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My Favorite Things 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013



Welcome to another year of My Favorite Things! Every year I participate in this linky party hosted by 320 Sycamore , and I look forward to compiling my list to share with you.  You can find years past Here and Here . 



One of my passions is decorating our home and making it feel warm and cozy to my family and friends. We tend to entertain alot and I am in LOVE with these Gold Rimmed Agate Coasters I found on Etsy . They are gorgeous and perfect to rest glasses on. The soft, muted colors and the organic, natural quality....perfection! Just looking at  them make me happy!



For the past few years, my signature scent has been Amazing Grace by Philosophy. You know the old saying, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"?  That is how I feel  about Amazing Grace. But a few months ago my husband and I were out and about and in a department store, I spotted Coach Poppy and took the liberty of spraying a bit on my wrists. It smelled amazing. Apparently my husband thought so too, because a few days later he gifted me a bottle , with the body lotion as well. I love this scent, and I LOVE that it stays on all day. When I do wear it, I layer the lotion and the perfume, and it really does last all day for me . Which is a huge plus  . I am too busy to remember to apply more throughout the day, and with this scent, I don't need to! Winner!




As a food blogger , I tend to spend lots of my time in the kitchen. Over the years I have come to realize that I am a messy cook. Messy. Dirty dishes , dirty countertops, ingredients strewn all over , that's me. I have learned that and apron is a necessity. I have had my eye on one of these halter aprons from Ice Milk Aprons for months. I have not purchased one as of yet ( they are pricey) , but I am hoping that maybe Santa will bring me one. They are so beautiful. Keeping my fingers crossed...


Scandal is my treat. Thursday nights at 10 pm, you will find me fixated on Olivia Pope. And the Gladiators. And JAKE! Superb writing, superb acting - what more can you ask for? 




I am obsessed with words. Obsessed. I have  quotes, saying, Bible verses and single words all over our home. I fell in love with Red Letter Words a few years ago. I have purchased a few small canvas prints for gifts, and I have this Bible verse in my home, hanging on the wall for everyone to see. And hopefully, God willing, my children to remember for their lifetime. They see it every day and hopefully it stays with them. Isaiah 40:31 is my favorite verse. It lifts me and encourages me. These canvas prints are pricey, but such great quality and you will have it for years and years. Highly recommended !





I am a cookbook hoarder. I admit it. I read cookbooks like novels. I pour over the ingredients , the pictures and the writing. One of my favorite cookbooks at the moment is Wintersweet by Tammy Donroe Inman.  Awesome recipes using winter ingredients. Think apples, pears, carrots, greens...winter foods. The recipes are wonderful, the pictures even better and the writing engaging. It is on my coffee table as I type this , and I will probably leaf through it again before the day is over.




If you have ever been to our home, you know that I always have a candle burning. I love to walk into the house and have a familiar scent greet us at the door. I have a few favorites , and they are all found at Bath & Body Works. I love their candles. The scent throws are perfect and they burn evenly, which is a pet peeve of mine. My all time favorite scent is London Calling ( it smells like fresh brewed tea with lemon. weird sounding, I know... but the smell is heavenly. I am keeping my fingers crossed they bring it back in the spring)  . But for the holiday season, and into January, I burn the fresh balsam candle. It smells like winter. Cold, snowy, foresty winter. I stock up when they go on sale. I have enough stocked away for this year and next. I'm obsessed.



I am a coffee drinker. Working from home every day, my Keurig definitely  gets a workout on a daily basis . ( not to mention the hot tea, iced teas and hot chocolate that my kids make when they are here). I like to use pretty mugs when I have my coffee. A small luxury, but one I love nonetheless. These monogrammed mugs from Anthropologie fit the bill. They are so simple, but the black letters and the handles really make them pop in my kitchen. *swoon*


I only wear nail polish on my nails for special occasions ( definitley not condusive when I work with my hands in the studio every day) . But I do try to keep my toes painted and go for regular mani/pedi's. My favorite brand is Essie . Right now my absolute favorite color for winter is Wicked. Deep red. Looks awesome on my toes. 

I admit it. Dry shampoo is my best friend. Mornings are hectic around here trying to get a husband and three children fed, dressed and out the door to work and school. And sometimes I don't get a shower until later morning. This stuff is a life saver for me. Especially with my bed head. I just spray , style and I am on my way. 


By far, one of my favorite books of 2013. I had read Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines before author Shauna Niequist released Bread & Wine. All of her writing ( and blogging) is inspirational.  I love the way she writes about family , and friendship, and faith. And she loves food as much as I do. Wonderful book. You will want to read it again and again.


A friend of mine gifted me one of these mini notebooks earlier this year and I fell in love. They are small enough to fit into my purse and I use them all the time to jot down things when I am in the carpool line, or waiting in the doctors office etc.  You can find them at Dayspring , where they are on sale right now.


so there is my compilation of My Favorite Things 2013!

11 comments:

  1. LOVE that apron! I think I need one. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. That apron is gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by The Fresh Plate! ~Liz

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  2. Oh, I love learning and finding new products! Thanks for sharing -- Merry Christmas!

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  3. I love the monogrammed mugs from Anthro! I use the C one as a pen/pencil holder at work!

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    1. oh, that is a good idea. I might just have to make a trip to Anthro for more mugs! Merry Christmas! ~Liz

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  4. Okay, you must be the 5th blogger this year to talk about that Balsam candle! I'm sold! And love those Anthro mugs - the floral monogram ones made my list last year! Merry Christmas and thanks for visiting! :)

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    1. Fresh Balsam is a popular scent! Merry Christmas!!!!!

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  5. Love that apron! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Colleen! Merry Christmas!

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  6. Those agate coasters! So very cool. I got some samples of a coach perfume in a dept store that I LOVED, maybe it was that one? I will have to check because I love amazing grace too. What beautiful aprons, I hope you get one under the tree! Merry Christmas and thanks so much for joining the party again.

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