Wednesday, November 30, 2016

christmas decor

Are you busy decking the halls? Here's a little peek at my Christmas style board.  The bird print is from a vintage post card I had enlarged for a canvas. I got it last year and I just love it. 

Here's our tree minus the star which I had to have my mom help me with. Even with a step stool, I'm too short for that. Hmmm... I wanted to use a tree collar this year (specifically THIS one), but found out too late that they must be in place before you put up the tree. Next year I'll plan ahead. It would be nice if they made one that has an open back. I'm still thinking about ordering this one and cutting an opening in it. You don't see the back anyway. I'll keep you updated on that.


For our piano, I like a simple, classic look. Two mercury trees, a glittery reindeer, some lights and garland. And this fabulous Bethlehem print. I still have a few finishing touches for our vintage utility cart turned bar cart. 


Are you finished decorating or just starting?


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

thanksgiving recipes


Today I'm sharing some of my favorite Thanksgiving posts and recipes. I am a true to tradition and haven't changed much over the years. I do like to experiment with desserts sometimes, but the turkey and stuffing remain the same.  I hope they will be a special addition to your holiday table.

:: Turkey 

:: Stuffing

:: Cranberry Salad 

:: Cranberry Upside Down Cake  

I'll share some easy appetizers and drinks tomorrow. 


Have a great day!  
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

favorite thanksgiving books

We're counting down the days til Thanksgiving. We're super excited about the big day and have added a few books to our Thanksgiving collection this year (you can see some of our old favorites here).  Here's what we're reading this month. 





 
 

 

What are you reading this month?

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

pumpkin-shaped cheese ball



We had a little family get-together over the weekend.  I made a big pot of chili with all the usual fixings and also served this delicious cheese ball. The recipe is from my friend Jamie; the pumpkin shape is from Pinterest. It's definitely my go-to cheese ball now. It disappeared fast! 



The secret to the pumpkin shape is thick rubber bands; the thin red ones will not work.  I ended up using never-used hair elastics from my Walmart Beauty Box.
 

Give this recipe a try for your Halloween party or any time. It's that good!
 

Pumpkin-Shaped Cheese Ball
 

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
6 green onions, finely chopped
One jar dried beef, finely chopped
1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar + 1/2 cup more for rolling
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

 

Combine cream cheese, shredded cheddar & worcestershire sauce. Mix until smooth. Add in green onions and dried beef. Mix just until  combined.
 

Spread some of the remaining cheddar onto sheet of plastic wrap. Place cheeseball mixture on top, shape into ball and roll in remaining cheese, trying to cover entire surface. Wrap tightly in two layers of plastic wrap. Use thick rubber bands to make pumpkin-like indentations (see picture), adjusting as necessary. 

Refrigerate until ready to serve. Use green onion or green pepper top for stem.

***I used my stand mixer with the paddle attachment to mix this up.*** 

Enjoy!
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Friday, September 30, 2016

five on friday

Hooray for Friday!! We made it through another week. We're getting some rain and cooler weather here, so it's finally beginning to feel like fall. We don't have anything planned for the weekend. I'm going to work on getting our Halloween decorations out and Landon has a new movie on Netflix that he's been wanting to watch.  Sounds like the perfect lazy weekend to me. I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Let's get right to it...



Landon is into all things spooky right now. I've always let him watch gently scary shows like Scooby Doo, but he was wanting something a bit scarier. I decided to let him watch a few episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark and he was instantly hooked. We've ended up buying all the available seasons on Amazon Instant Video. I loved this show myself when I was younger, so it's fun to get to watch all the episodes again. We've also been watching Deadtime Stories, which is good too. 



 
I got this picture to hang up during the month of October and I'm completely in love with it.  It's called The Witches of Black Mountain by Ann Stookey. You can find the details here, including how I get a canvas look for a much more affordable price. 


I've been looking for a new hairdryer. Last week I read about this one and I think it might just be "The One".   I've never spent quite so much for a hairdryer, but it's not something you have to buy very often.  Plus I LOVE the pink color.  The only thing I don't like about having my hair long is how long it takes to dry. If this cuts down on drying time, it will be money well spent. I'll let you know how it works.


There's nothing like plaid when it comes to decorating for fall.  I found these cute plaid pillows at Target. They match our floral porch cushions, so I got two of them to go on our rocking chairs.  I need to find two matching throws to put on the chair backs.



And now for some book news... Mike and I are going on a little getaway for our anniversary soon.  I'm taking a few books along and I also purchased Firefly Beach to read on the Kindle app. A friend recommended it and it sounds pretty interesting. The reviews are kind of split, so I'll give it a try and let you know if it's a must-read.   I think this sounds pretty good too.


Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, September 29, 2016

the witches of black mountain


I like to change the artwork above our piano seasonally.  I usually use the same piece all through the fall, but this year I wanted to get an actual Halloween print for October. After looking at a few different pieces, I decided to go with The Witches of Black Mountain by Ann Stookey. I love everything about it - the colors, the whimsical feel of the houses, the graveyard, the witches around the cauldron. It's perfect without being too dark or spooky for little eyes.  

I got the 16x20 double-sided laminate option here. I get lots of artwork this way and use removable adhesive dots to mount pieces on a 16x20 canvas I got at Michaels on clearance. It's an easy and inexpensive way to be able to change out pieces whenever I want.  

Have a great day! 
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Friday, September 23, 2016

five on friday

Hooray for Friday! We're off to Amish Country tomorrow for a weekend getaway. It's so beautiful there in the fall. Cooler temps are expected while we're there, so I'm super excited.  I'm linking up with Five on Friday again today. Here we go! 





We're taking my mom along to Amish Country with us. When several of us go, we like to stay at the  Dutch Host Inn. It's nice and quiet and there's the sweetest gazebos to swing in. It's the perfect spot for coffee and conversation. We're going to do a bit of shopping and eating and then we'll take Landon to the petting zoo and pumpkin patch.  (Note - when Mike and I go for a couples getaway, we like staying here).


I ordered this vintage Cosco utility cart from a seller on Etsy. I can't wait to show you all what I'm going to do with it. It's in perfect condition.  It is a bit smaller than I'd imagined, so it doesn't fill the space I had picked out for it like I thought. I'll make it work though. Stay tuned...



I finally shared my cinnamon roll recipe yesterday. I still can't believe I've been using the same recipe for over 20 years. You can read about it here... 



I got this fun phone at Target on Tuesday to add to our Halloween decor. It actually rings like a real phone and speaks spooky, eerie phrases. It's motion-activated, so I have it tucked away until I put our decorations out on Monday. Landon will be so surprised. 



We love the Noosa yogurt. We've been eating a lot of the pumpkin flavor. I like to add a handful of pumpkin spice Cheerios to mine just to add some crunch. It's great for breakfast or an evening snack. 

Have a great weekend!

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