Happy beautiful Sunday, everyone! Welcome to my weekly lifestyle post called Sunday mornings at home.
The name originated from my love of being home on Sunday mornings…we traditionally go to church on Saturdays.
Lately, though it seems that we are at church more and more on Sundays…but I am not going to change the name.
Sunday mornings at home represent to me peace, love of home, and quiet to reflect on the past and upcoming week.
This upcoming week is a milestone birthday and a fun vacation on the calendar.
So, let’s catch up with a few things on this Sunday Mornings at Home post….
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: THIS LOOK
This is a jacket which was gifted to me by the wonderful people at Ming Wang.
It has proven to be a great way to look good this summer and stay cool.
This is the Floral Embroidered Button-Front Jacket and it is currently on sale at Dillard’s.
Ming Wang is a top quality, high end brand which gives us beautiful clothing for all aspects of our lives.
In this picture, I am wearing it with pieces I have owned and worn for a long time…
An Eileen Fisher silk charmeuse V-Neck tank in almond, Eileen Fisher System washable stretch crepe slim ankle pant in black, an Etsy necklace and Jack Rogers Collins Casual Sandals in gold.
One of the embroidered designs on the jacket is in the same color as this tank.
Thanks to Ming Wang for the jacket to share with you!
Now, for those of you who may love this brand…here are some lovely pieces currently on sale at Dillard’s:
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: VANILLA UPDATE
A few of you wanted specifics on my vanilla extract homemaking process, so here is the update.
I now have six bottles ready and tucked away to steep the flavors together for the next six months and be ready for Christmas gifting.
I am very pleased with the bottles I ordered from Amazon which came with a funnel, tags and a pen.
This order is the YEBODA 8oz SWING TOP BOTTLES. So, far…I am very pleased with this selection.
I researched several different sites and also talked to a Hispanic cook in San Antonio.
I want the same flavor as the vanilla I bring home from Mexico…it is so rich, smoky and delicious.
The consensus for this flavor was to use Madagascar Vanilla Beans (the link is what I ordered from Amazon) and bourbon.
The most recommended bourbon for this flavor is Buffalo Trace...which includes notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.
The bottles already have a dark, rich look to the concoction inside.
If you desire a lighter vanilla extract, I have been told to use vodka.
When I was in college, I had a nasty episode with vodka and pink lemonade…and it has not crossed my lips since then! Just thinking about it makes my stomach turn.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: A RECIPE SHARE FROM MY MOTHER
Aside from my mother’s challenges which I have written about here, she was a fabulous cook.
My Thanksgiving dinner is her Thanksgiving dinner. My cornbread her cornbread.
She was the ultimate Southern cook…born a cajun and raised in East Texas.
I am still to this day attempting to get her fried chicken at my house…it may never happen.
But, I have this little book with many of her recipes.
I haven’t baked a crab pie since I began my diet, so I do not have a picture…but this is an excellent crab pie.
When my mother says….pre-baked pie crust…she meant, homemade pre-baked pie crust.
I usually use a store bought one…but I may make this one soon with her version.
The only changes I made: Added a minced garlic (I put garlic in almost everything), and I prefer either nutmeg or allspice to the mace.
She loved white pepper and used it often, so I always have it on hand.
SUNDAY MORNINGS AT HOME: BLOG UPDATES THROUGH JULY
This is birthday week and I will certainly be living each day I am blessed to have with joy and a smile.
There will be blog posts and updated information for you every day….except Sundays.
It is difficult to write a post that is so personal about home…if I am not there. So, Sunday Mornings at Home will return August 5.
But, trust me, I have worked hard to make sure there is content here for all of you to enjoy and discuss and I will be hoping on to participate…so make sure you join me.
I do have a special message for you on my birthday too.
This is a wonderful community of women who often interact with one another.
Also, SEND ME YOUR RECIPES TO SHARE…I would love to be here August 5 with a new reader recipe! Send them to email@example.com.
Let me know if you have any thoughts on today’s Sunday mornings at home post…..
KEEP SMILING…I HOPE MY SMILE WRINKLES ARE ALWAYS THERE!
By Pamela Lutrell
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