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Monday, December 14, 2009

Eggnog anyone?

My family loves eggnog during the holidays with a touch of nutmeg.  What is your favorite way to drink Eggnog?
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Sunday, December 13, 2009


cottage3 Who doesn’t like Gingerbread houses at Christmas time?  Well I for one love them.  But I have NEVER had any luck creating one.  But Martha shares a NO BAKE VERSION, which I might just try.  Check it out here


This would be a great craft to do with your kids or grandkids, wouldn’t they think your were the greatest? 


cottage2 I love the sugar cones as trees….m&m’s as lights or ornaments.  Hmmmmm there is a thought!









Look at the marshmallow snowman.  Cute!! 







Merry Christmas,




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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Another giveaway

Karen at The Bearly There Primitive Bear is having a giveaway, Give away arrangement and if you like kitcheny gadgets and Christmas goodies, then you will like this giveaway, it’s all rolled up into one.  Take a peek at what the winner will get.  Is this the cutest little arrangement for your country kitchen.  Simply adorable. 

Now scoot on over to see the rules to enter and the deadline. 

Go on now, skidaddle on over to visit with Karen.


Christmas hugs,


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A wonderful giveaway

Oh my, I have just seen the cutest apron that Melissa Marie is giving away.  You have to take a peek and get entered

christmas apron

Could you imagine baking in this little cutie.  I would love too.  She has a adorable site as well…check it out.  

Entries will be closed on Sunday, December 13th at midnight PST.

Christmas Hugs,


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Another Christmas read

Abandoned by his father, Will Henderson was raised by an Amish couple. Now he's about to marry Karen Yoder but is having secondWhiteChristmasPie_sm thoughts. Can Will overcome the bitterness of his past in order to secure his future; Karen can't break through the barrier her fiancé has suddenly constructed around his heart. When she seeks the advice of an old boyfriend, Will begins to see green. Has he already lost his chance for happiness; When an accident threatens Will's life, the strength of blood ties is tested. Will a recipe for White Christmas pie contain the ingredients for a happily-ever-after;


White Christmas Pie Recipe (from the book) white christmas pie


Makes 2 pies

  1. In small bowl, soak gelatin in cold water; set aside.
  2. In saucepan, mix 1/2 cup sugar, flour, salt and milk.
  3. Cook over low heat, stirring until mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Boil for 1 minute; remove from heat.
  5. Stir in softened gelatin.
  6. Cool.
  7. When partially set, beat until smooth.
  8. Blend in vanilla, almond extract and whipped cream.
  9. In separate bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar until stiff.
  10. Add 1/2 cup sugar and beat until soft peaks from.
  11. Fold into gelatin mixture; then fold in flaked coconut.
  12. Divide into baked pie shells.
  13. If desired, sprinkle with additional flaked coconut.
  14. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
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Take a peek



I have had a rather busy week this week, taking care of more Christmas shopping and just getting some things together, so haven’t had much time to get a post made, but thought I would share a little bit of inspiration with you.  I was just reading a few blogs this morning and ran across Kindra’s post at 3 Guys, A Girl and Prim. She has some lovely shots of her country Christmas.  Take a peek here

I hope to get back soon, and share some festive kitchens with you.  ooh la la.

Christmas hugs,


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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Instant Cappuccino Mix

kitchengoodies Instant Cappuccino Mix (nice and spicy)
Serves: 24

1 cup powdered
non-dairy creamer
1 cup instant chocolate drink mix
3/4 cup instant coffee granules
1/2 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or more
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or more

1. In a medium sized glass jar, combine the non-dairy creamer, chocolate drink mix, instant coffee, SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener, cinnamon and nutmeg; mix well.
2. To prepare, place 2 tablespoons mix in a mug, pour in 3/4 cup
boiling water, and stir until dissolved. Serve hot.

Inspired by Home Cooks

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Ginger Molasses Cookies

cocoa and cookies
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup shortening
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 tsp grated orange peel
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
In a large bowl, cream the butter,  shortening, and 1 cup of sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in the egg, molasses, and the orange peel.  Combine the dry ingredients.  Gradually add to the creamed mixture.  Mix well.  Roll into 1 1/4 inch balls.  Then roll the balls into the remaining sugar.  Place the sugared balls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes or until the edges are firm and the surface cracks.  Remove to wire racks and cool.  Makes 5 1/2 dozen

Recipe Source:  Taste Of Home

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How to decorate Sugar Cookies


"I sure do like those Christmas cookies, Sugar!
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, Babe!
The ones that look like Santa Claus,
Christmas trees, bells, and stars;
I sure do like those Christmas cookies, Babe."

sugar cookies

taste of home sugar cookies

Christmas Hugs,

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Monday, December 7, 2009

A sneak peek at our Country Christmas

Thought I would share some of my holiday decorating in my family room today.  I hope you enjoy your little peek.


This is a little cabinet that I purchase last year at a Antique Shop in town, for Christmas I added some vintage tin toys and trees.  I wish I had a better shot of this cabinet because it is so adorable.  And I didn’t have to purchase one thing to put it together.


This cabinet is one of my favorite country pieces, and it’s alot of fun to decorate.  But since this picture I have made several changes to it. (Note: update this picture with the latest addition)

grapevine treeThis is my grapevine tree that I purchased this summer.  I love it.  I have clear lights on it with my popcorn and cranberry garland.  It’s simple but so pretty.  The little snowman tree skirt, I won as a door prize at a antique shop Christmas open house, it is quilted in old tattered fabric and it’s adorable.  It couldn’t be more perfect since I collect snowmen…

window scene


This is one of my newest additions this year.  I usually have this window frame out in my herb garden throughout the year, but decided to bring it in and clean it up and add my wreath.  Just added a few of my rusty jingle bells and created a window sill scene and this sits atop my little cabinet with the vintage toys.

Sitting on my coffee table I have a tray nestled with sometray greenery and such.  Nothing fancy about it, but I have a “thing” for pitchers…..and love displaying them throughout the house.  Added a few candy kisses in a antique mason jar.

Wooden candy canes stuffed in another antique mason jar.


tv cabinet

Atop my TV cabinet, I have sprinkled it with a few snowmen from my collection.  Don’t you love my Christmas sign with the snowman.  It was a gift from my son several years ago.  The frame is trimmed in a plaid fabric with a felt  tattered snowman appliquéd to it. Another favorite!



Now for my tree….I wish I had a better shot, to depict just how pretty it is….but I am not a photographer, I would like to get a shot at night when it is all light.  My tree is all aglow with gold lights, as they put the illusion of old-fashioned candles on the tree.  I get LOTS of compliments on it.  Buried deep in the limbs I have placed my handmade Santa Claus’ from my collection as well as my bears.  The ornaments on my tree are all hand sewn, or wooden, sprinkled with some old antique Brite balls.

Well these are a few of the vignettes' that I have sprinkled around the room.  What do you think?  If you missed the earlier post on my decorations in the kitchen, scross down a couple of post.

Warmest holiday



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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads

Christmas has come to my kitchen….it dances with candy canes, gumdrops, and gingerbread men…….and it just cozy to me. 

20091205_125Just a few of the vignettes that I have throughout my kitchen….this isn’t a great picture, but I put my little four foot tree in a antique red wooden bucket.  My garland on this tree is a hard candy garland, and I have accented the tree with little gingerbread men, and little kitchen goodies.  Although it isn’t very visible it is sprinkled with multi colored lights and it is placed next to my sink. 


How cute is this next picture….my mom loved this while she was here.  It was so simple and you probably have everything you need to do it.  Note my tray, it is a yard sale find from this summer, a old cabinet door panel or something that they placed handles on.  Grabbed it for a whopping $1.  Don’t let anyone say I am NOT a big spender.  ( I digress) Anyway, added tons of color by adding a candy garland, candy canes, and glass balls into 20091205_91different style and types of clear jars.  Love them…and with my brown jar lamp shining on them it puts off the perfect effect.  I added my little gingerbread house that I have had for many years…would love to have a bigger one….guess I will be on the lookout during yard sale season for that.  Aren’t my little cinnamon candles the cutest thing you ever saw”?  Not to mention “Sprinkles” my bear.  Silly bear has batter on him…


This is what I look at when I clean my kitchen and do the dishes.  It makes washing up the kitchen not a bad thing.  I just tied some simple gingham/plaid fabric that I ripped to make pretty bows for my glass canisters.  So simple, but oh so country looking. 

Did you see my little prim tree with the gingerbread goodies on it with the rag bows.  It is placed in a ANTIQUE Maxwell house coffee can.   See you can use anything you already have to put together.

Next, we have my stove area,   20091205_123I just have my bread board sitting on top with my dough tray filled with greens and cranberry  garland.  I have tucked some of my gingerbread men in the greens and added another antique green handled small hand sifter.  I think it looks sweet.  I decided to add my little Cookie Cutter sign that I bought from Gooseberry patch years ago.   Tied a ripped and ragged bow to my antique white pitcher.  One of my favorite pieces.  Last but not least, I added my Paula Deen candle on my little bread board. 20091205_105

Just a thought, I have found you can add a few springs to your shelves and  crocks, etc, and add a instant holiday touch.


Now for the centerpiece on my table in the kitchen.   I love old crates and have a ton of them….so I decided to fill one with greens and sprigs of snow-covered  pine,and sprigs with candy ,  accented with snowballs, and wooden candy canes.  And after everything was in the crate, I added “Ginger”, she is simply adorable with her little bow on her head.

20091205_94So now you have gotten a peek into my kitchen.  What did you think?  

Christmas Hugs,


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Gingerbread Men Recipe

"Run, run, fast as you can!
Can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!"


I found this simple little video on creating some adorable little gingerbread men….

Scootin to the kitchen.


Christmas hugs,


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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Some holiday projects

that I will be working on this year.  Hopefully I will get them all accomplished before the holidays. 

ornament wreat

You can get a tutorial to make this wreath by checking out Eddie Ross.  Although I love this one, I will be doing mine in more traditional colors that will compliment my decor.  I just think this is beautiful and very classy.






I will also be trying my hand at this wreath for outside.

christmas wreath

You can get the tutorial on this wreath by visiting Rachel at Made with Love and Glue. 








And I think these are adorable….gonna make these for me



Traci at Beneath My Heart has a wonderful tutorial on making these coasters.  So simple and easy and you could make them very expensively.  How cool is that?


One other little goodie, I think I might make is a decorated  clipboard 2 altered clip board.  This project comes from Jill over at Controlling my Clutter.  You can also find another great tutorial at Candy Shoppe Designs.This is to cute for words.  I plan on making a holiday one to keep my notes attach too during the season.  Take a peek….



trio of trees

Now I think these are adorable too, and really easy to make, you can find a wonderful tutorial at Mama Thompson.  I think this is something you could even do with your children, and how proud they would be with the finished product.




Mandy over at Moody Girl Projects made these great Christmas Chalkboards, and we all know how much we love those.  I think having a bunch of small  chalkboardones throughout the house to write little messages on is a great idea. 


So now I have shown you a few things that I plan to make over the next few weeks. How bout you?

Christmas Blessings,


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Do you have a holiday binder

I do, but unfortunately it is packed away this year due to a  upcoming move.  But never the less, I have a great place for you christmas planner to check out one.  I wish I had mine to show you, but  Jill  over at Controlling my Clutter has a awesome tutorial on making your own. You can also find another one at My Sisters Jar. It’s a great way to keep yourself organized  during this hectic time of year.  Because I am a list maker, this really comes in handy.

Christmas Blessings


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Friday, November 13, 2009

Christmas time is coming…..

To our house this weekend, and I am so excited.

christmas-front-porch-southern living I am really in the mood to get started on decorating for the holidays.  I don’t have as much time this year with all the family and traveling that we are doing, so I am going to break my own tradition of decorating the weekend after Thanksgiving. 

I hope to get lots of pictures to post to share with you, but until then I will share some that I got inspiration from, and I hope they inspire you to.  Courtesy  from Country Living.  (you will note the country flair)  I always do a primitive tree at Christmas.

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Living-Room-Christmas-Vintage_Country Living

This picture (below) is my favorite, something about the glow of the tree and the stocking hung….Love it!!  Just the simplicity of it.


Aren’t these packages fun.  They look to good to open.   Country Living This is something I do every year on my front porch. 


What are some of your decorating styles, tips, etc.  I would love to hear them. 

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Love and hugs,


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Friday, November 6, 2009

It’s coming

whether I am ready or not, right now my head is reeling from all the things that need to get done for this much anticipated
holiday.  We love Christmas at my house.  Everything about it.  The time spent with family, old movies, smells, food, pretty lights, and packages around the tree. So for me, that means breaking out the pencil and paper and organizing my thoughts.  Everything from what we will have for Christmas Dinner, to our Christmas Eve  treats. 
But before we get knee deep in all that, I thought I would share with you a TV listings for your viewing pleasure this holiday season.  Mark you calendar or set you recorder. 

All times are Central.
Saturday, November 28
• The Thin Man (1934). TCM, 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, November 29
• The Dog Who Saved Christmas (2009). ABC Family, 7:00 p.m.
• The Shop Around the Corner (1940). TCM, 8:45 p.m.
Thursday, December 3
• A Christmas Carol (1938). TCM, 7:00 p.m.
• Little Women (1949). TCM, 8:15 p.m.
• Tenth Avenue Angel (1948). TCM, 10:30 p.m.
Friday, December 4
• 3 Godfathers (1948). TCM, 12:00 midnight.
• Hell's Heroes (1930). TCM, 2:00 a.m.
• Bush Christmas (1947). TCM, 3:30 a.m.
Sunday, December 6
• Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1940). TCM, 5:00 a.m.
• Christmas in Connecticut (1945). TCM, 11:00 a.m.
• Remember the Night (1940). TCM, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 9
• Dead of Night (1945). TCM, 3:00 a.m.Thursday, December 10
• It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947). TCM, 5:00 p.m.
• Fitzwilly (1967). TCM, 9:00 p.m.
• Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). TCM, 11:00 p.m.
Friday, December 11
• Susan Slept Here (1954). TCM, 1:00 a.m.
• Little Women (1933). TCM, 3:00 a.m.Saturday, December 12
• The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962). TCM, 5:00 a.m.
• A Christmas Carol (1938). TCM, 11:00 a.m.
• 3 Godfathers (1948). TCM, 12:15 p.m.
• The Lion in Winter (1968). TCM, 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 13
• Penny Serenade (1941). TCM, 5:00 a.m.
• In the Good Old Summertime (1949). TCM, 11:00 a.m.
• Susan Slept Here (1954). TCM, 1:00 p.m.
• Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945). TCM, 7:00 p.m.
• Johnny Got His Gun (1971). TCM, 9:00 p.m.
• Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925). TCM, 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 15
• Swiss Family Robinson. TCM, 10:15 a.m.
• Gone With the Wind. TCM, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17
• Christmas in Connecticut. TCM, 7:00 p.m.
• Holiday Affair. TCM, 9:00 p.m.
• This Man Is Mine. TCM, 10:30 p.m.
Friday, December 18
• Period of Adjustment (1962). TCM, 12:30 a.m.
• The Shop Around the Corner (1940). TCM, 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19
• Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). TCM, 11:00 a.m.
• Little Women (1949). TCM, 1:00 p.m.
• The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942). TCM, 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 20
• Ben-Hur (1959). TCM, 3:00 p.m.
• King of Kings (1961). TCM, 8:00 p.m.
• The King of Kings (1927). TCM, 11:00 p.m.
Monday, December 21
• Meet John Doe (1941). TCM, 11:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 24
• Blossoms in the Dust (1941). TCM, 5:30 a.m.
• 3 Godfathers (1948). TCM, 7:15 a.m.
• The Great Rupert (1950). TCM, 9:15 a.m.
• Bundle of Joy (1956). TCM, 10:45 a.m.
• All Mine to Give (1957). TCM, 12:30 p.m.
• Pocketful of Miracles (1961). TCM, 2:30 p.m.
• Period of Adjustment (1962). TCM, 5:00 p.m.
• Remember the Night (1940). TCM, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 25
• Meet Me in St. Louis (1944). TCM, 12:00 midnight
• In the Good Old Summertime (1949). TCM, 2:00 a.m.
• The Shop Around the Corner (1940). TCM, 4:00 a.m.
• Little Women (1933). TCM, 6:00 a.m.
• A Christmas Carol (1938). TCM, 8:00 a.m.
• The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942). TCM, 9:15 a.m.
• Christmas in Connecticut (1945). TCM, 11:15 a.m.
• Little Women (1949). TCM, 1:15 p.m.
• Holiday Affair (1950). TCM, 3:30 p.m.
• Susan Slept Here (1954). TCM, 5:00 p.m.
Monday, December 28
• Lady for a Day (1933). TCM, 11:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 29
• Pocketful of Miracles (1961). TCM, 12:45 a.m.
• Battleground (1949). TCM, 11:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 31
• The Thin Man (1934). TCM, 7:00 p.m.

My favorite Christmas movie of all-time

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Happy Holidays and Christmas hugs,
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