Make it for Monday #14


Alrighty everyone, time to show me what you've made this week.  I can't believe we've been at this for 14 weeks.  Seems like I just started thinking about hosting a party *scratching my head*.
Here's some inspiration from last week's shindig.  If you get yourself featured, feel free to grab yer button and let everyone know you've got serious cottage instincts...









K, here's the deal.  Please link up a project or craft having to do with YOUR HOME.  I've been lenient up til now, but this week I'll be deleting posts with crafts not having to do with our homes. 
Please post the URL to your post, and please add a link back here in that post or use my button.
Visit some of the party-goers too!


Those Harvey Girls are Cookin'!

The older I get, the more I find value in traditions.  The one I'm sharing today becomes more meaningful as the years pass....

Today was the annual Harvey Girl Luncheon.  This particular tradition started 15 years ago (!)  My Mom-in-Law, 2 sisters-in-law, and myself decided to trade a few recipes at Christmas in 1995.  We traded names and made each other some kind of handmade cover for our new binders-soon-to-be-cookbooks.  Here's mine made by my sis-in-law Kari:

Over the years, we always brought a few recipes to the family Christmas get together, and our binder cookbooks began to fill up with meaningful recipes that each of us had grown up with or discovered that year.  We graduated from handwriting each copy to using our scary 'puters to print them off with savvy graphics and fonts.

Many times, we'd add a personal note about the recipe (which gramma made it, a family favorite, etc.), or add a scripture or happy saying. Mom-in-law sometimes added a Christmas scripture.

We wanted to use these cookbooks to get to know each other better, and hoped that it would someday be a conglomeration of the cooking histories of each of us as we melded together into the Extended Harvey Clan.

After a time, we began having a separate Christmas lunch at a restaurant where we exchanged the new recipes.  By 2006 or so, we moved the event to after the rush of the holidays.  My own daughter-in-law Andrea had begun to join us at that point, and I made a big binder for her with all the recipes and did a scrapbook-style cover of browns and silvers and blacks.  It was a great time of sharing and catching up. 
(2005 below)

This year, we did something a bit different.  We decided to do a potluck and actually bring a prepared dish from the recipes we would be exchanging.  We all met at Karen's, and she set out her finest china:

My pretty tea cup:

It was also the first time for my married daughter Maddie to join us.  I'll be making her book hopefully in the next week or so.  Yeah.  She brought Pepperoni Cheese Rolls:

To go with my Daughter-in-law Andrea's Corn, Potato, and Cheese Soup (with homemade croutons!):

Mom-in-law Karen also made a soup called Sweet Russian Cabbage Soup:

Sis-in-law Michelle brought two dishes: a Breakfast Sausage Roll, and Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches.

Sis-in-law Sara brought Simple Chicken and Noodles

I brought my old stand-by Skillet Mac 'n' Cheese

And Sis-in-law Kari brought Jon's Anniversary Chicken...he just put this together for them on their last celebration!

Everything was scrumptious...and I'm full enough to tide me over for the next 3 days (ok, maybe 2).  

The other big change this year is to tackle an online version of The Harvey Cookbook 'cause we've gotten requests for these recipes from others in the family as well as friends.  I will be uploading all the recipes and pictures in the next weeks, so you'll be able to try them out too.  Who knows, if y'all want try one of the recipes and take a pic, we might add it to the site :)  I'll post the URL once we get it functional, but the official name will be:

Those Harvey Girls are Cookin'!

I hope you enjoy getting to know my extended family a bit by soon enjoying our treasured recipes.
Here we are this afternoon, a group of girly-girls surrounding a mother who had 4 wonderful sons!



As promised....the beach house tour

Ok, so it's not really a beach house in the strictest sense of the word, but it is the cutest darn condo you ever did see.  So come along with me for a tour of my folk's winter refuge....

Their development is called:

Their 'neighborhood' within Falling Waters is:
(my mom's maiden name was Rose, and my dad still calls her that.)

Now I affectionately call it 'Pumping Waters', because well, I make a joke outta everything.  
Can't help myself.


Here's the outside of their pink condo.  Or salmon.  Or maybe orange?  Whichever works for ya...
I won't tell you about the sweet man with Alzheimer's who sometimes lives below them and plays musical plantage in the courtyard.  Or that my mom finds her sun-loving potted plants under the stairwell...

View from the entry...with mom in her favorite spot:
'Nother one:

From the big windows looking toward the kitchen (this was taken on another trip with a lousy camera):

Through the screen to the view beyond...I also won't tell you about the nasty ducks that about peck you to death on that island across the bridge...

Small lanai off the kitchen, perfect for that morning cup coffee...when it's not 10 below outside.

The master bedroom...recognize that fabric???? She made ALL the linens in here as well as the valance.

Their bathroom:

Here's where Hubs and I slept....just a tad girly for his taste, but I loves it...

Our bathroom....check out the shower curtain she made!

She hand-sewed all those buttons on...here's some close-ups...
Don't I know it.
Now for some more details of my mama's beautiful style and creativity...
Some embroidered tea towels and hot pads...

A vintage-style canvas for the wall near her kitty Maggie's food...

The valance she made for the kitchen...

Humor on the fridge...
I love this bulletin/magnetic board.  Not sure if mom made this, but it's swoon-y...


Happy little frog who guards a handful of raw almonds most days in his wee lily pad.

Dining chair slipcovers and shabbied boo-fay, both done by my mom...

Some close-ups of her work...



(they also shabbified the dining table)
Coolest chandy evah.

Livingroom details...pillows and side table cover by mom:

Valance by mom:

Wicker coffee table, distressed and lookin' all cute and stuff.  And where my beloved copy of 'Flea Market Style' was accidently left behind.  *sigh*  (enjoy it, Mom!)

Mom and Dad in their tropical paradise.  Yes, I know.  Cutie-patooties.

Thanks again Mom and Dad for a wonderful trip to your most excellent digs by the sea.  
You are loved and appreciated!


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