Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My Rootin Tootin Handbag

Have you ever heard of a company named Rootin Tootin Handbags?  Well let  me tell you a little about it.  They are a small business based in Texas that makes handmade boots.  The owner's daughter also decided to recycle boots into making handbags.

I actually have one of them and I just love it and get so many compliments on it!  Here is some information on the company, see here.

For Christmas one year, I received one of these handbags from my husband who saw the ad about the handbags on a Hartford commercial.  I just love it so much and was thrilled to receive it as a gift.  You can also have your own boots made into a handbag, how cool is that?  Also the handbags are made in the USA which is also a great thing!

Here are some photos of my bag and I am about to get to use it soon since the weather is getting cooler.  Now I need to get some of my boots out too!

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Good news is that I went into a shop where I live and the owner of the shop loved my handbag so much she called the company and bought several for her shop!

Silver Conch and rhinestones adorn the handbag

Love the bottom!

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Happy Fall!

Over the weekend, I added some fall touches to my front porch....I love the colors and textures of fall, pumpkin scented candles burning, the smell of homemade soups cooking on the stove, extra layers of clothing (maybe up north), and the smell of apple pie baking in oven... and pumpkins.  The weather has been less humid and we have had cooler nights here in South Carolina.

I made up this small basket of flowers for front door.... I love the pop of orange against my coastal blue door!

Added a coffee sack to my wine barrel with some pumpkins and a mum....

One of my favorite pillows for  October
I sit out on my front porch a lot since the nights have been cooler

My Wicked Witch Sign

I even added a metal basket with a splash of yellow and orange to my back gate.  Can you see the door/gate knocker to the left of gate?  I can also see some of my Confederate Jasmine trying to climb the picket fence......

Hope you are enjoying your Fall too!  Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall Decorations

I was ready to do some decorating for fall in my home over the weekend. After digging through many tubs in my garage, I did come up with some decorations. Although I want to add more such as:   fresh pumpkins, gourds, mums etc., I will wait until later in October since the weather is still quite warm here in SC.  In fact, our "pick your own" pumpkin patch is not open until October 7th.....

So here is a peek at what I have so far around my home.


Mercury Glass Owl

Chenille pumpkin added to my vintage suitcase collection

Did you ever see such large pinecones?  They are called Sugar Pinecones.....
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Budapest Coffee Cake

I shared this recipe awhile ago....However, since it is one of my favorites and we are getting cooler temps, I wanted to share this with you again.

3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon cocoa
3 tablespoons currants or finely chopped raisins (I skipped this step)
1 cup toasted walnuts

3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups sour cream, room temperature


1)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Butter a 10-inch Bundt pan. Set aside.
2) To make the filling: Combine brown sugar, cinnamon and cocoa in a small bowl. Mix thoroughly. Stir in nuts and currants or raisins. Set aside.
3) To make batter: Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a large bowl. Cream butter in bowl of an electric stand mixer, using paddle attachment. Add vanilla and sugar and beat on medium speed for a minute or two. Add eggs, one at a time, beating each until just incorporated. Scrape sides of bowl, as necessary, to keep mixture smooth. Beat at high speed until mixture is light and creamy, about 1 minute. Turn mixer to low speed. Add dry ingredients in three additions and sour cream in two additions, beating only until smooth after each addition.
4) Spread a thin layer of batter in bottom of prepared pan. This will be easier to do if you use a small spoon to drop batter into pan and then smooth it together. Top with 1/3 of nut mixture. Repeat until you have 4 layers of batter and three layers of nut filling. The top layer will be batter. Bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes.

Now enjoy a slice with a cup of coffee!

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Some Exciting News and I Won A Giveaway

Hi Everyone:

Just wanted to let all of you know that I have some very, exciting news to share within the next couples of weeks to you.

Also wanted to share one of my giveaway winnings from Between You and Me blog. I won this beautiful sign below. Please visit their blog here.

I ordered the following phrase that I had them make into my sign.  "I have always loved the beach.  The smell of salty water, the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm.  

Thanks for visiting and I will come back soon with the great NEWS!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Palmiers .....And Take A Guess

Have you ever had Palmier's? Well I was addicted to them when I visited Paris. They were available in every patisserie!.....They are made from puff pastry and sugar and cinnamon, quite yummy!  In some bakeries, they are called elephant ears.

The recipe can be found here.

I just loved the taste of these, light and crispy texture filled with cinnamon/sugar!!!  Here are some of my photos when I was making these yummy treats......

Can you guess what the above image is used for?  If you have ever been to Paris, you might know the answer.  Will share more info on this in another post.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Over the Labor Day weekend, we drove to St. Simon's Island, GA which is about 2 hours away from where I live.  Do any of you watch Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri?  Well, he had recently been to a barbecue joint called Southern Soul.  Oh, yes, the best barbecue I have ever had......

Here is the website of the restaurant:  www.southernsoulbbq.com.

Pulled Pork Sandwich with Coleslaw, YUM!
Beef Brisket Sandwich with Macaroni and Cheese

The restaurant has three big smokers outside of restaurant.  There are always huge lines outside of this restaurant.

Daily special blackboard

And to end our delicious meal, we both shared a blackberry-blueberry cobbler right out of the oven!

Hope you enjoyed your long holiday.  Did you also have barbecue?

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Monday, September 3, 2012

My New Ramsign

Today I am doing some small chores around the home.  We drove to the Waterfront Park in Beaufort and took some shots on the Beaufort River.  It is such a lovely day here.

Recently I was a lucky winner of a Ramsign address sign.  I won this address sign from the lovely blog, http://sweetnothingsbj.blogspot.com/.

Here is a photo of it on my front porch....Oh I just love it!  Thanks BJ for hosting this beautiful giveaway.

What did you do over the long weekend?

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