Posts Tagged ‘holiday countdown’

Packing Up Christmas in 2 SIMPLE Steps

posted by Andrea | 12/30/2010 | 6 comments

. Today is the day… …the day when I pack up my Christmas decorations. I still leave some greenery and snowmen up for the rest of the winter, but the Christmas trees and any other “Christmasy” decorations must come down! Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE decorating my home for Christmas {even though I didn’t do much of it this year} but when Christmas is over, I’m ready to reclaim my house and get things back to “normal”. And every year, I […]

We’re Officially Home for the Holidays!

posted by Andrea | 12/24/2010 | 14 comments

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house there were boxes, and bins, and baskets throughout. No stockings were hung by the chimney with care for the bin of stockings is hiding somewhere! . The scraggly Christmas tree is set up, but not very round and it’s “naked” for our ornaments are no where to be found. The gifts are all wrapped in bags this year; no fancy paper, ribbon, or bows over here. . Our bedding is washed, our clothes are too, […]

Stunning Holiday Baked Goods

posted by Andrea | 12/24/2010 | 1 comment

I did most of my holiday baking several weeks ago, and now it’s either in the freezer or already consumed! So, I don’t have any great recipes to share right now…but I thought I would take a moment to share some of these amazing baked goods from other bloggers I follow. Seriously, these look so delicious, I want to try them all!! Chocolate Pecan Tart: Good Life {Eats}. Photo Credit: Good Life {Eats} Peppermint Ice-Cream: A Farmgirl’s Dabbles Photo Credit: A Farmgirl’s […]

Last-Minute Christmas Quick-Tips

posted by Andrea | 12/22/2010 | comment

Find out how to make these simple holiday cards over at Wow…Christmas is only 3 days away! I guess with all the commotion surrounding our big move, the last few days have flown by…and now Christmas is literally right around the corner! I never imaged moving would be this time-consuming, stressful, crazy, hectic, and DIS-organized…but that’s exactly how I feel right now. Honestly, if I had to think about buying gifts, mailing Christmas cards, wrapping, gifts, making food, etc. etc. I would probably go […]

Simple ‘No-Wrap’ Gift Wrap

posted by Andrea | 12/14/2010 | 9 comments

I love Christmas, I love buying {and receiving} gifts, I love wrapping gifts, and I especially love opening gifts!! Who’s with  me? There have been years where I spend the better part of an evening wrapping all our gifts in brown parchment paper tied with raffia, wired ribbon, fun tags, and festive embellishments. The gifts look stunning under our trees and I thoroughly enjoy the process — I really do! And then there are years like this year…when I have “moving” […]

Ten Quick Tips to Simplify the Holidays

posted by Andrea | 12/13/2010 | 5 comments

Since we’re moving…and I’m just a little bit busy, I have a handful of amazing guest bloggers lined up for the next two weeks. They have tons of great information to share with you so read carefully!! Today, Theresa Finnigin of Ready Aim Organize is sharing a few quick tips to simplify your last-minute holiday plans. {My personal favorite is #9!} Theresa is also a professional organizer so you better pay attention — she really knows her stuff. Christmas is just […]

Quick, Simple, Inexpensive, Last-Minute Gift Ideas

posted by Andrea | 12/10/2010 | 7 comments

Are you short on time? Are you short on energy? Are you short on cash? Are you tired of standing in line after line after line….? OK, so you’re all raising your hands by now, right? I figured that with only 15 days until Christmas Day we might all be looking for a few quick, simple, and inexpensive gifts to finish up our last-minute holiday shopping. Here are just a few of my favorites — now get busy! Gift Wrap […]

My Favorite Sausage Stuffing

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2010 | 9 comments

Although Thanksgiving has come and gone — our big Christmas dinner is still coming up in a few weeks and stuffing is a family favorite at this meal {or pretty much any other meal for that matter!} And THIS is my all-time favorite stuffing! I actually got the recipe from my dad who is an excellent cook. However I’ve adapted it a little for my own preference. I would encourage you to do the same! The 2 most important ingredients are bread […]

My Holiday Round-Up!

posted by Andrea | 12/6/2010 | 5 comments

It’s less than THREE WEEKS until Christmas Day! Can you believe it?? For the last 3 months, I have been running a “Clutter Free Holiday Countdown” featuring tips, tricks, tools, ideas, and resources to help YOU simplify, organize, de-stress, and de-clutter this busy time of year. If you haven’t been following along, you can read all my tips here, or you can scroll through the list below to read some of my favorite Clutter-Free Holiday Countdown tips! 1.  Planning Ahead: […]

FREE Holiday Treats eBook + Printables

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2010 | comment

Are you planning to do any holiday baking this weekend? Are you looking for a bunch of simple, delicious recipes? If so, I’ve got just what you need! Mandi Ehman from put together an amazing {and FREE} Holiday Treats eBook with over 21 delicious recipes, plus a bunch of tips and trick to simplify your holiday baking this year.   And if that wasn’t enough, Mandi also included some of her lovely FREE printable gift tags, holiday planners, and […]

Oh No! I’m a Collector {of dishes}

posted by Andrea | 12/3/2010 | 10 comments

If I were ever a collector {which by nature I could NEVER be}…but, if I ever collected anything, it would be dishes! {p.s. If you are wondering why my silver cup is so dirty, don’t worry, I cleaned it!} I LOVE dishes! I don’t know why I love dishes…or when this infatuation started, but I have a hunch it was the day I registered for our wedding {Thanksgiving weekend of 2005}. There were just so many beautiful patterns and styles to pick from; I think […]

Organize Your Holiday Receipts

posted by Andrea | 11/30/2010 | 10 comments

How many gifts have you purchased this holiday season? I’m guessing some of you are already finished with your holiday shopping, while others don’t even realize that Christmas is only 25 days away! Wherever you fall in that spectrum, you are bound to end up with a pile of receipts that will probably turn into a jumbled mess at the bottom of your purse, in your car, in an array of shopping bags, or in the trash. Then when it’s time to return […]

Pecan Lemon Bars

posted by Andrea | 11/27/2010 | 7 comments

I LOVE lemons! I never used to, but over the last few years, I have become addicted to lemons — especially lemon desserts! So when I was asked to bring a dessert for our Thanksgiving party this past week, I knew I wanted to do something with lemons. I even opted to for-go the tradition pumpkin and apple desserts for these delicious Pecan Lemon Bars. They were a hit! {don’t worry, there were still plenty of other pumpkin and apple desserts […]

Holiday Decor {I Just Couldn’t Resist!}

posted by Andrea | 11/26/2010 | 13 comments

It’s the day after Thanksgiving — a.k.a. Black Friday. Normally, I would spend this day shopping for great bargains or putting up Christmas decorations — often times I’d do both. However, this year, I told myself I would do NEITHER. Since we’re moving in just a few weeks, I figured there was absolutely no point in putting up my holiday decor or buying anything else {even if it was an excellent deal} …after all, I’m just being practical right? While I […]

Give Thanks — Clutter or Abundance?

posted by Andrea | 11/24/2010 | 10 comments

With Thanksgiving Day just a few hours away, I assume we’ve all been quietly reminiscing on all the blessings in our lives, right? Not you? Oh, you’ve been too busy thinking about the HUGE list of things you have to do before tomorrow…don’t worry, I’m guilty too! However, I’d like to challenge us all to GIVE THANKS today. And not only for the good things in our lives. Give Thanks… …for dirty dishes. They’re proof of a home-cooked meal. …for dirty piles […]

Simple Candy Corn Mix

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2010 | 4 comments

Looking for a quick and easy snack to make for your family or for your next holiday party? Try this Simple Candy Corn Mix — I promise; you’ll love it! It’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet…and you can add your favorite ingredients {or just whatever you have on hand!} These are the ingredients I use: 1 12 oz. bag Dark Chocolate M&M’s 1 16 oz. container salted peanuts 1 12 oz. bag Candy Corn 1/2 bag Candy Pumpkins Other substitutions: Milk […]

Simple Organized Thanksgiving!

posted by Andrea | 11/19/2010 | 14 comments

Thanksgiving Day is next week — how did that happen?? If you have yet to start the planning process; it might be time…I’m just saying! Photo Credit: Tom Curtis Personally, this will be the most low-key Thanksgiving we’ve had in several years. We’re moving — so I decided not to put up ANY Thanksgiving decorations {which was not nearly as depressing as I thought it would be!} And even though we have 3 different Thanksgiving parties to attend, all I […]

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2010 | 18 comments

Since we’re moving on Dec. 26, I won’t be doing much baking. However, I already have a freezer full of baked goods that should last us through every holiday party…and maybe even into the New Year {I can’t help it, I’m addicted to planning ahead and I have a vicious sweet tooth!} Of course I used my hand-dandy stackable cooking racks to save lots of space during my baking marathon!! And one of my all-time favorite recipes to make during the holidays […]