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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 cream/dark grey rug. The jute twine Christmas trees came from the bargain section at Target and could easily be made with styrofoam or paper mache cones, a glue gun, and some twine. West Elm Table Runner //  Weathered Seaboard Table Lamps // Glitter Twine Trees On Stands // Faux Leather Ottoman // Ottoman // Red and Cream Framed Floral 5 x 7 Rug // 2″ Burlap Ribbon // 2.5″ Burlap Ribbon Artificial Unlit Christmas Tree // Burlap // Basket // Wood Folding Chair Save Advertisements

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 and like my Aunt Susan I found an ornament stand to display it. My mom bought the tiny covered dish from an antique store in Georgia. The rest of the items are finds from Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, and Homegoods. Target no longer carries the silver and wood bar cart I have but I found a relatively inexpensive alternative. Mercury Glass Ornaments // Waterford Crystal Tree Ornament // Ornament Stand // Ice Bucket // Cocktail Shaker // Decanter // Whiskey Decanter // Lowball Glasses // Round Silver Tray // Small Covered Dish // Home Is Where The Heart Is Tea Towel // Bar Cart Pinecone Garland // Pointer Print // Frame and Mat // Old French Doors Save

Christmas Season Begins

Christmas is in full swing here and rather than just posting pictures of decorations, I thought it would be helpful to provide links to the items (or similar items) I used. I purchased the faux fur throw blanket, toss pillows, cement Buddha head, and Fitz and Floyd three-wick candle at TJ Maxx. The taper candles and votive candles came from Homegoods. However, TJ Maxx and Homegoods is always hit or miss and the pewter taper candle holders came from an antique store in Georgia so here are links to the same or similar items sold at other stores. Also, if you have a West Elm near you, check their clearance section. This table runner is sold online for $14.99 but I found two in the clearance section for $2.99 each. 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 …

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 believe I have found my new favorite crust recipe. I made a few alternations. If you are not using Pyrex or glass pie plates you can disregard Direction #6 and you only need 9 tablespoons or 1 1/4 sticks of butter. Ingredients 12 tablespoons Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread or 1 1/2 sticks of Butter divided 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon sugar 1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening 6 to 8 tablespoons (about 1/2 …

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. Crush apple cinnamon straws in a bowl, wet rim of a glasses and press into bowl to line rim. Place ice, bourbon, simple syrup, and apple cider in a cocktail shaker and mix. Pour mixture over ice and serve. Delicious! Sweet Blackberry Whiskey Once we got our bar cart set up we decided to make a drink with the limited liquor selection we  had (and currently still have). This was our first drink which is a modification …