists of resolutions; being more organized, eating healthier, getting more exercise, read our bible everyday, drink less, quit smoking, learn a foreign language, wake up earlier, get more sleep, visit family, and on and on and on!

Sure, today is the 1st day of the new year and there is no time like now to make a change for the better.  So DO IT!  Choose one thing to change today…Turn off the TV and read a book. Get up off the couch and go for a walk. Throw out all of the Christmas sweets and replace it with healthy snacks; fresh fruits, veggies and nuts.  Start today…it’s the first day of the rest of your life. Then tomorrow do the same thing…choose one thing to change and just DO IT!

Every day of our life is the 1st day of the rest of our life. We don’t have to wait…we can make the change now. If you didn’t start yesterday then today is the day.  No need to make a resolution…just make a change and live the life you’ve imagined. What will you write on the blank page today?



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2014 in Review: Jackson Hole Wyoming…Food Lovers Paradise!

Looking back over the trips we took in 2014 I have to say that Jackson Hole Wyoming exceeded all of our expectations! The people were friendly, the scenery was breathtaking, the hotel accommodations were spectacular. But the food was the big surprise...

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Jackson Hole Wyoming was an unexpected food lovers paradise…When we arrived in Jackson Hole, our room wasn’t quite ready so we stopped into the W0rt Hotel’s bar for an appetizer.  We ordered a burger and some fries…a Kobe burger and Portobello fries. The fries were the surprise…Tempura fried, tossed in truffle oil, red pepper flakes, Parmigiano Reggiano and fresh parsley.

IMG_6618After we finished this surprisingly delicious afternoon snack we decided to walk down to Persephone Bakery and pick up the anniversary cake I pre-ordered before we arrived in Jackson Hole. It was a delicious 6 layer red velvet cake covered in cream cheese icing…just like the one we had at our wedding reception 25 years ago.

DSC02138We were blown away by the quality of the food we experienced in Jackson Hole.  Even breakfast in our room was one for the books. The rooms at the Wort Hotel are beautifully appointed. The attention to detail and the finer touches that surround you with the feeling of true Western Hospitality could make cold cereal seem like a foodies’ dream come true.

DSC02149Our anniversary dinner was a special treat. We were seated at the Chef’s Table at the Wild Sage Restaurant.  The place was really small, only a few tables so taking pictures of our food felt a little awkward. But I did manage to snap a pic of the Chef’s in action and the dessert the Chef sent to our table.

IMG_6652We enjoyed seared Foie Gras, bison rib eye and Wagyu Beef Tenderloin…

IMG_6654One of the last meals we enjoyed while in Jackson Hole was at Snake River Grill…the highlight of that meal was the Bacon wrapped Chorizo Stuffed Dates.  It’s been 10 months since we ate at SRG and I am still dreaming about that appetizer…I have even attempted to recreate it for friends.


Of course Jackson Hole has it’s fair share of places that offer pastries, ice cream, coffee and breads.  But just across the street from our hotel was a very special chocolate shoppe.  Atelier Ortega’s Coco Love…offered a selection of chocolates that were the perfectly sweet ending to an incredible vacation.

DSC02238Jackson Hole, Wyoming is a foodies’ paradise.  Getting there may be a bit of a challenge, but once you’re there you will be hard pressed to decide where to eat first…we were there for 5 days and ate out every single meal and didn’t scratch the surface of all the incredible places there are to choose from in and around town.   Now we know that Jackson Hole offers everything you could want in a vacation destination!


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