the best gift

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Favorite Things64 Comments

Saturday was my 42 birthday.  It started off with apologies from Jeff and the boys that they couldn’t go out and buy me gifts and couldn’t take me out to a restaurant.  It would be another day hunkering down at home.  The fact that I wasn’t disappointed was surprising to me.  I’ve always been a “big birthday person.”  I love … Read More

my silver patterns

Marian ParsonsAll Things Home, Antiques, Cleaning & care, Favorite Things60 Comments

I often receive comments about my flatware, even if I am posting about food or styling or something else entirely.  I will admit that I have a thing for flatware and have inherited and collected some beautiful pieces. The pieces I inherited from at least five different women in my family are stunning and hard to ignore, which is the … Read More

chicken divan recipe

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness40 Comments

I’ve noticed that I’m not the only one into cooking comfort foods in these strange times.  Not only are they comforting, hence the name, but they tend to be a good way to use up ingredients that are starting to turn or to use some of the canned goods in stock.  I’ve used this excuse to make banana bread, blueberry … Read More

gratitude & hope

Marian Parsonsa slice of life54 Comments

When the cancellations first started, the homebody in me didn’t mind too much.  I’ve been saying to Jeff for months that I wish I could just press the pause button and suspend all of the activities and busyness for a little while.  Well, this wasn’t exactly what I had in mind!  My oldest son, Marshall, expressed it well last night.  … Read More

swedish & german brushes

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, All Things Home, Favorite Things35 Comments

I am a brush-lover and have been for many years.  And my soft spot for brushes goes beyond those used for paint.  I love pretty brooms, dish brushes, make-up brushes, basting brushes, new brushes, old brushes…you get the idea.  When I sold in a retail space and at markets, I was on a mission to find some pretty brushes to … Read More

creamy potato & ham soup jars

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Food & Fitness30 Comments

We are just in one of those seasons of life when things are really busy.  I’m sure so many of you can relate.  You get a few months in a row when evenings and weekends are generally quiet and then you hit a stretch when there is something happening every single day.  Jeff has a meeting at church, the boys … Read More

February’s Books of the Week

Marian Parsonsa slice of life, Favorite Things17 Comments

I have really enjoyed sharing a book of the week this year, but I’ve realized it’s just given me another excuse to buy more books when I really didn’t need another excuse!  I already have way more than 52 books to share and recommend!  But, it has been fun to look for new books and revisit old books that have … Read More