Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Easy (I Mean EASY!!!) Country Apple Bread

Greetings from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia!

I hope that you are all staying safe, healthy, and as happy as humanly possible in our current world. A wonderful thing about being stuck at home is I'm able to work on small projects around the house and cook more than my schedule typically allows.

My recipe for Country Apple Bread is below. I hope you love it as much as I do!

1  can apple pie filling (mashed)
1 yellow cake mix
4 eggs (lightly beaten)
1 cup self-rising flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 medium chopped apple

Whisk the dry ingredients together. Add the pie filling and eggs. Fold in the chopped apples. Stir the batter well and make sure the dry ingredients are mixed. The mixture is very thick. Divide the mixture evenly into two greased loaf pans. Sprinkle a few pinches of cinnamon and sugar on the top of each loaf. Bake on 325 degrees for 35-45 minutes depending on your oven. Let the loaves cool. Slice and enjoy with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

From our home to yours,

Wendy Q
CEO, The House of Qs

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Friday, April 3, 2020

My Spring Favorites: Home Decor, TV and Clothes!

Greetings from the House of Qs!

I hope all of you are staying healthy and safe during this strange and uncertain time. At the House of Qs, we are practicing social distancing and only going out when we need food/supplies, etc. Luckily, I am able to work from home and my husband's job keeps him away from most people.

It feels so strange to even write a blog post while we are doing our best to get through these times. Over the last week, I've debated whether to even write a blog post right now. After a lot of debate, I decided to try to do something that feels "normal" and to continue doing things that I enjoy. The first week that I was working from home, I watched the news constantly. I was turning into a doomsday prepper and researching homesteading ideas. All of the news coverage was starting to bring me down and I needed a way to decompress and unplug from what is happening around me.

To help me decompress, I started to look for better days that are indeed ahead. Some days it doesn't feel like we will ever feel a sense of normalcy again. Don't believe that... we will find our new normal and start to enjoy our lives again. We will be able to spend time with our friends and family, in-person and be able to travel again! I don't know when or how long it will take, but I do believe it will happen :).

One of the best parts of spring (in my opinion) is spring cleaning! It's out with the old and in with the new! There's no better feeling than decluttering a room, deep cleaning an area of your home, adding a fresh coat of paint to your rooms, or simply changing out winter bedding for spring bedding. I  love to add a few new things to my house (new throw pillows, a new patio set) and to my wardrobe to help usher in the feeling of springtime.

Below are a few of my most favorite things for spring. Links to products are in each photo caption. I hope you decide to add a few new spring things to your home/wardrobe as well!

I love this blue voile top from Talbots! It is also available in a pretty sunshine color.

This picture is property and courtesy of www.talbots.com

For some reason, I'm really into gingham this spring. This top (also from Talbots) is adorable and I can't wait to wear it with white capris. Wouldn't it be adorable with a bold color pant as well? I'm thinking yellow or red for summer.

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If you use this link to make a purchase with Talbots, you will get 25% off your purchase!

I'm also loving this top from J. Jill. It is so comfortable! This top goes with a pair of black pants for work, but can easily be worn with black shorts or capris for weekend/more casual needs.

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An easy and inexpensive way to freshen up your porch is to update your doormat. I think this "hello" doormat from Target is perfect for spring.

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I also like this doormat from QVC and Candace Cameron Bure. She has a small line of home goods and beauty products on QVC.

This picture is property and courtesy of www.qvc.com

Also available in her line on QVC is this sweet little promise box with cards of encouragement. We could all use a pick-me-up right now :)

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This "Crowded Beach" picture from Hobby Lobby is keeping me inspired and encouraged that our world will get better. I'm looking forward to being able to travel again soon!

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This balcony picture from Hobby Lobby would be a great fit in a few rooms in our house. It reminds me of a balcony in Savannah. :)

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If you are in need of a new planner, check out the Simplified Planner options from Emily Ley. I love this pineapple crested planner but there are tons of other designs and products for you to choose from. Emily Ley is a small-town girl (Pensacola, Florida is her hometown and she still lives there with her family) who started a small business to help women be/stay more organized. I follow her blog and love the freebies and inspiration that she shares. You can find her blog here. I've downloaded several of her free phone and iPad backgrounds/wallpapers as well. Click here to see all of Emily's free backgrounds.

This picture is property and courtesy of www.emilyley.com

My suggestions for TV that has kept me sane (thus far) are listed below.

Modern Love- Amazon Prime. Watch this from start to finish. We knocked out all eight episodes in a day!

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel- Amazon Prime. This is a great show but I don't recommend watching it with kids. It's a period piece (America in the 1950s) and it is executed so well. This is easily one of my all-time favorite shows and I can't wait for season four!

The Morning Show- Apple TV.  What's not to love about Jen Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell?

The Crown- Netflix. Put away everything you thought you knew or felt about the British Royal Family... This show was eye-opening for me.

The Office- Netflix. On constant rotation at the House of Qs for the past three weeks.

Tiger King- Netflix. There is nothing I can say to prepare you for this show. It's baffling and addictive. You can't stop watching once you've seen the first episode. You might need a flow chart for episode two to help you with sorting out the colorful cast of characters.

I hope that you found a few things to add to your home, wardrobe or TV watching agenda!

From our home to yours,

Wendy Q
CEO, The House of Qs

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Monday, March 9, 2020

The House of Qs Has a New Address!

Greetings from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia!

In the fall of 2019, The House of Qs packed up and moved to my old stomping grounds. We are now residents of West Virginia! It is such a relief to be away from the big city and to be close to family and close friends. We had talked about moving to West Virginia for a few years but the timing had to be right. Everything fell into place and we jumped at feet first into our new (much slower and less stressful) lives! 

A goal of mine is to learn how to quilt. Honestly, I haven't had the time to dedicate to learning the right way. It's such a huge relief to now have the the extra time to pursue this challenge. One of the best resources that I have found (with easy instructions and tutorials) is the Missouri Star Quilt Company  Missouri Star also has tons of free tutorials and a YouTube channel to help with getting through projects. You can learn more about this thriving small business from this recent feature on CBS Sunday Morning.   

It is so nice to be back to blogging and back in touch with all of you!

From our home to yours,

Wendy Q
CEO, The House of Qs

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Mobile Azalea Trail 2020-2021 Court

Greetings from The House of Qs!

After much ado (and weeks of waiting), the 2020-2021 Mobile Azalea Trail Court has been announced! Congratulations to Daisy Ferrell and all of the ladies who were chosen to serve on this year's court!

Graphic is property and courtesy of Mobile Azalea Trail Maids- http://mobileazaleatrailmaids.com/

To learn more about the Mobile Azalea Trail Maids organization,  click here. 

From our home to yours,

Wendy Q
CEO, The House of Qs

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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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