02 December 2016

Christmas With Stencils~Rustic Planters

Good Morning!
I have been enjoying stenciling these past couple of months.
I shared a stenciled jar candle holder back in September and today myself along with 5 other bloggers are sharing a themed Christmas with stencils project that we all hope you will enjoy and find inspiring.
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Our friend Carole from Garden Up Green organized this Christmas with stencils blog hop.
You will find  links to everyone of these creative artists and bloggers at the end of this post.

This post is twofold as it is also the debut of my hand-cut Cedar Christmas Tree from our property.
I set out about 2 days ago to find the perfect Christmas Tree and here it is.
I shared the details on Instagram and just when I was about to bring the little Cedar inside an IG friend advised against it, because of bagworms. 
Truth be told Cedars are very prickly and I suspect that I have a couple of chigger bites too.
Oh well,  one might think it looks a little like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, but to me it is beautiful and jut perfect for our front porch!


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For this project I decided to use some rustic planters that my husband made for me a few years ago.
I freshened them up with some gray chalk paint.
Then between the two of us (the hubby) and myself we designed, cut, sanded and painted two signs for me to stencil.



The Project Using Salvaged Pieces Of Lumber & Cedar Planter

1. Cut your salvaged pieces of lumber into the size of board you'd like to stencil.
2. Sand rough edges of board
3. Paint the board
4. Let board dry before stenciling.



Stenciling The Project

1. Secure the stencil to the board with painters tape
2. Gather all of your paints together, I used acrylic paint.
3. Use paper plates to put your paint on
4. Keep scissors and various paint brushes handy
5. Remove stencil after painting
6. Attach to planter

The hubby and I enjoyed this project and the weather was positively wonderful so most of it was completed outdoors.

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Now, this stencil design would not have been possible without Debbiedoos stencils.
Her stencil line includes various seasons and themes as well as being a quality stencil that is forgiving.
These stencils are sturdy, but yet flexible and they stay in place!
She is a one man show so to speak and her products are all made in the U.S.A.!

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This sign started out like this.


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Then to this...


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Then finally to this!

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Thank you for joining us today with our themed Christmas With Stencils project.

Our talented friends have links below.








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01 December 2016

Etsy Christmas Shop Roundup

We have had 4 fabulous weeks of Etsy shopping and today we bring all of these beautiful shops together.
Each one is included right here for your shopping convenience from your home.
Below each photo you will find a direct link to the shop and any information pertinent to sales and offers.

We also have a winner for the Darren Gygi  Art Giveaway.
Winners are chosen from random.org. Winner has been contacted by email.

Thank you to all you participated, we will have another art giveaway soon!

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Thank you to each of these shops for sharing their talents and beautiful products with us.
If you would like to see these shops  and other talents in the Spring please let me know so that I can begin working on a Spring "Trunk" Show.


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Use code JEMMA10 for 10% off purchases through December 5th.



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Use code JEMMASFEATURE  for 20% off through December 3rd.


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Celestina Rose Garden Market

Use code CHRISTMAS25 for 25% off through January 1st 2017


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NanNas Things
Vintage Collectibles from Upstate New York


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Use code JemmasFeature for 10% off through December 10th.


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Where whimsy meets creativity


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Natural, Handcrafted, Vegan Luxury Soaps


Please join us tomorrow for a Christmas with Stencils blog hop!
xo


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30 November 2016

Holland House Cooking Wines Giveaway & Recipe

I am sort of assuming that many of us would like to cook a really delicious and easy meal that would tickle everyone's taste buds with bold and smoky flavors.
If you are saying yes, then please stick around because today I am partnering with Holland House cooking wines to share a recipe and offer a fantastic giveaway of some of their most popular cooking wines, just in time for your Holiday cooking!

Just leave a little note in the comment section and you are automatically entered.
Winner will be announced Sunday December 4th.

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The Holland House brand has teamed up with Tatyana Nesteruk host of the You Tube cooking show. Tatyana specializes in family friendly step by step tutorials which make cooking easier than ever!
As I was making this savory dish I discovered that I make a dish very similar to the Bold and Smoky Pepper Marsala Pasta only I keep it vegetarian most of the time, making this a very versatile dish.

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Holland House is a brand that we can all have confidence in using.

My Mom used Holland House and I do too, it has been around for 100 years!
In a time period where so many things come and go, it sure is nice to use a trusted product that your can rely on and has stood the test of time.
Holland House wines are fantastic for everyday meals, you can add a few tablespoons to any dish and immediately enhance the flavors of everything from chili's and stews to seafood.
This past Sunday we had Chicken Marsala for Sunday dinner and I used the Holland House Marsala cooking wine, it was delicious.




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Each cooking wine has it's own unique flavor and enhances dishes in different ways.
I have provided a little information which I thought might be a useful resource for your Holiday cooking.

The Flavors Of Five Holland House Cooking Wines 

Marsala cooking wine imparts a well-rounded, sweet wine flavor with hints of hazelnut that is versatile and ideal for cooking with beef, chicken and pork.

Sherry cooking wine offers a mild, sherry-wine flavor with hints of nut and caramel, perfect for use in dessert recipes to balance sweet with a hint of nutty flavor.


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Red cooking wine offers a smooth, medium-bodied wine flavor that is ideal for cooking heartier dishes like beef, lamb and pork.

White cooking wine adds a slightly dry, but distinct wine flavor perfect for bringing out the bold flavors in chicken, seafood and sauces.

White and Lemon cooking wine brings a citrus twist to the traditional white wine flavor, ideal for cooking lighter dishes like seafood.


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Save 50 cents off your next Holland House purchase by clicking here to get your coupon.


yield: 4 Servingsprint recipe

Bold & Smoky Marsala Pasta

prep time: 45 MINScook time: 40 MINStotal time: 85 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 large red bell peppers
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 4 links (1lb) smoky sausage
  • 1 large shallot diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup Holland House 'Marsala' cooking wine
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 pound penne pasta
  • Small bunch fresh basil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 Degrees. Cut the red bell pepper into quarters, discarding the seeds and removing any white membrane. Arrange the peppers on a small baking dish. Drizzle generously with olive oil; season with salt and ground black pepper. Bake in preheated oven for about 15 minutes, until peppers are slightly charred and tender. Once peppers are done, dice the peppers into pea sized pieces. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Keep warm. Meanwhile, prepare the sausage. Remove any casings, if needed, and slice sausage into small disks. Preheat large, cast-iron pan over medium heat. Add the sliced sausage and brown all over. Remove the sausage from the pan and into a small bowl; set aside. PREPARE THE SAUCE Into the same pan, add the diced shallot and garlic. Cook for a few minutes until tender. Add all of the spices and seasonings and tomato paste. Add Holland House 'Marsala' cooking wine. Cook the sauce for 5 minutes. Add the diced roasted red bell pepper Return the sausage to the pan and mix all ingredients together, and then bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, to allow flavor to develop. Add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Cook until cheese is completely melted. Once sauce has cooked, add the prepared pasta and to to coat. Garnish the top with chopped bail and more Parmesan cheeses
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28 November 2016

Jubilee On Ice & A Dessert

I am probably a little biased but for me there is nothing quite as special as a country Christmas and I know for certain there are three other bloggers who feel the same way. Today the four of us country girls are sharing the heart of our Country Christmas with you.
Carole from Garden Up Green organized this memorable event.
You will find all of the links at the end of this post where other Country stories are being shared by some lovely ladies.

I am not just a little bit country, I am all the way country in my heart and when you see this photo you will see why it is true.

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Mom, Dad, Sandra and I lived on this slice of heaven in the farm country of Idaho.
It was a gentle life founded on the principles of love Jesus, honor your Mom and Dad, work hard, play hard and be thankful. Very simple and yet it worked beautifully and resulted in not wanting much and being grateful for most everything.

Sundays were for Church, followed by a country-style dinner and a very special dessert.
I always looked forward to Sunday for all sorts of reason, but one was my parents always took Sunday off and that meant special things might just happen.

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Even in the Winter farmers work, they have shops where they work on all of their farm equipment to get it ready for the next season. So that meant that Dad would still work, and Mom being the capable woman she was would often times help him- but not ever on Sunday.

Winters in Idaho were fabulous for a kid, there was sledding to be done, snowmen that just had to be made and of course ice-skating on all of the sloughs that snaked through the countryside.

I remember the year I received those magical skates.They were white and I had just finished reading Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates and imagined myself skating from the beginning of those icy waterways to the very end. I just knew an adventure was in the making, I was sort of a female Tom Sawyer.

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On that white winter Sunday morning us girls had gone to Church while Dad stayed behind. Dad wasn't much for going to Church-he figured that since he kept a can of Copenhagen chew in his back pocket and had an Olympia beer now and again he wasn't getting in to heaven anyway.
So he kept an eye on the Sunday roast while we were away.

Mom had made an extra special dessert on this Sunday and she named it Cherries Jubilee. I know now that it wasn't really Cherries Jubilee but it sure was a jubilee to sample it.


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We finished our meal and I was itching the entire time to get those skates on and get to business skating up the frozen waterways.

If you have never skated on "real ice," it's a different bird, its rough and often times the snow has to be swept off by hand with a broom before you can even begin to think of skating on it.


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Once the dishes were done one of the most glorious surprises of my childhood Country Christmas was about to occur.

My Mom and Dad slipped on ice-skates that I had never seen before, to this day I do not know where they got them from or where they went after wards.
Even more of a mystery to me at the time was that they both knew how to ice-skate!
Dad's were old, brown and tattered and Mom's were not any better.

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The three of us skated until our ankles hurt so terribly we could not skate one more inch.
My Dad was a pretty serious fellow, but on that sunshine infused, magical country Christmas sort of day he laughed more than I had ever seen him laugh before.
The three of us had a jubilee on ice and we looked as though we had stepped straight out of Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates and all of my Christmas wishes really had came true.


Sharing my Mom's Cherry Jubilee recipe, its super sweet and rich, but it sure is pretty!


 
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Cherries Jubilee
                                                                     
Ingredients:
1 Can cherry pie filling                                                                                
1 8 oz container cool-whip thawed                                                                                                           1 8 oz. package of cream cheese softened  
1/2 cup granulated sugar    
1 graham cracker crust      
Directions:  
Combine softened cream cheese and cool whip with an electric mixer. 
Add sugar and mix until well Incorporated.  
Scoop into prepared graham cracker pie crust.
Top with cherry pie filling and chill for several hours.                                          




                           Judith from Botanic Bleu| Jemma from At Home with Jemma



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