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Tablescapes, Sparkling Holiday

    Welcome to Celebrate and Decorate’s annual Christmas Tablescape Hop! You will see many different styles, decor, and ideas from some very talented tablescapers!         Are you super organized and have your home decorated to perfection, with shopping done, gifts wrapped and cards in the mail?       Not me, … Continue reading

Recipe Box, Rosemary Parmesan Biscuit Bubbles

  Warning, these little bites of biscuits just might be addicting!         They are soft on the inside with crunchy Parmesan crust on the outside and scented with a delicate amount of rosemary         And they are so simple to make, you will have plenty of time for jingle … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Easy Cheesy Chowder with ham, corn & potatoes

  Looking for an easy comforting meal during these days of holiday hustle?       This loaded chowder will fill your tummy with ham, corn, potatoes, all in a easy cheesy chowder         Set your slow cooker on high and add the butter.  Chop onions and celery and throw it in there … Continue reading

Holidays, These are a few of my Favorite Things!

I do hope your tinsel is not in a tangle and you are enjoying the festive messy merriment of the season! My house is still in somewhat of a jumble, but I am embracing the fun and letting go of the concept of perfection… Today I want to share some of my favorite things to … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Fishing Frosty

I haven’t made much time for art lately, and I heard myself telling one of my artist buddies that I was going to get back into it in January with a daily challenge…         And then I thought, no, I’m going to start now!!         Doodlewash has subject prompts … Continue reading

Party Panache, Bacon Wrapped Brussels with Cranberry Orange Glaze

I know I post a LOT of Brussels sprouts recipes { one of my very favorite foods } BUT WAIT! This recipe also includes a delicious Maple- Orange Cranberry Sauce from French Gardner Dishes that will go perfectly with your holiday meats!         I made this for Thanksgiving and used the leftover … Continue reading

Party Panache, Sweet Potato Spirals with Ham & Cheese

  Wow, what a Saturday!         We had some of our favorite fans over to watch the SEC Championship game, and there was never a dull moment!       Football means food, but neither HHjr or I had time to make much…         I finally got the pumpkins … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, National Cookie Day

  Did you know cookies were invented in Persia in the 7th century?? Yikes! I wonder how many cookie recipes are in existence?         Well, since Dec 4 is National Cookie Day, I thought I’d post a round up of my holiday cookie recipes just in time for  holiday baking!     … Continue reading

Tales of the Traveling Tote Fall Adventures

  Welcome to the December 1 Tales of the Traveling Tote! Join me and the other Tote Gals while we share our fall adventures.  I was so thrilled to be asked to join this group several years ago when I received my Tote for Christmas.  Even though I have only met 2 of these ladies, … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Painting Gnomes

    Earlier this week we created easy gnomes with bottles, felt and yarn, so today let’s take it one step further and paint some!         Use craft paint that is specifically for glass, you can see a great tutorial here for a full explanation of glass painting and curing     … Continue reading

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