Friday, December 28, 2012

Re-Do's For Family To-Do's

New Year Coming and New Room Do-Overs!

I want to share some Inspiring Photos of Rooms with a Theme.

The first one is one I would like to do in a similar way(a smaller budget) in my step-down, once-a-porch, to a living room to Entertain in.

The stenciling on the dining room ceiling was inspired by a Fortuny fabric, the light fixture is made of Indian lanterns, and a custom-made table is surrounded by 19th-century Italian chairs and Bullard-designed armchairs upholstered in a Schumacher linen; the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Great White.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

My Holiday Recipes

I wanted to post some of my Holiday Recipes.  The traditional Christmas Dinner of course is Turkey. So how about this Entree for an Extra Choice.
From online source of "COOK THIS, NOT THAT".


It's French in name, but it feels American, right down to its molten cheese core. Normally, this chicken is stuffed, breaded, then deep-fried into submission. But our testing found that a high-heat oven provides all the crunch we want without all the calories we don't. If honey mustard feels a bit like gilding the lily, it is, but at 350 calories for the whole dish, why not?
You'll Need:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 oz each), pounded to uniform 1/4" thickness
Salt and black pepper to taste
8 thin slices deli ham
4 slices Swiss cheese
2 Tbsp flour
1 egg, beaten
1 cup panko bread crumbs
Juice of 1/2 lemon
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 Tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
How to Make It:
*Preheat the oven to 450°F. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. Lay two slices of ham and one slice of cheese across each breast, then roll widthwise until you have a tight, jellyroll-like package.
*Place the flour, egg, and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Working with one rolled-up breast at a time, dip first in the flour to lightly coat, then in the egg, then immediately in the bread crumbs. Use your fingers to make sure the chicken is evenly coated with crumbs.
*Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, until the chicken is firm to the touch and cooked through and the bread crumbs are brown and crunchy.
*While the chicken bakes, stir together the lemon juice, mustard, honey, and mayo to make a smooth, uniform sauce. Serve the chicken with the honey mustard drizzled over the top.
Makes 4 servings
Cost per serving: $2.14
350 calories
12 g fat (6 g saturated)
710 mg sodium
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Price: $14.26
1,360 calories
81 g fat (33 g saturated, 1 g trans)
3,007 mg sodium
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Now a New Decoration or two!
I like to look through all my handmade heirlooms at home and put together a Simple Tablescape!
For Christmas Eve, Red and White for Card Gaming on my Bar Counter!

Another Tablescape as a tribute to my Mother!

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Monday, November 5, 2012

Holiday Favorites

Winter Squash with Spiced Butter Bon Appétit | November 2012
by Victoria Granof
Traditional Thanksgiving flavors (squash, cinnamon, butter) are given a beautiful Persian accent. The exotic spiced butter is also a treat mixed into couscous.
Yield: Makes 8 to 10 servings 
Spiced butter:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon crushed dried rose petals (optional)
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
Kosher salt

4 pounds assorted small winter squash (such as acorn, kabocha, or delicata)
Kosher salt
3/4 cup pomegranate seeds

Ingredient info: Dried rose petals are available at Middle Eastern markets and
For spiced butter:
Mix all ingredients except salt in a small bowl until lime juice is incorporated. Season with salt. Cover; keep in a cool place. DO AHEAD: Spiced butter can be made 1 week ahead. Roll into logs, wrap in parchment paper, and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 months.

For squash:

Trim ends of acorn and kabocha squash and cut in half through the stem end. Scrape out seeds and place squash cut side down on a cutting board (do not peel). Cut halves crosswise into 1/2" slices. If using delicata squash, cut crosswise into 1/2" rings; scrape out seeds.
Fill a large wide pot with water to a depth of 1/2" and add a pinch of salt; bring to a boil. Add squash slices; reduce heat to mediumlow. Cover and steam, adding more water as needed to maintain 1/2" of water at bottom of pot, until squash is tender but not falling apart, 20-25 minutes.
Carefully transfer squash slices to a large platter (some squash at bottom of pot may be too soft; save for another purpose4) and season with salt.
Reduce water in pot over high heat (or add hot water) to measure 3/4 cup. Remove from heat and whisk in spiced butter, 1 tablespoonful at a time, to form a rich, glossy sauce. Season to taste with salt. Drizzle spiced butter over squash. Top with pomegranate seeds.

Holidays are close and I am going to post some FAVORITE RECIPES of mine!

This one I found on EPICURIOUS!

I felt like this was a Dessert! Yum!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Victorian Favorites

I love to find Victorian Themed Gifts, Jewelry and Home Decor!  Photos are from the magazine, Country Living, October 2012 Issue. 
Enjoy the photos:

Going through my Holiday Decorations and came across One of my Favorites!
My Mother made  this  Yucca Pod MOUSE in a Victorian Design! 

I miss my Mom and I am going to set up a Special Tablescape of things I have saved over the years that she has Designed and made. I am putting together a collection of items that I have made with my mother's for Thanksgiving!  I will post photo of the finished Thanksgiving Tablescape soon!
Oh I am naming these posts, COUNTRY GAL'S HEART STRINGS from now on!
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Banana Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

This cake is perfect for beginners—it's moist, forgiving, and easy. 
Jif creamy peanut butter is our favorite for the decadent frosting. From Bon Appetit

Nonstick vegetable oil spray
 3 cups all-purpose flour 
2 teaspoons baking soda 
2 teaspoons kosher salt 
1 1/2 cups sugar 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
 3 large eggs
 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
2 cups mashed very ripe bananas 
1 cup sour cream 
1 10-ounce bag mini chocolate chips
2 cups creamy peanut butter
 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature 
2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
 Chocolate chips, mini chocolate chips, and chocolate kisses
 Special equipment:
 Two 8x8x2" cake pans

 For cake:
 Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat cake pans with nonstick spray. Line bottom of pans with parchment; coat paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat sugar, butter, and brown sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend between additions and occasionally scraping down sides and bottom of bowl. Beat in vanilla. Add dry ingredients; beat on low speed just to blend. Add bananas and sour cream; beat just to blend. Fold in mini chips. Divide batter evenly among pans; smooth tops. Bake cakes until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto racks; peel off parchment and let cool completely.
For frosting:
 Using an electric mixer, beat first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl until a light and fluffy frosting forms, 2–3 minutes. Place 1 cake on a platter. Spread 1 1/4 cups frosting over. Place remaining cake on top. Cover top and sides of cake with remaining frosting. Garnish with chocolate chips and kisses. 
DO AHEAD: Cake can be made 2 days ahead. Cover and chill. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour before serving.
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Saturday, September 29, 2012

See Everything Like Children Do

Wanted to share this from a Writer of Think Simple Now.

 If only we all could just see everything like children do!!!

By Kayla Albert
 “Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.” ~Alan Cohen Twirling in her pink tutu, slightly tattered and always a little dirty, my 3 year old niece opens her arms wide, calling for all of us to get up and dance with her. She wants to hold hands while we jump, spin and leap around the room. She shouts along to the music, reminding each of us that we should be joining in. “Papa sing! It’s your turn Papa!” Panting and out of breath, we try our hardest to match her undying energy. After the music starts to fade, she drops our hands and holds out her arms again. “Ok everyone, it’s time for a group hug!” We haven’t purposely partaken in a group hug for years now, but we oblige because her smile is contagious and her enthusiasm is impossible to tame. Three years ago, she struggled her way into this world, red-eyed and out-of-breath. We thought she was in distress, but seeing her now, in full bloom, I believe she was just eager to get started, eager to dive in to what each of us were already taking for granted. In the beginning she had a certain calmness about her, we marveled at her sweet demeanor and ability to bend and adjust to new routines. But she quickly picked up speed as she sprouted her own personality and undeniable sassiness. Yet, as we’ve all stood around her taking note of new milestones and doing our part to shape the person she grows into, she’s been molding and shaping each one of us in her own way. In truth, she has changed us more than we could ever hope to change her. She’s taught me to listen more and talk less, to marvel at nail polish colors, to run instead of walk, to dance for no reason at all… …to laugh when it’s appropriate (and sometimes when it’s not), to compliment others with enthusiasm, to kiss often and to find new playmates anywhere and everywhere. My mother said it perfectly — she puts each of us fully in the “now,” allowing us to release any thoughts of the past and the future. She puts us smack dab in the present simply by demanding that we pay attention to all the little things we so easily miss. We may believe that we are teaching children things they don’t know, but often times they are taking us through the process of relearning all the things we’ve forgotten, all the things we pushed aside to make room for other “more important” thoughts and belief patterns. They are there to remind us who we are at our core, both as individuals and as a collective spiritual race. But often times, we measure knowledge against age and take ourselves more seriously as time passes, believing that the only wisdom we can gather is from those who have lived more physical years than we have. Only in abandoning this belief can we learn from those who are often times physically, mentally and emotionally closer to a higher being than we are — our youth. Here are the lessons we can take from children in order to live more light-hearted, happy and spiritual lives. Lesson #1: Don’t Worry About What Others Think Don’t let your perceptions of what others are thinking stop you from doing what you want. Children don’t start paying attention to what others are thinking about them until they are trained to do so by society. They begin their lives willing to be silly without a second thought as to what they may look like, and that is an incredibly freeing way to be. Lesson #2: Time to Play You always have time to play. If you don’t, it’s not a priority. You might have been told that playtime is not necessary. That is a lie. Children are happy because they allow themselves quality time with their imagination — something that should continue into adulthood. Lesson #3: Get Over It Not every fight has to be long-winded. Say you’re sorry and move on. When children are hurt by someone they are often easily pacified by two simple words: I’m sorry. Once those are said, they are able to hug it out and move on. This tends to be far more productive than the adult way of skirting the issue and holding a grudge. Lesson #4: Find Joy Every Day Excitement should be an everyday occurrence. If it’s not, something isn’t working. While adults reserve excitement for vacations and holidays, children can be overcome by excitement multiple times throughout the day. Why? Because they don’t take the little things for granted. Lesson #5: Sensitive to Feelings Other people’s feelings should be tended to and cared for. Many children are incredibly in tune with the way that another person might be feeling and they are generally interested in bringing that person to a better-feeling place. Adults are more likely to see feelings as secondary, leading to more misunderstandings and larger fights. Lesson #6: Big Dreams Dreams are meant to be grandiose, that’s what makes them worth fighting for. Children think big when it comes to their dreams, and they have all the faith in the world that it’s all possible — until we try to steer them in a different, more obtainable direction. Where would the world be if we never had any big dreamers? Lesson #7: Self Expression Self-expression is essential — like breathing or eating. We might have been encouraged to express ourselves when we were in school, but many of us abruptly stopped after graduation day. Yet, in denying our own need for self-expression, we fall into utterly unfulfilling lives. It’s up to us to continue to foster our own voice. Lesson #8: Give & Receive Love Giving and receiving love should feel natural, not like a scary leap of faith. Children give love freely — often times without thought as to whether it will be reciprocated. That might seem terrifying, but it’s the only way to live fully, deeply and authentically. Lesson #9: Live Spontaneously Spontaneity fosters growth and keeps life flowing. It should be celebrated. Plans keep us from fully experiencing the fantastic things that life has to offer because we are blindsided by our own rigidity. Children, on the other hand, are constantly growing and learning because they are open to the natural flow of life. Lesson #10: I’m Great! We are all fantastic beings — we should be open to saying so. Children are great at sharing the things they’ve accomplished throughout the day and they don’t feel the need to be quiet about it. Imagine the self-esteem we each would have if we were willing to do the same. *** What do you think? What lessons can we learn from the little people in our life? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Macrame Lesson Two; A Sailors Knot Bracelet

Here's a unique way to make a Macrame Bracelet! A SAILORS KNOT BRACELET! Turk's head knot From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Category Decorative Origin Ancient Typical use Decorative A Turk's head knot is a decorative knot with a variable number of interwoven strands, forming a closed loop. The name is used to describe the general family of all such knots rather than one individual knot. While generally seen made around a cylinder, the knot can also be deformed into a flat, mat-like shape. Some variants can be arranged into a roughly spherical shape, akin to a monkey's fist knot. The knot is used primarily for decoration and occasionally as anti-chafing protection. A notable practical use for the Turk's head is to mark the "king spoke" of a ship's wheel; when this spoke is upright the rudder is in a central position. The knot takes its name from a notional resemblance to a turban (Tr: sarık), though a turban is wound rather than interwoven. The Turk's head knot is used as a woggle by Scout Leaders who completed their training course and were thus awarded with the Wood Badge insignia. Supplies you’ll need: 3.5 yards of twine 14 ounce can for a smaller bracelet or a 20 ounce can for a larger bracelet. Any other round object that has the appropriate circumference for your wrist will do. Directions:
Step 1: Wrap one end of the twine around the can to shape an X. Leave about a 4″ tail. You will need this tail at the end to finish the bracelet.
Step 2: Wrap the long end of the twine around the can again and bring it up to the middle of the X. Then pass the long end of the twine under the right, upper leg of the X and pull the long end all the way through.
Step 3: Next, move the upper left leg of the X over the right leg of the X to create an oval shape.
Step 4: Pull the long end of the twine through the oval shaped opening you just set up.
Step 5: Turn the can a bit and you will see that the oval shape has created another X shape. Again, pass the long end of the twine under the right upper leg of the X and pull the end through. Step 6: Repeat steps 3 through 5 until you get to the beginning of your project
Step 7: You will now find a three-stranded braid. Follow the twine you initially laid out and create a parallel second line.
Step 8: Continue around the can. If you find that it’s getting too tight to pass the twine through the openings, you may want to take the bracelet off the can and continue with the knotting in your hand. If you take it off, be careful not to pull the twine too tight, otherwise your bracelet will shrink on your wrist
Step 9: Continue knotting the rope around the bracelet until each strand of the braid has one parallel line — a total of three passes. At this point you can stop or add another three passes to create the traditional pattern of three parallel lines, like the bracelet in the third picture in this step.
Step 10: To finish, just knot the ends together and weave them into the inside of the bracelet.Thank you to Simone Tan and The {NewNew} team from for sharing this project with us.
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Kid's Need Room To Play

 Born in New York but Raised in Colorado,  while I was growing up, we always lived in the rural area of a city, where as Mom always said,"KIds need room to play!" So when I come across an article that grabs my heart strings I've gotta share!

 Actress Reese Witherspoon with her nieces, Draper, left, and Abby James, at her Ojai, California, home. Reese Witherspoon turns to her friend Kristen Buckingham to infuse a classic California ranch with a youthful spirit Written by David A. Keeps • Styled by Anita Sarsidi • Photographed by William Waldron
She purchased a historic Wallace Neff ranch five years ago in Ojai—a bucolic village in the foothills north of Los Angeles that served as Shangri-La in the 1937 film Lost Horizon. The property sits on seven acres that include a swimming pool, a barn, a horse paddock, and guest cottages. Originally built in 1923 as stables for Edward Drummond Libbey, who made his fortune in glassware. So Libbey Ranch provides a serene setting to be with her family, and looms large in her approach to parenting. “It reminds me of growing up in Tennessee, where we spent all day outside,” she says. “I wanted my children to have that experience, to get muddy and hang out with the animals.”
Hope you enjoyed the photos from the Elle Decor Magazine. SHARE A HEART FELT STORY/OPINION/INSPIRATION HERE! WHAT PULLS AT YOUR HEART STRINGS? Thanks for Visiting!
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Monday, July 23, 2012

Mastering Macrame Lesson One

From a 1977 Book called A Guide To Macrame Knots, I am posting it's wonderfully illustrated knots and helpful hints! Whether you're a novice knotter or a more experienced pro, you can bet on a sure thing, you will be decorating your home and learning an exciting craft and not just beginners luck! Most macrame projects focused on home decor back then but today you are seeing more and more of these easy basic knots worked into interesting patterns in contemporary Jewelry Fashions as well Today! First of all I have posted photos with info of Basic Helpful Hints from a how-to book from 1977. You will want this book in your craft library to help familiarize yourself with the glossary of Macrame. You will have a chance to get this book at the end of this Tudor Lesson!
Each description is self-explanatory, but if you have questions please ask through comments and I will do my best to explain.
Let's start with the Classic Square Knot and several ways to create a pattern.
CINDY'S TIPS: In step one I say to myself, right hand pick up the right outside cord, go under the center two cords and over the left outside cord. Then pick up that left outside cord, go over the center two cords and up through the loop on the right. In step two I say to myself, right hand pick up the right hand outside cord, go over the center two cords and under the left outside cord. Then I say pick up that left outside cord , go under the center two cords and down through the loop on the right. Saying it that way has saved me alot of confusion until it becomes second nature as to say. The alternating square knots are shown in photo on the bottom left and the Square Knot Sinnet is shown in photo on the bottom right. The next photos I have posted show the variations you get by alternating or using only the first half of the square knot pattern.

First photo shows actual size of various cords.

My Tapestry Curtain I made, showcased here, shows the variety of patterns made with only square knots and is in this book from which I have been using photos from. If you would like this pattern book I have a few to sell for 10.00 which includes shipping. Just request through comments and I will list the book in my etsy store for you as RESERVED. 
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Friday, July 6, 2012

Tutorials By Cindy

My Macrame Ropes started out as Samples to Show and Tutor Others in the the Art of Making Macrame Knots. I hung them up with my kitchen window curtain rod and I saw them then as a way to have Unique Hand Designed Curtains. I am Sharing My Creative Designs and Others here with You on to show that Handmade Fashions can work with Contemporary Style in Home Decor Today! Tabletop Decor with a Theme is called a Tablescape. I want to take this concept farther by incorporating into my designs of Wall Tapestry Curtains. In other words, "Wallscapes!" You will see that Macrame has very few knots but the way you combine the knots is what makes the finished product Uniquely Your Design! TUTORIALS COMING SOON WITH PHOTOS!
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Gold Mining Delays

Well we did not get out much this year due to Az Fires and now Restrictions! Can not use any motorized equipment. As soon as the restrictions are lifted we will be back at it! In the meantime Enjoy some of our Funny Interesting Comments from Youtube!***** Comment on your video: KEEP ON DIGGING #5 hahaha, that gum flying out cracked me up..***** Comment on your video: Another Nugget 2 I love the sound that the detector makes! "VUUU VU VU VUUUU!"***** Cinbudsgold Part Two Breaking Apart Bedrock For Gold wow that is a lot of work i think my fever is breaking*****  Comment on your video: Another Nugget that was exciting***** Comment on your video: Pinky Piece hell ya. nice piece. Can't wait for more vids!!***** Comment on your video: CinbudsGold #8 of 8 How To Prospect A Claim did you lose youre poop tube?***** Comment on your video: Gold Nugget found by Cinbud's Gold Most Magnificent Find! Small, but a treasure still worth tons. Gook Luck,***** Comment on your video: Gold Prospecting and Wildlife sounds like a good dinner to me!***** Comment on your video: Gold Prospectors Cutting Samples Heavy breathing, high country & thin air? Kidding ya, I'm up in >60 club N not best of shape... yet. Excellent country,? have U determined wher hi water mark is/was? Lotsa small rocks, largr boulders took force 2 move, thinkng back, maybe research library 4 last major flood, creek/river hi mark? - Free Idea's "UseM~LoseM" Good Intentions... N my "Thinking outside [ ]". 4get nay sayers 2 many aroun. C lotsa potential, just needs history = poss. kno wher 2 start. Luck 2 ya all, B-safe. Larry***** Comment on your video: Gold Prospectors Find A Storm-Caused Waterfall very very cool***** Thanks for Visiting! Buddy

Outdoor Entertaining

Summer is here and what a good time to try some Refreshing Ice Cold Drinks. I found this Recipe on one of my favorite websites Stoneware Kitchen. Watermelon Sangria Blush
Ingredients: - 2 Cups sliced fruit (such as limes, oranges and kiwi) - 1 bottle of Watermelon Mojito Mixer(one of their fantastic products) - 1 750mL bottle white wine (such as Sauvignon Blanc) - Soda Water to taste - Watermelon wedges for garnish Directions: Fill a large pitcher with ice and sliced fruit. Add Watermelon Mojito mixer and wine and stir. Add soda water to taste. Garnish each glass with watermelon wedges and serve.*************************************************************************** Since your cooking outside why not include a Dessert that will surprize and amaze your family and guests!*************************************************************************Grilled Pound Cake and Aged Balsamic Macerated StrawberriesIngredients: 1 package pound cake, sliced 3/4 inch 2 pints strawberries 4 oz. Stonewall Kitchen Aged Balsamic Vinegar 3 Tbsp sugar 2 whole oranges, juice of 3 cups whipping cream 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar 1 Tsp vanilla Directions: Clean and quarter strawberries and place them into a bowl. Combine strawberries with vinegar, sugar and the juice of 1 orange and mix gently. Refrigerate for about 1 hour. In a mixing bowl, combine remaining ingredients and the juice of the other orange and whip into a thick cream. Preheat grill to a medium-high heat and grill pound cake slices on both sides for about 1 minute or until lightly marked. On a serving platter, lay down half of the grilled pound cake and spoon strawberries and liquid over, place a big dollop of the orange cream on to the berries and place the other pieces of grilled pound cake on top of the cream. Garnish with fresh mint and serve.
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