Sunday, January 2, 2011

My Favorite Things

Happy New fast it came this year. OK who am I kidding I say that every year! There never seems to be enough time in a day to do all that I NEED to do and all that I WANT to do. But since my sweet husband is snoring and sleep has eluded me once again I will use this quiet time to share with you some of my favorite things from 2010.

Favorite Recipes:

Rolo Cookie Recipe

Lisa's Mexican Caviar

Jackie's Mango Chicken Chili

Of course there are many, many more but you will find many of them in my next favorite things.

Favorite Blogs:

As you all know I am a blog stalker and this year I hit the JACK POT!
There are so many talented women out there and I am finding them one by one. Women who can cook, bake, sew, decorate,spend wisely,take amazing pictures and the list goes on and on. I wish I could list them all, and actually I have. They are on my side bar but I will give you a peek at at few of my very, very favorites!

Jackie (I am one of the lucky ones who gets to use the short version of her name...LOL)
from Purple Chocolat Home.
 OMGosh is this lady full of talent she fits in the ALL the categories I listed above. Take a stroll over and visit her and her amazing home!

And then there is Joni at Red Couch Recipes. She is actually Jackie's sister and equally as talented. I know each time I visit her blog my family will be smiling at dinner that night!

Then there is true southern sister of the heart. I found her blog Southern Comfort by accident and then just fell in love with her. Because I too am a southern girl living a life somewhere other than home. Take a peek at her blog and I bet you fall in love with her too!

Becca over at Adventures In Decorating just knocks my socks off. This lady has a beautiful home with enough flair to make it elegant and enough love to make it comfortable. In fact I know I will be stealing borrowing a few of her Christmas ideas next year!

Want to learn how to set a table properly, turn a plain napkin into a work of art, create tablescapes that will amaze your guest then head over to Between Naps On The Porch. You will find all that and more. I use it for a reference guide all the time.

I love beautiful jewelry and I bet you do to. And if it fits into my budget I like it even more. Theresa at Theresa's Creations can give you just that. Beautiful jewelry at an affordable price. You can buy pieces she has already on hand or she can custom design a piece for you. Her beautiful jewelry is also sold at Anastasia's Attic.

You know when you see the most amazing cakes and cupcakes and you think they are sooo beautiful but then you bite into them and they taste like sawdust...well my friends and fellow bloggers are you in for a treat. My sweet friend Tatum (don't you just love her name) at Bumble Cakes does an incredible job at decorating them but they taste is OMGOsh slap your mama good!! She has so many wonderful flavors to choose from and she will help you come up with a design to fit any occasion. I have never had a cupcake that tasted so good. If I didn't already live in Utah I would move here just to eat her yummy treats!

Ever at a loss as to what to cook for dinner....breakfast and lunch too for that matter. Well look no more. Because if you can't find something that will please even your pickiest eaters her at Sister's Cafe then you might as well just give up and eat cold cereal forever. These ladies rock the recipe world! Plus they are all so stinking cute you will just love them.

Have you ever received a really cute invitation announcing a birth, a wedding, birthday party...etc...and said WOW that is so cute. Where did they have this made? Well, I will tell you....they got it from my sweet BFF Tammy over at Show and Tell Designs.

Do you ever go to yard sales and see a piece of furniture, and old table dresser, or chair for instance and it has seen some love over the know it has dents and nicks and cuts  and you wonder why would any one want that? I will tell you why...because there are some very talented people out there who can look at a piece of furniture and see what it once was and what it could be again. I have two beautiful chairs and a table in my bedroom that I was given for Christmas that proves it. OK, so I told you my BFF was talented and could design beautiful invitations and announcements for but she is also one of those people of vision was talking about too. Check out her trash to treasure redo's at Mychaez Her beautiful creations or should we say re-creations are also found at Upon the Shelf at Gardner Village

Ok, this posting is already waaay longer than I intended and I have only listed a few recipes and a few blogs. I knew that would happen. I hope you have not fallen asleep! Guess I will have to do another post later and include some of my other favorite things.

Wishing you all a very happy and healthy 2011.


  1. Thank you so much for the shout out! I love Becca too! Isn't she wonderful? Your card will be sent out again tomorrow for the second time. I hope it gets to you!

    Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words you are the greatest!

  3. Hi, thanks for the shout out and the links to some fantastic blogs that I need to check out. Happy New Year! Joni

  4. Hey there! Please forgive me for not writing sooner! Thank you SO much for your sweet words ... I don't deserve them. And, like you, I adore Melanie! She's *real* and her decorating is wonderful. Again, thanks so much. I look forward to following you along in the new year. Hugs, Becca

  5. awe, thanks cricket! your are one awesome woman!!!! so glad you started this blog, keep it going i check it often and tell people about you everyday!!!! so blessed to know u!