20 October 2016

Thoughts Of Home On Thursday #37

Welcome to Thoughts of Home on Thursday!
 Let's begin today with a special invitation just for you.

During our upcoming
Stunning Thanksgiving Vignette Tour,
 the week of November 7th-11th, 
we invite you to join in the celebration on
Thursday, November 10th,

 by linking your favorite Thanksgiving vignettes at our regularly scheduled Thoughts of Home party.
 Mark your calendar and start planning! 

Our hostess this week is Laura of White Spray Paint, and she recently shared what fall means to her in her Falling in Love With Texas Home Tour.

Fall Blog Hop 2016

 And now to this week's features.


How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract by Rose Bakes

Rose of Rose Bakes share a wonderful tutorial on making  Homemade Vanilla Extract for all of your holiday gift giving.


Kathryn of the Dedicated House shares her beautiful home in her Fall Tour . She had me with all of her blue and white!


Feature-recipe-Orange-marmalade- cake

Sherry of the Charm of Home is a wonderful cook and baker and her Orange Marmalade Cake is the perfect example of that.


Get Busy Gardening shares wonderful tips on How to Plant Garden Bulbs for Spring Flowers.

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And Lisa of Hospitable Pursuits inspires us in True Confessions, not just with the beautiful updates of her home, but with the message that multi-tasking goes out the window at times and that family comes first.
We ask that you please:

1. Link back to this post or any of the four hosts' blogs. Laura of White Spray Paint

Stacey from Poofing The Pillows

Laura of Decor To Adore
Jemma from At Home With Jemma

2. Share up to three of your favorite posts, remembering to not link to advertising or shops.

By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog will always be provided.

Thank you so very much for joining us, and we hope to see you each and every week at
Thoughts Of Home On Thursday.

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19 October 2016

Making Delicious Homemade Vegetable Broth

You know I am still working on discovering and implementing ways to living a life that is plain and simple. It just so happened that while I was at market the other day I overheard two ladies discussing the benefits and uses of vegetable broth.
Well, their conversation got me to thinking about how I should be making my own vegetable broth instead of buying it. I'm pretty sure living with intent and simplicity can begin with vegetable broth too!
Vegetable broth can be a little pricey, tasteless and watery,  while homemade is always tastier, richer and of course more economical.


I use vegetable broth in so many of my recipes, it adds a robust flavor to stews, gumbos, chowders roasts, rice, quinoa and stir-fry.
I have a favorite dutch oven that I use to saute my vegetables in and then I simmer the stock for a few hours to enhance the flavors for a full-bodied and rich vegetable broth.
These dutch ovens really do work well, as they don't boil away the moisture.
Those heavy pots and lids just hold all of that goodness in.

I highly recommend them and just look at the colors they come in!
(Thanks to my kiddos for this awesome pot!)

So, you see I have the garden and the pot, so the world is my oyster!
Jemma's kitchen- orange- stock pot- flowers- savory vegetable



Keep in mind the dish you will be using your broth in.
Savory and Sassy or Mild and Moderate.
Savory and Sassy add extra onions, leeks, and garlic, robust herbs such as chives, tarragon, basil, oregano and if you dare some jalapenos too!

Mild and Moderate just a smidgen will do and of course not a single jalapeno.


The Recipe For Delicious Homemade Vegetable Broth.

yield: When served as a broth alone- 1 cupprint recipe

Delicious Homemade Vegetable Broth

prep time: 1 hourcook time: 3 hourtotal time: 4 hours
Dairy free, wheat free, gluten free, low sodium, vegan, vegetarian, low fat, sugar conscious.


Homemade Vegetable Broth Ingredients
  • 1-2 sweet Vidalia onions-chopped
  • 1 small bunch of leeks-chopped
  • 1/2 bunch of celery-chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic-chopped
  • 1 small bunch of carrots- chopped
  • 6 ripe tomatoes-diced
  • 2 small seeded jalapenos (optional)-diced
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
  • 5 tablespoons good olive oil


Instructions for Homemade Vegetable Broth
  1. Heat olive oil in dutch oven over medium heat (until it reaches about 240 degrees-well below smoke point) Add all the vegetables except tomatoes and sauteed until tender-crisp, stirring frequently. When they are tender add water, tomatoes and peppercorns bring to a vigorous boil. Simmer over low heat for 2-3 hours. If you don't like any chunks in your broth drain with a fine mesh sieve and once again with cheesecloth. Cool and refrigerator up to 3 days.
Created using The Recipes Generator

How Long Will This Vegetable Broth Keep?

You can keep it in your refrigerator between 3-4 days.
You can freeze it for 4-6 months.


Homemade vegetable broth is really good for you and a fantastic alternative to getting your
healthy dose of veggies in your diet.
(Do you know that some people do not eat their vegetables!)
Sort of like a V-8 but so much better....laughing just a little.

More Ideas On Infusing Veggies in your Diet
How to cook fresh peas

Homemade Jalapeno Jelly
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16 October 2016

How To Make Easy Christmas Wreath Ornaments

Well by now you know me and wreaths.
I think we can truly say  that I really do not need a season or a reason to make them!
So, when I spied these adorable mini grapevine wreaths I knew that we were a match made in heaven...smiles.
So here we go friends an easy Christmas wreath ornament tutorial.

First off I would like to welcome you to day 16 of the second year of 31 days of Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog hop.
I am so thrilled to be part of this extraordinary group of bloggers who are inspiring us with Christmas ornaments all through the month of October.
You will find links to the other handmade Christmas ornaments at the end of this post.

Time from start to finish for Christmas Wreath Ornaments~under 1 hour.

The mess~minimal

The Cost~under $2.00 per ornament


The Supplies~

1. Mini Grapevine wreaths (package of 6) 
2. Mini embellished wood slice (package of 4)
3. Mini Gold bows (package of 8)
4. Thin Gold metallic cord
5. Scissors
6. Glue Gun
7. Glue Sticks
8. Gold faux stick with beads


The Tutorial~

Step 1.
Snip 11 gold beads off of the gold faux stick.

Step 2.

Space gold beads evenly on mini grapevine wreath and hot glue into place.
(being careful not to burn yourself, supervise young children)

Step 3.

Remove twine bow from embellished wood slice and replace with gold metallic cord.
Attach wood slice to grapevine wreath by tying the gold cord around the wreath.

Step 4.

Hot glue gold bow on top of the mini wreath where you attached the wood slice with
gold cord.

That is it!

Easy and ready to hang on your own tree as soon as the snow flies!


Thank you for joining me today and I invite you to visit the other Christmas ornament links below!

Here are all 31 Bloggers in order of their appearance:

Day 1 - The Silly Pearl :: Day 2 -Yesterday on Tuesday Day 3 - Cupcakes and Crinoline :: Day 4 - An Extraordinary Day Day 5 - Knick of Time :: Day 6 - Pet Scribbles :: Day 7 - Simply Kelly Designs Day 8 - Town and Country Living :: Day 9 - Petticoat JUNKtion Day 10 - The Everyday Home :: Day 11 - Up on Tippy Toes Day 12 - Remodelando la Casa :: Day 13 - DIY 180 :: Day 14 - 504 Main Day 15 - Sum of their Stories :: Day 16 - At Home with Jemma Day 17 - The Kim Six Fix :: Day 18 - Shabby Art Boutique Day 19 - Morena's Corner :: Day 20 - My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Day 21 - Our Southern Home :: Day 22 - Domestically Speaking Day 23 - The Crafting Nook :: Day 24 - Sweet Pea Day 25 - Dukes and Duchesses :: Day 26 - Heathered Nest Day 27 - Lovely Etc. Day 28 - Stone Gable Blog :: Day 29 - Mod Podge Rocks Day 30 - Running with a Glue Gun :: Day 31 - All Things Heart and Home

Please join me~
Love Of HomeLife and LindaMy Heart Lives HereCedar Hill FarmhouseAn Extraordinary Day

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13 October 2016

Thoughts Of Home On Thursday #36

Welcome back to Thoughts Of Home On Thursday where we share the best of DIY, recipes,
gardening, decorating and inspiration on the web.
We are four Texas gals that are so happy you are here today!
We are~
                                                           Laura from White Spray Paint
                                                    Stacey from Poofing The Pillows 
                                                       Laura from Decor To Adore
                                                   Jemma from At Home With Jemma
Our host this week is Jemma and she is sharing her tried and true homemade popcorn ball recipe with you all today.

Mia Bella Passions shares her fabulous Peanut White Chocolate fudge recipe.
Make it now or later as a gift giving treat for the Holidays.

I love to crochet, unfortunately most of my projects are only half finished. However
Whistle & Ivy finished and shares this great Link hat pattern with us.
So cute for gift giving too.


Sharing Shadymont provides us with a little diy tutorial on embellishing pumpkins and a fabulous Fall vignette.


Quaker Hill Farm loves things that can be reinvented for another purpose. She inspired me on how she reinvented the stump of her beloved tree.


Even though I will continue to garden outside, many of our dear readers will not.
So when DIY Danielle shared a tutorial on easy concrete planters and her joy of giving the gift of gardening, I thought this would be appropriate for Winter gardening on a windowsill and such.

For this week, we ask that you please:

1.Link back to this post or any of the four hosts websites.

Stacey from Poofing The Pillows
Laura of Decor To Adore
Jemma from At Home With Jemma

2. Share up to three of your posts, please remembering not include shops or advertising.
By linking you are giving Thoughts of Home on Thursday permission to feature your post, accompanying photos on future blog posts and or other social media such as Facebook or Instagram.
A link back to your blog will always be provided.

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10 October 2016

Haunting Halloween Wreath

Welcome to a Haunting Halloween Wreath making sort of day.
I am sharing a few easy steps with you on how to make your own purple and black Halloween wreath.  
It is part whimsy and part haunting, a happy mix of Halloween fun.
Spooky enough to frighten and yet silly enough to spread Halloween cheer.

purple, black, skulls, mums on a grapevine wreath, athomewithjemma

It's a perfect time of the year to perfect your wreath making skills.

I made this wreath on our back patio in less than two hours.
It is a combination of leftovers from a previous Halloween wreath and some discounted Halloween item from Michaels.

Perfect time to stock up on those seasonal items, as all of the craft stores are moving out their Fall inventory for Christmas.


These are the items you will need for your Haunting Halloween Wreath:

1. 18 inch grapevine wreath. (I spray painted mine gray-optional)
2. 3 Black roses
3. 10 Purples mums
4. 3 Black pumpkins
5. 5 Black skulls
6. 3 Purple pumpkins
7. 1 sequin mask
8. 1 BOO
9. 1 Witches shoe
10. Deco Mesh Ribbon
11. Grosgrain Ribbon
12. Scissors
13. Glue gun and glue sticks
14. Florist wire
15. Florist cutters


Just follow these easy steps using the supplies listed above to make your own
Haunting Halloween Wreath.

These is your DIY wreath, so customized it to your preference with colors and styles you like.
Just be very careful with the hot glue gun-I seem to always get a small burn or two.

Assemble your supplies together in a well lit work area and cover your work space.

grapevine, tutorial-athomewithjemma

Step 2:
Space your mums equally and secure with hot glue.


Step 3:
Add roses, pumpkins, skulls and mask securing with hot glue.


Step 4:
Add witches shoe and wrap grosgrain ribbon around the wreath, securing the beginning and end of ribbon with hot glue.


Step 5:

Add deco-mesh bow and presto you have a Haunting Halloween Wreath!



Thank you for joining me today!


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