Monthly Archives: November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving…

 So thankful for so many things…..
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
I am thankful for…
my loves…

being married to my best friend..who makes me laugh every day and is always encouraging me–
he is my love…

thankful to find peace in the middle of the lake….

thankful to live among some fabulous friends and their crazy children
thankful for friends who are family….
And for our family….blessed…
 

Love you all—even if your not pictured ;) Happy Thanksgiving!
Did this post super quick…sorry I can’t find everyone’s picture–love you brothers;)
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Cranberry Cocktail—Cheers!

Happy Thanksgiving eve everyone!!!! I wanted to share this cocktail recipe and say “cheers” to all my new friends in blogland! I have had so much fun starting this blog and it is all because of all of you! Thanks for making it such a great adventure so far!!! Here is a great little recipe for a fun little cocktail on Thanksgiving…have a blessed day!!
  • 2 1/4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
Toss the cranberries in a med. saucepan.
Put the sugar in…
Pour the water in ..and mix gently.
Simmer on med. to low heat for about 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool.
Strain into a container and keep in fridge (for up to 2 weeks)
Recipe for Cranberry Sparkling Cocktail
Pour 1 Tablespoon cranberry syrup into a wine glass.
Top with 1/2 cup sparking wine (I use Processo)
Garnish with frozen cranberry!
Recipe for Cranberry Cocktail
Stir together 3 T Cranberry syrup, 2 T vodka, and 1/2 C seltzer.
Add ice and garnish with lemon slice.
Happy Thanksgiving!!
Recipe courtesy of Everyday Food.
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

A thankful plate….

I love a pretty table. It makes me remember going to my cousins house at the holidays and listening to everyone carry on and laugh and chat –good times. So, when I host Thanksgiving–I like to set a pretty table too. We can fit 10 people at our table which is usually more than enough room. It brings me joy when everyone is around the table enjoying good food and good wine ;)
This year I did a napkin rolled to resemble my cupcake washcloths. I tied it with twine.
I like to give a small favor every year. Can’t tell you what it is right now–in case family is reading;)
I packaged the favor in a gold tissue paper…
Happy Thanksgiving!
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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Puff Pastry Cornucopia

I know—I can almost see my brothers eyes rolling—my Pastry Cornucopia—drives him nuts some of the projects I choose to spend my time on—but he loves me anyway and that is all that matters!
I love making this to place rolls in or crackers…it takes about 15 minutes—even though it looks much harder!
You will need
  • Box of puff pastry sheets (thaw sheets for 20 minutes on counter.)
  • egg white
  • cooking spray
  • parchment paper
  • foil
Cut a sheet of foil about as large as a cookie sheet. Roll up gently from the corner forming a cone.
Pinch the end (do you see a cornucopia yet???)
Ball up about 15 pieces of foil and stuff them in the cornucopia. The pastry will weigh the foil down when you place it on top—so the foil balls inside help keep it shaped.
Lay one piece of the thawed puff pastry on the parchment. Spray with cooking spray. Lay the cornucopia on top and cut out the shape leaving about.5 inch border. Spray the entire foil cornucopia with cooking spray.
Cut the remaining pastry into strips.
Begin layering the strips at the small end, pinching the ends to the bottom pastry piece.
Keep layering all the way up. If you run out before you get to the end of your foil it is ok….after you bake it and it cools you take the foil out so no one will know!
Cover the entire piece with a brush and some egg white wash.
Bake at 400 for 22 minutes.
Let it cool all the way before you try to get the foil out. You will be able to crumble it up and take it out that way.
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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New Meal Monday–Flat Iron Steak

WINNER of Personalized for you giveaway is CALLIE!!! Please contact me today! Thanks!!It is by far the most overlooked piece of meat in your grocery store. It is always a value—about $6 for a decent size of beef to feed a family of 4 easily. It is flavorful. It is quick and it is so easy to prepare! Great way to surprise your family with something beside chicken ;)

This is what the package looks like —hard to make raw beef photograph well, just sayin…
In a pie dish, combine 1/3 olive oil, 2 Tablespoon soy sauce, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 clove of garlic minced. Salt and pepper to taste.
Cut the steak in half turn the steak over—getting marinade all over steak. Set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes. It is best to cook steak when it comes to room temp—cooks much more evenly.
Grill either under a high broiler (4 minutes each side) take out and let rest 5 minutes. If you are grilling outside direct heat–medium high….3 minutes on each side. Let rest….
Juicy steak—that is what Conner calls it…and he is right! Serve with you favorite sides :)
Be sure to sign up for the giveaway for the beautiful handmade bracelet!!! Bracelet giveaway
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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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