Monday, November 24, 2014

Indian Popcorn Ball Corn Husks, Wishbone Charms, and other Thanksgiving preparation ideas!


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It's Happy EVERYTHING Day around here!  We started our Christmas decorating early for the first time ever, so it's a mix of holidays on our front porch.



I'm a Thanksgiving girl.  Well...actually, I am a Christmas girl, but I really do love this November Thanksgiving time too!


We had a colorful big THANKFUL white board up during the season.  Every time we passed by, we grabbed a marker and wrote something we were grateful for.



We will be celebrating with family at my Grandparent's house this year.  I can't wait!

It's time to get busy with holiday preparations.
Baking lots of rolls...




And making little wishbone thankful charms for every seat at the dinner table.





I am most excited about preparing these fun treats for the kids!



Leave it to Martha. I found this idea in Martha Stewart Living magazine.  Make popcorn balls, form them into corn on the cob shapes, wrap with parchment paper for corn husks, the end!   Here is a video tutorial that shows you everything you need to know.


Cooking, cutting, stirring, folding, mixing, making!


Stir in candy-coated sunflower seeds to look like indian corn.


Finally...
Ta Da!




Indian corn!


Ready to pack for our Thanksgiving feast!
These will be perfect for the KID'S TABLE.


Eat me.



If you're still busy with holiday planning, I have lots of other super cute ideas, 
like...



and

A BIG "All Things Thanksgiving" blog post including: a resource of menu varieties for a healthy, traditional, or gourmet Thanksgiving menu.  A variety of table settings, and more!


Wishing you 
a warm holiday 
with big
thankful
grateful 
hearts!





Monday, November 17, 2014

Girlish FLOWER arranging POTLUCK party 2014




I was extra excited for this beautiful, special, unique, girls' event!  I keep a lil wish list of fun ideas that I hope & wish to experience.   Hosting a flower arranging party has been on my list for a few years!  Well...I STILL haven't done it, but instead, this fall, I had the opportunity to attend something entirely similar.

Kelly, of 3 Leaf Floral,  is a local flower artist with an abundance of talent.  She creates incredible flower arrangements!  I am so excited that she lives in our little Colorado town, ready to offer us floral beauty!  Kelly, and a small group of other talented girls, got together to host a FLOWER POTLUCK.  Each guest brings a flower bundle, Kelly teaches tips and gives a demonstration, then we each get to choose from long rows of colorful flowers to create our own bouquets to take home.  I was super excited about this night!

The details, shapes, colors, scents, of every single flower is truly incredible!  God loves us SO much to gift us with the pleasure of flowers! 

My arrangement

This event was hosted at an old, charming grey house, tucked in, near main street.  


Downtown living: where every house square is like a unique quilt block 
and where trees line every street.



Arriving to a home sweet home, made over into the perfect girlish party scene...






This is the original wallpaper!
Super sweet.


We gathered outside for our flower arranging lessons. 
All of the colors were extra beautiful on this bright fall day.



 Kelly has so much skill!
 She showed us how to do more than just stuff a vase. 

photo via KRobinson Photography 



After our lesson, 
all the girls had a chance to arrange our flowers into vases.

photo via KRobinson Photography 


photo via KRobinson Photography 

photo via KRobinson Photography 

Picking our favorites...
photo via KRobinson Photography 

My sweet friend Sarah and I filling our vases...



My dear friend, Allison, making magic.



My flower pretties are done!
Ta Da!


Bunches of beautiful flowers
 photo via KRobinson Photography


After our arrangements were complete,
we came inside for good food and fun chats.

photo via KRobinson Photography 

We had a big collection of delicious bites! 



Let's eat!

photo via KRobinson Photography 




photo via KRobinson Photography 




It was a lovely evening of beauty-making, 
a flirtatious interaction 
with all of 5 of our senses, 

photo via KRobinson Photography 

pausing time
 to inhale the delicate allurement 
of the world around us.