Simple Christmas Table Setting

I adore table settings and creating tablescapes, but my budget doesn’t allow me to splurge often on these sorts of items. I’ve learned to work with what I have in my collection to design a festive experience for my friends and family. This Christmas morning we will have a big breakfast and just a few…

Muddy Buddies

Growing up my mom would make this snack mix, but it was called “Puppy Chow”, based on it resembling dog kibble. Fast forward to the new millennium and Chex cereal dubbed it Muddy Buddies. Chocolate, peanut butter and powdered sugar come together for a crunchy sweet mix. Put out a bowl for Santa, instead of…

Candied Pecans

I’m the weirdo who doesn’t like nuts in my baked goods. Walnuts in brownies? Yuck! However, I love to eat them plain (salted or sugared). These pecans are tossed in two varieties of sugar and cinnamon and then toasted low and slow. They are addicting and I enjoy eating them by the handful. Gift baskets…

Peppermint Bark

Every year at Christmas, I bake and make food gifts. One of my favorite treats to package up and give is peppermint bark. It screams holiday candy. The smooth mixture of dark and white chocolate compliments the crushed candy canes. This project is super simple and can be made during your kids nap time or…

Peanut Butter Blossoms

This cookie is synonymous with the holiday season. You will find it on just about any cookie platter this time of year. When I think of peanut butter blossoms, I’m instantly reminded of my Great Aunt Shirley. Every year, when I was growing up, she would send a tin or box of these little delights….

Reindeer Chow

The last few years, my aunt has brought festive bags of reindeer chow to my annual Christmas cookie swap. It’s salty and sweet with a crunch. Snack mix is always a welcome treat anytime of year. Reindeer chow includes; Chex cereal, pretzels, peanuts, Cheerios and M&M candies. You drizzle the mixture with white chocolate and…

Frozen Grapes

When I’m not drinking coffee, I’m probably sipping on a glass of wine. Since I can’t indulge everyday, I have to have a few nutritious options at the ready. Enter frozen grapes…almost like wine. These bad boys require little effort and make for a healthy snack. The addition of cinnamon makes them a bit festive….

Pomander Balls

Christmas time will arrive in two short weeks. One simple craft I make each December is pomander balls. You can use any citrus fruit, I typically use oranges and whole cloves. The smell is intoxicating and fills your home with a fresh and spicy scent. Medieval herbalists used pomanders—mixtures of dried herbs in cloth bags…

Cookie Swap Tips

Life has been super busy and the past week has gotten away from me. This weekend, I hosted my 9th annual Christmas cookie swap. I look forward to this event all year; it’s a time to catch up with friends and enjoy the holidays. Have you even been to a cookie exchange? It’s a fun…