Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Valentine theme dinner

Two years ago, we hosted a Rehearsal Dinner in our home for about 30 people.Transforming our Family Room into an intimate dining area took a little bit of creative thinking and work.

Our Family room and kitchen dining area normally look like this -

 The transformation -
Removal of sofa, rugs, tables and chairs
set up 8 foot tables and folding chairs

My daughter worked her magic with decorating the tables.

The coffee station proved to be very popular on a cold night.
The heart shaped napkin tutorial was found HERE.  Perfect for Valentine's Day, Anniversary or Wedding party.
 Candles are lit, we are just waiting for the guests to arrive.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sunday Morning

As high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:11

Monday, January 23, 2017

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Have you ever had baked potatoes left over?  Or maybe you just like baked potatoes. I found this delicious recipe for Loaded Baked Potato Soup, and I've made it several times. I hope you enjoy this simple but delicious recipe.

8 russet potatoes
1 (16 ounce) package bacon
1 C butter
1 1/2 C flour
4 C milk
4 C half and half
10 chicken bullion cubes (or 10 tsp. bullion granules)
salt and pepper
cheddar cheese, grated 
I usually make this recipe with left over baked potatoes, but you can certainly make your own.  Wash and scrub baking potatoes, and bake for one hour at 400 degrees.  Be sure to let the potatoes cool before peeling them.
 Peel and chop potatoes into pieces.
 Line a large baking sheet with tin foil and lay your bacon onto it. Bake at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until crisp.
 Remove the bacon from the hot baking sheet to a plate lined with paper towels. Dab the excess grease from the bacon with another paper towel. Once the bacon has cooled, cut it into pieces. 
Melt butter in large pot.
Add 1 1/2 cups of flour and quickly whisk flour and butter together until it forms a nice thick paste.
Add 4 cups of milk, and 4 cups of half and half.
and 10 bullion cubes or 10 teaspoons bullion granules. ( I use Better Than Bullion Chicken Base)

Whisk the soup ingredients together over medium high heat. Keep stirring until the soup comes to a boil and gets thick, about 5 minutes. If the soup is thicker than you like add a little bit of milk or chicken broth to thin it out. 
Add the baked potato chunks and allow them to heat through. 
 Add a bit of salt and pepper to taste. Serve with the bacon crumbles and grated cheddar cheese.  

**** I usually make 1/2 half of this recipe when I only have 4 potatoes left, and it comes out great!  I hope you enjoy this tummy warming recipe.

Original recipe can be found HERE.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Winter in Paradise

Winter in Florida is pretty much perfect.

Daytime temps in the 70's. Night time can range in the upper 50's and 60's.  

Yep, it's paradise.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Let it snow

Even though Christmas is past, I love sharing life in Florida. Enjoying the warm and sunny days, I opened the doors to the porch.

 The tool box arrangement was inspired by Rosemary and Thyme when she shared a Christmas Home Tour.

We don't have any snow, but I hope you enjoy your season, wherever you are.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Winter Wonderland

A few years ago our family traveled to West Virginia to Snowshoe Mountain for some skiing and snowboarding. It was a winter wonderland.

And of course there were a few falls along the way.


And on the last day we were there, a blizzard was moving in.

We had to make a quick getaway, or else we would have been stranded on the mountain. Although my kids would have loved that, it was necessary for hubby to be back at work. Besides, this Florida gal could only take so much of this cold stuff :-)

Sunday, January 1, 2017