christmas mantel

I found this lovely picture at our large fall flea market in September, and knew instantly I wanted to decorate my fireplace mantel around it for Christmas.  There was something about the picture that spoke to me and made me feel so peaceful. Snow falling and softly covering everything, always fills me with a sense of peace, especially when I don’t have to drive in … Continue reading christmas mantel

an easy one pot meal

If you’re looking for a hearty winter meal, made all in one pan, and that will feed a family . . . then this is it.  I found this recipe on A Family Feast blog, where there are hundreds of delicious looking meals, all in one convenient place.  This recipe is found under the “Easy Meals” tab, and is called “One Pot Tex-Mex Pasta”. Not only will … Continue reading an easy one pot meal

a diy winter wall decor

A few weeks ago I found this poster size reproduction botanical print at Elm & Iron, a local store which carries a unique and lovely collection of home decor.   I love the detail on this print and knew it would go nicely in my living room/dining room area which is decorated in greens, beige, and wood tones.   I started by cutting a piece of … Continue reading a diy winter wall decor

this week’s bake – sugar cookies (and my first attempt at royal icing)

Well, it is Sunday, and time to bake again.  I’ve had this almond-flavored sugar cookie recipe for years and it’s always been a favorite.  It came with an icing recipe, but I wanted to try my hand at Royal Icing. This recipe says to chill the dough for 1 hour after making before rolling it out.  Since I didn’t make up the dough until Saturday … Continue reading this week’s bake – sugar cookies (and my first attempt at royal icing)

repainting the living room

Since gardening keeps me busy three seasons of the year, I save all my inside home projects for the winter months.  I find if I schedule enough of them, I am scrambling to get them all finished before spring, and it makes the winter go fast. Over Christmas break, I repainted the kitchen.  That leaves me the living room and the utility/laundry room to finish before … Continue reading repainting the living room

this week’s bake – macaroon angel cakes

I’ve decided to start a new weekly series to carry me through winter, until the flowers are blooming again, and I can continue with “this week’s bouquet”.  When winter hits with a “punch”, I need something to entertain myself until I can garden again.  Plus, the oven warms the house and the aromas are heavenly. So . . . to start the series, I’m making … Continue reading this week’s bake – macaroon angel cakes

a drippy, dreary day

Drippy and dreary are the best words to describe the weather around here lately.  Until the snow comes to brighten the scenery, Ohio weather is not only drippy and dreary, but some people find it downright depressing. The  sun hasn’t been out much this winter and the cloudy days go on endlessly.  While some people experience winter onset SAD (Seasonal affective disorder), I mostly just … Continue reading a drippy, dreary day