Friday, November 6, 2009

Dining Room Projects and Sweet Potato Casserole

Happy Friday, everyone!!  This week has been a busy one.  The kids didn’t have school Monday or Tuesday due to Teacher conferences and on Wednesday, my hubby and I went with my son for a college visit to Akron University. 

On Monday, I went with 2 of my sisters (I have 3) and a niece to Amish country.  Every year we plan a trip before the holidays to go and spend the day shopping and out for lunch.  I would love to share pictures of our day with you, but my sisters didn’t want me to post pictures of them and most of the stores don’t allow cameras, so I only have pictures of the goodies I bought.


I also bought this 4 1/2 ft. German Twig tree. 

twig tree

 It was a very long day!  I left my house at 7:30 in the morning to pick up my sister, Val, and her daughter, Becky, and then headed over to my sister, Lori’s, house.  She was suppose to drive from there, but she forgot to renew her license plates, so I ended up driving to Amish country.  After lots of shopping and lunch at Rebecca’s Bistro,  I didn’t get home until 7:00 in the evening!   I was so tired!! 


In between all of my running, I’ve been doing some tweaking in my Dining Room which usually means repainting  and making things.  I had planned on posting pics of my Dining Room, but there was too much sunlight this morning (not that I’m complaining about the sunshine!) to get any good pictures, so I’ll have to wait until this afternoon to see if I can get better ones and then share them with you later.

I’m trying to achieve a simpler look and decided to change things up a little in my hutch.  I’ll give you a sneak peak at a couple of things that I’ve made.

This cross stitch pin keep ( a Stacy Nash Primitives pattern) and also the stacked fabric pin keeps.



I also painted a couple of stack boxes.


That’s all I’m going to show you for now!!  I’ll share pics of my entire Dining Room with you later when the lighting is better and I can get better shots!!  I just HATE being a tease!  He He!


Colleen has started a new recipe swap on Fridays called “Homemade Holidays Recipe Swap”.  With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to share with you a wonderful recipe that gives a different twist to sweet potatoes.



Sweet Potato Casserole

3 c. sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed or 1 (28 oz.) can yams, mashed

2 eggs, beaten

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. milk

1/4 c. margarine, melted

1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 tsp. salt


1 c. brown sugar

1/3 c. flour

2 T. margarine, melted

1 c. nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9x9 pan.

Combine ingredients and pour into prepared pan.

Combine topping ingredients and sprinkle mixture evenly over sweet potatoes.

Bake for 35 minutes.



If you’d like more information about participating or would like to see who else has recipes to share in Colleen’s Homemade Holidays Recipe Swap, click here:



Until Next Time . . . .Kris


  1. Love your new pin keep - very cute. I'm thinking about getting one of those type of trees as well. Love the simpleness of them. Your new goodies look wonderful and so does that sweet tater casserole - YUMMMMMM. Looking forward to seeing your dining room.

    Your Stalker friend, lol - Karen

  2. Can't wait to see the pictures of your dining room. Love seeing how others decorate.

  3. Hey Kris- great finds! I bought some trees today and a big wooden bowl too! Oh, I wish you wouldn't know we love to see pics of your home! lol Can't wait till you post them!


  4. Kris, What a fun day trip you must have had! I only have one sister and we have a blast together, so I can't imagine adding in another sister! Thanks for sharing your goodies with us. I can't wait to see the dining room redo!~Ann

  5. Kris ~
    Love your finds. I am looking for some stockings exactly like that. Does that store have a website or phone#? Thanks so much.
    Love your pinkeep & your tree. You have been a busy gal as usual. Can't wait to see the dining room. We are having sweet potatoes tonight with pork steak. Simon likes his plain ~ no butter or sugar otherwise I would try your recipe.
    Have a great weekend & let me know if that store ships.
    thanks again,

  6. Kris, love your site! The pin keep is beautiful! I love, love the twig christmas tree.

    The recipe looks yummy too, will have to give it a try. What kind of nuts did you use? It looks great in your Henn pottery!
    Jennifer in Virginia

  7. Looks like you found some great goodies in Amish country, but I had no doubt. Sounds like a fun filled day and lunch at Rebecca's (YUMMO).

    Can't wait to see more pictures!! That casserole sounds yummy. Yep, I am going to have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.


  8. Hi Kris!....I love all the goodies you got and the pinkeep you made is wonderful....can't wait to see the pics of your dining room!

    I left you a message on FB about using Briwax....I am wondering if I should use it for my cabinet....let me know when you have a spare minute, ha!


  9. Kris, you have been busy but all for the good as I love your new purchases and pinkeep. Really looking forward to pics of your tweaked dining room.
    Best wishes

  10. I have those wooden pilgrims too..have had them for years..I used to make them..I love the stockings..and I love what you have been redoing..that recipe looks like one I make every thanksgiving...its like eating dessert...have a great weekend.:)

  11. I just found your blog today and enjoyed reading. Your house looks beautiful and the recipes sound delicious! I am from northeast Ohio as well and enjoy visiting Amish country every chance I get. I plan on continuing to follow your journeys.

  12. As always, Kris, I just love all of your finds! And your Thanksgiving treat. That sounds good enough to be dessert...

    I can't wait to see your Dining Room pics too. Don't leave us hanging too long ;)

    Enjoy your weekend, my busy friend!

  13. Hi Kris,
    I love the pinkeep and the twig tree too. I have a taller one that goes in my kitchen next to the fireplace. Oh yum! The sweet potato casserole sounds delicious! I make mine with maple syrup, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and a splash of orange juice! It's like eating candy. Have a great weekend! Hugs, Loretta

  14. Kris,

    That little pinkeep is precious! I make that casserole often, and it is fabulous. I also have that twig tree and a larger one. Bet when you decorate it will be Prim-o-licious! I'll be watching for a photo.

  15. Love that twig tree, Kris!
    Your pin keep and boxes look wonderful. Can't wait to see your dining room :)
    Have a wonderful weekend, it's s'posed to be a nice one!

  16. German twig tree is wonderful! I made one last year!!! you're a busy woman -- great photos. your blog title photo is so cozy and lovely.

  17. I have the larger german twig tree. Now that the kids are on their own, I get to decorate MY way!! LOL

    My friend Kathy stitched that Stacy Nash pattern for me - it's on my blog post today in some of the pictures. You have great taste! :-)

    I love what your family does on Thanksgiving to start getting ready for Christmas. It sounds like a wonderful tradition!

  18. Camera shy sisters huh???? Silly girls!
    I love what you purchased though! Oh, and the twig tree is awesome. We have one that size and I wish I had more.
    Thanks for the great to read.


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