leftover cranberry sauce

I made up a big batch of cranberry sauce this year for Thanksgiving.
I have lots of it and I've been looking up creative ways to repurpose the leftover sauce.

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Ploughcroft Tea Room

My sister in law Stefanie and I enjoyed a yummy lunch last week at the Ploughcroft Tea Room 
in downtown Lynchburg last week (thanks Mrs. B!).
The food was amazing and the atmosphere was so cozy and inviting.
I'd never been to a tea room before so it was a new experience for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Stefanie posted more pictures on her blog.

the cost of lamps

Am I the only person who is amazed at the high price of lamps and lamp shades?
I've been looking for the perfect (read: inexpensive!) pair of lamps for one of our guest rooms.

Last week at Goodwill I found this matching pair of brass lamps for only $4 each. 
They worked perfectly and only needed a coat of high gloss white paint (Valspar from Lowe's).

I bought a matching pair of gray square shades from Goodwill earlier this year and I was waiting for the perfect pair of lamps to pair with them. I paid $1.50 each for the shades.

So for only about $8.50 each I have brand new bedside table lamps to go on the side tables Caleb built me!

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giving thanks

Around here we fry our turkeys for Thanskgiving
Thanksgiving Day essentials

me with my parents

cooking up a storm

with my sweet Caleb and Caleb's sister Stefanie

Dad, Mom, & Bubby :)

the feast!

I have so very much to be thankful for this year.
My Savior.
My husband.
My family.
My friends.
My church.
My health.
My freedom.
My home.
Everyday mercies from the Lord.
And too many good memories to remember.

I am even grateful for the many trials that Caleb and I faced this past year.
Out of those trials comes greater faith and much spiritual growth.  Caleb and I have
grown closer than ever to one another.  It seems like some of our greatest trials have such eternal benefits, and I try and remind myself of that often since this earth is not my forever home.  The Lord truly brings so much good out of hardships, and for that I am so very grateful!

I hope yall had a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of leftovers to munch on all weekend!
This is what I'm planning to serve up for lunch today with a
 side salad (because I've at least got to pretend to be healthy this weekend):

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"Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies." - John Q. Tullius

This was the quote the Chocovine Facebook page put up earlier. Too true!

Have yall tried Chocovine

It's chocolate wine and I will refrain from saying it 
tastes divine; even though it does!


coffee jello

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Dark Chocolate Cheesecake

I made this dark chocolate cheesecake last week for my sister in law's birthday.
It was one of the best cheesecakes I've ever had. Yall should give it a try.


now & then

My grandma is the little girl holding the Boston Terrier in the picture to the left.
The picture was taken in 1934 when she was 6 years old. She loved her pet Boston named Mickey Mouse.

The picture on the right is Grandma with Betty last week.
I thought the pictures made for a fun comparison! 


My sweet dad bought me this fantastic vintage hollywood regency 
chair at an estate auction last weekend.
He got it for only $12!

It needs to be reupholstered and I think I'm going to recover it with more velvet fabric.


Vintage Bar Carts

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Recently I've had my eyes peeled for a vintage bar cart to go in an a corner of our dining room where I'm not really sure what else to put there. And a Hollywood Regency style one, if you please.
Here are some really great vintage and reproduction bar carts I found on Pinterest.

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Kitchen Reno

My kitchen is a HUGE mess right now, but you won't hear me complaining!
It's a mess because things are finally getting done in there. Happy day!

Last week my darling husband who works so hard each day at work would come
home and scrape and putty and sand all the upper cabinets on the stove side of the kitchen.
Then he primed over the heavy 1950's cabin inspired stain with a stain blocking primer that can be smelled from 4 miles away and then painted two coats of paint.

We will paint the crown molding to match the cabinets soon, but
 there's a chance Caleb might have to take down the crown when he builds out on the other side. 

He also primed and painted all the new doors he built earlier this year to replace the old ones.
The little box area above the stove will hold a small microwave (we aren't really microwave people) and below that is a small drawer. Either side of the microwave will have pull out spice racks! 
I'm very excited about those. We're trying to utilize every inch of space in the kitchen.

Here's the opposite side of the stove. Caleb had to move the water line that runs
into the fridge because whoever installed it years ago put it a couple of inches out from the base
boards which meant that the fridge sticks out like a foot from the edge of the counter.

Cabe is also doing some major demo to the cabinets around the fridge. It's really wasted space
all crammed into one corner and so we're going to take out some of the counter and frame out a
huge cabinet piece to give the fridge a "built in" feel. It will be a lot of work, but I think it will be so worth it in the end.

The water main that had to be moved and part of the demo'd cabinet.


I'll never find another you

This past Saturday Caleb and I attended the first annual BBQ, Bluegrass, & Beer festival at
Red Hill.   Red Hill is Patrick Henry's house in Brookneal, VA. It only took us about 40 minutes to get there;  I love how very close to all things history I am. Well...minus the fact that I live near Appomattox.

We had a beautiful fall day!
Neither of us had ever been to Red Hill. It was so beautiful! 

We both really enjoyed listening to all the different bluegrass bands.
Yes, even Caleb enjoyed bluegrass! That's a start :D

Our ticket price included two beers each or  two glasses of wine.
Caleb made a beeline for the beer truck. I chose wine, but it was not good wine at all.
Caleb drank a few different types of local beers from the Charlottesville area.

There were a few different food vendors and we ended up getting bbq bison from a local
family run farm. It was reallllly good!

We enjoyed some sweet potato fries while we listened to the music.

We had a really fun time and would probably go back next year.
We also got to tour Patrick Henry's house / museum and walk the grounds. 
I highly recommend yall check it out if you're ever in the area.

and just because...

I've been enjoying listening to lots of 1960's folk lately.
A lot.