Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
We have eaten through all the Thanksgiving pies and the Spumoni and Waffle Cone ice cream flavors that were left from our holiday celebration. Last night as the evening sweet attack got us, all we had was humble vanilla ice cream left in the freezer, from our sweet apple pie dessert. What to do, what to do...not even any chocolate syrup in the fridge. I remembered the hot fudge sauce I used to make when my children were little. The recipe was one of the first I ever made in my first-ever microwave, it was out of the recipe book that came with that microwave and of course, that recipe book was not to be found. I did a search for microwave hot fudge and found a recipe right away that was just like the one I used to make. It's so easy, and really so luscious without being too sweet or gummy-syrupy! It only takes minutes to make, smells like brownies and tastes like a brownie fudge sundae on vanilla ice cream. I always have these ingredients on hand, so when the chocolate attack hits and we don't even have chocolate chips in the house, I must remember this easy recipe. I stirred my coffee this morning with the chocolate-sauce covered spoon left from my little photo-shoot, so delicious! :) Enjoy!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Sunday, November 25, 2012
SEE CHRISTMAS HOME SERIES, PART TWO
SEE CHRISTMAS HOME SERIES, PART THREE
I will admit it, I am a baby boomer. On the tail end of the boomers, but I am a boomer. I have had large and beautiful homes, at one time we had a combination of six children and we were fun, a circus...but fun. Now with only one adult child living at home, my sweetest daughter, We have downsized to a town home that I love, but it is smaller than what we used to have and I may feel "large home" envy at this time of year when we decorate and entertain. My "circus" may not live with me every day any more, but they all tend to show up for family dinners and fun, bringing more dogs and grandchildren with them. But, what could ever be better?
My daughter sewed these sweet mini stockings several years ago with my help when we had our first Christmas here in town-home land. We updated some colors with our decor and got this idea from some very small ornament stockings at Crate and Barrel that year that were full of buttons. I am also fortunate to have a matching table runner that we made to coordinate with the stockings and just love them all.
This was our "real tree" several years ago, when my youngest son was still living with us and had his Chocolate Lab "Moose" with him. I love Moose very much, but he is large and like a bull in a china shop, so we decided to have a table top tree and try to save ourselves. This poor little tree from Pottery Barn just wasn't up to my heavier glass ornaments, but it was our tree for one Christmas. We put lighter weight decor on it now and I just love the "Charlie Brown" look in my little Kitchen Island Nook.
I'm not really fond of my TV Nook, but it serves it's purpose and creates more space in my Family Room. We have had this little Santa for almost 30 years and use it every year, I still love it! My dear BFF and her family gave it to me, it matches the little Santa Candle Holder in the "Kitchen Nook" that my brother gave to me. Both from Pier One many years ago. The Bunting is a Maddalee Exclusive!
And here in this corner, a small dresser that was my Grandma's, just as the hutch in the "Stocking" photo was. The style these days is to paint our wooden things, and while I love all of that, these will stay as they are as they make me think of my Grandma this way. The little stuffed Santa, Silver Sleigh and Silver Reindeer have been with us for many years. They still have a place every year with our holiday decor.
I don't have a lot going on for decor in the kitchen, but this Pie Safe and the red things that are on it all year fit right in. My children gave me Mr. Grinch quite a few years ago for my birthday, or Christmas...hard to remember as my birthday is on Christmas! He comes out every year.
My daughter and I also put together this wreath for the front door three years ago when we updated some of our Christmas decor. It's out in the weather for it's third year now, and I think it still looks pretty, it really hasn't faded. The ornaments only look like glass, they are plastic from Target and I thought they might have faded in the afternoon sun that hits our front porch. I do tend to love my Christmas looking a bit like a Dr. Seuss book, fun and festive!
We still have the table top tree between my two large club chairs. I really have come to like it up off the floor with all the dogs romping around and now my little grandson who has started crawling. I wish I was good enough to take a photo that shows how bright and warm our little tree is, and how that light and warmth dances around the room! As my birthday is on Christmas, I have always collected ornaments and have been given ornaments as gifts. Sweet! I love them all and if I don't have a tree in my future large enough to hold them all, I have three children lined up to have their share of the ornaments that added to our wonderful holiday memories. See Part Two in this series here.
I hope your home is warm and bright with the changing season. I am blessed to celebrate my faith and love with my family and home that I do love. Everyone needs a warm place to feel at home in, I hope you all find this and have a happy season! May God Bless.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Things are a little slower at Maddalee this week. Here in my home we are getting ready to celebrate all that we have, our family, our friends, our faith, our blessings. I speak of Thanksgiving with some sadness. Not for me and mine, we are blessed with our love and happiness and whatever may be missing from our particular lives is nothing to even spend a fleeting moment of despair on. We have all we need. I do feel a sadness for so many that struggle worldwide. I pray for relief, even in the situations where it seems relief could never come if left to man. I pray for God's relief.
I am also celebrating and giving thanks for all I have, and looking forward to a warm weekend full of love with my family. If I don't make it back here much this week, Happiest Thanksgiving to all of my Maddalee friends, may you also celebrate a weekend full of love and blessings.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Recipe Journal Gift Set that included the recipe cards and gift tags, similar to the printables I'm posting for you today. It was a Maddalee giveaway last weekend, and I had promised to post the recipe cards and tags as printables for eveyone after the giveaway. Now, you could use these files and make up some cute recipe cards and "From the Kitchen of" tags, or we can make this project even more fun! I have found these great Moleskine Journals online, and they will work perfectly to make a Recipe Journal Gift Set for yourself, or gifts to give. They come in sets of 2 for only 12.95, I don't know what shipping is until I actually order. (I'll come back with that info.) I am ordering the purple/lavender set and will develop front and back cover wraps, or sleeves to coordinate with the tags and recipe cards in this set. Oh my, I think I can design them so that they fit over the ends of the cute journal covers, and actually become little pockets on the inside covers, just like I did with the journal I made for the giveaway. What fun, my mind is going a mile a minute! I will post the "Cover Art/Inside Pocket files as printables once my books come and I am sure of the sizes for engineering. It will be easy, I promise...cut with scissors, fold, glue the tabs and slip into place. And for less than $20.00 you can make two sweet little Recipe Journal Gift Sets that will have a similar look and feel to the giveaway set, without the blood, sweat and tears! Ready, set, go! Let's order books and meet back here. I love, love, love the paper arts!
This is the journal set I'm ordering for myself, in the purples—it's almost the same size as the journal I made for the giveaway:
Moleskine Volant Large Ruled Notebook (Set of 2) (5 x 8.25)
Pages: 96 pages (48 leaves)
Size: 5 x 8.25 inches (13 x 21 cm)
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Monday, November 12, 2012
The Christmas Bunting Banner will be available again in the fall 2013. :)
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