**OUR OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY, DEC 31ST AND TUES, JAN 1ST FOR THE NEW YEAR HOLIDAY. We will reopen Wed, Jan 2nd and all emails and voicemails will be returned at that time** As of Monday, Dec 31st a special 2 day 20% off site wide promo has begun! A great way to celebrate and start 2019 in style! Click here to visit the shop. Good Sunday morning from PB! Here in my happy place and so relaxed. It was so what the doctor ordered! We were due to go to Argentina right after Christmas but with family visiting and a few conflicts, it just did not happen. The good news is we have a credit for a future use and hopefully a time when our boys can join us. Getting to come last minute to PB was a welcome treat and, honestly as much fun as the trip would have been, I am sure I wouldn’t have been able to relax the way I have been here. We are going for brunch then I hope to sit by the pool this afternoon and catch up on some reading and magazines. It has been a wonderful 70-75 degrees which in my book is just right:) I have many exciting things percolating for 2019 and I cannot wait to share things with you as they happen. Anyway hope this finds you well and adjusting to post holiday life, onward to my Seven on Sunday…. ____________________________________ 1 VIENNA BOYS CHOIR AT CHRISTMAS This is most definitely on my bucket list as something I would love to see during my lifetime. Getting to witness the marvel of the Vienna Boys Choir during the Christmas holiday sounds like a dream. Could anything be more magical! I thought this video which is a little “behind the scenes” was really interesting and worth sharing…such angelic voices! In fact play the video then leave it on as you continue to read the rest of the post….it will put you in the best mood:) And in case you are wondering if Christmas in Austria is really as magical as you might think, I believe this video will prove you right- it’s like going back to the time of Currier and Ives! 2. ONE DELICIOUS SOUP Being a lover of soup, I could eat it at every meal so am always on the prowl for good new recipes. Found this lemon chicken orzo recipe over at Nine and Sixteen and let me tell you this stuff is good! I love soup during the colder months and make it at least once a week. Because it also freezes so easily it’s an instant and satisfying meal. I really really enjoyed this as did the rest of my family and this will be on the menu again sooner than later. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup 2 tsp olive oil 1 c diced carrots 1 c diced celery 1 small onion, diced half of a chicken breast, with skin + bone 1 cup roughly chopped spinach 2 tsp fresh thyme, chopped 3/4 c orzo pasta kosher salt fresh ground pepper 8 – 10 cups chicken broth 2 lemons Preheat oven to 350. Rub chicken breast with olive oil, season liberally with salt + pepper, place on baking sheet and roast for 35-40 minutes, remove, loosely cover with foil and let sit. I made a whole chicken breast. I used half for the soup and saved the other half for stuffed manicotti the next night. Turn up heat to 400. Slice one lemon and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Roast lemon slices for 20 min. Remove and set aside. In a large pot or dutch oven, heat 2 tsp olive oil over med. heat. Add carrot, celery and onion and saute for about 6-8 min. Add 8 cups broth, spinach, thyme, and orzo, season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil, cover partially with lid and reduce heat, let simmer for about 15 -20 min. While soup is simmering peel skin off chicken and cut meat away from the bone. Shred chicken. Add chicken to soup along with the zest and juice of one lemon. Stir + serve. Top soup with roasted lemon slices. Yum, yum…. Tip: Add additional broth as needed. After soup sits for a while the pasta absorbs broth and you’ll need to thin it back out. 3. CAN YOU FREEZE THAT? Now that I am adjusting to maintaining two homes, I am still figuring groceries out for PB. On one hand I love having fresh produce at all times but on the other don’t want to overdo it either and be stuck having to throw away. I HATE waste. So I have become quite the “freezer queen” and I have surprised myself at what I can freeze. Voila! A delicious and super healthy vitmain full instant smoothie:) As an example I bought a lot of berries and bananas (to make smoothies) and was able to freeze all of them, they are so handy to whip out and put right into the blender. Ditto breads and even hard cheese (including grated Parmesan) I even froze fresh basil and cilantro. So the first night we got here and didn’t feel like going out, I was able to whip up an exceptionally good pasta meal for my husband with frozen tomato sauce, basil, garlic (yep even froze the garlic) and Parmesan.I keep dried pasta and olive oil on hand. For myself I had frozen lentil soup from last visit and made a big fresh salad with avocado. Ditto in the morning I was able to use all my frozen fruits to create a delicious smoothie. My mind started racing about just how many foods I can freeze. So in the meantime, I found this chart and found it really helpful. Just in case you are wondering about what you can and cannot freeze. Being able to freeze these food sure makes life convenient and makes instatnt quick meals a cinch! PS I eat a lot of raw nuts as a snack, I always freeze my nuts, they are always perfectly crisp and taste so much better FYI 4 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Lots to love even though there is a lot less of the holiday we have all gotten so used to seeing the last few weeks but managed to sneak in a few. Still so much beauty to marvel at if you ask me:) 5 MY NEW MELAMINE PLATES FINAL DESIGN These only look like fine china, hard to believe they are melamine aren’t they? I think they can fool just about anyone (and have)! Soooo excited about these, I am visualizing so many beautiful tablescape possibilities with this incredible new addition to my melamine line, where these dishes only look like china! Just in love with this pattern, loving that it has blue and white but the other colors as well…..think its a winner! With luck if all goes according to plan I will have these in plenty of time for spring and summer entertaining! So stay tuned, you will be the first to know when they will be available:) DINNER PLATE- CHARGER- SALAD PLATE- BOWL- AERIAL VIEW LOOKING DOWN ON ALL THREE PIECES LAYERED 6. NEW FABRICS TO FAWN OVER. I enjoy fabric shopping as much as anyone can enjoy “work”. I am like a kid in grown up candy shop! Working on a guest room for one client and a master for another and came up with some beautiful contenders. For the guest room my client want greens with some ivory and the other project she is open to soft blues and/or greens. I am loving all of these for drapery panels and an accent pillow as well as upholstering a headboard and bench. All from Lee Jofa, Brunschwig and Fils, Kravet and Schumacher, all good bets when looking for fabulous fabrics. Also love this more mineral palette, so pretty and soft- And a beautiful green version 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY OK with a new year less than 48 hours away, this is all about resolutions. Are you one to make them and attempt to keep them or do you think they are pointless? I am one to kind of attempt to create a short list of resolutions of things that I want to work on. One did come true last year, I finally decided to get back to my normal single digit size and I did it…..it feels great I might add:) I have a few others a few couple personal revolutions and some big business resolutions that I am making and will attempt to see them happen. And you? Which statement best describes you and new year resolutions? ________________________________________ OK so that’s a wrap for this Sunday post, the very last of 2018! Hope everyone is having a great weekend as we lead into the NYE holiday, stay safe and with luck the various posts I have scheduled ahead of time will post on time. If you have had your eye on something from my shop, stay tuned for a very special 2 day only savings in honor of the new year, shop wide starting tomorrow:) Hope you have a great end to your weekend, until next time………….