Sunday Smorgasbord 12/14/2014


To whom it may concern: Please excuse Kristen from her Sunday blog post. She has been under the weather all week. Thanks. I don’t know if it has been a touch of a virus or exhaustion or a Rheumatoid Arthritis flare-up, but I have spent all week exhausted and feeling like I’m coming down with something. So today I bring you a few photos and that’s about it. I haven’t …

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Giveaway Day! (Ends 12/12)

Ribbon Pine Cone Ornament by Kikiverde Handmade.

Howdy, folks! I’d imagine most of you have found your way here through Sew Mama Sew’s semi-annual Giveaway Day post. Welcome! I’d like to invite you to stay for awhile but I know you’re going to be busy entering giveaways all week so please consider bookmarking (or subscribing to) my blog so we can keep in touch! (You can find all those links at the bottom of this post!) Today …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 12/7/14


You guys, I am exhausted. I feel like I’ve had a splitting headache all week. Last weekend, a water main broke just outside of our driveway turning our street into a water slide. The WSSC left it go until the weekend ended, which meant that all day on Monday there was jack-hammering and the constant beeping of construction vehicles as they tore up the asphalt and fixed the broken pipe …

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Gluten Free & Vegan Vegetable Lo Mein


One of the things I miss since going gluten-free (and finding out I have a seafood allergy) is Asian food. We would occasionally order in from our local Chinese take-out joint and once a month or so we’d go out for Thai food or stop by one of the many local Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or Vietnamese places in the area for lunch. I’ve checked out menus and ingredients and sadly, …

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Small Business Saturday Sale


Howdy! I’m joining in on the Small Business Saturday Sale goodness for this weekend! Now through December 1st, use code: SBS2014 for 15% off your total purchase OR get free priority shipping on domestic purchases using code FREESHIP. I’m also including free gift boxes, ribbon and a handmade gift tag for all ornament and jewelry purchases! Visit my Etsy shop and put in an order if you see something you …

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Sunday Smorgasbord 11/23/2014


Last Sunday, we visited Morven Park, located in Leesburg, Virginia and the historic home of former Virginia governor, Westmoreland Davis, and his wife, Marguerite. The home is a nestled into a hillside overlooking vast lawns and gardens that were beautifully dotted with trees of all kinds. The inside of the home itself is beautifully decorated with authentic Tiffany lighting fixtures and eclectic finds from Marguerite’s travels. When we went many …

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Cranberry Jello Salad

Cranberry Jello Salad is one of our family's holiday staples! Everyone loves it! Recipe from @kikiverde

A few years ago my friend, Eileen, was visiting and opened up the fridge to help herself to a glass of water when she turned and looked at me, pointing inside the fridge and questioned “What the hell is THAT?! Is that a jello salad in your fridge?!” I responded that it was, and quickly added that it’s really good. She said “I’m sure it’s delicious, but you are not …

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