On today’s Weekend Meanderings, our library on tour, yummy holiday gift bread, Target finds, a great foundation and Wyeth, a new classic.
Happy weekend, friends!
It’s Saturday and I’m joining Kim and Elizabeth for Weekend Meanderings.
Our weekly roundup of inspiration and goings on.
We were finally forced to acknowledge that summer, and warm falls days that feel like summer, is over.
It’s time to get Snowberry ready for winter.
Jim put away all the outdoor cushions.
And did his least favorite annual chore.
Cleaned out the gutters.
Not a moment too soon, we had a big rain storm on Thursday.
And yesterday morning our water feature froze.
We need to get frost protectors over our lemon and lime trees.
In the midst of winterizing we had an electrical issue.
But not to worry, our crack electrician got over here right away and all is well.
Enough of this riveting conversation.
Are you ready?
Let’s go …
HOLIDAY HOME TOUR – CHRISTMAS IN THE LIBRARY
On Wednesday I joined Jenny Williamson’s (Evolution of Home Blog) Holiday Home Tour for the very first time. I know you know … because I’ve been blabbing about it for a couple of weeks now. Well, it happened, and it was a lot of fun. You can see the full tour here.
These are a some of the most popular – and still available – holiday decor pieces from the post.
Kim joined the tour too with her colorful, nostalgic den/office tree! You don’t want to miss it.
Also on tour, the beautifully decorated homes of favorite bloggers Cindy Hattersley Design, Classic Casual Home, and Most Lovely Things.
There were 27 bloggers on tour and the beauty and creativity is inspiring.
Watch my quick library video tour here.
In honor of the Holiday Home Tour, Kim and I did an Instagram live! We talked about a lot of things from the tour to our favorite celebrity Christmas albums, real versus faux trees and a bunch of other stuff. You can watch our discussion here. It was our first time going live and we were figuring it out on the fly … I think we did ok. We had so much fun that we’re going to do it again … next week. Probably Thursday at 9am PDT … we’ll give advanced notice this time so stay tuned.
HOLIDAY BAKING GIFT IDEA: ORANGE CRANBERRY MINI LOAVES & AND A BOOK I MENTIONED BEFORE
A couple weeks ago, I mentioned Ruth McKeaney and her book, Hungry for Home. My copy arrived earlier this week and the other night I sat down in front of the fire and read it cover to cover. What a delight. Ruth’s life, with her husband and five children, on their family’s Pennsylvania farm. As part of a large, extended family there is a big emphasis on continuing passed-down family traditions while creating new ones of their own. And above all else, they value and prioritize time spent together as a family. Ruth shares many of her family favorite recipes including scrumptious looking cookies, cakes, and pies as well as glimpses inside their traditional farmhouse, party barn and glorious gardens.
Inspired by Ruth, I got up this morning and hauled out my recipe binder in search of holiday baking ideas. I landed on an old favorite, Cranberry Orange Bread made in mini-loaves … pretty, delicious, and ideal for holiday gifting. The recipe comes from my friend, and second mother, Ellen … and looking closely at the well-worn recipe, I see that Ellen received it from her friend Michelle. A recipe with history.
As I glanced through the ingredients before running to the store, mayonnaise caught my eye. Yuk. I hate mayonnaise and never have it in the house. I’ve made this recipe many times over the years and was able to overcome my mayo aversion. The good news is, once the loaves are baked, you won’t know it’s there. Still, I wondered what a reasonable substitute might be and settled on sour cream and Greek Yogurt.
I decided to split the recipe and make one batch with each. In order not to mix them up, I baked the sour cream version in traditional mini-loaf pans and the Greek yogurt version in disposable paper pans. The Greek yogurt loaves ended up with the sugared orange rind on top … I forgot to add it to the sour cream loaves.
Jim arrived home just in time to do a taste test. He liked them both but judged the Greek yogurt the best. He says it’s lighter and moister … I have to agree. The below recipe includes the original mayonnaise. Just know that Greek yogurt and sour cream are suitable substitutes.
I keep various sizes of cellophane bags on hand for food gifts and tie them with ribbon or twine. For a festive touch I added dried orange slices along with the tag.
Cranberry Orange Bread
- 3 cups All-purpose flour
- 1-1/4 cups Sugar
- 2-1/2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Orange Juice About 4 oranges, if squeezed fresh
- 2/3 cup Mayonnaise Substitute Greek Yogurt or Sour Cream
- 3 Eggs
- 1 tbsp Grated orange rind
- 2 cups Cranberries, halved
- 1/4 cup Sugar
- 1 tbsp Grated orange rind
- Preheat over to 350
- Grease and flour 4 mini-loaf baking pans or boxes.
- In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a small bowl, beat orange juice, mayonnaise, eggs and orange rind until well blended.
- Add wet ingredients to flour mixture and stir until just combined.
- Fold in cranberries.
- Pour batter into pans.
- In a small bowl, mix sugar and orange rind. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon over each loaf.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool on wire racks.
But back to Ruth and her glorious book. It gets five stars from me … and it’s one of those books I’ll be reading and rereading again and again. The book is a great gift idea. You can order it here. You’re welcome!
Follow Ruth on Instagram here and don’t miss her Tip Tuesday’s.
WHAT THE FOUNDATION – JONES ROAD
A couple of months ago Kim wrote about the new makeup and skincare brand, Jones Road. And last month our friend the Contessa wrote about it as well. It’s a new vegan and clean beauty line by Bobbi Brown. I was intrigued and ordered the foundation called What the Foundation. This week I gave it a test run. It comes in a jar and has a light, whipped feel to it. I applied it with a foundation brush and it went on smoothly and evenly. It’s a very light coverage which I like. They say it’s a ‘foundation meets moisture tint.’ And that’s a really accurate description. More coverage than a tinted moisturizer but not as heavy as a traditional foundation. I’m a fan.
I’m also trying the Jones Road Light Moisture Cream. After my very costly Amore Pacific Time Response Skin Reserve Cream I want to try something new and less expensive. I swung the opposite direction price-wise with CeraVe’s Skin Renewing Night Cream which I like a lot. It’s not too heavy and glides on beautifully. There’s nothing worse than a thick cream that’s hard to apply. I’ve become interested – or more proactive – in seeking out cruelty-free make up and skincare (I’m not saying CeraVe is not … but its often difficult to decipher information in this regard). Anyway, that’s why I want to try the Jones Road and I’ll let you know what I think.
TARGET DENIM & MORE
Over the last year I’ve culled my denim collection considerably. We all have, when styles shift so dramatically what else can you do? Anyway, I went to Target with a few Christmas decor returns and so really my denim purchase was net net. Jim wants to know if I tossed two pairs of jeans when I got home and I explained, again, the earlier culling. He doesn’t get it.
Anyhoo … they had some cute cardigans too. And a utility jacket I couldn’t resist (even though I should have). It has a corduroy collar. I mean … that differentiates it from other utility jackets, right? It’s pretty roomy and I bought an XS.
And there it is … Target finds I couldn’t resist. Both pair of Levi’s are on sale.
Utility Jacket | Cardigan | Levi’s Low Rise Straight | Levi’s High Rise Flare
By the way, you can find all my Weekend Meandering outfit collages, with stoppable links, on my Shop My Style page. It’s on the blog’s navigation bar under the tab SHOP. In addition to that, about a month ago I created a dedicated Instagram page as a catchall for my style collages. You can follow here if you’re interested, or ignore it entirely.
Wyeth is a new brand from Damsel in Dior creator, Jacey Duprie. I’ve become a big fan of Jacey over the past few years. She has amazing style, a great sense of humor and a fun Instagram. She released an autobiography over the summer, Liking Myself Back, that was both moving and inspiring … and I liked her all the more. This week she realized a new dream by launching the brand, Wyeth. Both the online and brick and mortar store (at the Platform shopping center near LA) offer a Jacey-curated collection of brands in addition to her own designs under the Wyeth label. From what I see online, Wyeth is classic and classy and I’m cheering for its success.
You know I love a stripe!
And what have we here … this barn jacket with cordoroy detail reminds me of something I just bought at Tar-jay.
Look at this cute, cropped cardi … it comes in several colors.
Jacey, her husband, Grant, and their two young children live in Southern California. And if you catch them on Instagram when they’re vacationing … it’s the best kind of online entertainment.
So there you have it, this weekend’s meanderings.
Let’s visit Kim and Elizabeth to see what’s they’re sharing.
Odds & Socks ~
This recipe looks like a delicious, crowd pleasing holiday treat … or gift!
This favorite holiday movie just had its 20th anniversary. The one-hour Diane Sawyer special can be seen streamed on Hulu.
Our favorite Contessa is on sale!
We watched this movie on Prime Video. It’s based on a book of the same name. It stars several good actors, but won’t win any awards. That said, it’s entertaining enough.
If you’ve ever dreamed of traveling for the holiday’s check out these charming destinations.
If you missed last weekend’s 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.
Cheers from Snowberry!
Great Post Juliet! I printed the cranberry bread! Maybe once I am decorated and wrapped, I can get into making this for friends and neighbors! I used to bake so much, but since going gluten free-ish, no so much.
You need to get a leaf guard system for Jim for Christmas! It really works well.
The library is stunning.
I am really impressed with your Live Skills! I am still taking my Canva class, and my Youtube Reels class, when time permits. And I’m not taking my container gardening class and my Squarespace class…
Yes, a leaf guard system would be nice … I’ve mentioned this to Jim several times and he grumbles. Not sure his objection. But as long as I don’t have to do the job it’s his choice!!! On the Live we had no idea what we were doing and decided the only way to figure it out was just to do it. And we survived. You’re busy with those classes … good for you and happy weekend! xo
La Contessa says
Back in the day when I lived in Italy 1991 through 1994 they did not sell sour cream so I was told to use Greek yogurt and it worked beautifully!
Oh, interesting … I wonder why no sour cream. Is it an American thing?!
LA CONTESSA says
I BELIEVE SO……………..XX
ALSO ZERO AVOCADOS! AND NO RED KIDNEY BEANS!!!
I dislike avocados too. Jim, on the other hand, keeps the avocado growers in business. No red kidney beans? I guess chili isn’t an Italian thing. xo
Juliet wow a fun blog and a lot of cool things. I had no idea about Wyeth and will check it out. Love a good stripe..and look at you..grabbing the barn jacket – at Target. Smart. Love the jeans on you. Being short and short wasted, I am not sure they are for me, but I am willing to try -and love the rips. Super cute with that cardigan. I personally think you look great in everything!
I am still waiting on my Ruth book.. Hoping it comes soon. Your cranberry bread!! Where to start? Sounds like the perfect gift. My dear neighbor Nancy used to give us all cranberry bread and it was amazing.. She sadly now has dementia and I think of her and that wonderful bread. I will try this! Thank you. Love the bags and little citrus too.
Well the Live was more fun than I expected and I am game to try again. Best part chatting with you and all the sweet people who were around commented!
Thanks for sharing my pink tree from our home tour. So much fun with everyone. I LOVED your library with the greens and blues..
Well, I am off to try and decorate the regular tree and maybe stay cozy and bake today with this rain.. Enjoy the weekend! xo
Hey there, Kim! The day has gotten away from me … using the excuse of rain I curled up on the sofa with Ruth’s book and it was a very god day. That’s sad about your neighbor, Nancy. I’m sorry. Maybe the bread will be a nice remembrance of her. If you don’t object to the mayo I’d bake it that way … oh and with the orange rind sugar on top says Jim. I agree … it was so much fun on our live to hear from so many people with so many nice comments and questions. Next time we’ll know how to better manage them … walking and chewing gum, right?! I’m going to decorate our tree tonight too … and its about time. We’ll have to compare notes. Happy rainy weekend! xo
Your cranberry bread looks delicious, I love cranberry bread and have a loaf in the oven as I type this. Now I am going to give yours a try as well. I watched Jim on instagram in his taste test and I laughed when he said he liked the bread with the sugar top! I am with him! The more sugar the better.
The cookbook looks fabulous! I love a cookbook that reads like a novel and I love the stories behind recipes. I have this in my cart.
Your Target haul looks great. I agree with Kim, you look great in everything.
Your library is magical, a warm inviting space that is perfect for a glass of wine, to curl up with a book and to enjoy quiet time in front of the fire.
As for Jones Road, I might try this. I do not wear foundation or very much make-up for that matter. I like eyeliner and mascara. But, if you, the Contessa and Kim say this is a must than I am off to purchase a jar.
I am off to check the rest of the links.
Have a wonderful weekend! xo
Good morning, Elizabeth … I’m with you on the no foundation thing. But someones you have to do it and so a good lightweight product is important!!! Happy baking! xo
So much to comment on here! You had some good finds at our favorite Tar-jay!I’ve been on the lookout for a pair of wider jeans, it’s tricky because I’m not very tall. I found a brand new barn/utility jacket in navy at Goodwill! I’m always happy when things like that happen. It justifies bringing something else into my closet.
I always love a new book, my stack is overflowing right now. Thank goodness for the blessing of free libraries! I’ll look for the one you mentioned at the local book store, it sounds lovely.
I’m disappointed that i missed you and Kim live on insta. I need to go back and watch now. How fun (and scary!)
Isn’t this rain great? I’m really looking forward to watching the orchard across from us turn green again. I stood in the rain this morning with everyone else for the annual holiday parade. It was worth it to let Santa know I was good this year!
Have a great weekend,
PS That cranberry bread recipe sounds delicious. I’m going to try it with GF flour. It’s tricky to get a loaf bread just right using the gluten free stuff, but I’ll let you know how it works out.
Let me know!
Yes, thank goodness for the rain … we need it so badly and I needed it as an excuse to be indoors rereading my new favorite book and doing nothing! xo
The.Orange-Cranberry bread looks delish. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I hope to bake this soon if all goes well.
I thought Live Wired with Juliet and Kim was fun. You did so well, give yourselves a big “pat on the back.” You girls are so adorable. You must be related. I told Kim in my reply. Sisters but with different parents.
Live Wired! Oh, Katherine, I love that so much. Thank you! I think we’ll have to adopt that title. Happy baking! xo
It is not “odds and socks”….should be “odds and sods”…..British expression….you can Google the origin
Wondering how you go the “socks” in there instead??….perhaps because there is always and odd sock?
Hi Lauren, that’s so funny … it was my dad who said odds and socks and we never knew what he meant by it. Not sure if he got the expression mixed up or if he gave it his own twist! xo
Such a great post, Juliet! I’m with you…no Mayo for this girl! Your home was beautiful on the tour and the cranberry orange loaf looks delicious! Happy Holidays!
Glad to know I’m not alone, Kim … it’s disgusting. Right? Happy Holidays to you too! xo
Annie Diamond says
Love the idea of mini loafs for gifts! Love the wrapping too! Why did so many of those recipes include Mayo?? So funny!
Enjoyed your live with kim! Like meeting you two for coffee, but in our own respective homes!! So fun!!
Annie, isn’t it surprising how many recipes include mayo. Uck. Oh well, good thing we have substitutes. Thanks for watching our live … we had a lot of fun! xo
Mary Ann Pickett says
That bread/cake looks amazing!!! I’ve heard so many good things about that foundation…I’M GOING TO ORDER IT!!
Bravo to Jim and the gutter maintenance. We just had to make some unexpected gutter improvements to the tune of $4K…not a fun purchase. 🙁
Great post! Merry Christmas!
Yikes … home ownership is not for the faint of heart. I think you’ll like the foundation! xo