Holidays - Homemaking

Cozy Autumn Dinner For Two

It’s gotten really cold really fast here in northern Utah.  All the leaves are now brown and there’s snow at the top of the mountains.  Since it’s still October (and not December), I’m determined to enjoy my favorite season as long as I can despite the cold and snow.  One way I like to do that is by creating a cozy Autumn dinner for two.  During this time of year, dark moody colors with lots of texture are especially great to use. When I’m designing a tablescape, I like to work…

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Arsenic and Old Lace

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, one of my favorite movies to watch at Halloween time is Arsenic and Old Lace.  It’s a fun Frank Capra movie from 1944 starring Carey Grant and Priscilla Lane.  It’s about one man’s two sweet maiden aunts whom he discovers murder lonely old men and bury them in their basement because they feel like they are relieving them of their loneliness.  It’s silly, funny, sweet, and a little bit spooky. Last year I found this cute cross-stitch pattern from the Little Stitcher…

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Not So Scary Halloween Movies

It’s no secret that I love Halloween and celebrate any way I can, and that includes watching spooky movies.  I have a love/hate relationship with scary movies.  I secretly love them but am scared to death by them so I watch them with my hands over my eyes.  A little while ago, one of my sisters asked me to recommend some not so scary Halloween movies for her. Every year I have my favorites that I watch, and I’m sharing them below.  Some of these are old classics that they…

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Discovering My Inner Dane

A few months ago, I did the DNA test where I learned more about my health history and ancestry.  It’s a process that takes a few weeks, but it’s well worth it!  A kit comes in the mail with a test tube and instructions.  All you have to do is provide a saliva sample to get the ancestry and health reports.  After you send it back to them, they email the results in a few weeks.  Because my family is big into genealogy, I had a pretty good idea of where…

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Under The Pine Trees

Andy and I took a drive up the canyon over the weekend to look at all the Autumn leaves.  There were still a few spots that had some bright color, but a lot of it had already turned brown.  We like to go up Farmington Canyon and drive across the peaks and come down Bountiful Canyon.  A storm had been hovering over the mountains all day, so that’s my favorite time to go.  I love it when there are low-lying clouds that creep up the mountain.  We had an experience…

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