So remember those pretty poinsettias on my front porch? Well, I stole borrowed them (with every intention of returning them!) from my mom’s house down the road.
I really WAS going to return them, but they just looked so pretty and at home at my house. My mom being all amazing and everything generously agreed they could stay at my house this year.
So while she was in Florida a few weeks ago “Santa and her elves” showed up at her house to bring some Christmas cheer to her front door.
Her front porch doesn’t need much help, my parents house is gorgeous! Any scrap of decorating talent I have comes from my talented mother.
I got these trees from Bed Bath and Beyond but they looked a little scrawny so I added some twigs, faux berries and some icy looking branches from Hobby Lobby. My 4 year old “elf helper” insisted on the candy cane balls, and I think they actually worked out perfect (watch out for her blog in 2030 or her hologram web cast or whatever they will have then :) )
I shopped her house and found these lanterns and my old ice skates – if the lake freezes over this year I’m totally trying these out again…stay tuned for the “I broke my ankle ice skating” post…
I got these lanterns half off at Hobby Lobby – I may need to “borrow” these at some point too!
So what do you think, not a bad trade off? Also, don’t you want to see more of my moms house?? I’m trying to talk her into letting me do a little house tour post in January…if you’re interested.
I love making Christmas Cookies, and ever since I was a little girl these were the ones I looked forward to making the most – they are so fun!
Isn’t it awesome? I get excited every time I get the box out.
The recipe booklet is so fun (not to mention Good Housekeeping Guaranteed!).
I must say I do “enjoy many compliments on these clever cookies”. :)
Alright, ready to be your very own “fancy cooky artist”?
Make your batter.
Fill cookie press (or pastry bag)
Make small wreaths on an ungreased cookie sheet.
(Speaking of vintage, check out my cookie sheet. Yikes, the poor thing gets a lot of use!)
Decorate with green sprinkles and cinnamon candies.
Bake and enjoy!
My grandma always had us double the recipe, because we split them all up, so I’ll do the same here. These make great little gifts to hand out (or just eat them all yourself…like I did).
Hi Everyone! Welcome to my Holiday Home Tour. I have been sharing all sorts of fun Christmas decor over the past few weeks, so I thought I would put it all in one place. Come on in!
Ok, wait, back it up a minute, let’s start outside :)
I decked out the front of our house this year with lots of faux poinsettias…and bouncy balls…
You can read about the bouncy balls here (hint those aren’t giant ornaments in my window boxes!)
Next stop, my North Pole pack your Christmas tree in your suitcase entry way.
(Read all about the hives, spiders, and hunters oh my…here)
Stop off for a little kitchen vignette (which is totally impractical and the Mr. keeps complaining about pine cones by his cereal bowl :) )
Swing on thru to the family room and our tree.
Don’t forget the fireplace mantel.
My jingle bell centerpiece in the dining area.
Oh and my favorite project – my Christmas Chalkboard.
That’s what I have so far, I have a few more projects on the to do list, but I’ll leave you with one last shot of the Christmas Tree (and a little peek at the lake in the evening – sooo pretty!)
In keeping with my natural woodsy Christmas theme this year my tree has the same log cabiny snowy vibe happening.
I used a lot of burlap ribbon and natural elements like pine cones.
This Happy Holidays ribbon I found at Michael’s and just cut it and stuck it in the tree, doesn’t get easier than that.
This idea is all over Pinterest but I modge podged some ornaments in book pages. Most people use beautiful old music sheets or vintage books. I used an old paperback detective story I picked up at a junk shop, I don’t necessarily recommend this! The Mr. pointed out there were a few 4 letter words on them that I didn’t notice, oops! Nothing says Merry Christmas like curse word laden ornaments :)
I also love all the flocked trees I have been seeing, so I picked up a couple of cheap flocked garlands and wound them thru my tree to give me the same look.
I made this cute garland out of old book pages (curse word free this time!) and yarn.
Remember my DIY wrapping paper? I’ve been busy spray painting more.
(just noticing as I edit this photo that my favorite 4 year old put her little red and green Christmas chain on the tree, sneaky girl, can you spot it?)
So, didn’t think you would need an instruction manual to read my chalkboard, did you?
Me neither, it all made sense in my head…until the Mr. pointed out it didn’t…
Here, we’ll do a test – read this:
Now did you:
A. Read it left to right
B. Correctly read it clockwise?
If you said clockwise, congratulations! Your brain works like mine, or should I say sorry, your brain works like mine? :)
I got this idea to make a wreath using Isaiah 9:6 when I was paging through the Rachel Ray Magazine at my mom’s house. They had artwork that was a wreath like this, but the wording was all about what was in the magazine issue. (I tried going to the website to find it, but had no luck!)
After sketching it all out, it made sense in my head to obviously draw the words around the circle but I guess I could see how it makes sense to read it left to right as well…not like we read left to right normally or anything…ahem…
For the people that answered A. above,
let me share my Handy Dandy Instruction Manual with you –
See, makes so much more sense that way, right?
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”
I love that verse especially at Christmas time, I can’t hear it without singing (in my head, you do not want to hear that out loud) Handel’s Messiah “Unto Us”. So beautiful, my Grandpa always had it playing at Christmas when I was a little girl.
After seeing these pictures, I realize I need to clean it up a bit more, I had it about 75% done when my favorite little 4 year old ran her fingers thru it when I was changing her brother’s diaper.
I put her to bed, had a glass of wine, and reworked the whole thing, and it actually came out better the 2nd time, so maybe she did me a favor…
or maybe it just looks better after the wine? :)
Am I crazy? Did you answer B too?
Hi everyone! Whew, we have almost made it through the week! Both my munchkins have horrible ear infections (the preschool germs just keep on giving) so it has been a loooooooooong week thus far, not to mention sleepless. I’m wishing I had another serving of this cake and a nap right about now :)
Earlier in the week I shared the Warm Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese Fritters that I made this past weekend for the Mr. and I for dinner. Now we can get to the good stuff!
This. Is. So. Good.
and so worth the extra miles at the gym…
ok, I soooo didn’t go to the gym the next day, but I did go to Home Goods! I’m sure I logged a few miles shopping :)
This is another recipe I adapted from The Common Grill cookbook “Return to the Common Grill”.
(You can find the book on their website, seriously, go pick it up!)
First make your cakes
Then the caramel sauce
Lastly the Toffee Pecans
Assemble and enjoy (don’t forget the ice cream)!
She did manage to get a few bites actually in her mouth :)
The Mr. was away on business this week, which left me eating grilled cheese sandwiches and carrot sticks with the kiddos all week. Needless to say I was ready for some “grown up” food by the time the weekend hit.
This salad is so delicious, and it’s hearty enough for an entree. The recipe actually calls to add grilled chicken on top but I totally forgot to buy chicken at the grocery store didn’t, um, feel like chicken…
This recipe is from one of my favorite restaurants from when we used to live over in Ann Arbor. It’s called the Common Grill. We only lived there about 6 months (in which time we purchased, gutted, remodeled, and sold a house just as the last coat of paint was drying, but that’s a story for another day! Ooh maybe I’ll do a before and after post about it hmmm…), but I think we ate at the Common Grill at least 10 times! Luckily for me (and you) the Chef has written 2 amazing cookbooks so I can make some of my favorite dishes at home.
I modified this recipe a bit so I could make it for just the hubby and I. I’m not gonna lie this is a little more labor intensive than your average salad, but it’s worth it.
1st make the goat cheese fritters
Then caramelize the pears.
This was another great “Date Night In” meal but what I’m really excited to share with you is the amazing dessert I made to go with…hope you come back later in the week to check it out (although you may want to hit the gym now, it’s not exactly low cal :) )!
And if you are anywhere near Chelsea MI you have to try the Common Grill, it’s sooooo good. Or check out their website where you can order one of their fantastic cookbooks! (the recipe this was based on is in “Return to the Common Grill”)