Monday, November 30, 2009

Christmas Decorating

Okay, we brought the tree down from the attic last night. I have not had my tree down and decorated since we added the dogs to our family. To those who don't already know, dachshunds are very destructive. No sooner than I had put the tree skirt on the floor, they started sniffing and chewing on the buttons. The skirt came right back up.... will not go back down unless I'm here and expecting "company"... LOL There will be no ornaments near the bottom of the tree this year. My dear daughter, to which these dear dogs really belong, has her home all decorated.... very pretty with nothing interferring with all the pretties! I'll keep you posted....

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Come Christmas!

Thanksgiving was great! Three hours to our parents' homes, eat, and eat again, and three hours back to our home. Six hours on the road and one speeding ticket later, we are back home and ready to think about Christmas. I hope to spend this weekend pulling down the fall decorations and bringing out the Christmas ones... can you believe it's already here again? This is a photo of my kids, their spouses, and a cousin having Thanksgiving dinner together. It's always fun listening to the laughter at their table... something is always funny. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and have fun with your Christmas preparations!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Guest Room Preview

Here is a preview of my new guest room. The valances were made from two panels that I picked up from a thrift store. I cut them down last night and it was one of the easiest projects I've ever done. I have another panel leftover that I may make pillows with; not sure. $5 The tops are different on my valances, but I think I like them. If I decide otherwise, I can make another pocket valance like the one over the window seat. I do plan to put a new cushion on the window seat... this one came with the house and is pretty old. The two pillows you see below went with the room's old color scheme. They will be going to my daughter's house soon.
I need to buy pillows: this is a new bedspread with shams... the beige pillow covers were another thrift store find. I have to find pillow forms to tuck inside. I love these! You see a small scrap of valance fabric on the bed too.

Below is another thrift store find: an old plastic "froo froo" frame. ($1) I'm going to paint it and make a padded bulletin board to use in this room. It will probably have pictures of my new grandbaby tucked inside all its ribbon holders. :D

I am very open to ideas and suggestions, so please leave comments!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Where I worship

Our church had been without a pastor since Father's Day. It had been a difficult time for our church, but we had some very faithful men who kept it going, while praying for and seeking a new pastor. Meet our new pastor: This sweet couple spent their second Sunday with us yesterday and we already love them so much. Church attendance was great yesterday and we could really feel God's sweet spirit in our services.
This is a picture of the outside of our church. It sits next to a major highway and I love seeing our steeple peep out above the trees when driving on the highway.

This is the inside of our sanctuary. We have a beautiful building and some very sweet members who make it even more special. Yesterday's service was "What to do when you fail, not "if" you fail, but "when" you fail." Last night's service was about "Why we still carry our own burdens, when God tells us to give them to Him." We may still have the burdens, but He will help us carry them, making them a whole lot lighter.
I don't have the guest room ready yet. Of course some things didn't work out the way I had planned. Maybe soon, I'll have pic's for you.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Guest room

Next week there will be pictures, I promise, of my newly decorated guest room. I have always wanted a guest room, but never had a house large enough to have the extra room. Since my kids have married and moved away, not only did I get my own sewing room, but now I get to make my daughter's bedroom into a guest bedroom. My husband is hanging new curtain rods for me right this minute, as I type. I have a small purchase or two to make this weekend and I should be ready for pic's next week. And then.... you are all invited to come and sleep in my new guest room. :D

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sandra Lee's Cinnabons

click on the pic. to enlarge for the recipe... these are so good!

Monday, November 9, 2009


Do any of you subscribe to the magazine "Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade"? I just love her! I grew up with my mom being a semi-homemade kind of cook and Sandra Lee takes this style of cooking just a step beyond what I'm used to cooking. Easy and delicious recipes. Today I made Cinnabons from the Premier issue of the magazine. Of course, mine aren't as pretty as the picture in the magazine, but boy! are they good!
My frosting doesn't look as pretty... it is in its "melting" stage in this photo.

But I promise they tasted just as good as the Cinnabon's we buy in the mall. With her recipe, you can make about 12-16 rolls for the price of one in the mall. Made with frozen bread dough, they are so easy to make. If you want the recipe, email me. (you can probably find it online)

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thanksgiving Ready!

I have been working like a mad woman, cleaning house this week. I think the cool temperatures are finally putting me in the mood to clean and get my house ready for the holidays. I have this wreath stand that I only bring out during the fall. I don't know why I don't buy or make seasonal wreaths to leave it out year round. But I do really enjoy it on my fireplace.
I decided I had brought in too much junk from the thrift store, so I decluttered my kitchen. I took the tablecloth off and went for simple, simple, simple. With the room clean and everything wiped down, it just feels better.

I moved my singer sewing base table into the livingroom, as it was adding to the clutter in the kitchen. I brought out my favorite pilgrim figurines to enjoy for a few weeks.

I bought a new pumpkin scented yankee candle and added a few touches of orange to the mantel. I saw a beautiful glass mosaic shade and base for the candle at the yankee store, that I plan to go back and buy with my $10 off coupon. (did you know if you register online with yankee candle, you automatically get a $10 coupon???) Don't look too closely at the embroidery.. it's still October's... I didn't get around to stitching November's stitchery. Maybe I'll get one done before December rolls around.

I finally stained my thrift store ($1) deer yesterday. I added a pretty orange bow around his neck. You can see a little of the Christmas cactus I bought on clearance after Christmas last year. It has grown tremendously throughout the year and I'm hoping for pretty blooms soon! We're still not sure what we'll be doing for Thanksgiving this year... we are hoping to visit my parents and celebrate with them. (kids do the cooking... mom provides the house) Some of our family will be working this year, so we aren't sure who will be present ... but we are looking forward to seeing everyone.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Applesauce Pie... so easy!

I wish I had taken a picture of my applesauce pie, but I forgot, and it didn't hang around long enough to beg for a picture. My friend shared this recipe with me and it was so easy... so quick.... so pretty! I hope you'll try it.
Applesauce Pie
2 cans crescent rolls
1 quart applesauce
1 stick butter
cinnamon to taste
sugar to taste
Melt butter. Spread half of it into a 9X13 pan. Layer one tube crescent rolls in bottom of pan. Cover with applesauce. ( I mixed cinnamon and sugar with my applesauce to flavor and sweeten it) Layer with the other can of crescent rolls. Mix remaining butter, sugar, and cinnamon and sprinkle on top. Bake at 375 until brown! Yum!