Archive | November, 2011

What’s for Dinner Wednesday :: Turkey Salad

30 Nov

My all time favorite comfort food is chicken salad.  On crackers.

And not the thick, mayo type of chicken salad…light with walnuts, cranberries, and honey mustard.

After Thanksgiving, I couldn’t wait to make chicken salad with turkey.

My mom whipped this up while she was here…and it is so good and of course, I had to share.

Turkey or Chicken Salad

2 cups chopped turkey or chicken

1/2 cup sour cream (use as much or as little as you like)

3T Honey Mustard

1/4 c chopped walnuts or pecans

1/4 c Craisins

1/4 c diced apples

Salt and Pepper to taste

Mix all together and eat it up. Yum.

Awesome on croissants but I love using crackers.

And Blue Diamond Nut Thins are my new favorite.  Wheat Free.  Gluten Free.  And so good!

Happy Wednesday friends!

P.S.  We have a GIVEAWAY tomorrow!  Something pretty…something shiny…something you really, really want!

xoxo,

Carrie

Handmade Christmas {fabric garland}

29 Nov

This year might be my most favorite as far as decorations in my home.

Up until a year ago, I’ll admit, I really didn’t decorate for Christmas in a way that matched my personality.

I decorated by following, looking at what others were doing, thinking that was ‘me.’

It’s not.

Alot of decor decisions I make are out of the box…but I like that about me.

This year I completely revamped my tree.  I have boxes of unused ornaments in the garage.  A sea of red bows that need a new home.

My tree is mainly white with various shades of green, mercury glass ornaments, and a touch of leopard.

I absolutely adore it.

And then there’s the mantle.  I’ve stared at it for 2 weeks, wondering what I should do to blend it with the rest of my home.

I collect nutcrackers…The Wizard of Oz and the characters from the Nutcracker ballet.  They fit nicely across my mantle but not for much longer.

As my daughter and I were getting ready for her Nutcracker rehearsal, I had the idea to make a vintage garland from some of my favorite pieces of fabric.  I grabbed the fabric and scissors and out the door we went.

And the project began as I watched her practice Sunday evening…

Tearing strips of fabric, leaving the frayed edges in place, tying on a string of twine…

I could not be more in love with this garland…

Adding small white lights (battery powered, no strings!)

Finally hanging 2 winter white velour stocking purchased from Pottery Barn two years ago.  I need 2 more because for some reason, I bought 2 white and 2 red.  I don’t know why I did that.  (Need 2 gorgeous cream and red velour stockings?  They are for sale for a very cheap price.)

My Dorothy and Lion…

I am working on one more handmade Christmas this week.  I’ve stared down the pile of fabric for over 2 weeks now.  Hopefully it won’t be as tedious as I think it will be, ha!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Do you have any handmade Christmas projects you want to share?  Send them to us!

xoxo,

Carrie

 

Check out these fun blogs for amazing inspiration!

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Charlie.

28 Nov

I caved.

Elf of the Shelf is in my house.

His name is Charlie.

My children adore him.

I think he might be a little creepy.

But I’m gonna have fun with this elf.

My children can’t wait to see where Charlie will be every morning.

I love a good challenge. And finding places to hide Charlie might send me over the edge.

The things we do for our children…but the memories made are completely worth it at the end of the day.

Do you have an ‘elf on the shelf’?

I plan to share Charlie’s adventures every Monday until Christmas…and we’d love to see your little elves too! Link it up below!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I ate way too much of this…I have no control when it comes to pumpkin rolls.

xoxo,
Carrie

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Thanksgiving Week.

21 Nov

 

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends!

Angie and I are taking a little vacation this week to spend time with our family and enjoy the little moments that make everything worthwhile.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday week, where ever you may be, and remember there is always something to be thankful for.

With much love,
Angie & Carrie

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Birthday Wishes!

19 Nov


Sending virtual petit fours to my sweet friend on her birthday today!!

Happy Birthday Angie!

Words cannot say how thankful I am for our friendship. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve created, and we’ve dreamed…and I couldn’t ask for a better friend.

Love you much Angie!

xoxo,
Carrie

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Mercury Glass DIY {failure}

18 Nov

So many people, including me and Angie, have pinned this mercury glass knock off.


I’ve tried it. Numerous times.

And to use completely incorrect grammar: it don’t work.

I first tried it on a plain piece of glass which turned out like this:

Then I tried it on a piece of wood which turned out like this:

Then I completely ruined a glass candlestick and I won’t even show you the picture because it is awful and I chunked it before taking a picture.

Friday tip: save your $12 for a bottle of Looking Glass and go buy yourself a movie ticket to Breaking Dawn.

This mercury glass knock off don’t work.

The end.

Love ya friends!
Carrie

She Made It {Thursday}

17 Nov

I just discovered these flattened rose poufs on Pinterest.

They have to be the most heavenly poufs ever made.

Just dreamy.

They are made by Hailey who has the Etsy store: Live Life in Lime.

Hailey states the cream and sandstone is her most popular selling pouf. I’m having a hard time picking my favorite…I want one of each!

To see more of Hailey’s beautiful creations, check out her store here.

xoxo,

Angie

(Pictures courtesy Live Life in Lime and Jenn Thompson Photography.)

What’s for Dinner Wednesday :: Coffee Shop Pumpkin Spice Syrup

16 Nov

Don’t ya’ love the pumpkin coffees served during the holidays?

I like making my own pumpkin spice syrup because I am coffee freak, it’s easy and most ingredients I typically already own in my pantry.  And especially because…most store bought syrups are loaded with junk and chemicals.  Frankly it’s scary what they put in there.

So here’s how I make my own, perfect all natural pumpkin spice syrup.  By the way, maybe I’m calling it the wrong name?  Perhaps it should be referred to as a sauce, not a syrup, because it’s thick and gooey?  Well whatever it is, it is delicious and thick yet still dissolves effortlessly in my coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups superfine sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (sometimes I cheat and use 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree

Directions:

  1. Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan.
  2. Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Add the spices and the pumpkin and continue to simmer for about 10 minutes.

 

Stir frequently. Do not boil.

 

The syrup can be strained through a cheesecloth but I never do.  The spices are very small and I enjoy them in my coffee.

Allow to cool, then refrigerate. Syrup can last a month in a tightly closed jar.

If you really love pumpkin, don’t stop there!  This sauce can be used for cheesecake and other desserts.  And pumpkin martini’s!!

(To make a pumpkin martini, combine 1 ounce of the pumpkin spice syrup, 2 ounces vanilla vodka, 1 ounce Sylk cream liqueur, and shake with ice until chilled. Strain and serve in a martini glass rimmed by dipping in more pumpkin spice syrup, and coated with cinnamon sugar.)

Don’t hold back — go pumpkin crazy this winter!!

xoxo,
Angie

DIY Thanksgiving Pillow {Freezer Paper Stencil}

15 Nov

Angie and I had a conversation the other day on the whole Silhouette/Cricut product…we want one but we really don’t want to spend the money on it.

We could buy a whole lotta junk to paint for the price of Silhouette.

I told Angie that I just made a pillow using a freezer paper stencil and it worked beautifully.

And for a fraction of the cost, literally.  A huge roll of freezer paper cost me $3.99.  Now, if Silhouette wants to send Angie and I one to try out, we are all for it…but for now, Angie and I both feel the same that a Silhouette is not in our budget.

So…I give you the good old freezer paper stencil tutorial.

My first thoughts were to use a green burlap and silver glitter spray.  That did not turn out as planned.  It was awful. Krylon’s Glitter Blast is not my friend right now.

After the burlap flop, I went through my pile of fabric and found a pretty winter white cotton and used my favorite Martha Stewart Vintage Gold Metallic paint.  I love that paint…love it.

First, I created a template, found HERE or HERE.

Printed on the DULL side of the freezer paper

Taped it to cardboard.

Using an exacto knife, traced around each letter to create my stencil.

freezer paper stencil

Then, with a hot iron, ironed with the SHINY side down on the fabric.

With my daughter’s paintbrush, dipped and painted…

martha stewart metallic gold paint vintage gold

 

Then carefully peeled away the freezer paper.

Viola!

I used a little gem for the “A”

Sewed 3 sides, stuffed…and sewed the last side…

And there she is…sitting pretty.

 

Do you love?  Have you ever used freezer paper before?

I’m dying to make something else using a freezer paper stencil and I think I have something in mind for Christmas…and so does Angie!

Happy Tuesday, friends!!

xoxo,

Carrie

Check out these fun blogs for amazing inspiration!

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Thank Full {free printable}

14 Nov

This week I’m getting ready for my parents and niece to arrive in Texas from New York. I was born in New York but raised in Texas.  After my dad retired from the Air Force, they moved back my freshman year of college.

I stayed in Texas…you could blame this guy I met at a club, who I eventually married.  :)

And we’ve always had this long distance type of family relationship.

I don’t recommend it.

I miss them terribly.  Miss my sisters.  Miss my nieces and nephew.  Miss all of my family.

But this is the path given to me, and I will be thankful.

When we do get together, it is fast and furious.  Trying to fit so many things in 7 days.  But I am thankful for that time.

While I was putting together my fairy tale pumpkins this week…and trying not to decorate for Christmas before we sat down for Thanksgiving, my thoughts kept circling around everything I am thankful for.

My list could go on for days…my husband, my children, my home, my Bella, my 1999 Ford Expedition that has barely 100,000 miles on it and its still going strong.  I’m thankful for friends who want to be in my life and want me in theirs.

Thank. Full.

Thank. Full.

I am thankfully full of blessings.  I am content.  I am full.

And these words whispered to my heart:

“From the fullness of His grace, we have received one blessing after another.”  John 1:16

“The mouth speaks out of the fullness of the heart.”  Matthew 12:34

This sweet pillow now rests on my bench:

I know someone is thinking I missed spelled thankful.

I did…intentionally.

Thank Full.  I am intentionally full of thanks.

I have the free template for you.  I’ll show you how I created my pillow tomorrow using simple materials.

Download it HERE so you’ll be ready to rock ‘n’ roll.

Thank full for this time.  Thank full for this season.  Thank full for so many things.

Thank full for you reading my words.

xoxo,

Carrie

 

 


My Fairy Tale Pumpkins

11 Nov

I had so much fun putting my little fairy tale pumpkins together.

Especially at a fraction of the cost of these fairy tales.

Each pumpkin cost $2.99.

I love this little guy…little buttercup:

organic pumpkins buttercup fairy tale pumpkins

And the spanish moss was $2.49 less 40% at Hobby Lobby (The Lobster)

About $10 for my thanksgiving centerpiece.

I layered the moss.  I thought about glueing but decided against it…because I had about 5 minutes before running out the door.

 

And I love it.

She makes me happy.

I found these sweet Pilgrims the other day too:

I’d like to make a table runner out of vintage coffee bags my sister sent me for my birthday.  Fingers crossed I have some time this weekend.  Next week I’m getting ready for the New York gang to arrive.

Hope everyone has an awesome weekend!  Do you have plans?  Christmas shopping maybe?  (I’m almost done with my Christmas list!)

xoxo,

Carrie

 

Check out these fun blogs for amazing inspiration!

Between Naps on the PorchDIY ShowoffDomestically SpeakingFinding FabulousFunky Junk InteriorsHouse of HepworthsMiss Mustard SeedMy Backyard EdenPerfectly ImperfectPrimitive & ProperRemodelaholicSAS InteriorsShabby NestWhipperberryToday’s Creative BlogThe Thrifty HomeSavvy Southern StyleSome Day CraftsEisy MorganGreen Door Designs,  At Home with KHome Stories A2Z

She Made It {Thursday}

10 Nov

You’ve probably seen lots of amazing creations lately made from mason jars.  These made by Heather at Post Road Vintage are probably the simplest and my favorite.

These mason jars have vintage appeal since they are made from old mason jars… but they also look fresh and modern with white paint coated inside.  The modern dispenser is also a very pretty touch.

To see more beautiful inspiration, check out Heather’s store and blog at Post Road Vintage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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