What Would Holley Wear: “The Best of Holley” Thankful Edition

What a difference a year can make. Holley is kind of busy being a new grandmother to baby Eli this week!  So we are running a “The Best of Holley” post from Thanksgiving 2016.  Congratulations to the Williams family! I’m pretty sure one of the reasons Thanksgiving is the most popular holiday is it’s less stressful (unless you do all the cooking and cleaning up afterwards).  We gather together with family and friends to share a meal and to consider all that we have to be thankful for! Two things you need to know about me:  I love everything about the Thanksgiving tradition …and I love sharing that special day with family and friends! Our Thanksgivings are always casual. Some years we “motor” to our hometown, Smackover, Arkansas! (true story…real name…Google it).  This year, we will walk across the street to share a lovely meal with our friends and neighbors, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: “The Best of Holley” Thankful Edition”

A Message of Grief, Hope, Gratitude and Thanksgiving

This time last year in 2016, I had the opportunity to share my story of grief, hope and gratitude at Arborlawn United Methodist Church during our Hope for the Holidays service. It’s a personal story, revealing things about me you may not know, along with practical tips that have been helpful to me in learning to move through my grieving.  It’s a faith journey that has not been easy, but along the way I’ve learned alot about life and God’s love for me.  It’s about finding gratitude in the pain. To all the people struggling with loss and emptiness during this week of Thanksgiving, we hear your prayers and lift you up toward the Lord. My grief journey began with the stillborn death of my son, John, on Thanksgiving Day 1998.  I hadn’t been feeling movement like I should.  I went in for a checkup and my husband and I were … Continue reading “A Message of Grief, Hope, Gratitude and Thanksgiving”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: Best Day Ever

Our bookclub is coming up the week after Thanksgiving and I wanted to share what we’re reading this month, and if you have time during the holiday, some ideas on other books to read over the week. In the bestselling, page-turning vein of The Couple Next Door and The Dinner, Kaira Rouda weaves a gripping, tautly suspenseful tale of deception and betrayal dark enough to destroy a marriage…or a life. “I glance at my wife as she climbs into the passenger seat, and I am bursting with confidence. Today will be everything I’ve promised her…and more…” Paul Strom has the perfect life: a glittering career as an advertising executive, a beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in a wealthy suburb. And he’s the perfect husband: breadwinner, protector, provider. That’s why he’s planned a romantic weekend for his wife, Mia, at their lake house, just the two of them. And he’s … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: Best Day Ever”

Countdown to Thanksgiving: Bread Recipes

To say that Miss Bee loves bread is an understatement.  She has been known to ask my Sister Bee to bring several pans of rolls for Thanksgivings — one pan for her, and one for everyone else. She’s been helping put together our menu for next week and we have a few recipes to consider.  We have had good luck with this recipe Easy Garlic Butter Hawaiian Rolls.  I like them because they are also perfect for making turkey sandwiches later that evening or the next day. Twist:  For recipes where butter is the star, I only bake with European-style butter. Plugra is one brand and Land O Lakes also has a great product. European-style butter has higher milk fat and a richer taste and creamier texture than regular butter. Ingredients 1  package of King’s Original Hawaiian Sweet Rolls 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, divided in half. 1 TBL garlic, minced Sea salt flakes, … Continue reading “Countdown to Thanksgiving: Bread Recipes”

What Would Holley Wear: Treasured Accessories

What does a cup of coffee, a puppy, and a glass of wine have in common? Trust me, this is not a joke.  For me, they are “treasured” accessories that complement all my outfits!  And, if I lived in Paris, I would add a loaf of bread and a beret to my list. You are probably wondering how a cup of coffee, puppies, and a glass of wine are fashionable.  I have to admit all three of these are “real life” accessories that bring me joy.  And please know, substitutions are accepted. For instance, your treasured accessories might be a cup of tea, a precious kitten, and a martini straight up! If you think about it, what you wear and what you love are part of your everyday life.  Whether you are walking your dog, meeting a friend for a cup of coffee or at a fabulous wine bar, ya … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Treasured Accessories”

Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Make Pies Your Centerpiece!

I came across an inspiration on Pinterest in my quest to share ideas with you to prepare for Thanksgiving.  The article is “Last Minute Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas” and immediately a light bulb went off!  Why do the pies always get put on a side table or the counter when they are the best part of the meal?  Flowers, gourds and pumpkins are nice and the Pilgrims did them justice but, this is 2017, let’s put a twist on it!  Use your pies, some clippings from the yard and create a beautiful, eye-catching, conversation piece.  I guarantee your guests have never seen dessert as the centerpiece. For this challenge, I enlisted the help of Sweet Lucy’s Pies.  Lindsey, the owner, has been my go-to pie gal for a while now.  Her recipes are delicious and inventive using the freshest ingredients she can source and her crust is buttery and flaky.  Hands … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Make Pies Your Centerpiece!”

Thanksgiving and Wine Pairing

A few years ago I purchased some bottles of bubbly from Stacy Ricks at WineShop at Home and have been pleasantly surprised with the high quality of my selections.  I like that I can shop from home for wine without being overwhelmed with the selection at the big box liquor stores.  Stacy knows first-hand how her selections taste.  You can even take a “Find your Vinotype”quiz on their website  by answering just a few questions to narrow down the types of wine your palette prefers (I am a hypersensitive vinotype which means my wine preferences run toward more delicate, dry wines with lower alcohol levels.  Reds have to be especially rich and SMOOTH for my highly sensitive sensory perception). I reached out to Stacy to get her input on wines for Thanksgiving and holiday entertaining.  Here are her suggestions… Thanksgiving Dinner Red:  Dusk Lambrusco pairs well with savory turkey and gravy, … Continue reading “Thanksgiving and Wine Pairing”

Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Breakfast Recipes

Since we eat later in the day on Thanksgiving, I like to prepare a breakfast we can enjoy while finishing up the last minute cooking and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television.  Today I am sharing four tasty, Twist-Lab tested recipes that are wonderful! The taste-testers in the Twist Laboratory love this recipe for Cranberry Christmas Cake which you can find here on my Pinterest board. It’s starts with a 12 oz bag of these ruby jewels.  During the fall and winter season I stock up on fresh cranberries because they freeze really well.  Tip:  If you freeze them don’t wash them first or they will get soggy.  Just keep the bag intact and tuck inside a ziplock bag and throw into the freezer.   You can add a handful of cranberries to your muffin recipes and throw a palm full into your oatmeal while it cooks on … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Breakfast Recipes”

What Would Holley Wear: Classy Girls Wear Pearls

When I think of girls and their pearls, my mind goes straight to Southern girls.  From the time they are born to their wedding day, there’s a good chance someone has gifted them a beautiful strand of pearls.  And though today’s fashion pearls are not as precious, they still bring joy to us Southern girls.  So two things about today’s pearl trend:  …They are on everything from jewelry, shoes, jeans, jackets to handbags.  …And, you can go all out or just add a simple strand to your style!  So, let’s work our way from the bottom up and talk about the great pearl comeback.  This fall, think about adding a pair of pearl-heeled loafers to your wardrobe.  I’m pretty sure Gucci was the first to start this trend.  And if it’s good enough for Gucci, then it must be good enough for the rest of us…right?   A stylish look … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Classy Girls Wear Pearls”

Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Recipe Week

This week I will be sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving recipes.  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 dish. Top with the following mixture: 1 cup of brown sugar 1/3 cup of flour … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Recipe Week”