Friday, December 19, 2014

Home Sweet Home #200

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home this week before Christmas!  This week I shared some Christmas fun in Spark Some Magic.

I also wrote a sponsored post for FYI Network and BlogHer about Downsizing.   

Again I pinned so much from last week's HSH party!  You all had so many wonderful Christmas posts!  Thank you so much for sharing.  It wouldn't be a party without  you!  Here are a few that caught my eye.

Poppy at With a Dash of Color has shared how to make the house smell good with Christmas Potpourri.

Karen's Up On the Hill shared her Holiday House Tour 2014~Natural Elements.

Backwoods Babies shared the MOST adorable Daddy post in You Know Your a Girl Dad When...

And Magali at The Little White House shared her fabulous French cottage kitchen makeover in Away in the Attic.

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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The Home Sweet Home party will be on break next week due to Christmas but, I will return on January 1, 2015.  Please join me here and tell me what you did for the Holidays. The more the merrier! I would love to feature your holidays!

Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything in your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

 *If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Downsizing



Downsizing with Tiny House Nation: The Charm of Home
Do you ever think you experience things in life as a test? There have been many changes in the past year and there will be several more in the next two coming years.  It seems there is a plan in place to see what I am really made of.  I am sailing along, the water is fine, and then wham; here comes change.  It is funny how you can take things for granted.  In a heartbeat the kids grow up.  The family changes. What seemed liked endless days of happiness turns into constant states of busyness, and then suddenly you are forced with bittersweet choices. Your parents age and need to be closer to you for help. Once the child, you are now reversing roles with your parent.  How did that happen?  

Downsizing was an enormous reality for my Mother in 2013. She had lived with her Father, my Grandfather, for 17 years and on his passing last May she downsized and moved to a home close by me. My Mother can be a challenge any day of the week, but really as her daughter I had to step in and help her. Sometimes the reality hits you right in the face and your staring at a large property that is just of no use anymore.  It becomes so smart to downsize.  It just becomes the obvious choice.  When I went to help Mom move it was amazing the volume of things we had to sort through. My Grandfather was a gifted man with so many hobbies and a love of so many things.  Sorting through his personal items was a humbling experience.  A man who had a lifetime devoted to his wife and two children.  In everything he had you could see the love and great care he generously gave to his family.  I found myself speechless; I am beyond speech, staring at receipts for school workbooks for his two daughters from 1957.  What on earth makes a person carefully tuck away every record of the lives he so gingerly watched over?  He was a man who felt responsible and cared for others on such a deep level that there was a reverence to the things he saved. 

Downsizing with Tiny House Nation: The Charm of Home
   There was a time remembered of that day and that event that meant something to him.  Knowing that you matter to an individual like that is a love like no other.  So downsizing becomes a time to move forward.  It becomes a slow and steady goal.  You know it is for a better outcome.  Life is going to get easier.  Downsizing can give you a regained sense of freedom from things.  Less things means more time for what really matters.  Downsizing has been a catharsis for my Mother and unexpectedly also on me.  I now have a perspective I hadn't stopped to mull over before.  They say with age comes wisdom.  I say with downsizing comes a lesson, in many ways, of what is really important in life.

Sherry

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Home Sweet Home Party Actually on Friday this Week!

The Home Sweet Home party will actually be on Friday in the a.m. this week.  I have a sponsored post that will be on Thursday. Please come and share all of your fabulous Christmas posts. It has been so fun viewing them! 
Sherry

Monday, December 15, 2014

Spark Some Magic

Christmas Magic: The Charm of Home
This year for The Charm of Home Christmas tea I am sparking some magic for a few people for Christmas.  I took my Mom with me to my workout at Curves today.  She has been in her house for a year now without getting out much.  I will see if I can get her to go with me at least twice a week. She had a big smile on her face and was so happy.  Maybe it will be something we can get done each week.  And for the littlest ones I see each week, I took them to the kitchen and let them make cookies!  As a little girl there was nothing I loved more than for someone to give me some attention and bake with me.    

Christmas Magic: The Charm of Home
I found this cookie recipe on Pinterest and it was perfect for preschoolers.  It rolls out like playdough and it doesn't have eggs in it, so if they eat the dough it is safe for them.  I always loved the cookies at Christmas that were rolled in powdered sugar.  All of the children, big and small, gave the cookies a thumbs up! 

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies: The Charm of Home
Chocolate Chip Snowballs

Ingredients: 
1 cup butter, softened to room temp
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini chocolate chips
additional powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 375 degree F.  Line baking sheet with parchment paper.  
Mix butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and vanilla with electric mixer until well blended.  Add flour, salt, and blend.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Chill if necessary to shape.  Scoop one tablespoon dough and roll in palm till shaped into ball.  Place on cookie sheet.
Bake for 7-10 minutes until just slightly brown.  Remove and cool.  When just cool enough to handle, roll each cookie in additional powdered sugar.  Cool and you may roll again in another coat of powdered sugar.
Yield: around 30 cookies
Recipe adapted from: Crazy for Crust

Chocolate Chip Snowball Cookies: The Charm of Home
So, for Christmas think of something you can do for someone that could use some attention.  Giving from our heart is one of the best gifts you can give.  That will create some Christmas magic!

Sherry

I will link this to:

Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 

Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas

Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow

Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day

Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Home Sweet Home #199

This week for tea I shared some new gardening books that would make Great Gifts for Your Gardeners!

I also cooked up a great recipe for Christmas morning in Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Swirls.

I pinned so much from last week's HSH party!  You all had so many wonderful Christmas posts!  Thank you so much for sharing.  It wouldn' be a party without  you!  Here are a few that caught my eye.


Jody at Southern Seazons styled the most beautiful Christmas Plaids on the Front Porch.




Cindy at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home shared her newly remodeled kitchen: In the Kitchen and Keeping Room.

The Vintage Chateau shared with us great tips on how to host a Christmas Cookie Exchange.

Cynthia of Clockwork Interiors showed how to create the cutest Angel Feather Ornament.

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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The invitation is wide open for you to come and share your Holiday posts here at Home Sweet Home till New Years.  The more the merrier! I would love to feature your holidays!

Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything in your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

 *If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Swirls

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Shells
I saw this recipe on Pinterest and thought it would be a perfect recipe for Christmas morning.  It is really easy and fast but also a little classy so, just the ticket for a special day like Christmas.  The guys loved them. They told me they were chewy and cheesy with the tang of the cranberry that they really liked.

Ingredients:
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, thawed (I used Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets)
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces of soft brie cheese, softened to room temperature
4 ounces of cream cheese, softened to room temperature
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup cinnamon sugar (1/4 cup sugar with 2 teaspoons cinnamon)

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place parchment paper on a baking sheet.
Unroll the puff pastry on a floured work surface.  Brush the pastry with 1/2 of the melted butter and then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.  You can go as heavy or as light as you want to with the cinnamon sugar.  I covered the puff pastry completely and still didn't use all of the mix.  
I peeled the mold layer off of the brie and mixed it completely with the cream cheese. 
Then I spread the cheese mixture over the cinnamon/sugar layer.  It won't exactly "spread" so you have to lay it out on the sugar in a way to give the best coverage as possible.  
Sprinkle the cranberries over this.  I used a cup of the cranberries and it was too many. So for this recipe I rewrote it to only use 3/4 cup.

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Shells

Roll up the puff pastry from the long ends as tight as you can. Spread the roll with the rest of the melted butter and sprinkle with the more of the cinnamon sugar.  
Then use some dental floss to cut it.  Place the dental floss under the roll about every 1/2 inch.  Pull the dental floss across the roll as if tightening a tied package and pull strong and evenly until it "cuts" the pastry.  
Place each pastry on a baking sheet and bake 12 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the pastry golden brown.
Serve warm or room temperature.
Yield: 12 rolls 
Recipe adapted from: Half Baked Harvest
Enjoy!
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 

Table It! at Rustic & Refined
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo

Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations

Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day

Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine

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