Thursday, November 20, 2014

Some Cutness....

I LOVE pretty calendars...and especially love SUSAN BRANCH CALENDARS....
I save all of them...have some pages taped to the inside of kitchen cabinet doors.

I had 12 pages laminated and used them for PLACE MATS at my last Bunco game.

 They turned out so so cute...

just wipe off....

and can be used over and over.

The "girls" loved them....

they looked so cute on the tables..

Our Bunco group consists of 12 ladies...
3 tables of 4....

After eating, we clear the tables and 

To add a little fun,
I placed a Christmas Tree ornament in the middle of each table...

(these were removed after eating lunch, but I made sure to remember which ornie was on ea table.)

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Before the ladies arrived, I put a WINNER
sticker under one chair at each table.

At the very end of the games,
the ladies looked at the underside of their chair and the ones sitting in the
chairs won the tiny ornament to take home with them.
I made sure to tell them that every time they looked at their ornament in the years to come to be SURE and remember how much I love them.

I'm gonna give Susan's 
a it's absolutely delicious.


Crusty on the outside, Tender on the inside.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 Tb. orange zest, finely grated
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 1/4 c. flour
3/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cimmamon
1/4 tsp. ginger

mix all together and pour into buttered 8" square pan (or small cast iron skillet)
400 degrees for about 20 minutes, serves 8-10

Cream together 
1 stick butter and 2 Tbsp. honey
Spread on hot cornbread...~ mmmmm ~  

Does this recipe sound good to you..??
Will you try it..?
...if so, let me know....and i'll do the same.
linking with: FOODIE FRIDAY


  1. that's neat to make them into placemats. :)

  2. Having the pages laminated is brilliant! They are so cute and you can use them over and over again! I don't think I can make biscuits with buttermilk but I'm sure these will be yummy! Enjoy your evening my friend! Hugs, Diane

    1. I meant to say I can't make biscuits WITHOUT buttermilk! lol Or cornbread either! I just don't always type what I mean! haha! Now I'm hungry!

  3. What a great idea for placemats! I sure would or will, try that recipe, sounds yummy to me.

  4. Hi BJness! Oh, what a cute idea with the calendar pages That was a cute way to get a winner of the Christmas ornies too. I just love Susan Branch. Do you remember, I think in the 1980s, she had a page in one of the country decorating magazines. There was always a recipe in her sweet writing and she had embellished all around with pictures in her way! Have you found her blog? It's marvelous! She lives like a regular gal and I love that! She has this old timey stove in her kitchen. I wish you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving, sweet friend.
    You're always a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. I love this idea for placemats. Never thought of it before!

  6. What a great idea for calendar pages, you Clever Gal! Susan's are particularly adorable. I am displaying some of the same ones you are...the Delicious Autumn heart is on my cobbled stove top jelly cupboard. It's hiding a boo-boo that I don't like. What sweet ornaments and how fun for your friends to take something special home with them.

  7. I have not ever heard of those calendars- how cute! That was a super idea to laminate the pages for bunco and a cute prize for the winners. I definitely love any bread smothered in honey butter- yummy!

  8. What a great way to make place mats. Some of the calendars I keep because they are so pretty. Great way to save them. Thanks so much for the idea.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for the cornbread recipe.

  9. Great idea to turn the calendar pages into placemats. You clever girl!
    Cute ornament door prizes too.

  10. I love Susan Branch and have several of her books. I love how you have used the calendar pages! My favorite book is her Girlfriends book.

  11. Brilliant! You are such a clever lady with so many fun and practical ideas. I love corn bread. Your recipe looks delicious. I am going to have to make time to make some placemats and some corn bread. Have a nice weekend BJ.

  12. I love the idea of the placemats, I may just try it with a calendar I have here. And that Iowa cornbread sounds really nice...


  13. What a terrific idea BJ! I also love Susan Branch calenders! Maybe I have a new inspirational craft project! What a fun post this was!!!

  14. Great idea to laminate those cute pages! Enjoy your day dear B.J. Sending HUGS your way!

  15. BJ, How very clever making mats from the calendar. I love the way it all looks too. I wish I near by so I could come watch you girls plays. I was telling my daughter about this fun you have. Blessings for a great day. xoxo,Susie

  16. My favorite ornaments of mine had been the ones I made when I was little. There's a lot on the tree where I can remember where I got them and when.

  17. I love her art and to make placemats out of her calendar pages is brilliant! and oh so cute! Your Bunco ladies must have a great time when they come to your home!

  18. Oh, what a neat idea. And a sticker of any kind would work. Just in case someone dropped something on the floor and reached down to pick it up and saw the sticker. If it were just an ordinary sticker from a child's sticker book, they would think a kid put it there and be clueless that there might be a prize. I think I'm going to use your idea soon! :-)

  19. your festive post just made me so happy!

  20. What a great idea to laminate the calendar months like that! Love it. I've got one of her calendars on my wall to the right of my computer. I so enjoyed her book about her trip to England. Your tables looked great for bunco!

  21. Your Christmas ornaments were so cute I know the winners were delighted to get them. Those laminated calendar month are a great idea and so nice. The recipes sound delicious. Have a blessed day. Madeline

    1. The place mat idea is the best! Even totally non crafty me could do that! Adorable ornaments too ....

  22. What a wonderful way to keep enjoying Susan's art! You must be some kind of genius, laminating the pages like that! I love her art, hate throwing such beauty away. Thanks for a great tip!

  23. What a cute idea of laminating the pages, bj! You're so clever!! I'll be the ladies that won the ornaments were thrilled. Yes, Susan's cornbread sounds delish and so different with the spices in it. I'd love to try it. Are these recipes from her Autumn book?

  24. Hi, bj!

    You are so creative! I love the laminated placemats and the ornaments. Great idea for the winners.

    I am now signed up to receive your e-mails, so I'll be sure to see your posts.
    I am following you with G+ but not receiving your posts that way. I don't know why.

    Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  25. Boy this corn bread sound delish! I just copied and pasted the recipe to my desktop....very unique having orange zest and cinnamon in it! The calendar placemats was really a cute idea too! Have great weekend!

  26. Clever way to repurpose the calendar pages. The little ornaments you gave away are adorable. Sounds like everyone had a fun time.

  27. This is GENIUS!! I love those calendars, but never know what to do with them from year to year. Imagine if I'd have kept four years' worth. I could have had a set of placemats for every month. I'm starting this year. Thanks for the great idea. I am your newest follower.

  28. What a great idea! I bet a lot of people are slapping their foreheads thinking Why didn't I think of that! Sounds like a great party.Happy Pink Saturday!

  29. Loved the placemats . . . Great idea.
    Great Bunco party theme . . .
    You scored a PERFECT!

  30. What a cool idea! Love those laminated placemats! I keep mine too. Love those cute little ornaments!

  31. Love your place mats and adding the little Christmas ornament on each table was so cute too. Looks like you had a lot of fun.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  32. Good idea about the placemats. Ornies are cute. Good girl for getting your flu shot.


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