October 12, 2013

Old House Mercantile Sale!!

As of today there are less than 75 days until Christmas!

In that less than 75 day time span you have to finish enjoying fall, plan and prepare for Thanksgiving, decorate for Christmas, make cookies, go caroling, make lists and check them twice, shop and wrap for family, friends, and more!

I can't help you roast the turkey (although my recipe is HERE), and I can't send my little elves over to help decorate (however you'll find some inspiration HERE), but I can help you check several items off your shopping list!
From now until the end of the month when you use coupon code EARLYBIRD20 you will get 20% off your order at the shop

Need a teacher gift? 
We have goat milk soap!

Need a gift for your favorite sister?  
We some lovely signs for any occasion.

Need a gift for mom and dad or a newly married couple?  
Check out our Wedding Vow and LOVE signs!

Or do you need a little something to spruce up your home for the holidays?  
We have some beautiful Christmas signs and other decor 
to get you in the holiday spirit!

**Please remember all signs take 2-3 weeks to create so plan accordingly!  Thanks!**

October 10, 2013

Fall Tour: Dining Room ... and a Winner

Our house is all prettied up for the fall season.  Apple and cinnamon candles are burning, spiced chai is steaming in our mugs and some Pumpkin Pie Squares are baking in the oven!  Come on in and check out the dining room!

A glass vase filled with little glittery pumpkins, an old white shutter and a weathered bird house sit to the right of this mantle art (available in my shop), while on the left we have a star, a fabric pumpkin, and a few antique crystal pitchers that were my great grandmother's and my mom's. 

This old fireplace used to burn wood, now it is piped for propane.  It's really cozy on a chilly fall day!  (FYI, the sconces now have battery operated pillars in them.  A gift from my in-laws.  She knows what I love! And boy do they ever look pretty!)

An up close view of the window treatments.  There are deep green roman shades on each window in the dining room (and in the office) topped with burlap swags.  I found this idea on pinterest in a laundry room and loved it!  I also found the pin for washing burlap.  I tried it and I found that it doesn't make a huge difference whether you wash and dry or not. Burlap is burlap.  However...I totally advise against drying it in the dryer.   Don't ask me how I know. *grin*

A bit of a dark view, sorry.  This is the baker's rack with microwave (we find it's more helpful to have it in the dining room than in the kitchen), baskets for paper napkins and paper plates (we use them when we have a gathering), and on the bottom shelf (not seen) is the basket with the kiddos' piano books in it.

The antique player piano.  The player part doesn't work, but the kids play piano.  The oldest five take lessons.  They love their piano teacher!  On the wall is a ladder hubby made for me.  It's wrapped in grapevine garland and some berries.

I am really loving this antique buffet that was given to us. I haven't put anything in it, yet, because hubby has to fix one of the doors and we need to replace some of the hardware.  I'm not sure if we'll ever paint it or not. I'm liking the shabby chic look I've added to this room here and there and I think it would look great with a white-wash look on it, but I can't bring myself to doing it. Sitting on top is a fall runner that Rebekah made for 4H a few years ago. On top of that is a basket that we keep cloth napkins in.  Actually they are the multi-packs of washcloths found and Walmart and other stores.  We use those instead of expensive napkins.  They wash up nicely, too.  We have several shades of tan.  On the wall is a chalkboard I've made. The saying says "Welcome Glorious and Wonderful Fall!" (I shamelessly copied Aunt Ruthie's chalkboard!  She is so talented! Love her!)  I might be putting some more smaller ones in the shop soon so keep on the lookout.

Well that's it for the dining room!  I'll take some pictures of the living room soon!  

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 Now for the ...
Giveaway Winner!

The winner of the Hometown Harvest cookbook is...

 I love the fall colors (renate at rwitt9@yahoo.com) 

Congratulations!  I'll send you an email!

Thanks, everyone, for entering!  I loved reading your favorite things about your favorite seasons.  Happy birthday to those who also celebrated (or who will be celebrating) an October birthday!  

Check back in a few days for the living room tour!

October 4, 2013

Cranberry-Eggnog Monkey Bread

Phew! What a busy day we had today! I took my oldest to his job at the local farm/corn maze. He had fun leading around 45 kindergarteners. Seriously ... It's totally his thing! I also ran my oldest daughter to her back doctor. She's doing great! It's been almost 4 months since her back surgery and doc is pleased as punch with how she's coming along! I also went to a 4H planning meeting for the moms in our group. Then we had homemade pizza and then went to town for a few matters and to drop off our oldest at a guy's night out!  Phew!  Yep...that's about all the excitement that I can handle in one day!  I'm beat!  But...before I turn in for the night I thought I'd share with you another fun recipe from Gooseberry Patch's Hometown Harvest cookbook!  Our oldest daughter, Rebekah, made these the other day with our Hometown Skillet Omelet.  They were really yummy and she said they were pretty easy to make.

Cranberry-Eggnog Monkey Bread

3 7 1/2 oz. tubes refrigerated biscuits
1 c. sugar
2 t. cinnamon
2 c. sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar, packed
1 c. powdered sugar
3 T. eggnog (see below for a substitute)
1/4 t. vanilla extract

Separate biscuits; cut each into squares.  Combine sugar and cinnamon in a bowl; coat biscuit pieces in mixture.  Arrange 1/3 of the biscuit pieces in the bottom of a generously greased Bundt pan.  Sprinkle with 1/3 of the dried cranberries.  Repeat with 2 more layers, ending with berries on top. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt butter with brown sugar.  Bring to a boil; cook and stir for one minute.  Drizzle over layered biscuits.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.  Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; invert onto a swerving plate.  Let cool slightly.  In a small bowl, blend together remaining ingredients; drizzle over top. Slice and serve.

*Notes:  She used a bag of frozen dinner roll dough, thawed.  I'm going to have her try using my dinner roll recipe next time to save a bit of money.

She also used a 9x13 instead of a Bundt pan. 

Eggnog substitute:  3 T. milk (whole would be best, but use what you have), 1 tsp. vanilla, and a dash or two of nutmeg

Don't forget to go enter my giveaway HERE to win a copy of Hometown Harvest!

 Click on the cookbook to purchase a copy!  

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Also go visit these ladies for another chance to win!

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October 1, 2013

Hashbrown Skillet Omelet and a Giveaway!

Hey all!  Wow fall has snuck up on us, hasn't it!?!  We've had our share of illnesses and we've also been crazy busy but we've also had a lot of fun so far this fall.  I'll post on the fun stuff soon...fall fair and animal judging/auction...fall fair up in Michigan, and lots of fall decorating has gone on! Fall is my favorite season!  Not only is my birthday in the fall, but I love the sights and the smells of fall!  The beautiful falling leaves, the pumpkins, the spice candles, the creamy spiced chai... 

The folks at Gooseberry Patch have invited me to join the giveaways for their Hometown Harvest Cookbook!   Of course I said "Yes!"!  I love me some Gooseberry Patch cookbooks!  The recipes, decorating tips and homegrown feel to it is something that I just LOVE!

Before we get down to the goods of the giveaway I'll share a recipe with ya'll!  Actually my girls are quite the cooks and bakers lately!  My oldest is 14 1/2 and part of her homeschool curriculum is "Home Ec" which entails menu planning, recipe finding, and cooking/baking quite a few goodies! If you've seen my Pinterest boards lately you've seen a lot of yummy recipes that she's found!  My second oldest daughter is 13 and loves to whip up some yummies in the kitchen!  Tonight she made a double batch of the Hashbrown Skillet Omelet (page 20 in the cookbook).  It was pretty tasty!

Hashbrown Skillet Omelet

2 T. oil (we used coconut oil)
3 c. frozen shredded hashbrowns
1/2 lb. bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1-1/2 c. shredded Cheddar or Cheddar Jack cheese, divided (we used cheddar...yummy!)
6 eggs, beaten
1/4 c. water
1 T. fresh parsley, chopped ( we used 1 t. dry parsley)
1/2 t. paprika
Garnish: hot pepper sauce, catsup (we skipped the garnishing)

Heat oil in a cast-iron (we used our oven-safe skillet) over medium heat.  Add frozen hashbrowns; cook for about 10 minutes without turning, until golden. Turn carefully; cook other side until golden.  Remove skillet from heat.  Sprinkle hashbrowns with bacon and one cup shredded cheese.  Beat eggs and water; pour over cheese.  Sprinkle with parsley and paprika.  Transfer skillet to oven.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for about 20 to 25 minutes, until eggs are set in the center.  Remove from oven; sprinkle with remaining cheese and let stand for 5 minutes.  Cut into wedges; garnish as desired.  Serves 6.

Now for the giveaway...

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One winner will win a copy of Gooseberry Patch's 
 Giveaway starts now and ends midnight Tuesday, October 8th (my birthday!) at midnight!
I'll announce the winner Thursday, October 10th!

1 Entry -  Leave me a comment in comments of the blog...
tell me your favorite thing about fall
(if you don't like fall then share your favorite season and the thing you like most about it)

1 Entry - Like me on Facebook 
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(If you already do, just let me know.)

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1 Entry - Post about the giveaway on your blog
leave a link to your blog (in a separate comment)
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A new Fall pretty in the shop!

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