Lemon Lavender Muffins

I hosted my church lady friends for a retreat recently and I pulled together a menu that was a departure from the tradition breakfast casserole.  I enlisted the help of my friend Pam and we created a “spa-inspired” menu that not only delighted the senses — bright colors in the fruit and vegetables, and the scent of lavender, citrus, mint and rosemary, but their taste buds, too. Lavender is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can help to heal minor burns and bug bites. Research suggests that it may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness.  I enjoy diffusing lavender while I am getting ready for work in the morning especially if I anticipate a busy day ahead. I found this recipe for Lemon Lavender muffins from A Pinch of Yum. I didn’t make the time to prepare these in advance to try them first, so … Continue reading “Lemon Lavender Muffins”

The Longest Commandment — Rest

A few years ago my small group at church studied Max Lucado’s Traveling Light.  It breaks down the promise from the twenty-third Psalm, the popular scripture in the Bible mostly associated with funerals that starts with “The Lord is my shepherd.”  I am learning that this story God unfolds is not associated with sadness, but in the joy God promises and the burdens He wants to bear for us. Here’s a little backstory… When you think of a shepherd, you think of sheep, right?  Can’t sleep, count sheep.  Sheep shall safely graze. But, here’s something interesting Max discusses in the book, “for sheep to sleep, everything must be just right. No predators.  No tension in the flock. No bugs in the air.  No hunger in the belly.  Everything has to be just so.  Unfortunately, sheep cannot find safe pasture, nor can they spray insecticide, deal with the frictions, or find … Continue reading “The Longest Commandment — Rest”

Homemade Mango Salsa

I love this time of the year when produce is beginning to hit the stands and sprout in our own gardens.  We were a little late putting in our vegetable garden this year due to the late frost and rainy spring (I am definitely NOT complaining, because Texas heat is coming).  I look forward to our hot and sweet peppers making their appearance.  Be sure to check back to see our “Galvanized Garden” we are putting the finishing touches on thanks to my friends at Jabo’s Ace Hardware – my offical HWT blog sponsor. You can check out the first video we made on how to prepare for proper drainage in your containers on my Home with a Twist YouTube Channel here .  Big favor — if you could please subscribe to my channel it allows me to have very own YouTube address for my blog rather than just a … Continue reading “Homemade Mango Salsa”

What Would Holley Wear: Style has no Size

We all come in different shapes and sizes…right?  So this week, I’m highlighting fashion on the curvy side.  And here’s the good news….style has no size! A great look for every size is a maxi skirt or dress.  Looking for something to wear to a summer wedding? We are loving a pink floral wrap dress from Nordstrom’s.  Another Nordstrom dress that’s perfect for a summer wedding is a floaty floral chiffon with an empire waist. We think both dresses are the perfect toast to the bride and groom! Maxi skirts are perfect for daytime as well….no special occasion needed for this stylish look.  A few Pinterest board looks I adore show a maxi skirt paired with a denim shirt, either tucked or tied at the waist.  BTW…tying a shirt at the waist is my signature look and flattering on every body type! A denim jacket worn with a skirt or … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Style has no Size”

What Would Holley Wear: In Neutral

Sometimes I like to take a “neutral” position when it comes to fashion. From tans to khakis….neutral hues are the perfect in-between seasonal look and transition so well into summertime! Interested in creating the ultimate spring/summer capsule wardrobe?  Then neutral is the way to go. Start with a tan blazer, add white pants or jeans, and top off with an on-trend wicker or wooden bag.  Hmmm….looks like you have an ultra-chic look! Wearing neutral hues will also give your style an expensive look. So think about draping a camel blazer over a white t-shirt and white crops. Mixing textures like crochet, fringe, linen, raffia, and straw always keep things interesting and also gives a chic vibe. Speaking of chic, Cult Gaia offers a variety of wooden and beaded handbags. Their Coco wooden tote is one of my new favs! And their beaded bags lined in linen are summertime perfection!   … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: In Neutral”

Sit here please. Be bold with fabric!

I have a thing for rescuing and restoring chairs.  And, I love to use bold fabrics when I reupholster.  It’s the perfect way to showcase your personality.  Here are a few of my co-stars… This navy velvet stunner belonged to Mother’s best friend Miss Margaret. Her precious daughter Pegie gave it to me as a token of their friendship and I love having it.  It was covered in a beautiful green silk, but I put the twist with a bold navy fabric. This cutie is in my office at home.  It belonged to Mother and was dark burgandy, then I recovered it in a brown and white Ikat pattern.  When I moved it to its final place in my office (it’s the perfect reading chair), I wanted something bold.  Mother loved birds and she also made the peacock curtains hanging in my office. I added a turquoise ottoman and it’s … Continue reading “Sit here please. Be bold with fabric!”

What Would Holley Wear: Style Has No Age

First, a quote from a client’s 20 year old daughter:  “Mom…just because you can wear something, doesn’t mean you should.”  So here’s the deal…you can basically wear anything, but the trick is to style your outfit to complement you, your age, and your lifestyle! Sometimes with age, we get wiser…right?  And with shoes, the great news is we don’t have to wear high heels to look or feel young anymore.  Show me a pair of kitten or block heels, and I’ll show you ageless style! For an on-trend look, wear them with your jeans. Flats, espadrilles, and sneakers go with everything from jeans to dresses. Perfect for your lifestyle….right? If you don’t own a pair of cropped jeans or pants….you need to.  They are a great replacement for capris and will definitely up your style game.  We love how German lifestyle blogger, Bibi Horst, shares her impeccable taste, wearing white … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Style Has No Age”

The FriYay Fit – Outfit of the Day

I’ve got your outfit inspiration for this beautiful Friday.  Remember Holley’s travel post here from last week, well this outfit would be perfect for you weekend warriors headed out antiquing or taking bluebonnet photos.  Casual and hip with a vintage vibe on the jeans and leather backback. Add a fedora and a stack of bangles and you will look fetch! Target A New Day Blouse xs $8 Free People Jeans size 6 $22 Tory Burch Thora Thongs size 6 $45 Patricia Nash Backpack $68 Call the store if you want to hold or purchase items over the phone (they do not ship items).  (817) 731-3443, 4636 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth 76109 located in Overton Park Plaza.  Open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. most days. Be sure to tell them Home with a Twist sent you!

Hosting a Baby Shower with a Twist

My sweet little niece is expecting twin boys in June and our family is so excited!  My summer is set aside to cuddle these sweet bundles.  Until then, I had to make do with hosting her baby shower to prepare for their arrival. Two things that are a must for any good hostess — one, have a good caterer as your friend and two, when a friend offers to help – let them! I am not a big “theme” shower person.  I believe a baby shower should be a time for the mother-to-be to feel pampered with delicious food.  I relied on my good friend Karen McCann with Applause Food Show and Catering to make my job easier. I have used Karen both personally and professionally for many occassions.  I told her I wanted crudite and a charcuterie tray and she worked her magic. Crudite is a French term for … Continue reading “Hosting a Baby Shower with a Twist”

What Would Holley Wear: Styling your Spring Denim

We think spring and denim go hand in hand!  From dark denim to light blues and whites….styling your spring denim never looked so fresh! What’s more refreshing than a little spring cleaning?  Nothing…right? It’s that time of year to start cleaning out your closet and packing away your winter clothes.  Instead of coats, substitute with blazers, wraps, and scarves. Springtime is the perfect time of year to drape a long gauzy scarf over a t-shirt and jeans.   It’s also time to transition to light-weight blazers.  A navy blazer paired with white cropped jeans, wicker bag, and striped mules will take you from running errands around town to a fabulous resort vacation.  Another fresh look is a checked blazer and white t-shirt paired with light blue denim. So cute for a Saturday brunch or a trip to your local farmer’s market!  Can’t beat these double-duty looks! Needing a refresher course? … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Styling your Spring Denim”