Coffee Talk: Home Decor, Books, and Food

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. If you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

A few weeks ago, The Hubs asked me why I’d stop decorating the house and I really didn’t have an answer for him. Usually within the first few weeks of moving into a new house, I’ve changed the paint and personalized the decor. We’ve been here two years and it still kind of looks like the previous owners are still here. I haven’t changed any of the paint {even though I’d like to do so} and I haven’t really added any of “us” to the house. We have two beautiful mantles that are pretty much bare except for a few photos and a vintage camera. I’ve been thinking about making garlands for them, but I never really got around to it. But I’ve been inspired by Leslie’s post showing her homemade garland. Isn’t it lovely?

What are you reading this week? I’m reading two books: Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams and No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts. Cocoa Beach is a companion book to A Certain Age, although you don’t have to read the other to enjoy Cocoa Beach. I hope to have a review up soon. I’m reading No One is Coming to Save Us as part of Sarah Jessica Parker’s book club, Book Club Central {you can also follow along on Twitter}. Her first choice novel looked like something I’d pick up on my own, so I thought why not?

The family and I discovered Chili’s while visiting Virginia for my cousin’s wedding and we are in love with the ribs. Love, I tell you. In fact, The Hubs and I have been there two days in a row since coming home from vacation. Seriously, how come no one ever told me about that place? Or can you recommend another rib place?

Now, it’s your turn… What’s going on in your world? Anything have you scratching your head or belly laughing? Is there a book I absolutely must add to my TBR Shelf? Have you cooked or ordered anything tasty?


Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • Kelly

    August is always a time of angst for me. When I put up my August calendar and see “1st day of instruction” I get all queasy in my insides! But I keep telling myself this is the year of “lasts” with 180 days of work left (once school starts) xo

  • KirstinMarie

    I get in decor funks. We’ve been in our house 9 years and I really haven’t changed much (we built it)…I feel like I want to change paint but can’t motivate myself…and want to change things up decor wise but then I draw blanks…lol.

    I love to read and have so many books on my kindle that I don’t know where to I did read an ebook that the son of a HS classmate wrote and she asked me to read it and give my thoughts. It wasn’t my style but for his first book it was pretty good. After returning from NY and visiting Hoboken NJ, another blogger recommended I read the book The lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken so that is on my list.

    I’m wanting to spend more time reading photography articles to hone in my skills a bit more, do some hiking, etc.

    • How cool that you built your home. Having the opportunity to put your stamp on things is fabulous. But I am glad to read that I’m not the only one who gets into decor funks. I really want to finish but…

      Ohhh, that’s hard — reviewing a friend’s book {or someone you know}. But I do like that you can be positive even if the book isn’t something you’d normally read. I’ve been trying to branch out of my comfort zone, but I know what I like. LOL But I have been pleasantly surprised {The Hate U Give is one that impressed me}.

  • You doll!! Thank you so much for this sweet mention. If you make a garland, please be sure to share with me.

    So, this Chili’s you are raving about is a restaurant similar to Applebee’s or Ruby Tuesday? We have enjoyed meals there, too. In fact, PC and I met over a blind date dinner at Applebee’s. Glad you are enjoying the ribs. PC gets ribs many times when we go out. I am such a slob eating them that I save that for the privacy of my own home.

    I giggled that you asked what we are reading this week. I read the same book(s) over weeks, months. I am that slow. Very much enjoying The Women in the Castle but only a little more than half way through. Also reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, A Hundred Summers and started Towers Falling (Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee for children). Have to finish something quick!!

    Thank you again for your friendship and support. Would love to have you join us for a bucket list post or Sentence a Day, if you are interested. XO

    • Oh, I definitely will share. Ever since I saw your garland, I’ve been staring at my poor empty mantle, just shaking my head. LOL

      Chili’s is very much like Applebee’s. I love that you and your husband met there on a blind date. How fun! I generally only eat ribs at home too {because of the mess}, but we get the Texas Dry Rub, so there’s no sauce or anything like that. Just a bunch of herbs and spices. So tasty. And I get the home style fries. The Hubs usually gets the mashed potatoes.

      I’m a slow reader as well {I have issues with sitting still}, so it takes me a while to get through a book. I had set a goal of one book a month, but I blew it last month, sooooo…. But I’m still going to finish 12 books this year. That is my over~arching goal.

      I’ll definitely look into the bucket list / Sentence a Day posts. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and your comments ~ you’re so full of inspiration. So thank you.

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