Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Reading List



A cozy blanket, a mug of tea and a favorite book. That is where you will find me often, during the fall season. There is a lull, before the business of the holidays begins, that I try to take advantage of. Luckily, there is a list of books by some of my favorite authors, just waiting to be read.



A new book by Jodi Picoult is always a good thing. Her books never dissapoint and always make me think.



I'm looking forward to reading the new Kathy Reichs book, in her Bones series. Tempe Brennan is an interesting character and her career in forensic anthropology always makes for an interesting story.



Medical Examiner, Kay Scarpetta is back in another psychological thriller by Patricia Cornwell. Her books can be dark at times, but her writing and character development is superb, as she explores the not so pretty side of human nature. There is a history between her characters that is built on in each book, making each one an intregral part of the overall story.



Deborah Crombie's new book is the one I have been most anticipating. Claudia from Mockingbird Hill Cottage got me hooked on this author and I quickly read all her past novels, from beginning to end. The books bring the London neighborhoods she writes about to dazzling life and she is a master at exploring the toll police work takes on the domestic life of Duncan and Gemma.

Happy Reading!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Crockpot Tuscan Bean Soup {Pinterest Success 33}




With fall in the air, a hearty bowl of soup seems perfect for any dinner menu. I love when the mornings are cool, puttering in my kitchen, with my coffee nearby and putting together dinner in the crock pot. There is always a great feeling going about your day, knowing that dinner is already prepared and cooking.

I have a Pinterest board full of crock pot recipes, some that I have tried and were successes and some that have been pinned for a while. This recipe for Crockpot Tuscan Bean Soup has been one that I have wanted to try for a long time and a cool fall day seemed the perfect occasion. The original pin and recipe can be found by clicking here.

This soup is my favorite kind - hearty and filled with vegetables. I thought it was a unique twist on bean soup, with the addition of the red skin potatoes. The only change I made to the recipe was the addition of an extra carrot or two to add even more vegetable goodness. The flavors all came together to make a delicious fall soup. Enjoy :-)

Happy Wednesday!


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Nights




Fall nights, with their crisp, cool weather have arrived in Michigan. And on Friday, I was lucky enough to be invited to a friend's new cottage, on a local lake. We knew the night was going to be a cold one and came prepared with warm clothes and blankets for wrapping up in, next to the fire. Our hostess had comfortable chairs set up for us, in front of the roaring fire and with a beautiful view of the lake, right in our sight.

After some delicious appetizers and wine by the fire, we moved inside for a light dinner of salad, bruschetta and squash soup, drizzled with sour cream and topped with croutons. It was the perfect meal for a cool fall night and I anticipate many nights ahead with comforting soups on the menu.

We spent the remainder of the night talking and laughing, as friends do. There is a special feeling in the fall, as night falls and the smell of a fire burning permeates the air. You gather closer to friends at that moment, realizing that the days have become shorter, a new season is upon us and another summer has come and gone.

Happy Monday!


Friday, September 12, 2014

Seasonal Twist




As part of my dining room update (which I should have pictures of very soon) I have a small gallery wall that I am currently making some decisions about. I am leaning towards leaving it as it is, but ultimately may end up changing the prints. I still like them, but have had them for a long time and maybe a change is in order, just because.

One thing that will definitely stay the same is the space reserved on this wall grouping that I use to make a seasonal change. It keeps things fresh and fun, when you can make a change for each holiday or season.

All summer, I used my red metal star in the space, for a touch of patriotism.


Now that fall is here, I have added a print with leaves in the background and warm autumn tones.



During the spring season, the space was filled with a pastel colored egg wreath, with natural elements. When Christmas arrives, I have a fun gift shaped chalkboard to hang there.

If you have a gallery wall, no matter how small, you can add a seasonal twist to one space very easily. Start this fall by adding something you already own; maybe a pumpkin print or a metal sunflower. The possibilities and your creativity are endless.


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