Thursday, October 30, 2014

Home Sweet Home #193

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I joined:  Silent Sunday:A Calming Cup of Tea.  

I also shared how I have been drying my herbs for winter cooking in: Herb Drying.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post!! Here are a few that caught my eye.


Terry at Forever Decorating shared these Beautiful Book Page WALLS!


Hose of the Hipsters Showed off Interior Styling-Front Room.  It was like Mad Men hits the 21st century.  Such great style, unexpected and fun what more could you want in design.


Jamie at Anderson + Grant shared Painting a Recipe Box to Give as a Gift.  With Christ mas right around the corner, I loved this nostalgic and timely idea.


Penny's Vintage Home shared How to Make a Short, Fat Christmas Tree.  I loved this idea and thought the solution was spot on.

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Link up anything in your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Herb Drying

Herb Drying: The Charm of Home
Herb Drying: The Charm of Home
If you have a garden full of herbs like I have; before that first cold snap, it is nice to get them out of the garden and store them for winter recipes.  

Herb Drying: The Charm of Home
This is how I did it.  I just cut the herbs and washed them and patted them dry and then placed them in my dehydrator.  

Herb Drying: The Charm of Home
It only took 4-6 hours and I had perfectly dried herbs for storage.  I placed as many as I could in my Spode herb jars and the rest I stored in plastic bags or you could store them in herb jars from the grocery that you have recycled.   When I taste tested my herbs with the grocery store herbs there is just no comparison, fresh is best! 

Herb Drying: The Charm of Home

Enjoy!
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
The Inspiration Gallery at Craft Berry Bush

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Home Sweet Home #192

Hello and Welcome to Home Sweet Home!   This week I got out of the house to enjoy nature's beauty in Bewitched by Autumn.

I did a whole tablescape, which I haven't done forever, in Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle.

And, I cooked up some delicious Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post!! Here are a few that caught my eye.

Minnie's Milestones showed us how to create these Sparkle Pumpkins (Tutorial).

Lovely Livings created this wonderful Fall Coffee & Tea Buffet.

Little Farmstead created this fun centerpiece in Burlap + Box Grater Luminaries +Hops Vines.

The Thrifty Groove shared a post about Fall Decorating with Fresh Herbs, such a great idea! 


I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything in your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Beef Stew: The Charm of Home
It is really easy to make a satisfying beef stew in the slow cooker.   I tend to love the cut up and dump recipes because when your busy you don't want a lot of prep time.  This recipe is like that, but I added a step at the end to make the thick stew like gravy so it is nice and filling.
  
Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Ingredients:
2-3 lbs. beef stew meat, cut into cubes
3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
5 potatoes, peeled and diced
2 onions, peeled and quartered
2 stalks celery, chopped
28 ounce can diced tomatoes
1-1/2 cups water
2 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
1 bay leaf
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons butter
3 tablespoons flour

Add all ingredients; except butter and flour, to slow cooker and cook on low for 10 hours.  Stir occasionally.  When cooked 1o hours make the roux.  In a heavy bottom sauce pan melt butter.  Stir in flour and whisk till thick.  Add some of the stew juices from the slow cooker to the roux and whisk till smooth.  Add the roux to the slow cooker and stir in until all mixed evenly.  Can leave slow cooker on low  for up to two more hours and serve hot with crusty bread. 
Yield: 6 servings
Recipe adapted from: North Texas Kids

Enjoy!
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine

The Inspiration Gallery at Craft Berry Bush

Monday, October 20, 2014

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
I am so happy to bring you a wonderful product review with my Halloween & fall tablescapes.  I was contacted by Corningware, Corelle, & More to review the new pattern of Corelle dishes "Boutique Cherish" Square Dinnerware Set.  I have to say that it wasn't a hard decision to say yes to this review.  My everyday pattern of dishes here at home is "Country Cottage" by Corelle.  I have raised three boys and I still have the basic dish set.  It is hard to imagine that dishes can withstand the family meals at my house for around twelve years and still be in one piece, but the Corelle dishes have.  

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
These new dishes are more modern.  I love their square design and the white-on-white embossed pattern.  They give an everyday dish pattern a contemporary and chic look. No longer will the Corelle dishes have to stay in the cabinet on holidays. They will look equally stylish on the Thanksgiving table.  My oldest son will soon be out of the nest and a dish set like this would be perfect for him.   

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
For my Halloween tablescape I created a black and white themed table.  The lunch and dinner plates have a spiderweb suspended across them which makes the soup/cereal bowl bounce as if it's caught in the web.    

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
The tablecloths are a simple white cloth layered with a spiderweb tablecloth.  The black and white check napkins were just fabric that I sewed into napkins.

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
The centerpiece was a few white pumpkins tied with a gingham check ribbon, a lantern with a white pillar candle, some acorns I picked up at a local park, and one little glittery spider trapped inside.

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
The white dishes are so versatile for any table and I will happily be using them for tea and coffee posts too.  I already ordered the bread and butter plates to go with them for future posts. 


Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
I switched up the table linens to show you how easy it would be to go from Halloween to a fall table.  I removed the tablecloth and added a black and white gingham table runner.  Then I switched out the napkins with a modern bright pattern.  The table runner and napkins were something I made.  

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
As you can see, the pattern and color of these dishes will complement many table designs. 

Here is a closer look at the dishes. 

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
They are made of the same lightweight break and chip resistant material as my original dishes, "Country Cottage." 

Halloween/Fall Tablescape with Corelle
The mug is a generous 11-1/2 ounces and made of procelain that will be perfect for serving any hot beverage.


I really love these beautiful dishes by Corelle and recommend them highly for your table.  
Thank you to Corelle for this product review!  
Corelle provided the dishes to me for review but the opinions are all my own.

Sherry

I will link this to:
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Project Inspire at Cupcakes and Crinoline
Weekends are Fun Party at Oh My Heartsie Girl
Wake Up Wednesday at Sew Crafty Angel

What's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants
Totally Terrific Link Up Party at Live Randomly Simply
Treasure Box Tuesday at Yesterfood
Your Going to Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch

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