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Good Sunday morning to you. Hope you have had a nice weekend, mine was going fine until that horrific shooting occurred. It really affected me in a very deep way ( click here) and I cannot thank you enough for your hundreds of comments/emails.We cannot turn a blind eye to this again.  I also ended up getting one of the worst migraines I have gotten in years  but  I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.  Social media can be a great thing in how it connects perfect strangers. One of my followers reached out me whose child was the best friend of the swimmer, Nicholas Dworet. who was gunned down and killed. His younger brother was also hospitalized but is OK.

Needless to say the entire community  is in deep mourning, she has started a Go Fund me page to raise funds for Nicholas’s family from Sweden to come back to the U.S to attend and prepare for his funereal. I immediately made a donation and hope you might consider it too, no amount is too small and in times of tragedy, we all have to come together and give and do however we possibly can. Click here to make a donation in Nicholas’s honor.  (There is no amount too small to give)


OK moving along, time to announce the winner of the ginger jar giveaway. Congratulations goes to-


Please contact us at [email protected] to provide your shipping info so your jar can be on it’s way


I love getting back to what I so enjoy doing  here,  sharing and inspiring beauty. We got a beautiful unexpected snowfall last night which is always thrilling to see but I won’t complain if it’s the last one especially as we  are in the home stretch and spring is really not so far away!

I am already starting to think about bringing my cushions and pillows out, getting my planters filled,  going to my favorite garden center, cannot wait! OK onto my Seven on Sunday…..


1 MY NEW GORGEOUS PLANTERS! I nearly jumped for joy when I saw these pictures. My new style Provence planters are almost done and will soon be on their way. I already have my stash reserved for PB.

Just in love now that they are all painted (just waiting on finials and to be boxed up)! These will be here in early April, they are not online yet but you can preorder or get info by emailing us at orders@enchantedhome or  calling 800-804-9565.

Love this new color above and below, Meeting House a soft creamy taupe

This below is the second style, another beauty will be offered in 3 colors

2 CHICKEN SCARPIELLO If you have never had this, you are in for a major treat. I love this dish and normally do not make it as a family  meal but when we have people over. ALWAYS a crowd pleaser, sooo tasty.  l like serving it with a fusilli with pesto and peas, a big salad and you are good to go. The key is letting this cook until the chicken is so tender it falls off the bone, always a crowd pleaser!

I have my local butcher cup up the chicken to pieces that are about 2″ and will also occasionally add a few chicken boneless breasts cut up. This is heavenly good and highly recommended.


Coat a large, wide pan with olive oil and bring the pan to a medium-high heat. Add the sausage and brown well. Remove the sausage with a slotted spoon and reserve.

Season the chicken generously with salt and add to the pan that the sausage was browned in. Brown the chicken well. Once the chicken is brown on all sides, remove it from the pan and reserve.

Drain the oil from the pan and return it to the heat. Coat the pan lightly with new olive oil, add the onions, and season with salt. Cook the onions over medium heat until they are translucent and very aromatic, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.

Add the wine to the pan and reduce it by half. While the wine is reducing, scrape any browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Return the sausage and chicken to the pan and add the cherry peppers, cherry pepper juice, chicken stock, and oregano. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and simmer, partially covered, for 15 minutes. Remove the lid and simmer for 5 more minutes; add more chicken stock if the stock has reduced too much.

Taste and adjust the seasoning, if needed. The finished dish should be slightly soupy, spicy, and delicious.

3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST  You can tell spring is not so far away with  my round up this week, of course had to throw in some mouth watering food pics and a few cute cherubs to round out this weeks picks.


4 EMIRATES KNOWS MORE ABOUT YOU THAN YOU THINK. Having flown Emirates to Milan about six months ago I can attest to what a amazing airline it was. From the incredible comfort to the stellar service, this airline is everything it promises. But I was surprised to read this article about what goes on behind those smiling accommodating faces of the flight attendants. Click here to read, pretty fascinating!

5. CALLING ALL READERS. I am so thrilled for the amazing success my fellow blogger and friend, Kristy Harvey is having with her wonderful books, and with good reason. She has captivated so many with her wonderful, heart warming, funny stories (all that take place in the south is an extra bonus) and knows how to really engage her reader, her books are the kind you don’t want to close.

 You know those kind of books that you wish you could literally jump into and become a part of the story ? Think  Nicholas Sparks meets Elin Hinderbrandt….yes they are that good. I can hardly wait to delve into her newest, The Secret to Southern Charm. I just know her books are headed to the big screen one day:) Click here to preorder yours

6. A CHOCOLATE MUSEUM!! Wow this headline sure caught my eye, this could “sweeten” the deal for just about anyone wanting to become a patron of the arts:) One of the all time chocolate masters, Jacque Torres has opened up a museum in NYC  dedicated to chocolate! This is not only something that would be a lot of fun to visit but I am telling you about it in case a visit to NY might be in your future, that could be a great and delicious activity  to add to your itinerary list.

A ticket includes  a visit to the past of how chocolate came to be, what has happened with it through time and of course some tastings (best part if you ask me). There is also a children’s workshop which includes cookie decorating to keep the tots busy while you try to sneak in another chocolate tasting:) Click here for more info

7. SUNDAY’S SURVEY.  So I was at Mailino, a favorite restaurant in NYC  a few weeks ago (a restaurant owed by restaurant extraordinaire Danny Meyer) who has implemented a no tipping policy in all of his restaurants. I actually loved the idea, the tipping is now built into their menu prices and you know what?  It was nice to just pay and go and not have to calculate a tip.

Really hoping this catches on and think it would actually be a great thing to  know that the tip is included and it’s one less think to have to think about at the end of a meal. What do you think?


That is a wrap for this weekend, anything here interest you? Always love to hear from you and appreciate you stopping by and making TEH. a part of your Sunday mornings.

Several of you had written or called that you were getting my posts and now are not. We are on it, think there was another glitch with the mail delivery service so we are correcting it. Will let you know when all is well so you can report back if you are still having issues. Wishing you a wonderful day and end to your week. Until next time…..

PS  Have room for 2-3 more pictures for the Blue and White Love contest! Don’t miss out, click here for details.

PPS If anyone is looking for rock bottom prices on furniture and rugs, Decor Market is having their Presidential sale where almost everything is a whopping 30% off. I just got my client 2 mirrors, 2 lamps and a rug for $751.00!! Click here to visit Decor Market

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Thank you for sharing the page for Nicholas, I just made a donation. So many tragic stories, Tina. I always enjoy these posts and this uplifted my spirits which have been down this week. Those planters are so beautiful, I must get a few for my new patio.

I must try that chicken dish, my husband and boys would gobble it up. And yes next time we are in NY, that chocolate museum is a must visit. Enjoy your Sunday and thank you for your beautiful posts.

Seeing that picture of beautiful Nicholas broke my heart. Thank you for posting. Thoughts and prayers for everyone at the school and community.

Good morning! Chicken Scarpiello is one of my favorites. Is there any way we can print out the recipe? I was unable to do so. I always order this at one of my favorite places, A Mano, in Mattituck on the North Fork. Delicious!

Good morning, Miss Tina. Glad to hear that you have recovered from your migraine. There is nothing worse!! I just finished Kristy’s book and loved it. I may have to take a trip to NYC soon to visit that fabulous chocolate museum. Hope you have a wonderful week and continue to feel better.

There is no tipping allowed in restaurants in Australia and the service is indifferent at its best. Even if the tip was built in, there is no incentive to go beyond the basics and hopefully be rewarded for extra attention given. Australian visitor was astounded by the great service by our waitstaff here in America

Tina, I was so touched by your brave essay about the shootings this week. Thank you for putting into words what so many of us mother’s feel. It was a hard week for me too thinking about the disfunction of our political system that allows these atrocities to continue. I gave you a big shoutout on my blog today in my Sundays With Celia post and included a link to your essay on the shooting. Bless you for making such an articulate expression.

Thank you for all of your posts with regard to the horrific shooting in Parkland this week. We all have to find a way to stop these tragedies, and I have faith that the youth of America are going to lead the way this time. As for tipping, I worry that restaurateurs won’t actually share the full amount of the tip with the deserving wait staff. Not every boss is going to be as responsible and accountable as Mr. Meyer. So for that reason, I prefer to tip the traditional way. Cheers to a better week!

Love the no-tipping idea, especially when you are splitting checks after dinner. This makes is so simple and easy. Hope more restaurants follow the idea. Have a great weekend and a big hello from Virginia.

Good Morning Tina. I just went back to your prior post. Oh my gosh, it’s all so sad …my heart aches, and my stomach turns. I attended a ladies event this week and unfortunately the dinner turned into an argumentative political event. Ironically we all have more in common than not, however some individuals created an environment where those that shared a different point of view were not allowed to speak for fear of being verbally attacked. It’s unfortunate that we can’t talk about this and come up with reasonable solutions .. together. All this ugliness has been in the works for a long time and the solution is a complicated one. The current environment with so much hatred being spewed isn’t helping to solve the issues. It took courage to write your post and I am 100% behind everything you said. ~leslie

Tina, thank you so much for posting about my daughters Team Mate and friend Nicholas. I don’t know how to thank you for trying to help his family during this tragic loss. You are an angel.

Bravo to you for having the courage to stand up about what you feel. I so agree with every single thing you have said the last few days. Guns mean death there is no other way around this. We must not back down as a nation to help defend our young innocent children.
Tina love the new planters and yes for me to include tipping in all restaurants, makes it so much easier for the patron.

All of us have got to do everything we can to get our states and nation do everything possible to protect our children. There is no one easy fix but something has to be done. We can’t go on having innocent children killed n schools. Please contact all your legislators.

Tina! First, you are the BEST! Thank you for all the book ❤❤❤. I am so appreciative! Also, I’m with you and I think others are too. Enough is enough. I think we’re all really motivated now to get changes made and protect our children. I know I am. So sorry about your connection to the victims. So devastating. This has to end!!

Tina, while I agree the recent school shooting is horrific, I think you should post what you know best – and not open your blog to a place where people post hateful, uninformed comments. Here are some facts for you and your readers:

2018 U.S. school shootings as counted by Everytown. Everytown, an advocacy group co-founded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that seeks to prevent gun violence, uses a broad definition of school shooting — that is, any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building, or on a school campus or grounds. Its database includes incidents when no one was injured; attempted or completed suicide, with no intent to injure others; and cases when a gun was fired unintentionally, resulting in injury or death. The list also includes incidents on college campuses.

Jan. 3 – East Olive Elementary, St. Johns, Mich. – Man committed suicide in parking lot. No other injuries.
The building was not being used as a school, as East Olive had been shut down more than six months earlier.
Jan. 4 – New Start High, Seattle – Unidentified shooter fired shots into building. No injuries.
Jan. 10 – Grayson College, Denison, Texas – Student unintentionally fired a bullet from gun legally possessed by an instructor that struck a wall. No injuries.
Jan. 10 – Coronado Elementary, Sierra Vista, Ariz. – Student committed suicide in bathroom. No other injuries.
Jan. 10 – California State University, San Bernardino – Gunshots, most likely fired from off campus, hit a campus building window. No injuries.
Jan. 15 – Wiley College, Marshall, Texas – Shots fired from car in parking lot, with one shot hitting window of residence hall. No injuries.
Jan. 20 – Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C. – One student wounds another student during argument at sorority party.
Jan. 22 – Italy High, Italy, Texas – Student opens fire in cafeteria, wounding one student before firing at another student and missing.
Jan. 22 – NET Charter High, Gentilly, La. – Unknown person fired shots at students standing in parking lot. No injuries from gunshots.
Jan. 23 – Marshall County High, Benton, Ky. – 2 students left dead in mass shooting by student. More than a dozen students injured.
Jan. 25 – Murphy High, Mobile, Ala. – Student fired into the air outside school after argument in school. No injuries.
Jan. 26 – Dearborn High, Dearborn, Mich. – Individual ejected from game for fighting was shot at in parking lot. No injuries.
Jan. 31 – Lincoln High, Philadelphia – Man fatally wounded in fight in parking lot.
Feb. 1 – Salvador B. Castro Middle, Los Angeles – Student unintentionally fires gun in classroom, wounds two students.
Feb. 5 – Oxon Hill High, Oxon Hill, Md. – Student wounded in parking lot during apparent robbery.
Feb. 5 – Harmony Learning K-12, Maplewood, Minn. – Student pressed trigger on school liaison officer’s gun. No injuries.
Feb. 8 – Metropolitan High, New York, N.Y. – Student fired gun into floor in classroom. No injuries.
Feb. 14 – Stoneman Douglas High, Parkland, Fla. – Ex-student allegedly commits mass shooting; 17 deaths.

The tip is automatically included when you use the frequent diners card Tables in Wonderland at Disney World. I began NOT telling the server we had the card at the beginning of the meal because I found the service lacking when they were assured at least an 18% tip. This is at their higher end table service restaurants like California Grill and Narcosee’s. They no longer accept the card at Victoria and Alberts unfortunately! Being local(ish) V&A is our anniversary dinner every year. Maybe we should try Salt at the Ritz this year.

Tina thank you for sharing the link to contribute to the fund for the Nicholas. I share in your grief and sadness over this horrific event.
I was happy to see this post as I always enjoy your Sunday posts (well every post for that matter). Those planters are so beautiful. I need to figure out how many we will need but I must have a pair for around the pool, prettiest I have seen and that taupe color is gorgeous.
Thanks for sharing the recipe, I love every single recipe you have shared would love you to share your Caesar salad recipe again, I cannot find it and my kids loved it. Hope you have a nice day.

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