Words of Holiday Cheer

With Christmas day less than 24 hours away, today I’m sharing some words of the season, and how you can show what’s inspiring you this season.

Joy:

Joy-ful lighted sign

Joy boxwood wreath

Perler bead ‘joy’ banner

Large ‘joy’ letters

Rustic ‘joy’ art made of rope

Jute wrapped ‘joy’ letters

Candy cane striped ‘joy’ letters

‘Joy’ with evergreen wreath sign

‘Joy to the world’ sign

Merry:

‘Merry’ pom-pom sign

‘Merry and Bright’ sign with painted lights

‘Merry Christmas’ pallet sign 

‘Merry little Christmas’ song sign with wreath

‘Merry’ letter sign with mini gold ornaments

‘Merry and bright’ Rudolph sign

Santa inspired:

‘Elf Squad’

‘North Pole’ arrow sign

‘Never too old’ sign

‘Santa’s workshop’ and more signs

Lighted ‘Ho Ho Ho’ sign

Reindeer names sign

Other ideas:

‘Let it snow’ fabric wreath with white (snow) sequins

‘Let it snow’ shadowbox

‘Noel’ pallet sign

‘Vintage Christmas’ pillow

Family holiday sign

‘Christmas tree farm’ sign

‘Sleigh rides’ sign

‘Christmas countdown’ lighted sign

‘Candy cane’ sign

‘O Holy night’ sign

‘Calm and bright’ sign with lights

Wooden ‘O Christmas Tree’ sign

What has been your word or words this Christmas?

A Tree Full of Treats and Treasures

As we get closer to the official celebration of Christmas, today I’ve got some fun DIY tree creations and a few tree treats too.

Amigurumi mini tree

Christmas tree terrarium

Wood disc tree

Weaving hoop tree

Gemstone Christmas tree gift bag

Christmas tree gift tag

Fabric tree pillow ornament

Hanging trees with stars

Felt kids playtime tree

Quilted tree pillow sleeve

Simple golden wood sparkle tree

Simple dyed green wood tree

Ribbon tree

Pinecone tree

Ribbon tree on a T-shirt

Washi tape tree on canvas

Yarn and felt tree skirt with trees

Beaded chenille (pipe cleaner) stem tree

Wood disc ornament

Tree place card

Felt tree bottle cover

Christmas tree napkin

PVC pipe tree

Treats:

Geometric tree candy

Decorated Christmas tree cookies

Star topped mini tree cakes

Decorated Christmas tree cutout cookies

Stained glass Christmas tree cookies

What trees are you decorating with this year?

Share a Little Christmas Card

Today I’ve got some very creative and cheer-inspiring DIY Christmas card ideas for you!

Classic winter cottage

Festive present carrying Llama

Kids “Ho Ho Ho” card

Traditional golden deer 

Christmas tree in a truck, no caption

Christmas tree in a truck, peace caption

Bead and paint tree

Slated paper tree 

Fringe tree

“Seasons Greetings” with tree

“Merry Christmas” with 3D ornaments

“Noel” with Christmas wreath

3-D pop-out folded Christmas tree

Paint chip Christmas trees

Reindeer pop-up

“Merry and Bright” with Rudolph and “Merry Christmas” gift tag

Embroidered, decorated tree

Cards decorated with with baker’s twine 

Pipe cleaner Christmas tree

Working snow globe

Fun accordion cards

Lots of ideas made with felt

Holly berry buttons

“Merry Little Christmas” with mouse and tree

Red mittens 

Christmas glitter stars

“Noel” snowflake wreath

Fingerprint Christmas lights

Button snowman

“Seasons Greetings” reindeer (can light up!)

Are you creating and sending cards this year?

Christmas Celebrating with Advent Calendars

Thinking of a fun way to count down til Christmas? Try making a homemade Advent calendar.

Wooden Advent tree calendar with boxes

Colorful paper pouch advent calendar

Christmas countdown tree

Fabric “envelope” Advent calendar

Tree Advent banner

Garland art calendar

Scratch-off snowflake calendar

Advent calendar in a jar

Balloon garland calendar

Take-out box calendar

Wooden house calendar

Wooden tree advent calendar with little metal buckets

Felt stocking garland calendar

Paper stocking garland calendar

Christmas light bulb garland calendar

Paper woodland houses calendar

Hanging paper houses calendar

Boxes on canvas calendar

Activity card calendar 

Star garland calendar

Upcycled toilet paper gift-filled Advent calendar

Punch box calendar

Tree-topped Advent calendar boxes

Message in a bottle calendar

Matchbook advent calendar

Ornament calendar

Advent calendar with little mailboxes

Geometric calendar

Envelopes in a box calendar

What are your Advent calendar ideas?

Decadent Christmas Cookie Decorations

Today as we’re getting ever closer to Christmas I thought we’d take a look at some fun ways to decorate whatever your favorite cookies are, whether they’re gingerbread, sugar or something else, and simple but fun ways to add a little something special to your Christmas cookie celebrations (and a couple other sweet treat ideas too).

Cookies:

Christmas tree forest

Penguin slice and bake cookies

Apple pie thumbprints

Gingerbread reindeer

White chocolate confetti cookies

Cake mix holiday cookies

Dipped shortbread cookies

Sugar cookie ornaments

Christmas meringues

Santa and tree cookies

Gingerbread people in gingerbread hot chocolate tubs

Holiday biscotti

Gingerbread man mug mates

Hanging stockings

Reindeer milk-n-cookies

Santa hat milk-n-cookies

Gingerbread milk-n-cookies

Almond and lemon biscotti dipped in white chocolate

Blue and white snowflakes

Heart shaped reindeer sugar cookies

Package cookies

Candy cane sugar cookies

Santa cutouts

Triangle Santa cookies

Bell shaped Mrs. Claus skirt

Round reindeer cookies

Bell shaped reindeer

Candy cane snowmen

Green and white icing wreath

Simple wreath with candy pieces and icing bow

3D gingerbread trees

Coffee cup cookie

Christmas cookie dunkers

Emjoi thumbprints

Black and white reindeer cookies

Snow globe cookies

Stick people gingerbread cookies

Snowflake cookies

3-D striped tree cookies

Shiny mitten cookies

Christmas star cookies

Christmas reindeer cookies

Holly leaf and cardinal cookie

“Merry” cookie

“Cheer” cookie

Red door inn gingerbread cookie

Gabled gingerbread cookie

Cape cod gingerbread cookie

Toy shop soldier cookie

Strand of Christmas lights sugar cookie

Trimmed Christmas tree cookie

Wreath Christmas cookie

Sweet Treats:

Dipped blondie sticks

Peppermint marshmallow snowmen

Reindeer brownies

Brownie trees

Gingerbread man cupcakes

Cherry mitten hand pies

What are your favorite decoration ideas?

Appetizers for Entertaining

Today I thought we’d take a look at some tasty treats and dips to get your next holiday gathering started.

Dip:

New Orleans barbecue shrimp dip

Creamy shrimp scampi dip

Swiss and bacon dip

Christmas queso

Creamy peppadew dip

Warm fennel and Parmesan dip

Herbed goat cheese spread

Edamame lemongrass hummus

Small bites:

Steak au poivre potatoes

Spinach and goat cheese tartlets

Swedish meatballs

BLT salad bites

Gougeres with Gruyère mornay and beer mustard

Chorizo bites with smoked paprika and piquillo pepper aioli

Shrimp and avocado salad on endive leaves

Bacon wrapped ginger shrimp

Ham and Gruyère thumbprints

Twice baked potatoes

Dirty deviled eggs

Smoked salmon zucchini bites

Gorgonzola thyme stuffed olives

Dilled onion cheese balls

Blue cheese and pine nut puffs

Mini party quiches

Cranberry sauced meatballs

Made for a crowd:

Butternut squash spinach tart

Sausage Parmesan palmiers

Asparagus and jack cheese frittata

Pizza wreath

Savory Christmas cheese bread

Gorgonzola flatbread with prosciutto and dates

Mini bagel pizzas

What are you planning for appetizers this Christmas season?

Celebrating with Christmas Cookies

Today we’re taking a look at a variety of Christmas cookies, including some alternatives if you’ve got allergies or diets and some regional favorites.

Traditional/Regional:

Buccellati cookies

Danish sugar pretzels

Basler Brunsli

Stollen bites

Rugelach pinwheels

Glazed bizcochito stars

Speculaas cookies

Lebkuchen cookies

Chrusciki leaves

Kourambiedex Greek cookies

Sweet Treats:

Cherry vanilla cream cheese spritz cookies

Chocolate crinkles

Eggnog cookies

Fruitcake drops

Hot cocoa cookies

Peppermint sticks

Shortbread cookies

Gingersnap cookies

Cranberry almond shortbreads

Browned butter pecan sandies

Chocolate hazelnut and caramel thumbprints

Mint chocolate trees

Star mint meringues

Classic Christmas sandies

Candy stripe cookie sticks

Cinnamon swirl cookies

Chewy coconut chocolate pinwheels

Pignoli cookies

Alternative/Healthy cookies:

Keto almond shortbreads

Gluten free hazenut vanilla shortbread

Gluten free jam macaroons

Flourless double chocolate pecan cookies

Gluten free cranberry white chocolate pecan cookies

Vegan Russian tea cakes

Vegan Pfeffernusse cookies

Paleo hot chocolate cookies with vanilla bean frosting

Paleo, vegan chocolate coconut truffles

Paleo reindeer bombs

Sugar free paleo pecan snowball cookies

What cookies are you baking this Christmas?

Pinecone Picks

As we finish up the autumn season and holidays and head into the December and winter ones I thought we’d finish the season up with some pinecone crafts.

Wreaths and Garlands:

Christmas chandelier wreath with pinecones

Painted pinecone flower wreath

Rustic Christmas wreath with pinecones

Pinecone wreath

Pinecone tabletop wreath

Snowy pinecone wreath

Star wreath with pinecones and baubles

Pinecone and cranberry garland

Pinecone and pom-pom garland

Treats:

Pinecone cakes

Pinecone Friends:

Pinecone penguin

Pinecone elves

Pinecone mouse

Pinecone cardinal

Pinecone turkey

Pinecone people

Pinecone gnomes

Pinecone fox

Upgraded Pinecones:

Gilded pinecones

Scented pinecones

Felt pinecones

Ombre pinecones

Pinecone firestarters

Bleached pinecones

Cinnamon scented pinecones

Other Fun Crafts and Decorations:

Pinecone bird feeder

Pinecone village

Pinecone stocking

Lighted pinecone arrangement

Pinecone ornament

Pinecone place card

Pinecone hurricane vase

Pinecone napkin holder

Glittered pinecone gift topper

Pinecone tie backs

Pinecone table runner

Pinecone topiary

Pinecone holiday bag

What are your favorite ways to decorate with pinecones?

Christmas Breakfast and Brunch

Today we’re taking a look at some recipes you may enjoy serving to your family and friends on Christmas morning. There are some old favorites as well as twists on old favorites to check out, and we can’t forget a little decadence for the holidays!

Casserole:

Spinach, mushroom and cheese casserole

Pancake casserole

Panettone French toast casserole

Mushroom, spinach and baked eggs

Huevos rancheros casserole

French Toast, Pancakes and Waffles:

Cheesecake pancakes

Pancake squares

Gingerbread pancakes

Blueberry dutch pancakes

Upside down apple french toast with cranberries and pecans

Apple french toast bake

Praline french toast

Overnight french toast

Gingerbread waffles

Waffles Florentine

Coffeecake:

Cinnamon streusel coffee cake

Apricot almond coffee cake

Blueberry coffeecake with lemon streusel

Cinnamon streusel coffe cake

French chocolate coffee cake

Biscuits and Breads:

Sausage cheese biscuits

Rum raisin bread

Honey caramel sticky buns

Monkey in a tree

Cinnamon star bread

Stuffed breakfast crescent

Cinnamon eggnog scones

Fresh apple cinnamon scones

Cornmeal rolls with honey butter

Brown sugar cinnamon danish

Cheese danish

Pecan rolls

Tangerine pistachio sticky buns

Blueberry cream cheese pastries

Even more ideas:

Pumpkin ginger polenta with stewed fruit and marscapone cream

Cider braised slab bacon

Bacon mushroom quiche with Gruyere and thyme

What will you make for your holiday mornings this year?

Feast of the 7 Fishes

Today we’re taking a look at 7 fishes that you could include on your Christmas Eve table, whether you’re Italian or not.  As usual we’ve got some traditional fishes included as well as some non-traditional ones.

Calamari:

Calamari, tomato and caper salad

Light and crispy fritto misto

Kung pao calamari

Oregano lemon grilled calamari

Stuffed calamari

Orange, asparagus and calamari

Clam/Mussels:

Butternut squash and mussel soup

Coconut curry mussels

Thai red curry mussels

Mussels in white wine and garlic

Spicy mussels and chorizo

Baja med mussels

Vegetable topped mussels with Chardonnay cream

Spaghetti with clams

New England clam chowder

Manhattan clam chowder

White clam pizza

Clams in cartoccio

Clams casino crostini

Spanish clam soup

Caribbean clam chowder

Broccoli raab and clams

Shrimp:

Shrimp scampi

Penne with shrimp and herbed cream sauce

Lemon pasta with roasted shrimp

Roasted shrimp cocktail

Orzo salad with shrimp and feta

Sesame shrimp

Sriracha shrimp

Shrimp creole

Ginger soy shrimp

Shrimp and rice bowls

Crab:

Hot crab dip

Crab quiche

Crab stuffed mushrooms

Chili crab

Crab croquettes

Chilled corn and crab salad

Asparagus and crab salad

Macaroni and brie with crab

Easy crab bisque

Filet with crab topping

Salmon:

Grilled salmon with herb and meyer lemon compound butter

Miso ginger marinated grilled salmon

Pan seared salmon with ginger lime sauce and peanuts

Salmon in parchment

Salmon and barley salad

Roasted salmon with lentils

Horseradish crusted salmon

Salmon, apples and fennel

Salmon pot pie

Orange salmon with edamame orzo

Zesty salmon pasta salad

Scallops:

Grilled scallops with orange scented quinoa

Lemon orzo with scallops

Scallops and chorizo

Scallops with hazelnut brown butter

Spicy seared scallops

Sea scallops in parchment pouches

Seared scallops with bacon

Scallops with dill sauce

Pineapple and scallop skewers

Grilled herb scallops with balsamic syrup

Cod:

Mediterranean cod packets

Miso glazed cod

Memphis cornmeal battered cod

Chili roasted cod

Black cod with miso

Crisp baked lemon cod

Steamed cod with ginger

Cod provencal

Sesame crusted cod

Citrus salad with poached cod

Smoky cod with sweet potatoes

Steamed cod with gingery mushrooms

Herb-crusted cod with cauliflower mash

Cod and potatoes puttanesca

Almond-coated cod with cabbage-fennel slaw

More than one fish:

Seafood linguine

Bucatini with clams and scallops

Braised calamari stuffed with shrimp and herbs

San Francisco seafood stew

Hearty fish chowder

Caribbean seafood stew

What fish recipes would you recommend?