Monday, November 28, 2011

Turkey Day

I'm back after a whirlwind week of cooking, baking and entertaining!

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
I want to share just a few photos and food highlights from our dinner.

Here is my tablescape...
a little outdoors/garden looking because 
we had planned to host in the backyard this year, 
but our normally gorgeous California weather was rather uncooperative this year,
and we ended up inside!

Brown table cloth, topped with burlap purchased for $2 a yard on clearance 
and then a Pottery Barn runner which I picked up on clearance for $15.

Individual place settings held in place with pages from a thrown out library book I found at work!
I cut out strips on a paper cutter and Voila!

Instead of an expensive arrangement, I purchased flowers from the market and 
put them in a vase with cranberries in the water for a splash of color!

I think it all suited the tablescape very well...even if we were inside!

We started with appetizers early in the afternoon.
This one which I found through my friend Patty was a huge hit!
I had to keep my husband from eating it all the day before...
every time I turned around he was back in the fridge again!

This is the first time I have made this.  I came across the recipe in an old cookbook I had.
It is delicious!  
It was gone...completely!!
Lucky for me...I canned a few jars so I have more!

Then it was time for dinner!!

Turkey of course!
I dry salt brined a couple of days ahead using this herb salt recipe.
Everyone said the turkey was the most moist they'd ever had...
I'd have to agree that it was moist, very flavorful and a definite make again!

Smoked gouda mashed potatoes, so rich and creamy...YUM!

I also made a vegetarian dish...

Sun-dried Tomato, Wild Mushroom & Bourbon Sauced Pasta

I followed this recipe substituting vegetable broth instead of the beef.
Rich, creamy and gobbled up by everyone including my kids!!
This will be a regular pasta dish in our house.

And of course it wouldn't be Thanksgiving without dessert!

This is Chad's favorite pie in the whole world...he makes a special request for it every year.
It's so good and really easy to make.

I also made this Salted Caramel Pie
but somehow forgot to take a photo.
It was a bit of a labor of love, making the caramel in the oven, but oh so delicious.
Very sweet...
a regular size pie yields about 16-20 don't need much!!

It was a lot of work and the day after I'll admit to taking a tiny nap in the afternoon, but it's so worth it.
Having our home filled with family & friends, enjoying good food and each other's company.

We have so much to be thankful for!

So how was your Thanksgiving?
I'd love to hear how your day went and what wonderful food you ate!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Preparation

As Thanksgiving is upon us...
I will be busy in the kitchen this week, 
prepping and getting ready for a feast with family & friends.

I also get to enjoy some extra time with my own family,
 as I welcome those additional couple of days off work.
I am really looking forward to that!!

Wishing you and your families all the best this Thanksgiving week.
Enjoy the preparation, and find joy in the company of those not seen as often.
May your homes be filled with family, friends and laughter.
And of course savor the food!!

I will be back next week with recipes and photos to share from our festivities.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Thursday, November 17, 2011

My Happy Kitchen

I guess you could say that the kitchen is my happy place.
I love to cook in it, hang out with my family & friends.
It seems to be the central hub of our house.
It sees a lot of traffic!!

It may not be my dream kitchen...
it is after all a house built in the 80's...need I say more?!?!
But it's a happy place none the less.

You might remember here me anxiously awaiting the arrival 
of my mid century wallpaper.
Well it came and thanks to my hubby and a few hours on a Sunday morning...
it went up!

I love it!
I mean, really love it!!
It's certainly not a design for everyone, or for the faint of heart,
but it couldn't be more "me" if I tried.
It's bright and sunny in the daylight and warm and cozy in the evening.

And that picture...a vintage page from a cookbook found here and then framed.

And now the hunt is on for that perfect mirror to fill the empty wall space.
I'm seeing flea markets in my future!

So my happy place just became a whole lot happier,
 and that 80's kitchen...
well it just went and disappeared!

The wallpaper has met with these descriptions so far...

(according to my hubby)

(according to the guy at the framing store when I brought in a sample)

a bit like Narnia 
(according to my kids who say it feels like they should be able to part the vines and climb through)


What word would you use?


Wednesday, November 16, 2011


I want to thank Rebecca of 
for hosting her wonderful vintage giveaway right here on 
The Hairy Peach!

Thank you to all who stopped by here to enter and 
to those now following Rebecca's lovely new blog.

Random Generator has spoken,
Drum roll please...

Winner #1
You are the lucky winner of the gorgeous vintage relish tray!

Congratulations to... 


Winner #2
You are the lucky winner of the beautiful vintage Vera scarf!

Congratulations to...

Please watch your inboxes as Rebecca and I will be in touch shortly!

Thank you again to all who entered and 
Congratulations to the winners!!

Happy Wednesday!


Monday, November 14, 2011

For Me...Why Thank You!

One of the nice things about blogging is receiving comments, 
that way you know you aren't just talking to yourself!
So I was just tickled when the lovely Sarah of Yes Teacher gave me the
Kreativ Blogger Award!

I'm supposed to tell you seven things about myself and 
then pass the award on to seven other bloggers.

Here we go...

1. I love the color's such a happy color!
2. My adult crush...Tommy Lee Jones...there's something about that man in jeans! 
(and yes, my husband knows)
3. My favorite holiday is Christmas...there's nothing quite like kids faces on Christmas morning.
4. I was born and raised in Canada and I don't miss the cold winters at all!!
5. The strangest thing I've ever eaten is Asian fruit that smells like onions and dirty socks but tastes like vanilla custard!
6. My favorite city in the world is Florence, Italy
7. I'm a bare feet kinda gal...I don't like socks!

I love all the blogs that I read and I can't pick just if you want to participate,
leave me a random fact in the comments...I'd love to know an interesting fact or two about you!

Also you still have a couple of days to enter my giveaway 
so make sure you check out the wonderful vintage goodies being given away.

Happy Monday!


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Vintage Giveaway

I'm so excited to be doing this post!
You get the chance to meet one of my lovely sponsors...
Rebecca from Meadowview Vintage
And she has offered to do...not 1 but 2 lovely giveaways!!

Before you find out what wonderful goodies Rebecca is offering from her fab vintage shop,
let's find out a little about her and her wonderful etsy shop!

Tell us a little about yourself...

I have lived in or near the Sierra Nevada Mountain range all of my life.
Right now my husband and I live about 30 minutes from Lake Tahoe which is
perfect because I absolutely love the outdoors!

I have been an artist for many years and when I am not busy caring for my
shop I volunteer my time to two non-profit art organizations that provide
scholarships and art education to children.

I truly dig all things vintage! My parents loved to collect antiques so I
suppose that I come by my love of old things naturally. I have been re-using
and re-purposing vintage and antique items all of my life. Personally, I
like to collect pottery plus old etchings, prints and paintings and my
husband collects vintage radios. 
Our home is filled with an eclectic mix of treasures.

Why did you start your Etsy shop?

Due to the changes in the economy I was laid off from my  job in 2009 and
was having a hard time finding other work. It was then that I decided that
it was a good time to start clearing out items from my childhood home, my
grandparents estate (which has been stored away for 20 years!), and even
some of my own collections. When I discovered Etsy - everything just
clicked! I opened up my shop a year ago and have been loving selling vintage 
ever since.

How did you come up with your shop name?

The name Meadowview pays homage to my childhood home. The property sits on a
bluff overlooking a beautiful meadow.

What is your favorite item in your shop?

I love vintage fabric designs and have a real affinity for vintage scarves.
 My absolute favorites are my vintage Vera Neumann scarves.  She
was so iconic and her designs so diverse, I think that anyone who loves to
wear vintage clothing 
simply must have a vintage Vera in their collection!

Any other sites where you can be found?


Plus I have started a brand new lifestyle blog
that will be featuring vintage
housewares, home d├ęcor, fashion, and art.

Anything else you would like the readers to know?

Right now everything in my shop has been marked down 20%! I am making room
for new items. During the Holidays I will be listing rustic and primitive
goods that came from my family's Tahoe cabin along with clothing and jewelry
from the 50s, 60s, and 70s!

Thank you Rebecca for sharing your wonderful behind the scenes story!

Rebecca is offering 2 lovely giveaways from her shop...
First is this beautiful vintage relish tray valued at $30!
How gorgeous would this be on your Thanksgiving table!!

and secondly this stunning, Autumn colored vintage Vera Neumann scarf!
A $30 value.

How incredibly generous of her!
2 prizes means 2 winners!

{ Entry }

and leave me a comment telling me your favorite item.
That's it!!

{ Extra Chances }

Like Meadowview Vintage on facebook { + 1 }
Follow Meadowview Vintage on twitter { +1 }
Become a follower of Rebecca's brand new blog { + 1 }  
Give this giveaway a shout out on facebook/twitter { +1 }

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and make sure you leave contact info.

Winner will be announced 
Wednesday November 16th at 5 pm Pacific Time!

Good Luck!!

* Please note *
Due to the high shipping costs of sending the relish tray internationally, 
the tray will only be available to US winners, 
but the beautiful vintage scarf is open worldwide.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bag Lady

It's Tuesday again!!

This week I'm just tickled by these wonderful eco-friendly bags!
This large market bag from Birchseed is awesome...
I own one and it's perfect for those quick trips to the market
 or carrying all my stuff into preschool.

And how fun would it be to pull your lunch out of this retro looking lunch bag?!?!

Or how about this under the sea makeup bag?

What fun things have you found recently?

Linking up with Sarah over at

Happy Tuesday!


Saturday, November 5, 2011


When the weather gets cooler, my cooking changes.
I make more stews, soups and of course chili!
It's a favorite in our house.

My friend Denise emailed me and asked me to share my chili recipe.
So when I made it recently I took photos so that I could share it with you.

I don't ever use a recipe for my chili, but these are the basic steps that I follow...

I brown up onions, garlic and sometimes chopped celery too.
I add my spices smells so good!

This is how I measure my my hand, then in to the pot.
I taste as the chili cooks adjusting the seasoning as I go along.
These are my favorite chili spices to use...

cumin (whole and ground)
chili powder
ancho chile powder
chipotle chile powder

I usually use ground turkey, but you can use ground beef or make it vegetarian if you prefer.
Then I add kidney beans (drained), both light and dark red.

I use fresh tomatoes whenever possible, but if not canned with the juices works great too.
You can also use tomato sauce, tomato soup or even V-8 juice!
I add tomato paste near the end of the cooking time to thicken it up.

Then I add a bottle of beer...something dark like a Guinness.
It rounds out the flavors nicely and adds an interesting warm note to the taste.

Then I let it simmer for about 3 hours.
I check it every 30 minutes or so, stirring, tasting and adjusting seasonings.
Then it's time to eat!!

We like ours topped with...
shredded cheddar cheese
corn chips
sour cream 
and of course served with fresh cornbread!!

There are so many variations on chili across the country....I'd love to hear about yours.
What's your favorite kind of chili?


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Today I Am...

Today I Am...

Heading out the door to an all day Autism training
Thinking of what to do with the fresh English Peas in my fridge for dinner tonight
Anxiously awaiting the arrival of my mid-century wallpaper (above) for an accent kitchen wall
Enjoying the beautiful Fall temperatures we are having this week
Starting a new book that a friend lent me

What are you up to today?



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