Sunday, January 24, 2016


Yesterday was National Pie Day (as opposed to National Pi Day later in March) and I tried a new pie recipe -- Toll House Chocolate Chip Pie.  This is a winner!  Maybe make it for your sweetie for Valentine's Day, too!!

Toll House Chocolate Chip Pie

1 unbaked pie shell
2 eggs
1/2 C. flour
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. packed light brown sugar
3/4 C. butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C. chopped walnuts

Ice Cream

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Place pie crust in pie dish.  Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs on high speed until light & foamy.  Add flour & both sugars and mix until combined.  Add softened butter and mix thoroughly.

Stir in chocolate chips & walnuts until evenly mixed.  Spoon the batter into the unbaked pie crust.  Bake for 50-60 minutes - until knife inserted comes out clean.  Cool at least 30 minutes before serving.  

Great served with ice cream.

Eggs all light & foamy --

Flour, sugars, & butter mixed --

Chocolate chips & walnuts added --

Placed in the unbaked pie crust --

Out of the oven --


January is just one of those months where it takes a lot for me to get moving!  I absolutely hate putting away all my Christmas decorations.  I have set until the end of the month to be finished & it looks like I'm on track.  The Valentine totes are in the house staring at me.  This is my motivation -- decorating for Valentine's Day!  Anyway, Mr. Cardigan has always put away (& put out) the Christmas glasses/dishes.  That is his foot in the photo, but you have to love that Lucy is just laying on the paper used to pack the dishes away.  She loves to play or hide in that stuff!!

Thursday, December 24, 2015



I have loved these Galvanized Tiered Stands ever since I saw them on Priscilla's Blog.  You must see how she does these for holidays & every day!  I found mine on Ebay, but I think Amazon might have them, too.  I wasn't sure how I was going to decorate it for this first season so as I was going thru all my decorations I would put aside anything that might do.  So, even though it looks like it was all thrown in there -- it was lovingly placed & rearranged until I thought it looked good.  Enjoy!

This was Lucy the other day when Mr. Cardigan was wrapping some presents.  She was all nice & cozy inside a container of shirt boxes!!

Saturday, December 19, 2015


I'm always capturing my OOTD (Outfits of the Day) for Instagram & following fellow IG friends style challenges to get the most out of my wardrobe = thinking outside of the box putting outfits together, digging down to the bottom of the stack, not wearing the same things together, etc.  Of course, I have documented my Christmas jewelry collection because if you know anything about me you will know that I LOVE accessories!  Here is what I have worn so far this Christmas season --

 Lucy is definitely in the Christmas spirit as she likes to nap next to this pillow --

Monday, December 14, 2015


I absolutely love this time of year!  I love the decorations, the food, the Christmas Spirit, and on and on and on!!!!!  I have a lot of decorations and one of these years I am going to have every single piece on display!!!  Mr. Cardigan just rolls his eyes when I say that!!!

If you didn't see my 9 Christmas Trees post -- then just click here to see them!!!  Then, check out the rest of my Christmas decor in the photos below!!

You will see these when you enter the side door by my washer & dryer --

In the kitchen --

Dining Area --

Living Area --

Guest Bathroom area --

Master Bathroom --

Master Bedroom --

This is the look Lucy gave me while I was taking these photos -- I must have disturbed her nap!!