Here we go again…Sunday with five favorites along with my friends Cindy and Mary Ann. This week I have a recipe for a pumpkin cake that I made for Madeline’s birthday and a little giveaway too!
One of my favorite small shops, No. 299 in Fairfield, Connecticut is now carrying one of my all-time favorite products, Thieves Household Cleaner. So if you live near Fairfield, CT, and are in need of a few essential oils, some Thieves or a diffuser, make sure to stop by and say hi to Jackie. Every time I go in I find a treasure or two. This week Jackie is starting to add holiday items to her shop and well of course I needed one of these darling bowls. Perfect for storing a few oils next to a diffuser.
Christmas Spirit is one of my favorite essential oils for diffusing starting now all through the holidays. So let the holiday season begin! Enter to win one of these darling bowls with a bottle of Christmas Spirit for all your holiday diffusing and add a few drops to your bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner too!
To Enter to win your choice of a small bowl and a bottle of Christmas Spirit, just leave a comment and let me know if you’ve started diffusing instead of burning candles? (diffusing is not required to win)
A pumpkin cake like no other
Since Madeline has an October birthday and she loves pumpkin, I’m always in search of the perfect pumpkin cake. Half Baked Harvest posted one in the nick of time! It was a cake in a loaf pan and that didn’t seem “birthdayish” enough, so I doubled the recipe and made two round cakes. One to have at home and one to take back to Brooklyn. It is the most delicious pumpkin cake with chocolate chips and a sugar crust.
What are your thoughts on composting?
Ever since the pandemic, more people planted gardens and that has led to composting. Every time I throw away carrot peels, apple cores, or any kitchen scraps, I can’t help think that we could be composting. This article makes it seem pretty doable. Then I stopped by my friend Diane’s the other day and she had this compost bin in her kitchen and I thought, you know maybe I could get behind the whole composting thing. She keeps it under her sink when she’s not using it and has this one outside. So tell me, have you all been quietly composting for years? Or are you thinking about it? Please do tell me!
My Favorite accent pieces from Serena & Lily
It’s no secret that Serena & Lily is one of my favorite stores and what I love about it is how they keep things fresh with pieces that are current, but never trendy. They take an idea from the past and make it even better. Here are a few pieces that caught my eye. The Freeport Table lamp makes a statement with its size and material. Lamps are one of those things that can make a room feel dated. Sometimes a new lamp shade can update an old lamp, but sometimes a new lamp can make a room feel fresh and modern. I love the rattan magazine holder. It’s like a piece I wished I could find thrifting, but probably won’t. And the stools…I have three and move them all over my house!
- Tybee Pouf // 2. Freeport Table Lamp // 3. Rattan Magazine Holder // 4. Teak Stools// 5. Oval Teak Stool
Beach Walking and Collecting
My favorite souvenirs are usually something free like a bottle that our water was served in at a restaurant or collecting rocks, shells, and driftwood on beach walks. Last weekend it was wildflowers, this weekend I added to my stacked rock collection. Why? Who knows? What’s your favorite thing to collect and from where? Have you been doing day trips this fall? It seems safe for the most part. Everyone wears masks and the restaurants are all outdoors and they are taking so many precautions. It feels good to be out there!
As always, thank you for reading! I don’t take for granted your visit to my blog for one minute! And I know Mary Ann and Cindy don’t either! So thank you for stopping by and have a beautiful Sunday! ~ Annie