December 21, 2014

White Christmas Tree Lover Here

I've never thought of myself as a white Christmas tree kind of girl.

White Christmas tree with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments.

Not that I even know what that means. It's just that I was firmly and squarely in the green tree, pinecones in a bowl, nature inspired, traditional look for the holidays.

With a few blow molds thrown in. But hey, a big plastic Santa with a light bulb up his butt is traditional right?

Last year, I noticed quite a few bloggers had their Shiny Brite ornaments on white trees and were talking about how it made their ornaments POP.

So I thought, what the heck I might was well walk on the wild side and try a white one. Just this once.

But damn if they don't look good on the tree!

White Christmas tree with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments.

White Christmas tree with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments.

White Christmas tree with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments.

White Christmas tree with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments.

White Christmas tree with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments.

Am I going to h-e-double-toothpicks for using the "damn" word this close to Christmas? The "butt" word is OK though, right?

BTW, this is a small 4' tabletop tree in my dining room. My main tree in the living room is still green. This year, at least!

White Christmas tree with vintage Shiny Brite ornaments.

I am now a convert. Slap a label on me and call me a white Christmas tree lover!

What about you? Are you a green tree lover? Or white?


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December 18, 2014

Top 10 Christmas Themed Fudge Recipes

Oh, fudge!

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the enormous amount of sweets that you are allowed to eat. And I had to up and go on a diet!

But, photos have no calories, right? It doesn't hurt to look.

So, I gathered a list of 10 Christmas themed fudge recipes from around the web for you. They're based on traditional holiday treats - peppermint, gingerbread, eggnog etc.

That way you can make some drool-worthy fudge. I can dream about some drool-worthy fudge. And at least one of us can still button their pants on December 26th.

Ten festive and tasty holiday fudge recipes to make for Christmas.  And they're all based on traditional Christmas foods!  Peppermint Fudge, Snickerdoodle Fudge, Gingerbread Fudge, etc.


December 15, 2014

Christmas In The Kitchen

Doesn't that title make you think of warm cookies fresh out of the oven cooling on the counter and spices simmering on the stove. Maybe a little Christmas cookie decorating center set up with bowls of different colored icing.

Yeah, well get those thoughts right on out of your head, because this post isn't about actually using the kitchen for the holidays as much as it is about decorating the kitchen for the holidays.

You'll have to get your holiday food porn elsewhere :)

A slightly kitschy Christmas kitchen house tour, filled with an eclectic collection of vintage and thrift store finds for the holidays.
(Look, my paperwhites bloomed!)

December 12, 2014

Holiday Front Porch For The Picnicing Ski Bums

All year long I've been seeing things at estate sales and thrift stores that make me think "Oh, wouldn't that look cute on the porch for Christmas". So I'd buy it (usually for a buck or two) and set it aside for the big porch decorating bonanza. I had amassed a nice little pile of possible porch junk decor.

Of course, throughout the year I weeded out some things and put some items in different places in my house. Sometimes me eyes are bigger than my stomach. Or is it my eyes are bigger than my porch?

Fun holiday front porch ideas are shown, including chalk painted skis, vintage Thermoses and plaid decor for Christmas.  And most of the items were found at thrift stores and estate sales.


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