Friday, November 27, 2015

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! We had a great day with our family, eating, catching up laughing and just enjoying being together. And now we're moving on to Christmas.  I'm joining up with Five on Friday again this week. Here we go!

I'm putting up our tree later today. Here's my mock-up of how it will look. I got some great vintage green and blue satin balls on ebay and etsy to go with my white ones. I did this little mock-up in photoshop just to see how my colors will work together. I finally got my new drapes hung and I'm pulling all my colors from them.  I can't wait to see how everything comes together.

Remember these trees I shared with you last week from Pottery Barn? I passed on them because they are a little pricey, but found these at Lowes and a few other great options at HomeGoods. Just as pretty and so much more affordable.  I'll show you the ones I chose when I share some pictures of our Christmas decor next week. 


Mora Clocks are new to me. I saw one on instagram the other day from one of my favorites - (@frommyfrontporchtoyours) and, oh my goodness, I'm in LOVE. The mustard gold color would look perfect in our living room.  I would love to find one like hers. The blue ones are nice also.   Another item to add to my "lookout list". 

I'm not sure how I feel about leggings or skinny jeans, but I couldn't resist ordering these from Nordstrom. They look so comfortable and will be great for running errands or just hanging around the house.  I'm also thinking of pairing them with boots and a black tunic for an evening out. Lots of possibilities!

Do you have a tree like this? Almost everyone I know has one. I have one that was passed down from my dad's mom. I've been thinking of a way to modernize it and make it blend in with my decor. I really like the lights on this version. I'm also tempted to try my hand at making it look like mercury glass - with spray paint and a water/vinegar mixture I've seen on Pinterest. I hesitate because I don't want it ruined if it doesn't work out. 

Have a great holiday weekend. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram (I'm toniaTHC) for some great Christmas prints we'll have up early next week

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Five on Friday

Happy Friday! We have a busy weekend ahead, getting ready for Thanksgiving. We'll be staying with my mom and sister for a few days and we're crazy excited I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Here we go! 

I was inspired by a friend's testimony the other day to create this print. In a world of weariness, it's so good to know we have hope through Jesus. Romans 15:13 ~ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

I found this adorable Bingo set by Crazy Little Projects on Pinterest earlier this week. The cute little owl won me over immediately. I had a set printed on heavy cardstock and we'll all play Wednesday evening. I got the set printed at our local print shop for under $5! 

Next weekend will be spent getting our house ready for Christmas (no crazy Black Friday shopping for this momma!). I am so in love with these mercury glass trees from Pottery Barn, but they are a bit pricey to have out less than 30 days. I have them in my shopping cart while I decide if I need them.  Maybe just the mini, small and medium...

I'm working on a new holiday wreath for our front door. I just have to add a few finishing touches and it will be ready to hang. Can you guess what I used to make this? I love simple crafting. I did this in a few hours while I caught up on shows on the DVR. 

Lastly, if you need a foolproof turkey recipe for the big day, here you go! This is the only turkey recipe you'll ever need! I promise!! 

Have a great weekend! 

Be Thankful,

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Festive Cranberry Salad

Here's an old tried and true recipe. I made this for the first time back in 1998 - my first married Thanksgiving. Oh my goodness, I was so proud of it!!  I remember Mike and I shopping at Big Bear, carefully choosing all the ingredients we needed. We were still newlyweds - married less than two months. Those were such good days! I still have my recipe from Taste of Home magazine, placed carefully in my  photo album recipe keeper. Pinterest wasn't around back then!

This is a nice light and tart salad. It's so easy to prepare and can be served as a meal accompaniment or a dessert. 

 Festive Cranberry Salad
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple, drained
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
In a bowl, combine milk and lemon juice; mix well. Stir in pineapple, cranberry sauce, marshmallows, pecans and food coloring if desired. Fold in whipped topping. Spoon into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Freeze until firm, 4 hours or overnight. Cut into squares. Yield: 12-16 servings.

Recipe & Photo: Taste of Home

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pumpkin Palmiers

Landon and I tested one of our Thanksgiving recipes yesterday...pumpkin palmiers. Sounds fancy, but they are super easy. I thought the pumpkin flavor needed to be stronger, so I added pumpkin pie spice to the sugar for the second batch and it really helped. 

These would be perfect with your coffee on Thanksgiving morning or set out for a light snack before the big feast.  Be sure to have your puff pastry thawed and ready to go. You can thaw in the refrigerator overnight or 40 minutes to an hour at room temperature. 

Pumpkin Palmiers
One Box Puff Pastry (I use Pepperidge Farm)
One Jar Pumpkin Butter
One Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Pie Spice 

Half Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Pie Spice

Preheat oven to 425.  Mix sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Lightly sprinkle non-stick surface with sugar mixture (about 1/4 cup). Roll out square of puff pastry on sugar (I used a rolling pin). Sprinkle a bit more sugar on top of the pastry. Top with half a jar of pumpkin butter. Form the palmiers shape by rolling the two sides towards the center creating two long rolls that meet in the middle. Repeat with second sheet of pastry. Place in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. Mix remaining sugar and pumpkin pie spice now.

Remove from the freezer and cut into 3/4″ slices. Place on parchment covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Note - When I make these next week, I'm going to flip halfway through baking and dust both sides with pumpkin spice sugar mixture.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Cranberry Upside Down Cake

This week we're talking Thanksgiving desserts. Even though I always want the turkey and stuffing to be the same, I like having new desserts in addition to the traditional pumpkin pie. And if you love cranberries, this is the dessert for you!
I take a shortcut and use a boxed cake mix when I make this. It turns out perfectly and is just the right balance of tart and sweet. I've also made this after Thanksgiving, using leftover cranberry salad as the base. Either way it's delicious.

Cranberry Upside Down Cake 
10 tablespoons butter
1 package fresh cranberries (12 ounces)
1 1/3 cup brown sugar
1 box yellow cake mix

Pan - 9x13, buttered or sprayed with non-stick spray.

Preheat oven to 350.

Place the butter and brown sugar in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking for a few more minutes until the sugar starts to caramelize. Then remove from heat, and pour into your prepared cake pan. Sprinkle evenly with the fresh cranberries.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into cake pan over cranberries. Bake for 25 - 35 minutes, or until the top of the cake has browned and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan. Remove from oven and cool for about 15 minutes.

Blessed & Thankful,
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Five on Friday

Happy Friday the 13th! This week has just flew by hasn't it?! We've had pretty mild weather this week with some crazy strong winds and the wind is still roaring today.  I'm linking up with Five on Friday again this week. Let's get right to it. 

I'm hoping Santa brings me these boots. I really need a pair of good brown boots and I'm pretty sure that Mike knows what I'm asking Santa for.  I love the color and texture of these and the no-slip sole. And they are soooo soft! It would be great if Santa left them early.

I always have the hardest time finding wide gold tinsel for our tree. Last year I ran around like a crazy person from store to store trying to find something besides the thin strands. This year I decided to order online and found this at Christmas Central. They have a great selection and quick delivery. Now I'm ready to start decorating on Nov. 27th. 

Landon has been having a bit of trouble with letter recognition in reading and forming some words. His teacher recommended that we get more aggressive with flash cards. I found these on Amazon. I like them because the picture is simple and they are not too busy. Some of the other choices seemed a bit distracting with all the artwork, but these are just right. 

I'm reading Death in a Turkey Town (Chloe Boston Cozy Mysteries Book 3) right now as my Thanksgiving mystery. I always like to read a seasonal fluffy mysteries during the holiday season. This is the first book I've read by Melanie Jackson and it's pretty good. 

I saw the prettiest nativity set in a picture on The Today Show's facebook page a few weeks ago, but have had no success in tracking it down. They didn't list a source and I can't find any details about it. Don't you hate when that happens? If anyone can help me out, I would be so appreciative.  

Have a great weekend! 
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Stuffing Haiku

My favorite part. 
Crunchy velvet, tastes of sage.
Stuffing, I love you. 

How's that for a Thanksgiving Haiku?? Stuffing truly is hands-down my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal. I've used the same recipe for several years now, handed down to me from my mother-in-law. It gets nice and crunchy on top and is like velvet inside. It reheats nicely too, for those delicious leftovers. We like to make stuffing "patties" out of leftovers and dip them in cranberry sauce. So good!!!

Time saving tip: Chop your celery and onions in advance and store in the freezer in Ziploc bags. 

Here's the recipe.

Holiday Stuffing

3/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups chopped onions 
2 cups chopped celery
5 teaspoons dried sage
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
14 cups dried white bread, cubed and toasted
Chicken or turkey stock
(I also add some drippings from the turkey pan)

Place toasted bread cubes in a very large bowl. In a large frying pan, melt butter over medium heat. Saute onions and celery together with salt and pepper, stirring often, until vegetables are tender, about 10-15 minutes. Add about 1 cup of stock. Continue cooking over medium low heat until stock evaporates.  

Add celery & onion mixture to bowl containing toasted bread. Add sage and stock, mix well. Add more stock until stuffing is at desired consistency - mine is very moist. (This is where I could end the recipe and just start eating from the mixing bowl!). 

Place in buttered casserole dish. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until heated through and slightly browned on top.  

***Note 1 ***  I usually separate the stuffing into two casserole dishes as some of our family likes their stuffing a bit crunchier on top. 

***Note 2*** You can totally prepare this the night before and store covered in the refrigerator until ready to bake the next day. I've done this several times and it's turned out perfectly. Just add a few spoons of turkey drippings to the top before baking.   

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