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Good Day fine friends.

  I have found myself in a bread making frenzy.   I can not get enough of the wonderful smells and delicious flavors.  With the Fall season on or heals it make me happy to be in the kitchen baking again.

I have to say my front door has been decorated for the fall season for 2 weeks now. I could not wait any longer.

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Here in the South, we do not get much fall weather as you have heard me say many times.  I am determined to be ready for the day it shows up!

 While looking through my emails the other day I found this simple and delicious recipe for Rosemary Focaccia Bread and I had to make it!!!! So get ready because you will want make this as soon as possible.

Rosemary Focaccia Bread

1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast

1 2/3 cups lukewarm water (100° to 110°)

4 1/2 cups bread flour

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon table salt

2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, divided

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

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Stir together yeast and warm water in bowl of a heavy-duty electric stand mixer; let stand 5 minutes.

Add bread flour, 1/4 cup oil, and 1 Tbsp. table salt to yeast mixture. Beat on low speed, using paddle attachment, 10 seconds or until blended.

 Increase speed to medium. Beat 45 seconds or until dough is smooth. Add 1 Tbsp. rosemary.

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Replace paddle attachment with dough hook; increase speed to medium-high, and beat 4 minutes. (Dough will be sticky.)

Turn dough onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (about 1 minute).

Place in a greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover dough with plastic wrap, and let rise in a warm place (80° to 85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Press dough into a well greased 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan, pressing to about 1/4-inch thickness.

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Cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm place 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 475°. Press handle of a wooden spoon into dough to make indentations at 1-inch intervals; drizzle with 3 Tbsp. oil.

Sprinkle with kosher salt and remaining 1 Tbsp. rosemary.

Bake 14 to 16 minutes or until top is light brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack, and cool 10 minutes.

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This made so much bread! I was able to give my wonderful Sister in Law a gallon bag full. And I still had tons left.

I am working on a few projects so look forward to seeing them soon.

Until Then,

Wende

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Hello all,

  As we all know it is nearing the most amazing time of year… Mad Tea Party Time!

Vanessa Valencia from A Fanciful Twist is hosting her Mad Tea Blog Party and you do not want to miss out.

If you click on the link above you can see her original  post

for how to join in the Blog Party Fun.

Hope to see you there!

Until Then,

Wende

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Welcome My pretties! Yay It is that time again.

The Wonderful Vanessa Valencia of A Fanciful Twist is hosting her 6th Annual Halloween Blog Party.

 I promise, you do not want to miss this!

Take a look and see how you can be a part of such a wonderful event!!

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Until Then,

Wende

 

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I love decorating for all occasions / holidays.  I used to hang a seasonal flag on our house but our new house does not have a place to put a flag pole.  So instead I have hung wreathes or lights or both.  I figured “hey, I can make these decorations myself!” So my new hobby started taking form.  I got a saw, my husband helped me pick out the correct type of wood and I drew the designs myself. I have tons of craft paint so I knew I was well on my way.  I have to say learning how to maneuver the saw was the most time-consuming but it has gotten easier each project.  I hope to start selling my creations. It will be fun. I can personalize any of the Door Decor I make.

Here is a look at some of my creations.

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I am working on a few new shapes for the holiday season. Check back for more soon!

If you are interested in anything let me know!

Until Then,

Wende

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Happy Hump Day to you!!!

I hope that you have had a good first half of the week.  Mine has been, once again, busy!.  I am going on a little mini vacation with my Sister and Niece next Friday so I have tried to get everything I need, ahead of time. We are renting a house down in Orange Beach, Alabama!  I have not been to the beach in about 7 years. This is so sad because I only live 45 minutes from there.  I really need to make time for the fun things in life. With the big 40 lurking in the shadows, I feel this is a very important part of being happy.

So keep posted because I will make sure to share some photos from my vacation.

Now on to the crafting.  I guess you could call this a craft but it is also an up cycle project of sorts.  My bathroom is small and I have no cabinets, counter top or drawers. I have a pedestal sink a shower and a toilet. That is all.

So I have a ton of make up bags stuffed to the hilt with all of my make up stuff.  I decided to change that.  I figured I could up cycle an old picture frame, some spray paint, and magnets I had lying around.

Here is what you need

DIY Make-Up Station

One old picture frame.

Spray paint.

Silicon glue, or strong adhesive of choice.

Magnets.

1 metal pencil organizer.

1 piece of sheet metal cut to size of inside of frame. ( I got mine from lowes)

  Take the glass out of the frame.

Spray paint the frame the color of choice. Let dry completely.

Place the metal in the frame and use your adhesive to secure it in place. I put one coat and let dry.

Put a second coat on and make the corners wide for better security. Let dry completely.

While this is drying you can use the same adhesive and glue your magnets to the back of your make up compacts.

I have much more that I am waiting to dry so I can place them on the station.

A last-minute idea  was to attach 2 eye hooks at the top of the frame for hanging purposes.

When everything is dry and ready you can hang it on you wall in the bathroom.

I guess if you have enough space you could just place it on your counter and lean it against the wall.

This way you would not put holes in your walls.

Also when you run out of your make up and need to replace it you can just pull the magnet off of the back and glue it to the new one!

Done!

See how freaking cute this is!

  I think this would be a great project for a kitchen and your spices!  Oh I see another project in my future. How about you???

Alright, I am off to take dinner out of the oven then it is sewing time.  I have a cute little project that I am working on.

Pics to come!!

Until Then,

Wende

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Top O’the Mornin to ya,

I know St. Patrick’s Day is over but I did not get a chance to tell you on the actual day. I was out of town on a girls trip/wedding adventure.  My Sis In Law and I took a road trip to Tallahassee Florida for our Cousin’s Wedding celebration.  We had a blast getting away from our everyday lives, if only for a few days.

So when I came home I set my crafting sights on an out door lighting project. I do not have much light in my back yard and I love having coffee, beer, wine and crawfish. . .  out back any time possible! So I made an outdoor chandelier.

So easy and very cute.

Here we go!!

What you Need!

1 hula hoop ( I got the smallest one I could find.)

I had no idea they came in different sizes.

2 pieces of craft twine cut to 4 1/2 inches long.

2 strands of icicle lights.

Take the 2 pieces of twine and fold in half. tie a loop. You should have 4 single strands.

Now tie each strand in a knot to the hula hoop.

Wrap the first strand of lights around the hula hoop.

Now add the second strand and make your way up the strands.

I used zip ties to

attach the light to the strands so I could adjust them later.

Now you can hang your light from a tree limb.

Again I used a zip tie so I can take the light down and move it to another location if I want to.

My Husband and I ate dinner outside for the first time this season. It was soooo nice!!!

The entire time we were putting the light together Daisy Mae wanted to play! She waited so patiently. She is a funny puppy!!!!

Now go on and hit the store to get your supplies. You know you want one of these!!

Until Then,

Wende

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Welcome to my Blog on this crisp chilly morning.  I hope you can stay for a spell!

I hope you feel welcome! I love having visitors.

The table is set and ready for you to join the frightful fun.

I set some goodies out for you but it looks like the ghostly party goers have helped themselves.

The night rolls in and the Goblins are starting to dance and frolic about.

Twinkle lights mean that the fun is just beginning, so kick up your pointed shoes and hike up your skirts!

Roast some marshmallows and warm your toes.

This weather is the best for a cozy little fire in the back yard don’t you think?

Let’s take a moment to remember those who have left this living world.

I am sure they are dancing around the fire with us and enjoying the wonderful Halloween Spirit.

As our evening comes to a close pick a pumpkin as a token of thanks for your visit to my party.

I say good bye and relax in my chair for a bit of contemplation of our fantastical evening!

Thank You & see you next year!!

Until Then,

Wende

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