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Inspirational Thursday-Let it go

| December 27, 2012
A new year is just around the corner!  I find this empowering!  Thanks to Grace, which has been given to us as a gift,  we are able to begin a new chapter in our lives. I am making a commitment to myself that every Thursday I will dedicate my blog to an inspirational Theme.                                             "Let it Go and Love." We all know that we all have stuff that we need to let go of.  By doing this we are able to take all of the energy and effort which we were putting in to thoughts, worries and even certain relationships that are not serving us well. Let us focus on the beauty of strong relationships, healthy thoughts, less worrying, love and Faith. May inner peace be yours today- ~Jemma~

Winter Windowsill Garden

Flowers | December 26, 2012
I am so fortunate to have a window above my kitchen sink-with an  added bonus of a generous sized windowsill. This windowsill provides an ideal environment for some of my  house plants!   I really love plants of all shapes, sizes, colors, textures and the  more the merrier! This happy plant is an Asparagus Fern has dense bright green  needles.   I keep the soil moist, and the Southern exposure is heaven for these  plants! Moon Valley is quite striking with it's chartreuse and saw-toothed  edged leaves.  The texture of the deep craters and valleys on the leaves adds  interest.   Moon Valley can grow up to 12 inches, I trim the leaves every few  months. Asparagus Fern  and Moon Valley thrive harmoniously on my  Windowsill. African Violets have an interesting history-they were first collected  from Eastern Africa.  They have a velvety compact foliage and can be over-watered  very  easily. Adding water to the saucer, rather than on the soil helps to  prevent this as the plant absorbs w

Jemma's Chirstmas Jambalaya

Jambalaya | December 20, 2012
Christmas Jambalaya, a rich and robust broth with generous morsels of sausage and shrimp, served over flavorful rice. This dish requires chopping-I think preparing food with family about is soothing and welcoming.  So, this dish is perfect for the Holidays.  Little ones, can run about while Mama and Grammy chop and visit.   Just look at these luscious vegetables, green pepper, celery, poblano pepper, jalapeno, garlic and onion.   Tip:  Smoked Paprika is Wonderful!  Ingredients: 1/2 pd shrimp-devein -tails off 10 oz smoked kielbasi or andouille 3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 medium sweet onion  chopped 1 green onion chopped 1 jalapeno pepper chopped and seeded(optional) this will be hot! 1/2 poblano pepper chopped and seeded 2 cloves garlic chopped 4 stalks of celery chopped 1 1/2 cans vegetable or chicken broth 2 cans of crushed tomatoes  1 tablespoon smoked paprika 1 bay leaf salt and pepper to taste. `````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Heat  

Gingerbread , Cookies and Family

Family | December 17, 2012
Celebrating Christmas and celebrating the love of our family.  We had a little Christmas gathering on Sunday, sharing our goodies and our Blessings with you!  I am thankful and I am Blessed to have my family.  Two of my children and their families came to my house yesterday to spend time together, make a Gingerbread House and decorate Christmas cookies!   I am so thankful for my daughter, and her caring and loving hands which teach her children not only how to decorate cookies, but teach kindness and gratitude. I am very thankful for the joyful heart of my daughter, who reaches out to neighbors and friends and shows her child about caring and honesty. I am thankful for the sparkle which Maisy brings to my life. She is three and she picked out these cookies which she is going to decorate! Busy little hands, plenty of frosting and sparkly sprinkles make for colorful treats! Recipe for these cookies can be found on my last post  Christmas Sugar Cookies I am thankful for Wyatt, who brings

Christmas Sugar Cookies

baking | December 16, 2012
Christmas Sugar Cookies Honestly, who doesn't LOVE a good cookie-this Sugar Cookie Recipe is a keeper-buttery rich, light, fluffy and totally irresistible-even the Keebler Elves would want one of these! This recipe utilizes cream of tartar which is a stabilizing agent- that adds thickness and prevents ingredients from losing their shape, such a wonderful ingredient for sugar cookies. Mary's Sugar Cookies ( From Betty Crocker's Cookie Book) Chill: 2 hr * Bake: 7 to 8 min per Sheet *Preheat oven: to 350 Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 cup butter or margarine softened 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 egg 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour sifted 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cream of tartar Granulated sugar Beat powdered sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed.  Stir in vanilla, almond extract and egg.  Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm. (Dough may be refrigerated

Paint and Frame a Wreath

Projects | December 15, 2012
I realized after hanging my wreath that it needed something more - so I bought an ugly duck frame and gave it a face lift-here's how! So, I needed a gold frame, but didn't want to pay what the price tag said at the craft shop-so I bought the ugly duck version. I love to paint things and I love gold paint! Of course metallic is even better!! I have all sizes of paint brushes, but for this project I wanted a small one.  This paint is thick and since this frame is showcasing my wreath over the family room mantle I wanted to insure that there weren't any spots missed. This paint is rich, glossy and perfectly gold!  What a great way to highlight my wreath! Do you have any painting transformations planned? ~Jemma~

Burlap Christmas Wreath

burlap | December 13, 2012
My inspiration for using such vibrant and bold colors for this burlap  wreath came from my visit to the Red Door.  I feel as though my  visit there helped me to step out of my comfort zone. The Red Door will always be such a magical shop for me to visit. So, now that I have the courage to decorate with more color and using the supplies which I purchased from the Red Door.  I have   my glue gun heated, straw wreath and scissors in hand!                                       Step 1: Cut 6" x 10" strips of burlap to cover straw wreath.  Tightly  wrap the wreath with the burlap and secure with hot glue. Step 2:   After wreath is completely covered with burlap use floral wire  and hot glue to secure decorative floral and other  embellishments.                                               Step 3: Any time I create I always let my craft sit a day or two.  I live  with it a bit and then add or take away depending on how it  looks and feels to me.                                    

Christmas Decorating Secrets

Christmas | December 11, 2012
When it comes to decorating for Christmas, or really most of the  time I find that I shop my home and make the most of what I  already  have.  Incorporating floral and decorative vessels add simple  and beautiful touches to our homes. Do you have a little bucket or pot?  Save it, either spray paint it or glitz it up with some glitter.  I added some silver, gold and purple twigs and glamour to my decorative vessel and gave our mantle  some pop. Tip-Save decorative floral for next year-never throw them away! I love pine cones, I collect them on my walks and save them.  These huge pine cones I have had for many years.  They used to hang on a  wreath, but I wanted to give them a new look and incorporate  paperwhites into my Holiday decor.  So this year I nestled my paper  whites and pinecones together for a seasonal arrangement. Tip-Don't be shy about reworking old wreaths and  arrangements-mix different objects together for interesting  vignettes. Plan ahead, look in magazines, Pinter

Fresh Noble Fir Wreath DIY

Projects | December 09, 2012
I was just simply in the mood for FRESH!   Most of the house is decorated, but this day, I was in the mood for the smell, feel, and look of fresh!! These are two of the fresh boughs from the Noble Fir Christmas Tree. I gathered up natural burlap, straw wreath, florist wire, various picks and boughs of the Noble Fir that I had cut with my nippers. (Tip: Straw wreaths are great, they are light, easy to work with, picks insert easily, decorative items attach with little effort.  I used a straw wreath for both of my DIY wreath projects this season.) Cut and trim the boughs from the pine tree of your choice-place them on the straw wreath and attach with florist wire- Lay and secure one layer of boughs and continue layering until you reach the density that you like. Once you have the boughs on and secured, insert decorative florist picks, and burlap bow. Fresh is now part of the season! ~Jemma~