Jolly cupcakes

Gingerly driving the Jolly cupcakes to school🤣

Every year during the holiday season my daughter’s school encourages all students to contribute to their chosen charities.

Students, bake, cook, do crafts, sell paintings, just about absolutely anything their heart desires to make some money for their charities.

Marketplace at school is an exciting day, and a learning experience. Students get the chance to learn about helping others, organizing their time, creating something that others want to buy, and learn about marketing their products.

This year my daughter with her best friend decided on baking cupcakes with flavors of the season. Minty wonderland, caroling coffee, ginger bells, and fa la la vanilla. After spending an entire Saturday afternoon baking, they had 40 cupcakes ready for sale. And the night before the market, couple of hours was spend making beautiful, delicious frosting in holiday colors.

After driving to school, very cautiously, and an hour early to grab a good table, they were ready to sell.💰

The jolly cupcakes were a hit.🧁🧁😋👍

Are you looking to buy a sweater?

Madewell

Madewell cable sweater

You are in luck because every style is in for fall & winter. Oversized or cropped sweaters, slim cut cashmeres, and chunky popcorn knits are also very in for this winter.

I personally love big cable sweaters (sort of a fisherman’s look) and when I need to dress up a bit, a very thin cashmere keeps me warm, and I also add layers for a more stylish look.

Long sweaters are always stylish since you can wear them with leggings, wide-legged pants, or skirts.

Cropped sweaters are a cool look and it is still in for this winter  and a much better look to me unless your belly button is peeking out.

Colors are also a very important aspect of clothing, so remember rust colors are in this year.

Free People

Banana Republic

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Sending Sweet gifts for the Holidays

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Harry & David, cake pops are perfect for families with children

If you are mailing gifts to friends & family you know how much everyone loves a box of sweets and  chocolaty treats as a holiday gift.

Hete are some ideas:

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Popcorn factory, Holly plaid Merry Christmas box

 

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Neiman Marcus, Treat house Christmas delux, they are offering free shipping too.

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Vermont country, Holiday wreath

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Vermont country store, spice cake with rum

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Godiva, assorted chocolate

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William Sonoma, Whiskey pairing chocolate box

 

Apple Cider, hot chocolate, eggnog, Christmas punch

Bite size breakfast
Hot chocolate

Coffee flavors
Add condense milk, cinnamon, nut meg for more flavor

Traditional holiday drinks, to warm you up, and to celebrate the holiday season with friends & family.

here are our favorites:

Apple cider:

1- 64 fl .oz btl of apple cider

3 cinnamon sticks

1 teaspoon whole allspice

1 teaspoon whole cloves

1/3 cup brown sugar

In s saucepan combine apple cider and cinnamon sticks. Wrap allspice and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth, and drop it in, add brown sugar. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and keep warm before serving.

Hot Chocolate:

3 cups of whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Kosher salt

6 ounces milk chocolate, chopped

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cook everything in a saucepan over medium heat. Use peppermint sticks, marshmallows, or chocolate shavings before serving.

Eggnog

We really like Horizon’s eggnog, and we grate fresh nut meg before serving.

 

Christmas Punch:

This is a pretty drink, and we usually have mini lights & fresh Garland to decorate around it.

1/3 cup white sugar 

1 quart cranberry juice

2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice

3 tablespoons almond extract

1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale
Mix all the ingredients except the ginger ale, and refrigerate for a day. Before serving mix in the ginger ale.

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7 Ideas for holiday season decorating

You are entertaining for the next two months and trying your best to make your home more festive, inviting, and comfortable for your guests.

Invest little for a drastic remodeling with accent pieces you can move around easily,  and also creating a fresh look for you .

Heirloom Christmas Stockings
Christmas Stockings, on the staircase

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Warm colors with a contrast designs on accent pillows paired with throws.

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Classic Mies Daybed, more sitting space

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A festive corner, a tabletop Christmas tree

 

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For the Guest room, garland around the headboard & a tabletop Christmas tree

Fresh Christmas Door Swag
Fresh Christmas Door Swag indoor or outdoor

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Hanukkah table runner

 

 

 

 

 

Cozy bedding with holiday patterns

 

Cotton is a fiber that grows from a plant, and flannel is a way the fibers are woven together; that’s the only difference between the two. Flannel is made from either wool, cotton, or synthetic fiber. Vegetable flannel is made from Scots pine fibre.

Flannel sheets, are warm, soft, and absolutely wonderful to cuddle in when it is cold and blustery outside.

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Garnet hill, Hat party cotton flannel bedding

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Boll & Branch, Flannel pattern bedding

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William sonoma, Tartan Bedding

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The Company Store, Wildlife flannel bedding

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Vermont Country Store, Heathered Plaid bedding

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CuddleDown, Nutcracker

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Potterybarn, Santa Heritage

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Bed & Bath, Polar Bear bedding

 

 

Holiday Cooking Southwestern Style

Getting ready to cook and entertain as we get closer to take a break to celebrate the Holiday Season with family and friends.

Very special donuts. Made with Lavender blueberry and blue corn.

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Scents

Fresh herbs as Center pieces and place settings

Potatoes, yams, and carrots

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Honey for breakfast

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Had to get a snack, it happened that these donuts were close by

Squash table at the farmers matket
Squash and garlic with vinegar

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Picked up one of these beautiful arrangements for the kitchen door

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Got a couple of apples to snack on

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Stuff bread for the appetizer tray

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Needed to refuel with apple cider

We hope and wish for everyone to have a happy, safe, and relaxing time with family and friends.

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