I sell cards over at my Etsy shop but this little number is an exclusive FREE ECARD for all my blog readers, Facebook followers, and Twitter followers. Feel free to share it on your own pages. If you want to email it to your grandma just right click on the picture below, select “copy image”, then paste it into the body of your email message. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
You are not going to believe how easy it is to make your own yummy-smelling, skin-softening sugar scrub. And cheap. I mean really, really cheap, using things you probably already have in your cupboards. This recipe is perfect to give as a Christmas gift or next week as a hostess gift at Thanksgiving. Here we go.
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of regular white granulated sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons oil (see #3 below)
1. Mix together brown sugar and white sugar.
2. Add the spices to the sugar mixture and stir together, being sure to break up any lumps.
My inspiration, Stephanie Lynn, uses pumpkin pie spice. I tried it both ways and think using the four individual spices makes it smell . . . yummier.
3. Add the oil and mix well. What kind of oil you choose is really up to you. Sunflower, safflower, or plain vegetable oil will all work. My only suggestion is to NOT use olive oil because it has such a strong scent. I used this.
Did I mention that you’re done? Yep, that’s it.
All that’s left is to put it in a pretty jar and ask me, “hey, where’s the cute packaging and free printable?” I’m working on it, I swear. I’m looking for a non-breakable container so it can be used in the shower. When I find it, I promise to share. Until then, scoop a batch into a mason jar, tie a ribbon around it, and deliver it to your Thanksgiving host. They will love you for it.
I don’t know if you’re aware but Thanksgiving is only EIGHT DAYS AWAY. This time next week people will be arriving at your house. Putting their feet on your furniture. Their heads on your pillows. Their bums on your toilets. It’s crunch time and while I’m no meal-planning or entertaining expert, I can offer some simple, last minute decorating ideas.
1. Dry erase markers on dishes: I can’t take credit for this idea but I also can’t remember where I saw it. It was an easy update to my Halloween plate wall but if you don’t want to hang plates on your wall you could have all your guests sign or write what they’re thankful for on a large serving platter. Snap a picture of the finished platter at the end of the night for a lasting holiday memory. (NOTE: I tested my dry erase marker on the back of the plate first just to be sure it would erase.)
2. Seasonal fabric stretched in a large quilters hoop: I bought this hoop and fabric at JoAnn’s. There are no rules. Just find something you like, stretch it in the hoop, and pop it on the wall for a splash of seasonal color and pattern.
3. Photographs: Scroll through your family photos and pick four or five faves that scream “FALL”. I’ve used several shots of my kids in the leaf pile, and this one of my baby girl holding an acorn sits on the mantle. Even photos that have an orange or yellow color theme would work. If you have digital images upload them to a one-hour processing center (I use Walgreens.com) and all you have to do is go pick them up.
4. Candles: Candles are one of the quickest ways to set a mood. Mine are actually the fake, battery operated kind. I added a strip of golden scrapbooking paper along with some alphabet stickers to make them Thanksgivingy. You could use the same idea with different sized candles and place them down the center of the dining table. Just remember if you’re planning to light them, wrap the paper around a clear glass holder instead of directly around the candle so you don’t burn the house down – not a fun holiday idea.
Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving “quicky”?
When it comes to cooking I don’t usually toot my own horn. But this soup is TOOT the best TOOT soup I have ever TOOT made or TOOT tasted. Really. My friends, who are always leery when I offer to feed them, ask me for this recipe. My 8-year-old, who won’t eat anything that doesn’t bear a golden M, eats this soup. You should make it. Seriously. Do it.
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 cooked, boneless skinless chicken breast halves, shredded (grab a cooked rotisserie chicken at the store if you’re looking for a short cut)
1 4.5 oz package quick cooking long grain & wild rice with seasoning packet (like Uncle Ben’s)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
2 cups heavy cream (I use half & half because it makes me feel less guilty)
1. In a large pot over medium heat, combine broth, water, and chicken. Heat just to boiling then stir in rice, reserving seasoning packet. Cover and remove from heat.
2. In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in seasoning packet until mixture is bubbly.
Reduce heat to low then stir in flour mixture by tablespoons, to form a roux.
Whisk in cream a little at a time until fully incorporated and smooth. Stir and cook until thickened, 5 minutes. Yes, I did slop cream all over the edge of the pan.
3. Stir cream mixture into broth and rice. Cook over medium heat until heated through and thickened, 10-15 minutes. Now serve it up and start tooting. Your horn. Start tooting your horn.
It’s Movember. Time to put a spotlight on men’s health issues and, of course, have a little fun doing it. In addition to letting my mustache grow for the whole month I made these new Mustache and Lip Pillow Shams.
You can find them for sale over in my Etsy shop. While they were inspired by the Movember movement they would be the perfect gift any month of the year.
– traditional wedding
– gay wedding (2 staches or 2 lips)
– house warming
– kid’s/teen rooms
Hope you love them as much as I do. I’m trying to figure out how I can make a donation for each Etsy purchase. Will let you know when I do.
It’s officially the holiday season and while I’m not one of those people who skip Thanksgiving, I do like to get a head start on anything that requires shipping. With that in mind I’m sharing these funny holiday gift tags and wine tags today. They’re my own creations and I sell them in my Etsy shop. Their clean, simple design is perfect for traditional or modern tastes and they’re perfect for gifts that ship – no more squished bows. So take a look and have a laugh. See something you have to have? Visit http://www.etsy.com/shop/LaughingAbiStudio and you can get it.
Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the smells, the cool air, and of course, the decorations. I like to keep it simple and incorporate little bits of family. This bookshelf features a photo of my girls in this year’s leaf pile and one of the leaves, too.