Thanksgiving was a lovely day. After eating dinner, McHubby and I took our youngest son and his girlfriend to Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights. Meadowlark is a botanical garden and the light show winds through the trails. Even thought the night was a chilly one, we enjoyed the show. A huge fire pit greeted us at the end.

Here are some of our highlights (photographing lights at night is challenging):










What are you doing to experience some holiday magic?




McHubby enjoys keeping busy. I enjoy him being happy. Sometimes his projects allow me to charge up my creative juices and experience some joy of my own. Hopefully, we are working on one of those projects now.

This fall, McHubby has been working to develop an events business for his old employer. Rust Manor House is a beautiful old house that has hosted weddings in the past, but has been primarily an office and education location for the Audubon Naturalist Society. McHubby’s old employer is negotiating with Audubon to reinvigorate the events business.

Lucky me, McHubby asked me to guide him in sprucing up the interiors. I’ll get to try on interior decorating for a client as a potential career direction. I’m looking forward to the work and have lots of plans. Until the legal work is finalized, we are on hold. Although I did decorate for the November Board Meeting with buffet dinner.

Here are a few pictures from the foyer/buffet space:

A nature inspired winter decoration.

A nature inspired winter decoration.

Lighted branches with greenery and white floral accessories.

Lighted branches with greenery and white floral accessories.

A few greenery picks from Michael's up the stair railing.

A few greenery picks from Michael’s up the stair railing.

The bird house centerpiece was created with pine branches and a cherry tree limb that were toppled during Superstorm Sandy. I bought an unfinished birdhouse at Michael’s painting it and adorning it with faux snow, glitter and pine cone pieces. The berry vine and the bird with the nest were from Michael’s. I made the sign hanging from the branch using scrap wood, white paint and black vinyl cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

I hope you like the few touches I added for the festivities. I’ll show more decor when we are able to get up and running.

How are your holidays going so far?




As the old Girl Scout song goes, friends are treasure with some new and some old. Recently, I got to spend an evening with one of my gold friends. Liz and I became friends back in high school. She was one of my bridesmaids and has always made an effort to maintain our friendship over the past 30 plus years. She is definitely a golden treasure.

We met in Leesburg, had a bite at Donner Bistro and finished with a beer at MacDowell Brew Kitchen. While facebook and e-mail are a great way to stay in touch, talking face to face is no comparison. Catching up was fun and relaxing.

Amy and Liz today

McHubby, Liz and I almost 30 years ago


Thanks Liz for being a good (gold) friend. To my dear readers, may I suggest connecting with some of your old friends this week? Let me know how it went.



A thought for all those who share my perfectionist tendencies.


On today’s episode of the Rachel Ray show, Sunny Anderson demonstrated five dessert recipes that take no time to make and serve two people. Each recipe is assembled in a mug and cooked in the microwave. Fun and tasty! She made NOLA Bread Pudding, Pineapple Right Side Up Cake, Apple and Raisin Crisp, Funky Chunky Monkey Stack, and Chocolate Molten Surprise Cake.


Molten Chocolate Surprise Cake (on plates with raspberries)

Funky Chunky Monkey Stacks

Pineapple Right Side Up Cake

NOLA Bread Pudding (second from the left)

Apple Raisin Crisp (in mugs)

Click on the picture to go to the Rachel Ray Show page with the recipe.








One of the trends this fall is an all white outfit finally putting to rest the old rule that white is taboo after Labor Day.

Here is an outfit that I put together from White House Black Market.

white sweater jacket from White House Black Market

Quilted Sweater Jacket $108

white scoop neck tee white house black market

White Scoop Neck Tee $30

white cords white house black market

White Cords $78

White Desert Boot



Pair the Quilted Sweater Jacket with this dress:

white ponte dress white house black market

Ponte Sheath Dress $150

White Boots $55



Equestrian Link Necklace Michael Kors $125

Winter White works really well with the Type 4 guidelines from Dressing Your Truth. Although every type has its color white.

So, do you think you could wear an all white outfit this fall?

By the way, today is the last day for the Dressing Your Truth Spread the Love deal: $99 and $20 gift certificate. Here is the coupon link: Spread the Love


Around the woods near Skyline Drive, the weather has been cooler and much, much wetter. Tonight’s tasty dinner was warm, cozy Chili and Cornbread Muffins for Two.

Corn muffins for two, a perfect compliment to Chili

Corn Muffins for Two

1/2 cup corn meal

1/2 cup flour

1/8 cup sugar or stevia

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/8 cup oil

1/2 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

1/8 cup corn

1/8 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Mix oil, egg, and milk together. Add dry ingredients, corn and cheese. Mix until well combined. Scoop batter into greased or lined  regular-sized muffin tin. Bake for 15 minutes. Makes 5 muffins.

Corn muffin

What are your fall comfort foods?