Friday, December 4, 2009

Recipes, New Pretties and Snow on your Blog.....

I wanted to share with you a couple of new recipes we had over the Thanksgiving holidays. First, was this Pumpkin Bread from Jen at Lipstick and Laundry and let me tell you it is delicious! If you went over and got the recipe from her when she first posted it, go get it again here because 1 tsp. cinnamon was left off. She has fixed it so print it off again. Lexi is a fairly picky eater and she says that this MUST be made weekly!!!!
Then, I was watching the Food Network and saw this recipe for Cinnamon Apple Cranberry Sauce and thought it looked good and easy so we tried it with our Thanksgiving dinner. It is a definite keeper and the house smells so wonderful while it is cooking. I can't wait to have it again at Christmas.

I've also been shopping on Etsy (imagine that!!!!!) and bought these two adorable stuffed heart ornaments from Mary Lou at House of Whimsy. She is always putting new, cute things in her shop.
Also, Mary Lou reminded me that many of us had it snowing on our blogs last year. You can click here and let it snow on yours. (If you have any problem with my blog loading or going slower, please let me know in the comments, and I'll take the snow off. I have had a comment that some blogs load slower because of it. I have tried my blog on another computer and haven't had a problem with it being slow.)

Also, Ramona from A Day in the Life of Ramona has been crafting away and I had to have this wonderful red jingle bell burlap pillow. I love it and she still has these in her shop. Stop by and look at all of her new creations. You might find something you can't live without!
Hope you all have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend. We will be going to our downtown Christmas parade on Saturday. Lexi will be in it with her Jump-n-Jive group.♥


Libby said...

Your blog looks GREAT! and I will try that pumpkind bread! I can already smell it baking! Have a great weekend!Libby

Caren said...

Good morning! Your blog is looking so pretty. I tried to get it to snow on mine last year and It looked weird for some reason. I never seem to have the time to revamp my blog anyway... ugh!

Your recipes look great. I tried to make my own cranberry sauce and it was not so successful, probably because I used a "Splenda" recipe and I guess some things just shouldn't be reduced calorie-wise. ha ha! Yours looks delish! Glad it worked out for you. Have a great Friday Lady!

Amelia said...

Love the red and white pillow. Thanks for the snow widget idea...I added it to mine...seems like the right thing to do this cold Dec. morning.

Have fun and try to stay warm at the parade.

April said...

Those ornaments and that pillow are adorable, Darlene! Oh, let us not forget those yummy foods! Have lots of fun at the parade and stay warm!

duchess said...

They all look delish - have fun at that parade, maybe you'll have more snow.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Now I have to debate whether to use your recipe for cranberry sauce, Darlene, or my friend Mary's! Both look good.

Love your pillows!!! They are so cute.

I have found that snow on the blogs is what is slowing them down to a speed that won't let things load very fast. I think BJ was the one whose blog was loading slow, and she figured out it was the snow. It's hard to post, too, with the snow. It makes the keyboard hesitate. I read it in your title, but I didn't see anything about it in this post. So I thought you might be getting ready to edit.

Love to you and Miss Lexi and hope you have fun at the parade! Glad she's feeling better.


Sheila :-)

Stacey said...

You are a great Etsy shopper. Isn't it wonderful when the UPS man knocks?

Your recipes look great. I love pumpkin bread. Mmmmm. :)

Off to Texas for the weekend. Have a good one!

Shannon said...

You always find the cutest things on etsy. That pumpkin bread looks delicious!!!

Laura said...

Thanks for the link to the snow effect. I decided that maybe if it snowed on my blog, it wouldn't snow here. Wishful thinking! Yummy looking goodies!

vintage girl at heart said...

Brrrr...we are freezing our patooties off up here!!! I do LOVE it though. It has been sunny and cold so that is a plus!!!
I have gone a little Etsy nuts for me one for a gift..tee hee. Don't ya just love it!! I am off to link to those recipes you treated us with!!!
Stay warm and have a wonderful weekend!!!
(Oh Joleigh got her first two issues of Her Discovery Girl's magazine yesterday):)
Thanks for the tip about it!!

Shelia said...

Morning, Darlene! Oh, your blog looks wonderful in all it's Christmasy attire! And the snow! I love the snow.
Now that pumpkin bread looks so good! I'll have to try it. I love anything pumpkin.
It's supposed to snow even in Galveston tonight! Isn't that something!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;0

Shelia said...

Ho exciting! I'm watching Good Morning American and the Houston network keeps breaking in and I am seeing it snow! Woo Hoo! I do hope we get some!
Thanks for thinking of me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Life with Kaishon said...

I like your snow. It loaded right up. And I LOVE that cranberry applesauce. That looks SO great! oh my gosh!

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

That pumpkin bread is soooo YUMMY, I am making more today! I love your etsy finds!

JC said...

I like your SNOW ...

mysteryhistorymom said...

I made her pumpkin bread, too! It is DIVINE! So moist and wonderful.... mmmmm.... Love your purchases! Mary Lou is an angel on earth.:) Lori

jennykate77 said...

Those recipes sound delish!! I'm slowly building a nice stash of holiday recipes for some yummy desserts...they'll make nice goodie boxes for my neighbors!

Love the little heart ornaments from Etsy!!

Thanks for the link for the snow...I think I'll add it to mine. Your blog seems to load just fine.

Hope you guys have a great weekend! Stay warm!♥

Carrie said...

Love your new header so pretty!

The recipes look so good!

I hope you have a great weekend


~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Everything is coming up Christmas on your blog, it looks so festive, I love it!

I went white background on my blog this year so I won't be doing the snow but so enjoyed it last year when you showed us how to do it...Wow Darlene, can you believe a year has already gone by!!!?

Have a great weekend,


Heather said...

i will definitely check out those recipes! have a fun filled weekend!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

As usual, you're a sweetie for giving a "shout out" about Etsy. Thank you so much!!!
I love where you placed the hearts. : )
And thanks for sharing these new recipes. I love to hear about "tried and true" ones, rather than wasting my time with ones I won't enjoy.
About the glitter idea...I got the idea when I saw other bloggers storing their glitter in Salt and Pepper shakers. I mind is warped, I'm convinced. : )
Have a wonderful weekend. I'm sure Lexi will do a great job.

Ramona said...

Happy Friday Darlene ~

Now I am supposed to be sewing...but those recipes look so delicious that I might just have to stop and make pumpkin bread for dinner! I think that pumpkin bread should be a food group!

I love that your Etsy finds have found a wonderful home...thank you.

Have a wonderful weekend...we are flirting with snow over the next few, fun and ho, ho, ho!

Smiles ~ Ramona

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Darlene
The pumpkin bread looks delicious and the heart ornaments are adorable. Your snow appears to be snowing fine to me. I am wishing I didn't have a white background on my blog now!!!!
Have a great weekend and enjoy the parade.

SmilingSally said...

Your new pillows look sweet, Darlene.

jeanne said...

Hello Darlene, it is really late and I haven't done my Pinkie post yet. LOL. this will be quick. First I love your snow blog. You were probably influenced by the real stuff you had. smile. We are getting snow tonight and tomorrow. I love it. I hope Lexi is feeling better and I bet she didn't mind a snow day.

Your pumpkin bread and the cranberry stuff looks great. I am having 12 people for a fancy dinner on Sun. I am frantic getting the decorating done before then. LOL.
Love the ornaments with the puffy look.

Gotta go, my hubby is calling me to bed. He has no idea I still have to post for Pink Sat. sigh. CC will have me up very early. A nap tomorrow.

Love ya, Jeanne

Carol said...

Beautiful finds, Darlene! Thank you for the snowflake info. And I LOVE your blog banner~

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Darlene, Your blog look like a wonderful winter wonderland!!! :) I can't seem to get mine just right! I've changed my background 3 times tonight! LOL!

That little ornament is so cute and I love the last pic of the beautiful red and white quilt and pretty pillow! Looks so cozy!

~hugs, Rhonda :)

Katie said...

It looks great, your blog and decor. You house looks so welcoming, I could just sit down and relax. I love homes like that, that is what I try and create. I can't believe all the snow you all got.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I had no problem having your blog load with the snow (very cute). We make pumpkin bread with white chocolate chips - sooo good! Love the pillow!


Farm Chick Paula said...

Goodness, Darlene- are we going to have to do an ETSY intervention? *LOL*
Boy, those desserts look wonderful! The recipe for the pumpkin bread sounds like a winner- I can see why Lexi likes it so much!

Rambling Girl said...

Oh those recipes look yummy! I might have to try some of those over the Christmas weekend since it will be only us at home. You must come over later on today and check out my candy EASY & QUICK!

Love all the goodies you have bought. I love me some etsy also. I just bought me the Farm Chicks Cookbook and love it.

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