What Would Holley Wear: How to Get A+ Teacher Style

My favorite 2nd grade teacher, Lindsey Leeman, teaches at the Academy of the Arts at Bransom Elementary in the Burleson ISD.  Lindsey recently asked me to share some ways to update an everyday teacher look.   Accessories are key to giving an outfit that extra pop!  Since staying on budget is important, I’m sharing accessory ideas from Amazon Fashion.  With belts, scarves, and jewelry…Amazon has the latest trends and designer dupes. My favorite trend is layering necklaces, so I’m sharing two ideas from Amazon.  One is their 2 piece initial necklace and the other is their 3 piece coin pendant necklace. Don’t you just love a trendy teacher?   When it comes to comfort, Tieks and Rothy’s are great for standing in all day and offer so many fun colors.  Speaking of an array of colors to choose from, Amazon has a wonderful selection of Sam Edelman shoes. Because comfort comes first, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: How to Get A+ Teacher Style”

Pumpkin French Toast Roll Ups

I follow Dixie Crystals Sugar on Instagram and they shared a recipe created by The Novice Chef for Pumkpin French Toast Roll Ups.  I had a loaf of white texas toast (which I never purchase but it was left over from a BBQ), and I had a can of pumpkin.  All the other ingredients are in my pantry.  My Saturday was set for these. This is a recipe you can definitely get your children or grandchildren to help with — rolling the bread with a rolling pin, and dipping them in the egg mixture.  The filling was just enough for 12 roll ups. These turned out perfect.  Not too sweet, you can definitely taste the pumpkin.  We didn’t serve them with syrup as the recipe suggests. I think they are sweet enough on their own without syrup, but Miss Bee suggested a dollop of whipped  cream would be nice. Here’s … Continue reading “Pumpkin French Toast Roll Ups”

Fall is Coming Y’all – Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake

Hello, it’s fall y’all!  Well, technically not until September 22, but as soon as pumpkin hits the shelves at Trader Joe’s my happy season has begun.  I had my first PSL from Starbucks on August 28 – fall is my favorite! This recipe from Crazy for Crust for Pumpkin Coffee Cake will be your new fall friend.  Here’s the thing, it doesn’t call for any eggs.  Don’t panic, it turns out fine (I was worried, so I wanted to offer you some reassurance). Ingredients For the Coffee Cake: 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used pastry flour) 3/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice 1 cup pure pumpkin puree (I swear by Trader Joe’s organic canned pumpkin) 1/4 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup nonfat milk For the Streusel 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup … Continue reading “Fall is Coming Y’all – Pumpkin Streusel Coffee Cake”

Let’s Ask Mrs. Twist — Are White Jeans Okay after Labor Day?

I love it when readers send me questions!  Like this one… “I would love to know… is it okay to wear white after Labor Day?” A.H.  Back in the day, Mother (and the fashion/home decor police) had two rules — never more than one mirror per room; and never wear white after Labor Day.  Pish posh. Fast forward to present day and to quote Madea –“Hallerlujah!” A resounding absolutely “yes” you can wear white 365 days of the year!  I consider white to be a neutral like black or grey.  It’s the perfect backdrop for any color.  Plus, in Texas where it stays close to 1,000 degrees until December, anything goes.  It’s not the color it is what you put with the white that makes it a seasonal outfit. I went to Pinterest and found some inspiring ways to keep your white jeans in-play during the fall and winter. White jeans with a … Continue reading “Let’s Ask Mrs. Twist — Are White Jeans Okay after Labor Day?”

What Would Holley Wear: Five Favorite Brunch Spots

So earlier this summer I posted this on Tanglewood Moms:  Where are your favorite brunch spots around town? And without fail, “the moms” came through with great selections! Let me start first with our go-to Sunday brunch place….The Kimbell Café.  Typically, this is where we go after church on Sunday.  And speaking of a work of art, an embroidered wicker handbag is the ultimate pairing for a lovely museum brunch.  Add a white skirt or dress, and checked flats to give your brunch style a vintage vibe! FYI….guess whose white bucket bag went to the Monet exhibit! When brunching at a cosmopolitan museum, like Café Modern, abstract prints always add a touch of sophistication.  You can’t help but feel “modern” in an Anthropologie bold and graphic print skirt.  On Pinterest they feature it on two different models, both wearing it with a printed tee. And I have to admit, I … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Five Favorite Brunch Spots”

Three Binge-Worthy TV shows and Pinterest Popcorn Recipes

I really do try to balance my reading with my television watching.  But when I find a good series, it’s hard not to sit for hours on the weekend glued to my sofa, gripping a bowl of popcorn, and watching binge-worthy TV! Here are three of my favorites… Killing Eve.  This thriller series is on AMC and BBC America, but I watched the entire first season on Hulu.  It stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer – each are equally facinating characters. Disclaimer:  The villian kills about 2-3 people per episode in a variety of ways to suit her fancy, so use discretion when watching it. Eve’s life as a spy is not adding up to what she had hoped it would be when she started. She is a bored, very smart, MI5 security officer who is very desk-bound. Villanelle is a very talented killer, mercurial in mood, who clings to … Continue reading “Three Binge-Worthy TV shows and Pinterest Popcorn Recipes”

What Would Holley Wear: Welcome to the Weekend

“I never look forward to the weekend”….SAID NO ONE EVER!   I love everything about the weekend! And since I just returned from a long weekend in New York, I’ve got some great city styles to share with you. For the plane trip to New York, I suggest a blazer paired with slacks or jeans.  My favorite Pinterest pick features light blue jeans worn with a floral blazer and either sneakers, slides, or heels….you get to edit!  To get around DFW and LaGuardia, I wore espadrille loafers with white jeans, a light blue button-down shirt, and a pin-striped navy blazer.  Ready or not Manhattan….here I come! Depending on where you are having dinner, a pantsuit is a great travel option.  Because here’s the deal…it’s the best transition from the airport to an upscale bar or restaurant.  BTW….Did you know short suiting is the latest trend? My style suggestion….a pair of … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Welcome to the Weekend”

My Heart’s in Two Places: Countdown to College drop-off – One year later

I know for many of you this time of the year is full of firsts and lasts.  It is an exciting time full of check-lists and shopping trips to Target picking out their 100th ruler and twin XL sheets for their dorm room. At the same time, when you let your heart and mind be still with each other long enough, there is a wave of sadness that the years passed you by so quickly – we were warned of this from the time they were placed in our arms, but we didn’t believe it. Since seeing Miss Bee off to college last fall I can look back and say it was different dropping her off than I thought it would be.  First, you’re exhausted and dripping with sweat from the dozens of visits to and from your car to unload all the stuff your child is confident will fit … Continue reading “My Heart’s in Two Places: Countdown to College drop-off – One year later”

Summer’s Favorite – Zucchini Bread

We didn’t put zucchini in our garden this year because it’s a hearty vegetable that produces with gusto!  While I like zucchini, I didn’t have enough recipes in my arsenal to keep up with the demand of a zucchini crop.  But, I’ve baked a few recipes this summer I thought you’d enjoy, and I found a savory main dish with zucchini as the star. Even though it is passing the 100 degree mark here in the Texas, a southern lady never let’s the heat stop her from baking in the kitchen. Here’s a zucchini chocolate chip bread shared on the Stone Gable blog from Paula Deen. It’s really good, but is a departure from the heavy breakfast bread we are typically used to — you know the consistency of the pumpkin bread from Starbucks. This is more like a cake. ZUCCHINI CHOCOLATE CHIP BREAD 3 cups flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp … Continue reading “Summer’s Favorite – Zucchini Bread”

I Miss Mother Most at Birthday Time

I miss my Mother all the time, but especially when my birthday nears.  She made everything so special.  Mother grew up during the depression which meant there was very little money for the extras like a birthday party. I think that’s why it was so important to her that everyone in the family be celebrated on their birthday. Our parties weren’t elaborate or costly, but she paid attention to each detail making us feel like the party was a grand affair. The cake  – I’m not sure when my love affair with cake began, but Mother knew I loved white cake, with white icing and pink roses. If I wasn’t having a themed party this was the standard cake design. See the photo?  It was actually Mother’s birthday party, but I am enjoying a giant slice of you guessed it – white cake with white icing.  To this day, it’s … Continue reading “I Miss Mother Most at Birthday Time”