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Hello! My very first Sunday post of 2019, imagine that! First want to announce the lucky winner of the giveaway. Congratulations goes to-


Please email us at [email protected] and tell us if you want the porcelain vase or the silver tray and your prize will be on it’s way:)

Hope this finds you doing well, having a nice and relaxing weekend. A little work and a bit of fun:) We took it slow this weekend as I needed to carve time out to catch up on a bunch of things that fell to the wayside over the Christmas holiday. We have had virtually no snow this year (except a surprise snowfall in Nov) so I am feeling a little antsy for one great big snowfall then we can happily skip into spring:)

I worked over the weekend on new and upcoming products-  am excited over a bunch of amazing new things that are all in the pipeline and I cannot wait to share the details with you….I just feel it in  my bones that these are going to be super well received. I also worked on  becoming a teeny tiny bit savvier with Instagram but there is indeed  a huge learning curve and if there were classes, I would most definitely be in the remedial class….trust me. But that is one of my many goals for 2019 to step up my Instagram game and use all the great features they have created for businesses…..I will get there!

Staring in 2019 we will offer more frequent deals of the day where a specific item is about 20-25% for one day only, here is this Sundays deal of the day, click here to view item

OK enough of my ranting let’s get busy with my Seven on Sunday……..





1. MY NEW FAVORITE JACKET. I got this for Christmas (thanks Mom) and I love this line, I already have another jacket by Herno and they are fabulous. Light as a feather but very warm, they were sold out of black but just got them back in. Click here to find out more.


2 CHRISTMAS IN PROVENCE/AVIGNON That’t it!!  Christmas 2019 I may need to temporarily defect to France for Christmas. If this video doesn’t make you want to join me, not sure what will…….practically salivating over the idea of a truffle market and being cozied up in a charming French countryside home bringing up special wines from the cellar:)



3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST I gathered all my favorite instagrams this week and couldn’t’ resist including a few holiday-ish ones (sorry it’s not quite out of my system just yet). Otherwise we will gradually move from the holidays back to general beautiful instagrams, thankfully one thing there is never a shortage of! Before you know it we will be talking summer, woo hoo!


4. NEW RECIPES ALERT! I promised I would share these with you and I am. These three recipes are OUTSTANDING and  I can just about promise you, that you will hear rave reviews! I modified a few of the recipes to make them a wee bit healthier but spice and season to your desire. All I can say is they make one heck of a delicious meal!

I am flattered so many of you enjoy my recipes and several have asked for a “print” button to be placed near them. At this time, this is not something I have but have it on a list of site improvements and hope to offer it in the future. Meanwhile when I visit other sites, here is what I do-  I just copy and paste the entire recipe and put the recipe title in the email subject line and email it to myself, that way I always have it.

LEMON CHICKEN PICATTA (so good that I could easily eat this every night, recipe from Cafedelites) I tripled this recipe for 8 people FYI.

For The Chicken:
  • 2 large boneless and skinless chicken breasts halved horizontally to make 4 (I pound it very thin)
  • 2 tablespoons flour (all purpose or plain)
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cracked pepper
For The Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons butter (or oil)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 1/4 cup chicken broth (stock) (I used vege stock but either is fine)
  • 1/2 cup half and half or heavy cream (or evaporated milk)
  • 1/3 cup finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons capers (plus 2 tablespoons extra to garnish)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (cornflour) mixed with 1 tablespoon of water
  • 2-3 tablespoons lemon juice — juice of 1 lemon (adjust to your tastes)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
    1. In a shallow bowl, combine the flour and parmesan cheese. Season the chicken with salt and pepper; dredge in the flour mixture; shake off excess and set aside.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 2 teaspoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat until butter has melted and pan is hot. Fry the chicken until golden on each side and cooked through and no longer pink (about 3-4 minutes, depending on the thickness of your chicken). Transfer onto a warm plate.
    3. Add the garlic to the oil in the pan (spray with a light coating of oil if needed) and fry until fragrant (about 1 minute). Reduce heat to low-medium heat, add the broth and cream.

    4. Bring the sauce to a gentle simmer; season with salt and pepper to your taste; add in the parmesan cheese and capers. Continue cooking gently for about 2 minutes until thicker. (If the sauce is too runny for your liking, add the cornstarch/water mixture into the centre of the pan and mix through fast to combine into the sauce. It will begin to thicken immediately).

    5. Pour in the lemon juice, allow to simmer for a further minute to combine. Add the chicken back into the pan, allow to simmer gently in the sauce for about a minute to soak up all of the flavours in the sauce. I baked covered for about 30 min at 350 then uncovered for about 10-15 minute (cranked up the oven just a little)

  1. Serve with the sauce over pasta, steamed vegetables, zucchini noodles or rice. Top with extra capers to garnish, lemon slices and parsley.

    Going into the oven above and coming out below-

PRIMAVERA PASTA (found this over at This was really good, super tasty and though I only ate the vegetables, with the flavors I didn’t feel like I was missing out. I also added asparagus to mine as well as mushrooms. Make sure to cook your pasta very al dente as with the hot vegetables being mixed in, the pasta will still cook. I added 1/4 cup heavy cream to this because I knew one of my guests looooves alfredo sauce so this was like its lighter somewhat healthier cousin:)

I baked my vegetables with a drizzle of olive oil and salt (cooked the peas) and kept all of them aside until I was ready to mix into the sauce

The sauce cooking

THE SAUCE – not in the printed directions

Sorry for leaving this out- I amended this recipe and incorporated two into one. For the sauce- I sauteed half and onion, 4 cloves of garlic, fresh cut basil in olive oil. Then added 3/4 cup vege broth, then 1/4 cup heavy cream, mixed together. Then at the end added the vegetables and pasta (only right when you are ready to serve!

CRAB BALLS these were found over at Bigoven and were heavenly good, like that they were not “bready” and the Old Bay gave them a fantastic extra kick. (makes an easy and elegant delicious appetizer)


  • 1 lb Crabmeat, Back Fin
  • 1 each Egg ; beaten
  • 1 cup Ritz crackers ; crushed
  • 1 tsp Yellow mustard
  • 2 tblspn Lemon juice ; fresh
  • 2 tblspn Parsley ; fresh, chopped
  • 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 tblspn Worcestershire sauce


Place crabmeat in a mixing bowl, picking any stray shell fragments out. Add crushed crackers,

Old Bay Seasoning & parsley to the crab.

In a separate bowl, combine egg, mustard, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce.

Whip with a whisk until smooth.

Pour egg mixture over the crabmeat and crackers and gently mix careful not to break up large lumps of crabmeat.

Mold into golfball sized balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Drizzle w/ melted butter and allow to cool, serving w/ saltine crackers

About to go in the oven and just out below-

CAESAR SALAD Shared this several times because it’s that good and it never gets old, plus many of you often ask for it. I LOVE this recipe and it’s always a huge hit, and a definite staple in this household!

The dressing is all poured right into your little processor….easy!

Small tin of anchovies
3 large garlic cloves
3 generous tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
Worcestershire Sauce to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups good mild olive oil
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional cheese to mix in to the salad
Romaine hearts

For the dressing, place the garlic and anchovies (dump entire tin with the oil) in the food processor and blend until smooth. Then add mayo, mustard, lemon juice, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper and process until smooth. With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube and process until thick. Add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.

Toss the lettuce with enough dressing to moisten well. Add a generous amount of grated Parmesan and croutons. Toss and enjoy.

5  UNDER EYE PUFFINESS? You can thank me later and I can just about promise you will:) I had told you about Plexaderm months ago and at first I thought it was a miracle in a bottle to get rid of puffiness (which it did in seconds) however it also left a light white residue around the eye so I stopped using it.

It also stopped dispensing about half way which was really disappointing. Then my mom told me about this product that she found and it does the same thing minus the residue and bonus is it’s about $10.00 cheaper! It is AMAZING and now I want to explore all the other things in their product line. Cannot recommend it highly enough, bought mine via Amazon and if you are a Prime member it got here in 2 days, click here for info

6 INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO OF THE WEEK I said I will share one inspiring/uplifting story every Sunday, think we all benefit plus with the news always being so dismal….its much needed. This story will surely touch you as it did me, made me tear up because it is such an incredibly beautiful story. EVERY classroom should show this and how wonderful to think if this type of kindness became contagious in middle schools………truly touching.

You have to watch this the whole way through because its what happens at the end that tears at your heart strings:)

7 SUNDAYS SURVEY This is all about holiday decor and when/how you approach the big and sometimes dreaded “take down”.  For me, especially this year I am not putting pressure on myself, for a few reasons. First I have many balls in the air and will do it when I have small windows of time.

Two, I love the way it looks! It makes my house still feel and look magically holiday-ish and it makes me happy. Three, I worked darn hard to get it that way and I am not taking it down a few weeks later just because that is when its typically done.

So curious about how you approach the takedown? I will be interested how you all respond to this!


And there you have my first Sunday post of 2019. Hope you enjoyed it, anything here get your attention or have something to say about a specific topic I featured? I love to hear from you all so fire away. Wishing everyone a wonderful end to your weekend, hope your first full official 2019 weekend was a good one! Until next time…….

PS Our January winter warehouse blowout part 1 is on going if you haven’t checked it out, some amazing deals remain! Click here to see

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When our sons were away at school but still living here, we left our decorations up until after they went back on campus around mid-January. Otherwise, we keep them up through Three Kings, so they’re coming down tomorrow.

Hi Tina another wonderful post to enjoy this Sunday morning ! So happy I got my husband to take my boys to the basketball game and I get to stay here with my cup of coffee reading your blog ??. Thank you for sharing those recipes I am tempted to go to the market now and make it for dinner tonight – everything looks so delicious !!

That video is probably the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time definitely going to show and share with family and friends . Like you said we can only hope that seeing that kind of a video could promote other children to do the same .

Hope you have a relaxing Sunday and if it makes you feel any better most of my Christmas decorations are still up ?

Merry “Little” Christmas! (January 6th) This day has always been a day of reflection for us. Reflecting back over the holidays and being thankful for our blessings and praying for those who are experencing difficult times. Grateful for our health and energy, to help others both with our time and an ear to listen and a voice of positive influence. Tonight a “new recipe” chicken piccata. Great idea! The ingredients are in the kitchen and frozen Christmas cookies and squares to be added to the menu. Merry “Little” Christmas!

I wish you would have a open house of your beautiful home in Palmetto Dunes. It’s so beautiful!

Lovely post as always Tina. Thanks for the recipes which I took your advice and emailed to myself. I use a recipe plug in on my blog which has a print function that you can install easily. It’s called Easy Recipe Plus. As for when to take down holiday decor, while it is always painful to do so, I take mine down right after the new year. I loath those that leave them up too long because it takes away from the excitement of the holidays for the following year. What makes Christmas special is that it only comes once a year.

Okay. That’s it. She’s a chef, too. (Maybe all you knew this but I have only been following Tina for a little while.) Does anyone else wonder when (and if) this dynamo sleeps? Happy 2019 to all.

Christmas lasts until Epiphany. That said, we generally leave everything up until January 7th but, this year, I’ve already begun simplifying certain areas, such as the fireplace mantel. The tree will come down this afternoon, but my blue & white porcelain bowls/vases/urns with pine cones and faux greenery will remain throughout January. It’s wintery! I’ll add a few bare branches and, later, a couple of white faux orchids, and maybe light one of those gardenia candle bowls.

Forgot to mention the Chicken Fritatta ~ I plan to make your recipe Tuesday for dinner. Thank you!

I told my daughter in law about your site. She logged on to today’s post and your Instagram picture from Amy Berry is her house!! My son and daughter in laws house!! How ironic. Good taste!!!!

One of my favorite things each Sunday is always your “Seven On Sundays” post! JUST LOVE IT!!! Thanks so much for always being positive when so much in the world is negative, sharing beauty, sharing your joy you find with your homes and entertaining – it all just is wonderful to the nth degree! You are SO appreciated!!!

I really want to make the pasta but I dodn’t understand the sauce part in the pan. There isn’t anything in the recipe about it with tomatoes and basil. Could you explain?

Thanks, Kim
P.S., we are building in PB too!

We’ve loved spending Christmas in Kitzbuhel.
Christmas is magical visiting the Christmas Markets, Cathedrals etc. It’s truly enchanting.

That video ??. The parents of those boys must be incredibly proud of how they rallied around him —included, and made him feel so special.

We normally leave our tree up until March. There’s nothing we love more than snuggling in front of a fire with the tree ablaze (with a glass of wine, of course) on a cold winter night – it makes the house so warm and cozy. Whatever one wishes to do with the tree after Christmas is fine…whatever makes one happy.

Hi Tina
Happy New Year! Thank for today’s post. I will try the recipes.
All the best for a great 2019!

I keep my tree and lights until at least January 6. The 12 days of Christmas are Dec 25 until Jan 6, or, Christmas Day till Epiphany (the day the three wise men arrive). Those are the 12 days of joy and when the kings arrive they bring Gold, (the color of ascension) frankincense (the first antibiotic) and myrrh (perfume, incense and medicine).

Jesus was Jewish so we like to think there is probably a parallel to the Kabbala.
December is simply a sacred time of the year.
Twelve Days of Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a festive Christian season celebrating the Nativity of Jesus Christ. In most Western ecclesiastical traditions, “Christmas Day” is considered the “First Day of Christmas” and the Twelve Days are 25 December – 5 January

2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

Hi Tina… A day late but your Seven on Sunday is just as sweet. I sent your link to the Mr. with a note saying that he should make your chicken picatta this weekend. I’m going over to Amazon to order a case of that puffy eye cream. Hope you have a wonderful week and I wish your family a happy, healthy new year. xx

OMG I cannot thank you enough for telling us about the Seamantika Puffy Eye Treatment. Amazon just delivered and I tried on one eye immediately so I could compare. This is a miracle cream. I’ve tried what seems like hundreds of creams over the years for baggy/puffy under eyes. This is the best thing ever! Thank you!!

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