Friday, November 21, 2014

Fab Pins of the Week!

'Tis the Season to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la! I can't help but have Christmas carols in my head constantly these days! I know, we haven't even made it to Thanksgiving yet, but I just can't help myself! As you may know, I decorate for Christmas last week. I opted for a basic, neutral pallet. It was gorgeous, but I had to add in some color! My love for plaid took over, and the rest is history! I can't wait to share with you all next week!!

Until then, lets get inspired...

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Vintage" Christmas Car

I have a major addiction to checking the clearance isle every-single-time I'm at Marshalls. I consider this pretty exciting, ask my husband and he probably won't agree (wink!). The last time I checked, I spotted this adorable vintage-looking car! Better yet, it only had a $7 price tag, score! 


Although the copper and black appearance is appealing, it wouldn't match with my Christmas decor enough. So I'm sure you know what I did... I painted it white! Not all of it, just the majority of the exterior. I kept the tires and inside the original finish. I used clay/chalk paint so it dried quick and I could move right on to the next step! I grabbed a bottle brush tree I snagged from the dollar store last year and simply anchored it in place using some red and white bakers twine. It's that simple! I turned this aged car into the perfect "vintage" car to go along with my Christmas decor! Isn't it just darling?




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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

2014 Thanksgiving Tablescape

I am super excited for Thanksgiving this year! We have been so busy with work, extracurricular activities, traveling, school, home projects and more, that it seems we've not got to spend much time with family. I can't wait to spend time with everyone on Thanksgiving! We will be hosting dinner at our house, so it's been fun playing around with my tablescape for this year! I've teamed up with some lovely ladies who are also sharing more tablescape ideas and yummy recipes to try this Thanksgiving, check them out below!



This Fall I've opted for a more natural, simple setting. I got my pumpkins, squash and gourds early in the season, so at this point they are beginning to turn colors and age, but that just brings out the beauty in this tablescape. Adding greenery to the mix also makes the setting more inviting. I added some dried branches to a porcelain pitcher to add some height to the table. More than likely the day before Thanksgiving I will buy some fresh greenery and flowers. You can never go wrong with fresh flowers!



My favorite part about this tablescape is the paper leaves I cut out using my silhouette. Each leaf has a bible verse written on it that relates to being thankful. My plan is to have family read them before we pray. I think this  is a special way to express just how thankful and blessed we all are! Adding meaningful touches to your tablescape will always wow your guests! Also, in the background, on my buffet, you will see 'our thankful tree' I shared last year!








I hope each and every one of you have a very blessed and memorable Thanksgiving this year!

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Fab Pins of the Week!

Hello beautiful, how are you? It's a pleasure to have you here! If you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you know I caved and decorated for Christmas, and I'm SO happy I did! I just love the way the Holidays make me feel! Although I'm dying to dive right into Christmas, I wanted to share some gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescapes with you today to get you excited for Thanksgiving coming up!



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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Thankful Apple Pie and an Easy Clean Up!

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This is a sponsored post. All opinions and views are my own!

Just like so many, I spend a lot of time prepping food for the Holidays, Christmas parties and cookie exchanges. I enjoy the time in the kitchen, whipping together tasty treats my friends and family will enjoy! You don't have to spend hours in the kitchen making things by scratch. There's nothing wrong with using store bought ingredients like pie filling and pie crust, and just adding your touch to it! Today I'm sharing a simple apple pie recipe and my go-to product for clean up time!


You're going to need two cans of apple pie filling, one package (containing 2 rolls) of pre-made pie crust, brown sugar, cinnamon, one egg, pie dish, cookie cutters, butter knife and rolling pin. Start by unrolling your first pie crust and putting it into your pie dish, thumbing off any extra dough and saving it for later. Use a fork to prick holes throughout the crust and bake according to the instructions. While that's baking, mix both of your cans of apple pie filling, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a few dashes of cinnamon together. Your baking pie crust should be done in less than 14 minutes, allow to cool for a couple minutes and then fill with your apple pie filling. Take the remaining pie crust and lay over top of your pie, again, thumbing off any extra. Using a butter knife, cut at least four slits across the top. Take all extra pie crust you have, rolling it into a ball in your palms. Using parchment paper, take your ball of pie crust and flatten it out using a rolling pin. Use your cookie cutters to cut out whatever word you choose, I chose "thankful". Lay the letters on top of your pie. Spread egg wash over your entire crust (one egg and water mixed) and bake according to filling instructions. Once complete remove from oven and allow to cool about 15 minutes before serving. Serve with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream!






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Keep everyone happy this Holiday season (and every season) with a fresh, clean home!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs.Meyers Clean Day®.

 
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