|Shoulda taken photo after the romantic candles were lit!|
Can you see these ladies getting down to business in this last photo? One highlight of November was my girls party, with soups and cider and a clothing swap. Yes, we all brought a few bags of clothes from our I-never-wear-this-or-that-doesn’t-fit-quite-right pile and we swapped. One room was set up as a dressing room, the other for shopping, the music was loud, and we giggled the night away. It was seriously fun. Our house is big enough for parties and I love hosting them! I’ll definitely be having a spring party just like this one!
(Note: Here are a few tips for a successful “clothing swap”. Make it big. Have many friends bring lots of clothes and there will be a range of sizes. Have displays and clothes racks ready. I prefer to have no rules on who shops when or what you can take. Set up a dressing room with full length mirror. Parties in a home are always more fun. Make it a true party with good food and drinks. Don’t be afraid to turn the music up in case people feel like dancin’! Whatever is not swapped will be donated to charity at the end of the night.)
The soups were mexican chili and autumn gold soup with Michael’s cranberry sourdough and vanilla butter (new fav).
1 lb ground turkey, browned
1 jar salsa, I prefer a chunky salsa
1 cup water
1 bag frozen corn
2 cans black beans, undrained
1 package Taco seasoning
Combine all ingredients in crockpot on low for 8 hrs (or high for 4ish hrs) OR whip up in a pot on stovetop and let simmer on low for 30 minutes. Enjoy with your favorite chili toppings.
|“Kids and Baby Spaces” by Megan Biram|
So, it’s the Friday after Thanksgiving and we are all full and happy and laid back out here at Big Sky Ranch. I’ve been “window shopping” + day dreaming = surfing the net (with my mama) and thought I’d share the fun with you!
Ready for drapery, floor to ceiling, in our home. I want a soft PINK, but will probably go white.
Need a wall giraffe? (I’m ready to decorate the kids rooms.)
Dipped serving spoons. Lovely gift idea.
Have stockings yet? My mom said she’d make me some from her collection of burlap coffee sacks!
These boots are made for walkin’. (Tried these on in Paris last year and I haven’t forgotten about them.)
Need a POP of color in your home? Aren’t those blue babes adorable?
Ever seen a spinning Christmas tree? (Need Christmas tree ideas for kids?)
Wreath making + this one = recycling an old book.
Tis the season to decorate the house for Christmas, take family photos and send cards, make gifts for loved ones, eat, drink and be merry! (Cozying up by the fire and drinking a chai latte was also a part of my evening!)
CINNAMON-SPICED WHIPPED CREAM
2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Up All Night. Do you watch it? We love this show.