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Eggnogg Cupcakes

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If you’re working on some holiday baking this weekend, these would be a nice addition, especially if you’re an eggnog fan.  I made up a batch of my favourite vanilla cupcakes, and then added a delicious and easy eggnog icing -yum!

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Eggnogg Icing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup eggnogg
  • 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer beat your butter, and then slowly incorporate your icing sugar, eggnog, and freshly grated nutmeg.
  2. Whip until smooth and fluffy.
  3. Pipe onto your vanilla cupcakes and enjoy.
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Since it’s the holidays and we’re all getting a little dressed up to celebrate, I baked these cupcakes in a shiny gold cupcake liner and added some glitz to the top.  I love the little stars in gold, and you know how I feel about the edible glitter!

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Hoping your holiday prep goes well this weekend, and if you’re doing some baking give these yummy treats a try.

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With beautiful Eggnog Cupcakes to celebrate the holidays, life really is a party!

Modern Lego Nativity

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I’m kind of in love with this modern lego nativity, that one of my girls and I made after school the other day.  It was all because I’ve been taking part in a little advent Instagram challenge, #BHAdvent, and the theme for the day was “the nativity”.  I didn’t have one…at least not one I liked.  I did feel a pinch of guilt over the fact that no where in my three floors of Christmas decorated house was there a nativity on display.  I used to be a pastor, we love Jesus, go to church every Sunday, card caring members….but I just don’t really like nativities.  There’s something about the face glowing, perfect looking, “little Lord Jesus no crying he makes” scene that just doesn’t do it for me.  I read this great article this week, and I think it hit the nail on the head -“Why Are Manger Scenes So Weird”.  The manger was messy, people are messy, life is messy and my God came down to all the mess, not some sanitized version of us.  So when I started thinking nativity scene, somehow the modern version sat a little better with me.  It’s the suggestion of the characters, open for me to fill in the rest.  Perfect.

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The regular cast of characters make their appearance, there’s Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus himself.

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The three wise men are there, with their little crowns.

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And all the rest;  the stable, the star, the shepherds.

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With a simple modern nativity, life really is a party!

Christmas Gallery Wall

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I shared a peek of my Christmas Gallery Wall with you last week, in my Christmas Home Tour, and today I wanted to share some of the details with you.  It all started when I was inspired by Melissa at The Sweet Escape and her vintage plates with gold leaf added…I thought it would be fun to put a Christmas spin on it.  I found a couple of Christmas plates at the thrift store, and one that wasn’t Christmas, but had the right colours to go with the other two.  I used three plates to spell out the word JOY.

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I also used a dollar store stencil, some gold, silver, and copper leaf, and the special leafing glue.  I just traced the letter on to the plate with a pencil, and then used a paint brush to paint the glue into the right spot.

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After about 15 minutes (or according to your package instructions) you add the leaf over top, and rub gently to remove the excess.  Here’s how they turned out.

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I used the three different metals -gold, silver, and copper, to tie in with my theme this year of mixed metals.  I also tried to incorporate different metals in the rest of the display.  My bestie picked up the arrow for me at Chapters, that I’d been eyeing for ages, and I used a silver 3M hook to hang it.

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I actually used the 3M hooks to hang everything, since I didn’t want this to be permanent, or have nail holes left everywhere afterward.  It worked great, and (fingers crossed) so far it’s holding up perfectly.

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Most of the other piece were things I already had.  The gold mirror is actually a small tray, that I picked up thrifting one day.  The clipboard has had the metal clip gold leafed, and I made the picture.  I just used an old dictionary and used the page that had “Christmas” on it, and then used my printer to print a Santa picture on it.  It was super easy, and I love how it turned out.

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Lots of the pictures in the frames are free printables found on-line. Aren’t these “deer dear”.

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The “Joy to the World” pretty printable is from my friend Shannon at AKA Design.  The other picture is an old Trisha Romance print…a Christmas gift from my parents when I was a teenager, brought back to life as part of this eclectic collection.

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With a pretty Christmas gallery wall, life really is a party!

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Upstairs Christmas Tour 2014

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It’s a snowy day here, and definitely feeling very Christmas-y, as the kids count down the last days of school before Christmas vacation, and my thoughts turn to Christmas baking and wrapping.  Today I’m sharing the final installment of my Christmas home tour, see the main floor here, and the basement here.  Today we’re upstairs, for a peek in my new office/craft room and our master bedroom.  So grab a coffee and come on up.

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This is up at the top of the stairs, and the beginning of my large star mobile.  This is also the home of our Storybook Advent Calendar, which we’ve all been loving.  We get in our jammies each night and all squish into our bed and enjoy a bedtime story together.  I highly recommend it to anyone for next year.

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You might remember that a few weeks ago now, for my birthday, my family surprised me by giving me what used to be my husband’s study to use as my new office/craft room, while I was out of town.  You can read all about my big surprise here.  I’ve added a few more fun Christmas details to the room.  I think the wreath pillow looks so pretty here, you can find the tutorial on how I made it here.

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Beside the chair are a few of my vintage finds in the last little while.  The deer and snowman were thrift store finds, and the wee little Santa mug is from an antique fair.  Since I didn’t go with the vintage theme this year on the main floor, my little study became the perfect place to display a few of my new favourites.

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Speaking of favourites, I think my pink vintage ornament wreath fits in perfectly here….I may not want to pack it away after Christmas.

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On the other side of the small room, is my desk with a few other Christmas accessories added to the mix.

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On the bookcase, just a few more new finds.  I love the old truck, and filled it with glass ornaments, and a cute little nativity snow globe.  Both picked up on my recent weekend away.  I love my little study and it’s been fun to add lots of favourite vintage Christmas treasures to it.

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Now into our Master Bedroom, all dressed up for Christmas.  I actually don’t really like red, although my husband loves it.  So, I’ve never, ever used red in my Christmas decor before, but this year, I thought this room with it’s traditional furniture could really use a pop of red, and I have to say I love how it turned out.

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I scoured the house for red, and bought a few little accessories too.

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I love the red pillows on the bed, and you’ll recognize my easy Sharpie Reindeer Pillow, from last weeks post on how to make it.  It worked great to tie the red and brown in the room together.

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A few ornaments in a bowl are always an easy way to add a pop of colour.

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On my side of the bed, an amazing thrift store find, a pretty vintage white bottle brush tree with red ornaments.

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And over on the other side of the room, I added my daughters wooden sleigh, from her first Christmas, piled with gifts.

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I love how Christmas-y it is!

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And, a pretty feather-like tree.

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Thanks so much for stopping by for the tour.  Wishing you a lovely weekend, filled with holiday cheer!

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With a cozy bedroom on these cold winter days and nights, life really is a party!

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