Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Such a sweet thing for her to do! We are planning to try to get together once a year. I am looking forward to next year!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
As you walk up the sidewalk this is what greets you.
Please come in and take a look at some of my indoor decorations!
These welcomes you as you enter the front door.
I scattered around a few small pumpkins.
I received this ceramic pumpkin from my previous employer. It was presented to me with a container of ivy placed inside. I have used this in the past as a candy dish. This year I decided to arrange flowers that I found on clearance several years ago at Michael's. I am pleased with the results. This is the center piece for a kitchen table. I used a foam pumpkin and cut off the top. I then used my clearance flowers and cute scarecrow to make the center piece.
Sorry for the quality of this picture. I took several and this was the best. I placed my F.A.L.L. candle holder on the window seal flanked by mason jar candles (I saw this last year at The Homespun Heart.) and added some leaves. (Also part of my clearance find!) This looks wonderful and feels very cozy at night!As you leave through the back door these three little guys will see you to the back porch!
I hope that you enjoyed your visit. Please come back for a visit soon!
Friday, September 21, 2007
In a mixing bowl cream butter, shortening and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to mixture. Stir in nuts and oats. Roll into 1 in balls and bake at 375 on ungreased sheet for 10-12 minutes. Immediately press a kiss in the center of each cookie. Move to wire rack to cool. Yield: 6 dozen Enjoy!
Thursday, September 20, 2007
I had been writing my menu in a notebook. Sometimes the notebook page made it to the frig other times it sat on the counter all week. Not too appealing on the eyes. I printed off a blank menu planner I then used my trusty contact paper to laminate it. Now each week I can use my dry erase maker to write my menu. Not only is it a little more pleasing to the eyes it is also better for the environment. Thanks for the inspiration Monica!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Homekeeper in training. Give the girl a duster and she happy for a long time. You may be able to notice the spot on her nose. Last week she took a tumble and got her first ouchie! She had a nice rug burn on her nose. Poor baby!
Megan loves to "read" her books. It is so cute when I hear her babble to them.
She is a climber. I turned my back for a second and when I turned back she had removed the top from the activity table and climbed inside!
I then caught her again! This time she climbed on top.
She is not walking yet. She cruises furniture and will occasionally take a couple of steps. No serious walking yet. We are in big trouble!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I had Chuck cut scrap wood into the size I wanted. I then painted them orange. I printed out the wording in Word. I then placed the letter on top of the block and traced over the letters. It left enough of an imprint that I was able to fill in the letters with a sharpie. Not perfect, but that just ads to the homespun effect. The total cost of these.... FREE! I used materials I had on hand.
Monday, September 17, 2007
This packet included tea. The back of the envelope was closed with a sticker that said "Your are tea-rific!" Too cute!
This is the front of the envelope.
She also included four hand sewn napkins and wrapped in tissue paper were two Beeswax candles made by her husband's grandfather. So special!!
Friday, September 14, 2007
1 Tbs active dry yeast
1 c warm water (105-115)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 1/2 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in water. Add rest of ingredients and mix together. On floured surface knead until smooth. About 5 minutes. Roll out & press down on greased pizza pan. Add toppings and bake 12-15 minutes at 450.
I doubled the recipe for a deep dish pizza. Just in case you are wondering how two people could eat such a large pizza, here is a picture of the leftovers that went into the freezer.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
My intent was to drink my cup of tea and read my new Country Woman and look through the Gooseberry Patch catalog. Instead I sat down drank my tea, enjoyed the fall temperature and listened to the evening sounds. I am now feeling refreshed and ready for a new day.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
A huge roll of brown craft paper!! I was so excited that I was clapping my hands saying "Look at all the Christmas wrapping paper!" Chuck's company was going to throw this away. Can you believe that? Glad my sweetie was in the right place at the right time. Who knew paper would make me so happy!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
They were easy to make. Fry tortilla in 1/2 of oil heated over medium heat. To about 300. Fry golden brown, about 1 minute on each side. (Use fork to press down tortilla if it starts to puff up.) Drain on paper towel. Sprinkle with cinnamon & sugar. (1/2 cup sugar & 1 tbs cinnamon)
Top with ice cream and drizzle with chocolate syrup. Paula topped her tortilla with homemade cinnamon ice cream and a cherry. I did not have any cherries and used regular vanilla ice cream. You can go here for Paula's complete recipe. Enjoy!
Friday, September 07, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
You can use any glass votive holder that has smooth sides. I used the square holders because that is all that was available at my dollar store. I then covered them with scrapbook paper. Using my computer I printed out the word fall and cut each letter out in a circle. I then attached the letters to a larger circle and attached to the candle holder. To make it look like the letters were thumb tacked on I used some scrapbook buttons I found on clearance for $0.50. I then tied a piece of jute around the bottom of each holder. I did not have four votive candles so I used tea lights.
I love candles and think this gives off a wonderful little glow!
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
I remember the first time I made donuts in middle school Home Ec. We used refrigerated biscuit dough. Do you still remember your Home Ec cooking experiences?