Heart Shaped Hand Pies – Oh My.

Pie with sprinkles?  To be or not to be?  That is the question.  Answer: Sure.  Why not?

Funny thing happened this weekend.  My washing machine broke and I found myself with extra time on my hands.  Until now, I had no appreciation how much laundry I do on the weekends.

So I decided to make heart shaped hand pies as an experiment.  Turned out pretty well.  In life as in hand pies, sprinkles are optional, but I thought they added a festive touch.

No big secrets here.  I used a pie crust recipe from Martha Stewart, canned cherry pie filling, almond flavored glaze and of course, sprinkles.

If I had to pinpoint any upgrade, it would be the almond flavored glaze.  It added the right amount of sweetness to make this palm sized treat smile worthy.

I hope you find some inspiration.

Always,

Cindy

xoxo

 

Hear Shaped, Cherry Filling. Almond Glaze. Classic.

Hear Shaped, Cherry Filling. Almond Glaze. Classic.

Christmas Haus 2016

Vintage, hand blown ornaments.

Vintage, hand blown ornaments.

It’s been a busy year.  That is the introduction to my apology for not posting more frequently.  I vow to rectify that in the new year.

Although this is my second Christmas, post renovation, I felt more settled in the home this year.  More relaxed.

But I digress.  I have some holiday pictures to share.  Plus, let you know that I am posting on Instagram.  As of this moment,  I have 13 organic followers.  And I am proud of each one of those.

So finally, thank you for continuing to follow my blog and continuing to check back for new posts.  I hope the holiday and the new year are good to you and your family.  As for me, I am optimistic and have nothing but good, sweet thoughts.

I hope you find some inspiration.

Always,

Cindy

Clustered with fresh greens, these vintage ornaments look like holly berries.

Clustered with fresh greens, these vintage ornaments look like holly berries.

Old linens.

Old linens.

Tin containers from Round Top filled with fresh garland, pine cones and mason jars with battery operated flickering candles.

Tin containers from Round Top filled with fresh garland, pine cones and mason jars with battery operated flickering candles.

The exterior. White picket fences are meant for red bows and fresh garland.

The exterior. White picket fences are meant for red bows and fresh garland.

An old bench, a Round Top find with a vintage watering can and some fresh greens.

An old bench, a Round Top find with a vintage watering can and some fresh greens.

A Christmas Farmhouse Kitchen.

A Christmas Farmhouse Kitchen.

Fresh greens, a holiday red velvet quilt and a lovely tasseled throw for a lovely Scandinavian style Christmas.

Fresh greens, a holiday red velvet quilt and a lovely tasseled throw for a lovely Scandinavian style Christmas.

A little cheer for the holiday guest...

A little cheer for the holiday guest…

Sparkly pine cones on some wire for a festive garland.

Sparkly pine cones on some wire for a festive garland.

Dried hydrangeas with fresh greens make a lovely arrangement.

Dried hydrangeas with fresh greens make a lovely arrangement.

Fresh greenery arrangement.

Fresh greenery arrangement.

Christmas red tucked in many corners.

Christmas red tucked in many corners.

The master bedroom.

The master bedroom.

The master bedroom.

The master bedroom.

A nook for settling in for a winter's nap or reading a good book.

A nook for settling in for a winter’s nap or reading a good book.

A guest room with some holiday cheer.

A guest room with some holiday cheer.

Handmade stockings from Round Top, many, many years ago.

Handmade stockings from Round Top, many, many years ago.

A stately pose.

A stately pose.

Fresh greens against white walls.

Fresh greens against white walls.

Old ironstone and fresh greens.

Old ironstone and fresh greens.

An Ikea lantern with a battery operated candle for each fence post.

An Ikea lantern with a battery operated candle for each fence post.

Using old, white chippy cast iron finials to hang grain sack stockings.

Using old, white chippy cast iron finials to hang grain sack stockings.

A easy chair with a bit of red for the holidays.

A easy chair with a bit of red for the holidays.

A touch of Christmas that is as easy as a white pointsettia

A touch of Christmas that is as easy as a white pointsettia

Nooks

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When you build out every square inch of an old home, parts of the structure become architectural features.  The space under a stair way or the pitch of a roof become central to the design and the aesthetic. My cottage is case and point.  Every space is somehow made cozier by having to work within the […]

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Shade it Off

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I’m starting to look at things differently.  A $35 eBay find.  Rewired.  Didn’t have a shade on hand.  I think I like it just the way it is.  I’ll set on it a while.  Maybe I’ll change my mind, maybe I won’t.  We’ll see. I hope you find some inspiration. All the best~ C.

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Country Living Feature

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Happy and blessed to check this bucket list item off.  Here is the link to the feature article that is in the current issue of Country Living. I hope you find some inspiration. All the best~ Cindy  

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Greatest Felicity in the Smallest of Things…

Original to the house, both door and knob are as lovely (and useful) as they were on their first day.

I am not sure if I have a low threshold for impression or take great appreciation in the smallest of things.  Hmmm….I’ll go with the latter. It occurred to me one day as I was mindlessly closing a door that there is a certain solid and substantial click of old cast iron surface mounted door locks […]

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The Un-Umbrella Stand

Two cedar planters, one smaller and one larger were used.  Purchased from Lowe's, a hole was drilled in both of them to allow them to slide down the center pole.  The larger was turned upside down, the smaller was filled with some plastic at the bottom, potting soil and flowers.  A simple pressure fit (with the help of a rubber mallet) was all that was needed to create one unit.

For once, I am ahead of schedule.  Not even out of April and my front flower beds are planted, the back yard is tidied up from the winter season and the outdoor furniture is out and I am ready to coast for the summer. The one piece of engineering I had to do was to […]

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Non Colour Colour

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I was meandering through Pottery Barn a couple of weeks ago and saw a lovely looking book on their clearance table.  So lovely was the cover, I was compelled to pick it up and thumb through it. This kitchen was featured on the inside cover and later in the book.  It sold me. I bought […]

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The Tale of the White Cotton Twill Tape

Simple shades for a few dollars form Lowes, simply covered with the twill tape and tied off.

A lifesaver indeed.  I had four lampshades that needed to be replaced.  Two were for some vintage boudoir lamps and two were for a pair of wall sconces.  All four were in both my bathrooms.  I wanted something refreshed, not precious. I looked online, but finding neutral shades in the right scale at the right […]

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The Simple, Intimate New Year’s Eve

Prosecco in non traditional goblets that are less formal than champagne flutes.

Here’s to the bright New Year And a fond farewell to the old; Here’s to the things that are yet to come And to the memories that we hold. With a few rare examples, life should be easy.  New Year’s Eve is no exception.  I envision an intimate setting with Champagne (or Prosecco as a […]

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