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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Friday Files

Hello, dear friends.  I hope that you had a good week.  Yesterday, I spent the day with my neighbor, Kathy.  We attended a Breakfast With The Authors hosted by my favorite bookstore, Buttonwood Books & Toys.  It was a gorgeous Fall day and the foliage is in full gear.  I took pics and will share the delightful morning with you soon.

Here's a sneak peek.
One of my favorite authors, Lisa Duffy who wrote The Salt House and yours truly.

As if that was not enough excitement for me, we spent a good part of the afternoon shopping at my favorite Marshalls which just opened their new addition - Homegoods.

Be still my heart.

This first property is located in Alpine, New Jersey.

A house is not a home without a place to play some hoops.


This estate can be found in Franklin Lakes, NJ.
My friends, Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita live in this town.

If you don't know who they are, you have better taste in TV than me.

I'm pretty sure the Mister would suffer from house envy if he saw this home gym.  When we are in the market for a house the only thing he cares about is a work out room and a garage.  
Oh yeah, he's pretty particular about the kitchen too.

Lovely Fall table setting inspiration can be found right here.


Need some fabulous Fall Centerpiece ideas? 
They can be found here.


Yesterday was our first cool, crisp day.  
Here are some tips for incorporating Hygge decor into your home.


Isn't this adorable?
The cast iron Mummy Pie recipe can be found here.


If you love peanut butter as much as me, you're going to think this article with delicious peanut butter recipes is pretty sweet.


And if your sweet tooth is looking for more temptation, here are 50 Gingerbread recipes.

Here's a list of things you shouldn't buy at a thrift shop. 

This little story that I found goes into my now I've heard everything file.


Looking for a cheap flight?  
Here are eight sites that will help you find one.


Are you planning a weekend getaway?

You can find a list of the best Fall destinations around the country here.


Great packing tips can be found here.



I'm going to put my two cents in for what it's worth.  About a month before we went on our first cruise, a very organized friend recommended packing cubes to me.  I ordered them and love them.  They keep me so organized and I have yet to forget to pack something.  Amazon has tons of them and Marshalls and TJ's have also been known to carry them every once in awhile. 


I'm off to NYC pretty soon and I need to order one of these so I don't have to listen to the Mister moan and groan about carrying my 30 lbs. of beauty products.
It takes a village to be me.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Until next time...


Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. I think mummy pie would be nice today. For fun I'd like to ride on a suitcase but I have to say that is the epitome of lazy!

  2. The homes, the food...oh my! I'll take any one of those yummy's sitting in those glorious kitchens.

  3. I've been using something similar to packing cubes and I agree..they're a game changer. As is rolling clothes to pack. Takes up so much less room! LOVE the fall destinations link. I couldn't pin that one fast enough. Have a great weekend!

  4. Love that Mummy Pie. Brilliant! :-) And I don't know why we neglected to include a basketball court in our house plans. But I do love the home tours. Always so fun to see!

  5. Ahhh so much to oooh and ahhh over!!! LOVE the Mummy Pie and centerpieces for Fall with Pizazz!!! Happy weekend gorgeous...classy and movie star looking in that black!!

  6. Have a great weekend, weather is supposed to be good!

  7. Since we are departing from a 2 week break in the morning I will need these packing tips. Clothes seem to grown in the air! Plus, we've done several in home basketball courts and we have to be creative to make them work into a decor!-Laurel

  8. Interesting links for us yet again! I enjoyed the centerpieces. Some lovely ideas. The packing cubes are something new to me. Also interesting. Happy weekend!

  9. I got so sidetracked I almost forgot to come back here and leave you a comment. I think you should sue a neighbor if they paint their house the same color as yours! OMG- can you believe it? I don't even think K's house looks much like the C's house anyway!

    Sadly, I, too, know Carolyn and Jacqueline. You are in poor company here. lol

    Have a wonderful weekend, Katie. xo Diana
    ps- I just ordered some of those cubes. I have seen them advertised but never 'bit'...well-the bite has been taken. I am on the go all the time and tired of having my underwear fight with my lace blouse...although I always use shoe bags! lol

  10. Hi Katie! I love your Friday Files. There's enough reading material here to get me through two cups in the morning and I always finish just shaking my head in wonder at the absurdities and bits of "wisdom" you find for us! A great way to start my day! I go hot and cold on the packing cubes. I'm sure there are enough in my luggage attic to start a little side business, yet I bought a few for our last trip -- different brand... One thing is for sure: I don't roll my clothes! I can't find anything if I do. What a hilarious suitcase. I just know I would be the one to tip it over riding up a curb. I'll be watching for you to come riding up on it next weekend! :) Based on that thrift store no-no list I'm not sure what else there would be to buy there! I noticed they didn't mention undies. Can't wait to see you next week! Linda

  11. Katie,

    Happy weekend! Love your Friay files. The story about the houses in Canada is weird. I surprised their was a settlement because the last I heard Tudor was a style that has been around a very long time.

    What did you find at Marshalls? Anything good?

    Have a great weekend.

  12. Hi Katie, I have to bake the mummy pie for my grandson, that is just so cute for Halloween. Love your great tips and links in Friday Files, I'm saving quite a few of them. Looking forward to meeting my favorite funny/witty blogger next week!

  13. Hi...the Franklin Lakes house center staircase reminded me of the Beverly Hillbillies staircase. I could picture Ellie Mae coming down the steps. Have a great weekend.

  14. The house copying story is THE stupidest thing I've ever heard!! Look at you in a sweater!!! We are still sweating and wearing summer clothes!

  15. Oh dear....I guess I'll need to give up antiquing altogether, according to the list of things I shouldn't buy...or else someone might sue me when they buy them. As for the Toronto neighbors....just wow. Those who sued must be quite impressed with themselves is all I can say.
    Have fun on your trip this week! I hope one of your send me a picture while you're there, and don't make me wait for the post. :(

  16. Oh, those fall arrangements, I'd take any one of them. And, HomeGoods! I do love that store but do not have one anywhere near. Ugh! Have a great weekend!

  17. Katie, this was a great post with so many lovely links. I found the Hygge link on FTD.com to be especially informative. I included a link to this post on my blog today so others will enjoy it too.

  18. I love all your links, especially the packing tips and the hygge ideas. I like the suggestion to stay in bed an extra hour to get that cozy feeling! Have a wonderful weekend!

  19. Fun files as always, Katie. Since Hygge is my word of the year, those were extra good!

  20. I have had a set of packing cube for years (from EBags.com). I loved them so much that I have bought them as gifts for others.

    Breaking News for the "C" Tudor homeowners: Parthenon architect is suing the White House architect.


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