Friday, November 27, 2015

Scenes From A Pennsylvania Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours! I love Thanksgiving. The kids are off from school for a few days, we get to relax and spend time together and with our family, and we get to enjoy each other's company while we share a wonderful traditional Thanksgiving meal together. We have a lot to be thankful for! We are healthy, happy, and we have each other. What more could anyone need? 

My sister Lisa hosts our Thanksgiving celebration each year. She is a fabulous cook and has great style! I love her beautiful home. She always goes out of her way to make the celebration extra special for our family. Each year I take lots of photos, and this year I am sharing them with you! I hope you enjoy a peek into our traditional Pennsylvania Thanksgiving.   

The table is set!

My daughter Rachel with Sam.

Let's see what's going on in the kitchen...
Pronto smells turkey!


The cutest salt and pepper shakers ever!

Have a seat!

What a pretty table! 

We are thankful.

Traditional Thanksgiving foods vary from region to region across the United States and each family has their own particular favorites and their own traditions. Our dinner typically includes an oven-roasted turkey, a stuffing or filling made with bread, onions, celery, butter, mashed potatoes and spices that is baked in the oven, turkey gravy, sauteed green beans, a baked casserole of cauliflower with a cheese sauce, some type of lettuce salad (this year we had a Caesar salad), mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, bread rolls or some type of bread, and sweet potatoes or yams that are usually boiled and then fried in butter and brown sugar. Our traditional deserts are pumpkin pie, apple pie, and sometimes pumpkin roll (a thin, rolled cake with a cream cheese filling), and pecan pie. Served with coffee of course! 

Fried candied sweet potatoes are my favorite...

...tied with homemade mashed potato bread stuffing.

My mother makes the best pumpkin pies!

...and my daughters and their cousin Frankie made this fabulous apple pie!

We are thankful for...

...each other.

Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Enjoying Life's Sweet Moments With Marie Callender’s Dutch Apple Pie

How do you celebrate things at home with your family? From small accomplishments to celebrating reaching larger goals, my daughters and I love to celebrate these events with time spent together as a family and a special dessert. I have always said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. And that is exactly where we gather to talk and be together in our home while we enjoy life and celebrate its sweet moments.

I was happy that I was asked by Marie Callender's to be part of their Sweet Moments campaign. Life certainly does go by in the blink of an eye. I think it's so important that we savor every precious, sweet moment with our families. Marie Callender's pies are perfect for helping us celebrate. Only Marie Callender's delivers homemade quality, and their products are made without compromise. The made from scratch crust, and wholesome, homemade quality and highest quality ingredients, along with their signature special touches - such as the Dutch Apple Pie's crumb topping- give us a reason to celebrate every day.

Last night my daughters and I celebrated with a Marie Callender's Dutch Apple Pie. We were excited to try it! Made with 100% Fuji apples and extra flaky crust made from scratch, I knew it would be the perfect treat on a chilly November night. My girls and I loved the pie. I was impressed by the quality of ingredients, the perfect texture and buttery taste of the brown sugar and cinnamon streusel crumb topping, the light taste of cinnamon and the taste and texture of the apples were perfect. My house smelled wonderful as the pie baked to perfection in my oven. We all agreed that the pie was delicious, had a homemade quality, and the perfect treat to enjoy together.

What's next on our list to try? Marie Callender's Coconut Cream pie (which I think we will enjoy on our next movie night) with its creamy coconut custard, made from scratch crust, and hand garnished with a real toasted coconut – Yum! And then after that we will be enjoying Marie Callender's Chocolate Satin Pie with its rich chocolate filling, made from scratch crust, and topping of real chocolate curls. Delicious! Life does go by in the blink of an eye. Savor each precious, sweet moment.

Which Marie Callender are you dying to try first?
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Big News! Make Vintage & Upcycled Jewelry With Laura Beth Love DVD

 Make Vintage & Recycled Jewelry with Laura Beth Love

Oh wow. That's all I can say. I just got a big surprise when I was on Barnes & Noble online and came across my first jewelry instruction DVD, Make Vintage & Upcycled Jewelry: Dishfunctional Plate Necklace. Yay! It's available for pre-order, and it looks so pretty! I haven't seen it yet, so I am excited to check it out once I get my own copy, but I just had to share the news with you. My second jewelry instruction DVD will be released a little while after this one, and I am so excited for you to see that one too. I hope you have a great weekend!

Enjoy your day!

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

My 5 Favorite Things For Today... Thursday November 19th 2015

My 5 favorite things for today...

1. Today is my daughter Rachel's 11th birthday! She is the true animal person of the house, she really has a natural knack for communicating with cats and dogs and all types of animals. Probably because she is so sweet and kind. Happy Birthday Rachel! :)

2. This pressed red glass heart window ornament. I have a small collection of these pressed glass ornaments; a green frog, a cobalt lighthouse, and a purple rabbit are a few of the others. 

3. This mosaic birds nest bowl that I made a few years ago is one of my favorite things. It's made from antique china, and has a little bird salt shaker perched on the rim. I love the way it turned out with the nutmeg colored grout. 

4. This quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
"Be silly.
Be honest.
Be kind."
I wish more people would be more silly, more honest, and more kind. 

5. This Chai tea! Celestial Teahouse Decaf Mountain Chai.  I just tried this for the first time and I really like it. It's yum!

Enjoy your day!

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