Organizing Kitchen Drawers

The easiest way to tackle organizing any space is to work on it in small segments. Use a calendar and write down a goal each week for an area of your home that hasn’t been tackled in a while. Last week my goal was to clean out my kitchen drawers.  I immediately went into this with the mindset that the only project for me that week was drawer organization. This kept is manageable and achievable. It may take a full day to just go through each day, then you have to order the supplies for the drawers. Plan on this being a few days so you don’t put pressure on yourself for a quick turnaround. For the kitchen project, I enlisted the help of Mr. Bee. I asked him to help me remove everything from each drawer, I mean everything and lay it out on the counter (he even asked … Continue reading “Organizing Kitchen Drawers”

Homemade Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato Basil Soup and grilled cheese are at the top of my best-of list.  Soup is a perfect dish for winter and when I found this recipe for Creamy Roasted Tomato Soup on Pinterest from Cafe Delites, I wanted to give it a try. First, I always wash my vegetables with Fit Organic fruit and vegetable spray.  It’s all-natural, and removes 98% more dirt and chemicals than soap and water.  It’s really important to clean your vegetables thoroughly before you slice or eat them. You roast the tomatoes and garlic in the oven first and it makes the house smell heavenly. Ingredients: 1.2 kg | 2 1/2 lbs Roma tomatoes, halved lengthwise 600 g | 1 1/4 lbs Grape (or Cherry) tomatoes, halved lengthwise 8 whole cloves garlic, peeled and smashed with the back of a knife 3 tablespoons olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 large yellow onion, chopped (optional) 1 red bell pepper (capsicum), deseeded and diced 1 potato (100 g | … Continue reading “Homemade Tomato Basil Soup”

What Would Holley Wear: 12 Ways to Style a Boutique Closet

Last week we shared how to refresh your closet here. Now that your closet is organized, here comes the fun part…styling your closet like a chic boutique.  Here are twelve ways to create a boutique closet: #1 If there’s room, hang a full-length mirror on a wall in your closet or on the door. #2 Place a chair or stool in your closet.  I love my swivel stool from Home Goods.  #3 If you have natural light or a window in your closet, think about adding wallpaper.  FYI…wallpaper on the ceiling adds a luxe accent.   #4 If you have space, move an armoire or chest of drawers into your closet.   #5 Repurpose a china cabinet…they are great for displaying shoes, handbags, sweaters, etc.  #6 Go antiquing…I love my 1940’s retro armoire for storing and displaying jewelry, handbags, etc. ….purchased at the Montgomery Street Antique Mall. #7 Be creative in displaying … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: 12 Ways to Style a Boutique Closet”

Ina Garten’s Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata

We were late planting our tomatoes last season and didn’t yield much of a crop…until this late fall!  Right before the first frost hit Fort Worth we picked all our green tomatoes and put them inside brown paper grocery bags, and patiently waited. Oh, my goodness, we ended up with the most delicious, beefy tomatoes. About the same time, I got my pre-ordered copy of Ina Garten’s Modern Comfort Food. When I showed Mr. Bee her recipe for Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata we couldn’t wait to put our hearty boys to good use. I planned to share the recipe with you, however, I cannot find it posted anywhere online, not even on Ina Garten’s website, and due to Copywrite laws, I cannot share it here on my blog. Another blogger posted her own version here. But, you honestly cannot go wrong with any of Ina’s cookbooks – I have … Continue reading “Ina Garten’s Tomato and Goat Cheese Crostata”

January Book Club Selection – All that We Carried by Erin Bartels

We are launching 2021 with some amazing reads and the best part – for the next three months we will be joined by the authors! Join us Thursday, January 28, at 7 p.m. CST via Zoom as we discuss All that We Carried by Erin Bartels. Erin Bartels is the award-winning author of We Hope for Better Things, a 2020 Michigan Notable Book and a finalist for the 2019 Christy Award and the 2020 Star Award from the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA), and The Words between Us, a finalist for the 2015 Rising Star Award from WFWA. Her short story, “This Elegant Ruin,” was a finalist in the Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest in 2014, and her poetry has been published by The Lyric. A publishing professional for 18 years, she is the director of WFWA’s annual writers retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her husband, Zachary, and … Continue reading “January Book Club Selection – All that We Carried by Erin Bartels”

What Would Holley Wear: How to Refresh Your Closet for the New Year

Are you hanging on to past transgressions?  In other words, your stuff?  Then it’s probably time to refresh your closet!   Before you begin…the first thing you need to do is bring your bar cart to your closet.  And yes, I’m serious!  Closet refreshing should be fun and rewarding, and a bar cart is ideal for displaying accessories.  Next thing is to ask yourself…“If I were shopping right this second, would I buy this?  If the answer is no…out it goes!”  The decluttering charts posted on our Pinterest board are a big help.   Let’s start with the Marie Kondo method:  Her revolutionary method suggests taking everything out of your closet and drawers…every last thing.  And then go through them one by one, trying them on if you haven’t worn them this season and asking yourself if each piece sparks joy.  If not, it goes buh-bye.  This method sounds overwhelming for me, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: How to Refresh Your Closet for the New Year”

What Would Holley Wear: Comfort & Joy at Nordstrom Rack

“Oh, tidings of comfort and joy!”  Let’s see what’s in store at Nordstrom Rack to ring in the new year! So what’s comfier than a puffer jacket?  Nothing…right?  From an athleisure look to a statement jacket…Nordstrom’s Rack has warm coats for every occasion.  For running errands, I’m loving Sam Edelman’s fur-lined hooded coat available in three colors.  And if you’re a TCU basketball fan, you’ll love Nordstrom’s Racks selection of “purple puffers”.  Try to say that five times really fast!   Holley’s Pick:  Via Spiga’s packable purple puffer jacket has an excellent rating! For really cold days, you will want to layer with a sweater, scarf, and beanie.  Nordstrom’s Rack selection of scarves is ideal for layering.  To add some new year’s joy to your style, Holley recommends a Chelsey candy-striped cashmere scarf.  And of course, you will want to top off your look with an adorable pompom beanie by Kyi … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Comfort & Joy at Nordstrom Rack”

What Would Holley Wear: Merry and Bright

From a Bloody Mary to a glass of Prosecco…don’t you think it’s time to add a little “merry” to your holiday style?  That being said…what’s on your bar cart?   Since we love entertaining on our patio, we repurposed a family heirloom into an outdoor “party cart.”  Which makes me wonder….have you been invited to an outdoor holiday party?  Even with heaters and fire-pits, its cold out….so think about warming things up in something metallic.  A metallic jacket or coat matched with Spanx faux leather leggings is definitely chill-proof!  And sequined metallic joggers paired with a sweater will positively warm up your party style.  What’s your favorite cocktail?  Mine is a “ranch water”…lime juice, tequila, and Topo Chico on ice….kind of like a skinny margarita.  Just like a delicious ranch water, a ranch hat is ideal for an outdoor winter gathering.   With hats from Madewell and Gigi Pip, you’ll bring … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Merry and Bright”

What Would Holley Wear: All the Jingle Ladies

“Whoa, oh, oh, oh…oh, oh, oh”!  Okay….I’m challenging you to bring out your inner-Beyoncé.  That’s right ladies…it’s time to add a little “jingle” to our holiday style!  Does all dressed up and no place to go ring some “jingle” bells?  No problem, because I’ve got a few ideas for you….even if you are dancing alone in your living room.  Faux leather leggings are perfect for living room choreography.  Just add a long sweater, blazer, or flowy blouse.  Nordstrom Rack offers moto leggings in eight fabulous colors, and their joggers make for a comfy option.  Everybody dance now!!! Remember when you were a kid singing in front of a mirror using your hairbrush for a microphone?  Here’s my “adult” idea…invite your girlfriends to a karaoke Zoom party, and be sure to add Beyoncé’s greatest hits to your playlist!  Skinny jeans paired with over-the-knee boots will have you rocking all night long.  … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: All the Jingle Ladies”

Let’s Make a Red Velvet Cake – Virtual Cooking Class

I am so excited about this month’s virtual cooking class.  In the spirit of giving, 100% of the registration fees will be donated to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. RMHC programs help alleviate some financial burdens for families with sick children, saving families over $930 million each year in lodging and meal costs alone. A Ronald McDonald House program helps reduces stress and financial burden for families when they must travel far from home to access medical care for their child. Research shows that patients whose families stayed at the Ronald McDonald House are the sickest, traveled the farthest distances, and spent the longest time in the hospital. Please take a moment to learn more about the impact this organization is making and see if there is a local chapter near you. Nothing says Christmas like a gorgeous slice of Red Velvet Cake!  This quintessential recipe is oh, so … Continue reading “Let’s Make a Red Velvet Cake – Virtual Cooking Class”