How To Create A Fresh Greenery Display

 

 

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I love making fresh greenery displays during the holidays.  The fresh greenery smells so good and they look great as center
pieces.  I also love it on the mantel during the holidays.   Purchasing fresh greenery from garden centers or your local nursery can be expensive.  I have resorted to making my own using the greenery on my property.  I’m not a professional decorator or florist, but I’m happy and I save money on displays that I will only use for a few weeks.
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How To Decorate A Vintage Sled

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Do you love my vintage sled?  It’s dressed up for Christmas and bringing back so many memories.  I found this beauty in an antique shop in Lancaster, PA.  They had several sleds in the shop, but I was looking for a special sled.  It had to be a Lightning Guider and I just wasn’t going to settle for less. Luckily the owner was in the shop and heard my conversation with a few of the girls that I was traveling with.  She came out and said I have a Lightning Guider in the back if you would like to see it.   It was exactly what I was looking for, and the owner sold it to me for far less than its value.  

When I was growing up we had plenty of snow in the winter and plenty of Lightning Guider sleds to use.  We jumped for joy when school was canceled because we knew  we would be sled riding all day and eating King’s Syrup sandwiches.  They were so yummy and we didn’t have to bother mom to fix our sandwiches. We grabbed the bread, the syrup can and fixed all that we wanted. Anyway after our syrup sandwiches, we would bundle up and head across the street for hours of fun sled riding.  We would stay out until we just about froze. I remember my father pulling off our boots and sitting us beside the wood stove so we could  thaw outI also remember him using sandpaper to sharpen the blades so the sleds would go faster.  Old the good ole days. 

They stopped manufacturing the Lightning Guider in the 1990’s.  What a shame, it was the fastest and the best quality sled on the market.  It is now a classic, and I will hold on to it forever.

I decided to pull the sled out of storage and use it on my front porch for the winter.  I needed fresh greenery for a few center pieces that I want to work on for my tables  so I decided to add it to the sled as well.   Luckily I have plenty of pines, spruce and other greenery surrounding my property.  If you’re not as lucky, check out your local Christmas tree lot.  Most are more than willing to give you a few bundles for free.

I love combining different greenery in my center pieces.  I used 2 varieties of spruce and pine cuttings in this bundle. I tied the bundle together with gardening twist ties and than tied the greenery to the sled with additional gardening twist ties.  The bow was already on the sled so I just fluffed it out and readjusted it.  The bells are from a wreath that I purchased at the local Goodwill.  A friend found the ice skates at a local in Pennsylvania and shipped them to me, lol.  She knew that I would use them for Christmas, lol. The greenery will stay fresh in the cold air through the holiday season.

Did you have a Lightning Guider when you were growing up? If not, share a memory from your days of sledding.

 

 

Sunday’s Best Linkup – #49

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Welcome to Week 49 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. Thanksgiving is over and preparations for the holidays is in full swing in my neck of the woods. I will be decorating the house and tree, baking cookies, purchasing and making gifts, and watching lots of holiday movies. I can’t leave out the eggnog, it’s my favorite beverage during the holidays. This is the first week of our Tis The Season theme. We’re looking for holidays posts for crafts, recipes, decorating inspiration, gift ideas, and anything you would like to share surrounding the holidays.

We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.

Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best featured blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts Pinned to the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.

We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from our readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Fridays.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the reader’s and hosts selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Hosts Are:

Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother Kim U. – Pinterested Parent Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone

 

Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.

The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.

Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave.

 

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Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party!

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

Kim U. selected Pet Paw Snowflakes from Busy Being Jennifer

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I selected Pumpkin Pecan French Toast for One from Designer Trapped

french toast breakfast ideas, breakfast for one

 

 and

Marshmallow Maple Sweet Potato Poppers from Living Livida Holoka

appetizers, recipes, sweet poppers

Kim M. selected 3 Simple Table Settings from Flamingo Toes
 

Christmas table settings, Chrstmas tablescape


The Readers Selected:

 

Teach Your Child The Value of Giving from Inspiration for Mom

Advent calendar

 

The Favorite Theme Posts

Deck The Halls

 

Gift Wrapping With Kraft Paper from Busy Being Jennifer

 

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and

 

Nutcracker Cookies from Of Mice and Ramen

Christmas cookie ideas, Christmas nutcrackers, nutcrackers

 

and

DIY Holiday Centerpieces with Fresh Greenery from Lemon Thistle

Christmas centerpieces, Christmas greenery

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected next week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love. Be sure to connect on social media.


My Thanksgiving Turkey

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I hope everyone had a Safe and Blessed Thanksgiving.  I spent Thanksgiving with my daughter and her family and one of their family friends and his children. We spend the day cooking a turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, collard greens, greenbeans and corn, sweet potato casserole, sour kraut, macaroni and cheese, stuffing, cornbread and rolls.

Since we were serving both a turkey and ham, we went with a 15 pound bird instead of 20-25 pounds. Here she is golden brown and surrounded by Golden Delicious apples on a bed of fresh parsley.  As you can see I don’t stuff my bird,  I prepare my stuffing as a side dish. One because I don’t like overly moist stuffing and second it cuts down on the cooking time. 

This year I decided to marinate my turkey overnight in a brine of water, brown sugar, garlic, kosher salt, and vanilla.  I won’t do it again, with the exception of it being saltier I didn’t notice much of an addition to the flavor. I prefer injecting my turkey with a Cajun flavor or just allowing it to roast slowly and basting it often with butter.

What size turkey do you normally prepare and how do you add flavor to your turkey?  Share your Thanksgiving memories here

 

Show Me Your Turkey Linkup

 

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Show Me Your Turkey!  Mother 2 Mother will be hosting a Show Me Your Turkey linky party starting November 26 and ending December 5 at midnight.  The linky will be dedicated to Thanksgiving turkeys, tables, and stories of you, your family and friends. We spend all day cooking, basting, baking, and enjoying time with family so lets share our hard day’s work and family love.  Be sure to mark your calendar and join the fun. 

I’ve planned my menu and I’m picturing the house filled with family, delicious aromas, the Macy’s Day parade, football and a huge turkey as the center piece on the table surrounded by all the trimmings. 

The posts doesn’t have to been elaborate, just a picture of your turkey or table and a few words letting us know how your day went, what you served, and any funny or disastrous moments. What will you be serving?

Get your camera and posts ready.  It’s a great way to relieve some stress and you could be the featured blogger of our Turkey Baster, Table Queen, and I Survived Thanksgiving awards. Here’s a few details on the awards: 

  • Turkey Baster: Best Looking Turkey
  • Table Queen: Best Table Setting
  • I Survived Thanksgiving: Best story (Precious or Disastrous) 

Hope to see you there.

Olde Westport Spice Company

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It’s chili and soup season.  Olde Westport Spice Company is a 33-year-old spice manufacturer that is still going strong. This online company operates a small plant in Goodland, Kansas, and knows a thing or two about spices, seasonings and soups. This family owned and operated company was originally founded in the Kansas City area and has stayed true to its mission of making custom spice blends for main meal dishes and appetizers as well as nearly 20 varieties of dry soups. The products are available online at www.oldewestportspice.com; at food-related craft and trade shows throughout the Midwest; and at gift and gourmet food shops. Olde Westport’s spice blends and seasonings include Italian, Cajun, Taco, Fajita, Chili, Jalapeno, Beef Sauce, Salsa, Garlic and many more. All of the products use quality ingredients for a balanced flavor that compliments meats, pastas and vegetables. The company also invented dry soup mixes that are simple and easy to make including Antonio’s Minestrone, Country-Style Creamy Potato, Chipotle Black Bean, Creamy Broccoli and Cheese, Kansas City Steak & Ale, Gold Coast Garlic Pasta Alfredo, Mesa Flats Chicken Enchilada, New Orleans Red Bean & Rice, Southwestern Tortilla, White Chili Soup and more. Olde Westport Spice and Trading Co. is owned and operated by Bill and Judy Petersen, who along with their daughter, Ann Myers, also own and run a restaurant (Westport Grill) in Goodland featuring the products. Bill first custom created all of the spices and seasonings in the kitchen of his home. Today the company has a manufacturing facility where Bill still researches and develops new recipes and dishes for future products.

CHAMPIONSHIP CHILI SPICE BLEND – This championship spice has helped chili creators win 12 state and national championships throughout the years and all over the US! But what is most important to us about our Olde Westport Chili Spice Blend is that our customers love to use it in their chili whether it’s for a national championship cook-off challenge or simply for their own family in their cozy kitchen on a cold winter’s night. We’ve heard from countless customers that our attention to detail and quality is what makes this chili spice blend stand out above the competitors. We know you might put beans in your chili or maybe you add apples and sausage or perhaps you have a special recipe that is top secret but starts with thick-cut bacon… however you concoct your chili we hope you’ll try our chili spice blend.

GOLD COAST GARLIC SHAKE – Gold Coast Garlic Shake spice blend is truly one of those special blends of garlic, herbs and spices that our customers use in sour cream dips, sprinkle over steamed vegetables, fresh vegetables from your garden, garlic mashed potatoes or steak on the grill. There are more than 50 recipes in the Olde Westport Gold Coast Garlic Cookbook that will give you lots of ideas for quick simple meals with that high-end restaurant flavor. A garlic experience you will never forget. Check out the Olde Westport web site for a few recipes and placing orders.

Enter usfamilyguide to get 10% of your purchase. Have you used Olde Westport Spices?  If so, what are your favorites?  If not, check out their selection and leave a comment on what spices you would like to try. 

 

 

 

Bulu Box Promotion

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Are you trying to get healthy? I am and the perfect partner in the pursuit of a healthier you is the Bulu Box.  It’s like having a personal trainer and a nutritionist as a best friend. Each month, a box of healthy discoveries is shipped right to your door for just $10 per month. You learn about that month’s 4-5 premium samples.  So, try each one and see what fits into your individual healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, shipping is always free and you can cancel anytime your subscription anytime.

Also, if you share your opinion on each month’s samples through a quick survey, Bulu will give you 50 Rewards Points (that’s $5!).  So exciting, because you can use the points in the store to get more of your favorites.  Furthermore , you can get a 3 Month Subscription for just $15 (regularly $30)! Use code WOWZA .

Head over and check them out. Stay tuned to my review of the Bulu Box.  Vitamins, sports nutrition, diet, and healthy snacks are a few of the options to choose from. It’s great for family, there’s a women’s, kid’s and men’s categories.

 

 

 

5 Ways To Reuse Gift Bags

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Did you know that you can reuse gift bags from birthday, Christmas, baby showers and any other occasion. I replaced my wrapping paper with gift bags years ago. Check out my 8 Reasons to Use Gift Bags post. They’re easy to use, colorful, and come in a variety of sizes. I purchase mine from the Dollar Store, so we can throw in expensive too. 

I have saved tons of gift bags for reuse.  Here’s 5 ways that you can reuse your gift bags too:

1.  Reuse the bag for another gift giving occasion. 

2.  Donate to churches or other organizations that give gifts for Christmas or other occasions. 

3.  Use as a decorative piece for canning jars. The jars can be filled with Christmas candy, party mix etc. Just cut out a piece of the bag in the shape of the center of the top and glue down. Adds a nice decorative touch to the jar.  

4.  Use as gift tags. 

5.  Use to decorate scrapbook pages.

Try a few of our tips or come up with your own uses.  Ask family and friends to start saving gift bags for you. Having a few gift bags around for emergency gifting or when you’ve running short on time can be a life saver too.

Moscow Ballet Performs The Nutcracker

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I love the ballet. I’ve big a fan since my daughter starting dancing 25 years ago, and I am excited to share that the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is coming to town!  The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker s coming to Baltimore Dec. 18-19! My Readers Can Save on Tickets Now with this exclusive offer from US Family Guide.  The Nutcracker is one of my favorite ballets, and we have a special offer for our readers for the ultimate holiday tradition.  The Nutcracker is the perfect holiday family outing. Right now you can receive the Deepest Discount of the Season (up to $30 OFF!) with this exclusive PROMO CODE for US Family Guide Readers: CODE: JOY  CLICK HERE for ShowTimes and Ticket Information. Order your family’s tickets today and fell free to share this exclusive savings with your friends.
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Kim Cattrall’s Parenting Advice

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How do you define motherhood?  I read an article on-line that discussed an interview with Kim Cattrall from Sex and the City week that has me baffled and a little annoyed I may add. I thought I would share this post with you, and maybe you will understand why. For some reason Kim Cattrall believes that she is a parent, but she has no children. How does that work?

In her words, “I am not a biological parent, but I am a parent. I have young actors and actresses that I mentor. I have nieces and nephews that I am very close to.” She goes on to say that there are ways to become a mother and you don’t have to have your name on the birth certificate. She also stated that she didn’t change diapers, but she helped her niece get through medical school and she helped her nephew get through a rough time. She considers those motherly things. Hang tight, I’m picking myself up off the floor. I’m wondering if I got the mothering thing all wrong.

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