Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas hutch

Hello friends! It's the last Friday before Christmas and I wanted to take a moment to wish you a great weekend and let you know that today I'm over at my friend Beth's sharing my Christmas home tour along with the Christmas hutch.   Make sure you say hello for me. 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

DIY beaded ornament

Today on my eHow blog, I'm sharing how to make these adorable beaded wire ornaments.
Perfect as ornaments or gift toppers. 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gingerbread sticks recipe and gift ideas for the baker

With Christmas quickly approaching, I'm sure your
 schedules are filling with invites and hosting duties.
Today I wanted to share a super quick and easy recipe that
would not only be perfect to serve at your next get together, but
to give as a gift or even for those fun cookie exchange parties.

This is your traditional ginger bread cookie recipe, but made in a grown up way.

The dough is rolled a little thinner than your
traditional cookies and have a nice crispiness to them. 

Gingerbread Sticks Recipe
3 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¾ cup molasses
¼ cup water
1 ½ sticks (12 tablespoons) softened butter
1 cup light or dark brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
1)   Mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl.
2)   In a separate bowl, mix molasses and water.
3)   Beat butter and brown sugar with a hand mixer until light and fluffy. 
4)   Beat in molasses mixture, then dry ingredients to form a stiff dough, adding up to 1/4 cup extra flour if dough is sticky. 
5)   Quarter the dough, wrap in plastic and refrigerate until firm (can be refrigerated up to 1 week or frozen up to 1 month).
6)   Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. 
7)   Working with 1 portion of dough at a time on a heavily floured work surface, roll into a 9- by 7-inch rectangle. 
8)   Sprinkle dough with 1 tablespoon of sugar, and use the rolling pin to press sugar into dough. 
9)   Cut dough into approximately 9" by 1/2" sticks.
10) Place sticks about 1/2-inch apart on a parchment and bake for 18 to 22 minutes, rotating each sheet from back to front and switching rack positions after 10 minutes. 
11) Transfer to a wire rack; cool to room temperature (can be stored in a tin for 2 weeks).

I come from a family who loves to bake, as both my sisters and
my mom are master bakers. I on the other hand...not so much, but
it's one of those things I really want to change in the new year.

I put together a list of beautiful items for those bakers and bakers to be in your life.
 These are all inspired by Macy's cookware buying guide.

10. Tart Pan

They are all so pretty, aren't they? I can't pick a favorite and would
love to have all them in my kitchen to get my new hobby started. :)  

Thank you so much for dropping by...I hope you have a beautiful day.

much love,
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Monday, December 15, 2014

The flocked tree - secret garland revealed

Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend.
Christmas is only 10 days away...can you believe it?

I'm not sure about you, but it feels like these couple of weeks
have just flown by. I have been so busy with various things, that I
haven't had time to really take in all the beauty of Christmas.

I am looking forward to next week, when we can just disconnect for a
bit and enjoy lazy mornings, delicious foods and the company of family.

But not before I share the crazy secret behind our flocked tree.
My Christmas decor usually evolves as I go along, but I do think of a theme
ahead of time as I like to collect items for it throughout the year.

So last year, I decided that in 2014, I wanted to
have a frozen tundra theme and include lots of fur.

While planning, I thought I had had the most brilliant, unique idea. 
You know, the ones you think of in the middle of the night
and you think to yourself 'no one has ever done this before'.
I was going to make a fur garland.

Well, I went ahead and bought the fur and was getting ready to make
it into a garland, when I saw one of my dear bloggy friends post this.

 So much for my 'unique, never been done before' idea. The story
of a blogger's life right? Well, I find that when we encounter these sorts
of scenario, it pushes us to think a little harder and out of the box...

Do you remember this other crazy idea I had last year? The one where
I made a fluffy wreath using Dollar Store dusters (see the tutorial here)?

Well the duster was sitting on the table nearby and suddenly the light
bulb went off. Why not use the dusters as a garland? I sadly took the
wreath apart and started to insert the dusters into the tree..and I loved it!

 I drove to the Dollar Store and bought the entire display
of white dusters. We took them apart and simply inserted
them into the crevices and gaps in between the branches.

See them there sitting all fluffy and perfect?

It works, no?

In the evening the tree glows beautifully...

...and it really looks like it's filled with snow.

Here's a photo I took during the process, just to see how the garland
photographed. You can see how I positioned the dusters and
how it really made the vision of my 'frozen tundra' come to life.

I have used similar method before using white feathered boas on my white tree.

So there you go...the secret revealed and
an example of thinking out of the box. :) 

I hope you have a great day...xo

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