I am a mom, photographer, blogger, and enthusiastic home entertainer. I love cooking, decorating and making the most of life’s moments – big and small. I invite you to join me on my adventures as a designer, stylist, home cook, decorator, crafter, DIYer, party hostess and more!
When I was at the grocery store the other day I saw a glorious loaf of pumpkin bread – it was covered with tons of seeds and looked so delicious that I couldn’t resist bringing it home. At first I thought I’d make some yummy french toast to share with you, then, I remembered that I’ve already shared a pumpkin french toast recipe. I guess my mind was still kinda in breakfast mode because the next idea that popped into my head was a Croque Madame. While it’s not technically a breakfast item, I guess the egg is what made me think of it. If you aren’t familiar with this delicious sandwich it is basically a fancy grilled cheese served with an egg on top. It also has a béchamel sauce. And while it is a very delicious sandwich, I don’t feel super happy about making béchamel sauce for a quick lunch. So, I put my thinking cap on and decided to put my own southern spin on this AND gave it an autumn twist too. The results? Melt in your mouth deliciousness!! And it is speedy too.
I know, I know, you’re probably thinking, “What’s going on here – Christmas, really? Jennifer’s gone crazy! It’s October for Pete’s sake!” Well, I won’t deny that I’m probably a little crazy, and yes, I know it’s only October, and typically I’m not one to rush these things – but I’m super excited to part of ANOTHER blog tour! And this one’s all about Christmas! My friend Diane (from An Extraordinary Day) has invited me to be part of a terrific group of 31 bloggers for a celebration of 31 days of Handmade Christmas ornaments! Awesome, right?! Scroll down to the bottom of this post for all the links.
Today I’m super excited to be participating in the “Fall in Love with Your Home” blog tour with almost 30 bloggers! I love tours like this, it’s such a fun way to be inspired and be introduced to some wonderful new sites. Please scroll down to the bottom of this post to view all of the links. When I first signed up to participate I thought I would be sharing kitchen and dining room ideas (hence the title of this post) but it pretty quickly turned into just dining room ideas because I got so excited playing with my tablescape. If you’ve seen my article in the current issue of Celebrate magazine then you know that I have an affinity for blue, white and orange in Fall decor. Today, I’m slightly tweaking that theme and going with an Aqua, Chocolate and Pumpkin combo. I find this blend incredibly soothing, and definitely brimming with a coziness that perfectly suits the season.
You may or may not already know this about me but I am a total bibliophile – if I had a chance to go back and change my career path there is a good chance I would become a librarian, seriously. When I had my magazine, the “On Our Bookshelf” column was one of my favorite columns to curate because I got to sift through all the new release books. When I heard that my sweet blog friend (and former magazine contributor!) was writing a new book, I was extremely excited to read it and I’m eager to tell you about it too! The book is titled French Accents: Farmhouse French Style For Today’s Home by Anita Joyce of Cedar Hill Farmhouse blog (note: the book link is an Amazon affiliate link). Having worked with Anita, I knew the book would be lovely, and it is. Page after beautiful page, I was charmed by images that inspired thanks to her consummate style.
I was getting ready for a Fall Home Tour that I’m participating in (come back on Friday for the photos!) and came across this adorable Halloween fabric I had packed away, and while I didn’t end up using it in my decor this year, I was once again smitten with its sweetness. I’ve decided it’s time to finally make something out of it – I’ve been debating for a couple of years now – I’ve narrowed it down to either an apron or a tote bag. I need to measure it out to know for sure which one to go with. Anyway, I wanted to have one last tablescape “hurrah” and quickly pulled together this simple setting to share with you.
Do you ever find yourself standing at the fridge wondering what on earth to make for dinner and you’re looking at nothing but a few random leftovers? When I fall off the wagon of planning my menus, this is the exact situation I often find myself in. And today, I’m delighted to be sharing a recipe which helps me and I’m hoping it will help you too! It’s my simple pork tostada recipe. It doesn’t take a lot of ingredients and yet it’s a tasty (and attractive!) dish that you can have on the table in mere minutes.
I wanted to stop in and say “hello,” I’ve been quite busy at the salon and have hardly had a moment to call my own. I’m hoping my schedule is going to settle down soon and I will be able to share more often – at least that’s my hope. I’m excited to say that I am planning to share some Fall decor updates next week plus hopefully a tablescape too! Until then, the marigolds in my yard are bursting forth masses of gorgeous golden orbs and I couldn’t resist sharing them with you!
With all the long hours (and thousands of foot steps according to my Fitbit HR – affiliate link) that I’ve been putting in at the salon, my feet have been in desperate need of some TLC. I’m such a go-go-go person that I don’t tend to take time to soak in a tub at the end of the day. If my computer were waterproof I’d probably do it more, but as it is, I find it hard enough to get through most of my to-do list, much less, take time for pampering (which probably means I need it more than ever). Sometimes I like to compromise by soaking my feet – that way, I can still have my laptop with me and be working, but my feet are simultaneously relaxing – I guess I’m just a compulsive multi-tasker!
It’s hard to believe that it is almost the end of August already! The time is flying. I started working at one of my parent’s salons two weeks ago (I’m helping out at the front desk as well as managing their marketing) and have been trying to adjust to my new schedule. It’s been a little overwhelming but hopefully I’m beginning to find my “groove,” which excites me because I’ve missed y’all over here! I can tell you that I am definitely appreciating my time at home now more than ever. And this past Sunday was no exception.