Happy Holidays Y’all!! Welcome to the last Family Joy Blog Link Party of 2016. We are so glad that you are joining us this week to showcase your awesome posts.
I can’t believe this year is almost over, it’s come and gone so fast. This month has been crazy around here and I’m ready for some down time. (And then, after about 5 minutes down, I’ll start working again.)
My mind is full of new recipes I want to work on in 2017 plus a kitchen redo that will involve lots of paint! I hope you’ll visit my site often to see what I’ve been up to and check on the progress of my projects.
I’m so glad you’re joining us the week and can’t wait to see the great posts you share! Don’t forget the follow your hosts and check out the Recipes, DIY Projects, Christmas posts and more by your fellow bloggers.
We will be taking a break from the Link Party for the next two Sundays, Christmas Day and New Years Day, but will be getting back in the swing of things the following week!
I wish you all a very happy holiday season and thank you so much for sharing with us this week!!
For weeks, I’ve been dreaming of Vintage Christmas Mantle Décor. I wanted to do this using an old beat up window and the wooden spools I used at Thanksgiving as pumpkin stands.
Unfortunately, I seem to be in slow motion this holiday season. The last few weeks have been stressful around my house leaving no time for anything extra! Not even something fun like decorating for Christmas.
Luckily, I was able to fit it in this past week and I’m so please with the results. Being short on time and money, I decided that décor for the holidays this year was going to be very minimal. No live tree or even worse, multiple trees and décor on every flat surface in the house. That’s just more than I can handle this year. My goal for this project was to spend as little as possible and get it done as quickly as possible. I met this small goal and now can breathe a sigh of relief.
This old window that I picked up at the Flea Market a while back was my focal point for the mantle project. The wooden spools were the other piece I wanted added into my holiday décor project. They didn’t really fit into the Mantle I had in mind so I used them on the dresser in the entrance hall next to some beautiful pink glittery poinsettia’s.
I also used the spools in my Thanksgiving décor, which you can see here.
The Supplies Used
The purchases I made were minimal and equaled less than $40. Everything else I already had and have used in one way or another for Christmas décor for years.
At Pier One, I bought the little pearl berry wreath for $14.99 and the green ribbon was $7.99. I picked up the Christmas balls that are shown on the wooden spools at Hobby Lobby 1/2 price for about $7.50. I also got the fluffy, sparkly white garland on half price at Hobby Lobby for about $5.
The battery operated lights (as seen in the window) along with all the other items were already part of my collection. As a matter of fact, most of this I have collected over the years after Christmas at various places for 50-75% off the regular prices.
I was going to repaint the window and make it “prettier”, but after cleaning it up, I decided I like it just like it is! It’s old and shows it’s wear and tear just like any good vintage piece!
And this is it!
I love how my Vintage Christmas Mantle Décor turned out! The little trees on the fireplace normally flank the front door on the porch, but hey, I wanted to use them inside this time!
The front of the house is decorated with a cool new item that I found called the Star Shower Motion Laser Light. (See the link below to order yours today!)
It’s so worth the money. Love, love, love this! Now we have lights all over the front of the house via the “laser shower” and it was as easy as putting a stake in the ground and plugging it in. No ladders involved! It’s so great!!
My hope is that this will inspire you to reuse items you already have by repurposing them to suit your current décor needs. I do this all the time and find that it’s way easier on the pocketbook. And it’s always fun to see what you can create new out of something old.
That’s my Christmas décor for this year. It’s not much but it’s beautiful and just my style. It’s plenty for the low key holiday we will be having this year.
I seriously cannot believe that it’s almost time for Christmas 2016! It’s come up so fast this year and I feel like I’ve been caught off guard.
The last few weeks have been seriously busy and stressful for me and my family, with travel, house guests, surgeries and illnesses. To say we’ve been busy is putting it really lightly. I will continue to pray and be hopeful that all that is behind us now and we can move forward in the spirit of the season grateful, healthy and with patience and love for each other.
Today, the Family Joy Blog Link Party #47 opens it’s doors for you to share your family friendly posts, including recipes, DIY Projects, Home Décor, Holiday Décor, Sewing, Homesteading, Homeschooling and more!
We are all really looking forward to seeing all the great posts that you add this week! Please remember to follow your hosts and visit your fellow bloggers sites to read their posts, or pin them for later.
I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a New Year that brings you joy, peace and good health!
Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce
Want a healthier, less “carby” plate of spaghetti and meatballs? Did you say YES?? Then yummy Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash is just what you need. Really, I am so in love with pasta, that I thought nothing could take it’s place. But Spaghetti Squash does a pretty great job and it’s good for you too!!
The marinara sauce is made with both canned and fresh tomatoes, onions, and fresh basil. It was quick and easy and all cooked in one pan. It tastes fresh and light, not heavy like a traditional tomato sauce and pairs so nicely with the baked spaghetti squash.
I stuffed the meatballs with mozzarella pearls for a little added “surprise”. This is totally optional and doesn’t really add that much flavor but it’s perfect if you want to impress your guests!
You’re gonna love these delicious melt in your mouth meatballs and spaghetti squash with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and some garlic bread!!
I would love it if you would share this on Pinterest!
Meatballs and Spaghetti Squash with Marinara Sauce
1 large spaghetti squash halved-seeds removed
1 cup of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 slice wet bread
1/4 cup parmesan or romano cheese
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup milk
1 lb ground beef or pork
1 large chopped tomato
1 small chopped onion
1 large clove of garlic chopped
1 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp salt
4 fresh basil leaves coarsely chopped
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
1 package mozzarella pearls (optional)
Cut 1 large spaghetti squash in half, remove the seeds and then bake on 350 for about 30-45 minutes or until the squash is tender.
Prepare the Marinara sauce. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil until softened and clear. Add the fresh tomato, and cook for about 2 minutes. Then add the canned tomatoes, salt, red pepper flakes and basil. Stir well and let simmer on low heat.
To make the meatballs, mix the egg, bread crumbs and slice of bread (moistened with water or milk). Add the cheese, salt and milk to the egg mixture, then finish by adding the meat. Mix well with mixer or your hands, incorporating all ingredients well.
Roll the meatballs, adding the mozzarella to the middle of each one. Then place the meatballs in the sauce on the stove. Cover and let it cook for about 1 hour or until the meat is cooked through.
Serve atop the baked spaghetti squash or any pasta of your choice
The holidays are underway with lights and trees going up, the wonderful smell of cinnamon spice in the air, excitement and joy all around! It’s such an exciting time of the year!!
I know my grandchildren are all really excited about Santa’s upcoming visit. And my favorite part is plotting and planning what I will buy for gifts, what new recipes to try and the most important of course, how will I decorate the mantle? Which by the way, has not been done yet. 🙁
This is also such a busy time for all the bloggers out there, baking, creating and writing up a storm. Now it’s time to showcase all that hard work and where better than the Family Joy Blog Link Party?!
Thanks for joining us for the party this week where you can share all your Family Friendly posts including Recipes, Homeschooling, DIY projects, Crafts, Sewing, and more!
Please be sweet and follow all your hosts on social media and have fun going through all the wonderful posts!
I can’t wait to see all the new posts that are added this week!!!