Monday, August 29, 2016

Dear Daughters: Vegetable Trays

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Dear Daughters,
You know I have hosted many parties in our home over the years, and I have assisted in co –hosting just as many others.


I learned something recently, however,  about an unlikely yet very well known party food that I wanted  to share with you.


First- some background.

‘A vegetable tray’ on the list of ‘what would you like to bring?’ items for a party has never been my favorite.

Maybe they too have a PR problem like congealed salads?
I don’t know.
Having said that , vegetable trays were also a prime choice for the exhausted, the over worked, the I can’t do another thing in all of us. A quick call to HEB to place an order for a tray and you were done.

That has its appeal doesn’t it?
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I had an epiphany this past weekend though that changed all that.
You see , I chose to bring a vegetable tray to a party I was co-hosting this weekend.

Here is what I learned:

Anything previously considered dull can be transformed with effort, creativity, and positive thinking. 

I actually researched vegetable trays and found information and photographs that sparked my interest.
And no, I did not carve a bell pepper into a baby carriage this time, but it could happen .

Generosity is the key. Mounds of fresh, brightly colored vegetables that I washed and cut in my kitchen-
rather than HEB’s- conveys a message I think. 

What is that message?  I did this for you because I wanted to.

And finally, there are some pitfalls and shortcuts. 
I purchased HEB’s all time best spinach dip to serve rather than ranch dressing. 
Ranch dressing seemed like such a tired choice.

I gave up on cutting cauliflower. That was not in my wheelhouse.
We will be having steamed cauliflower for
supper this week.

There is a message here sweet girls.
Just a little ‘food for thought’… literally .

I love you,
Mom




 



Thursday, August 25, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #29

Good morning friends and welcome to week #29 of Thoughts of Home on Thursday. 
Our hostess this week is Stacey from Poofing the Pillows. 
She recently featured miniature peach pies in honor of National Peach Pie Day.
These were a hit at home!!
As this summer season ends,  Autumn inspiration is already rolling out in magazines and on blogs.
Who's ready for pot roast and cute sweaters? 
Bet you'll find some great fall ideas here this week to spark your energy and creativity. 
Last week we had 329 beautiful posts linked together. To say that we are amazed and grateful is an understatement. We really do appreciate that you join us each week. 
Now let's see the beautiful features.

Inspiration

At Estelle's, Betsy whipped up an amazing Autumn Brunch for her family. The menu sounds delicious and the food is mouthwatering.  The sweet part is this is for her family. What a blessing!
Decorating
Sara at Twelve on Main loves gorgeous farmhouse style decorating. 
She shared her ideas for decorating with scales last week. 
This post makes me want to go to the flea market and find some for myself.



Gardening

At Garden Therapy, Stephanie shared her 10 favorite plants to choose for wonderful fragrance. 
I'm keeping this list handy for next spring.


DIY

Diane at An Extraordinary Day showed us how to completely change the look of a lamp by covering the lampshade. It's the little things like this that make a home look personalized and stretch your decorating dollars.


Recipes
And last but not least, Brett from This Mama Loves created a Coffee Glazed Coffee Cake that is a winner for sure. I can imagine this being served to friends and family this fall or during the holidays.


And now for this week, we ask that you please: 

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ranch Recipe #18 : Strawberry Jello Salad



As we all wait for fall and cooler weather, I thought you might enjoy something cold and

delicious to tide you over during this hot month of August.




This recipe for Strawberry Congealed Salad is a Ranch Recipe family favorite.

It has appeared at our family gatherings, and earlier this year I made 3 pans of it to take to

a ladies' luncheon.



If you , like me many years ago, first saw a congealed salad jiggle in the sunlight

at some special family event, with your little girl eyes level with the picnic table,

then you know they are family works of art.

They are desserts labeled as salads, they are every color of the rainbow,

and they are loaded with hidden treasures.

Enjoy! 



Strawberry Congealed Salad
This is the perfect congealed salad for ladies' luncheons or special family gatherings.
Ingredients
  • 2 (3-oz.) pkgs. Strawberry Jello
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (No. can 2) crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 pkg. frozen, sweetened strawberries, thawed
  • 1 cup sour cream
Instructions
Dissolve jello in boiling water. Drain pineapple, reserving juice. Add 1/2 cup pineapple juice to dissolved jello. Add thawed strawberries, pineapple, and nuts (optional). Put half of the mixture into a 9x13 glass pan and place in the refrigerator until set. When set, spread the sour cream over the congealed portion. Chill. Then add the rest of the strawberry mixture and return to the refrigerator until set.

Yield: 12 servings

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Thoughts of Home on Thursday #28

Thank you for joining us for the 28th week of Thoughts of Home on Thursday.

We so look forward to you sharing your time and talents with us, it is such a wonderful part 

of our week.


Our hostess this week is Jemma and she has just recently returned from Haven, a 

blogging conference held in Atlanta, Georgia.

She came home inspired and motivated, and went right to work creating a Harvest Wreath.

                                               
                                                 Here are this week's features!

                                                       Garden

If you have the chance drop by and visit Jann at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson.

Jann works magic on plants and she also has an amazing she shed that is being featured 

in Rural Magazine.


Have a Daily Cup Of Mrs. Olson

                                                          Inspiration

Drop by and say Hello to Sheila, she has a natural way of inspiring us with some wonderful 

seasonal change in her home, you will find her at My Kentucky Living.


                                                              DIY

Katie from Let's Add Sprinkles uses some Texas ingenuity and shows us how to "fix," 

melted candles, pay her a little visit and you can find out how to do it too.


                                                               Decor

We enjoyed seeing how Shelia from Note Songs  displays her treasured collections in her

wonderful breakfast room hutch.

She just recently changed it all up with some beautiful rooster plates, tureens and such.

Her tips are always useful so pay her a little visit.


                                                                  Recipe                                                                                                                                                  
You cannot go wrong with a dessert that is called Peaches n' Cream.

Emily from the French Hutch, uses the fresh peaches that her sister gave her to make this

wonderful treat. You won't want to miss out on this step by step recipe, so hurry on over 

while it is still Peach season.


And now on today's party!

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                           1. Link back to this post or any of the four host's websites.

Stacey of Poofing The Pillows

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By linking up you are providing permission that Thoughts of Home on Thursday can feature your post and accompanying photos on future blog posts or other forms of social media such as Facebook and Instagram. A link back to your blog with always be provided.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Convenience Created Clutter

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In recent years, I have created a command central of sorts where I sit
in the den.
(Picture the bridge on the Star Ship Enterprise.)
It is convenient, and as you know,
one of my main theories about decor in your home is that it is all about
how you live in that home.
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I may have gone a bridge too far.

Yes, everything is at my fingertips: my laptop is on the ottoman where my feet are propped, my cell phone is charging, my Kindle is nearby, and my ever present list and pen is waiting to the right on an end table with a small trash basket underneath.
I have a power strip peeking out from the adjacent couch for charging whatever electronic device I am using.

I can reach the basket of remotes on the end table to my left (when my husband doesn’t have them).
Inside that basket are pens and markers and a measuring tape and ear buds and unopened mail and other things for multi tasking.

I can do many of my favorite things (blog, read, call, text) all with the flick of a wrist.
(That is embarrassing to admit!)
And to this all, yesterday I said ENOUGH.
I stripped things away.
They are now all sitting on the dining table in a nearby room.

What is my plan?

I don’t know as yet, I just know I had to strip away the convenience created clutter
to get to that plan.

Right now I am focusing on breathing and other kinds of movement .
Please tell me you can relate to convenience created clutter?


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