Mrs. Twist Reads This – The Woman in the Window

This month we are reading a mystery Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn. Originally slated for release in theaters in May 2020, COVID happened and the movie was put on hold. Now, it’s slated for Netflix sometime “early spring.” Watch the trailer here – it looks good! Join us on Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. CST via Zoom. An Amazon Best Book of January 2018: The Woman in the Window is a seductive and unpredictable novel, like the Hitchcock movies to which author A.J. Finn pays homage. Finn’s protagonist Anna Fox is a child psychologist who lives alone in a New York suburb with a case of agoraphobia so debilitating she hasn’t left the house in months. To occupy her time Anna watches film noir classics from her vast collection, interacts with people online, and sometimes spies on her neighbors. It’s all very innocuous until she sees a horrible … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This – The Woman in the Window”

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail — Green Apple Ginger Martini

Here’s a lively twist on a classically chic cocktail perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Getting it to you now so you have time to perfect it. When crafting cocktails, try incorporating seasonal ingredients. While apples are typically thought of as a part of the fall harvest, tart green apples offer a crispness for the sunny spring days, while ginger provides a warming flavor profile for the cooler nights. Shake this cocktail up for a cozy night in or as a dessert pairing at your next dinner party. Craft cocktails are a bit more of an experience to mix up, as it makes them all the more worthwhile. However, if you’re not feeling as adventurous, you can easily substitute a premade simple syrup alongside a high-quality store-bought apple juice. Ingredients One green apple 4 ounces vodka 2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup of water ¾ cup of … Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail — Green Apple Ginger Martini”

Pretty Sweaters for Spring

Spring can’t come fast enough!  Right?  But with so many beautiful sweater options….I kind of wish it would stay cool just a bit longer. Let’s see What Would Holley Wear! Ann Taylor’s ruffled shoulder sweaters in lilac and lemon lend a feminine touch to a jean ensemble.  Or pair them with a faux leather skirt or slacks…either way, you will love their flirty flair.  An Ann Taylor long or short cardigan is a great way to layer during the winter to spring transition.  BTW…we think their long plaid boyfriend cardigan checks all the boxes!   Speaking of trendy…we’re loving H&M’s selection of boxy sweaters.  It doesn’t get any trendier than a neon green or light purple turtleneck sweater.  Wear them with jeans or with a skirt or even over a dress….and don’t forget boots.  Wanting to dress up a tad?  H&M’s fine knit sweater with decorative gold buttons on the shoulder … Continue reading “Pretty Sweaters for Spring”

Creme De Menthe Brownies – just like Andes Mints

Over 20 years ago a co-worker named Mike made this recipe for Crème de Menthe brownies for an office party.  He gave me the recipe printed from an email that I still have in my recipe binder.  The first time I wanted to make them, Mr. Bee offered to do the work and I’ve never looked back.  We refer to them as “Doug’s Brownies.”  They are rich, different and make a lovely addition to your dessert table because of the pretty green color.  These would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!  I promise people will be asking you for the recipe.  Still amazing after all these years! Crème de Menthe Brownies Bottom Layer: 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup butter 4 eggs 1 cup flour 1/2 tsp. salt 1 16oz can of Hershey’s chocolate syrup (this is hard to find, you can substitute if needed with the syrup in the bottle) … Continue reading “Creme De Menthe Brownies – just like Andes Mints”

How to Style a Sweatshirt

Remember when a sweatshirt was something you wore to P.E. class?  Not these days…they’ve made a comeback as a fashion statement.  And I can’t think of anything cooler than that.  Can you?   City girls have been seen wearing sweatshirts under their suit jacket for some time now.  If you live in a cold climate….it makes sense.  Right?  Though, between you and me, I’m pretty sure they’re wearing them as a fashion statement….and not to be practical.  Whatever the reason…I’m loving the look.  For my citified look, I’m styling a camel hoodie with black leggings, boots, and a belted blazer! For a casual look, wear a sweatshirt with leggings or skinny jeans and an oversized denim jacket…just add sneakers or boots.  We’re loving a classic crewneck sweatshirt paired with jeans and mules topped with an oversized coat.  To give a skirt ensemble a youthful vibe, pair it with a sweatshirt and … Continue reading “How to Style a Sweatshirt”

Holley’s Amazon Winter Favorites

So how many times have I referenced Amazon Fashion in my articles?  Too many to keep up with…right?  Since I can’t help myself, I’m sharing What Would Holley Wear – Favorite Amazon Fashions!   No doubt, a shawl/poncho is a necessity during the winter months.  Amazon has a wonderful selection, and one of their reversible shawls/ponchos is definitely on my favorites list!  A style influencer on our Pinterest page shows us how versatile a navy plaid/striped shawl is for everyday style.  For a sophisticated look, I’m recommending one of their reversible checked ponchos…available in four color options.   We have a few more months to wear boots and Amazon has an amazing selection.  My favorites are Trask boots…highly rated, waterproof, and on sale for $99 (typically around $300).  I recently ordered a black leather pair that perfectly complements faux leather leggings and an oversized sweater.  If you’re wanting a fur-lined chunky boot, … Continue reading “Holley’s Amazon Winter Favorites”

Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy Bake – Your Next Brunch Casserole

I love brunch. Sleep in, have brunch with a mimosa or a good cup of strong, hot coffee, relax in your loungewear and, if you are like me, maybe go back to bed!  The perfect thing about brunch is you can prepare it just for your family or for a crowd. I like traditional recipes with a twist, of course. Breakfast casseroles are great because they are a “one and done” meal encompassing eggs, meat, bread, and cheese. But, I was getting tired of making, and eating, the same old egg and sausage casserole. Here is the cutest cookbook – The Southern Sympathy Cookbook by Perre Coleman Magness.  The Southern Sympathy Cookbook includes unexpectedly humorous obituaries and anecdotes alongside staples of Southern funerals – comforting casseroles; jugs of sweet tea; creamy, cheesy potatoes― providing sympathy and sustenance for the bereaved.  Whether feeding a congregation, delivering a meal to a friend … Continue reading “Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy Bake – Your Next Brunch Casserole”

How to Make a King Cake with My Texas Kitchen

My friend Susan from My Texas Kitchen invited me to her house to teach me how to make her famous Mardi Gras King Cake.  I have the best life ever! History lesson: The Mardi Gras or Carnival season officially begins on January 6th or the “Twelfth Night,” also known to Christians as the “Epiphany.” Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means “to show.” Jesus first showed himself to the three Wise Men and to the world on this day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby is placed inside each King Cake. The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870.  A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. It’s decorated in royal colors of PURPLE which … Continue reading “How to Make a King Cake with My Texas Kitchen”

“Jar” Cuterie Cheeseboards with a Twist Cooking Class

Cheese and charcuterie boards are an art-form and offer the perfect snack for your guests. But, they can be expensive. Maybe you just want a bit of cheese and a few other nibbles. Well, this fun class is for you! Join me on Saturday, February 27, at 6 p.m. CST virtually in my kitchen where I will teach you how to prepare individual “jar”cuteries using mason jars, small juice glasses, or even glass yogurt jars. Use your imagination. I’ll walk you through how to make garnishes and we will talk about the basics of cheese and meat for a traditional charcuterie board. Once you register for class I will send you a printable guide for supplies you can find at Walmart, Aldi, and Trader Joe’s making this a creative and affordable option for your next wine gathering. Register here. Think about gifting someone to join you in the class. And … Continue reading ““Jar” Cuterie Cheeseboards with a Twist Cooking Class”

Will You Brie Mine – Fun Valentine Idea

I have got the cutest idea for your wine and cheese date this Sunday, February 14th – a wheel of brie with a heart window filled with jam! All you need is a wheel of brie, raspberry jam, a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, a serrated knife, and crackers. Unwrap the wheel of brie and set it on a cutting board. Do not fear the rind on the cheese – it is edible. Here’s a fun article on how to eat Brie from President Cheese the brand I am using. Using a serrated knife, cut the top off the cheese.  I cut about 1/3 off. Spread about two tablespoons of jam in the center of the bottom half of the brie wheel. Set on your serving plate. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut the center out of the top layer of Brie. Place on top of the Brie covered with jam. … Continue reading “Will You Brie Mine – Fun Valentine Idea”