Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
This year, the wonderful ladies I have the opportunity to serve with in church & myself wanted to show a small token of love and appreciation to the women in our congregation. We wanted something simple, yet special for the holiday season. We landed on the idea of stove top potpourri kits, and I think we hit the jackpot. This simple, yet aromatic smelling blend of orange, cranberry, cinnamon, and cloves perfume your home with the smell of Christmas. We simply bagged them & attached this little printable and presented them on Sunday. This is such a simple and inexpensive way to spread Christmas cheer and love to someone this holiday season!
Monday, December 22, 2014
Every Christmas growing up, we would dedicate a day of our winter break to baking and decorating sugar cookies. It was probably our favorite day of the year, next to Christmas alone. Mom would whip up a batch of dough, and each of us would roll and cut out the shapes we wanted. As soon as they came out of the oven, we would slather the stars, trees, and bells in thick butter cream frosting and pounds of sprinkles. My Mom tells the story of my sister and I around the ages of three & four making cookies. She said the floor was crunchy with sprinkles and our faces covered in frosting. When my Dad came home from work that night, we ran to him, all sugared up and sticky. He said something witty about us tasting delicious and scooped us up in his arms. Lucky for me, I married into a family with a strong tradition of sugar cookie baking & decorating as well. Both Grandma Tatum (my Mom's mother) and Great Grandma Lila (Derek's mothers grandma) have an almost identical recipe for sugar cookies. It's just another way to have a taste of Christmas wherever we may be.
Monday, December 15, 2014
My sweet friend Stephanie (another Smith with a love of parties, yummy food, and darling decor) and I teamed up for a holiday party this past weekend. We focused on having holiday dips & sips, which was essentially finger foods, dips, and fun mocktails. With both delicious and pretty holiday sangria in hand, guests loaded plates full of baked and cranberry goat cheese, candied pecans, bacon wrapped chestnuts, and cucumber canopies (my favorite!). We ended the night with a round of white elephant, and boxers of all styles were quite the 2014 hit. It was a fun night of great food, company, and friends!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I have always been a major fan of hot chocolate. I have distinct memories sipping it on Main Street USA at Disneyland watching the parade as a child, slowly stirring a packet in boiling water as snow fell in Rexburg, and even drinking it during cold summer rain showers in Michigan. Years ago, Derek introduced me to the wonders of a CocoaMotion, and my hot chocolate drinking days have never been the same. (In recipe's below, if using a hot chocolate maker, place all ingredients inside after simmered to froth and dispense.) This year, I have complied three of my favorite "recipes" for hot cocoa for your sipping pleasure. Whether you fancy a good peppermint, or a spicy cinnamon blend, all of these are easy, delicious, and require a heavy hand of whipped cream.