Friday, November 30, 2012

Simple Holiday Decor Ideas

Like I said in my last post, I love decorating for the Holidays. But, with the lack of time and budget I would like to have, I try to keep my decor pretty simple. I also have been trying to craft more and more decorations. One of the simplest and cutest things I have come up with is this:

All it is is my cupcake stand with a little garland and filled with sparkly ornaments. It makes an adorable centerpiece, and everyone comments on how festive it is. Last night my best friend asked where I bought it. She couldn't believe it was a cupcake stand.

Another of my favorite displays are these:

I got these printables at Craftily Ever After a few years ago. I love printables and how they can be changed out for every season. She gave them away for free, and I just sent them to Wal Mart to have them printed for a few bucks. You can find a ton of (mostly free) printables out there, and they make a cute statement. And for good measure, here's the rest of this display:

The ornaments on the mirror are mostly for my son, because he loves walking past that mirror every morning, but also another inexpensive decor idea!

You can also use the printables and just pretty up the frames they are in.

It's a little hard to tell from the picture, but I just took the frame and stuck some rhinestone snowflakes on it. I am a big fan of subway art...I got this one from the same place as my other printables. And who doesn't love a little bling?

Any type of crafted Christmas trees also make adorable decor. I've made a couple over the years, and plan on making a couple more. I put them somewhere different every year. This year they are on my kitchen windowsill.

If you'd like to know how to make them, the tutorials are here- Ribbon TreeBeaded Tree

I've got a few more ideas that I'd like to share with you very soon! Here's to some cheap and chic Holiday decorating!


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas-y Wall Hangings

So, I wanted somethings cute, inexpensive, and festive for my huge (still unpainted) kitchen wall. I've seen all kinds of ideas on pinterest and in blogger land, but I kind of wanted something smaller and simpler. I have a baby, and let's face it, not as much time as I would like to craft. So here's what I came up with. There's no tutorials, as they're pretty simple.

They're just empty picture frames, with bows at the top. I then used ribbon to tie on the decorations.

This one is just small ornaments that I got for like $1 for the whole tube. A little ribbon, tied to the frame, and covered with the bow. I hung them with command hooks, so they will be easily removed from the wall. The frames are a brushed silver color. I thought about painting them, but I liked the effect. They are from the $ tree, as well as the ribbon I used and the bow.

Here's the other frame. I just used ribbon to tie the letter in the middle. I am obsessed with monograms, so why not? If you would like to know how I made the letter, I will be guest posting at Sugar Bee Crafts on Thursday. So, go on over and see the tutorial!

I think I need a few more, to make a gallery wall of sorts, with the frames turned different directions. In the end, they were a super simple, yet cute addition to the rest of my Holiday decor. I will share some more of my decor in upcoming posts! Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Cranberry Fluff

In my family, on my Dad's side, we always have a side dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas that I like to call cranberry fluff. My Grandma calls it cranberry sauce, some call it cranberry salad, but it will forever be cranberry fluff to me. If you like the sweet tartness of cranberries, this is the dish for you. It is VERY simple, and is ALWAYS a hit in our family. And, now that my grandmother is older, it has been put onto me to bring the fluff every year.

Super simple recipe!

You star with just a few ingredients: whole cranberries, english walnuts (or so the recipe calls for, Ijust buy whatever), and evaporated milk. You will also need a little bit of sugar, and if you should so choose- red food coloring.

Now, my grandma insists on using Milnot evaporated milk, which I did not have- so PLEASE don't tell on me. She is very particular.

Next, you break out the old food processor. If yours bit the dust like mine, you break out the Mini food processor, and work in batches. First, grind up the cranberries.

I know, I shouldn't have used a red bowl. But, grind them up until they're in little pieces. Your one bag of cranberries will look like this...

Then you grind up about half a bag of the walnuts. (I used half of a 4 cup bag, I think).

Then mix them all together...

Then, put your evaporated milk in your mixer, and mix until it's nice and fluffy. My grandma says until there are stiff peaks, but I usually end up over mixing, so I just get it as fluffy as possible.

Then, carefully fold in your cranberry/walnut mixture. If you're not careful, the lovely fluffiness will go away and it will be flat. It is still good, just not technically fluff anymore.

It will look a little something like this...

Then, using teaspoons, add a little bit of sugar at a time. Just until the super tartness is gone. Just sweeten it up to taste. I probably used about 8 teaspoons or so. Mix and sample until it tastes just right.

Next, add in a few drips of red food coloring. My grandma also insists on this step. It doesn't look cranberry flavored unless it's red. It tastes the same either way, but you always listen to your grandma!... (except about the Milnot....shhhhh)

Presto! Yummy cranberry fluff!

I let mine sit overnight, and it looks a lot redder if you let it sit.  It is a super simple, yummy for Thanksgiving and Christmas treat! Go ahead and try it, and let me know how you like it!


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