Saturday Morning Gather #11

gath•er: to come together or bring together into one group, collection or place

I hope you’re having a wonderful New Year’s Day, and had a great evening ringing in the New Year!!

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is behind us and we are beginning a brand new year!

Do you make New Years resolutions??

I decided years ago not to put that pressure on myself, because let’s face it, we often quickly let ourselves down.

Instead, I make a list of goals I would like to accomplish during the year. Sometimes, I even break it out into monthly projects/goals to give myself a guideline and make things a bit more attainable and realistic.

But, I am having to learn to give myself some grace throughout the year when things unexpectedly come up and throw my schedule off.

on the blog

This week, on the blog, I shared how to make a poinsettia topiary and give your holiday flowers a bit of a new look. If you missed it, you can see that DIY here.

white poinsettia made into topiary sitting in white cast iron urn on top of vintage book in front of vintage mirror beside vintage wooden clock

I also teamed up with 5 other bloggers and we shared some fun and creative ideas for a New Year’s Eve celebration. Although, that is behind us, you might want to pop over and take a look and Pin some of the ideas/images for next year.

Pinterest graphic for 9 amazing ideas to celebrate the New Year

in other random news

Several years ago, when we moved into the farmhouse, I started hosting New Year’s Day lunch.

Some of our local friends join us, and I make chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, cabbage, and of course black eyed peas.

For dessert, we have buttermilk pie, with fresh strawberry slices. If you haven’t made or had buttermilk pie, you are missing out! This recipe is super easy and delicious!!!!

I love decorating the table and this tradition is why I decided to leave my Christmas tree up and decorate it with my vintage clock face collection.

The tree stands right beside the dining table, and I think it’s fun to have it decorated for the occasion.

white vintage christmas tree decorated with vintage clock faces black/white striped ribbon and silver vintage christmas balls white cane back chair beside tree
Last Year’s Tree
cream vintage christmas tree decorated with vintage clock faces in a white vintage planter box christmas tree stand
This Year’s Tree

I also made this cute charcuterie board for a New Year’s Eve get together with friends.

charcuterie board on a wooden cutting board in the shape of a clock with numbers 1 throught 6 white cheeses white popcorn white crackers make up the clock face and black olives blackberries blueberries and chocolate covered almonds are the number shapes

I used several different white cheeses, a couple of white crackers, cauliflower and popcorn for the face of the clock. Then I used blueberries, blackberries, chocolate almonds, roasted almonds and kalamata olives for the numbers.

I ordered the number cookie cutters here.

And I bordered the clock with mini cheese balls. This has been my go to cheese ball recipe for over 30 years. It is creamy and delicious and always a crowd pleaser.

Typically, I make it as 1 large cheese ball, but I decided to try it as mini cheese balls recently, and I think I even like that better.

Recipe coming this next week, so be sure and check back!!

Lastly, I want to thank the ladies of The Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop for featuring my New Year’s tablescape this week. If you haven’t been following this blog hop, you should definitely pop over and take a look. There is SO much inspiration and ideas every week from some many bloggers.

and some other amazing things I found…..

This delicious Spice Friendship Tea

and I can’t wait to try this Rosemary Champagne Cocktail with Blood Orange

and these yummy Cranberry and Pistachio Shortbread Cookies.

I hope you found some inspiration at our Saturday Morning Gather today!

blessings and Happy New Year,

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  1. Happy New Year Michele! Both versions of the New Years tree are gorgeous – what a great idea!

    1. Thank you! I have really enjoyed decorating it for New Year’s with my clock collection.

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