Mrs. Twist Reads This Bookclub – The Girls at 17 Swann Street

Our bookclub selection for March is The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib. This People magazine pick, a debut novel by Zgheib, is a poetic, poignant, haunting portrait of a young woman’s struggle with anorexia on an intimate journey to reclaim her life. “The chocolate went first, then the cheese, the fries, the ice cream. The bread was more difficult, but if she could just lose a little more weight, perhaps she would make the soloists’ list. Perhaps if she were lighter, danced better, tried harder, she would be good enough. Perhaps if she just ran for one more mile, lost just one more pound. Anna Roux was a professional dancer who followed the man of her dreams from Paris to Missouri. There, alone with her biggest fears – imperfection, failure, loneliness – she spirals down anorexia and depression till she weighs a mere eighty-eight pounds. Forced to … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This Bookclub – The Girls at 17 Swann Street”

How to Use Pinterest for Weekly Meal Planning

Since January I have been weekly meal planning.  It’s been a very effective tool to keep me on track with mindful eating not only with dinner, but planning my breakfast and lunch meals as well.  Knowing what you will be eating in advance increases the likelihood you will make healthier choices.  If you think about how many times you have left work, tired from a full day and say “what am I going to fix for dinner?”  If you don’t have a plan you will likely pull into fast food and spend the money and calories on food that really wasn’t that tasty or healthy.  Did you know the average American spends $2,625 per year on restaurants (Motley Fool) and wastes around $525 annually tossing groceries in the trash from lack of planning (USA Today)? There are many techniques for meal planning.  You can make your own journal, you can … Continue reading “How to Use Pinterest for Weekly Meal Planning”

What Would Holley Wear: Lookin’ All Fly

True confession:  I love it when someone compliments an outfit I’m wearing!  Point proven when a young man working in the produce department at Walmart said this to me…“Look at you girl…lookin’ all fly!”. That really happened y’all!  You may be wondering, what does a produce guy know about style?  Truthfully, I don’t know, and I don’t care. But I do know this….it made my day!  So let’s get started and talk about some complimentary looks that will definitely have you “lookin’ all fly”! Speaking of making my day….my friend, Laurie Blum, recently treated me to an “autograph party” in honor of my 360 West Magazine spread!  Laurie is not only an amazing hostess, but also has a great sense of style. She wore a beautiful floral Ana Sui dress with a pair of black polka-dot Kate Spade pumps….the perfect print mix for the perfect hostess.  And I loved how … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Lookin’ All Fly”

The Season of Lent — Free Downloadable Guide

March 6 is Ash Wednesday which begins the season of Lent, a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline.  Ash Wednesday emphasizes two themes: Our sinfulness before God and our human mortality. The service focuses on both themes, helping us realize that both have been triumphed through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In earlier centuries people were sprinkled with ashes as a sign of sorrow for their sins and their commitment to seek renewal in Christian life through this season.  You can read more about it here. The season of Lent is 40-days (not counting Sundays) of prayer and preparation in which we, as followers of Jesus, are invited to consider anew the disciplines and practices that we employ in our daily lives to help us in becoming better disciples.  My church has put together a book … Continue reading “The Season of Lent — Free Downloadable Guide”

What Would Holley Wear: I’m Nicer When…

Okay I’m putting this out there….“I’m nicer when I like my outfit!”  I saw this on a friend’s Facebook page and thought it was just too good not to share!  And truthfully….this really hit home with me! Shoes, belts, and handbags most definitely make me a nicer person. So, let’s start with the base of all niceness…shoes! My favorite style for spring is the slingback.  A pair of Chanel cap-toe slingbacks is the ultimate in a luxury shoe. Be sure to look at some less expensive copies on our Pinterest board.  And if I owned a pair of Ganni’s slingback kitten heels in snake print…I think I would be extra nice! Belts are our friends….because they complete an outfit and mainly because they nicely cinch our waists. A trendy way to wear a belt is over a suit, blazer, or coat. We love how a long wrapped silver belt cinches … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: I’m Nicer When…”

Mother’s Volcanic Lipstick

This post was written in June 2013, just a month after Mother passed away.  It’s a sweet story of the things left undisturbed on her vanity and my discovery of her favorite shade of lipstick.  Enjoy. One of the first things I did when I came home from my trip with Mr. Bee was to go into Earnie’s bathroom.  I sat down at her vanity.  Her room is exactly the way she left it that Wednesday she became ill.  It’s like a ghost town.  I feel like there should be a velvet rope to prevent the general public from intruding into her space. An empty coke can, a bottle of Miralax (you know the funny story about Miralax and ear wax), her makeup.  I suddenly became very overwhelmed by all of her things.  Thinking about how sweet it was that she sat down each day at that vanity and put on makeup.  How … Continue reading “Mother’s Volcanic Lipstick”

Trellis House Coffee Cake

I tried a new recipe for my Saturday night baking ritual — The Trellis House signature coffee cake.   You can read all about our fabulous trip to Ogunquit, Maine here last October and our stay at this Trip Advisor 2019 Travelers’ Choice winner The Trellis House Bed & Breakfast. The proprietor, Laurence Plotkin, has a cookbook full of the delicious recipes they prepare for their guests.  I picked up a signed copy during my stay.  Glen and Laurence, and their adorable dog Bentley, are the perfect hosts.  We fell in love with them and still keep in touch.  We are even preparing for another trip in October.  And, Laurence hinted that when I visit if I bring friends with me he will lead a lobster dinner cooking class.  Do I hear the sound of my friends out there booking a reservation?!  Wouldn’t that be the best ever to fill the … Continue reading “Trellis House Coffee Cake”

Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Nine: Food for Friends

I received a question from a reader… “I was wondering if you had any great, easy food/dinner ideas for friends that are in mourning, recovering from surgery, ill, or that just need a night off from the kitchen. I am looking for a yummy easy salad, main course, and dessert, and preferably something that can be frozen (main dish) in case the recipient isn’t able to eat the food right away. Also, it needs to be able to travel in the car well. Nothing fancy, just a good, comfort dish. Thanks!” On my lastest podcast episode I answer her question, but it took me 40 minutes just to talk about my passion for casseroles, so I decided to break it up into installments.  This first episode includes five of top my favorite casserole recipes and ideas for prepared food from restaurants you can take (if you are not a cook).  … Continue reading “Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Nine: Food for Friends”

My Mother’s Beauty Secret

Thank you to everyone who participated in my contest giveaway for a free pair of satin pillowcases from our sponsor Morning Glamour.  The challenge to win was to share your mother’s favorite beauty secret.  I loved reading all your replies and I’m excited to share them with you. But first, let me share a few tips from my mother.  Listen to my latest podcast here where I shared that one of her secrets was the religious use of her satin pillowcases.  Next, was her love of bright lipstick.  I share a sweet story here about her favorite shade.  And last, her insistence that I always wear sunscreen.  When all my girlfriends were sunning themselves on rooftops and lakeside slathered in baby oil, she had me covered from head- to-toe in longsleeves and Pre-Sun on any skin that was showing.  She’d say every single time, “you’ll thank me someday.”  Believe me, … Continue reading “My Mother’s Beauty Secret”

What Would Holley Wear: One Weekend/One Carry-On Challenge

After reading my “Five Day No Denim Challenge,” my son, Chris, presented me with another challenge…“One Weekend/One Carry-On”.  If I could sum up this challenge with one word, it would be….YIKES!!! True Confession:  I’m an over-packer, especially when I travel to New York.  And since I stay with Chris in his “small-ish” apartment, he has hinted that it would be nice if I just brought one small carry-on bag.  So, my first challenge was to find the right carry-on….good quality, a spinner, light weight, and easy to pack. In the end, I went with a 22 inch hard-side Hartman carry-on spinner….love it! Here’s what I packed:  One pair of faux leather pants, one white blouse, one sweater, a black blazer, and a mini bag.  I also brought pajamas and undergarments.  A space saver was packing socks instead of my UGG house shoes (too bulky).  And of course I packed a … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: One Weekend/One Carry-On Challenge”