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ON THE MENU THANKSGIVING WEEK 2014

I'ts Thanksgiving week! Happy Thanksgiving friends! This week I'll be busy getting the house and the food ready for a fabulous onslaught of family and fiends! The guest rooms will be filled... and so will the family room floor! Lots of overnight company! StoneGable is at its best when it is full! Everyone pitches in and helps with Thanksgiving dinner and clean-up. If you have not read THE BEST THANKSGIVING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET, please do! It's about keeping your sanity and how to get everyone in your house involved! It will make a huge difference in Thanksgiving for any host! Now here's what's ON THE MENU this week... … [Read more...]

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WHAT IS IN YOUR HANDS

Last week I went to a HOPE INTERNATIONAL breakfast. Hope is a ministry that invests in the dreams of the poor through micro financing, proclaims the gospel and brings God's hope to the underserved communities of the world. I have such a heart for this ministry! At the breakfast I was deeply touched by a video they showed and got permission to show it to you! I know it will also touch your heart and give you hope this morning! God bless you! … [Read more...]

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SATURDAY’S FABULOUS FINDS

  I've found some fabulous seasonal posts this week. Some from my favorite bloggers and some from new-to-me blogs too! Speaking about one of my favorites... Lucy at CRAFTBERRY BUSH made this beautiful, delicate tree cloche and you won't believe what she made it out of... … [Read more...]

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CHRISTMAS TOPIARY DIY

  I have a thing for topiaries!  Topiaries are the perfect way to tuck a little bit of an organic element into any decor! And they bring a little height to a vignette. But mostly they are just adorable!!!! Today I'll be sharing the easiest CHRISTMAS TOPIARY DIY. I'm making mine small and oh, so sweet... to sit on a little shelf, bringing Christmas Cheer to the kitchen. Did you notice the base of this topiary is a white ironstone sugar bowl? Ironstone is the vintage choice for my Farmhouse kitchen! Let's get started and make a CHRISTMAS TOPIARY! … [Read more...]

5 EASY FESTIVE CHRISTMAS DIY'S

5 EASY CHRISTMAS DIY’S

  Do you have a list of Christmas projects you would like to get done this year? How about scratching your list and trying these 5 easy-peasy Christmas projects from StoneGable instead! All would make wonderful gifts and are very inexpensive! They also take just a little bit of time and really no craftiness to make! Just my style! So pick a project or two or five and let's get started!!! … [Read more...]

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LATE FALL, ALMOST CHRISTMAS HIGH TEA

One of my dear friends just turned... well, a milestone! And I was so honored to have her and 5 other friends for High Tea! But not just any High Tea... a modern, not-so-stuffy high tea. I wanted the table to reflect a fun, yet upscale vibe! And because mid November is what I call a "transitional" time of year I combined fall elements with frosty pinecones! The result was a warm, one-of-a-kind high tea... very unexpected! I'm sure the Queen would object, but we all loved it! … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #146

      Are you ready for lots of inspiration! I sure am. It's that "transitional" time of year. Getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas being just around the corner. This year I am multi tasking and getting ready for both Holidays! I'm sharing the easiest way EVER to make a live wreath yourself this year! Start with an old raggedy faux wreath and add real greens to it. Easy-peasy, I'll show you how! … [Read more...]

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MEMORIES OF CHRISTMAS PAST AND A GIVEAWAY

    Every time I smell gingerbread I think of Christmas in Scotland and a dear Scottish couple named Mr. and Mrs. Young. These are the memories of a little American girl living in a rural village named Ratho on the western side of Edinburgh many years ago! We lived in the second story of an enormous house that was owned by the most delightful and grandparently couple named Mr and Mrs Young. Our flat had huge tall ceilings and a fireplace in every room... and no other heat. Christmas was magical in Ratho! December holidays found us cozied up around a roaring fire. Father Christmas came to my siblings and me bringing us sweets and coal in our well hung stockings. Life in those … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF NOV. 17, 2014

  This week I'm planning for Thanksgiving weekend. How about you? I do it the old fashioned way... I put it down on paper. I'm better if I see it in my own handwriting and check things off my list. They menu is easy, it's the same every year! This year's table decor is a mix of white and a beautiful dark burnt orange. I'll share it next week. If you are hosting Thanksgiving and have not seen my THE BEST THANKSGIVING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET, please read it. It has saved my sanity for years! Now here's what's ON THE MEN... MONDAY Salmon Roll Ups MUFFIN TIN ONION GRUYERE STACKS Braised Brussel Sprouts   TUESDAY STUFFED ZUCCHINI BOATS CAESAR … [Read more...]

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THANKFUL HANDS

  SOURCE With Thanksgiving just around the corner I've been thinking a lot about thanks! The Hebrew word Thanksgiving comes from the root word "yada". It has a wonderful, word-picture meaning. It's the idea of throwing our hands up to God with thanks and praise in them. As if we are literally throwing our hands up filled with tangible words of thanks and tossing them like confetti up to the Lord. It reminds me of watching a football player make a touchdown and the fan going hands-in-the-air, high-five wild! Today I want to to share your thanks on these pages! … [Read more...]

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SATURDAY’S FABULOUS FINDS

Don't you love to read fabulous blogs? I sure do!. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite finds this week! We all love to visit those blogs that make us more interested, more creative, more motivated, and more inspired! And these blogs sure did for me this week!  I am so grateful to be a part of this wonderful blogging community!  Let's start with this darling Advent Calendar from Laura at FINDING HOME! … [Read more...]

FROSTY MASON JAR LANTERNS-so sweet and easy to make-perfect for Christmas-stonegableblog.com

FROSTY MASON JAR LANTERNS

  This year I am all about making Christmas easy, doable and beautiful!!! So I'm combining my love for mason jars and the twinkle of candlelight. With a little bit of this, a touch of that... and dash of Epson salts I'm whipping up darling frosty little lanterns to light the Christmas season. These lanterns are sooooo easy to make. I'll be showing you how I'm using a line-up of them on an upcoming post! … [Read more...]

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WORKING WITH TRAYS

I'm so excited about this post today! We are going to be talking about WORKING WITH TRAYS! Yes, trays are very exciting!!! But just don't think tray, as in, plastic tray... think wooden crate, round low basket, acrylic box, silver plates with interesting edges, and even a great cutting board! Learning to use trays to make gorgeous vignettes takes a flat surface from boring to beautiful! Trays corral items and let them tell a little collected story. Trays are boundaries for objects that would look cluttered if not put in a tray. Trays are like magic! … [Read more...]

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THE REMAINS OF FALL

  Fall has it's own beauty at my potting bench and kitchen herb garden. I love how the whole area takes on a more rustic, soft and peaceful feel! There are still flowers blooming and herbs for picking but things have certainly slowed down. Come with me for a little visit to the remains of fall at the potting bench. … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #144

      Welcome to this week's edition to THE SCOOP! How many of you are in CROSSHOLIDATION mode? What is crossholidation? It's a word I made up for decorating for a holiday before the previous holiday on the calendar has been celebrated. The perfect example of this is decorating now for Christmas before Thanksgiving has arrived! It's leaving up more than one holiday decor at the same time! If you see Christmas lights hanging during the summer... it could be a case of crossholidation. How about you, ARE YOU A CROSSHOLIDATOR?! I am in huge crossholidation mode! The blogging world is always a little ahead of the calendar! I'm on a campaign to get the word crossholidation into … [Read more...]

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ALL IS CALM CHRISTMAS MANTEL

What is the very first thing you decorate for Christmas? Your front door? Your tree? Your kitchen? I decorate my mantel first. It's sets the mood and theme for the rest of my home. This year I am taking a very soft, neutral, organic take on Christmas. My theme ALL IS CALM ALL IS BRIGHT, taken from my favorite Christmas carol Silent Night is brought to life on the mantel and looks like a quiet walk in the woods. … [Read more...]

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NO SEW BURLAP RUFFLED LAMPSHADE

Do you have a lamp that needs a new lampshade? Or a lampshade that is outdated or the wrong color or style? I have a great solution for you! How about making an easy, oh so cute ruffled lampshade out of burlap?  I chose a natural burlap fabric with black stylized flowers. In just a couple of hours aold lampshade can be transformed into a very fun, sassy and one-of-a-kind decor element! … [Read more...]

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YOUR BEST WEAPON

  I am writing this post today for me even more than for my readers. I need to be reminded, sometimes minute by minute, about the best weapon I have at my disposal in any situation... especially when it involves someone I love! My heart has been very heavy this weekend. I know someone that I hold dear is going through an awful time right now. I feel powerless to help this person, for the battle they are fighting is a heart issue. There is nothing that I can say or do that will help or turn things around. So, what do you do when you feel helpless and weepy and powerless and heavy from the emotional burden of loving someone who is hurting? Here are two things to keep in … [Read more...]

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BLEACHED PINECONES

  I'm a huge fan of NATURALS at Christmas. Greens, acorns, snow pinecones, holly, birch logs, berries, etc! I love to slip this type of Christmas decorating into my decor! And naturals looks so good no matter what your style! Have you ever bleached a pinecone? Everyone should do this science-experiment-diy... it is amazing and fun! And the results are breathtaking! Bleaching pinecones is a very easy process, but make sure you set aside several days to bleach them. When they are completely dry they open up and turn from dark, deep brown to a soft taupe and white. … [Read more...]

10 EASY TIPS FOR SETTING THE BEST THANKSGIVING TABLE-easy and doable ways to have a fabulous Thanksgiving table-stonegableblog

10 EASY TIPS FOR SETTING THE BEST THANKSGIVING TABLE EVER!

Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner I thought we would talk tablescapes! I don't know about you, but I get weak in the knees when I see a beautiful tablescape. Whether simple and relaxed or fancy and elegant... well thought out tables with fun surprising touches are a delight to sit down to! So, I'm sharing 10 easy and doable tips that will help you set a memorable table for Thanksgiving. … [Read more...]

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THANKFUL FOR HOME~ COUNTING MY BLESSINGS

  This is a time of year I think about my blessings. I love Thanksgiving. And if truth be told I almost love Thanksgiving more than Christmas. It's a time when my whole family gathers around this table and eats and laughs and tells stories. And we all talk about what God has been doing in our lives and what we are thankful for. We also watch football and parades and take walks and naps. Thanksgiving is a time I notice changes in our lives the most and sometimes that can be bittersweet! Change is inevitable and happens whether we like it or not! Change can be good and bad. But, we can see it as a blessing if we choose to see the good in change even when times are not! … [Read more...]

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LAST DAY FOR HOLIDAY HOSTESS EVENT AT STONEGABLE

Hi Friends, just a quick reminder that today is the last day for the Joss & Main Holiday Hostess Event featuring StoneGable. I'm so thrilled to be partnering with this wonderful company and all the kind folks there! But all good things must come to an end... and that's tonight at 9:00! Soooo, you still have time to visit my collection of all things StoneGable and I sure hope you will! There are many beautiful home furnishings and items for your home on sale. And Joss & Main has many other really great sales going on now too (like Christmas goodies)! Lots of things to see... browse... and even buy! Click HERE to visit Joss & Main.   … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #143

  Are you ready for another week of THE SCOOP and all the inspiration our fabulous participating blogger bring? I am!!!  Welcome back! We are so happy you stopped by!  Before we begin, I would like to remind you that StoneGable's Holiday Hostess Event at Joss & Main is still going on! Which means that you still have time to peruse all the beautiful home wares and furnishings Joss & Main have on sale that have that StoneGable style! I am soooo honored to be partnering with them for this week to help you get ready for the holidays! Here's a peek at what you will find... … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF NOVEMBER 3, 2014

  Have you started thinking of your Thanksgiving day menu yet? It's probably time to begin! My menu is so easy for me to plan from year to year because we eat the same thing!!! Everyone has a favorite and we dare not leave it off the menu! And speaking about Thanksgiving, did you see that I am a HOLIDAY HOSTESS AT JOSS AND MAIN this week? I am so thrilled to be sharing my home... ready for Thanksgiving... on their site! Joss & Main is a great online source for getting ready for the holidays and my sale has lots of wonderfully price items to help you! I hope you will stop by Joss & Main and see all the home wares that are on sale, many that look like they came right out of … [Read more...]

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CELEBRATING IN THE TRUE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING

I think hosting Thanksgiving is the most work intense, tiring,  hardest meal of the year to pull off! There, I said it! And maybe I said it for all of us who host Thanksgiving year after year! There have been years in the past that I have worked myself into total exhaustion to put together a magical-Martha-Stewart-type-Thanksgiving. So, by the time my family and friends sat down to dinner I wanted to say, "Have a great dinner and remember to clean up after yourselves... I'M GOING TO BED"! … [Read more...]

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HARVEST BLOGGER’S GET TOGETHER TABLESCAPE

Earlier this week I got a visit from a couple of dear blogging friends. It was wonderful to see Shirley from Housepitality Designs. She had traveled all the way from North Carolina and was in my area! On her way here she picked up Mary Alice from Chateau Chic and my dear friend Pinky from Designs By Pinky came too. So I set the table for a little sweet treat and we had a wonderful time talking shop and families and decorating and so many other topics! … [Read more...]

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15 MINUTE CHRISTMAS DECOR

  I'm all about easy this Christmas! Let's give ourselves a break and make decorating easy... and beautiful! Yes, we can do it! We can leave all the big bins of Christmas fluff and choctchkies  in our basements or attics! Instead we can add some fabulous and easy touches of Christmas... and not dump the whole sleigh of Ho Ho Ho decor on our homes! Today I'm sharing a really easy and simple and stunning Christmas arrangement that can be made for your mantel or table or tucked just about anywhere. And it will take only about 15 minutes, if that, to create! Just think of all the ways you can change and interpret this arrangement. I love that! … [Read more...]

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NO DRILL HOLEY PUMPKIN DIY

  I wish you were sitting on my front porch so you could see how pretty this holey pumpkin really looks!!! It glows and illuminates everything around it! I've been wanting to make this holey pumpkin for a couple of years. I've seen the holes made with a drill bit but I didn't want to buy a new bit for my hubby's drill. So I put on my thinking cap and came up with an alternative method for making the holes that worked just great! First I cut the top of the pumpkin off making a lid. And cleaned the lid of all seeds and fibrous strands or guts! Then I scooped out all the innards of the pumpkin... … [Read more...]

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JOSS & MAIN HOLIDAY HOSTESS EVENT AT STONEGABLE

Have you started to think about the holiday's yet? I know Halloween is just a few days away, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner! This week I'm partnering with Joss & Main  to help you get ready for this All-American holiday! I'm thrilled to be a part of HOLIDAY HOSTESS AT JOSS & MAIN! Miss Mustard Seed and Finding Home have already taken part in this wonderful event and we are looking forward to French Country Cottage hosting next week! But this week it's my turn to show you my home decorated for Thanksgiving and share some amazing items inspired by StoneGable's style that are on sale at Joss & Main. Many look like they were plucked right out of the … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #142

    Before we begin THE SCOOP I want to share a few pictures Laura took from her  FINDING HOME'S JOSS & MAIN HOLIDAY EVENT. Don't you love this beautiful image! Wouldn't you be thrilled if your holiday table looked like Laura's? I sure would! The items in the JOSS & MAIN sale are inspired by Laura's gracious style! They have been hand picked for Laura's event and are reasonably priced! Make sure you stop by Joss & Main and check out everything! I got a couple of goodies myself! … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF OCTOBER 27, 2014

I'm so happy I love to cook! Puttering in the kitchen is such a pleasant activity! My kitchen is my laboratory! And I can get lost in it for hours! Cooking has it's up side and it certainly has it's down too! Like kitchen clean up! I try to clean up as I go... but Bobby does the lion's share of the clean up. Lucky me. Over the years were have struck a pretty good balance. Cooking equals love to me! I like to cook it into every meal. You know, you can almost taste love! It's that extra little care and tending that makes food taste even better! I hope you put love in all you make too! If you make one thing this week it should be the Taco soup... or the Cheater's Chicken Pot Pie! Now here's … [Read more...]

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LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!

This morning I really did not want to write a post! I was tired and it was dark and my bed just felt so wonderful and warm. After a little debate in my head I dragged  myself out of bed and came down to my quiet study and here I sit... asking God to fill me with His Holy Spirit so He would be glorified on this page and on my blog.  I think blogging is the best job in the world! For me, it's mostly a joy (even on very early mornings when my bed feels cozy). I'm not saying there aren't frustrations and glitches and long long days, but blogging is in my wheelhouse... my sweet spot. Blogging takes many of the things that come easy to me and what I enjoy immensely... what is natural … [Read more...]

GRUYERE BACON GREEN ONIONS ROASTED STUFFED ONION-scrumptious-stonegableblog.com

GRUYERE, BACON AND GREEN ONION ROASTED STUFFED PUMPKIN

Don't you love it when you make a new recipe and know that it will become a real family favorite... one that you will make year after year! That is exactly how I feel about GRUYERE BACON AND GREEN ONION STUFFED ROASTED PUMPKIN. It is beautiful, scrumptious and has a big culinary WOW factor! If you try one new fall recipe this should be it! I tested it on over 50 people this week and they all loved it!!! It would be PERFECT for Thanksgiving or any fall party! And it's easy enough to be part of a family meal too! … [Read more...]

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WOODLAND CHRISTMAS DEER PILLOW DIY

  Let's get a jump start on Christmas preparations! If we start now and do a little at a time, when the holiday season rolls around just think how much easier all the prep, gift buying and wrapping and decorating will be! Today I'm sharing a fun NOW SEW pillow! Deer are so trendy right now and no wonder! They are perfect for Christmas! This easy to make, plaid, deer silhouette will work great now too!   And if you like to make gifts, this plaid deer would make the a great one! And here's the best part... this pillow takes under an hour to make! Let's get busy... … [Read more...]

5 TIPS TO DECORATE ACCENT TABLE SHELVES LIKE A PRO-here's a few tips that will help to make accent table shelves look fabulous! stonegableblog

5 TIPS TO DECORATE ACCENT TABLE SHELVES LIKE A PRO!

 There are some areas of our homes that we often don't give a lot of decorating thought to! Like the shelves under accent tables. But with just a little attention and practice and 5 easy and doable tips these shelves can be decorated like a pro adding beauty, interest and style to our homes! Don't overlook these little almost out-of-sight shelves! They can support the decor of the rest of the room! So, here are 5 very easy peasy tips for beautiful shelves and accent tables! 1. DON'T CROWD AND CLUTTER Under-the-table shelves are not the place to stash things you don't have a home for! They are also not the place for a month's worth of newspapers or your 5 years of National … [Read more...]

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EASY FALL MANTEL

  I think Mantels are hard to decorate. At least mine is! It's long and the shelf is quite narrow. But I've figured out an easy "defalt" mantel decor and now I can make small changes from season to season and from year to year and have a great looking, easy-peasy mantel. When a mantel is well decorated and has great style it compliments the whole room it's in. That's my goal... creating a beautiful mantel... EVERY TIME! Here's how my default mantel looks before I tweaked it for fall... … [Read more...]

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THE SCOOP #141

  WE HAVE A WINNER!  It's time to announce the winner of the ELLIOT-HEATH DESIGNS TURKEY PILLOW!   SHIRLEY LAWSON! Congratulations. Please email me with your address and your pillow will be on it's way!   Thank you all for joining in! Heather's pillows are amazing, make sure you check them out! If you did not see this post about a fall front porch vignette click HERE    … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU WEEK OF OCTOBER 20, 2014

  Don't you love fall? I am in my glory right now! Lancaster Co is pumpkin land!!! As I travel the back roads the fields are full of big orange and white orbs! Oh it's almost magical! I am so happy to live "close to the land"! There is such a rhythm and dance to the seasons and land and food here!  This week I am taking a pumpkin much like the one above and stuffing it with delicious savory things and then baking the whole stuffed pumpkin? Sound yummy? It's scrumptious... and very very fun! Stop back on Saturday for a culinary tutorial post! Remember to enter the Corning Corelle & more $250.00 gift certificate giveaway HERE! Now here's what's ON THE MENU... MONDAY EASY … [Read more...]

WOODLAND CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE-a walk-through-the-woods tablescape. Lots of inspiration and things to do yourself! stonegableblog.com

WOODLAND CHRISTMAS TABLESCAPE AND $250.00 GIVEAWAY

  Christmas is closer than you think! And I'm getting a head start with a little help from the kind folks at World Kitchen CorningWare & Corelle. They asked me to set a Holiday tablescape using some of their beautiful Corelle dinnerware!I was thrilled to learn 1~ if my tablescape was lucky enough to be their favorite it would be recreated in my local CorningWare & Corelle store AND 2~one StoneGable reader will win a $250.00 gift card to CorningWare & Corelle!  So... I put together a Woodland Christmas Tablescape. I wanted this table to be bright and cheery and also have a warm, cozy, organic feel... like a Christmastime walk in the woods! … [Read more...]

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THE SECOND BEST CHRISTMAS DECORATING TIP YOU WILL EVER GET!

  I know, you must think I'm going a little crazy! That fact aside, this really is a post about CHRISTMAS! I'll tell you all the crazy details in just a minute. But first, you should know something about me. I am one of those rare people that love love love to wrap Christmas gifts! Or, at least I love the idea of it! Beautifully wrapped gifts under a Christmas tree is just about the prettiest thing I can think of!  So, today I'm going to show you a VERY EASY, ALMOST STRESS-LESS way to get all those Christmas gifts wrapped beautifully and not at the last minute!!!! Sound like something you might want to do? I thought so... … [Read more...]

FALL ON THE FRONT PORCH- lots of inspiration and ideas for creating a one-of-a-kind fall porch-stonegableblog.com

FALL ON THE FRONT PORCH

  I'm in full Autumn color mode this year! NO neutrals on my porch allowed! I'm decorating with saturated color... a profusion of mums and lots of colorful leaves! My front door is welcoming fall and anyone who comes by! When I did this photo shoot it was pouring!!! Pouring buckets! Torrents of rain!!!! But I think it just made the fall colors deeper and brighter... and that is just how I wanted my porch to look!  … [Read more...]

FALL ROCKING CHAIR VIGNETTE-a sassy fall sitting area that anyone can copy- Make one yourself!stonegableblog.com

FALL PORCH ROCKING AND GIVEAWAY

  Fall in Lancaster County is magical! Because this is such an agrarian area the fields are full of autumnal beauty!!! I want to be outside soaking in the cool, crisp weather and watching the views right outside my door as they change. Here at StoneGable that means porch sitting and rocking! Coffee tastes better on the porch and conversation is sweeter too! I have a little "room" on the front porch that I created and change with each season.  Come on... join me on the front porch! … [Read more...]

THE SCOOP #140-stonegableblog

THE SCOOP #140

      Welcome back to THE SCOOP!     The weekly party featuring the scoop on the best from around the web! I'm so glad you are joining us! All of our participants have been very busy creating and cooking and decorating and sharing their very best right here! Don't forget to bring out the best from your archives too! Dust off your best posts and share them here! Before we begin I want to share a recent S'more Bar I put together at my fire pit! Hope you get lots of ideas from it and can use them this fall!    … [Read more...]

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ON THE MENU MONDAY

  This week I'm cleaning my kitchen from top to bottom. Every drawer, cabinet, dish... everything! My kitchen gets used HARD!!!! So it doesn't take much for it to get a little out of order! Spending the week concentrating on my kitchen gives me a chance to go through everything and purge what I no longer use! I love the idea of giving things I no longer use to someone else. I remember when I was just starting out and setting up my own kitchen. How I'd love to get the littlest gadget or dish. I hope to give someone else that joy! If you make one thing this week try the ROASTED EGGPLANT CASSEROLE. It is amazing!!! Now here's what's ON THE MENU... … [Read more...]

EASY PEASY NO SEW BURLAP BALLS- so easy to make and a great filler in arrangements-stonegableblog.com

NO SEW BURLAP BALLS

Here's an easy-peasy NO SEW burlap idea that will add lots and lots of texture and burlappy interest to your arrangements! I saw these burlap wrapped balls on a recent shopping trip to some of my favorite haunts. It was love at first sight! I knew that these sweet balls would work wonderfully in my home... until I saw the price!!! Let's just say, I put them right back!!! They looked like they would be a breeze to make... and that's just what I did! They are just so fun and even if you are not crafty... YOU CAN DO THIS!!! Just think how much texture these cute balls would bring to your home! … [Read more...]

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SOMETIMES THINGS JUST DON’T FIT!

My favorite (and only) sister, Lisa came up from the Washington DC area to visit recently. She is a fabulous cook! So along with her came a scrumptious dinner all ready to be eaten, a great bottle of wine and lots of decorating magazines! Lisa and I can make an event out of having a cup of coffee. She is F-U-N... and funny! Our husbands say we have the "Lucille Ball" factor. Lucy and Ethel have nothing on us!!!! Lisa always says that I am the wiser sister... and she is the younger, more beautiful sister! Yes, that's Lisa! We really "get" each other and can laugh till be cry and almost wet ourselves at the drop of a hat! Everyone should have a Lisa in their life! My life would be so … [Read more...]

5 MOST ASKED QUESTIONS AT STONEGABLE

5 MOST ASKED QUESTION AT STONEGABLE

  I must have the most brilliant readers on the planet! YOU ask the best questions!!! Some I know the answers to, some I don't, but I try to answer them all the best I can. When I see readers asking the same thing over and over I write it down and a couple times a year answer them in a post.  So let's get started... here are the top 5 questions that have been popping up lately. … [Read more...]

S'more Bar By The Firepit-easy entertaining and fun food-stonegableblog.com

S’MORE BAR AT THE FIRE PIT

  Here's an easy and fun way to entertain this fall! Create a S'more Bar that transports nicely to the fire pit! We love love love spending chilly evenings around our fire pit, wrapped up in cozy blankets... toasting marshmallows and eating S'mores. I am crazy about burnt marshmallows. So while family and friends are gently toasting and roasting their's I'm creating marshmallow fireballs! Oh so yummy! I've teamed up with HERITAGE LACE to bring you a fun fall S'MORE BAR AT THE FIRE PIT! … [Read more...]

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER CHEDDAR SOUP-an easy to make elegant soup-stonegableblog.com

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER CHEDDAR SOUP

  These is something so filling and elegant about ROASTED CAULIFLOWER CHEDDAR SOUP! Because the cauliflower is roasted it lend a little sweetness and that wonderful taste of browned food to the mix! This is company worthy soup! But don't just make if for your guests, it's easy enough to make on a week night! Serve with crusty bread, cheese and some seasonal fruit and you have a delicious and hearty meal! We like it so much here at StoneGable that I make a double batch and freeze the rest. Let's get cooking! … [Read more...]