Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SIS' LITTLE TREE

Feeling a bit under the weather this week, but I'd already edited some pictures of a darling little tree at my Sis' house last week and thought I'd share them with you.  Not a lot of chatting in this post...the pictures speak for themselves.

The little tree is adorned with a collection of retired Wedgewood ornaments.

They are porcelain blue disks with different figures.

The tree is sitting on her antique drum table and she did a beautiful arrangement underneath too!

She made bird's nests out of her wreaths.

And now, a sign I saw at the beginning of December that made me giggle and wonder where I might fall on Santa's list.  Which one are you on?


Thanks for reading and hope your season  is going well.

 Robin

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

BITS OF CHRISTMAS

TheChristmas Season  came slowly and lightly to 
Highpoint Circle this year.


Coming off of a major remodel made us desire a calmer
 season.
Five tubs of decorations are not coming out this year
and it feels wonderful...
Like a cleansing of the house.

And so the calmness of the 
season 
shines brighter
and
we are enjoying it more thoroughly.

Next year may be different
but
maybe this is the start of something new for us...


This tree skirt is from the window treatments that came down this year.


I've been putting tags on ornaments that people give us
so I will remember who gave it and the year it was given.
The tags fit my style and I love the remembrance each year.


A trick to highlight special ornaments.

Hope your season is allowing for quiet moments by your tree
with a cup of tea and, perhaps, a good book.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.
Till next time...
 Robin

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

SANTA & A PECAN PIE


Well, well, well...
I can't believe that Thanksgiving was a week ago
AND and not to scare you...
BUT to warn you...
Christmas is in three, yes t.h.r.e.e. weeks!
YIKES!

So with that said,
 it won't surprise anyone that
last Saturday
as I watched my son making a pecan pie
for a special lady in his life
I drew a Santa on my kitchen chalkboard...


Now he's a merry old soul
with a twinkle in his eye
and he will watch over
the kitchen during the
busy holiday season


Offering encouragement
when the days pass too quickly
helping me remember to be jolly
and warning me that the pecan pie
my son mistakenly left behind (oh, darn)
will make my tummy a bowl full of jelly too!
BUT
That wonderful pie
made with love for another lady
is just too hard for this lady to
resist!

Thanks for stopping by
and
good luck with all of your
CHRISTMAS projects!
I'll show you some of mine
next week...

Robin


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A LITTLE THANKSGIVING GIFT

I have an early present for you...

You don't have to wait to open it...

I hope you enjoy it...

Ready???



They are both great this time of year...

When the weather is nippy...

And you want something a little special...


I got the first recipe from a very sweet friend named Barb...

I think of her every time I make it...

And give thanks that she was my friend...

Barb's Cranberry Bread

Topping Ingredients
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup pecan pieces

Dry Ingredients
2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients
1 egg beaten
3/4 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons orange peel

1 cup cranberries
1 cup raisins

Combine dry ingredients and wet ingredients until moistened.  Fold in cranberries and raisins.  Put 1/2 of the combined mixture in a greased loaf pan and add 1/2 of the topping mixture.  Repeat.  Bake at 350 degrees for 65-70 minutes.  Enjoy!



Now, for some bone-warming White Chili.  Several years ago, we were invited to a casual evening with friends and this was served.  We've loved it every since!

I add a torn up flour tortilla after I heat up the soup...
 
Janet’s White Chili



1-2 medium onions, chopped

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

2-4 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 cans (4 ounces each) chopped green chilies

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dried oregano

1-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

29 ounces chicken broth

4 cups cooked, cubed chicken

2 cans (15 ounces each) great northern beans,

rinsed & drained

1 can (15 ounces) great northern beans, pureed



In a soup pot, sauté onion in oil until tender.  Stir in garlic, chilies, cumin, oregano and cayenne.  Cook and stir 2-3 minutes.  Add broth, chicken and beans.  Simmer 15 minutes.  Serve with Monterey Jack cheese and tortillas.


 No thanks required for these yummy recipes...

Your mouth will thank you for putting such yummies in it!!!

 Thanks soooo much for stopping by
and
Happy Thanksgiving
to you and yours
 Robin





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SOME SMALL PROJECTS

With the kitchen remodel finished and walls in various parts of the house lightened up, the dilemma was whether to put up the same "stuff" or do a some updating (i.e., retiring of some of the accessories).  I decided on a mixture of both.  I loved some of the items and not the others.

Using a Pinterest board for inspiration, it was my turn to paint.  Here is that project...


 I needed this area to coordinate with my living room in a very quiet, understated way. 



Around Halloween, I decided to make a shaggy wreath I had seen on Stonegable with a great tutorial and decided to give it a try.  Let me just say, it was harder than it looked and I'm still not as happy as I wanted to be (that is, Stonegable's is prettier), but...


Then, I looked at my blank chalkboard hanging in my "new" kitchen and drew this...


Finally, here is a before/after of the living room mantle painted white...


So thats what I've been up to lately--that and trying to recover from a long bout of the flu and a very sore left foot.  Thanks for stopping by.  Till next time...

Robin

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