Holley’s Amazon Winter Favorites

So how many times have I referenced Amazon Fashion in my articles?  Too many to keep up with…right?  Since I can’t help myself, I’m sharing What Would Holley Wear – Favorite Amazon Fashions!   No doubt, a shawl/poncho is a necessity during the winter months.  Amazon has a wonderful selection, and one of their reversible shawls/ponchos is definitely on my favorites list!  A style influencer on our Pinterest page shows us how versatile a navy plaid/striped shawl is for everyday style.  For a sophisticated look, I’m recommending one of their reversible checked ponchos…available in four color options.   We have a few more months to wear boots and Amazon has an amazing selection.  My favorites are Trask boots…highly rated, waterproof, and on sale for $99 (typically around $300).  I recently ordered a black leather pair that perfectly complements faux leather leggings and an oversized sweater.  If you’re wanting a fur-lined chunky boot, … Continue reading “Holley’s Amazon Winter Favorites”

Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy Bake – Your Next Brunch Casserole

I love brunch. Sleep in, have brunch with a mimosa or a good cup of strong, hot coffee, relax in your loungewear and, if you are like me, maybe go back to bed!  The perfect thing about brunch is you can prepare it just for your family or for a crowd. I like traditional recipes with a twist, of course. Breakfast casseroles are great because they are a “one and done” meal encompassing eggs, meat, bread, and cheese. But, I was getting tired of making, and eating, the same old egg and sausage casserole. Here is the cutest cookbook – The Southern Sympathy Cookbook by Perre Coleman Magness.  The Southern Sympathy Cookbook includes unexpectedly humorous obituaries and anecdotes alongside staples of Southern funerals – comforting casseroles; jugs of sweet tea; creamy, cheesy potatoes― providing sympathy and sustenance for the bereaved.  Whether feeding a congregation, delivering a meal to a friend … Continue reading “Sausage, Biscuits and Gravy Bake – Your Next Brunch Casserole”

How to Make a King Cake with My Texas Kitchen

My friend Susan from My Texas Kitchen invited me to her house to teach me how to make her famous Mardi Gras King Cake.  I have the best life ever! History lesson: The Mardi Gras or Carnival season officially begins on January 6th or the “Twelfth Night,” also known to Christians as the “Epiphany.” Epiphany comes from a Greek word that means “to show.” Jesus first showed himself to the three Wise Men and to the world on this day. As a symbol of this Holy Day, a tiny plastic baby is placed inside each King Cake. The King Cake tradition is thought to have been brought to New Orleans from France in 1870.  A King Cake is an oval-shaped bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pastry that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. It’s decorated in royal colors of PURPLE which … Continue reading “How to Make a King Cake with My Texas Kitchen”

“Jar” Cuterie Cheeseboards with a Twist Cooking Class

Cheese and charcuterie boards are an art-form and offer the perfect snack for your guests. But, they can be expensive. Maybe you just want a bit of cheese and a few other nibbles. Well, this fun class is for you! Join me on Saturday, February 27, at 6 p.m. CST virtually in my kitchen where I will teach you how to prepare individual “jar”cuteries using mason jars, small juice glasses, or even glass yogurt jars. Use your imagination. I’ll walk you through how to make garnishes and we will talk about the basics of cheese and meat for a traditional charcuterie board. Once you register for class I will send you a printable guide for supplies you can find at Walmart, Aldi, and Trader Joe’s making this a creative and affordable option for your next wine gathering. Register here. Think about gifting someone to join you in the class. And … Continue reading ““Jar” Cuterie Cheeseboards with a Twist Cooking Class”

Will You Brie Mine – Fun Valentine Idea

I have got the cutest idea for your wine and cheese date this Sunday, February 14th – a wheel of brie with a heart window filled with jam! All you need is a wheel of brie, raspberry jam, a small heart-shaped cookie cutter, a serrated knife, and crackers. Unwrap the wheel of brie and set it on a cutting board. Do not fear the rind on the cheese – it is edible. Here’s a fun article on how to eat Brie from President Cheese the brand I am using. Using a serrated knife, cut the top off the cheese.  I cut about 1/3 off. Spread about two tablespoons of jam in the center of the bottom half of the brie wheel. Set on your serving plate. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut the center out of the top layer of Brie. Place on top of the Brie covered with jam. … Continue reading “Will You Brie Mine – Fun Valentine Idea”

February is Heart Month: Resources, Tips and Recipes

February is heart month designated by the American Heart Association in an effort to raise awareness of the risk of heart disease and stroke in women. Their mission is to promote healthier living, free of cardiovascular disease.  That single purpose drives all they do. My parents, and grandparents, had cardiovascular disease including stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart attack.  My biggest shock came when my mother suffered a stroke in 2007.  Her best friend, Margaret, called my sister and told her, “Your Mother doesn’t seem right” and wasn’t making sense on the phone.  I stopped by Mother’s house on the way to work and took one look at her and knew she was suffering from a stroke. The entire side of her face was drooping and she had a blank look on her face.  Still able to function we rushed her to the hospital where she stayed for about … Continue reading “February is Heart Month: Resources, Tips and Recipes”

Lovely Gift Ideas from The Shops at Clearfork

Are you a member of the “Self-Love Club”?   If not, no worries because the membership is free and guaranteed to make you feel really good about yourself!   Club Rule #1: It’s okay to treat yourself to a few of life’s luxuries…anything from a candle to lingerie, and of course a box of chocolates from Kate Weiser.  So here’s my idea….plan a “You Day”.  Make a reservation at Rise3 and afterward, browse The Shops at Clearfork.  If you live out of town, treat yourself to our What Would Holley Wear LTK an app that lets you shop straight from your favorite blogger’s pages!  Download the free app for iPhone here or IOS here. Club Rule #2:  Check out Stanley Eisenman’s Fine Shoes….just across the street from Rise3.  For kicking around, my favorite is their sneaker selection.  Whether you are looking for a stylish fitness or fashion sneaker….Stanley has it!  I … Continue reading “Lovely Gift Ideas from The Shops at Clearfork”

Valentine’s Day Roundup

Hello, everyone! Paloma here. I’m currently a senior at Texas Christian University studying Marketing in the Neeley School of Business. I work with Melissa as a digital marketing and social media intern, and I’m back ‘ghost writing’ for this week. Back in December, I wrote an article about Christmas Gifts for the College Girl, but this week, I’ll be sharing the Valentine’s Day Roundup of gift and product ideas ranging from fashion to home pieces. Valentine’s Day is a special holiday to me. I am the youngest of four children, and my mother always went above and beyond for holidays. I remember our home being decorated for Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, and of course, Valentine’s Day! Every holiday, my mother hosted fun traditions and activities that kept us spirited and occupied as a tiny team of children growing up. Each year for Valentine’s Day, my mother would create … Continue reading “Valentine’s Day Roundup”

Mrs. Twist Reads This Bookclub – Our Darkest Night

Save the date for Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m. CST as we welcome Jennifer Robson to discuss her latest book Our Darkest Night. A novel of Italy and the Second World War It is the autumn of 1943, and life is becoming increasingly perilous for Italian Jews like the Mazin family. With Nazi Germany now occupying most of her beloved homeland, and the threat of imprisonment and deportation growing ever more certain, Nina Mazin has but one hope to survive—she must leave Venice and her beloved parents and hide in the countryside with a man she has only just met. Niccolò Gerardi was studying for the priesthood until a wartime tragedy forced him to leave the seminary to run his family’s farm. A moral and just man, he refuses to remain a bystander to Nazi and fascist atrocities. Rather than allow Nina to risk a perilous escape across the mountains, … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This Bookclub – Our Darkest Night”

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe

Now that you’ve had a few weeks to refresh your closet, or style a boutique closet….let’s talk about building a capsule wardrobe.  Simply put…a capsule wardrobe is a set number of clothes that can mix and match with one another to create many outfits. Typically you wear a capsule wardrobe for three months, and then you update it for the next season.  By having a set number of clothes per season, you limit your shopping….thus saving money!  And the good news…accessories, jewelry, shoes, workout clothes, and outerwear do not count.  To make it easy, I like to start in groups of three.   For example….my winter capsule consists of 3 bottoms, 3 sweaters, 3 shirts, 3 blazers, and 3 skirts.  First, start with a color palette….mine is black, beige, gray, and camel.  Next, I add a coat, jacket, or accessory that compliments my capsule colors.   For a classy look, I’m … Continue reading “How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe”