Happy Thanksgiving!

I’m so thankful for my family, friends and all of you who take the time to come here and read my blog.  I am so grateful.

I hope you have a wonderful day filled with many blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving Tablescape 2015

The holiday count down is on and I just checked one major thing off of my list.

My dining room is finally all set and ready for our big feast tomorrow.

We are hosting my husband’s family and we will have a nice size crowd — nine adults and four kids.  The grown-ups will be in the dining room and the kids will be in the kitchen (that table won’t get set until tomorrow because we use it every day).

Thanksgiving tablescape with natural elements / Lilacs and Longhorns

I had to steal some chairs from the kitchen and we added the two leaves to extend the table so we wouldn’t be bumping elbows too much.   Continue reading

Thrifty Decorating and Going a Little Crazy

I don’t know about you, but this time of year I start running around like a crazy person.  My to-do lists are long, seasonal decorating bins are stacked in a corner and my house seems to have a split personality with pumpkins and gourds taking center stage but Christmas decor is slowly creeping in as I try to meet deadlines for upcoming holiday posts (more on that later). 

I’m scrambling to get ready for hosting Thanksgiving while I simultaneously try to plan my Christmas decor.  This year, my Christmas decorating budget is almost non-existent so I’m challenging myself not to buy anything new — or at least limit myself to just a few small, very inexpensive things.  Thrifty decorating is my motto this season!

The perfect place to shop when on a tight budget?  The thrift store.  That’s where I found this gem other day:

old crock from thrift store

It caught my eye because it looked just like a vintage crock, except for the ugly, scratched up image and date on the back that was disguising its inner beauty.   Continue reading

Share It One More Time Link Party #6

Another week has flown by and it’s time once again for the Share it One More Time Link Party!  



Before we get to the party, I want to let you know what’s been going on here at Lilacs & Longhorns this week.  I shared a tasty treat using small Mason jars as part of a new monthly feature, “Mason Jar Mondays.”  

gingerbread muffins in a small mason jar

The third Monday of each month, several talented bloggers and I will be showing you creative ways to use jars for decorating, baking and more!  If you missed it, click here to see my Gingerbread Muffins in a Mason jar and the other projects using jars that were shared.

Now, let’s hear from this week’s featured co-host: Continue reading

Gingerbread in a Mason Jar {Mason Jar Mondays}

When my kids were preschoolers, I was an assistant teacher at their school.  My final year of teaching, I worked with a sweet lady who had been my son’s teacher when he was four.

I can’t remember the occasion, but I do remember giving her a small bouquet of flowers I arranged in a pickle jar I had saved.  

I didn’t expect to get the jar back, but one day she came to me with the jar all cleaned up and empty.  She handed it to me and thanked me for the flowers and then said, “My husband thought I should return this to you because it’s a really nice jar.”  

I laughed and told her that although I liked the jar too, she could keep it because I had others at home.  I saved my pickle jars because of the nice shape and didn’t mind giving them to others. 

She thought it was kind of funny that her husband and I shared an appreciation for what she considered “throw away” jars.  

Girl, if she only knew!  I struggle with throwing away jars every time the jelly, the pickles or the maraschino cherries are gone!   Jars are just so darn handy and they are also cute!

That’s why I’m so excited to be joining some very creative friends every third Monday of the month for “Mason Jar Mondays.”

Mason Jar Monday crafts with jars / Lilacs and Longhorns

Each month, we’ll bring you creative ideas using Mason jars.   Continue reading