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Festive Tree, Wreath and Sweet Treat Recipes for Holiday Gatherings!

December has arrived, and the festivities have begun! Here are some recipes and ideas for your holiday gatherings Let’s start with one of the classic Christmas icons, the Christmas Tree! How about a Spinach Dip Evergreen Pastry Tree A lot of Wow factor for your holiday party! Here’s another version of a pastry tree, this … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Whimsical Tree Designs

Several weeks ago we made Holiday Bags, Tags & Wraps with a Santa design, a string of lights and a reindeer Today we’re going to draw some whimsical trees that you can also use to make quick gift tags, cards or even painted ornaments! The Curly Swirly Tree, top right, starts with curl or “S” … Continue reading

Tales of the Traveling Tote, “Back & Forthing”

I know we’re all thinking, it’s December ??? How did that happen!!! I guess we all were busy enjoying Fall fun! It’s time for another Tale of the Traveling Tote and a giveaway~ We are 10 ladies who have a passion for MacKenzie-Childs and all have the same Courtly Check tote Every 3 months we … Continue reading

Winter Wonderland Tray

Time is flying by this year and December is on the horizon~ It’s time for the Winter Blog Tour This time we are featuring Winter Wonderland trays! Thank you to our very special hostess Katherine of Katherine’s Corner Welcome readers, friends and visitors from Maria at Pure Happy Home Today I’m going to show you … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday

No recipe today, I am part of the Winter Wonderland on a Tray blog tour and we were asked to all publish at 11am EST tomorrow! I messed up and published mine today! I hope you’ll stop back by and see all the beautiful trays and get inspired for your winter decorating! Coming up next … Continue reading

The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror it’s time for more holiday planning, parties, and food! You can see photos of all the recipes I’m thinking about making in December in the December section of my monthly Pinterest board here or click on the links below There are also photos of the recipes I’ve made … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Mimosa Station Sign

I’m taking a short Thanksgiving break today, so I am re-sharing a post from 2016 A festive thing you can do for upcoming holiday gatherings, is to set up a Mimosa station All you need is a sign and the ingredients for Mimosas! I set up the Mimosa station on our bar but you can … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving!

Five little turkeys sitting in the hay The first one said, “It’s Thanksgiving Day!” The second one said, “What’s that I spy?” The third one said, “It’s Pumpkin Pie!” The fourth one said, “Oh what a treat!” The fifth one said, “C’mon, let’s eat!” Then they went to the table,With a wobble, wobble, wobbleAnd they … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Holiday Flatbread with Thanksgiving Leftovers

I know this is a very busy week in the USA with many of us preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving with a feast of fall foods And with that feast comes leftovers I am actually traveling today so I am re-sharing a great recipe for a flatbread that will transform your holiday food! Cranberry is a … Continue reading

Sunday Supper, Slow Cooker Broccoli Asiago Soup

It has been unseasonably cold here this past week, as it has been in many places in the US, perfect weather for a steaming bowl of hearty soup! After making Easy Cheesy Pulled Pork Enchiladas with leftover pulled pork there was still a little pulled pork left, Perfect for making little pork buns to pair … Continue reading