Home for the Holidays

Are you gearing up for the holidays?  I’ve been busy baking cookies (tons and tons), but I thought I’d pause for a moment to share what it looks like in our home for Christmas.  Some decorations are new and some are from last Christmas (or past years). This year marks the third year in our home.  Every  year my husband and I get our tree on Thanksgiving weekend.  That was a tradition that started with my family when I was kid.  Nothing beats that smell of fresh pine.  Every ornament has a memory or story associated with it, even the ones …

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide

Last year I shared a list of some of my favorite things that I can’t live without in the kitchen.  This year I thought I’d share a list of great gift ideas, outside the kitchen arena.  Grab some coffee… are you ready? For the homebody.  My parents used to buy me slippers every year for Christmas.  Then about two years ago my husband bought me these Ugg Australia slippers.  I wear them all year long.  Seriously, even if it’s 90 degrees out, I’m still sporting them in the house.  They are a bit pricey for slippers, but they are mad comfy and …

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A Tina’s Chic Christmas

Christmas starts early in our home.  It’s tradition for us to get our tree on the weekend immediately after Thanksgiving.  My husband strings the lights on the tree and I decorate it with the ornaments.  Don’t you love my husband’s game ornaments next to elegant ones?  😉 It takes me most of the day to decorate the tree.  Every ornament has its spot.  I’m kinda finicky that way.  Which now that I think of it, may be why my husband doesn’t want to help. We host lots of holiday dinner parties.  It’s our thing.  This year I used red accents for the dinner …

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M&M Cookies

M&M candies are near and dear to my heart.  My husband and I love chocolate and most people love it too so we thought that it would be awesome to hand out personalized M&Ms on our wedding day.  They were grey and white, marked with our names and wedding date. They were so cute!  Now every time I see or eat M&Ms I always think back to our perfect day.     🙂 When I saw the red and green M&Ms at the store, nostalgia set in and I knew I had to incorporate them into my holiday baking.  I …

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Oreo Truffles

I’m sure most of you have heard of Oreo truffles.  If not, they are truffles made out of…wait for it, Oreo cookies.  I first made them about eight years ago and they were a huge hit.  I’ve been racking my brain, trying to think of how to put a creative spin on this classic recipe.  I must have given my husband 15 options and then he finally asked my why I would change something that’s already delicious.  Hmmm.  Occupational hazard of a food blogger, I suppose.  I’m always trying to be creative and share recipes that stand apart from others. …

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