Mad About Plaid

When I was a little girl, in the 50’s, my mom used to dress me in plaid dresses, similar to these…  I think it started my passion for plaid!!


I even learned the names of many different plaids:  Gingham, Tattersall, Madras, Houndstooth, Tartan and Glen Plaid, to name some!!


 This is my latest plaid purchase…  On my way to a meeting at school and then yoga!!  I usually wear a good basic, under something colorful.  I’m wearing a Lululemon define jacket, over  a plaid wool vest from the Dedham Exchange
Dedham Exchange is a wonderful gift shop for a greater good, all of their profits are donated to local educational and philanthropic organizations.  I love giving gifts that give back, I hope that the recipient feels the same way…  That being said, I have done lots of shopping at this great little shop, they have a wide selection of handcrafted gifts from local and national artisans, great jewelry, accessories, children’s clothing, books and toys, specialty food items including mustards, dressings and sweet treats!!  It’s in Dedham Square which has many more shops, wonderful restaurants and a movie theater that shows the latest independent films!!
Plaid bow wreath
 Ok, now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to decorate for Christmas, hooray!!!
 More plaid of course…  This wreath is adorned with a plaid bow I made with ribbon from a beautiful boutique …  I was shopping with Gina (surprise, surprise…) at Kimberly’s  in Winchester, VA and couldn’t resist this ribbon!  Actually I couldn’t resist a lot there, it is an amazing shop with lots of clothes for the whole family and great home gifts too!!!  I couldn’t find the ribbon on her website for you, but this is very similar at Joann’s Fabric!  It’s a little pricey but well worth the expense, for a beautiful bow displayed all season:)
veiw of porch from french doors
 When I took that picture, I thought the lighting was so warm and inviting on my sun porch…
Plaid & Leopard blankets porch 3
Red plaid and leopard blankets on a wicker chair, just calling to sit in the warmth of the sun with a good book???  Love red plaid and leopard together, William Sonoma Home has similar prints together…
I brought the herbs in the porch for the fall, I can still use them in cooking, until it gets too cold…
Version 2
Talk about red plaid and leopard, I can’t get enough of it, and with pearls!!!…  I know this isn’t the greatest quality picture, but I actually liked it because it almost looks like a painting.  You can get a leopard scarf like this at Nordstrom.
The plaid jersey is a “vintage” Ralph Lauren (when you’re 65 your old favorite clothes end up being vintage), I bought the pearl beads at Michaels and strung them on elastic cording for a bracelet and also made the earrings.  I like large pearls, I think  they make a statement!!   Coming soon, a post just on pearls…
All set to go out to dinner with Victor and my mother:)
stuffed sole in baking dish
Healthy Spinach-Stuffed Sole (Easy!!)
  1. 3 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 3 tablespoon white wine
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  4. 2 tablespoon parsley dried flakes
  5. Ground black pepper, to taste (and salt, if you need it, but fish is salty enough)
  6. 10 sole (flounder) fillets
  7. 3/4 bag of frozen spinach
  8. 2 tablespoons minced red onion
  9. 2 tablespoons of pine nuts (optional)


Heat the oven to 380 F. Lightly coat a 9X9 baking dish with vegetable spray.

Mix first five ingredients in small bowl, put aside.  Cook spinach in microwave according to directions on bag.  Mix onion and nuts into spinach.

Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels.  Place heaping tablespoon of the spinach mixture in the thicker end of each fillet and roll up. Place the rolled fillets seam-side down in baking dish, pour olive oil and wine mixture over sole.   Bake until the fish is opaque throughout when tested with the tip of a knife, 15 to 20 minutes.

Even easier would be to pour olive oil and wine mixture over one to two pounds of haddock or cod and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes.  I make enough for two meals, then you don’t have to cook another night!!

plate:stuffed sole

This is my plate, one sole roll-up, half sweet potato and salad made with baby field greens, red onion, roasted garlic and olives from olive bar, cucumber and tomatoes from our garden!!  Victor has three sole roll-ups and a whole sweet potato:) My mom has the same as mine with a lot less salad and always a cookie for dessert;)                                                 So we can get another meal  out of this recipe, just love leftovers…

P.S. Notice my plaid dish towels, I picked them up at Star Market last year, after holidays, they were half price!!!

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