New Year’s Crown {DIY}

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 It’s the eve of a new year and I am full of hope and thought. It’s as if this is the beginning of spring, planting in our selves. Thoughts and ideas being pushed underground, dreams that we hope will come true, goals that we want to blossom and prune to perfection in the coming year. Where will this year take you? What unknowns are in store, what paths with you follow and where will they lead? What adventures will you have; what trials will you face? Questions swirl in my mind as I prep for a night of fun to ring it all in. December 31st seems to be the one day of the year where living at once in the past, present and future is not only expected but encouraged.   It’s a night of new beginnings when we can reflect on the past, plan our future, and party in the present, a magical day indeed.

Last year I did a guest blog featuring The New Years Wish Jar for My Crafty Spot and I am so excited to sit down with a glass of bubbly and open all of these little scrolls and take stock of the year. I am sure I will re-roll a few of these and throw them back in the wishing jar, some I may toss aside replaced by more appropriate wishes. Some I will celebrate victoriously, for it has been a grand and special year indeed. Through the ups and downs we are, after all, still here readying ourselves to welcome another year with an open mind and loving heart. Check out my New Years Wish Jar here!

New Year's Crown {DIY}

New Year's Crown {DIY}

To help you ring in the fun, I have a simple craft you can make this very moment.   All you need is paper, tape, and scissors…oh and a little glitter if you like some sparkle. These crowns are sure to make you feel like royalty when the clock strikes midnight.

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New Year's Crown {DIY}

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Tape
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to:

  • Cut out a long piece of paper, measuring and cutting to fit your head
  • Tape the ends together to make a circle (only needing to last the night, tape is quick and perfect)
  • Decorate with glitter
  • Wear and party hearty

New Year's Crown {DIY}

Happy New Year Readers!

Marcella Rose

Vintage Chritmas Wrapping

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things
Girls in white dresses, with blue satin sashes
Snow flakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things
When the dog bites, when the bee stings
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
Like silver white winters that melt into springs
And then I don’t feel so bad
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I simply adore this song.  I love hearing it come on the radio this time of year, recalling memories so vivid they instandly bring a smile to my face.  One line that always stood out to me was Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with String.  I just love packages wrapped in bown paper, even as a little girl I would cut open paper grocery bags and steal my moms cooking twine to wrap my gifts under the tree, I was always an odd duck.  My husband, knowing me all too well, now wraps all my gifts up with twine and brown paper.  Even though it’s so simple, there is something so beautiful about it.  It’s classic, and nostalgic, and, well perfectly, perfect.  They seem to come from another time.  With this nostalgic idea in mind I set out this year to put a spin on that idea, upping my game from simple brown paper and string, to a package looking like it’s been delievered striaght from the North Pole .  With just a few tools you too can put a fun and festive twist on an old classic this holiday.
I love vintage stamps and finding them is half the fun.  For this craft I scoured Etsy finding old gorgeous holiday stamps to slap onto the gifts.  It’s so fun to see the stamps of Holidays past.  Just add a little festive baking twine, some adorable stamps, (these found on Amazon) a few retro stickers and you have a package fit for St. Nick’s sleigh.   These gifts are charming and sure to make the recipiant smile from ear to ear; after all the wrapping is part of the gift giving process! Not to mention it will save you more than a few pennies not to buy all that fancy shiny wrapping paper.  I bought a large ream of this brown paper at my local hardware store in the painting department for $10 and I didn’t even make a dent in it this holiday season.  This is also adorable on envelopes too! Imagine receiving a card in the mail looking like it has been delievered from another time.
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You will need
  • Brown paper
  • Baking twine
  • Stamps and stickers
  • Siccors
  • Pen
How to
  • Wrap
  • Tape
  • Tie
  • Decorate
  • Give
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Wrap it up!
Marcella  Rose

Eggnog

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Fluffy, creamy, light as air and bursting with nutmeg-gy goodness, oh, Eggnog and I most definitely have a love affair. Nothing brings about the holidays and all that is merry quite like a mug of its creamy delight.  It is almost a requirement for this time of year and the uses in my house are limitless.   Take cream in your coffee?  Use Eggnog to take your coffee from every-day to holiday!  Want to take your pumpkin pie to the next level?  Make your own evaporated Eggnog to replace that canned, evaporated store-bought milk.  Need a perfect holiday dessert?  Turn that Eggnog into ice cream and you will be in heaven! Now you can go out and purchase Eggnog at your grocery store but I swear, if you make it from scratch once, you will never go back.  Also, it’s so simple you will be shocked that you haven’t made it from scratch before!  So grab a carton of eggs and take a few moments to make this decadent holiday drink from scratch.  Your holiday just may never be the same.

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This is traditional eggnog, the kind that your grandma used to make and pour into her huge crystal punch bowl, set out next to her aluminum tree with tinsel and twinkle lights aglow.  There are of course, many recipes online for cooked eggnog that you should consume if you are a child, pregnant or have a compromised immune system.  So do search out those recipes if you are any of the above, if not, enjoy this fresh liquored up kind.  Oh and please, for the love of everything holy this holiday season, do not, I repeat, DO NOT use store bought ground nutmeg.  If I give you one gift this holiday season let it be the gift of freshly grated nutmeg.  Try it, you’ll know instantly what I am talking about.  The first moment you rub that whole nut across your zester or mini grater you will smell the difference and your holiday nog will be the stuff of legend.   Oh! Also, if you are trying to decide between rum or brandy for your nog why not choose both! I love White Christmas, it’s inexpensive and gives just that perfect balance to your Eggnog.

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You will need

  • 2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup rum, brandy or a mixture of the two
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated eggnog

How To

  • Place egg yolks and sugar in a stand mixer and beat until eggs are creamy and light in color
  • Add cream, milk and liquor
  • Pour mixture into a bowl and set aside
  • Clean out your mixer and add in egg white
  • Whip until soft peaks form
  • Fold into yolk, milk and liquor mixture
  • Top with nutmeg, drink, breathe and enjoy

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To a grand holiday for all,

Marcella Rose

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Thanksgiving Garland {DIY)

IMG_5671I don’t know about you but I am busy! This time of year is so full of friends and family and celebrating that trying to carve out time for a craft or decorations is as challenging as running a marathon…I kid, but not really. With that said, now is not the time to cut corners. The hours spent baking your leftover Halloween pumpkins into puree for your holiday pie gives you time to reflect on all the things to be thankful for. The care in kneading your homemade rolls gives your mind rest from the everyday as it wanders to all the joy this season brings.

As you pin your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes, your thoughts lean toward the laughter and family that is to come at the end of the month around the table filled with food, fun and laughter. The shorter days and darker evenings lend themselves to huddling in the kitchen around simmering pots of cider, warming the body and the spirit.

I am looking for something little; a sweet, easy, craft to bring a bit of November charm to the house for thanksgiving. Nothing crazy, mind you, just something for my hands to do on these foggy and chilly Oregon nights. This Thanksgiving Garland is perfect for adding a little celebration to the dinner table; you could even make a minute one to be a pie-topper on your pumpkin pies. See full blog and tutorial at My Craft Spot


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To being thankful for the little things,

Marcella Rose 

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The Perfect Roast Turkey

 

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The Turkey. It’s the prize of the table, no need for a centerpiece with this bird, for if it’s cooked right its glory is more than regal enough to make your table glow. This year we are getting our own bird and I couldn’t be more excited to try a wild Oregon bird. Normally I pour over the local stores and their turkey providers, weighing the pros and cons of heritage birds, organic birds, and trying my hardest to find a free range bird that lived a healthy life before it lands on my table. This year my husband will be hunting for a perfect wild bird to grace our table and I am over the moon!

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In the spirit of the season I did a blog on My Cooking Spot direct from Marcella Rose’s kitchen of my classic recipe for the Perfect Roast Turkey. I have included a recipe for brining as I feel it makes a luscious bird full of juicy goodness but you can skip ahead to the roasting directions for your bird if you want to by-pass the 24-hour brining process. I am using my great grandmother’s recipe for the Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey. She would soak cheesecloth in wine and butter and drape it over her bird; this allows the breasts to retain more flavor and moisture as it cooks. Simply remove and discard the cloth for the final hour of cooking and a perfectly brown turkey will be your reward.

I hope this blog breaks the Thanksgiving bird down for any novice to make a Turkey the whole table will enjoy. Follow the link for my recipe to brine, twine and have a Perfect Roast Turkey in no time!

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With Thanks and thanks and thanks,

Marcella Rose

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Game Day Spread {Gluten Free}

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So there are sports happening I hear.   Now, don’t get mad, but unless it’s soccer, I am rarely paying attention. However, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE throwing a game day bash.  I am not sure which ones, or how many, or how close we are to the Super Series or World Open or Final Bowl or whatever you call it but… game on right!!!

We all know the normal spread, wings, pizza, and all things fried, greasy and wonderful. But just because that is always how it’s done doesn’t mean there aren’t any other options.  What about a game day that is filled with food, that is good for you, but also so tasty the men keep digging in?  Well readers look no further, I am bringing you a little healthy spread  for this game season…time….event-bowl; you get it.  So I threw together some super healthy and super quick game day snacks.  What is even more exciting is that it all tastes fantastic; this Hot-Damn Cauliflower will have you licking your lips and tips of your fingers begging for more…trust me.  Serve this spread with a crisp fall, hard-cider and it is Gluten Free to boot!  The best part is the day after game day you are going to feel like a million bucks!! What more could you ask for?

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Menu

Hot Damn Cauliflower – with blue cheese yogurt dip

Broiled Baby Bell Peppers

Braised Asparagus

Cheesy Kale Chips


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Recipes 

Hot Damn Cauliflower Hot Wings  – recipe at My Cooking Spot

Cheesy Kale Chips – recipe at My Cooking Spot

Broiled Baby Bell Pepper

  • Preheat Broiler
  • Rinse and dry peppers
  • Toss in 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil to coat
  • Roast until blistered about 7 mins turning once halfway through

Braised Asparagus

  • Preheat Broiler
  • Cut the hard ends off of rinsed asparagus
  • Toss in 1 Tablespoon of Olive oil to coat
  • Sprinkle with steak seasoning
  • Broil turning once until brown but not soggy about 3 mins (more for thicker asparagus)

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go head, get your game on!

Marcella Rose

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Creamed Lion’s Mane Mushroom on Conchiglie

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November is here. We’ve had a rough start to the month as the Chestnut Cottage on B Street lost our Box Elder Tree. We are renting, so we didn’t have much say in the matter, but our landlord (being amazing) did all they could to save the tree and in their defense, one of its giant trunks came crashing into the neighbors yard during a windstorm a few months ago. Six arborists later, the conclusion was that this lovely tree had to come down for the safety of all. To be honest I was a mess, sobbing like a small child who has lost their first pet goldfish. Of course I went out and purchased a nice bottle of pink champagne to toast the tree. My husband (also being ever amazing) left the lights wrapped around it for that final night, waking up at 4 am, donning a headlamp to take them off in the foggy-fall Oregon morning before they came to take her down.

As I have been mourning the tree, I realize how thankful I am for the gifts it gave us; the shade it provided, the cocoon of safety her spreading branches gave our little house, her branches giving support for the patio lights that strung across our yard. As I was giving thanks to the tree for its gifts, I started noticing the other gifts that had come my way. My parents, as badass and rad as they come, came up for our annual Halloween Soirée. My mom handed me a bunch of fresh sage as beautiful and fragrant as any floral bouquet. My father gave me a bottle of perhaps the best Sauvignon Blanc I have ever had in my possession. My sweet in-laws had gifted us some stellar onions, fresh from the black earth of Idaho. Then there are the neighbors, this band of supreme human beings, who constantly make our lives ever so much better. Living in Oregon, I have noticed there are two types of friends, there are friends, and then there are friends who give you mushrooms; these neighbors are the latter.   Yesterday they stopped by with a box full of magic, a lion’s mane mushroom so full and beautiful it looked like a creature from the sea. As I sat on the porch gazing sadly at the stump left from our beloved tree, a recipe came to me; celebrating the gifts that I had been given and turning my attitude of loss to one of thankfulness, seemingly perfect for the season.

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I created this recipe full of gifts, Creamed Lion’s Mane Mushroom on Conchiglie. As these mushrooms are rare, you can substitute with your favorite fungi, be it chanterelles, portabellas, or even the humble button mushroom. Whenever making pasta, choose your noodle based on sauce; Conchiglie is perfect for this thick mushroom sauce as the little shells scoop up the puree and hold it tight delivering sheer joy to your lips.

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You will need

1-pound mushrooms – rough chopped

4-tablespoons butter

1 yellow onion – diced

4 cloves garlic – minced

1-cup white wine – only cook with wine you would drink so make it good

1-cup cream, plus more for thinning

16-ounces of your favorite pasta – I used Conchiglie

¼-cup chopped sage

Salt and pepper to taste

How To:

Melt butter in a large sauté pan over medium high heat

Add onions and cook until light brown

Toss in garlic and sage and stir until fragrant – about one minute

Add more butter to the mushrooms if needed, turning down the heat to medium

Allow the mushrooms to brown for 2 minutes and flip

Begin to boil water for your pasta

Add the wine to the sauté pan and bring to a boil until the wine is absorbed into the mushrooms

Turn down the heat to medium, adding the cream

Add pasta to boiling salted water

Once the cream has begun to thicken, remove ½ of the mixture to your blender

Blend and add back to the remaining half of your sauce

Strain your pasta and toss with Parmesan and fresh sage and serve

I wish that I could give you something….

but I have nothing left.

I am just an old stump.

I am sorry….”

“I don’t need very much now,” said the boy.

“just a quiet place to sit and rest.

I am very tired.”

“Well,” said the tree, straightening

herself up as much as she could,

“well, an old stump is good for sitting and resting

Come, Boy, sit down. Sit down and rest.”

And the boy did.

And the tree was happy”

– Shel Silverstien

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In gratitude and thanks for this giving tree,

Marcella Rose

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Are you excited for our giveaway this month? Because you should be. Two words: Chocolate and Caramel! That’s right! We giving away $60 worth of ooey, gooey, delicious caramel brownies from the amazing shop in Scottsdale, AZ; Caramel Addiction.

These brownies will change your life and the best part is that they will be shipped to your house just in time for the holiday’s. You can keep them for yourself, or give (some) away for gifts. You will be loved for life once they have tasted these brownie.

Not just that, who would’t love a gift card for all your cooking needs this holiday season to Crate and Barrel? Exactly! Chocolate and shopping? Hello Heaven!

Thanks to Sherrye for offering up her delicious brownies from her online shop: Caramel Addiction.

 

And thanks to the Cooking Spot contributors. Be sure to check out all of their blogs, and enter the giveaway below.

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Vintage Halloween Bash


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All Hallowe’en

When the world is wrapped in slumber

And the moon is sailing high,

If you peep between the curtains

You’ll see witches riding by

 

It was this poem, printed on a sweet vintage style Halloween card from my mother that inspired my Vintage Halloween Bash.   I grabbed my witches hat and broom to fly back in time bringing some old school charm and whimsy to the evening. I wanted this party to feel classic so Matthew bought me a fantastic book on vintage Halloween traditions and games and we wove them into the evening, creating a magical night. You set the tone with the invitation of course, so I mailed out vintage inspired cards with a hand written invitation inside. We played vintage fortune telling games, had food with the flare of days gone by, and partied into the evening.

 

We kept it classic in an orange and black palate. I spent the month of October crafting away, draping dip-dyed tulle around and placing crows and owls on the fence to keep a vigilant watch. I crafted hand-painted paper bags into a Cemetery Luminary and modge-podged tissue paper into floating ghosts with led lights tied inside to glow into the evening. We must have cut out a million bats; hanging them in flocks around the house and from the chandeliers casting eerie shadows on the walls. Pumpkins with holes drilled through them were stuffed with lights and glowed away on the porch. You can’t have a vintage Halloween without a Scarecrow so we propped up an old one that was gifted to me from my Grandma to make sure the crows stayed on the fence.

 

Here is the full breakdown of everything good.

 

Games:

Donuts on a String

Bobbing For Apples

Costume Contest

Guess how many Candy Corn

Chestnut Tree Fortune Telling

 

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Pumpkin-Diorama

Décor:

Paper Bats

Bouquets of Flowers Infested with Bugs

A Paper Bag Luminary Cemetery

Tissue Paper Glowing Ghosts

Cobwebs and Tulle

Pumpkin Lanterns

DIY Halloween Candles

Pumpkin Diorama 

 

 

 

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Savory:

Black (olive tapenade) & orange (roasted pepper) Crostini

Deviled eggs with chili peppers and poppy seeds

Blue cheese plate with rosemary and olive “bugs”

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

Trick or Treat Stew – with elk, yams and parsnips

Brussel Spout Salad with pistachios and bacon

Sweet:

Two-tiered marshmallow cobweb cake

Maple Glazed Bars

Carmel Apples

Popcorn balls

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Vintage Halloween Party

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When black cats prowl

& Pumpkins gleam

May luck be with you on Halloween!

Marcella Rose

 

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