Pieced Pastimes: November 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday Sparks Link Party 40

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 40!
There are days when I need a bit of inspiration to get my creative juices flowing. Thankfully, a simple trip visiting some of the wonderful links from Saturday Sparks gives me the boost I need. There is always something that speaks to me and sparks my imagination.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 39.
Handmade for Christmas: Trees by Vintage, Paint and More. Cathy is kicking off a 'Handmade for Christmas' series on her blog and shares her collection of gorgeous hand crafted Christmas trees in this post.

Thanksgiving Farm Table/Dining Room Tour Part 1 from Junkaholics Unanimous. Thanksgiving may be over but I had to feature Amber's wonderful Thanksgiving tablescape and dining room.  The natural elements and rustic charm say welcome home to me.

Canvas Print to Chalkboard at Little Brags. Christine is changing things up in her home and repurposed an Italian landscape canvas into this fabulous chalkboard. See her before and after to see what a huge difference this one change made. 
DIY Pallet Christmas Tree Tutorial by Fort Ledbetter. Marie shares a nice tutorial on how to create this cute and funky Christmas Tree with its own stand from pallet wood.
Beach Tree by Craft Dictator. Rhonda shares her version of a Beach Tree. The design is similar to Marie's pallet tree above, but the color and varying board widths give the tree a totally different feel.

We Want to Save Old Houses by Living Vintage. In this post, Kim answers the question 'Why do you salvage old homes?' I for one am cheering her on this journey to save our history.

Gardening 101...,My First Fall Garden by Glass Slipper Restorations. Cindy gives us a tour of her garden and explains the trials and challenges she has faced on this new adventure.

Simple Roasted Veggie Sauce by Lamberts Lately. Leslie dispels the myth that gourmet cooking has to be difficult and proves it with her delicious and simple recipe for a 'Roasted Veggie Sauce'.

Driven to Extraction by Making Our Sustainable Life. Vickie is having a great time finding new ways to create homemade extracts.

Cranberry/Orange Salsa-Gluten Free by Simply Fresh Dinners. Robyn has come up with mouthwatering recipe for salsa that she describes as an "explosion of fresh fruit flavors in your mouth". You know I have added this to my 'must try' list.
Chocolate Mint Muffins by Kleinworth & Co. - Gina is once again tempting our taste buds with her decadent creations. Chocolate and mint - need I say more ; ) .
Making Hanukkah Cookies by Suburbs Mama. Rita shares a recipe she found for rolled sugar cookies, that she used to make these wonderful Hanukkah cookies.
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Homemade Bread on a Cold Day.  The days are getting colder and nothing warms the soul like homemade bread.
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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts including:

Home Decor
Crafts
Sewing
Gardening
Recipes
DIY
Repurposing

Links are open through Friday morning.

I will post features next week to Pieced Pastimes, Facebook and Pinterest.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) with a link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own projects - something that is made by you.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links at the top of the sidebar.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Homemade Bread on a Cold Day

It is cold, windy and downright blustery outside today - a perfect day for homemade bread.  But then again, any day is a perfect day for homemade bread in our house.
My favorite go to bread baking book is 'Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day'. For todays breads, I chose the 'Crusty White Sandwich Loaf' and the '100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread' recipes.
The 'Crusty White Sandwich Bread' uses the Master Recipe found here. For my bread, I replaced one cup of the Unbleached All Purpose White flour with 1 cup of Whole Wheat Flour.
The '100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread' recipe can be found here. Instead of making free-form loaves, I baked my breads in loaf pans. The recipe makes a nice rustic artisan style bread.
Do you bake your own breads? If not, you may want to give it a try. There is nothing quite like coming home to the smell of freshly baked bread.

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Saturday Sparks Link Party 39

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 39!
Another week to share your creative spirit and be inspired by others. Last weeks party was a wonderfully eclectic mix of projects. 
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 38.
 DIY Pallet Entryway Table from Fort Ledbetter. Marie needed a narrow table to fill a space in her home and came up with this beautiful piece of furniture. She shares a great tutorial on how she built this from start to finish.

The Tortoise vs The Hare Quilting from Salmagundi. Sally has made many quilt over the years and has always been a hand quilter. Trying to move into the 'modern age', she is starting a new journey with machine quilting. Be sure to visit her blog to see some of her beautiful quilts.

Our Home is an Old Dogtrot at Living Vintage. Kim shares the history of her 'dogtrot' home and all its charming vintage features.
 Pink and Gray Baby Shower at Make it Rane. Ashley says her friend is an amazing party hostess and I can see why with all the wonderful details she shares from this Baby Shower her friend had.

Christmas Past Tablescapes from Fabby's Living. Fabby takes a trip down memory lane and shares some of her lovely tablescapes from Christmas's past.

Nutcracker Ballet from Penny's Vintage Home. Penny is displaying a 'Nutcracker' theme in her entry for Christmas this year and shows us all the pretty pastel details in this post.

Boneless Stuffed Turkey on the Rotisserie at Simply Fresh Dinners. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Robyn gives us the 411 on how to Roast a Turkey on the Grill and free up the oven for all the other fixings to go along with dinner.
 Crock Pot Turkey & Rice Soup from Kleinworth & Co. -  Wondering what to do with all that leftover turkey? Gina shares this healthy and delicious crock pot recipe for a Turkey Soup that's sure to hit the mark.
Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe from Carrie Elle. Carrie shares her mother-in-law's recipe for hot chocolate and shows us how she packaged it for gift giving to teachers and neighbors.
 2 Minute Hot Chocolate Cake Recipe from Kids Activities Blog.  A special gift inspired Rachel to have a Hot Chocolate party with her children and she shares this yummy and simple 'cake in a cup' recipe.
And finally, a recap of my share from the party - Scenes from the Side of the Road 6.  My husband and I have found some of our favorite places by veering off the beaten path and exploring the roads less traveled.

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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts including:

Home Decor
Crafts
Sewing
Gardening
Recipes
DIY
Repurposing

Links are open through Friday morning.

I will post features next week to Pieced Pastimes, Facebook and Pinterest.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

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 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) with a link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own projects - something that is made by you.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links at the top of the sidebar.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday Sparks Link Party 38

Welcome to Saturday Sparks 38!
I had a blast going through the links from last weeks party. My head is overflowing with ideas and inspiration after seeing all of your wonderful posts.
Now, onto the Fabulous Features from Saturday Sparks 37.
Master Bedroom Reveal at Living Vintage. Kim gives us on a tour of her amazing Master Bedroom. Be sure visit her blog to see all the wonderful vintage details.
Clothespin Snowflakes at Owen Family Six. Jennifer was inspired by others who had made these oh-so-cute snowflake ornaments. Armed with some buttons, stain and a package of clothespins, she shows us how she made some for herself.
DIY Paper Feather Wreath Tutorial at Grey Luster Girl.  Lisa shows us the steps to make this fabulous  wreath. With so many beautiful papers available today, the possibilities are endless.
 A Winter Wreath at Happy House and Home. Falling temperatures reminded Julia that it was time to let go of her Summer wreath.  She came up with this lovely and welcoming wreath using natural elements.
Healthy Caesar Dressing and Roasted Chickpeas at Simply Fresh Dinners. Robyn shares her healthy recipe for Caesar Dressing and a second recipe for Roasted Chickpeas. They both look and sound amazing and are now on my 'must do' list. 
Cranberry, Orange and White Chocolate Cookies from Mess Makes Food. Miss Messy needed snacks to get her through her busy week of essay writing for school and shares her delicious recipe for these cookies that's sure to please.
Crock Pot Cranberry Cider at Kleinworth & Co. - Gina shares her recipe for this delicious beverage made in the crock pot that she says has the added bonus of making your home smell amazing.
Pumpkin, or is it Pumpcan? at A Novice Gardener.  Angie has turned over a new leaf and has come to embrace the humble pumpkin. Inspired by the recipes of others, she shares two delicious treats using the winter squash.

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 Thanks to everyone for linking up to last weeks party.
If you were featured, please grab the featured button to add to your blog.

Now, onto the party!

Link up your latest inspiring posts including:

Home Decor
Crafts
Sewing
Gardening
Recipes
DIY
Repurposing

Links are open through Friday morning.

I will post features next week to Pieced Pastimes, Facebook and Pinterest.

I can't wait to see what you have been working on!

Pieced Pastimes

 Party Guidelines:
- Post the party button (above) with a link back to the party on your post.
- Share your own projects - something that is made by you.
- Follow Pieced Pastimes via one of the social media links at the top of the sidebar.
- No advertising, Etsy shops or giveaways.
- Pin feature photos to Pinterest from the original source and not from this blog.
- Visit other links and leave a kind comment.

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