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Friday, October 28

Getting Ready for November and the "Cooking With Jeffrey" GIVEAWAY!

Good Morning, Friends. November is a great month to celebrate Family. Believe it or not, we are just days away that time. I, especially, love this time I have to spend  in the kitchen and prepare my home for welcoming my family and friends, sharing good food and good fellowship. Taking time to be grateful for all the year's blessings.  I've been sharing some of the things I've been doing around my house, in preparation for this, like my making my Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, including  How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath that Looks Fresh  to welcome everyone that arrives at my front door.

I can't think of a better way way to celebrate than to share this fun new giveaway with you. This is a first for me, here at Shoestring Elegance, but I'm so excited to give you the opportunity to win a beautiful Cookbook, by Ina Garten (also known as the Barefoot Contessa) , to help you celebrate and welcome your Family!
  And, let's face it, who couldn't use a little extra cash to help make your Thanksgiving home and cooking welcoming to your own family and friends.  So without further ado, I'd like to give you the opportunity enter for a chance to win Ina's new Cookbook, "Cooking for Jeffrey" and $75 to help make it special in your home!
This month's giveaway is sponsored by Katherines Corner and Katherines Corner Shop and Hosted by some of Katherine's and my sweet bloggy friends.
One winner will receive a signed copy of Ina Garten's new cookbook, " Cooking for Jeffery", provided by Katherine
AND $75 Cash or Amazon gift code provided by Katherine and some of her bloggy friends too!
(winners choice)

Thursday, October 27

What to do Weekends #197~ Last Party of October

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Can you believe this is the last party of November, already?! Yay! November here we come!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations.
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  
If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Onto Shoestring's Features for this past week!
I fell in LOVE with Penny's beautiful pumpkins, Does Your Pumpkin Need a Stem? She got beautifully creative!

Please try and connect with Linda and I in some way. :) 
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Belle Bleu Interiors shared this beautiful Outdoor Autumn Tablescape widh I had one like this, too.

Thursday, October 20

What to do Weekends #196

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations.   I'm so excited to see what you are bringing to share with us this week!

I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Onto Shoestring's Features for this past week!
I absolutely fell in love with Belle Bleu Interiors Designing an Elegant Faux Pumpkin! I don't think it could possibly be any more beautiful. Thank you Shannon for sharing it with us!

Thursday, October 13

What to do Weekends #195

Welcome to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations.   I'm so excited to see what you are bringing to share with us this week!

I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
On to shoestring's Features for this past week!
The Red Painted Cottage's little How to Make Pumpkins with Letters For Autumn really made me smile! They're so cute! Don't you think so?

Sherry at The Charm of Home  is sharing her beautiful Orange Marmalade Cake with us, too! I can't wait to try her recipe. Looks just perfect for baking on a nice Autumn morning.

Wednesday, October 12

The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Soup ~ Creamy and Savory

One of the things I look most forward to about Fall is the soup! Baking is wonderful, too!  There is just something truly special about making a wonderful soup, picking up french bread, or making biscuits, and inviting family to come share your table with you.
This is the time of year when we start to take stock of things and, genuinely, count our blessings. Thanksgiving right around the corner and the desire to be with family becomes more important as we realize how truly blessed we are.  So, I've been working on these images to share a recipe of mine that my family especially loves.

Thursday, October 6

What to do Weekends #194

Welcome, all, to Shoestring Elegance and the What to do Weekends Party!
Thank you so much, to all of you, who come join us here, each week, with your wonderful Crafts, Recipes and DIY creations.   
I LOVE all the creativity you bring to this Party!  If you are new to the Party, Welcome! We are so very glad you are here!  We have been pinning away, during the week, so, Please do check out the Party Board! 
Dawn at Creative Cain Cabin's Ticking Stripe Bedding has me dreaming of  bed linens for my room!
Lolly Jane's Fall Porch Ideas with a Printable for this welcoming Chalkboard

Wednesday, October 5

How to Make a Dried Hydrangea Wreath that Looks Fresh

Welcome Friends... I'm finally, just now, getting to take care of some of my favorite things! Like Fall Decorating! This is, officially, the latest I have ever been at getting my Fall Wreath and Autumn Love  up around my house. But, this has been an especially busy year, with many trials but, thankfully, followed by many Blessings and triumphs.
 Putting together this Autumn Wreath was such a great joy and complete pleasure for me this year, and , I think, it just may be  favorite! This year's wreath was quite a departure, for me, from my