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Hello and happy Sunday, hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Here, enjoying some downtime along with some “fun work” aka a photo shoot later today. More on that later. A big highlight this past week was reaching 85k on Instagram. Who knew where signing up on Instagram would take me…amazing! To celebrate today is the last day for the 20% off site wide *use code celebrate. Only thing not eligible are presale items. I am starting to put finishing touches on my home, planted all the white mums by my front door. They are still closed but just wait…once they bloom it is going to be a white explosion of color!

Overall I am so happy fall is here, as I love fall more than any season.  The air has been crisp, and we have had a few nights that required a light sweater, just soaking up every minute!  I often feel very nostalgic too around fall, it happens every year without fail. I think it has something to do with school starting, football season beginning, a part of my life that the chapter has closed on but I can’t deny I miss and will forever cherish.

Thank the heavens for my business as it keeps me so busy. But yes, I do equate fall somehow with my kids being young, sporting games, weekend trips to Vermont, fall fairs, apple picking,even the dreaded family Thanksgiving pictures (which inevitable ended with the three boys wrestling to the ground) I loved every minute of it and tear up just knowing those days are over. Still love fall as much as ever but it changes when they are no longer little and under my thumb.  Thankfully I have many many pictures of those fond times and will cherish them forever (as I know my boys will eventually will too).So now I await grandchildren eventually….at the rate things are going its gong to be a while though:) So I keep trucking along:)

OK enough, here we go with this weeks Seven on Sunday…..




1 A FAVORITE RECIPE!  Some recipes bear repeating. Made this the other night and forgot how unbelievably delicious it is! I gave up eating red meat and eat some chicken, though not often but must say this I could eat everyday! By substituting most of the mayo for yogurt, it is very healthy, low in calories and super tasty. The dill gives it the kick and you can eat this alone, on a whole wheat wrap or any bread of choice. I would have to say this is the best chicken salad I have ever had, love it!

Many of you ask for me to categorize my recipes in a way that they are easily accessible. Thank you liking them enough to want them at your fingertips:) That is something I have on my short list of a few blog updates to make after the holidays. I know better than to take on too much before the crazy holidays but rest assured when all calms done in January, I am going to come up with a way to index them so you can get them with the click of a button. Meanwhile here’s the recipe-


  • 3 – 4 lbs of chicken parts (bone-in, skin-on thighs and breasts work well) (you’ll need about 3 to 4 cups of cooked chicken) I cut mine super small I use chicken boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons quality olive oil
  • 1 cup of seedless grapes, sliced in half (red and green varieties are great)
  • 1 cup almonds, thinly sliced (optional) This is a must add, gives great texture
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped thinly
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced, white and green parts
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped ( I about doubled this as I love dill and it adds a lot to this)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I USE 1/4 cup and 1/2 greek plain yogurt)
  • Juice of 1 lemon or more
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt (start with ½ teaspoon, then add more, to taste)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Rub oil all over the chicken pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes (internal temp should reach 165 F). .
  4. Remove the chicken, let cool, then pull the meat from the bones and roughly chop.
  5. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, grapes, almonds, celery, scallions, dill & parsley
  6. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon, mustard, salt and pepper.
  7. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the chicken mixture, and gently stir until will mixed.
  8. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  9. Serve on a bed of green leaves with sliced tomatoes and avocado. Or, serve on bread with green leaf lettuce. Add more toppings to your taste!


2 SAY HELLO TO STEVIE Let me preface this by saying I am not a cat person, never have been (please do not be offended).  My oldest son decided to get a cat (lives in NYC and figured it would easier than a dog), and he is the kind who researches everything ad nauseam , so after months of his research, “Catgate” was coming to a close and he chose a magnificent Himalayan kitten from a breeder he had researched (by the time he was done I am sure he new the breeders blood type, family lineage and favorite foods:).

Fast forward a few months, he is realizing it is WORK and RESPONSIBILITY, and yes, even requires some planning and suddenly he is feeling like maybe he is not a cat person after all. Insert major eye roll here from me, as I told him having a pet is a huge responsibility. He is not home much and I think felt really guilty about leaving him alone all day.

So………fast forward he “gifts” Stevie to my other son who is living at home temporarily until his apt. is ready and guess who has been out of guilt playing with Stevie, checking in on Stevie morning noon and night, feeding Stevie sometimes, giving him a night massage because his “owner” says that what he likes. Yes, you guessed correctly me!

And did I mention he expects us to brush his teeth and wipe his mouth after every meal??!!! There is no denying he is one of, if not the most beautiful cats I have ever seen, and as far as cats go, he seems to have a really nice disposition. BUT I did not ask for a cat!!!!!!!  So say hello to our distant relative who is maybe just “visiting” until he goes back to his owner??!! To be continued…….

3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST So much to love this weekend and you will see a definite fall theme starting to emerge. Love it, and am so excited to see this barrage of incredible fall inspiration…..


 4 A DOCUMENTARY EVERY AMERICAN SHOULD WATCH You know when 9/11 occurred last week, though it was my son’s birthday, I woke up and at the same time thought deeply back to that horrific day in American history. I remember every frightening moment as it unfolded and remember that morning  as vividly as if it happened yesterday. Ironically I was literally supposed to be an exact block from the twin towers, later that morning, I was at a meeting at my sons school and was supposed to be on my way to the city by 9:30. When the meeting ran over, I decided to do it the next day. God works in mysterious ways.

So back to last week, though plenty of people on Instagram paid tribute to all the lives lost, I have to say I was a little disheartened to not have seen more. I mean this day forever changed who America is and will be. Yes, it made us stronger and more resilient but we cannot in any way or put a silver lining onto the fact that 2996  innocent lives were taken senselessly. That a city albeit temporarily was brought to it’s knees.

My immediate thought when I saw this was I pray America will not forget. I really do. It is just too important to forget, and paying tribute is a way to honor all those lives lost and the families still mourning their loved ones. So I came across this documentary and let me tell you this is POWERFUL. RAW and as REAL as it gets. I had never seen most of the footage and it will make your heart race as it did mine. As hard as it was to watch I think its important to watch so that we never forget, this brought it all back for me. I immediately sent it to my sons and friends/family.

If I were the big chief over at Instagram I would halt any posting for one day every 9/11 to honor every single one of those lives lost, what a powerful message that would be to every single American and a sure way to make sure we never forget. Maybe I feel stronger about this because I am a New Yorker, but i really think it’s just because I am an American.

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6 FARM GIRL FLOWERS I had received these before and remembered that not only were they beautiful but love their whole story and company. So I came home to a lovely surprise again last week from a special friend and let me tell you….these made my day! I love these flowers, are they not gorgeous, so fresh and beautiful and gorgeous presentation!

The company resources local farms for their flowers and puts together the most delightful package, boxed up in their beautiful signature box with a pretty note and even a small cute pin. Such a beautiful presentation and needless to say the flowers are fabulous! I liked them so much I sent a box the very next day to a friend recovering from surgery. Click here to learn more about Farm Girl Flowers


7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY So this is going back to 9/11 and my observation that more people seem to have either forgotten or have just filed it away as a horrific even that happened 18 years ago. To me, this is something that was such a dramatic day for America’s history that I think even more should be done that day.

Like seriously as I said,  if I ran Instagram and Facebook, I would halt ANY and ALL posting for one day as a way to pay tribute to all those lives lost. Let people reflect about what happened that day, and to realize the gift they have to have life unlike almost the almost 3000 who died that day. So yes,  I take showing respect for 9/11 very seriously. You certainly don’t have to agree but I feel strongly about this.

So…….you know I love to take your pulse on these kinds of things. Which best sums up your feelings on the matter?



And there you have this Sunday’s post. Hope you enjoyed it, let me know if something in particular resonated with you…..always love to hear what you have to say. Thank you for stopping in, wishing everyone a great day and relaxing end to the weekend. Until next time…….

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Re: Stevie…. I am a dog person as well, but just wanted to mention , look at Stevie’s eyes…. and then you will realize that Stevie is, yes, Blue and White (with some Grey!). Also, Maine Coon Cats act like dogs….. just check Charlotte Anne Fiedler’s gorgeous British IG feed. She is so inspiring, and has a staff of 3 Maine Coon cats.

I’m laughing about the cat! My daughter lives in Boston and wants to get a dog. Every week I tell her no! Not fair to the dog, etc, I do not care that’s she’s 27 and supports herself. Mother knows best, right? Also, I have a feeling You may have a new pet for keeps! Cannot wait to see how this plays out.

Looks like you have a new forever friend – Stevie! Our cat “found”us, as well. He became quick friends with our dog. Can’t imaging our home without him! He’s a Turkish Van, looks very similar to Stevie. This little guy needs you!

Stevie is beautiful! Have ones two sweet Himalayans snow own a beautiful, intelligent Maine Coon. She is terrific! Likes children and dogs!! She is very adaptable. Maine Coons are special!

The reference to “catgate” and your description made me laugh out loud . I also have never cared for cats but must say he is really beautiful !

Love these Sunday posts and am going to watch that movie on 9/11. I was actually shocked at how few businesses paid tribute that day myself. Very sad reflection on America.

That chicken salad sounds delicious, great for a luncheon. Going to give it a try. Love your mums at the front door!

What a fantastic post- you made me laugh (catgate) and. cry (the documentary on 9/11) oh and I am also hungry, the chicken salad sounds and looks amazing.

As a military family and the mother of a firefighter and police officer it is very disheartening to see the lack of acknowledgement for what these jobs entail. We enjoy our freedom and lives due to the effort’s of these fine outstanding people. We as a nation have focused on so many minor issues that when said and done don’t really make a difference.! We were at one point a nation steeped in rich tradition, where has that gone? September 11 needs to be an official day of remembrance and respect given to the families who lost loved ones. We should always honor the memories of those we lost that day.

I share your heart regarding 9-11 and how we can never forget where we were and what we were doing on that day along with the OKC bombing.
Each and every life lost was created by God and had a purpose for whom the families must still suffer such devastation indescribable.

Your cat is such a beauty (I’m not a cat person either) but those eyes are a clincher?

Your son’s cat is beautiful! Look at those eyes! Don’t they melt your heart? I bet they do.

My parents live in NYC when first coming to the States in the early 1960’s. I was born there but raised in New England. I remember talking to them on 9/11, my mother being understandably distraught and my father being very self-contained. One thing he said was: “Well, I’ll just drive 30 m.p.h. on [local road with terrible safety record] and that’s it.” His way of saying, at 80 years of age, that he’d express his patriotism by consciously supporting the law of the land in everything he did.

My husband retired from the military a couple of years ago after over thirty years. We don’t tend to be very demonstrative or public about tragedy. Our commemorations tend towards ongoing service and activism.

As for your cat dilemma? I love our dogs but would absolutely wrestle my kids to the ground to keep beautiful Stevie!

So glad you feel the same about 911 as I do. On 911, out of respect, I do not post anything on social media. I have posted a few photos of the twin towers and the double beam in the past. I do not click like on any posts that is not related to 911. My daughter was 3 in 2001 and I feel her generation need to learn and never forget. I will watch the video shortly.
Thank you so much for this reminder!

Did you notice “your” cat fits your blue and white decor … ! He’s really pretty with this modèle blue êtes..

What a beautiful cat! Cats have a completely different vibe from dogs but they want to make a connection with their owners every bit as much as dogs and want to be considered part of the pack. My cat sleeps pasted up against me every night. My schnauzers, because I got then after I got my cat, sleep in bed with me but don’t snuggle as close. In the morning, all three take their positions in the bathroom waiting for me to brush my teeth and wash my face. It’s wonderful!

Lovely cat, hope you are in love with Stevie because we may be laying bets on how soon Stevie will end up becoming YOUR pet, Mom! Have a dear friend whose kind-hearted daughter took in two kittens from a rescue when she was at college on the east coast and guess who inherited them when she got her first job in California? Luckily her mother is very much a cat person.

Thanks for the Ann Mashburn tip – yes, quality shoes are not inexpensive but I refuse to spend $800+ on a simple suede pump.
Give me a slingback and/or a kitten heel (that doesn’t break the bank) and I’m a happy girl!

My husband was supposed to be in one of the towers that morning, one of his vendors was having an open house to show off their new office to their major clients. They decided to move the event to mid-town at the last minute. Hubby was in a subway stopped under Grand Central when all hell broke loose. Nothing stops your heart faster than when your husband’s assistant calls you at home and asks if you know where he is after you’ve watched two towers collapse and he hasn’t been able to call you first because cell service is overloaded. One thing that day taught me was this: those who really loved us tried to call or emailed to make sure we were ok. We had friends from as far away as Singapore who reached out. When my brother didn’t try to contact either me or my father, it just confirmed what I knew all along…

Nothing beats a good chicken salad. I will sometimes cook the thighs and breasts in chicken stock, also blend mayo & Greek yogurt, always roast the almonds in a dry pan to bring out their flavor and depending on my mood, will add a bit of curry powder to the dressing. Tastes even better the next day.

Enjoy this gorgeous fall weather All!

So much to love in your posts, and this one is no exception. We have had dog-cats in the past and currently are owned by an adopted Maine Coon cat and 2 adopted dogs from the humane society. If you get the go-ahead, you should seriously keep the cat. Laughed at the Instagram about husbands fixing things. I love to ask my husband Where’s your electric drill? I need to fix the whatever. When he leaps up to take over, I go pop two frozen Pepperidge Farm apple turnovers in the oven, and we’re both heroes. Re: Remembering 9/11. There is such a large segment of society now that dismisses the meaning and message of 9/11 with a wave and say Some people did something. A thousand times thank you for giving this national tragedy the honor and remembrance it deserves. Thank you for the inspiration. I’ll try to do my part.

Good morning Tina, just had to share my feelings about this past 9/11….when I drove home from work into my neighborhood, I was appalled at the lack of homes flying the American flag. I felt so ashamed of my neighborhood. My son who was in middleschool at the time of the attack, is now, I am proud to say, a firefighter/paramedic with Los Angeles County, and also on the local and international urban search and rescue team. We cannot forget the thousands of lives lost that day, and of course the fallout of health issues/deaths, that are result of the attack. We have an obligation to remember and to teach those who were born later to never forget.

Good “Sunday” Morning .. I always love receiving your emails highlighting your stunning home and beautiful flowers. It especially touches my heart to see pictures of your darling, precious golden retriever!! My heart goes out to you!
Loved the Chicken Salad Recipe today (thank you!) and sweet little pussycat “Stevie”. Wishing you a beautiful and happy day!!! … Gloria

I’m still absolutely reeling after that 911 video. Thanks for sharing it and for your passion about acknowledging that day. I too noticed that this year there was sadly, far less coverage about it.

Tina, it makes me so proud that you are a true patriot. 9/11 was the worst day I have ever experienced in my 70 years as an American; the only day that comes close was the JFK assassination. It was absolutely surreal and a wake-up call that we have new enemies that will resort to anything. I think for many people it is easier to turn a blind eye to our new reality and the easier way leads to complacency and the chance for more disaster. I am so proud you had the guts to raise this issue. “We must never forget”

Honestly, you now have a cat. Sounds as if you have already fallen in love and it does seem that he has made himself at home or should I say that he has just taken over the roost.

Stevie is a beautiful cat. I have always been a dog person. However, somehow I ‘adopted’ my daughter and son-in-law’s beautiful Persian cat. Now I love him and they will never get him back! Animals grow on us whether we want them or not. I think he’s your new pet ?.

I so enjoyed reading about your ‘temporary’ (smiling here) acquisition of Stevie the gorgeous Himalayan. Your house guest fits in so beautifully with your home decor that it would be serendipitous if you fell for him, Tina. Truth be told I think you already are …

I love everything in your shop, and now that cat too! I am a cat person who also loves dogs! I have a feeling that you will warm up to that beautiful feline. They have a way of pulling you in slowly!

Tina – very open to the idea of no social media to honor 9/11 victims. That would have an impact! Stevie is beautiful! Just the cat you would have – if you had one. You do realize of course, that you now have a cat.

I feel your pain! My son moved home temporarily and his cat came with him. I have never been a cat person and we had a 14 year old dog who was less than thrilled to be sharing his space! Fast forward 6 months and my son is still here? and the cat seems to be a permanent part of our household! We recently had to put our dog down, and the cat seems to sense our sadness and has become much more approachable and affectionate.

When I make chicken salad I mix chicken stock with the mayo. Requires less mayo and makes it have tons more moisture and flavor. Saves calories too!!!

The cat is unbelievably beautiful…………..I am a cat person and am somewhat obsessed…….Just nursed my Main Coon for a year but lost him anyway……..Am so heart broken……Hope you will give your situation some time………You might be pleasantly surprised how much you may come to love your visitor……

Hello Stevie!! That face, that face, that beautiful face. I hope he snuggles up to you when you’re in repose because cats have a soft and calming purr that can be quite transformative.
p.s. my cats favorite play toy was a crumpled up piece of wax paper…light and easy to swat around.

Agree with you about 9/11.
We put out flags for the week and we were the only people that did so in our neighborhood. I saw very few flags. It was disheartening.

Stevie has beautiful blue eyes. Such a cutie! And thanks for the chicken recipe. I’ve been craving some and now I know what we’re having for dinner. Have a wonderful week!

Looks as though Stevie is turning you into a convert! What a beautiful boy he is. I am a cat and a dog person. Cats are more self sufficient and smarter than dogs. When we had a cat and a dog, our cat was definitely in charge. We now have 2 cats. Tillie, our first cat, is still in charge. Tim Tam, our boy, came from the RSPCA, and I can’t help feeling he is my beautiful dog Chauncey come back to me to spend more time. Tim Tam is so like Chauncey in his nature it is uncanny! And there is nothing quite like a contented purring cat sitting on your lap!

Tina, I’m so happy to hear you feel so strongly about 9/11! We must also never forget the thousands we have lost since that day who have fought in our military & the first responders who are still falling ! My nephew was a senior in HS when the attack happened. He was so moved by the tragedy he enrolled at Annapolis, The Naval Academy, to become an officer & lead brave men to protect our great country. He enrolled, and the whole class of 2006 enrolled knowing they would be going to war! Sadly he was killed in a Black Hawk Helicopter Crash with 6 of his men. So we are still feeling the effects & losing our loved ones to this horrible tragedy! And I’m touched you honor this day with the respect it deserves! Semiper Fi!

I am in love with Stevie ~ what a gorgeous cat!!!! And, he likes to have his teeth brushed??? The best!

Tina, You are absolutely right…this country has forgotten that horrific day in September. I remember it like it was yesterday. Every anniversary of 9/11 I make a point to stay home. I fly Old Glory and watch the television coverage. I record all of the shows each year and watch them on that day. I cry each year, but I feel that I want to remember each and every one the innocent people murdered that day. I went to New York when they were finished with the search and went to Ground Zero. It was so gut wrenching, yet so hallowed to me. I will never forget, ever.

Tina, I have to admit when I read that you have a newly acquired cat at your house, the first thought that occurred to me was how will you keep all of your beautiful blue and white pieces safe from a cat jumping up beside them? How is it going so far? Does Stevie refrain from jumping up near your blue and white pieces? He’s a beautiful cat so I hope he is respecting your home, LOL!!! Hope you’re enjoying your temporary tenant!!

Please please keep the cat in your family. I have rescued several Himalayan’s and they are the best.

Enjoyed your post as usual. Stevie is a handsome boy! Thank you for including the documentary on 9/11. It was much appreciated. When you have a moment, please let us know who the lucky winner is of the beautiful gift wrap from the giveaway mentioned on 9/18. Thanks 🙂

If you can love a cat…you are ready to love another dog. You will be honoring Teddy’s love for you.

I sit and watch the history channel every 9/11. I am not a New Yorker. I did not know anyone who was in the towers. But it is my own homage to those that died. I never want to forget.

Dear Tina, sometimes something bigger and more mysterious brings us exactly what we need. Not what we want, but what we need, or rather those who need us. Who can deny that this cat was not sent to you exactly because you are able to supply everything it needs, food, care, respect and affection? And who can deny that it can repay you with immense love? say yes to the mysterious ways that life has to present us with the wonderful presence of animals.

Hi Tina! We were thrilled to be included in your favorite Instagram posts! Thank you so much for laughing with us every day! We love EH!
Sue Sue & Babs ,Sophistication is Overrated

He’s a beauty and he’ll soon have you knocked into shape as his ready, willing and able servant.

I do feel on some I have PTSD. Not in the way our brave first responders or military do, but every 9/11 I do get a sinking feeling. My husband worked in NYC and his job was to ensure his employees got home safely and could return to work in 9/12. I live in the suburbs of Jersey where most of my neighbors also commuted to NYC. My kids were in school and my sister taught in that school where the teachers were told very little. It was just a horrific day and I could cry now thinking about it.
Yes, Tina. We should never forget. God bless John Stewart for being a thorn in the side of Washington!

Please give that beautiful cat a loving home. He will bond with you if you give him a chance. Cats just need love and in a safe area.
You will be glad you did in a short period of time

A shame that your son didn’t adopt a cat that needed a home – adopt, don’t shop, and save a life! Please spread the word.

Life has never been the same since that awful day and all that followed through the years and is still happening. It changed everything.

Love your new baby! Cats are so different than dogs but can also be very loving.
When my children were in college I threatened them to forgo tuition if either of them got a cat or dog. My son bought himself a pot belly pig! He then asked me to take care of the pig while he went on spring break.
You will love your little guy. He very pretty. Best wishes!

I don’t know about the US but in Australia, there were many references to 9/11. As people who travel by plane a lot, the aftermath impacts us every time we fly. The World seemed to lose it’s innocence that day. I can assure you that the 20th Anniversary will be full of remembrances. The events and those lost will not be forgotten and on significant anniversaries there will still be full-on memorials but people need to live with positivity in their lives and with hope and it is not good for the psyche and soul to dwell on the evils of the World. I don’t think that anyone will write down that date and not pause to remember and so we keep that anniversary in our heart and mind but do not necessarily make an ostentatious show of it!

Regarding Stevie, if you give cats love, they become the most loving and wonderful companions but you must remember that a cat is by nature a solitary animal and its nature is not to be in a pack. It knows if you love it and care for it and it will repay that love with adoration. Dogs, on the other hand, are a pack animal and have an instictive need to be part of your pack. Even if you were vile to it, it would still give love and loyalty as that is the default pattern of a dog. It is easy to get that bonding with a dog. BTW you don’t need to clean the cat’s teeth if you give it dry cat food as that will keep them clean, but they also need wet food as a pure diet of dry food will give kidney troubles.

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