Happy Thanksgiving!

I am excited to say we are hosting Thanksgiving this year. Some members of Bill’s side of the family will be coming to dinner, including my father-in-law. There will be 11 of us sitting down to ham and turkey later today. For someone who doesn’t cook for a crowd very often, this is a daunting number for me!

Thankfully we saved lots of time – and stress – by splitting up the menu. Bill and I are in charge of the ham, several sides, dessert and wine. And my brother-in-law will be bringing a roasted turkey and all the other sides.

Baking is not really my thing so I bought two pies from Crisp Bake Shop in Sonoma, and apple lattice pie and a pumpkin, maple, bourbon pie. Tori and I picked up the pies up yesterday and also brought home some Pumpkin Spice and Salted Caramel Chocolate macarons, which we tested out last night.


Wow, are they delicious! The Pumpkin Spice is my favorite and the best macaron I have ever tasted – and I’ve even eaten macarons in Paris! I might have to have just one more Pumpkin Spice before our guests arrive 😉

Tori and I stopped by Oak Hill Farm’s Red Barn in Glen Ellen on our way home. This darling farm opens their barn up on Saturdays from May to January and they also sell their produce, flowers and wreaths at the Sonoma Farmers Market on Friday mornings.


Tori and I bought gourds, dried corn cobs and flowers, as well as some veggies. Such a darling farm! If you live in the area or are visiting, be sure to stop by for a visit on Saturdays and around the holidays.  Visit their website for details.

Tori used our purchases to decorate our Thanksgiving table. Didn’t she do a lovely job?


If you’re celebrating Thanksgiving and hosting or bringing a dish to someone’s gathering, did you bake? Roast a turkey? Do all the cooking yourself? Or did you decide to dine out this year?

Before I sign off, please know how very thankful I am for you. I appreciate your readership, your comments – both here and on social media –  and allowing me share a bit of my life with you these last 6 years.

Make it a rich day full of thanks!




Cozy Cape from Stella Carakasi 

I’m excited to show you my new cozy cape from Stella Carakasi’s Fall 2016 Collection. There are so many aspects of this particular fall collection that appeal to me: the gorgeous neutral shades, the luxurious fabrics, interesting hemlines and details and the versatility.

The Rare Form Cape in Winter White and Frost is one of my top favorites. And it’s reversible!

I wore it while staying at The Residence at Comstock Wines last week. I’m going through my hundreds of photos from my stay this week and will be telling you all about our experience at The Residence soon!

cape at comstock

I wore the Rare Form Cape with a Top Rated Tee from Stella Carakasi, my everyday jeans and light gray booties (similar).

For jewelry I wore my new KayandStar sea glass tassel necklace that has a silver metallic leather tassel.


I also wore my new hat from Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley. I love the leather band and the light gray shade. It goes so well with the gray in the cape.

From the back, you can see the hemline on the cape is nice and long. I appreciate that kind of coverage!

You can see in the photo that the knit is sort of fuzzy. It contains 20% angora wool. It’s just enough to give it a soft look as well as a soft feel, but not enough to fly around and get in your eyes and nose. I have not experienced any of that, thankfully! Remember those super fuzzy angora sweaters back in the 80s? Fuzzies everywhere!


Olive Festival at B.R. Cohn 

A couple of weeks ago Bill and I attended the Sonoma Extra Virgin Festival at B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company. B.R. Cohn is such a beautiful property. With the gorgeous fall weather we had that day, it was sure to be a fantastic way to spend a few hours.


B.R. Cohn not only grows grapes on their estate but they have an olive grove that dates back to the mid-1800s!


When we checked in we were given a darling cotton reusable tote with some goodies inside. On the lawn in front of the barn there was a canvas tent with some leather chairs, patterned stools and blankets. I would love to have a set up like this in my backyard. Isn’t is cute?


Before we headed into the barn to sample olive oil, we ordered a couple glasses of B.R. Cohn Sauvignon Blanc. One of my favorites!


Inside the barn there were olive oil producers from all over the region. They weren’t only offering their olive oils to try but many other olive-oil based products were on hand containing olive oil like candles, soaps and lotions.


After we perused the olive oil purveyors, we went to the back of the barn to check out the food trucks. Having food trucks is such a great idea for an event like this and gives guests a variety of foods to choose from.

food trucks

This is the view looking past the food truck area. Breathtaking!


We decided to walk down to get closer look at the vineyard while we sipped our wine…and took a selfie!


Harvest Dinner at Spirit Hill Farm

Bill and I attended a Harvest Dinner recently with my sister-in-law, Debbie, at Spirit Hill Farm in West Sonoma County.

This beautiful farm is an events venue and offers lodging too. Take a look at their accommodations. Such a charming place to stay. And it even has a pool.

There are accommodations in the main farmhouse, a Sugar Shack with a secluded outdoor bathroom and this adorable cottage called the Guest House.


Once the sun went down we went inside the farmhouse for dinner.

Spirit Hill Farm Harvest Dinner

With dinner we enjoyed wonderful wines by Engracia Wines.


Our phenomenal multi-course dinner was catered by Jeremy and Natalie, owners of Odd Couple Catering and longtime friends of Debbie’s. I can’t pick a favorite dish because they were all so fantastic!

spirit-hill-farm-odd couple catering

After our exceptional dinner and fun evening, we were given these adorable little baskets on our way out. They contained apple butter, made by Odd Couple Catering, and Spirit Hill Farms Olive Oil. I will be putting both to good use!

Spirit Hill Farm

It was a lovely evening filled with great company, phenomenal food, and delicious wine  – all in a stunning setting. Thank you, Debbie, for the invitation!


How I Wear My Reminder 

Many of us will be dressing up for Thanksgiving Day and for parties as we officially enter the holiday season. If you want to join the How I Wear My styling fun in December, get a photo of you in your “Holiday Party Look” and send it to me and Jill of Everything Just So by December 5th, 2016. Our email address is [email protected]

Be sure to include a quotable blurb about your party outfit!

How I Wear My Badge

I’m linking up today with #iwillwearwhatilike, Shoe and Tell, and Visible Monday.

Make it a rich day!



Disclosure: My cape was given to me and I was invited to stay at The Residence at Comstock Wines. All opinions expressed here my own, as always.