I just hung my Christmas Wreaths on my DIY frames I recently painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I made the background of the frame with rustic cedar fencing with the rough side showing. I stained it with two different colors to make it look like old barn wood. I used four inch, three inch and two inch cedar fencing strips. My awesome friend, David cut the wood for me. I received several emails asking me to show my Christmas Wreaths on those frames. Here is the new Christmas Wreath look:
Here are some of my Christmas decorations. The older I get the less decorating I want to do. I still smile when I turn on the tree lights. Here is a peek into my house at Christmas time:
This is my table where we celebrate holidays, family meals, meals with friends and my very important craft table with a glass top! You will see that I use Corelle White plates because I don’t want anything that is breakable in my home. I want people to come and feel right at home. I buy those goblets for each of my daughters on their 40th Birthdays. Its a tradition I love doing.
Here is my Christmas tree:
This is how I hang my Christmas stockings because I do not have a fireplace mantel:
Here are a few of the pictures from that post making the frames above:
Here they are with the non-holiday wreaths hung:
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I absolutely LOVE Annie Sloan chalk paint. She designs amazing colors, and yet we can mix the chalk paint to make our own colors. Annie Sloan paint and wax brushes are amazing. Now if we can get a store here in Southern Utah to carry her products……..no they are not available at Lowe’s or Home Depot, this is a totally different kind of paint. Trust me, you would love her products. I had to drive to Pleasant Grove, Utah to buy the paint I needed. Oh, the store is just amazing too!
Cook Your Eggs In A Mason Jar Ring To Make A Circle was actually Ron, my brother-in-law’s idea! He loves to cook and he happened to call me one day and asked if I had any extra mason jar rings laying around my house he could have. Well, of course I do…..LOL! I had been meaning to make a post about how this works, and then time flies by….well you know how it goes. Yesterday, I decided since we were snowed in for 12-24 hours I may as well practice making some food items. I had just picked up some English Muffins and some cheese from an awesome grocery store here in town, Harmon’s, a family owned grocery store. Yep, it’s my favorite grocery store! It was a perfect cheese because it was formed into a circle.
Here is what happened when I decided to cook the eggs in the mason rings. You will see on the left (I wanted zero yoke texture) that putting a scrambled type egg mixture in the ring it just ran out under the ring. The two mason rings on the right side worked out great. I sprayed the rings with a vegetable type spray and cracked the two eggs right into the rings. No running out underneath. I still used the scrambled egg mixture on my muffin but now I know my Ova Easy eggs will probably not work in the rings. I toasted the English Muffins, put a little salt and pepper to taste on the eggs. I added a slice of the cheese, cooked bacon and we were good to go for a late breakfast! (more…)
Chocolate Cookies with Andes Mint chips are so yummy! Okay, I must say it was really hard for me to find a box of Andes Crème De Menthe Thins. I went to Smith’s Food King a local grocery store. The clerk said they run out of them as fast as they come in around Christmas. I said, really? Hmmmm. I have never made these cookies before. I just love peppermint so I thought I will just chop up some of the candies after unwrapping all of the green wrappers. Okay, off I go to the next store. Keep in mind, I live in Southern Utah so our store variety is limited. I am fine with that. Although we could sure use a Nordstrom’s here. I love their sales.
Okay next I go to Rite Aid, a local pharmacy just up the street from Smith’s. No they do not have the Andes Mint Thins either. The cute clerk said it was her second day on the job and had never heard of the Andes mints. She was so helpful, but we still could not find them there. Okay, my next stop is Target. My sister said Target sells them for sure. Yep, they have some so I pick up a few boxes. Of course the next stop was Walmart….will they sell Andes Crème De Menthe Thin Chips? Okay, now I don’t have to chop them up into small pieces because they are chips. Yep, I pick up one 10 ounce bag of those chips. They will be ready to stir into my chocolate cookie dough later. I do not like going to the grocery store because I might be tempted to cave in and buy something I do not want, let alone need. I guess I need to get out more because I learned about all the different kinds/flavors of chips. They even had chopped up peppermint. Not chips…I am thinking because of Christmas the variety was extensive. Love it!
This chocolate cookie recipe is my mother-in-laws recipe. Of course with a few modifications….we all modify our recipes, that’s just what we do. I love Salba Chia, so I add it to 99.9% of everything I bake, drink or cook. This cookie is a moist, soft and chewy treat. The Andes Mint Chips make them taste just like a Andes Crème De Menthe Thins candy! Love it!
Here is the recipe: (more…)
Talking Tuesday Over the Fence Link Party is now live. In years past we always shared things with our neighbors over the fence, gossip or maybe a recipe or two. Here is our version of that today.
Linda from Food Storage Moms
Cranberry Orange Bread from Food Storage Moms
Caramel Pecan Turtle Fudge from A Dash of Sanity
Cranberry Hootycreeks from That’s My Home
Frosted Mint M&M Cookies from A Dash of Sanity
Cranberry Orange Muffins from Recipes, Food and Cooking
Cranberry Pie from Food Storage Moms
How to be prepared with InstaFire Emergency Fuel. The InstaFire shown below is an added bonus to help start your charcoal, and to use it as a stand alone source of fuel as well. InstaFire will burn in snow…yes you heard me right..snow. You can heat a cup of your favorite hot drink in a metal cup right over the InstaFire. I buy it in individual packets and in 50 pound buckets. I changed out the lids to Gamma Lids (red ones-my fuel color). Today we actually had snow right here in Southern Utah. I was so excited because most of the time it is really dry here and we must be careful with any kind of fire for fear of starting a real extensive fire.
Here is the snow in my front yard: (more…)