Blueberry Lemon Quickbread

On Saturday nights I bake for church the next day.  I was reading through my latest issue of Magnolia Journal and spied a few quickbread recipes.  Click on this link to access three quickbread recipes, but I made it easy for you and included the Blueberry Lemon Quickbread recipe below for you to make tonight! Note:  I made a few changes to the recipe.  First, I love to bake with buttermilk so I swapped the milk for buttermilk.  I added 2 tsp. of lemon extract for a more intense lemony flavor, and I increased the blueberries to 1 cup.  I did follow the suggestion for the glaze over the warm bread. This recipe is a keeper!  Happy baking to you.

What are Your Spiritual Gifts?

Have you ever thought about how your passions can serve God?  Have you ever wondered what your gifts are?  We are so quick to recognize other’s strengths, but we stop short of taking a moment to identify and celebrate the gifts we can offer others.  It is not bragging to tell others what we are good at, in fact it brings great joy to God when you do, because ultimately He knew those talents before you did and has helped nurture them along the way.  Your gifts can make a difference! Every child of God is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, specially gifted to play a unique and valued role in the body of Christ. No one is without gift or purpose. Spiritual gifts are not our talents or skills. They are the grace of God at work within us, empowering us to match our deep passions with … Continue reading “What are Your Spiritual Gifts?”

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.  I made them for my Galentine’s Day party earlier this week.  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, … Continue reading “Creme De Menthe Brownies – just like Andes Mints”

What Would Holley Wear: Timeless and Trendy in 360 West Magazine

I have known Holley for many years through our connection at church.  She is lovely, kind and very funny.  But, most people know her for being very stylish.  Holley’s the gal people always go to when they want the latest fashion tips, ideas on what to wear for an event or pack for a trip.  I have even had her do a closet inventory for me and my daughter.  Holley has such a great eye for style and spotting affordable fashion to make you look like you spent a million dollars.  I’ve applied many of her tips in building my accessory wardrobe. When I approached Holley over two years ago with the idea of writing a weekly fashion post, she immediately responded, “I don’t think I can do that.  I don’t know if I would be any good at it.”  Well, here we are, over a hundred articles later and … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Timeless and Trendy in 360 West Magazine”

Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Eight and a Giveaway!

After too long of a break, I am back at my microphone with the lastest episode of Mrs. Twist Says This.  In this episode, I share stories of my brother, the third born of my siblings, my new adventure of entering graduate school, my mantra for 2019 #movetobloom, my Five Favorite Things and my latest project painting my Ladies Lounge thanks to my sponsor Jabo’s Ace Hardware and Kilz line of paints with Magnolia Homes by Joanna Gaines. I spent the extra day we had off from MLK holiday back in January to complete a painting project I’ve been wanting to do in my front living room.  Jabo’s Ace, my official blog and podcast sponsor, hooked me up with two gallons of Magnolia Home paint by Kilz for Joanna Gaines and a set of paint brushes.  I selected the loveliest shade of pink called Ella Rose.  Be sure to listen to the … Continue reading “Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Eight and a Giveaway!”

What Would Holley Wear: A Pop of Pink

Nothing makes a girl feel prettier than pink…right?  So for Valentine’s Day….or any day for that matter….we are suggesting a “pop of pink”!   Even though pink may not be your color….a little pop here and there is all you need to feel pretty.  So, let’s start with shoes! A cute pair of Converse sneakers always brings me joy, and their pink Chucks are no exception. For a cold rainy day, we are recommending pink Hunter boots.  Sorel’s fur-lined duck boots definitely call for a snowy day! Flat mules are so on trend and look great worn casual or dressy. Betsy Johnson brings us a dose of fun with her pink rhinestone flats…cute with a skirt or jeans. And without a doubt, our absolute favorite “Valentine” shoe is a pair of Kate Spade kitten heels! Be sure to browse all the pink shoe options on our Pinterest board.      Another … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: A Pop of Pink”

Easy Homemade Facial Scrub for Winter

I had the best time with my childhood girlfriends last weekend.  We each take turns planning a long weekend getaway, and this year it was my turn.  I invited them to come and spend time at my home doing local experiences.  If you want to see all the fun photos from the weekend, either visit Facebook or Instagram where I posted pics and be sure to follow me so you won’t miss out on my fun! The highlight for me was our private poolside restorative yoga session with Stephanie Mamantov (you can find her here on Facebook).  She teaches private and group lessons around Fort Worth and in her home studio in Joshua.  I met her through classes she teaches at Fitness Connection. She brought all the equipment and all we had to do was be open to the healing properties of yoga.  She concluded the session with meditation. It … Continue reading “Easy Homemade Facial Scrub for Winter”

Monday Motivation: Transform your wellness with meal planning

Rise and shine, it’s Monday!  Another week to start new goals, work on current ones and celebrate the week ahead.  Our goal at Home with a Twist is to redefine Monday and make it the best day of the week.  Let’s dive in with some ideas. Meal Planning:  This “new to me” practice has been very effective in my health and wellness journey.  It is a tool that is discussed a lot in my Noom community (Noom is an online weight-loss app you read about here).  The importance of meal planning is that it allows you to know in advance what you will be eating so that you are more likely to make healthier food choices.  Meal planning also helps you keep food costs down because there is less “hangry” food impulse buying.  Here is a terrific article on meal prep 101 . One thing to consider is you don’t need … Continue reading “Monday Motivation: Transform your wellness with meal planning”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: The Library Book by Susan Orlean

This month we will be reading The Library Book by Susan Orlean which also happens to be the Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine bookclub selection!  Great minds think alike. A WASHINGTON POST TOP 10 BOOK OF THE YEAR * A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER and NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018 “A constant pleasure to read…Everybody who loves books should check out The Library Book.” —The Washington Post “EXQUISITELY WRITTEN, CONSISTENTLY ENTERTAINING.” —The New York Times * “MESMERIZING…RIVETING.” —Booklist (starred review) A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution—and an investigation into one of its greatest mysteries—from the bestselling author hailed as a “national treasure” by The Washington Post. On the morning of April 29, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. As the moments passed, the patrons and staff who had been cleared out of the building realized this was not the usual fire alarm. As one fireman recounted, “Once that first stack got going, it was ‘Goodbye, Charlie.’” … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: The Library Book by Susan Orlean”

What Would Holley Wear: Trends Now and Later

Did you know sometimes trends are classics that come back in style?  I’m loving how two of my favorite trends are perfect for “now and later”! In my first article of the year (click here to read it), I mentioned my focus would be on classics, but adding a trendy twist.  And just so you know….sometimes trends are classics that come back in style! Animal print is definitely considered a classic.  To ramp it up a few trendy notches, anything in snake print will do the trick!  We are loving a pair of white and black snakeskin pants shown two ways. One look is paired with a camel sweater and the other with a white sweater.  Both are ideal for now and will easily transition into spring. London based lifestyle blogger Fashion Mumblr shows us how to classically style a pair of white slacks with a neutral snakeskin print blouse. … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Trends Now and Later”