Oh Christmas Tree

living room

I love all of the little details of homes decorated for Christmas.  I love all the pretty little vignettes and the tables set for family dinners, I love the lights on houses and the smells and scents of the season.  However, there is nothing quite like the Christmas tree. It is by far my favorite decoration.  After all, it is a huge … [Read more...]

Flooding Cookies

sugar cut out cookie

This time of year is always so hectic and full of a flurry of activities:  baking, shopping, and getting homes ready to welcome guests.   Yesterday I was in a flurry of baking -- making our traditional iced cut-out cookies.  But this time, I tried something for the very first time -- flooding the icing. How is it that during … [Read more...]

Holiday Turkey Recipe

Thanksgiving turkey_2

I can hardly believe how quickly Christmas is coming.  I still have so many things to do to get ready before my kids are out of school and my out-of-state family starts arriving. I'm still debating what I'll make for our big family meal Christmas day but I am seriously considering cooking a turkey again instead of our traditional ham. … [Read more...]

How to Keep Holiday Gift Wrapping Manageable {& Pretty}

twine bow

If there is one thing that bites me in the back side every single year during the holidays it is wrapping gifts. Mr. Longhorn isn't so talented at wrapping presents (or maybe it's just an evil trick to get me to do it?) so it tends to be left up to me.   Here's how it usually goes:  We shop right up until a few days before … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Fudge Recipe

home made fudge_2

Anyone  who knows me knows that I have a sweet tooth.  I cut way back on sweet goodies about 6 months ago but now it's the holiday season and I'm indulging a little here and there.  I love to bake and I can't possibly resist all of my favorites but I am vowing not to go overboard this season.   One of my holiday staples is … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour – Part 2

cow with scarf

I'm back with the second part of my holiday house tour.  Today, I'm linking up to Jennifer Rizzo's Holiday House Walk Link Party!       When I was growing up I loved unpacking the Christmas decorations.  They were stored in the basement and most of them were contained in one large box.   Back then, my … [Read more...]

Almond Bark Pretzels {11 Pipers Piping}

almond bark pretzels close up

If there is one thing that is an absolute holiday tradition around our house, it is making almond bark dipped pretzels.  My kids absolutely love them!   I don't know if it's the salty mixed with sweet flavor or the fact that they're fun for the kids to make all by themselves...whatever, they are always a "must make" around here … [Read more...]

Welcome Home Christmas Tour – My Home Tour Part 1

Christmas wreath

I think I am the world's slowest holiday decorator.  I started putting a few Christmas decorations up the week before Thanksgiving and I just made my indoor finishing touches today.  Or, maybe not.  That's kind of the way I am.  I put 90 percent of it out and then slowly tweak and craft my way to the end.   I just can't … [Read more...]

No-Sew Faux Grain Sack Ornament

faux grain sack hoop ornament

I adore vintage grain sacks.  I love the rustic, nubby look, I love the simple bold stripes, and I love that it's a fabric that goes with just about every type of decor.  The thing is, I don't always love the price tag.   Especially when I want to use it for something seasonal like I did for the project I'm sharing today.   … [Read more...]

100 Christmas Projects


The holiday season is now in full swing.  Somehow, through all of the hustle and bustle, I manage to do more crafts, projects and baking than any other time of the year.  I go in to full nesting mode and get my Martha Stewart on!   In that spirit, I'm taking part in a great blog hop that is perfect for people like me (and, … [Read more...]

Virtual Cookie Exchange Link Party

Christmas cookie exchange

The Christmas season is officially here!    If you were visiting here earlier this week, you know that 14 other bloggers and I all participated in a Virtual Cookie Exchange and shared some of our favorite holiday cookie recipes.     You can link up your recipes below, but first, here's a look at all of the delicious recipes … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving

thankful printable

Before you gather around your Thanksgiving table tomorrow, I just want to take a minute to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!       I am so grateful that you grace me with your presence here on this blog.     I am so grateful for your continued support, your wonderful and kind comments, and the … [Read more...]

Snowball Cookies: Virtual Christmas Cookie Exchange

simple and buttery snowball cookies

Christmas and baking go hand in hand.  I have so many memories of spending the holidays with family and seeing plates full of special treats baked just for the Christmas season.   Many of those recipes are like cherished friends.  Over the years I made many of my tried and true favorites but I have also added new ones that come … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas and Cookies

fall tablescape_4

This is usually a busy week for me.  Both the kids and my husband are off of school and work and we are busy getting ready for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  (Of course, we're trying to squeeze some fun in, too!) Since we are hosting Thanksgiving at our house again this year we are getting our house in order.  One of the nice … [Read more...]

Burlap Advent Calendar {Shutter Door Upcycle}

Clip burlap bags to a louvered door to make the perfect easy no-sew advent calendar!

I know all of these Christmas posts are little too soon for many of you, and normally I would agree.  However, I have learned in the past two years of blogging that I need to get a jump on things or the holidays get crazier than they need to be.  So,  I've succumbed to decorating a little early and I've discovered that I actually … [Read more...]