30 September 2014

Old September Feeling

"That old September feeling... of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air.... Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes and failures had been wiped clean by summer." 
 Wallace Stegner

28 September 2014

Menu Plan Monday


Sunday
salad

Monday
coleslaw

Tuesday
salad

Wednesday
roasted green beans
gluten free garlic biscuits
(How to make spaghetti squash in the slow cooker)

Thursday
thai green curry chicken** 
brown rice
stir fry vegetables

Friday
cracker/biscuit/roll tbd

Saturday
chicken sausages

**Recipe**
1 jar of Thai Green Curry sauce from Trader Joe's
2-3 large organic chicken breasts (depends on if daughter is home)

Dice up the chicken in smallish pieces; saute in coconut oil until brown, drain. 

2 cups of brown rice
4 cups of boiling water
2 tablespoons of grass fed butter

Boil water, add brown rice and butter. Bring back to a boil then turn to a simmer (medium or #5 on my electric stovetop) and cook until water is gone, about 30 minutes on average.

1 bag of stir fry vegetables

Cook on high in coconut oil until no longer frozen.

Add the rice to the pan of chicken and pour jar of sauce on top. Serve the vegetables on the side.


26 September 2014

Signature Scent

Whenever I think of the term "signature" I think of the scene in Steel Magnolias of Shelby saying that pink is her signature color. Do you have a signature color? What about a signature scent? The French ladies say that a woman needs a signature haircut and signature scent. One that applies to you and your known for. Maybe it's perfume or lotion, as it is for my friend Ruthann, whom says that she is known for her Philosophy lotion, most especially by her children that she tucks in bed at night.

My first perfume was Lauren by Ralph Lauren. Then I wore Liz Claiborne perfume that came in the red triangle. In college I wore Obsession and Polo Sport. I wore various perfumes in my twenties, but most of them caused headaches so I used lotions primarily for my scent. Then a few years ago I discovered my signature scent...Bronze Goddess by Estee Lauder. It smells very similar to Hawaiian Tropic and very warm. I used to be like most women whom switch up scents in the fall/winter and spring/summer, but I do not. My husband loves the scent and it doesn't give me a headache, like so many other scents do. So, this is my year round signature scent. However, it isn't sold year round, so I have to purchase it in the summer, though The Cosmetic Store outlet often carries it year round if necessary.

What's yours?

25 September 2014

On My Radar

I have been unusually busy this week. I was out of town for 4 days and so this has been a shorter work week (Tues-Fri), which means that I've had to play catch up every day! Also, Bry had a state writing exam yesterday morning that I had to drive him to, which took away my morning.

Here are a few items of interest from the web this week:

Preppy Vintage Brands Town and Country magazine lists preppy vintage brands that totally take me back to elementary school and seeing my Aunt Sunny and Muzzie dressed in Pappagallo and The Villager.

NY Times has awesome behind the scenes from European fashion weeks. Those attending the shoes are more creatively dressed than many of the models that walk the runway.

You've probably seen this video, but it is so cute!


I don't know about you, but I am a stationery addict. I love all sorts of writing utensils and papers. Ashley Brooke Designs has just put out a new notebook which would be much more stylish than the yellow legal pad that I use on a daily basis.

Mrs. Rabe and I have been online friends for years, probably 6-7 years. Her list of the best parts of autumn is spot on.

Speaking of autumn, I unfortunately had to put away my Lilly and summer Laura Ashley after getting home from my trip, where my Lilly was most useful. Carly has put together a tutorial on organizing your fall clothing. I majorly trimmed down my fall/winter clothing when going through my clothing during our painting this month. It was especially easy as I've lost weight but if you do not have a weight fluctuation or a geographical relocation that force your clothing changes then you may benefit from Carly's post.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Our windows are open so it's wonderful here right now.



23 September 2014

Favorite Antique Books

 

Two weeks ago as I was putting books back on the shelves I took a look at a few of my old books. Muzzie gave me most of them. My prizes are this edition of Little Men and a Little Women still in its original outside cover. As you can see, this photo shows the early 1900 copyrights. Muzzie's knowledge of antiques was vast so knowing that some day these would be worth money is a sure thing. Also knowing my love for Little Women helped.

 

I also found 2 books of nursery rhymes. The top one in the picture was a gift from my mother to me and the bottom is from Muzzie to my son, Bry. They are both treasures!

I have several more antique books that Muzzie gave me, but I wanted to share the ones that mean the most. Do you have any favorite antique books?

 

17 September 2014

The Feed

As a subscriber to Cooks Country and Cook's Illustrated magazines and follower of Christopher Kimball's twitter feed, oh, and I watch both Cooks Country and America's Test Kitchen on PBS, I found another website called, The Feed. It's a type of newsletter. There you'll find a community of food bloggers they recommend, what they're reading online, updates to their other websites, etc. Here are a few food related articles that I found while perusing their "What We're Reading" feed:

If you recall, I said I was giving up all Food Network shows, and suffice it to say, I'm glad. No withdrawals whatsoever. I have watched the occasional Giada, but very rarely. Now that there's so many places to find recipes it's information overload. So, for watching cooking, I leave it to Food Network Star in the summer and my PBS no-frills but educational shows. 

15 September 2014

Monday Morning


Just about every morning I am awake by 8 am. As I work from home I don't have to worry about spending copious amounts of time on my hair or in Atlanta traffic (shew). So, I get up and put on my outfit of the day which is typically Adidas shorts and t-shirt or pajama bottoms and t-shirt and hair goes into a bun. When I need to go somewhere I put on a dress, brush my hair and teeth, fill a bottle of water, and leave immediately. If I don't leave immediately then I tend to spend way too much time on Twitter and then not leave. When I do leave I get coffee and croissant while out. If not, I go into the kitchen and drink a glass of water, make coffee and oatmeal or fruit. Sometimes coffee and tea irritate my gastritis so I will have a Mt. Dew. I know it's unhealthy, but it gives me the caffeine jolt without the irritation. I've been without a dishwasher for 2 weeks so I have been doing whatever dishes were from the night before that I did not get to before bed. Then I sit down on the couch with my iPad or laptop and read blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. By 9:00-9:30 I plan my week and get to work. I work until 4 or so depending on my assignment of the day. By this time my son is in the room with me, unless my husband is out of town and I can use the office, and so my solitude is over, but I love being with him as I know my years with him are short.

Edited to add: My swimming pool, which I use most afternoons, will be closed for the summer as of next week so I will begin going to Lifetime Fitness in the mornings beginning the first week of October. So, that will change my morning routine. I'll let ya know how once I see how it goes.

13 September 2014

On My Radar/Friday Five


Happy Saturday Friends!

Today is a slightly cooler day and according to my iPhone weather app we will not see 90* for at least the next five days! As the kids say, "holla!". :) So, though technically the autumn equinox isn't for nine more days, I'm going to post this picture of this little girl, drink pumpkin spiced iced coffee and eat pumpkin spice pancakes like I made with turkey bacon this morning. Very soon we will be able to open our windows and turn off the air conditioning which means lower electric bills. This past month was the highest bill ever since moving here in 2000. Utterly ridiculous! I've decided to do an on my radar post, which is actually rather fashion focused.

On Ivanka Trump's twitter I found this cool interview with Vogue Editor, Anna Wintour. I'm so fascinated with her.
I do not spend a lot of money on magazines throughout the year. I purchase in March for the spring designs and September for the autumn fashions. This year I found a great new fashion magazine called Porter. I may subscribe to it I like it so much. (Most of the magazines I read come from the library for $.50. My only other subscriptions are Tea Time, Victoria, Cooks Country and Garden & Gun though I probably will not renew my Victoria subscription as it's not as good as it once was, but that's another topic.) Porter is like a less sexual W magazine, which is the industry standard outside of WWD (Women's Wear Daily, which I subscribed to as a fashion student, but not since becoming a mommy). Now that our house is painted and items are back in order, I will spend much of this weekend just like Sydney above and finally catching up on my fashion issues of Vogue, Porter, Southern Living (finally has a fashion issue for Southern women!), Town & Country, and In Style. I have a lot to do!

This is a wonderful recipe for pumpkin pancakes. I use Pamela's gluten free pancake mix instead of Bisquick.

TED Talks podcast has become one of my favorite educational podcast's that I listen to while doing the dishes or getting ready or in the car, etc. Here is a list of the most listened to. I want to add Sheryl Sandberg's podcasts to the list as one of my favorites. The announcement of iPhone 6 made me think of Steve Jobs, which reminded me of his must-be-heard TED Talk. Check it out. P.S. Let me add that  like my iPhone 5 but will probably get the 6 when I need to sign another 2 year contract in December. I want that camera!

I'm not sure I can get behind this trend outside of wearing dresses, which I do most days unless I'm in my pajama bottoms or work out shorts.




08 September 2014

Happy Grandparents Day!

Some day I look forward to having grandchildren. My children are ages 20, 18, and 16. I'd like for them to wait a few more years but hopefully not too long. I got to hold a 5 week old yesterday...swoon. When/If I do have grandbabies I hope to be as wonderful of a grandparent as all 4 of mine have been to me.

Nana and I in 2010. Love her sweet spirit and at 95 she is my last living grandparent.

Papaw C died in 1998 just a day after his and Nana's 60th anniversary. His family was from Cornwall, which I believe led to my Anglophile mania.

 

 

Muzzie and my last picture before she died. I'm amazed to see my weight loss from the picture in 2010 with Nana. I miss her every day.

This is a sweet picture of my aunt and Papaw Y. He was just the best.

 

 

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