Easy Christmas Candles

As I sit here on a snowy Sunday afternoon, waiting for my daughter to come over and bake cookies, my mind is at work. I just noticed that my candles needed some Christmas added to them. Since fresh is my favorite, I wanted to add greenery to the candles so they would have that Christmas look.

If you have candles that need a little punch to them you will love this simple, elegant idea. This is what I have to start with:

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I had all of these things here, I just needed to put them together. Get your glue gun heated up while you cut your burlap for wrapping the candles. Once you cut one, use it for your others. I did cut the burlap for the small candles in half down the middle.

 

The burlap was to wide for my candles so I folded it in half on the taller candles and attached it with my glue gun on the back side. Then I added my greenery with the twine.

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You could make this the centerpiece of your table or counter. It is beautiful and simple!

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Breadless Pizza-Spaghetti Squash Pizza

With the holidays upon us I am trying to eat less bread an remove all white from my diet. I looked for recipes that were breadless on Pinterest but this one popped up on Facebook.

It does have a few steps but it is simple and the taste is amazing when you are feeling deprived from eating pizza or you want something savory that is not salad.

I make 24 of these at a time. My husband and I take 3-4  for lunch everyday which helps us eat healthy and doesn’t give you the 3:00 sleep head feeling you get from all the heavy weight of some lunch options.

The recipe:

2 good size spaghetti squash

1 jar (or homemade)spaghetti sauce

1 package of pepperoni

1 cup Mozzarella Cheese shredded

1 cup Parmesan Cheese

2 eggs

Cut the spaghetti squash in half (length wise) and clean out the seeds

Place on a sprayed baking sheet face down where it lays flat. Bake at 350* for 45 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let spaghetti squash cool. Then scrape out all innards into a good size bowl. Add eggs and Parmesan Cheese.

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The next step is to spray your muffin pans and make little nest with a deeper center so you can add sauce.

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Add 2 tablespoons of sauce to each muffin nest. This is the sauce I use:

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And just keep layering. Next add 2 pepperoni’s and a sprinkle of cheese.

You are now ready to bake at 350* for about 15 minutes. They will turn a little golden brown and the cheese will be melted on top when they are done. Let cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the outside and they should come right out of the pan.

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Store in a sealed container for your weekday lunches or dinners. The taste is very savory and reminds me of pizza. Enjoy!

This recipe makes 24 individual muffins.

 

Fancy Ham Sliders

We recently had a baby shower and we were just the host house. I did help with other things like decoration and food too but I was not in charge of the shower. The person in charge decided to serve chili for the shower. Chili is not your normal shower food so we had to be creative and add some food items that would spruce it up a bit. My friend Maggie and I put our heads together and came up with a few good ideas. The “fancy” ham sliders was one of those ideas.

Everyone loves ham slidders but they too are not you usual shower food. So this is what we came up with:  Ham Slidder Pinwheels. They were beautiful and tasted amazing!

I didn’t use the traditional Hawaiian Roll, instead I used thin pizza dough from the refrigerated section at the grocery store, ham and swiss cheese.

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I used a piece of saran wrap on my counter so I could cover the roll when I was done for refrigeration.

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Then, pressed it out with my hands to a flat rectangle. I didn’t want it to be really thick with the dough.

Layered the ham and then the cheese. Easy, right? After layering, just roll it up.

I used about a pound of ham per roll and I made three rolls.

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I did this the day befor the shower to help with time management. On the day of the shower I cut the rolls in in about a one inch pinwheel and made the sauce. I forgot to take pictures of this step.

I then baked them on 350 for abot 20-25 minutes. If you cut them thinner you will need to cut back on the time you have them in the oven.

This is the finished product:

Hot Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups with a Brown Sugar Poppy Seed Glaze. Perfect for taking to friends, new moms, and family because you can assemble it the night before and bake it the next day.

 

Recipe:

  • 1 can Pillsbury™ refrigerated Thin Pizza Crust
  • 3/4 lb deli ham (thin cut but not shaved)
  • 12 slices Swiss cheese

GLAZE

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. In my case, (I made so many that I used a cookie sheet).
  2. Unroll the pizza dough and press into approximately a rectangle. Top with ham and cheese slices. Starting on the longer side of the rectangle, roll up the edge tightly. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together and flip the roll so that the seam is face down. Cut into 12 slices, approximately 1-inch wide. Arrange in prepared pan.
  3. Next combine the butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and poppy seeds in a sauce pan over medium heat. Whisk until the butter is melted and the glaze is smooth and combined. Pour evenly over the rolls.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours or bake, uncovered for 25 minutes until golden and browned. Enjoy!

So the ham pinwheels added to the chili but also made it a little more fancy like a baby shower would be. Our chili station looked awesome too!

Eveything turned out pretty awesome! Lots of help from others pulled together a beautiful baby girl baby shower.

Flowers and Baby Showers

This past weekend I had the honor of hosting a very special friends baby shower at my house. This is something that I just love to do for people! Doing parties at my house is one of my “happy places”. Weird, I know.

I had a lot of help with this shower so it was simple to have. The decorating was my job and a few other things but lots of others helped too. The theme was white pumpkins, pink and fall.

There were so many different things that were done that I am going to have to post several times to get it all in. This post is about the flowers.

Starting with the flowers, I bought white pumpkins. Cut the tops off and cleaned them out:

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Next, I rinsed the pumpkins out and started assembling the flowers. Knowing that I was going to send all the flowers home with Chelsea, I used plastic cups in the smaller pumpkins and a mason jar in the larger pumpkin. This way she would not have to return anything to me.

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I love the look of hydrangea’s but using hydrangea’s can be risky because they seem to wilt quickly and I did these the day before the shower. Trying to keep that from happing, I read up a little on how to making them last a little longer. As a huge suprise to me, you add a 1/2 cap full of regular bleach to 4 cups of water. I was a little nerveous about this technique so I doubled the water amount and did 1/2 cap full of bleach to 8 cups of water. Also, keeping the hydrangeas cool helps. I have to tell you it worked!

As I started triming the hydrangea, I cut the bloom from the leaves and added the leaves around the flower in the cup. Added baby’s breathe and done.

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I did five pumpkins, three different sizes and three different arrangements for the table.

Feeling like I wanted another layer of something, I went on a greenery hunt in my yard and came up with a bucket of greenery stems to add around the bottom of the pumpkins. I stored them overnight in water on my porch and added the stems the day of the shower.

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Our finished product was amazing. We were even surprised at how well it turned out. The flowers just speak for themselves!

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Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making a center piece with fresh flowers. Just remember to layer and the flowers speak beauty all on their own!

Outside Fall Decorations

Fall is here per the calendar. The temps are not showing themselves yet, but, fall is here. Life has been so busy that I haven’t had time to decorate until now.

I wanted to change all the outside flower pots and decorate some inside. This meant a busy Saturday for me full of the things I love to do.

Lets get started!

After empting all the pot I refilled them with fresh potting soil. And then, the planting began!

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Using cabbages, panseies, mums, lettuce, grasses and peppers. Again, I just started layering with the tallest in the back. I added a white pumpkin right in the middle one planter:

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After I did all the planters I needed to add them to the porches and add pumpkins. I purchased pumpkins at a local farm stand in town. I like to buy local.

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I kept layering:

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I still felt like I needed something else due to the size of my porch. So off I go back to the farms market, I saw that they had corn stalks and hay bales and of course I bought them. On my drive home I am hoping that no bugs or spiders come out of the corn stalks.This time I am thinking I have enough stuff!

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My front porch needs a few rockers on it. I still think it looks empty but it’s fine.

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This is so easy to do and anyone can do it. Just look on Pinterest and try something. You will be glad you did! This set up can be used for Halloween and Thanksgiving so your porch is good until it’s time to decorate for Christmas!

Fall Is Here In NC

So fall has finally arrived here! Every season that we have brings a new fresh start. We tire quickly by the end of each season so the new ones bring excitement! The day time temps are nice and the nights are a little crisp. When I think of fall, I think of trips to the mountains, picking apples, great flavored coffees with everythin pumpkin! Sweaters, blankets and bondfires too!

Fall also means we have to change out our planters and decorate with everything pumpkin the same as we eat and drink everything pumpkin. Today, I am bringing out my pumpkin planters. In North Carolina we use pansey, mums, cabbages, lettuce and grasses to fill our planters and plant in our yards. Our tempatures here support these types of plants.

If you are just buying your pumpkins, you will need to cut the tops off and drill holes in the bottoms. I used a knife to cut the tops off and a drill to make the holes in the bottom.

 

Next I add potting soil, about three fourths full. This leaves room for the plants I plan to add. When placing your plants, you need to know how tall they grow and what type of sunlight they need. You wouldn’t want to put a sun lover and a shade lover together in the same pot because one of them will most likely die. All the info is on the back of the inserted plastic label that you can find in each plant.

Now, to add the plants! Disturb the bottom of the plants a little by seperating the soil with your fingers. I even pull some of it off. This helps the plant adjust to the new soil.

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And now, start placing your plants. Very simple!

When you are done, water the plants very well. I water a little at a time until it begins to run out the bottom of the planter. In most cases, the potting soil is very dry so it will asorb all that moisture but a little at a time.

Your done! Fall pumpkin planters are made. Now on to the other planters!

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The flowers I used in this project are: Mums, Lettuce, cabbage, panseys and peppers. I love how the peppers give the planter a shot of bright colors with a different shape. We will not be eating any of these plants. They are just for decoration. But they are beautiful!

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I still have a lot of planting to do and so does my husband. I will haave to figure out a creative way to let him know that. Hahaha!

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Bottled Water Is The Best Spot Remover

Have you ever thought of bottled water as a spotter for your carpets and upholstery? It is amazing what you can get out with it!

We all have those spots that show up after the kids have had their sippy cups or after the guest have left your house.

Some spots are difficult but some are not as hard as you’d think. Of course, we can’t remove gum or tar with water but there are some things that you can remove. You would need a professional for that.

Check out this video of Mike cleaning up a spot with bottled water.

 

Easy, right? Yes, it is that simple. If you keep up the maintenance on your carpets they will stay cleaner longer. This means you won’t have to have the professionals come in as often. It is recommended to have your carpets cleaned every 6-12 months.

If you choose not to maintain your own carpets, you may need to have them cleaned every 3-6 months depending on the type of traffic you have. People with pets and children need to clean their carpets every 6 months with carpet maintenance being done.

Some of the carpets today come with a warranty. If you have a warranty on your carpet, you have to do as the warranty requires or it could void your warranty.

We are in the Greensboro area so if you have any questions or need carpet cleaning, we are the best in town! You can reach Patty at 336-545-1778.