Monday, December 31

Must Have Monday

Time to settle around the fire and welcome in the new year.  Have a cozy fire anywhere in your home with this electric fireplace. Find it here at Electric Fireplaces Direct.

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Thursday, December 27

Smoked turkey salad

 Every year for the holidays my husband smokes a turkey on the grill.  As much as I miss the house smelling like turkey, the whole neighborhood smells like hickory smoked goodness and the bird always tastes amazing.   Then there are the leftovers, tons and tons of smoked turkey.  I have always enjoyed a chicken salad sandwhch with grapes and pecans on toasted bread.  The occasional sweet flavor from the grapes and the subtle nutty flavor from the pecans are wonderful, all on buttery toasty bread.  This is my own take on that with apples, curry and parmesan cheese.  Don't be scared now. 

Makes 2 sandwiches

2 cups smoked turkey chopped
1-2 teaspoons of finely minced/grated onion, sometimes I just use juice
1/3 cup of thin sliced granny smith apple pieces
1/2 - 3/4 cup of mayo
fresh lemon juice
salt/pepper to taste

4 slices soft white bread
2 Tbsp soft butter
1 Tsp yellow curry
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 

Loosely mix together the first three ingredients of the salad.  Add the mayonase, a little at a time until the salad begins to hold together.  Add a little lemon juice, the idea is not to taste the lemon but tame the mayo a little.  Then salt and pepper to your liking.  Personally I skip the salt and just add a little pepper.  Allow to stand in the fridge for 1 hour up to 24 hours.

For the toast; start by mixing the soft butter and curry together.  Spread this on one side of each piece of bread.  Sprinkle with the cheese, patting gently so it will stick.  Toast in a skillet over medium heat taking care not to burn the cheese.  Sometimes I toast the not buttered side a little too.  Top the warm toasted bread with the turkey salad and other add ons if you desire.  I just like a little shredded romain lettuce. 

So the apple is the occasional  bite of sweetness and the curry parmesan cheese toast gives the nutty flavor that would have come from the pecans.  I know its different but I love to try flavor combinations.

Monday, December 24

Must Have Monday

Baby its cold outside!  Well hopefully all your shoping is done and you can stay in where its warm and relax with a nice cup of tea.  The icy blue colors of this set has me delighted.  Find it here at Tea Forte.  While you are there pick up an unusual blend to fight off the winter chill.

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Thursday, December 20


Its my Birthday.  Feel free to comment on my awesomeness. 

Monday, December 17

Must Have Monday

Gosh I hope Santa is looking at this one, Ive been a really good girl this year.  Love the embossed leather and classic style.  Find it here Santa at Fossil. 
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Thursday, December 13

Cigar Boxes!

My husband tickled me to pieces by giving me a stash of old cigar boxes.  Seriously, I was giddy and released him from any household chores for the rest of that day.  I know their first purpose will be to hold tea and other goodies at an up and coming mermaid tea party (cant wait).  After that who knows.  So I want to know -  What would you do with all these boxes? 

Monday, December 10

Must Have Monday

Oh shinny!  These mercury glass pillar candle holders with hand etched design will brink sparkle and class to your holiday table or mantle.  Find them here at Pottery Barn.

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Thursday, December 6

Crafting For Me

Its rare I say I'm making something just for myself; that I purposely set aside time just for me at the sewing machine.  This was one of those times but I couldnt resist taking a few pictures along the way.  This is not really a tutorial blog more a gnetle guide line of what I did, so no measurements or specifics.  Although that's sometimes the best instructions.

Two flour sack towels - washed and ironed
assortment of fabric scraps, ribbon and extra wide double fold bias tape.

Again, I pretty much eyeballed all of my measurements.  I pulled out the measuring tape now and again but nothing to precise.

For the blue and yellow. 

Cut bias tape or and other trim wider than your fabric by a few inches. I used extra wide double fold tape but some pictures show the standard width, I decided it wasn't what I wanted and switched.    This will give you an ample amount to fold the raw edge under and around to the back if you desire.   
Cut your fabric scraps 1-2 inches wider than your fabric, fold over all the edges and iron well.

Top stitch the lace trim

Then fabric panel

 Followed by the bias tape.
Tada! All Done.

 For the Brown and green

 If you want to turn your fabric scrap into a ruffle I recommend cutting it twice the width of the towel.  I think I cut mine the width of the bolt (~42 inches), like I said this was not about exact measurements.  You can follow this tut HERE on using a basting stitch to make a ruffle.  I did however fold my fabric in half instead of making a rolled edge. 

The result was a very full, almost to full, ruffle.  Attach the ruffle to the bottom of the towel, which I talk about somewhere in THIS tut.

  Followed by the brown ribbon to cover up the raw edge. 

I used stitch witchery seam tape to secure the ribbon before I top stitched.  I didn't want it to slip or have the raw edge of the ruffle work its way out.  The result was a very stiff but neat edge.  

   All done and ready to use.

Monday, December 3

Must Have Monday

I cant help but think I have must haved this one, or something like it, before.  I think its because I'm fascinated by the slow cooker trio but know I would never use it.  Isn't that the best reason to call it a must have!  Find it here at Target.

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