My grandkids are with me this week and I decided to get out a little Christmas starting with the dining room. I turned it into a Sugarplum fairy room!
My granddaughter loves...the Fancy Nancy books...so that was part of my inspiration for all the bright colors.
On the table I started with a white tablecloth and layered two pieces of bright colored fabric, pink and turquoise blue. Then I added a silvery leafy garland and another pastel ball garland down the center with a few more bright colored pink ball ornaments mixed in. Two large clear jars filled with silver bells and some very glittery pink reindeer.
Hanging off the chandelier are more brightly colored ornaments to bring in the whole fun color theme.
I love the huge glass jars filled with silver jingle bells for a simple yet festive centerpiece.
I really wanted to fill the entire room with snowflakes haha but that would have taken me all night long!
I just have the best time being with my grandkids...it really beings out the kid in me.
Just a few more days before Thanksgiving!! Welcome Centerpiece Wednesday...last week there were so many great ideas! Here are a few I really liked.
This fall tablescape is YUMMY! The white hydrangeas, silver, wood box...I just love it all! Go see more of the tablescape at Tidbits and Twine
Ok how sweet are these?? Sea shell charger plates!! Dollar tree chargers and shell vase filler from Laurall on Hometalk
I love forcing bulbs for Christmas and this is gorgeous! Meeha Meeha has the tutorial for it!
Let's have a great linky party!! Visit one another and say Hi.
Last week I showed you these little place cards paper pinwheels that I made using old book pages and here is the tutorial. Wouldn't these be cute in pink or white paper with wire angels or princesses for a little girls birthday party? I am sure someone make something like that. My sister bought these wire pumpkins at pier 1 a few years ago.
I take one book and fold it in accordion style
Then take one more book page and do the same thing
Then I take both pieces and stack them on top of each other and staple right in the center.
Do the same thing on the other side...one of the pages was ripped so it was a little smaller on one side but normally they are even.
This is our families all time favorite salad! It goes perfectly with any main dish and can become a main dish when you add chicken or pork.
Spinach salad recipe
Pears or apples cut up
Mandarin oranges, fresh raspberries or strawberries
Small handful of shredded mozzarella cheese
Honey roasted slivered almonds
Brianna's poppy seed dressing along with a tablespoon of real maple syrup! Or Brianna's blush wine vinegarette is also a favorite! (This is my own suggestions I am not being compensated)
I LOVE fresh Green Beans when they are cooked properly...no mushy beans for me! The secret is to blanch or par boil for 5- 7 minutes depending on how thick they are and then plunging them into ice water to keep them bright green and stop the cooking process. Then dry them and either store them for up to 2 days in the fridge or sauté them for just a few minutes in olive oil until heated through add salt and pepper!
Green Bean Recipe
Fresh green beans (approx. a handful per person washed and trimmed)
1/4 cup sliced onions (less or more depending on taste)
1-2 tbls Olive oil
1/4 cup slivered almonds
1/4 c craisins
After beans have been blanched set aside. In a frying pan add 2 tbs olive oil and heat on med. high heat, add onions and sauté for a few minutes or until softened, add green beans, nuts and craisins and sauté until the nuts just start to brown a little and beans are nice and hot, season with salt and pepper...Yum!
One more deliciously addicting thing I like to serve with French bread....and there is never leftovers....is herb butter...it is so addicting...EVERYBODY goes nuts over herb butter on bread, vegetables, potatoes and fingers :)
1 cube butter
Fresh herbs..we like thyme, oregano, sage, basil and rosemary
Pinch of salt
I take some of these herbs and mix them up on my cutting board and finely finely chop. I remove any woody stems prior to chopping..I would say I usually have about a tablespoon give or take of the chopped herbs when I am done chopping, and then I mix it into the butter with a fork and add a tiny pinch of salt to bring out the flavors...and BOOM BABY..you have the best tasting butter ever!!! ...oh and you might want to pick up an extra loaf of your favorite French bread because everyone eats at least 3 slices each!!