As I am writing this I hear POUND-POUND-POUND-BANG. My husband is removing the carpet tacks from the sub flooring in the living room. We removed the living room carpet earlier today. And there is a SCRATCH-DIGGGGGG- SCRATCH under my feet as our little dog Scamp tries to dig a hole in my oriental carpet in the study trying to get away from the noise!

We ( I use “we” to mean Bobby) are ripping up the carpet in the front of StoneGable … getting it ready for “hardwood floor laying weekend”!  For some reason, my husband loves to lay hardwood floors.  He is not quite gleeful… but he is very happy about this!

Early this coming week I am packing away the dishes that live in my buffet and hutch and taking down the pictures in the dinning room… Wednesday is dinning room carpet removal day. More BANGING AND SCRATCHING! Scamp and I may just go visit my MOM!

Look for pictures of the process on Facebook!

Oh, boy!!!! More POUND-POUND-BANG-BANG… THUD! I better go find out what that THUD was all about…

Now here’s what’s ON THE MENU…

Tri Colored Ravioli  With Roasted Tomato Sauce



source: May’s Days





(look for an upcoming culinary tutorial)
Rye Bread

Here are some yummy recipes and menus from last week’s ON THE MENU MONDAY…

These are the most beautiful GRAHAM CRACKERS I have every seen … and so good with coffee or a cup of tea! Make sure you visit Patricia at BUTTER YUM for this delicious cookie recipe! Patricia’s blog is addictive…no wonder it is called BUTTER YUM!

I am a real Do-It-Yourselfer… and this HOMEMADE YOGURT from Tiffany at DON’T WASTE THE CRUMBS looks easy and sounds thick and creamy! I’m giving this a try!!!

Finished Yogurt on a Spoon

Sam from MY CAROLINA KITCHEN is one of my go-to foodies. I love her food style and her photo styling!!!! Just look at this scrumptious PUMPKIN BLACK BEAN SOUP CARIBBEAN STYLE. This is on the menu next week for sure!

Why do I want to make everything Aimee posts? This CROCK POT PUMPKIN CHAI TEA is the perfect example!!! I’m having book club at my home next month and my girls will love this! Head over to BARNES AND NOODLES for the recipe!

Chris from THE CAFE’ SUCRE’ FARINE  made these glossy, chewy, full-of-fall-flavor APPLE CIDER CARAMELS. Her post is just delightful and had me smiling the whole time! She also just attended the CIA… no, not the government CIA but the cooking school… very fascinating!!!

It’s CROCTOBER at MAY’S DAYS! Just look at my menu for Tuesday. I am making her CREAM CHEESE CHICKEN CHILI. Oh my goodness! She has some delicious recipes for a slow cooker! Thanks May… I’ll probably try them all!

Doesn’t this photograph conjure up a cold day… a warm quilt and some hot yummy soup? It sure does! Sherry at THE CHARM OF HOME serves up up a steamy bow of LENTIL SOUP… so delicious!


My offering this week is 10 BEST SLOW COOKER TIPS. Making fabulous meals in
your slow cooker is just one post away… or two… look for part II this week!

This week’s menu of the week come from NANNY TO MOMMY. Diana has some wonderful recipes… like Squash Hazelnut Soup!

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Thanks all for sharing all your deliciousness last week!



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  1. says

    I love wood floors, they’re so warm and inviting! Now the banging, not so much :). I just sent your crock pot tips to my son and his girlfriend, they’re the new owners of a crock pot. Thanks for hosting each week.

  2. says

    I love that ~ Crocktober! I’ve expanded my horizons with my crockpot, Yvonne. I made chicken soup a week ago {first time} and the other night I made a Hungarian Goulash. I should have taken pictures and shared them on my blog. Non-crockpot related, I also did a Coconut Cream Pie with gluten free graham cracker crust. Delicious! It was so good it’s being added to the list of desserts for Thanksgiving. It’s amazing how much more cooking and risks with recipes I’ve been taking this past year. I think it’s been easier to try since I’m not working full-time now. Not to mention the crockpot makes meal planning so much easier!

  3. says

    Wood floors are the best. I can not wait to see how it all looks!!! You aren’t going to know what to do once you are all done with your projects!!! :)
    We stayed at the most.lovely bed and breakfast in new jersey called the rosemary inn…I thought of YOU!!! :)

  4. Anonymous says

    Yvonne: Looks like another week of great recipes.
    Making your beef and more beef and barley soup this week,’if I can find barley. Tried two
    stores this morning with no luck. Need to get to a big market tomorrow.

    That roasted tomato sauce dish sounds intriguing.

    Denise Lamb

  5. says

    Your house is going to look like a BRAND NEW HOUSE!!! Can’t wait to see it! The pumpkin deviled eggs on one of the links this week are so cute! I just copied the tutorial. Great menus. Can we get together this week???????? XO

  6. says

    Hi Yvonne,
    Your hardwoods will be beautiful and worth the bang bang bang. Crocktober is a great idea I just love it. Hope you have a great week and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

  7. says

    Hello Yvonne: Your posts are always so visually gorgeous, and this one is no exception–I love the shot of the pears at the top, and your beautiful food photography throughout! The features are lovely this week–so many good recipes to try out in the coming days. Thank you for hosting the party for us today.

  8. says

    Hello and thank you for hosting.

    This week I am sharing:

    1. Raw Strawberry “Cheese” Cake (vegan, raw, SCD)

    2. An easy main dish: Kale, Black Beans and Rice with a Creamy Cashew Cream Sauce (vegan, gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian)

    3. A recipe round of my 10 favorite fall recipes:

    Have a great week!
    Be Well,

  9. says

    What a pleasant surprise to see my pumpkin black bean soup on your menu. I’m so glad that you like it and thank you.

    I don’t know how you possibly manage to cook with all that is going on in your house. I wish I was your neighbor. I would bring you and Bobby dinner one night. Thanks for hosting and I hope all goes well with the floors.

  10. says


    doing the same thing here.. removing the carpet and laying down hardwood flooring in ALL bedrooms and the stairs! So far the stairs took 2 days with so many blasted nails and staples and the smallest room took 3 hours (hubby said I forgot to remove the boxes from the closet floor which really count here, so today that’s my chore indeed.) But we did make head wave in autumn yard work.

    Thanks for sharing sites and recipes and I do so adore Patricia’s site too.

    warm hugs,

    Cotton Peony

  11. says

    New wood floors, how very, very exciting!! It’s amazing how they were so out of fashion at one time, and now we are ripping our houses up to get them back! I love wood floors and I am sure yours will be gorgeous.

    Your menu is so tempting, and I am so interested in several items, but the crockpot chai sounds the most delicious to me.

    Thanks again, Mrs. Southern Living (which is how I describe your blog to my friends.)

  12. says

    Whew….! little late linking up this time but I made it Yvonne. Thank you for hosting another week. How exciting all the new improvements to your lovely home, can’t wait for you to share them.

  13. says

    You will love your new hardwood floors, Yvonne. I’ve always loved mine and when I went house hunting in Colorado that was one of the first things I looked for. There are so many tempting links in your post and blog party contributors!

  14. says

    Yeah, I saw the naked floor on FB ! I know you are excited. It will be lovely. And so nice your hubby–is it? Or your son? loves to install them. He’s probably focused on the beautiful results!

    Thanks for your always-inspiring blog!

  15. says

    Thanks for hosting Yvonne and also for the kind words and the link. I’m sharing some yummy zucchini bread this week with a yummy secret ingredient. Hope your week is going well, I love your menu for this week!

  16. says

    What a lot of great looking food! Love the Crocktober idea! Thank you for featuring my Lentil Soup. I was surprised to see it. Enjoy that new hardwood. It will be perfect for the holidays. Thanks for hosting!

  17. says

    You have been my one of favorite chef. Seriously, I really like all of your receipts. Yesterday I made homemade yogurt. My children like them a lot. I am planning to make more receipts. I wish I was near your home to taste all your lovely food

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