Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Barn Dinner: Children's Table

We are well into December, and I have been needing to put these pictures up of our children's table at our Thanksgiving Barn Dinner.  We placed a short-legged table in one of the horse's stall with fresh hay bales adorn with gorgeous vintage quilts.  We had a lot of children to squeeze around that table so we packed them in and kept them very busy.  I printed up the cutest tee-pee name cards and Thanksgiving bingo cards designed by Rae Ann Kelly.  The kids loved these activities.  Definitely a printable to bookmark for your next Thanksgiving.  I also used my Cricut explorer to cut paper feathers for the children to make feather headbands.

Holidays are the best for spending time with family.  My kids had so much fun with their cousins!  We are lucky to live close to family to drive.  

How cute is my little nephew??  I got to nibble on him alot that weekend.  

I love my family.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Barn Dinner: Adult Table

This Thanksgiving was truly perfect in so many ways.  This was the first thanksgiving, in about 10 years, that we have shared with my side of the family and a plethora of cousins.  I really didn't have to slave in the kitchen baking and cooking for the feast, but instead got to enjoy my sister-in-law Stephanie's perfectly cooked, homemade Thanksgiving dinner.  Every dish she prepares is so mouth watering, you eat until you can't handle it.  Actually for the past 10 years, I've been cooking and using her recipes for Thanksgiving, but they never come out as perfect as hers.  My brother Aaron smoked the turkey this year and it came out so tender, moist and juicy.  Then to top off all this perfectness, I got to decorate my brother and sister-in-law Carolyn's barn for the Thanksgiving feast.  It just felt so ideal to have it out in their adorable barn.  It was an organic, rustic setting that we decorated elegantly with Christmas lights and gorgeous gold-rimmed china plate settings and wine goblets.  I couldn't have done it without my man helpers--my hubby and brothers.

The barn was decorated with items that were used and owned by someone.  Stephanie provided the gorgeous gold-rimmed china and silverware.  I marveled over its beauty.  She had every piece to the set.  It was flawless and so elegant.  We had the older kids shine and polish the silverware and press the linens.  It reminded me of a true old-fashioned Thanksgiving.  The vintage blue glass jars were Carolyn's.  The linens were mine.  All the furniture was Carolyn's that we just pulled in from the house.  The chandelier was the family's friend.  My niece Sabrina helped me arrange the farmer's market flowers of sunflowers, daisy, roses, berries and blue thistles.

There was a built-in worker table in the barn that we used to serve the food.  It was right height and width, and we covered it with all the yummy food.  My adorable niece Sabrina was the best helper, and she wrote up the large chalkboard menu.

I will post the children's table, that we squeezed in the horse's stall, tomorrow.  I will say that our barn dinner was mostly perfect.  We did have a slightly problem with the weather.  It was little cold, and we could of used a few more space heaters.  BUT with some coats on, it was well worth all the 50-degree weather!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Healthy Pumpkin Pie--Gluten-free, dairy free, sugar free

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I'm in the kitchen baking up the most yummiest healthy pumpkin pie.  You wouldn't believe by the taste that it is gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free pie.  All in one!  This recipe is perfect for those with allergies or wants to stick with their diet.  Check out my post on How Does She.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving Mini-Wreaths Craft

Need some Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas?  I crafted simple mini wreaths over at Or So She Says that I'll be using for our Thanksgiving table.  Head over there to see the tutorial using flowers and greenery from the market.

Style Me Pretty Living Feature

I am so excited and honored that Style Me Pretty: Living featured the complete room tour of Stella's tween girl bedroom!!  You can see more details and pictures on their site.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake

It's pumpkin season!  And do you know what is my favorite way to eat pumpkins??  No, it's not pumpkin pie or pumpkin ice cream.  Although I love that too!  Guess again?  It's in my morning protein shake!  Yum, Yum!  Head over to How Does She to get my recipe for a healthy pumpkin pie protein shake without the sugar and calories.  

Monday, November 3, 2014

Halloween Recap 2014

Halloween was cold and wet this year.  So I'm kind of kicking myself because I didn't get all the pictures I a family one with us all dressed up in our costumes or even one of the kids together.  We all worn black.  And I think this was the first year we ALL dressed up ON Halloween.

We had a neighborhood Halloween block party prior to trick or treating.  We had a blast, minus the cold, playing Halloween carnival games like donut-on-a-string, cake walk, mummy bowling, witch's brew touch game and monster bash.  The kids love it!  I wish I snapped pictures of all the activities, but I was so busy running around that it completely slipped my mind.


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