How I Start My Day: Podcasts

With Mr. Bee’s retirement came a change in my morning routine.  Since he doesn’t have to get up to a 9-5 job anymore, he’s become a nightowl. This means that when I get up early every morning, he’s still sleeping so I can’t watch my usual morning show.  I have solved that with something I actually like better:  Podcasts!  I have them downloaded to my Google Home and my phone through the apps — Player FM and Podcast Addict. Note:  Most all of these podcasts are available through Apple, but I am team Android/Google.  I have to use Podcast Addict for the shows not featured on Player FM. Here are my favorite ones that I rotate through… Young House Love by Sherry and John Petersik.  They are a fun couple who began chronicling their home improvement adventures in 2007 on the blog of the same name.  You can tune in … Continue reading “How I Start My Day: Podcasts”

Serving Up “The Dish” on Finds at the Grocery Store

Serving up four things I am loving right now from the grocery store… Quaker Overnight Oats.  They were running a promotion on these at my grocer — one totally for free.  So, I picked up the toasted coconut and almond crunch variety.  You fill the container to the measure line with milk, replace the lid and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.  The next morning, take the lid off, stir and enjoy.  If cold oatmeal is not your thing — it’s kinda like muesli — they give you a heating option.  I loved it cold.  It was flavorful and filling.  So filling that I totally forgot to eat lunch.  It’s that seriously good!  330 calories, plus your milk choice (I use almond milk).  Check out their website for recipes making overnight oats from scratch in a mason jar.  You know I love glass jars in the fridge! Next, La Croix … Continue reading “Serving Up “The Dish” on Finds at the Grocery Store”

What Would Holley Wear: Black and White

Do you see things in black and white?  When it comes to fashion, I do! Every time I go shopping, it seems like I come home with either something black or white.   So two things I discovered about wearing black & white: …It never fails to give a crisp and polished look… …and, adding a colorful accessory adds a pop to this classic style!  So let’s start with blouses and tops.  If you are like me, you can’t own enough black or white tops.  My favorite is a blousy top with flowy sleeves.   If the sleeves have an elastic band at the cuff, that’s even better.  That way, I can push the sleeves up, and if not, I usually roll the sleeves up.  Off the shoulder tops are a great option and the perfect complement to a pair of skinny jeans.  One of my go-to blouses is a black … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Black and White”

How to Roast Bell Peppers — The Easy Way

I really love bell peppers — red, orange and yellow being my favorite, green not so much.  Did you know that in addition to their their varied colors and taste, each differently hued bell pepper has a unique array of nutritional benefits?  Green peppers feature an abundance of chlorophyll. Yellow peppers have more of the lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoids. Orange peppers have more alpha-, beta-, and gamma-carotene. Red peppers have more lycopene and astaxanthin, two other important carotenoids.  So, regardless of the color, bell peppers are a very healthy vegetable to include in your diet.  My favorite way to eat them fresh is with hummus or roasted on pizza. Over the weekend, I did a massive purge of my refrigerator contents.  I took every shelf out so there was absolutely nothing in my refrigerator.  I made a pail of vinegar and hot water with a dash of liquid dish soap … Continue reading “How to Roast Bell Peppers — The Easy Way”

Sarah Maddox Watercolor Art

Scrolling through Instagram one day, I came across artist Sarah Maddox and was immediately taken with her watercolor art featuring people and their pets. She has an Etsy shop (SMaddoxArtShop) and I immediately contacted her to see if she was available to paint a piece for my friend Holley – What Would Holley Wear – as a thank you for all her work on her weekly fashion articles. Sarah was so easy to work with and from start to finish I received my art within two weeks.  Sarah studies Instagram photos and ones you send her.  She shows you the sketch first for approval and then goes from there with adding in the watercolor.  Even if you don’t have a pet, reach out to Sarah to have her do something for you.  Here’s a sample of her work from her Etsy site… And here is the one she did for … Continue reading “Sarah Maddox Watercolor Art”

Praline Grahams

  We hosted a small gathering at our house on Monday to meet our new pastor.  It’s always nice to have just a little something sweet for guests to nibble on, and this recipe for Praline Grahams is perfect.  It is from a cookbook I have had for a long time — so long that the spine is falling apart.  Southern Living Incredible Cookies is also the same book from whence my chocolate chip cookies come from. For the Praline Grahams you can use regular, cinnamon or chocolate grahams crackers.  Be sure to only use margarine, not butter, for best results with the syrupy coating. 12 whole graham crackers 3/4 cup margarine 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup chopped pecans Preheat oven to 300. Break graham crackers in half into squares.  Arrange graham cracker squares with edges touching on a parchment paper lined jelly roll pan (or cookie sheet with sides). … Continue reading “Praline Grahams”

What Would Holley Wear: One Cool Dude

It’s summertime and it’s hot! Not so easy to pull off a cool vibe, but for some reason, men are really good at this. Ever wonder what their secret is?  Me too! So, two things I’ve figured out about men’s style:  It’s not that complicated… …and not having so many options makes it less stressful when putting together an outfit.   So let’s start with a summer basic for the guys…shorts.  I have to admit that I’m actually jealous that men at any age and size can wear shorts…look great and don’t have to worry about how their legs look.  Not fair….right?  There are so many options to look at on our Pinterest board. For a laid back look, be sure to check out all the options from Polyvore. Men’s shorts can go casual with an untucked t-shirt or a little preppy with a button -down shirt tucked in.  Either … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: One Cool Dude”

The Tea Planter’s Wife — You’ll want to drink alot of tea!

Where is Melissa and what have you done with her?  Hello, my name is Melissa and I may be addicted to reading. Seriously.  I was listening to a podcast recently and they shared a great site called Blogging for Books for bloggers who like to read.  They give out review copies to bloggers, retailers, librarians and media outlets in exchange for an honest review. It’s fun to receive my free book in the mail. As long as you follow up in a timely manner with a review, they keep sending books. After you register, you can go through the list to see what books are available for review.  It’s not an extensive list and limited to Penguin Random House and Crown Publishing Group but there are a variety of categories from lifestyle, cooking, fiction and non-fiction, business and faith. This month’s review was The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies.  Set … Continue reading “The Tea Planter’s Wife — You’ll want to drink alot of tea!”

How to Host A Fish Fry

We hosted our neighbors for a July 4th fish fry.  One of the smartest aspects of our outdoor kitchen is the gas burner we installed.  It’s perfect for cooking a big pot of beans, a shrimp boil or a fish fry.  And, the best part is that the odors of fish stay outdoors and don’t heat or smell up the house. Mother taught me years ago how to fry catfish.  She’d mix up yellow cornmeal with garlic powder, salt and pepper.  I also like to use Louisiana New Orleans Style breading mix.  It’s usually right by the butcher case and I pick up a bag every time I purchase fish.  It has all the same ingredients and it’s pre-measured. I buy large catfish pieces and cut them into thirds when I get home.  It’s easier to fry small pieces and the fish cooks more evenly.  I rinse the fish and … Continue reading “How to Host A Fish Fry”

The Saturday Breeze: Week of July 26

Recapping this week — the highlight was book club on Thursday night which you can read about here.  Kathy Hepinstall was a delight!  I wanted to make a special cocktail to celebrate the book’s main character, Polly, and I found the perfect sip from The Cocktail Club by Maureen Petrosky. It’s a “year of recipes and tips for spirited tasting parties.”  It just so happened that during the month of June, margaritas are the featured drink.  Strawberry-Basil Margaritas sounded perfect. I bought huge containers of basil and strawberries from Trader Joe’s (I plan to make pesto with the leftover basil). Recipe: One cup of sugar zest of one lime 10-12 strawberries, hulled and sliced 8 fresh basil leaves 2-2 1/2 cups of silver tequila 1- 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (about 10 limes) Ice cubes In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and zest with 1 cup of … Continue reading “The Saturday Breeze: Week of July 26”