Monday, October 26, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone!
Isn't this a lovely time of year?
The weather is so crisp and beautiful and all
the fun events like Halloween make it the best.
We live in very large subdivision with over 500 homes and
counting so needless to say we get a ton of trick or treaters.
We are ready for them! We made turkey chili last night so I thought I would
share this easy recipe with you for those cool nights ahead.
It's delicious and very healthy too!
Here are my stats on my healthy lifestyle 7 weeks in.
B/P 98/68 Pounds lost so far 19 Yay!
I feel much better these days and I'm grateful!
Some of you were going to join me. How are you doing?
The simple ingredients are pictured here.
We use about half the can of tomato paste.
Brown the turkey meat first, add all of the other
stuff and heat for about a half hour. That's it!
It couldn't be any easier and it's so yummy!
Top with Hoop cheese or spicy Monterey Jack,
a dash of sour cream and some saltine crackers.
We have also added chopped onion and
some corn chips to this but we were out.
Let me know if you try it and what you think.
I'm just 6 days away from my one year of blogging!
Where does the time go huh?
Here's just a small glimpse of my giveaway items.
I also have a special item donated by a fellow blogger
that you will just adore. Please come back and enter!
Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Fall Harvest Table

Hello Everyone!
It's time for Tablescape Thursday hosted by
Pay her a visit to view more tablescapes.
I was inspired by the warm colors of the season
for this tablescape. I used what I already had and
created a fall harvest full of welcoming warmth.
Join me on a tour of our formal dining room.
For the centerpiece I used a cornocopia and placed
it on a flower arrangement for added height.
The colors already match our warm color scheme.
I found the burgundy flower napkin rings at Pier1.
The china is made by Victoria Beale.
It's called the Renaissance collection.
I have had this set over ten years now.
The buffet area I added a few fall touches.
The buffet lamps are from Lamps Plus online.
A view of the entire table setting.
Here is the little red bird.
The harvest pumpkin is nestled in hydrangea.
Quilted placemats are from Ross.
Silverware is Reed & Barton from QVC.
The cracked glass hurricanes are from Kirklands.
The front of the tablescape.
The gold and burgundy rug is from Lowes.
Bow pillows are from Kirklands
Pumpkins, pinecones and leaves are across the table.
I cleared the table and left the harvest items.
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Tiny Teacup Lamp

Hello Everyone!
I hope your weekend was wonderful. Ours was very nice
and just full of beautiful fall weather.'s chilly.
We are preparing a healthy turkey chili for dinner.
A week ago I received a very special gift in the mail
all the way from California. It's a precious handmade
tiny teacup lamp from my adopted blogger Mom.
If you have not met Gloria at Happy to Be you are in for
a real treat. She is one of the sweetest bloggers around and
has a heart of pure gold. Thank you Gloria. I just adore it.
It's her one year of blogging giveaway so pay her a visit.
It's going to be so fabulous!
I displayed it in the kitchen next to my canisters
and my M apothecary jar from Ross that I filled
with vibrant faux red apples and tied with a ribbon.
The grape canisters are from Touch of Class online.
Look at the beads and tassel. She is one talented lady!
It lights up with the prettiest red glow.
It's red shade matches my new buffet lamps.
She is so thoughtful to have remembered this.
It lights the way to the fridge for snacks at night.
Wait...I'm not doing that anymore.
Well.. I do smell my tasty chili cooking.
It's time to eat. Yummy!
Have a wonderful week!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Doors Of Welcome

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to the doors of welcome event.
This is hosted by the lovely Karen at
Pay her a visit to view more participants.
I have recently shown you our front door on my
fall mum post so I thought I would show you the
most frequently used door in our home.
It's the side entry garage door.
We park in here so it just works better for us.
Here is an M doormat I found at Kirklands.
Here are the red brick stairs leading inside.
I recently added the "Welcome" sign
that I purchased from Lynette's Etsy shop.
The large metal vase and ting are from Kirklands.
We will be painting the railing white this weekend.
Isn't blogging the best way to make you
realize what should have been done already?
Has this happened to you all before?
Inside from the garage and you arrive
in the small laundry nook off the kitchen.
What do you do when you have such a
small area? Decorate up a storm right!
I have so much decor' wall art in here.
Here is the door leading to the powder room.
I found the pear wreath at Marshalls, the
topper at our local pottery store and the
tuscan style mirror at Kirklands.
A close up of the pear wreath.
The colors did not show up well in the photo.
It's a sage green, gold and a deep plum.
I wanted to take a moment and update you on my
healthy lifestyle changes over the past six weeks.
Everything is going fantastic and I feel better.
Pounds lost 17! B/P 105/71
Many of you have asked what I'm eating to lose the
weight so I thought I would show you one example.
Dinner this evening was a spinach salad
topped with lean steak and fresh veggies.
We used Mrs Dash and the GF grill to cook it.
My one year blogging anniversary is coming soon!
Stay tuned for a very "Thankful" giveaway.
If you would like to follow along on my blog then
now is a good time. You don't want to miss it!
Thanks for visiting!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Heart Of Our Home

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to the heart of our home.
The family room is in the very center of the
downstairs and it seems to be the gathering place.
I went for a welcoming feel with warm colors.
Joing me on a tour and I'll show you our new drapes.
The old drapes were a solid sage green.
I had them draped in a scarf style and I was ready
for a much needed change after three years.
Here is the old scarf drapes.
Chestnut thinks the new drapes are his blankie.
I found them at Lowes and the new hardware too.
Here is the new long drapes.
The view from the kitchen.
They are deep gold done in a tapestry
design featuring dark red and greens.
All my favorite colors.
Here is a close up of them.
Even the rod has a sage green finish.
It matches the paint color called Heath at SW.
The red wall is Cooper Molero Fandango Red from Lowes.
The room feels cozier now.
The floor lamp is from Kirklands.
Sage green swivel chair is from Ashley.
Here is a night view of them.
I found a sage green tray for the coffee table.
I hung tassels from the drapes around the candles.
The tray is from Marshalls for 12.99.
The screen is QVC. The candles are Pier 1 and Target.
The large jars are from Kirklands.
The topiaries are from Home Goods.
I was happy to find this tray color.
The morning sun streaming in today.
The sofa and table are from Ashley.
This table flips up to eating level. We eat here way too often.
The large armoire holds our tv.
The fan is made by Quorum lighting.

Have a wonderful weekend!