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Saturday, December 20, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Craft

The photohunt for today is 'craft' . . .
Y'all know I have lots of crafty photos.
I have been making Wedding Cake Toppers for years. . . they can be found on my ETSY page Gimme Some Sugar Y'all ~ that is crafty.

These are custom wedding cake toppers that are made for happy couples about to be married.

This is a special wedding cake topper. . . I was actually with them when they became engaged in Piazza Navonna in Rome.

They the the most fabulous couple ~ fun and so in love. She is a dance instructor in Texas. Don't you love the little cowboy boots? He is definitely Mr. Right!

I was thrilled to be a part of their wedding. I couldn't be there for the actual wedding, but I was able to share this special momento with them.

Check for all the other 'crafty' Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Monday, December 15, 2014

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Happy 'Blue' Monday . . . I had a busy weekend, in the Holiday rush.

I made some office gifts for my invaluable girls at work. They all deserve much much more, but 'Tis the Season' ~

Tis the season to get crafty.
I have made sugar scrubs before and they are so simple. Here are the links to Vanilla Spice Sugar Scrub and Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub, part of the fun is the cute packaging. They make great gifts.

This year I decided to go with the relaxing scent of Eucaliptis and Peppermint . . . Mostly because I love the Dr.Teals salts that you can find at Target (in the BLUE bag). Why not give it a try?
So . . . my recipe was
1 bag of Dr.Teals soaking salts
1 bottle of baby oil with aloe
1 cup raw sugar
AND Stir ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Even my olive wood spoons enjoyed the job of stirring the oil and salt. Mix it until it is well combined. (I was a little worried that I would end up with a bowl of disolved salt and sugar, but it worked ! )

I was able to make 8 little jars of Sugar Scub that can be used in the shower or just a dab for a refresing Hand Scrub.
The hardest part was finding the little candy canes!
~~tis the season~~

Don't forget to check in at Smiling Sally for more blues and Boogie Board Cottage for her Masterpiece Monday.
Y'all enjoy ~


Saturday, December 13, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Beauty

The PhotoHunt for this week is 'Beauty'

Just another Beautiful sunset in Alabama ~
I've decided that might be why it is called 'Happy Hour'.

Check for all the other  Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Travel Tuesday ~ More precious picutures

Travel Tuesday ~
and I get to show more precious pictures from our beach trip

Just to watch Hope discover shells ~ and ride on Pop's shoulders.

Our own special time . . . with LuLu, Lolly and Pop.

And maybe a Christmas List to Santa . . .

I am also joining Our World Tuesday
Y'all enjoy the ride~

Saturday, December 06, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Precious

The PhotoHunt today is 'Precious'
A perfectly precious time for me is a RoadTrip with LuLu ~ to the beach.

A Precious time with the cutest thing in the world . . . and the whole family.
Well . . . actually most of the Auburn side of the family.

We spent the weekend singing songs, swimming in Lolly's pool and building sand castles.

Precious time that we will always have in our memories . . .
Love those little footprints in the sand.

Check for all the other Precious Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Cooking Light ~ Warm up to Winter

The virtual supper club menu for the month of December is 'Warm Up to Winter'. I will say that as far as the weather goes, we have been Very lucky in Alabama. . . So Far So Good. Thanksgiving at the beach found tempatures in the 70's.
Oh well, turn up the A/C and celebrate Winter  . . .  I found This Recipe on Cooking Light for a red wine marinated stew.
It looked like just the thing for a cold winter' eve.

Red Wine Marinated Beef Stew
5 parsley sprigs
5 thyme sprigs
1 bay leaf
3 cups dry red wine
1 1/2 cups vertically sliced onion (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup thinly sliced carrot 2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (2-pound) boneless chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
Cooking spray
1 pound cremini mushrooms, halved
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (about 1 ounce)
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
2 cups less-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
Place first 3 ingredients on a double layer of cheesecloth. Gather edges of cheesecloth together; tie securely. Combine cheesecloth bag, wine, and the next 4 ingredients (through beef) in a large zip-top plastic bag; seal. ( I cheated here and Tied the herbs into a little bunch . . . a few thyme leaves never bothered me anyway )
Marinate in refrigerator 4 hours or up to 24 hours. Strain beef mixture through a colander over a bowl, reserving marinade; drain well. Set cheesecloth bag aside. 
Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add beef mixture to pan; sauté 6 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove beef mixture from pan. Add mushrooms to pan; sauté 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Return beef mixture to pan. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Add flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add reserved marinade, cheesecloth bag, and broth; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until beef is tender. Stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle with chopped parsley. Discard cheesecloth bag.
Those are the instructions according to Cooking Light... I Simply added the herb boquet to the pot and cooked it down.
I served it over a bed of Polenta . . .
I think even Marcella Hazan would have approved.


Now . . . let's see what everyone else has brought for our Winter Supper.
Jerry has made Warm Gingerbread with a Lemon Glaze
Val is making an English Cottage Pie
Susan is bringing Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip
Sara is Roasting Garlic and making a Shallot Potato Soup with Cheesy Croutons
Shelby is bringing Sauteeed Haricort Verts with Bacon and Buttered Breadcrumbs.

Y'all enjoy ~

Saturday, November 29, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Candle

The PhotoHunt for this weekend is 'Candle'
I remembered this table setting with candles

As we made the long walk to Villa Cimbrone ~ we saw that they had set a beautiful table, complete with candles. It was for a photography class (and of course I brazenly helped myself to some photos)

What a setting. . . overlooking the Amalfi Coast.

Check for all the other candle Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Traveling for the Holidays

We will be traveling for the holidays . . . a little LuLu time. We will also be meeting family on the coast for some walks on the beach and maybe even some beachy photos.

This is from Charlotte's airport, but I loved the shot.
It's 5 o'clock Somewhere!

I am also joining Our World Tuesday
Y'all enjoy the ride~

Saturday, November 22, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Feather

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Feather'
I decided to go with a different kind of feather . . .

My wedding cake toppers are made to look like the bride and groom.

She said she wanted FEATHERS ~ He is a nutcracker king (actually a military officer wearing his uniform)

Here is the happy couple ~ you can find more on the Gimme Some Sugar ETSY page  ~

Check for all the other Feathered Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

~ Dolce ~

Turn your Gluten sensetive eyes away ~ This post is not for the faint of heart.

'Dolce' ~ in Italian that is sweet. . . but these are nothing like the sweets here. They are full of flavor, but not sweet like a Krispy Kream Donut.

We wandered by this coffee bar every day ~ to be tempted by a Baba or a Cannolo

But also the perfect stop before the climb back up the stairs.

Most everyone had a treat.
I took picutures!
But . . . don't feel sorry for me. There is another place around the corner with a gluten free chocolate tort that was to.die.for

I am also joining Our World Tuesday

Y'all enjoy the ride~

Friday, November 14, 2014

PhotoHunt ~ Books

Most of y'all know that this blog was started to promote WhistleStop Products. It is our family business . . . here we are promoting the products. 7 years of recipes and blogging tips. Most from back in the day when I had the time and energy to blog. Now I am posting when I can.
BUT . . . there are big changes coming for the WhistleStop Blog.
Stay tuned ~

You can always order online at The WhistleStop Cafe Country Store
Since this PhotoHunt is for 'Books'
This is my BOOK ~ My Cookbook ~

Order one in time for Christmas .
Check for all the other Book Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~

Saturday, November 08, 2014

PhotoHunt ~Hero

The PhotoHunt for today is 'Hero'
This is my blog, so I get to pick my hero ~

That would be my dad . . . better known as 'The Col.'

He spent his life in the air ~ even flying the U2 over Cuba back in the 60's.

Later, flying kites on the beach with the kids . . .
He will always be MY Hero

Check for all the other Hero Photos on The Saturday PhotoHunt
Happy Hunting y'all~
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