Monday, November 23, 2015

Getting Excited About Christmas Decorating....

Well, I host thanksgiving Day dinner here, per usual-
so I must keep our autumn decor up tioll afterwards...
But I am soooo "chaomping at the bit" to get started
on my Christmas holiday season decorating!

First stop, I made this new holiday blog header-
changing it out to be seasonal for me is quite rare.

I am revisiting some of my more favorite pics
of past Christmases around our nest to share with you.

For those who recognize a pic (or ten)
just pretend it's fresh stuff- after all, it's been quite a while!
And chance are if I have forgotten them, perhaps you have as well!

Denial: not just for breakfast anymore. 

I am doing this to whet my whistle  and try a bit to get myself 
in the Jingle Bell Spirit!

If I am able to inspire anyone else in the process,
than Buddy-the-Elf would be glad about it, too!

Hopefully this will satisfy me for the time being, until I get
all the autumn decorations put away and lug up all the
Christmas holiday boxes.

I tend to lean towards a more Nordic/Scandanavian Christmas
winter vibe, with little touches of natural, neutral, vintage, bright -
with a tiny bit of country farmhouse/rustic thrown into the mix.

Yes, I believe I am the "Heinz 57" of Christmas decor! Haha!


I am not ready for what the holidays take of me to do it all well.

(Do you ever enter your holiday season feeling that way?)

Sometimes I jump in with both feet and all sorts of gusto.

Not happenin' this year. Not yet, anyway. Hopefully it will though!

Plus I have a little time yet-  as we're all just getting started now.

Pinterest is an amazing source of inspiration, too.

I keep perusing it hoping my Eureka Moment will happen.

Still feeling nothing.......yet....

One of my favorite things to do to get in the holiday spirit

is to pour over every awesome magazine at the book store.

I've already been there twice already.  Hrm....

Well, I did feel a slight twinge of something resembling jolliness...

it really shoulda worked, it always has before!


My niece said she'd come help me with the tree over the weekend.

I have hired her in the past - and this year I am not climbing a ladder
after my foot being in a boot most of the summer!

She is saving up for a car and I am saving from a broken bone.


I am listening to some beautiful Christmas music right now,
thinking about how truly special this whole season is....

And how it is perfectly ok to enter into it slowly, savoring each day.


I do believe I am getting cheered up a bit
 just looking at all my pics
trying to figure out which ones to share todeay!

Well, I don't know about you all, 
but this kinda helped me feel better today!

Thanks for sticking with me!

Hugs to you!

As always, thank you for your visit!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Velvet Pumpkins Surprise Gift!

Debra over at Common Ground recently had a give-away
of gorgeous velvet pumpkins that Becky at Timewashed made.

I wanted to win sooooo badly.

The winner was Jane at Blondie's Journal. 

Lucky lady!

Well not long after the above giveaway Becky had posted
 about these really awesome keys
she had made and placed in her Etsy shop called Timewashed.

 Oh, they are beyond stunning, too!
 (I will share after Thanksgiving sometime as my decor refreshes for yet another new decor season, Christmas and winter!

For her post about these beautiful keys, click here

So I just had to buy one, you know!

I REALLY wanted to snatch every single one of them all up,
 but alas I showed some rare restraint.


Yesterday my pretty new crafted key arrived... 
but what ALSO arrived were 2 of my very own velvet pumpkins

 as a "random act of kindness" gift from Becky!

Oh everything was so beautifully packaged and special!

She made me feel like a QUEEN!

 What a SWEETHEART of a blogger - 

                           oh, my gosh, they look so perfect in my
neutral colorless universe!

Right now they are in the foyer area-
but they'd look good in about every room in my house.

Thank you so so sooooo much, Becky!

I love my new pumpkins!

(Becky informs me she is now out of stock for her velvet pumpkins,
but does she have (and creating new things regularly)
an amazing array of lovely items in her shop!)*

Each item is so perfect for winter, Christmas or gifts!


I guarantee you till love every single item in her shop!

Thank you, Becky, for my lovely fresh new autumn decor.

I am beyond pleased to be chosen to receive
 such unexpected sweetness. 

Just wow.

*I was not compensated of course, for this endorsement;
 just appreciative, and wanted to spread the word to my readers
 of her kind generosity and share with you the beautiful items
 in her Etsy store...
waiting just for you!

Sorry for the poor lighting in these pics - my foyer is narrow and dark, plus today it's
very dark grey and raining today,
 but didn't want a day to pass before sharing this seasonal post. 

As always, thank you for your visit!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Faith: Sharing a fellow blogger's amazing post

In light of what just happened to France -
and what is happening in many areas of the world....

I am just back from attending church
 and below is the first post I read when I logged on today.

It is amazing, so well written, and from the heart.
 I wanted to make sure no one misses it, in case you 
 may not be familiar with this wonderful fellow blogger,
Brenda from Coffee, Tea Books and Me.

She loves God and tea -
 and I know how much we have in common with her
on those two awesome things!

----->Please click here to read her post.<-----

May you find courage and strength
today and always.

May each one of you
 find peace in your hearts today.

Be strong and courageous.
 Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,
 for the Lord your God goes with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
 (Deuteronomy 31:6)

As always, thank you for your visit!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sunny Centerpiece on a Gloomy Day

Greetings, from Finch Rest!

Wow- we went from having perfect weather to
windy cold and very blustery in a flash!

It was mid 70s few days ago, then turned quickly to mid 50s,
and last night rained and rained,
and now it is dark, wet, and cool out there.

It is sooooo gloomy I thought I would cheer myself up
(and hopefully you as well)
sharing my sunny yellow mums that my daughter gave me!


At the end of fall last year Katie bought
 a very sad & dying mum plant
 for only $1.99.

As much as her older sister wants to rescue dogs,
THIS daughter always wants to rescue plants.....
and they both do quite well with their respective saves, actually!

Katie had the perfect place to plant her "spent" mum
 at her last house,  so when they moved she dug it up
 and re-planted it at their little cottage.

And it did so well in its new home!

And did it ever GROW- it is HUGE!
It's the biggest mum bush that I have ever seen.)

Anyway, she had to cut it back a great deal
because it was encroaching on their driveway-
so she made herself, her sister and me each 
a nice bouquet from the cuttings!

Just to give you an idea how healthy this plant is?
These cuttings from it I have had for nearly a month!

And they haven't even come close to browning yet!

*Hint to remember to help keep your cut flowers fresher longer:

Put your cut flowers in your fridge at night,
and change your water daily!

I have said it before and it is worth repeating-
it really really works!

I am also showing you finally a little favor she gave all of us
at her Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party -
red and multi-colored popcorn she and Jeff grew
themselves in their new garden!

It pops very nicely and the kernels are so tender
one can even eat them!

The planting was such a success they're going to
plant lots more next year.

We've offered up some of our land if they want more
gardening room, too, as we have a few acres in back
and they live in the city.

Here is the pic I took yesterday of my neighbor's stunning
 Red Maple tree - I knew the wind was coming and
the leaves would all fall off....took this pic
in the nick of time, too - the tree is bare now!

Anyway, I know looking at my sunny yellow mums
sure brightens my outlook on such a
 grey dark damp blustery day.

Time to put the kettle on for tea, and settle in with a good book.

I may even light our first fire of the season!

As always, thank you for your visit!


Friday, November 6, 2015

Squash Soup, Pumpkin Roll & Biscotti

The other day I hosted a small ladies luncheon here at my house.

It was held in honor of a dear friend who had moved, 
but was in our area again to visit her little grandbaby girl!

So, I knowing that she and her daughter are vegetarians,
 kept that in mind when planning my menu.

The Menu:

Butternut Squash/ Pumpkin Curried Cream Soup
served in stoneware teacups
~with butter foccacia bread crisps~

Individual sized broccoli and cheese quiche
Spinach Salad Greens
(forgot to take pics)

Pumpkin Roll with Double Cream Cheese Filling

I just adore these little leaf & berry stoneware plates:

The glazed acorn salt & pepper shakers
 are a recent lucky thrift find.

I had 5 guests one very adorable sweet baby
(who wore the CUTEST teacup and teapot themed dress and sweater)
And no, I didn't get a pic of that either /palm slaps forehead.

I made my guests Cranberry-Orange Biscotti favors
and tucked a few tea bags inside for them
to enjoy their own little tea time later.

Biscotti are very easy to make,
are the perfect little gifties
and keep a long time.

I just had us sit at our Thanksgiving table early for this luncheon -
if you missed it and would like to see it, click here.

I found the roll and biscotti recipes on line
(so won't "re-invent the wheel.")

If you are wondering which ones I chose
 feel free to send me an email and I will share!

Hints when making a pumpkin roll:

Do NOT make a double batch,
 but take your time making them one batch at a time.

*Always double the filling portion-
 not only is it the best part.... 
but I have never found any recipe that calls for enough,
 one needs a good deal of it  to be able
 to spread it nicely to get a nice-looking log roll. 

As for my soup recipe, I didn't follow a recipe,
as I am wont to do when making soup-
but happy to share how I did it 
if I can quite remember, haha.

As always, thank you for your visit!