Monday, January 16, 2017

On My Bookshelf [The Nightingale]

My first mistake was picking up The Nightingale a bit before Christmas.  I just couldn't put it down.  At one point, Honey even came in the room and asked if we would be having dinner that night 😳.  The book is terrific and had completely garnered all my attention.

My grandmother lived through the German occupation of France, was from Vichy, and de Gaulle was a favorite of hers.  Throughout the book I found myself wishing she were here so so we could discuss it.  It certainly makes you ponder what you would or wouldn't do, given the circumstances.

Amazon says:

In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.

FRANCE, 1939
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah captures the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women's war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

As always, I'd love to know what's on your bookshelf!  I'm always looking for a good book!

Happy Reading! 
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sip and Shop Sunday [Dreaming of the Beach]

The past few weeks we've had sub-zero temps, snow, freezing rain, high winds, and dreary skies.  I've been dreaming about a week at the beach for Spring Break coming up soon and am so excited I can hardly stand it.  As I currently gaze out the window at all the gray, I'm yearning for all things Lilly, bright, and sunny.  So, with that in mind, this week's Sip and Shop has a decidedly beachy theme.

We'll be sipping on Sweet C's Whimsea Fizz....


....and shopping for all things Lilly.

Sunglass Strap

Beach Tote

This tunic is nearly half off!!

As are these darling shoes!
 How cute would they look with white linen?

Look out Destin, here we come (in two months, ha)!

Happy Sipping and Shopping!
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Friday, December 30, 2016

Five on Friday [Last of 2016]

Happy Friday!  Now, I know I've been a little MIA, but purposefully chose to enjoy the little things of the Christmas season and, for me, that meant a little time away.  I'm back though with a renewed focus (better phrase than resolution??) and an intent to post more frequently.  So, with that, let's get down to this week's five:

While you're celebrating with champs this weekend don't forget to save the corks for sweet little ornaments.  I save them from special events throughout the year.

I've got to be honest, I'm thrilled to have another week off of school!  Although we had school all the way through the end of last week, it's been so very nice to have some time to rest and relax.  Bestie KP and I hit the gym and then binged on Fuller House yesterday.  That's balanced, right?  Ha.

Speaking of binge watching, the second season of The Man in the High Castle came out a few weeks ago on Amazon Prime.  Hubby and I had a little at home date night with appetizers, a fire, and the show.  It's so good!
Image result for the man in the high castle

We're enjoying the last bit of the Christmas decorations.  While we usually leave them up through Epiphany, they just might be coming down next week before heading back to school.  For now though, I've been enjoying a little afternoon treat of white hot chocolate by the tree.

I can't believe that it's the last Friday of 2016!  While I could hardly wait for 2015 to bid adieu, 2016 has been a pretty great year for my little family.

We'd like to take a moment to wish you and yours all the best in 2017.  May the new year be filled with love, health, and happiness!

happy new year:
Wishing y'all a wonderful weekend!  
Today I'm linking up with:

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

White Hot Chocolate

We've recently discovered a new sweet little treat in our hive.  It's so very yummy and completely different from it's milk or dark chocolate version.  This can hardly be called a recipe, but I just had to share it with you.

White Hot Chocolate

  • a cup of milk
  • small handful of white chocolate, to taste
  • Put milk and white chocolate (we use chips) in a microwave safe cup and heat until hot and chocolate is melted.  Stir well.
  • Enjoy!
  • (Told you it's not a recipe ;)!)
As an extra special treat we had a couple of Trader Joe's Candy Joe-Joe's.....if you haven't tried these yet, you need to grab a box.  Think peppermint Oreos.  I literally had to maneuver to get the last box on the shelf at our local TJ's.

Merry, Merry!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Sip and Shop Sunday [Cocktails & Christmas Lights]

Sipping on a Grown Up Shirley Temple....

This bubbly, red cocktail is the perfectly festive for the Christmas season.  Serve it in pretty glass or whip up a whole pitcher and throw in some limes.  So fun.

I know y'all are going to think I'm nuts with this shopping edition, but this extension cord is a new addition to our Christmas decor and every time my foot taps the button I smile.  No more leaning over and hanging off the arm of the sofa while squeezing behind the tree and holding my breath that I don't knock it over.  Our tree sits in the corner of the living room and the outlet is situated behind it.  This little extension cord really has made life easier.  I found mine at Target, but here's the Bed, Bath, and Beyond version -- where you can use your coupon!


So, what other little decorating tricks have I been missing all these years???  

Happy Sipping and Shopping! 
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Thursday, November 24, 2016


Just popping in to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  What a difference a year makes....this day last year I was sitting by my Hubby's bedside of the ICU praying.  This year I'm thanking God for answered prayers. 

I'm so very grateful for the doctors and nurses of IU Health, who not only took such incredible care of him (and me, too, to be honest) but quite literally saved his life.  I'm grateful for my family and sweet friends who were there every step of the way and made it so that all I truly had to focus on was Hubby.  I'm grateful for the endless prayers.  I'm grateful for my work, who understood the importance of priorities.  I'm grateful for my Hubby, who fought his way back to health and me. 

While this doesn't even begin to touch on the depths of my gratitude, I'm overwhelmed trying to put it into words.  How does one truly and sufficiently thank those who have changed your life?

I'm wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving and all the best in the upcoming Holiday Season.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Thanksgiving Cooking

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and while I can hardly believe it, it will be here before we know it.  Today I''m rounding up a couple things to make the cooking easier (I'm a big believer in "one will love to cook if one has the right tools") and your tabletop just a bit more festive.

OXO Good Grips Fat Separator
Perfect for making the tastiest gravy now and for to die for stock for your winter soups later.  It gets outstanding reviews, and is the best one I've used to date.

Turkey Lifters
Managing the bird isn't always easy.  My dad has a pair of these and while he was unsure of the whole concept at first, they're pretty nice.  Bonus: these are on sale!

Emile Henry Pie Dish
I received one as a wedding gift and have loved it ever since.  It truly does bake the beautifully and is pretty enough to go straight to the table.  Tip: Martha Stewart's deep dish pate brisee recipe works the best!  This is the best price I've seen on them, and  you can use your trusty coupon from the store!

Woodland Spode
I've always loved the Woodland Spode.  So lovely.

Thankful Platter
And finally, a sweet little reminder of what the day is truly all about.

I'd love to hear your must haves for Thanksgiving  What's your favorite dish?  For me it's all about the sides and the persimmon pudding.  Wishing you and yous an incredible upcoming holiday season!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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