The weather here in central Florida is getting a little cooler as we get closer to the end of October. Not cold like up north, but for the last two days, the high has been 79 degrees F. We can still have the temp go back up and probably will, but the last two days have been beautiful. Blue skies, low humidity, and a light breeze beckon me outdoors. After months of intense humidity and heat, it’s a pleasure to sit on the porch.
I usually wake up before sunrise in the early morning hours. Most days I end up in a special chair in the living room facing the window. My home faces east, and I like to watch the faint light over my neighbor’s house
I love sweet things but try to make less sweet healthier choices. Fall is a time for two healthy, tasty favorites – pumpkins and apples. There are many creative ways pumpkin can be incorporated into your diet, including desserts, soups, salads, preserves and even as a substitute for butter. Eating pumpkin is good for the heart. The fiber, potassium and vitamin C content in pumpkin all support heart health.
I love hummus and eat it often with vegetables and bean chips. I’ve had regular hummus, black bean hummus, and white bean hummus. I recently discovered Roasted Eggplant & White Bean Hummus which gives it a new spin on the classic recipe. My favorite grower at the local farmer’s market is producing a bumper eggplant crop right now and brought Roasted Eggplant & White Bean Hummus to sell. I tried it and I was hooked.
It’s that time of year when I am shopping for new calendars. Watercolor graphics are very popular right now, and I’ve been collecting beautiful images. I wanted a watercolor calendar for 2017 with flowers and scriptures.
I’m pleased with the result and hope you will be too. I am now offering the free printable first quarter calendars, January, February and March, for everyone. (more…)
Golden Rain trees are a fast-growing, deciduous, non-native flowering tree which reaches about 30′ in height. (Koelreuteria paniculata) At maturity, it has a rounded crown. They are originally from eastern Asia.
I live in Florida and have mostly coastal colors in my home. I’ve been inspired by Douglas Elliman’s Florida properties to share my ideas for bringing warmth into a home this time of year. My living room decor is based on my original floral painting over the futon (see Original Art by Peter Cocuzza). (more…)
I made my Halloween table with several items from Publix, my printer, and the rest is from Dollar Tree. Several weeks ago, I was shopping at Publix supermarket when I spied the Halloween display. I was drawn to the furry spiders. I bought a large one and two small ones. The next week they had added the colored light ghosts which looked so cute. I then had many ideas of how I would use them in a table. (more…)