Friday, August 16, 2019

Friday Fall Favorites - Hobby Lobby Edition

It's still hot, hot, hot here in South Louisiana and I'm not quite ready to pull out the fall decorations. But I while was at Hobby Lobby this week, I browsed the fall displays and found a few favorites I wanted to share...

Farmhouse fall decor...

All of the fall pumpkins...

Check out the wooden dough bowl I found in the fall section. You could add pumpkins, pine cones, fall leaves, etc to the bowl and it would be so pretty!

I also loved this fall magnolia leaf wreath with nuts, twigs and pinecones...

Hope y'all have a great weekend and enjoy what is left of summer.  Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Fri-yay!  Hope you have had a terrific week!  I am going to be enjoying my extended family in town for a long weekend. It has been 10 years since we have all been together at the same time. Too long!

Here are my favorites for the week:

Trader Joe's Premium Olive Oil

This is a really good tasting olive oil, plus it is not expensive at $7.99. But the best part? It comes with a pouring spout, very handy!

Confetti Rim Margarita Glass

We are having a taco bar with all of the fixings at our house this weekend. I realized I don't own margarita glasses and found these at Pier 1. These are perfect for a party!

Duncan Hines Chocolate Almond Coffee Cake

I was looking for a new dessert recipe to make while we have company this weekend. I love devil's food cake and this looks delicious. The best part is it starts with a box cake mix so I don't have to spend all afternoon in the kitchen and miss out on the fun!



  • 1 box Devil's Food Cake Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 tbsp. instant espresso
  • ½ cup and 2 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease a 13"x9" pan.
  • Mix together the cake mix, eggs, milk, instant espresso, and butter.
  • Spread evenly into the pan.
  • In a separate bowl mix together the flour, sugar, butter almonds and salt.
  • Sprinkle almond mixture on top of cake.
  • Bake 30 minutes until the top is golden brown.
That's it for today, be back next week!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Staycation in New Orleans

Greetings!  I wanted to share a little trip we had to the French Quarter and Warehouse District. We had such a fun time with two of our children, our son's girlfriend and even brought our dog, Spot.

Our kids are growing up and sometimes its hard to coordinate schedules to get everyone together for a long trip so this one was just perfect for our changing family.

We stayed at the Hotel Intercontinental because it met all of our must-haves. It had to have a pool, be pet friendly and close to the places we wanted to go. The hotel exceeded our expectations.

These are some pictures outside our hotel where we were able to walk Spot around under the big, beautiful oak trees. In the evenings the lights would make the courtyard feel so festive.


There was so much to see and do, and we made the most of our time. We decided to explore the French Quarter, Magazine Street, visit the World War II museum and try some new restaurants. 

These pictures were taken while exploring Magazine Street. It was several miles of artsy and unique shops that made for a great after breakfast stroll.

Another place we visited was the World War II Museum; it was so well done. Even if you are not a history buff, this is a must see place. But, leave yourself plenty of time to visit as there is an entire decade of history to experience.

Next time I will post part two of our trip with pictures of the delicious food we ate. Come back soon!