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Friday, September 22, 2017

The Friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  Happy First Day of Fall!  As much as I miss the Summer, I do love all the color, aromas, and tastes of Autumn.   About ninety percent of the candles that I own are pumpkin scented. 

Do you have a big weekend planned?  The Mister and I are taking Chowdah to the beauty parlor, running errands, and of course, going to the movies.  It's the Mister's turn to pick the flick.  (Insert eye roll).  You know what that means.  I'll give you a hint: it will involve shooting, stabbing, chasing, and blowing things up.  It is during the Mister's choices that I wish that I could take my Kindle into the theater.

Sunday is supposed to be beautiful, so we will probably take a field trip.  


Both properties are in the beautiful state of Maine and good news -  they are both for sale.

I could get so organized if I had this island.

I would wake up in a good mood every day if I had breakfast here every day.

To see more photos of the gorgeous home, click here.


Our second house can be found in Rockport, Maine.

I love how light and airy this house is. 

More photos of this waterfront home can be found here.


In honor of the first day of Fall, this article has plenty of stunning rooms with a punch of orange.

This wallpaper makes me happy.
More photos can be found here.


Are you seeking inspiration for sprucing up your home for Fall?

Some great ideas can be found here.


Are you looking for some unique kitchen ideas?  
You can find plenty of inspiration right here.


Are you planting bulbs this season?
Here is your ultimate guide.


I begged asked the Mister to make this for me this weekend.
I'm starting my diet next week.


I gave you good news about ice cream in my last post.
I found even better news right here.
You're welcome.


I fed my #1 so much squash when she was a baby that she actually turned yellow.  Butternut squash is my favorite vegetable. 

Twenty amazing ways to cook butternut squash.


Here are 50, count 'em 50 recipes for Fall Appetizers.


Have you reached your peak?
Find out the age that people peak at almost everything.


Are you planning a wedding?  
Here are 7 apps that you cannot live without.


And if your wedding planning is for the Spring, the experts spill the trends here.


Here's a list of 26 cool websites that will change your life for the better.
I downloaded three of them.
I'm constantly working on my cool factor.


Are you or someone you know expecting a second baby?
Here's a cute article that is written by an expectant Dad.

When we brought my #2 home from the hospital, my #1 kept waving at her repeating "Bye, Bye Baby!" for weeks.  It took her awhile to adjust to the fact that #2 was sticking around for awhile.


I just added this adventure to my bucket list.
Who's in?

Until next time...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Stormy Hodgepodge

Hello, dear friends.  I am writing this with a famous visitor on his way.  His name is Jose, and he comes without an invitation.  His entourage has not fully arrived, but already he is making a big splash on the Cape.   

A certain someone has been on her "happy" pills since yesterday.


Not even a silly old tropical storm can keep me from my beloved Hodgepodge.

1.  What's something you'd rate a 10/10?  Tell us why.

This answer tells you a lot about me.  How much do I love Amazon, let me count the ways.

* I can buy practically anything with the click of a button.  I don't have to fill out address forms or credit card info. 

* Because I am a Prime member, I can get free shipping on almost everything.

*  I get a free kindle book the first of every month that is due to be released the following month.

*  I usually forget that I ordered something so when the Amazon box arrives with my name on it, I may not know what's in it, but I know I will love it.

*  I can shop in my jammies.

2.  What job would you be terrible at?  

What makes you think so?

I could never be a skyscraper window washer for two reasons.  
The first one is that I am terrified of heights.  
The second reason is that I always leave streaks on the windows.

Who am I kidding?
I've never done a window in my life.

3.  When did you last take a fall?  

Three days after we moved into our current house I fell down the porch steps.  The last step was a rickety old rock.  The Mister had it replaced within the week because he lost sleep worrying about my safety.  It was either that, or he couldn't stand to hear me whine anymore.  

It was the last time I wore my favorite shoes to take the trash out.

What's something you're falling for (in a good way) these days?

I'm falling in love with the main character in the book I am currently reading, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.  I am only halfway through with this novel, and I never want it to end.  Little by little, the reader learns more about Eleanor, her childhood, and what has led her to become the regimented, quirky, lonely person that she is and you can't help but fall for her. 

4.  According to the Travel Channel, here are some of America's best Fall festivals-

National Apple Festival (near Arendtsville, Pa) Harvest on the Harbor (Portland Maine), German Village Festival (Columbus OH) , Wellfleet Oyster Festival (Cape Cod), and Wine and Chile Fiesta (Santa Fe)

Have you ever been to any of the festivals listed?  Which one appeals to you most?  Does your hometown have any sort of Fall celebration, and if so, will you make it a point to attend?

I've been to a few Fall Festivals, and I see an Oyster Fest in my future. 

5.  What is your goodbye message to Summer?

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Lea over at Cici's Corner mentioned how delicious Halo Top Ice Cream is as well as being low cal.  They put the calorie count for the WHOLE pint on the carton.  This is absolutely genius for people like me.  Whenever I eat something delicious, I check the packaging for the calorie count for a single serving and then multiply that amount of servings that are in a container.  The calorie count is always a large one and that magic number is my worse case scenario

But under 400 calories of delicious ice cream for a whole pint?


My prayers have been answered.

Until next time...

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Heavenly Living Room Renovation

Hello, dear friends.  I hope you had a good weekend.  Rumor has it that a hurricane is headed towards my neck of the woods.  
No way, Jose!

Miss Daisy loves making new friends.

On Friday, I was invited to my cousin, Louise's beautiful home for lunch.  Our friend, Doris joined us, and I had great fun catching up with these lovely ladies over chardonnay and lobster salad.  Afterwards, Louise gave me a tour of her charming town, Milton.  It was a perfect way to begin the weekend.


I have a treat for you today.  Over the Summer, my friend, Anne invited us for dinner.  Afterward, we attended a reading by the author Amor Towles in town. 

Anne and Rodger just had their living room redecorated by one of my favorite decorating firms, Grapevine Interiors.  I stalk them on Instagram, and they never disappoint.

We began the evening with cocktails out on Anne and Rodger's darling porch.

As always, Anne did not disappoint with the dinner.  

She served the most delicious salad with chicken.  The recipe can be found in this cookbook.

And the dessert was to die for.  
This peach tart recipe can be found here.

Anne's living room looked beautiful before, but now it is positively stunning.  Grapevine Interiors chose the paint color by Ball & Farrow #9811 and it is magnificent.

You can't help but smile when you walk into this inviting room.

I love this navy and white fabric on this loveseat and it compliments the paint color beautifully.  

It is such a comfortable, warm room. 
Don't tell Anne but I wanted to steal those pillows on the couch.

This tray of silver accessories is the perfect accompaniment to Anne's antique table.

As you can see, Anne and Rodger's home is the epitome of New England charm. They are also superb hosts which is the ideal combination for a delightful evening.

Until next time...

Chili says:
Go Away, Jose!!!

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