To the New Year!

New Year’s Eve is a fun night of celebration in honor of the transition between two years.  I’m sure that you’ve got lots of great recipes you still want to try this holiday season, so I thought I would share a few drink ideas with you (some are alcoholic and some are not).

Candy Cane Cocoa

Mulled Wine for Kids

Apple Raspberry Spiced Cider

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Party Punch

Tropical Breakfast Smoothie

Eggs-Travagant Nog

Christmas Cinnamon Cider

Caribbean Sorrel

Hot Spiced Tea

Espresso Martini

Gingerbread Cocktail

Champagne Cocktail

Hot Cranberry Cider

Gingerbling

Mulled Wine

Spiced Lemon Apple Cider

Poinsettia Cocktail

Santa’s Sleigh Cocktail

Honey Punch

Burgundy Bubbler

Candy Cane Cocktail

Cranberry Punch Pizzazz

Vanilla Dark and Stormy

White Hot Chocolate

Virgin Pomegranate and Cranberry Bellinis

Cranberry Sipper

Citrus Cider

Aztec Hot Chocolate

Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate

Spiced Black Tea

Chocolate Cappuccino

Holiday Cider

Ginger Lemon Tea

Chocolate Chai

Spicy Chocolate Chai

Chai Latte

Pumpkin Spice Buttered Rum

Hot Toddy French Vanilla

Constant Comment Holiday Punch

Kisses-n-Cream Martini

Virgin Pomegranate Margarita

Chai Martini

What will you be serving or drinking this New Year’s?

Let’s Love

Today, to wrap up our look at love this month, I thought I would share some of the love I’ve seen from creative friends this year.  Take a look:

Michelle Lisa Mosaics: hypnotic hearts stained glass lamp

Finding Charm: think pink with these earrings

SweetT’sCrafts: wooden storage box of love

Faery Moon Creations: put a little love in your heart

BluKatDesigns: necklace of hearts

DebrasDesigns: mother of pearl hearts

Hockmangirl: diamond swirl earrings

HoneyBeeAffairs: crochet hearts

MoreThanColors: red stained glass heart

Juergen Roth: bleeding hearts photo

Gaelic Forge: celtic scrolled heart earrings

Jewelry By Debby Designs: Silver Heart Cabachon

Ginalimosiacs: sea glass hearts

SSSoap: organic heart soap

These are just a few of the creative friends I’ve featured over the year, if you’d like to be featured you can learn all about it here.

What things have you created with love? I’d love to see your designs!

Crafty Celebrations

Hanukkah has begun and Christmas is just a few days away.  So while you’re getting ready or celebrating with family, I’ve got some ideas to keep those kids busy, as well as ideas they can help you make in the kitchen for guests.

Crafts

Colorful cats

Candy cane sign post

Classic sled

Snappy soldiers

Rudolph and company ornaments

Craft stick snow clan

Shelf sock elves

Craft stick Santa Claus

Paper bag gingerbread friends (I did this just last week, it takes a really long time to color all them, hint hint)

Puzzle wreath

Salt dough gift toppers

Button ornaments

Recycled ornaments

Gifts

Crunchy the snowman

Holiday pretzel treats

Marshmallow snowmen

Holiday fudge

Peppermint bark

Chocolate spoons

I’m going to start off with some adorable shelf sock elves, and finish my gifting off with some holiday pretzel treats!  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season this year!

Holiday Tables

Today we’re putting some last minute touches on our holiday tables.

Place Cards & Napkin Holders:

Evergreen place cards, tree napkin rings, tree place cards, tree napkin rings 2, holly napkin rings, holly place cards, festive tree place settings.

Table Decorations:

Swirled string candles, star punched paper hurricanes, Christmas cloche, evergreen bobeches, cranberry flower frog,

Table Cloths:

Festive napkins, scrapbook table settings, snowflake table runner 1, snowflake runner 2, snowflake runner 3,

snowflake felt table cloth.

One final thought: if you use white plates, you’ll be able to use any other colors and decorations you want!

Happy Holidays!

Christmas Cooking

The holidays are just a week or so away!  I’m super excited to start cooking and have the kitchen fill the house with yummy smells.  Here are food ideas for healthy eaters, Christmas celebrators and other festive celebrations for all day long, and even all holiday season long.

Breakfast and Brunch

Breakfast strata, maple bacon quiche, holiday crepes, french toast casserole, irish soda bannock, challah crowns, cranberry soda bread, eggnog pancakes, christmas bread, french breakfast muffins, cheesy potato bake with eggs, apple butter hotcakes, orange raisin brunch bread, spiral apple dumplings, Christmas morning breakfast.

Snacks

Mexican salad, holiday layered dip, sweet spiced nuts, layered pizza dip, beet orange salad, cucumber cups, holiday appetillas, french onion dip, mini shrimp calzones, spicy potato chips, cheese bread, mini spinach calzones, greek stuffed mushrooms.

Dinner

Rosemary garlic turkey, crown roast, penne with tomatoes garlic and white beans, carrots with ginger and honey, potato pancakes, horseradish crusted brisket, glazed root vegetables, stuffed shrimp calamari with polenta, glazed ham, prime rib and oven roasted potatoes, sweet and sour short ribs, red and green salad with cranberry vinaigrette.

Dessert

Holiday trifle, cranberry tarts or pie, apple cranberry crumble, eggnog bread, chocolate dipped pretzels, Christmas trifle, german chocolate cake with coconut pecan frosting, magnolia lace trumpets, toasted coconut cake, cherry walnut gelatin, apple coffee cake, chocolate cheesecake candy cane bars, figs brulee with vanilla eggnog, potica, chai and vanilla rice pudding, Christmas citrus squares, raspberry and sherry trifle, rudolph cupcakes, snowman cupcakes, rugelach, gingerbread trifle, walnut orange buche de noel, holiday cupcakes, fruitcake parfaits, lattice linzer torte.

Cookies

Butter pecan shortbreads, butterscotch blondies, fruitcake cookies, cherry white chocolate almond sandwich cookies, mint sandwich cookies, eggnog cookies, chocolate chip cookie dough truffles, Christmas blondies, peanut butter bars with chocolate ganache, cinnamon wreaths, lebkuchen, baklava tassies, anzac cookies, healthier ginger pecan oatmeal crisps, healthier gingerbread, honey pistachio biscotti, chocolate hazelnut caramel thumbprints, chrusciki leaves, gingerbread, rum balls, candy stripe cookie sticks, speculaas cookies.

These are just a few ideas, but I’m sure you’ve got some great suggestions!  What do you serve for the holidays?

Fresh Holiday Decor

This year there’s so many great things to share to help you decorate and enjoy the season that I’ll be sharing them over the next two weeks.  Today we begin with some decorations you can easily make that will bring lots of sparkle to your home.

Getting Ready

Countdown calendar, countdown collage.

Wreaths and Garland

Candy cane wreath, jingle bell wreath, fragrant fruit wreath,wreath trio, rectangle wreath, ribbon wreath, cool winter wreath, snowflake wreath, paper flower wreath.

Candy garland, gumdrop garlands, juniper and pepperberry garland, bay leaf and pomegranate garland.

O Little Town

Homemade creche, felt gingerbread houses, felt fir trees.

Every Room of the House

Bedroom, kitchen.

Little Details

Christmas coasters, holiday tree skirt, evergreen bobeches (wax catchers), gilded pinecones, cranberry flowers, window ornaments.

Coming up on Wednesday will be holiday foods, next Monday will be table setting and other party related thoughts, and finally next Wednesday will be cute crafts and ornaments that you can create to keep kids busy while they’re off from school or by yourself just for fun!

What decoration ideas do you have or have you added over years of traditions?

FF: Gone Foofie

Happy Friday! Today we’re talking with Jess from Gone Foofie!  Jess has created some amazing footstools that are fit for a queen.  Her creativity is evident!

Why are you passionate about footstools and creativity? 

I’ve been creative all my life. With my mom’s help, I started the neighborhood “Craft Club” when I was in kindergarten. Over the years, I’ve studied art, drawing, painting, etc. and love the freedom that creativity brings. There are no restrictions! Why footstools? I also love being unique.

What got you started with footstools and creativity as a hobby/business?

In the summer of 2010, I was out shopping with my mom at a local thrift store and picked up a book on fusing for $3. Not being able to sew (or have the patience) for more than a loose button or two, I was fascinated with the techniques and the projects one could do with a little practice. In this book was an adorable footstool. I said to myself, “Now THAT is cute!” I had been crying for several days as I was not having any luck with job hunting so I knelt down that night after shopping with mom and prayed. About a week later, Foofie hit me!

Do you have a favorite footstools you’ve designed?

Ah, a favorite. It’s hard for me to really say which is my favorite. I spend so much time with them, they develop their own little personalities. Since I must choose, I’d have to say these are my favorites: Knockout, Gilded Beauty, Not Too Shabby, and Caribbean Bliss.

What exciting future plans do you have for your work?

I do have plans to build my own vanity stools. I’m currently in the “Research & Development” stage for those as well as lamps, picture frames, various home accents. I’d like to get into doggie and kitty beds as well as a possible bridal line and new baby. I think that’s it…oh no wait…there’s pillows, curtains, and bedspreads…Ok, I think that’s it. I think.

Do you have any tips/inspiration to share?

Be faithful to God and stay true to yourself. Always stay positive. Success doesn’t happen overnight; it takes patience and good old fashion hard work. Listen to your gut and surround yourself with positive people. Remember: If another man can do it, so can I!

You can connect with Jess and Gone Foofie on her website, Etsy and Facebook.

Thanks Jess!   I’m inspired by your creativity, I think I’ll go do some painting…