Saturday, September 27, 2014

Decisions, Decisions...

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This morning, I decided to take a trip to Home Goods. I was on a mission to find lamps for the end tables in my living room. I'd already been to Target and although I saw a couple of them that would really work for my space, they weren't exactly what I was looking for. I know that the right lamp plays a part in the over all room design and décor. So, for me, this is a really big decision.

Well, I started my morning with breakfast at Panera Bread. I ordered a bagel and hazelnut coffee, but when asked if I would like anything from the bakery, I couldn't help but drool at all the goodies in the case.

I considered it but, since I was already starting my day with a lot of carbs, I resisted the temptation.

So, after my belly was full, I headed to Home Goods next. Normally, I browse through the entire store, but today, I went straight to the lighting section. I saw these same lamps at Target and I think they are so cute. They are very affordable and I love the base.

These lamps could also work. They are adorable and totally within my price range.

After browsing for a bit, I finally left Home Goods. I had some ideas, but I wasn't ready to call it a day just yet. I hadn't been to Pier One in a long time, so I decided to go there next. I automatically knew that anything at Pier One would be pricier, but I needed to see all of the options before I could decide.

This is the first one that caught my eye. It's a very unique design and it's definitely not your everyday lamp.

Then I saw another one. It's the one right smack in the center with the bling. If you ask me, that is lamp magnifique. It's a very stylish lamp that comes with a very sleek shade and an extremely high price tag.

So, here's where I could really use your input. Out of the four lamps shown, do you have a favorite? Which one do you think would work best on my end table?

Here's a reminder of what my end table looks like. It's pretty small so I don't want a lamp that is so large, it'll take up all the space on the table.

Thanks for your help and have a fabulous weekend... :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Today I Am Thankful
Hello, thanks for visiting me again. I don't know what it was about today, but I just couldn't seem to get enough oatmeal. For breakfast, I had steel cut oatmeal with blueberries, chia seeds, sugar and cinnamon.

Then I spent a little time outside. You know, I gave myself a goal a couple of months ago. I planned to read the entire bible. I still have a long way to go since I only got as far as Deuteronomy, but I'm gaining so much knowledge along the way. Well, this morning, I decided to do some reading out on the deck again. I know there won't be a whole lot of days ahead where I can sit outside and do this. Well, at least not without wearing a sweater and gloves. So I'm enjoying it while I can.

When my sister visited me this summer, she surprised me with the coffee mug that's on the little table. It quickly became my favorite and I use it often.

Here is where the oatmeal craving kicked back in. That evening, I decided to bake some oatmeal raisin cookies.

It was my first time baking them and let me tell you, the recipe was very easy to follow.

They turned out great and everybody loved them. I definitely plan on making them again one day.

Soft and Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies


1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
1 cup of light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract (Yes, Tablespoon!)
1 Tablespoon of molasses
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3 cups of old fashioned rolled oats
1 cup of raisins


Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the softened butter and both sugars together on medium speed until smooth. Add the egg and mix on high until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed. Add the vanilla and molasses and mix on high until combined. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, toss the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together. Add to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Beat in the oats and raisins on low speed. The dough will be thick, yet very sticky. Chill the dough for 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll balls of dough(about 1.5 Tablespoons of dough per cookie) and place 2 inches apart on the baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until very lightly browned on the sides. The centers will look very soft and undone. Remove from the oven and let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely . The cookies will continue to "set" on the baking sheet during this time. Cover cookies and store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Enjoy and have a blessed day... :)
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

A Wonderful Lunch

I just love this picture. I can just sit and watch these leaves blow back and forth from this window all day. Well friends, summer is coming to an end and autumn is right around the corner. I do love summer, but I absolutely love the change of the seasons around this time of year and I immediately start to look forward to the great things to come. I can't wait to see all the beautiful fall colors. I'm also looking forward to the crisp, fresh air that's not too hot or too cold... but simply perfect. Okay, can you tell that autumn is my favorite time of year?

Also, my oldest daughter called me over the weekend and told me that she was going to spend the day with me Saturday and make me lunch. Really? It wasn't even my birthday. She's such a sweetie. She brought over some fresh vegetables that she'd picked up from the Farmer's Market and was very busy washing, slicing and dicing. Guess what was on the menu? Stuffed tomatoes and roasted potatoes... some lunch, huh?

It was so nice to be able to sit back and relax while someone else was preparing a meal and let me tell you... there were some wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. Snapping a couple of pictures also allowed me to get a little peek.

You know, I almost forgot to take this picture. I just wanted to devour this meal after it was prepared because it looked so good.

Have a wonderful, blessed day.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday's Room Crush

You know, I saw a quote today that said, 'Why is Monday so far from Friday and Friday so near to Monday?' That just got me to thinking. Wouldn't it be nice to have weekend all week? Sigh... I could get absolutely everything done on my to do list, sleep in every single day and still have a ton of time left over to have fun. I know... I know... only in my dreams, right? Well, I've also been dreaming about home décor and at least that's totally doable. I have to tell you, I am so in love with every one of these rooms I'm sharing today. I'm sure there will be something about these amazing rooms that you'll fall in love with, too... :)
London home of designer Colin Radcliffe.
West Village Townhouse
hanging light over coffee table
shore house


Have a great weekend!