JOY door swag

I oh so love to decorate for Christmas, adding a little something each year.  I saw something similar to this in the garnet hill catalog and thought it was just lovely.  Then I recalled I am decorating on a budget this year. I pulled together a few things I had around the house and saw that hobby lobby had their wood letters on sale, score!

Burlap Ribbon left over from this wreath.
Wooden letters   
Craft paint
Modge Podge left over from these ornaments
Glue gun
random glitter
Glitter spray paint left over from this mercury glass tutorial

I think this is pretty self explanatory, paint, glitter and more glitter the mess out of those letters.  Then use the glue gun to adhere the letters to a long strip of burlap ribbon.  Then hang them over a door, I actually stapled them to the top of the door (shhhh don’t tell husband). 

Christmas Key Ornament

Trim your tree with shapely vintage (reproduction)  keys hanging from pretty ribbons.  These are so versatile making them a great gift also.


Keys ( I ordered my vintage reproduction keys on ebay )
Glitter Spray Paint, or other colors if you want
Ribbons, also in various colors
loose glitter if you desire

I made sure they keys were clean and free from rust with a small brass brush.

 I liked the dark color of the keys so I simply sprayed with glitter giving them sparkle and Christmas pizazz.  ( If you are worried about the glitter not sticking you can do a light coat of clear acrylic over the glitter, or modge podge ). Then I tied them with ribbon and hung them on the tree.

Its humid here so I had to bring the keys in and let them dry overnight.  A little trick for letting them dry completely.  Thread a wooden skewer through the keys and then hang them over the mouth of a tupperware container or old pickle jar.

I think these would be pretty done in white with blue ribbon. 

Creamy Cajun Chicken

This is a fool proof perfectly easy dinner and it all happens in one pot.

– 2 chicken breast, thinly sliced
– 1 -2 Tablespoons of cajun seasonings
– 1 package (9 oz.) of fresh linguine
– 2 Tablespoons of butter
– 2 green onions, thinly slices
– 1 cup of heavy cream
– 1/2 cup of milk
– 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
– 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (good stuff, not that shaky mess in the can)
– 2 cup, lightly packed, fresh spinach
– salt and pepper to taste

Start a pot of boiling water for the pasta. Sprinkle the chicken with the cajun seasoning and stir well to combine.  In a large sauce pot, fitted with a lid melt the butter over medium heat.  Melt the butter until it starts to bubble, then add the chicken. With the lid on, cook until the chicken is no longer pink and cooked through.

 Reduce the heat and add the cream, milk, garlic powder, green onions and season with salt and pepper.  Allow this to simmer with the lid off; stir often.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta and drain reserving ~1/2 cup of the pasta water. Add the pasta to the chicken mixture along with the pasta water, stir to combine.  Add the Parmesan cheese and stir well to combine.  Place the spinach in the pot and replace the lid.

Allow the spinach to wilt, ~ 2 min, stir again and serve.