504 Main by Holly Lefevre
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Friday, November 20, 2015

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Randall's 

Are you ready for the holiday festivities? I know when this time of year rolls around I am always looking for easy appetizers and desserts for on-the-go entertaining and last minute social engagements. Easy to me means a few ingredients, a couple of shortcuts, and can be made quickly with minimal prep. Well, this Blue Cheese Cranberry Pull Apart appetizer fits all of those requirements!

Holiday appetizer baked in a pan

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

Buying Christmas gifts for my teenage boy is hard work! He has aged out of toys...well sort of, now he wants those very expensive electronic toys! LOL! It takes some thought to find smaller, affordable gifts that make him happy and make me happy. Of course, if I was going for "mom happy" there would be a vegetable-of-the-day club membership, a book, deodorant, and new socks, but you can imagine how well that would go over! Well, I think this year, I have collected a few affordable and necessary, "teenager-approved" items all nicely packaged in a Mason Jar!
This gift in a mason jar has a dual function: It is a drinking glass after he opens the gift!

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

While my mind has already jumped ahead to Christmas....I took a moment to come back to November and create a quick and simple GIVE THANKS Banner for Thanksgiving...or if I would have planned better it could have been for the entire Fall season.

The banner is pretty darn easy. You need to be able to paint, cut and glue. You can do that, right?

Now since Thanksgiving is right around the corner...let's get crafting!

  • 2 1/2 yards Jute Webbing, cut into 7" lengths. It comes in black and red. I used black for this project.
  • I chose to use black. This is available online and at fabric stores, usually in the upholstery section. I purchased this at Hobby Lobby.
  • Paint.
  • I used American Multi-Surface Satin in Paprika (DecoArt)
  • Pouncer.
  • This works better than a brush for stenciling. If you don't have a pouncer, a foam brush would be my next choice.
  • Lettering.
  • I used American Simple Script Stencil. I use this stencil ALL THE TIME!
  • 3 yards basic twine.
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue and Hot Glue Gun 

Make It!
  • Cover your work surface...On occasion the paint will bleed through the burlap.
  • Cut the Jute Webbing into 7" lengths. 
  • You need 11 pieces.
  • I like to notch my banners. At the center mark up about 1". Then cut from each side up to the 1" mark. OR mark up 1", fold the rectangle in half and cut while doubled.
  • Stencil. 
  • Place some paint on a paper plate and then pouncer the pouncer into the paint. Use part of the plate to tap off excess paint.
  • About 1/2" up from the notch on the bottom of the banner piece, place the bottom of your stencil (centered horizontally).
  • If you are not experienced with stencils, take the time to tape the stencil down to keep it from moving.
  • I just hold mine with one hand.
  • Carefully pounce the pouncer loaded with paint all over the stencil.
  • Carefully remove the stencil.
  • Wipe the stencil clean to ensure the paint does not smear onto your other banner pieces.

  • Cut a length of twine 3 yards long.
  • Lay it across the table.
  • Turn on the hot glue gun to heat up.
  • Lay the letters out in order. Place a blank banner piece between GIVE and THANKS
  • Fold over the top edge of each banner piece about 1/2" to 3/4" 
  • Place a line of hot glue in the fold and up the sides and across the edge.
  • Place the twine in the glue in the fold and then fold over the top to sandwich the twine between the layers.
  • Repeat until you are finished.
  • I work with my letters upside down.

Now, just decide where you want to hang it, make a loop on each end of the twine and decorate!

Do You decorate for Thanksgiving?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I am really not obsessed with Christmas ornaments...well, maybe I am. A couple of weeks ago I made those A-dorable Rustic Wood Christmas Ornaments and now I seriously cannot stop thinking of ornament ideas...and what's better than incorporating photos of your kids, pets, family and close friends into homemade Christmas ornaments?!!!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

I live in a house full of cookie monsters. I love baking cookies, but seriously cannot keep them in the house...gobble, gobble, gobble! These M&M Oatmeal Cornflake Cookies have that same problem - vanishing - stolen by the cookie monsters! They are sweet and crunchy with a hint of chocolatey goodness!

M&M Oatmeal Cornflake Cookies are the perfect blencd of sweet, crunchy and chewy.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

One of my favorite things to do during the holidays is to make ornaments with my kids, my parents, whoever happens to stop by. Did I lose you with Christmas talk already? No! No!...don't go away, I know its a wee bit early to chat about Christmas, but if you start now, you can create a bevy of beautiful handmade ornaments and make beautiful memories at the same time. The ornaments we have made over the years are my favorite ones to hang on the tree.

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Friday, October 23, 2015

I made these DIY Magical Floating Ghosts for my son's first grade Halloween party. He's 14 now...so yeah, sometimes it take me awhile to get around to sharing my ideas (I did not even know what a blog was back then!). They kids loved these little ghosts. I still have the ghost my son made in first grade and my daughter was playing with it...so it was time to revamp it and share!

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Let's get something straight...I love to bake -  I have always been a good baker. Cooking, on the other hand...well, it has not come naturally...and my family is P-I-C-K-Y. I find myself making the same things over and over and they get bored and I get frustrated...BUT I do have a few tricks up my sleeve and this Flavorful Slow Cooker Chicken is one of them!

I am not a big meat-eater (which is like a sin in Texas) but my family, especially my husband needs his meat for every meal. I continue to test and try different recipes to find combinations of flavors that he (and the kiddos like)...and this super flavorful slow cooker chicken is a "winner, winner, chicken dinner!"

  • 1 Whole chicken, with all the stuff inside removed, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican oregano (ow regular oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup organic low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 white onion, sliced (Optional)

Make it!
  • Mix the softened butter with all of the spices, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  • Remove the insides of the chicken, rinse it and pat dry
  • Breast side up, gently use your fingers to separate the skin from the meat.
  • Use your fingers to place the butter mixture between the skin and meat all  over the breast and into the wings and drumsticks (as best you can).
  • Place 1 cup chicken broth into the slow cooker.
  • Turn slow cooker on "low."
  • Place chicken in slow cooker, breast side up.
  • Add the onion to the slow cooker.
  • Cook for 4-5 hours.
This chicken is so moist and tender...it literally falls apart as you remove it from the slow cooker, which is fine by me...no carving!

I make this chicken all the time and it works so well with our busy schedules. We use it in salads, serve it with rice and pasta, and in chicken tacos! Whew! Everyone is happy!

You can also play around with the spice combinations - add more or your favorite...and it is amazing when some preserved lemons - they add a richness to the dish.
Adding preserved lemons to your favorite dishes brings new life to them.
Now go grab and chicken and make dinner tomorrow easy peasy!

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

I am seriously obsessed with tote bags. I always have been. I NEVER carried a backpack in school...I always had a tote bag. Now I use them for everything, and they are perfect for shopping, the library, toys or whatever you need toted somewhere!
Heat Trasnfer Horse tote bag made with the #Silhouette
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Monday, October 5, 2015

I LOVE Fall. The weather is amazing and it is finally time to bake with my favorite flavors - nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin...and gingerbread! So I had some (very ugly) bananas begging to be made into bread, but felt the need to give this banana bread a Fall twist by adding the flavors of gingerbread....and a few chocolate chips (because they make life better!).

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Once upon a time I lived in a quirky beach town where I could do just about anything I wanted to my house. Now I live in a new HOA-governed community and  I cannot paint my door crazy colors or have lots of "treasures" hanging out  on my porch...so its a good thing I love wreaths...because that is one way I can always personalize my entrance. And I do love a gorgeous wreath!

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