Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Tablescape

I know this is a little late, but I lost my camera for a while in the move. I finally found it, and can show post pictures of the table we had for Thanksgiving.

The whole table with the beautiful view of the grapevines and Keuka Lake.

Close-up of a place-setting I made from mini Indian corn, raffia, and orange paper.

Our pumpkin/turkey/leaves center.
Close-up of one of the candle decorations on the table. Those two mini-mini Indian corn in the back were a steal from Michaels (a package of three was only $.50!) and are made from glass beads. Wish I had a better picture of them, they are so cute! Note the table cloth with the grape embroidery to match the outside view :)

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Dill Pickle And Dried Beef Rollup Appetizer

My husband's uncle makes the best appetizer in the whole wide world. I never knew about these things until a few years back, and honestly I thought they were going to be disgusting. Now, they are something I look forward to every holiday. Here is the recipe I have learned.

1 - jar of large whole dill pickles (usually about 8 pickles)
1 - 8 oz packages of creme cheese, softened
1-2 - jars of dried beef (we prefer the dried beef in a jar, as to the kind in a plastic bag)

1. Take pickles out of jar and pat dry. Let air dry if needed.

2. Once the pickles are dry, hold them on end and spread the cream cheese evenly around the pickle.

3. Wrap the dried beef around the pickle. They should now look like the picture below.

4. Place the plate of wrapped whole pickles in the fridge for 30-40 minutes. This will allow the cream cheese to harden again, making them easier to cut.

5. Slice wrapped pickles to look like the photo below.

Voila! You have an amazing appetizer that everyone will love...even if they think it sounds disgusting at first :)

Monday, December 21, 2009

The Story of the Rosemary

Because all of the projects I am working on right now are presents for people who read this site, I will share some other things that are going on around our house. In addition our Christmas tree, I decided to decorate our rosemary plant. Now, this isn't just some ordinary rosemary plant. This plant has a story.

This plant was purchase in New York in the spring of 2007. The pot it's in was a gift from my mom...something she she wasn't using at the time. The plant then resided in Virginia for a year where I used it for cooking—it's great with potatoes, chicken, or in olive oil for a simple dipping oil!

Then, in the summer of 2008 it made it's way back up to New York. See, I was getting married, and since rosemary represents friendship, love, and fidelity, I knew it had to play a part in our wedding. Sprigs of rosemary were included in the floral arrangements for the pews, my bouquet, and my husband's boutonniere. After the wedding, the rosemary plant was kept at my in-law's house. We just didn't have enough room in the car to bring it back to Virginia.

This fall, I bought my in-laws another rosemary plant and was able to bring my long-lost friend home with me and pretty him all up for the Christmas season.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Winter Wonderland!

So, we got 20+ inches of snow in Fairfax, VA, over the past two days...amazing! This snowfall has broken the 77 year record for snowfall for D.C. (set back in 1932 on December 17). The snow is still in pristine condition, making the outdoors so serene. I went out and took some pictures this morning, and thought I would share. I hope you enjoy.

Abby, our 4-year old Shih-Tzu/Maltese in her corduroy winter coat.

View of our backyard from our side porch. Note that the wooden fence is about 6 feet tall!

View of our backyard from the driveway.

Close-up of our neighbor's tree with berries. Is that a holly tree?

My Chevy Cavalier in the driveway. It was there the whole time it was snowing.

I love icicles!

View from the front door.

Our snow-covered house.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Very Merry Office

My office is having a holiday decorating contest. Since my husband doesn't appreciate the beauty in my vintage aluminum Christmas tree, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show her off! White lights, blue satin balls, and all...


My mom found the beautiful E
vergleam tree at a garage sale a few years back. It was even in the original box!
My next mission is to find a revolving color wheel and my masterpiece will be complete! Anyone know whe
re I can get one?

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

My Christmas Wish List

Slowly but surely, we are getting settled into our new place. Last night we got our Christmas tree, I mailed out the Christmas cards this morning. I am finally getting into the Christmas spirit. Here are some cute items I found while perusing Etsy that I will be adding to my "Wish List"...

Bird Seed Wreath Christmas Ornament by Nature Favors

Monday, December 7, 2009

Packing, Moving, Unpacking

Hey all...long time no see!

Just wanted to let you know I am still alive. We have been in the process of packing/moving/unpacking for the past week, so things are a bit hectic. I plan on catching up on posts later this week, so see you then!

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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