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Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Memories On The Porch

Decorating the porch for Christmas or any holiday is always so fun.  I have loved having this wonderful porch to play with.  With us moving in 2 weeks, there is no porch decorating going on around here right now, just tons of boxes and packing like mad.  However I thought it would be fun to see how the porch looked in years past.

Lots of light and of course some plaid for our 2015 Porch.


As you can see, red plaid and red bows was the theme.










2014 was a little more laid back.


 This was the beginning of my plaid craze.  Red plaid and Black plaid.


 2011 with our reindeer and sleigh.


These were really fun wicker pieces.  I use to fill the sleigh with gift wrapped empty boxes, not sure why I don't have a picture of that.


This is a picture of our new house.  As you can see, no porch.  I guess I will just have to figure out how to make that front window and the door spectacular.


How about you, so you like to decorate your porch too?

Be sure to save the date Dec 5th thru 9th for the
2016 Christmas Home Tours.

30 of your favorite bloggers are opening their doors and sharing their Christmas Decor.  It is sure to be full of stunning displays and inspiration.


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Tradition Continues

One of the things my family always enjoys are our Sugar Cookies cut in the shapes they grew up with.

This is the rolling pin and the cookie cutters that I was given at my wedding shower.  I think this was kind of a standard assortment that everyone had at the time.  These are the shapes I always used when my children were small and the same ones my grandchildren have grown up with.


A pony, reindeer, camel, christmas tree, angel and santa for the Christmas season.  They are old and don't cut really sharp anymore, but I still love them and love using them.


 The shapes bake up just fine.


 I grew up in a very loving family with very simple and limited means, but my mom always made cookies at Christmas.  No fancy frosting, just sprinkled with sugar, so that is the way I have always made them.  After they cool, the excess sugar shakes off and they are stored in Zip-lock bags until time to serve.


I use the recipe card that I copied from my mom's recipe.  As you can see, it is well worn.



Sugar Cookies
1 1/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cup flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk

Cream sugar and shortening.  Add eggs & beat.  Add dry ingredients & beat alternating with milk.  Roll out on floured board, cut into shapes.  Bake on ungreased cookie sheet 12 minutes at 375 degrees.  Sprinkle with sugar & let cool.  Store in zip lock bags.  These freeze really well too.


  I think this is the best recipe ever.  If you don't have a favorite, you might want to try this one.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

353rd Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 353rd Inspire Me Tuesday.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.  My daughter hosted and dinner was soooooooooooooo good.  I ate way too much.  Now it is time to get busy with Christmas decor and shopping.  Here are a few things that might inspire you.


I think we all love buffalo checks so what could be better than huge black and white checks on an entire wall.  You have to go see how Pink Peppermintdesign did this fabulous DIY wall.  It's removeable too - AMAZING


If you have some really strange tile around your wood stove, then change things up like She Holds Dearly did.  They added a concrete pad and it is perfect for their 1906 Farmhouse.  Love this idea.


I always love something homemade and a diy project  or two for Christmas.  The Navage Patch has a wonderful easy step by step tutorial on how to make this fun Ho - Ho - Ho.


We will need to wrap a few presents before long and that is always a challenge.  The Red Painted Cottage has an easy tutorial and some great tips for wrapping beautiful packages.


We will not have Inspire Me Tuesday next week.  Instead Monday Dec. 5th kicks off the

2016 Christmas Home Tours.

Mark your calendars.  30 of your favorite bloggers will open their doors to share their Christmas Decor.


Ok, let's see what you have for this week.
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