Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

In year's past, I have prepared a meal for an army of people but today we are having a low-key Thanksgiving since we are caring for our mama.  I have prepared some of her favorites and hope that she will enjoy the meal.

I'm also sharing with you some photos of our little home's autumn decor and tablesettings.

As soon as the last dish is washed and put away later today, I will immediately be in a peppermint-everything mode!  I have scaled back from the days I when I had 10-20 decorated trees inside our house.  This year I will only have four trees.  Small house = less trees/less work!

I hope everyone has a very blessed Thanksgiving.  Count your blessings, name them one by one!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Miss Coco

I would like to introduce to y'all my new dog.  We got her from a sweet family in Warner Robins.  They were looking for a loving home to adopt her because of some health issues in their family. I had a friend who heard about this and called me immediately.  

Some of you might remember my late Yorkie, who was also named "Coco."  (Yes, I name all my Yorkies "Coco," just like I have named every kitty I've ever owned "Kitty Puff.")  We had not gotten another dog since the last one died five years ago because my husband said he didn't want a dog and cat in the house anymore--one or the other, but not both.  *insert roll-eye emoji*. Well, he was out of town during the weekend this pup became available, so I took that opportunity to bring her home with me and was sure that he would fall in love with her.  I mean, Kitty Puff is 17 years old and I didn't want to keep waiting.  Of course, he loves her 100%.  She is the sweetest thing.  Not a floor dog.  No ma'am, she's a lap dog and snuggle bunny.  

And yes, I saved all the late Coco's clothes!  Here she is...

It's a dark and rainy day in Georgia.  I have gotten out my Thanksgiving decor and am now working on Christmas decor, but I'm not skipping Thanksgiving y'all!  

Count your blessings, name them one by one.  Count your blessings, see what God has done!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hey Y’all!

It’s been a long time since I last blogged. I’m back. Who knows for how long.  Not sure I remember how to do it anymore. Not even sure I can write without using hashtags or emojis.  I definitely need to clean up the sidebar and get a new header. Might need professional help!

I took a break from blogging because life was getting a little hectic.  You might remember we left Florida and moved to Georgia—bought a little house across the street from mama’s house. My mama (Miss Pauline) has Alzheimer’s and we wanted to keep her in her own home as long as possible.  Mama is now 94 years old and doing as well as can be expected.  She has several caregivers and that helps a lot.  I spend a lot of time running back and forth across the street—the neighbors only see me wearing sweat pants and carrying bags of stuff!

We also got a new Yorkie recently.  Her family had some health issues and wanted her to go to a loving home. She is 4 years old and just precious. We renamed her after our belated Coco and just love her!

So, when time permits, I’ll be blogging about my outfits, Miss Coco’s outfits, home decor, and my barely-existent social life.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Miss USA 2016 Predictions

Hey y'all!  I haven't blogged for awhile, buy y'all know I have to stop in to give my pageant picks!  Miss USA 2016 will be crowned this Sunday evening and I can't wait to watch the girls compete!  The beautiful Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015 and 2nd runner up to Miss Universe 2015 will crown her successor at the show live from Las Vegas.  The pageant will be shown at 7pm ET on Fox.

Who will replace this beautiful blonde?

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015

Olivia's evening gown will always be one of my favorites!

Miss Alabama USA, Peyton Brown is a former Miss Alabama Teen USA.

Miss Arkansas USA, Abby Floyd competed at Miss Teen USA in 2013.

Miss California USA, Nadia Mejia...her mother was Miss Virginia USA 1989.  California always does well at Miss USA and this girl is an early fave!

Miss Georgia USA, Emanii Davis hopes to be the first Miss Georgia USA to win Miss USA!

Miss Hawaii USA, Chelsea Hardin is stunning!

Miss Montana USA, Sibahn Doxey is a former Miss Montana Teen USA.

Miss South Carolina USA, Leah Lawson.  This girl is not only beautiful, but she has talent !

Miss Texas USA, Daniella Rodriguez is a former Miss Texas Teen USA and Texas has the most wins at Miss USA!

Miss Virginia USA, Desiree Williams is a former Miss Virginia and competed at the Miss America pageant in 2014.

And...last but not least is the girl that won an entry into the pageant with fan votes--Miss 52 USA.  Alexandra Miller was 1st runner up to Miss Oklahoma USA in 2015 (to Olivia Jordan who went on to win Miss USA).
Miss 52 USA, Alexandra Miller

Get your popcorn and tune in this Sunday evening!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tea With Miss Janice, Post #14

I'm reposting this today to celebrate National Hot Tea Month and the 80th anniversary of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind.
I invited a few of my Southern friends for a Southern Lady Afternoon Tea. The invitations set the tone for the event, with a Southern magnolia motif on the front and a mint tea sample teabag inserted into the slot of the teacup design.

This tablescape was perfect for Afternoon Tea. The china pattern has a Southern magnolia motif and all the proper tea accoutrements were displayed. The tiered tea tray made an elegant centerpiece and was surrounded by the very proper young ladies head vases, holding beautiful fresh rose arrangements--very Southern. The soundtrack from Gone with the Wind played softly in the background and added to the ambiance of the event.

All of my very favorite Southern friends were invited and as the hostess, I took the worst seat--the one closest to the kitchen.

Miss Scarlett was my Guest of Honor and was seated in the best seat, just to my right.

Miss Melanie...bless her heart, she's so sweet...was seated to my left, because she was the second-most important guest at the tea. Y'all know Miss Scarlett simply had to be the most important person there or she would have pitched a hissy fit! Miss Melanie was ever-so gracious.

Aunt Pittypat was seated across from me--she would have been miffed if I hadn't invited her and was just ecstatic to be there! Mammy prepared the most delicious afternoon tea foods for us to enjoy.


Aunt Pittypat's SavoriesMiss Scarlett's SconesMiss Melanie's SweetsGeorgia Peach Iced TeaPlantation Mint Hot Tea

I greeted my guests at the door, at which time they all removed their gloves. After everyone was present, I invited them into the dining room for tea.

Place cards with a pretty magnolia motif were placed at each setting, directing the ladies to their places--of course they would never dream of switching the cards!

The ladies placed their hands on the back of the chairs (adorned with magnolia blooms and celadon tulle) until everyone was at the table. I took my seat first and then each guest properly entered their chair from the right-hand side of the chair.

Let's take a look at the place setting.

Before anything was touched, Aunt Pittypat said Grace and then I placed my serviette onto my lap, signaling to the guests that they should place their serviette onto their lap and the tea began.

I was "Mother" and poured the Plantation Mint hot tea, because Mammy was so busy in the kitchen. The teapot was resting on top of a teapot warmer. Loose tea was steeped, so the tea strainers were placed at each setting. The sugar cubes, tongs, honey, lemon slices, and milk were also nearby. I poured the tea for each guest and handed the cup and saucer directly to them--I did not pass it around the table.

Mammy poured the Georgia Peach iced tea into the goblets at each place setting. The guests used their iced teaspoons ever-so properly, just like any Southern lady would.

Each guest served themselves the dainty tea foods from the tiered tray, starting at the bottom--eating the savories first, then the scones, and finally the desserts.

Oh, what a wonderful time we had, eating the delicious tea foods, sipping the hot tea and iced tea, and making pleasant conversation and telling bits of gossip! I graciously asked each guest if they would "like tea," not "more tea?"

I almost forgot to tell you about something every gracious Southern hostess does--I gave each guest a party favor--to thank them for coming! Inside each petite gift bag was a magnolia-motif teabag holder, a packet of teapot drip catchers, and a silver teapot motif teaspoon.

After a Very Southern...Very Memorable time, I placed my serviette back on the table to the left of my plate, signaling that the tea was over. All the guests exited their chairs from the right-hand side and said their thank yous. I accompanied them to the front door and said goodbye.

Now, being the proper Southern ladies that they are, their thank-you notes were probably addressed to me before the tea--and definitely in the mail to me the next morning!

What makes a 'Girl Raised in the South' so very extraordinary? Why it's the very essence of who we are--our style, our heritage, and our upbringing.
~Deborah Ford, author "Girls Raised in the South Guide to Life"

Are you a Southern Lady? Take Miss Janice's test here.

Thank you visiting with me today. I hope that you had an enjoyable visit. National Hot Tea month is drawing to a close. My next and final post of the month will feature: tea-related websites, books and magazines about tea, and information regarding programs available for those who might be interested in teaching tea and etiquette.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hello Y'all!

I'll be posting over at Instagram for now.  You can follow me here.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!