Monday, November 20

My Friendsgiving Dinner

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The minute I heard of  "Friendsgiving", I knew I wanted to host one. So I whipped up this invitation & sent, to 13 of my favorite people & a dinner party was born!{Please feel free to use this invitation & feel in your own details. It was formatted for a 5X7 size.}
I really wanted it to be a "sit down" dinner, so we moved some furniture & set up Mom's old table as well as our usual dining room table. My friend Heidi called Mom's table the "kid's table" {and I KNEW she would! LOL!}. But I thought it turned out pretty for a kid's table . . .



I found these cute "thankful for" place cards here {thank you Jessica}.
I supplied the meat, drinks & two potato dishes. A few of the friends brought salads, appetizers & dessert. I highly recommend this because friends love to help AND it's much less stressful.

These girls are F-U-N, so we had a great time playing games. One was where I passed out some thought provoking questions & had each friend answer hers. My favorite question - "Would you shave your head for $10,000?". It was great to hear the responses. We also played a game called "Who's the Dude?". Very funny!
And what's a party without favors? I looked & looked & couldn't find much within my budget. I settled on some nice-smelling candles with a little tag on them. 
It was wonderful to spend time with some of my favorite friends. Let me know if you have a Friendsgiving & how it goes!

Monday, November 6

Wallpaper - It's Ba-ack!

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Depending upon how old you are, you might remember wallpaper trends from before. And you might have a bad taste in your mouth about it. {Especially if you bought a house with every wall covered & had to get it off! Don't ask me how I know!} But after a drought, wallpaper is making a comeback. 
And I have to say I am on board - with certain stipulations. {Click the blue bar below to read more . . . }

Saturday, September 30

A Tasty Peach Cake Recipe

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After taking one bite of this cake, I knew I needed the recipe AND that I wanted to share it with you! It is one of my friend Susan's oldest tried & true favorites. It is dense & moist - much like carrot cake. But for some reason it just tastes like fall. It is one of those perfect autumn cakes. 

Fresh Peach Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed peaches
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 TB baking soda
  • 1 TB cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Mix sugar,eggs,and oil together in mixer (adding eggs one at a time & mixing in between). Stir in mashed peaches. Sift together flour, soda, cinnamon and salt. Add to batter and stir until mixed. Spray a 9x13 pan with cooking spray or can use 3 -9" round pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Cool and frost. 

Frosting

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 TB flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 TB vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

In a saucepan combine flour, sugar, butter, egg yolks and milk. Boil on medium heat for 10 minutes stirring constantly. Add vanilla and nuts pour over cake or between layers of round cake. 

**  For a fresh peach taste peel and slice or chunk 4-5 fresh peaches. Arrange on top of cooled cake and then pour frosting over peaches. Serve with whipped cream if desired. 

{Susan bakes it in small pans because she said it has a tendency to fall in the middle. She said that if this happens, you cake did not fail. She just covers it up with the peaches on the top.} Thank you for sharing your recipe Susan!

Monday, September 25

The Gone to Pieces Quilt Show

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Have you ever gone to a quilt show? I enjoyed the "Gone to Pieces" show on Walker Lane in Holladay, Utah. This was my first show & boy was I glad I went. A couple of my friends had their handmade quilts in the show which were displayed in the most beautiful barn I've ever seen. 
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Sunday, September 10

Great Trunk or Treat Ideas

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Have you ever been to a Trunk or Treat? It's an alternative to (or it can be in addition to) traditional Trick or Treating. Lots of cars converge on a parking lot, the parking lot is closed off (for the safety of the children), & candy is passed out to the kiddos. It makes it even more fun & festive to decorate the trunks with a theme. Since a group of friends - or a church group sponsors the activity, it is a safe activity for all the little monsters. 

With October coming up, (& since these things take a little prep time) I thought you might be in the mood for a little Trunk or Treat inspiration . . . (Click the blue bar below to read more)


Sunday, July 30

The Vintage Whites Market

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My friend Toni & I had a great time shopping at the Vintage Whites Market earlier this year. Here are some highlights.
I'm not sure which is more fun, looking at the eclectic array of merchandise or meeting all the interesting people selling their wares. {Click the blue bar below for more.}

Saturday, July 8

6 Fantastic Beauty Products I Can't Live Without

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I love to learn about sincere recommendations for great products, don't you? And since I need all the help I can get, I am always on the lookout for fantastic beauty products. Here are my latest favorites. Click on the blue bar below to read more . . . 

Thursday, June 29

Paper Sack Stars

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Get ready for a neat little trick that you're going to love having in your back pocket! Paper bag stars (and snowflakes) are easy to make & inexpensive. They are great when you need to create some drama with very little budget. They are especially great when decorating for a church function in a large cultural hall or a school activity in a gym. How about hanging from a pavilion? 
Here's what you'll need to make them . . . (click the blue bar below for more!)