Quick Chicago Trip in Pictures

We are just back from four days in Chicago, our favorite place for a quick getaway. This time we went with friends for a KU basketball game (which we won’t talk about) and I kept my iPhone handy to take quick shots of some of things that inspired me. Starting with this view of Michigan Avenue from […]

Around the House and Some Links I’m Loving

In September my dad was in KC for some business and a golf tournament and my mom sent with him some fabric she had that she knew I liked. I was ready to change out my kitchen cafe curtains, so I took the fabric back to Florida with me when we visited earlier this month and […]

Amaryllis Bulbs in Blue and White Pots

A year or two ago I bought my first potted Amaryllis bulb and for the holidays and our whole family became enchanted with it. It was almost like you could stand and watch it grow before your eyes. So last weekend I added pick up Amaryllis bulbs to my list of errands. I found some loose […]

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Family Room Art

A year and a half ago I started an unintentional gallery wall around our family room TV. It began with these prints of Kansas City fountains that I found at an estate sale. And then I added a drawing of the house where Tom grew up. For a very long time, the wall stayed just like […]

Jillian’s Killer Pumpkin Bars

My daughter, Lindsey, turned 24 last week (which I find amazing enough) but she didn’t want a birthday cake because – get this – she doesn’t like sweets very much. I’m not sure how she’s my daughter, really. She did, however, say that maybe I could make something pumpkin, since she does like pumpkin. After […]

Fall Estate Sale Finds

I love estate sale-ing in the fall. The weather is gorgeous, so it’s a great time to be out and about around town. I’m rarely happier than when I’m driving between estate sales on a cool morning, with a Diet Dr. Pepper from McDonalds in the cup holder and the XM Politics channel on the […]

Around the House

There’s a little of this and a little of that going on around the house. Like a pair of new family room lamps that I chose pretty much because of their twisty handles alone. And some new bronze knobs on the painted hutch, which, while a very small change from the white painted knobs that […]

Charming Homes of Mud Island

My friend, Carol Lynn, is a house person. And she knows that I am too. So when she recently visited her daughter in Memphis, she sent me these pictures of some of the charming homes and doorways on Mud Island and, when I asked, she told me I could share them with all of you […]

Banana Pudding with a Twist

A while back I made a decision to only share a recipe on this blog if it’s one of my go-to recipes, meaning one I’ve made for family and friends a number of times and can recommend with confidence. These Potato-Stuffed Bell Peppers fall into that category. So do this Poppy Seed Salad and Bruschetta Chicken. And now […]

Late Summer Patio

I spent some time last weekend sprucing up the patio, which had been showing lots of signs of late summer neglect. My motivation was Monday night’s book club, which we had to move indoors anyway because of high temps and humidity. But I’m loving the freshened up patio, even if I’m mostly looking at it from my kitchen window […]