Recent Decor Hacks

Pillow cover without a pillow. I rolled towels and put them in the pillow cover. It’s not perfect, but it works for now.

Window Valance. I have no sewing skills and couldn’t find a valance that I liked. I did find a kitchen towel at Crate & Barrel that I thought would work. No sewing was necessary. I just draped the towel over the rod. I might velcro the insides together, but maybe not.

An empty corner. I took the homemade bench we made for the end of the bed and stood it upright adding books and plants, etc.

And a couple of more common hacks: the throw over the chair is actually a blanket scarf and the plant on the table is in a spaghetti jar.

Tea Time-Lauderée Thé Fleur d'Oranger

I’m adding this tea to my list of favorites. Ladurée’s Fleur d’ Oranger smells heavenly and tastes exactly the same. It’s a combination of Oolong tea and orange blossom. A perfect match.

Silver Sister- 14 Months

Growing out my silvers is no longer as exciting and dramatic looking as it was in the beginning months. It’s now just a game of patience as I wait for the last of the brown highlighted ends gets cut off.

Here’s my first silver status pics for 2020. I think I’m over halfway there.

Recipe of the Week-Pasta Sauce

In the time it takes for the pasta to cook, you can make this homemade pasta sauce. It’s delicious so much better than the grocery store jar stuff.

  • 2lbs chopped tomatos (I use Roma)
  • 1 clove grated garlic
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 3oz lardons/fatty bacon/pork belly sliced into matchsticks
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/8cup white wine (Do NOT substitute with red)
  • 1lb penne pasta
  • Fresh basil
  • Fresh grated parmesan
  • Put on pot of hot salty water for the pasta.
  • In a pan, add olive oil and brown the lardons about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, garlic, sugar, seasonings, and a grind of black pepper.
  • Simmer over medium heat for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the wine and simmer an additional 10 minutes until it’s saucy.
  • In the meantime, you cook the pasta, drain, and then add to the sauce.
  • Top with basil and parmesan.

via Dinner Chez Moi

Current Read-Older but Better but Older

I loved “How to be Parisian”, but their new book, “Older, but Better, but Older” wasn’t as appealing.

Maybe it’s because I am older and I’m already aware of a lot of what is in the book, but I was really bored reading this. To be honest, I skipped through a few pages. (I think I was hoping for more tips to aging gracefully.) I will say I did find myself giggling in some parts and a lot of it is spot on to getting older.

Less Common Valentine Gifts

Instead of flowers, give this succulent from The Sill. I think it’s adorable.

I know it’s a book, but it gets great reviews and who doesn’t want to unlock their erotic intelligence…

Coming Soon Golden Fortune Cookie. Put your personalized love message inside.

Pink Ray Ban Sunglasses. I might gift these to myself.

This candle from Goop because I can’t believe it’s a real thing….but it is.