Slow Cooker Roasted Garlic Beef Tips

Cold days make a slow cooker meal more enticing, filling the air with the aroma of a hearty meal to come.  I like doing beef this way, as the long slow cooking time can make the most inexpensive cut turn out tender and flavorful.  A quick cook on some noodles, and some steamed broccoli and …

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Snow Birds

There have been a wide variety birds on the feeder this month, particularly when it snowed earlier in December.   DH has kept the feeder full of nice cracked sunflower seeds, and I made a suet cake for them too.  The goldfinches on the upper left have put on their more drab winter garb.  The one …

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A Quilt for the Hurricane Project

In the mail before the holidays, I received this lovely quilt top from Annie in Vashon Island, WA.  She had asked if I wanted it for the project.  I told her that I would quilt it and she sent it on.  I finally got to it this past week. I pulled a wide backing from …

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Merry Christmas and a Holiday Treat!

Merry Christmas!  I hope you are all having a wonderful day.  I thought it would be a fun day to show you a unique exhibit at the little, old house that is the home of the Transylvania Heritage Museum.  The exhibits change regularly, and each December they bring out a most unique collection. Yes, those …

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Christmas Tablescape

Setting a more formal table for Christmas dinner, it is time to get out the Lenox Holiday Tartan china inherited from my mother.  She had exquisite taste, and these dishes were her favorites for holiday meals.  I decided this year to use a green and gold theme since I haven't done it this way before, …

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Christmas Redwork Pillow

The Christmas Redwork project almost didn't get finished this season.  It seemed like the days just flew by and I didn't get a lot of stitching done each week.  Progress was made, but just not quickly. Last weekend, stitching resumed in earnest until the redwork was done.  I wanted to add some beads to dress …

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Christmas Dinner

This weekend is the time to shop for those holiday foods for Christmas dinner.  This is a fun time, planning the meal, deciding what would be festive and special.  For many years now, we have done a Standing Rib Roast.  Yes, a bit expensive, but it is Christmas and that is only once a year.  …

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Thrifting, Decorating and Sewing More Christmas Fun

This post is a hodgepodge of a lot of ideas and fun finds, almost too much for one post, but each subject isn't enough for one.  So, enjoy reading a bunch of different ideas, all pulled together.  First, it is fun to find special things at the thrift store, like a treasure hunt when you …

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Making Packages Bright

OK, raise your hand if you think wrapping gifts is a chore.  Yeah, I thought so!  Many view it as a necessary thing, not a creative thing, but I have a different view.  Each gift represents someone in my life that is still here, and with the loss of my parents, a special cousin, and …

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