29 October 2015

Harris Tweed

 I love tweed. It must be the Anglophile in me. Most of my ancestors are from Cornwall and Scotland. When I went to England I saw a many country tweeds and ooohed and ahhed over them all. I have since learned of Harris Tweed, whom makes the prettiest wool fabric. Here is a video from one of their manufacturers, Harris Tweed Hebrides.

Harris Tweed began in the 1800's by the widow of the Earl of Dunmore, Harris. The weavers of the Outer Hebrides formed the Orb Association and passed an act of Parliament in 1993. Check out their whole history here. Harris Tweed has specific guidelines for those that want to manufacture their wool and designs. I think my favourite part is that the designers cannot design to cover more than 50% of the Harris Tweed fabric.

What is your favorite tweed item? Here are two of mine:

26 October 2015

Autumn Rain

My sorrow, when she's here with me,
thinks these dark days of autumn rain
are as beautiful days as can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden lane.

~Robert Frost, My November Guest

22 October 2015

Sloane Ranger Sale Friends & Family Sale

I am all about the sales. Tory Burch is having an up to 70% off sale ($400 gorgeous navy blazer for $100!), but I am sharing not-as-well-known brands this week to help the "little man", or woman, as the case may be. I have known about Sloane Ranger for a few years, and am a subscriber to their blog, Modern Prep Gazette. It's cute! If you're a fan of Catherine Middleton, then Sloane Ranger, which is the British version of prep, you will like. I adore the grey knit collection.

These are my favorite styles of this accessories company:

They also have a Warehouse Sale category that features these cute items:
And more! 

Beginning today, Sloane Ranger is holding their Friends and Family Sale. Enter INTHEFAMILY in the promo code at checkout and receive 20% off of $40 or more. Have fun! 

Tally Ho.

***Not and affiliate.

20 October 2015

A Sale and A Recipe

The other day I was watching a few blogger's YouTube videos and one of the one's I watched is Krista Robertson of Covering The Bases. I have since started following her on Twitter and Snapchat. On Twitter she mentioned Goodnight Macaroon is having a sale. So I went on and found that on Tuesday's they have flash sales. Today's sale has a few really cute items 50% off! Here are three that I adore:

Grey Sweater with Red Plaid Trim

Window Pane Skater Dress (Grey or Navy)

Preppy Stripe Cardigan (Grey, Navy, or White)

When my family came the weekend before last, I made apple cider and my son has requested it every day since. I love that he is getting nutrients for his growing body. It is paramount to purchase REAL apple cider. Costco carries ours and it is by Hays and says apple cider, but if you can find it locally sourced, such as your closest apple barn, then that is even better. What that means is that it has no added sugar or citric acid. It is pure by being only pressed apples. That way you can control what you put in your cider. I buy my mulling spices at Penzey's Spice shop. For years I purchased it at Williams Sonoma, and they are just as delicious as Penzey's, but a tad more expensive. I buy my bourbon vanilla at Trader Joe's. If you do not have that nearby, this is the gold star of vanilla. Many recipes call for brown sugar, and while I think it enhances the taste, adding sugar is not necessary as apples are already sweet on their own. Many family members are on The Daniel Plan and you cannot have additional sugar, so I tried it this time without the brown sugar and it was just as good without it. A tea ball is SO helpful in this recipe. If you do not have one, then you can use a fine mesh strainer.

Hot Apple Cider
4 cups Apple Cider (found in the refrigerator section)
2 tablespoons mulling spices
.50 teaspoon Bourbon vanilla
orange peels (optional)
whipped cream (optional)

In a small saucepan, pour in the juice. Turn the heat on medium-low. Put the mulling spices in the ball and place in the pan, or if you do not have the ball, place the spices directly in the pan; add the orange peel. I warm it until I see slight steam rising from the pan, around 15-20 minutes, but it can be kept on for hours. Turn off the heat and discard the peel. You can leave the ball in as long as you want but if you do not have the ball then get a large Pyrex measuring cup and place a strainer on top. Pour the juice in the strainer; discard the spices. Once you have poured yourself (and others) a cup, pour the remaining cider back into the pan (with or without the spices, that is up to you) and put the burner on low. Add whipped cream if you desire, we do.

P.S. These apple cider doughnuts look soooo scrumptious!

15 October 2015

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today
October 14, 2015

Outside my window... the sun is shining, sky is blue, leaves are starting to turn to yellow and are lightly blowing in the breeze. It is a bit warmer today at 77, but will only last until Saturday when the high will be in the 60's for the foreseeable future. We have our windows open, which I so love. It makes for a peaceful sleep with them open and very cool breeze coming in our bedroom.

I am thinking... about hearing President Obama's declaration of keeping troops in Afghanistan. 

I am thankful... to have had family come visit and we will see everyone again in the next two months!  Though I am used to us living away from family, that does not mean I do not miss them dearly.

I am wearing... my husband's green Nautica shirt and pajama bottoms. I'm casual today since I do not have anywhere to go.

I am creating... piles of things to list on Craigslist and eBay. Any tips?

I am going... to stay on my couch today. My allergies are a being a pain and my cough is brutal. Nobody wants to hear it. ;)

I am wondering... if the direction the new CEO of Ralph Lauren will be the same as Ralph Lauren intends.

I am reading... The Royal We. I'm about 1/3 of the way in and I like the writing, but I keep imagining Prince William and Princess Catherine as the characters and it is a little weird.

I am hoping... to blog more frequently next week. Right now I spend a lot of time clutching my stomach while I cough violently. 

I am learning... ?

In the kitchen... lunch is leftover beef and cabbage. Supper is pupkin soup, gluten free cornbread, and salad.

Favorite quote: 

Peek into one of my days... 

Just before bed.

13 October 2015

Family Weekend

Last week was spent getting my Autumn cleaning finished and the flat ready for family. I finished everything I wanted to do except for the windows, but seeing as it would be dark when everyone arrived, I was not going to worry about it. A week ago Sunday, I felt Autumn allergies coming on and by Thursday I was in full-on allergy mold that I believe has turned into a cold. Windows were not a priority. The list I wanted to complete was finished so I call that a win!

I bought these cute little knick-knacks at Walmart. Normally I do not go to Walmart (I'm more of a Target lady), but needed to pick up tissues and this was closer. I put apples in the crate and it is so cute! 

My sister, her husband and children, her husband's parents, and my parents arrived on Friday evening. They delivered Muzzie's piano that my sister so sweetly bought for me at Muzzie's auction. It took a year to get to me, but I am so glad to have it! 
My sister knows how important the piano is to our family, and I am grateful to have it. I have not sat down to tinkle the ivories quite yet, but I have heard my son do it a few times. He has inherited Muzzie's gift of playing music by ear. Many studies have shown that music strengthens the analytical side of the brain. My brother-in-law's parents own a pick up with a trailer hitch so they were able to bring down the piano. 

After getting the piano inside, we ate! That's what Southerners do best. I made chicken salad croissants, Cobb salad, (purchased) chips, hot apple cider, sweet tea, and ice cream for dessert (courtesy of Publix). I was not feeling up to cooking a ton of food so my parents generously bought pizza for the three teenagers. Everyone had a great time, and we realize how much we miss living near family.

The next morning my son and I met up with everyone and had breakfast at the hotel. Bry was raving over the omelettes. We had a selfie before taking off. It's a bit too close in my opinion and may need to invest in one of those obnoxious selfie sticks, but us bloggers do what we gotta do. ;)

My sister's family left for Florida. My parents, son, and I did a little shopping to get my son ready for brick and mortar school (he has been doing online school for a few years). Then went to dinner at Buca's (forgot to get a photo).

On Sunday, my parents and I went to the North Georgia Premium Outlets (you know this if you follow me on Snapchat). I just bought one Oxford Cloth Button Down at Ralph. After picking up Bry from church, he and I brought dinner to their hotel room. After eating and chatting, we said our so long for now's.

Yesterday my Army boy came to visit us. He had been in Atlanta with his friends over the weekend. He stopped by before heading back to his base. I made pumpkin cinnamon rolls and bacon. Suffice it to say, it was a heartwarming weekend.

Thank you everyone for coming down. My husband is enjoying the spotless, organized home because of your visit. Come back any time!

05 October 2015

Where is my Motivation Monday?

I am struggling today, y'all. My motivation is nil. I have family coming into town this week, so I'm getting my fall cleaning completed and I'm struggling. Sometimes I feel like a toddler yelling "but I don't wanna". So, I'm on my blog and Tweeting because that's the mature thing to do. ;)

Here are my plans for this week:

  1. Clean all closets and cabinets.
  2. List items we do not want on Craigslist and Facebook.
  3. On Thursday take what we do not sell to the charity shop.
  4. Deep clean the kitchen and bathrooms
  5. Steam clean the carpets.
That's the plan for cleaning. I'll figure out menu plans tonight, but we are having Pumpkin Soup and corn pancakes for dinner. P.S. Y'all have to go to Trader Joe's and buy their pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Oh. My. Goodness. They're delicious!

Do you clean in the Autumn and Spring?

01 October 2015

Happy October

O autumn, laden with fruit, and stain’d
With the blood of the grape, pass not, but sit
Beneath my shady roof, there thou mayst rest,
And tune thy jolly voice to my fresh pipe,
And all the daughters of the year shall dance!

Sing now the lusty song of fruits and flowers.

~William Blake (1757-1827), "To Autumn"
Image: Bluebird, glowing Elm, October 1905, The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden.

Here are additional autumn poems from the last few years
 2013 2014


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