Good Sunday morning to you. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Enjoying fall immensely here in PB. Though some days it felt like summer:) Best part is getting my daily dose of Duke, despite my ankle injury which stinks. Its such a beautiful time of year to be in Palmetto Bluff, and I must say the low country agrees with me more and more:) If you missed my very big announcement 2 days ago, click here. On we go with this weeks post- _______________________________________ 1 A BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY HOME Always love beautiful interiors and enjoy picking apart the rooms for my “takeaways”. This charmer certainly has many! This elegant french styled home by Courtney Giles is festively decked out with holiday decor. Beautiful timeless interiors are a perfect backdrop to this festive decor. Actually makes me look forward to holiday decorating even if its just for me and my little family:) No parties this year! Click here to read the entire article over at Atlanta Homes Magazine. 2 LOOKS WHAT’S COMING! We are not only only about blue and white! Look at some of the stunning new goodies coming this way soon. I love the rich reds and greens accented with gold. How pretty are these pagodas!! Rather smitten with the pagodas in this elegant dark red/gold New place mat samples in the process- Our amazing heavy brass bamboo easels will be here in about 3-4 weeks, perfect for our fabulous new 2021 desktop chinoiserie calendar (click here to see our amazing desktop calendar, they just arrived)! Thrilled to finally be getting a beautiful assortment of our best selling chinoiserie mirrors in several colors- Can’t wait for these lamps to arrive! And our stunning fretwork planters now in 2 sizes are coming back in stock in 5 fabulous colors~! White, navy, mossy green, pale blue and black Stay tuned:) And of course we are doing it in white 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Certainly never at a loss of beautiful instagrams to share this weekend is no exception! 4 A MOST SPECTACULAR FALL MANTLE The minute I saw this I fell in love with the beauty and luxuriousness of this fabulous mantle by uber talented Sharon Santoni of French Country Home fame. She has such a beautiful eye and has a unique way of bringing the outdoors in, in a very organic sense. She gathered leaves from her yard put up a sheet of chicken wire and went to town weaving in the leaves and branches….brilliant! I just love this effect, I am going to have to copy this next fall! She has a beautiful account on Instagram, click here to follow it. 5 A DELICIOUS AND SUPER EASY DISH. This is super flavorful, very easy and can actually be quite elegant. I have made this in small individual ceramic dishes that go right into the oven and served that way. It is a wonderful, casserole type dish which pairs great with a simple salad (I like this with a homemade Dijon dressing) and a crusty baguette loaf. Satisfying but not “too much”. I will bake it in a large casserole dish and then use a small bowl to make individual molds with the rice, invert them on a dinner plate, add a few shrimp around them and it’s really quite elegant. Originally there was an entire recipe just for the mushroom part then I decided to substitute it with cream of mushroom and it tasted, dare I say even better and it was sooo much easier! Here is what you need- 2 cups white rice (I like paella or sushi rice) 1 large bell pepper cut small 1 bunch scallions thinly sliced Salt and pepper approx 1.5 lb deveined large/extra large shrimp 1-2 cups can of mushroom 1/4-1/2 cup of sherry 1/2 stick of butter Worcestershire sauce Cajun seasoning or make your own (click here for easy recipe) My favorite is Tony Cachere’s, you can order on Amazon (click here) In a saucepan, melt butter then saute onion and bellpeppers until soft. Set aside. Meanwhile, use a rice cooker to cook your rice (or the old fashioned way). Mix in the cream of mushroom with the onion/bellpepper mixture. Gently stir until well blended. Add salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and cajun seasoning to taste. Then fold in the rice until very well blended. Cook shrimp in salted boiling water until just pink. Drain and rinse with cold water. Once cool stir into the rice mixture gently and season accordingly. Add entire mixture to a baking dish that has been lightly greased with butter. At this point I normally pour a little sherry over the entire dish and finish with a dash of the cajun seasoning. Bake in a 350 degree oven (preheated) for approx 25-30 minutes (covered with aluminum) Last 5 minutes or so, remove aluminum and let cook until just started to turn golden brown around edges. Remove and sit on top of oven. At this point I normally dress my salad and serve immediately. I often will use a little dish of some sort to create a “mold” for the casserole and put in center of plate, gives it a little fancy touch:) Yum! 6 COVID INFLUENCED COMMERCIALS THAT MAKE ME CRY I am a sensitive mush, always have been. Commercials, music, pictures can make me cry….don’t get me wrong often happy tears, if I am remembering something that made me so happy but sometimes sad tears too like missing someone who is no longer here. There is no denying that the vast majority of commercials out there have been dramatically influenced by the pandemic and some really pull at those heart strings. And yes you may need a tissue:) Something about the first one in particular. 7 SEVEN ON SUNDAY OK, This is kind of Covid related but not totally:) I know it’s all we hear about. But this has to do with something I have heard and read a lot about. Covid induced depression, overall lack of excitement over life, feeling down, etc…Obviously here are certainly wide and varying degrees of these but even friends of mine have said life feels super anti climatic and the future (near) does not look so great. What I hear many say is that its depressing to not have anything really exciting to look forward to (like a trip, a wedding, a party,etc…) and I get it! I can understand how someone could get into that slump. In the beginning I felt it a little myself, but because I am so busy with my work, its been a savior in keeping my mind super active and very busy. I did this very poll about a year ago and am so curious to see the results this time around, to see if there is a profound change since pre covid. Your turn to weigh in and out of curiosity, I put up the survey results from when I asked this very question about a year ago, underneath. PS Yesterday started our 3 day holiday candle event. This is the only one we will have prior to Thanksgiving/Christmas. So its a good time to think about grabbing a few before they sell out. Always a big hit, they are so beautifully packaged, no gift wrap needed! They are going very very fast. Click here to see the sale And that’s a wrap for this Sunday. Always appreciate you stopping in, wishing everyone a wonderful and relaxing Sunday. Until next time…… _How happy/content are you with your life overall?