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A special thanks to justsomethingimade for the header.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

happy turkey day

Before the season of craziness, busyness and greediness starts take this time to stop and think about every thing you have to be thankful for.  Often before we say grace at our Thanksgiving dinner we hold hands and go around the table saying one or two things we are thankful for.  We are always thankful for God, our family, friends, food, homes, health and jobs.  The most important things in life you soon discover are not things at all.
It's sad how big business in America is so greedy they have decided that they must be open on Thanksgiving day to make a few more dollars. This prevents their employees from being with their families. Me I avoid Black Friday like the plague, but there will be millions of bargain seekers out to buy, buy, buy and fill up the retail coffers.  Do retailers really need  more hours open at the expense of their hard working employees?  Think about it, if people wouldn't go to these stores on Thanksgiving, they wouldn't stay open, so do your part and enjoy your family.  Go stand out side at midnight if you want, I'll be snoozing in my nice warm bed.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

last hurrah

A hard freeze is coming and these are probably going to be my last cut flowers from the garden for the year.  I love flowers and I really miss being able to go out and cut whenever I want.  For the next several months I will have to depend on blooming plants, forced bulbs and cut bouquets from the grocery store for my flower fix.  After a long cold winter I will anxiously wait for the first daffodils, lilacs and tulips to bloom.

Monday, November 17, 2014

funky seating

My appoligies to my readers.  I had all of last weeks posts ready to go, the only thing I didn't do was schedule them and push the button.  Too much to do is the best excuse I can think of.
While at the Indianapolis airport waiting for our hotel van to come and take us to our car(long story) I came across  this seating area made from abandoned and thrifted suitcases.  This is right up my alley and I could resist sitting in them and taking a few pictures.  What a creative way to bring comfort and smiles to weary travelers.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Cris Cringle

Vintage Cottage Beauty will be at the Cris Cringle show at the Fluid Events Center in Champaign Friday November 7 3-9 and Saturday November 8, 9-5.  Come out for a great selection of products to jump start your holiday shopping.  Same great vendors as in past shows, temporary location change for this year.

This picture was from the show last year, come and see how much our display has changed for the better this year.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

lasagna soup

Fall and winter are soup time around here and I'm always on the look out for new recipes.  This one is definitely a keeper.

1# Italian sausage
1 onion chopped 2 cloves garlic chopped
2 cans fire roasted tomatoes
2 tsp oregano
3/4# wide noodles cooked and drained but you could use any pasta
6C chicken broth
2T olive oil
Brown the sausage in the olive oil, cook onion and garlic until translucent
Add the rest of the ingredients and cook through about 20 minutes
In the meantime make the cheesy topping
2C ricotta cheese
1/2C Parmesan cheese
1T olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Serve the soup with a big dollop of the topping and fresh chopped basil add a big piece of garlic bread and you are set.
I think the next time I make this I may add some mushrooms just cause we like them

Monday, November 3, 2014

happy birthday

A big happy birthday to my Dad, a full 91 years young.  His body may be slowing down but his mind is so sharp it's scary.
10 things I've learned from Richard King:
Keep your faith in God at the center of your life
Always keep learning
Love your family no matter how crazy they are
Your family will always be there for you no matter how crazy you are
Keep on being curious about everything
Being hard headed isn't always a bad thing
Stand up for what you believe
Always give back
Respect the past but don't live in it
Reading opens many different worlds for you to explore

I love You Dad

Friday, October 31, 2014

bath fizzies

Happy birthday to tow of my fabulous daughter-in-laws, Sara and Brandi.  Our family is much better with you as part of it.
I've tried to make bath fizzies several times without success.  It comes down to a delicate balance of enough moisture to hold them together, but dry enough to not set off the chemical reaction that makes them fizz.  A mix of equal parts citric acid and baking soda are the main components.  You can then add in corn starch, sea salt and any of the healing oils that you like.  After that is mixed together you add in sprays of witch hazel just until the mix will clump together, color and fragrance can be added if you want.  I press mine into mini cupcake pans and let them sit undisturbed for at least 24 hours.  To remove I tap the pan firmly on the counter covered with wax paper. em let that dry several days before packaging.  Kids love these but they are even better for adults who can appreciate the relaxation and skin softening effects.