Thursday, January 15, 2015

Valentine's Day Free Printables

I have been fooling around with Picmonkey again and I created a couple of Valentine's Day free printables for you all!  I hope they print out nicely!  You may have to download it from Dropbox first. The first one is sized for a 5x7 frame and the other 3 are 8x10.

Love Printable  5x7

Be My Valentine 8x10

Red Heart Love 8x10

Traditional Sweetheart 8x10


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

So I came across an old guest post I wrote a few years ago around the holidays and realized I had never shared this chocolate chip cookie recipe on  my own blog.  So here it goes!  Double Chocolate Mint Cookie Recipe (perfect Christmas cookie, by the way!) So without further adieu....

I bet you've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen getting ready for the holidays. I know I have!  And every  year without fail I bake my ultimate favorite Christmas cookie (next to Mallomars which I would never make at home. You can't make Mc Donalds at home and you can't make a Mallomar either but I digress) which are Double Chocolate Mint Cookies. I adore chocolate and I adore mint and I adore cookies. Winning all around!

christmas cookies chocolate chip cookies

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Eclair Cake Recipe

desserts pudding recipe

Jim's birthday was last week!  He's always felt like his birthday is a Christmas after-thought and even after 43 years he can still be a little bitter, um..I mean, sensitive about it!  I get it though. My birthday is in August and so I never had to compete with any holidays for attention but I can only imagine how it must feel to have your special day so close to the biggest special day of the year. Wah-wahhhh.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Honey Butter Pork Tenderloin

You know when you go food shopping when you're hungry and you end up buying 6 bags of chips and a package of Oreos?  Well, I did that the other day but ended up with 4 pork tenderloins. What was I thinking?  We don't even like it much. Now I had 4 sitting in my freezer wondering what would become of them.  

So I scoured the internet and found Momma Hen's Kitchen. She has a recipe for Honey Butter Pork Tenderloin that sounded simple and delicious. So I gave it a go and I'm happy to say we all really enjoyed it!  Ok, Jim and I did. Ellie declared "meat is yuck" and Molly softly whispered "gross" which is what she says when any meat is placed in front of her. Jim said it was his favorite version of pork tenderloin ever. 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Easy DIY Cocktail Napkins

Every once in a while my parents would host a cocktail party and my mom would pull out small squares of cloth she called "cocktail napkins." I thought that was the epitome of fancy!  Who had special napkins for special reasons?  I decided that I should have cocktail napkins too but mine would be easy DIY cocktail napkins!

 This holiday season was the perfect time for me to whip them up since we would be doing a lot of entertaining. It took me a total of two hours to sew up 10 sweet napkins and if you can sew a straight line you can make fancy DIY cocktail napkins,  too.

diy sewing napkins

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas House Decor

I am not posting a full blown Christmas house tour but I did take a few pictures of little bits here and there. I thought I'd share them and maybe you'll pin something for next year!

I hope your Christmas Eve is happy and full of love!  


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Last Minute Christmas Centerpiece

You can still have a pretty and festive table for Christmas!  Have no fear!  I put this centerpiece together in minutes with stuff I either had already or could find in the yard!

holiday decorating tablescape centerpiece
See that text filled wreath? Know what it is covering up?  Our unused exercise bike!  LMAO!  Talk about NOT staging.  And see that chair in the back?  It looks like it's losing it's underwear!  HA HA HA!  I want to change the fabric on that chair so I was trying out the new fabric to see if I liked it.  I would #reallifeblogger but # don't mean anything here. But you get what I mean, right? Oy. Moving on.