Best Holiday Pins

Have I mentioned before that I love Pinterest?  What did we ever do without that amazing site?  I have seen so many wonderful Christmas and Holiday pins – crafts, cooking, décor – you name it!  I wanted to share some of my favorites.

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So does my elf….

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Holiday Home Tour

We all love a good home tour, don’t we?!  I thought I’d share my home, all decorated for the season.  I love decorating for Christmastime.  I’d love to do more.  But I think that there is a fine line between tasteful and Clark Griswold.  Don’t you agree?

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Holiday Book Case Styling

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My holiday décor mostly consists of red and white with greenery thrown in.  It’s simple and to the point.  I like it that way.  Besides, red is my favorite color.  You can’t go wrong with RED!

When it came time to decorate our new home, I realized how much space I have to work with.  I mean, having never decorated this house before it was almost like a blank canvas!  I had no thoughts of “I put that there last year.” or “this is where the tree always goes.”  You know what I mean?

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Wine Crate with Winter Foliage

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Have you ever seen those fantastic wine crates?  The ones with the embossed wine label on the side?  The ones that liquor stores just throw away?

Say WHAT?!  Yes, they just throw them away.

Here’s a secret…..

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Wine Crate with Winter Foliage

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Have you ever seen those fantastic wine crates?  The ones with the embossed wine label on the side?  The ones that liquor stores just throw away?

Say WHAT?!  Yes, they just throw them away.

Here’s a secret…..

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It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Now it’s time to decorate!  Christmas will be here before you know it!

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Christmas Dinner Menu

Like I have said before, I usually host Christmas dinner, but being in between houses that is nearly impossible.  We have some wonderful friends who have agreed to open up their home and kitchen to us.  And boy are we in for a feast!

Heart of Palm Salad

Standing Rib Roast

Roasted Root Vegetables

Green Bean Casserole – I’m making it Gluten free.  The sauce will be made from Gluten free flour, butter and chicken broth. 

Corn Pudding – also subbing in Gluten free flour. 

Many blessings to you all this holiday season! 

O, Christmas Tree! O, Christmas Tree!

‘Tis the season for Christmas decorations!  My family and I love this time of year.  The house feels so cozy when its all aglow with twinkling lights.  We trim as much of the house as possible.  My children get all excited at the notion of Santa, baking cookies and snow!  (We rarely get snow down here in the South.)  It’s just a wonderful time of year.  But as much as I enjoy it, I know there are many people who do not enjoy it.  The thought of lugging the tree out of storage, or the woods, depending on preference, setting it up, decorating it and taking it all down in a month is just exhausting.  And then there are others who want their tree to look like it came out of a magazine but don’t know how to do it.  And still others who just don’t have the time to mess with it.  I understand all of you, whichever category you fall in to.  I have some very simple tips that I follow and I will share them with you. 

 

1.  Keep in simple.  Some of you are not going to like this, but I have a fake tree.  A 7′, pre-lit stunner that I spent a fortune on.  It is an investment, but I waited until very close to Christmas, got it for 30% off and it has a 10 year warranty.  There are 800 twinkling lights already in place.  If a light goes out or it malfunctions in any way, I take it back and get a replacement.  It stores easily in a bag in the attic and goes together in 5 minutes.  I light a Yankee Candle Balsam and Cedar scented candle and you could swear I have a real tree in the house!  Simple.

2.  Choose just 3 colors. That’s my rule for ornaments.  My tree is green, white and red.  I only use white lights.  You can use any 3 colors.  For a coastal look use blue, white and silver.  For a woodsy look use brown, red and white.  Think snow, burlap and cardinals. 

Feeling Blue 

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3Theme-less is timeless.  Nobody says that your tree has to have a theme.  Glass ornaments do the trick.  You can buy them by the dozen in all different shapes and sizes and colors.  Glass ornaments never go out of style.  I use glass ornaments all over the house.  I have bowl of them just sitting on the kitchen table as decoration.  My tree has tons.  I have been known to even hang them from chandeliers.  And since they are so affordable, I don’t cry if one breaks. 

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4.  Don’t be too type A.  Coming from me, that is quite a statement because “Type A” is my middle name.  But seriously, your tree should be a reflection of you and your family.  It’s a time to celebrate each other,  our blessings and our love.  Enjoy trimming the tree together and it doesn’t have to be perfect.  It should just make you all smile. 

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Catalogs for Christmas

I seem to get every catalog under the sun.  I’m sure we all do.  Most of them I throw away, especially when a new company sends one.  I breeze through my home décor ones (my favorites) and Williams Sonoma and then recycle them.  I love getting ideas from their pages and WS has some great recipes.  Yesterday I went to my mailbox and discovered a new catalog, Mark and Graham.  What a great catalog!  Super for all of you monogram junkies out there, like me.  The parent company is Williams Sonoma, so it is very simple yet chic.  Love it!  I want to order everything!  Just look at these great linen wine bags.  Perfect for hostess gifts for holiday parties.

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I am particularly in love with these paper placemats.  You can write the menu on them for dinner parties!  How brilliant!

Bon Apetit Paper Placemats

And something I have always wanted (Santa, are you listening?), monogrammed napkins.  They come in almost any color monogram you can imagine.  And you can choose your font.  Free personalization and $5 flat rate shipping!  Yahoo!

Typographer's Linen Napkins