The Season of Advent

The season of Advent, which 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. This year Advent begins Sunday, November 29. 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 to 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 each Sunday.  Something about jewel-toned candles and the smell of the wax candles still brings … Continue reading “The Season of Advent”

What Would Holley Wear: Giving Thanks in Broken Bow, Oklahoma

We celebrated Thanksgiving early this month at a vacation mountain home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma…perfect for our family of 9.  We also celebrated the oldest and the youngest birthdays…Pop’s 67th and Elias’ 3rd!   Be sure to check out all the photos on our Pinterest board! Ping-pong, billiards, and indoor Snowball fights…oh my!!!  Playing pool and ping-pong were super popular with the big kids (ages 11 to 67).  A snap-up pullover from Abercrombie paired with leggings is ideal for indoor activities.  We’re also loving a look from “The Everygirl” Pinterest board….leggings and boots from Nordstrom’s topped with a camel turtleneck and Abercrombie Sherpa jacket.  All you need to add are indoor snowballs. Playing outdoors, roasting S’mores’ on the fire-pit, and enjoying friendly corn-hole competitions were some of the outdoor activities we enjoyed.  Layering with a vest is ideal for this scenario.  If you’re tall and long in the torso, my … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Giving Thanks in Broken Bow, Oklahoma”

Setting the Table for Thanksgiving Three Ways

I love to set the table for Thanksgiving. I thought it would be fun for you to decide which of the three I styled you most think I should use for my dinner table this year.  Most all of the pieces came from my party pantry and are either vintage or not new to me. The only purchase I made to put these place settings together were the flowers from WholeFoods – other than Trader Joe’s one of my favorite places for unexpected varieties and colors of flowers. First – Very Vintage This is Mother’s wedding china. Mother and Daddy’s wedding anniversary is in November so I think this is a special way to honor my parents during the holiday.  I paired it with Cherry Brandy roses in a fluted vintage vase. The linen placemat and napkin are vintage, but new to me. My friend Mary Lane from TCU messaged … Continue reading “Setting the Table for Thanksgiving Three Ways”

It’s a Wrap Party! Gift wrapping and cocktail class

Just in time for the holiday season, join WirrWarr Wraps and Home with a Twist for a morning filled with festive champagne cocktail mixing and swoon-worthy gift wrapping. Cassie Kruemcke, the creative genius of WirrWarr Wraps has a truly unique sense of style and a one-of-a-kind wrapping technique to share with you. You will finish the class with new wrapping and bow making skills to garner all the oohs and aahs, making you the very next resident Wrap Star. Melissa Austin-Weeks, your merry hostess from Home with a Twist, will kick off the morning with a delicious sip – a Mistletoe Twist. Registration includes Cassie’s signature gift wrapping (three sheets) and guide to sources for ribbon and other embellishments to purchase for the class, and the cocktail recipe. Check out all of Cassie’s creations on her Instagram here. Register here.  Registration is very limited so don’t delay.

The Merry Cook – Fun gifts for the kitchen

Let’s get cooking helping you find beautiful gifts for the chef. I’ve rounded up things I would love for Santa to leave me under the tree. An Apron – Last January my besties and I traveled to Arkansas to Euna Mae’s Kitchen Store.  Be sure to check out her website. She stocks her store with the loveliest bowls, kitchenware, care packages, and linens. We bought pretty much one of everything while we were in town. I love this year’s Christmas apron. Every southern gal needs an apron.  Her red cotton holiday apron would be lovely with a monogram. For the tea and coffee drinker.  I love the sound tea kettles make when they sing!  Sometimes you just want a really good cup of tea that a Keurig just can’t make. This white tea kettle from World Market will go with anyone’s color scheme.  If she loves teas and Hallmark Christmas … Continue reading “The Merry Cook – Fun gifts for the kitchen”

Mother’s Sweet Potato Delight

I post this recipe every year and many of you have told me it is now part of your Thanksgiving tradition.  My mother would be thrilled!  Sweet Potato Delight is a dish Mother and Sister Bee have served for many years at our Thanksgiving table.  I love it and the meal wouldn’t be the same without it. In fact, Miss Bee always has it at the top of her “wish list” too.  It’s almost like dessert with the buttery, crumbly topping. Sweet Potato Delight 1 large can of sweet potatoes (I usually double the recipe) Heat potatoes and juice and mash thoroughly.  If you want to bake sweet potatoes ones you can, but this tastes just as good. Mix together: One stick of melted butter 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup of sugar 1/3 cup of evaporated milk 2 beaten eggs Combine all of the ingredients and pour into a buttered 9×13 … Continue reading “Mother’s Sweet Potato Delight”

Jabo’s Ace Hardware Virtual Girls Night In

Join me this week as Jabo’s Ace Hardware kicks off its weeklong Virtual Girls Night In! Each day features fun speakers, workshops, drawings, and a raffle. Meet me virtually on Friday, November 13 at 6:50 p.m. where I will be showing you how to make a yummy S’mores dessert in the cutest mini cast-iron skillets you ever did see from Lodge Cast Iron. All events are free and you receive a 10% store purchase coupon. In return, Jabo’s donates 10% of your purchase to Cook Children’s! Click here to register and learn more.

Perfectly Paloma: Gifts for the College Girl

This week while Holley is taking a little vacation, our social media intern Paloma is taking over with her fabulous gift ideas for the college girl. Santa shopping can get hard as the kids grow up. Shopping for college girls? Even harder! I’m here to give you the lowdown on what’s hot, what’s not, and what every college girl would be thrilled to find under the tree on Christmas morning. I’ve split up the gifts into categories: things to splurge on, some wardrobe essentials, and stocking stuffers. Let me take you through my College Girl Gift Guide! If you’re looking to splurge, accessories are where it’s at. I’m talking about shoes, bags, and jewelry. Instead of splurging on fancy clothes that may go out of style, gift your college girl some accessories that will last a lifetime and will always be on-trend. This red Gucci crossbody is stunning and so … Continue reading “Perfectly Paloma: Gifts for the College Girl”

My Favorite Hair and Makeup

Having more time at home I have added a few things to my hair and makeup routine I just have to share because, well, they are game-changing. And, some of these things will make great Christmas gifts. Hair – For several years I have been using the Revlon One-Step hairdryer. One of my besties, Mary, sold me on it.  It not only dries your hair, but it styles it as well. For me it’s a timesaver in case I don’t want to take the extra step to curl it. The secret to the outcome of your hair is sectioning it with these clips. I start at the bottom and work my way up.  I also live by this Oi Oil to smooth out my hair after I blow dry each section. I use about two drops to fight frizz, and add shine and softness to my hair. A bottle literally … Continue reading “My Favorite Hair and Makeup”

What Would Holley Wear: Fort Worth Fall Fieldtrips

There’s nothing like a fall field trip to lift your spirits!   So this week, I’m sharing four of my favorite hometown outdoor destinations and what to wear. Just in case you haven’t heard…the Ft. Worth Zoo was recently voted the #1 zoo in the country.  Lions, tigers, and bears…oh my!  An adorable Amazon animal print sweater paired with jeans and boots is perfect for a day at the zoo.  To give your athleisure style a little kick, wear a pair of animal print sneakers.  From Golden Goose to DSW’s sneaker selection…you’ll definitely be taking a walk on the wild side!    Don’t you think something floral sounds perfect for a field trip to the Botanic Gardens?  A green floral midi skirt and a long-sleeve tee from Other Stories paired with a felt hat make for a great garden style combo!   Combat boots or “clunkers,” look adorable with skirts, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Fort Worth Fall Fieldtrips”