Monday, December 22, 2014

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Hi Friends!

We've been having some cold nights in the desert lately, and that means it's perfect weather for enjoying the comforting taste of hot cocoa. I used to use the little packaged mixes, but nothing really compares to the taste of homemade hot chocolate. Sure, it's a little more work, but the taste is definitely worth it, especially if you're a serious chocolate lover!

girl holding cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Snickerdoodle Sunday #60 and Features!

Hi All!

Welcome to our extra-long, extra-fun Snickerdoodle Sunday Party! It's Christmas week, and since it seems just about everyone is busy right now, my co-hosts and I have extended the party to run until the 29th. So, you can link up today, tomorrow, next week -- you get the idea. Feel free to share a few ideas with everyone, and I'll try to do some extra features for the next party and share via my social media as much as I can!

I want to highlight some Christmas ideas from last week, just because we only have a few more days left to enjoy them this season. And, I want to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas!

Christmas Dinner Ideas

Hi Everyone!

Have you finalized your Christmas dinner plans yet? Are you planning on serving ham but you're looking for a different cooking method? Or, maybe you are invited to a potluck but have no idea what to bring. Now that I'm in charge of dinner, I've been tweaking the menu a little, and I'm finding that my family is very open to changes, which is a good thing, I think! So, if you are looking for inspiration, I've got some ideas for planning your holiday menu that I thought I would share.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

More Christmas Decorations

Hi Friends,

I showed you some of our Christmas decorations a few days ago, and I have just a few more things to share. For some reason, this season seems to have gone by in a flash -- really. I know I've said that before, but I am honestly amazed that Christmas is only a few short days away. Since the kids' winter break starts tomorrow, it will be chaos around here as usual when they're all home. So, if this post seems a bit hurried, you can understand why! Anyway, here are some of the other holiday scenes around our home.

We've had this large Nativity scene for a few years, and I'm always worried about it being knocked down and broken because of the hard tile floors. So this year, I stacked some of the painted crates I have and arranged the manger scene on different levels. I saw something similar on Pinterest and loved the idea. I'm thinking I'll do this again next year, but I  think it might look better with some dried moss or straw added around the crates. I didn't add anything this year because I was worried about the fur balls or the kids messing with it, but so far they haven't gone near the display!

We actually have two of the Fisher Price manger sets, but you just know the breakable figures are more fun to play with!

manger scene arranged in stacked crates

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies

Hi Friends,

Are you done with your holiday baking yet? The kids and I are just getting started. We've made a few treats already, but as it gets closer to Christmas, the baking urge really sets in, and I get motivated to try new recipes, especially if they are easy. So yesterday, we made these Candy Cane Crinkle Cookies, and not only were they super easy, but they were also big hit with our entire crew!

yellow crinkle cookies with powdered sugar and candy cane sprinkles made with cool whip and cake mix

Snowflake Art

Hi Everyone!

I love decorating for the holidays, but I hate how bare everything looks when you take he decorations down. Does this sound familiar? If so, I've got a very easy craft project that may interest you, and I'm sharing a very simple tutorial for snowflake art over at PinkWhen today.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Retro Repin 22

Hi There!

It's time for the 22nd Retro Repin Party, and I'm so glad that you could join us! Since Christmas is next week, and many of us are busy with holiday plans and family events, there will not be a party on December 23rd! So, I hope all of my pin party friends have a very enjoyable holiday, and I hope to see you back here on December 30th. The last party of the year -- wow!

I enjoyed seeing all of the great pins linked up at last week's party -- talk about some wonderful inspiration! My favorite pin though, is this sweet Chalkboard Printable from The Vintage Sheet Blog. So, if you still need to finish decorating, pin this and then go print it out! 

Free Christmas Chalkboard Printable. Inspiration from the Christmas song Hark the Herald Angels Sing. #free #christian #download