Friday, November 26, 2010

It's Starting To Look A Like Christmas...

It's starting to look a like Christmas,but first let me " wrap up" a few things... Happy Hanukkah to those of you celebrating Hanukkah!
I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving....have you finally finished all your Thanksgiving left overs? My husband makes an incredible turkey chili with our left over turkey and it's been so yummy with our cooler days that we've been experiencing. Do you any special recipes to share with what to do with Thanksgiving left overs?

For me, Thanksgiving was perfect. A lazy day at home with all the traditional fixings. It was great having my son home. My family felt complete.
I love this sign Ally made for him and posted on his bedroom door!
Since today is December 4th, I guess most of us have already started to deck the halls and hauled out the holly. Do you still have young family members who believe in Santa. If so, sit back and enjoy every second.....the innocent time and magic of believing goes by so quickly.
As the holidays are quickly approaching, I'm doing a Holiday Giveaway. The drawing will be December 10. Just leave a message and you'll in the drawing for a holiday tea towel and charm.
I have to friend made this recipe for a meeting that I attended and it was unbelievable good and sooooo soooo easy to make. This Creme Brulee French Bread dish is perfect for Christmas morning or in my case, the just because mornings. Enjoy! ( I made it twice this week for 2 different events and both times forgot to take pictures- duh!)

Creme Brulee French Toast

* 1 stick unsalted butter
*1 cup packed brown sugar
*2 Tablespoons corn syrup
* Full loaf of Country White sliced bread
*5 large eggs
*1 1/2 cups half and half
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
1/4 teaspoon salt

In a small heavy saucepan, melt butter with brown sugar and corn syrup over moderate heat, stirring until smooth. Pour mixture into a 13 x9 2 inch baking dish. Stack two bread slices at a time and trim off crusts. Discard end pieces. Arrange the double layer bread slices in baking dish squeezing them slightly to fit.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla, Grand Marnier and salt until combined. Pour evenly over bread. Cover and chill bread mixture at least 8 hours and up to one day.

Preheat over 350 and bring bread to room temperature.

Bake bread mixture, uncovered in middle of oven until puffed and edges are pale golden, 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and lightly dust with powdered sugar.

Serve hot and extra yummy with a side of berries.

Happy Holidays...and remember, A Day Without Laughter Is A Day Wasted. Hugs.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

When do you start your holiday decorating?

Went to the Urban Barn today for a long over due little extreme makeover. What is the official date to start accessorizing for Christmas...hummm, do you have a specific date? I added a touch here and there of holiday cheer with more to come after Thanksgiving.

Special thanks to my BFF Cheryl who gave up a full day to go down with me and help rearrange, price, clean and just all around be of great help! Lots of new goodies with a silver palette.

Couldn't resist adding some sprinkles of the christmas mom made these adorable heart ornaments in all types of fabrics.

A holiday wish....

New candy cane stripe Joy pillow...and sweet little red vintage bird cage.

I love to use shimmery silver all year, but especially at Christmas...hints of sparkles

Cheryl did this whole display - sorry this pic only shows a bit of the wonderful job she did.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Extra hugs today.

Monday, November 15, 2010

I once was lost, but now I"m found....

How perfect are the lyrics from Amazing Grace that tell the journey of my church pew....
"I once was lost"....

This 12 foot church pew was lost and discarded behind a wonderful old white chapel in Texas, when I found it. With the help of my dad, brother-in-law and nephew, we hauled it out of the stack of discards.

The weather conditions had taken a toll on the wood and one end of the pew was completely damaged and rotted. Another issue was that the pew was 12 feet long! Leave it to my wonderful dad and his incredible carpentry talents to cut it down to 6 feet (we're thinking about making it 4 feet because it's still a little long) and rebuilt the end to match the other end. He even added the scrolls on both sides to hide some nails that were used to rebuild the pew.

"Now I'm found"...

The church pew has found its way to my home and will never leave. A treasured gift from my dad that will always remind me of him. My daughter has already called it as her to pass down in the future.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Thought for Friday

Every morning when I come out of my bedroom, I pass this wonderful saying and am reminded who is in charge of the day!

This $5 needlepoint Thrift store find is one of my favorite items in my home. So today, I offer it to you as your Thought For Friday.....