The Saturday Breeze – Week of June 18

I packed in alot of stuff this week!  While Mr. and Miss Bee were away on a mission trip for church, I took the week off work and well…worked on my house! I prepared a to-do list and I have to say I did pretty well.  I made sure to take lots of breaks and afternoon naps with Hazel.  I also enjoyed binge watching Netflix HGTV and NCIS episodes in the background. Have you ever watched an episode of HGTV’s Vintage Flip?  They are the cutest couple!  Jesse and Tina take their “passion for era-appropriate restorations with thoughtful modern updates to beautify the Golden State one vintage home at a time.” Nothing is over the top, and no drama like “oh, wow, I didn’t know the house was falling down and we didn’t budget 90K to fix it!” plus they share the history behind when the homes were built — like during the gold … Continue reading “The Saturday Breeze – Week of June 18”

Rhoda’s Paleo Banana Pancakes

I have been following Rhoda at Southern Hospitality Blog for a while now. I got the chance to meet her at the Haven Conference last summer and it was a thrill to see her in person.  The blog posts I enjoy the most have to do with her sweet mother and daddy and the fabulous southern-style home cooked lunches they have together.  Many of her mother’s recipes are featured on Rhoda’s blog.  She posted a video recently of her cute daddy giving her followers a tour of his extensive garden — and BTW he’s 90! One recipe Rhoda has shared is Paleo Banana Pancakes.  Something about it always intrigued me because I thought it would be a much healthier alternative to traditional pancakes.  Since I am trying to limit my carb intake I thought I would give them a try.  And, they were really yummy! Click on the link above for the … Continue reading “Rhoda’s Paleo Banana Pancakes”

What Would Holley Wear: Polka Dots and Stripes

What says “summer fun” more than a polka dot or striped outfit? If you said, “nothing”, then I totally agree with you!  I consider these two prints neutral patterns, just like black and white are considered neutral colors. They go with just about everything and can be incorporated anywhere from a work outfit to a fun day at the beach.    First, a fashion story from my past:   As a young sales manager with a big insurance company, my husband qualified to attend his first partner’s meeting hosted in Maui, Hawaii in 1987.  This meeting involved intense wardrobe planning for cocktail parties, business luncheons, black-tie dinners and even poolside parties.  We were in our early 30s, and to say this first manager’s meeting was epic for us would be an understatement.   Remember the 70’s band, The Spinners?  Well, they were the headline band at the last night’s dinner.  I … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Polka Dots and Stripes”

The Saturday Breeze — Week of June 12

The month of June is a big month for birthdays in my family.  First, Mr. Bee’s, Daddy’s was the 11th, and today is my brother’s birthday. Tomorrow is Father’s Day.  Mr. Bee and Miss Bee leave for a mission trip in the morning so I get the entire week to myself!  I’ve got some projects planned that I will share with you, along with alot of sleeping late and reading by the pool. This week, I felt like baking so I got out my salt plate from Williams-Sonoma.  It’s a hand-cut slab of iridescent salt crystal mined from the foothills of the Himalayas and you can use the salt plate on the grill or stovetop, in the oven, or as a chilled serving platter. The recipe is really the best chocolate chip recipe I’ve made and I make these even without using the salt block.  You can omit the smidge … Continue reading “The Saturday Breeze — Week of June 12”

Let’s Ask Mrs. Twist: Help Me Declutter My Bedside Table!

Every once in a while, we receive emails from readers who are in a quandary.  This question came from Mary in Austin: “How can I hide my ugly cord situation on my bedside table, yet still have easy access? First, Mrs. Twist does not judge.  We all have “catch-all” spaces in our homes.  Once we get control of the clutter we can enjoy the space, especially in a bedroom where the whole point is to relax.  In looking at this photo, we can gather she likes to read, play her guitar, charge her devices and have a place for supplies.  Nothing out of the ordinary. In her message, she said her table had drawers and even suggested she could drill a hole in the back of the drawer for power cords.  I think that is the easiest and most cost-effective remedy if you can discipline yourself to keep everything off … Continue reading “Let’s Ask Mrs. Twist: Help Me Declutter My Bedside Table!”

What Would Holley Wear: Mountain Vacation

For the past decade, my husband and I have taken a week’s vacation in Aspen, Colorado every summer.  We love to hike, eat out, go to concerts, read books, and John likes to cook in our apartment.  We always stay at Aspen Square Condominiums which is across the street from The Little Nell and one of the best locations in town.  The people who work there are so friendly and welcome us with open arms every summer.    So, two things you need to know about Aspen shopping: Most of the stores are high-end retail… …and their consignment shops are second to none! So let’s get started and talk about my two favorite consignment shops in Aspen! The first one is The Little Bird (on Cooper Street), which is high end fashion resale.  My treasure while shopping there several years ago was a sheer black Fendi blouse.  Last year, I … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Mountain Vacation”

Things That Make Me Smile

I’ve been seeing images on Pinterest and Instagram lately that bring a smile to my face.  Here’s just a few things to share… Cats.  I love cats.  It does not matter where I am in the world, if I see a kitty cat, I must be its friend.  My love affair with cats goes back to my early years when I lived on Meadowbrook Drive.  I came home with this book from grade school — Orange Oliver:  The kitten who wore glasses.  I told my mother I wanted an orange kitten.  She told Daddy.  Daddy went to work the next day and gave his employee $20 and told him “I don’t care how long it takes today, but you go out and find Melissa an orange kitten.”  That night, Daddy came home with an orange kitten.  I named him….Oliver.  The only problem with living on Meadowbrook Drive is that no one … Continue reading “Things That Make Me Smile”

The Saturday Breeze — Week of June 5

Happy Saturday!  Until I can get up the courage to try my hand at doing a Saturday video series for you, I’ll “shoot the breeze” (aka idle chitchat according to Urban Dictionary) the old-fashioned way, through words and photos recapping my week. I finished The Book of Polly. OMG. It is probably one of the most touching and relevant books I have read in a long while. I just loved everything about it. The humor, Willow’s stories of her childhood, and the Mother-Daughter relationship, had me right there with the author Kathy Hepinstall.  It is our selection for this month’s Mrs. Twist Reads This book club.  I hope you will read it.  I didn’t want it to end. We hosted a “Farm to Table” Party at work on Thursday.  The tables were beautifully set with a bounty of summer vegetables and fresh florals. And we gave Cat Studio custom glassware as … Continue reading “The Saturday Breeze — Week of June 5”

My Easy Three: Keeping it Clean and Fresh

Summer is here and so are the sweaty odors that come with it.  It isn’t a glamorous topic, just keeping it real.  Here are My Easy Three tips for June! Swim Wear — It is an investment every year to add a new swim suit to your poolside frolics.  You can extend the life of your suit by taking just a few minutes to wash it out after each use.  If you don’t have time to soak it in a gentle detergent like this set from Everything But Water, at least rinse it out with cool tap water before hanging it to dry. I keep a set of these detergents (Woolite is good, too) in my swimwear drawer.  It only takes a capful of the cleaner to your pail of water, add your suit, let it soak for 3 minutes, rinse, then soak in the protector, skip the rinse, wring, … Continue reading “My Easy Three: Keeping it Clean and Fresh”

Stuffed Peppers With A Twist

The June issue of Southern Living magazine features a series of recipes where the star is a vegetable.  One of my favorite things about this time of year is the plentiful bounty of garden vegetables.  Growing up, Mother made stuffed green bell peppers usually with ground beef and rice. I have never been a fan of the green bell pepper, but serve me their cousins “red, orange, and yellow” and I am sold.  So, when I saw this recipe for Stuffed Peppers with Grits and Sausage I knew I had to give it a try. Note:  Miss Bee does not eat red meat or pork.  I substituted the pork sausage for turkey sausage (Jimmy Dean’s breakfast sausage crumbles).  It was the perfect switch and Miss Bee gave it two-thumbs up.  This is a big deal, folks. The recipe can be found here.  But I will also provide.  It takes about an … Continue reading “Stuffed Peppers With A Twist”