Sunday, June 28, 2015

Patriotism - My Style

With Independance Day just around the corner, I wanted to review a little of my patriotic style from the past. 


This red, white and blue tablescape featured a rustic centerpiece with a wooden star and a crate full of fresh red geraniums with a Peggy Karr Glass flag bowl. 



The sideboard at the end of the table had a basket filled with more geraniums and lots of sparkles for the fourth of July. 



Patriotism was also shown throughout the house with Pottery Barn pillows on a white couch. This look was such a favorite in blogland. 


The pillows really pop on the couch.



A trayscape featured red, white and blue dinnerware and decor.



I hope you are making plans to celebrate July 4th and show your patriotic style - Judy. 

Linking to:


Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined


Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday
The Uptown Acorn for Share Your Style Link Party

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

Feathered Nest Friday @ the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Great Smoky Mountains - Chimney Tops

My husband and I took a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, TN, recently. Today, I am sharing a few pictures of the Chimney Tops which is a mountain in the central part of the Smokys.


The mountain has an elevations of 4724 feet. Chimney Tops is a popular hiking destination.


The picture below shows a look at part of Gatlinburg from the Chimney top area.  



I'll share look pictures from the Smokys next time - Judy.

Linking to:

Outdoor Wednesday


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Fresh Summer Garden Salad and Dessert


There's nothing much tastier than a fresh summer garden salad. 



Plus it is so easy to toss it together. 


Red bell peppers. 


Nice red tomatoes. 

 

A few slices of cucumbers. 



Green onions (if you like them). A squeeze of fresh lemons.


Toss with your favorite dressing or serve the dressing on the side. 





There you have it, an easy fresh summer salad. 

Now add an easy cherry cheese cake dessert and we are ready to eat. 


Enjoy your summer salads  - Judy. 

Linking to:

The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style

Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday


Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cheese Ball and a Tablescape

Well, I am finally getting to create a post after being away for several weeks with my knee replacement. I'm sharing a cookie dough cheese ball that my daughter and I made for her Bible Study group this week. The recipe will follow at the end of the post.


This recipe does have peanut butter plus chopped Reese's Peanut Butter cups, so you are going to need to like these two ingredients to enjoy the taste. 


We used wafers around the cheese ball for dipping. 


I couldn't resist adding a few bunny peeps to the group, they are just too cute. Add a few jelly beans and they are ready to eat.


Since the cookie dough cheese ball had lots of orange with the orange Reese's pieces, I'm featuring a tablescape from the past that also uses orange. You may not be thinking about using orange for your Easter table, but I was certainly excited to use these Fitz and Floyd pieces on the orange and aqua tablescape. You can click below for a link to the original tablescape.




Now for the recipe I promised above: 

Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened; 1/2 c light brown sugar; 1/2 c peanut butter; 1 pkg (8oz) cream cheese, softened; 3/4 c powdered sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla; 1.5 cup mini Reese's peanut butter cups chopped, 1/2 reese's pieces. 

Directions: 
1. In a large bowl beat the brown sugar and butter together until combined. Add in the cream cheese and peanut butter and beat until combined. Beat in the powdered sugar and vanilla until combined.
2 Stir in the chopped peanut butter cups.
3. Place the mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap. Wrap into a ball. Freeze the ball for about 1.5 hours or until firm enough to keep it's shape.
4. Unwrap the plastic from the ball and cover in the Reese's pieces.
5. Place the ball on a serving dish, cover with wrap and freeze for another couple of hours, thaw for 20-20 minutes, Serve with vanilla wafers, pretzels, graham crackers, fruit or other cookies. 

Recipe from justapinch.com

Thanks for stopping by and not giving up on me - Judy.

Linking to:
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
FoodieFriday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Birds and Pine Cones for a Wintery Tablescape

We are talking cold and windy today here in Kansas City. The temp this morning was 8 degrees with a wind chill advisory of 10 to 25 below zero

Not only are we cold, but I am sure the birds are cold and getting hungry so I hope you are feeding the birds. 

For my tablescape, I am using . . .







The salad plates are Snowy Bird from Pottery Barn. My husband gave me the plates, chargers, napkins and runner for Christmas 2014 and this is my first time to use them. I was recovering from my first knee replacement and he thought he should give me something I love - dishes!



The double layer of linen and the Snowy Bird napkins and napkin rings are also Pottery Barn.


Place cards for the table stamped with Tim Holtz stamps. You may not know, I am a crafter too and you can visit my craft blog at jbiggslittlescrappieces.blogspot.com


The tablescape is casual with pine cones, pine branches 


and birds.


Adding a glass pedestal hurricane 


and crystal candlesticks along the center adds a bit of elegance. 


Lenox crystal and flatware also dress it up.









After adding these elements to the table, it looks to be more casual elegant? What do you think? - Judy

Linking to;


Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage
Make-It-Pretty Monday’s at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Metamorphosis Monday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavendar Cottage
Table It Monday @ Rustic & Refined


Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
You’re Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe With an E
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House

Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish  at Cuisine Kathleen on Wednesday
Centerpiece Wednesday at the Style Sisters
Ivy and Elephants for What Is It Wednesday

Tablescape Thursday@ Between Naps on the Porch
Favorite Things Thursday at Katherine’s Corner
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home on Thursday
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

Feathered Nest Friday @ the French Country Cottage
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Fabulously Creative Friday @ Jennifer Rizzo
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm
Weekend Retreat @ AKA Design & Life

Sunny Simple Sunday at Sunny Simple Life
Three Mango Seeds It's Party Time on Sundays