Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Home Sweet Home Party Actually on Friday this Week!

The Home Sweet Home party will actually be on Friday in the a.m. this week.  I have a sponsored post that will be on Thursday. Please come and share all of your fabulous Christmas posts. It has been so fun viewing them! 
Sherry

Monday, December 15, 2014

Spark Some Magic

Christmas Magic: The Charm of Home
This year for The Charm of Home Christmas tea I am sparking some magic for a few people for Christmas.  I took my Mom with me to my workout at Curves today.  She has been in her house for a year now without getting out much.  I will see if I can get her to go with me at least twice a week. She had a big smile on her face and was so happy.  Maybe it will be something we can get done each week.  And for the littlest ones I see each week, I took them to the kitchen and let them make cookies!  As a little girl there was nothing I loved more than for someone to give me some attention and bake with me.    

Christmas Magic: The Charm of Home
I found this cookie recipe on Pinterest and it was perfect for preschoolers.  It rolls out like playdough and it doesn't have eggs in it, so if they eat the dough it is safe for them.  I always loved the cookies at Christmas that were rolled in powdered sugar.  All of the children, big and small, gave the cookies a thumbs up! 

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies: The Charm of Home
Chocolate Chip Snowballs

Ingredients: 
1 cup butter, softened to room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
additional powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 375 degree F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  
Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until well blended.  Add flour, salt, and blend.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Chill if necessary to shape.  Scoop one tablespoon dough and roll in palm till shaped into ball.  Place on cookie sheet.
Bake for 7-10 minutes until just slightly brown.  Remove and cool.  When just cool enough to handle, roll each cookie in additional powdered sugar.  Cool and you may roll again in another coat of powdered sugar.
Yield: around 30 cookies
Recipe adapted from: Crazy for Crust

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies: The Charm of Home
So, for Christmas think of something you can do for someone that could use some attention.  Giving from our heart is one of the best gifts you can give.  That will create some Christmas magic!

Sherry

I will link this to:

Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 

Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas

Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow

Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day

Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Home Sweet Home #199

This week for tea I shared some new gardening books that would make Great Gifts for Your Gardeners!

I also cooked up a great recipe for Christmas morning in Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Swirls.

I pinned so much from last week's HSH party!  You all had so many wonderful Christmas posts!  Thank you so much for sharing.  It wouldn' be a party without  you!  Here are a few that caught my eye.


Jody at Southern Seazons styled the most beautiful Christmas Plaids on the Front Porch.




Cindy at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home shared her newly remodeled kitchen: In the Kitchen and Keeping Room.

The Vintage Chateau shared with us great tips on how to host a Christmas Cookie Exchange.

Cynthia of Clockwork Interiors showed how to create the cutest Angel Feather Ornament.

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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The invitation is wide open for you to come and share your Holiday posts here at Home Sweet Home till New Years.  The more the merrier! I would love to feature your holidays!

Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything in your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

 *If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Swirls

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Shells
I saw this recipe on Pinterest and thought it would be a perfect recipe for Christmas morning.  It is really easy and fast but also a little classy so, just the ticket for a special day like Christmas.  The guys loved them. They told me they were chewy and cheesy with the tang of the cranberry that they really liked.

Ingredients:
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed (I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets)
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces of soft brie cheese, softened to room temperature
4 ounces of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Unroll the puff pastry on a floured work surface.  Brush the pastry with 1/2 of the melted butter and then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.  You can go as heavy or as light as you want to with the cinnamon sugar.  I covered the puff pastry completely and still didn't use all of the mix.  
I peeled the mold layer off of the brie and mixed it completely with the cream cheese. 
Then I spread the cheese mixture over the cinnamon/sugar layer.  It won't exactly "spread" so you have to lay it out on the sugar in a way to give the best coverage as possible.  
Sprinkle the cranberries over this.  I used a cup of the cranberries and it was too many. So for this recipe I rewrote it to only use 3/4 cup.

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Shells

Roll up the puff pastry from the long ends as tight as you can. Spread the roll with the rest of the melted butter and sprinkle with the more of the cinnamon sugar.  
Then use some dental floss to cut it.  Place the dental floss under the roll about every 1/2 inch.  Pull the dental floss across the roll as if tightening a tied package and pull strong and evenly until it "cuts" the pastry.  
Place each pastry on a baking sheet and bake 12 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the pastry golden brown.
Serve warm or room temperature.
Yield: 12 rolls 
Recipe adapted from: Half Baked Harvest
Enjoy!
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 

Table It! at Rustic & Refined
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo

Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations

Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day

Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine

Monday, December 8, 2014

Great Gifts for Your Gardeners!

Do you garden in December?  Many gardeners do; a most important step to gardening in early winter, the planning for next years garden.  So this time of year is the perfect time to get a couple of great books for the gardeners on your Christmas list.    

I was contacted by Quarto Publishing Group to review some gardening books and I choose a couple that would make fantastic gifts for the gardener on your list!  The first book I reviewed was Royal Horticultural Society Companion to Scented Plants By Stephen Lacey with photographs by Andrew Lawson.

This book is a gardening classic, which is a comprehensive catalog that describes over 1,000 of the best plants to grow for their fragrance as well as their beauty.  Stunning photographs by Andrew Lawson throughout the book give you visualizations of the scented gardens you can reproduce.                                                                                                                  
The book has a garden planning guide which can help you put to paper the best choice of plants to create a scented garden for your own enjoyment.

The book doesn't leave out any type of scent producing plant you could enjoy.  It addresses trees, shrubs, perennials, bulbs, annuals, water gardens, Alpine plants, rose gardens, herb gardens, and indoor plants.

The beginning of each chapter starts out with the choosing of your plants and the fragrance you will experience from each plant's blooming phase and how to incorporate that into the garden.  The end of each chapter is laid out in encyclopedia style with an extensive list of the varieties of plants that are highly scented options for you to plant. 

Can't you just smell the honeysuckle wafting off of this wall planting?  What a fabulous plant to have in your garden.  I highly recommend the Companion to Scented Plants.  I haven't noticed a gardening book's focus being on scented plants before but, if planting something beautiful to look at that I can't eat I would want it to smell good, so this is the gardening book reference I would love. 

The next gardening book I reviewed was the Veg Journal by Charles Dowding.  Mr. Dowding has been growing organic vegetables for thirty years with the no-dig method.  

Using no-dig beds creates better soil and less weeds for the organic gardener.  Mr. Dowding gives you the how, why, and detailed instructions to reproducing your own success with his no-dig method. 

A great book for the planner in all of us.  This book is filled with tables for planning crops, second cropping for maximum yield of gardening space, crop rotation, and results from his no-dig method.  

This book is laid out in a month-by-month format to help you accomplish the gardening jobs that will give you great success with your vegetable gardening.  I also like how he has blank journal pages in each month for you to write what works for your gardening and suggestions for what you might try next season.

So, sipping on that tea dreaming of my spring garden with buzzing bees and ripe strawberries, I am going to be in the planning stages of my garden soon. This is the perfect present for the gardener you know that loves to grow their own food. 
My teacup is made by Roy Kirkham and the pattern is Alpine Strawberry.

Many thanks to Quarto Publishing Group USA for supplying me with the books for review.  The opinions and review were entirely my own.

Sherry
I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an  E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home  

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Home Sweet Home #198

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  I am focusing on taking care of yourself for the Holidays in Taking Care of Business Tea.

I made this Dollar Tree Snowflake Door Hanging for Debbie Doos for her All Things Dollar Tree Christmas Party.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post!! Here are a few that caught my eye.

Salmagundi created these cute Little Boxes.  I can see these being great Christmas gifts.

Karen's Up On the Hill shared this most beautiful tree in Oh Christmas Tree.

I loved the creative use of everyday items in this Junk Wreath by The Blue Willow House.

And, Duct Tape and Denim created these adorable ornaments in Mixed Media Christmas Ornament Tutorial.

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

Follow me on Twitter 

Follow me on Facebook

Follow me on Pinterest

Follow me where I really enjoy the visual aspect of blogging on  Tumblr

The invitation is wide open for you to come and share your Holiday posts here at Home Sweet Home till New Years.  The more the merrier! I would love to feature your holidays!

Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything in your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

 *If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.



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