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Hi there,  first I want to announce the winner of the porcelain giveaway. Congratulations goes to-


The green cabbage plates are so pretty and the intense color is fantastic. I would use these all the time and especially during the holidays with my Christmas plates as well as white china.


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So first of all,  I want to announce that my  Seven on Sunday posts will continue on, I didn’t know just how much they are a part of your Sunday routine and was actually incredibly touched and overwhelmed hearing it. Between the comments and emails, there is no way I could discontinue them…..happy to know they they are so loved.

And if I am to be honest, I love doing them, yes, they take up a lot of time, I can’t lie about that. But, and its a big but, when I do sit down to write them, its almost therapeutic, its just me, my thoughts and my computer. No outside noise, just me in my little creative bubble. So no worries, I will carry on with them!

Hard to believe its Dec 10th! We have gone to a couple of holiday get togethers  and the holidays are officially in full swing.  Going by awfully fast! We “braved” going into NYC and I cannot even begin to tell you how crazy it was. The traffic was unlike anything we have ever seen. It literally took 45 minutes to move 3 blocks. I kid you not. We still have PTSD from it:)  So I think we will stay away from the city until the holidays are over!! Looking forward to a lazy Sunday today until we have a dinner to go to tonight. Hope you weekend is a good one, onward to my post this Sunday……



1 CHRISTMAS AROUND HERE Moving along, and things are starting to look pretty festive around here! Funny, you forget how much you have until you start digging though the stash in my basement, it was like a little holiday boutique:)

This is the entrance to our breakfast room, not a room we really use as its not open to the kitchen so I use it often as a little “science lab” for my products and occasional photography

I have really embraced red this holiday seasons, it is incredibly merry and festive… it with the blue and white

Things are staring to bloom in the greenhouse!



2 A REALLY HOLIDAY FUN HOUSE TOUR If you are “more is more” kind of holiday decorator then you will love this lovely Alexandria, VA house tour courtesy of Homeworthy. Talk about a labor love! Amazed at the commitment and dedication he has towards his holiday decorations, really something. Right out of Currier and Ives!


3 INSTAGRAMS OT INTEREST What a bounty holiday beauty this weekend!

4 MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE WINTER SOUP If you want a really hearty and exceptionally delicious pot of chicken soup, then read on. I promise this is sooooo good. I always make an extra large pot so I have some to freeze. Anyone I have ever served this too has said its the best chicken soup they have had. I may even make a new batch today!


  • 2 lbs chicken
  • Knoors chicken boullion cubes
  • Fresh lemon (juice)
  • Cluster of fresh dill
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 med/large onion
  • 3-5 turnips
  • 2-3 Yukon gold potatoes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5-7 carrots cut in 1″ pieces
  • Orzo or barley (about 2 cups cooked) I prefer orzo

I will often double the above recipe as I like to freeze this in containers for future meals. Boil about half a large pot of salted water with the onion, chicken and 2 Knorrs cubes. One it has boiled for about 20 minutes, add half of the fresh chopped dill, the tomatoes and all vegetables. Season to taste.  About an hour after cooking, squeeze the juice of a whole lemon into the soup. Continue cooking for about an hour or more on very low/simmer. I will have it cook on the lowest setting for at least 2-3 hours.

Once it has cooked a few hours, add rest of dill. At this point I have cooked either orzo or barley in a small pot until its al dente and set aside. When I am ready to serve the soup, I use a potato masher to shred the chicken in the pot, then I put a few TBSP of the pasta on bottom of soup bowl and generously ladle the soup with chicken and vegetables on top. The pasta makes this practically a meal, as it makes it much hardier.  I will often sprinkle a little dill on top as a garnish. I promise this is AMAZINGLY good! If you sever it with a loaf of crusty French bread, this is a perfect meal.



5 CABBAGE PLATE NEWS! It was so exciting to get in our gorgeous green cabbage dinnerware, of course a table setting is called for and I will be working on that this weekend. As many of you have asked about the other colors I showed you we might do, it is official- we  have pink, soft green and blue in production! I am just thrilled with this entire collection….the colors are all so pretty and can easily be mixed and. matched with other patterns. We will get in the new colors sometime in late January/early Feb. For now, we have the white and the rich green which just arrived.

The green is officially for sale and shipping now, a perfect holiday plate! Click here for info

Our pink, blue and soft green dinnerware is in production! We will have these sometime late Jan/early Feb. Just couldn’t love these more.

6 CHRISTMAS. MOVIES ANYONE? Every December I look for small windows of time to settle in with a cup of coffee, a cozy blanket and lose myself in a dreamy Christmas movie, topically one featuring a beautiful small snowy town, a little romance and the feeling of going back in time. On Martha Stewart,  they compiled a list of 20 must watch holiday movies. Worth a look, in case you enjoy this as well. Today I plan to watch two of them on what will be a stormy Sunday afternoon. Click here for the full list


7  SUNDAY’S SEVEN  I don’t know much about AI but I do enjoy reading articles about what is on the forefront of what is happening with AI. And frankly, I find it equal parts fascinating and  scary. On one hand, it is helping to advance science, I read a few weeks about scientists using AI images of the brain to  probe the visual processes of the brain. I find that fascinating and it could be groundbreaking with regard to neurological disease.

However there are other areas that petrify me, from the ability for bias attacks with no human oversight, job replacements, privacy matters, almost no regulation. Even visionary Elon Musk asked that we put a pause on AI as it poses a risk to humanity and society as we know it, and this coming from someone who truly thinks outside the box and is always ready to take on the next challenge. So curious what you think about the idea of AI.




As of 9am Sunday, our Holiday Deal of the Day #9 is on! Buy this today, it ships tomorrow. Featuring our absolutely beautiful red chinoiserie Christmas tree, we are down to the last batch of these beauties.

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Here they are in my home-


And today is the last day to save a whopping 35% off all ornaments and giftware! Ships right out!

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That’s a wrap for this Sunday. Wishing everyone a great day.  Stay calm and jingle on, its a hectic (but fun) season and yes I know its easy to stress out over any number of things from feeling behind the eight ball, to not having bought gifts yet but really when you stop and think about it, given what’s happening in the world, if these are our biggest problems, we should consider ourselves very fortunate. I try to keep that in perspective. Anyway, thanks for stopping by, until. next time…..

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Hi Tina, I always enjoy your Seven on Sunday and your recipes. Question-the soup you posted today with chicken and orzo sounds delicious. Is the chicken already cooked or raw when you start the soup?
Thanks, Sharon

In the picture of the soup, what ingredient are the strings that look like pasta? Your recipes are always great…can’t wait to try!! Love your Seven on Sunday’s. Thank you!!

Delighted you will be continuing the Seven on Sunday posts. I, too, rarely comment – only a few times through the years – but I faithfully read every word and am continually inspired by every post. Sending Warmest Christmas Wishes your way.

You made my day by announcing that you will continue on with your seven on Sunday. I have a little routine where I sit down with my coffee before my busy day gets started and devour your posts. I’m always learning something new and I’m constantly inspired by your beautiful taste, various recommendations and decorating skills.

Adore the cabbage plates I ordered the green and got them in last week. Cannot wait to add more colors to my growing collection. We were in New York City once for Christmas, and that was more than enough. The crowds were too much for me.

AI I believe, will be a very big part of our future sooner than later, but do agree that strict regulation needs to be in place

happy Sunday Tina!

With all the turmoil and strife in the world, your Seven on Sunday is really something to look forward to. Thank you so much for continuing.

Happy to hear you will continue with Seven on Sunday. My Sunday morning coffee wouldn’t be the same without your posting.

Apparently you and I are the best chicken soup makers!
I have a Polish store close by that sells the best, most flavourful chicken (delivery on Thursday and I’m there before noon otherwise they’re all sold out). 2 legs only to make a full pot (the large all clad soup pot) Never potatoes (soup gets grainy) and 1 cube of Knorr chicken cube – ONLY Knorr, I’ve tried others and they do not compare. I make homemade noodles.

So happy you will be continuing Seven on Sunday, thank you! Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Very happy you will continue the Sunday posts. I love reading all your posts! Merry Christmas to you and your family!💚❤️🎄🎅🏻

Yeah, so happy to read that you are going to continue Seven On Sunday, best part of my Sunday morning, thank you💗

So glad that you are going to continue the Sunday posts. I read many of the comments and was glad that I wasn’t in the minority. I love your insight and also product/shopping tips. So glad you will remain my “Sunday friend”.

I am SO HAPPY that you will continue your Seven On Sunday posts !!! I absolutely look forward to them every week even though it’s often Sunday Night before I get to them ! Most times I don’t comment but I will more often now to let You know how very enjoyable & inspiring they are ! I feel like I know you and I just love you even though we’ve never met !! 😄. Merry & Blessed Christmas to you and your family !!

Thank you so much for continuing your Sunday blog! I look forward to it so much. The recipe sounds great but I do not put potatoes and do put celery. Happy and Blessed Christmas to you and your family!

So glad that you are continuing the Seven on Sunday, After I get home from church, I get a cup of coffee and read the blog. Your chicken soup looks and sounds delicious; I pinned it to my board in Pinterest. I agree with you about those Christmas movies, I have seen two out of three. Another good movie is the Norwegian Holiday. It was not the typical Hallmark story line. I love the touches of red with the blue and white ceramic.

Tina, so happy to know you’ll continue your Seven On Sunday’s!! It’s my go to inspiration because of your impeccable style & you share all these beautiful creations with us….thank you!!!

For some reason I haven’t received any of your posts for the past week, and so missed your ornament & wrap sale.

I have a large oval slow cooker that I use to make chicken soup in. If you have the time, roasting the chicken the day before and separating the fat from the pan drippings and then adding them to the stock ads great color and depth of flavor. (A Costco rotisserie chicken can be used the same way.) I also saute onions, celery, carrots and garlic in a bit of olive oil before I add them to the pot.

Love the house tour! My husband worked in Alexandria for ten years and lived in Old Town and I recognize this house! Used to love walking our dog around this section of the city during the holidays just to see how people had decorated the front of their homes. Colonial Williamsburg used to give workshops on how they build their wreaths and garlands. In fact, ‘Williamsburg Christmas’ is a good resource book. I think there may even be the instructions for the 1/2 moon fruit plaque that hangs above the front door of Brian Bran’s home. A neighbor’s husband made one, cut out of plywood, painted green, with nails hammered in that fruit is impaled on, the space between filled with magnolia leaves (stapled if needed).

There used to be a wonderful Antique Mall on King Street which moved when the building was sold, as well as a silver shop name ‘The Scarlett Fox’ which, if you love silver as much as I do, would make your heart stop. The owner had a wonderful eye, the estate pieces were in perfect condition – many pre-Civil War. I can remember her telling me how dealers would come into the shop wanting to buy pieces to melt down for their market value, and of course, she refused to sell to them.

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