Monday, December 11, 2017

Appetizer Tray....

A little holiday inspiration for a Charcuterie Tray for the holidays:

This "huge" tray (26"x20") is no longer available, but the large (15"x11") MacKenzie-Childs tray can be purchased HERE

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

One of my favorite things to do in December...

I really enjoy visiting gift shops, garden shops, specialty stores and antique stores during December.  The decorations are often unique and it's always a fun way to gather some unique ideas for my own home. 

I haven't been to Zerrillo Garden Shop in many years, so a friend and I stopped by and were greeted by a garden cart of adorable snowmen:

The inside sparkled with decorated trees...

...and vibrant colored poinsettias...

...unique ornaments...

...and warm, vintage displays!

Garden centers are always a great place to gather some holiday decorating inspiration!
Zerrillo Gardens is in East Syracuse, NY

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Everson Museum Festival of Trees

Every year the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY holds a fundraiser called "The Festival Trees".

This cute display was by the entrance....

You can view and purchase all of the trees and holiday decorations which are displayed throughout the museum among the art work.

I donated the white tree with hand painted checked ornaments and was happy to see that it sold during the Gala Event the first night!

This tree was made from clear soda and water bottles...

...and the same artist designed this one with green soda bottles:

One of my favorite displays was this simple, elegant branch....

...and this cute Olaf tree!

The tree was made with a chain...

...and a cute idea to back the cookie cutters with a variety of decorative papers:

This unique tree was made from bicycle chains:

The same artist created they wreath from a tire:

This shard tree was made from broken dishes:

Local high school students made "Scrap Art Trees":

This tree was loaded with little sweaters....

...and a cute title:

There were many traditional trees, too:

This was the second tree I donated this year, a simple tree with 2 cardinals, reminding us of those we miss during the holidays:

This annual event is always something I look forward to and all year think about ideas on how I will decorate a tree for next year!

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Shrimp Cocktail Appetizers.....

This is my Mom's recipe for shrimp cocktail and she serves them in martini glasses on a bed of romaine lettuce.

It is also easy to serve in little plastic disposable cups if you have a crowd:

1 lb medium shrimp, cooked, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup Italian dressing
1 med tomato diced
4 oz diced green chilis
1/3 cup green onions, sliced
2 T chopped cilantro
2 t honey
1/8 t hot pepper sauce

Toss in a medium glass bowl and refrigerate for one hour.

A perfect appetizer for the holidays!

Janice from Curtains in my Tree, winner of the MacKenzie-Childs glass globe from MacKenzie-Childs!
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A starry happy hour for 2....

It's time to enjoy a little happy hour...

...and it's even better when served in style...

...a cocktail of bourbon and ginger....

...served in hand painted highball glasses...

...and cheese and crackers served on sparkly plates!

Wish you could join me!

ONLY 2 more days to enter the Tales of theTraveling Tote-Mackenzie-Childs giveaway HERE

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Tales of the Traveling Tote #13

The Tales of the Traveling Tote is a series of adventures that share where our Mackenzie Childs tote bags have taken us.  Four times a year a group of bloggers each write a connected post about the places we have been. We have built incredible friendships through our blogs and we hope you enjoy our tales as much as we do!

To read about how it all began, go HERE

Meet Miss Kenzie:


In September, we had quite a few days of 80' weather, so we spent a weekend in the Lake Placid area, which is exactly a 4 hour drive from our home.

The Gondola ride up to the top of Little Whiteface is the fastest gondola trip in in North America and it has the highest vertical drop in the east!

Below, top right, is Lake Placid Lake:

The Ausable River runs along the roadside and even thought the foliage was not vibrant this season, we got to enjoy the beautiful scenery!

Miss Kenzie enjoyed a trip to the Pumpkin Patch.... well as our yearly trek to Beak and Skiff Apple Orchard:

In late October the Traveling Tote bloggers met in NYC....

and you can read about that memorable weekend here or view the video here...

...and I enjoyed some shopping and champagne at Henri Bendel:

Herald Square is one of my favorite places to sit and people-watch:

A few days later Mom wanted to go to Mackenzie-Childs, about an hour away, so we spent the day in Aurora.  Miss Kenzie will never pass up the opportunity to return to the "Motherland":

After a very warm October, November arrived with lots of rain and cooler weather and even some snow!

Mom and I saw the Lion King - great show!

At the end of November we went to Ohio for a baby shower for my daughter (expecting grandson #2), To Rochester to spend Thanksgiving with family and I also hosted an engagement party for my other daughter in Rochester, Miss Kenzie spent a lot of time stuffed in the back seat of the car....

...and filled with supplies... now it is time for her to be stuffed with blankets by the fireplace and to settle in for a long, cold, snowy winter:


I am hosting the Traveling Tote Giveaway, so please leave a comment to be entered!

Come along and travel with:
Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 
Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
(You are here) Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box
Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron
Katie with Miss Daisy @ Preppy Empty Nester
Linda G with Miss Poppy @ More Fun Less Laundry
Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda
Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 
Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul
and our new traveler: 
Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home

Although Susan (@Checkeredsox on Instagram) is not a member of our Traveling Tote group, I was fortunate enough to meet her at the M-C Barn Sale in July.  I love this photo she sent me from her recent trip to England, with her M-C tote!

Join us for our next Traveling Tote Adventure:


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