Fun Finds Christmas Edition!

My husband surprised me this Christmas with a childhood classic.  When I was a little girl, I was delighted to find and read a book titled with my first name.  It is an extra bonus that it is written by Julie Andrews herself.  It is a 1971 first edition with a dust jacket in great condition.  

The book is about a young orphan girl who sneaks into the woods by the orphanage to play house in an abandoned cottage.  It is a sweet tale, and I am excited to have my own copy! 

Family Favorite Recipes: Grandma’s Peanut Butter Fudge

Finished Peanut Butter Fudge

Out of my grandmother’s many delicious recipes, her peanut butter fudge is my favorite.  This was a crowd pleaser.  My friends would beg for her to make it for class parties, and would appear on special occasions such as the holidays.  Here is the exact recipe from the Cedar Lake United Methodist Church Ladies Fellowship Circle Cookbook.  I left it in her own explanation because she was the expert.  Below are pictures of me recreating this family favorite on Christmas eve.

Feel free to contact me with any questions regarding her fudge recipe.  Enjoy!  

Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe from “Taste of Heaven” Cookbook
Some necessities for the fudge.  
Mixing the marshmallow fluff, peanut butter chips, and smooth peanut butter.  
Finished fudge after cooling for about two hours.  

Ooey-Gooey Bars: A Family Recipe

 This is a very fun and easy holiday recipe from my Maternal grandmother.  For my Sorority Alumnae group’s Christmas party, I resurrected this from the Cedar Lake Ladies Fellowship Circle Cook Book.  Enjoy!

Ooey-Gooey Bars

  • 1 Box Butter Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Stick Butter (Softened)
  • 1 Cup Pecans (Chopped) 
Mix above ingredients. Press into lightly greased 9X13 pan.

Rest of Bars:
  • 1 Box of Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 Pack Cream Cheese (8 oz)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
Mix and pour over batter that’s already in pan.  Cook at 350 for about 40-45 minutes.  Put chocolate chips on top while bars are still warm.  

Helpful Tips:
** Grease pan very well. They can be hard to get out.
**For easy serving, cut the bars and place them in cupcake holders.  

Wish List Wednesday~ Vintage Punch Bowls

Punch Bowl at an antique store in Tennessee last week.  
     This installment of Wish List Wednesday is focused on a great holiday entertaining piece the punch bowl.  Since I have begun going hunting through thrift stores, I have been looking for the perfect punch bowl.  I have also been trying to keep myself from buying one because my husband and I are quickly running out of storage space.  However this does not keep from looking! 

Another punch bowl in Tennessee 
This would be perfect for Egg Nog!  Check it out here 
This Amber glass is so cool!  Find it on Etsy 
I love the tall glasses!  Find it here

Introducing December Daily

Tree at the Hornsby’s House
On this blog, I love focusing on the past.  I also like to document the present.  This December I am completing a December Daily where each day leading up to Christmas is documented.  You can see a great example of getting started on a December Daily here.  It has been a goal of mine to complete a December Daily scrapbook since I saw them in the gallery of Two Peas in a Bucket.  It is a fantastic scrapbooking website if you are not familiar.  

My photos are going under my Instagram account at @mandylhornsby and #DecemberDaily.  I invite everyone to follow along! 

What are some things everyone is looking forward to this Christmas Season?  

Fun Finds~Smokey Mountain Tennessee

Snowy morning the day we left.  
My friends and I took a long weekend to Tennessee to visit the Smokey Mountains.  We camped for two nights, but came down from the mountain so we would not get stuck in the park.  On our way home, we stopped at some antique stores in Severville along the highway.  We found some sweet looking items.  So here is a peek…
Sweet star coffee pot by pyrex.  

Old Fashion Coffee Grinder

Great collection of Brooches and Pins 

Old fashioned metal Coke Cooler

1970s Owl Figurines

Great set of colorful mugs 

A Southern Thanksgiving ~ 5 Traditions Included

       I hope everyone has had a great Thanksgiving.  Today was full of food and family.  Ed and I are recuperating from our trip to Tennessee.   So I will make this brief… here are five things you will find when you attend Thanksgiving on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

My Thanksgiving Plate

Pecan Pie at the Dessert Table 

My Mother’s Sweet Potato Pie
  1. Come as you are and sit where you like.  When someone mentions a sitting arrangement or children’s table I have to laugh.  Neither my family nor any other on the coast I know have a set seating arrangement.
  2. Forget the pumpkin, we have sweet potato and pecan pie.  I do not know why southerns prefer sweet potato to pumpkin, but I am not complaining!
  3. Lunch time is preferable to eating later.  When it comes to southern Thanksgiving, we eat earlier to allow more time for leftovers.  
  4. Fried turkey is fantastic.  The Hornsby clan has had several Thanksgiving gatherings where the bird goes into the oil after being injected with cajun flavor.  Creates a nice juicy treat.  
  5. Seafood is part of the side dishes.  Seafood is included in the side dishes, and it is a great tradition.  Our favorites are oyster dressing and seafood gumbo!  
Little Vintage Charm at my Great Grandmother’s House 

Repurposed Fun with The Sassy Starfish and The Muddy Mermaid

Setting up
Here are a few shots from the Pass Christian Farmer’s Market that I attended with my friend Leah, The Muddy Mermaid.   We have a variety of vintage jewelry and accessories that we have been making this Fall.  You can catch us again at Christmas in the City in Biloxi on December 3rd! 

Displaying our wares

Handmade Sign

Sweet Repurposed Bangle made by The Muddy Mermaid 

Some more fun things 

Fridge Candy Magnets 

Scan and Save: Favorite Technology to Capture Family Moments

My Dad during his childhood scanned on my mini Kodak Scanner.  
After a few projects around our home, my next big project is to digitalize both my immediate family photographs as well as the photographs of my grandparents.  I already have found my favorite tools to do that.  Since Christmas is around the corner here are some of my favorite items along with my MacBook Pro that may inspire your genealogy Christmas list.  

I chose to purchase a printer/scanner in the Epson Artisan series a few years ago.  It is based on reviews about the scanner quality.  It also has the convenience of being wirelessly linked to my computer and iPad.  My first printer was an Epson, and it lasted over five years!  

Since the Artisan is not exactly portable, I also chose to invest in a portable photo scanner. The Kodak P811 Personal Photo & Negative Scanner was the perfect choice.  I purchased mine in red off of Amazon. It scans photos up to 8×10″ and saves them onto a memory card.  If the photo is below 4X6, it will auto crop if you use the photo sleeve that comes with the scanner.  I was able to scan over six photos in a matter of minutes.  I have also been happy with the quality of the scans.  See the sample at the beginning of this post.  
You need somewhere to store all those photos after they are scanned.  Although I love the idea of the wireless hard drives, I chose a Passport compatible with Mac computers.  My husband gave me mine as a gift, and he found it refurbished at a reasonable price.  I do not have to worry about running out of space, and it made a seamless transition when I changed computers last month.  

Here is a shot of my handy 8 GB USB Flash Drive.  I purchased this one at Target just to carry my writing and research projects.  It is handy for trips to the library, and to keep my research easily accessible.  

Now I have all the tools, I need to get to scanning….

Wish List Wednesday: Vintage Pyrex

      Now that Halloween is over, the holiday season is quickly approaching us all.  I have at least three parties already scheduled, and many more to come that do not include the family stuff as well.  This Wish List Wednesday is dedicated these classy vintage pyrex casserole dishes.  I can see my holiday recipes looking fantastic in these vintage patterns.  It may even make the seafood dressing taste better!  
      Sadly, the pickings for these are kind of slim at the thrift stores around the coast. I did not realize there are so many varieties until I looked at all the patterns online.  So I will continue my quest for these little treasures as I plan my holiday menus.