Sunday, November 30, 2014

It's Christmas Time in the City -- Bergdorf Goodman

I started my Christmas walks and I was fabulously rewarded. I found some incredible scenic treasures that I will be sharing in the next week. This is the first time in three years that I'm not recovering from an injury or surgery and it is a gift to be able to walk and enjoy the decorations of this season.

One of my favorite places at this time of year is Fifth Avenue. I saw just a small part of the decorations there, but the ones I saw were fabulous. The treasure I discovered at Bergdorf Goodman -- a "luxury goods department store" -- was dazzling.  It didn't follow the usual Christmas colors, but instead each window was dedicated to one of the arts, following the theme of "Inspiration."



Seeing the beauty of these windows brought back the feelings of excitement of childhood, when I would see the Christmas window in the Hartford department stores. Each of the Bergdorf Goodman windows had wonderful details that enhanced the magic that had been created. I can't wait to see the other department stores and discover their themes and decorations. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
I'm quickly realizing that this month will fly by, as it always does. One of my goals is to make a list of everything that needs to get done and then do it. I don't have much shopping to do, but I do have a lot of wrapping and mailing. The first gift gets wrapped tomorrow!
I am so glad to share Christmas in New York with my blog buddies. Wishes for a wonderful December.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Buttercupland Fair Pink Saturday

In honor of Small Business Saturday I'm happy to open the Buttercupland Fair, one of my favorite annual features. The Buttercupland Fair gives me the opportunity to showcase the very talented citizens of Buttercupland who are creative treasures and who create treasures. I am continually amazed and delighted with the talent my friends have and I am happy to share it with all of Buttercupland. There are some great gift ideas -- useful, thoughtful and fun -- that I am happy to highlight this Pink Saturday.

One of my all-time favorite small businesses is  GoodNeighborsCandle, made by the wonderful Becky of Hospitality Lane. One of the most fun days of this year was spent with Becky, her husband, Warren, beautiful daughter, Chelsea, and friend Johnny, when they visited New York City. A special day and lovely memories. Becky creates some of the loveliest scented candles ever and I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite, though I am partial to her hot chocolate scent and her fresh baked apple pie and pumpkin pie spice and on and on and on. All yummy and all soy candles, beautifully scented.

Tonight I'm featuring the spiced cranberry tea candles because it's Thanksgiving weekend and the color is close to pink for Pink Saturday. I've given a number of these beautiful candles as gifts and will be doing so once again this Christmas. An additional product of GoodNeighborsCandle is adorable baby and wedding shower favor candles.

Our second Buttercupland feature is a wonderful Christmas book, "A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts."

One of the authors of this beautiful Christmas gift book is one of my favorite bloggers, Terra at Terra Garden. Terra is a talented writer, gardener -- her flower pictures help to cheer up the bleakest winter days -- and a sweet, sweet friend. I love giving books as gifts and this makes a perfect gift for so many people I can think of.

One of my goals for December is to take many, many pictures in New York City of seasonal decorations. I'll be at Macy's and Rockefeller Center and Radio City, but I'm also going to visit as many neighborhoods as I can work into my calendar. Some pictures may just be the little sweet scenes that catch my eye, like this one in an East side stationery store.

Santa sprucing up the reindeer with new hats and scarves.
I took a hiatus this week from Foodie Friday. Thursday was definitely the foodie day of the week and a very delicious one. In a real switch this year we had American caviar, both reasonably priced and delicious, as an appetizer, and followed with butternut squash soup, turkey, cranberry ginger relish, stuffing, mashed potato casserole, sweet potatoes, and fabulous brussel sprouts with pecans.  I hope everyone shared a Thanksgiving celebration as delicious and enjoyable as I did. It was definitely a day of blessings.   
It's been a quiet day, but I did get to the gym -- definitely a must after Thursday -- grocery shopped, read and got to the hardware store. Tomorrow is supposed to be warmer and I plan to be out with my camera enjoying the decorations and the good weather. There will be pictures!
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care! 


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I'm Not Dreaming of a White Thanksgiving

We had plenty of white Thanksgivings in Connecticut when I was growing up and I remember really enjoying playing in the snow. But those days are more than fifty years past and the thrill vanished once I became old enough to help with snow shoveling. As we know the thrill has never returned. No matter, I wasn't going to let the prediction of a little snow keep me from being out and about today.

The actual weather in New York City was winter mix. There was lots of cold rain, some snow and then more cold rain. I wore my heavy coat and winter boots in case of any slipperiness and made my way up and down Broadway, getting all of my errands accomplished. Thankfully it never got slippery and the only casualty was my umbrella, which may not make it through the next windy, rainy day. Happily the rain has stopped and getting to Westchester tomorrow should be no more onerous than the most crowded day of the year at Grand Central Station usually is.

In the midst of my trudging along I found this scene...

The lights arrive on West 67th Street
My thanks tonight to all who work to make the world a brighter place every day, even and especially on those days of wintry mix -- literally and figuratively.  Whether you're putting up lights, driving a bus or taking a temperature in a hospital, my thanks and appreciation.
My thanks to all who visit here. I am thankful for my blog buddies every day and especially on Thanksgiving. Here's to a blessed celebration to all and a happy, happy day.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What to My Wondering Eyes Should Appear...

No, my friends, it wasn't Santa, but it was one of my favorite parts of the season. 
On Saturday night this was the scene on Broadway...
...and I knew the Christmas trees were on the way. This is one of the things I most look forward to at this time of year. It's my own little urban forest, all up and down Broadway and throughout the city. It's the arrival of the Christmas trees from Northern New England and Canada. I especially enjoy the aroma of pine and spruce and Douglas fir. 
This is the scene this afternoon just down the street ...
The trees are here!
I think it's early to buy a tree, especially with the dry heat in most New York apartments, but happy wishes to anyone who does their decorating now. The trees are a wonderful treat. 
It's not summer in New York City anymore and it sounds like winter is on the way, but I've got everything I need to do some cooking tomorrow. I will be with friends in Westchester, just north of New York City, on Thanksgiving Day and I will be bringing fresh cranberry relish with pears and candied ginger. It's a favorite of mine and I will be making a double batch to keep some at home. It's delicious any time with yogurt. I hoped to post a link to the recipe taken years ago from Cooking Light. Though I found a lot of recipes for cranberries, pears and ginger, I didn't find the one I use. 

Despite the festivity and fun of Thanksgiving, my heart is in Missouri, along with my prayers for peace and calm. 

As ever, thanks for visiting. Wishes for safe travel and take good care!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hey Hey It's the Monkees Thanksgiving Giveaway

It's no secret that I like monkeys and that sock monkeys are special favorites. I've mentioned the cute sock monkeys that I saw during my walks about town and said that one of them might be coming home with me. I was walking by Pottery Barn last week and they called out to me. Not one, but two sock monkeys -- the Sock Twins -- came home with me. They were warmly greeted by the Monkee-in-Chief, Pepe, and his buddy, Socko.

Hey Hey It's the Monkees!
Pepe and Socko posing with the Sock Twins. I am on the right in a semi-selfie. 
The Sock Twins are quickly adjusting to life with Pepe, Socko and pals, but there is one little problem. They have no first or middle names. Right now they are simply the Sock Twins. In Facebook and Buttercupland giveaways -- yes, two giveaways -- you have the opportunity to name the Sock Twins. Each winner will receive a book that will be chosen specifically for the persons who are selected. You don't have to be a friend of Buttercupland, and you don't have to do anything more complicated than leave the two names that you think would be best for these two sweet, but cheeky little monkeys. The names will be announced next Sunday, November 30.
Though snow may be on its way for Thanksgiving, we had a glorious almost spring day today. I had a fun lunch with my friend Jacquie and enjoyed walking on Broadway in a light jacket. I savored every second. Tomorrow is supposed to be even sunnier and I have promised myself an iced coffee as a treat.
As ever thanks for visiting. Have a great week and take good care!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pinky Says Pink Saturday

I had a totally different post in mind for Pink Saturday this week. I'd taken the pictures earlier in the week and had the text in mind. But there in pink chalk right in front of me was the best advice I'd seen in a long time. In the ironies of life I was rushing to a memorial service, but Pinky -- a local manicure chain and the one I frequent -- stopped me right where I was walking. At that moment I did as advised and took a deep breath and relaxed. I'm going to try and remember this every time I start to run to do another errand or run to catch a bus. Relax, Buttercup, you'll live longer. Relax...

As ever, thanks for visiting and take Pinky's advice, Relax, you'll live longer and you will make the people who love you very, very happy.  

Friday, November 21, 2014

First Thanksgiving Foodie Friday

I'm delighted to have a guest post this Foodie Friday, my good friend, Carol G., who blogs at "Wheat-Free Dairy-Free Kitchen." Carol has many wonderful attributes. She is funny, intelligent and a kind and loving friend. She is also one of the all-time best cooks anywhere. I have had many years of wonderful every day meals and holiday celebrations with her. Though you may not have any specific interest in gluten free or dairy free recipes, her recipes are always delicious. I am grateful for many good meals cooked by Carol, as well as the gift of her friendship.  I can't think of a better way of thinking about the blessings at this time of year than by sharing Carol's thoughtful post. 
It's Wednesday night (oops, just turned Thursday morning) and I'm writing my guest post for Buttercup.  This is as far as I'd gotten:
My First Thanksgiving
I hope my title is not misleading; it’s not a memory of my first Thanksgiving. Honestly I don’t remember my first Thanksgiving because it was soooooo long ago. I  usually go to either my cousin or my sister-of-choice to spend the holiday with their families.  This year the "kids" (now in their 30's and 40's) were going to the in-laws and both of my hosts were not planning on cooking.  It seemed only fair that I pick up the slack - so this is the first Thanksgiving I am hosting…and I’m really excited. I love to cook and I love to entertain.  For me, opening the dining room table and using my best china and silver is always a thrill.
I happen to be one of those awful guests who has multiple food restrictions and every year I assure my hostess that I will not have a problem finding something to eat. But besides the turkey and whatever dish I bring, I really have few choices unless I want to eat outside my usual parameters. This year I can eat everything!  It hadn't occurred to me when I volunteered to host my usual hosts that I would have this extra bonus.
when my dog, Bella Blue Cheese insisted that she needed to go out.
Bella Bleu Cheese
Bella Blue Cheese
We went on our usual late at night walk around the corner where I was struck by this sight
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outside of Hale and Hearty soup restaurant
There are so many ironies here.  I was about to complain in my post about how deprived I felt at the Thanksgiving table (and give you tips for accommodating guests with allergies) yet I had just come home from cooking butternut squash soup (the same as the one advertised in this window) for the soup kitchen my synagogue runs on Thursdays (and I've been cooking for for the last 20 years).
Later this morning I will be handing out these cards to the 30 or so, mostly male, hard core homeless that line up for free breakfast at the church next door to my apartment. So you see, I'm very familiar with the problem of hunger and homelessness here in the city...but to be reminded so graphically that there are people going through restaurant garbage to find a meal hits me in a different way completely.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner; knowing I will be eating a delicious gluten-free dairy-free meal with people I care deeply about; makes me all the more aware of how blessed I am.  I am blessed with a home I love, plenty of food to eat, work that I thoroughly enjoy (I write a food blog); a large circle of friends and family I love,  a huge community of caring people; and the gift of helping others less fortunate.
With all these blessings, along with the blessing of many years of friendship with our Buttercup, I want to give thanks and wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Carol Gelles Wheat-free Diary-Free Kitchen Blog
Carol Gelles
 BTW today's post on my blog is about accommodating guests with allergies, if you would like those tips I was thinking of publishing here.

I'll be doing at least one other Thanksgiving post in the next week, but tonight I am grateful for good health, good friends and a warm and cozy apartment. What are your thoughts tonight?

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

One Hundred Days of Winter

As I was shivering while waiting for the bus this afternoon I did a quick calculation of how many days were left in the winter. I know purists will say it's not winter yet, there are leaves on the trees and winter officially doesn't start until next month.

This was the view from the bus stop. There was still a lot of leaves and a lot of bright color at Seventy-second street.
If I hadn't been wearing my winter coat, scarf and gloves and still feeling the chill I might have gone along with the calendar purists. The temperature on my phone was thirty-two degrees and the wind made it feel still colder.

 Just seventeen blocks uptown...
...the scene was vastly different. There were just a few leaves left on the trees and it looked and felt like winter. I resumed thinking about the calculation I made at the bus stop. There are approximately 100 days of winter to come. My plans now are to be in a warmer climate for ten of those days, but that still leaves many days of cold and yes, my most dreaded parts of winter, sleet and freezing rain.
As I have written about many times I am not a fan of winter. All the hot cocoa and mini-marshmallows in the world don't make up for short days and long cold nights. Cozy flannel doesn't come close to making me feel good about slippery sidewalks. But there are still 100 days of cold weather ahead and I don't want to spend the next three months moaning about the weather. I'm not sure how I am going to do this -- as I've spent many years disliking cold and snow -- but I am going to find ways to enjoy the season. It may be new winter gear... bright colors.
It might even be some outdoor activity I've never tried before, or will try again. I can't promise that this will be a terrific success, but since I can't change the weather, it's time to change me. 
Here's a toast to winter. Bring on the hot cider and bright mittens. Winter and I are going to be friends, or at least friendlier acquaintances.
Are there activities that you have found that  make the winter more fun? I'd love some suggestions.  
It really is winter today, but I got my round of errands done this morning. I got to the grocery --bought my cranberries for next week -- and to the Apple store. My iPad met a tile floor over the weekend and the tile won. I go back tomorrow for a replacement.
I appreciate the many prayers for Anthony. Thankfully, he came through the surgery well.
As always, thanks for visiting and take good care.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's (Sort of) Beginning to Look Like a Pink Christmas Pink Saturday

It's not quite Saturday, but there's still some time to join the fun at Pink Saturday. In addition to trying to capture pink themes, we're also looking at seasonal ideas. It's time for Thanksgiving, Chanukah and Christmas photographs. I'm going to look for all things pink, and if I can find pink Thanksgiving or Christmas, all the better. Otherwise, there is so much that is lovely in New York to share at this time of year that I know I will have no shortage of pictures for Pink Saturday.

I didn't anticipate finding any pink Christmas décor, but I was picking up a prescription when I saw these two cuties.

And then I noticed...

...the world of candy canes includes the pink ones at the top of the picture. Any candy cane fans in Buttercupland?
Santa has a big hat wardrobe, and that includes pink.
No pink here, but I can't resist a sock monkey. This little guy may need to come home with me.  
Are you traditional in your decorating themes or would you include pink or purple or leopard print?
It struck me tonight that Thanksgiving is next week. I knew it was coming up and am in the midst of thinking about my contribution to dinner, but it really came as a shock that it's next week. I feel like I must have missed a chunk of 2014. My goal for tomorrow, besides my usual Monday gym commitment, is to make a serious list of everything I want to get done in the next six weeks.
My dear friend Anthony will be having cardiac bypass surgery and I know he would appreciate the prayers of Buttercupland. Thanks!
As always, thanks for visiting. Take good care and have a pretty in pink week.   

Friday, November 14, 2014

Vibrant Food Foodie Friday

I have a shelf of cookbooks in my apartment and it's a long shelf. I don't use them all that often anymore, turning more to the internet to look for a recipe, but there are times a cookbook comes along and I remember why I used to spend happy hours cookbook reading. Thanks to my friends at Blogging for Books I've had the good fortune to discover "Vibrant Food" by Kimberly Hasselbrink, and once again found a cookbook to spend happy hours with, reading and cooking.

I like to eat and cook with the seasons. The summer is a wealth of blueberries and peaches and watermelon and in the autumn I turn to apples and squash and pumpkins. I haven't been very creative in my autumn cooking this year and having "Vibrant Food" has made me expand my autumn horizons considerably. The book -- with gorgeous photographs -- is divided by seasons and each season features five or six foods. The autumn section does include tree fruits and winter squash, but it adds figs and persimmons. I am a fig fan, but I do little more than simply eat them as a snack, and I am looking forward to trying the turkey burgers with balsamic figs. Persimmons will be a new food for me and with the encouragement of "Vibrant Food" I will be adding them to my shopping basket. I don't want to get ahead of myself but the citrus recipes in winter do look good.

A cheer for persimmons, apples and pears and winter squash and a big cheer for "Vibrant Food."

What is your favorite autumn food? Do you stick with traditional recipes or look for new ways to serve favorites?

Autumn has definitely arrived and New York has been very fortunate to have been so far been spared the early winter weather. It was cool today -- definitely time for gloves -- but not windy and I got in a long walk. I'm trying to keep as active as possible before I worry about slippery sidewalks.

For those of you who have snow, please be safe and keep cozy. For everyone, have a great weekend! Thanks so much for visiting and take good care.

Please note: I received a copy of this book to review, but the opinions are all mine.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

If You're Trying to Break the Internet...

I'd like to see articles about...

Peace in this troubled, troubled world

A cure for cancer, for Multiple Sclerosis or macular degeneration

Kindness and courtesy

A love of education and reading.

I had an entirely different post planned for today, a much more fun, upbeat post, but every time I saw a photo of Kim Kardashian -- in her latest set of photos -- something in me twitched. The twitch got so intense that it became a post.

I may be beginning to sound like a cranky person, but I think this to-do about "breaking the internet" with these photos is just too much for me. Actually, I'm not an especially modest person. In the doctor's office, in the locker room at the Y I don't stay huddled in layers. I do wear a conventional bathing suit at the beach, but it's all in context. I'm kind of a live and let live person. We live in a big world and I don't agree with a lot of people and I know a lot of people don't agree with me. I believe in trying to get along whenever possible, for all of our sakes.

But, I can't help thinking of what Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "We become what we think about all day long." It deeply troubles me that this is what our country is thinking about all day long for days. The internet is not being broken by outrage over the murder of Christians in Syria, the tragedy of Ebola in Africa or the immense scientific success of landing a probe on a comet.

The ALS Bucket Challenge caught the attention of millions and brought awareness to this devastating disease. It didn't break the internet but it was the story for days. Let us say that it's time to come away from excess and shallowness and ask that the stories be ones of caring, compassion and awareness.

I don't care if you call me cranky, enough is enough.

As a postscript: If you haven't seen these recent photos, this post is not meant to encourage finding them. Consider yourself very fortunate. My apologies to anyone I may have inadvertently led to seeing them.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Buttercup's Wardrobe Malfunction

Yes, you read the title correctly. Buttercup has had a wardrobe malfunction. Actually I've had more than one. Gratefully, my wardrobe malfunctions are of little interest to the wider world and the last one I can remember took place before the advent of social media. There was no colleague with a cell phone to post this moment on Twitter or Facebook, and for that I am eternally grateful. But it seems almost every day there is an internet article about a celebrity's wardrobe malfunction. In this internet world they cannot hide.

In the interest of all that is appropriate and decent -- yes, I still use the word decent -- there will be no photographs of any kind accompanying this post.  Buttercupland is a wardrobe malfunction photo free zone and it's definitely going to stay that way. There's no smoking, no taxes and no humiliating pictures of anyone's rear or other body part that's not for sharing.

I'm pretty sure most of us have had wardrobe malfunctions, but not being famous they are only blips in time we choose not to remember. My most memorable one came about before a meeting where I was meeting the senior staff of a department in which I was a new member. Nervous, you bet! But, I was wearing my nice navy suit and matching polka dot blouse and I got to the meeting fifteen minutes early. I had time to go to the rest room and comb my hair etc. before the meeting. Alas, when I left the rest room,  my skirt was tucked in my panty hose. Luckily one of my colleagues pulled me aside two seconds later and I got myself back to presentable in a heartbeat. I remember saying, "Thanks. I'm so glad no one else saw that." Her reply sticks with me forever..."You were standing in front of the security camera."

I can smile about this now, but it gave me a very personal understanding of the term "wardrobe malfunction." If it can happen to Buttercup, it can happen to anyone. In the interest of returning this world to a slightly kinder place can there be fewer -- or no -- articles about wardrobe malfunctions? We all deserve at least fifteen seconds of privacy, famous or not.

On a different note...We had what I think will be our last day of almost summer. I took advantage of sixty degree weather to eat lunch outside and do lots of errands. It was the perfect day. Tomorrow the sidewalk cafes may be history until next spring. But today it was coffee and a sandwich outside.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take care! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Becoming Bea

I've got my reading picked for this winter. Thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group I've discovered the series, The Courtships of Lancaster County. I had the privilege of reviewing "Becoming Bea" by Leslie Gould and discovered a wonderful and engaging fiction world that I want to visit often.

Beatrice Zook lives in the shadow of her much more outgoing older sister, Molly. Circumstances lead to change in Bea's life, change that initially Bea is wary about. The novel gives us an absorbing story of change, growth, friendship and love. My only hesitation about recommending "Becoming Bea" is that there are a lot of characters and for a good part of the novel I had trouble keeping up with them. I would strongly suggest reading the first book in the series, "Courting Cate"  and then "Becoming Bea." I am pleased that there are two other books in the series and on the winter days to come I can make a cup of coffee and enjoy a visit to Lancaster County.

The trees in New York don't look all that different from the cover of Becoming Bea." There's still some color and this week it's looked the most fall-like of any days in the last few months. I was able to capture one of the prettiest trees I'd seen last Friday.

I found this beauty in front of New York Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center.
We're still clinging to autumn here and I am grateful for every day without snow. The weather is predicted to change later this week, but I am glorying in our relatively warm and mild weather for as long as we have it. I am no fan of winter and the last few days are perfect to me. 
As always, thanks for visiting. Take good care!

Please note: I received a review copy from Litfuse Publicity Group, but the opinions here are all mine.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Savannah Pink Saturday

There's been lots going on in the extended Buttercupland that's kept me away from the computer. But I'm now happily settled at the computer and it's time for some Pink Saturday fun, Savannah style. Even when I'm away from home I keep an eye out for Pink Saturday photos and I found a few that I'd like to share.

 We did a little shopping during our trip and this tie-dye pink and blue shirt captured my attention. It was a lot colder than I expected and I did buy a fleece shirt, but in a much more subdued lavender. I was pretty sure, that as much fun as this shirt is, it would not get much wear once I was home. 
We spent a lot some time at the candy store shopping and praline sampling. In an effort not to buy any pralines for a "snack" I tried to focus on taking pictures. I do like pralines, but I had done them more than justice at the sample section.
We did stop for a snack at Leopold's, and had terrific ice cream. I usually go with caramel and nuts, but I had a dish of tutti-frutti, one of the original 1919 flavors and it was really good. I also enjoyed the juke box, which had some fun and familiar songs. 
The t-shirt for my favorite tutti-frutti is on the bottom left. The ice cream color was definitely the bright pink of the children's t-shirt on the right.
This week looks to be a quieter week than last week. I've done my grocery shopping, did some cooking -- sautéed chicken and tomatoes -- and am planning to make it to the gym at least twice. I am also going to take advantage of a sale at Michael's and look for Christmas card makings. What's on your agenda?
Wishes for a happy and pretty-in-pink week. As always, thanks for visiting and take good care. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

How Did It Get to Be November?

Honestly, I have no idea. None.

But it is November and the days are flying by. I kept thinking I could hold the tide of time back by not buying a 2015 (eeks!) calendar, but all that meant was I had little pieces of paper stuck in my calendar for this year and chaos. My new calendar is bought. I have started to make plans for January and February and March...and before I can comprehend I will be posting pictures of the Christmas trees for on display in my neighborhood.

Whenever I go away I get off track on blogging. I've got lots of Savannah ideas for posts and will definitely do one for Savannah Pink Saturday, but I've also got a book review to post and a few other ideas I'd like to write about that are not about Savannah. I think Savannah is one of the most beautiful and photo friendly places I know and I'm going to post a few pictures of places that I especially enjoyed. We had a few days of soft breezes and one day of cold rain and wind. Imagine the soft breezes and enjoy a few minutes in Savannah.

  The fountain in Forsyth Park. This was taken on one of the soft breeze days.
Along the river front. These are the walkways to the cotton traders' offices.
This is the "Waving Girl," Florence Martus, who greeted all ships entering and leaving the Port of Savannah, 1887-1931.  
Definitely enjoyed the food in Savannah and the pralines were near the top of my list of favorites. They were so good and a tremendous treat. 
I hope you're having a good week and enjoying the sweet last days of autumn leaves.
As ever thanks for visiting and take good care!