Saturday, November 28, 2015

Birthday Table for Megan


Hello Sweet Friends,

So did you get a lil rested up yesterday?  
Hope so, cause if you had a lot going
on bet you needed it.

I was so happy not to have anything I
actually had to do yesterday, even tho,
 I got up early. I did get my Thankful 
Thursday blog post finished, and up-
loaded some pics for 2 other upcoming
 posts, because they are still from Fall,
and trying to get them in before 
December, lol.  but that was fun work.
and later in the day hubby and I put up
the Christmas tree,  but haven't decorated
it yet, as I haven't brought out the Christ-
mas decorations yet, cause don't want to
tear the house all up until after Dee goes
home on Monday, and it will give me 
something to look forward to..................
after she goes..........so glad she will be
back today and get to stay until Monday.
So we will get a lil one on one time with
her hopefully.

We watched our first Christmas movie
last night and hubby was sweet and
 ran out and got us some eggnog....yum!
That is a family tradition for us when
we start our Christmas decorating,
that and Christmas music........


Am showing you another Birthday
 table today, but it could just be a Fall 
table, as well.  Did this table for my 
daughter-in-love.




Her sign hanging above the table





Since we celebrated her birthday the
 night before Thanksgiving, and we are 
not into a lot of stress,  I used paper
goods again.  I had these plates and
leaf napkins leftover from Dee and
Jerry's wedding reception 4 yrs. ago,
and the pumpkin napkins leftover
from last Fall, so thought they made
a nice combo.



 Used this silverware because it matches the
 flowers on the napkins. and the white table-
cloth to give it a bit of elegance, and so it
didn't seem quite so Fallish.




moved our bench to the opposite side of
the table since we are the only ones who
get to sit on it, and also to make more
room for another chair since their are
7 adults this time rather than 5.




This is from the other end of the table






Two Overviews










 This tray with the white pumpkins did
 reside on my coffee table, so I just 
changed it up just a little to use as the
 centerpiece on her table.





 Seems like all my tables this year have had
pumpkins, leaves and candle light.







Like I have said before I like to use real
 silverware and glasses, rather than plastic, 
as it looks a bit nicer, and you never have to
 worry about breakage or leaks like you do
 with plastic ware and plastic cups.




These are Dixie living ware plates we got 
at Sam's over 4 yrs. ago and they are very
 sturdy, and  you will probably see them 
again sometime as I still have a ton of
them leftover.




A cocktail size napkins tucks
perfectly into the glasses.  Love
these glasses they were a gift
from Dee and Jerry for Christmas
some years back, when I got my
shabby chic dishes.  They are a
beautiful compliment to them.




 Took out an oak candlestick and 
replaced it with the cloth pumpkin 
and then added the cream ceramic
 pear on top.  A find some years 
back from Target.






Clear candle holders with an assortment 
of  beans.   Love the look............









The tray already had gold mercury glass
 candle cups that were purchased for
 Dee and Jerry's reception as well. I think
they look so elegant and I use them well 
every Fall and sometimes at Christmas
or New Years.




With the lights out


Always blessed by your visits,
and hope you will take the time
to say hello.

Have a Great Weekend
and
Keep your light shining brightly,




Love, Hugs, and
the last of November Blessings,
Nellie




Friday, November 27, 2015

Thankful Thursday November 26, 2015, Fall in Asheville part 2


Came across this gorgeous and free Printable
below from Lucy over at Craftberry Bush this
 morning so needed a verse for my Thankful
 Post so decided to use this lovely pic below.
Thanks Lucy!

for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18


Morning Sweet Friends,

Hope you all had a really wonderful 
Thanksgiving Day...........with
 Thankful Hearts, Great Fellowship
with Family/and or Friends, Yummy
 Food and Goodies, with Lots of Love
 poured on top of it all!


Have to say we really had a wonderful day,
that included all of that...........
It lasted all day, from 9:00 A.M. - 8: P.M.
Started off with breakfast/brunch at Scott
and Megan's, and spent the morning and 
part of the afternoon there, and the weather
was really glorious, so we got to sit out on
the porch some and visit and enjoy their
 beautiful breezy back yard, then we came
back to our house to start getting ready
 for dinner,  minus Scott, Megan and lil 
darling as they, of course, needed to 
spend time with her family as well.
Had a nice dinner around 5:00, and 
spent some more time yakking and then
sent Dee and Jerry on their way to see
his family. They are celebrating Thanks-
giving today, so that their whole family
can be together............ 



I am thankful

#1
for a make ahead gravy recipe I found 
about 10 years ago.  The most stressful part
 of making Thanksgiving dinner to me, used to
be doing the gravy once the Turkey was out of 
the oven, and since I don't make gravy often
I am not the best gravy maker, but thanks to
 this great tasting recipe I can make the gravy
 ahead and freeze it, then just thaw it in the
 fridge and warm it up on Thanksgiving Day.
 Love it!!!  
Delicious and No Stress for Me!  
Whoo Hoo!!



Love the header pic and this one, that I caught in the late afternoon
as the sun was going down.  So Pretty I think!



#2
for take out Mexican food from Chili's 
while I am doing all the prep for
 Thanksgiving company and dinner.




See the green tree right behind the first pink tree........



#3
for my sweet understanding hubby who has
 no problem with getting take out or eating 
sandwiches at times like this.
He is just so easy and helpful...............
such a blessing!





 After we were there a week this is what
it looked like..............such a quick and
amazing transformation,  and it was almost
bare by the time we left............lol



#4
that the house is all spic and spam
and ready for Dee and Jerry, and
the rest of the family.  Don't you
just love it when you have just
cleaned your house and it looks
so great!  I sure do!!




See how sparse the trees are now,  that happened
by our 2nd week there.  Now you can see the
houses across the street more...........lol


#5
that the gravy and stuffing is all made.
Have to say that the stuffing and gravy
are two of my fav parts of 
Thanksgiving dinner.






#6
that Dee and Jerry arrived safe and sound,
a few hours later than they were suppose
to, but just happy they made!






#7
for the fun evening we had on Wed. nite
after Dee and Jerry arrived, celebrating
 Megans Birthday.  We were a little early
on her birthday this year, but her twin
brother is here for her actual birthday
 on Sunday, and of course, she would
like to spend it with him, as she doesn't
 get that opportunity often, so we figured 
we would surprise her and do it while
the whole family was together on
Wednesday.  Due to Thanksgiving
and so much going on at once we
just got some great Take out from
an Italian Restaurant, and think we
all really enjoyed it.



These yellow trees look amazing when they are in full leaf.,
As you can see they have already lost a lot of leaves.



#8
for a really fun and relaxing Thanksgiving.
Scott and Megan did an awesome job on
the brunch, and it was so nice that the whole
 family could be together again this year.  
We didn't really expect that to happen, 
 so it was a extra special blessing...............



Now you can see this lil garden area at the top of their 
street now that the trees are all bare.



#9
that all my food came out well, cause we
changed up a few things this year, we made
a fried Turkey Breast hubby found at Sam's
and it was already cooked and we only had
to warm it, and they all liked that.  Then I 
changed up my brocoli casserole, and instead
 of using cream of mushroom soup, I used 
cheesy brocoli soup, as Jerry does not like
 mushroom soup, and neither do I really, and
 it was a great change we all liked it better,
 then I used scallions in my 24 hr. salad, since
 the last few times I have made it the onions
 have been so strong it sort of permeated the
 salad,  so we liked that change too............
so it was such an enjoyable dinner, and we
 can't wait to do it over again as leftovers! lol



Looking more like Winter now.............



#10
that Dee will be back on Saturday some-
time and will get to stay until Monday......
Unfortunately, Jerry has to be back for 
work before then, so he is graciously kind
 to share her with us for a few more days.



even with all the bare trees there are still some full of Fall
leaves...................


#11
for my family, my friends in everyday life 
and online, my home and yard, that my 
hubby loves his job, for all the trips we
have gotten to take to Asheville over the
last few years, for our church home and
church family, and for so many wonder-
ful gifts that Lord has blessed us with
that as my Dad used to say,  that you
can' tack a dollar bill too!  and they are
many and varied,  even in trials,  God is
good...........which leads me to my next
and last Thankful..........




These  pic and the one below I took for
the Holly Trees,  thought they were just 
so pretty!  would love to have one of these.




#12
First and Foremost, and maybe last but certainly 
no where near least on my list is for Jesus,  and 
that he was willing to go to the cross to save me
 and everyone from our sin debt that we are all
 born with..............and to bring us into newness
of life and to give us the great gifts of His
spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness,
Goodness, Gentleness and Self Control.
He never leaves us or forsakes us, and is
always there for us, He is the best friend
we could ever have!





These 2 pictures (the one above and below)
I took because they  reminded me so much
 of Germany when we lived there, 40+ years
 ago. Dismal overcast skies and misting rain
were a norm, and in our area houses were
 built on hills and mountains like this, and 
even the houses look the same from the
distance, and of course, the bare trees in
winter....lol
These were taken for old times sake!  lol





Thought this one below looks so funny  cause you
see all these bare trees and then here is the yellow
one just full of leaves.







Well, there you have it our ............
Thanksgiving Edition!  lol

Wonderful that you could stop by for a visit.

If you missed Part 1 of Fall in Asheville
and would like to view it, Click here.


Hope all is well in your next of the woods.

Love, Hugs,
and Last of November Blessings,
Nellie

Can you believe next Tuesday is
December 1st??   Think we might put
up our tree today,  as we are not black

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Fall Birthday Table for our son, Part 1



Happy Tuesday Sweet Friends,

Hope your Thanksgiving Preparations 
are well underway at your house.


They are still underway over here!  
Today will be cleaning, setting the
table, and tonight making the stuffing
mix.  At least that is my plan, Lord
willing!!  I at least feel like I might
just make it now.........since I have
gotten caught up almost.  Course, it
 is amazing the last minute things that
 can crop up.  lol  Am sure praying 
there want be many of those.  lol


Todays pictures are from weekend
before last,  when we finally got to
celebrate my son's birthday.  Since
 I was not feeling too well, some paper
goods I had bought back in October at
 the Christmas Tree store came to mind,
so thought they would be good for a guy
 table and also made for easier clean up.
  I like to share these once in awhile, just
 to show that you can have a pretty table
even using paper goods.
The cost was only $3.00 for plates and
 napkins, and hopefully that should be
 affordable to most everyone, and most
importantly we all had a great time.




First of all I made a cake stand by using a
 juice glass that went with my other brown
 drinking glasses, then tucked a few small
 napkins that matched the other paper goods 
into the glass and turned it upside down,
then added the gold salad plate on top,
and added some brown shredded paper
(it comes in bags in the gift wrap area)
to sort of make a nest, then added the
pretty lil rusty orange pumpkin.





A look down the table.... Stuck an extra
 napkin inside each glass just cause
 I liked how it looked.



 with paint daubs affect





It is hard to see, but there is a row of pumpkins
 on the plates toward the top.




With Difference clouds affect
Accidentally found this new affect
and thought it interesting!!  lol





Leaves compliments of Asheville again!  lol
Since the leaves also compliment the plates.




 With Posterized Affect




Since I already had these chocolate Brown
 ribbons cut from another table I did a few
 years back, where I tied the napkins with
 them, decided to use them to tie the 
silverware together this time.



With Cutout Affect






Even tho I use paper goods I tend to 
always use regular silverware and 
glasses, just cause I think it looks
 a bit more classy................and
you don't have to worrry about
anything breaking or leaking!





This was at the other end of the table
 since no one was sitting there, just
added a few decorative pieces.






An overview..........I also used some pretty
 leaf candle cups and the lil leaf medallions, 
in the centerpiece. I will tell you about them
 in Part 2, (cause I had lots of pics, but also
have used lots of affects for fun too)
.......which will be coming up soon.



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Thanks so much for coming by to visit
and ................


I want to take this opportunity to say, 
"that I hope you have a wonderful time 
with Family and/or Friends around the
 table counting your blessings.
  I count each of you, who follow/read
 my blog, and also the bloggers of the
 ones I read, as a friend and blessing.
Each of you have enriched my life in
so many different ways.........and I 
thank the Lord for each of you!"

So keep your light shining brightly!




Happy Thanksgiving!!



Love and  Hugs,