Hey Y'all

We are still celebrating Thanksgiving but I wanted to pop in let you know that Paula Deen is posting 32 days of homemade gifts on her website. Click here for a look.

Thanksgiving Wishes

Happy Thanksgiving Friends.

Handmade Holidays

I'm so excited I could just scream because I'm Not Crafty!!

Have you seen birdseed wreaths in catalogs lately? They are usually around $30.00.
It's tempting but in the end I always pass.
Got the great idea to Google the other day and I found a recipe.

Birdseed Wreath
1 1/2 cups boiling water
4 1/4 ounce pkgs. Knox unflavored gelatin
8 cups birdseed
dried cranberries
Empty the 4 pkgs. of gelatin into 8 tablespoons of cold water in a large bowl.
Let the gelatin sit for a minute.
Meanwhile, boil the 1 1/2 cups of water. Add the boiling water to the gelatin and stir for 2 to 3 minutes until the gelatin has dissolved.
Pam your Bundt pan thoroughly.
Place a handful of cranberries in the bottom of pan.
Stir 8 cups of birdseed into the gelatin, mixing thoroughly.
Let the mixture set for a few minutes, then stir again. Repeat this process several times allowing all liquid to be absorbed. Pack birdseeds into Bundt pan.
Refrigerate at least 3 hours - overnight.

**After my first attempt here's what I will do differently:
Next time I will use 4 cups of birdseeds to keep it from being so heavy - it's supposed to hang from raffia.
Oh, I will also follow the direction with the gelatin so mine will stick together. :)
My cost to make this was about $2.00.

Poofing a Corner

Happy Monday! Today I want to show you a little poofing that I've been up to. The vignette below just came together by accident in the last few days and there's a story with it.

Awhile back The Nester did the post about looking around for bare spots that need to be beautified...stay with me here...I have thought about that post several times.

Then last week I was Christmas shopping at this adorable shop here in Edmond called Sterling's. I bought that clock that you see there on the wall for someone else. Yes it's true...I know you do it too. I decided it had to hang on that bare spot above my table. Perfect!

See the cute red reproduction bucket? I don't know what it's called but I saw it the same day and it was part of a set of 3. The set was $99.00 and I had no use for all of them. I kept thinking about the red one though...so I called the man and asked to buy just the red one. He said yes! $25.00. Woo hoo! I'm so proud because I never ask questions like that.

Right now there's a fabulous fake plant in the red bucket but I'm picturing geraniums or a fern when the weather is nicer.

I'm happy with this spot now and it's the perfect view when looking into the living room from the kitchen.

Thank you for coming by and leaving your sweet comments. :)


Just enjoying "Legacy" by Nicole Nordeman.
Turn your speakers on. :)

Happy Sunday!

Foodie Friday

Hi girls! Today I'm joining Michael at Designs by Gollum. I haven't done this in awhile. :)

You know when you are just minding your own business shopping at Target or the grocery store...and that wonderful smell comes to you? The smell of roasted chicken. Yes, I knew you would understand. This supper was inspired by Target's Southwest Roasted Chicken. Easy breezy and so delicious. :)

Ingredients: Crispy tostada, shredded chicken, refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and guacamole.

Happy Foodie Friday!

The Sweetest Days

Do you know the song "The Sweetest Days" by Vanessa Williams? I remember hearing that song when my boys were little bitty and just being overwhelmed by it. I tried to have it playing for you here but it makes me cry.

These days I'm thinking of that song again.

This is Tanner. We just picked up Senior proofs today. He's going to graduate and go off somewhere...

This is Spencer. He studies really hard because he wants to go off again.

These Are The Sweetest Days!

Now pass me the Kleenex please.


The seasons are definitely changing now in our little part of the world. It's getting cold and we may have our first freeze tonight. Let's take a quick walk around the yard.

My oakleaf hydrangeas have been the most beautiful colors.
The leaves are beginning to close up now.
Looking down the walking path behind our pond....there's a roadblock of leaves.

This one little geraniums refuses to give up.

The ornamental grasses are all topped out with seed pods.

Oh how I love to be in the yard!
I will miss it this winter...this girl doesn't spend much time out there in the cold Oklahoma wind!

Now let's run back in for some hot coffee...it's that time of day. 3:00!!

She Naps

Hope you are having a wonderfully relaxing Saturday.


I just read one of the best blog posts ever!

Go visit

to read her wise words.

Happy Thursday!


We eat them right out of the bag! Do you?

What Did You Do Today Friend?

I spent some time outside.
Raked some leaves.

Admired the colors.

Thought about pentas.
They bloom all summer and still look pretty now.

Smiled at my pansies.

I enjoyed this fall day.
Hope you did too.

Dear Mr. Hilton

Dear Mr. Hilton,

Having just returned from Stacey and Tanner's great adventure aka college visit, I had to pen a letter to you. I so appreciate that you let us stay at your absolutely beautiful hotel for free with our Hilton Honors Points. The Hilton Frontenac in St. Louis was stunning! Just the drive up made me realize that I had arrived at a special place. However Mr. Hilton, please let me share something with you.

I walked into the beautiful bathroom with Crabtree & Evelyn products on the counter and noticed the sumptuous folded towels immediately. The room was immaculate and lovely.
But that magnifying mirror on the wall has got to go! You see Mr. Hilton, when a girl is 46 she just doesn't want that much information about her face! I prefer not realizing that my eyebrows are as thick as an oak tree...and um I didn't even need to know about those little broken blood vessel thingies on my neck. Mr. Hilton, really, my husband has limited vision and I need reading glasses. In our eyes I still look 26. So Mr. Hilton...next time...if I call ahead will you remove the mirror?

Your faithful customer,


Happy Saturday!

Still out of town for a day or two but since it's Saturday morning and you might have a fresh cup of coffee in your hand, I just have to ask...do you wait and watch the calendar...so you can see the new Cottage of the Month each month? I do!

Have you seen it this month?

I can hardly make myself leave my chair. I've gone back to this a hundred times. This is quite a cottage! If you study the pictures there are lots of great ideas to take away.

I'm Lucky!

Hi all! Sorry I've been missing in action for the last week. Just too much to do here. I did post briefly yesterday...in a gripey mode...so I deleted it when I realized people were worrying. Not to worry! Just too much going on here.

I wanted to show you what I won a couple of weeks ago!

Sweet Barb of Bella Vista hosted a Ho Ho Ho Giveaway and I was the lucky recipient! Look at the darling little snowman. :) She also included a Gooseberry Patch Christmas cookbook. Both items are adorable! I've kept them on my kitchen counter and I just go by and smile. The cookbook is full of great recipes and tidbits of wisdom. Thank you so much Barb for sharing with me.

Yesterday I had a hankerin' for pumpkin pie. I bought a Mrs. Smiths and I just have to say Yummy. It's not as wonderful as homemade but it made me smile. I think pumpkin pie just tastes like fall. Don't you?

Another reason I'm feeling lucky is that tomorrow youngest son and I are heading for St. Louis to visit Webster University. He really wants to attend a music conservatory program so we are off to visit! Wish us luck on our 8 hour drive.

Be back on Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and have much to smile about.