Christmas Cookies

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Merry Christmas weekend friends!!! Who is still scrambling last minute to get things done? Me, always. I wanted to post a quick tutorial on my Christmas cookies because I’m pretty impressed with how they turned out, especially for a first timer on the frosting piping bag! Real talk…I DID NOT make these from scratch. I went straight for the Pillsbury sugar cookie dough from the refrigerated aisle and Betty Crocker vanilla frosting out of the can because, sorry, but mama’s got no time for “made-from-scratch” this year. 🙂 Where I spent my time was on the fun frosting! And is so much easier than it looks as long as you have frosting bag and plain round size 5 frosting tip.

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Holiday Cards

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Let’s be clear…I am by NO MEANS a johnny-on-the-spot, efficiently organized, if-you’re-on-time-you’re-late person…AT ALL! I mean, Christmas is 7 days away and I did the bulk of my gift shopping online last night. I’m a last minute, rushing around like a chicken with my head cut off, study 1 hour before a test kind of person. Always have been, probably always will be. Every year I tell myself that I’m going to be organized about our Christmas cards and get them out early. This was not that year. But…once again, thanks to Shutterfly, I had the cards ordered one morning while I drank my coffee and watched the munchkin play with his toys. The whole process took me about 15 minutes. Just pick your card design, upload your photo and boom! Holiday card perfection! There are so many layouts to choose from, with 1 photo or multiple photos, front and back designs and customizable text boxes so you can simply say “with love…” or write a little note to your loved ones about the highlights of your year.

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Christmas Table Décor

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Anyone else feel like Christmas is just sneaking up on us? How is December already halfway over?!?! I had all my decorations out the weekend of Thanksgiving, and somehow, I’m still not done decorating everything! Could it be because I keep redecorating areas I’ve already decorated? Hmm…

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Holiday Wood Sign

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So many cute holiday signs out there this year. I saw so many different versions, I couldn’t decide which one to buy. Finally, I saw one that I liked, it was on the Instagram account of a local boutique that I follow. The problem, the actual boutique is not very close to where I live and the thought of making the trip, in recent weeks, just didn’t seem that fun. Why is it that I’m so willing to drive anywhere and everywhere in the summer but not in the winter? It’s gotta be the weather. I am NOT a cold weather fan. Continue reading

DIY Holiday Wreath

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So, this was not a project or post I had planned on, it pretty much happened on accident while I was decorating the mantle today. I had a different plan as to what I was hanging above the mantle and hated how it turned out so I started over and this is what I came up with. I actually LOVE how this wreath turned out and wanted to share with you how simple it was.

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Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

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This will be my one Christmas themed post of the year. I think I failed on the holiday preparedness front. But in turn, I’ve had lots of baby snuggles instead.

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DIY Holiday Gift Wrap

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I don’t know what’s happening this year. I have been in retail for 10 years and have always had a strong immune system, getting maybe 1 cold per year that was not severe and pretty easy to get over. This year, it’s not even Christmas and I’m already on my second cold of the season! This must say a lot about my stress level this year, I suppose.

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Peppermint Bark

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When I first got married, I was lucky enough to be a stay-at-home wife. That only lasted about 6 months before I went totally crazy and was bored out of my mind (if only I had the blog back then). While I was playing Suzie Homemaker, I decided to try making candy. This peppermint bark was my first attempt and it was amazing! Not only that, it was so simple. I had heard that candy making is very difficult (which it is) so I was expecting a labor intensive afternoon, but literally, 50 minutes start to finish, and that includes the time it is cooling in the fridge.

This makes a great treat to wrap up and give to teachers, babysitters, your kid’s friends, neighbors, etc. as a cute little holiday gift.

Peppermint Bark
3 bags white chocolate chips
24 candy canes
1/2 tsp peppermint extract

1. Break candy canes into 1″ pieces by placing in freezer size zip lock bag and hitting with a kitchen mallet.
2. Use a double boiler (or a saucepan with a heat safe bowl on top) to melt chocolate. Fill bottom with water, bring to a boil, place chocolate in top bowl and melt, stirring constantly.
3. Once chocolate is melted, remove from heat and stir in candy cane pieces and peppermint extract.
4. Pour chocolate mixture onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and cool in the fridge until hard, 25-30 minutes.
5. Break chocolate into 2-3″ pieces and enjoy!

Inspired by…Christmas Décor

I’ve been on Pinterest like crazy lately, looking at Christmas décor and getting inspired. We were in our new home last Christmas but had only been here for about a month so I didn’t decorate for it. Now it feels like a whole new undertaking, I’m not used to having so much space to decorate! I have to say though, I haven’t ever loved decorating for Christmas before. Something about putting all up just to take it all down after a month or so…too much work. This year, however, I’m loving every minute of it! I can’t stop! I keep buying more, making more…this could be a problem.

Anyway…here is some of my Pinterest inspiration…

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Follow along on Pinterest…Playing House