Thursday, September 5, 2019

Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow...

In the next few weeks, my husband and I will transition our lives and careers to my home state of West Virginia. We are both excited about all of the possibilities that lie ahead and being closer to family and life-long friends.

The decision to leave Atlanta was difficult for me because I love my current job very much. Change is never easy but when you work with wonderful people it is even more difficult to say goodbye and let go of exciting projects and passionate professionals. My coworkers are beautiful people and have so much talent, desire and dedication to Kennesaw State University and the students we serve each day.

My thoughtful co-workers went out of their way to throw a going away party for me. They even sang "Country Roads" which made me shed happy tears. What a wonderful experience this has been. I will always cherish my time at Kennesaw State and am thankful for the people who have taught me so much about life, career and why we choose to work in higher education.

Below are a few pictures from the going away brunch earlier today. They know that I love Cracker Barrel so hashbrown casserole and biscuits and gravy were on the menu. Several people brought in homemade goodies like a delicious pound cake, pastries and of course cupcakes. The brunch had a farmhouse theme and I was gifted with several of the items that were used to decorate the tables.

I'm so lucky and fortunate to have worked with this group of people and will forever be grateful for the experience.

From our home to yours,

Wendy Q
CEO, The House of Qs

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hallmark Channel's 2019 Christmas in July Movie Schedule!

If you know me in real life, you know that I LOVE the holidays. The last few months of the year are my favorite and it would be heaven if only I could live in only those months all the time.

I love to watch Hallmark movies and actually subscribe to the Hallmark Channel "Movies and Mysteries" channel in addition to the regular Hallmark Channel. I'm thinking of adding the newest Hallmark Channel titled "Hallmark Drama" to our channel options.

Some people think that the movies are cheesy, but I see them as a break from the real world. Today's world is stressful and crazy and watching the news makes me want to turn into a hermit. Hallmark movies help to drown out some of the noise and bad things that are in the world.

Below, you will find Hallmark Channel's 2019 Christmas in July movie lineup. 40 new Christmas movies will be released this year (YES, 40!!!) and I could not be more excited!

Set your DVRs ladies! 

Sunday, July 7

Saturday, July 13
12a/11c: A Gift to Remember
2a/1c: Crown for Christmas
4a/3c: A December Bride
6a/5c: A Very Merry Mix-Up
8a/7c: With Love, Christmas
10a/9c: Let It Snow
12/11c: It's Christmas, Eve!
2/1c: Christmas Joy
4/3c: Switched for Christmas
6/5c: Pride, Prejudice & Mistletoe
8/7c: A Merry Christmas Match - WORLD ORIGINAL PREMIERE
10/11c: First Look Holiday Preview Special - PREMIERE
10:30/11:30c: Christmas Getaway

Saturday, July 20
12a/11c: A Dream of Christmas
2a/1c: With Love, Christmas
4a/3c: My Christmas Dream
6a/5c: Christmas Incorporated
8a/7c: A Royal Christmas
10/9c: Christmas Made to Order
12/11c: Christmas Next Door
2/1c: Christmas Under Wraps
4/3c: A Gift to Remember
6/5c: Welcome to Christmas
8/7c: A Shoe Addict's Christmas
10/9c: Summer Nights Preview Special - PREMIERE
10:30/9:30c: Reunited At Christmas

Saturday, July 27
1a/12ac: The Christmas Cottage
3a/2a: Once Upon a Holiday
5a/4c: Entertaining Christmas
7a/6c: Crown for Christmas
9a/8c: Road to Christmas
11a/10c: Christmas in Love
1/12c: A December Bride
3/2c: The Sweetest Christmas
5/4c: Christmas at the Palace
7/6c: Mingle All the Way
11/10c: Christmas at Pemberley Manor

If you need a little more inspiration to be excited about the holidays, check out my Winter Holidays Pinterest Board. You'll find over 1500 pins organized in 34 sections for your viewing and navigating pleasure.

What do you like best about the holidays? What do you look forward to the most? 

From our home to yours,

Wendy Q
CEO, The House of Qs

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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Springtime Strawberry Cake from Southern Lady Magazine

Greetings from The House of Qs!

Warm weather is finally here again! Every spring, I enjoy choosing my plants and planning my flower beds. I also enjoy rotating my winter/cold weather clothes out of the master closet and bringing in summery pieces like linen pants, shift dresses, of course, some t-shirts and shorts for those laid back and casual days. Warm weather also means more porch time. I love sitting on the porch with a good book or magazine. Speaking of magazines, one of my favorites is Southern Lady. You can preview the May/June 2019 issue on the webpage by clicking here.  The magazine and the webpage are both wonderful resources for entertaining, decorating and exquisite recipes.

I recently tried a new spring dessert recipe from Southern Lady Magazine. When I saw the picture of the Springtime Strawberry Cake on the Southern Lady Magazine Facebook page, I knew I had to give it a shot. When I read through the recipe, I immediately knew I was in over my head. This is by far the fussiest recipe I've ever tried. But, in the end, all of the work was worth it.

Let me clarify that this recipe is actually two recipes; one recipe is for three, nine-inch cakes and the second recipe is for the strawberry and cream cheese frosting.

Full disclosure: Every dish and appliance in my house (Kitchenaid mixer and most of the attachments, hand mixer, blender, Bullet handheld blender, all of the large kitchen bowls, several little bowls, three cake pans, knives, spatulas, spoons, etc.) were all dirty and resting on the kitchen bar, the counters, and the small island we pull out for holidays.

Y'all this is serious. I had to run my dishwasher twice to clean up from this recipe. And I washed a sinkful of dishes. This pretty cake was truly a labor of love.

Let's take a look at the recipe from Southern Lady Magazine.

Cake recipe (makes three 9" round cakes):

Frosting recipe:

At the end of all of these steps, I was exhausted but proud as a peacock that I not only finished the recipe, but I had a pretty cake to prove it. From start to finish, this recipe took about two hours to complete. It tasted amazing and was gone in a just a day or so (Tip: I kept the cake in the refrigerator to help it stay fresh).

To see the complete recipe and finished product from the pros at Southern Lady Magazine, click here. 

Before I forget, be sure to follow me on Pinterest! I have created dozens of boards that are full of home decorating and entertaining ideas, outfit/wardrobe ideas for work and more casual days, and easy-to-make recipes to help your day go a little easier. You don't want to miss out!

From our home to yours,

Wendy Q
CEO, The House of Qs

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Friday, April 19, 2019

Last Minute Easter Basket Ideas

Greetings from The House of Qs!

The mad rush is here to get all of those Easter baskets filled and ready for the Easter Bunny to deliver. Even though I'm a grown woman (42 years old thank you very much), I still get an Easter basket. My mom is to blame for this tradition in our family and she has passed it along to my husband. 

I have a basket that my husband fills every year and hides in the house for me to find on Easter morning. He will put things in the basket that are useful or things that he knows I want or need. When we lived in South Carolina, we were at the beach quite a bit. He gave me beach-themed Easter baskets a few times that included suntan lotion, aloe, a beach towel, flip flops, etc. 

After we moved to Georgia, he started to change the theme every year. A few years ago, he gave me a movie-themed basket that had DVDs, some microwave popcorn and a pretty throw blanket. I'm excited to see what he (and the Easter Bunny of course!!) come up with this year. 

Hayley over at The Farmer and the Southern Belle made a cute video with ideas for her boy's Easter baskets (Hayley's post/ideas does contain candy as basket filler). I met Hayley about a year ago when I joined the Country Woman Magazine Circle of Friends. You can see my Southern Spotlight blog post featuring Hayley here. 

I also love these basket ideas from Country Woman Magazine. If you don't follow Country Woman Magazine on Facebook or subscribe to the magazine, you don't know what you are missing! You will find a nurturing and open environment for women to share craft ideas, recipes, gardening tips, home keeping and much more. 

This idea for a grown-up Easter basket! is adorable! I can think of at least five of my friends who would love to receive this on Easter morning. 

Picture is property and courtesy of Country Woman Magazine

This basket idea is great for the crafty person! The items can be focused on one specific craft or include general crafting supplies.

Picture is property and courtesy of Country Woman Magazine

Do you know someone who just adopted a new furry friend? This basket includes items that will come in handy for the new dog in the family. 

Picture is property and courtesy of Country Woman Magazine

One last idea is a spa-themed basket for anyone in your life who needs to relax and have little time for themselves. 

Picture is property and courtesy of Country Woman Magazine

If you find yourself hosting an Easter celebration this year, you must watch this video from the Southern Living test kitchen pro, Ivy Odom.


I hope that these ideas come in handy for you (and the Easter Bunny!) as you finish up your Easter basket shopping! 

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest! My Southern Living boards are full of ideas for all seasons and holidays!

From our home to yours,

Wendy Q
CEO, The House of Qs

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