08 December 2013

Tis the Season

Happy Sunday!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Which I absolutely love! The tree is trimmed (stay tuned for pictures), the stockings are hung, the mantel is decorated, and our 2013 snow globe has joined the others! Hubby and I don't seem to be so great at remembering what the other snow globes are, as we now have two Christmas tree snow globes in a row, and both of us could have sworn that last year we got something different! Oh well, makes for funny memories! I'd love to know if you and your family have any fun collections that you add to each year for the holidays.

Yesterday I attended my first scarf exchange party, and it was so much fun! Such a great alternative to the white elephant parties, where I never really know what to bring! This was so much simpler - just bring a new scarf to give away, and leave with a new scarf to keep! In addition, there were lots of yummy foods! I brought a corn dip that was absolutely to die for! It was so easy to make, and I got lots of compliments! I like to make this the night before so that all of the flavors have time to mingle together! I wish that I could say that I created this recipe, but I did not. I did, however, modify the recipe. I'm certainly not claiming this as my own, just my version! Enjoy!

Mix together and refrigerate overnight. Serve with chips or crackers of your choice. My favorites are Tostitos and Fritos. This recipe makes enough to fill my 2.5 qt. Corningware dish

  • 2 cans yellow corn, drained
  • 1 can Rotel, drained (I use mild - but change to your tastes)
  • 1/2 onion, diced (yellow or sweet)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Frank's Hot Sauce to taste
So, over at *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge* Fa La La La La Show Off Your House Linky Party is going on! I thought it would be fun to join in, and show off my Christmas decor. Also, what a fun way to participate in my FIRST linky party! 

Seriously, the most beautiful artificial tree I have ever seen. I've had my eyes on this baby for TWO years. We purchased this at Target last year, the day after Christmas for 70% off! Best. Deal. Ever. It's called a Virginia Pine. Also, it's pre-lit, and well, who doesn't love NOT getting tangled in lights? 

We went with a very natural rustic theme this year. Pine cones, and an assortment of red berries. Honestly, I couldn't be happier, and I didn't have to use a single ornament hook!

I purchased just a few of these springs with apples, and berries on them at Michaels. They tie in with my wreath (which I bought two years ago) and just happened to be sort of a lucky buy. 

This is one kind of the berries I bought at Michaels. So pretty.

My very favorites, are these sort of frosted looking berries. I'm sort of obsessed.

I like snowmen. A little. Hubby claimed he wanted to be Santa. Anyway, I'm going to have to find a fifth stocking for Daisy. I used one strand of garland from Michaels that already had some pin cones in it, and supplemented with a few extra sprigs, and two sparkly apple sprigs that match the wreath on the door as well. The vases I got from Dollar Tree, and just placed some cheap ornaments I got from Target last year, the day after Christmas for 70% off! Seriously, love a good bargain!

I'd love to see the decorations you have in your home too!


1 comment

  1. I love the idea of a scarf exchange! It's super easy to shop for scarves.



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