Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Recipe review of 2011...

Yesterday I posted our project year in review for 2011 and today I am excited to share our recipe review of 2011! Although, when looking back over 2011 I realized I didn't blog about food as much as we wanted to. I have lots of pictures I took of entrees or items we baked, but they never made it into a post. Does this happen to you? I will try to do better at this for 2012. Cooking and baking is a big part of our family...it is usually when we have some of the best conversations....

So here are some of the most visited cooking / baking posts of 2011.....
(clicking on the title or the picture will take you to the recipe)


Blueberry Scones....

Cookie Pie...
This recipe comes my SIL, Shari! The kids make this one by themselves and if I am not careful they would eat it by themselves, too!

Oreo Cake...
No words needed....delicious!!

Spaghetti Pie...
The kids ask for this almost weekly...an easy quick meal!

Fudge Cookies...

Chicken Bruschette Sandwich...

Chocolate Molten Cake....

Indoor Smores....

Baked Brie....

Thank you for following along with our baking and cooking in 2011!
We are exited to see what new recipes
we will make for 2012!!

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A year in review (2011)....

This may be one of my favorite posts to write. Looking at old photo albums and talking about the memories attached to the photo's is one of my favorite past times. Writing this post reminds me of times spent looking at those albums. It is fun to see what we did (or didn't) accomplish in a year. This year I decided to write two posts...one for decorating/family and one devoted to recipes.  Blue could have his own segment...or maybe he should start his own blog...for right now I'll spare you the details of the Blue saga....

January....
Trying to decide what to do with the bedroom....you guys are awesome! I asked for your help and you came to my rescue...


February....
This was the month of changing paint colors. First I painted the mud room and loved it so much....I painted the den the same color...


It was also the month we lost a tree in the front yard and Tony and Lil Tony used it to make a bridge...

March....
There were two additions to our home this month...one stayed and one didn't...
We updated the family room with new furniture and curtains....


We also discovered Mr. Snappy in the back creek....he traveled to live at a much larger pond...hopefully much happier!!


April...
We celebrated Easter and grabbed our boots for a Sunday walk...



May....
Last May I decided to take a break from blogging and find some balance.


May is also the time of year when we attend the porch sale in my brother's cottage neighborhood.


June...
We experimented with gold fish this month and bought three for the pond. Not sure how they did...we haven't seen them since the day we let them go in the pond. We are hoping this spring we will get to see them...


I also left dad in charge in June and came home to find this...


July...
The flower boxes were in full bloom....

The mudroom seems to have become an on going....never ending project...

August....
This was the month of travels and family vacation, which led us to make these cute Christmas ornaments...



September....
Drying zinnia's for gifts...


September was also the month we experienced the flood of 2011 in our area, something I hope to never have to experience again.


October....
Again I asked you for your advice on a paint color for the family room and kitchen...yes...you are the best! I love the new color...Popular Gray by Sherwin and Williams

November...
We re-opened Relatively Unique's booth at The Olde Factory. We are happy to report it is going well and our work shop is growing!

Getting the perfect picture for the Christmas card is a year long event...this year we took picture right in our backyard.

December....
We'll end with a Christmas tour...which you can see the mudroom is finally finished (for now)!!

Thank you for following along with us in 2011. We feel honored to have you as part of our journey. We enjoy reading each and every comment you leave us.

Tony and I looking forward to another fun year....excited to see what new adventures and projects are in store for us!!

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Rhoda at Southern Hospitality
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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Try to imagine...


"Try to imagine what I gave up when I came to earth as a baby. I set aside My Glory, so that I could identify with mankind. I accepted the limitations of infancy under the most appalling conditions-a filthy stable. That was a dark night for Me, even though angels lit up the sky proclaiming "Glory!" to awestruck shepard's.
When you sit quietly with Me, the process I went through is reversed in your experience. As you identify with Me, heaven's vistas open up before you-granting you glimpses of My Glory.
I became poor so that you might become rich. Sing hallelujahs to My holy Name!"
                                                                           Quoted from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

May you feel his presence today, tomorrow and forever.
Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas...

This is one of my favorite Christmas songs...
Merry Christmas!!
May all your Christmas wishes come true...

Christmas Eve to do list...

Are you ready?? At first I was not going to post today, but then I thought this post might make you feel really good because you are ready to go...sitting back and relaxing.....or maybe this post will make you feel good to know you are not alone and still have a long list of "to do" to accomplish!!

Here is my Christmas Eve To Do List:
1. Coffee (a must)!
2. Grocery Store
3. Buy two gifts (can't post who or what...just in case they are reading)
4. Make homemade Cinnamon Rolls (gifts for the neighbors)
5. Make Peppermint bark (just in case the cinnamon rolls don't turn out)
6. Play with Blue (we will need to do this a couple of times today...so he doesn't eat a hole in the carpet
    like he did yesterday!
7. Clean the house
8. Deliver gifts
9. Church
10. Set table for breakfast
11. Cookies for Santa
12. Open Secret Santa presents
13. Go go bed!!

We made it to number four on the list....the dough is rising....crossing our fingers it works!
How about you?
How does your day look?
Are you ready?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Candy Cane Treats....

Miss Sarah's birthday is over the holiday break and she'll be celebrating her birthday at school before her actual birthday. This year 3 other girls in her class have birthdays over break, too. She didn't want to take in cupcakes this year....we were on the search for something different. Glorious treats (my very favorite baking blog) posted this candy cane heart and Sarah loved it! To the store we headed for the ingredients....60 candy can hearts here we come!!

 60 miniature candy cane hearts ready to go...

 We filled the hearts with white chocolate first...

 Milk Chocolate on top...

 The even look pretty upside down!!

Package ready to go to school for a fun early birthday party!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Baked Brie with Raspberries...

A few months ago I tried baked brie as an appetizer for the first time. Baked brie in a puff pastry with apricots...oh my....it was delicious.  I have been saving this idea / recipe for a special day.


Today I was getting together with a group of wonderful girls, mother's, nurse's, and best of all friends. Our friendship started many years ago on a labor and delivery unit...all nurse's, all embarking on the beginning of a new chapter of our lives...as new mom's. It is a bond that has held us together through the years....even today as we sat around the table and chatted about our babies entering college, high school, and middle school, we find strength through our friendship. Thank goodness for girl friends!!

And a reason to bake Brie with Raspberry Preserve.....
 Ingredients:
Brie
Puff Pastry
Raspberry Preserve (or any flavor)

 Roll out a thawed piece of puff pastry

 Spread a layer of preserve the same size as the brie

 Place brie on top

 Wrap it up like a present....trim off excess pastry dough...

 Added holly leaves and berries with the extra dough. Rub vegetable oil to top of dough and bake on a greased cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven for 10-15 minutes (until top is golden brown)

 Serve with bread or crackers...

Enjoy!!

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