Beef Breakfast Burrito

Switch up breakfast a bit with a Mexican menu. A lot of the fast-food restaurants now have breakfast burritos on the menu. You can do it even better with this tasty Beef Breakfast Burrito recipe. Your family will love it.

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Beef Breakfast Burrito

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. ground beef
  • 1 med. red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 t. chili powder
  • 1/2 t ground cumin
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 2 T. water
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 c. shredded Mexican or Cheddar cheese
  • 4 medium spinach or plain flour tortillas. (10 in.)
  • Salsa
  • Ingredients for Lime-Cilantro Cream
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1 T fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef, onions, and red pepper. Add chili powder and cumin. Break into small crumbles.
  2. (At this point, you can freeze this for future burritos)
  3. Combine eggs, water and 1 tbsp. cilantro in med. bowl.
  4. Spray skillet with cooking spray.
  5. Pour eggs into skilled and scramble them, stirring occasionally. Season with salt.
  6. Add to beef mixture, add cheese and cook 1 minute to heat through.
  7. Spoon beef mixture across center of each tortilla, leaving a 1 inch border on right and left sides Fold right and left sides of tortilla over filling. Turn over and cut in half diagonally. Serve with Lime Cilantro Cream and salsa, as desired.
  8. Serves 4
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This Beef Breakfast Burrito recipe is so easy to freeze the meat mixture for future use or refrigerate the beef, onion, bell pepper for the next morning ready to add the eggs.

Then, all you need to do in the morning is warm the beef mixture up, scramble the eggs, and mix together. It makes breakfast quick and easy.

During the summer around our area, many people head north to a the lake for the weekend. What an easy and yummy breakfast for family and guests at the cabin.

Step 1  Browning the beef, onion, and bell pepper mixture.

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Step 2

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Step 3

Combine scrambled eggs with beef mixture and add cheese.

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Step 4

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Step 5

Fold it like a burrito or roll it long like a taco!  Either way, it’s a wonderful start to the day. Use ground turkey in place of beef for fewer calories!

Step 6

Serve and eat! Serve with salsa and sour cream.

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I’m all for doing things the night before to make mornings easy. This recipe is perfect to do ahead. You don’t need to get up early to fix this hearty breakfast!

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Watermelon is so good in the summer, but this Watermelon Salad even makes it better and sweeter! It’s a bit unusual, but absolutely delicious!

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This Watermelon Salad is a summer winner! When you want something different, delicious and quick to make, this is IT! It’s wonderful to take to a potluck or a picnic! The Strawberry Balsamic vinegar actually makes the watermelon taste like candy!

Watermelon Salad with Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients

  • Watermelon - 2 cups or more
  • Cucumber - diced 1/4 cup
  • Red Onion-diced 1/8 cup
  • Cilantro - diced 2 Tbsp.
  • Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

  1. Cut watermelon into 1- 1 1/2 inch pieces
  2. Run fork down the outside of the cucumber to make the green part look pretty. Slice and cut sliced into sixths.
  3. Dice red onion and add
  4. Drizzle Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar all over the mixture. Stir to cover all of it. Don't skimp!
  5. Sprinkle Cilantro over the top.(if desired) or substitute parsley.
  6. Place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  7. Serves 6
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Make your cucumber look fancy, by running the tines of the fork down the side of the cucumber. Then, cut slices and divide into sixths. The green and red look so colorful together mixed in this salad.

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Still in doubt? Well, make a small amount to try and you’ll be amazed how good it is! People can’t figure out what is in it!

Purchase the Strawberry Balsamic Vinegar from an olive oil store.

Check out lovethatolive if you don’t have a source for the strawberry balsamic near you. (You won’t find it in the grocery store.) I use this strawberry balsamic as a salad dressing, too. There are so many ways to use it besides this Watermelon Salad. The bottle will not go to waste, I promise. It might just be your new favorite dressing!

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Did I entice you to try it? Hope so!

Enjoy!

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Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 3

Part 3 of the Spring Decor Idea House 2017 is late due to the fact that I sold my house and moved in between Part 2 and Part 3! Moving is not fun, but when I get into my new place, it will be fun to arrange things in new and different ways. There are several ideas in this post that I would like to use in my new place.

I hope you enjoy all the inspiration in this Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 3!

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The first room for ideas is a “Botanical” Room. The first thing you notice is a rabbit cage turned into a one-of-a-kind coffee table by just adding wheels! On the wall behind the couch is a salvaged iron gate decorated with air-plants creating wall art. On the adjoining wall, permanent fern stems secured in a glass frame form a botanical grouping.

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In the corner, an old folding ladder serves as a plant stand.

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The next two rooms are bedrooms.  The top two pictures show botanical prints above the bed that simply secured with book binder clips. These are easy to change out and don’t require frames.

Vintage ladders leading against the wall, serve as nightstands.

The two bottom pictures show the master bedroom with salvaged door panels and curtains forming a backdrop for the bed. The nightstand uses a vintage sewing machine base with an added limestone top. The arrangement above the dresser, repeats the warm tones of the room.

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In the upstairs bathroom, three hanging metal cages, embellished with candles and artificial greener, perk up the corner.  Remember the rule of 3 in decorating? Check out the post!

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Walking into the bathroom, you notice an unusual toilet paper holder.  Try this using a small vintage tray, two hooks, wooden dowel, and two small drawer pulls. I’ll bet you’ll get a lot of comments on this piece!

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Another room is a nursery filled with more ideas. As you walk in,  you’ll notice the light has strips of scrap fabric tied to a metal ring creating a DIY chandelier.

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Vintage furniture becomes a changing table by adding a decorative frame for the changing pad. The drawers hold necessary items for changing the baby.

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What a cute idea for a wreath in the nursery! It’s made from disposable diapers and wide ribbon. You might want to remember this idea for a shower gift, too!

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The hutch, in the nursery, holds toys, diapers, books, and other items for the baby!

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The last room is the living room and sunroom combination. First,  you’ll notice a salvaged garage door becoming the base for the wall art display behind the couch. Three metal funnels,  filled with permanent greens, hang from piping. The three metal reliefs of farm animals balance the arrangement.

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Notice the table between the chairs. Another vintage sewing machine base becomes a table by adding a glass top.

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Looking at a full view of the living room, you can see the fireplace filled with items of interest to add to the Spring feeling of the room.

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Finally, in the sunroom, notice the table setting and the vintage watering can arrangement.

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One more idea…..On a small wall, they added a wooden ledge to a vintage corbel. On top is a metal tray with votives. A picture above it gives balance.

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Do you see that these decor ideas are not limited to one season? What did you find interesting?

I have a vintage corbel, too! Now, to find the right spot to recreate this last idea!

You might want to save some of these ideas for future reference.

Thanks for your patience with this post! Happy decorating!

If you missed Spring Decor Ideas 2017 Part 1 or Part 2. Just click on the links!

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Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 2

Part 2 of the Spring Decor Idea House has just as many ideas as Part 1.  You’ll want to go back if you missed it! The trends are vintage pieces repurposed (especially ladders and shutters), galvanized metal items, and reclaimed wood. You’ll get ideas of what to look for at garage sales this summer!

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At the entrance, an old ladder becomes a focal point. With the addition of the hanging mirror and arrangement on the table, the ladder becomes the backdrop and lifts your eye upward.

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Ever thought of using dish towels on your dining room table? Yes, they are used as a table runner and placed at an angle! Nobody knows they are just dish towels. With dish towels, you have access to a variety of colors, stripes, and floral patterns, too! Try it!

Permanent cabbage leaves serve as placemats. The napkin is folded as a utensil holder with Lilly of the Valley permanent stems inserted and decorated simply with twine.

Wood planter boxes decorated with taper candles,  permanent cabbage, and moss are placed at an angle. In between the boxes, floral vases and candlesticks give height. Beautiful table!

 

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This is simple to do, but looks great!

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Two vintage screens from a stable, make a dramatic backdrop for the vintage pieces. Plants on each side give balance and are in galvanized metal containers.

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In the vintage style kitchen above the stove, they used vintage lighting kits along with garden hooks for the pendant lights. A wire basket serves as a cookbook holder.

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The walls are painted in chalkboard paint with old rakes turned into utensil hooks.

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Interesting “curtains” are made from corrugated metal. They used binder rings to hang them and twine as decoration. Have you ever thought of this?

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More use for shutters….. by adding a couple small shelves, it makes a cute wall hanging.

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The downstairs bathroom uses shutters behind a mirror as wall art.

 

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A piece of salvaged pipe is turned into a unique toilet paper holder.

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On the wall in the bathroom, a salvaged rake becomes an interesting hanging vase holder!

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In the hallway hangs another vintage wood ladder with wicker baskets filled with permanent stems! Various vintage frames hang in an overlapping mass creating wall art.

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Chicken wire is added to some frames for interest.

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Looks like ladders and shutters are used anywhere! Oh, don’t forget the rakes! What was your favorite idea?

Be sure to check back at Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 1!

Now, watch for Part 3 coming up!

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Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 1

Spring always gives me a burst of new energy. I get anxious to redo a few things in my Spring Decor for my home. How about you?

This Spring Decor Idea House will give lots of inspiration and energize you to try a few new things in your own home.

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There’s a mix of contemporary and vintage. patterns and prints, galvanized metal with reclaimed wood, all showcasing todays’s trends. A team of decorators have created this showcase and I know you’ll enjoy these fresh new ideas.

Spring container gardens filled with a mix of forsythia, birch, pussy willows, and greenery become show stoppers.

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Birch, forsythia, and greens are repeated in a vintage wheelbarrow.

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Next, in case you have the side of a barn or garage that needs decorating, this idea is a real attention-getter! A bit whimsical and fun! Spring Decor Idea House 2017 Part 1 grandparentsplus.com

Inside the front porch, two vintage horse stable screens become a welcoming background for the containers filled with Spring flowers.

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A bead-board shutter sets off artwork and decorative wood flowers.

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This lovely Spring table is ready for a luncheon on the front porch. The tablecloth is simply a drapery panel! In the center, a vintage picture frame is layered with grass mats, lanterns, artificial greens and accented with pink silk tulips. The place-setting uses birdhouse place card holders placed in small terracotta pots filled with moss. Napkins shaped as flowers fill the bowls at each place. Wouldn’t you like to be invited?

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Dishtowels, clothesline, clothespins, and insulators, create the unique window treatments. The wooden flowers below each window, sit in decorative grass boxes.

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Last, but not least, is a whimsical “wreath” idea. Layer a rattan mat, with a terracotta saucer, a glazed saucer and and small pot.  Inside place something whimsical and unexpected! Another idea is to fill the pot with silk flowers cascading out.

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Were you inspired by these Spring Decor ideas?

More ideas to follow in Part 2! Don’t miss it!

Happy Spring!

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Favorite Color Day – “Blue”

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I do summer camps with my grandkids. If that sounds like more work than you can do, plan a special Favorite Color Day with your grandchild. A favorite color day can be done any time of year.

My sister asked her granddaughter if she had a favorite color. “Blue” was the answer. So, for her special day, she planned a “Blue” Day of fun!  My sister called me to brainstorm some ideas so I became an adopted grandmother and helped plan this special day.

One of the ideas was to learn about the Bluebird. We have Bluebirds that always nest on our property. It happened to be past their nesting time, but I had made a book about my bluebird story that told interesting facts about the bluebird. We walked to one of the bluebird houses and learned about the best place to put one and why www.allaboutbirds.org.  She is very much a nature lover so learning about them was really fun.

More “blue” ideas we did….

A Blue Lunch:

Yes! You can have a blue lunch. The menu included peanut butter and blue jelly sandwiches, blue chips, blueberry fruit salad, and blue raspberry juice. The table was set with blue placemats, blue flowered china, and blue centerpiece.

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Blue Craft:

This craft can be any color, but of course it had to be blue for this day. Complete directions for this craft are on Easy Notebook Cover.

I had bluebird stickers and other items for her to choose to use. I think she made a beautiful notebook cover out of the various items along with permanent markers.

 

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Other ideas for Favorite Color Day – “Blue” or any other color

  • Make blue cookies
  • Tell about a time when you felt “blue” (sad)
  • Describe the blue sky
  • Blue Raspberry popsicle
  • Mix Blue with other colors. What do you get?
  • Blue Sundae or shake
  • Why do lakes look blue?  Swim in a lake.
  • Find as many objects as you can that have that color (scavenger hunt?)

“Special Days” don’t have to be the color blue. Plan it around any color and adjust your activities to a child’s interests, take pictures, and have fun! That’s the most important thing!

A few green ideas: Green eggs & Ham, frogs, green slime, how to make the color green –

Brown ideas: mud pies, chocolate chip cookies, make peanut butter, leather stamping, building with wood, horse-riding (on a brown horse)

Now, you get the idea! It’s all about enjoying one another, and making memories!

Any favorite color day can be happy and fun!

Hope this gives you some ideas for a special time with your child or grandchild.

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad

This Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad recipe is from my mom. She made it when entertaining large groups and family Sunday dinners when I was young.  It became a hit with everyone and today, it is still requested.

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It is quick and easy to put together. This recipe uses canned pineapple and mandarin oranges  (grapes, blueberries, too, if desired) so it is less expensive per fruit serving for a large group.

I grew up with my mom making a big Sunday noon dinner each week after church. (Not many do this today.) Everything was in the oven before we left for church. We often had company and Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad was a favorite. There used to be a Jello product called “Orange Tapioca” and I think she got the recipe off the box. I loved it so much back then that now I make it with the regular tapioca pudding, but add fruit juice instead of water to make it taste similar to the original recipe.

 

Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 1- 3 oz box of "Cook & Serve" vanilla pudding
  • 1-3 oz box of "Cook & Serve" tapioca pudding
  • 3 cups of orange juice (or orange and pineapple or any combination along with at least 1/2 of it orange juice)
  • Large can (15 oz.) of Mandarin Oranges - drained
  • Large can (20 oz.) of Pineapple Chunks (in its own juice) - drained
  • Red Grapes (optional) cut in half

Instructions

  1. In saucepan, combine the dry vanilla pudding and tapioca pudding with 3 cups of orange juice or combination of juices. You may use the pineapple and mandarin orange juices with the orange juice.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened.
  3. Cool until fruit can be added.
  4. Fold in the fruit and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
  5. Serve in a large bowl or individual dishes.
  6. Top with whip cream, if desired.
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While this is called a fruit salad, it makes a delicious dessert, too. Put into individual parfaits or sherbets and top with whipped cream and a cherry. Orange Tapioca Fruit Salad is light and very refreshing. If you choose, other fruit may be added as well.

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Both adults and kids love this recipe!

Enjoy!

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Large Group Games for all Ages

Need some large group games for all ages on any holiday or occasion? Here are some great ones!

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BUNCO REVISED

I’ve enjoyed playing Bunco with adult groups, but for families with young children, the rules don’t work. I needed a Large Group Game for All Ages at Christmas time so that everyone (young and old) could take part. I had 40 family members coming ages 2-72, so I adapted the rules a bit and everyone got to participate and have fun!

Supplies:

  • 3 dice for each group
  • Disposable plate with edges (this keeps the dice from rolling all over)
  • Tally Sheet
  • Total Score Sheet
  • Prizes  I gave a “2 dollar bill” to each one of the winning team (get them at your bank) and gave small bags of candy to all the kids participating. It’s your choice for prizes.

Here’s what I did……

I had family groups, but you can divide into groups however you like. In Bunco, you move from group to group and keep an individual score. In Bunco Revised,  I didn’t have people move. They stayed as a family unit. It didn’t matter that some had 3 or some had 6. You just played when it was your turn.

The goal for each round is to roll a given number until the team reaches a score of 21.

Round 1 : Give a signal to start. Each player takes a turn. If they roll a “1”, it scores a point. If they roll three 1’s in one roll, they score 5 points. When no 1’s are rolled, they quickly pass the dice to the next player and they roll until no 1’s are rolled. Speed in rolling the dice is important. When the team reaches 21 points, they yell “BUNCO” and the session is over.

The winning team gets 5 points on their Total Score Sheet and any team with 18 or more scores 3 points. (I scored it this way, so the teams had closer scores and one team didn’t run away with the scoring.) You can score anyway you like.

Session #2 is for 2’s, session 3 is for 3’s, and so on until you have completed 6 sessions. The team with the highest total score wins.

Everyone loved it and had a great time!

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3’s are FREE!

Another game that works is “3’s are FREE!”

This game can be played in family groups or any number of groups you wish.

In this game, each player rolls the three dice. Any “3” that is rolled doesn’t count. Player totals the other dice for the first round score and writes their score on the tally sheet.

Roll 1…..    On this roll, the player would score 7 because the “3’s” are free and don’t count.

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Roll #2……  On this roll, the player would score only three! Add this number to the first score.

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Play three rounds and total all three scores. The person with the lowest score wins!  Young children will need help totaling their score, but it’s a great addition game, too!

Play several rounds and award  5 points for the winner of each round. Total the awarded points to find the overall winner.

HEADS or TAILS!

This game starts by everyone standing up. (Elderly can play sitting down, too.) Each player chooses what they think a flipped quarter will be “heads or tails”. Their choice is indicated by where they place their hands. Hands placed on top of their head is “heads” and hands placed behind on their “boom-pa” or “rear end” is tails.

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Players must stay with their choice. Flip a quarter and call it heads or tails. Those that chose wrong, sit down. Players left standing will play another round. Again, they choose and when the coin is flipped, those who guessed correctly, stay standing and those wrong, sit down. When it is down to two or three players, they can’t all make the same choice. We’ve used this game with 165 players down to only a couple of players. If you have just a few players, you can play this multiple times and give the quarter to the winner or give points. Be sure to have a bunch of quarters on hand or the other option is to tally the points for the overall winner!

Other game options include some published games:

BINGO – an old favorite  Do this with pictures or numbers.

SCATTERGORIES ( play with families so kids can have input or divide into teams and move to different rooms or areas to compile their lists)

PICTIONARY – Young kids can take part in guessing, but sometimes they have a hard time drawing items. Make sure they feel comfortable if they want to try.

Be sure to check out my other posts on Christmas Games, Valentine Games, Thanksgiving Games  Easter and Halloween-Harvest Games.

Have fun!

Phyllis

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Woodsy Elegant Christmas Tree

Usually the words both “woodsy and elegant”  don’t quite fit together. Most people would do one or the other. However, my Christmas tree is best described as both – a Woodsy, Elegant Christmas Tree. Let me show you.

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We live in a wooded area so I thought I would use some things, found in my yard, as tree decorations. There are wild turkeys in our area and they sometimes lose a feather or two. I collect them and use them in my tree as well as some branches. Sound funny? Maybe…..  You tell me!

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The garland is like a bunch of twisted branches accented with bunches of red berries. It has held up for many years and used many ways. It adds a lot of “woodsy feel” to the tree.

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For the elegant part, I have 12 gold balls that I hand carried from Germany (to protect from breakage) that add the sparkle and some elegance to the tree

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Can you find the feathers and branches? Yes, there are pheasant feathers, too.

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A close up with the feathers tucked in here and there.

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I think almost anything works as long as it adds color, texture, form and memories! Don’t you?

Find a theme and go for it!

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What’s your tree like?  Is it decorated on a theme or memory ornaments? 

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Christmas Idea House 2016 Part-3

 

This third and last tour of the Christmas Idea House 2016 Part 3 has just as many ideas for decorating and adding special touches for the holiday season as the other posts. Now, if you missed Part 1 and Part 2, be sure to go back and check out the ideas there. In Part 3, I will cover 3 bedrooms, a living room, and small bathroom. I know you’ll enjoy these ideas!

The Christmas Idea House is decorated each year with a team of talented decorators. The tour features creative inspiration for your home as well as featuring new decor and vintage re-purposed items.

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The first bedroom is quite dramatic with walls painted black! Dark walls set off the white birch bedposts. The added Christmas greens and lights make this a dreamy bedroom.

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To carry out the birch theme, birch branches are used as curtain rods. Red plaid placemats hang over the branches for an easy and striking valance.

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A vintage white cabinet, filled with books, pictures, and seasonal decor, adds lots of interest and color to this room. christmas-idea-house-part-3 grandparentsplus.com

In the hallway between rooms, a sled hangs with cotton batting added for snow.

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Next, the master bedroom is decorated with Native American decor. Wall art, colorful pillows, and natural items carry out this theme.

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The curtains have an added touch of Christmas with greens attached to the natural rope used for tie-backs.

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On the vintage cabinet, re-purposed as a dresser, is a metal sheet pan (the ones used in a commercial kitchen). It is spray painted brown and  filled with faux snow along with decorative ornaments and decor. What a nice way to contain the faux snow as well as re-purposing an ugly metal pan!!

 

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Wood slices with hooks mounted on a board make an interesting coat or garment rack..

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Here’s another idea of using a door knob for a unique hook.

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The tree in this bedroom is embellished with a garland of rope lighting, natural-looking ornaments, feathers, and colored balls. Hanging on the wall, dream catchers (made from doilies) add interest.

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Continuing on into the small upstairs vintage bathroom, wood slices along with hanging votive candles become wall art above the sink.

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A birch branch tree becomes a decorative towel holder in the shape of a Christmas Tree!

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Also, in the bathroom, a toilet paper holder is created from a slice of wood, hook, rope, and a birch branch! How unique!

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In the third bedroom, a wall mirror becomes a beautiful headboard and serves as the focal point in this room.

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 Window treatments are embellished with ornaments and draped with pearl garlands. Lots of gold ornaments and tiny white lights make the Christmas tree in this room sparkle.

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A look under the tree reveals this idea! If you don’t have a tree skirt, make one from decorative tissue paper. Each piece of paper is accordion-pleated and glued or stapled together to form the skirt around the tree. Using a coordinating color, a second and third layer is added on top.

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In the final room, a salvaged metal window is layered with artwork and metal sconces making an interesting statement above the fireplace. The sconces have battery-operated lights placed inside. Inside the fireplace, a galvanized mirror is also lit with battery-operated lights. Birch planters hold white poinsettias.

The same birch planters with poinsettias are repeated by the windows.

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Another salvaged metal frame creates a backdrop for more artwork over the couch.

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Using a vintage office cabinet on top of an industrial cart, creates a moveable coffee table. On the top, it is layered with salvaged wood.

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A salvaged wooden gate gives dimension and height to the metal clock.

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By adding birch poles to a mirrored shadow box, it repeats the theme on the wallpaper.

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Additional lit branches gives drama and depth to this Christmas Tree. Warm lights and grey balls, together make a beautiful tree.

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So many ideas for decorating your home are represented here that it’s hard to remember all of them. I’m sure you’ll want to pin them for future inspiration. Remember, many ideas are not just for Christmas, but anytime!

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Did you find some inspiration?

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Phyllis

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