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).  I will try to work on a downloadable file for all the recipes that you can access.  Until then, sit down with a pen and paper (or your laptop) and listen to episode nine.

For the next several episodes I will share side dishes, dessert and breakfast ideas so stay tuned.

On the topic of gardening, I share the secret to longlasting, colorful mounds of pansies in your garden to enjoy from fall to late spring.  You should see my pansies and daffodils right now.  Soon I will have bright red poppies stunning my front lawn.

I’ll get photos of my garden and share them on Instagram and Facebook.

Have a beautiful Monday and be sure to head over for a listen to my podcast here, on Soundcloud and where most podcasts are heard.

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 podcast to hear all the details on my project. And thank you Jabo’s for the support! I love how it turned out.I also talked about my Five Favorite Things.  Satin pillowcases! And a GIVEAWAY!  The kind folks at Morning Glamour are giving you the opportunity to purchase a set of satin pillowcases at 25% using promo code MG25.

Mother loved her satin pillowcases and I know she used them religiously to keep her weekly hairdoo pretty, but did you know there are other beauty benefits, too?    In addition to providing a smoother surface for your hair strands, which reduces matting, breakage, tangling, and snagging, satin pillowcases are non-absorbent so they help your skin maintain maximum moisture whereas cotton pillowcases suck moisture from your skin (translation: that $90.00 face cream you put on at night is hydrating your pillow, not your face).  Satin pillowcases also help prevent wrinkles, allowing you to wake up with smooth, clear skin every morning.    The stay-put pocket flap ensures that these satin pillowcases will stay in place as you rest, ensuring you get the full benefits of sleeping on satin.  Here’s the also great news — one lucky HWT follower will win a free set of pillowcases.  Here’s how to enter the giveaway:

  1. In the comments below, leave me your Mother’s favorite beauty secret.
  2. Then head over to my Home with a Twist Facebook page here and “like” my page or Instagram here and follow Home with a Twist (of if you already liked me, then share my post on Facebook).
  3. Your name will be entered for each comment, like, follow or share.
  4. Winner will be randomly selected on Wednesday at 9 p.m. CST.  I will announce the winner on Facebook and connect you with the Morning Glamour folks to claim your set of pillowcase!

Want to hear my other favorite things?  Head over to your favorite channel for listening to podcasts or take a listen here on our desktop or device.  And be sure to use your promo code to stock up on pillowcases!

Happy listening!

Home with a Twist Podcast Episode Seven

I just uploaded a new episode of the Home with a Twist podcast you can find here and on any channel where you listen to podcasts.

This week I share all my favorite memories of Christmas growing up and how Mother made everything magical for our family.

I shared a fun game you can play called the “Great Candy Cane Pass” which you can find here on my Pinterest board “Ice breakers” where I literally have 103 games.  The idea is you pass peppermints right or left depending on your responses and the person with the most peppermints wins.  I think this might be fun to play on Christmas Eve.

Next, we talked about a delicious and clever cocktail idea called a Very Merry Ornamentini from Inspired by Charm.  I purchased these glass ball oranments I found on Amazon so guests can pour their own cocktails into glasses.  Here is the recipe for the sugared cranberries to use as a garnish.

I will serve the sip along side a tray of a traditional Southern appetizer recipe for Crispy Cheese Wafers.  They also make a perfect gift packaged up to give to neighbors, co-workers or as a hostess gift.  A twist on serving these wafers is along side a dish of pepper jelly and goat cheese.

And we finished the podcast sharing our bookclub selection for January — the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.  Go here to read more and to sign up to join our bookclub.  We will be meeting January 27 at 7 p.m. to discuss the book.  This is a twist on our normal reads, but our goal for 2019 is to read at least 3-4 classics.  If you want to join our bookclub, go here to BookMovement our on-line, free platform that manages our bookclub.  Membership is free!

That’s a wrap for this week’s chat.  I hope to sneak in a few more shows before we move into 2019.  Thank you for your positive feedback on my podcast project.  Let me know what you want to hear.  Remember, seek joy in everyday!

Home with a Twist Podcast: Episode 6

Episode six is live and read to listen here on Soundcloud or any channel you listen to podcasts.

This episode I am sharing the life of my brother Jim and his death to suicide.   I included resources like the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation and  the National Alliance for Mental Illness.

We talked about creating a mantra for 2019.  Mine for 2018 was #joiedevivre — Seek Joy in Everyday.  It has been one of the best strategies for me to focus on words of empowement rather than setting unrealistic goals.

Send this fun postcard to Santa from the app Touch Note.

And the game of This or That Christmas.  It is alot of fun. It you want a copy, email me at [email protected] and I will send it to your inbox.

I shared a fun retro recipe for Cinnamon Red Hot Cider that my mother loved to make for the holidays.  You can find it here on my Pinterest board. 

Thank you for listening. 

Mrs. Twist Says This Podcast Episode Five: Love, Loss, and Cranberry Martinis

Episode Five of the podcast is live here and on most channels where podcasts are heard.

The first part of the story, as most of my podcasts start with something personal, is an honest look at loss, love and my journey to be grateful each and every Thanksgiving.

I share the recipe for Mother’s fabulous Sweet Potato Delight, which Miss Bee will be making for the first time on her own this year – I am taking a break from cooking and I am SO EXCITED!

Here’s the video I mentioned on the hilarious Friends episode over Ross’s dismay that someone ate his “Moist Maker” sandwich.  I gafaw at this every time I see it.

Then, I talk about Ina Garten and her new cookbook Cooking Like Pro.  I have managed to collect most all of her cookbooks – she has ten.  In her book Make it Ahead she shares “Ten Make Ahead Tips” when hosting a dinner party.

While we are on the subject of Ina, I shared her recipe for Cranberry Martinis which I am serving to guests on Thanksgiving as my welcome cocktail.  I cooked the cranberries and orange rind last night on the stove and the house smelled like a citrus grove.  You then pour into a pitcher of vodka and let it sit in the fridge for a few days to infuse.  Serve over ice with triple sec and POW! it’s a Thanksgiving miracle!

Let’s see, I think we finished up with some fun ice breaker activities you can play with guests to create conversation and connection.  I’ve got 81 Ice Breaker ideas posted on my Pinterest board here.  I’m especially enjoying the “This or That” versions.

Thank you for the blessing of your readership.  I hope you feel the love today.  And remember, seek joy in everyday.  #joiedevivre

Mrs. Twist Says This Podcast: Episode Four

Episode four of the podcast is live and available here or on most apps where podcasts are found (iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Podcast Addict, etc…).

This week on the podcast I am sharing memories of holidays spent at our family farm, five great questions to ask if you conduct job interviews, how I started a successful bookclub through BookMovement, a fabulous cocktail recipe and the value of focusing less on things being perfect for Thanksgiving.

Here’s the link to the podcast Safe for Work (look for August 13 episode).

Want to join our Mrs. Twist Reads This bookclub — you can sign up here and go here to see what we are reading this month.

The Apple Cider Bourbon cocktail is from Style me Pretty here .

You can also read here how I am outsourcing my Thanksgiving food this year to spend more time doing nothing.

I love to hear your comments on the content — and feedback on what you’d like to hear more of.  And subscribing to my podcast on your preferred channel helps me to gain more listeners.

Here’s to seeking joy in everyday!  Thanks for listening.

Home with a Twist Podcast — Episode Two

A new episode of the Home with a Twist podcast is live and you can access it here.  Or, find this and previous episodes on:


Google Play

Player FM


Be sure to subscribe on your channel of choice so each new episode it waiting for you.

This week’s episode I share the story of how my parents came to live with me and how Mother’s life and death inspired me to start blogging.

I share my “Friyay” Fit — three things that give me inspiration for the weekend  – three podcasts I am listening to right now that I really enjoy…

Dirty John, Bon Appetit Foodcast and The Turquoise Table.

Winterizing your skin — I love these products especially during the winter months when my skin is really needing extra moisturizing – Josie Maran Argan Oil Body Butter  and  I love this eye cream from Peter Thomas Roth.

I share my favorite new sparkling wine from Piper Sonoma.  And lastly I shared a delightful list from Joelle Charming “How to be Charming” a printable you can find on my Pinterest board here.

Thank you for tuning in this week.  As always, if you can leave a comment or favorable review on my podcast at Soundcloud.com it helps more people to find what you love hearing!  Have a fab Friday!

Mrs. Twist Says This! Home with Twist Podcast Launch on Soundcloud

I am so excited!  Today is the day you can hear my very first episode of the Home with a Twist podcast on Soundcloud!  I’m a big fan of podcasts and have been wanting to create my own to share my thoughts and ideas outloud, giving you the chance to get to know me even more.

Episode one – includes a little bit about my childhood, the things that made the “Twist List” and answering a reader question on how to curate fun and creative care packages for the college student.  I hope to share a new episode with you each week and include “show notes” with links to the resources I mention in the podcast.

How to hear my podcast:  For right now you can listen to my show on www.Soundcloud.com.  In the search box enter Home with a Twist and it will take you to my photo above and the link to episode one.  Pretty soon you will also be able to access it through iTunes and other channels.  The best way to listen is to put the free Soundcloud app on your phone or tablet.

How you can help me?  Listen to my podcast and leave a comment on Soundcloud.  Subscribe to the podcast.  The more subscribers (or followers) the more people will find me and my blog.  I’d also love your ideas on things you’d like for me to discuss.

I also want to thank my sponsor Jabo’s Ace Hardware who have been such a wonderful support with my blog and projects.

Thank you for taking the time to follow my passion to seek joy in everyday!