It has finally stopped raining here on the Central Coast and we are enjoying some sunshine! What is the weather like in your neck of the woods? Have you tried this soup? It is a new favorite of ours. If I made it again I would leave out the chicken. It doesn’t need it. If you are a mushroom fanatic like me substitute truffle oil (I know it is pricey) for the tablespoon of olive oil and add a little truffle salt in place of regular salt. It really intensifies the mushroom flavor. You can find the recipe here I really enjoyed Sherry’s birthday post on aging gracefully here Do you remember cabinet doors with chicken wire from the height of the “French Country era? Whenever clients asked me about them I cringed. Studio McGee (always on trend) did a post here. Who knew wire could look so great? Leslie’s post about her relationship with a hospice patient with Alzheimer’s hit a nerve with me. My mother died last year. You can read about that here, and my father (94) is beginning to lose it. He still recognizes me everyday but fails to remember if I was there the day before or what he had for breakfast. Are any of you experiencing the difficulty of life with aging parents? Here is a pic of dad with our family at Christmas. Note the Farmers Union Pour House hat. If you are a long time fan of Kelley from Polished Pebble you will be thrilled to see some sneak peeks of her Santa Barbara House and garden here If you are toying with the idea of using open shelving in your kitchen Mary Ann had a great post here (she even included our fixer kitchen). I have never been sure if I am neat enough for open shelves. I certainly love them though!! We are off to the Napa Valley for a long weekend of R&R (a Christmas gift from our daughter and husband). Be sure to follow me on instagram @cindyhattersley for little snippets. Also we have a brand new Project Design coming up on March 23. Mark your calendars! We have a another fabulous group of bloggers that will show you “Simple Ways to Update your Foyer”. Have a Great Weekend!!