All posts filed under: Holidays

Christmas Season Begins

Christmas is in full swing here and rather than just posting pictures of decorations, I thought it would be helpful to provide links to the items (or similar items) I used. I purchased the faux fur throw blanket, toss pillows, cement Buddha head, and Fitz and Floyd three-wick candle at TJ Maxx. The taper candles and votive candles came from Homegoods. However, TJ Maxx and Homegoods is always hit or miss and the pewter taper candle holders came from an antique store in Georgia so here are links to the same or similar items sold at other stores. Also, if you have a West Elm near you, check their clearance section. This table runner is sold online for $14.99 but I found two in the clearance section for $2.99 each. West Elm Mercury Glass Hexagon Candleholders / West Elm Table Runner / Artificial White Poinsettias / Six Inch Silver Plated Pedestal Bowl / Pewter Taper Candleholder / Faux Fur Throw Blanket / Cream Textured Square Pillows / Embroidered Lumbar Toss Pillow, Off-White Lumbar Pillow With Decorative …

Best Pie Crust & Pecan Pie Recipe

This my tried-and-true, go-to pie crust recipe. This recipe has never failed me. It always stays together and tastes great. You can either make this the night before and put it in the freezer overnight (which works great) or you can make it and let it rest in the freezer for 30 minutes to an hour (which also works great). This Perfect Pie Crust Recipe is from Add A Pinch and though this year, my crust wasn’t as pretty, it stayed together which to me, is way more important. Now, on to the greatest pecan pie recipe of all time. Last year I was out of the best syrup in the world and had to use Karo Syrup for my Pumpkin Pecan Pie which was delicious but nothing beats Golden Eagle Syrup. I’m telling you, this syrup will change your life. What can you use it for you ask? French Toast? Yep. Biscuits? Yep. Bacon? Yes. Pancakes? Sure. Make baked beans with it? Why yes. How about Pecan Pie? Yes ma’am, and here is the recipe …

Christmas Door Swag

Materials (per arrangement) Floral Wire Floral Tape Scissors Wire Ribbon (enough for small 7 loop bow) 2-3 Green Stems 1 Decorative Stem/Pick Pliers (for cutting and bending wire) Jute twine, string, or pipe cleaners (to tie your bow and attach to arrangement) Directions 1. Decide how long you want your swag to hang. From hook to tip of the greenery, my arrangements are 16 1/2 inches long. 2. Using your pliers, cut your green stems first (your decorative stem/pick will be shorter). I cut my stems where they now measure about 3 inches (from the end to where the greenery starts). 3. Arrange your green stems so that the arrangement is even on both sides and stack your decorative stem on top so that the bottom part of the stem (where the greenery starts) lines up. Cut your decorative stem (mine ended up being about a half inch longer than the greenery stems). 4. Using your floral wire, bind the stems together. The photo below is with two stems but I ended up using three …