Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Some Fun Winter Fashion

During the winter months, I love wearing layers of clothing, sweaters, scarves and accessorizing with boots.

I never had a chance to wear boots while living in Beaufort, SC due to the beautiful weather all year round, however, since I now live in Raleigh, I do get the chance now and love it.  It's been great buying some new winter clothes since living here, shopping is one of my favorite hobbies.

So here are some photos of my favorites.....I will start with some of my favorite boots.  I have several pairs of boots but will just share some of them today.

My Tall Riding Boots are new.  I just love them and they can be worn with leggings, jeans and even a dress.  I also like that they are a two toned color.

Below is one of my favorite casual jackets.  I have had this for a zillion years (ha!).  No kidding, it is such a wonderful coat, light weight and is perfect for Raleigh weather, too!  Got to love the cowboy motif on the back!!

I also love to wear Uggs.  They keep my feet so warm in the colder months and also are so comfortable.  They have so many types of Uggs available today in many different styles and colors.  I am really drooling over the Ugg slippers that are out!  I really want a pair!

However my favorite boots so far are my Frye Boots.  I just LOOOOVVVVEEEE them!

I also have added some new Puffer Vests to my winter wardrobe this year.

I love to add scarves to my outfits too!  This one below is one of my favorites because I like the ruffled look to it and the blue colors that are in it!


Cowboy Jacket - Pendelton
Puffer Vests - Lands End
Frye Boots
Riding Boots - Vince Camuto, Dillards
Black Leggings - Her Favorite Store - Beaufort, SC
Scarf - Deals, Beaufort, SC
Cable Sweater - J. Jill
Necklace - One Fish, Two Fish - Savannah, GA
Denim Shirt - J. Crew

What are some of your favorite winter outfits to wear?

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Great Food Ideas for Super Bowl

Well Super Bowl Sunday will be here before you know it! So tell me , do you entertain at your home or do you visit friends for the game?

Well here are some wonderful food ideas that I found while browsing on Pinterest.  Yes - I just love Pinterest for so many things (house decor, food, quotes, gardening, etc.)

Here we go:

Taco Ring

How about this appetizer tray shaped into a stadium?  So clever!
Football shaped pizza anyone?

So who are you rooting for?  Seahawks or Patriots?

GO SEAHAWKS!  (I guess you know who I am rooting for!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A Getaway to Williamsburg

I just recently went for a long weekend getaway to one of my favorite places -- Williamsburg.  Since moving to the Raleigh area, it is great to be closer to this beautiful area to visit.

Williamsburg offers so much history, art and cultural activities.  There is also plenty of shopping and restaurants to fulfill anyone's needs.

We stayed in a beautiful Bed & Breakfast in the historic area.  This was our first time staying at this one and we really enjoyed our stay.  

One of our favorite's closed recently.  See here.

Well I am just going to share some photos of the historic area, so sit back and enjoy.

Governor's Palace

Wythe House
The Shoemaker


Bruton Parish Church

I loved this style of fencing too.....

There was even some gardening this time of year.  I have to say the gardens are absolutely beautiful in the spring!

You can also tour the historic area via horse and carriage and I have done this in the past and really enjoyed it!

I just love this wreath made from pomegranates, lotus pods and pine cones.  So BEAUTIFUL!

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the historic area - The Blue Talon.  See here.

It is decorated with French accents and the food is wonderful too!

Above is Merchant's Square where their are specialty shops (Williams Sonoma, Chico's, Peanut Shop of Williamsburg, bakery and many restaurants.

One of my favorite Home Decor shops in Merchant's Square.

It's always so wonderful to go on a long weekend getaway and Williamsburg always is a hit for me!

Hope you enjoyed the mini tour of my trip.

Thanks for your visit!

Have you been on any weekend getaways lately?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Budapest Coffee Cake

I have shared this in the past, however, since it was one of my favorite coffee cakes I will share it again!

I first tried this cake in Oregon at my sister's home.  She made it during the holidays and she also shared the recipe with me.  It is such a moist cake since it has sour cream in it.  I also love the layers with the filling of cocoa powder, cinnamon and brown sugar.  I chose not to have nuts added to the filling since everyone in my family does not like them.

So here is the recipe:

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!

Thanks for visiting!  

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Dutch Doors

Hello There,

How is your week going?  It has been rainy here in North Carolina but I am still able to get out and do my daily jog so I can't complain too much!

I wanted to share some inspirational photos of dutch doors.  Yes - I love dutch doors and would love to have one in my next home. (Crossing fingers!)

So which one is your favorite?  I have several.....

I will be back soon to share some photos from a weekend getaway.  

Have a lovely week.



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