fridays with oscar mother’s day edition

happy friday, gang! and a very happy mother’s day to all of you! this is the time of year our thoughts always go to our mothers and their impact on our lives. those of you lucky enough to celebrate this special day with your mom enjoy every minute! through the years, i’ve shared snippets of my mother on the blog. oh, how i wish she were here to share this day devoted to mothers. franny-lou, as her friends liked to call her, was an inspiration in so many ways. of course, we shared a love of shopping, clothes, and ladies’ lunch which continue to be a few of my favorite things! and we both sported a short ‘do’ that we adored! but what i miss most is my biggest fan and cheerleader in life is now gone. mom was always there to pick me up when i fell, setting me back on course, wiping away the tears, and putting a smile back on my face. what would i have done without you? thanks, Mom, for always being there for your only daughter. you will always be treasured and missed.

flowers, muffins, and a yogurt parfait are on the menu. simple, easy dishes to serve on Mother’s Day. oscar is back for his weekly gig! and a new cocktail – rose martini is being shaken not stirred. so come on in and enjoy fridays with oscar.

mother’s day edition

the PR team from opens in a new windowTalbots sends goody boxes from time to time to my utter surprise and delight. one never knows what’s tucked inside. this summery opens in a new windoworange striped sweater was one of the items selected for this edition. orange is one of my favorite colors once summer arrives. typically i add a pop of gold for an accent whether it’s a belt, bangles, or shoes. today’s ootd confirms my love of gold and orange as a new pair of opens in a new windowmetallic slingbacks are in action! love how the shoes add subtle texture and flair to this simple outfit. since the sweater has bold white stripes it was a no-brainer to pull on a pair of opens in a new window white denim. but not just any old pair of white denim. notice this pair is cropped and flared. it’s a silhouette that’s modern and fresh. the reviews mentioned to size up which i did but i wish i’d stuck with my usual size 8 as these jeans are a tad big…since orange is the color du jour i couldn’t resist adding my opens in a new windoworange handbag with bamboo handles from opens in a new windowMark and Graham.

Rose Martini


  • ounce simple syrup
  • 1⅓ ounces vodka or gin
  • 1 ounce rose water
  • 3 ounces tonic
  • 1 drop red or pink food coloring
  • pink rose petals


  1. Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake on ice and pour. Garnish with rose petals.

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sour cream or greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Spray a 12 mold regular-size muffin pan with cooking spray.

  2. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt together.

  3. In another bowl whisk the sugar with the lemon zest together. Add the butter, milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest and continue mixing. Add the sour cream, eggs, vanilla, and whisk until well blended.

  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir gently until combined. Fold in the poppy seeds.

  5. Spoon the batter in each muffin cup, there should be enough batter for 12 muffins. I find it easier to use an ice cream scoop to scoop muffin batter into the pan.

  6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.

  7. Cool in the muffin pan for 5 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack and finish cooling completely.

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mother’s day goodies

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happy mother’s day! oscar and i wish you a lovely weekend and a very special day.


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  1. Love this sweater with the white pants but orange is not my color. Looks great on you though. I see it comes in blue also, one of my favorite colors. I might have to get it in blue. Happy Mothers Day to you. Enjoy the day with your sons. My son and family lives in Colorado but my daughter and family lives here and we will spend the afternoon together. I too miss my mother terribly and all the love she showed me and my siblings through the years. Love you Mom.

    Posted 5.7.21
  2. Rene Wingerson wrote:

    5 stars
    What a beautiful color on you! Thanks
    again and again for all your inspiration!

    Posted 5.7.21
  3. Rene Wingerson wrote:

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Posted 5.7.21
  4. Katherine wrote:

    Hi Beth,
    What touching memories that you shared about your loving fun mother, I think Franny-Lou is such a cute name that her friends liked to call her. The name brought smiles to my face. What a wonderful gifts that your mother gave you. Just look at who you are in this world a very strong woman with an amazing backbone and so many talents.
    Your sons must be very proud to call you mom. Happy Mothers Day to you.
    Loved the flowers and of course Oscar
    brings so much comfort and joy to your life. Fur babies light up your life on so many levels.

    Posted 5.7.21
  5. Leslie Webb wrote:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you Beth! Thank you for your posts that are so helpful and positive.
    I love this orange sweater is a favourite of mine.
    This year I celebrate my Mom’s 100th birthday and it is right after this weekend. I too, learned a lot about style and shopping from this stylish example in my live. She is still bright and pretty determined and we enjoy our time together.

    Posted 5.7.21
  6. Julie Mycock wrote:

    5 stars
    Hi Beth, Happy Mother’s Day, we had ours back in March here in England.
    Have a great weekend xoxo

    Posted 5.7.21
  7. Very pretty orange
    Love the fitting of white jeans
    am like you do not have my mom with me any longe, enjoyed a lot she died at 93, god bless her sou

    Posted 5.7.21
  8. Meg Knox wrote:

    Happy Mom’s Day Beth. I hope you have a lovely relaxing day with your great family. Best wishes from down under xx

    p.s. just love that colour orange with the white pants.

    Posted 5.7.21
  9. Very pretty orange
    Love the fitting of white jeans
    am like you do not have my mom with me any longer, enjoyed a lot she died at 93, god bless her soul
    Happy Mother’s Day

    Posted 5.7.21
  10. Andrea wrote:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Beth. Enjoy all the day has to offer.

    Your hair makes my heart happy, every time I see it. Fames your face perfectly and the wispy bags ad a chic and ultra feminine touch.

    Lemon poppyseed muffins 🥰

    Posted 5.7.21
  11. Paula wrote:

    Beth, another great post and sharing your memories of your mother. My mother died when I was 17 but I do have some wonderful memories.
    Love the colors the orange looks good on you.
    Happy Mother’s Day!!

    Posted 5.7.21
  12. Happy Mothers Day Beth and thank you for being such an inspiration to women, like me.
    Before paying attention to some of your advice and wardrobe choices I was so blah in the wayI dressed- classic, yes, but blah in color, fabrics, accessories….almost none.

    Enjoy Sunday. Cheers!

    Posted 5.7.21
  13. Lindsey A wrote:

    The orange is so fun! I just ordered a beautiful orange dress yesterday from Nordys, I’ve had my eye on it for a while, it went out of stock in my size but was back and on sale so I jumped on it! Will be perfect for a trip to the CA central coast area in late May, as it has 3/4 sleeves. Will shop my closet for gold accessories to pair with it per your recommendation today – that combo looks great!

    Posted 5.7.21
  14. Pam wrote:

    Beth, you look gorgeous in orange! Wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    Posted 5.7.21
  15. Sierra Delta wrote:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Beth. The yogurt parfait looks delish — could you share how you made it?

    Posted 5.7.21
  16. Eve wrote:

    Orange you looking pretty today. You just don’t see that color worn much and I love it. Citrus colors look so refreshing this time of year. Muffins look good. They are so great because they are hand food. Easier to handle outside. ((Oscar))

    Posted 5.7.21
  17. Marilyn S. Brigman wrote:

    5 stars
    You look amazing as always and so bright and summery in this gorgeous orange. Hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Happy Friday to you and Oscar!💞 Thank you for all your inspiration each day.

    Posted 5.7.21
  18. Lisa wrote:

    Such a great outfit Beth. I lost my mother when I was thirty-five and she passed twenty-five years ago. I miss her every day. I regret not being able to tell her-you know you were right!

    Posted 5.7.21
  19. Yvonne wrote:

    5 stars
    What a cute summer outfit! The orange bag is divine.

    Posted 5.8.21
  20. Cindi Wheeler wrote:

    Just getting ready to make the lemon poppyseed muffins and there is no mention in the ingredients on how much sour cream to add, however you noted in directions to mix in???. Help!

    Posted 5.8.21
    • 2 tbsp sour cream or i substitute greek yogurt. the recipe has been updated. thanks for the heads up!

      Posted 5.9.21

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