Friday, November 13, 2009

Homemade Holiday Recipe and Bathroom Pics

Happy Friday, my prim friends!!  It’s going to be another gorgeous day here in Ohio.  Sunny and in the 60’s.  Can’t complain about that!!

And now get ready to hear a collective “groan” in blogland when I tell you . . . . . .I’m about done with my Christmas shopping!!  :o)  Did you hear it?   lol 

I’m all done with my daughter Kory, I have one more thing to get my son – but it doesn’t get released until Nov. 20th, I have a couple more things to get for my hubby (I need to find a place to hide them, first!) and I have the few items my daughter, Brittney, had on her list.  She really didn’t have many ideas this year other than a new ipod and a few books.  She’ll probably get gift cards for the remainder of the amount we spend, but I’ll hold off getting those in case she comes up with something else.  I also picked up a few stocking stuffers along with a few bags of holiday candy (3 musketeers, twix, peppermint patties, etc.)  We started a tradition several years ago that after Santa ate his milk and cookies, he left a basket full of candy.  You know. . . .because there wasn’t enough goodies already in the house!! lol

I love getting my shopping done early!!!  Now I can relax and enjoy decorating and baking for the holidays. 


A few of you have left comments or emails in regards to my Dining Room furniture.  My hubby and I made all of the furniture pieces with the exception of the dining room chairs and the bottom portion of the stereo cupboard, which is a dresser I bought at a garage sale and then made the top piece for it.  The desk was made many years ago and was our 2nd attempt at making furniture!  It went through a few transformations before ending up the way it is now.  The cupboard above it was actually a “now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t” cover for an in-the-wall air conditioning unit that has now been removed due to having central air installed.   We’ve added a shelf and now use it for storing various things.  The wing chair was sitting out for the garbage just down the road from me and I sent my hubby in the dark to go pick it up!!  It was in great shape, but the upholstery was filthy and had a couple of tears in it.  It was my first attempt at reupholstering a piece of furniture!!  I really didn’t know what I was doing. . . .I just “winged” it!  lol  It’s been about two years and I still haven’t finished the cushion or put the face pieces on the front of the arms.  I keep putting off making the piping and learning how to make box pleats, so for now, I just have some fabric tucked around the seat!  For those that have commented on the fabric – I bought it at Joann Fabrics in the Home Decor fabric section.  And, finally, the hutch is made in three pieces and is actually navy blue, not black.  I hope I answered all of the questions!!


This stuffing recipe is fabulous.  My family loves it!  It’s a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving dinner. 

Cornbread, Sausage, Apple & Pecan Stuffing

12 T. butter (1 1/2 sticks)

2 c. finely-chopped yellow onions

3 tart apples, cored and chunked, but not peeled

1 lb. bulk breakfast sausage, with sage (Bob Evans)

3 c. coarsely crumbled cornbread

3 c. coarsely crumbled whole-wheat or multi-grain bread

3 c. coarsely crumbled French or Italian bread

2 tsp. dried thyme

1 tsp. dried sage

salt and pepper, to taste

1/2 c. chopped Italian parsley

1 1/2 c. shelled pecan halves (do not chop)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Melt half the butter in a large skillet.

Remove onion and butter from pan and put in a very large bowl to be mixed later.

In same skillet, melt rest of butter, add apple, and cook quickly over high heat until lightly browned, but not mushy.

Remove apples and butter from pan and put in the bowl with the onions.

With the pan back on the burner, add sausage, crumbling as you cook it over medium heat, and cook until lightly browned.

When done, remove with a slotted spoon and add it to the mixing bowl.

Reserve drippings for basting later.

Add remaining ingredients to the mixing bowl and combine gently.

If you’re going to stuff a turkey, cool completely in the refrigerator first.

To cook it as a separate dressing, spoon the mixture into a large casserole (13x9 or slightly larger), cover with aluminum foil and bake 30-45 minutes at 325 degrees, basting occasionally with cooking juices from the turkey or with reserved sausage fat, if needed.

Uncover the pan for the last 10 minutes of cooking to brown.

wirebtrswetdivaTo see who else is participating in Colleen’s (And Baby Makes Five) Homemade Holiday Recipe Swap, click here:


wirebtrswetdiva  Here are a few pictures of my main bathroom.  I’m going to change out my light fixtures on both sides of the mirror once I choose between three styles of sconces that I like, which has been a dilemma for the last couple of months!  lol   I’d also like to get a new cabinet and sink top some time,  especially since the sink doesn’t line up with the mirror!!  I’ve lived with it for 21 years like that, what’s a few more, right?

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wirebtrswetdivaThanks for stopping by.  I appreciate each and every one of you and I love hearing your comments .  I hope you all have a great weekend!!

Until Next Time . . . . Kris


  1. Your home is just wonderful! I can't believe you and hubby made all that furniture - you should be so proud. Can't wait to see more pictures! Have a great weekend, Dawn

  2. Kris~ Your bathroom is SO nice! Just love it all! You and your hubby are so talented, all of your furniture is wonderful and even more wonderful because it is homemade! Thanks for the yummy recipe. And I am not going to talk about your Christmas shopping..I am jealous. We are totally last minute shoppers! We say we are going to get it done earlier every year but it never happens...ho hum!! Have a wonderful weekend!! Take care. ~Sarah~

  3. I just love your bathroom. It is so cozy and nicely decorated. I am going to keep peaking at it to get some ideas for our bath.

    Have a great weekend,. Janie

  4. WOW! I went back and looked at your diningroom again because I was so interested in the oranges the first time I didnt pay attention! What a talented man you have there! Togther you have made wonderful things and you have such a kneck for displaying them. Thanks for sharing. I only wish I had a diningroom that big...I have a huge big old house and the diningroom is the smallest room!Love your blog.

  5. I can't believe you guys made all that furniture wow that's impressive!!....I thought for sure it was store bought!

    Your bathroom looks so nice, I love the little bench with the light on it....neither of my guest bathrooms have enough counter space for decor, poo!

    Congrats on being almost done with your shopping! I only have two boys and a DIL to buy for and all they want is money which we don't have, ha!


  6. Hi Kris...the recipe sounds good, I will try it.
    LOL.......I think you are the missing twin to my middle DD. She is always done with her shopping way ahead of everyone else.

  7. I am lovin that corner cupboard in the bathroom.
    Oh and that stuffing sounds yummy. Ok about that Christmas shopping, i dont even want to think about shopping! I would love to know how it feels not to do it last minute!

  8. You're is my part of the collective groan..GGGGRRRROOOOAAAANNN. Actually, one year I got all my shopping finished early. But for some reason I didn't like it. I don't really buy that much anymore so I can get it done all in one day.

    Love the bathroom. Especially the corner cabinet. I don't think we have space for a corner cabinet in any of ours but it's a cute idea!

  9. Kris, I am so loving your bathroom. Just beautiful! And done with shopping?!?! I wish!!

  10. Kris,
    Your bathroom is beautiful and love all the soft lighting. Your stuffing sounds delicious, too. I'm amazed that you & your talented husband made the dining room furniture. Awesome.
    Have a great weekend.

  11. WOW - I can't believe you are done with your Christmas shopping. Ughhh. I can't stand shopping especially when it gets late and everything is picked over, but you gotta wait and shop when you can and have money (lol). I can't wait to bake for the holidays. I normally take baked goodies to the maternity ward of our hospital and my gynecologist office. I have done that since Cameron was born. Kinda like a little thank you for being a part of such a special day for us.

    Love your bathroom...your home is always so cozy looking!!


  12. Kris...your bathroom is just beautiful!! I love all the touches, especially the corner cupboard! I am so impressed you are done with your shopping...I have to do so much online, and it is a PAIN. I absolutely hate taking so much time on the computer! Anyway, the stuffing sounds delicious and your home is beautiful!

  13. As always, love, love everything in your house. Your decor is awesome. Beautiful bath!

  14. Kris, we have the same wallpaper border! Love your bathroom! It's gorgeous!

  15. Thanks for the bathroom shots. I can never decide how to decorate a bathroom.


  16. Kris,
    It looks great it that bathroom. I love the curtains.


  17. I have just found your blog and it is wonderful.
    Your home is beautiful.

  18. Thanks for sharing the bathroom pics. I think that is one of the hardest rooms to decorate which is why mine still isn't done.

    We're pretty much done with Christmas shopping too. It's not hard for us because we only have one child to buy for and hubby works at Wal*Mart.

    Have a great weekend!

  19. Another wonderful space Kris!! I can see some of your creations in there.

    I won't groan - I say GOOD for you!! I have Jay's family all done. I still have Jen, my DH, our neice and her fiance, and both sets of parents to buy for as well as Toys for Tots. I best get busy huh??!!

    Have a great weekend my friend!

  20. Love your bathroom Kris....thanks for sharing pics...
    I have a few things left to buy and then I'm done to...time to enjoy the holidays...
    Have a great weekend...

  21. I love seeing your beautifully decorated spaces, Kris. Love your bathroom.

    And the recipe, as usual, sounds scrumptious.

    Thank goodness for exercise equipment! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, my friend...

  22. Kris you and your hubby are so talented! I can't even imagine building furniture! What wonderful pieces to hand down to your children and grandchildren! You bathrom is gorgeous, but no surprise there. Every room of your house that I've seen so far is spectacular! Have a great weekend! Hugs, Loretta

  23. Congrats on getting your Christmas shopping done early. I always do that too, and normally start in June. But not this year! I have barely made a dent in it. Thanks to lawyer fees, helping my daughter's family stay afloat and other things eating up our $$$. But we'll get by. Just not as easy as it used to be.

    Your bathroom looks great. I hope you find exactly what you want to finish it off. The right sconces will really make it perfect and I know you will find the ones you want.

    Have a great week!

  24. Kris
    Good for you to have your shopping so under control. Every year I say I'm going to do it early. Hasn't happened yet. Love the pics of your bathroom. Looks perfect! Keep up the pictures I love every room of your house!

  25. I love your washroom. So nicely decorated and perfectly prim :)


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