Monday, January 26, 2015

Weekend Fun




It was a busy weekend, starting with Friday night, when I hosted my neighborhood Bunco group at my home. I spent Friday during the day, cleaning, cooking and setting up the tables, all the while, looking forward to a fun night with friends. We decided to do a comfy robe exchange to make January a little less dreary and it was so much fun, we will make it an annual event. Everyone put their robes on right over their clothes and got cozy in front of the fire, once we were done playing Bunco.



Saturday afternoon I went with a large group of friends to see the musical Kinky Boots in downtown Detroit. It is an uplifting and fun musical and you can definately see Cyndi Lauper's influence in the songs. It has been a while since I have gone to see a musical and I have missed it very much. I will be on the lookout for more performances to attend.



After the play was over, we headed back to one of my friend's home for a potluck dinner, wine and the chance to spend the evening together. She even had a pair of Kinky Boots as part of her decor.

Happy Monday!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Fashion Friday - Anthropologie



I tend to dress towards the preppy side of fashion with good basics in my closet that I wear from season to season. There are times though, when I am attracted to a style of clothing for its fun and unique details. This is where I have found Anthropologie a great source for adding a few fun pieces to my wardrobe when the basics just won't do. Right now I am attracted to all the lace detail found on many of their casual tops, both for now and looking forward to the spring season. None of these are on sale presently, but I like to bookmark a few choices and keep an eye out for when Anthropologie does put them on sale.


Laurel Lace Tunic


Capriccio Lace Tunic


Caela Blouse


Laced Ruby Tank


I also love this dress as a great transitional piece and have had my eye on it for a while. I love the drop waist style - so cute!


Chevron Crest Dress


Have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Two Berry Freezer Jam




I think having a morning ritual can be a peaceful way to wake up. Because I am not working, I have the luxury of starting my days at a slower pace, but my day does always start with breakfast and more importantly, coffee. The perfect compliment to a big cup of coffee in my favorite, seasonal mug is a thick slice of whole grain bread, topped with some homemade jam.

This Two Berry Freezer Jam is from a basic recipe I have used before and can be prepared with either fresh or frozen berries. Since fresh berries are expensive in the winter, I used frozen this time and the taste is as bright and fresh as ever. To make this two berry flavored jam, I used a package of frozen strawberries and one package of frozen raspberries. You could certainly change the fruits for any kind of two berry mix you prefer.

This is so easy to prepare and when finished cooking I spoon it into two freezer containers; one to use now and one to put in the freezer for later. It really is like having a slice of summer on this cold, snowy winter day.


Two Berry Freezer Jam

Place 1 bag of frozen strawberries and one bag of frozen raspberries in a large heavy pan. Add 1 1/2 cups sugar (or Splenda equivalent), 2 T lemon juice and a splash of water. Stir well and bring to a boil. Boil constantly for about 40 minutes, stirring often. Liquid will be reduced and berries will be popped when jam is ready. Scoop hot mixture carefully into two freezer containers. Enjoy!


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Soft Lights




We have only had a few days of sunshine since the end of December. I know this for a fact, because my new sunglasses that I received for Christmas have barely been out of their case. But, that is typical for winter in Michigan. We are used to heavy, gray skies filled with snow. One of my morning rituals chases away some of that gloom and lends some cheery, soft light to the dark corners of my rooms.

A little lamp in the kitchen stays in place year round and gives a welcome bit of light even on the darkest of mornings.



This grapevine tree, wrapped with white lights, stayed put after Christmas and will give a soft glow to my fireplace throughout the winter months.



On the desk in my kitchen this glass block filled with lights and wrapped in a burlap bow, keeps the gloom away from that space. There are snowflakes on the front, visible when the light shines through. Here are directions to make this, but I have since removed the letters, changed the bow and added more of the small snowflakes. I liked the simplicity of that look better.



I have always loved the light that softly shines upward from this night light type lamp in my bedroom. It is such an unexpected and whimsical piece.

It's snowing again this morning and no sun in sight, so all these soft lights are lit and their soft glow makes this and every morning a little easier to wake up to.

Happy Tuesday!


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