The title of this post should probably be, “The books I read (and all the ones I never got around to reading) in 2019.” I had lofty reading goals for the past year and usually do when each new year hits. It wasn’t exactly a stellar reading year (which you’ll soon see), but I’m still going to celebrate the books I read in 2019 in between all of my crazy life changes that happened over the last 12 months. Even though I didn’t get around to reading everything on my list, at least I was reading something! I plan to share my reads with you guys each year moving forward, so although I didn’t read a million books this year, it still seems like a good place to start and will helpfully hold me more accountable moving forward! [Read more…]
To say that I’m obsessed with this year’s printable calendar is an understatement. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved each any every year from the past (hello snack calendar!), but this idea behind this printable 2020 cocktail calendar is so fun and the hand drawn cocktail images are a fave of mine. I hope you guys are ready to learn how to make a year’s worth of delicious cocktails!
I couldn’t help but squeeze one last blog post into 2019, because this one is so simple and is a perfect appetizer to make to ring in the new year! My family has an on-going new year’s eve dinner tradition that I love. We always get together as a family to game plan our appetizer line up, then my mom gathers all the ingredients and makes all the yummy treats. (Don’t worry…we help too). For “dinner” we just fill up our plates with snacks. What’s better than that?! You get a little taste of everything and can keep going back for more until you’re stuffed! It’s the perfect way to indulge one last time before the holiday season is over. Whether you’re braving the crowd to celebrate with friends or staying in and celebrating in pj’s and eating appetizers like me, this easy apple and brie appetizer takes no time to throw together so you can enjoy them before heading out, bring them with you to a party, or snack on them while hanging on the couch.
Can’t believe I’m about to type this, but another year has came and went. It’s been a very busy year for me, but mostly full of all good things. Hopefully your year has been full of good things too, and if not, it’s time to leave the old one in the past and welcome in a new one! If you’re planning to usher in the new year with family and friends, make sure to download this printable New Years Eve party banner for some easy party decor!
This week I’ve been wrapping and shipping out Christmas gifts like a mad women and have been trying to plan out the last details for our Elf on the Shelf. My stepson also notified me that chocolate chip cookies are the ONLY acceptable option to bake for Santa Claus (since they’re his favorite), so I’m on the hunt for the perfect recipe. If you’re still in the mood for some holiday baking, this gingerbread bundt cake recipe should definitely be added to your list. It tastes like how I imagine the holiday season would, if the holiday season had a taste. It’s got all of those warm and spicy notes and the glaze is sooooo good too.
With everything going on in my life these last few months, I’m a little behind on my holiday gifts. I just finished crossing everything off of my shopping list, but I haven’t even started wrapping anything yet. Luckily, I’ll still be able to wrap the prettiest packages and they won’t take me very long thanks to this DIY wax seal holiday gift wrap idea! It’s so easy to do and looks so chic!
There’s just something so magical about the scents that bring back so many memories during the holiday season. One of those scents for me is cinnamon roasted almonds being made at the local mall. Granted, I probably loved being at the mall and shopping just as much, but we’d always buy a little paper cone filled with these amazing cinnamon and sugar coated nuts every year, and it’s one of those traditions that I grew up loving and associated with the holidays.
Now that I’m older, I try to avoid the mall crowds as much as possible, ha, but I still LIVE for this sweet treat, so I found a way to make my own cinnamon roasted almonds at home, which I can make in my pj’s without even having to leave the house. The recipe is so easy to make and your house will smell amazing while they bake too! [Read more…]
If you’re still a little behind on the holiday decorating or have yet to get very crafty so far this month, I have a SUPER easy DIY project that you can whip up in an afternoon and it will check off both of those boxes for you! This DIY holiday gift box wreath is so cute and you’ll be shocked at how easy it is to put together.