Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wooden Manger and Star

I made a bunch of these for centerpieces a couple years ago.  They all were given away after the Christmas party, but I saved one for myself. 

I used the "rough" fencing material. Cut the size that I wanted and nailed them together in an L-shape.
Then I cut 2 skinny strips for each end, and nailed them on to complete the manger.

For the star, I cut some twigs from outside, and tide it together with twine.
Then I tide it to a dowel and base.  For the base I simply drilled a small hole, then used wood glue to attach the dowel.

And for the finishing touch, I put muslin fabric in for the swaddling clothes, and some greenery around the base. 

I think this is a good way for my family to remember the true meaning of Christmas.  With all the hustle and bustle that we see in the store, it's nice to be reminded of the things that really matter! I'm so grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ.  I just love this time of year!

And I love my family! Look at those cute, crazy kids! I just turned 35 last week.   My husband brought home a Dairy Queen cake (I was planning on eating leftover pie...so it was a great surprise!) And I get to use a coupon for a 75 minute massage at some spa around here! Woo Hoo!!!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sillouette giveaways Galore!!!

I would just be a HAPPY CAMPER if I ever won one of these giveaways...

Shanty2Chic is having a Sillouette machine givaway. Go check it out!!! (or don't check it out...cause I want to win! hee, hee!)
But seriously, I just LOVE their blog...so if you don't already follow them, I bet you will now!

And wouldn't you know..

Kara's Party Ideas is giving away a Sillouette too!!! Click here to check it out!!!
I just LOVE her blog also, because there are so many cute ideas for all sorts of party themes.  A Sillouette would make the party prep so much fun!

Oh MY GOODNESS! It must be Sillouette giveaway month! Because another GREAT blogger friend that I follow is also giving away a Sillouette!!!
The Idea Room has been, yet another awsome blog that has super ideas for decorating. Go check out the giveaway here!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sweet Potatoe Casserole

Less than one week left...

Here's a recipe that has been a family favorite ever since my sister-in-law made it for Thanksgiving one year.  Everyone LOVED it so much.  It just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without it!

Shantele's Sweet Potato Casserole

3 C sweet potatoes mashed (fresh baked, tender ones are best...but you can use the canned yams too)
2 beaten eggs
1 C granulated sugar
1/2 C milk
3/4 C melted butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 C brown sugar
1/3 C flour
1/4 C margarine or butter

Mix the casserole ingredients together and place in a 9x9 dish.  Mix the topping ingredients together and crumble over the top.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 40-45 minutes. Sprinkle mini marshmallows over the top and bake for the last 5-10 minutes.

Do you have a favorite side dish during Thanksgiving time? I'd love to hear!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pie Crust Edges

When I was little, I loved watching my mom make pie crust.  She made it look so simple! I loved how she made the edges too.  So this is how I have grown to flute my pie edges too.  It's fast and looks pretty!

Also, using a little cookie cutter, I quickly made a pretty pie top too.

There are so many beautiful ways to decorate pies. 

Image from www.projo.com

I use the lattice top on my chicken pies a lot.  It takes a few minutes, but it gives it that extra "love."

And finally, I saw this super cute idea HERE at http://www.gourmetmomonthego.com/.
I just love her website, and am a new follower.  Go check out how to make these little jar pies.

Good luck making all your favorite pies! I'll be making the traditional pumpkin pie, and apple pie for Thanksgiving.  And my son just requested cherry pie too! I think we'll have pie coming out our ears for a while.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Entryway Stories

I've got a confession...

I have a thing for old trunks.  I love the story that's behind them, and the worn out, loved look that comes with them.

But old trunks usually cost more than I want to pay...
until I found these for super cheap ($35) on Craigslist...

It was LOVE at first sight!

Here's the story that they came with...

Above: On July 29, 1929 this trunk was shipped from Kansas to Colorado on the American Railway Express.  It's contents were estimated at $1300 (that's what it says on the original tag...which is still attached!)

Below: This carried the belongings of a U.S. soldier in 1967.  It still has the tag attached to the side too!

I love decor that has meaning behind it. Even though I didn't know these people personally, I still feel a connection.  We all have great stories to tell.   

(Yes...that's cardboard sitting on the bottom of the floor.  I need to find some floor protectors for these lovlies.)

Have a great day!

(Go check out the linky parties at Cottage Instincts and Funky Junk Interiors...
Ther are so many fun ideas to look at from everybody!)


Monday, November 1, 2010

Yam Fries

I just love this time of year! We had a blast at the pumpkin patch a few weeks ago....

We even got lost in the corn maze...

and my heart skipped a few beats when I saw this house on the other side of the pumpkin patch, so of course, I had to take a picture...


This time of year brings out my favorite recipes.  One quicky that I love is Yam Fries. It makes a great side dish with a soup or chicken. I don't have any fancy pictures...but you get the idea.

Cut the yams into strips as evenly as possible. 
Place on a cookie sheet.
Drizzle with a couple tablespoons of olive oil.
Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
Salt and pepper (I like lots of pepper)
Then mix it all together using your hands, and lay them all out flat, and in rows.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 15-20 minutes total (or until tender...and a bit crispy around edges), turning the yams over halfway through.


Good-night Halloween!

Good-night TONS of sticky candy!....

Good-night cute, little goblins....

Good-night scary decorations....

Good-night sticky little fingers...

Has the Great Pumpkin given your little goblins a small toy in exchange for all your candy yet? It may not be too late!....