Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween!

Had to share this cute pumpkin hat along with this adorable little onesie that I bought for Madison for Halloween.

I especially love the wording BOO on her onesie.  I bought it for her at one of my favorite shops, JanieandJacks.

How about Madison's little cute tush in her little black leggings?

Wishing you a wonderful and safe HALLOWEEN!

Monday, October 27, 2014


Don't  you love to win things?   I sure do!  Recently I was the winner of a canvas print giveaway hosted by Sherry of the blog, No Minimalist Here.  See her blog here.

So do you want to to see my winning?   I chose my recent photo of our farmhouse that we stayed in while on our Tuscany trip.  It was such a breath taking view each morning when we got up looking at the village of Siena nestled in the vineyards.

The walls in our current rental are painted in a light tan color so I think the canvas print pops with color!  I just placed on this wall since it was the only one that it really fit on.

When I went back to edit my photos, I noticed how I really MISS my hardwood floors like back in Beaufort.  In fact, I have always had hardwood floors and have always been a big fan of them!

Well tell me, have you won anything lately?  Thanks Sherry for the wonderful opportunity!

Hope you have a wonderful week.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Madison is 6 Months Old Today

Wow, does time fly by!  I can't believe Madison is six months old today.  She is a pleasure to be with.  She is now cooing, drooling (yes her teeth are coming in), and rolling over.

She loves the camera too, (what a HAM)!

She loves wearing headbands, I bought this adorable one from Gymboree!
Rollin', Rollin', Rollin'

She is even sitting up on her own now!

I am so glad that Madison lives here to capture these precious moments!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Risotto with Prosciutto and Peas

Have you ever had risotto?  Ever since I went to Italy and fell in love with their food, I am very fond of risotto.  In Florence and Tuscany, risotto was always on the restaurant menus.  One of my favorite risottos while visiting Italy was made with mushrooms, a.k.a - Porcini Risotto.

Risotto is a dish made with rice cooked in stock and grated Parmesan cheese.  There are various types of risotto.

I also make risotto at home and one of our favorites is one that I make with prosciutto and peas.  In the summer months, I add fresh corn instead of peas.  I love using other fresh vegetables in this dish especially in the summer season.


Saute 3-4 ounces of prosciutto, diced in butter with 1/2 medium onion in 1/2 stick of butter in medium saucepan for about 5 minutes or until onion is translucent.

I use my All Clad stockpot for this dish.

Add 1 1/2 cups Aborio rice coating the rice and stirring constantly.  In another saucepan, heat 40 ounces of chicken stock on low heat.

Once rice is coated with butter (about 30 seconds), begin to ladle hot stock into rice mixture. Continue to stir constantly until all added stock is used.  (Every couple of minutes - you add a ladle of stock to the rice mixture and continue to stir).

The whole process of adding the ladled stock should take approximately 20-25 minutes and about 1/2 way through this process, add 1 cup of fresh peas or thawed frozen peas.  Stir lightly.  Once broth is incorporated into the rice mixture, stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.

**It is very important to constantly stir risotto for the whole process.  The end result is well worth it, BELIEVE ME!

Serve with additional Parmesan if desired.

I love serving this dish with a crusty bread.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Apple Crostada

I love this time of year when you can get fresh apples from your local orchards and/or farmer's market.

Apples are one of my favorite fruits and I love to make many things using apples in the fall.  One of my favorite desserts to make is Apple Crostata.

This recipe is so easy and yet so delicious!

Here is the recipe - Ina Garten - Food


1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick cold unstalted butter, diced
2 tablespoons ice water

1 1/2 pounds McIntosh, Macoun or Empire Apples (3-4 large)
1/4 teaspoon grated orange zest
1/4 cup flour
1/ 4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon allspice
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter - diced


For the pastry, place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the butter and pulse 12 to 15 times, or until the butter is the size of peas. With the motor running, add the ice water all at once through the feed tube. Keep hitting the pulse button to combine, but stop the machine just before the dough becomes a solid mass. Turn the dough onto a well-floured board and form into a disk. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.

Flour a rolling pin and roll the pastry into an 11-inch circle on a lightly floured surface. Transfer it to a baking sheet.

For the filling, peel, core, and cut the apples into 8ths. Cut each wedge into 3 chunks. Toss the chunks with the orange zest. Cover the tart dough with the apple chunks leaving a 1 1/2-inch border.

Combine the flour, sugar, salt, cinnamon, and allspice in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is crumbly. Pour into a bowl and rub it with your fingers until it starts holding together. Sprinkle evenly on the apples. Gently fold the border over the apples to enclose the dough, pleating it to make a circle.

Bake the crostata for 20 to 25 minutes, until the crust is golden and the apples are tender. Allow to cool. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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I serve mine warm with homemade whipped cream!  YUM!

What is your favorite dessert made with apples?

Thanks for your visit!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Farmers Market Flowers and Velvet Pumpkins

Hello There,

Hope you are having a wonderful week.  Yesterday I visited our local Farmer's Market for some vegetables and fruits and came home with a beautiful bouquet of hand picked flowers.  Oh how I love to have fresh flowers in my home.


Also during the week, I visited TJ Maxx and never can come home empty handed for that store.  Well I found these beautiful, velvet pumpkins for 6.99 each, yes!  Can you believe it?  But the bad thing was that there were only two left on the shelf so they both went into my shopping cart!  They only had green and brown to choose from but I was fine with that!

Once I got to play with placing them on my coffee table, I thought I would get  a little more Fall touches out in the living room.  So down in our garage, I did keep some decorating bins (everything else i stored at another offsite location).

I found my handled basket and filled it with my assorted gourds, mini pumpkins, acorns and pine cones.

Added a mini pumpkin along with my antlers to a small table in the room......

I found these three books recently at a used book store for $3.99 each, SCORE!

Pillow added pops of gold, tan, green and orange to the room!

Have you added any fall touches to your home?

Thanks for your visit!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

My Vintage Find

Recently I did a post on a fabulous place where you can find great vintage finds near me.  In the post, I mentioned that I found something there.  Well now I can share that with you today.

I even had a photo of it in my recent post.  Well guess what?  I now have it in my home, well, my temporary home for now.  Yes - I love it and so glad that I brought it home with me.  For now, I have placed it in front of the fireplace for now.  However, when it starts to get chilly here, I will move at the bottom of my bed.  Yes - I will experience chilly weather here.  I haven't experienced cold weather since I left Pennsylvania  over three years ago.  I would still be in flip flops in BEAUFORT!

So now for the reveal...........................

I really love the chippy and rustic feel to this chest.  

The handles are made from wood also.....

I wish I had the keys!

Just found this fleece throw recently, it will be perfect for keeping warm in the cooler weather!



Now I need to go back to see if I can find anymore interesting finds soon!  

Thanks for your visit!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Terrain - An All Time Favorite

Have you ever shopped at Terrain?  Well I have and it is one of my all time favorites.  Terrain is a beautiful shop filled with home decor, furniture, personal gifts, and garden decor.

When I lived back in Pennsylvania, I always looked forward to visiting their Chadds Ford, PA site which was very close to where I lived.  It was always fun visiting in the Spring to see all of their new items that just came in along with all of their beautiful spring gardening ideas.  In the past, I have bought so many annuals, perennials, flower pots, wreaths for my home which I still have and adore. The holiday seasons were also fun to visit then with all of their fresh greens, wreaths, trees, beautiful holiday gifts and lovely inspiration!

Terrain is also a great place to find a unique gift for a family member, friend, teacher or neighbor. There is always something new and interesting to chose from.  They also carry candles, jewelry, and personal care items.

Recently I received their catalog in the mail and wanted to share some of my favorite findings.....Online shopping is also available.  See here.

Alpaca Mittens '

Love this linen runner!

Linnea Pumpkin Candle

Dubarry Boots


Oh and if you get hungry after all of your shopping experience, they also offer brunch, lunch and dinners during the week.  I have been there for breakfast and lunch and really enjoyed it.  More information can be found here.

I hope you are having a lovely week!

Friday, October 3, 2014

My Love for Coffee - Jubala Coffee Village

If any of you follow me via Facebook, you know that I love coffee.  Anyway, it has been fun moving from SC to NC and trying different venues out for coffee and breakfast hangouts in the local area.

Yes we have quite a few establishments here but so far we have a favorite that serves some good coffee (Counter Culture Coffee) at Jubala Coffee in Raleigh.  Counter Culture is a wholesale coffee buyer and roaster headquartered in Durham.

At Jubala, their coffee menu includes cappuccino, lattes, pour-on coffee and French press.  My husband and I enjoyed 2 - 16 ounce pour overs.  We experienced the barista making the coffees per order since we had been seated at the counter, one of our favorite spots.

The menu is also wonderful for breakfast or lunch.  So far we have only tried breakfast and it was to die for.  Steel cut oatmeal served with slice bananas, and candied walnuts were awesome.  We also ordered their homemade biscuits served with country ham.  The biscuit had a little sweetness to it and it was a perfect with the salty ham.

Leige waffles are also on the menu which we have tried.  They are waffles made with pearl sugar which caramelizes when cooked and are served with choices on top of:  peaches and brown sugar, Nutella, Big Spoon peanut butter, or even a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Inside topping for the waffles include:  candied walnuts, chocolate chips, blueberries, apple cinnamon and coconut.

They also sell coffee and coffee equipment on site.

We were able to enjoy the outdoor seating to sit and relax and enjoy our coffee!

So next time you are in the Raleigh area, don't forget to stop by Jubala Coffee and try a more personalized coffee experience!!!!



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