Mason Jar Candle Lanterns

These sweet lanterns are on sale for $7.50 at Pottery Barn, but I’m sure I could make them cheaper at home.  All it takes are the jars, sand, candles, wire and wire cutters.

Hopefully I’ll have some time to work on it later in the summer when we get back from Bosnia.  If I do, I’ll post some “how to” photos and Mason jars come in different sizes and shapes which would make them even more fun.

Aren’t they cute, though?

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Christmas Crock Pot Ham


Of course, I have several events to post about, but no time at the present.  I thought I’d offer a quick suggestion for a great recipe if you’re making ham this year for your holiday celebrations.
I found this recipe last year and it was delicious and so easy!  I substituted orange juice for the ginger ale and added a few extra cloves and brown sugar for a larger ham, but otherwise stayed pretty much with the recipe.
The awesome thing is that you can do it in a crockpot and have it cooking while you’re at church or opening presents or busy with other things, then its’ ready when you are!  It has amazing flavor and doesn’t dry out!
Give it a try and let me know how you like it.
Citrus Crocked Ham Recipe (compliments of BetterRecipes.com)
Enjoy!

Day 8 – Journal Your Christmas

Are you wondering where the posts for days 1 – 7 are?  Well, for now they’re in my head.  I’ve been too busy to do any posts, but I’m gathering lots of thoughts and ideas.  Once we get to Sunday I should have a LOT more time, I think… and maybe I’ll try to go back and catch up on some of the journaling days that I’ve missed.

This week we have practice on Weds night (which is also our 32nd wedding anniversary), our Home Group Christmas party (here) on Thursday night, Terry has a concert in Scottsdale on Friday night, we’re celebrating our anniversary on Saturday and we will be helping with worship at church on Sunday morning.   Then I think the schedule is pretty open until Christmas.  Yea!  Oh, I still have some Christmas shopping and wrapping to finish up, but that’s easy peasy compared to these last few weeks.

I thought I could post about today’s topic since it’s about the Sights of the Season.  I’ve already been snapping pics this month, so I can easily find what I need.

I love this photo above of our cat, Shredder.  She’s trying to look so innocent, but you can see the evidence of her tail wagging if you look at the trees on the windowsill.
This past Friday and Saturday 12/4 & 5 – my hubby played in a Christmas Concert each night with some of our best friends.  (He’s the third one from the right in the rust colored shirt.)  Randy Thompson is the featured musician in this band, since many of the songs were written by him.  Terry loves playing these concerts with Randy and I love going to them!  It’s such an awesome way to start the holiday season.


Another one of my favorite sights in December is the bare branch that hangs in the living room.  It’s so much fun to change the decor with the seasons.  This winter it’s sparkly!  Silver, gold, crystal and white snowflakes, icicles and other various ornaments.  With these decorations it can stay up past Christmas and through the other winter months as well.

And here’s a little peek at our Christmas bathroom.  This year, I made the two framed pieces on the walls.  The black framed picture is filled with holiday designs and expressions from scrapbook paper and the red one, framed in white is “Merry Christmas” greetings on wrapping paper.  What a fun and easy way to change out your framed artwork for the holidays!

Be sure to click to enlarge the photos.

Decorating our home is one of my favorite parts of the holidays.  Thanks for visiting!

White Chicken Chili Recipe

It’s Fall in Arizona!

I wore a jacket and scarf last week and this week we’re enjoying the cool crisp air in North Carolina!

Here’s a great recipe for Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili that I found on BettyCrocker.com.  I tried it last year and it’s VERY easy and delicious!

Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Cilantro Pesto Chicken Tenders

Recipe: After dozens of requests (or maybe just a couple) here’s the recipe that I talked about earlier along with a few more tips…

This is also great on shrimp. The cilantro gives it kind of a mexican flair, but not spicey. We made fajitas with the leftovers and there was enough flavor on the chicken that we didn’t even need to add more spices for the fajitas…just grilled peppers and onions…quick and tasty!

Cilantro Pesto Chicken Tenders

Marinating time: 2 hours, minimum

Marinade
2 Tblsp coarsely chopped walnuts
2 med garlic cloves
1 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves and tender stems
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 lb chicken breast tenders
1 lime, cut in wedges

To make the marinade: In a food processor, finely chop the walnuts and garlic. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the cilantro, parsley, salt and pepper and process until finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly add the oil to create a smooth puree.

Place the chicken in a large, resealable plstic bag and add the marinade. Press the air out of the bag and seal tightly. Turn the bag to distribute the marinade, place in a bowl and refrigerate minimum 2 hours.

Remove the chicken from the bag and thread onto skewers. Grill over DIRECT HIGH HEAT until the meat is firm and the juices run clear, 6 to 8 minutes, turning once. Serve warm topped with lime juice.

What have you done with my husband?

Who is this man in my kitchen and what have you done with my husband?

Let’s start with my lucky number 7…could be lucky because my birthday is 7/7!

Anyway, I’m just loving the fact that Terry has decided that he wants to be adventurous with the grill. He’s been trying out some fantastic recipes that are absolutely delicious. Tonight he made Cilantro Pesto Chicken Tenders. mmmm… Instead of using the standard boneless chicken breasts, he tried it with boneless thighs and shrimp. Both were wonderful!

The other night we had coffee crusted pork chops with a bourbon cream sauce. Excellent as well!

Of course, the kitchen gets a little more messy, but it’s well worth it. Now we need to invest in a good food processor. All I have is one of those mini ones which just won’t cut it for these recipes from scratch. Now that we’ve tried them out, we can serve them to guests. Anyone available for dinner?