Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Christmas Card + Family Photos

I have to say one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is receiving Christmas cards. I absolutely love them! Each year I get so excited to plan ours and this year did not disappoint. The fabulously talented Jamie Hunt took our family photos, and my oh so talented friend and stationer extraordinaire Courtney Callahan Paper designed our cards. I could not be more pleased with how they turned out! Wishing I could send you all one! Be sure and scroll down to see the beautiful and fun moments Jamie captured. Merry Christmas from my family to yours!




























Friday, December 12, 2014

Five on Friday

Happy Friday, friends! Here's what five things I'm loving this week.

{ONE} Holiday Favorite Things Party - I love to entertain {especially around the holidays!} and was absolutely swooning when I found this fabulous party. Is she not the most incredible hostess?? How fun would this be to do with your friends? I hosted something similar a few years ago for our girls' recipe club, but thinking I'm going to twist B's arm into getting the guys involved!

{TWO} George's Tent Party - Sadly my holiday favorite things party will most likely have to wait until next year because I'm already in party planning mode for my little man. G turns three next week {where oh where has the time gone??} so we are hosting his party the weekend after Christmas. Little man is all about some tents these days {and flashlights!}, so we are going with a camping theme. Since it's a little chilly to play outdoors, we'll be hosting an indoor tent party complete with some DIY Tents. B and I are not exactly handy, so here's hoping we can pull these off!

{THREE} Cinnamon rolls - In the midst of birthday party prepping, I'm also getting ready to welcome our family for Christmas. I am so excited so many of my family will be making the trip to Nashville and cannot wait to continue our family traditions in my home as well as start some new ones. One of my favorites is our cinnamon roll competition. You may remember I won last year with these bad boys. In an effort to keep my title, I'm thinking this recipe will do the trick. Do you have any favorites??

{Four} Mini Capri Blue Candles  - With all the holiday hustle and bustle I've been a little behind on another one of my favorite traditions, making treats for the boys' teachers. So this year I'm keeping it simple. I absolutely adore theses candles from Anthropologie and the mini ones are the perfect gift to thank those lovely ladies who keep up with my wild men each week. Plus, these make fabulous hostess gifts for all those holiday parties. I'm stocking up!

{FIVE} Anthropologie Sweater Sale - And speaking of Anthro, did you know all their sweaters are 25% off right now?? I'm all about a deal and this one is good. If you have anyone left on your shopping list, this would be some seriously good giftage. I got this one last month for my birthday and have been living in it. So soft!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mad about Plaid

I am loving plaid this season and cannot get enough of its coziness. I'm living in checked button downs, and how fabulous are the plaid blanket scarves? Here's hoping Santa brings some new cozy pjs for Christmas morning! Here's a roundup of some of the plaid I'm loving these days.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thankful


Was Thanksgiving really a week ago?? Clearly I got caught up in the hustle and bustle of this holiday season and feel like the last week flew by. Luckily we had the best Turkey Day and Thanksgiving weekend. For the first time in forever, we did not travel and no one came here. At first I was worried we'd be sad not being with all our family, but I have to say there was something special about time just the four of us. We canceled our reservation and decided to cook. It was so fun and surprisingly relaxing to cook while watching the boys play and enjoy the parade. Maybe it was the Bloody Mary's! The perfect Thanksgiving lunch, nap by the fire and leftovers that night made for a memorable holiday. The rest of the weekend was spent celebrating a Friendsgiving with some of our favorites and picking out our Christmas tree. We went real this year and will never go artificial again. It was magical watching G pick out his favorite tree, and the house could not smell better. I am just giddy for this Christmas season!









Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Best Breakfast Treat

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! Is your family in town yet? Have you hit the road to head to your in-laws? Are you laying low this year? Regardless of your holiday plans, big or small, I've got the perfect breakfast treat for you. Tomorrow is all about food indulgence, right?? My mom used to make these for us each year on our birthday, and they were always our favorite. The beauty of this recipe is you don't have to measure out your ingredients and it's quick and easy leaving oven space for all those yummy casseroles. Enjoy!

Snowballs

Ingredients:
12 Canned crescent rolls
12 Marshmallows
Half a stick of butter
Cinnamon
Sugar
Milk
Powdered sugar
Vanilla extract

Directions:
Melt butter in bowl. Mix equal parts cinnamon and sugar in another bowl. Roll out crescent rolls. Dip marshmallow in melted butter and completely coat. Then dip in cinnamon sugar mixture and completely coat. Place coated marshmallow in middle of crescent roll and roll up the edges completely closing the crescent roll into a ball. Make sure all parts are sealed. Dip the bottom in butter and place in greased muffin tin. Repeat the process for all 12 snowballs. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Mix frosting using a small amount of milk and adding powdered sugar and vanilla to taste. You will want it to thicken a little. Let snowballs cool and then drizzle frosting on top and enjoy!


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My Favorite Things: Stocking Stuffers

I love opening presents Christmas morning and watching loved ones excitedly tear open the gifts I've so carefully selected for them {fingers crossed everyone loves what they're getting!}. But I have to say I'm a sucker for the stocking! Growing up sometimes the loot in the stocking was better than what was under the tree. Here's what I'd love to see in my stocking this year.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Scenes from the weekend...

Happy Thanksgiving week, friends! I don't know if it's the fact I actually got some good rest this weekend or if I'm just thinking about all the deliciousness we'll be enjoying come Thursday, but I'm so excited for the start of this week. We certainly enjoyed a wonderful weekend continuing the birthday celebration for a friend and me Friday night. It was one of those perfect meals that lasted three hours and the conversation was as good as the food. So thankful for friends who are like family! Saturday was such a treat as well. We slept in, cooked breakfast {recipe coming soon!} and stayed in pjs all day playing with the boys. Sunday we celebrated the baptism of our sweet friends' baby girl and then chased our boys around the luncheon following. Crumbled biscuits, spilled drinks and stolen cupcakes later, it was time to head home and take naps. Thankfully I got one too! Now off to plan our Thanksgiving menu. Oh yeah, I decided to cook!