Fresh, Pretty Table Tops, a Classic Striped Sweater & Jeans + More Meyer Lemon Recipes … It’s Weekend Meanderings

Today on Weekend Meanderings, fresh, pretty table tops, a classic striped sweater with jeans and more Meyer lemon recipes.

Happy Weekend, Friends!

It’s Saturday and I’m joining Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.

Our weekly roundup of inspiration and goings on.

How was your week?

If you live in California it was wet.

Very wet.

We’ve been fortunate so far … no flooding, loss power loss, or worse.

So many aren’t as lucky and my heart goes out to them.

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Blue and white cup and saucer filled with cocoa in window seat.

I barely left the house this week and yet it went by in a flash.

After writing about my workout routine last weekend, I fell off the wagon.

Between rain storms and deadlines I missed my step classes and there were no dog walks.

woman taking selfie in closet wearing workout outfit.

I shared my workout uniform here.

In popover news, my proper popover pan arrived.

Several readers shared that they swear by King Arthur’s popover recipe.

I’m going to try it this week when Jim is home.

His nose was out of joint that I made the last, successful, batch while he was away.

And he was shocked and scandalized to learn I’d eaten every single last one.

I’m way behind schedule with this post.

So let’s go!


Yesterday I posted my tour and review of this year’s HGTV’s Dream Home in Colorado. I was late with this one … it’s a lot of work. And all for a house we love to hate. I guess that’s what makes it fun! You can take the tour here.

The general consensus is, if one were to win … immediately hold a garage sale, repaint, redecorate, add a pool/spa and a downstairs bunk/ TV room. Other than that, it’s fine. I’m not a fan of the kitchen cabinets either. They feel cold and industrial to me. What do you think?

HGTV Dream Home 2023 Great Room

I received a lot of good comments with great ideas on how the house might have been better designed. If you read the post, be sure to read the comments too. Maybe HGTV should crowd source their next Dream Home. Bottom line, we all think it’s gone downhill since Linda Woodrum left the scene back in 2015.



Monica Lhilleur has a new collaboration with Pottery Barn … Garden Party. Swoon. The second I saw it I ran (drove) to our local story to see it in person. Major disappointment, it’s not in the store yet. But I did come home with this table cloth and these etched wine goblets from her Lily of the Valley collection.

Etched wine glasses, plates and forks on table with lemon centerpiece.

When I think of Monique Lhuillier I think of wedding dresses. Gorgeous wedding dresses. Her recent botanical inspired dresses are heavenly. Sophie Bush wore a botanical design for her wedding to Grant Hughes last summer. Monique’s line has expanded beyond bridal … but who knew it led her to housewares and Pottery Barn. Lucky us.

Here’s more from the Monique Lhuillier x Pottery Barn Lily of the Valley collection …

Pottery Barn table setting.


And from the Positano collection …

Table setting from Pottery Barn.


The Lily of the Valley salad plate shown in both settings is no longer available and they’re showing this pretty new set of 4 floral plates in its place.


The flatware in both settings is the Rivoli design.

The serving pieces are lovely too … I’ve got my eye on the tray and cake dome. And it’s hard to resist a tiered tray.



Last year I shared a watering can round up which was a big hit. I didn’t include my favorite watering can because it sold out. Not one to give up I’ve been monitoring the situation and … big news, it’s back in stock. Mine arrived yesterday!

Green and white watering can on bench next to basket of lemons.

Leaf Motif Watering Can

I love the leaf motif. The can is smaller than I expected, but I adore it just the same. It’s the little things in life, right? Pun intended. I don’t have a green thumb and I try to keep watering cans in various locations making it easier to remember to water. Sometimes I overwater. Like I said, I’m terrible with plants.

Side note, I’m slowly working through my basket of Meyer lemons which brings us to the next topic.



I finally get what it means to eat seasonally. Our single Meyer lemon tree produced at least 100 lemons and I’m trying to find creative ways to use them. I hoped to give some away, but it seems everybody has a lemon tree (just like everyone has a tomato plant) so it’s not that easy.

Yesterday I made Ina Garten’s Fresh Lemonade. It’s delicious! I halved the recipe and we’ll be enjoying it all weekend. Not only by itself but mixed with ice tea for Arnold Palmers and, maybe, as Ina suggests, spiked with vodka. Or Hot Toddy’s. It can also be frozen into ice cubes. But back to Hot Toddy’s

Fresh lemonade in pitcher and iced glass with bowl of lemons in background.

It seemed odd to be drinking ice cold lemonade on a rainy, winter night … so I made a Hot Toddy and used lemonade instead of plain lemon juice. It worked!

Hot Toddy in tea cup and saucer on tray.

Here’s my Lemonade Hot Toddy recipe ~

Hot Toddy in tea cup and saucer on tray.


5 from 4 votes
Servings 1


  • 3/4 cup Hot water You can also use a decaffeinated tea of your choice.
  • 1-1/2 oz Whiskey
  • 3 tsp Honey
  • 1 oz Fresh Lemonade You can substitute fresh squeezed lemon juice, but reduce to one tablespoon.
  • 1 Lemon wheel for garnish


  • Heat water to boil in tea kettle.
  • Add Whiskey, lemonade and honey to mug or teacup.
  • Pour hot water into cup and stir until honey blends in.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel.

One can’t survive on lemonade, or Hot Toddy’s, alone so I made Ina’s Lemon Cake too. Once again I halved the recipe and made just one loaf. For extra deliciousness, the recipe calls for a lemon syrup to be poured over the cake AND a lemon glaze. Spoiler alert … it’s delicious. Ina never steers us wrong.

Lemon Cake with glaze on top and slices of lemons on platter.

I enjoyed my Friday night cocktail in the library.

Tray with tea cup and slice of cake.

Opening the library doors is like opening the treat jar. Pippa, Maggie and Abby come running. Abby made herself comfortable while mom enjoyed a Lemonade Hot Toddy and Lemon Cake … while procrastinating on this post. A Hot Toddy may be ill advised with a deadline looming, but the post got out on time so all’s well that ends well.



Did you read Kim’s Signature Style post this week? She asks the question, are jeans going away? I don’t know … but I sure wear denim a lot less frequently than I used to. I mostly live in joggers and track pants. That said, I did a little New Year sale shopping at Flaunt in Danville and bought this pair of Re/Done denim. Re/Done is a new-to-me brand that offers upcycled and sustainable denim. You can learn more here.  I love my new pair’s high waist, straight leg style … with a lot of stretch. They’re a little long and I dropped them off to be hemmed. They’re sold out at Flaunt but you can find them here. At Flaunt’s sale I also found a Michael Stars classic striped sweater. If you can’t get to Flaunt, you can find it here. It’s roomy and I bought an XS. And, no, there is no such thing as too many striped sweaters or shirts. When I got my new jeans and sweater home I realized they work beautifully with my color block loafers that I bought at the end of last year. They were an impulse purchase because I absolutely love the style. I think it will be great with the ivory puffy purse I bought last year that’s sadly no longer available. But look at this great puffy tote from Francis Valentine. It comes with a shoulder strap too. This is a perfect fall/winter/spring go anywhere outfit and I can’t wait to get the jeans back from the tailor and start wearing it.

Denim Sweater Loafer Outfit Collage.

Denim | Stripe Sweater | Puffy Tote | Loafers | Sunnies | Earrings


So there you have it, this weekend’s meanderings.

Let’s visit Kim and Elizabeth to see what they’re up to.



Odds & Socks ~

When I shared this photo on Instagram I got a ton of questions on the source of my woven bowl. It was a birthday gift from Kim and I believe she found it at Ling Interiors in Los Gatos. You can also find it here. I set the terra cotta pot of daffodils in the bowl intending to repot it or cover the terra cotta with moss. What a happy accident that it looks great as is.

Pot of daffodils on console table.


With storms looming I bought these Duracell lanterns. Yes, we have a generator, but it doesn’t power the entire house. And one never knows. Not only do the lanterns provide light, but they have a USB charger too. They’re probably great for camping. If you camp.

I was thrilled to see my friend Suzanne Smith featured, along side her friend, Lisa Richley, in the December issue of Victoria Magazine. You can read the backstory of Suzanne’s bucket list experience here.

I just finished this book. Highly recommend if you love food and Paris.

My new, and informal, book club starting reading this book.

Frontgate is having a winter sale … 20% off site wide. I might refresh our bath towel, I love their towels.


A few things I have my eye on ~


If you missed the last weekend meanderings, you can catch up here.

And follow along for more fun on Instagram and Pinterest.

As always, I appreciate your visit and welcome your thoughts in the comments below.

Woman holding glass of lemonade.

Cheers from Snowberry!


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  • Oh my gosh, where have I been?! How did I not realize that jeans may be going away? Maybe because my kids are in their 20s and early 30s, I’m just not aware of what Gen Z is wearing. And then there’s the fact that I receive dozens of emails daily that are showing the most current 20 cuts and styles of jeans. It seems that every jean style is a go now. I love your striped sweater, jeans and loafer outfit! Totally agree on not being able to have too many stripes. My striped tee collection borders on ridiculous but I love them all! Always enjoy your posts.

    • Good morning, Kelly! Can we talk about stripes?! When I did my closet clean out a few weeks ago I let go of some striped tees and dresses … and yet when I look at my closet all I see is stripes!!! As for jeans, they’ll never go out of style, but I do notice my youngest nieces friends wearing leggings and track pants more frequently. Of course, they’re still wearing jeans in a very 80’s style which I find hilarious. Wishing you an amazing weekend! xo

  • Daffodils are my favorite, and these made me smile this morning! Hope you enjoy your new popover pan.

    I also hope you have less storms.

    • Aren’t they the happiest flower?! I was excited to see them at the grocery store. Sadly their on the wan and I’m in search of a new pop of yellow to take their place. Looks like our storms may come to an end mid-week. Our garden is saturated today. But no complaints here. Happy weekend! xo

  • 5 stars
    Juliet, I am happy to know that you fared well in the storm. It is so sad to see so many people suffering. Hopefully this week will be an improvement.
    Your library looks cosy and comforting. The lemonade toddy and cake are the perfect cure all for a rainy day. You are so right, you can never go wrong with Ina!
    As for working out, I am sure you will be back on schedule when the weather gets better. In the meantime your outfits are cute, comfortable and ready to wear.
    I had no idea jeans were on the way out. Honestly, I have never been a huge fan of jeans, it is hard to find the right size and I just never found them to be that comfortable. That said, I think they will always be a wardrobe staple and I will just have to look for a more comfortable pair.
    I have a post in my queue this week on…Monique Lhuillier x Pottery Barn Lily of the Valley collection. I love Lily of the Valley and thought the collection was so beautiful! I wanted to order those glasses but I have so many glasses I don’t know when I would use them. I will enjoy seeing you make cocktails in yours.
    Love everything about this outfit and Francis Valentine!
    Cannot wait to see more of your lemon recipes!
    Stay dry, enjoy your weekend and keep us up to date on the popovers!

  • Meyer lemons and daffodils! Love them! We have three feet of snow – and more in the forecast! (I live in Midway, Utah, near Park City!) Lovely for a White Christmas but right now , I’m jealous of your lemons! Could you send me your excess crop? (Kidding of course….sigh)

  • Hi Juliet! Always a fun read! I do not have a lemon tree (they aren’t common here in Maine, believe it or not), so just send your extras my way! I have not had a look at the HGTV Dream house, but I am not loving the look of it from that one photo. I must read your post! Good luck with your popovers! Have a great week!

  • Juliet really good post for a rainy day! Love that you had a hot toddy and pretty lemon bread in the library last night. So cozy in this dark weather. I need to try the lemon bread! More lemons and like you said.. neighbors have them too! Just ordered that Paris book! The Monique Lhuillier glasses are beautiful! Pinning your recipe to make for my dad. Will see which lemon recipe he likes best. He’s a huge lemon fan.
    Stay cozy..

  • Hi Juliet

    Absolutely love this post! I just got back into my workout routine after being sick and having a terrible cough for weeks on end. I’m still coughing but couldn’t stand not going to the gym anymore! Now I’m sore!
    Definitely need to check out the HGTV house and the Pottery Barn collaboration….sometimes I think I live under a rock!
    Your hot toddy sounds so delicious…I’ve never made popovers but love to eat them and I will definitely never never never stop wearing jeans…no matter what and I ordered the book before typing this comment because I’m so obsessed with Paris right now!
    Thank you so much for including the Victoria Magazine article in your post today! Happy Weekend!

    • So sorry you’ve been sick, Suzanne. Coughs have an annoying wayof hanging around. What a bummer of way to start off the new year. It’s it weird how getting back to the gym after even a short absence leaves us practically in traction!!! Still so excited to see you in Victoria Magazine … and loved learning the back story. Happy weekend! xo

  • Good rainy morning, Juliet!
    Our home has fared well during all of this stormy weather here in the Bay Area. My heart goes out to those that have been flooded.
    We have an overabundant Meyer in our yard, and so I’m thrilled to find Ina’s lemonade recipe on here this morning. I’ve never seen a recipe that did NOT require a simple syrup to be made first. Talk about easy! I’ll be playing with that today. We also have an overabundant blood orange tree next to the Meyer, so I will make a blood orange juice with the recipe, too!
    Jeans simply cannot walk off into the sunset. I wear them EVERY single day, even at work. I’m a much bigger gal than you are, so my options for jeans are limited and I don’t worry so much about style (just comfort). NYDJ have been my go-to for years, and I have noticed they are harder to find than they once were. I need to try them on, so ordering online is not my favorite.
    Don’t worry about falling off your workout wagon. The rains are only here for a short time, and then you’ll be able to get back at it. Enjoy this cozy time while it lasts.
    Tell Jim to enjoy his popovers!

    • Hi Janet … Ina never steers us wrong and her lemonade recipe is easy and delicious. I’m sure it will work just as well for blood oranges .. yum! I’m going to back several more batches and freeze into ice cubes. I agree with you, jeans aren’t going anywhere … and we can count on styles always changing. Whenever I find a pair I like, I buy two. As for the weather, it looks like things clean up mid-week and we’ll have a chance to dry out. Good news, right?! xo

  • 5 stars
    Juliet! Is that true? Everyone has a lemon tree? I’m so jealous! Your lemonade hot toddy sounds and looks delicious as does your lemon cake! Always love your style! That sweater… love stripes! Stay safe and hopefully it will be less wet soon in California!

  • HGTV “dream” home designer has failed to improve in taste or talent in the years he’s been in charge. I have no idea why they don’t find someone else to take over. If I win, it’s for sale!

  • 5 stars
    Hello dear Juliet… First of all, I am so happy that you didn’t have any flooding, especially while Jim was away.
    Are those lemons from your garden? Holy Moley!! Now I have to go and tour the HGTV House. Before I go…that lemon cake looks out of this world!! Have a wonderful week, dear Juliet.

    • Mrs. Clooney, you’re the best! Wish you were my neighbor … I’d bring over the lemon cake and the lemonade, with vodka, as Ina would insist. xo

  • Thank you for that great and easy hot toddy recipe! My lemon tree has some too, so I’ll have to make some hot toddy’s.

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