Inspirational Thursday-Craft Show

Well, I mean to tell you that Oklahoma City knows how to host a  

Craft show.  Full, abundant, selection, quality and look what I 

found!



Primitive Dough Bowl-can't wait to use this for my decorating this 

Christmas.



Sugar mold-


Perfection with candles...singing happily to myself.



I collect snowmen, so when I spied these linen napkins with hand 

embroidered snowmen-they were coming home with me.



Love these darling and huge acorns-my daughter sneakily purchased 

them and tucked them in my bag.



This is my Rebecca the sneaky little acorn bandit, with Molly.  Who

you can't see.


So here is Molly who was a real trooper and shopped with us for a 

total of six hours!



The theme was An Affair of the Heart.  So many women in one 

place.  On a very chilly day.



Still everyone was smiling with a zest and gusto like I have never 

seen before.



Rebecca and I have started a tradition and we promised that no 

matter where lifes journey takes us we will always meet in Oklahoma

City once a year to attend this fun, exciting, quality and great Craft

Fair.




This trip was a true memory maker for more reasons than just the 

Craft Fair! 

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Three Welcoming Wreaths For Fall

I enjoy decorating and decorating for the Holidays makes it even 

more special and rewarding.  Many of today's styles are a beautiful

blend of eclectic, primitive, rustic, French or whatever you can 

imagine.  Gone are the days of matchy, matchy-thank goodness.



I have enjoyed designing and creating three different styles of 

wreaths for our home and I am sharing them with you today.  The

first wreath will hang in our dining room on a very beautiful antique

hutch that was my Grandmother's.



If you happen to follow along you will have seen this hutch 

showcased many times.  




This wreath is a blend of bold and natural the base of it is grapevine.


Most of the grasses, wild wheat and acorns I found while on my 

morning walks.  Since I was envisioning a little bling I spray painted 

the acorns gold and also some of the tips of my floral pieces.


I have been crazy over orange this season so naturally  I added a 

glorious orange bow which just happens to have delicate threads of 

gold running through it. 



A little rustic and country is the theme of this wreath and it smells

wonderful too, each one of these sweet little pine cones smells like

cinnamon.  




I embellished this wreath with some faux felt pumpkins and pearls, 

mini mums, and yes more acorns from my walks which I left natural 

for this wreath. Some of the pine cones have a smokey black tint, so 

was super tickled when I found this black and cream check ribbon.

I feel as though it brings all the elements together.



This wreath has found a new home -my oldest daughter was

helping out with a Fall fundraiser and asked me if she could include 

this wreath in her basket of goodies to be auctioned off.  



To me this sings French Western, a little triangular grapevine basket 

spray painted gold holds a beautiful bouquet of Falls finest.  Rich

burgundy red silk dahlias, bright yellow mini mums, burnt orange 

faux pumpkins and autumn leaves bring Fall to our home. 



I will be hanging this on our Front door as soon as Halloween is 

over.   






I have enjoyed Welcoming Fall into our home with different 

compositions, styles, and textures.  Enjoy decorating your home for 

this wonderful time of the year.

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Lets Make Popcorn Balls

I think popcorn balls are a perfect treat for this time of the year and 

that got me to thinking of how people used to hand them out 

to trick-or-treaters.  The more I thought about this the more I 

wanted to make some for my family.




I was taking a little trip to Oklahoma to see the youngest daughter 

and to go the one of the most amazing craft shows ever (post to 

follow later in the week.)  So, I asked her what I should bring- 

answer was Popcorn balls.  Was this perfect or what? So, here we 

go, I have a super recipe to share with you.







Lets start with 3 bags of microwave popcorn popped-you may have

a few delicious little puffs while your syrup cooks to perfection...





You will need a candy thermometer plus a heavy and trustworthy 

saucepan.  Word of caution watch that thermometer-it takes quite a 

while for the syrup to get to soft ball stage but whoo hoo then it 

really takes off!  Not fun to work with hot syrup that is overcooked.

















Popcorn Balls-
adapted from Paula Deen

You will need an oversized bowl to mix popped corn and cooked syrup mixture together. Butter for your hands to shape the popcorn balls and parchment paper to place popcorn balls on.

Ingredients

2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup light Karo syrup
1 tsp white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
11/1 tsp vanilla
Food coloring (optional)
3 bags popped microwave popcorn

If you would like your popcorn balls to be colored, just add a few drops of food coloring to the syrup when you add the vanilla.


Directions

In a medium saucepan combine sugar, water, Karo syrup, 

vinegar and salt.  Stir all ingredients together and cook over medium-

high heat until the syrup reaches hard ball stage on candy 

thermometer. Stir in vanilla and pour mixture over popped corn toss

gently to coat.  When mixture seems to be cool enough to handle-

butter hands then shape popcorn into balls moving quickly before 

the syrup sets.  Cool completely until they are set up nicely.



That's it-they are done, they are delicious and they are ready to be

wrapped up in your favorite treat bag or a plain baggie will do.





Final step deliver them to your family, friends or a Fall Festival and 

be sure to save a couple for yourself!


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Inspirational Thursday-The Cookie

Have you ever had someone give you something just because they 

were being nice?  




Last week this lovely gesture known as being "nice," happened to 

me.


It was just an ordinary day at the hair salon and I was simply getting 

an ordinary trim.



When one of my hair stylists clients came in with two festive 

Halloween cookies for her. 



I admired her client's cookies, the client smiled politely at me and 

said "thank you," as she went on her way.


Cut turned into style out and nearly an hour had passed by.  Just as

I was preparing to leave the client with the cookies came through the

door smiling.  In her hand she held a beautiful pumpkin sugar 

cookie and she gave it to me!


Wondering how nice presented itself in your week?

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A Pig and A pumpkin Vignette

Gusty northerly winds blowing, a chill in the air with a Halloween 

moon wandering throughout the nighttime sky.






This how a not too serious Halloween vignette is born.





Such a  simple combination of a bit of whimsy and fun, a  pumpkin 

and a  flying pig adorn our table for some Halloween cheer.



My Mother's antique crystal bowl filled with a bit of this and that...



Some golden acorns and a colorful leaf or two.




I have never envisioned a pig and pumpkin side by side.



Yet, a perfect Halloween duo they are!

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Fashion Friday -Fall and Holiday Trends

Fall has arrived and Holiday 2013 is just around the corner.  These 

are a few of my favorite picks for this week.  Many of these are 

designer fashions.  But keep in mind that all fashion ultimately

trickles down from these big names.




Reptile is in for handbags, smoking shoes are hot this season and 

are comfortable too.  Soft shades of eyeshadow for a more natural 

look seem to be the trend - combine all of this together with a loose 

and soft sweater.






Use these examples, or any others which you see as your guide to 

be knowledgeable of what is in style.  Tone it down or bring it up,

make it your own and have fun with fashion!  




Inspirational Thursday-Fall Memories


It seems as though it was just a few years ago that I was anxiously

anticipating Halloween as a child. Time has slipped by very quickly 

and as I was setting up our cheery little Halloween display memories 

of a very special Halloween season flooded through me. 




When you are eight years old and have big plans to harvest 

pumpkins when you get home from school, the long ride on an old 

yellow school bus on a dusty, bumpy dirt road can seem like an 

eternity.



Remembering the joy I felt when the school bus finally arrived to 

our little red brick house, where love and pumpkins grew! Leaping 

down the bus steps with all of my might and being so thrilled to see 

that my Mother had the best cardboard skeleton from Woolworths 

hanging on our front door.



Life just didn't get any better than that, except for the pumpkin crop

that year. Halloween just isn't Halloween without pumpkins and the 

bumper crop of pumpkins that we had that year made me so proud. 

We watched over those pumpkins as if they were babies.  There 

had been several nights that they had to be covered with old quilts to

protect them from a light freeze.




Then the time came, they had turned a beautiful orange and were

ready to harvest.  We had so many pumpkins that Momma drove 

the car around to our little pumpkin patch. Fifty or more pumpkins

were picked and loaded into the trunk of Momma's car.


The sweet smell of country air, a full moon, the sound of a flock of

geese, pure excitement of taking our precious load of pumpkins to 

town to sell to our little local market is a vivid, happy and beautiful

memory for me.




Wishing you a week with memories which bring you joy, peace,

laughter and perhaps a smile...



"Memory is a way of holding onto things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose." ~ From The Wonder Years


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Granny Smith Apple turnovers

So many delightfully delicious apple recipes are circulating about, 

and I just happen to have one that I would like to share with you all.

It is simple, sweet and perfect with a cup of coffee on a 

blustery, Autumn day.







So, a few weekends ago as the north wind blew and the rain came 

down I made a trip to our local market to gather some beautiful 

granny smith apples. 





Granny smith apples are such a firm, dense and tart apple and as you

know perfect for baking.  Their green skin is vibrant and attractive.

I could not resist taking a few photos of them.




It almost seemed a shame to peel them, such a gorgeous green. 




And here they are all warm and bubbly with just a little powdered

sugar glaze on them and a couple of little leaves made out of leftover

pie crust.  Just heavenly on this rainy and windy day.




Fresh Apple Turnovers-serves 6
~adapted from the Barefoot Contessa~

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
3 granny smith apples
3 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
pinch sea-salt
1 sheet Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust
1 egg beaten & 1 tablespoon water for egg wash

Powdered Sugar Glaze-

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon softened butter
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
4 tablespoons heavy cream

Directions For Turnovers:

In a medium size mixing bowl combine orange juice, sugar, flour,

cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt-set aside.

Peel, quarter and core apples, then cut into 3/4 inch chunks. 

Immediately toss into prepared mixture to prevent them from 

turning brown.  

Place a sheet of parchment paper on counter and lightly flour, 

remove pie crust from package and place on floured parchment 

paper, using rolling pin, roll pie crust to a 10x10 inch square.

Cut large square into 6 smaller squares and neatly place about 1/4 

cup of apple mixture on squares.  Fold the pastry over the apple

mixture and seal by pressing the edges with your fingers.  Transfer

to a sheet pan lined with parchment paper.  Brush the top of each

turnover with egg wash.  Make 2 small slits on top of turnover and

bake for 25 minutes.  If they brown too quickly cover with 

aluminum foil.  Remove and cool about 10 minutes. Drizzle with

Powdered sugar glaze while warm.  Serve warm or at room 

temperature.

Sweet, simple and perfect for Fall.


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