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  1. 5 Thanksgiving Tips


    November 29, 2013 by Jenn

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Yesterday was the first Thanksgiving in a long time that I didn’t have Friendsgiving. This year I went with my boyfriend to his sister’s house to be with his family and the 2 newest additions to their family, his nieces Lola and Lorelei.




    CUTE RIGHT? This is Lola.
    Holidays can be stressful but I think Thanksgiving is tops on that list. There’s tons of family everywhere, babies crying, dogs running around, and your supposed to get a huge meal on the table by 3pm?! Yikes. Here’s a few tips I’ve learned along the way to having an organized (as possible) Thanksgiving Day!

    1. Shop EARLY. Plan out your menu completely and don’t wait until the few days before Thanksgiving to buy all of your supplies. A. The stores will be mobbed and B. The special things you are looking for might already be purchased.

    2. Prep as much as possible. The day before I always chop, dice, mince all veggies that can be prepped and place them in tupperware. I make all my pie crusts and organize all my ingredients. If you are nearly 100% prepped, cooking the day of will be a breeze.

    3. Order your turkey early! The good stuff without hormones and bad stuff sells out fast.

    4. Plan to have a cocktail hour of sorts that involves appetizers. This will keep everyone out of your hair while you are trying to cook and it will keep their hunger at bay. No one likes hungry cries coming from the living room of “IS IT READY YET??’.

    5. Start a tradition for during dinner. Thanksgiving and Christmas are similar in the way that so much time and energy is spent for weeks trying to get all the details perfect and then it seems the actual day passes by in seconds. Make a tradition to keep your family and friends present during dinner. Go around the table and say why you’re thankful. Write down a bunch of questions about the holidays or what you hope for in the next year and have everyone answer one. It just helps people slow down and savor not only their food, but the time with their loved ones.

    What is your families or friends Thanksgiving traditions?

  2. Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookies


    October 16, 2013 by Jenn

    I don’t really think I need to explain too much here, am I right? Chocolate and peanut butter are my favorite combination of all time. These cookies are the absolute BEST and they’re just in time for the holidays.

    - 1 C butter, soft but not melted
    - 1 C white sugar
    - 1/2 C brown sugar
    - 2 eggs
    - 2 tsp vanilla extract
    - 2 C flour
    - 2/3 C cocoa powder
    - 1 tsp baking soda
    - 1/4 tsp salt
    - 2 1/2 cups Reece’s peanut butter chips

    - Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
    - In a mixer or a large bowl, combine butter, sugars, eggs, and vanilla and beat together until light and fluffy.
    - In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until well combined. Gently stir in the peanut butter chips.
    - Place the batter in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes before baking. This will help the cookies to rise instead of coming out flat.
    - Lightly grease your cookie sheet and drop the batter in rounded spoonfuls. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. I prefer my cookies to be softer so I took mine out after about 11 minutes. If you like crunchy cookies, leave them in a bit longer.

    I’m a big fan of recipes that are basic and can be changed a little here and there. This is a really simple and easy recipe that you can modify any way you see fit. I’m thinking that next time I might add pretzel pieces or maybe cherries for Christmas time. What are your favorite holiday cookies??

  3. DIY Holiday Wrapping Ideas


    December 7, 2012 by Jenn

    As we get closer to Christmas, we are (hopefully) almost done with our shopping and it’s time to start wrapping up all our goodies! There are a lot of options when it comes to wrapping but, as usual, we think handmade is more fun. It’s also easier on your wallet. Here are some ideas we’ve come up with this season to help make your gifts stand out!

    Potato Stamp Paper:

    I had a left over sweet potato that wasn’t looking so hot. I used an exacto knife to carve three potato stamps, a tree, a heart, and a circle. I then took my brown postal paper (left over from my advent tutorial) and patterned my stamps in different colors. I used a paintbrush to apply the paint to my stamps and practiced once or twice before stamping my paper. If some of the stamps look a little crazy, just use your paintbrush to fill in the gaps!

    As you can see, in these photos my bows are pom poms. This is a fun extra you can add to your gifts. Make a pom pom and turn it into an ornament by keeping the tether yarn longer and tying it together! Use a piece of tape to attach it to your gift and voila! The bow now doubles as an ornament. You can use a pom pom maker or make them yourself, there’s a helpful tutorial here.


    Snowflake Atlas wrapping:

    I love using old magazine photos or map pages as wrapping. It adds a fun texture to your packages. I had an old atlas lying around so I used a page as my background. A friend and I were making paper snowflakes the other night to hang in my apartment and I had a few left over. I added the snowflake on top and tied my package with festive yarn. So easy and so very FREE since I had all these things lying around. Can’t beat that!

    Have a great weekend!!

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