Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Christmas Decorating and Catching Up

The past two weeks have been crazy at my house.  I was going to begin Christmas decorating the weekend before Thanksgiving.  That didn't happen!  My aunt who is like a mother to me called me at 2 a.m. one morning and was being rushed to the ER.  I immediately got dressed and took off.  Don't you hate getting those late night calls?  To make a long story short ... she had a pacemaker put in and is doing well now at home.  Thank goodness!  Needless to say I spent lots of hours at the hospital.
 
 
Today I am trying to decorate.  I am unpacking boxes of Christmas cuties and so many memories from over the years.  I put together a little snow scene that will be under a cloche.  The snowman has his birdhouse and bird on his shoulder.
I love Christmas! 
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving


May you and your families have a blessed Thanksgiving.
 
Hugs,
Donna

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cupcake Love!

What's better than one cupcake? 
 
 A plate full of cupcakes!
A friend asked me if I would make these cupcake pincushions for her.  Aren't they cute?  Almost good enough to eat.  If they were edible I would have had one or two!  There are actually fourteen of these cuties on the cakeplate.  I don't think I have ever made anything so tedious. 
The cupcake pattern is by Taylor Made Designs and the fabric is by Riley Blake.  I adore the fabric my friend chose. It was perfect for the "cupcakes".  Now if I had a real cupcake to eat!
 
I have some gifts to finish I am making.  Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye!
 
Thanks for visiting!
Donna
 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Treasured Gift

It is amazing how bloggers meet each other over the miles through the internet. A few years ago I didn't know what a blog was and never dreamed of having one.
 
 Another wonderful blogging friend, Thelma, emailed and told me I should visit this blog she liked to read. Of course I clicked over to the blog she suggested I read and loved it. 
 
Susan whose blog is My Mother's Apron Strings and I instantly connected.  Sadly her daughter Kelly passed away in 2010.  We both know what it is like to lose our precious daughters.
I know Amber and Kelly are friends in Heaven :)
 
Of course if you are a regular reader of my blog you know Amber loved sunflowers.  Susan's daughter loved ladybugs. Susan is a paper artist and made me this sunflower necklace.  This is the pendant on the sterling silver necklace.  Have you ever seen such creativity?  The sunflower is about one inch in diameter.  If you can see it there is a little ladybug in the upper left of the sunflower leaf :)  What patience Susan has and so creative.  This necklace is a treasure to me for sure!  It is a precious gift and made with so much love.
 
Susan is also a wonderful cook and baker!  Her blog has me drooling every time I read a post. I wish I lived next to her to sample all her cooking :) 
 
As I said I would never have dreamed of meeting friends all over the world through blogging.
 Bloggers are the best!  Thank you Susan:)

Thanks for visiting and God Bless!
Hugs,
Donna

Friday, November 9, 2012

A Gathering Place Giveaway

Rebecca from A Gathering Place blog is so talented!   She sews, paints, designs cards ... she is a very talented lady!  Rebecca puts so much love and thought into everything she creates.
She made the beautiful snowman pillow and tags that match the pillow.  Wouldn't this be a perfect gift for someone.  I would love to win it!
 
 
 
To enter the giveaway visit Rebecca's blog A Gathering Place
 
Thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna

Triple Chocolate Quick Bread

I love this chocolate quick bread especially for breakfast.  I made it years ago and lost the recipe.  I knew it was in an older Taste of Home magazine but couldn't remember the name of the recipe.  I searched online but no luck.   A few days I was cleaning out and throwing away magazines when I found the magazine with the recipe. I was a happy girl!
 
 
 Triple Chocolate Quick Bread 
 
1-1/2 cups miniature semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
 
GLAZE:
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter
2 to 3 tablespoons half-and-half cream
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt

 

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 cup chocolate chips; set aside to cool. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and cooled chocolate; mix well. Add applesauce and vanilla; set aside. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.

Spoon into four greased 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks.
For glaze, melt chocolate chips and butter in a small heavy saucepan; stir in cream. Remove from the heat; stir in confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt. Drizzle over warm breads. Cool completely. Yield: 4 mini-loaves.


It's a super easy recipe and so yummy ... but of course I love anything chocolate! 
 
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs,
Donna

Monday, November 5, 2012

Homegrown Cotton

This summer I wanted to grow some cotton for decorating purposes around the house.  There are cotton fields all over our area and it is beautiful looking out into the fields of white.  
 
I thought I would go buy some cotton seed and grow a few rows.  I didn't realize you had to buy huge bags of seed! Perfect for a cotton grower but not me.  Thankfully my husband knows a cotton farmer and he saved me a handful of seed after planting acres and acres of cotton.
I planted the precious seed and watched it grow all summer.  It doesn't take much to entertain me :)   I waited and waited for the pods to pop open.  Finally I began to see white in those little pods.
  
I love my cotton arrangement.  It looks like white flower blooms. 

Pure fluff!
 
I needed something heavy to arrange it in and I remembered I had this old galvanized thermos with the glass insert still intact.
 
I love this old galvanized piece filled with my "white flowers". 
 
 
I have three short rows of cotton and I have plenty to decorate with around the house.  I may decorate a small Christmas tree and call it my "cotton pickin" tree.  It will look like snow on the tree. 
 
I still have plenty of cotton to pick but for now I love looking out the windows and seeing my little sea of white.
 
Have a good week and thanks for visiting!
Hugs,
Donna
 
I am joining Linda at Coastal Charm for NTT