Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 
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Good morning rock star.

I hope the sun is shining where ever you are.

Spring has almost sprung and it’s another random Saturday.

Before we start.

Before I discuss all the randomness that was the week of 3-14-14.

Have you seen the new IKEA collection?

Seriously.

Coolest ever……in the history of ever.Continue reading


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Thistlekeeping

Thistlekeeping

 

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Hello friend.

It’s Saturday….and it’s cold.

Brrrrrrr……

Need a little summer?

Check out this house tour from Cedar Hill Farmhouse.

It made me feel like sunshine and green grass was just a glass of sweet tea away.Continue reading


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Holiday Recipe Linky Party

Holiday Recipe Linky Party


I am so thankful you are here.

Really.

I was a little worried that no one would show up.

I was worried that I would be sitting here with the Cheetos and the cheese ball and the fruit and cheese tray…..listening to the Chipmunk Christmas CD.

I mean….I don’t mind a little “Right Down Santa Claus Lane” with Alvin and Simon and Theodore…..

…..but it’s so much better with you here.  :)

 

One of my 2012 recipes that I would totally link at a holiday recipe link party.

For more of my recipes….check out my recipe tab.Continue reading


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Red Hot Popcorn

Red Hot Popcorn

Red Hot Popcorn

If Christmas shopping were like running a marathon….I would still be on mile 1.

Maybe even the first 1/4 mile.

Or really…..maybe I’d be over by the bananas and yogurt and water…..

….just waiting for the race to start.Continue reading


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Simple “Pumpkin Rolls”

Simple “Pumpkin Rolls”

 
Pumpkin Rolls in a Cornucopia

Did you know that Thanksgiving is tomorrow?

Can you even believe it?

Doesn’t it just seem like we were watching fireworks and swatting mosquitos and eating hot dogs and singing God Bless America yesterday…..on the Fourth of July?

 

But you see….I knew Thanksgiving was right around the corner.

It was hard to miss.

For the past week our local news station has shown “The Week In Weather” in the mornings with a dancing turkey graphic on Thanksgiving day.  The turkey dances all around and kind of squawks and wiggles and shimmies and shakes his tail feathers….all over November 22.

And the best part…..he’s wearing a pilgrim hat.Continue reading


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Apple Walnut Cranberry Bread

Apple Walnut Cranberry Bread

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So I finally made the cranberry bread.

I felt like I had to.

Every time I would walk into the kitchen, there it was….the recipe wall.  Staring right at me in all it’s apple-cranberry bread recipe glory.Continue reading


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Recipe Wall

Recipe Wall

 

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If you own a level and you actually use it.  Stop right here.

This post is not for you.

We have plenty of other posts here at thistlewood.  We have posts on old Christmas decorations and posts on why people were late to book club and even a post or two on simply nothing at all and a variety of other scintillating topics for all our level-owning readers.

Take my advice.  I’m not really sure you can handle this one.

You see, this post involves painter’s tape, scissors, a plate rack and a vinyl maker named Greta.

Not a level in sight.

However, if you like to wing your way through home decorating projects with a shrug of your shoulders and a flip of the hair and a throw-caution-to-the-wind type attitude…..

……start taking notes.

 

 

 

Recipe Wall

 

1.  Start the recipe wall project by reading blogs.  Read a lot of blogs.  Get inspired by said blogs.  When you are reading these inspirational blogs, stumble across a project where someone has put a recipe on a wall behind some plates.

File the idea away.

Wait two years.

Start planning your recipe wall and try to remember where you saw it featured, so you can give them credit for the original idea.

Keep thinking.

 

2.  Call Greta or your own vinyl maker or plug in your Silhouette Cameo.

If none of the above apply, read this tutorial on how to make your own vinyl letters.

 

3.  Dust off your plate rack and choose your favorite recipe.

(Unfortunately, I didn’t use my favorite recipe.  I couldn’t use it because my favorite recipe is found on the back of the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese box and only has four ingredients).

And it’s not really cute.

And a recipe wall always starts with a recipe that looks cute.

Or maybe just tastes good.  That trumps cute every time.

 

4.  Once your vinyl cutter has finished your cute plate rack recipe, cut it into strips and attach it to the wall with painter’s tape.  Tape the entire recipe to the wall.

Stand back.

Decide you don’t like the layout of the strips of vinyl and take them all down and tape them up again.

And again.

And again.

5.  Repeat step 4 as many times as necessary.

Do not use a level.

Remember….you have thrown caution to the winds all while shrugging your shoulders and flipping your hair.

You are a care-free project maker.

6.  When you are satisfied with your vinyl placement.  Pull off the backing and attach vinyl to plate rack.

Add plates.

Position the plates to hide the places where your vinyl placement might have benefited from using a level.

This step may require a lot of plates :)

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7.  Stand back and stare at your plate rack.  Think how great it is to be a carefree, shoulder-shrugging project creator.  Think how much time you saved repositioning those letters over and over and over again instead of just using a level.

And then start saving your pennies to take Greta to the Caribbean :)

 

PS  If you want to see how I made the plate rack click here.

PPS  If you want to see the actual recipe….click here.


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