From Holidays

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 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…

Christmas Projects

My aunt flew me down South for Christmas and while I was visiting with my family, I got to help some folks with a few of their Christmas DIY projects, try some new recipes, and assist in some Christmas decorating. Wreaths It’s not Christmas in the South without a magnolia wreath. I haven’t got to make one of these in a while so I was happy to help my sister-in-law make this big beauty. Credit to my mother for my wreath and bow making skills. My sister-in-law and I made three wreaths total. The one below was a mix of left…

Best Pie Crust & Pecan Pie Recipe

This my tried-and-true, go-to pie crust recipe. This recipe has never failed me. It always stays together and tastes great. You can either make this the night before and put it in the freezer overnight (which works great) or you can make it and let it rest in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour (which also works great). This Perfect Pie Crust Recipe is from Add A Pinch and though this year, my crust wasn’t as pretty, it stayed together which to me, is way more important. Now, on to the greatest pecan pie recipe of all time.…

Christmas Door Swag

Materials (per arrangement) Floral Wire Floral Tape Scissors Wire Ribbon (enough for small 7 loop bow) 2-3 Green Stems 1 Decorative Stem/Pick Pliers (for cutting and bending wire) Jute twine, string, or pipe cleaners (to tie your bow and attach to arrangement) Directions 1. Decide how long you want your swag to hang. From hook to tip of the greenery, my arrangements are 16 1/2 inches long. 2. Using your pliers, cut your green stems first (your decorative stem/pick will be shorter). I cut my stems where they now measure about 3 inches (from the end to where the greenery…

Pumpkin Pecan Pie

This year we were asked to join two other couples and their children for Thanksgiving. So, I made desserts. One of them was this pumpkin pecan pie with homemade pie crust. It was the first time I have made a pie crust and I was really nervous that it wouldn’t stay together but it did and I was very proud of myself. I modified this recipe for the pie filling and modified this recipe for the pie crust. Ingredients for Pie Crust 1½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt ¼ cup vegetable shortening (I used a Crisco All Vegetable Shortening Baking Stick) ¼…