Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Here's to Advent!!

Awww...It's finally December!!! I thought I would start off the month with a little advent wreath make-over...YAY for Christmas candles!!

I started off with this...

I am as nostalgic as the next gal...but when my Mom gave me this blast from the past, I knew it couldn't stay this way!! This light made it look its very best, but it smelled like old plastic, was harboring several tiny bug carcasses, and was SERIOUSLY dusty!! So I started thinking about how I wanted to remake this little lovely, and here's what I came up with...(I think you'll like it :-))

Yeah, OK, I'm not a magician ;-)) But when I started thinking about advent wreaths, I just began seeing them everywhere...and how sweet is this simple little version???!! Little it is, too...

Then, I got the inspiration for this one...

I know, I know, its probably already been done...but no matter...I LOVE it!!! Modern, simple, easy, stunning!! I just stuck the candles in the decorative rock, but to really use it, I would affix them more securely. You could hot glue them down, or stick them in floral foam...(if its not flammable...which I don't think it is...but I don't really know...the flammability of floral foam has never come up as an issue for me before...:-))

ANYwhoo, to get back to the original wreath...I took it all apart and just kept the skeleton wire frame with candleholders, added a dollar wreath for updated greenery, and then set a salad plate in the middle with a favorite angel from my little collection...

Traditional, simple, easy, beautiful!! The hardest part of this super-fun project will be deciding which one to actually use :-))!!!

(OK...would it be total sacrilege to call this the original *Peace Out*??? Hee hee hee and ho ho ho :-))))

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Here's to Pumpkin Goodness!!

I just love this time of year with the holidays in full swing...when the world just seems to take a deep breath and calm to-do list shrivels up, and...oh wait...that's in my alternate universe!!!! ;-)))

Well, with the weather getting colder... I am going to have to find something to take the place of all my spray painting projects, so this post is a little different!! I thought I would share my recipe for the Easiest Ever Pumpkin Cookies...seriously, folks, these are beyond simple!!

You start with these four things, spice cake mix, canned pumpkin, some sort of delicious icing, and a stove...OK, OK, you also need a bowl, mixing spoon, and cookie sheet...but seriously...THAT'S ALL!!!!

Mix together the pumpkin and cake mix...(and I should note here that I am totally un-brand loyal...I literally just photographed what was in my kitchen at the time...Betty Crocker must have had a sale ;-))

It will be a little dry at first, but it blends together quickly.

Drop by any size spoonfuls onto cookie sheet...

(As you can see, perfection NOT required!!) Bake at about 350 F for about 10-15 minutes.

And ice with your favorite...butter cream or some sort of cream cheese frosting works great if you swing that way...;-))

Really, the only downside to this recipe is that it never makes enough!!! :-)))