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- BEST EVER CHICKEN SALAD 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 Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Rub oil all over the chicken pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes (internal temp should reach 165 F). . Remove the chicken, let cool, then pull the meat from the bones and roughly chop. In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, grapes, almonds, celery, scallions, dill & parsley In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, lemon, mustard, salt and pepper. Add the mayonnaise mixture to the chicken mixture, and gently stir until will mixed. Refrigerate for at least an hour. 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. 5 NEW FAVORITE SHOES FOR FALL! I discovered Ann Mashburn a few years back, love love love her style. Very much in sync with how I like to dress. Absolutely love her buckle shoes, practical, elegant and super comfortable. Checks all the boxes for me! I have a new pair of the pumps and a pair of the chic slingbacks on their way as we speak, such a great, practical and good looking shoe! Click here to discover the world of Ann Mashburn. 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? YOU CAN CLICK ALL THAT APPLY. _______________________________________ 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……. PS Our incredible ornament presale will be held this week for many who have been asking, just a few more days! PPS Our site wide sale where everything (but presales) is 20% off! Use code celebrate, click here to visit shop. Which best states your opinion on how people should observe 9/11 in general?