Good morning to you! Ever feel like there simply are not enough hours in your day? Well, that's how I have felt all week and I suspect its only going to get worse as we near the holiday craziness. Thank God for coffee! This is another all over the map post but its a fun excuse for me to talk about this and that. On the home front, I am awaiting pillows and a dust ruffle to be done for the guest room which I cannot wait for, its coming out so pretty! Will share as soon as its all together! I have included a few pics taken with my camera this time of the loggia all done. (taken on a dreary morning...)
I just have to say again how honored I am to have been chosen by Homegoods as their blog of choice for the classic look!! It was so exciting to partner with them for the wonderful giveaway from last week. More to come!! Seeing my name on their website gives me such a thrill and truly is a wonderful validation of what I am doing....thank you Homegoods. You rock!
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Saw two movies this past weekend, both which I really really enjoyed. The first one, The Intouchables I was supposed to see two weekends ago but plans changed and we didn't go, I was bummed. I was happy we got to see it and it did not disappoint. A wonderful typically European film that touches the heart and moves the soul. I so enjoyed it as I do many foreign films.
The second one, Arbitrage with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon centered around a filthy rich but very corrupt wall street tycoon and the story rings true about what has gone on for so long, its well done, riveting and I also enjoyed it for different reasons.
There are two movies coming that I cannot wait to see! Besides Le Mis of course:) I have included the trailers because I am not sure they will be considered "mainstream movies' that you will see in every theater, but the previews have me waiting in bated breath to see them! Here they are....
WAR OF THE BUTTONS.....
Pasta e Fagiole Soup
- 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan) extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/8 pound (about 4 slices) pancetta, chopped (I do not chop it, it naturally falls apart while cooking)
- 1 (4 to 6-inch) sprig thyme with several sprigs on it, left intact (use sparingly)
- 1 large fresh bay leaf or 2 dried bay leaves (I use 3 fresh)
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 small carrot, finely chopped
- 1 rib celery, finely chopped
- 4 large cloves garlic, chopped
- Coarse salt and pepper
- 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans
- 1 cup canned tomato sauce or canned crushed tomatoes or fresh tomato sauce
- 2 cups water
- 1 quart chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups ditalini
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- Grated Parmigiano or Romano, for the table
Heat a deep pot over medium high heat and add oil and pancetta. Brown the pancetta bits lightly, and add herb stems, bay leaf, chopped vegetables, and garlic. Season vegetables with salt and pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Bring soup to a rapid boil and then simmer. Rosemary and thyme leaves will separate from stems as soup cooks. Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup and place pot on table on a trivet. At this point, once you have removed your pot from heat, set aside and then put in your pasta. The heat will naturally cook the pasta but just perfectly, not too hot..and will result in a soup with al dente pasta as it should be. Is anything worse than a great soup with mushy pasta? Let soup rest and begin to cool for a few minutes. Ladle soup into bowls and top with lots of grated cheese. Serve with bread and enjoy......this is a real treat!
|The popular white moss finish|
|Love this pine cone topiary....ordered a pair in the white moss finish, so perfect for a holiday console table! Stands about 22" tall.|
And one of mine filled with artichokes......
One of the Santas holding a tree
Sly fox pulling a cart
The adorable whimsical conga line (can be made with virtually any animal or breed of dog)
The hare atop the tortoise
The owl and bunny on a moving see saw
Bunny pulling the cart
Bunny in the garden
Sly fox with pinecones
|Another adorable version of an amimal conga line|
A Basset Hound next to two birdies
Humm...is this a Scottish terrier with his dog bowl? I need to know all you dog experts!
A type of Terrier
The hare atop the tortoise
Pretty awesome aren't they? They are soon going to have their own section on my online store but for now can be found under new additions, click here to visit.
Another dough bowl finds its way to a happy home:)
|Love this amazingly beautiful vignette....soooo pretty!|
My silver planter with horn handles being used in all the gorgeous bathrooms in a super elegant new bed and breakfast (more on this next week)!
How about this gorgeous gracious hallway/entrance with the floral etched lantern? Stunning!
OK, time to fess up. How many of you have gotten a new phone or were very tempted to get a new phone just because you totally fell in love with a phone case that is not made for your current phone? My hands way up in the air. I cannot wait to get my new phone.....all so I can order one of these amazingly cute, chic phone cases from the ever so talented The Pink Pagoda. I mean seriously, people...is this not the cutest phone EVER? Click here to visit and get one for yourself. Forewarning, she makes a boatload of other AMAZING items like stunning prints, pillows,etc......don't say I didn't warn you:)
Well that's about it over here. I will probably be back on Friday to wrap up the week. What's new with you? Are you enjoying beautiful fall foliage where you are? Here, things are really starting to rev up and its looking spectacular. I will be sure to share some of my pictures next week. We are headed up north this weekend and I will be sure my camera is charged and ready for what I know will be plenty of photo ops, I think the further north we travel the more " peak" the foliage will be...cannot wait! Wishing you a wonderful day!