Friday, December 19, 2014


There's a winter storm brewing for the weekend here in the east.  Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend! 

 Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Art fix

More often than not I need an art fix. If I can't physically get to a museum I have found some wonderful inspiration online.  One of my goals over Christmas is to head to my favorite museums in DC. 

 For now, this will do...

 Love the work by Karen Darling:

These 8' x 4' graphite drawings by Bethany Govsvener kill me:


Have you seen the work of Michael Zavros, like this drawing and the painting below?
You can follow my Art Pinterest board to see more.

What things will you be doing over Christmas break?

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Treats for your pets this holiday

Last week Bethany and I spent an evening baking treats to take to the local animal shelter.  This recipe proved to be very successful and Gibbs approved!  It's so easy.

King Arthur's Best of Breed Dog Biscuits

  • 2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour or Premium Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats, regular or quick
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley or 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup peanut butter, crunchy or plain
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cold water, enough to make a cohesive dough
  •  Mix together the flour, oats, parsley, dried milk, and salt. 
  • Add the eggs and peanut butter, stirring to combine; the mixture will be crumbly.
  • Add enough water to bring the dough together
  • roll out the dough and cut with cookie cutter to a depth of about 1/4"
  • Bake at 300 degrees for 40-60 mins til dark golden brown- they will be dry and crunchy when cool.

With the results of extraordinary love and a 'forever' home, Bethany's beagle Winston (see his facebook page) is a rescue success story that has enriched our lives a hundred fold and makes me appreciate animal shelters and rescue groups even more than ever before. Please remember these angels at Christmas and donate to your local rescue groups and animal shelters.
Bethany rescued my pony Thomas and brought him to our home Christmas eve in 2000.  She is a very special animal advocate and angel!
Some great ideas (besides home baked treats) are the phenomenal Bark Box
fabulous Etsy pet gift sites ,like this cute leash from Green Bean Dog,
51 Gifts for Dogs and Dog Lovers, or the brilliant PetziConnect where you can watch a live feed of your pet from your iphone while away--it even gives them a treat!
So many of our readers are pet lovers and have reached out to us, for which we are thankful.  Remember your pets this holiday and keep them safe and warm, and loved all winter long!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Stylespotting at Ikea

Ikea has great Christmas decor, but hurry, they are selling out fast! 

 As I was looking around the store I noticed a new collection of lighting.

Such a great source for inspiration and a few key accent pieces! 
Happy Holidays all!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

My Holiday House Tour

Happy Holidays and welcome to my Christmas home.

I am simplifying this year.

My theme this year is a 'throwback' Christmas where I have done less of a color themed tree and more of our families ornaments over the last 40 years.
We have a 10' scotch pine which, as you probably know, is not great for heavy ornaments, so everything is lightweight and pushed to the inside branches making for a more lovely display at night when the interior details are illuminated.

I haven't had our German wooden pyramid nativity scenes out in years.  I brought out my mother's vintage ceramic tree with those funny plastic colored lights. 
I have collections of Santas, Nutcrackers and  Snow Globes.

I wish I could have you in for eggnog, a roaring fire and Christmas music!  
I just love this time of year and wish you all the merriest of holidays!