Quick Pottery Barn Orchid Knockoff

I was flipping through my new Pottery Barn catalog last night and I spotted something I wanted to try and replicate on my own. I love the centerpiece using the glass hurricane with the orchid.  It’s not a new idea, but I think I liked how the orchids were placed in the glass with moss making it look kind of terrarium-ish (I just made that word up). The glass hurricane sells for $79, but I wanted to come in way under that.  I already had the orchid stems.  I need a few bags of moss sheets, balls, and floral putty to hold it down.  I knew I also wanted a tinted glass hurricane.  I found one at Target for $23. I gathered all my supplies, which cost less than $16 at Michaels, plus a pair of clippers for the floral stems.  I bought two bags of moss, and one bag … Continue reading “Quick Pottery Barn Orchid Knockoff”

Mrs. Creel’s Monkey Around Bread

I love my church lady friends, because they can cook anything from casseroles to monkey bread and it’s amaze balls (this is my new favorite word for 2014).  I went to an ornament exchange and my friend Mrs. Creel brought this.  I ate three-fourths of it and I wasn’t embarrassed in the least.  I realize that today, being the first day of the year when most people have “EAT NO MORE SUGAR” at the top of their resolute list, it’s not the best time to give you a recipe for monkey bread, but I don’t care.  It’s delish, so deal. Mrs. Creel’s Monkey Around Bread 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. cinnamon 2 cans of Pillsbury Grand Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing 1/2 cup chopped pecans (if you’re not a nut person, you can omit) 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar 3/4 cup butter Preheat oven to 350.  Grease … Continue reading “Mrs. Creel’s Monkey Around Bread”

Off to a New Year’s Eve Party

Very soon after we moved into our home, almost seven years ago, we became friends with the neighbors in our section of the neighborhood.  We really enjoy getting together and for the last six years we’ve each taken turns hosting a NYE party.  We’ve had theme parties, like dress from a character from the ’60s, and come in your pj’s.  I found this clever idea for goody bags for the ladies from oh so beautiful paper. I just used white lunch sacks I had on hand, and printed the tags from the link. I included a can of black eyed peas for good luck in the new year, a packet of Emergen-C for good health (they used a packet of Alka Seltzer), and Hershey Kisses for love in the new year (I used dark chocolate kisses for more good health). These are the cute labels you can print on card stock.  Their webpage made me want … Continue reading “Off to a New Year’s Eve Party”

Who Wants Hot Cocoa?

You know how moms have to buy their own gifts, wrap them, put them under the tree and act all surprised when they open them on Christmas morning?  I do that.  It’s okay, this way I get exactly what I want. This year I treated myself to the Williams-Sonoma Hot Cocoa carafe.  It’s on sale right now for $14.99 (from $34.99, so it’s a sweet deal).  You could pick up a few for next year or they would make a great Valentine’s Day gift. It is the cutest thing I have ever seen.  It holds three cups of hot cocoa.  Made of ceramic, you can heat the milk in the carafe in the microwave, but I think the preferred method would probably be to make your cocoa the usual way on the stove, then pour it in the carafe to keep it warm. It also comes with a built-in, battery operated … Continue reading “Who Wants Hot Cocoa?”

Scenes from my Christmas vacation

Our family tradition has always been to spend Christmas at home.  When Daddy passed away in 2011, we knew it would be hard for Earnie to wake up and not have him there with us so we all went to Ruidoso, New Mexico for a little getaway.  Daddy loved the mountains.  And, the best part of the trip, it snowed!  As if he ordered the snow just for us.  It was really special being there with my sister and brother-in-law and my family. So this year, with it being our first Christmas without Earnie, we went to her favorite place — the beach.  I put Mr. Bee in charge of finding us a spot.  My criteria was that it needed to be a beach front property within just a few feet from the water.  It had to be private with no chatty Kathy’s on the porch asking me where I … Continue reading “Scenes from my Christmas vacation”

Vintage Memories of Christmas

This morning, as I was laying in bed, I was thinking if I could go back to any point in time at Christmas when would it be?  I decided it would be during the “wonder” years, when you are little and you know for sure there is a giant, fatherly man coming down the chimney after midnight.  That time period would have been in the late ’60s, early ’70s. Here are the top things I remember: Tons of Friends Coming Over for Parties: People like Mary and Rhoda were always at our house. Earnie had such great friends (just like me) who never had to come up with a reason to throw a party.    Earnie and Ray would have parties for their employees, a Christmas Eve party for close friends, neighbors and family, then get together for Christmas day with family for an entire day of eating, playing, and celebrating.  … Continue reading “Vintage Memories of Christmas”

Dress Up Your Muffins

I am on a roll with the blogging.  Having a snow storm ice you in for five days makes for a well-rested Queen getting caught up on cleaning, organizing, decorating and baking. This morning Mr. Bee helped me make Orange Cranberry muffins.  I picked up a bag of Oceanspray cranberries in the produce section recently and decided to make them since cranberries are so holiday-ish.  I made the recipe on the bag and I used new muffin papers I found at Kroger of all places.  Dressing up your muffins with these little papers makes them look like you’re a gourmet chef! Mr. Bee helped me chop the cranberries.  Most of the ingredients you will have in your pantry…nothing fancy here. Just before putting them in the oven I topped them off with some Turbinado sugar.  I got turned onto this when I made my first trip to England with Mr. … Continue reading “Dress Up Your Muffins”

A New Tradition

The day after Thanksgiving, my sister-in-law hosted a cookie decorating party.  It was so fun.  The night before I assembled all the ingredients from the Pioneer Woman’s My Favorite Sugar Cookie recipe and then the morning of Miss Bee and my soon-to-be new niece (my nephew popped the question to his sweet girlfriend while he was here) made the cookies. Auntie M had royal icing and sprinkles galore ready for us to decorate.  We listened to Christmas music and ate bowls of taco soup during decorating breaks.  We finished the afternoon off by watching the movie Elf.  It was a great way to spend time with family creating a new tradition we can look forward to next year. Here’s the recipe for the cookies: 1 1/3 cups of softened butter or butter flavored shortening 1 1/2 cups of sugar 1 tsp of grated orange zest (I used lemon because Lolly gave me lemons from … Continue reading “A New Tradition”

Sour Cream Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Remember last week when I made the creamy chicken chili?  Well, I had tons of leftovers that I put into the freezer.  I decided to use the rest to make enchiladas.  I made up my own recipe last night and I have to say they were pretty tasty. I took a 8-oz container of sour cream and a can of Hatch Green Chili Enchilada sauce and whisked them together in a bowl. Then I took corn tortillas and filled them with onion, the chicken, Mexican blend shredded cheese and rolled each one placing them in a 9×13 greased dish.  The dish fit 10 enchiladas.  I poured the sour cream mixture over the top, topped with shredded cheddar cheese and baked for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.  I served them with a southwestern chopped salad. I still have chicken left from the original recipe!  So, one meal will now turn to three when … Continue reading “Sour Cream Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas”

Another great soup recipe to add to your list

I made Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili last night…another recipe I got off of Pinterest. I have to say, mine didn’t look like the photo.  I followed the directions perfectly, but it needed more liquid.  It didn’t affect the taste at all.  It had the perfect amount of spice and was rich and creamy. Since it was thick, I modified it by making some saffron rice and ladled the soup into bowls of rice.  Mr. Bee loved it.  It makes alot, so I put the rest in the freezer to make chicken enchiladas for another weeknight dinner. If you’re interested in the recipe access it on my Pinterest board — The Queen’s Food.