Sunday, November 18, 2012

One for you, three for me.

One for you, three for me.

We've all played that game when divvying up candy
 between friends when we were children.
Haven't we?

Well, after winning not 1, not 2, but 3 blog giveaways in the past
few weeks, I'm feeling a bit like a greedy child hoarding all the candy!

We finally had our bedroom floors refinished this week, and even with the windows
cracked open, the smell of varnish has permeated our house. 

My latest (and final) win could not have come at a better time!
I won this set of soy based candles from Kelly at Coastal Cottage Dreams.

Lucky for me, I chose a Pumpkin Souffle scented candle.
Now, at least our house will smell like Thanksgiving, even though I'm
not the one baking the pumpkin pies!  I also chose a lavender scented
candle that I'll use upstairs when the dust settles.

Kelly's home.

If Coastal Cottage Dreams sounds familiar, it's because Kelly's beautiful living room
 was featured just this week at Savvy Southern Style.  Kelly has recently
relocated to Beaufort, SC.  She's left the corporate world and started her very own
 organic soy candle company Palmetto Wicks.  Be sure to stop by to check out
 her candles and get a peek at her gorgeous house while you're there!

Thank you, Kelly!

Well dust or no dust, I gave in and dug out the cornucopia.

Of course I have an old truck for every occasion.

This green truck is custom made for hauling candles.
I know my family will find this hard to believe, but I do watch the Food Network!
Most folks get inspired to improve their cooking skills.  Me?  Well.......
I got inspired by Alton Brown to stamp "Good Eats" on my poster board leaves.
Good eats.  If you say it, it will be so.  That's my motto this Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I've been looking through cookbooks for
 new dessert recipes and found one I haven't made yet, but I think sounds interesting.
  It's a Christmas recipe that was published in a local centennial cookbook,
but I see no reason it couldn't be served after Thanksgiving dinner.

 If you make it, please let me know how it turns out!

Now for some sage advice during this holiday thyme,
"Don't bake and drive!"

And one more little peep before I sign off.

Our little country mouse turned two today!
Happy Birthday Finley!!!
(xxoo, DeeDee)
 Happy Thanksgiving y'all! Paula Dean inspiration.

*I purchased the felted mouse ornament at Three Rooms in Edina, MN.  I was
able to locate them online, but they come in a set of 6.


  1. Congrats on your wins!!! Fun to be on a winning streak you may want to play lotto! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  2. I love your old toy trucks in your vignettes. Perfect with the candles and abundant cornucopia!

  3. Happy Birthday Little Miss Finley!!

    I love, love, love that wee little mousie! I haven't seen her make an appearance yet and I'm smitten. Love the 2 o'clock too. Clever girl.

    Another vehicle I haven't seen before too (no wonder you can't move in your garage). We used to have a blue VW truck much like this in the 60's. I've never seen a toy truck like it. You've got the eye.

    My deepest sympathies on the floor re-do dust and varnish smell... hope things are getting better day by day.

    Great mantle and I love the recipe. he he Congrats too on your third big win (everything does happen in threes)! I'd love to try your caramel recipe. They look delish. I've never had any success with candy making though. I may have to be brave and give it a go. Don't let your mousie get too close to the caramels... you know how hard that stuff would be to get out of fur. :)

  4. I love everything in your post, but I'm in love with that adorable mouse. where did you find that sweetie?

  5. your mantle is beautiful! I love the truck so much almost as much as i love that mouse, now that is a cutie!!!Yummy cake too!

  6. Oh Happy Birthday Finley! Your mantel is adorable, now I need to start hunting for those old rusty trucks! Congrats on your wins! I've been pretty lucky lately myself. hugs, Linda

  7. You are a lucky one! I love that little mouse. He is adorable. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  8. What a nice win at an appropriate time. Your mantel looks great. Love that little truck.


  9. Oh how I love that little mouse - does he have a little truck of his own from your wonderful collection ?
    Happy Birthday to Finley and congrats on all your wins !

  10. oh my, but, that mouse is so sweet! congrats on your wins, vickie, you lucky girl! happy bday to finley--love that name:) and your floors look beautiful!

  11. Haha! When I read the title to the post - I thought that was in some way a reference to Finley's 'way of life.' ;0) Love the mouse (and the last pic). Finley is going to call when she wakes up from her nap...ooh, I think I hear her now! ;0)

    Love you DeeDee!

  12. You are the luckiest blogger I know. Not only do you win all the giveaways, but you find the best deals at garage sales and stuff. You must be thrilled to have the floors done! I like your mantle - especially the candle-haulin' truck!

  13. Loving the little mice! Very fun to win 3 giveaways! Love hardwood floors! My "vintage" rambler has them. I have a sweet little red toy truck that is fun to decorate with...pretty soon it will be hauling trees!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  14. Oh my goodness. That recipe. I don't know why but that makes me laugh out loud every time. ;) Hehehehehehehe. I have the exact same truck!!!!

  15. love the truck and the wee lil mouse!!
    happy thanksgiving!

  16. This year I am thankful for my blogging friend on the iron range. Her posts make me smile.


  17. Love your wonderful mantel, Vickie, and that little mouse is adorable! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!

  18. Lucky you, on winning so many giveaways!! Delightful post as always, and I love your little green truck with the candles. Have a great Thanksgiving celebration, Vickie!
    Mary Alice

  19. Vickie, your floors look great-good thing you won the candles to help with the smell. Caongrats on your lucky wins! Love the truck with the candles.The little mousie is sooo cute. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  20. I'm glad your floors are finished in time for the holidays. Congratulations on your windfall of giveaways. I think I am in love with your little mouse. He is too cute for words!

  21. You have been quite the lucky girl of late congratulations. That Christmas rum cake sounds divine!
    Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

  22. I also won one of those fabulous Pumpkin candles! I will need to order more!!!
    Thanks for the rum cake recipe... I giggled all the way through it! Now that is a happy baker!

  23. Congrats on your wins! I bet those candles smell wonderful. I love your festive Thanksgiving decor. And....that darling little mouse. I'm going to go check out that site too!

  24. OMG, I just skimmed over that recipe until Jules mentioned it. Hilarious!

  25. Hey, when your hot, your hot! Congrats on all your giveaway winnings, that's nothing to feel bad about. Your floors look just beautiful and so does that mantle. Oh and does that advice about driving and baking apply if you are in a motorhome? Just wondering? Have a lovely Thanksgiving!


  26. You have been soooo lucky!!
    Loving the way the floors look!
    Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!

  27. Vickie, I love all your trucks and rhe way you display them!
    That little mouse is so cute...
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. Vickie, I love your style. The cute little mouse, the candy, the trucks holding the candles, the mantle. Congrats on your giveaway wins. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


  29. I love reading your posts Vickie, they always put a smile on my face. What a cute little mouse...and there it is, another awesome little truck. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  30. Love your little felt mouse, so sweet. Hope you had a wonderful turkey day, Laura

  31. Thanks for your post on my candle giveaway. I am glad that you like them! Again your post is so adorable, love the little mouse!


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