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Enter if you dare…..Halloween entry!

Enter if you dare…..Halloween entry!

An entry table is the perfect spot to showcase your seasonal decorating. Keep it simple and easy! Coordinate color story (orange black and white) and theme (Halloween)from the front door décor!

Entry Table is a great spot for seasonal decorating! It's Halloween at my house!

Entry Table is a great spot for seasonal decorating! It’s Halloween at my house!

Show Me Decorating Tip: Pick out a focal area to decorate seasonally, entry table, sofa table, top of the piano, island or bar in the kitchen, mantle, buffet, or dining table. Store your decorations in clear tubs, marked with the holiday! This makes it easy to pull out the Holiday decorations and fill with your everyday decor! Cute Little Monsters frame shows of the grandkids at Halloween.

Start with a glitter grass twister garland and Glitter ball garland.

Start with a glitter grass twister garland and Glitter ball garland.

Layer the two garlands together twisting wires to combine.

Add in a group of three! Frame shows off the grandkids, cute signs and Metal Pumpkin Boo!

Add in a group of three! Frame shows off the grandkids, cute signs and Metal Pumpkin Boo!

Add in the finishing touch of Ribbon!

Wired ribbon adds the finishing touch, the icing on the cake the... well just add the ribbon!

Wired ribbon adds the finishing touch, the icing on the cake the… well just add the ribbon!

Halloween Entry Complete!

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Happy Decorating Y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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Show Me a Personalized Fall Fireplace

Show Me a Personalized Fall Fireplace……as easy as 1,2,3!

The heart of the home, the fireplace,  is a focal point for seasonal decorating.

This beautiful Country French home is no exception.

Beautiful mantel "before" Show Me Decorating Fall DIY transformation

Beautiful mantel “before” Show Me Decorating Fall DIY transformation

Take a look at your everyday decor and edit. On this mantel we removed the candle sticks, bowl, frame, tray and glass candle holder. The rooster and potted topiary stayed to be part of the fall decorating.

Now it is time to select the fall decorating items. A green garland traditionally used at Christmas is a great base to start with. Wired fall garlands can be layered and wired in, no glue needed. We call it making the garlands one!

Green base garland, twister grass garland in fall colors and a fall leaf garland.

Green base garland, twister grass garland in fall colors and a fall leaf garland.

Twister grass fall garland is layered first, use green wire branches to twist on.

Twister grass fall garland is layered first, use green wire branches to twist on.

Next layer on a fall leaf garland, using green branches to twist on

Next layer on a fall leaf garland, using green branches to twist on

Now it is time to put the garland on the mantel.

Show Me Tip: Measure your mantel to determine how many garlands you will need for your Fall DIY. Green garlands and some novelty garlands are 9′ long.  Next decide how you will attach the garlands to the mantel if it is not wide enough for the garlands to lay on top. You can use nails, tea-cup hooks, wire and even C-clamps.

We used 1 of each garland for this decorating Fall project.

We used 1 of each garland for this decorating Fall project.

Half bows work well in garlands and are easy to make.

Half bows work well in garlands and are easy to make.

The half bow made out of wired ribbon coordinates with the fall color story.

The half bow made out of wired ribbon coordinates with the fall color story.

The Fall Fireplace mantel is completed with a Harvest sign, and metal pumpkins.

The Fall Fireplace mantel is completed with a Harvest sign, and metal pumpkins.

This garland could also be used on a buffet, bookcase, or as the centerpiece for your dining table.

Celebrate the season  and decorate key areas in your home for family and friends to enjoy. Choose quality ingredients, wired garlands and florals, Wired ribbon, and focal points to make a statement. Personalizing an item with the family name or initial adds a personal touch. Edit everyday decor leaving complimentary items that coordinate with your seasonal decorating.

This beautiful Country french home welcomes in the cool crisp air of fall and celebrates the harvest season. How will you decorate and celebrate?

Happy Fall Decorating y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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2013 Decorating Ingredients available now to Decorate-Halloween Candy Corn and Lollipops……Treats with Show Me Decorating Tricks

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The Lisa Frost Halloween banner was the inspiration for this fun and colorful halloween doorway!

The Lisa Frost Halloween banner was the inspiration for this fun and colorful Halloween doorway!

Show Me Decorating tip: Picking a theme (from an inspiration piece or item) or color story will help narrow selections for your decorating projects.

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Glowing orange Faux garlands will be the base for this Fun Candy Halloween garland!

Glowing orange Faux garlands will be the base for this Fun Candy Halloween garland!

Designer tip: always shape faux greenery and florals, handle each branch, pilling out and shaping for a full look. Quality wired garland is a must to attach and wire your focal and filler items, ribbon, balls, florals etc.

Designer tip: always shape faux greenery and florals, handle each branch, pulling out and shaping for a full look. Quality wired garland is a must to attach and wire your focal and filler items, ribbon, balls, florals etc.

Permanent screws have been installed in mortar around the doorway. Landscape wiring is attached and then garland is wired on by twisting the wire over and back.

Permanent screws have been installed in mortar around the doorway. Landscape wiring is attached and then garland is wired on by twisting the wire over and back.

8" Shatterproof balls are wired on 1st, colors coordinate with the inspiration banner. Matt and shiny finishes are selected for interest.

8″ Shatterproof balls are wired on 1st, colors coordinate with the inspiration banner. Matt and shiny finish are selected for interest.

All the balls are placed on first, most of these were used on the fall doorway! (could be used for Christmas is the color scheme or theme allows)

All the balls are placed on first, most of these were used on the fall doorway! (could be used for Christmas if the color scheme or theme allows)

Supplies are gathered on a blanket to protect them from the ground.

Supplies are gathered on a blanket to protect them from the ground.

Oversized candy corn and glitter florals will help complete the look. Always think in size and proportion to your doorway, and what can be seen from the street.

Oversized candy corn and glitter florals will help complete the look. Always think in size and proportion to your doorway, and what can be seen from the street.

Glitter Jack- o- Lantern faces are light weight and add in after balls are attached.

Glitter Jack o Lantern faces are light weight and add in after balls are attached.

Glitter florals add fun and color! Lime green coordinates with inspiration Lisa Frost banner!

Glitter florals add fun and color! Lime green coordinates with inspiration Lisa Frost banner!

A good Quality base is a must to allow you to wire and secure big focal points to.

A good Quality base is a must to allow you to wire and secure big focal points to.

Black and White ribbon in stripes and polka dots will add a punch to this bright orange garland!

Black and White ribbon in stripes and polka dots will add a punch to this bright orange garland!

Giant lollipops and Candy corn, match the inspiration #Lisa Frost #Halloween banner.

Giant lollipops and Candy corn, match the inspiration #Lisa Frost #Halloween banner.

To update your Halloween, add Black and white, polka dots and stripes with wired ribbon. the wider the ribbon the less it takes to make an impact. loops and tails make for a fun bow treatment. Quality ribbon will last several years.

To update your Halloween, add Black and white, polka dots and stripes with wired ribbon. the wider the ribbon the less it takes to make an impact. Loops and tails make for a fun bow treatment. Good quality ribbon will last several years.

The Lisa Frost Halloween banner was the inspiration for this fun and colorful halloween doorway!

The Lisa Frost Halloween banner was the inspiration for this fun and colorful Halloween doorway!

Ingredients: Most are available at www.ShowMeDecorating.com

7- 8″ shatterproof balls assorted colors
11- 6″ shatterproof balls
2 tubes, 4 each black assorted finish balls 4 3/4″
5- 4″ shatterproof balls
5 – Giant candy lollipops
6 – oversized #Glitterville candy corn
5 -bows, 1 10yd bolt each ribbon
18 -lime green glitter picks
3-9′  orange garlands (measure your doorway to determine how many you will need)
5- glitter jack -o- lantern heads

Halloween, Halloween Decorating,

Halloween Decorating Ingredients available now at http://www.showmedecorating.com

Candy Corn, Halloween Decorations, Ribbon, Doorway Decor

Halloween Decorating Ingredients

Happy Halloween decorating Y’all,

Kathy and Becky

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Show Me A Whimsical Look for The Magical Season

Show Me A Whimsical Entry Way for The Magical Season

Christmas Decorating, Show Me Decorating, Christmas Decorating themes, Christmas Entrance

Christmas Entrance in Whimsical colors

Elegant traditional with a touch of whimsy will please any age. These home owners recently became grandparents and wanted a child pleasing welcome for their grand front entrance. Lots of classic green and gold were used to compliment the buck and traditional style of the home. Whimsical signs with lots of white were added to the garland wreath and door way for a lively touch.

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Christmas Double Doors with Matching Teardrops

A personalized Santa list, on this wreath, will have family and friends checking to see who’s naughty or nice at the side entry.

Santa Wreath, Christmas Decorations, Show Me Decorating

Whimsical Santa Wreath

Tip: Painting a door black will give your home a dramatic curb appeal and is the perfect back drop to great seasonally designed wreathes and teardrops using the Show Me Decorating techniques.

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Show Me Decorating’s NEW home at Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store

http://caycechristmasstore.com

Everyone is working really hard to get everything done at our new location at Western Park Plaza so that we can open our doors on September 6th.

Becky and Kathy pitched in by doing a little moving of their own and then met with the Brad Hanlan of Hanlan Homes to get a status update.  Next items on the “To Do List”, are floors and ceilings.

http://caycechristmasstore.com

Moveable walls at our new location??? I think YES!  Becky and Kathy described their idea to Brad and he built us some!  Can’t wait to see how these look finished with wreaths and garlands on them.

Mobile Wall design

Mobile Wall design

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Show Me New Creative Graduation Invites

Show Me New Graduation Invites

Have you been opening mail and making a stack of Graduation invites?  Well I have, and I have been finding all these fun “new” creative invites that really show the grads personality and interest.

In case you haven’t been so fortunate to receive any, here are a few ……

Classic announcement and a picture collage

Classic announcement and a picture collage

This is a great fold out card with a picture collage

This is a great fold out card with a picture collage

Ashley created her own unique announcement, oversized card with a collection of pictures and her favorite verse.

Ashley created her own unique announcement, a card printed on both sides with a collection of pictures and her favorite verse.

What a fine young man and the invite totally reflects who he is!

What a fine young man and the invite totally reflects who he is!

Here are the sites where these cards were created

www.peartreegreetings.com

www.shutterfly.com

These unique and personal cards allow the sender to share about themselves and their future plans.

One very special young man has worked with us over the past year at Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store and we wanted to honor him with a Picnic in the Park!

Our High schoolers have open lunch and we picked a park close to the school. Coby sent out a text to all his friends with date time and location!

and the kids came!

Graduation picnic in the Park!

Graduation picnic in the Park!

Everyone loved the picnic and the weather was perfect.

We provided lunch and laid out quilts and blankets in the shade to enjoy the food and friends!

In the next post we will share the menu, recipes, and table decorations!

The honoree, Coby, who is now a Texas Tech Red Raider!

The honoree, Coby, who is now a Texas Tech Red Raider!

Happy Decorating Y’all,

get your guns up!

Becky and Kathy

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Show Me Pallets …transformation …Mother’s Day surprise!

Pallets, pallets, pallets! Have you pinned a pallet transformation? We have, there are so many great ideas and we just had to share what Kathy’s son-in-law Josh created for her daughter while she was away in Midland celebrating Mother’s day. Amanda had collected some pallets from a friend and made a suggestion to Josh for her Mother’s day present! So Josh did what all good husbands do, he went to work!

To quote Josh….

“The transformation of a piece o”!xo#@6%x” pallet to a….uh….I guess a nice little piece of patio table. …….I amaze my self sometimes! Happy mothers day!!”

love,

Josh

Pallets collected for a pallet transformation

Pallets collected for a pallet transformation

Do you see a piece of furniture? Josh must have the ability of a stone carver to see a patio table for Amanda is this junky wood!

Step one, dismantle pallets

Step one, dismantle pallets

Determine size, width, height, and began planning out the table legs, braces and table top

Table is assembled from pallet wood

Table is assembled from pallet wood

Stain you pallet project to allow the variety of wood colors to be enhanced.

Stain you pallet project to allow the variety of wood colors to be enhanced.

Finished pallet patio table!

One of our favorite finishes is a “Wipe On poly” available at Lowes
Follow directions on product .
The table would also look great painted your favorite color, distress it with sanding and then finish with a coat of swipe on poly !
Next time you see that pallet being thrown away, look close because it could be your next…???????
Happy Decorating y’all,
Kathy and Becky
Thanks Amanda and Josh for sharing your project!
Need some inspiration?
https://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/how-tuesday-upcycled-pallet-shelf/?utm_campaign=Merch&utm_medium=Internal&utm_source=Pinterest

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http://www.thestonybrookhouse.com/2012/08/sunburst-orange-ombre-pallet-sign-it-is.html

Fun painted pallets

Great site for ideas

Great site for ideas

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Show Me some mother’s love…..

Mother’s show love at so many times….. for their husbands, kiddos and family! We wanted to share with you a Mother’s treat that Amanda and her kids made to show some love to their Grana (Kathy) and Great Grandmother (Betty).

Kaydin shows Grana some love!

Kaydin shows Grana some love!

Have fun….Amanda, Kaydin and Layla,

Take this time together to teach your children about who they are making the presents for!

Here is a list of supplies that you will need:

Flower pots (hobby lobby and Walmart)
Acrylic paint (hobby lobby)
Foam Paint brushes (hobby lobby)
Painters tape (lowes)
Potting soil (lowes)
Plants (lowes)
****And lots of patience ……………..

Layla loves to paint!

Layla loves to paint!

We chose a variety of sizes and shapes, some were just $1!

We chose a variety of sizes and shapes, some were just $1!

Kaydin was super serious about his painting!

Kaydin was super serious about his painting!

Paper plates for paint colors

1. Tape of flower pots in design you want, stripes, checks, zigzags
2. Squirt one color at a time for kids to use on paper plates, put on an old t-shirt to protect clothing and cover the table or surface with a plastic drop cloth or table cloth
3. Let kids have fun and paint the un-taped parts, step back and let them have fun
4. Let dry for couple of hours, a blow dryer will speed up drying time
5. Remove tape and then tape the already painted parts
6. give pots back to kids and finish painting
7. Let dry and remove all tape.

8. now it is time to make it personal with hand prints and flowers (made with thumbprints!)

Grana’s favorite summertime drink is a “Mint Mojito” so we planted with mint!

Kaydin shows Grana some love!

Kaydin shows Grana some love!

we love our Grana, she is special and always show us some love…….

love and kisses!!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

Amanda, Kaydin and Layla

Happy decorating y’all,

thanks Amanda for the guest post,

Kathy and Becky

PS show my Grana some love and visit her new online store……

love, Kaydin

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Lisa Frost and Show Me Decorating DIY for Easter!

Lisa Frost and Show Me Decorating DIY for Easter!

Hop into a Frosty Spring! Guest Lisa Frost with the Show Me Decorating Experts

Lisa Frost….talented artist & designer shares her story in art! Her happy heart is translated thru her hands, to her brush and onto the canvas to spread her Frosty cheer throughout the land!

learn all about Lisa and her Art at

lisAfRosTstudio.com

Follow her blog for more DIY Spring and Easter!

 Lisa Frost DIY table for Easter

Lisa Frost DIY table for Easter. Her working studio is located in her home for the family to enjoy!

DIY ideas in this photo…

1. Magnetic silk Flowers attached to table runners,

shop for silk flowers in 3 sizes, small, medium and large (Variety in size and color add interest)

next cut the stem off with wire cutters

plug in your GG (Lisa’s nickname for her Glue Gun), and glue positive magnet to flower back

now attach to your table runner with another magnet

2. Jelly Bean Centerpiece

WOW your family and friends with this EASY DIY Centerpiece! Here is what you will need:

1. Tall glass cylinder

2. Branch, spray painted white

3. Internal poster-board cylinder.

I created it by eyeballing the size I would need! I rolled up a piece of poster board and measured the diameter I would need by placing it inside of the glass (that’s what I call “eyeballing”). I noted the space needed for the jelly beans to fill in around it! Marked the size with a pencil. 4. Plugged in my GG…(hot glue gun). Glued the poster board into a cylinder and stuffed the cylinder with florist foam, added the tree branch and stuffed it with newspaper. 5. Set the paper cylinder inside of the glass. 6. Separated the jelly beans by color… 7. Arranged them by color… 8. Layered them inside… 9. Ta-da!!!!

Happy Easter… xox lisA

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3. Ostrich Eggs with monograms!

Easter eggs decorated with food writer

Easter eggs decorated with edible food writers

Edible Color Markers are a great way to decorate eggs… Lisa’s tips

1. use a pattern in one color and repeat over entire egg

2. use small, medium and large patterns for interest

3. fill a basket

great DIY for any age

Thank you Lisa Frost for sharing!

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Happy Decorating yall,

Kathy and Becky

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Hop on in…and Celebrate Easter! (then Spring!)

Hop on in…and Celebrate Easter! All the Easter Egg hunters welcome! Grab your baskets, ready set, hunt…….

Ingredient List

From www.ShowMeDecorating.com  40% Off Select Easter & Spring Through March 22!

From your local hobby store

  • Easter Eggs and Metal Wire
Hop on in...everyone is welcome!

Hop on in…everyone is welcome!

The new online store  ShowMeDecorating has a great selection of ingredients to decorate your door or entranceway for Easter and then change out for Spring! Invest in basic key ingredients and get double and even triple use or seasons!

Key ingredients, wreath, ribbon, focal points

Key ingredients, wreath, ribbon, focal points

Step 1: shape out the Twister grass wreath and Bright Multi Flower garland

Bright Multi Flower garland

Bright Multi Flower garland

Twister Grass Wreath

Twister Grass Wreath

Step 2:  Lay the Bright Multi Flower garland on top of the wreath and attach by using the wired branches to twist together. (If you are unsure, use green pipe cleaners in short pieces to attach together)

Twisty Grass Wreath with Bright Multi Flower Garland

Twisty Grass Wreath with Bright Multi Flower Garland

After wrapping the Bright Multi Flower Garland on the wreath, the extra length was left to swag down!

Closeup of attaching Wreath and Garland

Closeup of attaching Wreath and Garland

2 single loop bows, (1yd each) 1 tail (2yds)

2 single loop bows, (1yd each) 1 tail (2yds)

Bows and tail added to wreath

Bows and tail added to wreath

Happy Easter sign is wired on

Happy Easter sign is wired on

Metal hanging flower wired on

Metal hanging flower wired on

Hop on in...everyone is welcome!

Hop on in…everyone is welcome!

The egg “ribbon” was easy, floral wire threaded through the holes in the plastic eggs, the end of the wire was curled to hold first egg in place and then more eggs added in a variety of color and designs, leave enough wire to attach to your wreath. This is fun addition and when I remove the eggs and happy Easter sign I can add a spring sign and flip flops to welcome warmer weather!

Step 1 Easter egg "Ribbon"

Step 1 Easter egg “Ribbon”

Step 2 Thread on more eggs

Step 2 Thread on more eggs

Step 3 Use a variety of color,size and designs

Step 3 Use a variety of color,size and designs

Step 4 Make 3"Ribbons" for this wreath

Step 4 Make 3″Ribbons” for this wreath

pin it button

Step 5 Wire on to wreath, or hang from a chandelier or garland or ?????

Step 5 Wire on to wreath, or hang from a chandelier or garland or ?????

With the left over Ribbon from my 10yd bolt of Pink Glitter Coral Ribbon I tied bows with streamers and added to the base of my Chandelier!

Even the Chandelier gets dressed for Easter  Glitter Coral Ribbon

Even the Chandelier gets dressed for Easter Glitter Coral Ribbon Bow

I attached plastic Easter eggs to the floral wire holding the glitter bows! 2 -2yd bows

For all your Spring and Easter supplies visit www.ShowMeDecorating,com

Happy decorating y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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Show Me Easy Easter Simplicity!

Show Me Easy Easter Simplicity!     

Focal Point

Floral

Ribbon

I love to create and make arts and crafts projects, painting, papers,florals etc. However with my busy lifestyle the DIY doesn’t always get done. So I choose to decorate with all the great product that is ready made!

I love to decorate seasonally too, and my go to for simple and easy DIY is great ingredients and products available online at www.ShowMeDecorating.com

Ingredients List

From www.ShowMeDecorating.com & Others:

1 x “Season of Hope” Wood Blocks

1 x 5′ Bright Multi Flower Garland

1 x Bolt of Simply Natural Lime Ribbon

1 x MacKenzie-Childs Dish

1 x Easter Bunny from the heart

1 x Set of Easter Eggs from your local hobby store

 

Here is my…

Before…

Before, decorating with Becky McCraney @showmedecorate

After…

Happy Easter display greets visitors and guest!

Happy Easter display greets visitors and guest!

Finding a location in your home to change out and decorate seasonally is key! A front entry table, fireplace mantel, shelf, kitchen island or buffet, choose an area you and your family will enjoy!

Start with your key ingredients…….Focal point, floral, and ribbon

Focal point: Season of Hope Blocks (you could paint your own by cutting a wood 2×4 in varied sizes, priming, painting different colors, and stenciling letters)

Floral: Bright Multi Flower Garland 5′ long, this is a wired and wrapped garland that shapes out and stays where you put it!

Ribbon: Bright lime green ribbon adds the finishing touch to this Easter display

Bright Multi Flower garland 5'

Bright Multi Flower garland 5′

Bright Multi Flower Garland at www.ShowMeDecorating.com

Be sure and shape out your wired garland, see how much it opens out and how full it becomes!

Simply Natural Lime Ribbon,

Simply Natural Lime Ribbon, 2yds of ribbon, make 1 loop and secure with floral wire then attach to lamp for a finishing touch

Simply Natural Lime Ribbon On Sale at www.ShowMeDecorating.com

Season of Hope Wood Blocks at www.ShowMeDecorating.com

Wired garland is wrapped onto the lamp base

Wired garland is wrapped onto the lamp base

Bright Multi Flower Garland at www.ShowMeDecorating.com

Work garland around blocks and compote, let it curl off the side of table

Work garland around blocks and dish, let it curl off the side of table

Check your spelling! lol

Check your spelling! lol

Rebecca's favorite Easter bunny nestled in MacKenzie-Childs compote

Rebecca’s favorite #Easter bunny nestled in #MacKenzie-Childs dish.

Almost finished entry display ...

Almost finished entry display …

At this point I felt like it needed something…. and ribbon was the answer! The green ribbon is a great balance and adds a brightness to this fun Easter display!

Happy Easter display greets visitors and guest!

Happy Easter display greets visitors and guest!

Easter is truly a Season of Hope! The silver cross signifies the risen Savior we celebrate!

For your Easter family celebration, here is a family favorite dish at ours!

Kathy’s Asparagus Pea Casserole

4 cans asparagus drained
2 cans Le Sueur peas, drained
1 can chopped or sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 c milk
2 c grated Colby-jack cheese
6 slices whole grain nutty bread
1 stick butter
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Mix peas, cream of mushroom soup and milk, stir in salt and pepper.
Melt stick of butter, slice bread in 2 inch strips or thirds. Layer asparagus on bottom of a 9×13 dish sprayed with Pam, then  sprinkle chopped water chestnuts over asparagus, spread on soup mixture, sprinkle cheese over top. Dip strips of bread in butter, lay on top of cheese to completely cover, bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 min until completely heated and bread is toasted!

Delicious!

Happy Decorating Y’all,

Becky and Kathy

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Valentine/ Birthday Celebration!

Welcome to my Valentine/ Birthday party!

Welcome to my Valentine/ Birthday party!

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My door is the 1st impression of the theme of the party!, Love the inspiration from my Lisa Frost Valentine heart!

My door is the 1st impression of the theme of the party! Love the inspiration from my Lisa Frost Valentine heart!

Miss Cayce’s is celebrating 29 years (1984) in business in the Permian basin. because we are a seasonal store and we have lots of women that work for us and they change sometimes from season to season it was hard to keep up with birthdays, you would remember some and celebrate and forget others and have hurt feelings! So years ago we instituted a policy, if your birthday falls during our open season, you are responsible for celebrating and inviting us to the party! We have had catered lunches, complete with cake and party favors, and if you don’t throw your own celebration you cannot be upset if no one knows! Because my birthday is in February, the 12th to be exact, and close to Valentines day (one of my favorites) I throw myself a Valentine/Birthday party and invite my friends and family. This year was especially special because my little sister Jennifer and our Show Me Decorating team, Sal and Lanisa (from San Antonio) surprised me!

Sister Jennifer (San Antonio Show me Team) Kathy, Betty (mom) and me!

Sister Jennifer (San Antonio Show Me Team) Kathy, Betty (mom) and me!

I requested everyone to wear red, pink or black and white.

Handmade and hand delivered! Using Valentine inspired scrap book paper and glue stick!

Handmade and hand delivered! Using Valentine inspired scrap book paper and glue stick!

I fixed my favorite lunch menu:

Tomato Basil Soup

Brown ‘n serve sandwiches

Salad with Strawberries and balsamic dressing

assorted desserts from Pinterest

Antique dishes, oblong plates with matching punch cups (borrowed from Alta Lynn) were perfect for my menu!

Antique dishes, oblong plates with matching punch cups (borrowed from Alta Lynn) were perfect for my menu!

 Betty & Tammy help themselves to assorted treats! Black and white serving pieces coordinate with party theme!

Betty & Tammy help themselves to assorted treats! Black and white serving pieces coordinate with party theme!

This year I found a drink on Pinterest where you dipped the clear glass in white icing and then in colored sprinkles!

My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca, were great helpers for the celebration!

My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca, were great helpers for the celebration!

My husband Mark and daughter Rebecca were kind enough to serve and help, and clean up!

Drink:

Fresca

splash of cranberry

twist of lime and

optional: vanilla infused Vodka

pour in a shaker with ice and shake, pour in sprinkle rimmed glass

Shaken and cold! Delicious!

Shaken and cold! Delicious!

Birthday glass for the birthday girl! glass rimmed with birthday sprinkles!

Birthday glass for the birthday girl! glass rimmed with birthday sprinkles!

I love love love pinterest! I get so many ideas and want to always try new ideas, especially food and desserts!

my desserts were

Red Velvet brownies

Red Velvet brownies

Red velvet brownies (cut with a heart shape cookie cutter)

Strawberry lemonade bars

Strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese glaze

Brownies, Strawberry cupcakes and pink lemonade bars

Three layer Brownies, Strawberry cupcakes and pink lemonade bars

chocolate dipped strawberries

and my all time favorite,

Three Layer Brownies

1 cup butter

4 squares unsweetened chocolate

1 1/2 t vanilla

2 c sugar

1 c flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. melt chocolate with butter, cool and add other ingredients. mix well, but do not beat. Put in a greased and floured 10x 15 pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. cool.

Spread with icing made from 1/2 c soft butter, 3 cups sifted powered sugar, few drops cream and 1t vanilla. Smooth as evenly as possible. chill slightly

Glaze with 1/2 c butter melted with 2 squares unsweetened chocolate and cooled.

These freeze well. I love this recipe because I made the week before, drizzled with white chocolate tinted pink and froze.

I collect recipes from friends when I attend an event or party and like the food served.This recipe was given to me by my good friend Cliffy who served these at a reception.

These sandwiches also freeze well and are perfect for a brunch lunch or late dinner! I made the week before and made extra to store in the freezer.

Baked Sandwiches, Yum!

Baked Sandwiches, Yum!

Brown n serve Sandwiches

1 pkg brown n serve rolls (split in the middle) I used Hawaiian rolls

1 pound shaved deli ham

1 pkg sliced swiss cheese

sauce:

1 stick butter

2 Tbls sugar

1 Tbls chopped onion

1 Tbls Worcestershire sauce

2 tbls poppy seeds

2 Tbls Dijon mustard

salt and pepper

Saute onion in butter, add remaining ingredients. stir till sugar is dissolved and mixed well (I mix all and microwave for a couple of minutes really quick)

Separate and slice open rolls, brush inside (one side) with the sauce, layer cheese and a thin layer of ham. replace top, pour sauce over rolls and bake on 350 for 30 minutes.

These are delicious dipped in raspberry chipotle jelly!

I search magazines, the internet and Pinterest for recipes to try, I print them and make them for events and if I get good reviews I keep and if not I toss! (red velvet brownies)

My bestest friend of 27 years, past catering partner and Miss Cayce’s employee Alta Lynn Gerlach shared this soup recipe because she knew I loved La Madeline’s tomato basil soup!

Tomato soup made the day before and served from my crockpot!

Tomato soup made the day before and served from my crock pot!

This was inspired by La Madeleine’s Tomato basil soup, a favorite of ours when we go to market

La Madaltalynn’s (from Alta Lynn Gerlach)

1 stick melted butter

1 large 28 oz can tomato puree

1 can chicken broth

4 Tbls Basil

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup whipping cream

Mix all ingredients except whipping cream.

Heat until warm and then add whipping cream right before serving. Do not boil.

garnish with fresh chopped basil

Life is sweet! especially when you have awesome family and friends!

Life is sweet! especially when you have awesome family and friends!

The guest arrived in Red, pink and black and white!

The guest arrived in Red, pink and black and white!

Even my granddaughter enjoyed the soup!

Even my granddaughter enjoyed the soup!

Sal and Lanisa, the Show Me team from San Antonio

Sal and Lanisa, the Show Me team from San Antonio

The top of the piano is a great area to decorate seasonally

The top of the piano is a great area to decorate seasonally

A command hook place upside down, on the inside of the cabinet will hold a shiny red heart!

A command hook place upside down, on the inside of the cabinet will hold a shiny red heart!

Sheer pink ribbon attaches to command hook to hold the heart!

Sheer pink ribbon attached to command hook to hold the heart!

The chandelier is a great place to add seasonal decorations!

The chandelier is a great place to add seasonal decorations!

My son, Price surprised me with a visit and gift!

My son, Price surprised me with a visit and gift!

Ethan delivered the gift! Perfect for my bedroom!

Ethan delivered the gift! Perfect for my bedroom!

No birthday would be complete without gifts to open!

No birthday would be complete without gifts to open!

My birthday party was recently featured with my favorite recipes in the Midland Monthly! Check it out!

http://midlandmonthly.com/more-than-just-a-christmas-store/

 Happy Decorating Y’all,
Becky and Kathy
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