Are You Pondering?

I find that the days between Christmas and New Years are days that I always think DEEP.  I ponder about the ups and downs of the past year and I think about the “clean slate” I have in the upcoming year.  What things would I change in the past year if I could? What did I learn?  Did I achieve the goals that I wanted to achieve?

I think about the New Year ahead of me…. It’s going to be an exciting and busy year with travel plans on the horizon…. Long Beach, Whistler, London, Paris, Spain, my last child heading off to college and I’ll be turning 49 (thank goodness it’s not 50).  I have a big year ahead of me! What do I want to accomplish this year?  Soooo many things!  I’m working on a list and I will share it with you soon.

Here are some quotes that I came across that made me think…and I read them twice…. and I might just keep a few.

Did you find one that you read twice and want to keep in front of you for the New Year?

 

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Link Party #14 Highlights – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I hope that all of you had a wonderful Christmas enjoying family and friends and taking some time to reflect on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

I  had a wonderful Christmas day with family unwrapping gifts, napping, playing games and of course eating and eating and eating!!!!

We had some great  link ups this week.  I requested a “no Christmas” theme, thinking that I might get 5 link ups…there were 58!

Here are the highlights:

I absolutely LOVE this Chippy Hutch that Sharley from Double Take Decor refurbished.

I’m heading down this week to Benjamin Moore and picking up some of this Terrapin Green Paint!

Maysem from Ode To Inspiration made this Snowball Fight Invitation using cookies that look like snowballs.

Such a cute idea!  I wish I lived in the snow Mayhem so you could send one to me!!!

…and speaking of snowballs,

Alexandra from Talking Dollars and Cents shared a recipe for Mexican Cookies that look like snowballs.

This is the exact recipe I have and they are delicious!  Melt in your mouth yumminess!

Vicky from Mess For Less made these adorable Cookies On A Tray for her daughters.

Vicky had purchased a store bought “cookies on a tray” and her daughters were always fighting over it, so she made her own.
Vicky, I like your version better.  How fun for your daughters.

 

Karin from Art Is Beauty hand painted this gorgeous blossom onto a desk she had refurbished for her daughter.

Beautiful job Karin.  Oh, how I wish that I could do this!

Mari from A Mom Not a Pro came up with this wonderful Sundried Tomato and Bacon Cheese Ball.

Mari, I think you have a winner here.  It looks delicious.
I’m putting this on my list to make for New Year’s Eve.


Check out the Crafting Rebellion’s Rock your Purse.

I love it!!! How fun would this be to make?
She has a very easy tutorial that you can follow.

Mindy from Pretty In Paint 32 refurbished this coffee table and then added the french script to it.

I love french script.  It turned out beautiful Mindy.
Lovin’ the curvy legs on that coffee table too!

If you were featured, please grab a “featured” button!

I’ve decided to not post Link Party #15 until next week, January 3rd.  I’ll be sending out a reminder email.

Thanks so much to all of you for your support and linking up to
Project Queen’s “Turning the Duanting Into the Do-able”

it would be NOTHING without all of you!!!
♥♥♥

 

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Merry Christmas!

Today it felt like Christmas because I was able to give than receive.

I’m thankful that God has given me a heart

that would prefer to give than receive.

I’m thankful that I know a God who loves me unconditionally,

just as I am with all of my faults.

I’m thankful for a God who washed me clean of all my sins.

I’m thankful for a baby who was born in a manger with nothing,

so I could have it all.

I’m blessed.

From the bottom of my heart…

I wish each and every one of you a Christmas that you cherish.

A Christmas that gives you that full feeling in your heart that is hard to describe.

A Christmas that brings that “childhood” feeling that compares to nothing.

I wish all of you a blessed Christmas.

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Welcome To My Dining Room

My dining room is my favorite room in our house.  I love the colors and it’s very warm and welcoming.  It’s the first room you see when you walk in our front door.  It used to be the formal living room.  Our life style doesn’t lend itself to a formal living room, so we took out a wall and put in a wall.  The formal living room became the formal dining room and the old formal dining room became an extra room that we use as an extra “tv room” for my daughter and her friends.

We had an early Christmas dinner with extended family.  Here is the table “dressed up” a bit.

I like to keep it pretty simple.  I love seeing all the tablescapes in Blog Land.

For me, the less on the table, the better and I like my center pieces to be low so people can see each other over them.

This is my Bernardaud Louvre china that my husband
surprised me with a few years ago.
We had a very small wedding and we didn’t register for china.
I always thought I’d never want china…funny how that changed as I got older.
I want something to pass on to my children.
At first I was scared to use them! But now I use them at birthdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I loved showing you my dining room and Christmas tablescape!

After looking at this picture I think I need to invest in a few more chairs that match this dining room set!

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Pan Fried Onion Dip

My hubby and I went to a dinner party the other night and everyone was raving about this onion dip.  The hostess of the party hadn’t heard of it, otherwise she would have served it!  A guest at the party had the recipe and she emailed it to me the next day.

One of my favorite things is Lipton Onion Soup Mix mixed into sour cream with ruffled potato chips!  I grew up on it and I can eat it until I make myself sick!  This is the “up-to-date” version and it’s delicious.  Double the recipe when you make it because it won’t last long.

Pan Fried Onion Dip

2 large Yellow Onions sliced into 1/8″ rounds (about 3 cups)
4 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
1/4 cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Pepper
4 ounces Cream Cheese at room temperature
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1/2 cup Mayonnaise (Best Foods)

1.  Heat butter and oil in a large saute’ pan on medium heat.
2.  Add onions, cayenne, salt, pepper and saute’ for 10 minutes.  Decrease heat to medium-low and cook stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes until onions are brown and carmelized.  Cool.
3.  With an electric mixer, mix cream cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream.
4.  Add onions and mix well.

Serve with chips at room temperature.

 

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Earthquake Cake

I made this cake last week when we had house guests and it is absolutely amazing!  My husband isn’t crazy about box cakes and he LOVED this one.  A few of our guests mentioned they don’t like coconut, but they loved this cake.

This cake is so quick and easy to make.  I have to say it’s not the prettiest cake….but don’t let the way it looks throw you off… you forget what it looks like when you taste it!

In my haste of getting ready for company and all of the other chores that goes along with it, I forgot to take a picture of the cake!!!  So, I found a picture online that does the trick!

Source: Keeley’s Cuisine

Earthquake Cake

1 cup Sweetened Coconut
1 cup Pecans, chopped
2 cups Mini Semi-Chocolate Chips
1 box Super Devil’s Food Cake
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1/2 cup Butter
1 lb. Powder Sugar
1 tsp. Vanilla

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and 9×13 in pyrex dish.  Toss together the coconut, pecans and chocolate chips and sprinkle evenly on the bottom of the pyrex dish.

2.  Bake cake according to directions on the box and pour it evenly over the coconut mixture.

3.  Melt cream cheese and butter together.  Sift powder sugar and add to the cream cheese mixture along with the vanilla.

4.  Pour the cream cheese mixture on the top of the cake batter.  Using a knife, run it through the cream cheese and cake mixture being careful not to go as deep as the coconut layer.

5.  Bake 50 minutes until almost set.  Toothpick will not come out clean.

Enjoy!

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Christmas Traditions At Turnstyle Vogue

Good Morning!

I’m being featured over at Turnstyle Vogue!Turnstyle Vogue

If you have never been to Shari’s blog, you’re in for a treat!

Shari has a great eye for style and has refurbished some amazing pieces of furniture.

Come by and say “Hi!”

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Welcome To Link Party #14 – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

I have to admit I’m in a bit of a quandary here friends… if I post #14 party today, then highlights will be posted next Monday which is the day after Christmas.  So? You say.  Well, I’m kinda of funny about the holidays….when they are over, I want it to be over!
Do you think I’m being kinda “grinchy”?

I’m really trying not to be, but in all fairness to you… I’m not going to want to be highlighting Christmas stuff…even though I LOVE YOUR Christmas stuff, it will just be over….

So, with that being said, here are the rules for this party….

1.  NOTHING CHRISTMAS.
2.  Please grab a button and paste it somewhere on your page or in your post.
3.  I’d love it if you became a follower.
4.  Please visit a few others who have joined the party and leave a nice comment.  We all love comments!

So, I challenge you to link up something that is NOT CHRISTMAS!!!

I know you can do this!!! Good luck!!!!!

(I sure hope I get more than 5 link ups) :-)

If you missed the highlights from #13 Link Party
CLICK HERE


 

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Link Party #13 Highlights – “Turning the Daunting Into the Do-able”

Christmas decorations are up √
Cards are sent out √
Gifts are purchased √
Gifts are wrapped √
Menu is planned √
Toffee is made √

I’m ready….are you????

If you’re not ready for Christmas, I hope you’re ready for Link Party #13 Highlights, cause they are happenin!

I’m lovin’  Artsy VaVa’s Spoon Curtains.  These are soooo fun and festive!

If you visit her blog, she’ll show you how they are made
and how she made those adorable spoons.

My friend, Karen, over at Redoux turned a dresser into this amazing bookshelf.

This has been a highlight all over Blog Land!
It’s definitely worthy of another highlight here on Project Queen.
We all want one of these Karen!!!

Jennifer from Vintage Gwen made this “Truth In the Tinsel” Advent Chipboard Book.

What a great way to remind our children what Christmas is really all about.

Wendy from Her Ballistic Garden made this Branch Candle Centerpiece.

It turned out great Wendy!
She has a picture of what it looks like at night on her blog.
GORGEOUS!

Katie from Sweet Girl Expressions made this amazing Distressed Mirror.

I’ve got to make one of these.  She has a tutorial for it and it’s very easy!
The  background paper is very subtle.  Beautiful!

Kimberly from The Brown Eyes Have It made this fabulous Christmas Planner.

Everything in one spot and at your fingertips.

Erin from The Lemonista never disappoints with her amazing skills….

You gotta love these Hot Cocoa Cupcakes.
They look so good and are sooo cute!

Tami from Curb Alert! made this Glittery Monogram for the top of her tree.

I love this idea.  I can see a big “W” on the top of ours.
It would be a lot better than the wonky star we have now
that won’t stay straight.

Susanne from Avsusanne made this adorable Picture Pillow for her Aunt.

What a great gift idea.  Beautiful Susanne!

Now Miss Randee from Randee’s Organized Chaos has been working her fingers to the bone this past week!  You should see all of the projects she has been doing.

I’m lovin’ these Snicker Cookies that she made!
Look at the packages she put them in.  So cute!
She has the recipe on her blog.

I just have to post this last favorite of mine from a special Blog Friend…. Christina at I Gotta Create made this absolutely ADORABLE Vintage Gift Bag.

I just love these!  She has several posted on her blog.
This one is my favorite!

Thank you everyone for linking up your projects!  If you were featured, please don’t forget to grab a featured button.



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My Christmas Lovelies

I’ve had so much fun this year decorating for Christmas.  I have re-done all of my decorations because of all the inspiration I have gotten from all of YOU special people in Blog Land!  The only thing that I didn’t tackle this year is changing the decorations on my fireplace mantel.

Here is a few pictures of all the special lovelies in my house.  I hope you enjoy them as much I have. Thank you, to all of you for the great inspiration.  Next year I’ll tackle the fireplace mantel.

 

On Wednesday,  December 21st I will be doing a feature post for Shari at Turn Style Vogue.  If you haven’t visited her blog, you’re missing out! Her furniture that she refurbishes is gorgeous!

I’ll be back to show you my Christmas Tablescape soooooon!

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