From Celebration

Christmas Wreaths and Things

Faux Magnolia Wreath // Lead Window // 2″ Burlap Ribbon // 2.5″ Burlap Ribbon This is the fourth winter that I have not had access to magnolia leaves. I can’t handle another Christmas without a magnolia wreath so I finally decided that fake is better than nothing at all.  It is definitely not the real…

Christmas Foyer

The foyer houses a few antique-store-finds and hand-me-downs. I found the old potato basket and wood folding chair at antique stores in North Dakota. The table belonged to my grandmother and my mom bought the rug for me almost ten years ago from Lowe’s, which I think I am eventually going to replace with this…

Christmas Details

This is a “hand-me-down” vignette for sure. The old French doors came from a thrift store in rural Alabama. The pointer print was found by my mother-in-law at a garage sale in Kentucky.  The silver tray belonged to my mother.  The Waterford Christmas tree ornament was a gift to my parents from my great aunt…

Christmas Season Begins

West Elm Mercury Glass Hexagon Candleholders // West Elm Table Runner // Artificial White Poinsettias // Six Inch Silver Plated Pedestal Bowl // Pewter Taper Candleholder // Faux Fur Throw Blanket // Cream Textured Square Pillows // Embroidered Lumbar Toss Pillow, Off-White Lumbar Pillow With Decorative Sewn Lines, Natural Lumbar Pillow   Christmas is in full…

My New Favorite Pie Crust

For Easter this year, I took sweet tea and pecan pies to a friend’s home full of Minnesota born folks. For the record, people in the upper mid-west love sugar too. I have been using a crust recipe that I love but the last time I made it, I somehow ended up with less dough. I decided to make two pies just in case (you always need a backup pie) so I searched for a pie recipe that yielded enough dough for two crusts. Ina Garten’s Perfect Pie Crust Recipe made the best crusts! They stayed together, tasted great, and I…

Cocktails

Apple Cider Bourbon My mom sent me an article which mentioned an apple cider whiskey drink served at a bar here in town. This inspired us to make our own apple cider cocktail. We failed to come up with a creative name for the drink. Ingredients (Serves 2) Ice Cubes 2 shots Bourbon 1 Packet Apple Cider Powder Mix 2- 3 shots Simple Syrup Crushed Apple Cinnamon Straws (optional) Directions Follow instructions on package to prepare apple cider and allow to cool. If you don’t have prepared simple syrup, mix equal parts water with sugar and heat until sugar dissolves. Cool before using.…