How to make The Easiest Fudge Recipe #fudge #recipe #candy #chocolate #christmas #holiday #dessert

This Easy Fudge Recipe, made with only three ingredients, is the creamiest fudge you will ever taste.

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Right now my mind is on holiday entertaining. That means all sorts of savory appetizers, festive cocktails, and decadent desserts are dancing in my head. Because the Christmas season can be a busy and stressful time, I’m all about recipes that impress but are simple and quick to make. This Easy Fudge Recipe is just the ticket!

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I’ve had this fudge recipe for about 20 years. Yes, it’s an oldie so there’s a chance you might know it. It seems as if almost everyone has a family member or friend who makes this recipe. For me, it’s my mom’s friend, Kathy.

As a matter of fact, in my early days of blogging, I shared this recipe as part of Newly Woodards “Dare to…” Christmas series. However, waaay back then my pictures were terrible, and the post didn’t have a printable recipe card. That’s why I’m giving the recipe a new life today here on IBC.

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What is a good fudge recipe?

There are several things I absolutely adore about this fudge.

– Unlike a lot of fudge recipes, it’s almost impossible to mess up.
– You only need three easy-to-find ingredients.
– It’s so creamy and delicious, making and eating it should be a crime.

Who knew a fudge recipe could be this good!?

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How do you make foolproof fudge?

So how do you make this easy fudge recipe? It’s simple.

Add white chocolate candy melts, milk chocolate candy melts, and creamy peanut butter to the top of a double boiler. (I don’t have a double boiler, so I just place a heatproof glass bowl in a saucepan that has a little water in it. Just make sure the bowl doesn’t come in contact with the water.)

Heat the chocolate and peanut butter, stirring until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth and everything is well combined.

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Pour the melted chocolate-peanut butter mixture into a baking pan and let it cool until set. That’s it!

I told you it’s nearly impossible to mess this up. One thing to note: Do not refrigerator the fudge. It will become way too stiff and lose its smooth and creamy texture.

And that’s it, my friends. I like to dress my fudge up with these sugar cake decorations. They make it look more festive, don’t you think? I found the light bulb candies here.

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I hope you will give this recipe a try! Let me know what you and your peeps think.

Want more festive holiday recipes? Try these:

Homemade Fudge Recipe:

Easy Fudge Recipe
  |   Cook Time: 15 mins
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This Easy Fudge Recipe, made with only three ingredients, is the creamiest fudge you will ever taste.
Ingredients
  • 14 ounces white chocolate candy melts
  • 14 ounces milk chocolate candy melts
  • 14 ounces creamy peanut butter
  • sugar cake decorations optional
Instructions
  1. Add both candy melts and peanut butter to the top of a double boiler (or to a heatproof glass bowl resting in a saucepan with a couple inches of water in it).
  2. Heat the mixture until melted and smooth.
  3. Pour the fudge into an 8x8-inch baking pan lined with a sheet of parchment paper. Allow the fudge to set. Do not refrigerate.
  4. Once completely set, cut the fudge into squares, and if desired, top with decorative sugar cake decorations. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature.
Recipe Notes

*I assume that when this recipe was developed, these three items came in 14-ounce packages. However, product sizes have changed over the years. Ultimately, you will need equal amounts of each ingredient. Adjust your pan size accordingly.

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How to make a Christmas Tree Shaped Cheese Ball #christmas #appetizer #cheeseball #recipe

I love cheeseballs. In fact, I love them so much that I’ve made a cheeseball recipe for every season.

Cheese is one of those foods I enjoy eating year-round. As seasons change, I like to make cheeseballs that highlight flavors and shapes we associate with different times of the year. In this round-up post, you’ll find cheeseballs to delight the palate and the eye. There truly is A Cheeseball Recipe For Every Season.

Click on the cheeseball name or photo of the cheeseball for the full recipe.

Cheeseball Recipes for Fall:

Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball (Apple Shaped)

Easy Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball appetizer recipe. #cheeseball #cheese #appetizer #snack #recipe #entertaining

Fall “Apple” Cheeseballs
These easy-to-make cheeseball recipes will wow partygoers with complex flavors, rich colorings, and authentic apple stem and leaves.

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Spider Cheeseballs
Get your spook on with these cute spider-shaped cheese treats. Before adding pretzel legs, simply roll each mini-cheeseball in black sesame seeds.

Spooky Spider Cheeseball for Halloween #appetizer #recipe #halloween #snack #cheeseball #spooky

Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball (Pumpkin Shaped)
In this recipe, the basic cheeseball gets a mouthwatering and eye-popping makeover with dried tomatoes, seasonings, and breadcrumbs. It’s then shaped like a pumpkin, complete with a stem.

A Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipe for entertaining. #cheeseball #sundriedtomato #appetizer #recipe

Everything Bagel Cheeseball (Pumpkin Shaped)
This is another cheeseball shaped like a pumpkin that will grab the attention of your guests. Rolled in “Everything But the Bagel Seasoning,” it’s a fan favorite.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

 

Cheeseball Recipes for Winter:

Cranberry Bacon Walnut Cheeseball
A cheeseball that is beautiful and delicious! – Who could ask for more? You are likely to have many of the ingredients on hand and can easily put this one together on a cold wintry day.

Try this Cranberry Bacon & Walnut Cheeseball for a delicious and easy fall appetizer recipe. #fall #cheeseball #cranberry #bacon #appetizer #recipe

Christmas Tree Cheeseball
I love decorating Christmas trees, so I reveled in adding sliced almonds, cherry tomato halves, and chopped parsley to this tree-shaped cheese creation. It’s even topped with a star cut from yellow pepper.

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Cheeseball Recipes for Spring or Summer:

Mini Cheeseballs/Cheeseball Truffles
These Blue Cheese, Bacon, and Pistachio Cheese Truffles and Cheddar, Bacon and Ranch Cheese Truffles will look gorgeous in your party spread. The latter cheese truffles are rolled in bacon bits or finely chopped pecans for even more visual variety.

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Each truffle contains enough cheese for three crackers. However, if you’re a fellow cheese lover, it’s a truffle per cracker!

Buffalo Cheeseball
This spicy cheeseball is a breeze to make for a spring or summer event. The crunch of celery or crackers nicely complements the heat and full-on cheddar flavor.

Homemade Buffalo Cheese Ball | Inspired by Charm #buffalo #cheeseball #cheese

Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball
I love this recipe in the summer, too. Shaped like a regular cheeseball (not a pumpkin with a stem! as described above) and served with crisp veggies and crudités, it’s sure to impress the people at your next pool or patio party.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball and Sun-Dried Tomato Cheeseball: Fall-inspired and pumpkin shaped cheeseball recipes for entertaining.

Everything Bagel Cheeseball
This cheeseball is fabulous for fall (as I shared above), but if you make it in a classic log or ball shape, it’s a perfect prelude to traditional summer cook-out fare.

The Ultimate Everything Bagel Cheeseball recipe #cheeseball #holiday #recipe #appetizer #everythingbagel #cheese

 

Bonus Recipes:

I know these aren’t technically cheeseballs. They’re a block of cheese dressed up in a delicious way. You can assemble them in minutes, and your guests will rave for days.

Red Pepper Jelly with Cream Cheese

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Caramel Cream Cheese Spread

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*Red Pepper Jelly is easy to make. However, if you’re not inclined to make your own, you can find it at most grocery stores.

What. more tasty recipe collections? Try these:

Happy Crafting with cheese!  I hope you will add at least one of my cheeseball recipes to your repertoire. Enjoy getting creative with cheese!

I love cheeseballs. In fact, I love them so much that I’ve made a cheeseball recipe for every season. Cheese is one of those foods I enjoy eating year-round. As seasons change, I like to make cheeseballs that highlight flavors and shapes we associate with different times of the year. In this round-up post, you’ll […]




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Learn how to make this DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath #christmas #ornament #wreath #shinybrite #vintage #christmaswreath #DIY #holiday

Dress up your home for the holidays with a touch of nostalgia. I’m so thrilled to be sharing this DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath with you today.

As I’ve mentioned a few times here on the blog, I have a mild obsession with glass Christmas ornaments. I’ve been collecting them for years. If I remember correctly, it all started with my rainbow Christmas tree. So of course, when I saw a few vintage Christmas ornament wreaths pop up online recently (shout out to The Makerista for posting one in her Instagram stories thrift store adventures), I knew I had to make one as well.

Here’s what I came up with:

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Isn’t she lovely? I do realize that this colorful and kitschy look isn’t for everyone, but it certainly makes my holiday heart sing.

DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath:

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Surprisingly enough, crafting a vintage Christmas ornament wreath is fairly straightforward. However, I do have a few tips to offer that will make the process even easier.

Let’s get started, shall we?

How to Make a Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath:

1. You’re going to need ornaments. I decided to use all glass and mostly vintage ones. I pulled lots of ornaments from my collection and purchased some at local thrift stores and from Etsy and eBay.

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A couple things to note here: Vintage ornaments appear to be in big demand these days, so sourcing them online can be expensive. I recommend hitting up local second-hand stores for the best deals. Also, if you’re hunting for any vintage Christmas items, plan ahead and shop online from May to August. The demand (and price) isn’t likely to be as high.

In addition to their being vintage and glass, I wanted most of the ornaments to be round. I also decided to go with a mix of colors for an eclectic look. Your vision will probably be different. You can follow the same procedure using shatterproof ornaments or a selection of ornaments in a specific color palette. Make the wreath uniquely your own.

There are about 150 ornaments on my wreath. To get a full look, you will need ornaments in various sizes.

2. You’ll need a wreath. I chose this tinsel one because that felt vintage to me, but a green wreath with faux pine-like needles would work well, too. Having a wreath made from the right material is important because you’ll be hot gluing the ornaments to it. Hot glue does not hold glass on glass. A wreath like this one will give your ornaments something to adhere to.

3. Once you have your supplies, begin by cutting off 10-15% of the pine needles; set them to the side. Then, using a glue gun, start attaching the ornaments, one by one, to the wreath.

4. For the majority of the ornaments, I put the hot glue near the tops (hangers) because I didn’t want those to show. With the hot glue on the ornament, gently press it on the wreath. Ensure that the hot glue on the ornament is coming in contact with the tinsel/pine needles This will provide the hold you need.

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5. I started by gluing ornaments in a small section and then worked out from there. Attach the larger ornaments first and then fill in with smaller ones. Save your special ornaments and glue them on when most of the other ornaments are in place.

6. Once you start covering the wreath, it will be harder to find areas where you can attach the ornaments to the tinsel/pine needles. This is when you’ll use the pine needles that you cut off at the beginning. As needed, tuck them between the ornaments and use hot glue to secure.

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7. I also found it helpful to flip the wreath over and add hot glue in various places on the back of the wreath to ensure everything was well secured. However, as you work, be conscious of where you are adding the hot glue so that it’s not visible on the front of your wreath.

8. Once the wreath is covered, double check to make sure everything is well glued. (If you are using glass ornaments, be aware that you will probably break a few along the way. It’s almost inevitable.) If there are any areas where things aren’t securely attached, add hot glue to a piece of your reserved tinsel/pine needles and place it between the two ornaments. This will create a stronger bond.

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9. Finally, look the wreath over carefully and trim off any hot glue strands or tinsel/pine needles that might be sticking out. Then, attach a piece of floral wire to the back of the wreath. Put the wire around the metal frame of the wreath for a firm hold.

10. Sit back and admire your handiwork!

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That, my friends, is the step-by-step process I followed to craft this vintage Christmas ornament wreath.

The whole project took about 2 hours, and overall, things went swimmingly. The only exceptions were a few ornament casualties and one nasty hot glue burn.

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Like this wreath? See more of my DIY wreaths here:

I’m not sure where the wreath will end up hanging this Christmas season, but I’m having fun trying it out in different spots around my home.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful and enjoy making your own wreath. Happy crafting!

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Dress up your home for the holidays with a touch of nostalgia. I’m so thrilled to be sharing this DIY Vintage Christmas Ornament Wreath with you today. As I’ve mentioned a few times here on the blog, I have a mild obsession with glass Christmas ornaments. I’ve been collecting them for years. If I remember […]




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This White Chocolate Peppermint Martini makes delicious holiday cocktail. #christmas #cocktail #martini #recipe #peppermint #whitechocolate

Cheers to another holiday season! Today we’re shaking up this gorgeous White Chocolate Peppermint Martini. It’s a deliciously sweet and creamy cocktail with a peppermint twist.

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This White Chocolate Peppermint Martini makes delicious holiday cocktail. #christmas #cocktail #martini #recipe #peppermint #whitechocolate

For those of you who celebrated yesterday, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is officially upon us. I don’t know about you, but I’m always excited about this time of year. While I’ve already been spreading Christmas cheer, I thought today would be the perfect time to mix up this White Chocolate Peppermint Martini.

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I love challenging myself to think of new and creative cocktails. (You can find all of my Christmas cocktails here.)  This libation came to mind after I had a Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha at Starbucks. I had a hunch the flavor combination would translate well into a cocktail.

My fondness for peppermint is interesting because, in my younger years, I never understood its allure during the holiday season. Now that I’ve been converted, I especially love it paired with chocolate.

How to Make a White Chocolate Peppermint Martini:

To make this White Chocolate Peppermint Martini, start by preparing your glass. I rimmed my glass with white chocolate syrup (found in the coffee section at the supermarket) and then dipped it into crushed candy canes.

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Next, I poured all the liquors into a cocktail shaker with ice, shook it up, and strained it into the glass.

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If you like things mintier, add more peppermint schnapps. Don’t have peppermint schnapps? Use peppermint vodka instead of white chocolate.

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This White Chocolate Peppermint Martini makes delicious holiday cocktail. #christmas #cocktail #martini #recipe #peppermint #whitechocolate

No matter how you shake it up, this White Chocolate Peppermint Martini will be a delicious sip for any get-together this time of year.

Like this recipe? More Holiday Cocktail Recipes:

Cheers to you and a joyous holiday season!

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White Chocolate Peppermint Martini Recipe:

White Chocolate Peppermint Martini
Servings: 1 cocktail   |   Prep Time: 10 mins
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Cheers to another holiday season! Today we're shaking up this gorgeous White Chocolate Peppermint Martini. It's a deliciously sweet and creamy cocktail with a peppermint twist.
Ingredients
  • 1.5 ounces white chocolate liqueur (Godiva)
  • 1.5 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce creme de cacao (clear/white)
  • 1 ounce half and half
  • .5 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • White chocolate syrup and crushed peppermints to garnish
Instructions
  1. Begin by preparing your martini glass. Rim the edge of the glass with white chocolate syrup; then dip it into crushed peppermint candies or crushed candy canes. Set glass aside.
  2. Add the white chocolate liqueur, vanilla vodka, creme de cacao, half and half, and peppermint schnapps to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and then strain into your prepared martini glass.

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Cheers to another holiday season! Today we’re shaking up this gorgeous White Chocolate Peppermint Martini. It’s a deliciously sweet and creamy cocktail with a peppermint twist. For those of you who celebrated yesterday, I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving. It’s hard to believe that the holiday season is officially upon us. I don’t know […]




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A Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree - How to Decorate a Christmas Tree inspired by the past. #christmas #decor #christmastree #decorations #holiday

I’m so excited to share my latest Christmas tree with you! My Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree is a nod to holiday memories, designs, and ornaments of the past.

If you’ve been following IBC for a while, you might be aware that decorating Christmas trees is one of my most favorite things to do. Even though it does take work, time, and money, coming up with a new concept (or two) every year and bringing it to life brings me immense joy.

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A Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree - How to Decorate a Christmas Tree inspired by the past. #christmas #decor #christmastree #decorations #holiday

Today is an especially fun day because not only am I sharing one of my Christmas trees, but I’m back with my Seasons of Home blogger friends. There are 16 of us who are showing you our Christmas trees or offering a look into our living rooms decked out for the holidays. This group is always inspiring, so you’ll definitely want to check out the links. I’ll include all of them at the end of this post.

Last week I took you on a mini-tour of my family room. I dressed up my mantel and added a little holiday flair to my bar cart. I also gave you a glimpse of my Christmas tree which I promised I’d be sharing soon. Well, today’s the day!

As the title of this post suggests, I wanted to do a tree inspired by the Christmases of yesterday. And while I know everyone’s holiday memories vary, I chose elements that felt nostalgic to me. This is what I came up with.

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A Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree - How to Decorate a Christmas Tree inspired by the past. #christmas #decor #christmastree #decorations #holiday

Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree Decorations:

The whole process started when I found a bunch of these glass Santas at HomeGoods. I told myself, “One year I should do a whole tree of glass Santas.” Then I thought, “Why not this year?” So into my cart, the lot went.

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In bringing this vision to life, I realized I was going to need a different tree. To get the look I was after and showcase these ornaments, I ended up purchasing a faux Noble Fir tree from Terrain. (Apparently, a lot of you bought it too as it’s currently sold out.) I love this tree because it’s not as full as a traditional tree, so there’s a lot of space between the branches for ornaments.

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A Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree - How to Decorate a Christmas Tree inspired by the past. #christmas #decor #christmastree #decorations #holiday

Since most of the Santa ornaments are red, I was inspired to wrap the tree in this holiday hue. I own a lot of round glass ornaments in various colors, so I went through them and pulled out most of the red ones. From large to small, they went on the tree.

I also picked up a few new ornaments that have a nostalgic/vintage feel: red Wagoneers with a tree on top, this cross-stitched red truck, and a couple dozen pipe cleaner candy canes.

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And because I like adding ribbons to my tree, I thought this plaid flannel-like ribbon had the perfect classic feel. Because of the openness of the tree (and because this ribbon wasn’t wired), I just draped it between the branches rather than using my usual method.

However, if you struggle with adding ribbon to your Christmas tree, I recommend checking out this post. In it, I walk you through my usual process step-by-step. There’s even a video.

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To finish off the tree, I needed two more things. First, more lights! As much as I love the small LED lights on this tree, they just weren’t bright enough in my space.

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A Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree - How to Decorate a Christmas Tree inspired by the past. #christmas #decor #christmastree #decorations #holiday

When I saw these battery-powered LED candles from Balsam Hill, I knew they would be ideal! Not only would they give more light, but the glowing candles would enhance the nostalgic feel I was going for.

(And in case you’re wondering, I’m crazy about them! You can switch to colored lights and adjust the brightness of the lights to the level you like best. I used two sets of twenty on this tree.)

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Second, I needed a beaded garland. I was ecstatic when I found this gold beaded garland complete with these vintage looking glass Santas at a local Christmas shop.

To finish off the tree, I dug out my vintage metal star tree topper. I found this guy several years ago. In fact, if your memory is really good, you might remember it from my (somewhat famous) rainbow Christmas tree.

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And with that, my tree is complete and my family room is now officially ready for Christmas!

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Ain’t she a ‘beaut? I’m so pleased with the look. It’s exactly what I was envisioning.

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Putting this tree together was bunches of fun, and I’m just loving how well it complements this room. Paired with that big brick fireplace, this is honestly where I want to be every night: fire roaring, lights on, and hot cocoa in hand.

Want to check out more of my Christmas Trees? Start here:

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Additional Living Room Sources:

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Now, be sure to check out all of my talented blogger friends below. I’m confident you’re going to love seeing their trees and homes decked out for the holidays.

Seasons of Home Christmas Decorating Ideas:

Ella Claire | Nina Hendrick Design Co. | Zevy Joy | Beneath My Heart

Boxwood Avenue | Craftberry Bush | Inspired by Charm | Home Stories A to Z

French Country Cottage | Rooms for Rent | City Farmhouse | Nesting with Grace

Thistlewood Farms | Jennifer Rizzo | Dear Lillie | Love Grows Wild

I’m so excited to share my latest Christmas tree with you! My Nostalgia-Inspired Christmas Tree is a nod to holiday memories, designs, and ornaments of the past. If you’ve been following IBC for a while, you might be aware that decorating Christmas trees is one of my most favorite things to do. Even though it […]




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These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

These Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are an essentail Christmas appetizer recipe!

These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

Like a lot of folks, I have a hard time resisting anything made with bacon. Among my bacony favorites are these Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts.

My family often enjoys bacon-wrapped water chestnuts during winter holiday parties, but this tasty appetizer is equally delicious at warm-weather gatherings. And of course, I’ve given the standard recipe an IBC twist. Check out my Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts!

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If this appetizer is new to you, you’re in for a treat. If you’ve tasted the usual version, I think you’re going to love my take on it.

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How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts:

For this recipe, I didn’t cut the water chestnuts in half. With regular bacon, I wouldn’t recommend this. However, I used thick-cut bacon, so a single water chestnut is the perfect size.

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To make one, you simply wrap a half slice of bacon around a water chestnut and hold it in place with a toothpick.

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These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

Once the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts are cooked, remove them from the oven, drain the grease, and top them with a cranberry-infused sweet chili sauce. Then, pop them back in the oven to finish cooking.

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These Cranberry Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts make the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. #appetizer #bacon #waterchestnuts #holiday #christmas #recipe

I love the burst of tartness and extra bit of crunchy texture that the cranberries give this classic dish.

You can print the recipe below so you don’t miss a step.

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Want more Christmas appetizer recipes? Try these:

Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

The bacon truly is the star of this dish. Although water chestnuts don’t have much flavor by themselves, they soak up the delicious flavors of the bacon and cranberry chili sauce. Plus, they add an enjoyable crunch to these bite-sized treats. Yummy!

Have fun making and eating these Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts!

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Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Servings: 3 dozen   |   Prep Time: 15 mins   |   Cook Time: 1 hr   |   Total Time: 1 hr 15 mins
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These Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are an essentail Christmas appetizer recipe!
Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds thick-cut bacon slices cut in half
  • 2 cans (8 ounces) whole water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries whole and halved
  • Toothpicks
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Wrap each water chestnut with a half strip of bacon. Insert a toothpick through the center with the seam-side down. Place in a baking dish. Continue wrapping all the water chestnuts, creating a single layer in your baking dish.
  3. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked. Drain off the grease. Be careful when doing this because the pan and grease will be extremely hot.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, brown sugar, chili sauce, and cranberries. (For the cranberries, I like a mix of whole cranberries and cranberries that I’ve sliced in half.)
  5. Pour the sauce over the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Return to the oven and bake for another 30 minutes. Serve warm.

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These Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts are an essentail Christmas appetizer recipe! Like a lot of folks, I have a hard time resisting anything made with bacon. Among my bacony favorites are these Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts. My family often enjoys bacon-wrapped water chestnuts during winter holiday parties, but this tasty appetizer is equally delicious at […]




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Festive Christmas Table Decor Ideas and Decorating Tips #christmas #holiday #tablescape #tablesetting #decorating

You know I enjoy creating tablescapes. Today I’m showing you my latest festive Christmas table decor. I hope it inspires you to make something magical in your own home.

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And if you’re looking for even more Christmas table decor, scroll down to the end of this post where I’ve linked the holiday tables of my Seasons of Home blogger friends. I know you’ll find inspiration to suit your style and budget. These are talented bloggers, and it’s truly an honor to be working with them.

OK, back to my Christmas table decor and a bit of its backstory. I actually fashioned this table setting in October. As you probably know, I’m a HomeGoods blogger. HomeGoods asked me if I’d be interested in taking pictures of some of their 2018 holiday merchandise. After asking me about my style preferences, they sent me an assortment of their new products.

I’m usually pretty picky about my decor, so I was a tad nervous about what I might receive. However, because I’m also always up for a challenge, I was excited to see what I could do with the decorations that were chosen for me.

Festive Christmas Table Decor Ideas:

This Christmas table decor is what I came up with. Isn’t it fun and festive?

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Festive Christmas Table Decor Ideas and Decorating Tips #christmas #holiday #tablescape #tablesetting #decorating

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In the package from HomeGoods, I found the two large deer, a couple boxes of ornaments, galvanized metal houses, and the grouping of trees. The rest of the items on the table are my own.

I took inspiration from the colors in the ornaments to pull the rest of the table together. Icy blues, grays, whites, and metallics make for a beautiful winter look.

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Festive Christmas Table Decor Ideas and Decorating Tips #christmas #holiday #tablescape #tablesetting #decorating

This tablescape doesn’t scream traditional Christmas, but it captures the spirit of the season. (Speaking of traditional Christmas, if that’s what you’re after, check out my family room holiday decor which I posted about yesterday.)

To add a little glow to the table, I used these modern candle holders filled with silver glittered candles. I placed them on top of this adorable faux fur table runner and scattered ornaments around.

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I kept the place settings simple with patterned dinner plates and plain white salad plates. The napkins are gray with a hint of silver sparkle. I wrapped the snowflake cookie cutters with pom-pom ribbon.

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Festive Christmas Table Decor Ideas and Decorating Tips #christmas #holiday #tablescape #tablesetting #decorating

To finish things off, I brought in greenery. Do you recognize this plant?

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Festive Christmas Table Decor Ideas and Decorating Tips #christmas #holiday #tablescape #tablesetting #decorating

It’s bayberry! Given that I call my home Bayberry House, I thought I should have a few bayberry bushes in my landscape. These cuttings add a unique element to my table and coordinate with the bayberry I tucked in white pitchers on my sideboard.

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Festive Christmas Table Decor Ideas and Decorating Tips #christmas #holiday #tablescape #tablesetting #decorating

What do you think of my festive Christmas table decor?

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Want more Christmas Table Decor Ideas? Try these:

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I hope you enjoyed scrolling through these photos and picked up an idea or two for setting your own holiday table.

Dining Room Sources:

And don’t forget, the Christmas table decor inspiration continues below. Be sure to take a look at how my fellow bloggers have decked their halls.

Season of Home Christmas Table Decor Ideas:

Ella Claire | anderson + grant | Home Stories A to Z | Julie Blanner

Dear Lillie | My Sweet Savannah | French Country Cottage | Rooms for Rent

Craftberry Bush | Boxwood Avenue | Inspired by Charm | Nina Hendrick Design Co.

Love Grows Wild | Zevy Joy | Maison de Cinq | Liz Marie Blog

You know I enjoy creating tablescapes. Today I’m showing you my latest festive Christmas table decor. I hope it inspires you to make something magical in your own home. And if you’re looking for even more Christmas table decor, scroll down to the end of this post where I’ve linked the holiday tables of my […]




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Red and Rustic Christmas Mantel Styling Inspiration #christmas #decorations #holiday #mantel #manteldecor

Yep. The decorating has begun at Bayberry House. Today I’m sharing a peek into my family room to show off my red and rustic Christmas mantel decor!

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I missed not having a mantel to decorate last Christmas. Although I thoroughly enjoyed dressing up my apartment for the holidays, I am thrilled to have two mantels to style this season. So much so that I got started on them this past weekend.

This post is extra special because I’m joining my friends at Balsam Hill for their Holiday Housewalk. I have been a huge fan of Balsam Hill for a while now. Last year it was thrilling to partner with them for their 12 Bloggers of Christmas series. Being asked back for their Holiday Housewalk is an equally exciting honor. They even sent me a couple goodies to help style my home for the holidays. I’ll be sure to link everything throughout the post.

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For the Christmas mantel decor in my family room, I decided to go traditional with red. Even though the Christmas tree in this room isn’t quite finished (You’re still getting a sneak peek of it.), it was the inspiration for this color palette. As many of you know, I’ve decorated a lot of Christmas trees over the years, but this is the first time I’ve done one all in red. I thought it would be beautiful in my family room.

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Red and Rustic Christmas Mantel Styling Inspiration #christmas #decorations #holiday #mantel #manteldecor

To get my decorating started, I used Balsam Hill’s Fraser Fir Foliage across the entire mantel. I chose the pre-lit garland because I love a little sparkle. The lighting in this garland is battery operated and has a timer. It’s so nice not to worry about hiding a cord or remembering to turn the lights on or off.

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For a pop of color, I tucked these Nordic Frost Ornaments into the garland. I fell in love with the patterns and designs. Each ornament is attached to the pine using a short length of floral wire.

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I also incorporated an adorable gold bead garland with vintage-looking glass Santas. I had purchased it for my tree but decided to add gold to my Christmas mantel decor by weaving it through the branches.

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You may have noticed that I moved my mirror above the mantel. It had been hanging over my bar cart. I’ll show you later what I swapped it out with.

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Red and Rustic Christmas Mantel Styling Inspiration #christmas #decorations #holiday #mantel #manteldecor

With the mantel all decked out, a fireplace this big definitely needs stockings. As soon as I saw these Nordic Knit Stockings, I knew they would look perfect. I love the faux fur banding and the pattern.

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I added other festive (and functional) decor to this space, including a beautiful Nicole Miller Snow Globe, a stack of books, and a new brass log holder. Everything is looking very festive, don’t you think?

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My bar cart also received a seasonal makeover. As I mentioned, I moved the mirror that was hanging above it. I replaced the mirror with this gorgeous Wild Berry Forest Wreath. I love the different greens and berries in it. It has battery operated lights, too.

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While I was decorating, I also switched some of my liquors to offer a more seasonal-inspired variety. Bottlebrush trees, another snow globe, and my favorite nutcracker joined the party as well.

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If you like this Christmas mantel decor, you’ll love these too:

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And with that, my family room is definitely starting to look merrier.

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Red and Rustic Christmas Mantel Styling Inspiration #christmas #decorations #holiday #mantel #manteldecor

Thank you so much to Balsam Hill for having me on their Holiday Housewalk. It’s been a joy!

Also, thanks to all of you for your encouragement and excitement about my Christmas decor. The number of messages I receive on social media and here on the blog is overwhelming and much appreciated. The holiday season is my favorite time to decorate, and I’m glad you enjoy it as much as I do.

Let the merriment continue!

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Yep. The decorating has begun at Bayberry House. Today I’m sharing a peek into my family room to show off my red and rustic Christmas mantel decor! I missed not having a mantel to decorate last Christmas. Although I thoroughly enjoyed dressing up my apartment for the holidays, I am thrilled to have two mantels […]




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4 Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Friendsgiving #decor #friendsgiving #thanksgiving #decorating #tablescape #table

The holiday season is here. To help kick it off, I thought I’d share four easy ways to brighten up your Friendsgiving. These simple yet beautiful ideas are sure to add a little sparkle to your celebration with friends.

For the past three years, I’ve been sharing ways to help you and your crew have a Friendsgiving to remember. One year we made Apple Pie Moonshine, and last year I created a craft-inspired table. I’m thrilled to be back to add a few more inspired ideas to your repertoire.

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This post has been sponsored by PHILIPS HUE. I received product and compensation, but all opinions are my own.

This year I’ve teamed up with my friends at Philips Hue to bring a little light and color to your Friendsgiving celebration. In case you haven’t heard of Philips Hue, it’s a smart lighting system that you control and personalize through the Hue app on your smartphone or tablet, or even your voice if you have Alexa, the Google Assistant, or Siri.

Whether you desire to create the perfect traditional lighting for a dinner party or want to bring in fun and excitement with color, with Hue, you can do it all. Choose from over 16 million colors or every shade of white light to match your mood, support your routines, or in this case…celebrate Friendsgiving!

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I set up a fun, functional, and colorful Friendsgiving table to walk you through some bright and creative Friendsgiving ideas. I hope they inspire you to create a little magic with lighting and table decore during your own holiday gatherings. Let’s get to it.

Keep It Fun

I think the overarching idea behind Friendsgiving is to keep things fun and light. There’s no need to dust off the fancy china or polish any silverware (unless that’s your thing). Here, I used my everyday white plates and dressed them up with cotton napkins and gold flatware.

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For Friendsgiving (and most entertaining events), I recommend mixing high and low. For example, cover the table with a tablecloth but top it with a kraft paper runner. Serve the main course on standard plates and then use paper ones for dessert. At the end of the day, it’s all about enjoying time with friends.

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4 Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Friendsgiving #decor #friendsgiving #thanksgiving #decorating #tablescape #table

For the rest of my decor, I stayed within the color scheme of orange and brown kraft paper. And, since it’s fall, I used leaves as my theme. Even though the goal is casual, having some sort of theme or direction definitely helps when planning your table.

Use What You Have

Speaking of leaves, as I was planning this tablescape I was feeling a tad discouraged because I couldn’t find exactly the right flowers to dress up my table. Then, while I was doing my dinner dishes the evening before the shoot, I looked out the window and saw just what I needed – leaves! Nature was putting on a color show right there in my backyard, and until that moment, I hadn’t noticed.

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You don’t need to go out and buy all new things to set a table. Look to what you have (or what’s in your own backyard) to create something special, simple, and colorful.

Change the Light

Here’s where the fun comes in! I used the Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance starter kit to add a bit of lighting magic to my table. (Plus, it’s a really cool treat for your friends when the lights start changing colors.)

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You can use the Hue app (available for iOS and Android) to create the perfect Friendsgiving scene. You can quickly set the scene with white or colored lights or even use one of the pre-set lighting options. For example, “Relax” will create a warm, cozy white light which is perfect for entertaining!

I’m more of a traditionalist when it comes to colored lights, so I found a cool white light to be best. However, if color is your game, you can go from purple to orange with the swipe of your finger.

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So cool, right?

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4 Easy Ways to Brighten Up Your Friendsgiving #decor #friendsgiving #thanksgiving #decorating #tablescape #table

Lighting is a quick and easy way to completely transform your space and give your decor a refresh. (As you can see!)

Be Thankful

At the end of the day, it’s less about how you decorate and more about how you make people feel. Create opportunities to let your friends know you’re grateful to have them in your life.

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Here I set out paper leaves and a pen so dinner guests could jot down what they are most thankful for. The kraft paper runner also provides opportunities for folks to write a message, play a game, or just doodle something funny.

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My overall goal was to keep the atmosphere light, colorful, and happy to allow everyone to feel welcome and cozy! Welcoming banners, colorful paper decorations, and turkey salt and pepper shakers helped to bring the look together.

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And that’s it, my friends. You now have four more ways to brighten up your Friendsgiving!

No matter how your celebrate Friendsgiving (or even if you use these ideas for Thanksgiving), I hope my tips and tricks help you create a fun and memorable holiday with the ones you love.

The holiday season is here. To help kick it off, I thought I’d share four easy ways to brighten up your Friendsgiving. These simple yet beautiful ideas are sure to add a little sparkle to your celebration with friends. For the past three years, I’ve been sharing ways to help you and your crew have […]




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These Plaid-Inspired Printable Christmas Gift Tags are the perfect finishing touch on your holiday gift wrapping! #printable #christmas #gifttags #plaid #tags #holiday #wrapping #giftwrap

These Plaid-Inspired Printable Christmas Gift Tags are an easy way to put a fun finishing touch on your holiday gift wrapping!

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You know I love me a creative printable. That’s why I’m so happy to be popping in today to share my latest: plaid-inspired printable Christmas gift tags. I’ve long been a fan of plaid, tartan, gingham, and buffalo check patterns, so this year I’ve decided to use those patterns as inspiration for my holiday wrapping.

Before I tell you more about these Christmas gift tags, I wanted to let you know that I’ve joined a group of blogging friends to share 15+ free Christmas printables with you. We love giving back to our readers, and free printables are one way to do that. Whether you’re looking for art, advent calendars, cards, or gift tags, we’ve got you covered. I’ll link up everyone below. Be sure to click through the full list of goodies.

You might remember that last year I shared these Santa’s checklist-inspired printable gift tags. They are still a favorite of mine. This year, however, I decided to go a bit more classic with my tags.

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Plaid-Inspired Printable Christmas Gift Tags:

As you can see, this printable includes four different plaid-inspired tags.

While they are part of a coordinated collection, each tag has its own unique flair. What do you think?

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I even went the extra step of providing you with an optional backside for the gift tags. That way, instead of being white on the back, the back of your tags will match the plaid design on front. It’s all in the details, my friends.

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These Plaid-Inspired Printable Christmas Gift Tags are the perfect finishing touch on your holiday gift wrapping! #printable #christmas #gifttags #plaid #tags #holiday #wrapping #giftwrap

When printing the tags, I recommend using a cardstock paper like this one. The thicker the better!

Print Page 1 first; then align the paper in the printer again in the direction that’s needed to print Page 2 on the back. It’s that easy. For a sharp looking tag, I like to make sure my printer is set to the highest quality print.

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To cut out the tags, I used a straight edge craft cutter like this one and a sharp pair of scissors. A hole punch is ideal for making the hole at the top of the tag.

You can attach these Christmas printable gift tags to your package any way you’d like, but I think baker’s twine looks sweet.

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Stay tuned this Christmas season for more printables, including a couple recipe cards. In the meantime, be sure to check out the amazing collection of printables below. They are perfect additions to your seasonal celebrations.

If you liked these gift tag printables, you’ll love these:

 

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More Christmas Printables:

Christmas Botanicals by Ella Claire | Little House Advent Calendar by Zevy Joy | Christmas Gift Tags by So Much Better with Age | Home for the Holidays by On Sutton Place

Plaid Gift Tags by Inspired by Charm | Letter to Santa Postcard by Nina Hendrick | All is Calm by Lolly Jane | Twas the Night Before Christmas Book Page Art by Home Made Lovely

Christmas Greens Recipe Card by anderson + grant | Farm Animal Gift Tags by Boxwood Avenue | Black and White All Is Calm Christmas Art by Taryn Whiteaker | Christmas Watercolor Place Cards by Clean and Scentsible

Merry and Bright Holiday Gift Tags by Happy Happy Nester | DIY White Christmas Wall Hanging by Finding Silver Pennies | O Christmas Tree by My Someday in May | Reindeer Print by The Chronicles of Home

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Gift Jar Labels by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Reindeer Antlers Cake by Nest of Posies | Vintage Inspired Christmas Postcards by Live Laugh Rowe | Advent Calendar Candle Label by Blesser House

Nutcracker Set by Making Home Base | Stovetop Potpourri Tags by Tidbits | 5 Vintage Christmas Truck Printables by Happy Housie | Sparkly Blush Christmas Printable Set by Maison de Pax

Christmas Canvas Prints by Town and Country Living | Sugar & Spice are Making the Holidays Nice by My Sweet Savannah

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This Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin makes the most delicious holiday side dish. #cauliflower #vegetable #sidedish #recipe #thanksgiving #christmas

This Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin is the perfect side dish for a holiday gathering or special meal. Because it’s so tasty, you won’t have to worry about storing any leftovers.

Yes friends, today we are celebrating one of my favorite parts of the Thanksgiving meal: the side dishes. And this Cheese Cauliflower Gratin is a side you and your guests are sure to love.

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Actually, we’ll be hitting most of the high points of the Friendsgiving meal, as I’ve teamed up with some of my blogger friends to share a delicious and beautiful Friendsgiving Progressive Dinner.

Each of us is focusing on a specific part of the feast, and together we’ll be sharing a full dinner menu (minus the bird). You’ll find many of our best classic dishes along with new favorites. Everyone is linked up below. If you’re looking for something different to spice up your Friendsgiving/Thanksgiving, you’ve come to the right place.

To continue with this delicious Friendsgiving feast, check out what my blogger friends are making below. Each recipe sounds as good as the next.

Friendsgiving Progressive Dinner:

Sugar and Charm – Apple Crisp Cocktail (Drink)
Pizzazzerie – Cranberry Prosciutto Crostini (Appetizer)
Julie Blanner – Onion Tart (Appetizer)
The Sweetest Occasion – Mini Green Bean Casserole Puffs (Side)
The Proper Blog – Strawberry Pie with Fringe Crust (Dessert)
Lovely Indeed – Mini Bouquet Place Cards (Decor)

Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin:

As I mentioned, I’m sharing this recipe for Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin. I meant to make it for you last year around this time but never got around to it.

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My mom usually makes this dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas. (I believe she got the recipe from Bobby Flay, so a shout out to Mr. Flay!) It’s become a favorite in our family. I know because it’s one of the dishes that is always scraped clean.

This Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin makes the most delicious holiday side dish. #cauliflower #vegetable #sidedish #recipe #thanksgiving #christmas

What makes this side so delicious is the abundance of cheese: Monterey Jack, Parmesan, and goat cheese. I realize some of you may not care for goat cheese or be leary of using it, but I recommend giving it a try here. Once everything comes together, you won’t even know it’s there. However, it does give the gratin a wonderful creaminess and tangy depth of flavor that is beyond compare.

I’m also a big fan of this dish because it’s quick to make, and there’s minimal clean up during prep. You only need the pan you’re baking it in.

How to Make Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin:

Just place all of the ingredients in a 9×13-inch casserole dish and give them a good toss to mix them together.

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This Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin makes the most delicious holiday side dish. #cauliflower #vegetable #sidedish #recipe #thanksgiving #christmas

After that, pop the pan in the oven uncovered for 30-35 minutes. That’s it!

You’ll want to let the gratin set a few minutes before serving. To dress it up, I added sprigs of herbs, but those are totally optional.

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This Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin makes the most delicious holiday side dish. #cauliflower #vegetable #sidedish #recipe #thanksgiving #christmas

With that, you’re ready to dive into the magic deliciousness of this Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin. Move over green bean casserole; you’ve officially been replaced.

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Want more delicious side dishes? Try these:

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try this Friendsgiving or Thanksgiving or anytime you need a quick and tasty side.

This Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin makes the most delicious holiday side dish. #cauliflower #vegetable #sidedish #recipe #thanksgiving #christmas

This Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin makes the most delicious holiday side dish. #cauliflower #vegetable #sidedish #recipe #thanksgiving #christmas

Enjoy!

Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin Recipe:

Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin
Servings: 6 people   |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 35 mins   |   Total Time: 45 mins
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This Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin is the perfect side dish for a holiday gathering or special meal. Because it's so tasty, you won't have to worry about storing any leftovers.
Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese grated
  • 8 ounces goat cheese crumbled
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • Salt and ground pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a 9x13-inch baking dish, combine the cauliflower, cheeses, garlic, and heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place in the oven and roast for 30-35 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft and starting to brown on top.

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Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Welcome to the dramatic conclusion of my living room paint saga. Okay, maybe not a saga but definitely a struggle to find the right gray paint color for my living room.

Well, friends, as I alluded to earlier this week, it seems I’ve found the perfect gray paint color for my living room. It’s not what I had originally thought or planned, but I’m super pleased with the outcome.

To backtrack a bit, when I moved in, my living room was painted a basic beige. You can see that here:

I decided to freshen things up with what I thought was a light gray color. However, I ended up with something that looked baby blue. See below. (You can also read more about that here.)

Painting my Living Room - Farrow & Ball Dimpse

After testing at least four more colors on the wall, I found something that I liked: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.

On my living room walls, this particular gray color felt like more of a putty or mushroom gray. It made me a bit nervous because it’s not what I thought I wanted. However, I happened to catch a Q&A that Nate Berkus was doing on his Instagram stories. In one of his answers, he mentioned that a putty brown/gray wall color works beautifully with an emerald green sofa. *aha moment*

With that little nugget of wisdom and my beautiful green chairs staring at me, I forged ahead.

Thankfully, I was able to repaint with just one coat, so in about two hours, I completed the entire room. Goodbye, frosty blueish gray. Hello, beautiful putty gray. Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray is definitely a winner!

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

It’s interesting how the wall color has a chameleon quality in this room. (I assume it’s because of the light.) It changes throughout the day and often looks different on one wall compared with another. But now I’m happy with how it appears from every angle.

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Also, as Nate predicted, it works well with the color of my chairs. I even love how it goes with the pine garland on the mantel. (Please don’t judge me too harshly on the state of this room. After moving things around to paint and then starting to prep for holiday decor, it’s a bit of a mess. But that’s real life!)

I’m also loving how well it coordinates with my new blue entryway too!

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Gray Paint Color for my Living Room - Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray #paint #graypaint #livingroom

Well, I think I can finally call this a painting win! It took me a couple tries to get there, but I’m loving the results.

What do you think?

Welcome to the dramatic conclusion of my living room paint saga. Okay, maybe not a saga but definitely a struggle to find the right gray paint color for my living room. Well, friends, as I alluded to earlier this week, it seems I’ve found the perfect gray paint color for my living room. It’s not […]




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Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies for the Holiday #christmas #cookies #cranberry #recipes #tassies #orange #walnut

Classic flavors of the season come together to create these Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies which are both sweet and tart. This is a Christmas cookie recipe you’ll definitely want to add to your holiday baking round-up!

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I kicked off the holiday season last week with my Christmas Q&A, but these Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies are my first official new holiday post of 2018!

This post is extra special because I’m back with some of my blogger friends for the Tastes of the Season series. As you probably guessed, we are sharing Christmas cookie recipes this week. Once you’ve finished checking out mine, be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post where there are 21 more cookie recipes!

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Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies for the Holiday #christmas #cookies #cranberry #recipes #tassies #orange #walnut

Last week as I was planning for this post, I did a quick inventory of the Christmas cookie recipes I’ve shared here on IBC and noticed the collection wasn’t as robust as it should be. Why? Well, because typically I end up making my collection of cookies just a week or two before Christmas when I’m in panic mode. By then I simply want to get them baked so I forget to photograph them and write the post.

While I have posted a few of my favorite cookies in the past, including these Cream Wafer Cookies, Crock Pot Candy, and Cream Horns, this year I plan to offer even more recipes that you are destined to love. Let’s start with Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies.

Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies:

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Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies for the Holiday #christmas #cookies #cranberry #recipes #tassies #orange #walnut

I decided to whip up this recipe now because they also make a delightful treat for Thanksgiving! Cranberry is a classic Turkey-Day flavor. And a plate of these would perfectly complement a pumpkin pie, don’t you think?

How to Make Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies:

These cookies come together pretty quickly once you’ve made the dough and the filling has had time to chill. Just whip up the dough in the evening so you’ll be ready to bake the next day.

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Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies for the Holiday #christmas #cookies #cranberry #recipes #tassies #orange #walnut

To bake, press the delicious orange cookie dough into greased mini-muffin pans. Then fill each with the tart and sweet cranberry walnut filling.

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After a quick trip to the oven and some time to cool, drizzle the tassies with melted white chocolate.

When my mom visited this past weekend, we both enjoyed snacking on these in my den as the fire roared and we watched the latest Hallmark movie.

Want more cranberry-inspired recipes? Try these:

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Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies for the Holiday #christmas #cookies #cranberry #recipes #tassies #orange #walnut

You can grab the full recipe below and don’t forget to check out all the tasty and festive cookie recipes linked at the end of this post. Enjoy!

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Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies
Servings: 4 dozen   |   Prep Time: 15 mins   |   Cook Time: 10 mins   |   Cooling Time: 1 hr   |   Total Time: 25 mins
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Classic flavors of the season come together to create these Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies which are both sweet and tart. This is a Christmas cookie recipe you'll definitely want to add to your holiday baking round-up!
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Filling:
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Topping:
  • 4 ounces white baking chocolate melted
Instructions
  1. Begin by whisking together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  2. Then cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Beat until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Next mix in the egg until blended. Add in the orange zest, orange juice, and milk and beat again. (The mixture will look slightly separated. This is okay.)
  4. Gradually beat the prepared flour mixture into the creamed mixture until just combined.
  5. Divide the dough into three portions. Then, on a lightly floured surface, shape each portion into a 10-inch long roll. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or until firm.
  6. In the meantime, prepare the filling by adding the cranberry sauce, sugar, and orange juice to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once boiling, cook for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat. Let the filling cool completely before stirring in the walnuts.
  7. To bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Unwrap the chilled dough and cut each log into 16 round slices. Press each slice into the bottom and up the sides of one of the greased mini muffin cups. Fill each with about 2 teaspoons of the cranberry mixture.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden. Cool in the pan for 5-8 minutes. Then remove the tassies to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  9. To complete, drizzle each tassie with melted white chocolate. Let the tassies stand until the chocolate is set. Then pack and store in an airtight container.

Tastes of the Season Christmas Cookies:

The Perfect Soft Gingerbread Cookies by Ella Claire | Classic Sugar Cookies by Nina Hendrick Design Co. | Plaid Sugar Cookies by Craftberry Bush | Buttery Shortbread Cookies with Icing Sugar by A Burst of Beautiful | German Chocolate Cake Cookies by City Farmhouse

Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies by Inspired by Charm | Eggnog Gooey Butter Cookies by Julie Blanner | All Natural Orange Almond Cookies by Tidbits | Choco-mallow Peppermint Cookies by Summer Adams Designs | Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies by Love Grows Wild

Paleo Chocolate Cranberry Cookies by Nesting with Grace | Raspberry Gingersnap Sandwiches by anderson + grant | Christmas Tree Gingerbread Cookies by Rooms for Rent | Large Thumbprint Cookies by So Much Better with Age | Rum Balls by Tidy Mom

Countdown to Christmas Cookies by House 214 Design | GF + DF Gingerbread Sugar Cookies by Zevy Joy | Christmas Shortbread Cookies by Boxwood Avenue | Double Chocolate Christmas Cookies by Nest of Posies | Almond Sugar Cookies by My Sweet Savannah

M&M Peanut Butter Cookies by Sweet C’s | Rustic Granola Cookies by Farmhouse on Boone

Classic flavors of the season come together to create these Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies which are both sweet and tart. This is a Christmas cookie recipe you’ll definitely want to add to your holiday baking round-up! I kicked off the holiday season last week with my Christmas Q&A, but these Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies are […]




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A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

It seems I’m on a painting kick. After attempting to paint my living room last week, inspiration struck again, and I decided to paint my entryway!

I have to admit my decorating has been spurred by the upcoming holiday season. As lots of folks know, I’m crazy about Christmas so I wanted to tackle a few random projects to make Bayberry House feel more like home before I decorate for the season.

Here’s what the hallway looked like before I painted it…

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Tour my new Modern Colonial Home in Pittsburgh, PA. Inspired by Charm's New Home. #moderncolonial #inspiredbycharm #hometour

… and here’s how it looks now!

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A major difference, right? Which I’m loving! And thankfully (unlike in my living room), I won’t need to repaint it anytime soon. #winning

Sidenote: There’s some weirdness around the existing light fixture. I will be repainting the ceiling as soon as the new light fixture arrives. Fingers crossed it’s SOON!

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

I’ve been busy pinning inspiration for my home on Pinterest (You can follow along here.), so it’s exciting to start seeing things come to life.

I’ve been hesitant to do any big projects since my upcoming kitchen renovation will affect almost every room on the first floor of my home. However, given that the process is now delayed because of contract issues, I just needed to start making progress.

Anywho, in this space, I decided to add a chair railing and paint the top half of the wall a deep navy color and the bottom half white. So last weekend I got to work, first cutting and then hanging the molding.

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

I’m not an expert at hanging molding, but I did do a few projects in my last house so I was excited to give it another try. With the molding in place, it was time to paint!

The beautiful navy is Farrow & Ball Stiffkey Blue-Estate Emulsion and the white is Sherwin Williams Pro Class Extra White Semi-Gloss (This is my go-to white paint for moldings and woodwork.)

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

This was my first time using Farrow & Ball paint, and I was pleased with the results. The color is rich and the matte finish looks smooth and subtle. The entryway is definitely much more dynamic and inviting now.

Down the road, my plan is to add box molding to the lower half of the walls. When I do the kitchen renovation, I will be installing hardwood flooring in the entryway. I’m also going to replace the closet with custom built-in cabinetry. Both of those changes will require molding to be removed, so the box molding will need to wait until all of that is complete.

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

For decor, I’m thinking of having a gallery wall of sorts (similar to this) go up the stairs. I’ll probably use a mix of vintage paintings and family pictures, but all of that’s still TBD. For the holidays, however, you can bet I’ll be wrapping that stair railing in some sort of garland. ‘Tis the season!

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

And after a few days of work, my entryway has a whole new look! What do you think?

Oh, and yes you may have gotten a few sneak peeks of my new living room color. I found a winner! I’ll be sharing the details later this week. Stay tuned!

A look at my newly painted entryway. Color: Farrow and Ball Stiffkey Blue

It seems I’m on a painting kick. After attempting to paint my living room last week, inspiration struck again, and I decided to paint my entryway! I have to admit my decorating has been spurred by the upcoming holiday season. As lots of folks know, I’m crazy about Christmas so I wanted to tackle a […]




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This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This delicious gingerbread cake, shaped like a gingerbread house, is as delicious as it is festive!

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

For years I had wanted to make a gingerbread house during the holidays. I thought it would be the assembly-required kind, but then I stumbled across these Nordicware gingerbread house bundt pans. (You can find the large one HERE and the mini ones HERE.)

Sidenote: I actually made this gingerbread cake a few years ago for my friends at HomeGoods. However, I wanted this recipe to have a place here on Inspired by Charm.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

Anywho, you know I love my speciality cake pans. Remember how much fun I had with with a skull cake pan for Halloween and the beehive cake pan for Spring? I knew I had to give this Gingerbread House Cake a try for Christmas. So that’s what I did.

I also made this Gingerbread Christmas Tree Cake last year. It’s so cute!

Using a gingerbread cake recipe loaded with seasonal spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and ginger, I baked a beautiful Gingerbread House Cake. And because one house looked a little lonely, I  made two smaller houses to create my very own gingerbread village.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

How do you make a Gingerbread Cake?

First, prepare your cake according to the Gingerbread House Cake recipe below. It’s simple to make, but if you prefer, you can use a gingerbread mix.

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This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

Next, generously coat the inside of the bundt pan with baking spray. (This type of spray includes oil and flour.) This is essential for easily removing the cake from the pan.

Then, pour the cake batter in the pan and bake for an hour. Because ovens vary, be sure to test your cake for doneness. To do this, insert a wooden skewer in the center. If the cake is fully baked, the skewer will come out clean.

After the cake has cooled, use a serrated knife to level off the bottom so the gingerbread house sits nicely on your cake stand. Now it’s time to decorate.

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How to Decorate a Gingerbread Cake:

Whip up My Favorite Cream Cheese frosting recipe and add a drop or two of green coloring to it. With a star tip on a piping bag, frost each of the trees. Then lightly sift confectioner’s sugar over the cake. Make sure the sugar catches on the details of the house so it has a snow-covered look

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

To further decorate your village, add sugared cranberries (The directions for making them are here.) and holiday cake decorations, such as mini gingerbread men and candy canes.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

I love how the gingerbread house cake turned out. By itself or as part of a village, this is a holiday table decoration that tastes delicious. When you’re ready, just slice and serve. Although the cake is yummy on its own, I recommend serving it with leftover cream cheese frosting.

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

Want more holiday dessert recipes? Try these:

And now for the recipe.

 

Gingerbread House Cake
Servings: 10 people
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This delicious gingerbread cake, shaped like a gingerbread house, is as delicious as it is festive!
Ingredients
  • 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups molasses
  • 1 1/2 cups hot brewed coffee
For garnish:
  • Cream cheese frosting, sugared cranberries, confectioner's sugar, and holiday cake decorations.
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray the inside of the gingerbread cake pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs one at a time; then mix in the molasses.
  4. Add half of the dry ingredients to the creamed butter and begin to incorporate them. Then, add the hot brewed coffee. Finally, mix in the other half of the dry ingredients until just combined. Pour into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a wood skewer inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Then, invert the pan onto a wire rack. Gently remove the cake from the pan and allow to cool completely.
  6. Once cool, level off the bottom of the cake with a serrated knife. Decorate with cream cheese frosting (tinted green), sugared cranberries, holiday frosting decorations, and a dusting of powdered sugar.
  7. Serve with additional cream cheese frosting, if desired.
Recipe Notes

Notes: This recipe fills one large gingerbread house cake pan.

You can get my recipe for My Favorite Cream Cheese Frosting HERE.

You can get my recipe for Sugared Cranberries HERE.

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This Gingerbread House Gingerbread Cake is the perfect holiday treat! #dessert #holiday #christmas #gingerbread #recipe

This delicious gingerbread cake, shaped like a gingerbread house, is as delicious as it is festive! For years I had wanted to make a gingerbread house during the holidays. I thought it would be the assembly-required kind, but then I stumbled across these Nordicware gingerbread house bundt pans. (You can find the large one HERE […]




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Painting my Living Room - Farrow & Ball Dimpse

There’s nothing like the upcoming holiday season to push house projects to the top of the list. Am I right? That’s why, after living in Bayberry House for four months, I finally decided to start painting.

As many folks know, I love dressing up my space for Christmas. Before the tree goes up, however, there are a few big things I want to accomplish. One of those projects was painting my main living room.

I’ll admit that the existing color was perfectly fine. It was a creamy beige that would probably work well with almost anything. But I prefer gray over beige.

Although I have bigger plans for this room down the road, including reworking the fireplace surround and mantel, I wanted to give it a fresh new look now so it felt a bit more like me. Since paint is the quickest fix, that’s where I decided to start.

I came across a color I liked on Pinterest. It’s Farrow and Ball’s Blackened. I have their fan deck of colors, and Blackened seemed to work well with the new pieces I’m planning to bring into the space. Being a bit lighter, the color will also brighten up the room.

Since I’m a Sherwin Williams loyalist, I had them match the color, and then I sampled it on my walls. Even though it didn’t have any blue tint in it, it felt blue on the wall. Wanting gray and not light blue, I decided to try another sample. I looked through the color deck again and chose Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse. This was a bit darker, and it appeared grayer to me. – I even did a few google searches to see what the color looked like on other people’s walls.

Once again, I had the color matched by Sherwin Williams and tried it in my living room. It was much better, but I still thought it felt kinda blue. After testing it in various parts of the room, I decided to forge ahead. (Spoiler alert: I should have trusted my “it’s still too blue” gut instinct.)

I finished painting on Saturday afternoon and, unfortunately, I’m just not feeling the results.

Painting my Living Room - Farrow & Ball Dimpse

I’m not sure how the color comes across here on the blog or on your screen. Because of lighting and different screen settings, it may not appear blue at all. However, in person, it looks like a soft baby blue.

And while Dimpse is a lovely color and I could make it work, baby blue walls are just not my jam for this space. I actually like it more in pictures, but less in real life.

Painting my Living Room - Farrow & Ball Dimpse

Painting my Living Room - Farrow & Ball Dimpse

I’m going to live with it for a few days and see how I’m feeling about it, but my gut tells me that I’ll be repainting it next week. Lol.

I don’t mind painting, and this room came together quickly. but I’m still kicking myself for not getting it right the first time. Still, it’s the first room I painted in the house so I’m allowing myself a bit of grace.

This is an excellent example of the importance of testing paint colors on your walls. You may love the color of a wall you see online, but because of light (or lack thereof), the color could look completely different in your home. I also believe that your house will reveal what colors it wants. Not in like a creepy, ghostly way, but it will be obvious when a color doesn’t work.

Painting my Living Room - Farrow & Ball Dimpse

I should note that the color from Sherwin Williams matches the Farrow & Ball color card perfectly according to my eyes. I did have them match a color for another project I’m working on, and the results were not as close. (This other color is much darker, so I assume that’s why it didn’t match as well.)

Anywho, that’s my painting adventure for the day. I’ll keep you posted on what I decide to do and how things work out. (I’ll talk to you more about my new cabinet and emerald chairs in another post. Stay tuned.)

In the meantime, I’d love to know what you think of the color or if you’ve had a similar painting “fail.” Decorating is an adventure, isn’t it?

There’s nothing like the upcoming holiday season to push house projects to the top of the list. Am I right? That’s why, after living in Bayberry House for four months, I finally decided to start painting. As many folks know, I love dressing up my space for Christmas. Before the tree goes up, however, there […]




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Christmas Ideas: Q&A

Last week on Instagram I asked for any Christmas ideas you’d like to see me explore on the blog this year. I appreciate your great suggestions so I’ve compiled a list to keep in mind as I plan holiday content for the upcoming season. I’ll try to create something for everyone. I promise!

I was pleased to see how many of your ideas have already been covered here on Inspired by Charm. IBC has been around for almost 10 years, and I know many of you have been following since the beginning. (Thank you!) Of course, some of you may have just found me last week. (Thank you, too!)

To specifically address your questions and remind you of some of the things I’ve done that may be useful to you during the 2018 holiday season, I thought I’d put together this post of Christmas ideas. Yes, the questions are from you. You asked. I answered.

I’m also aware that some long-time followers who are familiar with these posts may be looking for additional ideas in relation to these topics. I will be sure to consider that as I plan my upcoming holiday content.

One more thing, I realize it may seem early to be to talking about Christmas. If I wasn’t a blogger, the holidays probably wouldn’t be on my mind until after Thanksgiving. However, in the blogging world, the goal is to give you as many ideas as early as possible so you have time to find them and implement them if you’d like.

I will confess that I also believe people should be free to start celebrating whenever they’d like. We all need a little more joy in our lives, so if setting up your Christmas tree the day after Halloween makes you happy, please do!

With that said, it’s time to answer questions and share lots of Christmas ideas to give you a head start on the season.

Christmas Ideas: Q&A

Unique Ways to Decorate and Wrap Presents:
Wrapping presents might be one of my favorite things to do. Seriously. I love it. I’ve created several posts about wrapping Christmas gifts. You can find them below.

Gift Wrapping Ideas - Christmas Printable Gift Tags

You can be certain I’ll be posting more about this topic this year. It’s likely I’ll also design additional printable gift tags, although I still love the ones from last year.

 

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree:
After getting lots of requests for how to put ribbon on a Christmas tree, I created this post and video tutorial. Many readers told me it was helpful. With at least two trees planned for this coming Christmas, I intend to put together a tutorial on how to decorate a tree from concept to completion.

 

Different Ways to Decorate a Tree:
Speaking of Christmas trees, if you’ve followed Inspired by Charm for a while, you know that I change up my tree every year and usually decorate two trees. Over the years that adds up to a lot of Christmas tree ideas.

Adele Inspired Christmas Tree Decorations

I have written two posts where you can see most (if not all) of my Christmas trees. You can find them HERE and HERE. Although they may be a bit repetitive, hopefully, those posts offer inspiration to get your own creative juices flowing.

 

A Wreath Like This (Rainbow) Tree:
Several years ago I decorated this rainbow-inspired Christmas tree. Every year around this time, it shows up over on Pinterest. It was even featured by Martha Stewart. It’s still one of my favorite trees, and I will probably bring it back one year.

Rainbow Christmas Wreath

To answer your question, I did make a wreath to match the tree and shared the full tutorial. You can find that HERE. If rainbows aren’t your thing, I also made a red and green version HERE.

 

Mantel Decor Ideas:
You’d think I would have a plethora of Christmas mantel decorating ideas, but I honestly don’t have that many. With two mantels here at Bayberry House, my goal this year is to share a handful of ideas. However, I did create a post HERE which recaps of several ways I decorated my mantel for the holidays.

Rustic Modern Farmhouse Christmas Mantel Decor

 

Christmas Decor for Small Spaces:
Last year I decorated my apartment for Christmas. It was a pretty small space. Hopefully, that will offer inspiration for those of you in a similar situation. You can find my Christmas Apartment Tour HERE and a look at how I decorated my apartment bedroom HERE.

Modern Christmas Living Room Decorating Ideas

I think a lot of the ideas I share on IBC can be translated into a space of any size. You just have to get a bit more creative if you live in a small home.

 

Christmas Cocktail Ideas:
I love creating cocktail recipes. In fact, two of my holiday cocktail recipes are among the most popular posts on IBC. So many of you continue to love this Jingle Juice Holiday Punch (Only three ingredients are needed, and it tastes incredible!) and this Very Merry Ornamentini (The presentation alone makes it a winner!).

Very Merry Ornamentini Holiday Cocktail recipe

Last year, I put together a post that contains all of my holiday cocktail recipes. You can find that HERE. For these types of round-ups post, I typically go back and add to them as necessary. So it’s always good to revisit them as they are continually updated.

Favorite Christmas Music:
I love me some holiday music. During the past few years, I’ve put together a number of Christmas music playlists. I will link all of them below. I typically add to these playlists every year to keep them fresh and make them even longer. I also create a new playlist every year, so stay tuned for that.

My Ultimate Christmas Music Playlist

Inspired by Charm Holiday Playlists:

 

DIY for Christmas:
This is an excellent suggestion. I haven’t done oodles of Christmas DIY projects, so this is something I will keep in mind this year. However, as I think about what I might create, I’m trying to find the right balance between meaningful projects/crafts and things that just become clutter and junk. I do have a few ideas for this year. Fingers crossed they turn out as I envision.

 

In the meantime, you can find a few of my favorite Christmas DIY/Craft projects here:

DIY Colorful Wood Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas Home Tours:
This wasn’t a question, but I thought I’d take the time to link up all of my Christmas Home Tours here. After sharing holiday home tours for the past several years, I thought they might serve as inspiration for your holiday decorating. For some of you, these may be new, and for others, they might be a walk down memory lane.

Decorating, Not Food!:
I’ve always called Inspired by Charm a lifestyle blog. That means I offer a bit of everything: decorating, recipes, entertaining, DIY, travel, random life stories, etc. Of course, this may make things challenging for the IBC audience. Some of you have no interest in decorating, and some of you have no interest in cooking or baking. I get that. (Though, lots of you were asking for holiday-inspired recipes too!)

Festive Christmas Tree Cheese Ball appetizer recipe

Presenting a variety of content reflects my many interests, so that’s what I will probably continue to do. From the business side of things, recipes keep this blog alive. They tend to be what gets shared the most on social media. In fact, 27 of the top 30 posts in the past several years were recipes. Recipes are also cost-effective. I can pull together a recipe for $20 whereas a room makeover runs thousands.

If it’s any consolation to home decor lovers who read IBC, I think about the balance of content a lot. It’s my sincere aim to bring you as many ideas for your home as I can. My hope is that Bayberry House will provide much interior decor inspiration. And I’m confident it will. But as I mentioned in my post yesterday, it’s taking me longer than expected to feel the groove of my new space. I am focused on moving forward with the design and overjoyed to share my home’s decorative journey and the creative results.

With all of that said, there will be both recipes and decorating ideas for the holidays and beyond. No matter why you follow IBC, I hope my posts continue to inspire.

Christmas Ideas: Q&A Complete!

If I didn’t address your ideas or questions, I will do my best to cover them over the next couple of months. Developing Christmas content brings me joy, so I’m itching to get started. For anyone looking for even more Christmas ideas, you can find ALL of my holiday-related posts HERE.

In case there are other things you’d like to see this holiday season, please let me know in the comments below.

Last week on Instagram I asked for any Christmas ideas you’d like to see me explore on the blog this year. I appreciate your great suggestions so I’ve compiled a list to keep in mind as I plan holiday content for the upcoming season. I’ll try to create something for everyone. I promise! I was […]




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What's the Tea: Fall Update

Happy Almost-November, my friends! I don’t know about you, but I have NO idea where September and October went. It’s as if I blinked, and they were gone. Anyone else feeling the same?

It’s been a hot minute since I last checked in and chatted so I thought I’d do that today. And while I’m thinking about it, I’m also curious if you like these occasional personal posts, or if I should just stick to content. I’m always on the fence about writing these, so if you have a feeling either way, please let me know in the comments below.

And while you’re in the comments, I would LOVE to know if there is any specific thing you’d like me to blog about during the upcoming holiday season. I know it might seem a tad early, but my wheels are already turning. If you have any Christmas blog post requests, now is the time to let me know!

The “New” House
I think after this post I’m going to stop referring to Bayberry House as my “new” house. Lol. I’ve been here a little over four months now, and it’s been great. I still have moments when it doesn’t seem as if it’s “official” or actually my house, but I suppose that’s natural and that the house will feel more like mine as I continue to settle in and put my stamp on it.

Making progress with the decor has been much slower than I expected. I’m not sure why – fear of screwing something up, not being settled on a design direction, or my lack of inspiration? Nonetheless, I have pulled the trigger on a few things, including the purchase of new living room furniture and family room/den furniture. My hope is that the furniture will kick-start progress. With the holidays quickly approaching, I want things to begin feeling more like home.

In other news, I did have a larger electrical box installed. While the electricians were here, they also put in boxes for sconces in the family room and ran the cable line through the wall. (It had been strung across the floor near the baseboard.) I’ll probably write a separate post about that in the coming weeks.

What's the Tea: Fall Update

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I also had a bit of landscaping done in front of the house. It was a rather frustrating adventure so I haven’t shared much, but I’ll be working on a post about it ASAP.

What's the Tea: Fall Update

This past weekend I had my first indoor fire in the big fireplace. It was magical but smokier than I thought it should be. I’m having a chimney sweep come by next week to clean everything, make sure the fireplace is functioning properly, and give me a lesson on operating it correctly. I am so excited to have a wood-burning fireplace and will definitely be taking advantage of it on chilly evenings.

I’m still filled with great excitement and joy about this new home and what it will become. It’s just coming together a bit differently than I anticipated.

Kitchen Remodel
Since purchasing the house I have talked about wanting to start work on the kitchen, and in some ways I have. Because I have limited experience in kitchen planning, l decided to consult a designer. She has been fabulous, and I will be sharing more details about all of that soon. The new kitchen layout is designed, and we found a cabinet maker so progress is being made.

However, finding a general contractor has been more challenging. There is someone I’d like to work with, but he’s been very busy with another project. (I’m also not sure I can afford him since I’m still waiting on his bid.) My hope is that I’ll know more in a couple weeks. Once things are close to being finalized, I’ll share the process and details here on the blog. My guess is that if things do work out, nothing will start until December or January.

Watercolor Class
I also decided to sign up for a Watercolor Class this fall through my neighborhood’s adult education series. The class has met twice so far, and it’s been such fun. I took art and drawing classes in high school and college, but I haven’t done very much in that arena since then. It’s been great to flex those muscles again.

What's the Tea: Fall Update

What's the Tea: Fall Update

(The images above are just practice pieces, so please don’t judge me two harshly. And yes, the martini glass was inspired by my Halloween Recipe Card Printable!)

I’m not sure how or if it will translate to the blog. Maybe I’ll create a few printables for the blog. We’ll see! I’ve also signed up to take a general painting technique class at a local studio shortly after the watercolor class ends. Painting is definitely something I would like to continue to do.

How to Start a Blog
Every now and then folks ask me questions about how to start a blog, how to earn money from a blog, and so on. These are tough questions to answer as there is a lot involved. However, I finally have what I think is a good answer. My friend and fellow blogger Lisa from Farmhouse on Boone recently launched a blog course. In it, she starts a new blog and walks you through the process step-by-step. Lisa is an incredibly hard worker and dedicated blogger so I’m confident this course will rock. There is an initial investment, but if you are serious about starting a blog as a business and want to put in the time, this course may be for you. You can read more about the course here.

Current Favorites:

That wraps up the major updates, although I’m sure I’m missing something. I recently did a Q&A on my Instagram stories. You can follow along here. I’ll add the Q&A to my Instagram Highlights. Just in case you missed it, you’ll be able to find them there.

Before I go, here are a few of my current favorite things:

So excited to welcome these books to my collection:
Cook Like a Pro by Ina Garten
Make Something Good Today by Erin and Ben Napier
Living the Simply Luxurious Life – Shannon Ables
Cozy Minimalist Home – Myquillyn Smith (aka The Nester)

I’m also a big fan of new Christmas music. I’ve ordered Martina McBride and Ingrid Michaelson’s new Holiday albums.

This leaf blower is my favorite new tool. It’s light and powerful. I’ve used it almost every day this fall.

I’m obsessed with this collaboration between Brandi Carlile and Sam Smith. It’s so good! She’s one of my favorites.

You have to check out these adorable pillow decorations. What a fun way to change your throw pillows for the seasons!

Fellow Wicked fans, there is a TV special airing on Monday, October 29th on NBC celebrating the 15th anniversary of the musical. You can read more about it here.

Well, that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this short update. Have a fabulous week, everyone!

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Free Printable Recipe Cards for Halloween #printable #recipecard #halloween #printablerecipecards #spooky #haunted

These Printable Recipe Cards for Halloween are a perfectly ghoulish way to jot down your favorite tricks and treats for All Hallow’s Eve.

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These first few weeks of fall have flown by. I just realized Halloween is almost here, and I’ve yet to share my latest printable recipe cards! Well, I quickly photographed them, and I’m gifting them to you in this post.

It has been my pleasure to share free printable recipe cards with IBC readers for the past three years. This is the thirteen design I’ve created for these recipe card collections.

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Free Printable Recipe Cards for Halloween #printable #recipecard #halloween #printablerecipecards #spooky #haunted

You can find previous recipe cards below. All of them are available as a free download. You are welcome to print any or all of them.

I’m not sure why, but the two Halloween recipe cards I’ve shared are among my favorites. And although I realize you don’t truly NEED recipe cards for Halloween, they sure are fun to have on hand.

Halloween Printable Recipe Cards:

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I also think they could make a super cute favor for a Halloween party. Don’t you agree?

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Download Printable Halloween Recipe Cards Here:

You can access the download in the IBC Printable Library which can be found HERE.

If you’re new to Inspired by Charm, you can get instant access to this library by SUBSCRIBING HERE. Once subscribed, you will instantly receive an email that contains a link to this download.

Already a member of the IBC Mailing list? You can find the password to to access the library at the bottom of the latest email from Inspired by Charm.

As always, if you use any of my printables, I would love to see them! Be sure to share them on Instagram and tag @inspiredbycharm.

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Free Printable Recipe Cards for Halloween #printable #recipecard #halloween #printablerecipecards #spooky #haunted

Want more Halloween tricks and treats? These are some of my favorites:

I hope you enjoy using them as much as I enjoy creating them for you. Happy Halloween!

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Free Printable Recipe Cards for Halloween #printable #recipecard #halloween #printablerecipecards #spooky #haunted

These Printable Recipe Cards for Halloween are a perfectly ghoulish way to jot down your favorite tricks and treats for All Hallow’s Eve. These first few weeks of fall have flown by. I just realized Halloween is almost here, and I’ve yet to share my latest printable recipe cards! Well, I quickly photographed them, and […]




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Easy Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball appetizer recipe. #cheeseball #cheese #appetizer #snack #recipe #entertaining

Delicious and flavorful, this apple-shaped Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball recipe is the perfect fall appetizer recipe guaranteed to get a wow-worthy response.

Easy Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball appetizer recipe. #cheeseball #cheese #appetizer #snack #recipe #entertaining

Today’s recipe is this adorable and delicious Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball. I’m getting excited just writing that name!

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What makes this Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball extra special (beyond the fact that it’s a ball of cheese) is that it’s designed to resemble an apple. This fabulously simple idea will take your entertaining to the next level, and it’s sure to impress your guests.

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You might remember this idea as I originally shared it back in 2015. At the time I put two cheeseball recipes in one post, so I’m sharing again just to split up the two recipes. You can find the original post here.

How day you make an easy cheeseball?

In making this, I strongly recommend using freshly shredded cheese. As much as I love the convenience of the packaged variety, you can’t beat the flavor and texture of cheese you grate in your own kitchen.

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This Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball recipe is simple, elegant, and delicious. How can you go wrong with a ball of cheese?

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For this cheeseball recipe, I rolled the final ball of cheese into paprika and crushed pistachio for two unique colors and textures.

Serve it with crackers, toasted bread, or veggies plus your favorite wine. You’re ready for a party.

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If you liked this cheeseball recipe, you’ll love these too:

Happy Entertaining!

Cheddar and Bacon Cheeseball Recipe:

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Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball
Servings: 20 people   |   Prep Time: 20 mins
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Delicious and flavorful, this apple-shaped Cheddar Bacon Cheeseball recipe is the perfect fall appetizer recipe guaranteed to get a wow-worthy response.
Ingredients
  • 16 ounces extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup kalamata olives or pimiento-stuffed, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 8 slices bacon cooked until crispy and then crumbled
  • 1/3 cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup pistachio nuts* finely chopped*
  • 1 tablespoon paprika*
Instructions
  1. Using a hand mixer, combine the cheddar cheese, cream cheese, kalamata olives (or pimientos), apricot preserves, milk, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and about 1/2 of the bacon in a large bowl until smooth.
  2. Then shape the cheese mixture into 2 balls. Again, there is no need to be perfect here since apples aren't uniformly shaped. Make an indentation in the top of each with your thumb so the balls resemble apples. Chill them for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from the refrigerator and coat the cheese balls in the remaining chopped bacon and walnuts. (If preferred, the balls could instead be covered in pistachio nuts mixed with paprika.) 

  4. Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving. Insert a branch with leaves to resemble an apple stem.

Recipe Notes

*Optional, depending on preferred coating.

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*Originally published on September 15, 2015. Updated to create a post for each cheeseball base recipe. Original / additional cheeseball recipe can be found here.

 

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Skeleton Inspired Halloween Mantel Decor Ideas #halloween #decor #decorations #spooky #skeleton #mantel

Simple, creative, and spooky Halloween mantel decor ideas to add a haunt to your home. That what’s in store for you today!

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With Halloween a mere two weeks away, I’m making every effort to share additional tricks for celebrating All Hallow’s Eve in style. (You can find more of my Halloween ideas here.) This past week, I decided to focus on Halloween mantel decor and dress up my fireplace. I’m so excited to share that with you today.

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Halloween Mantel Decor Ideas:

This is the first time I’ve decorated one of the mantels in my Pittsburgh house with such intention, and I think it turned out pretty cute …. er, creepy!

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The direction for this Halloween mantel decor was inspired by skeletons, skulls, and bones. In fact, the skeleton hands that I got from Grandin Road were the main inspiration for the entire look.

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Bone Chilling Halloween Mantel Decor Ideas #halloween #decor #decorations #spooky #skeleton #mantel

From there, I used lots of things I already had on hand. (If you saw my Spooky Chic Halloween Table, a few of the accessories might look familiar.)

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I think the skeleton hands stole the show, however. Created to look like a peace sign, thumbs up, and a hand heart, they actually make skeletons look cool and cute.

I also love this thick rope corded cage light I found at HomeGoods. The light is functional so I often turn it on at night. However, I opted to keep it off during the photo session to keep the glow from being a distraction.

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Skeleton Inspired Halloween Mantel Decor Ideas #halloween #decor #decorations #spooky #skeleton #mantel

Some books bring in height and a few of my Plush Pumpkins gave a pop of color and a fall feel.

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Spider Web Halloween Mantel Decor Ideas:

To finish off the mantel, I covered everything with inexpensive faux spider webs. This is an easy and cost-effective way to make something feel old and eerie.

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With a few of the skull candles lit, the effect is truly sinister.

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Halloween Mantel Decor Ideas to Die for #halloween #decor #decorations #spooky #skeleton #mantel

I also decided to decorate the bar cart, which I had recently added to this space. (This is the bar cart I purchased.) Since this is the room where people tend to gather, I thought it was the perfect place to serve drinks.

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Halloween Bar Cart and Mantel Decor Ideas to Die for #halloween #decor #decorations #spooky #skeleton #mantel

To dress up the cart for Halloween, I used creepy cat eyeballs. These are from Grandin Road. They are a new variation on the ones I used last year to style my Halloween dining table.

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I also love these pumpkin juice bottles and insect plates. Aren’t they the epitome of spooky chic?

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Halloween Bar Cart and Mantel Decor Ideas to Die for #halloween #decor #decorations #spooky #skeleton #mantel

Additional Family Room Sources:

With that, I’d say the family room is ready for the season. What do you think?

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Skeleton Inspired Halloween Mantel Decor Ideas #halloween #decor #decorations #spooky #skeleton #mantel

I hope you enjoyed this look at my Halloween mantel decor and picked up a few ideas to decorate your own home for the upcoming holiday.

Want more Halloween tricks and treats? These are some of my favorites:

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The BEST Hot Apple Cider / Mulled Apple Cider #mulled #hot #applecider #fall #cocktail #recipe

Hot Apple Cider (also known as Mulled Apple Cider) is a delicious beverage to serve during the fall. Often made with fragrant and flavorful seasonal spices, it’s sure to warm you up from the inside out.

‘Tis the season for Hot Apple Cider! One of the yummy tastes and aromas of autumn is a batch of Mulled Apple Cider warming in a slow cooker or saucepan.

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To follow up yesterday’s post on putting together your own mulling spices, today I’m going to give you the rundown on making Mulled Apple Cider. It’s easier than you think, and the result is a warm cup of the flavors of fall!

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Let’s get to it!

How do you warm up apple cider?

I recommend using a heavy saucepan on the stove or a slow cooker.

If you’re looking to make plain hot apple cider, just pour the apple cider in the vessel you’ve chosen. If you’d like, you can toss in sliced apples to dress it up.

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The BEST Hot Apple Cider / Mulled Apple Cider #mulled #hot #applecider #fall #cocktail #recipe

Also, when you’re serving your hot apple cider, be certain your mug is designed to hold hot beverages. A coffee mug or glass tea mug works well.

How do you make Mulled Apple Cider?

When it comes to hot apple cider, many people like to add spices for seasonal flavor and flair. That’s where mulling spices come in handy. I wrote all about mulling spices here and shared my recipe so you can make them at home.

They are a blend of seasonal spices, such as cinnamon, clove, allspice, and orange zest, which are used to add flavor to things like apple cider, mulled wine, and seasonal baked dishes.

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The BEST Hot Apple Cider / Mulled Apple Cider #mulled #hot #applecider #fall #cocktail #recipe

To make Mulled Apple Cider, you place these mulling spices in the cider while it is warming up. This will give the cider a wonderful depth of flavor.

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Mulling spices are simple to pull together or you can pick up packets of them at the store. If you don’t have mulling spices, you can still make your hot apple cider a bit more special by just adding apple and orange slices, plus a few cinnamon sticks.

I promise those simple additions will amp up the flavor.

Is Hot Apple Cider Alcoholic?

Yes and no. You can serve hot apple cider with or without alcohol. I recommend warming your fresh apple cider without adding any alcohol to it. (Warming hard cider or cider mixed with alcohol is likely to burn off the alcohol, which sort of defeats the purpose of it.)

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How to make Hot Apple Cider / Mulled Apple Cider #mulled #hot #applecider #fall #recipe

When it comes time to serve the Mulled Cider, have bottles of a few complementary alcohols nearby. Then you or your guests can add whatever you’d like to turn that Hot Apple Cider into a cocktail.

What kind of alcohol goes in hot apple cider?

You can use whatever liquor you prefer. However, the most common ones for hot apple cider seem to be bourbon, brandy, spiced rum, and tequila. Personally, I like bourbon. Four Roses has become my go-to recently.

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The BEST Hot Apple Cider / Mulled Apple Cider #mulled #hot #applecider #fall #cocktail #recipe

If none of those strike your fancy, I think a caramel vodka would be delightful, too!

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With all of that information, I think you’re ready to serve up this delicious fall beverage whatever way YOU like it!

So whether you serve plain Hot Apple Cider or get spicy with Mulled Apple Cider, enjoy a cup as we toast the beauty of autumn!

Hot Apple Cider (Mulled Apple Cider)
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Hot Apple Cider (also known as Mulled Apple Cider) is a delicious beverage to serve during the fall. Often made with fragrant and flavorful seasonal spices, it's sure to warm you up from the inside out.
Ingredients
  • 1/2 gallon fresh apple cider
  • 2 tablespoons mulling spices
  • apple slices, orange slices, and cinnamon sticks for garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour fresh apple cider in a heavy-bottom saucepan (or slow cooker) and set on medium-high heat.
  2. Place your mulling spices in a fabric bag and toss it into your pot. Stir occasionally, squeezing the bag of spices with a spoon like you would a tea bag.
  3. Heat the cider until it is hot and flavorful; then set the temperature on warm.
  4. Optional: Garnish the pot with apple and orange slices. Serve in a mug, garnished with a cinnamon stick.

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Hot Apple Cider (also known as Mulled Apple Cider) is a delicious beverage to serve during the fall. Often made with fragrant and flavorful seasonal spices, it’s sure to warm you up from the inside out. ‘Tis the season for Hot Apple Cider! One of the yummy tastes and aromas of autumn is a batch […]




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Homemade Mulling Spices for Apple Cider and Mulled Wine #mullingspices #applecider #mulled #cocktail #cider #recipe

Made with a blend of fragrant spices, including cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and orange zest, mulling spices are an easy way to add seasonal flavor to apple cider, mulled wine, and more!

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Yes, my friends, today I’m teaching you how to make homemade mulling spices.

I’m a tad embarrassed to admit that until a few months ago it had never occurred to me I could make my own mulling spices. For some reason, I just assumed you had to buy them as a mix from the store.

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That is not the case, of course, and I’m excited to show you how easy it is to blend your own. I’m especially giddy because now is an opportune time to make mulling spices.

As the temperatures decrease this fall and the holiday season starts, you’ll find so many uses for them.

What are mulling spices used for?

Mulling spices have a variety of uses. They are probably best known as a seasonal flavor addition for hot apple cider. They can also be used to make mulled wine. (You can find my Mulled Apple Cider recipe here and Mulled Wine recipe here.)

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Homemade Mulling Spices for Apple Cider and Mulled Wine #mullingspices #applecider #mulled #cocktail #cider #recipe

Mulling spices can likewise be ground (or pulverized in a coffee grinder) and used in place of spices in baking. They would make a lovely substitute for pumpkin pie or apple pie spice. You could even add the ground spice mix to your pancake or waffle batter for Thanksgiving or Christmas breakfast!

Besides those uses, you can put them in your tea or coffee for an extra flavor kick. Some folks like to add them to the brine for turkey and chicken.

Mulling spices also make an excellent gift. – Who knew there were so many ways to use them?

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What are the ingredients in mulling spices?

After doing a lot of research, I learned that the ingredients can vary quite a bit. However, every recipe I found included the following:

From there, mulling spices can be customized with one or more of the following:

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How to make Homemade Mulling Spices. #applecider #mullingspices #mulledwine #mulledcider #recipe #fall

For my recipe, which you will find below, I went with the traditional ingredients plus cardamom pods and peppercorns.

I purchased all of my supplies (including the jars) on Amazon. Everything is linked in the ingredient list above. You can find the jars here and here.

Homemade Mulling Spices

Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, just place them in a bowl and mix well.

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A couple things to note:

1) To break up the cinnamon sticks, place them in a large zipper-top plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin or heavy skillet.

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2) The dried orange zest will tend to settle at the bottom of the bowl. As you portion out the mulling spices into containers, keep mixing the ingredients.

If there is any orange zest leftover in the bowl, divide it evenly among the jars.

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I decided to put the mulling spices I made into small jars so I can share them with friends and use them as holiday gifts.

If you’re just making the spices for yourself, you can scale back the recipe to suit your needs.

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You can find all the details on how I make my Mulled Apple Cider here, but generally speaking, you’ll want to add about 2 tablespoons of mulling spices per 1/2 gallon of apple cider. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.

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I recommend picking up some of these bags to hold the mulling spices when you add them to cider or wine.

This will eliminate the need to later strain out the cloves, bits of cinnamon, and other ingredients. (It’s almost like having a mulling spice tea bag!)

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After seeing what I did and how easy this recipe for Homemade Mulling Spices is, I hope you’ll try making your own.

Stay tuned as I’ll be passing along more creative uses for mulling spices over the coming months.

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Homemade Mulling Spices
Servings: 15 (5-ounce) jars   |   Prep Time: 10 mins
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Made with a blend of fragrant spices, including cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and orange zest, mulling spices are an easy way to add seasonal flavor to apple cider and mulled wine.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cinnamon sticks crushed
  • 2 cups whole cloves
  • 2 cups allspice berries
  • 1 1/2 cups dried orange zest
  • 1 cup cardamom pods
  • 1/2 cup peppercorns
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and stir to combine.
  2. Divide evenly into sealable jars. Store sealed up to one year.
Recipe Notes

I divided my mulling spices into smaller jars so I can gift them to others. If you're just making the spices for yourself, you can cut back the amounts to suit your needs.

For serving: 2 tablespoons of mulling spice per 1/2 gallon of apple cider or wine

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Made with a blend of fragrant spices, including cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and orange zest, mulling spices are an easy way to add seasonal flavor to apple cider, mulled wine, and more! Yes, my friends, today I’m teaching you how to make homemade mulling spices. I’m a tad embarrassed to admit that until a few months […]




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How to create and style an easy Halloween flower arrangement. #halloween #flowers #entertaining #party #tablescape

Are you wanting to make a spooky chic Halloween flower arrangement? This post is filled with ideas and tips for doing just that.

Last week I was excited to show you my spooky chic tablescape. That post was super long, so I couldn’t give you many details about the Halloween floral arrangement in the center of the table. That’s why I’m back today to break it down for you.

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In case you missed that post, here’s what the full centerpiece looked like:

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Lovely, but a little creepy, right? That was the goal!

DIY Halloween Flower Arrangement:

The inspiration for the arrangement came from this test tube vase I picked up at HomeGoods. I found it outside the Halloween section, but it works great for this application.

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How to create and style an easy Halloween flower arrangement. #halloween #flowers #entertaining #party #tablescape

When I went shopping for flowers, I stopped at two places: Whole Foods and Michaels Craft Store.

Other than the farmers market, Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are my go-to places for inexpensive flowers. For this arrangement, I wanted flowers that had deep colors, an odd shape, or a creepy look.

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I ended up with almost-black calla lilies, some burgundy flowers (I don’t know their name.), and seeded eucalyptus.

To add a bit more spook to the centerpiece, I also picked up feathers and a set of skeleton hands at Michaels.

Now let’s get to flower arranging!

How to Create a Halloween Flower Arrangement:

When I’m doing arrangements, I usually like to start with the greens. After filling the tubes with water, I tucked in some of the seeded eucalyptus followed by the calla lilies.

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How to create and style an easy Halloween flower arrangement. #halloween #flowers #entertaining #party #tablescape

From there, I put in feathers for height and texture and then arranged the burgundy flowers. The final touch was the skeleton hands. They are on wire picks so it was easy to insert them in the vase. (Of course, you could also easily attach a wire pick to any skeleton hand or bone.)

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How to create and style an easy Halloween flower arrangement. #halloween #flowers #entertaining #party #tablescape

And with that, my arrangement was complete.

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I think the centerpiece works well with the tablescape and adds just the right amount of color. To tie it in with the rest of the dining room, I decided to display an orchid on the sideboard.

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Ideas and Inspiration for Spooky Chic Halloween Table Decorations #halloween #decorations #decor #spooky #tablescape

Orchids are another fabulous option for a Halloween flower arrangement if you’re not comfortable arranging fresh flowers.

Want more Halloween tricks and treats? These are some of my favorites:

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I hope you enjoyed this closer look at how my Halloween flower arrangement came together. What other tips do you have for creating a creepy centerpiece?

Happy Haunting!

Are you wanting to make a spooky chic Halloween flower arrangement? This post is filled with ideas and tips for doing just that. Last week I was excited to show you my spooky chic tablescape. That post was super long, so I couldn’t give you many details about the Halloween floral arrangement in the center […]




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