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Day Two of "A Few of My Favorite Things" Giveaway

Here you go…this is added to the box!


Actually I will be adding TWO copies of MaryJanesFarm magazine.  This one (be sure and check out the article about MOI!!) and one called Artists in Aprons!  How appropriate is that?

Okay…now I said I would tell you about the BIG ol’ red wall in my living room. bigredwall.jpg
This isnt a great picture I realize.  And no my sofa is not that close to the door!  But anywho…Rachel is making black and white photos for me to hang on that wall.  One will be of the heart shaped tree trunk in our yard.   It will be the biggest – probably have it enlarged to 11 x 17 or maybe a little bigger.  Then smaller b & w photos around it.  Like the sweetgum ball I posted yesterday.  And these are in the running.    wallphotos.jpg

She’s working on some for me.  I think they will look beautiful in B & W, framed in black.  Then I plan to have B& W photos of family displayed in frames on the book shelves and the top of my sofa table (yet to be purchased – picked out – not bought) will have a piece of glass with vintage (copies) of photos displayed underneath the glass, “collage like”.  What do you think?

I have often said that I didnt know if our marriage would withstand building a house (I hear it is VERY hard on a relationship), because I falsely assumed we had completely different tastes.  Kinda like I was married to this man for 25 years before I got up nerve to ask him about his political views.  I assumed based on the fact that he lives his life in such as way as to lead one to believe he was ultra conservative when in fact the man is just slightly left of Gandhi! WHO KNEW??? But back to decorating.  I just stepped back when we started talking about redoing the living room.  Husband has really good taste and is amazing with colors so I just decided I would let him run with it.  But no doing.  He wanted to know what I liked.  If I liked this?  Or would rather have that.  Oddly, or maybe not so oddly, we meshed perfectly with what we liked.  The colors, the contrasts, the plans for the entertainment center and bookshelves/cabinets, right down to the hardware.  Not one disagreement .  I really cant wait to share the finished room with all of you.  It is going to be lovely.

Renee asked back in the comments on this post what I liked for bedroom colors. Well as much as I love LOVE LOVE rich colors for living rooms and kitchens and even bathrooms (our bathroom is Granny Smith Apple Green with black and white and red accents), I prefer muted colors for bedrooms.  I think we are going to paint ours the palest of blues.  Granted that will cause me to have to get new linens but that’s not a bad thing, right?  I want pale PALE blue walls, white trim, white curtains (sheers) and add some color in the linens.  Probably some red since it is my favorite color. But only a touch of red.  I can see it in my mind…mostly white/very pale blue with a splash of red and yellow.  So I suppose Renee, my thoughts are pastels, muted colors, calming, soothing.  I will try to find a picture to explain better.

So now some not so pleasant news from home: Benjamin is in all likelihood, getting his tonsils and adenoids removed first week of November.   We have an appt next week with the ENT dr to finalize the plans.  It is long over due and we all will be happy to have the procedure over and done with.


Okay, okay…but just a couple.


I am getting very excited about my Birthday Giveaway!  VERY.  So I have this little pile of things started. I can’t stand not telling you a little something!  Now your first hint:

  1. The box will contain a few of my favorite things.  If you read my blog regularly, you might have some ideas. 

I am trying to keep it all contained in a flat rate box…which is moot point if someone outside the US wins!  I think I am going to individually wrap each thing…makes it more of a surprise! Or surprises in this case! If you dont have your name in the jar you better get to it!  Just 6 more days! 



Recipes of the Day: Cinnamon Biscotti & Latte Punch

 biscotteOur homeschool group is having a Mom’s Night Out Book Sale tomorrow night and me being the go to girl for coffee I wanted to make something yummy.  I am going to brew some Farmhouse Blend, of course for those of us who can go the joe any time day or night and like it hot.  And then since it is so warm here even in the evening, I am making a Latte Punch … and you can NOT have a coffee gathering without biscotti.

 Latte Punch

  • 2 cups very strong coffee cold
  • 1/ 2 cup boiling water poured over 1/2 cup sugar – stir until sugar is dissolved.  Let it cool.
  • 1/2 gallon milk (using skim is fine for this)
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream – honestly you could use chocolate (YUMMY) or vanilla bean either in place of the plain vanilla

When all are cool, combine coffee, water/sugar mix and milk.  Refrigerate overnight in an air tight container.  Before serving pour coffee mixture into large punch bowl and unwhipped whipping cream and ice cream.  Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes or so until ice cream has softened and foamed on top.  Ladle into cups and ENJOY!

Cinnamon Biscotti

    1 cup butter softened
    1 cup packed brown sugar
    2 eggs
    2 TBSP sour cream
    1 tsp vanilla
    2 3/4 cup flour
    4 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    3/4 cup slivered almonds
    1 egg white
    1 TBSP sugar

Preheat oven to 35o. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or grease.  Set aside.  In a bowl beat butter with brown sugar until fluffy.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Beat in sour cream and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour,  1 tsp of the cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt.  Stir this into the batter in two additions.  Mix in almonds.  Divide down into thirds.  Pat into logs each about 1/2 inch thick and 15 inches long. Place 2 inches apart on prepared pans.  Bake in center of oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and firm to the touch. Turn oven down to 325.  Let biscotti cool on pans on racks for 5 minutes.  Transfer to cutting board and using a serrated knife, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices on the diagonal.  Place upright on pans.  Beat egg white lightly.  Combine sugar and remaining cinnamon.  Brush top of each biscotti with egg white and immediately sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.  Return to 325 oven  for about 15 minutes or until firm.  Let cool completely on pans on racks.  Store in an airtight container.


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