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Easy & Yummy Cranberry Sauce

I am  not a fan of canned cranberry jelly sauce but, after making homemade cranberry sauce a few years back it is a family tradition for the Holiday’s.  It is super easy and so yummy!

Recipe:
1 cup Orange Juice
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cups Cranberries
Dissolve sugar into OJ on the stove. Pour in Cranberries and cook for 10 minutes until Cranberries pop. Set aside in a jar and it will thicken as it cools. I stuck mine in the fridge to chill.
A few ideas besides just for the Turkey…chill it and eat it with cream cheese and wheat thin crackers. Also tastes good on bread with your turkey sandwiches or use it for topping on ice cream. 
Happy Thanksgiving Ya’ll!
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Horse + Girl = Horse Lover

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These 4 girls love horses and I would say the horses love them too! Nothing quite like seeing the bond between a horse and their rider. We sure love our horses and I love these special pictures I captured! I am going to miss the beautiful fall days at the barn with winter starting to set in. I am already counting down the days until spring time!

DIY Built-In Desk

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We have an out cove in our 2nd story hallway that was perfect for built-ins of some sort and I had always wanted a desk with cabinets. I had a table in the spot acting as a desk but, it just was always piled with stuff and disorganized.  So, while I was gone to Be You Be Beautiful my husband put these cabinets in and it was so easy…let’s face it my  husband is not a skilled carpenter so anyone can do this.

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He bought 2 base cabinets from Lowe’s, cabinet base board, 2 drawer pulls and a piece of Formica counter top.  He set the cabinets in place and then placed the counter top on top. Now he did have to have the counter top trimmed to fit the space but, he took it to have a friend help him cut it.  Then he drilled holes for the drawer pulls in the drawer fronts, cut the base molding for the cabinets and slide them in place. Everything fits snug so he never did screw or nail anything in place.
He didn’t remove any of the base molding along the wall so there is a small gap but, I love that it all easily can be moved out and changed, painted behind, etc. if needed.  He did drill a hole in the center of the counter so my cords can easily run down to the plug.
I also picked up that barstool height chair at IKEA that was very inexpensive and very comfortable to sit at.
Built in Office Desk
So, here you see my blogging spot.  I still have a few things I have in the works to make the space more functional but, for now it has been a great comfortable work space…though stuff still gets dumped by the kids when they don’t know where something goes…not sure that problem is fixable.
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Fall Thanksgiving Tree

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Every year we do a Thankful Tree and this year I decided on a little twist on the tradition. We collect branches and twigs every year to make our tree and then hang paper leaves with what we are thankful for.  This year we have added the wax leaves I posted about in my last post.

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Gather some branches or twigs when you are collecting beautiful leaves. Arrange them in a vase or large jar with something to weight down the vase and help hold the branches in place.
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Take your wax leaves and tie them onto the branches with twine or jute.  Now, I haven’t completely finished the tree yet but, I will have the kids write on some cute tags of what they are grateful for and hang them from the tree.
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I gathered up extra leaves to set at the base of the tree.  I just love looking at all the leaves we dipped in wax.
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I also hung some pom-pom puffs from the light hanging over the table and just in case you missed the tutorial on how to make the puffs or the wax leaves you can click here.
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Fall Coffee Filter Pom Pom’s & Waxed Leaf Garland

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I had so much fun today creating this fun easy and very inexpensive Fall Garland for Thanksgiving Décor.

Fall Coffee Filter Garland
1. Buy Natural Basket-Style Coffee Filters. I think mine were $1.89
2. Separate out the filters and lay them flat.
3. Crinkle it up in a ball.
4. Smooth it back out.
5. Stack in groups of 10 & get out the stapler.
6. Staple 2 staples towards the center with a enough room to poke a hole in the center of them.
7. Fold in half and cut hole or poke hole.
8. Feed your twine or jute through the hole.
9. Scrunch up your pom-pom. I start with one side working toward the center.  Then do the other side and then scrunch both sides together making a cute scrunch messy pom-pom ball!
Next the waxed leaves.  Collect lots of pretty leaves and don’t forget fun twigs and sticks while you are at (for another project) with fun little boys in camo gear and pretty horses.
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Those horses are sure fun especially when they follow you around with curiosity probably thinking you have food for them in your bucket of leaves. Oh yes getting side tracked…onto the wax leaves.
Wax Fall Leaves
1. Buy paraffin wax at the grocery store. Mine I have had for 14 years at least sitting in my cupboard.
2. Cut some off the block and put in a throw away pan on your stove burner. Slowly melt the wax. (Learned the hard way and melted it fast only to have my downstairs all nice and Smokey.)
3. Use tongs and spatula that can be thrown away or cleaned after use or that you don’t care gets wax on it. Dip one leaf at a time with a thin coat of wax.
4. Let drip dry over pan and excess wax falls off.
5. Use wax paper to set leaves on to dry or in my case I used plastic wrap and foil with non-stick cooking spray on it.
6. Once cool and dried moved to another surface to make room for more leaves.
Tie them in between your pom- poms with more twine or jute and you are done! Or hang them with fishing wire all by themselves strung across a window.
I had everything for this project on hand except for the coffee filters so all of this cost me under $2. The kids all helped as well with the pom-pom’s and leaf waxing making it a fun family project.

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Chicken Wire Bulletin Board

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Here is one of the other fun projects I made with a thrift store frame. 

I spray painted the frame heirloom white and then glazed it with a black glaze.  Staple gunned the chicken wire on the back and it was done! Super easy and great way to add some fun to hang all those papers, invitations and announcements you need to keep around!
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Thrift Store Wood Bench

I found this bench at the Thrift Store a month ago and I just love it!
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I found the cute ruffle pillow at Ross just hours before I found the bench and knew I find the perfect place for it! So glad I snatched it up while I was there even though I had no idea this bench was in my future.
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Let’s be real though…this bench has become a dumping ground but, I am okay with it.  I have piles at the bottom of the stairs from the kids.  At least it is up off the floor on the bench now and every once in awhile it gets cleaned off so I can admire its old beauty.
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