Friday, December 17, 2010

brown sugar pecans

warning: these are very, very addicting!

i am blessed to have so many wonderful people in our day to day life!

i love to give each of them a little gift, so i try to come up with something simple but special!

this is what i came up with this year!

red and white houndstooth cones with a "merry christmas" note filled with the sweetest treats!

brown sugar pecans!

here is the recipe, but dont say i didnt warn you!


16 ounce package pecan halves

1/2 cup of butter

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. while the butter is melting, preheat the oven to 325 degrees and spread the pecans in a foil lined 9x13 inch baking pan then set aside. add the brown sugar, vanilla, and salt to the melted butter and stir for 1 minute. remove from heat and keep stirring until the sugar dissolves. pour over the pecans and stir to coat. place in the oven for 25-35 minutes stirring every 10 minutes. cool the pecans on a sheet of wax paper.

heres where it gets tricky!

divide them into pretty bags and give them away!



Monday, December 13, 2010

christmas candle

saturday night we were invited to a party!

i was excited about this one!

it was kid friendly and involved eating comfort food, roasting marshmallows, and a lighted boat parade!

i forgot that i wanted to make a hostess gift until it was almost time to leave!

so, i took what i had and made this simple but festive candle in a matter of ten minutes!

i found everything at the dollar store!

religious candle (blank), white satin ribbon, green faux pine stems, twine, and jingle bells!

i hot glued the white ribbon onto the candle, twisted the stems into a wreath and hot glued it onto the ribbon, and tied the jingle bell onto the wreath with some twine!

and there you have it!

a quick and i think, beautiful gift!

i had other plans for all these items but now i think i will be making some of these for my home!

stay warm!

check it out!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

winter mantel

the mantel!

our "snowy" christmas!

a dream for my florida cuties!

ok, and for me too!

glittery houses, bottle brush trees, tiny wreaths, and a little silver tucked in!

it is very simple but hopefully not boring!
i love it!
i think i might add some faux snow!
what do you think?

more christmas pictures to come!


Friday, December 3, 2010

in the process...

i am in the process of decorating for christmas!

my plan!

to be done by monday!

i want to be able to enjoy it for the whole month of december!

i better get going!

have a great weekend!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

organic vanilla sugar

i thought i might show you an inexpensive and yummy gift you can put together in a matter of minutes!

this is perfect for anyone!

it can be used in their favorite coffee or a favorite recipe!

you will need some organic sugar, vanilla beans, and a glass jar!

i picked up mine at world market but just found a smaller version at the dollar store!

just fill the canister with the sugar and stick the vanilla beans in making sure that it is mostly buried in the sugar!

close the lid!

soon the sugar will soon be infused with the yummy vanilla!

make a cute tag and attached it with some twine!

and there you go!

give it as a hostess gift!

or as a christmas gift for a friend or teacher!



Thursday, November 25, 2010

happy thanksgiving

i want to wish everyone a wonderful thanksgiving!

be happy, be thankful, and be full!



Monday, November 22, 2010

twig pumpkins

crate and barrel

dont you just love when you find something in a fabulous store or on a beautiful blog that looks just like something you have decorating your home?

well, i know i do!

i give myself a little pat on the back and then run to my hubby to brag!


i purchased these twig pumpkins after the holidays at target!

and that was a couple of years ago!

ps. we are in the process of taking down our fall decorations to put up our christmas decorations!



Monday, November 15, 2010

another simple place card


how simple and organic!

no need for shopping or spending!

just go to your backyard and pick up some fallen leaves!

all it needs is a handwritten name for each guest!

it can not get any easier!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

thanksgiving is coming




i am having such a hard time keeping my mind focused on the upcoming thanksgiving holiday with all the christmas pretties i am seeing around blog world!

here are some simple and festive thanksgiving decor i love!

i am sure if i just focus on the feast i will have no problem keeping my eye on thanksgiving!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

a simple place card


love this place card!

its elegant with a rustic touch!

perfect for the upcoming thanksgiving holiday!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

a day at the market

we went to the riverside arts market last weekend!

it was my first time!

and i loved it!

its on the water and under a bridge!

yes, under a big, busy bridge!

but i was in awe of the the food, antique cars, vendors, the weather, and did i mention the food!

they had different food to eat from healthy and organic to junky but oh so yummy!

we brought home some raisin bread, blue cheese and walnut bread, orange blossom honey, fruits and vegetables!

i think the best part was learning all about honey!

it was just so neat to talk to the bee keeper lady who was more than happy to explain the making of honey to my honeys!

i cant wait to go again!

so, if your ever in my neck of the woods you should check it out!


Thursday, October 28, 2010

the pumpkin patch

we love to visit the pumpkin patch!

all the different shapes, sizes, and colors!

he is on the hunt for a perfectly round pumpkin!

she wants a curly cue stem!

and i want a good picture!

we are all happy!


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

garnish and a gift

have you heard of "garnish"?

its the shop online that i purchased the fun little details for jillian's party!
i have to tell you that they have great stuff, great prices and the greatest customer service!

they offer different packaging, stripped straws, twine, and wooden utensils!

and here are a few creative ideas using their stuff!

remember this?



well, here is the gift i was talking about!

suzanne from garnish is offering my wonderful readers a 10% discount off your total purchase!

yes, i know!

fun, right?

gift giving, table setting, and sharing!

so, grab the code, head on over there and stock up for the holidays!

~the code: garnishjulie

~expires: december 1, 2010

i would love to know what you picked and the creative ideas you come up with!

oh! maybe i will have my first linky party!

have fun shopping!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

he's with the band

i wanted to give a shout out to my brother-in-law, craig!

i am so excited for him!

he plays the drums in a band called "donovan frankenreiter"!

i have their music playing on my blog!

you like?

i know, its awesome!

they have 5 major albums,

been on numerous tours around the world,

and will be on jimmy kimmel live tonight!

so, stay up late or set your tivo!

let me know if you checked it out!



Monday, October 25, 2010

halloween book wreath

i did it!

everybody was doing it!

i made a book wreath last new years eve!

and i am glad i did!

i am happy with the way it turned out!

i love how versatile it is!

i thought i might show you how i added a little halloween to my wreath!

i just hung a glittery happy halloween sign and "poof" instant halloween!

the small branch was a token my little guy picked up when we went here!

i just added a black bird!

come back soon because i will have a little gift to share with you!


i am linking up to emily's share your project!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

party menu

the "chef created" menu:

mac-n-cheese - fun shaped pasta, different cheeses, bread crumbs, peas, and ham

fruit yogurt parfait - vanilla yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, and granola

cupcakes - frosting and sprinkles

these were very simple ingredients that gave each little chef a chance to create their own recipe!

as you can see from my sweet girls face, she loved it!

and i did too!


Thursday, October 14, 2010

party details

another thing i love is coming up with and creating all the little details!

remember these?

i cut out over 150 with the help of my crafty friend, the cricut!

and they make the sweetest, retro-looking banner!

i made the rosette the same way i made this!

my talented friend, megan, made this beautiful monogrammed apron for my birthday girl!

i made each chef their own apron and personalized placemat!

and of course, we had to make the classic pasta necklace!

all the little chefs went home with a full tummy and a handful of goodies!

what did they whip up for lunch?

come back to find out!