Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday Tablescape ~ Goodbye Autumn

Earlier this fall, 
Nellie and I were privileged to visit my good college friend in her parents' home.

Debra's mom, Shirley, has always had a flare for decorating.

Just a peak into the dining room...


And, here's a peak into the Living Room.

We enjoyed a great cup of coffee 
and delicious homemade pie...

Debra, I can't wait to see what your mom
has planned for the Christmas Holiday!

Take care,
~Natalie

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday Mail Call ~ Mail from Home

When you are away from home, 
there's nothing better than getting a package from your family!

In fact, it can really make your day!

Favorite magazines...
Favorite candy...

And an awesome bag!

I don't think there's a girl...at any age...
that doesn't just love a new bag!

I hope you had a Happy Monday.
Take care,
~Natalie

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Cyber Monday and OFG Spirit of Christmas Celebration ~ Grand Opening

The Old Farmhouse Gathering, our Etsy team,
is pleased to announce the Grand Opening tomorrow...
our Spirit of Christmas Celebration.

The artists have been stitching and stuffing, painting and staining,
to fill the Farmhouse with all new Christmas goodies...for gifts and to decorate your home.

The new listings will become active today, November 26.
Click here for the link.

So plan to spend some time in your comfy duds...
with your favorite beverage...
and take advantage of all the Cyber Monday Specials.

Enjoy the Holiday Season.

Take care,
~Natalie

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nellie's First Thanksgiving and Black Friday Shopping

Thanksgiving
...my favorite holiday!
It's all about family, traditions, good food, and giving thanks.
(pretty Thanksgiving napkins from Amy...thanks, honey)

Nellie took charge of cooking the cranberry sauce,
while enjoying the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Our family gathered around the table to give thanks 
and enjoy many of our favorite holiday foods.

Elegant Broccoli Salad, Amy and Emily's favorite.
We serve it for every holiday.

Cranberry sauce...Mashed Potatoes and Gravy...

Candied Sweet Potatoes and of course, the Turkey!

Another family tradition...
Black Friday Shopping!
We 'girls' usually get up and leave the house early...

It was dark outside the mall...

...but, there was plenty of bright Christmas cheer inside the mall!

And, another Black Friday Family Tradition...
...meeting the guy(s) for lunch to watch the Husker Football game!

I suppose you wonder if we found any good Black Friday deals...
I hope this answers your question!
Christmas presents for Denmark!

And are you wondering about Nellie's favorite food 
on the Thanksgiving menu?

Apple Pie...
she can eat it for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

I hope you are all enjoying this Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends.

Take care,
~Natalie

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

What'cha Workin' on Wednesday?

Countdown to Winterfest...
Three days!

We are busy here cutting, stitching, pressing, stuffing, painting, twisting, tying, gluing, pricing, packing...

This is a new scarf style that I am introducing to our shop this fall....
Single crochet strands of novelty yarns... all tied together.


 Here's one with our school colors!
Of course, Hubby has his wine bottle necklaces ready for sale.

Snowmen are dressed and ready to go...

...and infinity scarves are organized in baskets.

Have a wonderful Holiday Season, everyone.
Take care,
~Natalie

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chili Cooking Contest...Our Family's Favorite Chili Recipe...

Vegetarian Chili
1 15 oz. can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz. can red beans, rinsed and drained
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 15 oz. can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz can hominy, rinsed and drained
1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies
2 small zucchini, halved and thinly sliced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1 to 2 tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt, optional
1/2 tsp. sugar

In a large kettle, combine ingredients. Mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese.

Now, get your family's favorite chili recipe and cook up a batch...the weather is now perfect for chili!
Snap a picture and enter your recipe on the Old Farmhouse Cooking blog...
and you might just win this Farmhouse Kitchen Cookbook.
Good Luck!

Take care,
~Natalie

This is How You Party When You Turn 95

Great Grandma celebrated all weekend. Her Assisted Living Facility hosted a lovely party for her. Hubby and his sister are there by her side...