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December 2008

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Thought I would share with you some photos of our Christmas decorations this year.  We have a natural/rustic theme with pinecones, acorns, berries and greenery.  The butterflies are new this year.  I will keep the same theme for next year just change up the colors. 



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Off the Subject

I have been trying to decide about this duvet from Pottery Barn for over a month.  I love Birch trees, but I'm wondering is this taking it too far?  I love to decorate everywhere in the house except the bedroom.  I have the hardest time making decisions for the bedroom.  I thought I'd leave this one up to you!

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My furniture and walls match this room pictured.  I would have to add a punch of color somewhere.  I was also wondering if in the summer I would want something more "summery"?  Hmmmm....


Dazzling Discovery: Paper and Cake

Kira from Tangarang and Abigail from Piece of Cake have combined their creative minds and now we have Paper and Cake!  Down-loadable party designs which include napkin rings, candle wraps, wine glass tags and much more.  All of this is only $5!  All you have to do is check out their Etsy shop, purchase your design and start downloading!  How much easier can decorating your table be? 

Here is their second Holiday Design that I personally love because its RETRO:

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My New Favorite Cocktail

Kir Royale

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Ingredients

Serves 6

  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) creme de cassis (I've had this with Chambord also)
  • 1 bottle Champagne or other sparkling white wine
  • 6 strips tangerine or orange zest, for garnish

Directions

  1. Just before serving, pour 1 tablespoon creme de cassis into each glass. Fill with Champagne, and garnish with zest

(photo and recipe courtesy of marthastewart.com)


It's 5 O'clock Somewhere...

Here is a minty treat with a kick for you to enjoy this weekend...

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Ingredients

  • 1 shot vanilla rum
  • 1 shot white chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)
  • 1 shot peppermint schnapps
  • Candy cane, garnish

Directions

Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into martini glass. Garnish with candy cane

(photo and recipe courtesy of foodnetwork.com)


Merging Christmas Decorations with Everyday Decor

Well I've decided that I'm just going to use the Christmas decorations I already have for this year.  I am still looking for ideas for next year to go better with my current decor.  Orange, green, gold and brown.  I know I will be using a lot less red!  Here are some examples from bhg.com of incorporating your Christmas decorations with your existing decor.

Think Pink

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Here they have brought out the pink in the chair, wall and pillows with the coordinating pink ribbon on the stairs.  The green is also a great complement to the pink.

Seeing Spots

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Here they have gone with a polka dot theme.  From the curtains to the place mats and candle holders everything has dots.  The oranges and fruit on the tree also mimic the dot theme.


Simmer for Scent

On foodnetwork.com they have several recipes to make your house smell wonderful while entertaining this holiday season.  I'm going to try this Mulled Cider to drink and perfume my house.

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Ingredients

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole allspice berries
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced

Directions

Place all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a simmer on the grates of the grill or over a burner. Divide among individual mugs and serve hot.