Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Upstairs Bathroom Update {reveal}




In the midst of Thanksgiving preparations, I have also been busy giving my upstairs bathroom a fresh new look. No renovations, but some paint on the walls, a new shower curtain, rugs and towels and some brightly colored new accessories. The biggest job was stripping the wallpaper and that in itself gives the room a whole new look.



The wall color is Behr Subtle Touch from Home Depot and it's really just a white with a hint of a silver grey. The canvas prints, shower curtain, towels, rugs and candles are all from Target. The funky metal hook is from a fun Etsy shop called Boldhouse. The shelf was purchased from Ikea many years ago for my daughter's bedroom and I updated it for the bathroom with a coat of bright pink paint. I'm really happy with the green and pink colors I chose as a contrast and great pop of color to the neutral walls.



And, the best thing is that I finished it just in time for my daughters to enjoy since they will both be home for Thanksgiving weekend.

Happy Tuesday!


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Monday, November 24, 2014

Last Home Game




It was the last home game and the last game of our tailgating season on Saturday and we along with 70,000 other hardy Michigan souls braved the cold, icy and rainy weather to cheer on our Spartans on senior day. It was the first time in twenty years that snow had to be removed from the field and seats at Spartan Stadium, but we dressed for the elements in many layers, wrapped up in stadium blankets and still had so much fun watching another win.

Since in was senior day, there were a lot of bittersweet memories to be made and a lot of goodbyes for the senior football players, band members and cheerleaders. It is a tradition to kiss the Spartan head in the middle of the field on the last game and they all had their chance to do that. Melissa and her friends were sad it was their last home game in the student section, but know they will be back as future alumni.



After the game, instead of braving the cold outside, we went to our favorite mexican restaurant restaurant from our days as students and finally warmed up and thawed out. Of course, the best margarita around might have helped with that process! We had a wonderful tailgating season and look forward to next year.

Happy Monday!


Friday, November 21, 2014

A Beautiful Book Club Evening




What a beautiful evening and dinner we had at my book club last night. Our hostess outdid herself in the midst of her Thanksgiving preparations and prepared a special night for us with a fall menu that was pretty close to perfect. Her table was set with a lovely green place setting from Ireland and the flowers were nothing short of breathtaking. We sat around this beautiful table and enjoyed a kale salad with dried cranberries and a walnut vinegrette, acorn squash stuffed with a delicious mixture of wild rice, turkey sausage, apples, and cranberries and roasted autumn vegetables on the side.



The dessert was a decadent chocolate cake with chocolate ganache and raspberries that was melt in your mouth delicious. We told our hostess it looked pretty enough to be in a display case at a high end bakery.



I was fascinated by this bouquet of flowers in her kitchen and when I asked what kind they were, was shocked to find they were heads of kale. I will be looking to replicate this unique arrangement on Thanksgiving.



The book we discussed this month was an interesting choice that many of us did not care for, but in the end were glad we had the chance to read. Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene was published in 1969 and is an enlightening look at the time in which it takes place. We agreed that subject matter that was probably somewhat shocking at the time of publication, seemed somewhat dated. We also discovered a movie by the same name was produced in the late 1970's starring our favorite from Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith.

At this time of thanksgiving, so thankful for my book club friends.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cranberry, Apple and Ginger Chutney




One of my favorite menu items when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner is the cranberry sauce. I searched for many years for the perfect recipe, looking for one that was thick and bursting with whole cranberries. My mother always served that traditional sauce from a can, but that was not for me.

A few years ago I tried this recipe for Cranberry, Apple and Ginger Chutney and it really is something special. This cranberry sauce has chunks of apples and whole cranberries throughout and the ginger gives it just a hint of spice. I usually make it a day or two in advance and keep it in the fridge until I am ready to put it in a pretty serving bowl on Thanksgiving day. Your side dishes can be the stars of your Thanksgiving buffet and this one is the perfect start.


Cranberry, Apple and Ginger Chutney

1 10-16 ounce bag of fresh cranberries

2 red apples, peeled and chopped

1 tsp ginger

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup orange juice

Combine ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a simmer and cook until, softened reduced and thickened, about 40 - 45 minutes. Stir often during cooking. Cool and store in fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy!


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