Saturday, January 14, 2017

~Winter Days in the House~

After the holidays, I was looking for a little inspiration 
from our garden. I wanted to bring some flowers inside to add some color.
 A garden vignette!
Antique silver trays and garden pots with pansies 
add some color to the miniature lights. 
I decided to keep the lights up from the holidays.
They give the house a warm feeling.

I think I'm going to keep my 
star up for awhile.
 I love sparkle it gives the entryway!!
We made a Winter Crostata over the holiday.
I promised to give you the recipe.
It's a Ina Garten recipe.
 I just changed the fruit to winter berries,
 I bought them at the farmers market.
We also made brie in a puff pastry with stars.
I served it with pears and crackers.
I just tried a new recipe from Giada.
Grilled Salmon and Pineapple with Avocado.
Our daughter, Carly, loves her Spinach Pine Nut Pesto,
 so we made that instead with it.
It was so good!!
We are so happy!
San Diego has gotten a lot of rain lately.
I love sitting next to a fire,
 thinking about how beautiful our garden will look!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

~Time for New Beginnings for 2017~

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's 
celebrating with family and friends!!
I've enjoyed these past years hosting Simple & Sweet Friday parties.
I can't believe it's been 252 weeks of fun.
Which adds up to almost 5 years and over 1,000,000 pageviews!
Looking back it went by so fast.
I've been so amazed with your creativity each week!
Your inspiring posts and projects have been awesome!!
But, I have decided to take a break from the parties for awhile.
I will still be posting on my blog, 
Rooted in Thyme.
I would like to start taking classes in;
Art, Flower Arranging, Cooking and Garden Design.
I will definitely be sharing,
 what I learn with all of you!!
There's some new ideas, I'd like to make on Etsy too!
I just want to thank all of you for your continued support throughout the years.
I have to say a very special thank you to my daughter, Carly.
Without her help,
 I would never have started the blog or the parties.
Of course, Stan, my family and Justin too!
I want to wish all my blogging friends
 a very
 Happy 2017!! 
You have inspired me and I will always love you for that! 
May you be blessed with a happy year filled with
 good health and happiness!

"You are never too old
to set another goal or
to dream a new 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

~Happy New Year- 2017 and Simple & Sweet Fridays #252~

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year for 2017 !
I wanted to share with you photos of our Christmas this year.
Some sugar cookies I made.
I painted some 
Christmas snowflake cookies.
A Christmas present from a friend years ago,
 keeps the tradition in the family to make fresh corn tortillas from a tortilla press maker.

Our Christmas stockings all filled with surprises!
Presents waiting to be opened on Christmas day.
Christmas morning with the kids.
Carly, Scott and Katie.
~Harry and Katie~
Excited about their engagement.
Best Wishes for the New Year from our family,
Stan, Jody, Carly, Katie and Scott
and of course, Maggie!
Happy New Year-2017!
Thank you so much for your continued support and encouragement.
Your friendship has meant a lot to us.
Best Wishes!

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

~Merry Christmas Everyone and Simple & Sweet Fridays #251~

I want to wish you all,
 a very
 Merry Christmas!
I've been busy baking, decorating and shopping all week.
I'm looking forward to the holidays with the family.
Lots of fun activities and things planned for Christmas.
Here are some photos of our house this year.
Our Christmas tree decorated with special ornaments collected through the years.

Stan helped me put some Magic in our vintage cupboard.
Get the look you want with lights!
A holiday bar for the grown-up crowd.
A little touch of holiday color on our slipcovered sofa.
A little bit of whimsy in our bathroom!
A Christmas mouse adds a special holiday touch!
I made some Christmas cookies for a Christmas exchange party.
Sugar cookies with edible Christmas papers.
They turned out so pretty.

Check out more wonderful baking supplies from,
I also made mini wreath holiday bundt cakes.
Added greenery and baby's breath for a festive tray!
Hot chocolate anyone!
I found these cute marshmallows at Williams Sonoma!
I made s'more gift bags for friends.
Marshmallows, chocolates and graham crackers make the 
special sweet treat!
Wishing you and your families a very 
Merry Christmas!!

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