Saturday, November 28, 2009

Don't forget...

...your chandelier.

A lil' greenery and a few Christmas ornaments - Instant Bling!
Think icicles, pine cones, berries, bird nests - oh my the possibilities are endless!
Have fun decorating everybody!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ranch Potato Bake...MMMMMM...

O.k. - it's not like we aren't gonna be eating A LOT in the next couple of days...but... I tried this new recipe - easy and simple - and thought maybe some of you would like to try it over the Thanksgiving holiday. I think it kind of tastes like a loaded baked potato - yummy. It would be great served with a meal or maybe while everybody is hanging out watching the ball game.

But before I get started, I wanted to wish you all a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. May you enjoy your families and may we all remember how very blessed we are. I am ever so grateful for the blessings in my life - my family, my friends, my job, my health - and yes, for my wonderful blogging buddies - so have a beautiful Thanksgiving.
Here we go...
Scrub 8-10 red potatoes - slice and boil in saucepan until tender...
In a bowl, mix sour cream, ranch dressing, parsley flakes, shredded cheese and real bacon bits...
When potatoes are done, place them in the mixture a few at a time, toss gently to coat - arrange potatoes in a greased 9X13 inch baking dish. Top with remaining cheese (3/4 c.), crushed cornflakes and melted butter (combined).

Bake covered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, uncover and bake for 15-20 minutes or until browned.

Ingredients -
8-10 medium red potatoes
1 cup sour cream
1 cup ranch salad dressing
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
1 3/4 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup real bacon bits
2 cups slightly crushed cornflakes
1/4 cup butter, melted
Everybody Enjoy!!! and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

As our gardens begin to rest...

...sometimes it is hard to say farewell to the last blooms. Here in Kentucky, the blooms are pretty much spent but my hydrangeas still have something to share. I cut off the dried flowers...
...and spray painted some of them red. Sticking them in a box like this or hanging them from a clothes line makes them easier to paint and dry.

Then I tied some in bunches with a lil' curly willow, some checked ribbon and then you have a nice lil' arrangement to last throughout the winter months. And I saved several to stick in the Christmas tree. If you plan to decorate your Thanksgiving table - you might use them in their natural state or add a touch of brown and mustard (with that trusty spray paint) and tuck in around the pumpkins.
Whatever you decide to do this weekend - have fun creating something special!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Christmas In the Country - 2009

Well my friends - I have to say - it was an absolutely splendid day for our annual Christmas in the Country this last Saturday. The sun was shining, lots of people stirring, soup was on for everyone and simply - I felt really blessed by the turnout. Thank you to everyone who made it extra-special. Once again I didn't get pictures of the people - absolutely no time once the day began - but here are a few pics I thought I'd share. It jus' a lil' bit of the shop - hope you enjoy.
Have a blessed start to your week!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"What's In Store Wednesday"

Sorry I've been away a few days - I'm really busy trying to get ready for our annual "Christmas In the Country" this weekend. Even though I try, I never do get it all done - but I'll give it my very best. So I'm jus' sharing three pictures with you today and I'll show more detailed ones later - hopefully ;-)
Come see us if you can!
Cobblestone Farms
Christmas In the Country
November 14th
9-4 cst
This is my very Merry and BRIGHT tree - I'm into yellow this year - don't you think it jus' makes the red and green POP! (Y'all jus' pretend you don't see that unfinished sign - still have to finish the string of lights on it - oops) ;-)
This is a "Country" corner - lots of handmade goodies over there.
This is jus' a picture of a bench my sweet papaw made out of an old crib - of course, I always brag on him because I think he does a great job for his age.
Oh, I know it is short and sweet - but I promise I'll share more later when I have a minute to spare!
Many Blessings,

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What's In Store Wednesday...

O.k. my friends, I'm gonna try and get back into my "What's in Store Wednesdays" - soooo you can see what you might find here at Cobblestone Farms. Today, I'm sharing just a few pics of a company I've carried for a couple of years now -
it's FUN, FESTIVE, and FAITH BASED - what more could you want!
Love and Joy plate...
A basket full of sweet ornaments...
"Let your Light Shine" plate...
and the "He Came" Christmas plate..
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas here - come see us if you can!
Have a blessed day!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

It's A Fall / Christmas Tree..

...I know - Halloween was jus' yesterday - but... when you are in retail (like me) - I'm already late!!! But I thought I'd share a small tree with you that you could decorate now for Thanksgiving and simply change out just a couple of things to make it work for Christmas. But if I know you all like I think I do - I bet some of you drug out your Christmas decorations today! It's exciting - and hard to wait sometimes - so we will all decorate together in the coming weeks.
An interesting tree topper (my sweet mom's idea - gotta hand it to her). A basket turned on an angle - filled with burlap, some Chinese lantern sprays, a fabric sunflower and some mustard gold "Believe" stars.
This tree has grapevine garland, raffia, straw flowers, bittersweet, red ware ornaments...
...popcorn balls and large star bells with "peace, hope and joy".
This tree can be easily changed by removing the orange flowers - replacing them with red berries and maybe add some homespun ribbon in the with the raffia.

"Believe" in the magic of the season.
Have fun decorating!