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!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pink Picnic for Breast Cancer Awareness

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the 20th Annual Pink Picnic--Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon at the Museum of Aviation on the Warner Robins Air Force Base.

The crowd was a sea of pink ladies!  Chic-Fil-A catered the picnic foods (salads) and I discovered a new salad dressing that I had not tried before then...the Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette.  Love it!

Ben Jones, the Chief Meteorologist from Channel 13-WMAZ in Macon gave the introduction and welcome.  He was quite the personality--loving being "surrounded by airplanes and women!"  

Breast Cancer survivors modeled fashions from Belk Department Store and were escorted by members of the Warner Robins Fire Department.  

Anita Renfroe was the guest speaker and she kept the crowd laughing out loud from start to finish.  If you ever have the chance to see her, GO!  
 "HERE'S WHAT I WORE"  The comfy dress is by Mudpie and the navy blue Revas are Tory Burch.

Thanks to the Houston Healthcare Auxiliary for the opportunity and thanks to Chic-Fil-A for the yummy lunch!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Autumn Around the House

Today, My Lady Caroline, who is one of my Twitter friends tweeted that she wished I was as chatty as I used to be on my blog.  Oops, I admit that I haven't been blogging a lot lately--no excuses.  I do spend a lot of time on Instagram's so quick and easy.  Just post the photos and go!  So for those who don't follow me on Instagram, here's a peek at what's been going on at The Roost this fall.

We bought a small house to be near my Mama so that I can scoot back and forth whenever I'm needed to help with her caregiving.  I actually love this little house.  As I am aging, I find that it's important to me to be able to take care of what I have.  The smaller the size, the easier it is!

I'm still using the same Halloween wreath from last year.

I don't decorate with a ton of Halloween stuff like I used to...I just added a lot of orange this year.
Sprayed all my pumpkins gold.

Mary Elizabeth also received the gold spray paint treatment and is decked out with an orange bow--and pearls, of course!
I have cut back on the roosters everywhere, but I still keep a few on the front porch to greet our guests at the front door.  Don't know how long the mums will last.  The pumpkin...well it's kind of a posh pumpkin.  I bought it at James Farmer, Inc. in Perry...
Cocktail hour...more orange.
Tea Time...I love Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Rooibus tea with Pumpkin Spice English Muffins and apple butter.
More orange on the tabletop...
I carried breakfast to a meeting and used the darling Target "Cheeky" plates and to-go cups...
The Halloween tree is up on the porch, decorated witchy-style!
These are my treats this year for the special little trick-or-treaters...

I served Pimiento Cheese Balls at Happy Hour on Gameday last Saturday.  Yes, that's the day the Florida State Seminoles got beat by Georgia Tech.  Of course, I'll never serve these things again!  Bad luck.  I'm VERY superstitious!  But, moving on to the Syracuse game this week.  Go Noles!
Just in case you want to prepare them...I added cream cheese, some chopped cooked bacon, chopped jalapenos, and chopped pecans to Palmetto Cheese and then topped them off with pretzel sticks.

Hope everyone is enjoying Autumn.  Today it was 57 degrees, dark, and misting rain.  I was hoping for crisp, sunny days and cool nights.  I think it's time to get out the boots!  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Autumn Soup Tablescape

This past Sunday was the first chilly day we have had this fall season so I knew I wanted to enjoy a bowl of hot soup with the Sunday football.  I'm still on the blue and white dinnerware kick and set the table with that dinnerware and burlap linens.

Candles should not be burned during the daylight hours unless it's a very overcast day or the blinds are drawn.  Okay, so I drew the blinds.

Monogram everything, especially the napkins rings!

I used my Wedgwood "Woodland" soup plates and Johnson Brothers "Blue Willow" dinner plates as underplates.

Social Graces 101 tip:  
There is of course proper etiquette to be followed when eating soup:

At an informal meal you may serve soup in a soup plate on top of an underplate and provide an oval soup spoon.  You will spoon the soup away from you and place the soup spoon on the underplate between sips or when finished.

This is the resting and finished position of the spoon on the underplate at an informal meal.

At a formal dinner, soup must be served in a soup bowl with an underplate and a round/cream soup spoon provided.  Again place the soup spoon on the underplate between sips or when finished.

This is the resting and finished position of the spoon on the underplate at a formal meal.

Mama usually uses seasonal dinnerware for her meals.  On Sunday I changed things up a bit for her and used cute blue and white paper products from Target.

So, remember to practice proper soup etiquette:

Hold the spoon just like a pencil between your index and middle fingers with the thumb up.  Spoon the soup away from you toward the center of the bowl.  Don't fill the soup spoon completely full.  Place the soup spoon on the plate in the 10:20 "I am finished" position in between sips and when you have finished.  Never leave a soup spoon in a soup bowl.  Also, do not blow on your soup to cool it down and do not slurp your soup.

Enjoy the soup season!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Impressions by Carlton Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon

The Carriage House Restaurant was the scene of Impressions by Carlton's annual Fall Fashion Show and Luncheon.  It was my second year to attend and I invited my friend Carol to attend--I'm pretty sure she loved it.  It was a beautiful setting for ladies who love to lunch and shop!

Here's the outfit that I wore and talked about in a post earlier this week.

Joyce Carlton is the owner of Impressions by Carlton in Perry, Georgia.  I have written about Joyce before--She is truly the epitome of a Southern Lady...full of grace and charm and just adorable!  Joyce and her sister are two adorable Southern ladies with the same sweet Southern accents!

Guests were greeted with hot apple cider which was the perfect signature beverage for the day.

The tables were set with an autumn tone...

This is one of the beautiful trees in front of the entrance to the restaurant...It is a Kousa Dogwood tree, which has beautiful white blooms in the spring and pinkish-red berries in the autumn.  The berries from the tree are edible and sometimes used to make jam and wine.

The clippings from the tree were a beautiful complement to the orange and black table linens.

Joyce always gets a large crowd at her fall was evident that everyone in the room admires her so!

The models are friends, employees, and customers of Carlton's.

Today I'm enjoying the clippings that would have been discarded...wondering if I need a Kousa Dogwood in my yard!

Impressions by Carlton is just off Interstate 75, south of Macon, Georgia in historic downtown Perry--912 Carroll Street, 478.987.4511.  Stop in and check out their cute loot y'all!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

B The Collection

If you haven't heard of this beautiful lady by now, I would like to introduce to y'all Brooke Schultz.  She is a Sales Executive turned Fashion Designer and owns B The Collection.   The collection has THE cutest shift dresses, skirts, tunics, slacks, sweaters, jackets, and jewelry.

I first discovered B The Collection through an Instagram friend Teggy French.  Teggy is so beautiful in a Grace Kelly way and wears a lot of B The Collection.  Take a look Teggy...doesn't she look fabulous in this preppy tunic?!  And here she is wearing another piece from the collection that is still on my wish list!

"Here's What I'm Wearing Today"...the B The Collection "Animal House" shift, with the "Animal House" cardigan, and the adorable bee bold bauble necklace.  I'm wearing my black Chanel cap toe flats (not shown) and carrying my black Chanel pocketbook.  I love the shift monogrammed in hot pink {thanks to Brooke} and paired with the cute cardigan.  Perfect for an autumn day!

My Outfit of the Day:

I adore this pattern!

The cardigan comes with a shell that was also monogrammed by Brooke.  I look forward to wearing this twinset during the coming months with skirts and jeans.

The little buttons on the cardigan have the bee logo!

Check out B The Collection's website {sale going on} and Facebook page and see more of the cute preppy fashions.  Along with darling clothes, Brooke also offers excellent customer service!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Replacements, Ltd.

If you are a tableware junkie like myself, you'll love Replacements.  Mr. Bob Paige is the founder and CEO of Replacements, Ltd.  He's a former antique buyer who lived for the weekends to scour flea markets for antique dinnerware.  Soon his friends started to rely on him for old and new pattern replacement pieces.    Based in Greensboro, North Carolina since 1981, Replacements ships more than 50,000 items a week to customers.  

Bob Paige, Founder and CEO of Replacements, Ltd.

You can register online at their website for patterns you are interested in and receive an email notification when the item is available.  

They display the Top 500 china patterns along this "Great Wall of China!"  Lord have mercy, I would just go crazy in this place!

They also offer crystal and silver restoration and repair.

If you are lucky enough to visit the showroom in Greensboro, they offer daily tours from 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Visit them on Facebook for tablescape and place setting ideas.