Today, my Five Faves include some gorgeously neutral interiors with pops of color, an Australian television show that we binge-watched, a good book, winetasting ideas, and more!
Hello from Napa, California where we have spent a few days visiting with our friends, Jim and Lisa, and my sister Teresa. This is a beautiful valley in Northern California and we have been enjoying the food and wine.
1. Neutral Decor With Pops Of Color On Cedar Key Florida
With the cooler weather that we have been having these refreshingly sunny interiors in the Winter Issue, 2021 of Coastal Living are a welcome sight!
This is on the small island of Cedar Key (where we have stayed with friends before) on the Gulf of Florida.
The designer is Kara Miller and the photographs are by Carmel Brantley.
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2. Healthy Canned Soups And Some Not So Healthy
When I had a bad cold right before Christmas, I was wishing I had some canned soup in the cupboard. So, I found this article interesting and thought you might too.
18 Best Healthy Canned Soups by Pure Wow
3. What to Watch: RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service)
This is a PBS show that we watched on Amazon Prime. Howard and I blew through the first season and we are hoping there will be a second season! It has a likable cast (cute male nurse) and takes you to the Outback of New South Wales in Australia.
“Based on remarkable real-life stories, this gripping drama series follows the modern-day heroes of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.”
4. What To Read (or Listen to): “The Lincoln Highway” by Amor Towles
I couldn’t put this down. It’s written by the author of “A Gentleman In Moscow.” Both my friend, Laura, and Howard recommended it to me.
“In June 1954, eighteen-year-old Emmett Watson is driven home to Nebraska by the warden of the juvenile work farm where he has just served fifteen months for involuntary manslaughter. His mother is long gone, his father recently deceased, and the family farm is foreclosed upon by the bank, Emmett’s intention is to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California where they can start their lives anew. But when the warden drives away, Emmett discovers that two friends from the work farm have hidden in the trunk of the warden’s car. Together, they have hatched an altogether different plan for Emmett’s future, one that will take them all on a fateful journey in the opposite direction—to the City of New York.”
5. Intimate Wine Tasting And Tips
We had a lovely time tasting wine at Covert Estate (reservations necessary) where they make delicious premium wines.
“At Covert Estate, we use traditional Bordeaux winemaking techniques combined with Californian creativity. We utilize a very conservative and sustainable approach that respects the terroir and results in wines that are delicate and elegant with distinct personality.”
Underneath the blue napkins were small trays of cheese and sausages to complement the wines. Notice the little glass cover lids? They keep the aroma in (and bugs or debris out). This would be fun for a wine tasting party at home.
Have you heard of “double decanting”? Our guide, Emily said it’s when you pour the wine in a decanter to let it breathe and then back into the bottle so that guests can still see the label. Double decanting allows the wine to open up and helps restrict the amount of sediment in your glass.
On Thursday, I will be joining Cindy’s Ageless Style series for a one-time special, and I will be featuring my sister, Teresa. So please come back for “My Sister, Teresa’s Unpretentious But Spectacular Ageless Style!”
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Let’s see what Annie and Cindy’s Five Faves are this week: