Tuesday, November 12, 2019

no bake chocolate pinecones

Are you ready for the cutest holiday treat ever?

Not only are these no bake chocolate pinecones cute, they are easy to make and a fun project for friends and family to get involved in.

How realistic do they look??

Sprinkling them with powdered sugar makes them look like a snowy winter treat.

You will need Chocolate Toast Crunch Cereal, large pretzel rods {I bought mine here} and a mixture of:

1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup nutella
3 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar

Place a little blob of the peanut butter mixture on a plate and stick a pretzel rod in it. I cut mine to 6" lengths. 

Mold the peanut butter mixture around the rod, making it wider at the bottom, like the shape of a tree.

Start placing cereal pieces around the base, and work your way up.
If any of your pieces curl a bit, I found it looks most realistic to have the curve facing up.

As you add each row, stagger them a bit to add depth and dimension.

After you are done, you can add half pieces to the top, adding a bit more of the peanut butter mixture if needed.

Fill in any gaps with more cereal.

Finally, dust with powdered sugar.

I found that refrigerating them for an hour or more will make them easier to transfer. Use a spatula to move them carefully to a cake stand or decorative plate. 

Have a sweet tooth beyond chocolate pinecones? Check out these treats below. 

Peppermint Whipped Cream by Ella Claire & Co. | Fondant Christmas Cupcakes by Craftberry Bush | Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle by anderson + grant | Dairy Free 6 Ingredient Salted Caramels by Zevy Joy | No Bake Healthy Coconut Bars by Tidbits Easy Peppermint Bark by Jenna Kate at Home | Black Walnut Christmas Cake by Inspired by Charm | Chocolate Covered Marshmallows with Salted Pretzel Topping by Boxwood Avenue | Christmas Popcorn by Town and Country Living | Snowman Cheese Ball by Julie Blanner Slow Cooker Candied Pecans by Live Laugh Rowe | Fudgy Peppermint Coconut Flour Brownies by Farmhouse on Boone | Hot Peppermint Mocha by Shabbyfufu | Homemade Take 5 Peanut Butter Cups by Chronicles of Home | Slow Cooker Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels by Nest of Posies Berry Topped Chocolate Cake by French Country Cottage | Pecan Butter Tart Bars by So Much Better With Age | Chocolate Pinecones by My Sweet Savannah | Peanut Butter Fudge by My 100 Year Old Home | Simple Holiday Fudge by House 214 Design Coffee Cake by Rooms for Rent


Monday, November 11, 2019

Free O Night Divine Christmas printable

I have another fun free printable for you today!

This one is simple, classic, and a bit modern. 

I used this O night divine printable in a frame with an oversized white matte in my kitchen. 
It really is suitable for any space though. 

O Holy Night is my all time favorite Christmas song. 

If you'd like to print one out for yourself, click on either of the images below, save it to your computer, and print!



Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday favorites

How many of you have started decorating for Christmas already?

This mountain home by Studio McGee is one of my all time Christmas favorites. If you are in need of a little Christmas decor inspiration, be sure to check it out. 

The way they decorated this island is beautiful and simple for the season.

Pomegranates go a long way in Christmas decorating. I like using them grouped in a big bowl as a tables centerpiece, or even at each place setting with the guests name on them. 

Photo from here.

In need of a dressy shirt to wear this season. I think this paired with black jeans would be very cute. By the way, those black jeans I highlighted are the bomb. Super slimming and comfortable, and only $35!

If you are looking for a vessel to put your Christmas tree in this year, I have found a couple fun options that I am debating between.

This basket is probably my top contender. This one is very farmhouse and it could even be painted to match your decor! The last one I am looking at is actually a planter, but I love the white and I think it would be a fun modern take on a Christmas tree collar. 

This mirror is on my wish list for my bedroom. Just haven't been able to pull the trigger yet.

These are cute matching Christmas pajamas for the whole family.

These are pretty cute too.

I need to find a spot for one of these in my house. I have seen them in person and they are the bomb. YOU need to find a spot in your house for one!

Just purchased this for the season!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!


Thursday, November 7, 2019

Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas

Want to wow your guests this holiday season with a beautiful, and easy to make Thanksgiving centerpiece?

I am going to show you how to make a large centerpiece that combines faux stems as well as real branches and sprigs from your yard. At the end of this post make sure to check out all the other fun centerpiece ideas from my friends!

I went to Anko, one of my favorite stores to get all the supplies. They sell faux magnolia leaves and stems that are very realistic looking. 

As well as the faux stems, you will also need clippings from your yard. 

You will need a large basket, and in that basket, a water tight bowl and floral oasis. 

Look at all the great basket options that Anko carries, right here.

Start placing your stems, real and faux into the oasis and around the perimeter. Stand back every now and then to see if everything looks balanced and the right height.

Seeded eucalyptus is also a pretty option for this, but not necessary.

Now it's time to set the table!

Once again, Anko had everything I needed from large plates to candles for gifting. 

I don't know about you, but I like to eat, and I like to eat a lot on Thanksgiving! These plates are large and rectangular so you can load up and not even have to go back for seconds! The best part is that they are only $5.00!

Because they are so large, they need a substantial charger, so I used these cutting boards under each one. 

On top of the plates I personalized candles for each guest to take home. 
The labels tied to the jars also double as place card holders. 

I used gold stickers to spell out the names and tied them onto each one.

Are you ready to see how it looks all pulled together?

I think this is the perfect Thanksgiving table for us this year and I cannot wait to sit around it with my family and enjoy the company.

Pin the collage below so share with everyone!


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

no cost Christmas holiday decorating ideas

Today marks the first Christmas post of 2019!

While I certainly don't have all my Christmas decorations up, I did add a few things to our kitchen to kick things into gear.

I really wanted to do a post on no cost seasonal decorating, because it truly is possible!

The first thing I did was to make a wreath for our front door. I gathered clippings from our yard to make this by attaching everything to a wire wreath form. Super simple, it smells amazing, and it sets the tone for what is inside.

I added more greenery from the yard to my new favorite vase on the island. I had white hydrangeas already in it, and I simply added clippings around the white flowers. 

Have a chalkboard in your home? Add a Christmasey saying, the lyrics to your favorite Christmas song, or a simple tree like I did.

Another no cost decorating idea, is to use your wrapped gifts as decor!
They look great in stacks, and it is so nice getting things wrapped ahead of time. 

Frame or display a free holiday printable!
You can find a ton here, here, here, and here. 

O night divine will be available here soon, stay tuned.

Little wooden birdhouses or homes instantly look like they were made for Christmas nestled in with your everyday items.

Rummage through your attic or storage and find a few things that you can put out this early without it screaming "Christmas" 

I added 2 white trees to this coffee nook. They look more winter than Christmas. 

And this tree cookie jar also looks more winter than to themey.

Let's recap on how you can decorate for literally no money at all.

1- Clip greenery out of your yard to create wreaths and beautiful arrangements for your counters or shelves.

2- Create a chalkboard message or drawing. If you don't have a chalkboard, perhaps you have a roll of craft paper you can create wording on with a sharpie?

3- Start wrapping your gifts as you buy them. Not only will you be so happy you did come December, they also make great decor.

4- Frame or display free printables, {see links above} or create your own and print from your home printer. Alternatively, you could frame Christmas cards or ask your kiddos to draw you a wintery scene. 

5- Use everyday objects such as birdhouses to evoke the Christmas feel. Add a bit of greenery or cranberries to make them look more festive. 

6- Look through your own holiday decor for items that are more wintery rather than Christmasey, and display those throughout your space. 

7- Not included in the photos, but bake gingerbread cookies, a loaf of cardamon bread, or simmer cranberries, oranges, and cloves on the stovetop to make your home smell delicious. 

Visit my friends below to see more holiday decorating ideas that are sure to get you in the Christmas spirit!

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