We get to that point every year where the conversation shifts from summer vacations and weekend road trips to Christmas traditions and holiday decor. Like many, the first thing that pops into my head are thoughts of traditional touches like deep red and hunter green plaid topping a table filled with homemade cookies and festive cocktails. Combine that with a roaring fire, mugs of hot cocoa and a blanket of fresh snow outside and you have the picture perfect traditional Christmas. While some of us live in areas where this is far from reality, there are ways to create the "traditional" Christmas no matter the circumstances. All you need is a bright holiday spirit and a sea of red and green decor to create that unmistakable Christmas feel!
The holidays are officially upon us. Most of my shopping is done, my tree is up and decorated, and I've started to plan out all the cookies I'm going to make. But the one thing I haven't managed to do yet is hang my Christmas wreath. Like my card, I make my own every year. I'm especially excited about this years and feel that it could be so cute it takes me through the next few years. For that reason, I'm holding off the big reveal until next week. But, until then, I've gathered up my favorite DIY wreaths to take us into the weekend. Hope you all have a relaxing few days and I will see you back here on Monday!
'Tis the season for holiday parties! And whether you are hosting or attending, it's always a struggle to create a menu that is easy, filling, and pleasing to just about any one. With any party, I always want to create a menu that people can nosh on all night and will be good no matter when your guests show up. For this reason, I tend to stay away from buffet or family style meals opting for heavy hors d'oeuvres instead. As I've mentioned in the past, crostinis are a great way to fill up your guests and still provide a variety with ease. But this holiday season, I'm putting the crostinis away and bringing out its cousin the flatbread. Like crostinis, they are filling and easy to make, but the flatbread, similar to a pizza, has more versatility due to its size. It's easier for toppings to stay on because it's larger, creating a whole new world of topping possibilities. While I love traditional favorites like margarita and four cheese, I like concocting new options like this one, Blue Peach. It's a combination of peaches, blue cheese crumbles, prosciutto and arugula that's savory, sweet and delicious. I know it will be a huge hit at our holiday party this year and am excited to share the recipe with you today. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
:: Ingredients ::
Makes 1 Flatbread
1 Premade Flatbread
1/4 Cup Peach Preserves
1/4 Cup Blue Cheese Crumbles
2 Thin Slices Prosciutto
3/4 Cup Arugula
:: Directions ::
1. Spread peach preserves on flatbread. Top with blue cheese crumbles and sliced prosciutto.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
3. Remove and top with arugula. Serve immediately or cool to room temperature and serve.
Well November is over and what a month it was. It's always a celebratory month around here with fall parties, Rob's birthday, and Thanksgiving. This year didn't disappoint either. It seemed as though there was something going on all the time and we sure did have fun! November also brought some of my favorite creations to date with the bourbon peach cocktail, Rob's birthday whiskey and cigar bar, and of course the round up of crostinis for your very own crostini party. With so much excitement happening in one month, it's hard to put it behind me. So, as I look forward to the celebrations to come in December, I'm going to give November one last hoo-rah by sharing some of my favorite snap shots from the past month. Enjoy!
:: Supplies ::
Scrapbook Paper, trimmed slightly smaller than the envelope
:: Directions ::
1. Fold envelope in half length wise (hot dog style). With the envelope vertical, cut a line straight across the top being careful to not cut all the way across. Cut from a point approximately 1.5 inches down from the first line at an angle to the end of the top line. This should form a triangle. After it's cut, remove this portion.
2. Approximately 1.5 inches from the bottom of the envelope, cut a straight line approximately .5-1 inch in length. At a point approximately 1/4 of an inch above this line, cut at an angle down to the end of the bottom line. Remove this triangle portion as well.
3. Cut the portion of the envelope along the crease between the two triangles and remove.
4. Open up and this should form a martini glass.
5. Trim off bottom of envelop to allow for card insert to slide in and out.
6. Using your hot glue gun, glue holly beads to the top of the martini glass to appear as if coming out of the glass.
7. Insert trimmed scrapbook paper into envelope placing a dab of hot glue on the bottom center of the paper. This will stick the paper to the envelope and allow for it to stay in place while the card will be able to slide in and out freely.
8. Insert card with message to complete.
It's finally starting to look like winter around here. The past few days have been filled with gray skies and colder temperatures making me feel like Christmas is right around the corner. As I do every December, I've put together some holiday theme boards that will take us right up to the celebratory day. No matter if you prefer a traditional holiday, a coastal Christmas or a winter white one like today, I'll have all the holiday cheer you need right here.
Being in Florida, the closest thing we get to a white Christmas is sandy white beaches and a decked out Palm tree, but that can't stop a girl from dreaming right? Even if you don't live in the snowy white North, you can still create the perfect white Christmas. Adorn the tree in soft shades of white with silver accents and keep the rest of your decor neutral. Apply this theory to your holiday table as well. An ivory tablecloth topped with white plates and silver decor is just what you need to make it perfect. All that is left is to light a fire and curl up with a mug of hot chocolate!
Well, Thanksgiving is over and I managed to eat more than my weight in turkey and the fixings. While I promise myself every year I won't eat so much, it's hard to turn down that much delicious food. So, as I put last nights feast behind me, it's time to start looking towards Christmas. The first holiday task at my house is always Christmas cards. I've created a bit of a tradition by making our cards instead of doing the traditional photo cards. This is mainly because Rob hates taking pictures and secondly because I love a good DIY. I actually managed to finish our cards before Thanksgiving this year and plan on sharing them with you next week. But until then, I've gathered up some of my favorite DIY cards to share with you in hopes of inspiring you to make your own this year. Hope you enjoy!
1. DIY Paper Bead Christmas Card from All Things Paper
2. DIY Modern Holiday Greeting Cards from The Sweet Beast
3. DIY Metallic Hand Painted Christmas Cards from The Social Home
4. Ribbon Tree Cards from Martha Stewart
5. Mini Wreath Holiday Cards from Frolic!