Archives for "Holidays"

Posted by The Galway Girl on 30th September 2009

Thriller Dance Prison Style

Posted by The Galway Girl on 28th September 2009

Fall Favorites

pumpkins

It’s here, finally! And I love it. Here they are, all my favorite things about fall.

  1. Pumpkins
  2. Apples
  3. Scarecrows
  4. Pumpkin Pie*
  5. Falling Leaves
  6. Piles and Piles of Leaves
  7. Apple Cider*
  8. Kids in Costume
  9. CANDY
  10. Jack-o-Lanterns
  11. Mums
  12. Pumpkin Patches… ok so I really love pumpkins
  13. Fall Colors
  14. Chili*
  15. Potato Soup*

*Recipes coming soon!

Posted by The Galway Girl on 19th September 2009

6 Unique Place Card Ideas

place card

Be creative, do something unusual and unexpected and your guests will remember it for a long time. Some of my ideas require writing so hopefully you have nice handwriting or know someone who does. There are so many things that you can use as a place card if you just think outside the box a little.

  1. Big Bright Balloons, just write each person’s name on separate balloons and tie them to their chairs.
  2. Single Stem Flowers, tie a little note to each one with a name on it and lay them on each individual seat.
  3. Theme Objects, write each name on individual objects that go along with your theme… Shells, Bird-Houses, Coffee Cups, Silk Rose Petals, Votive Candles
  4. Dye-cutouts, Stencil names on the the cutouts, like leaves for fall parties, or Christmas Trees for Holiday Parties, etc.
  5. Mini Pumpkins, you can paint the names on the front or place regular paper place cards in a slit in the stem on top.
  6. Card Board Coasters, just write the names in, and place them in the regular drink position on the table.
Posted by The Galway Girl on 1st February 2009

Favorite Love Quotes

With Valentine’s Day coming up I thought I would put together a collection of my favorite love quotes.

“At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”  -Plato

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”  -Aristotle

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”  -Thoreau

“You call it madness, but I call it love.”  -Don Byas

“Love doesn’t make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worth while.”  -Franklin P. Jones

“Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.”  -Robert Frost

“There is one happiness in life, to love and to be loved.”  -George Sand

Posted by The Galway Girl on 26th December 2008

Ideas for Leftover Turkey

Need Something to do with all that left over Thanksgiving Turkey?

Turkey a la King:

¼ C. Butter (cubed)
½ C. Flour
1 Can Chicken Broth (14.5 oz.)
1 C. Milk
2 C. Cubed Turkey
1 C. Sliced Cooked Carrots
1 C. Green Beans (fresh or frozen)
½ t. Salt
¼ t. Ground Pepper

  • Melt butter in a large sauce pan
  • Stir in flour until smooth
  • Gradually add broth and milk
  • Boil for 1-2 minutes or until thickened
  • Stir in turkey, green beans, and carrots
  • Serve with biscuits

Turkey & Broccoli Alfredo:

8 Oz. Linguine
1 C. Broccoli Flowerets (fresh or frozen)
1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
½ C. Milk
½ C. Parmesan Cheese (grated)
¼ t. Ground Black Pepper
2 C. Cooked Cubed Turkey

  • Cook linguine according to package
  • Steam Broccoli for 4 minutes
  • In a medium sauce pan stir together soup, milk, cheese, and pepper
  • Cook until hot bubbly, then add in broccoli
  • Pour over linguine and serve
Posted by The Galway Girl on 24th December 2008

Top 12 Christmas Movies

12.   Christmas with the Kranks
11.   A Charlie Brown Christmas
10.   Jack Frost
9.     It’s a Wonderful Life
8.     Elf
7.     Polar Express
6.     The Santa Clause
5.     National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
4.     Home Alone
3.     Miracle on 34th St.
2.     A Christmas Story
1.     How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2003 cinematic)

Posted by The Galway Girl on 22nd December 2008

My Top 20 Christmas Songs

Every year I like to make a compilation CD of all my favorite Christmas songs, then I can take it along to friends’ houses and even make copies for them. The top songs that made it to my CD this year are:

  1. Santa Baby
  2. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside
  4. I Saw Three Ships
  5. So This Is Christmas
  6. Where Are You Christmas
  7. Jingle Bell Rock
  8. Oh, Holy Night
  9. The Christmas Song
  10. The 12 Days Of Christmas
  11. What Child Is This?
  12. All I Want For Christmas
  13. Little Drummer Boy
  14. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
  15. Santa Clause Is Comin’ To Town
  16. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
  17. Feliz Navidad
  18. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause
  19. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  20. Pretty Paper
Posted by The Galway Girl on 19th December 2008

Giving Homemade Desserts

It is easy to make your wonderful homemade desserts a beautiful gift. Start by choosing how you want them packaged: a nice holiday plate, a vintage tin, or even a simple paper box.

If you want give your desserts on a nice holiday plate, buy a set of 4 and they are usually a little less expensive. Then take your plates and place a sampling of your favorite holiday cookies and candies. Then cover with colored (Red, green, or blue are great for Christmas!) plastic wrap. Or you can use colored cellophane wrap, just bunch it together on top of the plate and tie together with coordinating ribbons. For a little extra dazzle, add a candy-cane or an ornament  to the ribbon.

If you are planning on using a vintage tin or a simple paper box (My personal favorite!), buy a variety of holiday colored tissue paper and treat bags to go with them. Then when you are filling then with your favorite holiday treats, you can used those bags to seperate and protect them. So package your treats in the treat bags, or wrap with plastic wrap. Then take a coordinating pierce of tissue paper, place in your box or tin. Then position the packaged treats inside, and fold the tissue down over them. Close you container and tie a beautiful ribbon around it.

Posted by The Galway Girl on 15th December 2008

My Homemade Christmas

I grew up with a mother who always baked a lot, and Christmas was always a huge production. It was not unusual to have 3 or more types of homemade cookies along with several homemade candies, cakes, and pies. Now, I am becoming a little like my mother that way. Certainly not to her her caliber, but hopefully someday I will be half as good as she is. Today, I started my first round of Christmas baking. I made Moose Munch, Easy Peanut Brittle, Rice Crispies, and Butterscotch Fudge.

Posted by The Galway Girl on 15th December 2008

Holiday Memories

I am about to get married and my fiance and I are starting our own Christmas traditions. So, it got me to thinking about all the wonderful holiday traditions I grew up with. I have an amazing family and looking back there are so many special memories and things that I experienced as a child. I can not wait to share all of these special moments with my husband to be. So, I thought I would just take a moment and reflect on a few of those moments.

One of my favorite memories with my dad is putting up our Christmas lights. We used to spend hours scheming and planning. We had Santa and Reindeer to go on the roof, huge Christmas trees, icicles… on and on the list goes. One year, my dad moved my wooden play-house to the front yard and we decorated it with lights. Then, we put Santa and the Reindeer on the roof. Each and every year, our front yard was magically transformed into a winter wonderland.

My mom, sister, and I would spend hours in the kitchen making the best Christmas cookies and candies. We always ended up with a lot more food than any of us could eat, but the memories are irreplaceable. To this day I still love getting together with them to dip pretzels and make ginger-bread houses!

Christmas countdown tops the chart as my favorite Christmas memory! My parents always had a countdown set up that started on the first day of December. There was a box for everyday that held a note. Each note had various clues to help us find a little hidden surprise. The memories are not about what we got, but more about the anticipation and excitement. One year my dad hand crafted a new wooden countdown. It was painted white with little red knobs on the drawers and two mailboxes on top with a little red flags. This countdown is now a priceless item in the family!

I could go on and on but the moral of the story is that toys are gifts are not what is important. In fact, they are a dime a dozen (as my dad used to say). The memories, however, are priceless! Spend time, make memories because they truely do last a life-time. Time is the only thing we never have enough of and can not get any more of.