DECEMBER

DECEMBER

December 5, 2019

CHRISTMAS CREATIONS AT HOME..A SMALL HOLIDAY HOME TOUR


Remember the anticipation you felt as a child
of waking up on Christmas morning and rushing into the living room
to see what Santa brought to you and left under the tree...
oh to be a child again at Christmas...keep that joyous feeling in your heart!

Savor your days with the comforts of home.
There are days that I like being my age.
I am enjoying putting away the fall decor
and rummaging through all the Christmas decorations
to create our holiday home without rushing to get it all done.
This is simply the beginning of creating cozy corners
which still need a bit of tweaking.
So today, I invite you to take a peek inside
and enjoy a little home tour.


This little vignette is by our big bay window
so the lighting is always a bit tricky...


It's fun to see what little things you can add to a corner
to achieve the look of whimsy.....


Peppermint sticks are fabulous as stirrers for Hot COCOA.....


I purchased this darling little Santa last year
from the Valarie Par Hill line...isn't he too cute!!!


Santa in his warm fleece robe and fuzzy slippers
enjoying his cup of hot chocolate.....


I came across this darling little tin on Amazon which I knew
I wanted to use to hold a little Christmas pine......
This little vignette is a work in progress....
I am really drawn to vintage looks this year!


I decorated the kitchen island in a black and white theme..
these sweet little houses were from the Target dollar spot last year...
and they light up in the evenings!


It's fun to dress the Kitchen Aid for the holidays...
a few tea towels and a sweet little ornament added a perfect
and festive touch!


I plan on filling these with Christmas candy...the
grandchildren love these tins which I purchased
from the Container Store a few years ago.


I have had this spoon rest Santa for many years
and just love him on display!



I just love this snowman candle....
he is just happy hanging out on the Magnolia cake stand!!


The mantel is completed and I will say,
this was so much fun to design...


The theme is called Winter Blush
inspired by the Opalhouse Holiday Collection from Target and Pier One.



The Foyer


The theme I chose was Woodland Plaid!



Christmas Music and Baking Day while decorating.......




Morning coffee with warm freshly baked
Cranberry Bread......



Mae Mobley's Christmas tree.....


A peaceful December evening.....



Napping to Pandora Christmas......

This weekend we will put the tree up, decorate,
bake cookies and play our traditional Christmas music....
then it's on to the formal dining room and living room....
hope you are enjoying your December days......


Cheers Y'all.....

December 2, 2019

THANKSGIVING LOOKBOOK FOR 2019

The creation of the Thanksgiving gathering takes alot
of planning, scheduling, shopping, cooking, baking, cleaning
and decorating!
So, I am moving a bit slower moving on to Christmas preparation...
but....I'll get there....slowly but surely!
Here are a few highlights of our Thanksgiving festivities!


We held our familly dinner off until Saturday until
our youngst could drive home from Austin....
Thursday dinner was a big pot of chili, french bread and a 
delicious Brownie White Chocolate Mocha Trifle...a huge hit!
And, then there is full day of football games!


Satuday turned out to be a beautiful day....with the sun shining
and the temperature cool, breezy but not cold...perfect
for the Turkey Fry!


Yes, there was the ever beloved cheese ball....
the darling's favorite....actually, we all tease him about this......
"Dad has to have his cheese ball!!!!"


I did not do a huge appetizer table as I normally do since
there were just a few of us this year...


the Atlanta family was not able
to fly home and Nick and Cat were entertaining Cat's family this year....
however, they did join us Saturday evening to enjoy the leftovers!


Freshly baked yeast rolls...everyone loves these.....


Green Bean Casserole, cornbread dressing, my sage bread dressing,
mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry relish, cinnamon apples,
a fantastic Cranberry Orange Jello Salad, Apple pie and Pumpkin Pie!!!







We played countless games of Spoons....
a little game but so much fun!!!
This was a gift from the Divine Miss M!!


The family gathering...smaller this year,
yet still a blessed one!
I have loved seeing photos and reading about YOUR
Thanksgiving also.....much to be grateful for.....
and  now....
on to the Merriest month of the year!!!




November 29, 2019

CHRISTMAS COCOA BAR FOR 2019


I started small.....in the kitchen nook....
to create the Hot Cocoa Bar for the Christmas season!
It sends a message.....Home, Peace, Joy, Gather and Merry!!!!


This little mug and plaid tea pot were purchased
last year as part of the Hearth and Hand Magnolia collection...
all on sale at the end of the season!


I love the little red truck theme.....


How cute is this little tea pot with the plaid
matching the placemat?


The best message of all....I feel...PEACE


I have always loved mixing two candle scents...
Frosted Cranberry and Fresh Balsam.....


Here we go a caroling......


Now, this is a cute little coffee/hot cocoa  station to wake up to....
It's the holiday season....

November 27, 2019

AUTUMN PARTY MIX INFUSED WITH ROSEMARY

This party mix recipe was featured in
the Autumn edition of
Entertain and Celebrate
which I made for a Halloween party...
we all loved it!


This delicious snack mix
will be featured at our Thanksgiving gathering...it was that good!


Party Mix
4 cups corn and rice cereal (I used Crispix)
1 {16 ounce} bag pretzels
1 {12.4 ounce} box white cheddar crackers
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 T. fresh Rosemary
2 t. garlic powder
1 t. salt
1 t. chili powder
1 t. ground cumin

Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
spray two baking sheets with cooking spray
In a large bowl combine cereal, pretzels, and cheese crackers.
In a small bowl, combine melted butter 
and remaining ingredients.
drizzle butter over cereal mixture.
toss to coat evenly.
Spread mix out onto both baking sheets.
Bake for 30 minutes, turning
halfway through baking.



It's a great idea to purchase
little snack boxes for Party/Chex Mix
so people can wander inside and outside while
visiting or watching the football game on Thanksgiving day...
I am so excited for our favorite holiday of the year....



November 25, 2019

THE START OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON


As your family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving,
remember to enjoy the moments you have together....
it's the most special and magical time of year....
I am amazed that some have had their Christmas decor up
for a few months.....
Anyhoo, my thoughts are still with Autumn and all the delicious
bounty of Thanksgiving foods.....

But, if you would like to take a few minutes of rest
during this week, I thought you may enjoy a peek into the coming
holiday season...

The California kids are flying in for Thanksgiving,
but Jenn wanted to decorate for Christmas before they left....
as always, it's right out of a magazine....
Don't you LOVE this wreath she put up....
A Target exclusive!!!



She loves touches of red....I especially like
the buffalo plaid mixed in with a little glam!


Such a beautiful tree....this looks so, so festive!!!!


Hmmmm....looks like the start of a decadent trifle ahead.....


I have changed out my morning coffee mug and am ready
to start 2020 with a new calender....
2020??? Doesn't that sound odd?


Our first Christmas card for the season.....just love it!!!


The guest powder room is being dressed for the festivities!
A glorious scent combination of
Holly, Winter Florals tinged with touches of Eucalyptus and Rain! 


It's all in the details....
I love holiday tissue boxes in all the bathrooms!


Oh yum....Christmas chocolates!!!!


I have the loveliest ideas for each room....
I'm most excited for the mantel and dining room....
from Winter Blush to an Old World Christmas theme.....


And, I have eggnog, spiced tea and a fruitcake to begin
the merriment....Christmas music on Pandora....so
off we go...
wishing each and every one of you....
the most blessed and joyous Thanksgiving of 2019!!!!
See you in December!