Christmas 2014 with Longaberger

I know Christmas is now over and I am late getting this post up, but here is some inspiration for next year!

Longaberger side table with Garland Basket, Greetings Basket, Get Together Basket, and Treasures Basket on the bottom, Shining Star Basket on top:

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Back of the piano with Peppermint Basket and Large Sleigh Basket:

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Candle holder using the Shining Star Basket and  the Twinkle Twinkle Tree Trimming Basket:

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Christmas and Longaberger just go together🙂

Where Bloggers Create 2013

This is my second year to participate in My Desert Cottage’s blog party! Here is last years post. Not a whole lot has changed in the room since last year. I added a couple pieces of furniture to the room and re-organized. I can’t wait to browse everyone’s inspiring spaces and I hope you enjoy mine as well!

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Here is the room as you walk up from the stairs, Caleb sits at the table in the middle to do crafts, color, work on letters, etc.

DSCN8096My desk in the corner where I do all of my crafting (mostly I scrapbook).

DSCN8106The brown cabinet w/ cubby holes holds all of Caleb’s art supplies and learning tools. He loves having everything where he can easily get it out and isn’t difficult for him to put things back himself.

Some more pictures of the desk and my craft organization using beautiful Longaberger baskets:

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DSCN8097I keep supplies for current projects and frequently used supplies in the desk while bulk storage such as stamps and paper pads are stored in the large armoire.

The opposite wall of the room with the  dresser and armoire for storage:

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The armoire is new since last year and has added so much storage that I actually have an empty drawer in my desk! (which never, ever happens).  :)   I hope you enjoyed my space!

God Bless, Allison

A few of my favorite Pinterest recipes…

There are so many recipes on Pinterest and I have tried some that I have loved and some not so much. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Pound Cake: Elizabeth’s Edible Experience

I made this cake with my mom and immediately added it to my personal recipe box where only my favorite, tried-and-true recipes go. It was perfection. Head on over to Elizabeth’s Edible Experience for step by step instructions or to Pinterest.

Roast Beef with Herb Rub

Sirloin Tip Roast: BS’ in the Kitchen

Super easy, super delicious way to roast beef that really complements the beef. This herb rub could be used on any piece of beef, really. Find the recipe at BS’ in the Kitchen or on Pinterest.

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls: The Pioneer Woman

If you are going to take the time to make cinnamon rolls, make these!!! I made them Christmas morning for my family, three of us (my grandma, mom, and me) are kind of cinnamon roll junkies, and we all agreed these were the best cinnamon rolls we had ever had. I LOVED the coffee maple glaze, while my mom prefers a classic glaze, so make a batch with each if you like. Either way, they are amazing! Head on over to The Pioneer Woman to for step by step pictures or to Pinterest.

I hope you find these reviews helpful!

Allison

Book Review – “Prayers for Sale” by Sandra Dallas

Sandra Dallas Prayers for Sale

Title: Prayers for Sale

Author: Sandra Dallas

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

ISBN-13: 9780312385194

My Rating: 5 out of 5

It has been a few months since I finished this book so I am not going to include a lengthy synopsis but I wanted to share this book because it was so wonderful. It is about an elderly woman, Hennie Comfort, in a small Colorado mining town way up in the mountains. Hennie befriends a young, newly married woman and they bond over the stories Hennie tells about her life and the people in their town.

After reading this book, I immediately bought another Sandra Dallas novel. Her writing is easy and flowing, and so wonderfully does she paint the town and characters that I feel it is a place I’ve been, people I’ve met. This book was particularly special because I am from Colorado and the way she describes the mountains and seasons brought back many memories.

This is the perfect book to curl up with and a cup of tea on a snowy day, turn off your phone, and read from start to finish!

Longaberger at Christmas

Wow! It has been a long while since my last post! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season! This was the first year I decorated for Christmas and of course my Longaberger Christmas baskets found their way into the decor! Here are a few pics of how I used the baskets, enjoy!

Buffet in the dining room:

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Under the kiddy tree holding Christmas finger-puppets:

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And in the entry:

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Thanks for viewing!

-Allison

A few Pinterest recipe reviews

I spent the first half of the summer changing the way I plan our monthly meals and do our monthly grocery budget, so I have also been on the hunt for great, EASY recipes that only require basic ingredients that I can keep on hand and then one or two to pick up weekly. So, naturally, I have been on PINTEREST! Here are a few of the new recipes I have tried this summer and how my family did or did not care for them.

“Man Pleasing Chicken” – by Witty in the City

  This is a really easy main dish using chicken thighs, which I love because they are inexpensive and my husband loves chicken thighs. The title accurately describes this chicken – my husband loved it!!  It was not my absolute favorite but I did like it as well so I will be making this again.  The best part is that there is only five ingredients and they are all things I keep in the pantry (except for the rosemary which is in the garden), making it the perfect meal for planning ahead.  You can pair it with a sauteed veggie and a salad and dinner is done!

 

“The End Of Chicken Parmesan As You Know It” – Chicken Parmesan Bake by

This is absolutely my new favorite weeknight chicken recipe.  It is soooo easy to make and super delicious.  I LOVE chicken parm but it can be a pain to make – so many steps and so many dirty dishes!  This gives me an option for fulfilling my craving without the hassle.  I can’t say I will never make chicken parm again, because, well, my chicken parm is amazing! But this has now become a monthly staple in my meal planning.  Once again, all the ingredients are things I usually have so it is super convenient!

 

Crock-Pot Applesauce

I am including a link to the recipe even though I didn’t actually use this recipe, but I had never thought of making applesauce in the crockpot before!  I usually have a batch of applesauce in the fridge for Caleb because he LOVES applesauce and I prefer to make things myself than buying them pre-done.  Making it in the crock-pot worked really well!  The apples seemed to cook more evenly than on the stovetop and I didn’t have to worry about having a burner on.  Sometime I will have to try this recipe and see how it compares to mine, it looks really yummy!

 

Ham and Cheese Sliders by The Girl Who Ate Everything

My mom and I have been making these for years and then I saw this on Pinterest so I thought I would include this recipe as well because they are delicious!  In the recipe, the blogger uses mayo and miracle whip on the sandwiches but I omit this and they are soooo yummy and you save a lot of fat.  I love making these for lunches with friends or parties, everyone loves them and they are really easy to make.  A favorite in our house!

 

 

 

 

 

Cream Cheese Crock-Pot Chicken by The Larson Lingo

I had really high hopes for this recipe but I did not much care for it.  I made it with Cilantro Lime rice in burritos and the rice had more flavor than the chicken.  However, I used the leftovers the next day in the crock pot to make tortilla soup and LOVED it, so now I keep a batch of this chicken recipe in the freezer so I can take it out, thaw it overnight, and throw it in the crock pot with the rest of the soup ingredients and make tortilla soup.  So even though we don’t eat it as is, I am still a fan of this recipe for a chicken base to make other things.  I plan on trying some additional alterations because the recipe is a really good start.

 

 

I love trying new recipes and all of these have earned a spot in my recipe box!!

Hope you find this helpful,

Allison

Where Bloggers Create 2012 – My Craft Loft


Welcome to my crafting space!  I am very late getting this up but I still wanted to participate in this year’s “Where Bloggers Create 2012” so here it is!  I hope you enjoy my loft/craft room and I can’t wait to look around at everyone’s inspiring spaces!

My craft room is a loft located immediately at the top of our stairs.  It works well for a craft space because of all the natural light from the big window.  I bought my desk years ago at an office supply store and it has changed my life!  I used to keep my scrapbooking supplies in a rolling cart because we had a tiny apartment so when we bought our house the first thing I wanted was a dedicated space to craft.  This is without a doubt my favorite room in the house.

Here is the view as you come from the stairs:

My L-Desk is where I keep the majority of my scrapbooking supplies.  I have a small kids table in the middle of the room where my son and nephew do crafts together and I keep craft supplies (mine and kids) in the white dresser, including coloring books, painting supplies, stamping supplies, and finished scrapbook pages that haven’t been placed in books.

Here is the dresser wall:

As you may have noticed, I collect Longaberger baskets and have them everywhere in this room!  The green keeping baskets store Christmas themed scrapbook ribbon and the Longaberger wrought iron newspaper stand is the perfect size for holding 8×8 albums.  The gathering basket on the shelf holds my paintbrushes in mason jars so when I am ready to paint I just grab down the basket and everything is ready!

Here are some additional views of the desk:

I use the computer storage cabinet to hold 8×11 cardstock and 12×12 pads of scrapbook paper.

The file drawer organized stickers and embellishments:

I bought this ribbon holder at Michaels and I love how it keeps my “everyday” scrapbooking ribbon where I can get to it and gives me an extra shelf!  The narrow basket holds frequently used punches.

The hutch has several Mom’s Memories baskets where I organize my “to-be-scrapbooked” photos:

Next to my desk is a wrought iron shelf with baskets that hold extra ribbon, embellishments, and some craft keepsakes.  The large basket on the floor holds all of my counted cross-stitch.  The white-framed pegboard is where I put my son’s artwork.

Here is another view of my craft loft from the hallway.

Well that is my craft loft!  I love having a dedicated space where my son and I can do crafts together.  After living in a one bedroom apartment for the first few years of marriage I feel so blessed to have an entire room to keep my crafts in!  And to be able to share and create with my son in my room makes it all the more special.

Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing all of the beautiful spaces from Where Bloggers Create!  Thank you My Desert Cottage for hosting!  Here is the original blog post for any who are interested in seeing all the other amazing spaces!

Gob Bless and have a wonderful day!

Allison

Longaberger

I went to an estate sale on Friday in the home of a former Longaberger consultant and in two hours I purchased over forty baskets, which is more than I have in my entire collection!  All of her baskets were in beautiful condition, many of them were still in the shrinkwrap!

I can’t fit them all into one picture so here are some pics of these beautiful baskets!


 

 

Most of the baskets came with the liner and protector and some had extra accessories including tie-ons and matching liners for other baskets.  A couple of wrought iron pieces in there as well.

 

I am not sure what the names of a couple of the baskets are so if anyone could please tell me I would really appreciate it!

Mystery 1:

Oval christmas basket.

Mystery 2:

This is about the size of the small berry basket but is rectangle.  I think I have seen it sold with penpal baskets and small desktop baskets so it might be typically used in the office.

 

Mystery 3:

The weaving is green but it looks kind of blue in this picture.  It is triple the size of a parsley basket but a little smaller than a spring basket.  I thought it might be one of the May series but I couldn’t find anything like it.

Mystery 4:

This wrought iron piece came with a 7-inch measuring basket but I wasn’t sure if that is what it is usually for.

 

Thanks!

 

 

 

Just another monday…

Today I taught my two-year old son one of life’s most important lessons – how to slurp jello.

Every day I am so thankful I am a stay-at-home mom and I never have to miss a single precious moment, because really they are all precious moments.

Even simply eating jello outside on a sunny day.

And, yes, the appropriate attire for eating jello is a diaper🙂

I hope you all are having a blessed day!

Spring Lovin’

The weather has been absolutely gorgeous lately so I have been spending all the time I can outside with my little guy.  His favorite outdoor activity is the water table we got him at Costco for his birthday.  He spends hours carrying the water back and forth across the yard in whatever bowls, buckets, or cups he can find.

This is the first Spring Caleb has been old enough (he just turned two) to spend any prolonged time keeping himself occupied outside so I have been taking full advantage and have been redoing all of our landscaping.  It is so nice to be able to plant and weed outside while Caleb plays happily, what a wonderful season of my life I am in!   And it doesn’t hurt that Caleb far prefers to be outside over inside.  We usually spend all morning out in the backyard, have a picnic outside, and then come in for naptime.  Today was chicken salad sandwiches and passion tea lemonade – Yummy!

I have been hitting up all the after-Easter Clearance shopping and have found some great buys!  Target was a big hit, they’re Easter dollar items were 70% off so I loaded up on headbands, socks, coloring books, and packs of pencils to send to my nieces; all $.30 each!  I also loaded up on some small coloring books for Caleb.  They are the perfect size to keep in a baggy with a couple of crayons and grab on the go for a car activity.  (I always keep those little packs of crayons we get from restaurants for things like this).  Hobby Lobby also had some nice things left over from Easter, all 60% off.  I got a beautiful carved egg with two little bunnies inside and a cross that reads “glorify the Lord”.  I think I will put the cross in my craft-room year round, it is so pretty!  Wal-mart was the other store I hit up for Easter clearance, which they had at half-price.  I got about five bottles of sprinkles for baking/decorating and some more coloring activities for Caleb and my nieces.  Today Caleb and I used some of the new sprinkles and decorated some sugar cookies.  He was very patient at spreading the frosting around and sprinkling on the confetti.  So cute!

 

I hope everyone else is having a wonderful Spring!