Fall Traditions of Kitchen Style, Spice and Seasoning

Spending time in the Places In The Home kitchen on a fall afternoon coincides with traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning rooted in memories dating back to the little kitchen in our first home where my love of developing recipes inspired by the tastes of the fall ~autumn season all began.

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Designing, decorating and stocking the kitchen, pantry and cupboard with personal style, staples and spices became an adventure in discovery of taste and tastes.  When fall comes around each year, the memories flood my mind reminding me these are special times for making fall traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning.

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The crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears from the produce section of our local Kroger colorfully complemented my fall dining room decorating scheme, but as it goes with fresh fruit and shelf life, nothing lasts forever.

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Once photographed and admired, it’s time to give thought to delicious ways of putting a seasonal spin on it.

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Tradition is the key ingredient of my recipes.  The recipes and kitchen philosophies of my great grandmother, my darling Mama Two, inspire and influence the salads, entrees and desserts developed and prepared in the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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I leave myself a mixing bowl full of wiggle room by referring to the Places In The Home kitchen as a test kitchen.  If a recipe exceeds taste expectations, my kitchen is the culinary kingdom in which I rule over complete with crown roast and wooden spoon scepter.  If a recipe fails, then my kitchen is simply a test kitchen where taste perfection is not an absolute and I remind the family that Domino’s delivers.

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A jar of Mrs. Bridges fig preserves is my autumn jam.  Fig and pear preserves were a Mama Two staple, especially in her baked goods that I associate with fall traditions of kitchen style, spice and seasoning.  Isn’t it funny the things that play traditional fall favorites with our memory?   It’s a question asked and deliciously answered by the fresh pear salad with sour cream, fig preserves and honey I came up with.

Fresh.

Delicious.

The taste of fall on an vintage porcelain dessert plate.

Slice a fresh pair of your flavor choice in two.  Using a spoon, gently spoon out the center of each pear half.  Place each pear halves core side up on a plate.  Spoon ½-1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice over pear halves.  Spoon a generous dollop of sour cream into center of each pear half.  Top sour cream with 1 heaping teaspoon of fig preserves.  Lightly drizzle honey over pear halves.

A perfect union of flavors for a fresh fall salad option, and a gathering of ideas for fall kitchen style, spice and seasoning.

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pears || cake~bundt pan ||  cookbook ||  fig preserves ||  cake plate || dessert plates  || marmalade crock ||  autumn wreath || sugar bowl  ||  lazy susan   ||  hand soap  ||  pumpkin spice candle

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A Most Fetching Friday First Day of Fall Autumn Home Tour

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday greets the first day of fall by welcoming you all into my home for a fall autumn home tour.
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I try not to complicate the art of seasonal decorating.  Decorating is meant to be an enjoyable experience, after all.  Natural elements, seasonal fruits, vintage china, antique porcelain figurines and regional items familiar to the landscape of our small Southern town never disappoint the eye or occasion.

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Simple, neutral, and inspired by nature hit the high notes of this less is more fall autumn home tour.

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Working with what you have extends to lawn, garden and pantry.  Fall is nowhere in sight in Louisiana, presenting a canvas devoid of traditional fall colors and foliage.

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Dried hydrangeas (dead hydrangeas as my Mother so eloquently puts it) and ginkgo leaf holdovers from fall autumn home tours of past accentuate the crimson and gold Anjou and Bosc pears found in the produce section of the local Kroger, lending a simple yet elegant touch of fall to the dining room buffet.

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This so simple it’s delicious spice cake with maple syrup flavored frosting follows through with the less is more for fall theme.  I’ll share the recipe with you next week.  I’ve also got a fantastic serving suggestion for the pears to share with you.

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If you would have told me a week ago a wasp nest would factor into my fall autumn home tour decor I would not have believed it, but…

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My brother sent this wasp nest to me with the express intention of it being incorporated into my fall decorating plans.  It is oddly beautiful and quite unique- a step away from the expected.

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A pair of vintage porcelain figurines seem to fall frolic among Loropetalum branches and magnolia leaves.

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Fall Autumn Home Tour

Welcome home, fall!  Hope you all have a most fetching Friday and a lovely first weekend of fall.

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One Day Give or Take To Go: Let the Official Fall Colors Flaunt Begin!

I admit to checking the fall countdown clock several times this afternoon. An obvious love of the fall/autumn season drives my thoughts, naturally inspiring me to get with the decorating in full fall colors flaunt program.

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I’ve linked to the countdown clock for those of you who want to see the updated T- time to autumn(or fall).  Click on the above image to be redirected.

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The above collage features scenes of seasonal interest, inspiration for future fall themed blog posts, color, pattern and texture of the season, and a late fall/early winter photo of the newlywed couple.  I can’t wait to share the photos from their wedding.

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous.

Gorgeous!

Spoken or as in this case typed like a proud mother of the groom.

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New England Home

Fall’s traditional color palette is unequivocally breathtaking, but when married with shades of blues and jaw-dropping antiques the result is exceptional.

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El Capitan at Fall

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Obsessed best describes my fall fascination with the portrait of William I, Prince of Orange.  Fall colors flaunt divine.

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Friday, September 22, 2017 at 3:02 pm marks the fall starts spot.  The clock is ticking and the fall colors flaunt excitement is building.

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Pin to Table Favorites: Main Dish Recipes from Pinterest

Sharing is a big part of Places In The Home.  The concept of sharing useful tidbits of interior decorating information and striking images of all things house that make a home interest to social media platforms is genius.  The knowledge gained, friends made, inspiration gleaned makes the experience so worthwhile.  During a recent ringing the dinner bell pinning session, it occurred to me a blog post of select recipes from Pinterest as featured on my A Taste Odyssey Pinterest board may pique your Pinterest interest, and make for an inspiring and appetizing show and tell.


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Rather you call the evening meal dinner or supper, you’ll call these pin to table main dish recipes from Pinterest favorites.   I’m including the original link to each recipe so you can check it out.

Melt in Your Mouth Caesar Chicken

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Melt in Your Mouth Caesar Chicken from The Cookie Rookie is made with only 3 ingredients. Recipe link:  Melt In Your Mouth Caesar Chicken

Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes 

Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes Recipe

Southern Living recipes hold a delicious spot near and dear to my heart. This Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes Recipe ranks high on the mighty tasty, y’all list.  Fried Pork Chops with Peas and Potatoes Recipe

Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce

Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce

This recipe for Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce from Julia’s Album is a favorite.  Creamy Four Cheese Garlic Spaghetti Sauce

Salisbury Meatballs and Mashed Potatoes

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The newlywed couple called home last night from IKEA to share their latest wedding gift purchase.  The subject of IKEA, meatballs and the concept of a furniture store-restaurant pairing got me to thinking and craving meatballs.  This recipe for Salisbury Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes from Maya Kitchenette is comfort food fantastic.  Salisbury Meatballs with Mashed Potatoes

Easy Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches

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The first three words in this recipe for Easy Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches from Fox Valley Foodie qualify it as a must try.  Factor in the ooh la la licious tastes brought forth by combining French onion soup, beef consomme and Guinness beer together with beef roast rump roast and you’ve got a crowd pleasing easy dinner option.  Easy Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches 

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What Julia said.

Bon Appetit.

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Fall Decorating Inspiration: Decorating House and Home for Fall

It is said the early bird gets the worm.  Far be it for me to question the validity of this wise and proven proverb, but (there is always a but don’t you know) I apply the advice on a case by case basis. Earlier is better when it comes to client appointments, home decor sales and auction previews. Decorating house and home for fall anytime before mid September is traditionally a tad too early for this bird.  Although, tomorrow’s forecast high/low for our little corner of the world is 79/50.  I do believe that qualifies as all the fall decorating inspiration needed to begin a new tradition.

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You can’t talk fall without the subject of pumpkin coming up.  I myself seize every opportunity to dish the pumpkin through color and good tastes.

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Lest we forget the seasonal deliciousness of the apple- the official unofficial fruit of fall.

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Baked apples. Candied apples from fairs and festivals.  My famous Fresh Apple Nut Cake which is the most requested recipe from readers and followers.

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Looking forward to what’s cooking in the fall kitchen comes with the fall baking and cooking territory.  Comfort plates a sweet and savory delight for the taste buds.  Seasonal soups, spicy chili, hearty stews and gumbos of chicken and sausage will be cooking in the French blue pot.

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Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Soup 

Crisp deep colors complement core foundation pieces.  Rather it’s a been in the family for generations accent chair or the I’ve had my eye on it and there’s no better time than fall to buy it area rug, the addition of seasonal color, texture and pattern enhances the decorating pomp and palette.

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M and M Interior Design

Personal decorating style and taste preferences determine what design element or decor piece immediately draws the eye.  The rug and the table lamps in the above image speak gorgeous to me.  Area rugs and table lamps lend an instant chic factor to the ambiance of a space.

fall-area-rugRizzy Home Bellevue Collection Rug

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Bless the powers that be at Dillard’s and the take an additional 40% off sale that brings forth the Southern Living Ash Feather Statue for a song- a sweet sale serenade.  I have big fall decorating inspiration plans for the newest addition to the decorative accents and accessories inventory.




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Winter white, a lovely color reminiscent of New Orleans style Cafe Au Lait, is a smashing color to complement a fall color palette.

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The Christopher Knight Home Toddman Fabric High Back Club Chair is currently catching my fall decorating eye.  The wingback side detail evokes thoughts of fireside evenings in New England.  Neutral foundation pieces in colors such as winter white or light beige command decorative accents and accessories rich in seasonal colors to stand at vibrant attention.

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Inside Fabric

You never know what the catalyst for your fall decorating inspiration will be.  A throw pillow here, an accent piece there- updating your home decor to reflect the fall season warms up home and hearth and invites the current season’s best in color, texture and pattern show into your places in the home.

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A Most Fetching Friday: Summer of Pastel Colors Love

Today’s A Most Fetching Friday places the spotlight on that we’ve been having fun all summer long feeling and the summer of pastel colors love.

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Classic VW

pastel-hutsThe Pastel Beach Huts of Mersea Island, Essex – England

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Praying for the residents of the Caribbean, Florida and the East Coast.

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Hope yours is a most fetching Friday.

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Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes

The return of high school, college and NFL football signals it time for Rah! Rah! Rah! Times in Roaring Good Taste tailgating ideas and recipes.  The football nation is gearing up for another season of supporting the home team under Friday night lights, at stadiums filled to crowd capacity with all on eyes on the scoreboard Saturdays and NFL Sundays.

Cajun-Navy-Louisiana-StrongIt is difficult to comprehend the devastation left by Hurricane Harvey.   How the citizens in the affected counties and parishes of Texas and Louisiana will ever recover, rebound, and rebuild is almost incomprehensible.  There is nothing pretty about the cruel ugliness of destruction, and the road to recovery will be long and trying.  Looking ahead to what will become the new normal and knowing first hand the resolve and the resilience of Texans and Louisianians, I can tell you what appears to be impossible to many will be proven to be possible by many.

Phillippians-4-13-verseSupport reaches across state lines, keyboards, texts, social media accounts and goal posts.  The football nation is “gearing up” to support the citizens of the great state of Texas devastatingly affected by Hurricane Harvey.

From Cajun Crate– A Monthly Subscription Box Packed with Louisiana Made Items:

Twelve years ago, the #CajunNavy rescued thousands stranded after Hurricane Katrina. One year ago, our South Louisiana community was underwater and the Cajun Navy came to our rescue.  Now, they’ve arrived in Houston and are currently performing search and rescue.  To honor them and their brave efforts in Texas, ALL proceeds from our Cajun Navy tees will go to the Houston Food Bank.

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Gathering with several thousand of your closest football fan friends for Rah! Rah! Rah! good times in roaring good taste to roast, toast, grill and gab before the game has become an event almost as exciting as the game itself.




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Strike up The Golden Band from Tigerland for a Louisiana Tribute Saturday night.

LSU Golden Band From Tiger Land We’ve got the eye of the Tiger and the need for some pregame tailgating.

Tailgating is a right of passage for students, alumni and scores of devoted fans.  Planning these ultimate pregame meet, greet and eat get togethers is part of the game day experience- a social event that counts as a prime style occasion for decoristas to seize the design and decorating opportunity to show’em what’cha got.  Tailgaters are known for bringing their A-game to the game day tailgating tablescape.

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The Grove at Ole Miss – Au Courant Floral Creation

Nothing says football like fall.  Build on the for the fall of it all theme by decorating with fall festive pine cones, pumpkins, vines, branches, gourds and flowers.

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Burlap continues to be an on-trend tailgating tablescape foundation favorite.  This almost indestructible makes great table runners, skirting and tablecloths.

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Seasonal flowers, natural or spray painted branches, magnolia leaves or seasonal stems paired with vintage or in the style of vintage trophy or champagne bucket vases make impressive centerpiece presentations.

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County Fair Trophy- Beekman 1802 FarmHouse™

Bargain bins, dollar and thrift stores and end of season clearance sales can be tailgating tabletop treasure troves.  Give the attic or storage closet a once over for football themed oldies but goodies to put to decorating use.

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Now let’s look at a few Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes.

Show your football in the fall spirit with this in the spirit of fall spirit. Delish shows us this easy recipe and serving presentation idea for Apple Pie Vodka.  Rah! Rah! Rah! Times in Roaring Good Taste cheers to you!

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Barbuzzo Mason Jar Shot Glasses, 4-Pack

Farmhouse style comes to Rah! Rah! Rah! times in roaring good taste tailgating cocktail time.

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Another spirited serving suggestion is the Royal Tiger Thermoform Cup from Alexa Pulitzer.

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This recipe for Cowboy Caviar from Culinary Hill is tailgating tasty and tailgating friendly.

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Fellow tailgaters invited to join in the pregame ritual of gathering together over food and drink love to bring something to the tailgating table.

salami-chips-grainy-mustard-dipSalami Chips with Grainy Mustard Dip

When our Baton Rouge tailgating friends ask what can they bring my stock answer is fried chicken.  Pick up a basket, box or bucket of this tailgating food favorite and bring the delicious and the easy to the table.

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Did someone say chopped bacon?

Fresh garden tomato?

Diced red onion?

Chopped bell pepper and garlic?

Just add garden rotini cooked according to package and your favorite brand of ranch salad dressing.  Toss, chill and serve.

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I love the recipe for Pecan Pie Cupcakes with Pecan Pie Ermine Buttercream by The Tough Cookie look- perfect for a taste of fall.  For the recipe click on the link The Tough Cookie.

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Dessert and coffee go together like football and tailgating.

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Make mine a cup of LSU Blend Special Dark Roast from Community Coffee- a Louisiana tailgating tradition.

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I hope these Rah! Rah! Rah! Times In Roaring Good Taste Tailgating Ideas and Recipes make a touchdown with your tailgating good times.

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Enlightening Articles-Tips-Snippets of Information

Tom Petty knows exactly what he’s talking about when he sings the waiting is the hardest part.  Waiting, especially in a hospital situation, requires a vast amount of patience and a variety of good reading material. I’m what you would call a student of the old school- a scholar of if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it studies.  In other words, I decided to read a print magazine instead of pulling up a digital edition on my tablet.  I spied a couple of shelter magazines of house and home interest in the rack – some with current cover dates, and some not so current.  Enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information beneficial to all things house that make a home will always make for a good read, regardless of cover date.  I look at it as an interior design, decorating, home decor accessories, antiques and how to score the best of the best refresher course.

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The first article of interest gave the reader tips for successful flea market, garage and estate sale shopping.  Everyone has their own way of treasure hunting, but there is a proven core strategy.  In the world of antique auctions, flea markets and estate sales, the preview is the time to get your deals and steals game on.  Dave the Builder and I split up; a divide and conquer technique that works for us.

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I keep a notebook and pen in hand for taking notes from everything to lot number to condition to dealer location to asking price to this is my absolute bottom bottom line price offer, bid etc…

Dave takes close up pictures with his cellphone of the pieces he is interested in to further examine for imperfections before bidding begins. The deal can be found in the imperfection only if you can do the repair, refinish or reupholster yourself or hire out for little out of pocket money.

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Auction houses stack items tight and tall in dark spaces and corners to utilize floor space.  A crowded house or stacked to the walls booth translates to scores of salable merchandise.  For this reason we bring his and hers flashlights so we don’t overlook a fracture or fine-line crack.

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Dealers at flea markets, estate and garage sales begin to discount unsold items later in the sale which can work to a buyer’s advantage.  Larger ticket items can be worth the risk of playing the waiting game.  I’ve scored several pieces for a steal, and missed out on some too.  It’s strictly depends on the item and nerves of “steal”.

It’s basically an in the moment call.

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Now let me share with you another enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information gem stemming from the magazine article my mother read while keeping me company in the hospital waiting room.  Our recent coffee talk conversation went a little something like this:

My mother:  “Sister, what is WTF?”

Me:  “An acronym for Where’s the Food.”

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It took me about three seconds to realize I’d better tell her what WTF really means.  Leaving her in the dark depths of millennial slang, risking her repeating to her beauty shop cohorts and the ladies that lunch loyal what she thinks is simply a hip colloquial term would be irresponsible on my part.  Funny, but irresponsible.

Me: “Mother, WTF is slang for What the F***.”

I was curious why she wanted to know what WTF means, so I did what any respectable curious and/or noisy person does.  I asked.

Me: “Mother, why do you want to know what WTF means?”

My mother:  “When Dave was in the hospital and we were in the waiting room, I was reading in a magazine (she can’t remember the name of the magazine, but she can remember WTF) a story about a woman catching her tweenage daughter texting WTF.  The woman asked her daughter what WTF means.  “With the Family,” replied the fast thinking tween.

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Fast forward several months to when the woman, a newbie to Facebook and the speak, slang, and acronyms of social media, posted an update from their family vacation to Paris.  Surprised by the amount of likes her post received, she shared the development with her tween daughter.  The daughter asked the mom what she was posting vis-à-vis the vacation. “In Paris WTF.”

Me:  Well, now you know.

We’re headed back to the hospital next week for more tests, more waiting, more reading.  I think I’ll bring a few of the shelter magazines from my 2017 stack to donate to the cardiac unit waiting room reading material collection.  A good read passes the time, enlightening articles-tips-snippets of information are always appreciated, and a good laugh lightens the mood.  As they say, laughter often is the best medicine.

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