Family Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happy Friday, everyone!  Isn’t it a great day?  I think it’s a great day for a Family Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies. Don’t you?

This amazing recipe has been in our family for years.  I first came across it when I was asked to be a camp cook for our church girl’s camp.  It has been a family favorite ever since.

Family Recipe for Chocolate Cookies-What Meegan Makes

 Not only is this recipe delectable and delish-it makes 6 dozen cookies! Each cookie is filled with buttery, rich flavor and lots of chocolate chips.  Is your mouth watering yet?  I bet you want the recipe, right?

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Themed Furniture Makeover Day

Happy Thursday!  It’s great to be with you today.  I am always excited for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.  This day is such a fun day of the month.  There are many bloggers that get together today and share their latest furniture makeover.

It’s always fun to see the ideas and interpretation of each makeover.

Themed Furniture Makeover Day

In the past I have shared:

Decoupaged Bookcase Makeover

Decoupaged Book Page Book Case

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Thrifted Dresser Makeover 

Bedroom Furniture

 My Grandparents Bedroom Furniture Makeover

Today the theme is: Words or Letters.

Hmmm…I have a few pieces of furniture I would like to add words to.  I decided to start with a little cupboard that was a gift.

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When I first received it, it had a sweet angel panted on it.  BUT, it wasn’t my style.

So, I spray painted it red.  It looked amazing in our home when I had all red accents. But, alas, my style changed once again.  (I have been known to do that often)

I painted it with (believe it or not), craft paint.  I mixed a light blue with a touch of white and green to make the blue.  I painted the center with a white craft paint as well. Wanting to add a stencil, I was messing around I added the green stencil.  Meh...I never did like it and have wanted to change it since then.

My first step was to paint the white a soft color called White Birch. It’s from Americana by DecoArt.  I painted a few coats to hide the green stencil, BUT left enough of it so I could sand through later, as to see the paint layers.

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Then I needed to find the words.  I found what I wanted from The Graphics Fairy.  I thought this would look cute on my little cupboard.

I printed it off backwards which is an option on her site on my ink jet printer.

Now here is the part I wasn’t REALLY sure would work…

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Using the flat end of a pen, I began rubbing the print onto the cupboard.  I lifted it up to see if it was working.  Guess what?  It WAS!!

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After it set for a little, I used a cost of polyurethane to seal it on my cupboard door.

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Using a 120 grit sand paper I roughed up the door and more of the edges.

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 And for some fun it is BRIGHT CORAL on the inside!

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I couldn’t be more pleased with the way it turned out.  Now it is more my style and taste.

Thanks for visiting me for Themed Furniture Makeover Day.  I love your comments and thoughts.

Visit the other furniture makeovers below for more ideas and inspiration.

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Make it a terrific Thursday!

Meegan

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Book Review and Interview with Heather Mann

Do you need a good laugh?  Do you need a good laugh about YOUR craft fails?  I KNOW I do.  CraftFail was just what I needed.  I am happily talking about a Book Review and Interview with Heather Mann today.

Craft Fail

I am one of the lucky few that get to see Craft Fail before it hits the shelves.  It has been a joy to read.  But first let me tell you a little bit about the author:

Heather Mann, the founder of CraftFail.com and DollarStoreCrafts.com, has been crafting with middling success all her life, but blogging expertly since 2000. She is also cofounder of The Blueprint Social, a social media consulting company and network of influential bloggers, and co-host of the web show Get a Little Creative. She lives and crafts in Salem, Oregon.

Here is a little insight about CraftFail:

But amidst all the terrible failure is a celebration of those among us who are brave enough to pick up the scissors and get crafty! Because even if you can’t make a handsome Papier mâché stag to hang on your wall, why shouldn’t you try? As Heather says, you learn more from trying and failing than not trying at all. And when it does go wrong—as it inevitably will—you can always find solace in sitting back and laughing at the ridiculous results. As one anonymous crafter said: “It wasn’t supposed to end this way.” Luckily for us, it did.

CRAFTFAIL (Workman; November 2014) illustrates the hilariously gruesome underbelly of the creative process.Inspired by her own craft experiences, Heather gathered real-life home decor fails, fashion fails, holiday fails, food fails, kid crafting fails, and best of all—EPIC fails (those projects that are so inspiring that they are attempted again and again by members of the crafty tribe to, quite frankly, disastrous results)! Filled with over 100 full-color photographs of the hoped-for outcome and the underwhelming reality (plus captions pointing out what went wrong), these embarrassing and often pathetic crafting attempts are the stuff that gets the “A for Effort” and LOL for outcome.

I was able to interview Heather.  This is how the interview went:

Question #1: Why did you decide to write CraftFail?

I have learned so much about the power of failing from running the CraftFail website that I wanted to share! And I wanted to share the LOLs, too, of course!

Question #2: What motivates you?

I am extremely motivated by the process of being creative, and also by the excitement of posting my creations online! I love to share with others who have a like-minded love of creativity.

Question #3: What do you want your readers to gain from your book?

First, I hope they’ll be entertained! Second, I hope they are encouraged to look at failing in a different light — it’s not something to be avoided, but to be embraced. I have learned so much from my various CraftFails, and I hope my readers will too.

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It was late at night when Hubby and I hopped into bed.  I told him I had a book he might like to look at with me.  He said, “Meh, okay.”  Within just a few minutes of reading the tears were running down our cheeks from laughter.  We laughed till we cried.  We could relate in so many ways.  AND, we have been through more craft fails of our own than we could ever count.  Heather nails it on the head with what it is like to fail at crafts,  She sees the reality of Craft Fails and embellishes it perfectly.  The photos, the writing, and the humor is what every crafter can relate to on so many levels.  It is a MUST READ for EVERYONE.  I will definitely be sharing CraftFail with my family and friends.  It is a great gift.  I think anyone who reads CraftFail will laugh as much as I did, if not more. I can’t wait to look through my copy again…OH WAIT!  I have several times, already!

Pick up your copy of CraftFail soon.

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Make it a terrific Tuesday!

Meegan

Create An Inviting Fall Porch

Fall is in full swing around here.  Well, as far as decor goes.  Weather, well that is another story.  It was in the 90s yesterday and the low 70s last night.  I am enjoying the warmth as long as I can. BUT, I do love to Create An Inviting Fall Porch.

Today I want to show you how I can Create An Inviting Fall Porch in minutes with LITTLE TO NO COST.  It’s fun easy, and you can just what you have around your home.

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Inspiration Monday Party

Welcome to Inspiration Monday

Don’t you love this time of year?
Time for sweaters and boots,
and firing up the crock-pots,
sipping apple cider and pumpkin everything!
Be Inspired…
Join all 7 of us every week right here…
where we search for our favorites and feature through out the week on all social media outlets.
To search our features, use hashtag #InspirationMondayParty,
and follow us all on social media via our blogs.
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This weeks features were chosen by Debbie from Refresh Restyle  

 

Fall Farmhouse Kitchen from Love Grows Wild

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  No Bake 2 Layer Pumpkin Pie from Cincy Shopper No-Bake-2-Layer-Pumpkin-Pie-Recipe

 

  Book Page Pumpkins from View from The Fridge Book-Page-Pumpkins-6h-650x433

 

  Fairy Pumpkin from Primitive & Proper fairy pumpkin

 

  Smoky and Spicy Paleo Chili from The Happy Tulip paleo chili │thehappytulip

 

  Fall Mantel from Sweet Pea Fall Mantel

 

  Please keep in mind:

– Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.)

– Link up all of your creative fun…including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog.

– Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties.

– By linking up to Inspiration Monday Party you are giving the seven blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.

 

Have a wonderful day!

Meegan


Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

Hello and Happy Friday!  I am sorry my post is up a little late today.  I had one of my less effective days yesterday.  The definition of that means: I had a seizure last night.  I am okay, but need to lay low at least for the next 24 hours or more.  It’s ALL good.  I am fine, just s-l-o-w…

BUT, I am excited to tell you about Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival!

I was contacted by a local bloggers to visit the Fall Harvest Festival.  I could hardly wait to see what it was all about.

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

The Fall Harvest Festival is at Floyd Lamb Park in Las Vegas.  

The hours are:

Weekdays: 2p.m.-5p.m.

Weekends: 10 a.m.-5p.m.

Floyd Lamb Park has beautiful scenery, complete with birds, ducks and geese beside the lake.

 You will get to select your own pumpkins right from a home grown pumpkin patch.

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 There are a least half a dozen peacocks grazing the area.  (Don’t you LOVE their colors?)

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

 Hayrides and Horses: There are a variety of horses to get you around (Belgian & Percheron horses)

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 My gorgeous view on the hayride.

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

During the weekdays, the hayride is ideal for the little ones.  There are a few large spiders and grave yards to spot. Then on e the weekends, it gets a little scarier with zombies wondering through your hayride path.

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

 Petting Zoo: You have around 20 animals to explore (donkeys, goats, llama’s and more!)

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Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

 The corn maze is really fun for everyone, as well.  There are also a large variety of pumpkins to choose from as you find your way to the end.

Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival

Over all, it is a great way to spend family time on a Fall afternoon.  For prices and contact numbers visit: http://doubletreecarriage.com/harvest-festival/  Ask for Barbara to help you.  She is SO nice and informative.  Steve will give you a great tour and show you the rescued animals in the petting zoo.

I hope you have enjoyed Field Trip Friday Fall Harvest Festival.

It was a fun trip.

Now for some blogger fun!

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Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway

Hello my friends.  It has been a great week with Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway.  Have you been following along?  There have been SO many amazing ideas, techniques and pillow creativity.

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Nineteen bloggers received 1 yard of fabric and 1 pillow form from Online Fabric Store.  We each choose our fabric and design.

If you aren’t into making your own pillow, did you know that Online Fabric Store NOW sells their own pillows?  Check it out, right here.

 YOU can make from 1 yard of fabric purchased from Online Fabric Store, too.

If you haven’t ever visited OFS, you should.  Your eyes will be filled with fabric eye candy for hours.

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We are happy to be giving you a chance to win your OWN fabric from Online Fabric Store.  We have a giveaway for TWO $100 Gift Cards.  YOU could win ONE!  Be sure to enter in the form at the end of my post.  

Now let me show you how I made my pillow with Waverly Bits and Pieces SeaGlass Fabric and  1 pillow form.

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I used a 16×16 pillow form.  I cut my fabric 18×18 to allow for seams.

Before I sewed each side together, I tore strips of fabric to make ruffles.

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Each strip was 2 1/2 inches wide.

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Using a wide stitch, I gathered my ruffles right down the center of each torn strip.

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After they were gathered, I carefully pinned them to my pillow fabric.

I sewed them on right where I had the gathered seam.  (Down the middle)

Four ruffled strips would sit perfectly on my pillow.

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 Voila!!  My new pillow!

I am really happy with my fabric and my lovely pillow as an accessory.

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Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway

Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway

  I am glad I  chose Waverly Bits and Pieces SeaGlassFabric.  It blends well with our home decor.

I LOVE my fabric and how my pillow turned out.

Have you seen this week’s Dreamy Decorator pillows?  There is such a variety ans so many to chose from.

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Thanks for stopping by for Fun with Fabric & a Giveaway.

Enter today for YOUR chance to win ONE of TWO $100 Gift Cards to Online Fabric Store in the form below.  I would LOVE to see one of MY readers win!!  Make it a great day.

 

Meegan  

 

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Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals

Good Morning and welcome to the Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals. Thrift Benefit is a DIY blogger event to bring awareness to thrift shops that sponsor animal rescues and the rescues that care for the animals that share our journey.  Take some time to Google a thrift shop in your area that does support animal shelters. Visit them and spread the word to help our cause.

What better way to help animals in need, right?  You have want you have been searching for and the animals receive help, too.

Last year when I was a part of this group, I told you about our dear sweet Airedale, Lacy.  She was by far the sweetest dog we ever had.  Until we had Cinnamon.  Cinnamon was also an Airedale.

I was not on the look out for a dog, but when I met Cinnamon, my eyes watered and I knew I loved her.  Airedales have a kind disposition and are very loyal to their family. She was a sweetie.  After I had met Cinnamon, her owners knew how much I loved her.  She wasn’t getting the attention she needed from them.  They knew our family would be delighted to own her.

They showed up at our door with Cinnamon, as a gift for our family.  Again, tears came to my eyes.  We were able to spend 2 1/2 years with her.  Cinnamon passed away from cancer.  It broke our hearts. But she is still in our hearts 10 years later.

Even though I don’t have an animal shelter sponsored Thrift Store in my area, I am still excited to be a part of this group and animal shelter awareness.

Please take some time and watch the video below to meet some of the bloggers, their pets and the coordinator of our group, Jeanette Chaney.

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I love thrifting, as you know.  I found a door at my local thrift store for $20.

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 I was not REAL sure where I wanted to put it in our home.  BUT, I did know I WOULD find just the right spot for it.

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After having it sit in our living room for days I finally gave it some color.  This loveliness of a door is painted Antique Coral by Valaspar.

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While visiting my local thrift store a few weeks ago, I found 3 rectangle baskets for a dollar a piece.  Hmmm…NOW I know what I want to do for my thrifted door!

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After laying them on my door, Hubby helped me by screwing each basket in place.  It only took a few minutes before the door was looking how I pictured in my mind.

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Now it was time to fill the baskets with bathroom necessities.

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Washcloths.

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Toilet paper.

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AND, magazines for Hubby’s reading time (BIG smile)

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The thrifted door has now found a home in our master bathroom.

Did you happen to notice that I added some aged numbers to my new bathroom door?  Any guesses as to what the address means?

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Thrifted Bathroom Door From this to this

It’s been a real treat to be apart of the Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals.  I am honored to help my community in any way I can.

Please visit ALL the other Thrifted Benefit for Sheltered Animals posts from 21 of my friends.

Enjoy your day!

OH! And the address???  It is the exact time Hubby and I were married. (How fun, huh?  I love it!)

Loves!

Meegan


Online Fabric Store Pillow Challenge & Giveaway

Hello everyone!!  I am happy to share an Online Fabric Store Pillow Challenge & Giveaway!

It’s going to be a REALLY fun week!  Nineteen bloggers received 1 yard of fabric and 1 pillow form from Online Fabric Store.  We each choose our fabric and design.

If you aren’t into making your own pillow, did you know that Online Fabric Store NOW sells their own pillows?  Check it out, right here.

Everyday from today until Thursday we will each share what we can make from 1 yard of fabric from Online Fabric Store.

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NOT only that!!! But there are TWO $100 Gift cards to Online Fabric Store!!  I told you it was going to be a REALLY fun week…

Come back each day this week to see more pillow ideas and fun.  I will be posting mine on Thursday.  I LOVE my fabric and how my pillow turned out.

Let’s get started with today’s Dreamy Decorator pillows.

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Tuesday

 Wednesday

 Thursday

Come back each day this week to see more pillow ideas and fun.
Thanks for stopping by for the Online Fabric Store Pillow Challenge & Giveaway!!

Enter today for YOUR chance to win ONE of TWO $100 Gift Cards to Online Fabric Store.  I would LOVE to see one of MY readers win!! Tell your friends and family, too!  Share it on all your social media.  We are really excited about this giveaway!     Make it a marvelous Monday.   Meegan     a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspiration Monday Link Party

Ahhhh…. the comforts of the Fall season.
It goes by fast…so get inspired, and try something new from Inspiration Monday Party.
We are FULL of Inspiration from around the blog-o sphere…
Join all 7 of us every week right here…
where we search for our favorites and feature through out the week on all social media outlets.
To search our features, use hashtag #InspirationMondayParty,
and follow us all on social media via our blogs.
Did I mention you will be seen on ALL 7 BLOGS?!

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This weeks features were chosen by Julie from Redhead Can Decorate .com (If you were featured, please find your “feature” button on the sidebar…)


No Bean Pumpkin Hummus by Skinnyfitalicious

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Homemade French Bread” by Oh Mrs. Tucker!

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“Beer Can Chicken Recipe” By Broward Saves

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Balsamic Roasted Green Beans by Life a Little Brighter

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Bold and Fancy Yellow Chair by Petticoat Junction

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DIY Spooky Etched Votives by My Tiny Side Kick

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Please keep in mind: – Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.) – Link up all of your creative fun…including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog. – Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties. – By linking up to Inspiration Monday Party you are giving the seven blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.