Friday, February 23

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice Muffins-Springtime in a Muffin!

It seems that as we draw closer to the end of February the pull towards all things Spring is inevitable.  We've bundled up and enjoyed our Autumn breezes,  we've celebrated with our family and loved ones for the holidays, looked, longingly, at our fireplaces and snuggled with a good book or old movie, now we look to the promise of Spring.

Spring begins in just a few weeks.  Yep, March 20th, by my calendar, here, in the United States. Unfortunately, I do realize that many of you on the East Coast and in other parts of the world are still looking at lots of cold days to come this year.  Whilst others are in the 90's. Goodness!

No matter, I have the perfect, refreshing, welcoming Spring, cheer up your Winter, or refresh your Summer recipe right here!   I have seen versions of this recipe in Allrecipes, Bon Appetit and other periodicals. The funny thing is, everyone had their own tips, twist and tricks to it, so it never reads exactly the same. I, actually, really love that.
I am no exception.  I made changes to it, as well.  

Thursday, February 22

Spring Is In the Air on this Thursday Favorite Things

Hello Sweet friends. One thing is for certain, Spring is in the air. Even if it is still a month away, it seems to be popping up all around from the daffodils and hyacinth in my mother's yard to our wonderful TFT party. There is no shortage of creativity and beauty. With the flu season as serious as it has been this year, and no, my family was not immune, I was happy to see this recipe for Elderberry syrup in the party. Such a great way to combat it. I believe one of my co-hostesses, Nina from Vintage Mama's Cottage wrote about it, as well,  here.
Okay, off to check out all your beautiful links. Thanks so much for joining me.

Thursday, February 15

Pretty In Pink Inspirations and This Week's TFT

I just love the gentle softness of all the beautiful hues of pink.  There's something very "Spring-y" about it, isn't there?! It seems that as we get closer to the end of February the pull towards all things Spring is inevitable.
We've enjoyed our Autumn breezes,  we've celebrated with our family and loved ones for the holidays, bundled up, burnt our fires and now we look to the promise of Spring.

Thursday, February 8

DIY Valentine's For Everyone and TFT

Hey friends, in case you weren't already aware, Valentine's Day is just six short days away! Not to worry, we've got you covered with every kind of DIY Valentine there is from Thursday Favorite Things! Check out these awesome options from last week's TFT party. Truly, this was your one-stop shop for "How-To" cover everyone on your list.

Sunday, February 4

February's Ruby Magazine is Out!!

So excited to be part of this wonderful ministry! The latest issue of our online Christian women’s magazine is up and full of Inspiration! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Sorry, I'm a little late this month.  Please click on the Ruby for Women tab above to read more Issues or to connect directly with the Ruby blog.
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Thursday, February 1

Thursdays Favorite Things (My First One As a Co-Host)

Good Morning, Friends! Welcome to Thursday Favorite Things (aka TFT)! I am so excited to be joining Katherine from Katherines Corner and a Wonderful Group of Blogging Women as a co-hostess for this fantastic weekly blog party! I'm so glad you are here with me, Welcome! 
Everything's coming up roses, or at least flowers and fruit!  After a week of rain and onto a cool week here in Northern California, this is about the time of year that I start buying more and more flowers to bring the promise of Spring into my home. My Features for this, my first week with TFT, seemed to be doing the same!

Wednesday, January 31

The New Year Brings Some Exciting Changes at Shoestring Elegance

Hi Friends!  First, I must apologize for my absence the last couple of weeks. I had hoped to make some beautiful new changes around the first of the year with Shoestring Elegance, but alas, that awful flu struck both me and my parents.  If you know anyone who has had this year's version of the flu, it is quite all-consuming and draining to say the least.
Thankfully, I am back and sharing some exciting news with you!  
First, sadly, I must tell you that I will not be continuing with "The What to do Weekends" party moving forward. I have co-hosted 157 wonderful weekend parties with my dear friend, Linda, from Crafts a la Mode and have loved every minute of it. Linda is a wonderful friend, that I will, hopefully, have for life, and with whom I am certain I will collaborate, in numerous ways, here, in the future. Thank you Linda for the awesome ride! 
Linda's Blog party is so successful, she hardly ever needed me, but we sure had some great fun together! 

Thursday, January 11

What to do Weekends #259

Thank you so much for joining us this week at the new WTDW!
Love all the talented bloggers linking up here!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. 
Please follow Linda and Myself in some way.
You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest 
Thanks!
Busy Week, my friends! Here are just a couple of my faves! I have pinned more to the party board, though!! 
Embroidery Hoop Orbs – Easily Make Your Own from AKA Design

Thursday, January 4

What to do Weekends #258~ Welcome to the First Party of 2018!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a very Happy Christmas and New Year's 
 I am excited to begin 2018, if I can used to saying and writing it!  Time to move on to bigger and better and, hopefully, healthier times.
Love all the talented bloggers linking up here!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. 
Please follow Linda and Myself in some way.
You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest 
Thanks!
Angie @ Country Chic Cottage How to Make Tea Light Candle Holders

January's Ruby Magazine Is Out!

Hi Friends! Back with you again, here at the beginning of 2018, to share the new Issue of Ruby Magazine! The January Issue is out! I am honored and happy to tell you that, not only do I love this magazine and the group of incredible Christian Writers included in it, but two more of Shoestring Elegance's articles or blog posts have been published in this month's Issue!

Monday, January 1

No Resolutions... Just Gratitude... (How to Start and Keep a Gratitude Journal)

Happy 2018! Do you sit down and write out New Year's Resolutions?
It really doesn't matter if you are reading this on January 1st or May 1st,  start now.
While resolutions might be an excellent motivator for many, I challenge you to go beyond resolutions, that can easily be forgotten or cast aside when life gets busy and, instead, begin a life-changing practice, called Gratitude Journaling. Have you ever Gratitude Journaled before?  Have you heard of them and thought what a great idea... I should try that?  Maybe next year...maybe when I have more time... maybe when I have more to be grateful for... Whatever the reason is that has prevented you from starting this endeavor, may I tell you that you are in a place to begin this process right now. If you have a pen/pencil and a piece of paper, you can start today. If you have been even more blessed, you have a notebook or a journal someone gave you that is lying around waiting to be written in. 

Thursday, December 21

Merry Christmas and WTDW Party #257

Merry Christmas at The What to do Weekends party 2017! Can you believe in just a few short days, that will go all to fast, it will be 2018?!!
I hope it was a wonderful year for you all. I, personally, am glad it is in my rearview now. Time to move on to bigger and better and, hopefully, healthier times.
You Ladies are all SO talented!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. 
Please follow Linda and me in some way.
You can find Linda Blogging here Crafts a la Mode
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest | Twitter
You can connect with me right here Shoestring Elegance
Facebook | Google+ | Instagram | Pinterest 
Thanks!
Here are just a few of my favorites this week.
Most Viewed this week, belongs to Cecilia from The Thrift Store Addiction for her beautiful Rustic and Romantic Christmas

Thursday, December 14

What to do Weekends #256

Hello, friends, and welcome to this week's What to do Weekends party! I'm so glad you're here! I pray that your December is off to a good start and that you're able to enjoy this special season.
  Have you got your Christmas shopping and baking done?!! I'm still just scratching the surface of what I need to get done.  I hope you are more ready than I! From the looks of this weeks party, you are already in full Christmas swing! Here's hoping I catch up soon. :)  You Ladies are all SO talented!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. Now, time to get on with the party! Please be sure to follow in some way.
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. 

Most Viewed Post belonged to
Mary and The Boondocks Blog for her post,

Thursday, December 7

What to do Weekends #255

Hello, friends, and welcome to this week's What to do Weekends party! I'm so glad you're here! I pray that your December is off to a good start and that you're able to enjoy this special season.
  Have you got your Christmas shopping and baking done?!! I'm still just scratching the surface of what I need to get done.  I hope you are more ready than I! From the looks of this weeks party, you are already in full Christmas swing! Here's hoping I catch up soon. :)  You Ladies are all SO talented!! I love this party!  If you are new to the party, thank you for joining us and please check out the party board, it's on the sidebar. 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. 
Here are just a few of the highlights!
The Cutest Homemade Snowman Ornaments Ever


Monday, December 4

Quick and Easy Rocky Road Recipe

If you're anything like me you're rushing around a bit to get all your Christmas baking and shopping done. Isn't it such fun?!  Sigh...
In actuality, I LOVE every single bit of it. This past weekend all my available sisters, nieces, sister-in-law, etc.. got together at my Mum's house and we did our Holiday baking day together. There is something very special about these days. We take every single day together as the gift that it is. 
Okay, Onto the Recipe! This is one I make ahead and bring to share with my Mum and my Sisters on our baking day.
Rocky Road! I love it and honestly, this recipe couldn't be easier! 
I just love the combination of roasted nuts. I make it with 3 different kinds, you can make it with whichever are your favorite, total nuts 2 cups.