What makes a Happy Home? I love to take care of my family. For me, creating a home that is warm and inviting, where everyone feels welcome is pure joy! The smell of fresh laundry just in off the clothesline, a neat and tidy home and garden, a good home cooked meal, a few desserts here and there, the love of family, friends and fellowship all help to make our home a Happy Home. Join me as we celebrate the holidays, the birthdays and the every days!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Nature's Blessings Book Swap

Yep, Karla's at it again. This time she's hosting a book page swap and the theme is Nature's Blessings. Of course I jumped right on the band wagon and signed up.

We are each creating 24 pages - (6) 8.5 x 11 pages folded in half creating 4 pages out of each sheet.

I am having a blast creating. I pulled out a ton of vintage bits and pieces of ephemra to use.

Vintage flowers plucked from hats and corsages, ribbons and old papers from sheet music to ledgers are making there way onto my pages.

This page was from a grade school reader - LOVE the Dick and Jane story!  The pages are due to Karla later next month. I having such fun and I can't wait to see the pages that I get in return.

Have you had any creative time lately? What are you working on?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sour Cream Pound Cake with or without?

I must say that I make a mean pound cake. I prefer mine without icing, but if it's got to have something then I prefer fresh berries. Now Mr OP, he likes icing, the more the better and preferably chocolate. If I make cupcakes, they are typically half cupcake, the other half icing.

I decided to make one of my pound cakes (around 7:30) tonight since the temps are in the low sixties. I actually put on a pair of socks to keep my feet warm - but we won't close the windows because this weather is gorgeous. Sunday it's supposed to get HHH and be in the low-nineties through the week - yuck. I'll enjoy the cool temps while they are here!

Anyway, if anyone is interested here is the recipe for my 

Sour Cream Pound Cake.

1 cup butter room temp
2 3/4 cup sugar

Cream  together. Then add one at a time

6 room temperature eggs

Sift the following together
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla or 3/4 tsp vanilla & 1/4 tsp almond extract

Alternate adding the sifted ingredients and the sour cream mixture to the butter and sugar mixture.

Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes on a rack, then turn out and cool completely.

Serve with fresh berries or add icing of your choice.

So how do you like pound cake - with or without icing?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Rudolph Day at The Old Parsonage

Yep it's here again! The 25th of the month and you know what that means - Rudolph Day! Woo hoo a day set aside each month to plan and prepare for the most wonderful time of the year! 

I got such a sweet surprise in the mail the other week from a dear, sweet blogging friend - Jane (she hasn't been blogging lately, but she still visits me).

Jane and I met while doing a craft supply swap a few years ago. With so much in common, she and I immediately became fast friends. Look at all the fun Christmas magazines and books - it made me squeal with delight - literally!

So tonight, I'm enjoying a cup of iced coffee (it's too hot for a regular cup tonight) and reading the Betty Crocker cookbook. There are so many new (to me) recipes that I can't wait to try. 

It's funny, I was just saying how great the weather has been and today typical Summer weather rears it's HHH head. The windows are closed and the a/c is back on - darn!

I'm really looking forward to the 3 day weekend. I've got menus running through my mind - yes, that's what I think about when a holiday presents itself. I've also got all the ingredients to make pickles and salsa (except the veggies) so I'm hoping to get a chance to get those made this weekend as well.

What are your plans for the holiday weekend? 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tick Tock

How can this possibly be the end of summer? This weekend we'll celebrate Labor Day and I don't feel like I enjoyed summer. The weather was actually great (for me at least)! We didn't have the endless hazy, hot and humid days, just a few here and there interspersed with warm days and nights cool enough to open the windows.

We had an early vacation in June with our Texans and have had a lot of other obligations this year. My fibro has been giving me fits this summer. I've been struggling daily with aches, pains, and fatigue so maybe that's what has me wondering where the time has gone.

I've got a pot roast in the crock pot today, low and slow - that's the ticket to have it come out moist and tender. We bought some sweet corn and cucumbers at a roadside stand this am so we'll have the corn, a cucumber and onion salad and sliced garden tomatoes with the roast. Mmm....can't wait to dig in.

What about you? Has summer slipped through your fingers too? Thanks so much for listening today, I appreciate it.

Tomorrow is Rudolph Day my friends! Time for a little Christmas Magic...

Friday, August 22, 2014

More party questions revealed....

Kitchen - Color and decorating scheme?
Our walls are a warm tan. The back splash is a deep burgundy wallpaper, the cupboards are painted white (and they are in desperate need of re-painting - I've had the paint for over year) and the curtains are blue ticking for now. I have new lace curtains to put up, but I'm waiting until I re-paint the cupboards, wood work and wainscoting.

Love - What is your favorite part of homemaking? 
All of it! Again, read my intro copy, it's me in a nut shell! 

Mop - Y/N?
Yes, I scrub the kitchen and bathroom with a mop, but sometimes they need extra attention and I do it with a scrub brush on my hands knees.

Nylons - Wash by hand or in washing machine?
I wash them by hand. However, I hardly ever wear them anymore and never in the summer. In the winter most of my dresses are long enough that I can get away with boots and no hose.

Oven - Do you use the window to check on things or do you open the door? 
I use the door - our light is burned out.

Pizza - What do you put on yours?
My favorite is pepperoni, green pepper and mushroom and I prefer a hand tossed crust. Not Sicilian - too much dough.  We're spoiled, both the boys worked for a great pizza place when they were high school - the same one Mr OP worked at when he was in high school and we LOVE their pizza! Although I'm pretty gluten free these days, I do indulge on occasion.  

Quiet - What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment? 
Pray, read, craft and breathe. 

Recipe Card Box - Y/N?
Yes, I have my Gram's and love seeing her handwriting and notes on the recipes.

Style of house
The Old Parsonage is a Sears kit house. It was a parsonage for a local church and we are the second owners after the church sold it. The last owner has photos of the house being delivered by horse and buggy up our road (which was dirt then) back in 1916. 

Thanks so much for stopping by these past few weeks. Sorry that I've been so incognito, I have a lot going on and have been pretty stressed. Times they area changing...I'm pretty sure that it's all good, but even good stress is stressful.

So what's you answer to the nylon question?

Monday, August 18, 2014

I'm late to the party...

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Congrats to our Fireman!

He is living the life he imagined! Our Fireman was given the Fireman of the Year award today! I dug out this photo, added the text - it was perfect for his card. We are so proud of him!
 Love my big hair?!! LOL!!

Sorry that I've been incognito for these past 2 weeks. I haven't been feeling well and just barely getting through my have to's - like going to work. Hopefully this flare-up will pass soon.

Tomorrow is Saturday - so glad that it's the weekend. The weather has been beautiful - mid 80's and low humidity. Love it!

Hope that you have all been well! I'll be around to visit soon. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

Blogland Tour Continues


Jann from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen contacted me a few weeks ago asking if I'd like to participate in a Blogland Tour.  Of course I said yes!
flowers 2

The moment I happened upon her blog I felt as if I knew her. Jann shares her life and stories from the heart. Her gardens are so beautiful - both the flowers and the veggies.


She loves to go junquing at thrift stores and hit yard sales. I love seeing the treasures that she finds! It would be so fun to go together! She also hosts Share your Cup Thursday - a party where you share things in life that make you happy. It's also a great place to meet new bloggers.

Now a little about me...

What am I working on?

Well I've always got some sort of craft project going. 

I just finished our nieces scrapbook for graduation (of course I forgot to snap photos of it before giving it to her). 


 Since, The Old Parsonage will be turning 100 in just 2 years there are always home projects going on here. 


Last year it was painting the back porch, and this year it's the front porch (still haven't started it yet).



See the floor? Ugh!

How does my work differ from others?

My blog started because of my love of Christmas. I found a group of women who had blogs dedicated to my favorite holiday and they encouraged me to start a blog. At first, that's all I wrote about because yes, I admit it - I think about Christmas and prepare for it all year long:)


But then my little blog started to evolve. I began to share more and more about our daily life and it led me to where we are today.


 I love to craft, cook and take care of our home - The Old Parsonage, as well as dote on my precious family! I also work full time as an account executive at an advertising agency, so there's some creativity in my life at all times.

How does your writing process work?

You know me, I'm a list maker from the get go. I have a list of blog topics that I try to snap photos of during the week - this dictates the content for the upcoming week. I always try to use my own photos. This way I know there won't be any problems. My favorite topic to write about is my family - they are my world. I'm so blessed to have the family that God gave us. 


If you've been here awhile then you know that I also love to cook and bake, so you'll find quite a few of those kind of posts too.


There are also a lot of photos and posts from around The Old Parsonage. Our home is my refuge and it makes me happy to clean and decorate it - just like my intro states  "For me, creating a home that is warm and inviting, where everyone feels welcome is pure joy!" 


I was asked to choose a few friends (fellow bloggers) who would like to continue the tour. I know that many of you are busy and really can't commit the time, however the following two ladies have agreed. Here's where I'm going to break the rules...if I didn't contact you and you'd like to play along, please feel free!

Jeanie has written The Marmelade Gypsy since 1998, writing about travel, art, creativity, food and life in general. Retired after 32 years in public broadcasting, she's finally having all the time she needs to create mixed-media art, catch up on her reading, enjoy travel with friends and family and time at her northern Michigan cottage. I first met Jeanie while doing a swap (handmade tags) through Karla Nathan. Jeanie is such a joy to get to know. Her blog shows her love of family and friends. She is a talented artist and a world traveler (I'm jealous).

Jill from Bella Rosa Antiques worked in the televisions industry as a writer/producer for 16years. She married the love of her life and is now a wonderful Mommy to her sweet Bebe girl. Jill buys and sells antiques both on-line and in person. I'm in love with everything she has listed in her shop. We are kindred spirits in our love for vintage treasures! I wouldn't want to part with any though (wink).

Please pop over and visit their blogs. Their tours will be published on August 4. I'm sure that you'll love getting to know them.

Thanks again Jann for inviting me to play along!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Happy Rudolph Day and Christmas in July!

Happy Rudolph Day everyone! I'm so glad that it's Friday and it's a gorgeous day to boot. My kind of summer day - temps in the low 80's, low humidity and a cool breeze this am. Last night I made a double batch of chocolate chip cookies for our niece's graduation party tomorrow. Tonight I making a few batches of peanut butter cookies too. It's hard to believe that she's off to college in the fall.

Late Wednesday night I decided to make her a scrapbook. I poured through all of our photo albums looking for candid shots. I have all of her school pictures in the same picture frame - those were easy to find. I have all of her school photo pages done, now I just have to do the candids and the front and back cover. 

When our little Texans were here they thought it was funny that I had Christmas decorations sitting around in spots. I told them that the magic of Christmas is in you heart all year and these are just little reminders. So, what am I doing for Rudolph Day? I have to work today, but I do plan on designing our Christmas cards on Sunday. I may play some Christmas music or watch a Christmas DVD (not that it has to be Rudolph Day for me to do either of those) tonight while I bake. We'll see...

If you are new here and wonder what Rudolph Day is click here.

If you are here for the Where Blogger's Create Party click here.
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