Sunday, December 30, 2012

Friday Phone Dump - Week 52

Can you believe it's been a whole year of my Friday Phone Dumps?  I sure can't! This past week has been nice and relaxing with just enough socializing to keep us from getting sick of too much togetherness. ;)

row 1 *Dipping goodies*decorating the piano with my Starbucks Cup Angels*setting up the dining room for Christmas dinner*
row 2 *the breakfast table set for Christmas morning*Christmas Eve candlelight service*Coming out of church in the snow was so pretty!*
row 3*Christmas Eve pics at my mom's house*

 row 1*Christmas morning*opening champagne for breakfast*cooking the turkey for dinner*
row 2 *hubs & me*College Girl making her yummy lentil-walnut loaf*Hubs carving the turkey*
row 3*Appetizers*the tree in our room*Dining room*
row 1*dinner at our favorite vegetarian restaurant, this was the Blue Plate...yummazing!*Dessert Menu..such a hard decision*and the winner was Recontructed Blackberry Pie (except they swapped out blueberries for the blackberries and gave us lemon sorbet to make it dairy good!*
row 2* getting ready to have some friends over on Friday night* Hello 2013 Healthy Eating Motivation*a beautiful snowfall yesterday, we drove by this cathedral and I snapped a photo*
row 3 *spent the rest of the snowy day reading and relaxing* the first of two parties we went to last night*the second batch of turkey & stars soup that I've made with the leftover turkey*

What have you been up to this last week of 2012?
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Merry Christmas 2012!

I'll be spending this week with friends and family.  Hope you are doing the same and enjoying your holiday!   

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday Phone Dump-Week 51

All of my gift shopping and wrapping is done so I'm looking forward to a weekend of fun Christmas activities--baking, movies, relaxing and enjoying the season!
The white tree in the living room.  I bought a pre-lite white tree at the end of last season.

 Getting the car washed.
 Daughter's winter concert (she's on the far left).  Good thing I took some photos of her before she left with my good camera.
 College Girl and I waiting for the show to begin.
 Christmas wrapping this year. I got these tags at Target after Christmas last year. They say NICE and NAUGHTY depending how you look at them.
 Garland on the fireplace.
 Babysitting my niece.
Our family room tree (all of the mini white lights have burned out but I'm liking the retro look of the big colored bulbs).
 Our entry tree.
 Finishing up our candy cottages.
 Using my Holiday Specs to take this photo (see the star effect?).
 A nice fire and watching Love Actually.
 Our annual tradition of making cranberry bread.
 And my finger in each shot.
 Arranging flowers this morning for Christmas breakfast and dinner.
A different kind of tree topper for the white and blue tree.
I saw this somewhere, wish I could remember where.  I'm still not sure if I'll keep it up or not.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and holiday!!!
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Friday, December 21, 2012

Rub & Buff to the Rescue

I don't know how this little door knob escaped the Great De-Brassification of 2010 but it did. 
When we made over the girls' bathroom, Miss Middle School asked me if we were ever going to change out that poor hideous knob to their linen closet.  That's when (and how) it came to my attention.
I wasn't up for a full replacement so I tried this stuff.
I had seen some other bloggers use Rub 'n Buff in different projects. I found it at Michael's and picked out the Silver Leaf color.   It was worth a try, right?
I'd heard that a little goes a long way and the best way to apply it is with your finger.
I thought I could spread it on neatly and not get any on the door.
Well, I should have known better and of course I got some of it on the door.
uh oh!
This stuff worked like a charm.
Try #2, I used some painters tape to protect the door, this time (duh!)
Rub, buff and remove the tape. 
Voila! A new-ish knob that coordinates with the finishes in the bathroom for pennies!

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dining Room Curtains...Finally!

My naked windows finally are decent!

Meet the Lappljung's...
from Sweden.
We haven't had curtains in there since we took down the sheers last March.
We went from this...
(an old picture of the sheers)
To this...the valances were there from the previous owner's of the house and not my style.
I loved having more natural light in there after the sheers came down.
 I wasn't sure what kind of window treatments I wanted and most of the curtains that I did like were going to set me back at least $200 a window (ouch!)
Until I found these beauties at Ikea.
They were only $14.99/pair and the bold red print caught my eye.
I really like them against the chocolate brown walls.

I did have to hem them but I used iron on tape so no sewing was involved.
I found simple, inexpensive ORB (oil rubbed bronze) rods at Target, which is just what I wanted.
  Since I also wanted the curtains to stay as wide open as possible, I used drapery rings with clips on them (also from Target).
I think they freshen up the room and give it a more modern feel.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

{Recipe}Toasted Coconut Ice Cream (Vegan too)

We made this for Thanksgiving dessert.
 It was creamy and full of toasted coconutty goodness. You don't even need an ice cream maker!
I found the recipe here.
You'll need:
1 package of Silken Tofu (the original says 16 ounce, but I could only find a 12 ounce package)
2 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 1/4 cups sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 TBS coconut extract
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted(and more for snacking)
Spread the coconut out on a baking sheet and toast in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes.
  Stir it around every few minutes.
Until lovely, golden brown.

Combine the tofu, coconut milk, salt, sugar and extracts in a blender or food processor. 
Process until smooth.
Add the toasted coconut and give it a quick whirl to just combine.

Take a break for a volume exercise.  We were trying to figure out container would hold more.
Pour mixture into selected container and add some more toasted coconut.
Freeze until completely firm.  
When ready to serve, let it defrost a little bit for easy scooping.
Sprinkle even more toasted coconut on top if you'd like.
Chocolate chips are great addition as well!
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