Recommended Reading: The Gracious Posse

Instead of reviewing a mystery this month, I wanted to share with you a wonderful blog that I have followed for the past few years. It’s called The Gracious Posse and is written by Ellen Buoyer and Alison Fauls, who have been Richmond residents for 25+ years. The tagline for the blog is “celebrating inspired living with a little help from our friends.”

the gracious posse

Ellen and Alison first met in 1980 when they were freshmen at the University of Georgia. The “posse” is their group of friends who have shared joys, trials and secrets of survival with them over the years. They wanted to share these joys and other ideas for, and examples of, inspired living with a larger community of readers whom they consider their gracious posse.

The Gracious Posse presents charming vignettes of elegant living, from celebrating the colors of Paris to sharing tips for interior decorating, cooking and landscaping. It inspired me to move beyond my simple menus to something much more exotic. I recently tried out their peaches and cream rolled cake. I never would have attempted this without the video they put on their blog, which took me through the entire process step-by-step. While it definitely was more challenging than my typical desserts (think ice cream with chocolate syrup), it was well worth the extra time. My rolled cake was both gorgeous and delicious, a perfect choice for dinner guests.

A recent post explained how to update a piece of vintage jewelry to something new and chic, featuring Tricia Sauer who learned jewelry design from her daughter. I’ve been poking through my jewelry box to see if there are some forgotten pieces in there that could possibly be reworked into something much more exciting.

I especially want to thank Ellen and Alison for featuring Money Grab in a post. The three of us met for coffee this summer and had a delightful time getting to know each other. It really means a lot to me to have these two ladies become fans of my book.

Check out The Gracious Posse. It is full of clever and uplifting ideas that will bring a lot of fun to your daily routine. And maybe you, too, can master the art of the rolled cake. Just be sure to watch the video first.

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