Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Christmas Village

I just wanted to share our Christmas Village.
It has been so much fun collecting these little houses!
This year I decided to put our Christmas village down the middle of our
 dining room table.  I placed all the buildings back to back and ran the cords behind
them and under the snow. The cords all go down through the opening where
the leaf goes and come out under the table and plug into a power strip. I just
didn't close the table together quite all the way. Since my table is pretty wide, there's
still plenty of room for setting the table and having dinner!
I think it looks so charming and Christmasy!
I just love the little choir in front of the church!



I especially like the ice skating rink! It was a Christmas present several years ago!
A day time view.
I think it looks so pretty at night with just the lights from the village glowing.
It will make a nice center piece for our Christmas dinner! 

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We are so happy to finally have our oldest daughter Jaime back home! She has been in 
Spain for the past semester (four long months) attending school! It is such a 
delight to have her back home!  It is also a joy to listen to her playing the piano 
in our home once again! We missed her so much!
She flew home Tuesday afternoon! 
Although her luggage didn't make the connecting flight, we are so glad she did!

Jaclyn visiting Santa!  

Even though Jaclyn knows all about Santa and that the reason for 
the season is Jesus birthday, she still likes to visit him. She told Santa 
she wants a back pack for Christmas!

I'm linking to Show and Tell Friday, and
Feathered Nest Friday Holiday

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas Peppermint Bark

A favorite candy recipe around our home, besides Fudge is Peppermint Bark.
I've been making this recipe for many Christmases now and it's so quick and easy
to make! It's delicious, but doesn't last long around here! It also makes a nice
little gift for friends and neighbors!


Christmas Peppermint Bark

1 cup candy canes, crushed (about 11-12 oz.)
2 lbs. white chocolate chips
3/4 tsp. Peppermint  extract (opt.)


Put candy canes in a plastic bag and break into small pieces. 
(Set aside 1/4 cup). 
Melt the white chocolate chips in microwave until smooth.
Stir candy cane pieces together with melted white chocolate chips and 3/4 tsp. peppermint extract. Pour mixture onto a cookie sheet layered with wax paper or parchment paper. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup candy cane pieces on top (press them on a little so they won't fall off) and put in refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm.  Remove from cookie sheet and break into pieces.



I think it looks so pretty and Christmasy!






*Recipe adapted from Paula Deen.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Glittery Pink Christmas!

I wanted to share a glimpse of my little pink Christmas tree in 
our bedroom.  I just love having a Christmas tree in the bedroom!
I especially like the way it lights up the room ... it looks so pretty!
I made the glitter houses several years ago. They are from little cardboard 
houses I bought at Michael's. I just painted them with craft paint. 
Then, I covered them with a thin layer of white glue and sprinkled with glitter! 
I think the bottle brush trees are so cute!
A few years ago, I started collecting glitter houses from Joann's and 
Target, but I haven't seen any at Target this year. These are a 
little bigger in scale.  I would sure love to find some vintage 
glitter houses or putz glitter houses, as they are called! 
I have been seeing some absolutely adorable putz style houses on etsy!
Also, I have found patterns to make them on various websites, 
but I don't think I am that ambitious or patient to try making them.
Some glitter houses even light up!
I have them displayed on my mantle.

Each year I try to add a few more to my collection.

Hopefully, I will find some more to add to my collection this year!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Decorating for Christmas with Yard Sale Finds!

Vintage Christmas Angel
This Christmas Angel which stands two feet tall was a yard sale find! 
I couldn't believe it when I found her! I just adore her,
 even with the scratches on her face.
The china cabinet that I found earlier this year at a yard sale is all 
dressed up for Christmas! I added some red polka dot scrap booking paper
 to the inside of the cabinet. The little wreath is another find!  
The banner (I made) was inspired by a blog, but I do not 
remember whose it was? Please forgive me. If you know, please 
tell me who it is! I definitely find so much inspiration from blogging!
The green salt and pepper shakers were $2.00 at a yard sale!
The Christmas dishes are yet another yard sale find! Seven dinner plates 
and seven salad plates ... $7.00! 
A Christmas Cup of Kindness! 
The tray was actually from an antique mall,
 but the ornaments are from yard sales! Finding cute little things at yard 
sales is always so much fun, but it is even more delightful to decorate 
my home at Christmastime with all of the treasures I've collected throughout the year!
I am linking up to: Feathered Nest Friday,

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thanksgiving Blessings!

This year we will be celebrating Thanksgiving at my sister Robbie's
home in the mountains. They just got some more snow last night, so it should be gorgeous! 
My other sister Jennifer and her family along with my mom,
brother and all of the cousins will make 23 people for Thanksgiving dinner!
Robbie is fixing the turkey and a ham and everybody brings
something from appetizers to desserts. I'm bringing a layered jello salad,
praline yams and an apple pie!
Some of my fall decorations that will soon be taken down ...
to be replaced with Christmas decorations!
The very next day after Thanksgiving ... the Christmas decorating begins!
It usually takes me several days to complete!
The antique sideboard my husband gave me when we were first married,
 is always a fun place to display seasonal decorations.
I made the Autumn banner last year. I just love the cute little white
ceramic basket I found at a yard sale for 25 cents!

On Thanksgiving morning, our family enjoys watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
We have a cozy fire going in the fireplace and something yummy to eat.

A movie we like to watch at Thanksgiving time is
  By The Light of The Silvery Moon, with Doris Day.
I just love old corny movies! I especially like to watch this one 
at Thanksgiving time, because there's a part in it about a pet turkey 
that is suppose to become their Thanksgiving dinner! It's just a fun movie!

My recipe for praline yams:


Praline Yams
4 lbs. yams, cooked, peeled and mashed
2/3 cup orange juice
1T. grated orange zest
5 T. Brandy (opt.)
1 t. salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
1T. ginger
4 T. butter, melted
1/3 c. brown sugar
3 egg yolks

Mix all together and beat until smooth.
Put in greased 13 x 9 casserole dish.

Topping

2/3 c. brown sugar
1 stick butter, melted
1 c. chopped pecans
1 t. cinnamon

Spread topping evenly over top of casserole.
350 degrees. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.

I hope everyone has a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Count your many blessings, name them one by one!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Weekend In Paris!

My kids Josh and Jaime were in Paris for the weekend! They had such an
 amazing time and I just wanted to share a few photos that
 Josh took with his iphone. 
Of course, they saw the Eiffel Tower and rode all the way to the top at night! 
They also took a cruise on the Seine River that same evening! 
They got to see so much ... the Louve and the Mona Lisa, 
the Phantom of the Opera House, Notre Dame and 
even sipped cafe au lait in a little French cafe!
The restaurant where they dined for dinner.
The French chef at the restaurant came out to meet them. He found 
out that Josh was a chef, too! They said the 
duck and salmon were delicious!
Eli, Jaime's good friend from school lives in Paris and took 
such wonderful care of them! She gave them a real 
French tour of her beautiful city, Paris! 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Introducing .... Viola Bernice!

I found this vintage wire dress form at a yard sale several years ago. 
I just adore it and felt very fortunate to have found it because 
it was only $12.00! It has been on display in our stairwell ever since.  
Since my grandmother was a seamstress, it seemed appropriate to 
name the mannequin, Viola Bernice after her. She was also a milliner 
and made this cute little hat out of pheasant feathers! 
She's also wearing a flower corsage made from pattern paper.
I have changed Viola's look several times over. Usually she's wearing 
clothes, but I'm kind of liking this look right now.
  I sort of have a French travel theme going on. I have always dreamed 
of visiting Paris someday....  however, my two oldest children 
Josh and Jaime will be in Paris this weekend!!! Josh flew to Spain 
on Sunday to visit Jaime and then they will fly together
 to Paris! I hope they bring me something French!
Some more vintage finds.
My Grandmother Viola Bernice and Grandfather Otto. 
I'm linking to Vintage Inspiration Friday and

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Robbie's Mountain Home

This is my sister Robbie's charming home in the mountains. Robbie and her husband and seven children live here along with an exchange student from the Netherlands!!! Actually, three of her children are away at college right now, so it's not quite a full house! There are even chickens that reside here on their two acres and lay fresh eggs everyday!!! 
Robbie really likes decorating for fall!!!
This is Robbie's entryway. I think her little snowshoe lamp is just adorable! Her home is so very warm and cozy with a very mountainy feel to it. We have spent many memorable Thanksgiving's and Christmases here over the years!
I just adore her cheery vintage yellow and red kitchen!  The green glass knobs and drawer pulls are so cute!
I just love her vintage stove!
There is even some warm pumpkin bread just out of the oven!
This is another view of Robbie's charming kitchen. I hope you enjoyed visiting her home, as it has always been so much fun to come here! I will share more photos of her home sometime soon on another post!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Autumn Blessings!

A most gorgeous fall day in the local mountains... a perfect day for apple picking!


My sister Robbie and I planned a get together a few days ago to go apple picking in the local mountains where she lives.  We have been picking apples together every fall for over 20 years now and it has become a family tradition! We started out when our older children were quite young, but since we still have a few little ones who enjoy it .... it made for a perfect fall day!

Cousins Holland and Jaclyn love apples!
Jaclyn was eager to pick lots of apples because she especially likes the applesauce and apple pies that we will  make with them!
The next day we are ready to begin making applesauce! This apple peeler is so much fun to use!
I just love this apple corer!
Simmer the apples in a covered pan with water until tender.
I mashed the apples with a potato masher, but you can puree it with a food processor if you like.
I added some brown and white sugar and cinnamon to taste. I also added some red hot candies and it gave the applesauce a nice pink color! Yum!
Jaclyn, my official taste tester .... gives this applesauce her thumbs-up seal of approval!





I took some photos of Robbie's mountain home while I was there and I will share them in a few days.
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