Zesty Bloody Marys

Bloody Mary

As I mentioned in this post, we hosted a small brunch a few Sundays ago, and our drink of choice was a zesty bloody Mary.  We always like to welcome our guests with a “drink of the day”, and the Barefoot Contessa’s bloody Mary seemed like the perfect choice for a crisp fall week-end morning.  […]


Our Plans for October

Hanoi, Vietnam

Greetings, everyone. It’s so good to be back here on the blog. Life has been crazy the last few weeks, and it will be crazy for a few more. I thought it might be nice to fill you in on what’s been going on. Yankee and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Southeast […]


The Rustic Shelves are Ready for Fall

Rustic kitchen shelves

When we had our rustic shelves added to our white kitchen in June, I didn’t know how much fun they would be to accessorize, but they are.  They’re the perfect blank canvas of 150 year old wood teamed with new, but distressed, brackets.  To get a fall look out of them, I just had to […]


Grandma’s Fried Chicken Recipe

Grandma's Fried Chicken

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Justaddrice #CollectiveBias   I have a list of my all-time top favorite foods, and my mother’s (Jordan’s grandmother’s) fried chicken is my number one fave.    I think it is the favorite food of every member of my family.  […]


Seasons’ Saturday Selections

Luscious Leopard

Good morning.  Happy week-end!  Let’s get right to our selections.  There are some good ones here.


French Farmers’ Market

French farmers' market

One of my favorite things to do when we travel is browse through the local markets that are set up in the city center a few days each week.  In my opinion seeing them in the fall is the best.  Of course, that could be because fall is my favorite season.  I was looking through […]


Five Reasons to Entertain with Brunch

Entertain with Brunch

Everybody is busy.  I’m busy.  You’re busy.  Jordan is busy, but yet it’s always nice to do some entertaining in the midst of all that busy-ness.  This past week-end was jam-packed with a concert, tailgating, church, a play, dog-sitting, company, and life.  However, we still were able to entertain three friends by serving a nice […]


Fall Arrives on the Kitchen Table

Fall vignette

Are you all having as much fun with this fall late summer weather as I am?  It seems as if the fall coolish weather showed up for a few days, and I am embracing adding a warmish layer to my daily outfits. If you have been around here a while, then you know I like to work […]


New Pillow From Old Sport Coat in the Sunroom

Fall sunroom

I am so excited about the way our sun room looks right now.  Usually when I put away the summer look in that small solarium connected to our kitchen and great room, I bring out the wool blankets, flannel fabric, and plaid pillows.  But this year’s look was inspired by a blast from the past […]


Seasons’ Saturday Selections

Housepitality Designs vignette

Good morning, everyone.  Since Jordan is half way across the world, today’s selections are from just one season – moi.  I decided that it would be fun to feature some women whom I have met through blogging and call my friends.  Each one writes a highly successful blog with beautiful photos and great information.  We […]

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