Vintage Inspired Lamb Cake with a Modern Twist

Growing up I remember Mother making a lamb cake in a Nordic Ware cake mold. To Daddy’s delight, she covered it with seven-minute whipped frosting and a lovely coating of fluffy white coconut.  She served it on top of her beautiful milk glass cake pedestal covered with more coconut. Then she’d tuck in little jelly beans to look like eggs (remember this was the era of the late 60s early 70s, pre Cadbury mini eggs). We couldn’t wait to slice the cake after Easter lunch. Her lamb cake pan is long gone (at least to me unless Sister is reading this and has it), so I found this one on Amazon.  I decided to make my friend Tricia’s recipe for Chocolate Kahlua Cake and it turned out perfectly. Here’s the recipe. Tricia’s Black Russian Bundt Cake 1 box yellow or cake mix (without pudding) *I used chocolate this time and … Continue reading “Vintage Inspired Lamb Cake with a Modern Twist”

A Festive Easter Sip – The Pink Peep Twist with Noble Wolf Vodka

My friend, Pam, recently introduced me to the most delicious libation – Noble Wolf Vodka. Pam and I have been safely meeting on our patio for sips and snacks the last few months. The last time we met she arrived with a bottle of Noble Wolf’s Pink Lemonade Vodka and a Sonic Route 44 Cherry Limeade. We made “Momma’s Pink Panties” a recipe from the proprietor of the vodka, Bryce Cottrell! Here’s the founder’s story: I gave up the NFL for Vodka. Yes, you read that right. As a defensive end at Texas I had a love for football that ran deep. BUT, my love for family and friends ran even deeper. You see, when I was a kid I looked up to my grandfather more than almost anyone. A wise man, I remember he always would order a glass of vodka before he would impart his wisdom into my … Continue reading “A Festive Easter Sip – The Pink Peep Twist with Noble Wolf Vodka”

Spring Favorites from J.Crew

“Easy Does It” is J.Crew’s motto for spring, and I totally relate.  How about you? Let’s start with shirts.  Their shirts come in three fits…slim, classic, and relaxed.  One of my faves is their classic fit shirt with a ruffled collar and cuffs.  It goes great with jeans and cargos and comes in four colors.  This spring, I’m wearing the white one with a pair of their wide-leg jeans.  And if you like to half-tuck your shirt or tie it at the waist, you’ll love one of their relaxed-fit poplin shirts.   J.Crew’s selection of blazers is ideal for our spring climate.  We’re loving a plaid boyfriend blazer worn over a chambray shirt combined with jeans or cargos and sneakers….the ultimate in preppy style.  We are also enamored with their open-front Sophie sweater blazer…available in 10 colors.  My spring preppy-pick is their denim jacket coupled with white straight-leg jeans and a … Continue reading “Spring Favorites from J.Crew”

Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club – The Lost Apothecary

I am super excited about our April book club selection The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner. I picked this book back in January before its release earlier this month. Something about the storyline and the buzz made me think this could be a winner. And the winner it is!  The book is already a NYT bestseller, and is named Most Anticipated of 2021 by Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, Hello! magazine, Oprah.com, Bustle, Popsugar, Betches, Sweet July, and GoodReads! Join us virtually Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m. CST as we welcome Sarah who will join us for conversation and cocktails! When you register on my book club page at BookMovement, you will find a delicious cocktail recipe waiting for you to download, and make the night of our gathering. A forgotten history. A secret network of women. A legacy of poison and revenge. Welcome to The Lost Apothecary… Hidden in the depths of … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club – The Lost Apothecary”

Work From Home: How to Convert a Closet into an Office

Do you have a home office or space to claim as your own?  What Would Holley Do?  Repurpose a closet, spare bedroom, or cozy nook into a “cloffice”….an office/closet combo.   How refreshing! When I’m writing articles, I work from my home office which also doubles as my wardrobe styling closet.  Recently, I did a little organizing and gave it a fresh minimalistic makeover.   When I’m putting outfits together, I bring in a roller rack and use the desk space for organizing accessories….instant closet!  BTW….it makes my neat-freak husband so happy to walk into a pristine office! If you have space, a “cloffice” is a great way to make the most of a large walk-in closet or spare room.  When designing a “cloffice”, think about your own personal style.  For example, if you love color…style a space accented with bright colors.  Having a window in a closet is a huge … Continue reading “Work From Home: How to Convert a Closet into an Office”

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”