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Styrofoam Christmas Ornaments DIY

Lets make ornaments out of Styrofoam balls and celebrate 

a DIY retro Christmas craft day.

So lets get busy and make some cute crafts out of these little

Styrofoam balls (caution these are made with thumb tacks adult 

supervision is needed)

Supplies Needed

1- Black craft paint
2- Assorted thumbtacks
3- Styrofoam balls
4- Ribbon
5- Pipe cleaners
6- Small jingle bell
7- Craft glue
8- Florist wire

Directions For Blue and Silver Thumbtack Christmas ornament.

Wrap ribbon around the Styrofoam ball and tie.  Add thumbtacks

one at a time creating what ever type of pattern you like. Secure 

each tack by adding glue.  They will fall out if not glued. 

Directions for Styrofoam and ribbon ornament.  Measure 6-8 strips

of ribbon and cut- secure with thumbtack on top and bottom of 

Styrofoam ball.  Make a loop out of the ribbon and secure with

tacks and glue.

Directions for Rudolph Christmas Ornament, cut and shape antlers

out of pipe cleaners, twist them into desired shape and stick them in 

the Styrofoam, secure with craft glue.  Paint two tacks black for the

eyes, after they have dried insert into Styrofoam- once again 

 securing with glue.  Attach florist wire to the red jingle bell

and push into Styrofoam, glue. 

Thank you for joining me in a blast from the past craft!

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Happy Thanksgiving

Last week while taking my usual walk through a little forest not far 

from home, I snapped these pictures with my phone.  It was a lovely 

and colorful morning and I was thinking of all of the things in life

which I am thankful for and for those things in life which I need to 

be thankful for.

So, I took the pictures and went on home.  I spent quite a bit of 

time reading all sorts of quotes, some resonated with me and others 

not so much.  So many times when I read and ponder I begin to 

feel very melancholy for my family that lives far away and for my 

family that now lives in Heaven.

One thing lead to another and I found some other quotes 

that I just had to share with you-

Do you remember the delightful Erma Bombeck?  

"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare, they are 

consumed in twelve minutes.  Half times take twelve minutes, this is 

not coincidence."

How about Irv Kupcinet?

"An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving day."

Oh and Melodie Beattie

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and 

creates a vision for tomorrow."

Wishing you and yours a Thanksgiving with abundant love, sunshine

in your heart and a spirit filled with all the joy it can hold!


Holiday Cinnamon Rolls

Would you like a mouth watering cinnamon roll to serve to your 

family, friends and well yourself?  Of course you would!

These are so tasty, they never made it any farther than this-straight 

to a plate to the tummy!  I did manage to get a simple frosting 

 on them and then they were gone.

Using the basic dough recipe from my earlier post-

Pull Apart Dinner Rolls.  Refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.

~Holiday Cinnamon Rolls~ oven 350
Makes 14 rolls for 1/2 of recipe 28 for full recipe


Large shallow greased baking pan
1/2 Pull Apart Dinner Roll Recipe
8 tablespoons melted butter
1 3/4 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup raisins (optional)

Punch dough down and roll out into oblong piece about 1/4 inch thick.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon.  Roll up as for jelly roll and cut in 1 1/4 inch slices.  Place cut side up, about an inch apart in large shallow greased baking pan. Cover and let rise in warm place free from draft, until light and rolls touching. About 1 hour.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes.  Ice tops while still warm with simple icing.  

~Simple Icing~


4 teaspoons warm milk
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon softened butter

In a small bowl slowly add warm milk to softened butter and sifted powdered sugar and beat with a wire whisk.  Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and beat until well blended.  Pour over warm rolls and serve.

Such a perfect aroma permeates the entire household as these

sweet, tender and cinnamon infused rolls begin to bake.  Combine

the baking with coffee brewing and I assure you this tantalizing 

combination will wake up sleepy teenagers and out of town guests.

Tis The Season Tour Continues please join us~

Monday December 9th
At Home With Jemma
The Cafe Sucre Farine

Tuesday December 10th
Poppy View

Wednesday December 11th
Home and Lifestyle Design
Red Rose Alley

Thursday December 12th
Comfy House
Cozy Little House

Friday December 13th
The Refeathered Roost

Saturday December 14th
The Dedicated House
Across the Way

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Warby Parker Eye Glass Review

Brian, from Warby Parker contacted me and asked if I would like to

do a review of their eyeglasses.  Honestly I really did not know if I

should.  One, because I have never done a review and two, I did 

not know a thing about the product.

So the process began, this review is written without any 

compensation of any type-I really thought it might be of interest to

those of you who wear glasses.  So here we go!

My husband and I both wear glasses and we know what a hassle it

is to have to go to an optical center to try on frames.  With Warby 

Parker  you do not have to leave your house-the frames come to 


So you pick out five frames for five days, for free.  Free shipping

to you and free shipping back.  Trial begins the day they are 

received.  They come in this nifty box and this is when it becomes 


You try on the five frames which you chose and see which one is

the best for you, in the comfort of your own home.

We actually thought all of the frames were super light, 

comfortable, stayed in place, no sliding down our noses and they

were so fashionable and fun!

You’ve Been Gif’d

Warby Parker also has these darling snowman gift cards if you

should want to drop a hint to someone in your family.

If I was going to pick a pair it would have been these-please forgive 

the tarnished silver in the background-I promise I have been busy 

polishing...really and truly:)

Six Simple Ways To Decorate For Thanksgiving

I like to decorate and prepare our home for the Holidays, it always

brings me joy.  Unless I am pressed for time, and lets be honest at 

one time or another we all are.  Then the business of decorating can

become stressful.

Sometimes less is more, I grew up in an era when a few flowers,

a linen table cloth, our best china and silver was going all out.  Our

meal tasted just as wonderful and our guest were just as happy as if

we had been decorating for weeks!

So, having said this I have put together a few less complicated ways 

to decorate for Thanksgiving.

Combine a few vintage jars, vases or tins with your favorite flowers 

to create a quick seasonal boost.

Make a fabulous Thanksgiving centerpiece from the items you have 

on hand and nestle candle or two into the arrangement. 

Fill a wooden terrarium with potted plants or a collection of natural 

objects or even holiday decor-perhaps some pumpkins or gourds.

Make a homemade Acorn wreath.  Small acorns and twigs adorn 

this easy-to-make wreath.  Just use a small cardboard wreath form 

and hot glue acorns, twigs and a few leaves.  Add a twine bow and


Add a splash of color with a basket filled with bright yellow 


Ceramic turkeys in all shapes, sizes and colors are always on sale

close to the big day.  Pick one up-they always add a festive touch.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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Tis The Season Blog Tour

The Holidays are just around the corner and what better way to

enjoy this special time of the year than a 

Tis The Season Blog Tour.

~Please join us during the week of ~

~December 9th through December 14th~

Some very talented and creative bloggers are looking forward to 

sharing their spirit of the season with you through decorating, 

recipes, photography and writing. So mark your calendars~

Monday December 9th   Jemma        At Home With Jemma
Monday December 9th Chris             The Cafe` Sucre` Farine

Tuesday December 10th Poppy         Poppy View

Wednesday December 11th Sheri      Red Rose Alley
Jess and Nel

Wednesday December 11th Patty     Home and Lifestyle Design

Thursday December 12th Melanie   Comfy House

Thursday December 12th Brenda    Cozy Little House

Friday December 13th Melinda     The Refeathered Roost

Saturday December 14th Kathryn  The Dedicated House
Saturday December 14th Dewena  Across The Way

We are so looking forward to sharing Tis The Season with You!

Pull Apart Dinner Rolls

I am super excited to be able to share this wonderful dinner roll

recipe with you all just in time for Thanksgiving.  

You know, our family loves bread and when we all gather together, 

homemade rolls are expected to be part of the meal.  

About a year ago I shared another roll recipe with you all-

Grammy's Parker House Rolls which is an amazing recipe as well. 

You can never have too many bread recipes and honestly different 

recipes work well with different baking styles.

This amazing recipe is baked in a bundt pan-and if you follow me 

along, you will know I am smitten with my bundt pan.  In fact, 

nothing gets between me and my pan.

After I mixed my dough together, I realized that I really needed two 

bundt pans for this recipe, but since I only had one, I had to make     
do. So, I made the other half of the recipe into tada...

Yep, Holiday Cinnamon Rolls...yes heaven in a pan.  Recipe for 

these will be next week.  

~ Pull Apart Dinner Rolls ~
Southern Living Cookbook 1986

Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight
2 bundt pans
Oven 350
2 packages dry yeast
1 cup warm water ( 105 degrees-115 degrees)
1 cup boiling water
1 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs beaten
1 1/2 tsp. salt
6 to 6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup butter melted

Combine boiling water and shortening in a large mixing bowl; beat with a wire whisk until shortening dissolves.  Add sugar, eggs, salt 
and yeast mixture; mix well.  Gradually stir flour into batter.  (Dough will be very soft.)  Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours-I refrigerated mine overnight.

Turn dough out onto a well-floured surface, and knead about 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic.  Divide dough in half:  shape each half into 24 ( 1 1/2-inch) balls.  Dip each ball into melted butter.  Using 2 greased 10-inch Bundt pan, arrange balls in each.

  I used the other half to make Holiday Cinnamon Rolls.
 ( Recipe to  follow in later post)

Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.  Bake loaf at 350 for 35 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped.  Cool 15 minutes in pan;
remove loaf from the pans, serve warm.

Love this dough so light, flaky and melt in your mouth goodness.  

Don't forget, if you like this recipe you can print it now-so easy.

I placed my rolls in my new porcelain braided bread basket, I just 

love the way the basket showcases these beautiful rolls.  These rolls

are very easy to separate and so tender.  You can serve them with 


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White Thanksgiving Tablescape

I am visiting my youngest daughter this week and we are having 

such a great time visiting, shopping, playing with Molly and 

decorating for the Holidays.  We have created a white Thanksgiving 

tablescape that we are so happy to share with you.

We chose a white color scheme based on Rebecca's personal 

decorative pieces and shopped her home. 

We were thrilled to stay 

within a budget, we kept it personal and created a palette which 

complemented her dining decor.

Last year Rebecca decoupaged this W in black and white toile scrap 

book paper, it adds such a personal touch as this is the first letter of 

she and her husband's last name.

Isn't this vintage crocheted table cloth a perfect complement to the

table setting.  This table cloth was a wedding gift for Josh and 

Rebecca a true heirloom from Josh's great grandmother.

These mini chalkboards are being used as place cards, I am really 

enjoying the natural acorn placed whimsically on top.  I also like 

incorporating the signage- LIVE.  

Besides being decorative most of these owls are also very functional.

These mini owls are little candles, notice all the detail on them. 

There is even a owl tea pot and owl mugs,  it is just so great when 

decorative is also functional.

This thanksgiving tablescape is stylish, filled with personalized 

details and accessories that we hope will make all of the guests feel 

welcome and special. 

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Monkey Munch - A Holiday Nibble

At some point or another many of us have purchased boxes of Chex

cereal to make some tasty nibbles.  Whether you follow a recipe for 

the sweet treats or salty ones they are always tasty.  

I remember years ago my own Mother making a wonderful  Chex

concoction which she baked in the oven using Worcestershire sauce. 

But for today , I will focus on Monkey Munch a cereal mixture 

coated in some really super tasty ingredients.

I like it because it keeps well in a sealed container and is a great treat 

for the little folks when they drop by for a visit.  Scroll on down to

view the gift giving idea I have included for the Holidays.

Monkey Munch is also known as Puppy Chow-however, I just can't

get into a snack that goes by the name of Puppy chow, I guess 

Monkey Munch doesn't sound that much better, but oh well...

So in our house we call it Monkey Munch.


8 cups of mixed Chex cereal ( I use rice, corn)
1 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 - 2 cups powdered sugar
1-2 gallon storage bag
Wax paper

Optional Additions-

2 cups Holiday m&m's
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup mini pretzels


Pour 8 cups of cereal into a large bowl.

In a microwave safe bowl mix chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter and stir. 

On high heat microwave for 1-2 minutes, stir.  Return to microwave
and heat on high for 30 minutes or until melted and creamy.

Stir in vanilla.

Pour melted mixture over cereal until well coated. Spoon mixture into a 2 gallon storage bag, add powdered sugar and  any other additions that sound wonderful to you.  Shake until mixture is evenly coated.   

Pour onto wax paper to cool.  When completely cooled pour into
air-tight container. 

Store in refrigerator.

Just imagine how festive this treat would be with some Holiday 

m&m's and marshmallows.  

Put your Monkey Munch in a Mason Jar tie a red ribbon and a 

decorative Tag around it and Holiday Nibble becomes a darling gift 

for Teachers, neighbors, really just about anyone!


Cookies and cups is a cute blog with some fun ideas for you for 

Christmas with a recipe for another Holiday mix-just click on 


 I am excited to let you know that all my recipes are printable now-

so just scroll down to the bottom of this page and tap the print 


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Cozy Little House

Thankful and Pleased

The winds of Fall took me on a little trip to see some sweet family in

 Ft. Benning Georgia.  Leaves were changing and 

excitement was in the air because it was Halloween.

The little guy is our grandson, our beautiful and sweet brown eyed 

boy- and he is made up of...

"Frogs and snails
And puppy dog tails,
That's what little boys
are made of."

He loves dirt, digging in the dirt, throwing dirt, sprinkling dirt...
and his Mommy and Daddy! Oh and chocolate.

I not only loved seeing my family I loved all of the big beautiful trees

that grow in Georgia-my dear friend Sandie from Chatty Crone lives

in Georgia.  You must visit her blog:)

I was only there for for 4 days but we made sure to make every 

minute count.

We spent time together as a family-which meant the world to me.

Lovely walks, enjoyable lunches near the Chattahoochee river, and 

of course the little guy dressed up as an elephant and did his trick-or 


Ft. Benning is a beautiful Army Base and the home which my

family lives in dates back to the late 1920's it is charming and 

quaint with old hardwood floors, extensive molding and a very 

deep and dark basement which the little guy and I do not like.

Our trick or treating took us to the home of a General-isn't this home

just gorgeous-my son-in-law tells me that the entire first floor of this

old plantation home is not lived in.  It is totally reserved for grand

gatherings and receptions.

Our next stop during my stay was dinner in Columbus, we had an

enjoyable little meal of speciality hand tossed individual pizzas 

topped off with a little stroll down main street.  

I loved the town of Pine Mountain-it was perfectly darling with little

antique shops and of course Rose Cottage itself where we had a 

cup of fresh basil soup, a grilled pear and brie sandwich and of 

course tea just before heading to the airport.

So many gorgeous items were for sale, I really would have liked 

to have it all...don't you love this little Christmas sign.  

And just look at this treasure...

These plates are even for sale-maybe next time...

A beautiful memory maker for certain-do you have any to share?

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