3 Quick Holiday Treats to Make

38With never ending lists this month, I love a good short cut wherever I can find it. Especially in the kitchen! I love these 3 quick and easy ideas for stand out holiday treats – perfect for when friends or family are coming over. The ladies at Camille Styles show 3 ways to dress up a store bought cake. Above is their take by adding holiday cookies – which I think has great impact.

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-11-21-16-pmIf you favor colored lights at your house, how fun and festive would these light garland cookies be?! Especially perfect for a tree trimming party! Details here!

screen-shot-2016-12-08-at-11-28-03-pmFinally, how adorable are these strawberry Santas?! Literally, they are just sliced strawberries with vanilla frosting. You could even use little sprinkles for the eyes. EASY and a great way to work some fruit into your kids tummies.

I’m off on some Christmas adventures with my youngest son this weekend, so wishing you joyful times with those you love.


Holiday at Home

img_4981As I prepare to get the house ready for the Christmas holiday, I like to look back to see what I did the year before. Over the years, I seem to “decorate” less and less, focusing on a select group of favorite items and adding in a little something new. There are a few things that I always gravitate towards….nutcrackers, santas, Spode Christmas, greenery, antlers/deers and silver.

I typically use the Spode Christmas pattern for breakfasts or informal meals and save the Bernadaud Grenadiers (Nutcrackers) for dinners or more formal meals. The silver sleigh bells that hang from my dining room chandelier were a special gift to my boys, over a number of years, and I enjoy using them, creating memories with them, knowing that one day I will give them each their set.

Savoring the holidays is more important to me than “doing them”. I enjoy a holiday party as much as the next person, but am seeking the quiet days and nights on my calendar so I can calmly listen to holiday music  while wrapping gifts or planning special moments for my family.

As you begin to transform your home into the holiday wonderland of your dreams….make time to savor the process. It’s part of the magic of the season.img_5010

img_7846-1024x1024 img_7916 img_7945 img_7948 img_7949img_4881 img_7906Cheers to you and the first weekend of this blessed and busy season! Remember….S…A….V…O….R it!


Happy Thanksgiving Week

screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-9-36-37-pmAfter my trip to the grocery yesterday, I’m indulging in a fantasy to spend Thanksgiving at a beautiful resort like Blackberry Farm. It seems everyone else is trying to start their food shopping early.

How fantastic would it be to wake up in one of their cottages, piping hot coffee delivered to your door….deciding whether you would go horseback riding or hiking…and dressing for a turkey dinner, with all the trimmings, that you did NOT have to cook (or clean up)?!

But, as I will be cooking and having company this week, I think I’ll just look to the tips of Kreis Beall, founder of Blackberry Farm, as told to Williams-Sonoma in 2013, to make our Thanksgiving as special as possible.

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img13l screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-9-35-41-pm screen-shot-2016-11-20-at-9-36-50-pmAs it’s a busy week at our house, I’m signing off for the week. I would like to wish you and your dear ones a most wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. May the turkey be plentiful and the conversations civil!