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Thursday, November 16

What to do Weekends #252

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and this week's What to do Weekend party! I'm so very glad you are here. Such an incredible amount of talented people out there. Thank you for taking the time to link up to our party and share your awesomeness! Please follow the Party Board! (it's on the sidebar)
Onto this week's Features! Fall is here, and you all are providing plenty of Inspiration for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Carol at the Red Painted Cottage shared her Simply gorgeous Chic Rustic Thanksgiving Table I just love these colors.
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You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Thanks!

Cozy Blanket Ladder Upcycle for under $10

I am a child of God, walking with Jesus, daughter to my wonderful parents, sister to four, 3 sisters and one brother, I hope a good friend to several and an Auntie and Great Auntie to many. I cherish all of those titles, but being an Auntie has brought me so much joy that I can't adequately express. 
As a general belief system, I believe my home should be welcoming and make any and every person that enters comfortable. It is a reflection of who I am, how I was raised, an extension of my Faith and how I want others to feel. Comfortable welcomed and loved. Which leads me to this project that I'm sharing with you today.   
Full disclosure for me, one of my "Guilty pleasures" are throw blankets! Throw blankets or blankets of every kind, size, material, or color. I just LOVE them!  This love started many years ago when I only had a couple. But, whenever the grandkids, my niece's and nephews, would come over, I would make a point of having a "slumber party" of sorts, where we would all snuggle up and watch a good old movie, play and eat something fresh that I had just baked.
Inevitably, every single one of them would want my blanket throw, or would definitely have a favorite of my other two or three. I loved this! For many years we had, what I called, the "Blankie Box" and the kids, and a few of the adults, all knew exactly where it was, which one they wanted and that they could help themselves. Which tickled me pink with so much joy.

Sunday, November 12

Cranberry Apple Chutney Recipe ~ New Holiday Favorite

Do you ever have a combination of flavors in your mind that you just know would be good together?  I do. When this happens to me, I can't really rest until I try it.  Maybe it's just me, but ever since the subject of Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations came up this year, the when, where, who's home, the what we'll have conversations started circulating, I have had a flavor in mind that I wanted to try.
I always make my own Cranberry Sauce. I never have enjoyed the 'canned' versions, and so as an adult, preparing my own feasts for the holidays, I have made my own.  Nothing complicated, just fresh 1 -12oz bag of cranberries, the zest of 2 fresh oranges and their juice, some of the chopped up peel popped in while cooking with some sugar and spices. I love it! I love the smell of Christmas it spreads throughout the house. Nothing else quite has that smell. It excites me for the upcoming time with family and friends.
That being said, that was not what was on my mind this year. I kept thinking I wanted something a little more. A little more substance, a lot more dimension, more flavors and a bit sturdier, for lack of a better word. I wanted to incorporate more flavors so that it would work for the Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas feeds but also be wonderful on its own, or for a wonderful appetizer. 

Thursday, November 9

What to do Weekends #251

Hi friends and Welcome to What to do Weekends!  So excited to finally to be enjoying some RAIN and more Fall-like weather, here in Northern California!  No surprise to most of you that this truly is My favorite time of the year. I'm so grateful that you have come to join in the fun at this party! So much talent is a little intimidating. I'm so grateful that you have come to join in the fun at this party! That said here are some of the Features for this week! 
Bombshell Bling share this yummy recipe for her Pumpkin Chiffon Pie Recipe! I can't wait to try her recipe! 
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Angie from The Country Chic Cottage's Fall Candles: Make These for Fall Scents Can't you just smell all the yumminess?!! I can't wait to try this! Thank you Angie! 

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You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Thanks!

Thursday, November 2

What to do Weekends #250 ~ Happy November!

Hi friends and Welcome to What to do Weekends! Hello November! So excited to finally get some Fall like weather here in Northern California. There's even a chance of rain, that has a lot of us extremely excited, present company included. :) This is my favorite time of the year. I'm so grateful that you have come to join in the fun at this party!
I got back to blogging myself this week and shared my locally famous recipe for Almond Orange Biscotti Recipe that is seriously far better than any I have ever tasted in any cafe. If you have a chance click on over and have a look.
Here's a little teaser.
Now, time to get on with the party! Please follow myself and Linda while you are linking up! 
You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Thanks!
Once again, you guys did not disappoint! So much to see, so little time! I'm always amazed at the amount of talent that is shared at this party. 
Just look at my first Feature tonight! Jenn from Clean and Scentsible showed us how to make your own Pumpkin Soap! Love this idea! 

Wednesday, November 1

Better Than the Cafe Almond-Orange Biscotti & It's Easy

It often seems a bit trivial or insignificant to share a recipe or a craft, when there are so many much more serious things, problems, devastation going on around us. These last few weeks have been horrendous for my County and State. I live in a beautiful little town, smack dab in the middle of Northern California, that you have undoubtedly heard about on the news, we have had the worst firestorms in our state's history in the past few weeks. So much devastation is heartbreaking. However, I am safe... My Family is safe and sound... I'm abundantly grateful to be able to profess to that fact and yet I worked at our church's evacuation center, with hundreds of others, volunteering, trying to do something...anything.. to help our community that was so irreversibly changed forever. Historical landmarks, that we grew up with, gone forever.
Thousands of families don't have a home to go home to. And so we do our best... we provide all we can, physically, for their needs and we pray. We comfort them as best we can, knowing we can't fully imagine the loss that they feel. We pray that somehow God will turn their tragedy into an unseen blessing. Because what else can we do? I continue to pray for them and to give thanks for my family's own safety.  We continue a donation center for their ongoing needs. The one thing that IS certain, the community I live in is so incredibly awesome! The generosity of time, money, prayers, whatever the need they are all over it above and beyond. We express an evacuee's need and it is filled tenfold within a couple hours. Amazing! This has become quite a popular image in our county over the past month
and..I couldn't be more #SonomaProud.
  I think it is in times like this that we truly must bake, decorate, do whatever it is that we can do to "feather our own nest" so to speak, to find some sense of normalcy. After all, it truly isn't the four walls around us that make our house a home. It's the love, care, people, memories and traditions that make us who we are, complete and define us.  
With that in mind, I am sharing with you, today, my recipe for my Almond-Orange Biscotti. This is a newer favorite of mine. I've been making these for the past three or four years and they have been a huge success with my family and friends.  So much so, that last year for Christmas a double batch was my gift to my Sister and her husband. :) So whether you are starting your holiday baking or just really want to add a yummy new recipe to your repertoire, these are delicious.

Thursday, October 26

What to do Weekends #249 ~ Last party of the Month!

Good evening, friends! Thank you so much for coming over and sharing all your wonderful creations with us each week. October gone, just like that!   Times flying by faster and faster the older I get! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! 
Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. I'm am so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!

On with this week's Features! Sorry, not as many as usual, my time is not my own these days! Whew! Enjoy!
Cathy from Vintage Paint and More shared her adorable Easy Lacy Vintage Pumpkins Too cute! 

Thursday, October 19

What to do Weekends #248

Good evening, friends! Thank you so much for coming over and sharing all your wonderful creations with us each week.  
We are almost clear from the Northern California Fires.  The air isn't as full of smoke and the forecast is for a light rain this evening, one that we have all been praying for to help our wonderful, courageous firefighters. We are SO grateful! 
With that said, Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  Please do follow the Party Board! Talented people all around me! I love it!
Marie from the Interior Frugalista shared her super cute Fabric Pumpkins With Cabinet Knob Stems. I love them! These kinds of pumpkins I would have around my house! 

Thursday, October 12

What to do Weekends #247

Welcome to the What to do Weekends party!  If you are new to the Party. Welcome. I'm so very glad you are here! We have a Party Board on Pinterest, so, please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a couple of my favorites and Features for this week! ( I must apologize, I live in Northern California and the fires here are taking my immediate attention, so I'm not able to feature as many of you that deserve it this week. Thanks for being here and sharing all of your talents!
Shout out for my Love of all things Autumn! jody at Southern Seazons captured it perfectly right here with her Autumn Dining room Vignette "Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please" I just love it! 

Thursday, October 5

What to do Weekends #246 ~ Happy October!

Hello, Friends! Welcome back to the What to do Weekends party!  Happy Fall! I just absolutely love this Season! I can't wait for the cooler weather!  I hope you like my blog's new look!  It was time. I'm still doing a little tweaking here and there, but my hope is that it is much more reader-friendly. Let me know what you think! 
You Ladies are all SO talented!! I love this party! 
If you are new to the Party. Welcome. We are so very glad you are here!  I've been pinning away again during the week, so, please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode!  They aren't the same! We each pick our own! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
Kit from The Kittchen shared her yummy recipe and had me drooling on my keyboard with this delicious Pear and Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.
Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home shared her beautiful Fall Farmhouse Kitchen. So pretty, so much to see!


New Blog Look.. Where I've Been.. Surviving Aneurysms, Strokes and Cancer and Just How Much Prayer Works

Hello sweet friends, I'm so happy to be able to share with you again.  I hope you 
like the new look to my blog.  I felt the need for a fresh start.
As you most likely know, I haven't really been able to write or share any original content with you in quite some time. There is a reason. You know how people always say, your life can change in a moment?  I have, in the past two years,  found out just exactly how true that statement is.  
MY life "changed in a moment" the minute I was baptized and reborn with Jesus Christ and, then, again, on January 2nd, 2016.  Last January.  I received a call from my Sister, who insisted I sit down. (by the way, if you ever want to worry someone, insist that they sit down before telling them why you're calling)  After I convinced her that I was already sitting, she proceeded to tell me that my Mother, My best friend in this world, had suffered an Aneurysm and was currently being helicoptered from the hospital in my Sister's town of Redding, where they had been visiting, to UC Davis Medical Center, Neuro Intensive Care. 

Thursday, September 28

What to do Weekends #245 ~ Last One for September!

Good evening, friends! Thank you so much for coming over and sharing all your wonderful creations with us each week. Can you believe it is already the last week of September?!! That's right! Next week, October already!  Times flying by faster and faster the older I get! I hope you all have had a wonderful week! 
Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  I went a little crazy with the Features this week. But, Dang! You guys just really went to town! 

Like Clean and Scentsible's Easy Fall Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Thursday, September 21

What to do Weekends #244 ~ Happy AUTUMN/FALL (Officially)!

Hello friends! Welcome. And, I finally get to say it tonight.......Happy Fall 2017!! If you follow me at all you know this is my very favorite time of year! I, very literally, count the days! :)  I'm so excited to get to start bundling up in blankets and not having to worry if it's too hot to bake or not!  I do realize that many of you live in other parts of the world and that you have endured some devastating weather. I truly apologize and I am praying that you all are dry and safe. I'm here in Northern California and the heat has been awful. I am not a small woman so when it passes 90, 100, 110 degrees Fahrenheit ... I am simply miserable and unable to do anything, hence my over exuberance for the seasonal change. 
Okay, back to the party! You all shared some wonderfully fall'ish posts that I was so excited to see! as you will note by my features this week, I have a bit of a one-track mind, lately!  On with the show! 
Please do check out the Party Board!  I do pin quite a bit to this Board every week. 
Up first, Southern Seazons shared her fun Fall Bench all decked out in her Front Entry!  Love this look! 
Cooking on the Front Burners shared this yummy recipe for Quick and Easy Upside Down Peach Cake for Two Love this recipe!

Thursday, September 14

What to do Weekends #243

Hello, Friends! Welcome back to the What to do Weekends party! You are all SO talented!! I loved the party this week! 
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
Michele from Crafts Unleashed shared her Simply perfect Faux DIY Fall Succulent Pumpkin Decor

Thursday, September 7

What to do Weekends #242 ~ Happy September!!

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
If you are new to the Party. We are so very glad you are here!  I've have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board!  
I hope you will link up and check out the Features, both here, and with Linda @ Crafts a la Mode! Thanks for sharing with us! I hope you are having a WONDERFUL (almost) WEEKEND!
Here are a few of my favorites and Features for this week!
DIY Framed Beadboard Art Beautiful Angela!
Six Watercolors for Fall  LOVE!!!