Friday, October 28, 2016

Here's another delicious recipe from

I've been blessed with an advanced copy of it - 
and have committed to sharing one recipe from each chapter with you  - 
The decisions have not been easy because there are SO MANY great recipes!!! 
It's called
- So, so good!
So today I'm sharing this wonderful recipe for Harvest Rolls.
Although I am probably her biggest fan of her orange rolls.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Christy starts with frozen bread dough - I love this girl! - 
which makes the whole process so much easier.  
These are just as good as the orange rolls!
 I'm sharing photos of the dough rising, because, let's face it, making sweet rolls can get messy. [Or is it only me?] Also - I think the recipe says it makes a dozen or so... I must have cut mine smaller or stretched my 'log' longer because I got two dozen... 
maybe a little smaller, but just as delightful!
These are basically cinnamon rolls with cranberries and pecans added in.
She provides the recipe for wonderful cream cheese frosting, but I've got to say - I think I love the un-frosted ones a bit more...
They are so good [and easy!] I know I'll be making them over and over again!!
And I have a confession - we did share some, but basically ate them all ourselves...
So, there you go -

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I picked up some

pumpkin biscotti at Big Lots! the other day – 
after all, it seems to be my choice for pumpkin flavored things 
[Remember the yummy pumpkin cookie butter?!]
 Anyway – the biscotti was delicious 
[I got the ginger too – also very good.] 
But when I realized I paid $3 for SIX pieces, I decided I needed to make it myself. 
So, taking a break from Christy's deliciouse recipes, 
I wanted to share one of my new favorites with you today --
I remembered a former coworker who used to talk about how she and her college-aged daughter made batch after batch during the holidays each year, so I knew it could be done.
 I searched several recipes for pumpkin biscotti [and really, they are much the same] and decided to base mine on this one. [Or one much the same.]
 Ingredients: flour – brown sugar – white sugar – eggs – canned pumpkin – cinnamon – pumpkin pie spice – and vanilla. Also – not shown, a couple of squares of white candy coating.
I made two batches since I wanted to use most of the canned pumpkin – the first batch, I sifted the dry ingredients [½ cup brown sugar + ½ cup white sugar + 2 ½ cup self-rising flour + 1 tsp cinnamon + 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice] and stirred them into the wet ingredients [2 eggs + ½ cup canned pumpkin + 1 teaspoon vanilla.] The second batch, I creamed the sugars and pumpkin first, then dumped everything else in – and, actually, I like that batch better. [I really am a dump-it-all-in kind of baker – ha.]
This dough is VERY soft… After stirring together well, I spooned it out onto parchment paper that was sprayed with non-stick coating. 
Then, with floured hands, I patted it into a rectangle about half the size of my baking sheet. 
Oops, I don’t have a photo of the unbaked dough – but it looks much like the baked photo below – lol.
I baked it for 20 minutes or so in a 350* oven, turning the oven down to 300* when I removed it. 
I let it cool for 15 – 20 minutes, then cut into strips [and cut those in half, as well] before putting back into the 300* oven for another bake of 20 minutes. 
Then I turned the oven off and let it rest in the oven until cooled 
< -- this resulted in a nice, very dry, crunchy biscotti. 
Once they were cooled completely I melted the white candy coating in the microwave [30 seconds at a time, until it was smooth] and spread just a bit on the tops of each slice,
and it is perfection [for me, anyway.]
 Here’s a confession – I don’t like pumpkin flavored coffee [not even a little]
but I do love pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavors in baked goods, 
so dipping these little bites of goodness in my coffee is the perfect way to start these fall mornings.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What can I say?!

Craig and I had the most wonderful time in Wisconsin last week! 
I may have to select a few hundred photos to share on facebook with you, 
because I could never narrow them down to fit a blog post! 
We found fall, y'all!
And then came home to some glorious weather here as well!
But I wanted to share about the event I attended - 
She Loves Color - put on by Bella Blvd.
Simply wonderful!
OLDSCHOOL with six classes taught by designers with scrapbook companies! 
- YAY!
Plus - extra a-la-cart class to choose from and night crops / activities too!
Highlights - 
My table:
I've been to lots and lots of events - and almost always go solo - and I've heard over and over about how people made such great friends with their table mates... and honestly, it's never happened with me... until now. These gals are THE BEST. We come from all walks in life, but we all love the Lord, and I really don't think we accidentally ended up together. Even though we only spent two days together [TWO DAYS seemed like a week in a REALLY good way!] I think we'll keep in touch - and hopefully all be together again next year!
Designer Day:
There were so many great classes to choose from - 
This gal BOLDLY shares her faith and her walk with the Lord. 
Plus, she has great faith planner tips and products that I want to share with you in more detail. Such a great way for me to start the event!
The projects: 
Laura Graff - Webster's Pages - Traveler's Notebook
I love this nifty little way to scrapbook - in fact - I kind of started one before the event - but have now re-thought it all due to her wonderful ideas!
[Remind me to share more later!]
Stephanie with Bella Blvd - a Year in Review - TWELVE layouts in two classes - 
-- Just a couple of the 12 to share with you - SO FUN!!!
 And how did I spend so much time visiting with Stephanie and not get a photo together?! 
Nilmy, Stephanie, and Becky [?] did such a  great job pulling this event together!!!
Amy Tan with American Crafts - two layouts [with water colors!!] plus her take on doing a traveler's notebook on the go. Amy is always such a great teacher - was fun to have her sign the bag I did in her class at Spark in 2011 - right before her first line with AC came out.
And she was so fun to visit with while she sat at our table!
Stacy Julian - always my favorite! We're instagram friends, as she said, so it was fun to catch up a bit in real life. She did a GREAT job as the key note speaker [as always!] and I really loved her @Home album with Heidi Swap and other wonderful products! 
It was so nice to meet her mother too - love that they had time to explore a bit of family history while in the area.
Plus, she taught us how to use the Project Life app to size photos, etc. 
I KNOW I'm going to enjoy using this part of the app!
In fact, I spent half the trip home sizing up things for the 
Traveler's Notebook for October 2016. FUN.
The gals with Doodle Bug Designs - Fun in the Sun album - SO CUTE!
This little album is adorable. And since we tend to have lots of beach photos I'll have no problem filling it up... but it does have a decidedly HAWAII theme...hmmmm....
The stuff:
Y'all - I came home with FOUR bags full of extra products!!
Think re-usable grocery size bags!!
I haven't even had time to un-pack and sort through it,
 but I already know
The visiting:
 The event was small [compared to others I've attended] with less than 200 people,
so it was so nice to have time to visit with all of the teachers, and other attendees.
Loved having a little time with Shanna Noel - always an inspiration to me!
The wins:
Each teacher gave away TONS of product in their classes - 
At Saturday night closing there was at least a hundred more giveaways [doorprizes] - 
You got a ball for every $15 dollars spent in the amazing store at the event 
[Plus we had pre-sale access to amazing one-of-a-kind product for the event!] 
I saw one gal writing her name on FIFTY-FOUR balls. 
Not kidding.
I didn't have that many - ha.
 I was lucky enough to win an A5 Planner from Webster's Pages!!
Still in the box as I write this - but it is BEAUTIFUL.
This was, hands down, the best scrapbook event I've been to in a very long time!
I'm registered for next year and would love to have you join me in Milwaukee!
I loved the event, plus I got to spend time with this cute guy - 
Y'all know we always enjoy an adventure - 
and Wisconsin was lovely!
 I'll share more later as I have time to sort through the 2,000+ photos we took! 
At least one for every mile - ha!
Plus - post coming on all the wonder 'finds' we got along the way.
Note that the yellow jacket and plaid bag are shown here - 
my two favorite buys of the entire trip! 

Monday, October 24, 2016


our little monthly  gatherings, still.
[And yes, I'm speaking for the others, because,
hey - they keep showing up. Ha.]
We meet the second Saturday
8:30 a.m.
Atlanta Bread - Huntsville
- Would love to have you join us!
This was our devotional sheet for this past month.
Again, based on a chapter from Patsy Clairmont's book, 
Chasing Fireflies...
Feel free to copy and use it for your own inspiration.
You can find more in 'classes' above, or the faith based pages tag [also above,] 
or on Instagram @faithbasedpages.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Last week we had a fun little family

outing for a steam engine ride.
 This was a special treat we did with each of our boys when they turned five - 
a steam engine ride with just mom and dad...
It brought back lots of memories for us
[they probably have little recollection at all - ha]
so it was fun to share a similar trip with them again.
They DO, however, remember pitting pennies 
on the train tracks with Granddaddy Joe  -
 It was fun to have lunch on the train  - 
It was cool to think about those 'back in the day' 
who traveled like this often...
 My sweetheart did all the planning - and it was perfect! 
I love going on adventures with all of us together!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I've been doing some BAKING!

I love Christy's new cookbook that's coming out in November 
It's pure SWEETNESS. 
[See what I did there? lol] 

This book ADORABLE - and has some of the best southern favorites
 [as well as new-to-me ones!] 
 As I've said before, I've committed to sharing one recipe from each chapter with you  - 
and the decisions have not been easy because there are SO MANY delicious recipes to choose from - and right in time for the holidays too!

I've never heard of Flop Cookies before, so y'all know I HAD to try those!
[I'm pretty sure it's a Christy Jordan Southern Plate original]
And oh, my - so very very good...
Here they are baking - 
little delicious balls of cream cheese dough rolled in cornflakes...
[Gotta love a well-used oven - ha.]
Be sure to let them cool on the pan...
[This is actually the two pans above cooling on one pan so I could get another couple of pans in the oven.]
This recipe makes a TON of cookies.
Enough to share with lots of family, friends and co-workers!
And they are rich enough to make your gall-bladder hurt - 
Is that a southern sayin'?
Or is it just me?
They. Are. Good.
That's what I'm saying!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Y'all know I am

 cheap frugal hmmm, trying to spend my money wisely… 
So when I saw At Home’s cute skellie pedestal I really thought I could make one so much cheaper than the $$+ dollar price… 
and I did. 
Two actually.
 Their's is adorable... but a little price-y for me...

Here’s what I pulled together – a thrift store lamp and plates, Dollar Tree and Big!Lots, Skellies, + silver paint I already had.
I cut a hole in the bottom of the Dollar Tree skellie with my Fiskars craft knife [carefully!] and slid it over the lamp to create my base. It was still a little wobbly, so my sweetheart suggested securing it with some caulk / compound… 
 After it dried overnight I sprayed the whole thing silver. 
[Note: I went back and added black paint to the hollow eyes -]
The other skellie had a very round head, so I had to use the sander to level it out a bit. 
 After patching up the hole I made – ha – 
I painted it as well. 
 Then I used my trusty E-6000 glue to adhere the plates on top.
 I’m looking forward to using them soon!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Here's another delicious

recipe from Christy's new cookbook that I want to share with you.
The book is coming out in November and called
And, it is full of sweet goodness!

This book ADORABLE - and it has some of the best southern favorites
 and also some of the best Christy stories yet. 
 [I love her writing so much!]
Today, I wanted to share a  recipe from the chapter, Old Fashioned Fruit Salads. 
There are so many wonderful recipes in this chapter that bring back memories from my own childhood.... but I wanted to try the one called Super Fruit.
 Again - just following Christy's easy instructions... and after letting it chill a bit, you have this wonderful low calorie, fruit-filled goodness.

It's incredibly sweet and delicious! 

And perfect for an after dinner snack. I really thought this would be taken along in the cooler while we took a little trip, but alas - it was GONE before we even left. LOL.
So good!
Christy's going to be at book signings around the south as well as on QVC.
Check out her site for all the details!!