#glazed

Early this morning, as a parent volunteer, I carried what seemed like a tower of donut boxes into our children’s school. Approaching the teachers lounge with this stack of glazed goodness, I was greeted by wide eyes and even wider smiles. This got me thinking about the magic of “glazed”.

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It was about (tea) time!

A little history: 100 years ago, a trailblazing group of women were shaking things up on the political scene. They became known as the Suffragists, and their mission was clear cut and simple: They wanted ratification of the 19th amendment, which would afford women the right to vote. This revered group of ladies handled much of their business over tea- And on what turned out to be quite an historic day for women, they gathered in the lobby of the historic Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville, before taking the Tennessee capitol by storm. Their voices were heard. The Volunteer state came through for the Suffragists, and in 1920, women gained the right to vote!

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Taking Time To Tidy

I don’t know about you, but my household endured a lot of “stashing” during the holidays. So please hear me when I promise you, the goal of this post is not to boast-rather it is serving as more of a therapeutic exercise than anything.
Do the items in your home spark joy?

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New Years Nesting❤️

When the Christmas trees and decor are finally cleared away, I find myself ready for a re-set! Maybe it’s a natural affinity for that fresh-start feeling that comes along with the New Year. Resolutions and renewal; regardless, I seem to take it out on my house. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, that is where I start.

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Joy in the New Year!

Yesterday was just beyond special for our family❤️How incredibly grateful we are~Four generations of our family stood with my mother, as she was sworn in by the Vice President.  She placed her left hand on her childhood Bible, which was held by her two grandsons, while the oath was administered.

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

The countdown is on, evidenced by Santa sightings, all things retail, and in my home, nightly excitement over advent calendars. And I say calendars, plural, because we have many. The advent is well observed by my children-in which case I’m praying for their little hearts- that the true message of the season reveals itself more meaningful than the arrival of Santa Claus!

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Deck the halls!

It’s that time of year! The week between thanksgiving and December 1st is the unofficial Christmas decorating week. You see Christmas trees atop SUV’s and each night another house on the block seems to light up! It seems like there should be a name for this flurry of activity, proper recognition of this race to get decorated, the way Europeans observe Boxing Day after Christmas. You may be sitting pretty, reading this post while sipping cocoa in front of a roaring fire, your home all aglow with the splendor of Christmas. Or you may look a little more like me. I’ve got nutcrackers in the “hospital” and pumpkins on the porch.

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Retreat to the Fountain of Youth:)

My grandmother was born to Emmie Meeks Morgan as Mary Josephine Morgan. My mother gave me her mother’s maiden name.

Approaching 94, she is as vibrant, and strikingly beautiful as ever! She attributes her longevity to such daily rituals as drinking a table spoon of apple cider vinegar, eating a handful of walnuts and blueberries, and laying her head on a fresh silk pillow every night. And anyone who knows me well, knows I have adopted these habits,…and you would understand why if you spent more than a second with her.

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Time to give thanks & celebrate💛

The commemorative china taking center stage in this table setting is very special. Paul and I received a set of plates from this pattern, as a wedding gift from the Frists, when Senator Frist held the seat in which Mom will soon serve. (❤️Hubby and I met working in the senate office🇺🇸 ) For you china fan girls, this was a commemorative pattern made by Tiffany and Co. in 2000, called the Millennium Series, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first meeting of Congress, in Washington, D.C. I’m sure you can guess why I thought this was the perfect pattern for our family dinner. Tomorrow is also our parents 44th wedding anniversary💛 We are thankful for so much to celebrate! Cheers!

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All Saints Eve🎃 Tuesday Table Talk

Haunted house style was the inspiration for this table of terror. I started with fabulous black glitter beeswax candles, white pumpkins, and a bag of spider web material. I love the simple white of Kells. Versatility made this pattern the perfect choice for a dramatic black and white table scape. I layered antique silver pieces and candelabra for a haunted mansion feel. After all, witches prefer sipping from silver goblets:) It is fun to carry a theme into the details, and I loved the way this antique apothecary seemed to beckon, “pick your poison.”

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