Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Easy Candied Walnuts

Hello There,

Are you almost finished your list to do for the holidays?  I am finished and now can enjoy the true meaning of Christmas.

During the holidays, I always enjoy having homemade goodies around my home.  I wanted to share a simple recipe for you today.  I am sharing one of my favorite snacks, Candied Walnuts.

They are super easy to make and oh so delicious.

All you need is:

2 cups walnut pieces
2-3 Tablespoons Sugar
2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
3-4 Tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 375.  Layer a cookie sheet with foil wrap.  Arrange walnut pieces onto foil.  Add melted butter, cinnamon and sugar.  Toss so all walnuts are covered.

Bake for 10-15 minutes and let cool completely.

**I usually double the recipe.

While baking these, my kitchen was smelling so divine.  I love making these each year.  They can be placed in tins, or Weck caning jars that I used in the above photo.

They are great ideas for teacher gifts, neighbors,  or friends!

Hope you have a lovely week.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Popcorn and Cranberry Garland Christmas Tree


I can't believe it has been a week since I have posted anything.  Well I guess everyone is very busy during the holiday season!  

This year, I made a homemade garland for my tree with popcorn and cranberries. Yes - it was very time consuming but I love how it turned out and looks on my tree.

Homemade Cranberry Garland

I collect ornaments each year and when I go on vacation I always add a ornament or too from where I visited.

Here is Pinocchio that I bought back from my trip to Italy last year......

I even have some vintage ornaments that I have added on my tree this year.....

One of my favorite ornaments from Anthropologie.....

I even have one from Big Ben - our London trip....

And here is the final touches to my tree!

Thanks for your visit!

**After taking tree down, I will feed the birds the popcorn and cranberries.  I understand mockingbirds and blue jays love them!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My Simple Holiday Centerpiece

Wow, it is cold here in NC!  Thought it would be a good day to make a simple, holiday centerpiece for my table.

So here is what I used for the centerpiece.  I used Cedar clippings (from the tree behind my home, hee!  hee!) and placed them in the center of the table and placed some three white pillar candles among the clippings.  While at Trader Joe's (one of my favorite stores), I picked up a bag of mandarin oranges and placed them around the centerpiece.

So there you go, a simple yet pretty centerpiece for the table!

I guess I better get moving and go pick out our tree next!  Hope you are enjoying your day!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

My New Kerisma Poncho

Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite ponchos.  When I was visiting Beaufort back in early November, I bought one of these ponchos from My Favorite Store in historic Beaufort.  They carry an assortment of colors and designs.

Since the color blue is one of my favorites, I had to have a blue one.  These ponchos are lightweight with a wool blend and make a lovely layering piece in any kind of weather.  The feel of the fabric is so soft and comfortable and drapes so nicely when wearing it.

Below are images on showing how to wear this piece.  It can be worn with about anything whether you want to dress casually or dress up an outfit!

This photo above shows the poncho worn to the side of the shoulder....

This photo shows wearing it with the V neck in the front......

You can also wear it as a scarf as shown above.....

Oh I just love my new poncho and I am so glad that I have added this to my wardrobe!!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Once a Theater, Now a Hotel

Hello There,

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and some great time with family and friends.  

I wanted to share a hotel that I stayed at while I visited Pennsylvania in November.  Before it became Hotel Warner, it was the Warner Theater also known as High Street Theater.  The theater was built back in the early 1930's.  It had a two story foyer with a three story tower that formerly supported the marquee.  

I remember as a child going to the theater with my grandmother to see some of my favorite movies. However in 1986, the theater was demolished and renovated to the Hotel Warner.

While surfing the Internet, I found some photos of the theater.  This one I found on the Chester County Historical Society site.

via Chester County Historical Society

The photo below is inside the auditorium....


Now here is what it is today - HOTEL WARNER



This photo was in the hotel lobby......

The hotel is located right in the historic town of West Chester, PA.  The location is perfect as you can walk to many shops.  It was a great location for me as one of my favorite clothing shops, Jane Chalfant was right across from the hotel.  There are also some great restaurants that are within walking distance from the hotel.  

Other points of interest nearby are:  Chester County Historical Society, American Helicopter Museum and QVC tour.

So if you are ever visiting West Chester, Hotel Warner would be a perfect lodging choice!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Great Appetizer for Thanksgiving

Isn't this the perfect appetizer for serving your guests before the Thanksgiving Feast?

I think so!  So what are your plans for the big day?  I am cooking turkey this year -- just bought a fresh turkey at Trader Joe's.  Now onto finishing up the menu.....

Enjoy your weekend!


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