Fashion Friday Fall 2014

Pantone Color of the year Radiant Orchid, flows beautifully from Summer into Fall Fashion for 2014.

There are mixed reviews from real women on Radiant Orchid.

Radiant Orchid is still in and is  being incorporated into the Fall Fashion scene.

There are  some women who tend to think this color is reminiscent of the 80's

and were ready for it to end when Summer did.

Others find it a fantastic transition hue from Summer to Autumn, what do you think?

The word is out that ecru, tan and beige are gorgeous neutrals for Fall.

Not only in clothing, but in makeup, nail polish and eye shadows.

These timeless neutrals are being given the title of..

 Neutrals are the New Black for Fall 2014.

Winter coats are looking seriously good for Fall, they are a staple in any Winter wardrobe.

From Orchid to Tartan who doesn't love cosying up in a statement check or classic neutral as the days

turn cooler.

Be happy, be grateful, be you...

Happy Friday and wishing you a wonderful weekend!


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Golden Mountain Views

While visiting Colorado this Summer we were fortunate to meet so many friendly, happy and

congenial people and we even made some long distance friends.

They recently took some beautiful pictures of the Mountains and the magical moment when Summer

ends and Fall takes over and cloaks herself in brilliant hues of orange, yellow and red.

Their journey began along highway 550 from Durango Colorado to Telluride Colorado.

Truly, one of the most breathtaking journeys you will ever take by car any time of the year.

This route is also know as the million dollar highway, there are a variety of theories,

as to the Million Dollar name and one of them is that it cost one million dollars to build.

The town has an interesting history going back hundreds of years ago.

For centuries the Ute Indians used Telluride as a Summer camp, and it wasn't until the 1700's

that Spanish explorer's named it Telluride.

At one time Telluride was a thriving and robust gold and silver mining community,

but sadly enough silver prices crashed in 1893 and the town dwindled from a population

of thousands to hundreds.

Many years went by as it waited in the serene Rocky Mountains.

 And then,  in the 1970's Telluride reinvented itself.

Wonderful white snowfall made for glorious powder for snow skiing, which became the new gold,

for a town that had nearly dwindled away.

Today Telluride is full of energy, ambiance and world class skiing.

Telluride played such a significant role in the history of the American West that it was designated

as a National Historic Landmark District in 1964.

Today Telluride embraces historically significant architecture, artists, celebrities and second home

owners while maintaining it's small town mountain feel.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of golden views in the mountains as much as I do...


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Boo Buns

Could I interest you in a warm Boo Bun or Braided Bread?

A great and simple no fail recipe that is full of endless possibilities from

these fun Boo Buns to Cinnamon Rolls, this Basic Sweet Dough is an all time favorite.

These buns won't scare your little one, in fact they will run for more-great fresh from the oven

with a dollop of butter or slice them in half for a mini sandwich.

This recipe comes from my Mother's Southern Living Cookbook 1970.

The Basic Sweet Dough recipe is the same no matter the shape you choose.

I used half of my dough for the Boo buns and the other half for the braided loaf of bread.

I really like braided bread because instead of slicing your piece of bread you simply

break off a piece of this soft, tender sweet bread then add butter and maybe some honey too...

Mind you, you will have to knead this dough, I know that can be a deterrent to making bread,

but honestly these buns and bread were well worth the effort.

In fact on a scale of one to ten these buns got a ten!

Here is a great tutorial from Baking Bites on how to braid bread using three to five strands of bread.

Now seriously wouldn't you like some warm Boo Buns!

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Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

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