Blackberry Banana Muffins with Oat Topping #breakfast #muffin #banana #blackberries #recipe

Topped with oats, these Blackberry Banana Muffins are a delicious start to your day or the perfect afternoon pick-me-up when paired with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

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Blackberry Banana Muffins:

I don’t know about you, but for me, nothing beats coffee and pastry first thing in the morning. If my waistline or metabolism allowed it, I’d eat that for breakfast every day. And you can bet these Blackberry Banana Muffins would be part of the pastry rotation.

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How to Make Blackberry Banana Muffins:

Somehow, I ended up with a bunch of extra bananas that were a little too ripe for my liking. (Does anyone else prefer a slightly green banana?) And since I also had a large container of fresh blackberries from Trader Joe’s, I decided to whip up a batch of Blackberry Banana Muffins.

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I topped the muffins with a sprinkling of old-fashioned rolled oats, and boy are they delicious!

I’m not going to claim they are “healthy,” but loaded with bananas, berries, oats, flaxseed, and honey, I don’t think they all that bad. If you wanted to up the health factor even more, you could cut out the 1/3 cup of sugar and use whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour.

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No matter how you decide to make these Blackberry Banana Muffins up, you are sure to enjoy this recipe.

You may be wondering about serving them. They are fabulous plain. However, I enjoyed my muffins served warm with almond butter.

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What a delightful combination of flavors! I’ve been especially enjoying this Almond Butter with Honey. Yummy!

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Blackberry Banana Muffins with Oat Topping #breakfast #muffin #banana #blackberries #recipe

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And because I know someone will ask, I found the fancy bakery-style muffin liners here. They work well and make these muffins feel extra special.

If you like this muffin recipe, you’ll love these:

Enjoy the recipe and happy baking!

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Blackberry Banana Muffins
Servings: 20 muffins   |   Prep Time: 15 mins   |   Cook Time: 30 mins   |   Total Time: 45 mins
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Topped with oats, these Blackberry Banana Muffins are a delicious start to your day or the perfect afternoon pick-me-up when paired with a hot cup of coffee or tea.
Ingredients
  • 6 ripe medium-sized bananas
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (plus 1/4 cup for garnish)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin pans with baking cups and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork or electric mixer. Add the honey, butter, flaxseed, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add this mixture of dry ingredients to the wet ones and mix until almost incorporated. Then fold in the blackberries.
  4. Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle each with additional oats.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes or until the tops start to brown and a toothpick inserted near the center comes outs clean. When perfectly done, remove the muffins from the oven. Allow the muffins to rest in the pans for 5-8 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Last week I posted a Q&A on my Instagram stories and received a lot of great ideas for blog post topics. One of the most requested was information on home projects I plan to complete this year.

I love this topic because I had not yet sat down and listed out projects I want to do in my home in 2019. While I have a mess of ideas in my head, I just hadn’t put pen to paper (or in this case, fingers to keyboard) until now.

As I compiled this list, I realized there’s so much I’d like to do. This list is a bit ambitious, and I realize that due to time and money, not all of these projects may come to fruition in 2019. Still, I figured it’s good to dream big.

I also included a few items at the end of this post that detail other things I’d like to tackle if funds and time permit. So, without further ado, these are my 2019 Bayberry House Projects!

KITCHEN RENOVATION:

Okay, this is the big one. And if I just complete this major project in 2019, I’ll be satisfied. In the next couple of weeks, I’d like to have a tentative timeline for this project. My hope is that work will begin by March.

Naturally, I will be sharing updates throughout the project. I intend to do a before post soon as well as a post that outlines my plans and shows the new layout. In a nutshell, the kitchen will be gutted. That means installing new flooring, cabinets, lighting, appliances, and windows, tearing out a portion of a wall, and making a lot of other changes. Yes, it’s a huge project.

Home Improvement Projects at #BayberryHouse

As a result of the Kitchen Renovation …

Since the kitchen is connected to several other rooms on the first floor, I’ve decided to tackle a few more projects during the renovation. Some are necessary and some are just easier to do while things are already being disturbed. These projects include …

Powder Room Renovation

I currently have a full bathroom (with a shower) on the first floor. This will be converted into a smaller powder room and pantry.

Replace French Doors with Windows

I love my dining room, but it’s a dark space with only a set of French doors to the outside. The plan is to put in 2 or 3 new windows on one wall and replace the French doors. This will bring in a lot of light to the dining room and the adjacent kitchen.

Replace Entryway Floors and Refinish First Floor Hardwood Floors

I will be extending the wood floors from my living room, dining room, and family room into the entryway and kitchen. Currently, the entryway floor is slate, and although it doesn’t show in the photos, the slate is damaged, plus there is paint spatter and crumbling grout.

New hardwoods will be installed in the kitchen and entryway, and then all the hardwoods in the downstairs will be refinished to match.

This refinishing project will include the entryway stairs and banister leading to the second floor.

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

Replace Entryway Closet

During all of this, I also want to rip out the closet in the entryway to open up this area. I will still need storage space for coats, a vacuum cleaner, and a few small outdoor items, so I plan to install custom cabinetry down the road. It just makes sense to take the closet out now so new hardwood flooring can be installed there as well.

Well, that’s it for the kitchen remodel sub-projects. It wasn’t my intent to take on so much while redoing the kitchen, but given that the kitchen touches these areas, I don’t have much choice.

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

OTHER PROJECTS:

Create a Planting Garden

I had big plans last fall to put in a planting garden for vegetables. This sounds like a fairly simple project, but we have a sizable deer population in my neighborhood so creating a garden entails more than building a couple raised beds. Everything needs to be enclosed to protect the plants from being destroyed by the deer.

I was working with a landscape business that I had hoped could help bring my vision to life. Unfortunately, I was extremely disappointed with the work the company completed, so now I need to find another landscaper and start from the beginning.

Needless to say, I’m still trying to figure this one out. At the very least, I can create a small informal garden on my own and enclose it with nets, if needed. I would just love to be able to plant a few veggies!

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Paint and Decorate Bedrooms and Office

In general, I’d like to get everything painted on my second floor and start decorating it. I haven’t done much in any of my bedrooms or my office, and it’s starting to drive me bananas. As may remember, I sold my last house complete with furnishings, so that means I don’t have beds, dressers, side tables, and the like. A blessing and a curse, I suppose.

What is holding me up is that I have bigger plans for these spaces: built-ins in the office and master bedroom, major bathroom remodels, and more. However, I don’t know when those things will happen. Therefore, I need to forge ahead in a smart way. At the very least, I want to get everything painted, pick out furnishings and curtains, and update light fixtures.

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Fix Exterior Chimney

You may have noticed in some of the photos of my home’s exterior that there are problematic bricks. I’m not sure what’s going on, but a few bricks here and there (mostly on one of my chimneys) are crumbling away. I need to get this situation checked out and have the brickwork repaired and repainted.

Since new window openings are part of the kitchen remodel, I might need to repaint the brick portion of my house. However, I’m hoping a few touch ups will suffice for now until I’m ready to replace the siding.

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Create a Molding Plan

Now I know this sounds totally strange, but I love interior moldings and want to figure out a plan for this house. I want everything to be consistent and coordinated, so I need to formulate a plan and select go-to moldings that I can use throughout the house.

My thoughts are that this will come together nicely when I do over the kitchen as a lot of molding decisions will need to be made there.

Landscape Project

As I mentioned in a post last week, I hope to tackle a small landscaping project every year. I haven’t decided which project I’m going to do this year, but first I need to find a new and fabulous landscaper so we can figure out something together.

I do know that a few more trees need to come down. This is usually expensive since the trees are quite tall, so I want to do a little every year to keep costs more manageable.

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Other Possible Projects:
Replace Upstairs Windows
Upgrade Front Porch
Build Outdoor Storage Shed
Update Living Room Built-ins
Change Living Room Fireplace to Gas

And that’s it. Quite a list, right?

While I’m both excited and overwhelmed, I know many of these changes will help me feel more at home in Bayberry House. I’m also looking forward to sharing my adventure with all of you!

I hope you enjoyed this look at my plans for the new year, especially if you’re one of the folks who requested this information. If you have more questions, please let me know in the comments below.

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Trader Joe's Pancake Bread Recipe #pancake #bread #quickbread #cinnamon #maple #recipe #traderjoes

There’s a new bread in town: Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread. After sampling it, I’m sharing my version of Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread Recipe.

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On Tuesday I stopped by Trader Joe’s to get my weekly haul. Even though I’m trying to be more mindful of the sweets I eat, I couldn’t pass up their new “Pancake Bread.” – Who doesn’t love bread with a cinnamon and sugar top crust?

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After dinner that evening, I decided to enjoy a piece, and it tasted oddly familiar in the most wonderful way! I was instantly reminded of my own Cinnamon Sour Cream Bread!

Traders Joe’s Pancake Bread:

So I did a quick google search to see if I could find a recipe. Nothing came up except lots of reviews and hype for this new sweet treat. Finding no recipe online but already having a recipe that’s pretty similar in taste, I thought I’d try my hand at copying the Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread.

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Before I get to my recipe, I need to share a few notes. Although Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread is absolutely delicious (I could have eaten the entire loaf in one sitting.), I didn’t think it tasted much like pancakes. I did pick up notes of maple and buttermilk, but if I were blindfolded, I don’t think pancakes would come to mind. I think it’s mostly clever marketing, but it certainly worked on me.

Another note about Trader Joe’s version: I found it a bit challenging to get the bread out of the cardboard pan. That kind of baking pan always makes it a bit tricky to cut nice-looking slices.

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A final note: Let me reiterate how tasty Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread is. Given how closely it matches the flavor of my ultimate quick bread, I heartily recommend it and am excited to share my copycat version of the recipe.

So, how do you make Traders Joe’s Pancake Bread?

Since this is a quick bread, it’s easy to prepare. Mix the wet and dry ingredients separately, and then combine them.

To give the bread a maple flavor that is quintessential of pancakes, I recommend using high-quality pure maple syrup. My favorite is from Finding Home Farms.

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As I mentioned, the Trader Joe’s version contained buttermilk. I used sour cream instead because that’s what’s called for in my quick bread recipe. Since buttermilk is just sour milk and milk is cream, it works!

When everything is mixed together, spread it into a greased and floured loaf pan and then top it with a combination of sugar, flour, and cinnamon.

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And that’s it! Pop it into the oven for about an hour and your delicious Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread Recipe (Copycat) is complete.

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I prefer my bread, but the two versions taste quite similar. Again, buttermilk pancakes? Maybe. Delicious? Definitely.

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I like to serve this bread with just a thin layer of butter. Perfection! However, I couldn’t resist styling a few slices drizzled with maple syrup. It’s not necessary, but you could certainly add a drizzle of maple syrup if you like.

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If you liked this Pancake Bread, you’ll love these recipes too:

Have you had a chance to sample the new Traders Joe’s Pancake Bread? If so, give this recipe a try and let me know how I did. If you haven’t, save yourself a few bucks and make this version at home. Enjoy!

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Traders Joe’s Pancake Bread Recipe (Copycat):

Traders Joe's Pancake Bread Recipe (Copycat)
  |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 1 hr   |   Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
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There's a new bread in town: Trader Joe's Pancake Bread. After sampling it, I'm sharing my version of Trader Joe's Pancake Bread Recipe.
Ingredients
Bread:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Topping:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9x5-inch loaf pan; set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, prepare the topping by whisking together the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Then, for the bread, in a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  4. In a medium size bowl, with a handheld (or electric mixer) beat the softened butter about three minutes until it's light and airy. Add the sugar and beat about four minutes until it's well incorporated. Next, add the eggs one at a time, mixing in the first one before adding the second. Finally, beat in the pure maple syrup, sour cream, and the vanilla.
  5. Now gently incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry. Mix until just combined, being careful not to overmix. The final mixture will be more the consistency of dough rather than runny like cake batter.
  6. Spread the mixture into your prepared loaf pan.
  7. Finally, sprinkle the flour, sugar, and cinnamon mixture evenly over the top of the loaf.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes. The loaf is done when a toothpick (or wood skewer) inserted near the center comes out clean.
  9. Allow the loaf to cool in the pan for about 20 minutes. Gently run a butter knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the loaf. Remove the loaf from the pan to finish cooling.

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There’s a new bread in town: Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread. After sampling it, I’m sharing my version of Trader Joe’s Pancake Bread Recipe. On Tuesday I stopped by Trader Joe’s to get my weekly haul. Even though I’m trying to be more mindful of the sweets I eat, I couldn’t pass up their new “Pancake […]




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Sour Patch Kids Valentine's Day Cookies #valentinesday #cookies #sourpatchkids #sugarcookie #recipe

These Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies are a fun, unique, and tasty treat to bake for Valentine’s Day.

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Yes, my friends, ’tis the season for sweet treats, chocolates, and all things red and pink. I’m excited to kick off another holiday here on IBC with these Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies! (Oh, and be sure to check out more of my Valentine’s Day treats here.)

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About now I’m guessing you might be thinking, “Wow, those sound interesting!” or “Michael, you’ve lost it. Gross!”

<h2>So how do you make these Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies?</h2>

Well, I’m here to tell you that these unique Valentine’s Day cookies are crazy delicious. I never would have thought to put sour gummy candies in sugar cookies, but the combination totally works.

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I got this idea from my internet friend Kathy of Mama Kat’s Losin It. She has a YouTube channel that I thoroughly enjoy. (You can check it out and subscribe here.)

She’s started a weekly series in which she’s baking/cooking the recipes she finds on the back of products from the grocery store. Someone suggested that she try these Sour Patch Kids Sugar Cookies, and after watching her video, I was intrigued. She certainly lured me into making them, and I’m so glad she did!

(Also, speaking of Kathy, take a look at this video of her niece cracking eggs. It’s adorable!! She made it at my request, and I couldn’t be more grateful. It’s pure joy!)

Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies?

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Well, they are pretty simple. All you need is sugar cookie dough and Sour Patch Kids candy. Since it’s almost Valentine’s Day, I opted to use the heart-shaped candies, but any shape or variety will do.

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I also decided to make my own sugar cookie dough, which is below. You can use that recipe, get a bag mix like Kathy did, or mix up your family’s favorite sugar cookie recipe.

The sugar cookie dough I made is a tad different from my go-to sugar cookie recipe. It’s a softer and lighter, making it ideal for a drop sugar cookie.

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Once your dough is ready, just mix in a few cups of the Sour Patch Kids candies.

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I found that a 1 1/2-inch ball of dough flattened with my hand before baking makes a nice sized cookie.

I also saved a few of the gummy candies to place on top of each cookie before baking. They give a sneak peek as to what’s inside the cookies, but they’re optional.

What you get is a soft cookie packed with fruit-flavored gummy candy. As you mix in the candy, some of the sour sugar comes off into the batter making for a unique and tasty flavor.

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Also, the candy does soften a bit the cookies bake, so you won’t be biting into a hard gummy candy. I especially love these cookies when they are still warm because the candy is extra soft. However, they are equally tasty when cool.

So what do you think? Will you give these cookies a try? If you do, let me know what you think!

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Thanks again to Kathy for inspiring this recipe!

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If you liked this Valentine’s Day treat, you’ll love these:

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Sour Patch Kids Valentine’s Day Cookies Recipe:

Sour Patch Kids Valentine's Day Cookies
Servings: 4 dozen   |   Prep Time: 20 mins   |   Cook Time: 10 mins   |   Total Time: 30 mins
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These Sour Patch Kids Valentine's Day Cookies are a fun, unique, and tasty treat to bake for Valentine's Day.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups Sour Patch Kids* divided
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, oil, sugar, and confectioners' sugar using a hand or stand mixer. Beat in the eggs one at a time until smooth; then beat in the vanilla.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, and kosher salt. Add all of this to the creamed mixture and mix until almost combined. Then add 2 3/4 cups of the Sour Patch Kids and gently mix to evenly distribute them.
  3. Roll the dough into 1 1/2-inch balls and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Flatten each ball by pressing it with your hand. If desired, add an extra Sour Patch Kid to the top of each cookie.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly browned. Place cookies on wire racks to cool. Pack and store in an airtight container.
Recipe Notes

*I used the heart-shaped candies for Valentine's Day, but any variety will work.

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Front Yard Landscaping: The Before #landscaping #frontyard #exterior

It seems appropriate to share progress on my front yard landscaping while it’s currently covered under a couple of inches of snow, right? Have no fear, though, I took pictures at the start and end of the project. It’s just taken me a bit longer than anticipated to share them here.

As many of you know, I purchased my current home last June. One of the projects on my list of home improvements was work on the yard. There are two acres of land, and it seems to have been neglected for several years, so I’m excited to give it some attention.

The first area I wanted to tackle was this grove of trees in front of my house.

Front Yard Landscaping: The Before #landscaping #frontyard #exterior

Front Yard Landscaping: The Before #landscaping #frontyard #exterior

While the grouping of trees provided privacy and shade, the planting bed was a bit out of control.

The trees that were planted there were not the prettiest, plus they were being taken over with vines. So much so that several of the trees were dead. I also use the term “planted” loosely. My guess is that these trees were volunteers, so the spacing of them was not ideal. In addition to all of that, there were lots of random trees, bushes, and weeds popping up in the ground cover below the trees. As you can imagine, everything needed to go for a fresh start.

Front Yard Landscaping: The Before #landscaping #frontyard #exterior

I hired a local tree trimming service to cut down the trees and remove the stumps since this was work I wasn’t equipped to tackle.

In the span of an afternoon, everything was cleared. I even had them cut down a couple other dead and oddly placed trees on this end of the property.

Front Yard Landscaping: The Before #landscaping #frontyard #exterior

I would have had a few more trees removed, but in my borough, there is a limit as to how many trees you can cut down at once. Also, removal of any tree with a diameter larger than 6 inches must have borough approval. It’s a bit annoying, but I appreciate that this is necessary to maintain the lush and forest-like feel of the area.

Front Yard Landscaping: The Before #landscaping #frontyard #exterior

Front Yard Landscaping: The Before #landscaping #frontyard #exterior

With tree removal complete, I worked with a local landscaper to develop a plan to take this empty and awkward planting bed from blah to beautiful.

And yes, I realize things don’t look that great now. I think this is one of those “It gets worse before it gets better” situations.

I did a bit of research and found a great company that I was excited about using to help me tackle the whole yard. I thought if I could have them do a portion each year along with a few projects on my own, Bayberry House would soon be looking more manicured and loved.

After talking about my goals for the property, picking plants, and deciding on a layout for the new bed, a date was set for installation.

And since this is just the “before” post, I think I’ll end it here.

I’ll pop back in and give you a look at the finished project in the coming days. Stay tuned! Until then, I hope you enjoyed this look at my front yard landscaping project in the middle of winter!

It seems appropriate to share progress on my front yard landscaping while it’s currently covered under a couple of inches of snow, right? Have no fear, though, I took pictures at the start and end of the project. It’s just taken me a bit longer than anticipated to share them here. As many of you […]




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Happy 2019!!

It always amazes me how quickly the holidays go by. One minute I’m shopping, wrapping, baking, and wondering how I’ll get it all done, and the next minute it’s over, and life goes back to “normal.”

I usually need a little break after the holidays. As you know, it’s a busy season in general, but it’s an especially busy time for the blog. This year I had every intention of just chugging right along from Christmas into 2019, but that didn’t happen. Instead, I opted for some downtime and a computer/internet break, and it’s been great!

If you’ve been following along for a while, you know that 2018 was another memorable year on the homefront. I’d call it a year of transition. So when I recently saw this on social media, it resonated with me:

2017 – Caterpillar
2018 – Crysalis
2019 – Butterfly

At the start of 2018, I was living in an apartment in Pittsburgh while still maintaining my home of 10 years in St Marys. During this time I was also house hunting in Pittsburgh. By June I had sold my previous home, moved out of it and my apartment, packed up what was in two storage units, and finally settled into my current home, Bayberry House.

I had hoped to make a lot more progress in my new place during the second half of 2018, but things are taking more time, energy, and money than I planned. My accomplishments to date: improved the landscaping near my house (details on that soon), got a new roof, furnished my first-floor living spaces, painted my living room and entryway, had my floors refinished, and completed lots of smaller projects. I’m hoping that 2019 brings more exciting improvements to Bayberry House.

Speaking of plans, I’m still formulating my goals for 2019. I do have a few ideas tumbling around in my head, but I just haven’t put pen to paper to sort them all out yet. Soon. Maybe this week will be the time to write them down. I’m giving myself grace about this.

What else is happening?

Christmas Continues:
My Christmas decor is staying up until mid-February. I received a last-minute call from a magazine that wants to shoot my holiday decor for an upcoming issue. Although I was looking forward to putting things away, I couldn’t be more excited and honored to be featured in the magazine. I’ll share more when I can, but be sure to follow along on Instagram in early February when I show a bit of the behind-the-scenes from the shoot.

Kitchen Remodel:
When I first moved into my home, I wanted to dive right into remodeling the kitchen. I figured the project would have started in the fall and be nearing completion right about now, but apparently, life had other plans. As much as I wanted to get the remodel done ASAP, the delay seems to be working out for the best. I will update you once things are closer to being finalized. My hope is that work will start in late February or early March.

Other House Projects:
There are lots. In addition to the kitchen and all the changes it will bring on the first floor, I’d like to make strides upstairs. This is likely to entail painting everything, creating a more useful office, making over the bathroom, organizing/decluttering, and much more!

Once spring hits, I’m hoping to get back outside and make more progress in the yard, I’ll be doing lots of general maintenance, and maybe I’ll put in a garden.

Inspired by Charm Happenings:
I don’t have any major changes planned for the blog. While I’m always looking to grow and better myself, I’m mostly content with what I’m able to offer and share as a one-man show. However, given that there are lots of home projects on the horizon and no kitchen for a few months, I expect there will be more decorating/renovating posts than in previous years.

I’m also trying to wrap my head around creating additional videos for you. Videos can be very time intensive to produce, so I want to make sure the content is valuable or entertaining. If there are specific things you’d like to see, please let me know.

Beyond videos, if you have other suggestions, ideas, or thoughts on what you’d like to see on IBC and how you’d like to see it, please let me know in the comments below. I’m all ears!

I intend to put together an official recap of 2018, so stay tuned for that soon. It will be a fun way to look back at some of your favorite posts from last year.

Here’s to a fabulous 2019! (My year to be a butterfly)

Happy 2019!! It always amazes me how quickly the holidays go by. One minute I’m shopping, wrapping, baking, and wondering how I’ll get it all done, and the next minute it’s over, and life goes back to “normal.” I usually need a little break after the holidays. As you know, it’s a busy season in […]




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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

Happy Holidays, friends! It’s hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and we’re just days away from 2019.

I usually take time off time of year, but I couldn’t resist popping in to share the new furniture in my family room. It arrived right before Christmas, and I couldn’t be more pleased with how it looks and functions.

Here’s what the room had looked like.

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The furniture consisted of pieces from various rooms in my former apartment. And while I was comfortable with this interim setup, I wasn’t crazy about it.

The colors made the room feel dark. The leather couch was also a tad too large for the space, and since buying it, I’ve discovered I prefer upholstery for comfort and coziness. Finally, as much as I love my buffalo check chair, I realized I needed more seating.

Back in the fall, I shared my design plan for the room. (You can see it here in case you missed it.) It’s now come to life! Let me show you around…

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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

Isn’t it gorgeous!? Needless to say, I’m IN LOVE.

I worked with my friends at Raymour & Flanigan Furniture to bring this space together. I love their selection and found everything I needed to make this space work better for me. I’m also a big Raymour & Flanigan fan as they have a style and budget for everyone.

As I shared in my design plan, I decided to get two sofas for this space. (I chose the Ravity Sofa in Hailey Linen.) Although two sofas might sound like a lot, it’s the best way to take advantage of the room shape and create as much seating as possible.

 

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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

When I was selecting these couches, I paid close attention to their height, width, and length so they wouldn’t overwhelm the space. I also went with a light color. As you can see, even though two couches take up more space than a couch and a chair, the room feels lighter and brighter.

I also love that the cushions are reversible so I can flip them when the inevitable stain happens.

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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

For the coffee table, I wanted something different so I chose this Darrow Ottoman. (Unfortunately, it is currently sold out on the Raymour & Flanigan site, but I will link to it should it again become available. You can see their complete selection of ottomans here.)

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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

I like the masculine look of leather, so this ottoman kept that it in this room. Another plus: it can double as seating or function as a table.

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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

In fact, the weekend before Christmas I was able to test out all of this new furniture when my family came to visit. All of us fit comfortably on the sofas, and the ottoman worked perfectly for laying out a spread of veggies and dip, Christmas cookies, cheese and crackers, and these tasty roll-ups.

It was kind of magical to see everything functioning just as I had hoped.

However, most of the time I simply use the ottoman as a handy place to put up my feet when I’m sitting on the sofa watching TV or flipping through my collection of magazines.

On the opposite side of the room, I replaced the TV stand with this beauty.

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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

Previously, I was using a mid-century modern console table, but that style just didn’t fit in this house. This more rustic-looking cabinet is perfect. (Unfortunately, the piece is currently sold out on the Raymour & Flanigan site, but I will link to it should it again become available. You can see more of their buffets here.)

I opted to use a dining buffet instead of a traditional TV console because I love the look of this piece. I also needed a place to store my magazines, books, and electronics. This cabinet works well for hiding the mess.

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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

My intention is to mount the TV on the wall, and I recently had an electrician rework the cables to allow me to do that. I’ll be hanging it up after the first of the year.

Speaking of my electrician, when he was here doing that, he put in two electric boxes so I could install a sconce on each side of the TV. The sconces add much-needed light, and their design makes this room feel more up-to-date.

With a nod to my beloved buffalo check chair, I added this new rug. Its size and design work perfectly. I’ll be sharing details on the rug, sconces, etc. in another post. Stay tuned!

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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

Needless to say, I am greatly enjoying this space. I loved it before, and now I never want to leave it. With the fire going, it’s so cozy, and it feels so much more like me.

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To find out more about Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and to check out all their furnishings, please visit their website. They offer free shipping, next-day mattress delivery, and delivery in 3 days or less, 7 days a week for in-stock items. Plus everything comes fully assembled. You have to love that!

A big shout-out to them for sponsoring this post and for helping me bring my vision for my family room to life.

Now that the holidays are almost over, I’m starting to plan how to style this space with new pillows, art, and accessories for the winter, and spring. I can hardly wait to show you how it comes together.

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New Furniture for My Family Room #rustic #modern #furniture #lvingroom #familyroom #sofa #christmas

I hope you enjoyed a look at my new space. Are you loving it as much as I am?

Happy Holidays, friends! It’s hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone and we’re just days away from 2019. I usually take time off time of year, but I couldn’t resist popping in to share the new furniture in my family room. It arrived right before Christmas, and I couldn’t be more pleased with […]




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DIY Wood Paint Christmas Trees #christmas #craft #holiday #decor

If you can believe it, this January will mark 10 years of blogging for me! I recently got a magazine in the mail, and a headline on it was “100+ ways to Holiday.” That made me think: With 10 years of blogging under my belt, I wonder if I could create a post of 100 Christmas Ideas based on things I’ve created and shared here on Inspired by Charm. So I sat down and started brainstorming and typing . . . and I came pretty close.

Below I’m sharing 100+ Christmas Ideas. For the most part, all of these ideas are inspired by things I’ve created here on IBC. When applicable, I shared a link (in the mint green font color) so you can click for more information. Because I didn’t have 100 things I could link, I did add a few other festive ideas to help put a little more jingle in your step this holiday season.

My goal with this post is to update it year after year so that it becomes one epic list of creative Christmas ideas you can use to help celebrate the holidays.

I hope you enjoy this list not only as a collection of Inspired by Charm’s content but more importantly as an inspiring source of ideas for a magical, memorable, and joy-filled Christmas!

100+ Creative Christmas Ideas

1. Serve up a cocktail in a Christmas ornament.

2. Set up a hot cocoa bar for impromptu treats.

3. Make homemade hot cocoa mix to have and share.

The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #cocoa #recipe #holiday #christmas

4. Bake the best Christmas cookies.

5. Host a holiday cookie swap with friends and family.

6. Make a yule log for a legendary holiday dessert.

7. Make theses frosted and soft eggnog cookies.

8. Creatively wrap presents for friends and family.

9. Host a gift wrapping party.

10. Print festive gift tags for your holiday wrapping.

11. Decorate a rainbow inspired tree.

Gradient Rainbow Christmas Tree Decorations

12. Make homemade hot cocoa mix to have and share.

13. Make an epic appetizer by crafting a Christmas tree out of cheese.

14. Make this pizza bread for an unforgettable holiday appetizer.

15. Print out adorable Christmas recipe cards to share with friends.

16. Decorate a Christmas tree (or two).

17. Make a three-ingredient holiday punch.

Jingle Juice Holiday Punch #cocktail #recipe #christmas #punch

18. Listen to a Christmas music playlist.

19. Create lottery ticket Christmas ornaments as gifts.

20. Build and paint colorful wood Christmas trees.

A Colorful DIY Forest for Christmas Decorating - DIY Wood Paint Christmas Trees #christmas #craft #holiday #decor

21. DIY these wood stockings for your mantel.

22. Add a Christmas tree to your bedroom

23. Make a wreath out of cookie cutters.

24. String a wood bead garland.

25. Make a wreath from vintage ornaments.

26. Craft adorable and clever bags for Christmas cookies.

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

27. Style a festive bar cart… or two.

28. Put together a beautiful and creative holiday place setting.

29. Make the creamiest fudge with only three ingredients.

30. Learn how to add ribbon to your Christmas tree.

31. Make seasoned pretzels for snacking during Hallmark movies.

32. Shake up a White Chocolate Peppermint Martini.

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

33. Enjoy White Russians while watching a Christmas parade.

34. Bake classic cookies using clothespins.

35. Make homemade bath bombs to give as gifts.

36. Serve cranberry French toast for a holiday breakfast.

37. Bake a cake that looks like a gingerbread house.

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

38. Make a gingerbread cake in the shape of a tree.

39. Toss up some sugared cranberries for a festive garnish.

40. Make this Apple Pie Moonshine to serve or give as a gift.

41. Turn a chocolate chip cookie into an edible shot glass.

42. Create a beautiful holiday centerpiece for your table.

43. Add cranberries to pecan pie for a flavor upgrade.

44. Up your holiday entertaining with these festive touches.

45. Warm up with a Slow Cooker Sangria.

46. Craft festive ornaments out of concrete.

47. Roll out cute and tasty little cheeseballs.

48. Whip up some homemade eggnog.

49. Make the best candy using a slow cooker.

50. Spike some cherries, then dip them into chocolate.

Spiked Chocolate Covered Cherries - 10 Christmas Cocktail recipes

51. Set up a Bloody Mary Bar.

52. Jazz up plain ornaments with a paint pen.

53. Print Christmas bottle tags to make gift wrapping fun and easy.

54. Enjoy the twinkle of Christmas lights at night.

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55. Whip up an easy breakfast casserole for Christmas morning.

56. Add a holiday label to your serveware.

57. Make a garland or a wreath out of marshmallows.

58. Decorate your mantel with rustic charm.

59. Wow ‘em with Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake Bars.

60. Dazzle friends and family with Braided Nutella Bread.

61. Tickle taste buds with Cranberry Orange Walnut Tassies.

62. Bake these festive Christmas sprinkle cookie cups.

These colorful Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a delicious and easy to make Christmas Cookie. #christmas #cookie #recipe #dessert #holiday #sprinkles

63. Make red pepper jelly to give as a gift or serve as an appetizer.

64. Make mini cheesecakes in mason jars.

65. Stir up a holiday sangria mocktail.

66. Bake mini skillet cookie cakes.

67. Make your own mulling spices.

68. Build a tortilla roll-up tree as a tasty holiday appetizer.

Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

69. Assemble an array of the BEST Christmas appetizers.

70. Decorate a flocked Christmas tree.

71. Bake my favorite Christmas cookies: Cream wafers.

72. Serve a classic quiche to start the day.

73. Host a White Christmas Celebration.

74. Make Cinnamon Roll Skillet Bread.

75. Decorate a tree in green (or your favorite color).

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76. Prepare overnight oats for guests.

77. String popcorn or cranberry garland for the tree.

78. Create a holiday dessert spread with a bar cart.

79. Create a delicious monkey bread in a slow cooker.

80. Add seasonal flavor to a classic old fashioned with cranberries.

The best Cranberry Old Fashioned recipe

81. Bake ugly sweater Christmas cookies.

82. Style a very merry entry table with chalkboard paint.

83. Create easy holiday artwork with washi tape.

84. Craft colorful coasters for a gift.

DIY Woold Felt Ball Coaster #diy #feltball #coaster

85. Decorate a tree entirely with vintage ornaments.

86. Or decorate a tree entirely inspired by memories of Christmases past.

87. Make a favorite holiday side dish: Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin.

88. Set up the ultimate holiday beverage cabinet.

Tips for Styling the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart

89. Serve Berry Stuffed French Toast on Christmas morning.

90. Drive around the neighborhood to look at holiday lights as you enjoy hot cocoa and popcorn.

91. Heat up a batch of mulled wine to serve when company arrives.

92. Gift homemade herb butter and gourmet bread.

93. Shop the thrift stores and antique shops for unique and vintage holiday decorations.

94. Prepare a cheeseball or two in advance for unexpected holiday visitors.

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

95. Serve cranberry meatballs on Christmas Eve.

96. Attend a holiday concert or musical with a friend.

97. Make THE BEST veggie dip for your holiday crudite.

98. Add a little festive flare to your mantel for the holidays.

99. Add a gradient rainbow wreath to your front door to welcome guests.

Gradient Rainbow Christmas Wreath

100. Whip up this red and green jalapeño dip in minutes.

101. Wrap something in bacon like these water chestnuts or these stuffed jalapeños.

To be continued…

If you can believe it, this January will mark 10 years of blogging for me! I recently got a magazine in the mail, and a headline on it was “100+ ways to Holiday.” That made me think: With 10 years of blogging under my belt, I wonder if I could create a post of 100 […]




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Peppermint White Russian Christmas cocktail recipe #christmas #holiday #cocktail #recipe #whiterussian #peppermint

This Peppermint White Russian is a delicious, seasonal take on the classic cocktail recipe. Garnished with a candy cane, it’s likely to become a holiday party staple.

Peppermint White Russian Christmas cocktail recipe #christmas #holiday #cocktail #recipe #whiterussian #peppermint

Since it’s the weekend before Christmas, I thought I’d celebrate with another seasonal cocktail recipe. Today we’re making a Peppermint White Russian.

Peppermint White Russian Christmas cocktail recipe #christmas #holiday #cocktail #recipe #whiterussian #peppermint

A couple of years ago, I created a Salted Caramel White Russian in the fall. It has been a popular recipe here on Inspired by Charm so I thought I’d experiment with another flavor variation.

You can grab all of my favorite Christmas Cocktail recipes HERE.

I must admit that up until recently I wasn’t a big fan of peppermint. As a kid, I didn’t care for it at all. Over the past couple of years, however, I’ve come to love the cool, minty, sweet flavor. It’s been fun adding it to things like cocktails, desserts, and even hot cocoa.

The recipe for a White Russian is straightforward. The classic version is made with 2 parts vodka, 1 part Kaluha (coffee liqueur), and 1 part half and half.

How to make a Peppermint White Russian:

To make my Peppermint White Russian, all I did was substitute Peppermint Twist Vodka for the vodka and Peppermint Kaluha for the regular Kaluha. Simple.

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This was the perfect amount of peppermint, but you could use a vanilla vodka if you just wanted a hint of peppermint flavor from the Kaluha.

I also dressed up the glass with a crushed peppermint rim. Dip the rim in white chocolate syrup (This is the syrup I like.) and then into crushed peppermints. (You can use peppermint candies, peppermint sticks, or candy canes.)

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For a holiday touch, I mixed a little white chocolate syrup with red food coloring and drizzled that into the glass before pouring in the cocktail. Although the red fades fairly quickly, I thought it looked festive and fun when the drink was served.

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Once the glass is prepared, simply add ice and your cocktail. Finish it off with a candy cane.

Now it’s time to serve and sip this pretty and pepperminty cocktail. Cheers!!

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Like this recipe? More Holiday Cocktail Recipes:

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Peppermint White Russian Recipe:

Peppermint White Russian
Servings: 1 cocktail   |   Prep Time: 5 mins
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This Peppermint White Russian is a delicious, seasonal take on the classic cocktail recipe. Garnished with a candy cane, it's likely to become a holiday party staple.
Ingredients
  • 3 ounces Peppermint Vodka
  • 1.5 ounces Peppermint Kaluha
  • 1.5 ounces half and half
For Garnish:
  • Crushed peppermints
  • White chocolate syrup
  • Red food dye
  • Candy cane
Instructions
  1. Begin by preparing your glass. Dip the rim into the white chocolate syrup and then into the crushed peppermints.
  2. Optional: Mix a little red food dye with the white chocolate syrup. With a spoon, drizzle the mixture on the interior of the glass.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Peppermint Vodka, Peppermint Kaluha, and half and half. Stir to combine.
  4. Add ice to the glass; then pour in your cocktail.
  5. Garnish with a candy cane.

Peppermint White Russian Christmas cocktail recipe #christmas #holiday #cocktail #recipe #whiterussian #peppermint

This Peppermint White Russian is a delicious, seasonal take on the classic cocktail recipe. Garnished with a candy cane, it’s likely to become a holiday party staple. Since it’s the weekend before Christmas, I thought I’d celebrate with another seasonal cocktail recipe. Today we’re making a Peppermint White Russian. A couple of years ago, I […]




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Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

In a few short days, it will be Christmas. As I get ready to put a big bow on all of my holiday preparations (Before I do, please know a few more seasonal posts will be coming your way.), I thought it’d be fun to do something different and show you around Bayberry House at night.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

My Seasons of Home Blogger friends and I have gotten together for one final collaboration in 2018. All 20+ of us decided to snap photos of our homes at night to capture the magic and lights of the season. This tour is unlike any other, so I encourage you to check out each of the bloggers I’ve linked up at the end of this post.

Depending on your experience with photography, you might not know that lighting is everything, and sunlight is best. This is why most bloggers photograph their homes during the day. Not only is it much easier, but the photos look crisp, bright, and well-lit. However, with all the glowing lights of the holidays, there’s incredible beauty in the evenings as well, and we thought you’d like to see it.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Taking these pictures was certainly a challenge for me as I’m not accustomed to working without natural light. Nonetheless, I hope you enjoy the results. Practice makes perfect, right?

Amazing photos or not, it’s certainly magical.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Since I shared my Christmas Home Tour previously (You can see that here if you missed it.), I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking this time around.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Thanks to a fresh coat of paint, a new sofa, and lots of Christmas cheer, this room turned out just the way I wanted.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

While not much has changed in this room since my most recent tour, I did bring in this little collection of vintage deer I found at a local shop. The deer I had came from my grandparents, and I couldn’t resist adding more.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

All of my trees always have a touch of quirky. I love these gold sequined unicorns.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

How great is it that you can see both Christmas trees from this angle? Do you think Santa will leave presents under both? More trees equal more presents, right?

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

I also hung my marshmallow wreath. I can’t believe this has lasted 4+ years!

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

You’ll also notice that the sofa is missing from this room. My new furniture is scheduled to FINALLY arrive today! I couldn’t be more pleased. My plan is to give you a look around the space next week. Stay tuned!

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Also, you might be wondering where my DIY ornament wreath ended up. Here’s a sneak peek. You’ll see more of it next week.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

I’ve been using this fireplace nonstop. It’s been one of my greatest pleasures at Bayberry House. In fact, I may need to get more wood to make it through the winter.

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Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

To complete this evening tour, let’s take a quick look outside!

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

And that’s a wrap. What did you think? It’s totally different at night, isn’t it?

Thank you so much for joining me and my fellow bloggers on this unique night-time tour of our homes. Be sure to check out everyone else below.

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Evening at Bayberry House: Christmas 2018 #christmas #holiday #decor #decorations #night #evening #hometour

Wishing you the merriest of Christmases!

Christmas at Night Home Tour:

Ella Claire | French Country Cottage | Cherished Bliss | Julie Blanner | Happy Happy Nester

Kelly Elko | Rooms for Rent | Love Grows Wild | Boxwood Avenue | Decor Gold Designs

Maison de Cinq | Craftberry Bush | Zevy Joy | Making Home Base | Inspired by Charm

The Lilypad Cottage | Shabby Fufu | Finding Silver Pennies | Blesser House | Sunny Side Up


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In a few short days, it will be Christmas. As I get ready to put a big bow on all of my holiday preparations (Before I do, please know a few more seasonal posts will be coming your way.), I thought it’d be fun to do something different and show you around Bayberry House at […]




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Printable Christmas Bottle Hang Tags #download #printable #christmas #holiday #tags #gifttags

These Printable Christmas Bottle Hang Tags are an easy way to wrap up a bottle of wine or liquor for a Christmas gift. With clever and festive sayings on each tag, the tags are as fun as the gifts.

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I know time is fast running out, my friends. Christmas will be here in 6 days. If you’re like me, you may still have a few more gifts to buy and wrapping to do. That’s why I’m coming at you today with these Printable Christmas Bottle Hang Tags.

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For me, the presentation is as important as the present, and these cute tags are guaranteed to dress up that gift of wine or liquor for someone on your list. To make matters even better, all you need is a printer and cardstock.

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Printable Christmas Bottle Hang Tags #download #printable #christmas #holiday #tags #gifttags

I decided to create these tags after seeing several of these sayings during my holiday shopping adventures. Instead of paying $5-10 for a single tag, I thought it’d be more economical and personal to create my own. Plus, I could share the printable with all of you!

Side Note: If you like these tags, check out my DIY Christmas Cookie Bags too!

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There are four tags in total, and each features a different design and holiday phrase.

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Printable Christmas Bottle Hang Tags #download #printable #christmas #holiday #tags #gifttags

The printable has been designed to be double-sided. Print page one first; then print page two on the back of page one.

However, you are welcome to simply print the first page if you only want the front of the label. Or you might print just the back if you are in need of festive to-and-from gift tags. The choice is yours. (I love having lots of alternatives, don’t you?)

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Printable Christmas Bottle Hang Tags #download #printable #christmas #holiday #tags #gifttags

As always, I recommend printing them on cardstock so your tags are sturdy. You can use a paper cutter like this one to ensure straight, clean edges.

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Printable Christmas Bottle Hang Tags #download #printable #christmas #holiday #tags #gifttags

Printable Christmas Bottle Hang Tags #download #printable #christmas #holiday #tags #gifttags

You can download these Christmas Bottle Hang Tags here:

You can also 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 you’ve subscribed, you will instantly receive an email that contains a link to this download.

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Want More Holiday Printables? Try these:

It was my pleasure to make these Printable Christmas Bottle Hang Tags, and I hope you enjoy using them for your holiday gifting.

Merry Christmas!

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Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

These Tortilla Roll-Ups are the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. Stacked into a tree shape and served with salsa, they are an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack.

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Whether I’m the host or guest, roll-ups are one of my favorite appetizers. They are so simple to put together, and they are always packed with flavor. These Tortilla Roll-ups with Salsa are no exception.

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While this recipe can be made any time of the year, I decided to dress up my roll-ups for the holidays! With clever stacking and a few “ornaments,” I made a roll-up Christmas tree! It’s fun to do, and the festive presentation will make this appetizer even more appealing to your holiday guests. Let me show you how quickly the roll-ups come together, plus my ideas for serving them.

Want more Christmas appetizer ideas? I have a great list of all my favorites HERE.

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Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

How to Make Tortilla Roll-Ups with Salsa:

Start by preparing your filling. I shared my favorite combination in the recipe below, but you can get creative with the ingredients and use what you like or have on hand. For best results, make sure the cream cheese is nicely softened so it’s easy to mix things in.

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Once your filling is ready, spread it out on four flour tortillas. I used green ones since I would be stacking my roll-ups to look like a Christmas tree. However, you can use the color and type of flour tortillas you prefer.

Then, roll up the tortillas and pop them into the refrigerator so the cream cheese will stiffen. This will make slicing them easier.

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Once the tortillas are firm, use a serrated knife to slice the roll-ups.

To serve, I stacked mine in the shape of a tree. To do this, get a round plate and add a layer of the sliced roll-ups. Continue stacking the roll-ups, making each layer smaller and smaller.

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To decorate the tree, tuck in a few cherry tomatoes and finish the top with a star cut out of yellow pepper. (Like I did for my Christmas Tree Cheeseball!)

While the roll-ups are delicious on their own, I recommend serving them with your favorite salsa. This will make the flavors pop.

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Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

And voila! The perfect Christmas appetizer is ready to serve your guests. I think everyone is going to love these Tortilla Roll-ups with Salsa.

Want more Christmas Appetizer Ideas? Try these:

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Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

Tortilla Roll-Ups with Salsa:

Tortilla Roll-ups with Salsa
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These Tortilla Roll-Ups are the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. Stacked into a tree shape and served with salsa, they are an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack.
Ingredients
  • 2 packages (16 ounces total) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 package ranch dressing mix
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) pimentos, drained and patted dry
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) green chilis, drained and patted dry
  • 1 can (2.25 ounces) sliced black olives, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped yellow pepper plus a piece cut into a star shape
  • 3/4 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 12-inch green flour tortillas
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes
  • Salsa for serving
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together the softened cream cheese and the ranch dressing mix until evenly combined.
  2. Then add the pimentos, green chilis, black olives, green onions, yellow pepper, and cheddar cheese. Stir gently until they evenly distributed in the cream cheese.
  3. Divide the cream cheese mixture on the four tortillas. Then, using a spatula, spread the mixture on each tortilla in an even layer. Keep the mixture a 1/2 inch from the edge.
  4. Roll up the tortillas. Set them on a plate and cover it with plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator for about 2 hours or until firm. Then using a serrated knife, cut the tortillas into 1/2-inch slices.
  5. Stack in layers to form a "tree." Garnish with cherry tomato "ornaments" and a yellow pepper "star." Serve with salsa.

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Christmas Tortilla Roll-ups Appetizer recipe #christmas #appetizer #pinwheel #rollup #recipe

These Tortilla Roll-Ups are the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. Stacked into a tree shape and served with salsa, they are an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack. Whether I’m the host or guest, roll-ups are one of my favorite appetizers. They are so simple to put together, and they are always packed with flavor. These Tortilla Roll-ups with […]




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How to style a Bloody Mary Bar Cart #bloodymary #cocktail #barcart #holiday #christmas

Bar carts have become a trendy decor item in recent years. That’s why I’m excited to show you several creative Christmas bar cart ideas today. Let’s get to it!

I don’t know about you, but I love a gorgeous yet highly functional bar cart. As you may have seen in my Christmas Home Tour, I actually have two carts in my home this year. Overkill? Maybe! Tons of fun and an easy way to entertain? Yes and yes!

After styling a number of Christmas bar carts over the years, I thought I’d share several ideas on how to use your bar cart for holiday beverages and beyond. Yes, a bar cart can double as a dessert cart, hot cocoa bar, and so much more! Let me show you.

Christmas Cocktail Bar Cart

Storing drink ingredients and serving cocktails are two traditional uses of a bar cart. For the holidays, I like to include these go-to liqueurs: vodka, rum, tequila, and bourbon. A seasonal favorite like Kaluha and something peppermint are also nice to have on the cart.

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Besides the basics, I like to have things ready for a specialty cocktail. (You can grab all of my favorite Christmas Cocktail recipes here.)

Of course, a bar cart is a perfect place to keep your bar accessories, such as a cocktail shaker, jigger, and bitters.

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Since it’s the holidays, a few seasonal decorations complete the look. You can use decor items that match your style. I always go for things with a little bling or sparkle.

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Ideas for styling Creative Christmas Bar Cart #barcart #christams #holiday #bar #cocktails

You can see a couple carts I’ve styled this year and in the past.

Holiday Bar Cabinet

Now, just because you don’t have a bar cart doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy one. You can create the functionality of a cart in a variety of ways. For example, if space is tight, install a few wall shelves. Or take an existing piece of furniture and use it in a new way.

Tips for Styling the Ultimate Holiday Bar Cart

Last year when I was living in an apartment, I used a cabinet instead of a traditional cart so I could store extra glassware, cake stands, and serveware.

When the “cart” is not in use, the top of the cabinet can provide space for decorations. However, when the cabinet is functioning as a cart, the top can give you extra serving space. Here I was serving wine, so that became the star of the show.

Unique Ideas for Styling a Holiday Bar Cart

How to Style a Beautiful Holiday Bar Cart

This is how the cabinet looked when I wasn’t entertaining:

Holiday Bar Car Decorating Ideas

I had so much fun using something unexpected for my bar cart.

Dessert Bar Cart

I also used this same cabinet to create a dessert bar last Christmas. This is another example of taking something ordinary and making it extraordinary.

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Styling a Christmas Dessert Bar Cart #christmas #holiday #barcart #entertaining

I cleared out the alcohol and glassware and replaced it with a cake, caramel popcorn, candy, cookies, plates, and napkins.

The only challenge about this is that you will need a place to store your alcohol and glassware while the cart is functioning as a dessert cart. You might tuck everything in a closet or set up another bar cart somewhere else. Finding a spot for the regular bar cart items is worth the trouble because a dessert cart is a super fun and creative way to serve up your holiday sweets.

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Styling a Christmas Dessert Bar Cart #christmas #holiday #barcart #entertaining

Even filling up a cart with all of your Christmas cookies and a small coffee/tea station would be festive.

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Hot Coca Beverage Cart

Speaking of warm beverages, why not put together a hot cocoa bar?

I actually did this twice this year. A couple weeks ago I shared my recipe for Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix. I used the top of a cabinet to create a mini-hot coca bar complete with the Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, marshmallows, mugs, and spoons. It was just enough to create a warm and special moment for me and my guests.

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If you want to go all out, you can take over an entire bar cart and make a full station with snacks as I did here.

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Again, I started with the essentials like hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, mugs, and spoons. Then I added lots of small snacks and treats.

I even included things you could add to your hot cocoa to jazz it up. For example, you might drop in a chocolate truffle or chocolate kiss to make your cocoa extra chocolatey. Or give your cocoa a peppermint twist by topping it with crumbled peppermint bark or a candy cane.

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Styling a Hot Cocoa Bar Cart #christmas #holiday #barcart #entertaining #hotchocolate

I made this cute video for a brand this year. If you’re interested in see how this bar cart came together in video form, you can watch that here:

VIDEO: How to Style a Hot Cocoa Bar Cart



If you want to make things more adult-friendly, you might offer bottles of complementary liquor, such as vanilla vodka, bourbon, or peppermint schnapps.

Bloody Mary Bar Cart

And finally, why not create a Bloody Mary Bar Cart? I set mine up for New Year’s Day, but as you can imagine, this kind of cart would be great beyond the holiday season.

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Simply provide vodka, Bloody Mary mix, and a few accoutrements or get more elaborate, if you like.

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How to style a Bloody Mary Bar Cart #bloodymary #cocktail #barcart #holiday #christmas

Here, I went wild with lots of goodies that folks might add to their Bloody Mary: hot sauce, olives, pickles, onions, and so on. I also offered peanuts and pistachios to snack on, too. (I like to put everything in its own container to fill up the cart and make things look a bit more luxe.)

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How to style a Bloody Mary Bar Cart #bloodymary #cocktail #barcart #holiday #christmas

How to style a Bloody Mary Bar Cart #bloodymary #cocktail #barcart #holiday #christmas

And there you have it, my friends. Five ways to take your Christmas Bar Cart to the next level. As you might guess, the possibilities are endless. You can create something special around any particular drink or celebration. Not hosting any parties? Set up your bar cart as a holiday wrapping station that you can wheel from room to room.

Whatever you do, get creative and have fun with it. Happy Hosting!

Bar carts have become a trendy decor item in recent years. That’s why I’m excited to show you several creative Christmas bar cart ideas today. Let’s get to it! I don’t know about you, but I love a gorgeous yet highly functional bar cart. As you may have seen in my Christmas Home Tour, I […]




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Download these Christmas Recipe Card Printable! #recipecard #prinable #download #christmas #holiday

I love making drinks, cooking meals, and baking treats for friends and family and then passing along the recipes to them and the wonderful readers of my blog. This time of year, one way I like to personally share my recipes is by writing them on IBC Christmas recipe cards.

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In fact, I have offered an annual collection of free recipe card printables on Inspired by Charm for the past few years. A couple of the series include bonus Christmas recipe cards.

This is the Christmas recipe card I designed for last year’s series. I first showcased it with the recipe for my Great Aunt Maggie’s Cream Horn Cookies. You can find that recipe here. If you haven’t tasted Cream Horn Cookies (also called Lady Locks), I hope you’ll give them a try. They are yummy and enjoyable to make.

Cream Horn Cookies (Lady Locks) recipe

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Download these Christmas Recipe Card Printable! #recipecard #prinable #download #christmas #holiday

Now, just in case you need a place to write down that recipe (or any others you come across this holiday season on IBC or elsewhere), all you need to do is print out this Christmas recipe card.

I recommend using cardstock because it’s sturdier, but regular paper will also work.

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I love this fun and festive design. Don’t you?

My favorite details are the adorable cat and dog on the front and the red car piled with packages on the back.

Want more Christmas printable? You got it!:

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Download these Christmas Recipe Card Printable! #recipecard #prinable #download #christmas #holiday

Christmas Recipe Card Download:

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

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

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

And if you use any of my printables, I would so enjoy seeing what you do! Be sure to share your photos on Instagram and tag @inspiredbycharm.

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Holiday Gift Idea: A pack of seasonal recipe cards would be a perfect stocking stuffer for any cooks on your holiday gift list. Grab them all in the IBC Printable library!

‘Tis the season to be sharing!

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Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

With two unique and festive designs, these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags are a great way to gift your holiday baking in style.

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You’re in for a treat today, and it’s in the shape of these DIY Christmas Cookie Bags! And best of all, you can make the bags in just a few simple steps.

A couple of weeks ago when I was out shopping, I spotted some sweet cotton cookie bags. They were a bit pricey so I immediately thought about how I might DIY them.

Here’s what I came up with.

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Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

Aren’t they adorable? I’m kind of obsessed.

I took the hard work out of the process by having two fun graphics created. One is a bit more classic. It was inspired by the design I saw on the bags in the shop: “Homemade Cookies. Santa Approved.”

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The second is something I dreamed up. It’s a line from my favorite Christmas movie, Elf: “I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR.”

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Whether you prefer classic or Buddy, either one of these would be a great design option.

How do you make these DIY Christmas Cookie Bags?

You need five things to put these DIY Christmas Cookie Bags together:
5 x 7 cotton fabric bags
iron-on transfer sheets
inkjet printer
iron
– scissors

Yes, that’s all it takes!

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Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

I purchased these transfer sheets from Amazon. The instructions I’m going to provide are based on these particular sheets. (I assume the process is similar for other brands. To be on the safe side, be sure to read and follow the instructions that come with your sheets.)

I also located the cotton bags on Amazon. They are available elsewhere online and in craft stores in a wide range of shapes, sizes, and prices. I thought these were well suited to this project.

Once you have those two items, you’ll need the graphics files. You can download them here. (Please see the note at the end of this post to learn more about the IBC Printable Library*.)

The download is two pages. The first page has the red graphic I designed and the second page has the green one. You can print one of them or both.

The transfer paper I bought is compatible with inkjet printers. Before printing, adjust your settings to the highest quality. You’ll also want to select the option that allows you to print the “mirrored version” or to “flip horizontally.” Since you’ll be ironing these transfers with the printed side down, you want the image of the graphic mirrored so it will read correctly when the paper backing is removed.

Here’s what they should look like after printing.

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Cut out each graphic as neatly as possible, leaving a narrow white border around the graphic.

Next, set your iron on medium-high heat (polyester setting). Make sure the steam setting is turned off and that the water reservoir has been completely emptied.

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Quickly iron the bag to remove any wrinkles. Then place the graphic on the bag so that the printed side of the graphic faces down. I positioned the graphic a bit closer to the bottom of the bag rather than in the center of it.

Using the iron, apply heat to the transfer for about 45 seconds. Press down fairly hard and be sure to move the iron around to avoid scorching the bag.

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Let each bag sit for about 2 minutes or until cool before peeling off the paper backing.

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And with that, your DIY Christmas Cookie Bags are complete and ready to be filled with delicious treats!

This size bag will hold 4-6 cookies, depending on their size. Just the right amount for a sweet gift.

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I recommend placing the cookies in a small plastic food storage bag before putting them in your fancy new custom bag. This will keep the cookies fresher longer and prevent any staining of the fabric bag.

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These Christmas Cookie Bags could also serve as a cute and creative way to present a gift card. You might even fill bags with candies or mini bottles of liquor. How you use them is totally up to you.

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Learn how to make these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags! #Christmas #holiday #cookiebags #diy #craft

Bonus Idea: If you don’t want to mess around with the iron-on transfer, just print the graphic on cardstock. Then, cut the graphic out, punch a hole in the top of it, and tie it to a bag for a quick and easy gift tag!

Looking for more festive DIY projects? Try these:

No matter how you make or gift them, I hope you enjoy these delightful little bags as much as I do.

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Christmas Cookie Bags graphic Download.

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

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

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With two unique and festive designs, these DIY Christmas Cookies Bags are a great way to gift your holiday baking in style. You’re in for a treat today, and it’s in the shape of these DIY Christmas Cookie Bags! And best of all, you can make the bags in just a few simple steps. A […]




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Free Download: Printable Recipe Cards for Christmas #christmas #recipecards #recipe #card #printable #holiday

These printable recipe cards for Christmas are an easy way to jot down new holiday favorites or share classic recipes with friends and family.

Yes, my friends, I’m back with another set of free printable recipe cards. This time, they’re for Christmas!

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As you may know, I’ve been creating printable recipe cards for a few years now. I think I might take a break after this year, but I’m super excited to share my latest creation with you. (I’ll also have one more card to wrap up this year’s collection so stay tuned for that.)

I’m crazy about the design on these printable recipe cards because they feature a couple of vintage cars complete with a tree tied to the roof. Such a timeless holiday motif that lots of us recognize and love.

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There is likewise plenty of space on the card to jot down all of your ingredients with room on the back for those longer recipes.

As always, I recommend printing them on cardstock for a sturdy recipe card. You can use a paper cutter like this one to ensure straight, clean edges.

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If for some reason you want a bunch of these cards, you could also get a local printer (or an office supply store like Staples) to print a bunch for you.

Details on how to download these cards can be found below.

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Download my latest Printable Recipe Cards for Christmas here.

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

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And if you use any of my printables, I would so enjoy seeing what you do! Be sure to share your photos on Instagram and tag @inspiredbycharm.

Want More Holiday Printables? Try these:

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I hope you love these printable recipe cards as much as I do and have a chance to use them throughout the holiday season.

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These printable recipe cards for Christmas are an easy way to jot down new holiday favorites or share classic recipes with friends and family. Yes, my friends, I’m back with another set of free printable recipe cards. This time, they’re for Christmas! As you may know, I’ve been creating printable recipe cards for a few […]




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This Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast recipe makes the perfect holiday breakfast! #breakfast #recipe #frenchtoast #cranberry #mascarpone #holiday #christmas

With creamy mascarpone and fresh tart cranberries, this Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast recipe will quickly become your new favorite breakfast for the holiday and winter season.

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Yes friends, we’re serving up some holiday inspired breakfast today on Inspired by Charm. I made this Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast recipe as part of a brand collaboration I shared on social media.

And while I created a video (below) detailing the recipe step-by-step, many of you were asking for it in blog form, so here it is!

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I thought this would be a unique, seasonal, and somewhat fancy breakfast idea for the holidays. And not to pat myself on the back, but goodness this is a delicious recipe!

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How to Make Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast:

This recipe is really simple to put together. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to put together. How perfect is that for assembling in the morning.

You’re going to start by whisking together a quick custard base in a bowl. You can use milk or half & half if you want something a bit more decadent.

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For the bread, I used this French Brioche I found at Walmart. It comes pre-sliced and it works beautifully for this recipe. I mentioned needed a loaf below, but you could probably squeeze in a few extra slices from a second loaf if you’d like.

Dip the bread into the egg mixture and then lay it all out into a baking pan. The size of this particular bread fits perfectly into a 9×13 pan in two rows. Then pour the remaining egg mixture into the pan.

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(If you wanted, you could stop at this point and leave this sit in the refrigerator overnight if you want even less work in the morning.)

With the bread in the pan, sprinkle the top with fresh cranberries and dollops of mascarpone. The mascarpone will melt so the placement of the dollops isn’t super important, just make sure it’s somewhat even.

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Also, if for some reason you don’t like mascarpone, you could easily substitute cream cheese or even goat cheese.

To cut the tang of the cheese, drizzle everything with some honey.

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With that, this Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast is ready to be baked. I baked it for a bit covered and then for a bit uncovered so the top can get a little golden brown.

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When it comes out of the oven, add some orange zest to the top and it’s ready to be served!

I like mine with pure maple syrup, but you can use more honey or even just a dusting of powdered sugar would be delish.

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Speaking of maple syrup, I always have to give a shout out to my friend Laura over at Finding Home Farms.

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Her maple syrup is the bomb.com. In fact, it’s the only syrup I’ll buy. She’s built an incredible business over the past few years and I’m always thrilled to support a friend. You can check her (and her syrup) out here.

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And that’s it, this Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast recipe is complete!

Looking for more delicious breakfast ideas? Try these:

This would be delicious for breakfast over the holidays and beyond. It’s the perfect way to entertain and warm up overnight guests (or your family) on a chilly morning.

Enjoy!

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Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast Recipe Video:

 

Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast
Servings: 10 people   |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 1 hr   |   Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins
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With creamy mascarpone and fresh tart cranberries, this Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast recipe will quickly become your new favorite breakfast for the holiday and winter season.
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf French brioche sliced (I got mine at Walmart)
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 cups milk or half & half
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups cranberries
  • 8 ounces mascarpone
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • fresh orange zest and pure maple syrup for serving
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 375 degree F. Spray a 9x13 baking pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and kosher salt.
  3. Dunk each piece of bread into the egg mixture for a few seconds and then set into the baking dish. Continue with all of the bread overlapping as needed in the pan. Pour the remaining egg mixture onto the bread.
  4. Sprinkle the top with cranberries and dollops of mascarpone. Drizzle with honey.
  5. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil and bake for another 20-30 minutes.
  6. Serve warm with freshly grated orange zest and pure maple syrup and / or additional honey.

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With creamy mascarpone and fresh tart cranberries, this Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast recipe will quickly become your new favorite breakfast for the holiday and winter season. Yes friends, we’re serving up some holiday inspired breakfast today on Inspired by Charm. I made this Mascarpone Cranberry French Toast recipe as part of a brand collaboration I […]




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These colorful Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a delicious and easy to make Christmas Cookie. #christmas #cookie #recipe #dessert #holiday #sprinkles

These Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are an easy and delicious Christmas cookie recipe that is certain to add color and fun to your holiday cookie tray.

These colorful Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a delicious and easy to make Christmas Cookie. #christmas #cookie #recipe #dessert #holiday #sprinkles

When it comes to Christmas cookies, all I really need are these cream wafer cookies. For years, they have been (and will probably always be) my absolute favorite. However, that doesn’t stop me from experimenting with a few new cookie recipes every year. (You can find all of my Christmas cookie recipes here.) This year, I’m trying these Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups!

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These colorful Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a delicious and easy to make Christmas Cookie. #christmas #cookie #recipe #dessert #holiday #sprinkles

I am thrilled to again be teaming up with some of my blogger friends for this holiday cookie recipe party. We like to call ourselves the #ChristmasCookieSquad. This is our third year coming together to bake up dozens of creative and classic Christmas cookies.

If you’re looking for new and different Christmas cookie recipe Ideas, you’ll want to check out all of these talented gals. You can find their tasty recipes here:

More Christmas Cookies Recipes:

Classic Frosted Cut-Out Sugar Cookies – Freutcake
Chocolate Linzer Cookies – The Effortless Chic
Fudge Dipped Chocolate Peppermint Cookies – The Sweetest Occasion
Gingerbread Egg Nog Cookie Sandwiches – Paper & Stitch
Ice Vanilla Bean Sugar Cookies – Pizzazzerie
Latte Joy Espresso Cookies – Julie Blanner
Holiday Wreath Meringue Macarons – Sugar and Cloth
Mini Gingerbread Alphabet Cookies – Lovely Indeed
Festive Macarons for the Holidays – The Proper Blog
Christmas Sprinkle Cookie CupsYou are here!

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Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups:

As I mentioned, I’m making Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups. I first spotted them in an issue of BHG. They looked so festive and fun – I had to give them a try.

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to Christmas cookie baking, I’m usually doing it about a week before the big event. And after an extremely busy time with the blog (Christmas is my craziest season on IBC.) and the stresses that come with holiday preparation, the last thing I want to deal with is complicated cookie recipes.

That’s why I’m always on the hunt for simple recipes that look beautiful and taste great. I promise you these Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are just that.

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These colorful Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a delicious and easy to make Christmas Cookie. #christmas #cookie #recipe #dessert #holiday #sprinkles

How Do You Make Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups?

The dough is easy to make and comes together in minutes. It also requires zero time in the refrigerator so you can keep the momentum going.

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Another reason I love this dough is that it contains sprinkles. It’s almost like Christmas funfetti. I stuck with classic red and green, but you could do any combination you like.

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These cookies also bake in mini muffin tins which makes preparing them a breeze. Once the cookies are baked, pipe on some frosting and top everything with more colorful sprinkles.

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And just like that, you have several dozen of these Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups ready to add color and more deliciousness to your holiday cookie platters.

Delectably doable!

Want more Christmas Cookie recipes? You’ll love these:

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These colorful Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a delicious and easy to make Christmas Cookie. #christmas #cookie #recipe #dessert #holiday #sprinkles

Happy Holiday Baking, my friends. And don’t forget to check out all of the #ChristmasCookieSquad recipes above.

Oh, and if you’re looking for some festive Christmas recipe cards, the new designs are here! You can use these free printable recipe cards to easily jot down your favorite recipes from this holiday season. Print them here.

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Christmas Sprinkle Cookies Cups
Servings: 4 dozen   |   Prep Time: 15 mins   |   Cook Time: 10 mins   |   Total Time: 25 mins
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These Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are an easy and delicious Christmas cookie recipe that is certain to add color and fun to your holiday cookie tray.
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup red sprinkles
  • 1/4 cup green sprinkles
Frosting:
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons milk
  • Additional sprinkles for garnish
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffin pans with baking spray and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, add the butter and beat with a mixer for about 1 minute. Then add the powder sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until creamy (2-3 minutes), scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Next, beat in the egg and vanilla. Then beat in the flour until just combined.
  4. Divide the dough into two portions. Stir green sprinkles into one half and mix red sprinkles into the other half.
  5. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Then, press the balls into the prepared mini muffin pan. Press each dough ball with your thumb.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are light brown. Remove from the oven and press the centers with the rounded side of a measuring teaspoon. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Then remove to finish cooling on a wire rack.
  7. In the meantime, prepare the frosting by beating together the softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add as much milk as needed to create a smooth frosting.
  8. Use a piping bag with a large star tip to frost the cooled cookies. Top with additional sprinkles. Pack and store in an air-tight container.

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These colorful Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are a delicious and easy to make Christmas Cookie. #christmas #cookie #recipe #dessert #holiday #sprinkles

These Christmas Sprinkle Cookie Cups are an easy and delicious Christmas cookie recipe that is certain to add color and fun to your holiday cookie tray. When it comes to Christmas cookies, all I really need are these cream wafer cookies. For years, they have been (and will probably always be) my absolute favorite. However, […]




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A Christmas Tree Fit for the Emerald City - Emerald Green Christmas Tree #christmas #chirstmastree #emerald #decor #decorations #holiday

Following my Christmas Home Tour last week, someone somewhere made a connection between my latest Christmas tree and the Emerald City. That comment set my holiday heart all a flutter. And even though you’ve already seen my emerald-inspired Christmas tree, I couldn’t resist giving it a post of its own.

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A Christmas Tree Fit for the Emerald City - Emerald Green Christmas Tree #christmas #chirstmastree #emerald #decor #decorations #holiday

I have been overjoyed to share this tree with you, so I hope you don’t mind looking at a few more photos of it. As I mentioned on the Christmas Home Tour, I recorded several short videos on my phone as I decorated the tree. I’ll be putting together a large post of my entire Christmas tree process in the very near future. (Hopefully, I’ll have it ready as early as next week.) However, in the meantime, I thought you might enjoy a closer look at this tree.

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As you may recall, the inspiration for the tree came from my new velvet green chairs. I must confess that at first, I was a tad hesitant about doing another gold and green tree. (I used those colors for my Adele-inspired tree a few years ago.) Yet, the more I thought about it, I was sure this one would look very different.

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A Christmas Tree Fit for the Emerald City - Emerald Green Christmas Tree #christmas #chirstmastree #emerald #decor #decorations #holiday

I adore the reference that a wonderful reader/follower made to the “Emerald City.” The Wizard of Oz has been a favorite of mine ever since I played the scarecrow in a grade-school play. I didn’t make the connection myself, but as soon as I read those spot-on words, I fell in love with the notion.

Although I’ll be doing a deep dive into my whole process in a later post, I should tell you that when decorating a tree I like to find my ribbon first. Since Amazon is my go-to source these days, I searched for “emerald ribbon” and was so excited when I stumbled upon this one. As far as I could tell from the online photo, the color matched my chairs exactly.

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A Christmas Tree Fit for the Emerald City - Emerald Green Christmas Tree #christmas #chirstmastree #emerald #decor #decorations #holiday

I decided to use my flocked tree as the base for this tree because the white background would make the green really pop. (I got this tree from Lowe’s a couple years ago. It’s made by GE. Unfortunately, Lowe’s no longer carries it.)

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A Christmas Tree Fit for the Emerald City - Emerald Green Christmas Tree #christmas #chirstmastree #emerald #decor #decorations #holiday

I did pick up a few new ornaments. I was so lucky to find these emerald green balls at HomeGoods. I also purchased matching ornaments in gold. For more interest, texture, and sparkle, I bought large mercury glass ornaments in gold and silver.

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In my search for ornaments, one of the places I went to was Michaels. I love Michaels because they offer ornaments in several shapes and a wide assortment of colors. On sale (which they usually are), a box of their ornaments runs about $5. What an easy and inexpensive way to add a lot of color to your tree!

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A Christmas Tree Fit for the Emerald City - Emerald Green Christmas Tree #christmas #chirstmastree #emerald #decor #decorations #holiday

Besides the ball ornaments, I added a few of these gold and mirrored stars I found at a local greenhouse. I think the stars are interesting and that they bring something special to this tree.

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If you look closely, you might notice quirky things on my tree. Even on a more formal-looking tree, I like a touch of whimsy. I’ve included sequined unicorns and lions, wagoneers topped with trees (to echo my red tree), gold cats, plus a couple fuzzy white skiing Santas.

 

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My personal preference is to have mostly glass ornaments with the exception of ones (like the sequined ornaments or felt Santas) that are intentionally made from other materials. I think glass ornaments look richer. And because they are a bit heavier, they tend to hang nicely. It’s a subtle difference, but I appreciate it.

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A Christmas Tree Fit for the Emerald City - Emerald Green Christmas Tree #christmas #chirstmastree #emerald #decor #decorations #holiday

So, with the ribbon put on first (learn how I add ribbon to my tree here), followed by lots of ornaments, I finished things off with a beautiful pearl and gemstone beaded garland from Balsam Hill. When I saw it on their website, I was instantly obsessed and knew it would be perfect on this tree.

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And with that, my tree was complete.

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Elegant yet fun! Isn’t she beautiful?

I did dress up the bottom with a new tree skirt. This one is white faux fur. It has a subtle diamond pattern with tiny pearls at the intersections of the lines. I thought it partnered well with the pearls in the beaded garland. I found the tree skirt at HomeGoods.

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All in all, I’m super pleased with how this tree came together. I think the emerald green is special because it’s something different. While I’ve decorated a lot of trees (You can see most of them here.), this is definitely near the top of my list of favorites.

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A Christmas Tree Fit for the Emerald City - Emerald Green Christmas Tree #christmas #chirstmastree #emerald #decor #decorations #holiday

I hope you’ve enjoyed this closer look at my Christmas Tree Fit for the Emerald City and found some inspiration for trimming your own tree.

Following my Christmas Home Tour last week, someone somewhere made a connection between my latest Christmas tree and the Emerald City. That comment set my holiday heart all a flutter. And even though you’ve already seen my emerald-inspired Christmas tree, I couldn’t resist giving it a post of its own. I have been overjoyed to […]




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The Ultimate Christmas Appetizers

Like a lot of folks, I’m always searching for Christmas appetizers that will tantalize taste buds and add a festive touch to holiday celebrations.

Over the past few years, I’ve posted many recipes that do just that. This collection highlights some of the Christmas appetizers that my family and friends and I have especially enjoyed. Each delectable treat is part of joy-filled holiday moments that begin with creating and serving and end with eating and savoring.

(Click the recipe name or image for a link to the full recipe.)

Christmas Appetizers: Classics with a Twist:

Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts
I amped up this standard with thick-cut bacon and used an entire water chestnut in each to balance all that bacony goodness. Yummy!

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

Roasted Parmesan Garlic Shrimp
If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas appetizer that’s exceptionally delicious and easy to make, this is it. To punch up their flavor, toss medium-sized shrimp in olive oil, spices, Parmesan, and fresh garlic. Then roast the shrimp in the oven and serve them with cocktail sauce.

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Tortilla Roll-ups with Salsa

These Tortilla Roll-Ups are the perfect Christmas appetizer recipe. Stacked into a tree shape and served with salsa, they are an easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing snack.

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Really Good Jalapeño Dip
The recipe for this dip came from my dad’s wife. The recipe name is an understatement. It truly is the best jalapeno dip I’ve ever tasted. It has just the right amount of heat, but you can make it hotter if you like.

This Really Good Jalapeño Dip is easy to make and perfect for any celebration. #christmas #appetizer #recipe #holiday #dip #jalapeno

 

Mini Cheese Truffles
My fondness for cheeseballs is widely known. (Find all of my cheeseball recipes here.) These Mini Cheeseballs/Cheese Truffles are a cute and delicious take on this ever-popular Christmas appetizer. What’s especially great is that the presentation stays neat and lovely throughout your event.

 

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Everything Bagel Cheeseball
Speaking of cheeseballs, this Everything Bagel Cheeseball is one of the most popular recipes on Inspired by Charm. While I originally created it to look like a pumpkin, you can shape it into a ball to suit any season.

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Christmas Appetizers – Forever Favorites:

Cranberry Meatballs
The addition of cranberry sauce in the glaze nicely complements the onion and other seasonings in these meatballs. Your guests will ooh and aah about them and immediately go back for more!

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Really Good Veggie Dip
Although veggies are tasty on their own, this dip will take them to another level. To me, this veggie dip is the “best of the best.” I was lucky enough to get the recipe from the deli in my hometown.

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Artichoke Wonton Wrappers
My mom has often made these for family Christmas Eve get-togethers. I love the look and taste, and recently found out how easy they are to create. A Christmas appetizer triple win!

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More Merry & Bright Christmas Appetizer Bites:

Red Pepper Jelly
Red pepper jelly goes beautifully with cream cheese and crackers. I’ll show you how to make your own red pepper jelly, so you can get just the right amount of heat.

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Christmas Tree Cheeseball
Deck the halls with cheese and fun! This colorful tree-shaped cheeseball is a show-stopper that is also a delight to put together. (IBC readers know how much I enjoy decorating Christmas trees!)

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Fried Ravioli
This recipe is a fan-favorite probably because it’s super easy and oh-so tempting. It uses store-bought ravioli and three ready-made sauces for dipping. I even recorded a video to show you what to do.

Fried Ravioli with Marinara Sauce #christmas #appetizer #recipe #holiday #ravioli #fried

Walnut Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
These mini-portobello mushrooms are divine! Their rich and hearty flavor and convenient bite-size make them a perfect nibble. I promise your guests will be begging for the recipe.

These Walnut and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Mushrooms make the perfect appetizer recipe for the holidays! #christmas #appetizer #recipe #stuffedmushroom #mushroom

BLT Dip

If you’re bored with the classic taco dip, switch things up and try this BLT Dip recipe. It’s a personal favorite!

The Ultimate BLT Dip Recipe layered with Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheese! #BLT #dip #appetizer #recipe #bacon #christmas

Want more tasty Christmas treats? Try these:

I hope this round-up of ultimate Christmas appetizer recipes has inspired you.

Which recipes will you be making for your next big party? Which ones will you be surprising your friends or family with on a quiet evening at home during the holiday season? I’m confident everyone will love the Christmas appetizers you create.

Like a lot of folks, I’m always searching for Christmas appetizers that will tantalize taste buds and add a festive touch to holiday celebrations. Over the past few years, I’ve posted many recipes that do just that. This collection highlights some of the Christmas appetizers that my family and friends and I have especially enjoyed. […]




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These Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes are a delicious holiday dessert. #christmas #cookie #skillet #cookiecake #sundae

These Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes make a delicious dessert recipe that combines the flavors of a cookie with the texture of a cake.

These Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes are a delicious holiday dessert. #christmas #cookie #skillet #cookiecake #sundae

Yes, friends, today we are serving up another tasty treat just in time for the holidays: Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes!

These Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes are a delicious holiday dessert. #christmas #cookie #skillet #cookiecake #sundae

I’m teaming up again with my Tastes of the Season blogger friends for our final post of 2018. In this round, each of us is sharing a delicious holiday sweet! You can see all the yummy desserts at the end of this post.

When I was planning what to make, I thought I’d do a classic flavor combination with a twist. I also remembered that I had recently picked up these festive mini cast iron skillets that were just begging to be used. (I found mine at TJ Maxx but also saw them at HomeGoods. There were a variety of holiday shapes.)

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These Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes are a delicious holiday dessert. #christmas #cookie #skillet #cookiecake #sundae

Since I had a couple of bags of holiday M&Ms on hand, I thought a classic M&M and chocolate chip cookie would suit these skillets perfectly. Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of hot fudge, this is bound to be a winning holiday dessert.

How do you make Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes?

The dough for these mini skillet cookie cakes is simple to put together. It’s similar to mixing up chocolate chip cookie dough. If you can make those, I’m confident you can handle these.

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These Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes are a delicious holiday dessert. #christmas #cookie #skillet #cookiecake #sundae

I decided to use a mix of milk chocolate chips and mini holiday M&Ms. However, you can use whatever you like: peanut butter chips, dark chocolate chips, peanut M&Ms,… Get creative or use your favorites.

I filled my mini skillets fairly high, maybe too high. I recommend around 3/4 full for the best results.

As I mentioned above, these festive mini skillets are available from TJ Maxx and HomeGoods. Following a quick online search, I learned that you can also find mini square and round skillets on Amazon.

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After removing the baked Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes from the oven, I topped them with a sprinkling of extra M&Ms and chocolate chips. This is optional, but I think it’s an appealing finishing touch.

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Serve the cookie cakes warm with a big scoop of your favorite ice cream and a drizzle of hot fudge. They taste a lot like a chocolate chip cookie sundae, and who wouldn’t love that?

Want more Christmas desserts? You’ll love these:

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Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes
Servings: 6 servings   |   Prep Time: 10 mins   |   Cook Time: 30 mins   |   Total Time: 40 mins
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These Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes make a delicious dessert recipe that combines the flavors of a cookie with the texture of a cake.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup M&Ms
  • Vanilla ice cream and hot fudge for serving
Instructions
  1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray the inside of each mini skillet with baking spray and set aside.
  2. Place the butter, brown sugar, and sugar in a bowl. Beat to combine. Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat again until smooth.
  3. Then add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix until just combined. Stir in the chocolate chips and M&Ms, reserving a few to press into the top of each cookie cake after baking.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes or until the edges are golden. (The center will still be slightly underbaked. The cookie cakes will continue to bake once they are removed from the oven.) Press the reserved chocolate chips and M&Ms into the top of each cookie cake.

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Want more sweet holiday inspiration? Be sure to visit my blogger friends below. Happy Holiday Baking!

Allow the cookie cakes to cool slightly before serving. Serve warm, topped with ice cream and hot fudge.

4 Minute Decadent Microwave Fudge by Ella Claire | Individual Ornament Cakes by Zevy Joy | Dipped Marshmallows by My Sweet Savannah | Individual Chocolate Souffle by Town and Country Living | Santa Munch Christmas Popcorn by Tidy Mom

Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes by Inspired by Charm | Cinnamon Buns by So Much Better with Age | Peanut Butter Fudge by Anderson + Grant | Peppermint Brownies by Nina Hendrick Design Co. | Deconstructed Apple Pie Bites by Taryn Whiteaker

Christmas Energy Snack Bites by Nest of Posies | Peppermint Bark by Boxwood Avenue | Gluten Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles by Tidbits | Keto Cinnamon Sugar Pecans by Home Stories A to Z | Candy Cane Pretzels by My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Caramel Popcorn Crunch by Shabby Fufu | Individual Ornament Cakes by Summer Adams Designs

These Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes make a delicious dessert recipe that combines the flavors of a cookie with the texture of a cake. Yes, friends, today we are serving up another tasty treat just in time for the holidays: Mini Skillet Cookie Cakes! I’m teaming up again with my Tastes of the Season blogger friends […]




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A delicious and easy Non-Alcoholic Sangria for Christmas #christmas #holiday #sangria #mocktail #recipe #drink

This Non-Alcoholic Sangria, flavored with cinnamon, oranges, and cranberries, is a delicious mocktail recipe that everyone can enjoy during holiday parties.

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Over the years I’ve shared many Christmas cocktail recipes. The other day someone asked for a few non-alcoholic mocktail recipes. I thought that was a wonderful idea, and I’m happy to deliver. That’s why I decided to create and share this beautiful and delicious Non-Alcoholic Sangria.

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Most of you probably know that I love a good sangria recipe. So that’s where I got the inspiration for this holiday mocktail.

Of course, you’re probably wondering how can you make sangria without the alcohol since the base of sangria is wine? Well, I have a few tricks to share that make this mocktail super delicious and doable!

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How do you make a non-alcoholic sangria?

There are two key ingredients.

First, you’ll need sparkling grape juice. I opted for red grape juice because I’m serving this mocktail for the holiday and wanted a rich red color. This will cover the grape-aspect of the wine and add a little fizziness.

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The second main ingredient is brewed tea. One of the key elements in red wine is the tannin. In short, it’s responsible for the woodsy, sometimes bitter flavor and dryness of red wine. Brewed tea can create a similar effect, which is why we’re adding it to this non-alcoholic sangria.

Pretty interesting, right?

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A delicious and easy Non-Alcoholic Sangria for Christmas #christmas #holiday #sangria #mocktail #recipe #drink

So for this mocktail sangria recipe, I started with the sparkling red grape juice and the brewed tea. I used Bigelow’s Constant Comment. Its notes of orange and sweet spices work great for this particular recipe.

Next, I added cranberry juice for seasonal flavor and a touch of sweetness. Finally, it wouldn’t be sangria without some fruit. I tossed in sliced oranges, fresh cranberries, and cinnamon sticks. Pomegranate seeds or cubed green apples would likewise be beautiful and delicious!

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And with that, this Non-Alcoholic Sangria is ready for serving!

(Since someone will probably ask, the cute pine tree drink stirrers came from Target a few years back. However, CraftyLumberjacks have a great DIY version which you can find here.)

Looking for traditional sangria? Try these recipes:

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Tasty, gorgeous, and festive. What more could you ask? Cheers, my friends!

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Recipe
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This Non-Alcoholic Sangria, flavored with cinnamon, oranges, and cranberries, is a delicious mocktail recipe that everyone can enjoy during holiday parties.
Ingredients
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups brewed black tea, cooled (I used Bigelow Constant Comment.)
  • 1 bottle (750mL) sparkling red grape juice
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Start with a pitcher of ice. Pour in the cranberry juice, brewed black tea, and sparkling red grape juice and mix to combine.
  2. Add orange slices, fresh cranberries, and cinnamon sticks for a little holiday spice. Stir again for a final mix.
  3. Serve this Holiday Sangria Mocktail in glasses filled with ice. Garnish each with a slice of orange, more cranberries, and a cinnamon stick.

This Non-Alcoholic Sangria, flavored with cinnamon, oranges, and cranberries, is a delicious mocktail recipe that everyone can enjoy during holiday parties. Over the years I’ve shared many Christmas cocktail recipes. The other day someone asked for a few non-alcoholic mocktail recipes. I thought that was a wonderful idea, and I’m happy to deliver. That’s why […]




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Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

Christmas has definitely made its appearance at Bayberry House. Welcome to my Holiday Home Tour!

Folks who have been following IBC for a while know that this is one of my favorite posts each year. While I’ve been gabbing about Christmas for a month now, this post kicks off the season in my home. As always, it is my pleasure to show you around.

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This tour is part of Jennifer Rizzo’s Holiday Housewalk. Coincidentally, this is my third year on the Housewalk and my third home. Crazy, right? If you’re currently on the tour and have clicked over from Kristen of Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, welcome! Her holiday decor is so lovely!

In case I’m your first stop on the Holiday Housewalk and you want to see all the homes, you can click here to start at the beginning. Each blogger will link to another blogger so you can easily continue on the Housewalk!

Whether you’re new to Inspired by Charm or a long-time reader, I am delighted you’re here! I bought this home, which I’ve named Bayberry House, back in May so this is my first Christmas here. I still have lots of remodeling and updates to do in the kitchen, bedrooms, office, and other spaces, so those places aren’t included on this tour. But don’t worry, that hasn’t stopped me from decking out the rest of my halls!

I will also have many more decorating and entertaining ideas to share as the holiday season progresses, so be sure to join the IBC Mailing List if you’re not already on it. I send out an email every Saturday morning with all the posts from the week. I don’t want you to miss a thing.

Now that the introduction is complete, let’s get into the Holiday Housewalk. I think I’ll start in my entryway.

(Also, just wanted to note there are a lot of pictures. Not apologizing, just noting.  I suggest grabbing a cup of cocoa and listening to my Christmas playlists while your scroll.)

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This space recently received a paint job. The deep blue walls certainly make the holiday decor pop, don’t you think?

I have a few themes going on in my holiday decor this year. The most notable may be the touches of Christmas past. Throughout my spaces, you’ll see nods to nostalgia and family.

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Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

The banister is wrapped in a faux pine garland with a Christmas ball garland and a felt ball garland woven in. I also brought in this little table that I found at a local thrift store. It’s the perfect spot to drop my keys and mail when coming in the door. I even added a real Christmas tree (well, the top of a one) to this glass jar.

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Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

There’s another small table in my entryway where I’ve placed glass trees, a set of plastic deer from my grandparents (they are my favorite Christmas accessory), and a holiday print with my favorite quote from the movie Elf.

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Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

If you make a left when coming through the front door, you’ll end up in my family room. In the corner, is my red nostalgia-inspired Christmas tree. (I shared that tree on the blog last week. You can see more of it here.)

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With a huge fireplace and a TV, this is where I spend time when I’m home in the evenings. I shared a separate post with all the details of this space decorated for Christmas. You can see that here.

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I ordered new furniture for this room, but the delivery is running a little late. That means I’ll probably be showing you around this space again in a couple weeks. Stay tuned!

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Across the hall from the family room is my living room.

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I have been bursting with excitement to share this space. In fact, I’ve been teasing you with my “green tree” on Instagram for weeks and weeks. Here she is in all her splendor!

(I have a full post dedicated to this tree. You can read it here.)

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Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

I couldn’t be more pleased with the way this tree turned out. It may be one of my new favorites.

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The inspiration for this tree came from these velvet emerald green chairs I ordered in the fall. I also thought that a green tree would be a fitting complement to my red one.

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Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

I put together a separate post to tell you more about this green tree. You can find that here.  I even filmed a few quick videos to walk you through my process of decorating a tree, so stay tuned for that. I’ll be sharing it soon.

Once the theme was set for the tree, I used it as inspiration for the rest of the room. While I never want my home to feel “don’t-sit-on-the-furniture fancy,” this space is definitely on the formal side. With that in mind, I added touches of gold, white, and wood.

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There is likewise a bit of navy blue since I used my existing rug and ottoman.

Over on the fireplace, I arranged another faux pine garland and strung a delicate gold garland on it. The large mirror is another thrift-store find. So are the beautiful brass candlesticks.

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I tucked a random assortment of stockings into the garland. I was especially excited to use my DIY wood stockings again. (Yes, I made those! You can find the tutorial here.)

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You’ll notice there’s a bar cart in this room as well. (There’s one in my family room, too.) I didn’t intend to have a bar cart in here, but I got this one for a project and ended up liking it so much that I decided to make it work. (Speaking of bar carts and cocktails, I have a full list of holiday cocktail recipes here.)

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On the opposite side of the room, I finally got my new-to-me cabinet filled and styled. It’s a mix of things cozy and Christmas.

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No, your eyes did not deceive you. That’s a different sofa! Although it’s the same color as my previous one, it’s much bigger, sexier, and more comfortable. I’m loving it.

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I’ve also added art to the walls, including the piece that used to be in my dining room, a vintage photo of my grandparents, and this new canvas print from Lindsay Letters. Isn’t it gorgeous!?

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Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

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Speaking of art and Lindsay Letters, let’s move to the next room to check out the new art in my dining room.

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I love me a paint-by-number print (in keeping with my vintage-inspired Christmas theme), so when I saw this piece, I knew I had to have it for this space. I’m crazy about it!

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(I’m also excited to tell you that Lindsay has graciously offered IBC readers a discount code to TheArtBar.co (her shop)! You can use the code “inspiredbychmarm” to save 15%! I’ve been buying from her for years and have never been disappointed.)

With the art in place, I decorated the rest of the room to match. It’s a touch of modern and a splash of vintage all rolled into one. My holiday heart is happy!

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I used this vintage pie safe (I had been a bar cabinet in my former apartment.) to set up a hot cocoa station.

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I was so excited to find this vintage plaid thermos. It truly brought this little vignette to life. Speaking of cocoa, you can grab the recipe for my hot cocoa mix here. It’s yummy, and it makes a great gift!

 

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Along the dining table, I laid down a fresh pine garland and tucked in white trees and candles.

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Over on the sideboard, I added modern glass trees, vintage jars with peppermint sticks, and a bottle of the bubbly set in a vintage ironstone tea leaf bowl.

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Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

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For a final quirky touch, I hung this neon “merry” sign on the front of the sideboard. It’s sold out now, so I’m so glad I snagged it early. It’s such an unexpected piece.

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Christmas at Bayberry House - Holiday Home Tour with color Christmas Decoration ideas. #christmas #holiday #home #decor #decorations #christmastree

And with that, I would say Bayberry House is merry, bright, and ready for Christmas. Don’t you agree?

I’m still putting the finishing touches on the exterior of Bayberry House, but I’ll be certain to share pictures of that as soon as the decorating is complete. Hopefully, by next Christmas, I’ll have a new kitchen and will have made more progress in my bedrooms so I can do a whole house Holiday Home Tour.

Thank you so much for joining me on this Holiday Housewalk. It is a joy to share my home. I hope you enjoy this post as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it!

If you’re continuing along, Sarah from The Yellow Cape Cod is next. You will love her festive holiday home.

Merry Christmas to each of you!

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Christmas has definitely made its appearance at Bayberry House. Welcome to my Holiday Home Tour! Folks who have been following IBC for a while know that this is one of my favorite posts each year. While I’ve been gabbing about Christmas for a month now, this post kicks off the season in my home. As […]




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The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #cocoa #recipe #holiday #christmas

Hot cocoa is a winter staple. This is my favorite recipe for creating a large batch of Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix that can be ready in an instant!

While I was decking my halls, I decided to set up a hot cocoa station in my dining room. That inspired me to whip up a big batch of this delicious homemade hot cocoa mix.

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The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #cocoa #recipe #holiday #christmas

I also found this super cute vintage metal thermos on eBay, and it was begging to be a part of a hot chocolate display. Mission accomplished.

If memory serves me correctly, this recipe came from my sister-in-law who used to make it for my nephews and niece. Now you can skip the store-bought pouches and just whip up a big container of this. It’s great to have on hand for when the mood strikes or company arrives over the holidays.

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How do you make hot cocoa mix?

It’s simple. Combine non-dairy powdered coffee creamer, dry powdered milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk together. (You can also put all of the ingredients in your storage container and shake well to combine.)

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The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #cocoa #recipe #holiday #christmas

The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #cocoa #recipe #holiday #christmas

And that’s it, my friends! Your homemade hot cocoa mix is ready!

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To serve, place 1/4 to 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug. Pour in warm milk. (You can also use hot water, but I think the warm milk adds to the creaminess.) Stir until well blended. Top with mini marshmallows.

It truly is that easy.

I also have two other variations on this recipe: White Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix and Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix. You can find those here.

This hot cocoa mix also makes a great gift. I would double the batch and portion it out in small mason jars. Tie a pretty ribbon around each jar and add a candy cane, and you’re good to go.

I hope you love this hot cocoa mix recipe as much as I do. Here’s to many a hot cocoa mustache!

Looking for more cold weather treats? Try these:

 

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The Best Hot Cocoa Mix Recipe:

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix
  |   Prep Time: 10 mins
The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #cocoa #recipe #holiday #christmas
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This is my favorite recipe for creating a large batch of Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix that can be ready in an instant!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup non-dairy powdered coffee creamer
  • 1 cup nonfat dry powdered milk
  • 1 cup milk chocolate morsels
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Miniature marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients, except for the marshmallows, in a large bowl. Whisk thoroughly to combine. 

  2. Place in a sealed container or divide into individual servings. One serving is 1/3 cup cocoa mix plus milk. Garnish with mini marshmallows.

  3. To prepare the hot cocoa, place 1/4 to 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug. Pour in warm milk. Stir until well blended. Top with mini marshmallows.

The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #cocoa #recipe #holiday #christmas

The BEST recipe for delicious Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #cocoa #recipe #holiday #christmas

Hot cocoa is a winter staple. This is my favorite recipe for creating a large batch of Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix that can be ready in an instant! While I was decking my halls, I decided to set up a hot cocoa station in my dining room. That inspired me to whip up a big […]




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