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Friday, April 18, 2014

Make Easter Morning Easy...

If you have plans to cook a big meal Easter Sunday...Don't make things hard on yourself. Set up a Breakfast Bar ...let THEM serve themselves!...
 Just set up a variety of cereals, candy sprinkles, milk, whip cream and,...a variety of fruit! Let them fix the breakfast their way! You may also chose to have a variety of juices and coffee's ready to self serve!
 Our grandchildren love building their breakfast sundae's!
 Have some waffle cones ready too...easy to fill.  Who does't want to eat something that looks & tastes like dessert? I use paper bowls & plastic silverware too! I will have a big enough chore after dinner. I don't need a bigger mess to clean! And the guests don't seem to mind! They're too busy fixing their sundae's.
 These are so fun to fill up...and NO paper plates need to be used! Easy Peasy....
 Yum & Fun...for the Tum!
Make your Easter Morning a breeze to clean up....Kids of all ages LOVE this idea!
Make a Breakfast Bar Your kind of Style this Holiday...
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

She's Wearing Her Easter Bonnet...

My Dress Form is ready for Easter...
 Love playing dress up with my Dress Forms! She resides in my Studio Office...
 Adorable Bunny...
 I used a sun hat, gobs of necklaces. an Easter table runner, and a large faux flower...FUN!
 Bunnies are everywhere!
She turned out so cute.....
Have a wonderful Easter full of Style...
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jewelry & Basketball?...

One of our 7 granddaughters was recently recruited to play on a travel basketball team. Fundraisers are often crucial to the financial success of Sports Clubs.  HayBug need to contribute something to the fundraiser....So Nana's phone rang!!! LOL.... At least she likes her Granny's Jewelry Designs!

Any way...Here are the two latest jewelry designs....
 A vintage Sugar Spoon was the backdrop of the necklace, a faux heart shade clock and a pearl don the necklace. The earrings were made to mated. A New look with some vintage style.
The second set included Brass findings & Pearls...Simplistic & Timeless Style....

I think these will do just fine at the basketball fundraiser! Speaking of donations...TJ Maxx is hosting it's yearly "Autism Speaks" donation fundraiser. I was in the Redding store (YES, again)! And once again, I donated to this cause, soooo close to my heart! ....Sarah...This is for you, Jim & the boys! xoxo!....
For you too Kerry Magro.....A National Motivational Speaker on Autism...check out his Facebook page under his name! You may also want to read the article about Kerry I wrote & posted on the blog...here! His Life's Journey has taken him down many roads in his young life! You will be hearing more about him & his amazing journey for years to come! He introduced himself to me via email and through my blog, when I first started blogging. He had sent me a wonderful note, congratulating me for winning the "Top 115 Parenting Blog Award" from eColleges (You will find this award posted on my blog page...here & here)....So sweet, So kind Kerry!


TJMaxx of Redding....Thank you (& the other TJ Maxx Stores)  once again for donating and fundraising for this wonderful cause...It does make a difference....
Choose how much you want to donate today!
Autism Speaks is a wonderful organization! "It is time to Listen!", xo, NeeCee

Show Your Style and Donate to your favorite cause Today....

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

A Different Style for an Easter Basket...

While shopping at the Local Tractor Supply...
I spied the perfect idea for Easter Baskets! Wired Egg Gathering Baskets!  I was instantly transported through time...Thoughts of gathering eggs at my great grandparents country home flooded my mind.  Great memories...So I loaded my cart with Egg Baskets for the whole Family! Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's away....
These baskets came together quick...loved the bright & cherry colors...
Ready & waiting...
 I found these Egg Gathering Baskets at Tractor Supply. They were perfect for Easter!
 I gathered every thing I needed...  These baskets will hopefully build lasting memories...
 With 9 grand kids...Easter looks more like Christmas...heehee
Simplistic yet fun & functional!
Have a Happy Easter with Style...
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Best Ever Peach Cobbler...

Best Ever Peach Cobbler....YES...It's that Good! Why??? It's the Secret Syrup!!!
Please read all of the instructions completely. There are a few steps to preparing the recipe. 

Best Ever Peach Cobbler Recipe:

Turn on Oven to 400 degrees

A 4 Step prep Recipe ....

1. Secret Syrup Sauce:

  • 1 Cup of peach juice or water *(I save & freeze juices from canned fruit for use later)
  • 1/3 cup of brown sugar *(I used Splenda Brown Sugar)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • 1 jar of Peach jam, 10 ounces regular or sugar free
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of corn starch
**NeeCee note: Since I used sugar free items in a lot of my own cooking....I did the same in this one....The results were amazing!

 Prepare the Peach Syrup first.  Cook on medium to medium high heat to thicken. Use a whisk whip to blend the sauce, stirring constantly. When thick, turn off the stove and let set while preparing the Peaches, stirring once in a while....

2. Prepare Peaches:In a 9 x 13 deep dish prepared pan...Place 2-3 bags of frozen peaches ( leave peaches frozen) Then....Pour the Syrup over the top of the peaches...Place in the heated Oven while you prepare the biscuit mixture.

3. Biscuit Batter Recipe:

  • 2 1/4 cups of Bisquick
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of softened butter, not melted
  • 2/3 cup of Butter milk ( A prepared buttermilk powder works well too!)
  • a dash of cinnamon & nutmeg, *optional 
** Remove the prepared peaches from the oven and add the little biscuits:
 Leave the oven on....

Mix & blend well...roll into tablespoon sized balls...place the small polka-a-dot biscuits on top of the hot peaches.

Return to the heated oven at 400 degrees bake another 10-12 minutes or until the biscuits are golden on top...

Last Step:

4. Homemade Whipping Cream (optional)

  • 2 cups of Whipping Cream
  • 4 tablespoons of Sugar 
In a chilled metal bowl place the ingredients. Whip with an electric mixer, (I chilled my whip attachments in the freeze first).

Whip until it thickens....Do not over whip or you will have sweet butter. Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

***After the Cobbler had finished cooking, I glazed the biscuits with Butter and dusted the top with cinnamon sugar...It really added a nice finishing touch to the crust! It reminded me of Snickerdoodles! Yummo!

*Cobbler may be reheated to warm on a low setting 

Serve with Love....
 Secret Syrup Sauce above...Smells like heaven!
On a recent weekend, some dear friends from high school days...gathered to share a
Holiday-Style-Dinner...Just because we could! The photo above is our amazing Turkey Dinner with all the fixings, appetizers, cocktails, wine & beer, and of course Peach Cobbler! Thank you LeeAnn & Dave for Hosting & the main meal....Quentin & Sue, Ornery & I enjoyed everything immensely ! Doesn't get better than that....Haha...We visited for over 7 hours and it felt like minutes!

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Serving Life & Dinner Up with Style...
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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Farm Style Table Refinished...

A Farm Table gifted from family gets a new look...
 I love how this dining set turned out! Exactly how I had envisioned it! The colors are perfect for my Studio Office & little Kitchen...
 The set was intended for our college girl, K-8....while she was visiting...she decided to take my Danish Table...(see here) instead....Soooo...of course Nana agreed!
 This makeover was fairly quick,,,,I left the original paint the same. Just distressed and sanded....Adding the white wash paint to the table top. Sanded again and stained the whole set with dark walnut Old Masters Stain.
After the stain dried I applied one coat of clear spray and let dry...Then I decoupaged the copies of the Old Family recipes on the table. Here was the process for that:
1. Lay out the items you are decoupaging  on the table top. Take a photo or use painters tape to mark the placements.
 2. Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge the size of the recipe or page, one at a time. Carefully place the recipe paper on top of the Mod Podge paste, make sure there are no bubbles or wrinkles. Let dry! Repeat with all recipes until pattern is finished.
 3. Next reply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the whole table top. Repeat 3-4 more times...make sure each coat dries completely in between coats.
4. For the final decoupage coat, I used a painting sponge and sponged over the whole table top...giving it a layered texture. Let dry completely.
5. To finish the table top apply 2 layers of clear coat, let dry between each coat. Lightly finish with a double 00 finishing pad, if needed.

Our Farm Table done with Style...
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