What Would Holley Wear: Welcome to the Weekend Bentonville and Eureka Springs

Welcome to Part 2 of our northwest Arkansas weekend adventure.  Besides relaxing at the beautiful Airbnb cabin, the best part was having our son, Chris, join us!  And let me just say…there’s nothing like having a New Yorker as your Arkansas tour guide!   If you know me, you know how much I love cool places….and Bentonville, Arkansas did not disappoint.  In fact, I came up with a new motto for Bentonville: “If it ain’t hip…it ain’t happen’n!” Crystal Bridges Museum has put the town on the international map with its amazing American art, architecture, grounds, and Frank Lloyd Wright home.   The high was in the 40s the day we visited, so I wore layers…jeans, boots, green cargo jacket, and a khaki coat.  Speaking of cargos, Tuckernuck’s breathable and waterproof jacket combines style for both town and country living.  A museum browsing Pinterest look I’m loving features a blazer worn with … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Welcome to the Weekend Bentonville and Eureka Springs”

Hot Golden Fall Punch

I found this recipe years ago, 30 to be exact, from the Junior League of Austin cookbook. I love to serve it in the fall when I host parties, especially as a pre-Thanksgiving sip before we sit down for our meal. A fun, and unexpected, way to serve your punch is setting up this hot punch in a percolator on your front porch with a tray of fall mugs and cinnamon stick stirs.  When guests arrive they will smell the spices from their cars and instantly enter your home with mugs full of happiness. They will never forget your hospitality, for sure! Hot Golden Fall Punch 4 cups of unsweetened pineapple juice 1 12 oz can of apricot nectar 4 cups of apple cider 1 cup of orange juice 2 cinnamon sticks 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp whole cloves Pour juices into electric percolator*.  Place remaining ingredients in basket and … Continue reading “Hot Golden Fall Punch”

What Would Holley Wear: Airbnb Mountain Retreat

We just returned from a 4-day weekend in northwest Arkansas, which was also our first Airbnb experience.  Our home away from home was a modern cabin on Beaver Lake located near Rogers, Arkansas. So first let me say this….even Chip & Joanna Gaines would have been impressed with our mountain cabin.  With its rustic modern charm, it was the perfect setting for soaking up some peace and quiet and a beautiful view.  Our favorite cabin feature was the roll up garage door that opened on to a wrap-around porch. Such a fun way to enjoy indoor and outdoor living to the max.   So what would Holley suggest you wear on a weekend mountain vacation?  Absolutely anything you want to! Though I do have a few stylish suggestions.  First let’s talk about loungewear. A pair of Donna Karan’s lounge/pajama pants from Dilliard’s are ultra-soft.  I wore mine with a soft gray … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Airbnb Mountain Retreat”

How to Create a Fall Tablescape with ThermoServ Dinnerware

I remember growing up eating meals on melamine dishes in colors of pink and aqua so when my friends at ThermoServ invited me to try their Chef’s Collection of American made 100% melamine (no fillers) tableware — Mrs. Twist said “yes!” Made locally in Dallas, Texas this heavy-weight series resembles the look and feel of traditional fine china, but offers maximum durability ideal for my everyday use, especially for poolside dinners now that the weather has cooled off.  It was fun to get out my fall napkins and linens which coordinated perfectly with the color Canyon Coral. The box set includes 4 place settings:  10″ dinner plate, 10″ oz entree bowl, and 18 oz heavy sham tumbler. I used this opportunity to prepare an Alfresco picnic.  Here’s a fun tip to elevate just a plain sandwich — wrap it in waxed paper (another retro twist) and tie it up with baker’s … Continue reading “How to Create a Fall Tablescape with ThermoServ Dinnerware”

Pumpkin Caramel Bars

I pinned so many pumpkin recipes over the weekend and decided to give the Fudgy Pumpkin Caramel Swirl Bars from the Food Charlatan a try.  I have over 250 bars and brownie recipes pinned to my Pinterest board — you can check them out here. I put my own twist on them by adding one half cup of semi sweet chocolate chips on top of the melted caramel.  The end result was a cross between a spice cookie, a snickerdoodle, and a salted caramel brownie. Ingredients 3/4 cup butter, melted 2 and 1/4 cups firmly packed brown sugar 3/4 cup canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling) 1 and 1/2 tablespoons vanilla (not a typo — yes Tablespoons) 2 and 1/4 cups flour, spooned and leveled 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1 (11 ounce) package caramels 3 tablespoons milk … Continue reading “Pumpkin Caramel Bars”

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

I am taking a little break this week.  I’ll be sharing some “best of Mrs. Twist” posts for you to enjoy while I get some R&R.  Have a lovely week! 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.  … Continue reading “My Maine Vacation — Food, Flowers, Foliage and a dog named Bentley”

Making Date Night As Important as I Do

I ordered a book recently from Amazon Date Night In: More than 120 recipes to nourish your relationship.  Sweethearts, spouses, and parents Ashley and Gabe Rodriguez found themselves deep into marriage and child-rearing when they realized they were missing the connection of their early relationship, and needed to prioritize each other. They instituted a weekly date night at home to sauté, roast, mix, dice, and spend time reconnecting over delicious meals.   I loved the part that it’s just enough food for two people.  One of my favorite things to do with Mr. Bee is cook alongside each other in the kitchen. This book got me to thinking about the importance of date night.  To be totally honest, in my first marriage my then-spouse didn’t make time for me to do this and I was always fighting a losing battle trying to get him to see the value of it.  Ultimately, I … Continue reading “Making Date Night As Important as I Do”

What Would Holley Wear: Transitioning with Fall Colors

Yay…it’s time to transition into fall!  Though not with sweaters and layering…but with vibrant autumn hues.  So this week, I’m sharing my five favorite fall colors.   Okay…it’s still warm in Texas, but “orange” you glad the highs are only in the 90s?  We are smitten with how Parker & Hyde’s orange clutch complements a pair army green jeans.  One of my favorite style influencers admits she had a major moment when she coordinated a bright orange top with her favorite Madewell jeans.  And when it turns a little chilly, an orange cardigan paired with white jeans looks very sophisticated.  So do you know what hotdogs and fall hues have in common?  Mustard….of course! Keep wearing the yellow sundress or skirt you wore all summer, and top off your ensemble with a jean jacket.  Plus, it’s perfectly acceptable to continue carrying a wooden or wicker bag. For early fall, wear a … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Transitioning with Fall Colors”

Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club — Things You Save in a Fire

Hello October!  Fall can’t get here fast enough, but Texas just seems to want to hold onto the heat.  Hopefully by the time we gather for this month’s book club it will be cool and we can sit by the fire sipping cider. This month we are reading Things You Save  in a Fire by Katherine Center.  Just released in mid August, this book is already on so many “best” lists. Cassie Hanwell was born for emergencies. As one of the only female firefighters in her Texas firehouse, she’s seen her fair share of them, and she’s a total pro at other people’s tragedies. But when her estranged and ailing mother asks her to give up her whole life and move to Boston, Cassie suddenly has an emergency of her own. The tough, old-school Boston firehouse is as different from Cassie’s old job as it could possibly be. Hazing, a … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club — Things You Save in a Fire”

My Easy Three: In the Kitchen

My Easy Three are achievable tasks you can apply to keep you and your home organized.  For September I’ve got three easy things to do in the kitchen. First — go through your plastic storage containers.  Every few months or so, I sit down on the floor in my kitchen in front of the cabinet that stores all my plastic and glass food storage containers. I take each base and try to find its lid.  Does the lid snap on easy, does it even fit?  Is the container stained, warped? Toss or recycle the rejects.I got a set of Pyrex glass containers from Costso.  They are easy to clean and don’t melt or warp in the microwave or dishwasher.  I keep the lids snapped on and stack them in the cabinet.  Having this nice set means I only need a few plastic or disposable ones for food I might want … Continue reading “My Easy Three: In the Kitchen”