Cookies and Hot Chocolate Christmas Tablescape

Forget the hot chocolate bar and set a pretty and creative Christmas tablescape for serving some homemade cookies and cocoa to your holiday guests this year!





Cookie and Cocoa Tablescape



Around the holidays, we all tend to have dinners to go to and friends and family to visit.  And of course you want to put a little extra effort into making things nice and memorable for your guests.


A few weeks ago, I shared a few ideas for setting a beautiful dinner table for the holidays and there are so many more tablescapes out there to inspire you with ideas for your own home, but what about just a casual gathering between friends?



My Farmhouse Style Christmas Mantel

An inspiring picture and a few more seasonal touches is all you need to design a fireplace mantel vignette you'll want to see all Christmas season.





Farmhouse Christmas Mantel



So, are your stockings hung and the tree decorated yet?


I know so many started decorating after Halloween and the stores are quickly becoming sold out of holiday merchandise, but I am pretty much in the group of those who don't start with the red and green until after Thanksgiving.


All this week, my friend Kendra from Joy in Our Home is hosting a tour filled with DIY projects, decorating ideas, and recipes.  And today I have the honor of joining in with some fabulous ladies to share our Christmas mantels....one of my favorite things to decorate each season.  The tour ended yesterday with a recipe from Beyond the Butter and links to everyone involved appears at the end of this post.



The Best Peanut Butter Fudge and More Treats for Christmas

The perfect sweet treat for the Christmas season (or anytime of the year!), this Peanut Butter Fudge will have you craving piece after piece!




Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe


In my mind, one of the best parts of the Christmas season is all of the incredible sweets, cookies, desserts, and dinners that we get to indulge in.  There is a reason why diets seem to go out the window during the month of December.


Last month for our Tastes of the Season series, we joined together to bring you our favorite cookie recipes (You can find my Raspberry Gingersnaps here.) and today for our last recipe this year we are sticking with tempting your sweet taste buds by sharing a non-cookie Christmas treat.  Links to everyone participating, including our host Kristen from Ella Claire, can be found near the end of this post.


Free December Printables

Download one or all of these free December printables to help organize your month, tackle some must-do chores, and stay inspired.






Free December Printables



December is one of my favorite months of the year.  I mean, who doesn't love a month that is filled with pretty decorations, gifts, shopping, eating, and spending time with friends and family?


Amid all the stress and chaos of the season also exists a calm and peace that isn't found at any other time of the year.  Maybe it is the music playing in the background or the glow of the lights on the tree, but there is a magic to the month of December that always makes me sit back and savor the blessings around me.  Would you agree?


Rustic Woodland Christmas Tablescape

This Christmas tablescape inspired by some silver deer napkin rings is a perfect blend of rustic and elegant decorating for your holiday table.




Deer Inspired Placesetting



Designing a tablescape for the holidays is one of the best ways to really find freedom in your decorating.  There is no right or wrong way to do it.  No rules to follow.  Your table can be elaborate or kept very simple, colorful or neutral, trendy or classic.  And at the end of the evening, it can all be undone allowing you to design again.


That surface that your family will be gathering around to share a meal is your chance to experiment with different styles, colors, and decor while ultimately creating a space where everyone is comfortable and welcome.



Christmas Greens Printable Recipe Card

These pretty printable Christmas recipe cards will help you to organize all of the recipes you want to try for the upcoming holiday season and could even be used as an inexpensive gift idea for those on list.





Free Printable Holiday Recipe Cards



Do you find yourself returning to the same holiday recipes year after year or do you like to experiment and try new ones?  While Christmas dinner is pretty much set in stone, I do find that I like to do a mix of new and old when it comes to holiday baking.  As much as I love my grandma's old family recipe for Sour Cream Cookies, I'm also loving the Rapsberry Gingersnaps that I decided to try this year.  And Christmas morning breakfast is always a chance to try out something a little different than the previous years.



Raspberry Jam Gingersnaps and Other Christmas Cookie Recipes

These soft gingersnap cookies with a layer of raspberry jam sandwiched between will be a favorite served on your Christmas cookie tray.




Raspberry Gingersnap Sandwich Cookies



As much as I find myself turning to the same recipes year after year at Christmas time, I also enjoy finding a few new ones to try as well.  The holidays are a perfect time for experimenting with new flavor combinations and different ingredients as you are bound to have many friends and family visiting that will be more than willing to try what you've made.

If you've already begun thinking about what cookies you might make this holiday season, look no further for inspiration than today's post because there are over twenty delicious options for everyone's different taste buds included.


Free November Printables

Download one or all of these free November printables to help organize your month, tackle some must-do chores, and stay inspired.




Free November Printables



November seems to be the month that many of us try to embrace the idea of gratitude a little more in our lives.  And this year, it is more important than ever to look at the good we have in our lives.  To give thanks for the loved ones we get to share a little space of this earth with, the places we are able to call home, and small reminders we get everyday (if we open our eyes) that show us that we are not alone and part of a bigger picture.

Friday Favorites | No. 2

Good Friday morning to you!


Where I am in PA, the weather seems to have jumped from early August to late November temperatures in a matter of about two weeks.....and this girl is not loving it!  It has not been a peaceful transition to say the least.


The change in the weather has reminded me that Halloween is quickly approaching, so for my Friday Favorites post today, I wanted to share some of my favorite ideas for incorporating a little of the spooky into your decor.  While I don't normally decorate for the holiday, I do always love to see how others are embracing their inner witches and ghosts.

Friday Favorites | No. 1

Happy Friday my friends!  I hope that your week has gone well.  It is hard to believe that we are close to halfway through the month already, isn't it?


Today I'm excited to bring back a series that was once very popular here called Friday Favorites.  For various reasons, it got to be time consuming to put together so I stopped doing it each week.


But lately I've been missing how connected the blogging world once was where we were all sharing each other's work and lending support to one another and decided to start the feature up again.  Each Friday, I plan on sharing images that have caught my eye from other blogs or social media, as well as some more useful links towards the end for other posts, things I'm purchasing or reading, and new-to-me blogs I'm enjoying.

Creating a Simple Fall Flower Arrangement

Create a beautiful flower arrangement for fall without spending any money at all.





This past Saturday was an absolutely beautiful fall day.  Temperatures were in the 70s and the sun was shining.  Looking forward to next weekend, however, doesn't look nearly as nice so it was the push I needed to get outside and finish some necessary fall clean-up like cutting back flowers and putting away the outdoor furniture.  It is so much more enjoyable to do this work in the warmth and sun than a cold and dreary day.   As much as I love to dream that the warm weather is going to continue here, I'm also a realist who knows the weather conditions are not going to sustain the plants much longer.  There is no time like the present for getting things tidied up.


Creating a Rustic Fall Vignette | 25 Ideas Inspired by Fall

Decorating for fall doesn't have to involve lots of vibrant colors and pumpkins everywhere.  This rustic vignette keeps it simple adding just a few pumpkins to a mantel decorated with neutral colors and texture.





Birch bark pumpkins



Today I have the pleasure of joining in with some ladies sharing fall inspiration all week long as part of the Fall Festival Blog Hop hosted by my good friend Kendra from Joy in Our Home.  In this tour you'll find mantels, tablescapes, recipes, porches, and vignettes.  Links to everyone's posts appear at the end of this post.



Olive Pecan Cheese Ball Plus More Appetizer Recipes for Fall

Whether you are having a fall gathering with family and friends or just want to sit down to a snack yourself, look no further for delicious recipes for fall appetizers.  This Olive Pecan Cheese Ball is quick and easy to prepare and makes a beautiful presentation for the season.





Olive Pecan Cheese Log



Cheese balls are one of the best appetizers to make in my opinion.  Take a block of cream cheese, whip it together with a few more ingredients of your choosing, and roll it into a ball.  Appetizer done.  It couldn't be easier!


Seriously, though, there are countless options when it comes to creating a cheese ball because you can virtually combine any of your favorite flavors for a mouthwatering spread for crackers, pretzels, breadsticks, or whatever else comes to mind.


The combo I return to again and again?  Bacon and ranch.  So good.


Free October Printables

Download one or all of these free October printables to help organize your month, tackle some must-do chores, and stay inspired.






Free October printables




Well, we are fully immersed in fall now.  The weather is cooler, the house has been decorated, and pumpkin spice has been added to just about everything.  Now is the time to watch the leaves change from green to vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow and to take in all that the season has to offer like trips to the pumpkin farm and hayrides.

Trick or Treat Free Halloween Printable Sign

Halloween decor doesn't have to be scary or complex.  This simple "Trick or Treat" free printable is just what you need to add a bit of festive decor to your home.





Halloween Printable


Before you know it, Halloween will be here and you may have already started adding spooky decorations to your fall leaves and pumpkins.  I don't typically gravitate to witches and ghosts this time of the year, but there is nothing wrong with adding a few things here or there to acknowledge the holiday.


Nature Inspired Fall Tablescape

Nature provides wonderful inspiration when designing a tablescape for fall.  See how a cohesive place to enjoy dinner was created using oak leaf plates as a starting off point.





Oak Leaf Tablescape



Just because summer is over doesn't mean that it is time to stop entertaining and dining outdoors.  After months filled with really warm temperatures and high humidity, I'm actually finding it more enjoyable to have dinner outside on the deck now that the fall weather is starting to set in.



6 Delicious Apple Recipes for Fall

Apple season is here and it is time to experiment with new recipes using the ripe fruit.  Whether you are looking for breakfasts, desserts, or a warm beverage to drink, this post is filled with ideas for adding apple flavor in the kitchen.





Whether they are ripening on trees in my neighborhood, filling a favorite pie, or used for the scent of candle brightening up my home, apples are unavoidable as September begins and they last throughout the season.


Pick Your Own Pumpkins DIY Fall Sign

If you are looking to decorate your home with new autumn decor, you may want to consider picking up a paintbrush and making something yourself.  This simple DIY fall sign is something anyone can make and takes almost no time at all!





DIY Pumpkin Sign for Fall



There is something very satisfying about making things yourself.  Sure, there are plenty of pretty things out there to buy and I love shopping just as much as the next person.  But to be able to construct something with your own two hands that you can pull out and enjoy each year is special.



Acorns and Oak Leaves Free Printable for Fall

No need to spend money on fall decorations when you can print them from you own computer!  Today's post contains 30+ beautiful free printables, including this one with an oak leaf and acorns, that you can download and display in your home.





Free Fall Printable Quote


I know I say it year after year, but fall always gives me a feeling of being able to have a fresh start.  Thinking back to all those years of returning to school in September reminds me of shopping for school clothes, fitting in with different groups of friends that you shared classes with for the year, and the opportunity to participate in new activities and learn new information.

7 Easy Fall DIY Projects To Add Style to Your Home

In the mood to make something new to decorate your home this autumn?  These six DIY projects are easy, quick, and some are even free to put together!  They will add a stylish seasonal touch to your fall decor.



Fall is the season where decorating is definitely inspired by nature.  Either we showcase the fresh from the outdoors symbols of fall like pumpkins and branches of leaves or we use the same faux versions year after year.  And if do-it-yourself projects and decorating are something you enjoy, then there are countless ideas for using both the real and the fake to create a festive and cozy home during the autumn.


I've gathered together six of my favorite (and most popular) fall DIY ideas here for you.  Hopefully one or more will inspire you to get out your paint brush, gather some freshly fallen leaves, or do a little hammering to create something beautiful for your home.

Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Muffins and 20+ More Pumpkin Recipes for Fall

Pumpkin season is here and you need to look no further for the most delicious recipes inspired by the seasonal fruit.  These Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Muffins are perfect fall breakfast and when warm and slathered with a little butter, you'll be craving them all month long.




Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins



Like it or not, you can't have fall without pumpkins.  And I know....come September, everywhere you look there is another recipe or product that includes pumpkin in the ingredients.  But that is the world we live in and I, quite frankly, enjoy finding new and unique recipes inspired by the fall flavor.


If you agree with my thoughts, then today is your day because not only am I sharing the most delicious recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cranberry Muffins, but there are another nineteen ideas shared at the bottom of this post by my blogging friends.

Everything You Need to Know about Renovating Your Home on a Budget

No one wants to spend more than they have to when renovating or redecorating their house.  This post will teach you nine ways you can create the beautiful, homey space your desire while still staying on budget.  







A few months ago, I announced that I was in the process of acquiring my grandparent's home to fix up and style.  And then I've said no more about it since.


It is still happening and you should be seeing  more pictures of the house in it's before state in a few weeks......fingers crossed.  Nothing has been done to the house as of yet because we have been trying to empty it out of all the things that my grandma had collected over her 97 years.  It has been a much longer and more labor intensive process than we ever imagined it could be.  But I'm finally able to see some light at the end of the tunnel and should be able to start making the house a home very soon.

Free Printables for September

Download one or all of these free September printables to help organize your month, tackle some must-do chores, and stay inspired.









Free monthly printables




With September starting in just a few days, it is time to release another set of monthly printables for you.  This month is filled with many tasks that must be completed to prepare your home inside and out for the fall season, but it also includes fun things like enjoying a pumpkin spice latte if those are something you look forward to.

Apple Cider Pound Cake | Over 15 Apple Flavored Recipes for Fall

Recipes for easy fall desserts are a must and today's post is filled with many delicious options.  This Apple Cider Pound Cake combines all the flavors of the season and can even be frozen to enjoy later on.






Apple Cider Bundt Cake Recipe



Can you believe that the summer season is just about over?  It seems like just a short time ago we were all making plans for vacations, cookouts, and hot evenings spent on the porch .  And now here we are with kids returning to school along with our desire for the coziness of fall.  There are  even leaves changing colors and falling from the trees in my town already.  A little too early in my opinion.

8 Inspirational Books that You Must Read This Summer

A little known fact about me is that when I read a book that I'm really enjoying, I read really fast.  I'm talking, like I could finish a good book cover to cover in a day or two if given the time.  It is like I become so immersed in what is on those pages that I just can't wait to get to the end.  I want all the knowledge that those pages can share with me. (On the other hand, if it is a book I can't immediately get into......I will never finish it.)



8 Inspirational Books that will Change Your Life

Free Printables for July

Free  printables for July that will help organize your month, tackle some must-do chores, and stay inspired.


Beautiful printables to download for free each month - calendar, monthly to do list, and inspirational quote.



Good morning my sweet friends!

I hope that your summer has been going well and that you've had plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying all that the season has to offer.  It goes by all too quickly and we should be savoring each and every day.

Hand Tools You Need to Be a Successful Gardener

Gardening doesn't have to be difficult if you are prepared with the tools you need.  Be ready for keeping your flower beds weed free by having these five essentials.



Essential Garden Tools



The weather has been beautiful here.  Lots of sunshine and warmth and just enough rain to keep the grass looking green and hydrate the flowers.  Of course, these conditions are also prime for helping weeds to sprout up in the flower beds.  And if you don't stay ahead of those weeds, well, it sometimes feels like you wake up to realize you've somehow lost complete control over your garden just while you were sleeping.

French Vintage Decor | A Must Read Book for Any Home Decorator




One of my very first blogging friendships was formed with Jamie from So Much Better with Age.  Not only do we share the same first name, but bonded over our passions for vintage treasures and painted furniture and shared similar dreams and frustrations concerning our blogging journey.


It has always been my belief that Jamie is crazy talented and possesses a keen eye for all things French style.  There are some people that I think are blessed with a gift for design and putting the right pieces together and she definitely has it....along with the ability to be able to capture it all with her camera.

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