"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
--Thomas Jefferson

Monday, December 5, 2016

Gingerbread House Competition 2016

Yes folks, it’s that time again. Time for you to get your voting ballots out and vote for your favorite gingerbread house. I have to say that the boys have stepped up their game this year and you’re gonna have a hard time telling who’s is who’s. And as always I say nothing on this post about the night as to not give any hints to who did what.

And this is all for fun. You won’t hurt anyone’s feelings, I promise. Well maybe mine, but I’ll be fine after a day or two of intense egg nog drinking. Smile

So without further ado, in no particular order, our gingerbread houses.

#1 The Candy Coated Cabin

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#2 Winter Bliss

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#3 Christmas Land

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#4 The Swirly Chateau

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Let the voting begin. I’ll give everyone until Friday night around 6 pm EST to vote and then the polls close, I’ll tally up the votes and announce the winner on Saturday.

Have a lovely day my friends.

Kim

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Coffee Bar!

It’s no secret I love decorating for Christmas. If you’ve ever stepped foot into my house at Christmas you know this. If you’ve visited my blog around Christmas in the past, you know this. If you didn’t know this, you now know this.

I didn’t have this coffee bar last year. It was birthed in February of this year, so I never got to put my Christmas spin on it until now, and I have to say that I love it. It makes me smile every time I see it.

Here’s how it usually is.

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And here it is with my Christmasy touch.

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I loved changing up my chalkboard picture. I think it came out pretty cute, considering I had no idea what I was going to draw.

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Underneath the chalkboard I switched out my regular coffee mugs for my favorite Christmas mugs. I then put the rest of my Christmas mugs on the cup holder. Poof! Instant Christmasy cuteness.

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I “quickly” made a new Christmasy runner to go underneath everything.

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I put my little lighted Christmas tree on there and turn it on when I get up because it’s still dark. It just adds a little fun. In the back there is my snowman that holds creamer and sugar. I keep him empty until I need him for company or something.

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A little Kim’s eye view.

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So are you inspired to Christmasify your coffee area? If you’d like to see my post about my original coffee bar. Click HERE!

How’s your decorating going? Would you like to see more of my decor? Smile

Have a lovely day friends.

Kim

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Easy Peasy Place Cards

Boy, time has a way of getting away from you. Or me rather. You and time might get along great. I on the other hand seem to have constant conflict with Mr. Time!

I planned on getting this post up last week. But the good news is, they aren’t hard to make and take no time at all.

First of all let me tell you why I like to use place cards. If you are going to be having a sit down dinner for more than a couple people outside of your own family, I like to make sure everyone knows where to sit. I think it makes them feel secure knowing exactly where they will be. Plus you have complete control over who sits by who. (If you’re a bit of a control freak like me, this makes you happy. VERY happy!)  For instance, if you know cousin Eddie doesn’t get along with Aunt Margaret, then you sit them as far away from each other as possible. Keep the peace. If you want. If you don’t want, then by all means sit them by each other and let them entertain the other guests. Smile

I’ve done my place cards a little different each year but I always keep them simple.
This year we will be having around 18 people. Usually we have around 8 so I had to step up my game a little.

So here we go!

First gather all your supplies.

You’ll need:

Paper cutter (or scissors if you don’t have one)

White Cardstock

Stickers and other embellishments

Fall printed scrapbook paper

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First cut your cardstock into 2 strips about 3 1/2 inches wide, long ways. Then cut your strips about 4 inches. This is just a guideline. You can make them as big or as small as you want. They should be about 3 1/2 x 4 in.

Fold them in half. Take your printed paper and use those fancy cuttin’ scissors if you have them and cut a rectangle just a bit smaller than the front of your card. Glue it to the front.

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Now you can either, cheat and print all the names out or you can hand write them. Either way is fine. My way is just quicker. Smile

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Once you glue your names on the front you can embellish them with whatever you have. Or you can just leave them be and they are still cute. I had some stickers left over from last year and I had bought the cute burlap flowers and scarecrows at Hobby Lobby.

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And that’s it my peeps. The hardest part is deciding where to put people because I want to sit by everyone. Ha!

Tell me, do you do place cards?

HUGS!

Kim

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Hosting Thanksgiving- What I’ve Learned

Since the year my hubby and I got married I’ve hosted Thanksgiving. Mom had informed me that she had put in her years and was handing it off to me. I being full of myself thought, “How hard can it be?” Then on Thanksgiving morning my mom got a phone call at 6 am of her crying daughter because she couldn’t get the turkey to cooperate. Smile

A lot of years have passed by and I pretty much have it down. Each Thanksgiving looks a little different. Sometimes we have a bunch of people and sometimes we don’t. This year we do and I’m very excited about it. We will have about 18 people here.

Through the years I’ve learned to delegate when I can and not try to do things all by myself. It makes it a more enjoyable time for me. I’ve also learned that you can change things around. Just because my mom always had Thanksgiving at 1 doesn’t mean I had to. I changed that about 5 or so years ago and never looked back. By eating later, I could enjoy the day more. I wasn’t rushed and had plenty of time to complete my tasks. I only regret not doing it sooner. Smile

Another thing you can do is prep. Do as much as you can ahead of time. Pies can be made ahead, potatoes can be peeled and covered in cold water ahead of time. Cut up your celery and onions and whatever else you can. Doing this helps so much.

I’ve also learned to keep my table settings simple AND that it’s okay to use paper plates. Gasp! I know right?! But at the end of the day, no one cares. Paper still looks pretty on the table and as long as you get the nice sturdy ones, you won’t have a problem.

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I mean after all it is all about the food right?! Go on, admit it. Yes it’s nice to get together with friends and family but if you’re honest with yourself you know you start drooling over that favorite pie of yours as soon as Fall arrives.

And if you’re blessed enough to have a cousin with a sense of humor that can also carve a turkey you might end up with this little creation. Smile

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The best thing you can do for your sanity is to plan ahead. I start planning my Thanksgiving by mid October. It really is a life saver to have all your recipes ready, your grocery list made, side dishes delegated and your extra things like place cards made. Speaking of place cards, I’ll be blogging about this years easy peasy place cards soon. That way if you feel so inclined you can whip them up for yourself. Smile

And let me share with you one of my favorite FREE Thanksgiving planners that I love to use. Sylvia is such a blessing to offer this great planner for free. Make sure you thank her. Smile 

Well that’s it for now. I hope you found a little encouragement for hosting your next Thanksgiving dinner.

Tell me? Do you usually host, go to someone else's home or eat out?

Have a lovely day!

Kim

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