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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Polar Express Children’s Breakfast

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home NestIt’s a tradition now—my brother and SIL, and my husband and I, take all our grands on a Polar Express or Christmas train ride (depending on who’s sponsoring it), sometime before Christmas. We make a day of it, they wearing their cute plaid pajamas, and the adults may wear a reindeer nose or antlers…all in good fun for our babies.

Typically our chickadees spend the night with us, and we have a special breakfast to kick off the special day.

A couple of years ago UPS came to our door, delivering our very own Polar Express electric train! Mr. CHN had “heard” my heart’s desire :). Now we could start yet another beautiful tradition for our babies—a train for the Christmas tree!

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest

Now that we had the train, the theme for our breakfast was, of course, based on the book, THE POLAR EXPRESS.

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest While the chickadees were snug in their beds, Ata (that’s me!) in her kerchief in her apron was busy setting a magical table for their surprise the following morning! I used a soft, fuzzy blanket as the snow, with thoughts of the trip to the North Pole, through forests and mountains and wildlife. (The mountains and valleys were created with stacks of cookbooks hidden under the deep, deep snow.)

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest The train comes complete with a hobo and his campfire,

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest the conductor and the nameless boy, referred to as “Hero Boy” in reviews and book summaries, and…

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest a silver bell, which I am happy to report we ALL can hear!

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest When I was in high school I traveled to Europe with a group of friends, and one of the highlights was spending a couple of nights in a Swiss chalet in the mountains, where there was snow even though it was summer. It was my first experience with down comforters, which were an absolute necessity! At night we could see the tiny lights in the valley below, and that beautiful scene I believe will forever be etched in my mind. It was that memory that created the scene for our quiet, snowy village where the babies would have their breakfast.

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Conductors need a lantern…

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Baby Love Chickadee had made this “snowflake” ornament, so of course it was included in our snowy scene!

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest The menu consisted of yogurt parfaits, served in the footed holly-and-berries bowls, milk in the bottles Ata decorated and saved from a snowman table (that’s another post, someday…), and yes,

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home NestTRAIN pancakes, with whipped cream steam! (The pancake mold is part of a transportation package from Williams- Sonoma.)

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home NestSleepy travelers will soon be energized by the sugar high and the excitement of our adventure!

 

I hope this Polar Express breakfast inspires you to listen for the bell.

Polar Express Children's Table at Chickadee Home Nest  May you always hear it.

I still believe!

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fall-to-Thanksgiving Home Tour

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest

Well, here we are! We’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving in a few short weeks, so most of us are quickly shifting to “the holidays.” Every time I say or hear “the holidays” I put Thanksgiving and Christmas (my favorite time of the year) into a package, and I think that’s helping me to see them as bookends—Thanksgiving is the beginning and Christmas—well, in our case the Epiphany—is the end. If I don’t look at it this way, then I feel {more} rushed to get to Christmas, and I certainly don’t want to rush a day when we are intentional in our giving thanks!

In the last few weeks I gave you a tour of our front porch (here), which included a picture of our screened porch decked out in teal and orange—loved that combination every time I glanced out there! (I updated that space too, but oops! didn’t take pictures. I’ll try to add one or two in the next few days. I did keep the teal and orange!)

Here’s what I’ve done now, putting Halloween away (no more jack-o-lanterns or tiny orange lights on the front porch) and getting ready for Thanksgiving.

C’mon in! Let’s visit for a while! I bet we’ll talk mostly decorating and homemaking—that’s fine with me!

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest Welcome to our cottage. I hope you’ll find it warm and inviting, and that maybe you’ll leave with some inspiration or ideas of things to do in my home. That’s what happens to me—I don’t necessarily want to copy what I see, but it surely inspires me to see beautiful things, AND it often reminds me of things I have and had forgotten! (Does that happen to you too? Please say yes!! Maybe we have too much stuff to keep track of?? Never!!!)

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest The terra cotta jack-o-lanterns are replaced by a basket overflowing with pinecones, preserved orange slices and fall leaves, and a metal pumpkin.

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest This is the scene that will greet you as you reach the door. C’mon, c’mon in!

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest The buffet has just a touch of fall—a small sunflower-and-berries-and-twigs arrangement to balance the African violets that felt a little “spring-y” but HAVE to stay because they are so happy there!

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest  My Southern Living Ballard Designs tiered basket is a decorating workhorse. It’s so versatile! (I’ve done many posts using this basket. You can see it here and here, and just in time for “the holidays,” here you can see how I used it at our hot chocolate station. Simply search my blog for “tiered” and you’ll be able to see the many iterations of this awesome piece!)

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest, SL Ballard Designs 3-Tiered Basket

The china cabinet was re-styled (you knew that, didn’t you?), from a simple fall decor ~

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest~ BEFORE ~

to a decidedly Thanksgiving decor ~

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest~ NOW ~

The turkey plates are out! And readily accessible to use in our everyday lives.

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest Royal Stafford turkey plates, and

Friendly Village turkey plates

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home NestI just love this bucolic farm scene, don’t you? Living on a farm is not on my wish list, but for Thanksgiving it sure has a romantic ring…

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest 

And of course, fall pictures of some of the baby chickadees~

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest Cleaning up the yard I found these remnants of a tiny Summer’s End hydrangea—a sweet end-of-summer gift to bring inside.With its beautiful pink and green I think it’ll dry beautifully!

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest, Hydrangeas Collage, Inside and Out, into Thanksgiving

I hope you’ve gotten some easy, very do-able decorating ideas to bring fall and Thanksgiving into your home. I bet you noticed that—AGAIN—I took an easy approach with the china cabinet. I had the foundation for fall, and simply added a few dishes and other touches to move into Thanksgiving. That’s my kind of decorating!

Since we celebrate the Epiphany AND we buy a live tree, we probably won’t be getting our tree until the second weekend in December, but I think I’ll decorate the house the weekend after Thanksgiving. This year, thanks to Pinterest in large part, I’m anxious to bring Christmas to our home (I asked Mr. Chickadee (I was kidding, really) what he thought of my starting to decorate for Christmas now…a very firm NO!! LOL

When will you start your Christmas decorating? If you have a live tree does that impact when you decorate? I can’t wait!

Wishing you a happy “holiday season” that allows you to enjoy fall/Thanksgiving while looking forward to the most wonderful time of the year.

And now I leave you with one more collage—celebrating God’s artistry, right from our front door!

Fall home tour, Chickadee Home Nest, Collage, Fall Sunsets from Home

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Porch Fall Decor Ideas

Fall Porch Decor

It’s late fall, and here in Ohio we’ve been blessed with the absolutely most beautiful fall colors ever. Yes, even I, who dreads the end of summer, have thoroughly enjoyed fall this year. Bright, blue skies, just-slightly cooler weather (great for sleeping with the windows open!), and the gorgeous color! What gifts God gives us!

So this year it’s been easy to “get in the mood” and allow fall into our home! Welcome!

Fall Porch Decor A simple garland, wrapped around your porch light, is especially lovely at night when the light is on. (And by the way, this picture has been one of my most popular pins on Pinterest!)

Fall Porch Decor

Fall Porch Decor Twigs in a vintage wicker plant stand, wrapped with a garland and orange lights, accompanied by a wrought iron pumpkin filled with pumpkins and a candle, adds contrast and texture to the front porch.

Fall Porch Decor

Fall Porch Decor

Fall Porch Decor A close-up for the garland for the twigs.

Fall Porch Decor

Fall Porch Decor

Fall Porch Decor A small nod to Halloween—for the grandchickadees, of course!

Fall Porch Decor

And last but not least, of course, the screened porch. You didn’t think I’d ignore that favorite spot, did you?!

Fall Porch Decor Because we can see this “room” from inside our home, decorating it is a ‘must’ for me, and this year I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the combination of teal and orange. It’s amazing how color can bring such pleasure!

Fall Porch Decor

Again we’re careening into Thanksgiving, and then, of course, that most wonderful time of the year! Next post I’ll share the inside decor that will carry us through Thanksgiving, and then…the BIG switch!

I’ve seen lots of great outdoor decor in your blogs and on Pinterest this year, and I haven’t tired of it yet, so please continue to share your beautiful homes and touches…they’re great inspiration. I hope mine was inspirational as well!

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Zuni

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