Wednesday, September 17, 2014


If you have been reading my blog for awhile, we just recently moved from Beaufort, SC to NC and currently are renting short-term.

Well I wanted to share some photos of the kitchen so far.  I like it since we are able to fit a small table instead of eating in the dining room every meal.  The color in the kitchen is a medium toned gold/yellow.  Since the appliances are mainly black in the room, I wanted to add black accents to the room.

I also added some small amounts of french accessories - linen on stove - Eifel Tower linen from Paris.

I added my black and white striped Dash & Albert rug to the front of the kitchen sink.

Love my french subway art hanging near my bistro chairs and table, too!

So there you have it, surely but slowly adding small touches to our rental here in NC.

Thanks for your visit!

Note to myself - find ironstone pieces to add to kitchen!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Shoes, Shoes, and More Shoes

I am slowly unpacking boxes from my recent move from Beaufort, SC to NC.  Now working in the master bedroom, I found 2-3 huge boxes of shoes, yes shoes!

How many pair of shoes can a girl have?  Really?  I guess no one realizes how much personal belongings they have until they unpack them! 

When packing them, I had them stored in their original boxes.  How do you store your shoes?
I am also so glad that I did not sell any of my fall/winter shoes back in SC as I rarely wore them and lived in flip flops or summer type shoes!

Here are some of my all time favorites.

Cole Hahn - Mules - worn in just perfectly

Turquoise - Daisy Sandals - Talbott's

Hand beaded sandals from Tahiti

Bought these at Anthropologie!

Pikolino's - one of my favorites!  So comfy!

Oh I almost forgot my Ferragamo driving moccasins!

Well I better get working on unpacking some of them at least to wear while here in NC!

So tell me, are you a shoeaholic?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pork Belly Sliders

This week I visited the Carrboro Farmers Market, a market that has been in business since 1996.  It is located in Carrboro, NC and is held twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday.

There were vendors who were selling their farm vegetables along with fruits and cheeses, meats and eggs.

While there, I found a wonderful vendor, Cane Creek Farms - specializing in grass-fed beef,  pasture raised heirloom breed pork, heirloom breed chickens and vegetables.


I really fell in love her VW bus, too.  My grandfather had one when I was a child in a pretty, powder blue.

We bought some fresh meats -- pork chops and pork belly.  Yes pork belly!  Have you ever tried it?  We have had it in the past in Beaufort on steamed buns at one of our favorites, The Old Bull Tavern and just recently in Durham on a soft bun with coleslaw.

Today I wanted to share a recipe for preparing this wonderful pork belly.

 You first score your pork.  Rub it on both sides with olive oil.

Then you make up a rub consisting of: one teaspoon of each...garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, paprika, salt, and two teaspoons of brown sugar.  Bake for 10-12 minutes @500 degrees until fatty top is brown and bubbling.  Then turn down temperature to 325 degrees for 90 minutes.  You can add a beer to the broiler pan during the last 30 minutes.

It was so delicious and once it was ready, I placed on a King's Sweet Roll and slathered it with some homemade coleslaw!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

My Favorite -- Potato Leek Soup

Today was a perfect soup day!  With the temperatures somewhat cooler and rainy, I decided to make some soup.  One of my favorite soups to make is Potato Leek.

It is not really hard to make and can be easily made during the week night too!

Saute about 3 leeks (rinsed and trimmed in 1 inch slices) in 2 tablespoons of butter until tender.

Add 1 large (48 ounce) chicken broth and 5-6 medium Russet potatoes (Diced).  Add to the stock pot and boil until fork tender.  You can use up to 48 ounce of broth depending on consistency.  I usually use 40-42 ounces)

After potatoes are fork tender, use a blender or immersion blender to blend.

Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome

Add light cream just before serving into soup bowls.  Ladle soup and serve with grated cheese and chopped chives for garnish.

I always serve crusty bread with the soup, too!

Did you see my bread board? - I bought it in Tuscany back in October of last year.  It is made from Olive wood.  I love it!

Now onto my second bowl!

Oh and it never hurts to include a glass of your favorite vino to go along with it, too!

Thanks for your visit!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Scratch Bakery - Durham, NC

I love a good bakery and enjoy visiting them quite often for coffee, fresh artisan breads, pastries, cookies and such.  My favorite in Beaufort, SC where I used to live was Beaufort Bread Company.  I have to say they had great breads and pastries.  My husband and I took awhile to find some good artisan breads while living there.

While visiting Durham over the weekend, we went to Scratch Bakery.  In fact, while we were house hunting for our temporary digs, we tried it once before.  The pies and desserts are to die for!  They are open for breakfast and lunch and serve brunch on the weekends. We had been reading wonderful reviews on it so of course we had to try it!

There is seating inside and outside and since it was such a beautiful morning we opted for outside.  I love their weekend brunch menu too. 

 Their menus are written on oversized chalk boards which I love.

Scratch has been featured in many publications such as Garden & Gun, and many other publications.  Scratch was also featured in Food and Wine Magazine.  See here.  Here is a sample menu also here.

 I ended up ordering the Avocado Toast.  It consisted of two slices of thick toast with smashed avocado's, layered with cucumbers and sea salt.  It was so delicious and yet so healthy.  My husband ordered a slice of peach cream pie with a homemade cookie crust which he said was so good.  I didn't get a photo of his pie though.  Oh - and their coffee is great too!

So if you are ever in the Raleigh-Durham area, make sure that you visit Scratch Bakery.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Some Fall Fashion

This will be the first fall that I will actually be able to enjoy wearing layers since moving recently from Beaufort, SC to Raleigh, NC.

I am so excited to feel some cooler weather and some fall foliage......

I have always loved wearing clothes for the fall season!  Here are some outfits that are perfect for this season.  I love the look of leggings, denim shirts, sweaters, scarves, and boots! 

Love this scarf from J Crew
Must have black leggings in your wardrobe this season!

Longchamp Leather Purse, I have one and love it!

How can you not buy these trendy flats?  So adorable!

This outfit is from Soft Surroundings.  I love it since it is versatile and can be used as a short dress or as a dress with leggings too!  Love both of the looks actually!

The pea coat from Boden above is available in Navy and Orange Peel.

And don't forget some perfume!  I love shopping at Nordstrom's for that favorite bottle of perfume!  My favorite for the fall is Lolita Lempicka!  Isn't the bottle so adorable?

Romantic and sensual, this alluring floral fragrance contains vanilla, musk and violet. The bottle is shaped like an apple, the fruit of temptation, and is engraved with a heart pierced by an arrow.
Notes: leaves, anise, iris, violet, cherry, licorice, vetiver, musk, benzoin, tonka bean, vanilla, praline.
  • By Lolita Lempicka; made in France.
So are you ready to add layers to your fall wardrobe?  I sure am.....

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Our Temporary Home

Hello There,

Just wanted to share some sneak peeks of my temporary home in Raleigh where I just recently moved.  Yes - please beware you will see boxes and very little décor at this time.

Yes we are temporarily living in a new townhome in Raleigh.

In fact, there will be very little fluffing the nest here since it is only for one year and then the fun begins with decorating once I find my HOME SWEET HOME!

As you can see in these photos, there are boxes all over the place.  I will be decorating this room in particular, however I am not taking everything out of storage!  My slipcovers need washing before I place them on again......

The home is only about five years old and has three levels so there are a lot of steps.

The kitchen is big enough for a small kitchen table so I will be using my red bistro table along with the two chairs once all is done.

The dining room is a nice size room however I am not in love with the paint color, but can live with it for a year.  I would rather not paint anything in the rental.

A bedroom on upper level.  Each bedroom has a bathroom.

Another bedroom - purplish paint which I would love to change but I am not!

This is a master bath which I will be using on the lower level.....My husband is putting together our iron bed.

We also have a Jacuzzi in one of the master bedrooms on upper level.

I did not take photos of each bathroom since lighting was not that wonderful.  We also have a deck off of living room and off of bedroom lower level.

Our garage is filled with boxes that I am not planning to open either!

I hope you will come back to see some small décor changes that I have made to some of the rooms soon!  Now I have to get busy in opening up boxes and doing some light decorating.

Thanks for your visit!


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