Friday, September 19, 2014

FEATURE FRIDAY AT SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY


Hello everyone, and Happy Friday!

Today I'm so thrilled and honored to be featured at Southern Hospitality for Rhoda's Feature Friday series.  I have followed Rhoda for a long time, and she is an inspiration.  She's a successful veteran blogger and I'm convinced there's nothing she's afraid to try.  After a huge change of direction in her life, she and her Dad have renovated her new dream home into a place she can call her own (you won't believe the before and afters!).


Her tenacity, creativity, grace, determination, and work ethic are an encouragement to me.  I love following her on Instagram and watching her projects unfold and how she honors her parents as they work together.


So, I'd love for you to check out Southern Hospitality today.  Not necessarily for my feature, it's all things most of you have already seen, but to meet Rhoda, discover her wonderful projects, and to be an encouragement to her today.  I'm just a <little> bit jealous that I'm not with her and so many blog pals and the Better Homes and Gardens Stylemaker event in NYC today.  


I hope you all have the happiest of weekends!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

CHEESEBURGER SOUP AND IT'S TIME FOR FALL TOURS!


Autumn has started to tease us a little bit in Oklahoma, but our temperatures are still yo-yo-ing back and forth.  Even so, with that first hint of cooler weather, I'm ready for some comfort food!

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite soup recipes with you.  I've only been making it since last year, but it was originally published in Taste of Home Magazine almost 20 years ago.  It became a family favorite in our home right away!  It's so easy and hearty and delicious, I hope you'll try it and love it!



Taste of Home Cheeseburger Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound ground turkey or beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups diced peeled potatoes (1-3/4 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup sour cream


Directions

    • In a 3-qt. saucepan, brown beef; drain and set aside. In the same
    • saucepan, saute the onion, carrots, celery, basil and parsley in 1
    • tablespoon butter until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Add
    • the broth, potatoes and beef; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover
    • and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

    • Meanwhile, in a small skillet, melt remaining butter. Add flour; cook
    • and stir for 3-5 minutes or until bubbly. Add to soup; bring to a boil. 
    • Cook and stir for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Stir in the
    • cheese, milk, salt and pepper; cook and stir until cheese melts.
    • Remove from the heat; blend in sour cream. Yield: 8 servings (2-1/4
    • quarts).

    • You can see the recipe on the Taste of Home website here, along with the nutritional information, some alternate versions, and a printable version.  


  • Speaking of Fall, I'm happy to announce that I'll be participating in 2 Fall Home Tours next week.  

On Wednesday, I'll be sharing the first part of my tour with 19 other talented ladies,



and on Friday, I'll help to wrap up a week of amazing tours that are part of the Blogger Stylin' Home Tours: Fall Edition.  You can see my Fall Tour from last year here.  

I guess I should get in the attic today and get my things down so I can get started, huh??


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I'M BACK... WITH POLISH POTTERY!


Well, hello there friends!  We've returned from our big adventure.  If you don't follow me on Instagram, then you might not know that we spent the last 10 days in Poland.  We took a team of 7 from our church to work with some friends living there and spend time with the Polish people.  I'll be working on a full post with photos and more details from our trip, but I'm still catching up from being away and getting back into the swing of things.  

So today, I wanted to show you my favorite souvenir that I brought back... Polish Pottery!  If you're not familiar with it, it is a line of hand made pottery made in BolesÅ‚awiec, Poland, beginning in the early 1830s. Although there are many different patterns available, a vibrant blue is the predominant color in almost all of them.  From what I observed, prices vary according to the amount of detail and additional colors used on the piece.  Thankfully, my favorite pattern was the least expensive most simple one.  


I bought 6 salad plates and can't wait to create a fun table setting with these beauties!


I also brought back a mug and this little cutie,


as well as some gifts for family.  


The shop owners did a wonderful job wrapping everything for travel, but I didn't want to take chances with it in my checked luggage so I loaded up my Vera Bradley duffel and carried it all the way home.  I think my bag weighed about 25 pounds.  ;)


There are countless gorgeous patterns available.  

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Every once in a while I see some Polish Pottery pieces at Marshall's or TJ Maxx.  I was even lucky enough to find this perfect condition oval casserole dish at a garage sale last year, for a whopping $3!


There's more good background information here if you'd like to read more about the history and how it's made.  Do you own any Polish Pottery?  Do you prefer the simple designs or the more intricate ones?  


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