Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Fresh Start and a Chick-fil-A Recipe

Happy New Year's Eve! I took down all my Christmas decor yesterday and it feels so good to get a fresh start in the new year. 

I love my Christmas decorations, but I'm always more than happy to get back to my normal decor. I start putting up fall decor in late September or early October, so I always welcome back my regular things with open arms. :) 

After we put up all the Christmas stuff, I quickly cleaned the house, then went around snapping pics of my fresh, clean decor. :) 

Love a squeaky clean kitchen! 

We actually had cold weather the other day. Cold enough to have a fire, which is why my candelabra isn't in the fireplace right now. :) BTW, Miss Holly Joaquin parked herself right there on that pouf for about 5 hours! 

I made a change to my dining room that I'm excited about. If you follow me on Instagram (@texasdecor) you've already seen it, but I'll share it here soon. 

Well hello there, pretty hydrangeas! Haven't seen you for awhile! Surprisingly, they didn't get totally squished while being packed away for months. 

We used to have a blue pendant light in the foyer (my hubby's choice, not mine) and when we changed it out for this one from Ballard Designs, I couldn't believe what a difference it made. (For those of you that are new, my hubby made that stained glass window above the door.) 

I still think painting the entire house this much lighter color (Sherwin Williams "Kilim Beige") made one of the biggest impacts. 

My mom gifted me with her pretty cake stand over Christmas break. She's had it for over 50 years and I was glad to receive it. It brings back memories of my childhood when she'd display our birthday cakes on it. :) 

And last, but not least...did y'all hear Chick -fil -A is taking their coleslaw off the menu this month? I thought they had a brilliant response to all the customers who showed their displeasure...they gave out the recipe!

For some reason, the recipe seemed a little blurry when I transferred it. Here it is:

* 4 teaspoons vinegar
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup mayo
* 2 bags (10 oz bags) fine shredded cabbage, chopped to 1/8 inch
* 1/4 cup finely chopped carrots

Whisk vinegar, sugar, mustard and salt together until sugar is dissolved. Add mayo and whisk to mix. Add cabbage and carrots. Mix to combine. Refrigerate for 2 hours and serve.
Makes 6-8 servings. 

I'll be back soon to share the dining room changes. Y'all have a great week!



  1. Wow, that cake stand is really beautiful. I have a small addiction...and that one is spectacular! Lucky you! Happy New Year, Lisa!

  2. Your home looks so pretty and clean....all ready to start the new year off right! The cake stand your mom gave you is beautiful!!!! My mom had one just like it too along with a few other cute glass pieces. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!!!!

  3. I loved the cole slaw! Why did they do that??! Thanx for the recipe!! Happy new year...its almost here! Me too!!!!....cant wait to put it all away and have a clean start!!

  4. Ps... I do love your pretty house!! And oh my!!...that cake plate!!

  5. Your house is absolutely beautiful and so clean!
    I still have my Christmas decorations everywhere.

    Happy New Year Lisa!


    1. Thank you! It definitely doesn't stay that clean, so I had to document it while I could. :) Happy new year!

  6. Your house looks beautiful and so clean.. Love,love the kitchen.. The cake plate is beautiful also.
    thanks for sharing the recipe.

  7. That cake plate is gorgeous. I bet you feel so great to have everything down and starting 2016 off with a clean slate. Always love seeing your pretty house Lisa. Happy New Year. Wishing you many fun moments and blessings in the new year.

  8. Your house looks so clean and pretty! I love that feeling too after the decorations are taken down. It's time consuming to do though! I just did mine yesterday and still have more to go today. I had no idea that Chick-fil-a was removing their coleslaw from their menu. To be honest, I never bought it! But, I'm glad to have their recipe since we do like to make it at home. Thanks for sharing it! Hope you have a great New Years Day today.

  9. I love how nice your home looks---you are not a clutter bug like me and it's always refreshing to see how neat your are. Love the pretty look of your foyer and the cake plate is so pretty---Yay for moms!!

    I have to try the cole slaw recipe. We have a Chick-fil-a nearby but I've never been. We remember when they were only n the South. Have to try it and I think this recipe will be great this summer!

    Jane xxx

  10. I always enjoy your home tours Lisa! I haven't taken any of our Christmas décor away... and when I finally do, I always wonder why I waited so long! That pretty cake stand is something you will always treasure!! And yay, for that recipe! I've never had Chic Filet but always think of you when I see the name! Happiest New Year Lisa! xo
    Kendra @

    1. Thank you, Kendra! It felt so good to get back to my normal decor. :) Happy new year to you too! May 2016 bring you wonderful things! xoxo

  11. Thank you for sharing the recipe, Lisa! Your home looks wonderful (as always!) and your cake plate is gorgeous - so nice to have a beautiful piece with such wonderful memories. Will start taking down decor on Monday and you're an inspiration! Thanks!

  12. I always enjoy the first of the year's cleaning and packing away of Christmas decor! It feels like you end up with a clean slate doesn't it? Your home looks lovely as always and I think it's so cool that your Mom gifted you that cake stand! Sentimental and pretty :)


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