Friday, October 31, 2014


It's here….a night of costumes and candy. One of my sons has had his costume since August. The other…well, he still doesn't know what he's going as. Even a last minute trip to Party City - yes, yes, the line wrapped around the store - could not yield a suitable outfit. I get it…you get to an age where you feel funny dressing up. But, you feel funny if you don't. He'll figure it out. 

Here's a look back at Halloween's past and present.
I hope your weekend is simply Spooktacular!!!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Treats for Fall

I love seeing all the neighborhoods evolve throughout the seasons. Spider webs draped across trees, ghosts hanging from trees, jack-o-lantern's emerging where plain pumpkins sat before. It's all preparation for this Friday…Halloween!

Even Molly is in the spirit of things! 
I'm constantly tweaking things. Decorating with metal orbs is everywhere, so I tried my hand at updating my planters. First, I settled a lantern in the center.
Then, I added in a variety of pumpkins. I spray them with Floralife, which is what florists use to make the leaves of plants shiny. And, it keeps the squirrels away.
I like how it's looking, but need to fill it out a bit. I think it will look really pretty at night, when I light the candles inside the lanterns. And, will carry me through Thanksgiving. 

I'm definitely more treat than trick when it comes to decorating for Fall. 

How about you?

Monday, October 27, 2014

Cookie Cutter Week

It's the countdown to Halloween, and I'm preparing to have a "cookies cutter" week! My sons and I will be baking sugar cookies in the shape of these bats and ghosts. Jenne Steffens Hobick of Everyday Occasions designs a new set of copper cookie cutters for each season, so these are new this year. The cutters are heirloom quality so that you can pass them down, along with the recipes!
Jenne has even begun packaging the icing sugars and sprinkles that she's known for. In a very generously sized glass jar. In addition, she has a fabulous line up of packaging materials, so that you can order everything you need to make your own special batch and share them with friends!
Here's to a week that isn't too batty! Have fun with every occasion, including Halloween!

images: Jenne Steffens Hobick

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gluten Free Apple Crisp

With Fall in full swing and apples in abundance, I am craving the smell (and taste) of a hot apple crisp in the oven! I'm not gluten free, but I know many of you are, so this recipe, by Valerie Rice, of Eat Drink Garden, is one that everyone can enjoy! 
Mmmmmmmm.....I can practically smell the apples and cinnamon now! Enjoy your weekend, whatever your comfort is!

images: Eat-Drink-Garden by Valerie Rice

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shopping Dallas - Madison

No trip to Dallas is complete for me without a quick trip to Highland Park Village. Beautifully appointed and easily walkable, this curated collection of shops leaves your wallet lighter and your heart pounding faster!
Without a doubt, my favorite shop among them all is Madison. Owned by sisters and interior design partners, Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons, it is a highly edited collection of decor items, gift items and table top. Personalization is available on nearly everything.
These hand blown glass sculptures caught my eye this time. Most of their other lines I'm familiar with, but these were new and different. A little like Chihuly and definitely a conversation piece!
I have lusted after their monogram designs for years. I haven't been able to pick a favorite yet, so I just keep admiring... though the design on the top row, 3rd from the left has me thinking hard!
Baby gifts always make me smile. Anyone out there having a baby?
And, just to give you an idea of the design chops on these ladies, here are just a few images from their portfolio.
There really is a certain glamour to Dallas that I'm drawn to…and Madison captures the best of that!

images: ppt and kirsten kelli
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