Monday, October 29, 2012

Warming up with comfort food...



Brrrr! It's a cold and breezy autumn day in the Carolinas. We are lucky here in South Carolina to have escaped the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, though, so I'm not complaining. Most of my family is caught in the path of the storm. I've been through my share of hurricanes, but not a storm like this. I hope any of you that are in the path of the storm are safe and sound and hunkered down with plenty of provisions.
Since it's so chilly here today, I'm going to make a pot of my homemade chicken soup for dinner with lots of warm crusty bread and some brownies. I've tried just about every type of brownie there is, including homemade, and the Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate are probably my favorites. They're just fantastic. Soup, crusty bread and brownies ~ perfect comfort food.
Wishing all of you lots of comfort during the storm...

Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Monday, October 22, 2012

A little beauty to lift the spirits...


When I'm feeling particularly busy or a little overwhelmed, I always find it helps to slow down for a bit and indulge in making something pretty. Slowing down when all you want to do is hurry and get through your to-do list sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but it helps get my brain working properly again so I can actually get through that list.
Saturday morning while running errands, I decided put my massive to-do list on hold for a little bit to pick up some flowers to arrange. I just needed something beautiful and bright. I brought home several bunches of autumn blooms and spent a half-hour or so creating this arrangement for my living room and another little one for the hall. Afterward, I felt much more capable of handling everything.
And then there's Miss Emily, who keeps looking up at me with this adorable face of hers ~ how can you not smile when you see her? She's like an all-natural, beautiful mood enhancer who's always ready for a cuddle.
Wishing all of you (and me) a low-key week full of quiet beauty...


Photos by The Art of Living Beautifully

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The beauty of chilly October days...


It truly feels like autumn where I live ~ yesterday it only climbed into the 50s and today isn't expected to be a whole lot warmer. And I, for one, love it. It's the perfect weather for good soup, some warm crusty bread and a lovely fire in the fireplace. Or, in my case, lots of lovely candles giving off a warm glow from the fireplace.
I hope all of you have been enjoying a lovely month so far. I just arrived back in the Carolinas from driving across the country with my sweetie and Miss Emily. It's a long trip from California to the East Coast, hence my recent absence, but it's wonderful to have us all back together again.
Wishing all of you a beautiful week...

Photo by The Art of Living Beautifully