Friday, December 15, 2017

Tea Time

Hello and Happy Friday to you! I hope you've all had a great week and are enjoying all the preparations for Christmas. As I've shared before, my two daughters-Carrie and Kim host a quarterly tea party for all of the females in the family; occasionally little man joins us as he did today~he got all dressed up and looked so handsome. The two oldest young men were busy with school and couldn't join little man upstairs. Little Man is used to having mostly girls around, so he was fine with today. Didn't Kim do an amazing job with the table-so bright and festive.


I didn't get a shot of all the tea sandwiches or of the fruit-which came from my brother and sil in California.  This roasted squash salad with pomegranate seeds is one of my favorites.
There were homemade pomegranate seed scones that were delicious.  Kim had set up a Hot Chocolate Station for the kiddos and we ladies had hot tea.

A brief tour of Kim's home-love the vaulted ceiling that can accommodate a huge tree. Her kiddos assemble the tree and decorate it.  They have been putting in Oak Hardwood floors and it looks so bright and clean.
More sweet decorations.




Last but not least was dessert-so yummy. Kim made Irish Tea Cakes in a gingerbread mold and then covered them with chocolate.
Carrie made her delicious chocolate macaroons and also Maple Meringues.
The girls all did a craft with felted wool balls, either making a wreath or a garland.  Somehow I missed getting them crafting.
Tomorrow morning I have a Christmas Tea at church and then will meet up with the rest of the family for lunch-half the group are going to see the new Star Wars movie and the other half will be at one of the houses watching Christmas movies.
Have a joyful weekend!
Noreen

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Merry Christmas

From our home to yours, we wish you a Blessed Christmas and New Year.  Hunter sends warm nuzzles and kisses to all his friends in blogland-especially the four legged friends.  

This is a bit early, but we aren't doing cards for Hunter and wanted to share Christmas greetings with all our friends.
Have a great Thursday, we are very thankful for each of you!
Noreen and Hunter

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Tylee's Turkey Jerky

A #ChewyInfluencer,it is with joy that I once again get to review a product that Hunter has not had before. I have shared in the past that Hunter is so picky when it comes to food and treats. However, Hunter loves Turkey Jerky and I'm here to say he loves this jerky. I was so impressed with the size of the pieces and you can tell that they are turkey pieces that has just been cut and dried.


Hunter still has some tear staining from his food allergies and I'm so happy that this jerky is 100% turkey.
Here is some more info on it:
Tylee’s Turkey Jerky Human-Grade Dog Treats are made with 100% all-natural turkey—the same quality meat that you would eat. When it comes to dog treat recipes, Tylee’s knows that less is really more. The only ingredient you’ll find listed is pure meat that’s been thinly sliced and dehydrated to create a jerky that’s chewy and irresistible. This delicious snack delivers 81% protein and all the flavor your dog craves. To keep every bite as fresh as the first, Tylee’s lets nature do its work by using a drying process instead of adding chemical preservatives. The result is a portable protein treat that you can take anywhere for spontaneous on-the-go rewards. Break them into bite-size pieces for tinier pups, or to just stretch out treat time.

Key Benefits


  • High-quality dog jerky treats made with human-grade ingredients, just like the jerky you would want to eat, with all the same mouthwatering flavors.
  • No added chemical preservatives; this jerky treat is made with only one ingredient: 100% delicious all-natural turkey. The natural drying process makes sure this tasty jerky stays fresh.
  • High-protein snack makes the perfect on-the-go training reward, delivering 81% protein to keep his energy up and provide essential amino acids.
  • Dehydrated and thinly sliced dog jerky treat that’s simple to break into small bites while traveling, and you can reward dogs of all sizes.
  • Full of real meat flavor for the perfect dog training reward or everyday portable protein treat. Enticing texture for a jerky treat that dogs love to chew.
  • It is made in the USA~ which is very important to me.

We are so thankful to Miss Natalie and all of the Chewy staff who make this program so easy. Hunter loves getting the new treats and now that I'm going to be much more aware of anything I give him, I can rest assured knowing Chewy has his best interest at heart. Go visit Chewy if you haven't yet, you can find them here:
https://www.chewy.com/tylees-turkey-jerky-human-grade-dog/dp/136149
Disclaimer:  We received this product free for our honest opinion, positive or otherwise and did not receive any compensation for our review.

Noreen and Hunter

Monday, December 11, 2017

Hello friends,  I hope your Monday was a good one and that Tuesday will be even better.  It's not quite Tuesday yet, but Hunter has me up with some restlessness and excessive licking-so I thought that there was no better time to write than right now.  I'm thinking that I may have to take him into the vet tomorrow to have his ears checked-either for mites or an infection.  It could be allergies to a new food we are adding into his diet, but I don't like how uncertain I feel when I know he isn't feeling his normal self.  I did not get to the gym today, Monday,  as I was running late, but headed down to see my girlfriend.  We had a great day together-lunch, a little window shopping so to speak and just catching up.  Due to allergies I was not able to hang out at her brother's house and once we got back, I immediately headed for home.  I will see her next Monday for another fun day together.  I do have other plans for today-grocery shopping as we are having friends over Wednesday evening and I'm hoping to hit the gym as long as Hunter is o.k.  I think I will still call in and have his ears checked and him looked at, just to make sure.

Good news-Hunter did not have ear mites or an infection, but has allergies-which isn't a surprise considering Bichon's are known for having issues.  Our vet is the best and decided to give him a shot to help ease the itching.  So thankful, hoping now with a new kibble for dogs prone to allergies, it will pass.  We will definitely be taking a nap today.
Have a good day!
Hugs,
Noreen

My Christmas Collections Part II

Happy Monday to you! I hope you had a fantastic weekend; we've had the most gorgeous weather and I'm so thankful. I won't mind a dusting of snow around Christmas, but for now I'm so thrilled that although cold  is here i there is no snow on the ground. So you may all know that I love Cardinals~we don't have them here or Blue Jays, but they are so pretty. I started adding some to my Christmas decor several years ago. I added another this year.
Many, many years ago-probably close to 25, my sil started giving me Lizzie High dolls for Christmas.  They are so cute!
This wall hanging was my weekend project-very simple, a panel that I cut up and quilted. Initially, I wanted to make pillows like Potter* Barn sells, but changed my mind.  I did all the quilting on the machine.  It is really hard to tell and I've even got some machine quilted snowflakes on it.
I love this little mason jar decoration!  One of my gal pals gave it to me for Christmas.  Hubby and I tried to find the same size jars and battery operated candle holders for a gift for some friends, but were unsuccessful.

My girlfriend from Ca. is out dog sitting for her brother and I'm heading down to spend the day with her as soon as I am done with the gym.  I am hoping to just relax until Christmas, although I do need to do some wrapping.
Hope your day is so easy and  that you can share some joy with others.
Hugs,
Noreen

Saturday, December 9, 2017

When Quilter's Gather

Happy Saturday to you! I am wondering if today will find you shopping for presents, spending time fluffing your nest or relaxing; whatever you are up to this day, I hope you will find contentment. As I mentioned on Thursday, yesterday my quilt mini group had our Christmas luncheon and party. It was so fun and filled with laughter, love, great food, gifts and presents. While I didn't get any pictures of food, I tried to get some of the decorations that made the atmosphere lots of fun.  This is one of the tables~our hostess put a Stove Top Potpourri bag at each place setting.

The only picture of food I got were these lovely cupcakes.
Loved this vignette.
Jim Shore is a favorite artisan of mine and I loved this Santa.

Rinda is an incredible quilter and has many wall hangings and quilts throughout here house. I loved this Christmas scene.
You may remember this quilted table topper from last year-I think I made close to ten of them for gifts.  I also love the Merry Quilting sign.

When the gals arrived, I pinned the name of a Christmas Carol on their back and they had to ask others a yes or no question to get clues and then try to figure out what song they had.  I was shocked that none of the gals knew this game.  There were two winners and each got a prize-either a fat quarter or some other quilting item.  After this game was over we all got our lunch, which consisted of turkey noodle soup, white chicken chili(yum), Chinese Cabbage salad, Spinach Strawberry salad, lots of different breads as well as coffee, water, tea or hot cider.
Immediately after clearing our dishes away, we began a Quilters Bingo game-instead of numbers we had words associated with quilting. We played two games and then the four winners received a their choice of prize.  I provided a Name that Quilt Square  game.  There were four winners on this game who also received a prize.   I'm thinking that the gal I shared games with did such a great job, no one will want to attempt them in the future. At the end we all had dessert, unfortunately the only dessert I got a photo of was some fantastic cupcakes.  I couldn't try one, due to gluten~however, my granddaughter and I(I was her helper) made a gluten and dairy free cheesecake which was delicious.  Another gal brought apple fritters-they also looked incredible.  There was one last fast game before we did our gift exchange game.  Like many other games where gifts are exchanged, we all drew numbers from a hat and then picked a gift or if someone else had a gift you preferred you could "steal" it.  Our group was very kind and I think only one gift was actually taken from someone.  I received a $20 gift card from  a quilt store in town.  All in all, 13 ladies had a fantastic party celebrating Christmas, friendship and the love of quilting.
Today we will hit the gym first thing and then go over to our daughter's house to see if we can help as they put in new hardwood in their family room.  I also want to make a fun wall hanging for Christmas, so may start that.
So on this Saturday, try to make someone's spirit bright!
Hugs,
Noreen

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Family Celebrations

It's Thursday and I'm so very thankful for the love of family! You might think that has been said before and you are right, but I can't help saying it again. Last weekend we celebrated three family birthdays-our daughter Kim turned 36, Miss O turned 10 and Miss A turned 8. All are such a blessing.  Miss A, always so sweet and smiling, her eyes light up.
Miss O with her cousin Peanut and her little sister.

I love Kim's expression and Logan's look...they both bring fun and laughter to our family.

I just can't say it enough-I LOVE OUR FAMILY!
Yesterday was a busy day-45 minutes doing weights at the gym, running errands, joining hubby while he played indoor badminton, I walked 2 miles on the indoor tract and then did the bike for 3 miles.  Last night I hand quilted for 3.5 hours, I sure slept well.
Today has been a busy one too~more errands and then I'll pick up our oldest granddaughter and she and I will be making a cheesecake; it isn't a traditional one per say, but one that is gluten free and dairy free(almond milk cream cheese and yogurt).  Tomorrow I have my quilt mini group luncheon and party, so I'll be gone a good part of the day.  I hope you have a fantastic afternoon and day tomorrow.
Joy to you.
Noreen

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Christmas Collections

Happy Wednesday to you! I have had my home decorated since before Thanksgiving, but just didn't stop long enough to grab some photos to share here. All of these collections are somewhat old; I will share the newer ones tomorrow. Some younger folks have been heard saying "how can people collect those villages? They are so expensive". I'm here to testify that my dear mil started giving me a piece every Christmas for many years-so this collection is about 25+ years old. I love it and wouldn't think of not putting it up at Christmas.  They came from a store called Mervyn's and it is such fun to remember each piece.  Hubby loves putting these up, so I leave him to it.
My angel collection-they all have a special meaning for me.
My snowmen grace the foyer.
My original Santa that I got approximately 25-30 years ago with small toys around the tree.
My other small Christmas village my girls gave me one year; someday one of my granddaughters will receive this.
I'm off to the gym this morning to try to burn off the calories I've taken in the last couple of days.
I hope you are all staying warm.
Hugs and blessings,
Noreen

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Festivities

Most of the day is gone and yet here I am just sitting down at the computer. To say I've been busy today is an understatement. Firstly however, this is the dinner from the party we went to last night. Unfortunately for me, I had to either scrape away the sauce on the meat or ignore the potato item-due to bread crumbs. It was a nice affair, but next time I'll have to call in advance to check what is on the menu.
This morning one of my neighbor/gal pals had three of us for breakfast.  I love looking at how others decorate and often those ideas become a springboard for my decorating.  My friends hubby actually does this tree by himself and it is gorgeous!
I love everything about Charlotte's decorating-from her stove and countertop to every table top and space.  Not to crowded, but so cute.
Loved her table setting!  The three candles in the center were presents for us and so cute.  I should have gotten a picture of the fantastic quiche she made for us, the muffins and drinks.
Charlotte is one of the biggest blessings in my life, a giver and friend who is always there.  I am blessed with so many wonderful friends! After the breakfast and present exchange, I had to head to church to help decorate for our ornament exchange tonight.  Later we joined our sil's parents for a nice lunch, then hurried to a meeting with our financial man before coming home to walk Hunter.  I've got to get him fed now and then in a bit I'll head to the party.  It is supposed to be just appetizers, but ends up being more like a dinner.
Next week will sound so boring after such a busy week; maybe I'll even get some baking done.
Sending you all holiday wishes and hugs.
Noreen

Monday, December 4, 2017

Three Dog Night

Happy Monday to you all! I hope your weekend activities helped usher in December! We had a very relaxing weekend, a birthday party Saturday night which was wonderful; yesterday was good-just the gym to work out and then home- I'm thankful because my week is jam packed with parties and activities. Yesterday we had our two grandpups over the the day, Carrie and her family were going down to Denver to attend a KLove Christmas concert. Hunter is in heaven when Lily and Copper are here. Copper will be two in January and has mellowed out a lot. She has the sweetest temperament and the only time I've seen her get feisty is when she has a bone or chewy.
You may notice that the throw pillows on the other couch are laying flat-Copper was up there with the other dogs playing.  Lily loves any lap where there is room. Notice the quilt that Lily is on-I made this for hubby ten years ago when we moved here.  It's getting so worn out, but he loves it because it is so warm.

Finally, the three settled down and went to sleep.  Hunter looks scruffy due to the fact that Copper and Lily just got groomed. You can see how close Hunter is to Copper-they all snuggle up together, so cute.  The dogs ended up staying the night and have already gone home; it's very quiet here now.
Today I'm off to the Quilt Guild Christmas luncheon, it should be so fun.  Tonight hubby and I have a fancy Christmas Dinner/Dance to go to, hosted by our financial guy.  He goes all out for his clients and we love it.  The only issue is that I don't do fancy and trying to find something to wear was so hard.  I'm sure there will be those over the top, but I don't believe in going out to buy something I won't wear again.
Hubby is already off to Home De*ot, our washing machine has been machine a terrible noise-telling us it is off balance, so yesterday we watched a youtube video on how to determine what was wrong and took the front and top off and found out that two of the Balance supports needed to be replaced.  I'm praying that is all that is was; our set we bought from the old owner of our house and it's 10 years old.  I hope we have a couple more years from the set.
Joy to you!
Noreen, Hunter, Lily and Copper

Friday, December 1, 2017

Living History

Happy December to you my friends. Yesterday I had the privilege of going up in the mountains with my gal pals, to visit a friend of one who owns a Log Home and has quite a collection of Antiques. It was so fascinating, but I realized I could never have that many collections. Here home is in a Canyon about an hour away and it was such a treat! When we pulled into the driveway, we met her husband and son creating a Barbed Wire Sculpture.
This is what the Sculpture is modeled after.  Her son is quite the artist and many of his pieces are around Fort Collins.
Be still my heart-this is the living room.
Their entry way, she got the Hall Tree at a garage sale for a incredible price.
Their upstairs family room; notice the book shelves with the baskets-oh my what stories.
I never heard of the Dickerson sisters and their Pine Needle Baskets.  Apparently they were quite the gals.  One friend was a teacher and used to teach her Colorado history class around local people; she knew all about the sisters.
Jan found both these baskets at Goodwill and got them for a steal.
One piece her son carved-so beautiful.
This piece was the model for a full size sculpture at the Equine Center.
One guest room with an vintage quilt.  Gal pals Lillian and Charlotte looking on.  There was so much to see, it was overwhelming. I asked Jan if she ever thought of having a bed & breakfast, but she said she tried it one summer and it was just too much work.

I love Cobalt Blue glassware, aren't these pretty.
Some of her grandmother's baby clothes.  One dress looked like one of my vintage dresses.
I also love Milk Glass and have two pieces-are these beautiful.  Guess you have to love antiques to really appreciate them.


Once again, I had to tell my heart to slow down-antique quilts. Loved the cabinet too.
Here is the best collection in the house-Antique dresses and hats.
Some dated back to 1890, others were from the early 1900's.

The dress on the far right was from 1890.   Notice there are quilts on the walls.
Loved this dress.
One vintage quilt-probably from the pastel era of the 20's.



This was a wedding dress from the early 1900's.  We learned that White didn't become a popular color for a wedding dress until later.


She got this fur-skin coat and hat for $5.00 at a garage sale.
Before they started building their home, they decided they better build something small from logs to make sure they were up to it.  This is a cute out building.





A mining car they purchased from an area here in Colorado. They have also done some gold mining as well.
This large pot was used in their gold mining.


This is the front of the house.  It was so beautiful; I have to say there were lots of burnt trees from the High Park Fire back several years ago.  They have a Momma Mountain Lion, a cub and two juveniles nearby as well as Elk, Bighorn Sheep, Turkeys, Rabbits etc.
My gal pals-from Left is Lillian, then Jan the owner, I'm center, Charlotte to my right and on the far right Diana.  We are walking buddies and dear friends; I'm so blessed to have them on my street and in my life.  Notice that Diana and I have sunglasses on and don't need to squint.
It was such a delightful day and I'm so thankful I got to meet this couple and see their home and collections. Of course, being with gal pals helps too. Hope you have a fantastic afternoon and weekend.
Hugs,
Noreen