It’s Buzzworthy – Gwen Makes it Feel Like Christmas!

I’m not a Gwen Stefani fan, or a Blake Shelton fan or a fan of The Voice, but I am a fan of vintage.  When I heard the buzz that her Christmas album had a retro twist I decided to download it to my phone.  OMG!  I am so glad I did.  It’s a throwback to the 1960’s swing with six holiday classics and six original numbers and the perfect fun and festive sound to get excited about Christmas! Of course my favorite tune is the one she performs with Blake Shelton – You Make it Feel Like Christmas.  Hate to to clean house?  Well, if you play this song on repeat you can get it all done in no time.  Seriously. The photos to promote her album are vintage inspired too, with a TV set I swear we had, a tinsel tree and the trio of candles.   Be sure to … Continue reading “It’s Buzzworthy – Gwen Makes it Feel Like Christmas!”

The Best of: How To Make Oatmeal That Tastes Like Barf

This is a “Best of Post” I came across on my blog from September 2013 and it’s pretty funny.  Not all those recipes you see on social media are what they appear.  This is an entry into my Recipe Hall of Lame for worst tasting oatmeal.  Enjoy reading it, not eating it. Miss Bee made the tennis team so we have been getting up early to have her to morning practice by 6 a.m.  Mr. Bee and I have a routine that he takes her on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays so I can sleep in just a bit before having to get up for work and I take her the other days when I’m off.  Thinking I am an awesome wife and mother, and with fall, my favorite time of the year around the corner, I thought I would make them the yummiest of an oatmeal breakfast. I saw this fab … Continue reading “The Best of: How To Make Oatmeal That Tastes Like Barf”

The Weekly Slice: A man’s journey with pie

About a month ago, we gathered with our church friends for dinner.  It was potluck, everyone bringing something, and Mr. Bee decided he wanted to bring his very first homemade pie.  He searched through all my cookbooks and decided on The Southern Living Pie Book by Jan Moon.  He made a dark chocolate cream pie and it was out of this world.  I don’t have a photo of it because the idea of a weekly pie hadn’t been discussed yet. Next, he tried the recipe for Buttermilk Pie, but we were disappointed.  It was a little too eggy.  Mother’s recipe for buttermilk is much better. We were sitting around one evening discussing how he liked pie and I casually asked him how many recipes there were in the book and he said 152.  “Why don’t you try making a pie a week and we can blog about your recipes?”  He … Continue reading “The Weekly Slice: A man’s journey with pie”

What Would Holley Wear: Fake News

“Fake News” seems to be a popular political catch phrase these days.  But for me, it’s all about wrapping up in something bright, cozy, and unapologetically faux!  So two things I love about faux furs:  They’re perfect for Southern climates, …and they cost a whole lot less than a real fur!   So, what says fake more than a bright hue or multi-colored faux fur?  The high volume Prada metallic gold coat with a magenta faux fur collar on our Pinterest board, has “fake news” written all over it!  And a multi-colored faux fur will not only keep you warm this winter but will also keep you right on trend.   Gone are the days when coats and jackets were plain and boring. The beautiful yellow show stopper from New York Fashion Week on our board is anything but boring, and the colorful chevron faux fur is definitely a head … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Fake News”

The Season of Advent

The season of Advent, which comes comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming. Growing up in the Methodist church it was always a treat to see the lighting of the Advent candles at church each Sunday.  Something about jewel toned candles and the smell of the wax candles still brings back fond memories.  This is the … Continue reading “The Season of Advent”

What Would Holley Wear: Glisten Up!

Glisten-up everyone…because December is the time to shine! And the good news is metallic, satin, and velvet are so on trend. Even better news…all of these glistening textures can be transitioned into your everyday wardrobe before and after the holidays.    So, two things I love about the holiday season: I get to spend extra time with family and friends, …and I get to add a little extra sparkle to my outfits! Let’s start with metallic and how it has made a major impact the last few fashion seasons.  The way I see it, metallic is the perfect neutral color and texture that can jazz up an everyday or party outfit.  Since I live a very casual lifestyle, adding a metallic piece to my wardrobe is my way of adding a little spice to my everyday lifestyle. But metallic can also add sparkle to a party outfit.  How do you … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Glisten Up!”

Christmas Ornament Storage

I had such a nice, relaxing Thanksgiving holiday.  I enjoyed time with my besties in Austin, ate yummy meals with family, and had a sleepover with my sweet great niece.  She loves to spend time with her “Aunt Mizmee and Uncle Doe!”  I especially relished the bedtime snuggles and reading the Christmas Story to her. And with Thanksgiving being a tiny bit earlier, it gives us a whole extra week to decorate and enjoy all the Christmas decorations.  Mr. Bee put lights up outside and I decorated four Christmas trees!  I know that sounds exhausting.  Want to know my trick? A few years ago, my friend and personal organizer Elizabeth Jones from Nest & Transformation, worked with me to organize all my Christmas decor so I know exactly where everything is.  I have an area set aside in my attic with all my storage bins and it has helped me … Continue reading “Christmas Ornament Storage”

What Would Holley Wear: “The Best of Holley” Thankful Edition

What a difference a year can make. Holley is kind of busy being a new grandmother to baby Eli this week!  So we are running a “The Best of Holley” post from Thanksgiving 2016.  Congratulations to the Williams family! I’m pretty sure one of the reasons Thanksgiving is the most popular holiday is it’s less stressful (unless you do all the cooking and cleaning up afterwards).  We gather together with family and friends to share a meal and to consider all that we have to be thankful for! Two things you need to know about me:  I love everything about the Thanksgiving tradition …and I love sharing that special day with family and friends! Our Thanksgivings are always casual. Some years we “motor” to our hometown, Smackover, Arkansas! (true story…real name…Google it).  This year, we will walk across the street to share a lovely meal with our friends and neighbors, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: “The Best of Holley” Thankful Edition”

A Message of Grief, Hope, Gratitude and Thanksgiving

This time last year in 2016, I had the opportunity to share my story of grief, hope and gratitude at Arborlawn United Methodist Church during our Hope for the Holidays service. It’s a personal story, revealing things about me you may not know, along with practical tips that have been helpful to me in learning to move through my grieving.  It’s a faith journey that has not been easy, but along the way I’ve learned alot about life and God’s love for me.  It’s about finding gratitude in the pain. To all the people struggling with loss and emptiness during this week of Thanksgiving, we hear your prayers and lift you up toward the Lord. My grief journey began with the stillborn death of my son, John, on Thanksgiving Day 1998.  I hadn’t been feeling movement like I should.  I went in for a checkup and my husband and I were … Continue reading “A Message of Grief, Hope, Gratitude and Thanksgiving”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: Best Day Ever

Our bookclub is coming up the week after Thanksgiving and I wanted to share what we’re reading this month, and if you have time during the holiday, some ideas on other books to read over the week. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life. “I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…” Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: Best Day Ever”