Holidays, Christmas in July, Holiday Jump Start

When I walked into Hobby Lobby last week and saw the employees filling up the shelves with Christmas and holiday items I was shocked…not that I don’t realize that stores, especially craft stores, start pushing holidays early… I think I was surprised that summer was already starting to wind down! Well, if you can’t fight … Continue reading

Holidays, Cranberry Pie

This cranberry pie is light and refreshing     It’s an ideal dessert after a heavy holiday meal         The crust is really different, it’s made with Gingersnap cookies and pecans       Crush the cookies in a plastic bag with a rolling pin or use a food processor     … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Coal Candy

  Have you been good this year?     Santa’s watching you know…         And he has a large supply of coal!         The elves make it for him         They melt chocolate and butterscotch chips         Then they add peanut butter   … Continue reading

Gifts from the Kitchen, Last Minute Easy Gifts in a Snap!

  “Hey Mom, can you give me some ideas for a cute and easy food type gift for my co-workers?”       Rosemary salt   Peppermint Snowballs Everything Seasoning Bacon Salt   Holiday Jars Coconut Rum Snowball in a Jar Praline Pecans Cheddar Cheese Cookies Almond Spirals White Trash Snack Mix Raspberry White Chocolate … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Candyland

    Is there anything cuter than the sheer delight candy brings to a child’s face? The tricky part is keeping them from eating it!     TheΒ  gingerbread houses were ready for decorating with muffin tins full of goodies       And I was itching to do a little decorating myself…     … Continue reading

Holidays, Angel choir Vignette

  One of my favorite decorations for the holidays are these humble angels made with burlap, wine bottles, pipe cleaners and shiny decorative trimmings {tutorial here}     They moveΒ  around from year to year     Singing on the mantel       on a shelf     or a sofa table     … Continue reading

Fearless Friday, Festival of Trees

How many ways can you draw a holiday tree?   hmmm….let’s see!     So many styles and possibilities!     Fun to color too!   I used watercolor pencils for the mod tree, coloring it in an ombre style from light to dark and then using a waterbrush to blend   The traditional tree … Continue reading

Tablescapes, Holiday Woodland

  I seem to be decorating backwards this year πŸ˜‚     Our tree is still in a bucket of water outside but the dining room table is ready for Christmas Eve!       Welcome to the annual Celebrate & Decorate Christmas Tablescape Blog Hop     Chloe keeps us hopping every season when … Continue reading

Holidays, Coastal Christmas

Welcome to day 4 of the Celebrate and Decorate Holiday Home Hop! It brings me great JOY to have you here!     We don’t spend much time at our coastal home during the holidays       But we love to decorate and enjoy the holiday decor over New Year’s and into January   … Continue reading

The Organized Life, December Paint Bucket

December, 2 days away! πŸŽ„ Are you ready?? 🎁 Will you be baking up a storm?Β Β Β  Traveling? This is the one month I don’t travel, and I will be happily in place at the North Pole, decking the halls, and doing all things Merry   In fact, the Paint Bucket is posting early for December … Continue reading

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