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Friday, November 30, 2012

It is pretty sad when it takes you over a year to paint 6 small ornaments.
These hearts sat on my desk for over a year and I finally decided it is now or never.  I finally finished these yesterday...even photo and listing them on Etsy.
SHOCKER!!
Click the photo for details.
I know none of you procrastinate like that!
Now I have some Snowmen ornaments sitting on my desk for the last 7 months...wish me luck that I will get them done in less then a year!!
 
My giveaway ends tomorrow night so click HERE to enter.
Also the OFG Team is in the middle of the Spirit of Christmas celebration!
Click HERE to go to the page on Etsy to see all the wonderful creations.
I am hopefully off to paint the snowmen ornaments!
Enjoy your day,
Barb

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Old Farmhouse Gathering Celebration Underway!

Apparently I must have really been in the mood to paint Snowmen this year. 
 Out of the 4 listings for the Spirit of Christmas Celebration for the OFG Team on Etsy 3 where snowmen.
This might be do to living in the cold and having no snow last year. 
If it is going to be cold you need to have snow to justify the below freezing temps! 
Of course you can never have enough snow-men, snow-women or snow-angels!
Click HERE to see all the great creations the members of the team came up with.
Remember to sign up for my giveaway...OK, I am shocked it is Santa and not a snowman!!
Click HERE to take you to the page to sign up.
Hope you all have survived the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping!
Enjoy today,
Barb
 


Monday, November 26, 2012

A Big Day!!

So much going on today!!
My sale continues in my Etsy shop with a 10% off everything in my shop with either the codes BLACKFRIDAY or CYBERMONDAY in the code spot.
This is for all merchandise in my shop but excludes shipping fees.
This will run from November 23 through December 1, 2012.
 
Today is the first day of the Old Farmhouse Gathering's Spirit of Christmas Celebration.
Many new and wonderful creations to be had!
Type in SOCOFG into Etsy's search bar to see all the new items.
Here are a couple of mine.
 
Then we cannot forget my current giveaway. 
This is a celebration of making it through November with the birthdays, anniversary, wedding, and Thanksgiving.  It was a busy month!
Click HERE to take you to the page for instructions to sign up for this Santa framed art.
One more birthday this month for my brother and it is a BIG number! 
So have to come up with a good gift!
Enjoy your day!!
Barb
 
 

 



Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale and a GIVEAWAY

I am not the world's best shopper and having to be in crowds gives me anxiety to the max!
I wonder if anyone is like me in that way?
 I think this all stemmed from trying to go to the grand opening of the Luxor Casino in Las Vegas when I first started dating my husband. The crowds were unreal, and coming from a small town in Colorado at the time, it was soooo overwhelming to me.
 I think this was the place I lost my mind...what little I had to begin with.

So the convenience of shopping on line is HEAVEN to me.
Bunny slippers and Diet Pepsi…I am set.

With all of that being said I am having a 10% off everything in my Etsy shop with either the codes BLACKFRIDAY or CYBERMONDAY in the code spot.
This is for all merchandise in my shop but excludes shipping fees.
This will run from November 23 through December 1.

Now for the Giveaway:

This fun Santa will be my giveaway during this time.
This will also end on December 1, 2012 so that I can get him in the mail to the winner for holiday decorating before the season is over.
You can read his description here.

Now for the rules:

Be a follower of my blog.

Follow me on Twitter.

Follow my Facebook business page.

Follow my Pinterest account----so addictive!

Share this giveaway on the side bar of your blog or do a blog post about this giveaway and sale.

Share on your Facebook account.

Share on your Twitter account.

Now a twist: go to my Etsy shop and tell me what your favorite item is in my shop.

You can tell me which items you did of the above in one comment on this post.
Winner will be announced on the evening of December 1, 2012.
Will be picking winning names out of the proverbial hat!

Good luck to all!
Hopefully your are enjoying shopping from home over the weekend like me!
Barb


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all of you a very safe and "stuffing" Thanksgiving!!
Enjoy your day!
Barb

Monday, November 19, 2012

Spirit of Christmas is Coming!!

The Old Farmhouse Gathering will be kicking off a Celebration November 26 and it will run through December 16.
Spirit of Christmas Celebration!!
 
This is a great time to celebrate!
I will be having a BLACK FRIDAY and CYBER MONDAY sale at my Etsy shop.
It will start Friday, November 23 and end Saturday, December 1, 2012.
More information to come with coupon codes to be used in my shop during that time.
 
I have to wait until Thanksgiving is officially over due to my son's comments on how no one celebrates Thanksgiving anymore.  It is also his 13th birthday on this day.
Time to get the Christmas shopping done!!
Our water is shut off today!!!???!!! right before Thanksgiving!
 I guess I will go and get some shopping done.
Enjoy your day,
Barb


Friday, November 16, 2012

I was Featured On the MST Team Blog

I was lucky to be featured on the Mountain Standard Time Team Blog!
This is a fun team on Etsy for all of us that live on Mountain Standard time and/or wish we did!
I have met some wonderful folks on this team and there is quite a variety of art work, photography, jewelery makers, vintage sellers, pottery, etc.
 
The team has a rolling treasury and I love to see the new creations there:
 
Thank you so much for the feature!
You can visit this team here:
Enjoy all they have to offer!
 
Now off for a fun filled day with my daughter and her friends for her 16th birthday party!!
Enjoy your day,
Barb

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

OFG Team Chili Cook Off Contest....posted mine!!

The Old Farmhouse Gathering team is hosting its first Cooking Contest!!!
All participants are to link a photo with the recipe back to your blog or website no later than Sunday, November 18th. Winner will be chosen using random.org and will be announced on Monday, November 19th.
The winner will receive a copy of Gooseberry Patch Farmhouse Cooking Cookbook and will also be announced on the Old Farmhouse Gathering team's blog with a link back to their site. (Must have a photo of recipe as well as full recipe instructions to be considered in the contest.)
 
I entered my Green Chili Stew recipe.  Click here to see my recipe.
Then enter your recipe here on the OFG Cooking blog.
It is now officially soup season!!
Enjoy,
Barb

Monday, November 12, 2012

Recovery!

This year I only did two local Holiday Craft shows and I am exhausted.
One year I did nine...shocking my husband did not leave me that year! 
 Quite a tolerant man to say the least.
It went well but it snowed pretty much the whole time.
When we went to pick it up on Saturday night we were driving I-15 and on the way up we saw seven accidents.  We drove thought rain, sleet, snow, white out conditions, sunshine(!), fog, then there was all the black ice. 
 True white knuckle driving. 
Since it was the first snow of the year it is like learning to drive all over again.  So needless to say the drive time was longer then the set up or the take down!
Made it home safe and the temp had dropped to the low 20's.  Just CRAZY weather!
We must have had the SNOW ANGEL watching over us!!
So I am back on line on Etsy and ready to only have to drive if need be.
Which will probably be for a diet Pepsi!!
 
This will be a busy next couple of weeks.  My daughter turns 16-so she needed a party.
Then my son turns 13 on Thanksgiving day.  My niece will be getting married on Saturday and moving out of state.  So we will be partying pretty heavily in these next two weeks.
Then it will be time to watch for SANTA!!
Enjoy your day!
Barb
 


Saturday, November 10, 2012

From 70 degrees to this....?

 We had record heat this last week but we knew it wouldn't last so from 70 degrees to 32 degrees in 24 hours is a bit much to take!
We have about 6-8 inches on the valley floor. 
And we (my husband) finished the roof on the shed about 6 hours before it started to snow!
So today is GREEN CHILI STEW day.
We grow our own green chilies so we have an abundance and it is a good thing we all like them.
This is one way I make it and it is pretty much all to taste so this might be a bit hot for some.
Green Chili Stew
 
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast cooked and shredded
4 potatoes peeled and cubed into one inch cubes
1 medium carrot, sliced and diced
2 1/4 cups chicken broth plus water to cover the potatoes and carrot
5 large Hatch or Anaheim chilies that have been roasted see below for directions
or use 2 (4 ounce) can chopped green chilies
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
2 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1 cup whole milk
Sour cream
Tortillas warmed

Directions:

Place chilies on a hot grill and roast about 3-5 minutes until the skin begins to blister, turning frequently to blister all sides. The key is blistering the skin without cooking the chilies. Continue until the chilies are generously blistered on all sides.
Place in a plastic bag and seal this will allow them to sweat for about 5 minutes. Sweating loosens the blistered skin.
Use gloves and remove the skin and seeds leaving the chilies.
 Put in food processor to finely chop them.
Trim fat from chicken. Cook and shred chicken into bite size cubes.
Boil the potatoes and carrot in the chicken broth for about 5 minutes. Add salt, pepper, garlic, cumin, chilies and chicken together and boil for about 3 minutes. I let this sit for a few hours so the flavors can blend.
Mix cornstarch and cold water; stir into stew. Cook stirring frequently, until heated through and thickened. Turn the heat down and add the milk. Bring the heat back up and serve hot with sour cream on top sprinkled with cilantro and tortillas.
We love this and it can really warm you up!
Enjoy,
Barb


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Simple Treasures Show

IT STARTS TODAY!!
We were able to set up pretty quickly...naturally I forgot my camera.
It is interesting to see us unload because we cannot get in until 1:00 pm to set up so we usually go to Hill Air Force Base and shop at the commissary (or the CoMISERY) as my daughter calls it.
So out comes all the groceries and coolers before we can even get to the artwork and the grid.
People probable think we are there to stay.  We only go to the commissary about 4 times a year so it is a load of food we buy when we are there.
 
These are a few of the art pieces I have up at the show...so a bit photo heavy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I hope you all have a wonderful day.
Enjoy,
Barb

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chili Cook Off Contest


The Old Farmhouse Gathering Team is hosting our first Cooking Contest on the OFG Cooking Blog!!
It will be a Chili Cook Off Contest.
Instructions will be posted on the OFG Cooking Blog.
Click here to go to the OFG Cooking Blog.
Winner will receive a Gooseberry Patch Farmhouse Cooking Cookbook.
Pull out your cookbooks, grab your ingredients and your cameras and start cooking.
Contest is open to everyone with a blog and/or website.
Link your recipe with a photo back to the OFG Cooking blog.

Contest ends on November 18th with one winner announced on November 19th.

I think I will do Green Chili Stew...my favorite type of Chili!
Stay tuned!
Barb