Almost winter wonderland

South Carolina is known for many things, but a snowfall before the middle of December is not one of those things.  Our drive home on Friday was wet, but insignificant until we were a few miles from home.

Beautiful snowflakes , you know the big flakey and wet kind, began falling. The cars  traveling from the other direction had snow on top. The roofs of the buildings were all white with snow. And the outdoor Christmas decorations were enhanced with a blanket of the white stuff.  Friday, eight days into December, a snow day unexpected. 

Our Frosty greeted us with a smile…..looks right at home.

The snow continued into Saturday, but wasn’t a nuisance at all. The roads remained clear and other than long lines at the grocery store….milk and bread, you know, life was normal.


Mr. Finely Done braved the grocery store lines to shop. Friends were coming Saturday night for supper. A little snowfall just added to the feeling of Christmas in the air and the warmth of friendships.

This man of mine is the best! He enjoys cooking for special dinners and does the shopping. He even plans the menu.  And the meals are always the best. Everything comes out the way it’s supposed to. How does he do that?

And I get to decorate the table while he’s cooking.  Certainly a win,win for me.


The meal started with cheese soup… I know… the best soup ever on a cold night.


We had to restrain our appetites from pigging out on the creamy soup. There was so much more to come.

I made a simple apple salad with apples, cranberries, marshmallows, whipped cream and walnuts.


And now the star of the show. 

Pork Tenderloin!!!!!!

His Pork tenderloin turns out perfectly every time. It was the winner of favorite food of the night award.

It was a tough choice… the sides were roasted potatoes with Parmesan topping, roasted brussel spouts and glazed carrots.

I really was going to take a picture of my plate….but….after helping my plate, I dug in without a thought of taking pictures..  Can’t blame me can you?

For dessert, yes dessert, and I mean …what a dessert.

A little chocolate cake with “20” layers. Can you even imagine?


Neither of us can take credit for this masterpiece . After sampling this at a small town cafe, I ordered an entire cake…..to be shared with friends, of course.

Almost forgot… I really was decorating while Mr. Finely Done was being the chief cook.

Hand made name tags on the back of the chairs. …turned out adorable..blush, blush.


And a little candlelight…….  precisely what was needed for an almost winter wonderland evening.

























Pumpkins, Peppermint and Pinto Beans

What’s all white, comes in a jar and smells sooooo good?

(answer later)



The search is on. Starting in September , as soon as the shelves are being stocked with  harvest garland, pinecone wreaths, red pumpkins, white pumpkins, green foam pumpkins and gourds…..and as soon as I see aisles of “Give Thanks”  wall hangings and colorful cornucopia paper plates, my heart skips a beat and my nose is on alertĵ

Will this be the year?…..


My favorite all time candle scent can only be found this time of year, if at all. There have been years when the search comes up empty. But I am an eternal optimist and am not deterred by the occasional disappointment.

And I am not disappointed this year. I found Peppermint scented candles at Michaels.

The answer to….what’s all white, comes in a jar and smells soooooo good.


Mingled in with scents of Fall; pumpkin spice and apple cinnamon,  will be Peppermint Lane.  I will not be waiting till Christmas for this.

It is quite lovely with the fall colors and decor.




And what goes with pumpkins and peppermint candles? Well that would be a pinto bean and cornbread supper with a special lady who aids and abets my addiction to decorating over the top for fall. She’s always giving me something she saw while shopping and thought of me. She is a sweetie.

My low maintenance daughter’s favorite supper is easy and simple. Pinto Beans and cornbread.


What could be simpler than supper cooking in a crockpot. I get more time to decorate and set the table, creating the ambiance for the evening.



My grandmother’s silverware, which is usually in storage, was brought out for the pumpkin, peppermint and pinto bean supper. The pattern is called “Precious”.
“Precious” is a Roger’s International silver flatware from 1941. It is beautiful and should be used more often.


While on my ‘’”peppermint high”, I just couldn’t help myself and I took more pictures of the scenes of autumn.










I can not explain why I am in love with Peppermint candles, it’s just the way it is.

Some things aren’t to be questioned, just accepted.



I’m not fond of eating peppermint or decorating excessively with it at Christmas.

But peppermint scented candles are  irresistible and I’m not looking to do anything to change that.

I bought enough Peppermint Lane to see me through to the New Year!

We all need that one thing, no matter how simple,  that makes our eyes light up with the joy it brings to our hearts or, in my case, my nose.  


It’s a Summer state of mind

It’s June……….It’s the start of summer vacations…

It’s swimming….it’s biking……..it’s hiking……it’s camping

it’s running through the sprinklers….it’s chasing the ice cream truck…

It’s a summer state of mine.

It’s time to embrace  summer….inside and outside.

It’s time for transformation…..bringing in lighter and brighter

Put away those heavy comforters, bring in the fun fabrics.

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Bring in the florals and greens.




and the botanicals…..





Set a sunny table

sunny table

It’s June calling us into a Summer state of mine.