How to Roast a Turkey

 How To Roast a Turkey twelveOeightblog.com #turkey #howtocookaturkey #turkeyrecipe #howtobakeaturkey #turkeycookingtimes

 

Before we get to the actual cooking of the bird, I have to tell you about my great turkey fail of 1995.
I was in my early 20’s and had yet to try my hand at making the whole Thanksgiving dinner on my own.

But this year, I had read my latest issue of Martha Stewart that arrived weeks before in the mail,
and I felt confident.

Bold.

I can cook a turkey, and it’s not that hard.
Well, here is the good news, the turkey was easy to cook.

It smelled amazing,
the drippings were waiting to be turned into a wonderful gravy.

I had done it! 

A HUGE success…

 

me and martha

 

And we forgot to push the big thermometer back in after the last a final basting.

Yep.

The thermometer broke and the mercury went all over. [Read more…]

One Dresser with 3 Different Uses

How to style a dresser twelveOeightblog.com

 

When my eldest was younger, we seemed to move around a lot.

Always in the same city, but to a larger apartment or townhome, we were kind of like George and Weezie like that.

We never did make it to a penthouse in the sky, but we did come a long ways from our first little apartment right

off the freeway. Which of course I had decorated as closely to Monica’s apartment on Friend’s as I could.

Oh Monica.

With your open shelving and mismatched furniture, you savvy gal.

But I think the thing that really has always appealed to me has been flexibility.

Don’t you think so?

As you have moved and grown and shifted from one place to the next over the years, the pieces that stay with you

can be used in many ways. [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party – Pretty + Delicious Party Features

Hello & Welcome to another Inspiration Monday Party!
We hope you have a wonderful week, and cannot wait to see what you have been up to.
Let’s enjoy these next few weeks of fall with some amazing inspiration from all of you talented bloggers.
We’re so happy you always join us.
 
To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs. 
AND, be sure to tweet your links using our #InspirationMonday hashtag, as well.
We LOVE re-tweeting your awesomeness! 
When you party with us, you’re always seen on all seven blogs…but only have to link up to one!
 
 
 

Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

 
This weeks features were chosen by Tanya from twelveOeight
check them out here…
 
Pretty + Delicious Party Features:
 
 
How To Use a Duvet For a Curtain by Simply Vintageous by Suzan
 
Spiced Pear Smoothie from www.thecasualcraftlete.com
Spiced Pear Smoothie by The Casual Craftlete
 
 
DIY Felted Acorn Garland :: making it in the mountains #feltacorns #DIYacorns #falldecor
Felted Acorn Garland by Making It In The Mountains
 
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecakes
No Bake Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecakes by Life With The Crust Cut Off
 
DIY Greek Key Overlay on IKEA Dresser | 11 Magnolia Lane
Ikea Dresser Hack by 11 Magnolia 
 

[Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Fall Recipes & Fall Decorating Features!!

How is it already November?
Before we know it, we’ll be carving a turkey, trimming a tree and then ushering in 2015.
Let’s enjoy these next few weeks of fall with some amazing inspiration from all of you talented bloggers.
We’re so happy you always join us.
 
To search all of our features and faves, use hashtag #InspirationMonday,
and feel free to follow us all on social media via our blogs. 
AND, be sure to tweet your links using our #InspirationMonday hashtag, as well.
We LOVE re-tweeting your awesomeness! 
When you party with us, you’re always seen on all seven blogs…but only have to link up to one!
 
 
 

Redhead Can Decorate| | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

{this week at twelveOeight} [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Pumpkin Recipe features!!

 
Welcome back to Inspiration Monday! It’s time to get this party started…on all SEVEN blogs.
You only need to link up on one blog to be seen on all of them!
 

We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle

Fall is definitely in the air! Looks like everyone’s been baking and enjoying all of the flavors of this crisp, lovely season.
Check out all of the pumpkin-filled yumminess linked to last week’s party below

Inspiration Monday Party | Cool sweets + treats features!!

Hey, friends! We’re so happy you’re here.
It’s the place to come for inspiration and leave some of your own!
#InspirationMonday

All six hostesses simultaneously host this party at the same time. Link up on one and be seen on all! During the week, we love to feature lots of your links on our social media outlets, using the hashtag #InspirationMonday. Feel free to follow us on social media below to check out all of the ongoing  #InspirationMonday fun>>> 

 Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom | twelveOeight | Your Homebased Mom

 The features this week were selected by Tanya at twelveOeight

Prepare yourself, these are Summer’s BEST Cool + Sweet Treats!!

july feature collage1. Chocolate Yogurt Pops by Chocolate Chocolate and More

 2. Homemade Ice Cream In a Can by Homecooking Memories

 3. Frozen Rocky Road Pudding by Live Laugh Rowe

4. No Bake Cheesecake Bars with Fresh Blueberry Sauce by Thirty Handmade Days

5. Ice Cream Crepes with 30 Second Hot Fudge by Heather’s French Press

6. Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Icebox Dessert by A Little Claireification

7. Summer Fruits Snow Cone by Sweet 2 Eat Baking

8. Individual Frozen Key Lime Pies by This Silly Girls Life

 

 

Nate Berkus Knock Off Pillow Cover

by The Happy Chateau for View From The Fridge

 

 

NOW, LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED!
Please keep in mind:
– Be sure to mingle with other party guests (It’s always fun to click on a few other links to see what fellow bloggers are up to.)
– Link up all of your creative fun, including recipes, crafts, printables, DIY projects and other fabulous things you’ve been up to on YOUR blog.
– Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties.
– By linking up to Inspiration Monday you are giving the six blogs,listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.


How to yard sale like a boss

Ok friends, so I am curious…how many of us get excited when yard sale season arrives?
Does your heart beat a little faster, as you lean forward and squint a bit, scanning the
bright green yard sale signs you pass by?

Have you been saving for it perhaps, or noting which weekends you are heading out early to
scope out the best finds?

Or maybe you like to live on the edge and only stop when you drive by a sale, and you have a
few extra minutes.

Over the years (I just did the math it’s been over 25 sheesh!)
I have bought a few things I regretted, but had a whole lot of fun in the meantime.
It has been the way, along with thrifting, that this mama has been able to make ends
meet at times.  Especially when it was just my daughter and I years ago (who now has a
little peanut of her own) scouring the local sales for jeans in good condition, books,
home decor, and treasures we couldn’t live without was always, and still is such an
adventure for us.

So as veteran yard sale-ers, Mandy and I put our heads together and came up with
exactly how we do it, and are sharing our guerrilla tactics to save you time and money.

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Create a stylish arts + crafts center for kids

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

My kids love to create (maybe it’s genetic, osmosis or purely by chance) they love to have their
arts and crafts supplies handy when inspiration strikes.  Little red, my youngest, is at the point
that I can trust her more around safety scissors, paints and markers.  So we finally get to gather
all of this crafty goodness into one area.

They are stoked.

It’s the little things that really aren’t that complicated for us to do that kids seem to connect with.
Mom painted us a pretty container for our stuff, now it’s within reach anytime we
want to create.

They are happy campers, and also deserve credit for helping me decide how big the container
needed to be, and where to keep it.

[Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party!! | Summer treats to make

Welcome Back to Inspiration Monday! We’re so happy you’re here today.
This is the place where your links are seen simultaneously on SIX blogs at the same time,
all you need to do is link up to ONE of our sites.
Summer won’t officially be here for a few more days but we are ready for it now! As the weather begins to heat up you’ll want to check out all these yummy summer treats for the summer heat.
Our favorite way to cool off when it’s hot is ice cream! We love ice cream at our house and look for every excuse we can to enjoy some. Summer is the perfect excuse.

I’m Guest Hosting The Inspiration Exchange Link Party!!

Hi Y’all!!

I am so excited to be a guest hostess with some of my favorite bloggers at
The Inspiration Exchange this week!!
I couldn’t be more honored to be partying with these creative ladies this
week, they are just amazing.

 

 

 

The Inspiration Exchange - Come and link up your ideas!

Before we get to the party, here are a few of the projects that we have been working on this month…

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Follow Clean & Scentsible: BLOG / FACEBOOK / PINTEREST / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

 
 
 
Follow Ella Claire: BLOG / FACEBOOK /PINTEREST /INSTAGRAM /TWITTER
 

Follow City Farmhouse: EMAIL

 
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kristin features 5One Pan Spicy Lemon Chicken and Tomatoes
Mother’s Day Gift Idea with Free printable tags and card
Tips for Hosting an Ice Cream Sandwich Bar (with Free Printables!)

Be sure to join me for original, easy recipes, free printables and more!
BLOG / FACEBOOK / PINTEREST / INSTAGRAM /TWITTER

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Michelle from Elegance and Enchantment

Follow Elegance and Enchantment: BLOG / FACEBOOK / TWITTER / INSTAGRAM / PINTEREST

Tanya from Twelve-O-Eight

You can also connect with twelveOeight here: BLOG / FACEBOOK / PINTEREST / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER

 

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties