Green Beans, Mushroom Soup and French’s Onions: The Famous Side Dish

This an interesting story from the Washington Post of Dorcas Reilly and her famous green bean casserole.  It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving for Mr. and Miss Bee if I didn’t make her beloved side dish for them every holiday. It started with a call from the Associated Press and a question: What’s a good recipe for a vegetable side dish that features common pantry products? In 1955, the AP, like other newspapers and magazines of the time, was running a feature of an easy-to-make Campbell’s Soup side. The question came with a caveat: the recipe had to be built around green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, two items most Americans regularly had in their homes in the ’50s. The request fell to the Campbell’s Soup Co. test kitchen in Camden, N.J., an arm of the company that focused on coming up with recipes for its products. Dorcas Reilly, a … Continue reading “Green Beans, Mushroom Soup and French’s Onions: The Famous Side Dish”

What Would Holley Wear: Mad for Plaid

Okay, I’m just going to say it….we are “mad for plaid”….which just happens to be one of this season’s biggest trend!   From shoes to jackets, we’re sharing some great looks that will take you from a business meeting to a busy weekend! To up your professional style, consider wearing a checked pantsuit.  A fun and mod way to add a little pizzazz to your office style is with a black checked pantsuit and white sneakers. Geometric shapes are perfect for the office. We are loving a pair of black and white checked pants topped with a contrasting poncho and a red checked clutch adds the perfect pop of color! A sophisticated look on our Pinterest board shows a belted black and white plaid jacket worn with white slacks.  An all-plaid pantsuit is another great office style, and we are loving the gray pantsuit on our board shown with a black … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Mad for Plaid”

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: Soundcloud.com. Google Play Player FM Stitcher.com 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. … Continue reading “Home with a Twist Podcast — Episode Two”

My Maine Vacation — Food, Flowers, Foliage and a dog named Bentley

I have to admit, I am not original on the idea of traveling to Ogunquit, Maine. I totally got the idea from Holley when she traveled there with her family this past summer (you can read about it here).  As soon as I hit the publish button on her blog post, Mr. Bee and I booked a “just the two of us” getaway.  We always travel with Miss Bee because we knew one day she would be away at school and we wanted to spend all the time with her that we could.  Now that we are emptynesters, Mr. Bee and I were super excited to get away and enjoy time together. We booked our stay at The Trellis House.  Hands-down the best B&B we’ve ever stayed.  You can read all about them on their website, including all their Trip Advisor awards!  Here’s my highnotes… October is the perfect time … Continue reading “My Maine Vacation — Food, Flowers, Foliage and a dog named Bentley”

What Would Holley Wear: Anthropologie

From bohemian to classic, Anthropologie seems to have a style for everyone.  We are so fortunate to have one of their stores in Fort Worth. With its artsy interior design and merchandise display, you get a “cool vibe” the minute you walk in.   It was a blast when my friends, Laurie and Rochelle, and I recently modeled in their annual fall style show….thanks to Tamara Zrostlik, Anthropologie apparel manager.  And a bonus….we got to work with their in-house stylist, Carol Lumpkin. The style show theme was “Layers of Love,” benefiting Living beyond Breast Cancer. The outfit I modeled was a pair of grey skinny jeans complemented with an oversized white turtleneck with dramatic sleeves and draped with a plaid cardigan….plus lots of “layers” of bracelets. Browsing Anthro’s online store can be just as fun as being in the actual store.  When you click on “Shop the Trend” you will … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Anthropologie”

That time I went to PetSmart for Fish Food and Came Out with a Puppy

Here is a “best of” for you to enjoy while I take a little break to enjoy time with Mr. Bee.  I’ll have something fun to share when I return.  This story will take you back to 2014 when I went into PetSmart to buy fish food and came home with a puppy. Where have you been?  I’ve had several followers email or call me asking me if I’ve died.  Why has the story about the disinfectant wipes been on your blog for over a month?  What in the world is going on?  This is what’s been going on…I went into PetSmart to buy Beta food for Consuela VonFinn.  She’s really a he, but I liked the name Consuela.  I don’t even like her, but she/he’s pretty on my counter top.  All blue and swirly.  I actually got he/her to use for a centerpiece for a fish themed baby shower back in … Continue reading “That time I went to PetSmart for Fish Food and Came Out with a Puppy”

What Would Holley Wear: Casual Friday

“It might be “Casual Friday”, but that doesn’t mean your sense of style should take a break” Wow…how true is that quote?  As a wardrobe consultant, I’ve been invited to professional offices over the years to talk to their employees about how to dress casual and still look professional.  Seems like a no-brainer…right? So, for once and for all…let’s do this and get it right!  Denim is the usual go-to look for a casual day at the office.  To give your denim a professional vibe, wear your jeans with a blazer the same way you wear your suit pants with a blazer. In other words, make your jacket work overtime! For a classic touch, add a scarf and a classy handbag. Speaking of scarves, accessories are an easy way to add polish to a casual look.  You will definitely want to include a scarf in your fall/winter-office style. A gray … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Casual 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 … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Says This! Home with Twist Podcast Launch on Soundcloud”

Reese Witherspoon’s Applesauce Cake

My besties and I had so much fun traveling to Waco for Reese Witherspoon’s debut of her new book Whiskey in a Teacup. The equally adorable and enchanting, Jenna Bush Hager, chatted with Reese on stage in the Silo’s lawn at Magnolia Market.  It was just like we were eavesdropping on two girlfriends talking about boys, movies and recipes.  Everyone walked away from the evening with a signed copy of her book.  We even got to wave to Chip from the window of his office.  We also spied baby Crew in his grandmother’s arms, with the older children watching from the rooftop deck.  It was definitely a family affair! I came home that weekend and went to work baking her recipe for Applesauce Cake, and it did not disappoint.  I am sure Reese won’t mind that I am sharing her recipe with you. For the cake: 1 cup (2 sticks … Continue reading “Reese Witherspoon’s Applesauce Cake”

What Would Holley Wear: Tailgating Style

Let’s just say it like it is….some fans never make it to their stadium seats. Why? Because they are having too much fun tailgating! From game winning spreads to catching up with old friends, sometimes there’s more action in the parking lot than on the field.   So let’s get started and talk about our hometown team, TCU….tailgate style! A purple puffer jacket matched with a purple and white striped sweater is definitely a score! And yes, you get extra points for purple sneakers! Are you a “classy frog”? Then you will want to add a strand of pearls to your purple vest/plaid shirt ensemble.  Go Frogs!!! Did you know that SMU Mustang fans do not tailgate….they “boulevard”! We think a pony-print skirt is perfect for this winning tradition…don’t you agree?  We also agree a red and blue plaid off-the-shoulder top would look adorable on a SMU coed.  Without question, … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Tailgating Style”