Friday, October 17, 2014

EAT: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

In the realm of life's simple pleasures; the smell of pumpkin bread baking in the oven ranks pretty high on my list.  And, thanks to a sweet friend who was willing to trek to the American Food store here to hunt down a can of pumpkin for me (it's about as impossible to find as chicken noodle soup; JIF peanut butter and Rice Krispies…. fellow Americans, don't take canned pumpkin for granted! ;)) ; I was able to indulge in that pleasure yesterday afternoon...

This recipe is seriously worth giving a try…. a cinch to whip up; it's super moist and delicious… and, it goes without saying that chocolate makes anything taste better!  

It's hard to believe; but the girls have Fall Break all next week and we're heading out on a road trip thru  Tuscany to Rome and Florence.  If you are a fellow lover of 'la dolce vita'; please join us on Instagram…. be back soon!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Fashion: Shoes

Truth be told…. you are more likely to find me buying an apron or a blue and white ceramic bowl than a new pair of shoes.  As with many other things; I tend to stick with a few classics in footwear and then wear them on repeat until forced to replace them…. with the same or very similar pair (i.e. dark brown riding boots; black rain boots, cap toe ballet flats… even my moccasin slippers!).  Which is why it's a little bit of a surprise that this season I have two new "must-haves" popping into the rotation…. the kitten heel and oxford; both in black. These shoes look great with both jeans or black skinnies (which is all I wear in the Fall/Winter)… so really, it's just a matter of mood…. girly and feminine for date night or a little more masculine and practical for running errands….

…. what's your 'must have' shoe for Fall?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Seeing red….

… in a very good way….

Red is the great clarifier - bright and revealing. I can't imagine becoming bored with red - it would be like becoming bored with the person you love.
I tend to agree….

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A little refresher course...

…this morning on the "Secrets to Southern Charm" by the Southern Living folks…. 

…. thinking it might be fun to start compiling my own list of motherly wisdom/tips/anecdotes and make a book for my girls here….

It would probably start a little something like this:

Momma's Mantra
No. 1
Keep it classy. 

Classy (adj.):  Having qualities that make someone special or attractive
: showing impressive character; good, kind...

Momma's Charm Tip
No. 2
When visiting someone's home; do NOT scatter yourself among the arms and backs of furniture.
(see yesterday's post)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Make room for me….

This was the scene at my house yesterday; all the girls huddled up on the sofa every which way resembling monkeys in a tree…. and, while we are definitely a family that favors cuddling up and togetherness…. this was a little bit of a wake-up call that as the girls are getting bigger; it's probably time to think about investing in pieces that give them room to spread out a bit… I absolutely adore the set-up below which delivers comfort with lots of sofa space; yet still manages to retain the cozy atmosphere that I crave...

… and don't even get me started on those bookcases…. now that's no monkey business! :)