Tuesday, January 17, 2017

~Simple Winter Mantel & Chocolate Dipped Biscotti~

It's always hard to put everything away from Christmas.
Adding our small boxwood wreaths
 on the mantel adds some greenery.

I added some mini lights too!
Fresh cut flowers from the garden .

A very simple Winter mantel.
Since it's been raining in San Diego, 
I decided to make some biscotti.
Rachael Ray has a good recipe here:
Some melted chocolate and crushed almonds.
Make a very good Winter treat!
Hope you're all staying warm this winter!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

~Winter Days in the House~

After the holidays, I was looking for a little inspiration 
from our garden. I wanted to bring some flowers inside to add some color.
 A garden vignette!
Antique silver trays and garden pots with pansies 
add some color to the miniature lights. 
I decided to keep the lights up from the holidays.
They give the house a warm feeling.

I think I'm going to keep my 
star up for awhile.
 I love sparkle it gives the entryway!!
We made a Winter Crostata over the holiday.
I promised to give you the recipe.
It's a Ina Garten recipe.
 I just changed the fruit to winter berries,
 I bought them at the farmers market.
We also made brie in a puff pastry with stars.
I served it with pears and crackers.
I just tried a new recipe from Giada.
Grilled Salmon and Pineapple with Avocado.
Our daughter, Carly, loves her Spinach Pine Nut Pesto,
 so we made that instead with it.
It was so good!!
We are so happy!
San Diego has gotten a lot of rain lately.
I love sitting next to a fire,
 thinking about how beautiful our garden will look!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

~Time for New Beginnings for 2017~

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's 
celebrating with family and friends!!
I've enjoyed these past years hosting Simple & Sweet Friday parties.
I can't believe it's been 252 weeks of fun.
Which adds up to almost 5 years and over 1,000,000 pageviews!
Looking back it went by so fast.
I've been so amazed with your creativity each week!
Your inspiring posts and projects have been awesome!!
But, I have decided to take a break from the parties for awhile.
I will still be posting on my blog, 
Rooted in Thyme.
I would like to start taking classes in;
Art, Flower Arranging, Cooking and Garden Design.
I will definitely be sharing,
 what I learn with all of you!!
There's some new ideas, I'd like to make on Etsy too!
I just want to thank all of you for your continued support throughout the years.
I have to say a very special thank you to my daughter, Carly.
Without her help,
 I would never have started the blog or the parties.
Of course, Stan, my family and Justin too!
I want to wish all my blogging friends
 a very
 Happy 2017!! 
You have inspired me and I will always love you for that! 
May you be blessed with a happy year filled with
 good health and happiness!

"You are never too old
to set another goal or
to dream a new 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

~Happy New Year- 2017 and Simple & Sweet Fridays #252~

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year for 2017 !
I wanted to share with you photos of our Christmas this year.
Some sugar cookies I made.
I painted some 
Christmas snowflake cookies.
A Christmas present from a friend years ago,
 keeps the tradition in the family to make fresh corn tortillas from a tortilla press maker.

Our Christmas stockings all filled with surprises!
Presents waiting to be opened on Christmas day.
Christmas morning with the kids.
Carly, Scott and Katie.
~Harry and Katie~
Excited about their engagement.
Best Wishes for the New Year from our family,
Stan, Jody, Carly, Katie and Scott
and of course, Maggie!
Happy New Year-2017!
Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement.
Your friendship has meant a lot to us.
Best Wishes!

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