Christmas in July: Less than 5 Months to Order Your “Baby Cheeses.”

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Anyone else out there watch Modern Family?  We love the episode where Gloria orders a crate of baby Jesus statues instead of a crate of baby cheeses.”  Here is a Wind Back Wednesday  to when our Christmas tree had too much of something, something  and took a tumble!  Happy Hump Day!  

Christmas Mice in the Kitchen!

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Last year I posted my attempt at making a cheaper version of Garnet Hill’s Chocolate Mice. That post has been deleted. One of my first blogging friends,  Mary over at  Life in a Small Town sent me a link for a better different recipe for Chocolate Mice.  I had the chance to redeem myself! Where there is one [Read more...]

A Simple Christmas in a Mason Jar

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Who doesn’t love mason jars?   So I am constantly finding ways to make easy décor items that can be changed out with the seasons and holidays.  Here is my latest treat for the teachers.  Don’t worry they are not just getting a dozen candy cane balls! Our school does a cash collection. But, this is to [Read more...]

Oreos.. ruining diets since 1912!

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Look what  I found at the grocery store! As if it wasn’t awesome having the red filling at Christmas, Oreo now has the mint green!  When did this happen?   Well, I bought a couple of each to stash in my pantry until after Thanksgiving! I had too much fun taking pictures of these little [Read more...]

Upcycle Cans into Christmas Planters

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I owe this crafty post to our veterinarian. He recently prescribed green beans for our Bernese Mountain Dog who has put on a few extra pounds! As a result, I had stacks of the “family size” green been cans!  So I did this with the first couple cans! As the cans stack up from Owen’s [Read more...]

BH&G Ideas… Why didn’t I think of these?

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Anyone who follows me knows that I love Better Homes & Garden.  I love their magazine and the website!  It’s where I find inspiration.   With temperatures hovering around zero degrees this week, it’s a great time to find online  inspiration!  Take a look!    All images are from the BH&G website (except for one, can you guess [Read more...]

Recycling Vintage “Charlie Brown” Christmas lights.

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: AS WE ALL PREPARE TO START THE HOLIDAY DECOR BLITZ HERE IS A THROWBACK THURSDAY POST FROM LAST YEAR: My dad is like me. He likes to clean out the clutter.  And, since he is of the generation of recycling- I think my generation calls it up-cycling:  he doesn’t want to throw anything away.  This fall, [Read more...]

Pajama Program Charity

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Please consider this charity to add to your ornament or gift exchanges. Every Christmas my daughter and I host a mother-daughter ornament exchange.  We host it the evening following finals.   We began this tradition in my daughter’s freshmen year in high school.  The girls are now college freshman.  Sniff. Sniff. It has been a joy to [Read more...]

Christmas Sugar Cookies

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Baking sugar cookies and frosting cookies provided me with  quiet solitude and a media-free distraction  from the horrific  tragedy and subsequent details  at Sandy Hook Elementary.  So this post is simply my sugar cookie recipe and a chance to show my daughter’s {home from college} cookie decorating skills .  I don’t  think she believes I [Read more...]

Pottery Barn Inspired Mercury Decor for $3.00

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While my sister was visiting I asked her to help me “shake things up” with my Christmas decor. Well she shook it up and sprayed it over some of my favorite summer finds. This was our PB inspiration.. Tutorial on Reduce the Oops.. If you have worked with spray paint you know it is “design in a [Read more...]

Centerpieces Pretty Enough to Eat

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The best rewards of a fruit centerpiece is it is edible and doesn’t need to be stored after the season!  What I have noticed is when I display fruit in a pretty bowl, the family is drawn to it. Kinda like the way I am drawn to Peanut M&M’s when they are in a glass [Read more...]

Thrifty Grapevine Wreath for the Season

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I have many wreaths, but they take up a lot of valuable space.  So I am trying to find multiple uses for my wreaths.  This year I re-purposed this $3.00 white wreath  from the post-Christmas sale at Target and added the heart wreath from the $1.00 aisle at Target to convert it to this Valentine’s [Read more...]

Garland and Holly in the Kitchen

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    Sometimes the simplest of ideas, make the biggest impact!  I bought a bundle of pine tree boughs at our tree farm and decided to add them to my light fixture in the kitchen.  I wanted to do something easy and inexpensive with my light fixture. I love the green with the pop of [Read more...]