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Party Panche, Peppermint Candyland Cake

  I have been having a very festive birthday week!         It kicked off with a wonderful dinner at a long time BFF’s house         She had quite a candle on my birthday cake plate!         I also made a cake for my family to enjoy … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Merry Birthday!

  A lot of people think it’s unfortunate to have a birthday so close to Christmas… Not me!     Having a December birthday has always made me feel extra special 🎄 Everything is Merry & Jolly with lights, ribbons, and sparkle…         I set a Merry table in the foyer for … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, Amped Up Taco Tuesday!

  We often have tacos during the week The boys love them and they are so easy to make       We have made them in a variety of ways     Loaded Chicken and Vegetable Taco Bake   Baked Ground Beef and Refried Beans Tacos   Taco Salad is my personal favorite   … Continue reading

Party Panache, Spinach & Butternut Squash Lasagna

  Do you have a traditional dish you serve on Christmas Eve?         I know a lot of people have lasagna         Even though lasagna takes a little time to prep, it’s a perfect do ahead meal for busy holidays         This lasagna has layers of … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Holiday Lights Gift Bag

  Today we’re going to make some gift bags!         This is super fun and you do not have to have special skills, I promise!         Draw a loopy line with a felt tip marker         Then draw another line weaving back and forth over the … Continue reading

Party Panache, Puff Pastry Mini Monte Cristos

  There is a recipe on the December Paint Bucket that is very similar to one of my long time favorites, Puff Pastry Bites from Ina Garten She is one of my favorite chefs from the Food Network I love her directness, she simply prepares food well She doesn’t fuss over things or make complicated … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Tis the Season!

  With our turkey barely digested, here we are in the first week of December! ‘Tis the Season!           Welcome to the annual Celebrate & Decorate Christmas Tablescape Hop Tables to delight and inspire you all week long!           Ho ho ho, here we go!     … Continue reading

Take-out Tuesday, the BEST 4 Ingredient Dinner Ever!

  HHjr and I sort of tag team dinners during the week Even though he loves to cook, between his work schedule and the boys afternoon activities, I often shop and/or cook to help him out because he cooks so many things for me         “Do you want me to throw something … Continue reading

Tales of the Traveling Tote #21, Fabulous Fall

  Happy December!  🎉 Welcome to the Tales of the Traveling Tote #21 My tote, “Miss Coquille” and I have had a fabulous fall           We kicked off September with a 3 generation family reunion at the beach house       I took Miss Coquille with me to visit CCOG … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Holiday Chargers

    Is your tradition spending Thanksgiving weekend decorating for Christmas?         We always get a real tree, but don’t put it up until closer to Christmas In the meantime I enjoy decorating other parts of the house Especially the table!       Today we are going to paint some holiday … Continue reading

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