Friday, November 28, 2008

Time To Deck The Halls!

I know, Abby! We ate too much turkey AND pie, but it's time to get to work! For we need a little Christmas, right this VERY minute! I'll be buried in boxes for the next few days, but be sure to stop by for the big Christmas reveal...
Have a wonderful weekend!
Victoria Lynn (and Abby)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Is it done yet?

Just waiting on the turkey...Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Victoria Lynn

Monday, November 24, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving from Tennessee

This Thanksgiving I am blessed to be celebrating my first in my new home, in Tennessee. God has richly provided for my every need and I give Him thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Rachel and I will be celebrating the day with a visit from friends, who are coming in from Ohio. I am making a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings! This year I'm sticking with my "northern" recipes. Maybe next year I'll try some new "southern" recipes! I do have one recipe that has southern roots that I'll be preparing....Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Pie! So, if that sounds good to you, here is the recipe:

Chocolate Pecan Bourbon Pie

Fit a piecrust into a 9" pieplate. Fold the edges under and crimp. Whisk together 4 large eggs, 1 cup light corn syrup, 6 Tbsp. butter (melted), 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup brown sugar (firmly packed), 3 Tbsp. bourbon, 1 Tbsp. flour and 1 Tbsp. vanilla. Stir until thoroughly blended. Stir in 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans and 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels. Pour mixture into the piecrust. Place pie on baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees on the lowest oven rack for 55 minutes, or until set. (Knife comes out clean when poked near center) Cool on a wire rack 1 hour or until completely cool. Serve warm with ice cream or whipped cream...YUM!!!
I want to wish all my blogging friends a very Happy Thanksgiving! What are y'all doing for the holiday?! I am thankful for each one of you, God bless!

Victoria Lynn

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6 -7

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


It's official...a new baby!! Let me daughter, Rachel recently got a new job (applause and bow, Rachel!). I'm so proud of her, they hired her mainly on her fabulous smile and personality! It's her first "big girl job" and she's very excited! She starts her new job tomorrow. There was only one "little" problem. She sold her car when we left Washington. So today she took me car shopping. And here's what she decided on... A very shiny, red Volvo! Her new BABY!!Can you tell she inherited my love of shiny red things?! She named her Ruby Tuesday. (She got that naming thing from me too!) So here's to you, Rachel! I'm so proud of you, for the bright, fun and yes, shiny person you have become! I LOVE YOU! Mum

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Turkeys Everywhere!

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the food, and the fact that it's a holiday just about sharing a meal with friends and family. The turkey dinner is probably my favorite meal. Thanksgiving is kind of the "lost holiday" when it comes to decorating. I collect vintage turkeys. I thought I would share my turkeys and other Thanksgiving decorations...

I'm working on some finishing touches in my kitchen, I'll post pictures soon! Have a thankful week!
Victoria Lynn

Friday, November 7, 2008

I Heart Goodwill!!

I love shopping at Goodwill stores! Here are some recent finds that I "shabbied up"!

This first project is one of my favorite Home Decorator's mirrors. These babies were made in the 1960's and 1970's. I just can never have enough of them! They usually run between $12 in junk stores to $30 at antique malls. I snagged this one for $3.99! Did I say I LOVE GOODWILL?!! It was badly painted a red color and not all of the gold had been covered, what WERE they thinking?

AHHH...much better! I sprayed a layer of KILZ and then used Krylon glossy white to finish.

I had a blank spot on my bedroom fit perfectly! I love how mirrors open up a room!

My next project is a mahogany "telephone table", probably from the 1930's - 1940's. This table was $7.99! It had water rings and staining, and the finish was bubbling up. It's really funny, on the bottom someone had written with a marker, " Property of Harriet Jones, loaned to my nephew at the rental house, house partially furnished." I guess she was worried her nephew was going to steal her furniture! I lightly sanded the bubbles out of the finish, sprayed two layers of KILZ and then finished it with Krylon glossy white. This table makes a perfect tea table in my bedroom!


I have been painting my kitchen, it is taking forever! I bought Behr paint, and I learned a good lesson - it is better to splurge and get good paint than it is to have to paint everything with 4 coats! Anyways, I am working on curtains and a chandelier for the kitchen, then I will post some photos!

I wish everyone a safe and relaxing weekend...get out and see the beauty of Autumn if you can!

Victoria Lynn

Monday, November 3, 2008

Autumn In Tennessee

It was cold here a week ago, it got into the low 30's and we had a good frost. The frost has made the trees look like they are painted with many beautiful colors. This week is sunny and in the mid 70's...Rachel and I grabbed the camera and Sophie and took a walk around our neighborhood. I wanted to share some of the gorgeous trees that God created...

This afternoon we got in the car and went for a drive...we live close to a National Park called Natchez Trace Parkway. You get on this little highway that winds over bridges and through the trees. It is so serene and beautiful...

I want to say thanks to God, our creator, for thinking of surrounding us with such beauty!! I hope you enjoyed sharing Tennessee in the Autumn.

Victoria Lynn