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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Winter Solstice 2014

Hello Everyone,

Today is the first day of winter, the shortest day of the year and the longest night.


When I was younger I loved summer, but, since I have gotten older and have been married to the man of my dreams...I have fallen in love with winter. I love the beauty of it, how peaceful it is when the snow is falling and when you just look out and see snow on the tree branches and bushes. I love our long walks together in the snow and how I walked on my first frozen river with him. 


I love bundling up in warm coats, hats, scarves and gloves. I call E my "nature boy", he loves the outdoors and is an amazing skier. He taught me to ski when he came back from Iraq and we have so much fun when we go. Then, I love coming in, sitting by the fireplace, having some hot cocoa and just seeing the beauty from our windows. I also love watching the wildlife in our back and front yards.


I love watching Holly in the snow. E will throw snowballs at her to catch and when she bites into them it is the cutest thing or how she follows him around outside with the snow blower. I watch her walk in the path/maze that E shovels for her in the backyard and she is just so content. I think she likes the crunching of the snow under her paws and wearing the coats I sew for her.





Have a wonderful week!! Bundle up!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #47 and Giveaway!!

Hello Everyone,





Welcome to the 47th week of 

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" Party


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We are so excited to have so many amazing bloggers party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who share your blog in our party.
Last week we had 456 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
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Holiday Decor, Edible Snowmen Edition - Home Decor Designs

Snowman is a fun character. He can make you smile, and he has been mankind’s buddy for a long long time. There is something magical about being around snowman and snow women – they are able to lighten up the ambiance and help set the mood to celebrate the holiday season.


Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It - Deep Roots at Home

Activated Charcoal: Why No Mama Should Be Without It, Professor Touery, adsorption, antidote, lethal dose, gastric lavage, pumping stomach, coals from fire, Tylenol, dosage, tablets, capsules, powder, brown recluse, plantain, aspirin, burnt toast, allergic reactions, pets, food poisoning, spider bites, mushroom poisoning, accidental poisoning, a stomach bug, snake bite, antidote for most poisons, educating parents, doctors, pharmacists, emergency room, 911, ambulance,  pediatricians, strychnine, arsenic, children, toddlers, swallowing poison, coconut shells, storage, shelf life,
Activated charcoal is not the kind found on your burnt toast! 
Activated charcoal is a highly adsorptive antidote for emergency use (and a few other no-emergency uses), able to rapidly mop up toxins and chemicals. Toxins adhere or stick to the very porous surface of the charcoal, so nothing is absorbed by the body – instead passing through and out of the GI tract. It is a fine, black powder that is odorless, tasteless, and nontoxic, and it has proved its value over and over again.



Today I am bringing you something so fun that I am still sitting here looking at it in amazement! AmieJo from Life’s Little Projects contacted me and asked to collaborate a DIY Christmas craft from Thrift Store finds with a few other ladies! {I cannot wait to see what they all made, you can check out their projects at the bottom of the post!}




Life gets so busy.
And let's face it...we often become distracted and end up pushing our devotional time to the side in hopes of saving time. We're all guilty of it...we all want to do better...but when we feel this heightening level of tension, we realize God isn't the one who drifted. 
We did. 



I hope you like today's project. 
I have another DIY Christmas Tree Ornament.



Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins Recipe - Southern Krazed

Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins Recipe

Who’s up for a delicious delight today? These Strawberry Cheesecake Muffins will surely melt in your mouth! I LOVE cheesecake and strawberries. Combined, oh YUM!!! They are terrific with a hot cup of coffee for an afternoon snack or an after dinner desert! Can I say simply sinful?!



Cranberry Sangria - Upstate Ramblings

The holidays celebrations mean holiday cocktails! And one of the easiest holiday cocktails to make is Sangria, because you can make it ahead of time and chill it until the party starts. I made this Cranberry Orange Sangria with white wine for one of our holiday celebrations, and served it my new Curva Artisan double walled glasses.



Okay! I will be the first to admit for as long as I have been blogging, I still have had my questions about the proper use of hashtags with social media.
Nagging thoughts of am I hashtagging too little or too much? Am I using the right type of hashtags for the given situations? Well, I have finally had enough of this wondering and have gone in search of some answers. Figured while I am undertaking this journey, I should share what I learn so that it may clear up the hashtag dilemma for other folks, as well.



Mini Mimosa Cupcakes - This Silly Girl's Life


Okay, okay, now I know I’ve said this a thousand times BUT…. these HAVE to be the best cupcakes I have ever made.
I know. Trust me on this, these little cuties are just bursting with mimosa flavor! How adorable will they be on your holiday brunch spread OR at a New Year’s Ever party….swoon.



Have you finished your Christmas shopping? I’m basically finished, besides baking madness and a few craft projects.
One of the craft projects this year is the Infinity Scarf. I've wanted to learn how to knit or crochet, but up until now I haven’t really tried to learn.


I finally went to the farm store and purchased my Amaryllis bulb. You'll notice I decided to plant in a white ceramic pot instead of my box. This pot was already full of dirt and honestly it just made my life a little easier. I like adding white accents indoors; they can clean up the atmosphere of any room. This bulb will bloom into a red and white beauty; I'm excited to watch the process as there is always so much detail to witness. Today I'm sharing how easy it is to get an Amaryllis bulb started with stuff you already have, making this a fun Christmas project that won't break the bank.

Do you love matte lipsticks? I know that I do. Sometimes though, I find that they are incredibly hard to pull off. Matte lipsticks are not know to be the most friendly makeup to work with. They have a tendency to be dry (and drying), they show cracks, they can make lips look smaller. But with a little prep work they are wonderful, for those times that you don’t want a shiny, sticky, sparkly mess on your lips.


I am still on a Peppermint kick and think Dimitri is especially happy about it, as he is a huge fan of anything Peppermint and these Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes are no exception.
The cupcakes are not only rich in color, but in taste as well with the added Mint Crunch. I am not sure whether Mint Crunch is available everywhere as I found mine at our local baking supply store. No brand name which makes me think the store buys in bulk and then re-package.


Cookies for Santa has been a tradition at our house since my first son was born.We generally open one gift from under the tree (pajamas), leave out milk and cookies and then read Twas the Night Before Christmas as a family.The milk and cookies do not have to be elaborate. You don’t have to decorate the cookies, although you can if you want. It is a great memory your kids will always cherish. You can do simple cookies or even store bought.



Personalized Snowman Mugs - Almost Supermom


I love personalized homemade gifts. I would prefer something homemade over something store bought any day, unless you are going to buy me a car, then I really, really want the car.
These mugs are super cute and crazy easy to make, you just need a mug, a couple sharpies and an oven and you are all set!


Easy Homemade Buttermilk Pie - Happy Mothering

buttermilk-pie
I started baking this recipe for Homemade Buttermilk Pie when we lived in Uruguay, and it was always a big hit with everyone who tried it. If you’re having trouble imagining what a buttermilk pie would taste like, it has the flavor and texture of a yummy vanilla custard.


As the Christmas holiday quickly approaches, I have another fun holiday craft to share with you – Hershey Bar Reindeer. This one is very simple and a great one to do with the kids. As with most craft projects, I didn’t have all of the supplies to make what I was envisioning. Our Grateful Turkey Box
craft for Thanksgiving took the last of our brown craft paper, so I made do with brown packing paper. For the antlers I made used pipe cleaners. Even with a few deviations from my initial plans, these Hershey Bar Reindeer turned out pretty cute.


Concealed Carry Version of Chris W Designs Sugar and Spice Purse - Gina's Craft Corner Bags

I've been dying to share with you my latest bag! I purchased the Sugar and Spice pattern from Christine over at ChrisWDesigns a LONG time ago, but only recently had time to put it together.
This bag looks a little fancy on the outside, but let me tell you, I think it is a pretty easy sew. There is only 1 zipper and the rest are all slip pockets. Yippee!!

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Happy Hanukkah!!

Hello Everyone,

Happy Hanukkah!!


Hanukkah is known as The Festival of Lights and is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C. Olive oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. The story goes that there was only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of oil for the menorah. An eight day festival was declared to commemorate this miracle.


There is a custom of eating foods fried in olive oil to commemorate the miracle of a small flask of oil keeping the flame in the Temple lit for eight days. Traditional foods include potato pancakes, known as latkes and jam-filled doughnuts, called sufganiyot. Other Hanukkah traditions are Hanukkah gelt (chocolate money) and the dreidel game. Dreidels are four-sided spinning tops that children play with and each side is imprinted with a Hebrew letter.



Have a wonderful week!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Small Snug Little Snowmen

Hello Everyone,

I completed the smaller version of Sweetbriar Sisters #SnugLittleSnowmen .  There are two different sizes and you can see the large version I tested here.


The pattern directions are easy to follow, well written and I had so much fun making it again!!
 

They look so cute together!!!


 I think they look so cute with our polish pottery Christmas tree too!!
Here is the link to their shop and be sure to follow them on social media. The pattern is available in their shop now!

I am linking up with these wonderful parties, Remodelaholic, More the Merrierand TCB.

Also, every week I co-host at Sew Crafty Angel's Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party. Please stop by link up and see everyone's amazing link-ups.

Have a wonderful week!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday Linky Party #46 and Giveaway!!

Hello Everyone,





Welcome to the 46th week of 



Wake Up Wednesday "Linky"


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We are so excited to have you all party with us.

Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.

Last week we had 368 awesome linkups! 


Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 

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We had Harper's 2nd birthday party last weekend and it was so much fun. Harper was surrounded by friends and family, lots of sweets, gifts, and had a blast! I cant wait to see what this year brings for Harper. She is getting crazier and more grown up by the day, and I just want time to slow down! 

I also wanted to mention that the knife we are cutting Harper's cake with has a very special meaning to us. The knifes were a 1st birthday gift from my aunt, and are engraved with her monogram and name. They are sterling silver and are meant to be had her whole life. We hope that we will cut her cake with these knifes each year on her birthday, and then one day she will cut her wedding cake with them. I hope they are as special to her one day as they are to me.



FABBY: Christmas Foyer and Living Room-Tour 2 - Fabby's Living

HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON
I'm sharing my Foyer and Living room all decked for Christmas 2014, Tour 2.
Like I said before, I don't do great changes, I just add to what's always there and I use some of my fave pieces like this tiered blue and white Meissen server. I just add more or less and here and there, no biggie; so I hope you don't get bored, lol!

Ok, here goes some pics of a part of the house. I will post next the den where everything happens, tree and mantel... actually C'mas itself!




My eighteen year old daughter Eleanor made these thumbprint Christmas cards for a Christmas craft. They are adorable, and only took her about half an hour to make from start to finish. Here is how she did it.





As a parent, teaching my daughters the significance of Christmas is a responsibility I take seriously. Competing with the commercial noise generated by the retail industry can be a challenge, but not one that intimidates me. This year, I was determined to find fun, age-appropriate ways to engage my children in dialogue about the true meaning of the holiday beginning with a nativity scene.




Cranberry Orange Donuts - Robyn's View

Homemade donuts are so delicious and perfect because you can make them in any flavor you want. Throw in a few tastes of the holidays by adding fresh cranberries and hint of citrus for a donut that is tastes so amazing that you won’t be able to eat just one. Cranberry Orange Donuts are the perfect grab for breakfast!



I am SO excited; there are just so many things I want to make, my mind has been fit to burst with things I want to make. Of course, December would need to be about a million days long in order for me to have time to make everything!

Do you have that problem too? I mean, really, it’s a good problem to have, if I was sat here like “I have nothing.” then this blog would be pretty boring!



Cookies For Santa
Here is a roundup of Santa approved cookies. There is a cookie for whatever Santa may want, if it be peppermint, mint, cranberry, or the nontraditional Santa Pecan pie. You eat with your eyes first so give Santa something to look at while he munches. After all he is bringing toys to all good boys and girls, i’m sure he’d want a little snack and a variety wouldn’t hurt.



Starbucks Copycat Cranberry Bliss Bars Recipe | www.pinkrecipebox.com
Can you tell how much I’m loving copycat recipes lately? Over the past couple of weeks I’ve posted Starbucks copycat recipes forStarbucks caramel brulee latte and Starbucks cinnamon dolce latte, as well as Cinnabon copycat recipe for cinnamon rolls – I just can’t get enough of them! The copycat recipes have been really popular, so I hope you guys love this one as much as you have loved the others!





Every year I find myself buying lots of paper gift bags, especially for those family members for which I opt to buy a series of small items I know they need/will use throughout the year (gourmet food, bath accessories, etc). This year, in the true handmade spirit, I decided to make my own gift bags.





Hey guys! It is the last entry in the Christmas Series and that means dessert!! To me peppermint and chocolate are the perfect flavors for Christmas and it is my favorite flavor combination. I wanted to make a truly festive dessert but one that was easy.
I love starting with a box cake mix and jazzing it up. It saves me some time during the bust holidays and gives me more time for wrapping presents, drinking hot chocolate with the family and just enjoying the holidays.
This cake is a snap to make and the star is the Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ganache.




DIY Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns - Pink Heels Pink Truck

I love Mason Jars. I love using them as glassware. I love using them as decor. I just love love love them. So I decided to create some hanging lanterns using Mason Jars. These are super easy to make and are cheap! I spent less than $40 and ended up with 12 Hanging Lanterns.



We love when our friend Katie F. gets creative and shares a fun craft with us! Today she is showing us How To Dye Bottle Brush Christmas Trees! These are so much fun and a great inexpensive way to decorate for he holidays! You may see colorful bottle brush trees in gift shops and decorating magazines, but buying some for yourself can come at a price. Instead, why not try dying your own? Below you will find everything you need to know on how to dye bottle brush trees. In just a few steps, you can turn plain, dollar store trees into colorful ones. Here’s how!



This was not what I set out to write about today. This is not where I like my writing to go too often.
But today these points were triggered in my mind...



While many times you will see kissing balls made out of greenery or flowers, we made our kissing balls out of ribbon. We made these for my daughter’s wedding — she really loved the whimsical look of these.
These can be used to decorate for any event or occasion. All you really have to do is change the color of the ribbon used. You can also stick small flowers or greenery in these to mix it up a little bit. What do you think?

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