Good Sunday morning to you. I first want to congratulate the winner of the Summer Love contest. After a whopping 7000 votes, you have crowned a winner. Congratulations goes to Mike for submitting this picture from round 2- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send your prize! And congratulations to the runner up from round 2- _______________________________________________ Hope you are having a nice and enjoyable weekend. Had a nice weekend, dinner with friends and. a lovely shower for my niece getting married soon. Was in NYC and though there was that unmistakable energy that only NYC seems to give off, I realized my city days are well behind me. Was very happy to get back to my green grass, flowers and fresh air:) It is certainly nice though to have it so close. And cannot wait until things are back to normal (whatever our new normal may be) as I really miss going into the theater and other fun things that only NYC can offer. Onward to my Sunday post….. _________________________________________ 1 CUSTOMER PHOTOS Such incredible photos featuring our products. Getting your customer photos makes me so proud! These are simply exquisite. Have one to share? Please send to email@example.com 2 FAVORITE MASCARA I have mentioned this before but it is worth mentioning again. Thrive mascara is AMAZING. As in the best mascara I have personally used. Only bummer is its not available in stores (not sure why) but you can order it online. It has small microfibers that even with two coats make an instant difference in your lashes, love it! Click here to view. 3 INSTAGRAMS OF INTEREST Such a good roundup celebrating the very best that summer has to offer, with a fall picture thrown in for good measure. On the 90+ degree days I am ready for fall but give me a high seventies degree day, no humidity with a little breeze and I want summer to stay forever:) 4 DELICIOUS RISOTTO! Love risotto? Then you will want to try this relatively easy and super flavorful risotto recipe. I made this the other day and it was sooo good. I love the punch you get from the lemon and what doesn’t taste divine when it has Parmesan in it.:) Got this from Gregory Zakarian, a chef who I really enjoy following. This is super flavorful and such a delicious “comfort food” especially during the colder months ahead. I may just make it tonight on this rainy, gray Sunsay. 6 cups chicken stock 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1/2 Spanish onion, finely diced Kosher salt 1 cup arborio rice 1/2 cup dry white wine (or use chicken stock) 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese (I added shaved Parmesan at the end on top because you can never have too much:) 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives, plus more for topping Grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 1 teaspoon juice (I added a wee bit more) Freshly ground pepper Directions Bring the chicken stock to a simmer in a large saucepan over medium heat. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a separate large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and a touch of salt and cook, stirring often, until the onion is tender, about 8 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and cook until evaporated, 2 to 4 minutes. Add 1 cup simmering chicken stock to the rice and cook, stirring constantly, until absorbed. Repeat, adding the stock 1 cup at a time, until the rice is al dente and creamy in texture, about 20 minutes. (You might not use all of the stock.) When the rice is al dente, remove from the heat and stir in the cheese, chives and lemon juice. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Divide the risotto among shallow bowls. Drizzle with olive oil, top with the lemon zest and more chives, and season with salt and peppe 5 A FUN ARTICLE YOU MAY ENJOY READING Someone brought this to my attention and somehow I think slipped beneath the radar. It talks about how my business began among other things. Thank you Cottage and Gardens, this is such a wonderful article from one of my favorite shelter magazines. Click here to read the article 6 SNEAK PEEK AT HOLIDAY FLORALS Here is a sneak peek at some of the holiday florals coming this way soon! We will hold a presale on these in a few weeks for all you early bird holiday planners. Love these so much and can see so many places to use them, stay tuned! 7 SUNDAY’S SURVEY Travel, how I miss it so. I was very tempted to travel twice.Once for a trip planned with friends to Greece and France and the other to a wedding in California. Both of which I changed my mind on and continued on with my strike to not travel. I think having had Covid, after being super careful really scared me. I am very reluctant to travel, get on a plane, with people who might be harboring Covid or some other air born illness. Curious if you have traveled and how you feel about it in general? It is so temping but I am just incredibly reluctant. Check all that apply on the subject of traveling today (check all that apply) Check all that apply on the subject of traveling today (check all that apply) _______________________________________ And that’s a wrap! Hope you enjoyed my post. Very excited to be announcing part 1 of the collaboration with Carolyne Roehm and I on Tues so please be sure to stop by then. Wishing everyone a relaxing and happy Sunday, until next time…..