Monday, November 23, 2015

Turkey Pot Pie

The French know what to do with leftovers--add cream sauce and wrap in puff pastry.
That's what we plan to do this Thanksgiving. We're going to transform leftovers into a savory pie.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Social Media Stories: A Pinning Misadventure

A long time ago, a friend sent an invitation to join Pinterest. In those days, you had to be invited. I wasn't sure about Pinterest's function, and I didn't have time to learn because I was up to my neck in a work project. Years went by, and I forgot all about the site. Last November, I finally spent a little time on Pinterest and began to pin with gusto--I had the best time ever. I didn't realize that I was doing it all wrong, but that's typical Mlee behavior. I'm a slow learner.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

It's time for pre-Thanksgiving festivities at Foodie Friday and Everything Else, where you'll find the best recipes and creative ideas.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Mid-week Update: Ranch Renovation Diary

 Before we get into the latest adventures, I want to hug everyone who shared ideas and heartwarming stories about how to make a new house a home. You ladies rock! And you are so wise. I can't begin to explain how much you helped. This move is fraught with psychological undertones, and I was bowled over by how you saw straight to the heart of the matter. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell your journeys and for talking me down from the ledge. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Nest Building: Making a New House Feel Like Home

A warning label should accompany this post. Though it contains a few "before" photos, you won't see lovely "afters." This post isn't about decorating. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Window Shopping in Nashville

 On impulse, we drove to Nashville and enjoyed a little window shopping, something we haven't done in many years. It's true that I am very attached to certain objects (insert background music, Barbra Streisand singing "Memories"), and I resist buying new furniture. Nevertheless, I didn't hesitate to embark on this new design adventure.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else. I am in Nashville, finishing up a window shopping trip. I'll be back later, after the traffic thins a bit. I've been sharing a few photos on Instagram today. Lawzy, I need to get out more and see the world.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mid-Week Tinkering

First, I'd like to thank you all for the great comments on the man cave. I tend to get snowblind very easily, and you all set me on the right path. Thanks go out to Yolie Brown for helping me solve an issue with my narrow dining room. Rather than moving the round table in here, I'm going to leave it where it is for now and see how the long, mahogany table looks. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Baby Steps on a Foggy Night: A Few Steps Backward

 We crammed a chair and table into the Jeep and took off for the foggy mountain, hoping that more furniture would tame the cavernous man cave, but the opposite happened.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Baby Steps in a Big Room

Well, I finally started tinkering with the gigantic man cave. I worked fast because we were on our way to see Spectre, the new James Bond movie. I just had time to shift the furniture and add a few pillows--and to try a striped Dhurrie rug.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Foodie Friday and Everything Else

Welcome to Foodie Friday and Everything Else.
I want to thank everyone for your kind comments about my illness. I'm much better, but still homebound for now. Haven't made it over to the ranchburger, but my family took pictures of the big anniversary SURPRISE. I'm looking forward to getting well, so we can move!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

True Country

We are driving down a long dirt road, rocks pinging against the fender, dust rising from the tires. This road leads to slow-living and gentle ways, and each mile takes us back in time to a simpler era.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Date Night Style for Slobs

Long ago, the Girl planned an old fashioned date night. She imagined stopping by a restaurant and consuming vast quantities of spaghetti and garlic bread, then she imagined walking to the local cinema to see The Martian.