Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Christmas Surprise

Hello Everyone!
I hope your Holiday was the merriest!
Ours was quiet since we decided not to travel.
Anyone heard of the Keurig coffee maker?
What a wonderful Christmas gift from my hubs.
I was really surprised!
We are huge coffee and tea fans.
It even makes hot chocolate or hot water for tea.
Just pop in a K cup with the flavor of your choice.
Press the button and one minute later it's done.
These are the K cups. This is just a small sampling of flavors.

Pop the K cup in the chamber.

Hit the button and drip, drip......Brew time.

A delicious warm cup of a hot beverage.
It's so easy!

The letter mugs are available on Anthropologie.
Have a wonderful week!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Woodland Theme Table

Hello Everyone!
I decided to try a woodland table this week.
Complete with plaid, red berries, garland
birds and my new favorite enamel deer.
I have been inspired by so many bloggers.
Thanks to Lynne for all the inspiration.
I found the JOY votives at Marshalls.
Thanks to Sarah for the inspiration.

Plaid bow ribbons and garland to decorate the chandelier.
Thanks to Kristen for this idea. The wreath on mirror was an idea from Susan. I found the plaid tablecloth at Marshalls. The enamel deer I found at Pier 1.
Thank you for the idea Lynette.
I found a gold crown!
It was at Marshalls and I could not believe my luck.
Thank you to Chrissy, Tootsie and Vanna for the idea.
I added ribbon to candles and a flower arrangement
and they instantly became a Christmas decoration.
Thank you to Rue for this idea.
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Peanut Butter Balls

Hello Everyone!
I hope you enjoy this delicious dessert as much as we do.
Try it out! It's super easy and tasty.
 This dessert recipe is from the Joy of Baking.com. The State of Ohio has their own
special name for this. Buckeyes look slightly different than peanut butter balls
in that the top of each bonbon is bare of chocolate. This is done to make it look like the 
nut of the tree. It just happens to be the state tree of Ohio. The name comes from folklore.

Ingredients:
2 cups creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 - 2 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
Chocolate Coating
9 ou semi sweet chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons shortening
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Place the peanut butter, unsalted butter, and salt in a bowl.
Heat for about one minute or until just soft
(check and stir the ingredients every 20 seconds).
Stir in vanilla and confectioners sugar and mix until it
has the consistency of a dough.
Roll the dough into 1 inch round balls.
Place on the cookie sheet and refrigerate for one hour.
Melt the chocolate and shortening in a heatproof bowl
over a saucepan of simmering water.
Dip the balls, one at a time, in the melted chocolate,
making sure the entire ball is coated with chocolate.
Then, with two spoons or a dipping fork,
remove the peanut butter ball from the melted chocolate,
allowing any excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl.
Place the chocolate covered balls back on the baking sheet.
When all the balls have been dipped in the chocolate,
place in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set.
Buckeyes:
Place a toothpick into each ball and dip,
one ball at a time, into the melted chocolate,
leaving the top quarter of each ball undipped.
I hope you enjoy this yummy recipe!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Christmas Spirit Award

Hello Everyone!
I have received the Christmas Spririt award
and decided to pass it on to all my blog friends.
Here are the rules for the award.
You must have tremendous Christmas spirit.
and list five things you love about Christmas.
Here is my list.
1.The smell of fresh evergreen
2.Crisp, wintery air
3. The glow of warm lights from the decor'
4. Christmas music
5. Visiting with my family and watching my
nephews reaction to my Dad dressed as Santa.
I am passing this on to all of you!
Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Ornaments

Hello Everyone!
I hope you are getting your shopping and decorating done.
The ornaments shown are leopard orb ornaments.
I just ordered them from Our Creative Life.
I found the hurricane at Ross and made a vignette.
I added angels, gold ribbons and a new frame from Target.
This is a vignette I have on my kitchen console.
The precious little lamp is a new find.
Would you believe a hospital gift shop?
I was visiting and ended up shopping for home decor'.
The pedastal bowl is the Southern Living barley twist.
They have the best home decor' parties.

Here is the niche.Have a wonderful week!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Old Mixed With New

Hello Everyone!
I have a confession to make.
I'm a newaholic.
I always want to buy new things.
Houses, furniture, cars or just plain ole' stuff.
I like it shiny and new.
Is this always the way to go in home decor' though?
I have learned so much by looking at all of your blogs.
You all are pros at this already.
I will share with you a few of my old items.
These storage chests are over 30 years old.
My parents gave them to me years ago and
I love how they mix in with any style of home decor'.
This clock was made by my father in law.
The cut crystal vase was a wedding gift.The platter was another wedding gift.
The wedding china was my parents. What's your home decor' style?
What antique items do you have in your home decor'?
Have a wonderful week!