We LOVE to decorate our Christmas tree! It’s totally a fun family night where we have hot apple cider and listen to Christmas music while trimming the tree. Growing up, it was one of the things I looked most forward to each holiday season (aside from the candy bar trains!) So here is a holiday play list for you to enjoy while you decorate your little hearts out!
Start your holiday entertaining engines! It seems like people barely tolerated Halloween this year before completely skipping Thanksgiving and moving right on to Christmas. In any case, the holiday entertaining season is upon us and as long as you do a little holiday party prep, you’ll be ready for large parties, last-minute get togethers or even super informal family hangouts. And hopefully remain stress free…
Tell me I’m not the only one who gains, like, 15 pounds over the holidays? I mean, you go to people’s homes and you HAVE to eat what they are serving. You don’t want to be rude, right? Sure, I’ll try your deep-fried turkey. Yes, I’ll eat every holiday cookie you put out on your table. That is what a good guest does. So I’ve decided I’ll keep my party appetizers healthy this year. But just because they are better for you, doesn’t mean they are any less delicious. Here’s how to put out a pretty party spread, to please your guests, and not get you blamed for causing love handles.
Ahhhhhh. Fall is in the air. It’s time to start thinking about those favorite holiday snacks. For years, I waited on my best friend’s mother-in-law to start sending out her coveted Chex Mix. It’s true, not all Chex Mix is created equal. And since I could never bribe the recipe out of her, I decided to create my own. This Chex Mix recipe is crazy good and super savory, which I’m totally looking for in my snack mix. Make sure to pin this for all your holiday snacking needs!
*This post is sponsored by Rich’s Products as part of the Bakery Because “Give the gift of deliciousness” campaign.
If you know me well, you know that I over think everything. Often, I get an idea and it spirals out of control until it is so big, and such a production that I don’t have the energy to do it anymore. But if I can get out of my own head, I can simplify things and not lose the intention behind it. Take for instance, sweet treats. I love sugar. And most other people do too. But I don’t need to spend days baking special treats to show someone my appreciation or love. Store bought treats are there for me, ready to use. While they might be a little plain for my liking, all it takes is a moment to jazz them up and put a little “me” in it.
Your local grocery store’s bakery section is an untapped resource. For real. Mine has a crazy amount of baked goods, decorated cakes, cookies, and even accessories (the coolest candles and sprinkles!) So why not embrace it and take some of the stress off of yourself. And guess what else? These things taste amazing!
I decided to pick up some goodies and give them a little repacking makeover. All I needed was some cardstock and Duck tape to get me started. Super easy.
I used plain cookies and then picked up other supplies at the store to create individual cookie decorating gifts. For no other reason than to make someone’s day. But of course these would work as Valentine’s too. But guess what? The store also has frosted cookies! Instead of these kits, you could just pop the pre-decorated cookies in clear cello bags – letting their cuteness show through. Even easier.
Growing up there were a few things I could always count on my mom to make during the holidays. One of these things is her Homemade Cinnamon Candy. Aside from working with boiling hot molten sugar lava, the recipe is pretty easy to make. I had my mom make it with me (for me) for this post. Side note, she also fed me and my son lunch while she made the candy. I think I may make my mom a full-time blog partner. It works out really well for me.
You just need some light corn syrup, straight up wonderful white sugar, water and cinnamon oil. You can find the cinnamon oil at your local craft store. Oh yeah, my mom also bought all the ingredients. The cinnamon oil came in a pack of two, each bottle being 1 dram. We only used one bottle, but if you like you cinnamon light-your-tongue-on-fire hot, you may want to use some of the other bottle as well.
It will take a while for the sugar to get to the right temperate. I think it took us about an hour. And can we talk for a moment about how freaking clean my mom’s stove top is? Gosh I wish I got her cleaning gene.