Currier And Ives

Currier & Ives Picture

Currier And Ives were the most prolific and successful company of lithographers in the U.S. Their lithographs represented every phase of American life, and included the themes of hunting, fishing, whaling, city life, rural scenes, historical scenes, clipper ships, yachts, steamships, the Mississippi River, Hudson River scenes, railroads, politics, comedy, gold mining, winter scenes, commentary […]

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2014 Memories

Winter Wunderland

Hello charming friends, It was so nice, and enjoyable, to have taken a week off. It was difficult the first two days then I just flowed into enjoying time with family and friends during the holidays.  I hope your Christmas and New Year celebrations were filled with joy. With 2014 ending, and a new year […]

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Merry Christmas


Hello friends, just wanted to wish you all a great holiday! Hoping your time with family and friends are merry ones! I'll be taking a short break to enjoy the holiday with our family and friends.  See you after the first of the year! Enjoy! Follow

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Christmas Table Setting Cottage Style

Red transferware,

Christmas is only 3 days away! When I entertain it's never very formal.  You know I love to cook but I’m a totally casual person, and so is my home. Most of the Charmers furnishing were purchased from thrift store and barn sale finds. My farmhouse table was a steal from a barn sale I […]

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Cozy Christmas Kitchen

red transferware, ironstone pitchers

If there's one place I want to be in the Charmer it's in my Cozy Christmas Kitchen! I love my kitchen, now that doesn't mean there aren't things I wouldn't change about it, there is. But when I walk in to the kitchen I have such a wave of being enveloped in the warmest feeling! […]

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Christmas In Our Master Bedroom And Dressing Room

Tartan Throw, teapot, teacup

I was planning on sharing our Cozy Christmas Kitchen with you, but to be honest I'm feeling a tad tired today.  There's so many photos (300) to edit that I switched gears and I'm sharing Christmas In Our Master Bedroom and Dressing Room. Follow

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Large Batch Cocktails


Serving mixed drinks at a party can be a tricky business.  You could have someone serve drinks, or you could leave a bunch of mixers and liquor out.  A great solution is to offer large batch cocktails (mixed drinks) that you make before the party and you won't have to worry about! Margaritas It's easy […]

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Sophisticated Deviled Eggs

Pesto Deviled Eggs

For my taste, any deviled egg is a good egg!  Mr. C loves deviled eggs, but my taste buds wanted a more sophisticated deviled egg. Pesto Deviled Eggs is an alternative to the classic with a few alternative ingredients! I use Costco organic eggs (2 dozen for under $7). Pesto Deviled Eggs makes a great […]

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Christmas Living Area

vintage soup tureen, red tea cups

Hello Everyone, I'm excited to be able to share with you more of our Christmas Home Tour! A few days ago was A Charming Christmas Dining Room and today is our Christmas Living Area.  It's hard taking photos in the Charmer because she is a long house (front to back) and not very wide. I […]

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Torta

Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Crostini

The holiday season is upon us and we are busy decorating and planning/attending parties.  One, go to appetizer, I serve during the holidays is Sun-Dried Tomato and Pesto Torta.  It is excellent! It is a real buffet centerpiece with brilliant layers of red, white and green alternating to create a beautiful and impressive hors d'oeuvre.  […]

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