Good Enough to Eat

These beautiful dining rooms are inspiring me to get to work on my own. Right now, she has a beautiful floor to ceiling built-in, great windows, and plantation shutters, and a great lantern light, but absolutely no furniture. Whatever we go with, I know I want slipcovered chairs. Luckily, Mr. Marvelous has no opinion either way. πŸ™‚

Fantastic ceiling beams and soothing blue green paint

The aqua vases jump out at me in this picture. I saw similar vases in the latest Ballard Designs catalog.

Wonderful monochromatic pallet is easy on the eyes. Love the “runner” of flowers in bud vases.

Speaking of good enough to eat, one of my all-time favorite bloggers is known to say that there isn’t a bad mood that a great book and good brownie cannot improve. I whole-heartedly agree. We are headed out of town this weekend on a short getaway to Michigan (please don’t rob me:) ), and I packed a stack of books too large to get through in 2 weeks let alone 2 days, but I couldn’t resist. If you are a reader, please leave me a comment with your favorite book of all time and the best book you’ve read in the past year. I’m always looking for great suggestions!! I recently finished reading See You in a Hundred Years, and was fascinated by it. Can’t wait to see your suggestions.

TGIF and have a wonderful weekend!

God bless all of you mothers out there,


  1. my all time favorite book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers- I have read it 3 times. I highly reccommend it, or any Francine Rivers book for that matter!

  2. Oooh, thanks for the suggestion, I haven’t read anything by Francine Rivers.

    I should probably be nice and answer my own poll for everyone. πŸ™‚ Some of my all time favorite books are “The Book Thief,” “The Book of Ruth” by Jane Hamilton, “Vanished” by Mary McGarry Morris (warning, very gritty), and “The Glass Castle” by Jeanette Walls (a must read, sooo good), also love anything by Rosamunde Pilcher (would go great with a brownie AND a cup of tea), The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, and to round things out Confessions of a Shopaholic just for the LOL nature of the book.

  3. I second The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. I read it in one evening and cried my eyes out. Puts everything into perspective. Happy Weekend:)

  4. ANYTHING by Francine Rivers is breathtaking (she’s the most amazing Christian author I’ve ever read). Her “Mark of the Lion” series is particularly amazing. It took me a bit to get through the first chapter or two (I was like, “A WOMAN wrote this?!”) but after that I was so hooked that I’d flick on the light in the middle of the night to read for two minutes if Matt got up to go to the bathroom!!!!

    Anything by Linda Nichols (‘In Search of Eden,’ ‘At the Scent of Water’ both stand out).

  5. I loved the first two dining rooms! I would love to have an outdoor dining room, but with the weather around here….we’d rarely get to use it, LOL! πŸ™‚ Have a great trip!!

  6. Always love your photos. Those yellow seahorses are darling!! And, love the blue vases. That’s a nice trick that you can switch around based on the occasion….different colored bottles for whatever celebration.

  7. Now you have got me thinking…the best book???
    I will have to get back to you. In the mean time I am obessing over the dinng chairs…enjoy your hoilday

  8. Hey Erin! Hope you had a great time in Michigan. Kim and I spent a long weekend in Dallas visiting Lisa and her husband. I have to agree Redeeming Love is a great book. Here are a few of my other favorites. I’ve been into biographies lately so the first three are biographies.

    Three Cups of Tea
    A Long Way Gone, and God Grew Tired of Us (I’m just about finished with it now) are both about the Lost Boys from the Sudan.
    Eat Pray Love
    Blue Like Jazz

    Hope you are well!!

  9. Hi, Erin. I’m Roxanne. I live in west Texas. I was out for a blog stroll this afternoon and pleasantly discovered you. Was instantly drawn in by the scripture and when the page opened, I was at home. A kindred spirit…the Holy spirit. I want to thank you for displaying His truth and beauty in such a lovely. I will be back often and if you don’t mind I’d like to add you to my blog roll. Blessings.

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