Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Fall Candy Apples

Okay....Can I get a collective Yummmmmm




And even if you are not a big fan of Candy Apples, you have to admit.....they sure do look good and they are so easy to make.



I think the best part about making candy apples is how creative you can be with the toppings.  From sprinkles to nuts to gold sugar dust.....anything looks good on an apple. And they are partly........almost ........kinda healthy too!


Candy Coated Apples
Medium size apples - red delicious, McIntosh, Jonathans etc
Apple Sticks - 5.75 in size
1 package of Candy Melts- White or Orange ( I buy mine in the baking isle at the Craft Store)
Candy Melt or Microwave
Wax paper
Assortment of toppings- sprinkles, nut, chips, colored sugar


Instructions~
Step 1- After washing and drying your apples take your apple stick and insert into the stem side of the apple. Apples should be at room temperature.
Step 2-Melt your candy melts.
Step 3-Dip apples  into your candy mixture, spinning around and tapping excess candy off the apple.
Step 4- Place apples on wax paper.
Step 5- After about 30 seconds but no more then 1 minute sprinkle your desired toppings on to your apples.
Step 6- Let set for at least 30 mins before enjoying your Candy Apples


Okay, one more time......Yummmmmmm.
Do you have a favorite fall treat?



Grateful for~
Healthy and not so healthly apples



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Monday, October 28, 2013

I love the man....and my kitchen table!

I am such a lucky gal in more ways then one. Not only do I have a great husband, but I also have a great kitchen table that has recently made it's way from my husbands office back down to the breakfast area.

See this table is very symbolic to our love and our relationship. 



 I will never forget that Fall night exactly 15 years ago today, I went to his house for dinner.  He had set this table with beautiful flowers, wine and mismatched plates. We had lobster by candlelight. Music in the background. It was perfect.



After we were finished with our dinner he got up and said "come under the table, there's something I want to show you". I am thinking to myself  WHAT....... this guy is cute but I had never heard that cheesy one-liner before.


And there it was. Those three little words, carved in the leg of that beautiful table. With my heart beating fast, totally speechless and completely caught off guard, I say " oh no, you have ruined your beautiful table" to which he quickly responds "it's not ruined, we will have this table forever". 


 It was at that very moment underneath that table, that I knew I loved this man......and that he and his table were a keeper .



 I'm thinking that any man that's a great cook and carves that he loves you into the leg of a beautiful wood table has got to be the one.... even with his cheesy one-liner!


Grateful~
That it worked out!



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Friday, October 25, 2013

Weekly Wow's

Happy Friday!   Can I first start off by telling you how happy I am that you are here. I hope it's been a great week for you. Second I am so excited today!  I am going to do something that I have waited 352 days to do..... attend the Country Living Fair.  You see, last year something came up at the 11th hour and I could not make it. So today, me and a few other friends, Kim from  Savvy Southern Style and Shirley from Housepitality Designs are heading down to Atlanta for this one time a year outdoor event filled with all things Country Living.  I will fill you in on details next week. 
Here's some weekend inspiration for you. Enjoy!

Hard to believe that these amazing PB knockoff napkin rings from Our Pinteresting Family were once from Toilet Paper! Yes...it's true.


I am thinking that this Apple Walnut bread would taste so yummy with your morning coffee or tea this weekend. From On Sutton Place

I cringe when I see all of the "keep calm" sayings but......I couldn't resist this one.

I think a stenciled rug is on my future project list.Tutorial here.


And finally, with a ton of candy entering some of your households in less then a week, here's some creative ways to use that leftover candy from here.

Have a super fantastic weekend!
PS- To see more of my Weekly Wow's click here

Grateful~
For the chance to enjoy the day with friends


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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

4 Simple Tips to Care for your Orchids


The Orchid. A beautiful and exquisite flower. Some plants look to perfect to be real. And contrary to what most people think, this perfect looking plant is not very difficult to maintain. In fact some orchids are quite easy to grow and require little maintenance........ The only problem may be figuring out which of the approximately 25,000 species would be best for you. Yes, 25,000.




When I got my first Orchid plant years ago, a friend gave me the best advice on how to care for my plant..... 4 simple tips that I am sharing with you today.

Tip 1- Orchids need good bright, indirect lighting.


Tip 2- Don't over water your orchid. Water once a week in the winter and twice a week in the summer. In fact, if Orchids could talk they would tell you that they prefer the humidity over watering.



Tip 3- Once your orchid stops flowering, cut the flower stalk down. While your orchid is resting, continue to water and provide it plenty of light.


Tip 4- Be patient......... it will flower again. 
Just, wait and you'll see.


Have you ever grown Orchids? Success or failure?




Grateful for~
A green thumb
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Monday, October 21, 2013

Customized Lamps

Today I wanted to tell you about something that's happened in my bedroom after 12 years.
                       
 Oh come on....nothing like that. Top This Top That is after all, a blog appropriate for the whole family.






I got new lamps. Aren't they pretty. Yup, after 12 years with the same lamps, with a few spray paint jobs and shade changes in between.....it was time.

 I am like a giddy school girl who just got asked to the 8th grade dance by the cutest boy in the class. Except this time, I am not in 8th grade and it's not a boy....it's my new lamps from LampsPlus.com. And they are not just any lamps, they are totally customized by yours truly.


See I was talking to this friend one day on the phone who wouldn't stop talking about how amazing her lamps were. She went on to say that you can totally customize the base, select the lamp shade from a wide variety of patterns and styles and choose your trim colors with LampsPlus. 



She was so right. Amazing....and easy to customize the perfect lamp.


So now, next time you and I talk on the phone....... be prepared.....you already know what we are going to talk about, unless you order your new customized lamp before then and we can be giddy together.
When is the last time you updated your lights in your bedroom?


Grateful~
To lampsplus.com for my new lamps that I received



PS- To see my bedroom before I got the lamps click here



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Friday, October 18, 2013

Weekly Wow's

Happy Friday to you! I hope you had a great week. Got any big plans for your weekend? Other then the school fall festival on Saturday, we are laying low for the most part, which I look forward to . Loving our weather change. The North Georgia temps are dipping into the 50's at night and I am also really looking forward to throwing some blankets on the bed. I sleep better in weather like this. How about you?

Enjoy some inspiration for your weekend.


Love this idea for the Fall Table from here



I will never look at those little wood tables ( you know the ones that you throw a table cloth over) like I use to...... especially after a coat of paint and adding gold color to the legs. Details From Chasing Shiny Objects



Love these spooky painted candles from here


Ha. This is for..... well you know who you are!


Oh My Oreos......... and Chocolate Chips!  Recipe here



So whether your dreaming about those cookies ( like me)  or maybe making them , I hope you have a super fantastic weekend!

Grateful ~
that you let me share with you

PS- To see more of my collection of Weekly Wow's click here.

PPS- Today is the last day for the 2013 Fall Porch Tour. I hope you have enjoyed visiting these front porches as much as I have. 



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Thursday, October 17, 2013

DIY Dry Erase Board

Lately, I have been on a mission to create a Family Command Center to help with organizing family events and for the mounds and mounds of paperwork my children bring home from school each day. 
Seriously.....lots of paper.






If you are a parent with a school aged child ( particularly the elementary years)  you totally get this and experience it daily. If your children are grown, you get it too and are probably sitting back chuckling at me, with a ' been there, done that' kind of attitude.  Go ahead and chuckle....That's quite okay.... I have a solution.


Part of my plan is to reduce clutter, while still staying on top of things and being efficient. For the record.....I dislike clutter, it makes me nutty....really nutty. 


I spent about $7.50 on a pre-cut piece of dry erase board at the Home Depot and another $2.00 on 2 pieces of fence board that I created a frame with and painted. Less then $10 for organizational sanity!

Now when the kids come home from school, first thing I do is write any important reminders, dates and need to know's on the new board ....
           then recycle the paper......
                     that will be used again for another sweet child........ 
                         for another important reminder......... 
                                  sometime in the distant future. 



Unless we all stop the paper....and make it a  Dry Erase Board society.
How do you respond to clutter?

grateful for~

patience 
my little karate kid who won the 'best job award' in class yesterday


PS- This is Day 4 of the Fall Porch Tour. I hope you will take some time to visit each of these fabulous fall porches. 




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