The holiday season is the perfect time for sparkling drinks. Stressed out from shopping? Champagne. Forget to add the sugar to your gingerbread? Champagne. Family won’t stop asking what your six month old baby wants for Christmas? Champagne (baby doesn’t want champagne, mommy does). It’s an A+ holiday problem solver. And you don’t have to drink it alone, that might get boring (and you might get a little too tipsy). I’m hear with the perfect solution! Sparkling Pomegranate Apple Cider is my new go-to holiday drink.
There is a Mennonite-owned market on my way home from work; they have the best deli meat, an infinite variety of sprinkles and a whole aisle devoted to chocolate covered things. It’s hard to pick but lately I’ve been drawn to the dark chocolate covered cherries and cranberries. Those snacks were the starting point for two of my holiday recipes this year. First up is a decadent Dark Chocolate Cherry Fudge. You’ll need dried tart cherries for this (they might be called Montmorency). I bought a bag of dried bing cherries first and they tasted like raisins, don’t get those. I bought mine at the same Mennonite market but believe it or not, Target carries them. [Read more…]
Do you rip down all your winter/Christmas/holiday decorations as soon as possible? I’ll admit that this year I did, I barely got 1/2 of my decorations up at all and the clutter from the tubs plus all the laundry (babies are so tiny but require SO MUCH laundry!) was driving me nuts. After it was all down (and in the basement) I realized how sad it made me and I had my husband bring one tub back up, so I could set up my DIY Winter Village.
I’ve got a real weakness for stocking and stocking holders. I’ve got a large collection of the latter and I use them to hold up ornaments, garlands and of course, stockings.
Last year I made new stockings from felt with a burlap cuff for Mike, the dog, the cat, the bunny and myself. This year I’ll have to make another three, one for the baby and one for Gumball and one for the kitten Mike decided to keep (occasionallyrefered to as “toilet cat” since he’s in love with the toilet).
I’ll probably just stick with last years pattern (making 3 stockings is much easier than making 8, no matter how simple the method!). That didn’t stop me from browsing Pinterest in search of some new ideas.
There are no people like snow people! I like to decorate with snowmen, women and children because they can carry your from Thanksgiving through the winter months (technically we’ve already had snow this year so I can put mine out now). I hope you find some snowy inspiration to get your crafting juices flowing with this collection of snowman crafts & treats.