Welcome to our Home for the Holidays……what do I love about my Holiday home this time of year? Well, with the lights and tree and sparkle, just about everything. Karla, at Karla’s Cottage, is hosting a party all about our Holiday homes, so be sure to go on over and check out all the girls who will be showing off their Christmas finery. A small tabletop tree in the kitchen is so cheery & makes me happy to look at it with it’s lime green ornaments & green/white toile ribbon.
One of my favorite ornaments, flying Santa hangs out on the diningroom sideboard keeping watch over the pinecones and walnuts. A little gold & silver really adds to the festive touch this time of year. A silver yardsale candlabra comes in handy this time of year as a prop for ornaments.
Another favorite ornament, a tiny mirrored treasure chest holds all things bright & beautiful and adds a festive touch to the silver tray adorned with moss, pinecones and dried hydrangeas. Acorns & pinecones were fun to collect this year & I’ve had fun with the gold/silver spray paint & glitter. There’s just something so festive about acorns in a pretty glass bowl. A friend from CA sent me those rose pinecones. We don’t have anything like that here in the South. I just love them! Personalized stockings hung by the chimney with care…and a little sparkle doesn’t hurt! This was a Ballards Outlet find in Atlanta about 3 years ago. They had a whole bin of rejected stockings & were selling them for $5.00. I found one with my hubby’s name & got one that was mostly empty of thread for me & found a place to personalize it here in town.
The Christmas tree in all it’s glory…all lit up when I walk in the door at night. Gold & burgandy have been favorites of mine for many years now & seems to work really well in my house, so I’ve stuck with the tried and true for me.
Shiny, pretty ornaments speak to me….. Fresh greens be-ribboned and festooned with a reindeer and star adorns the stairpost in the foyer.
Baby Jesus and the nativity scene is at rest in the livingroom bringing a calm spirit to this home. A sparkly reindeer, shiny Christmas balls & jeweled rope add a bit of cheer to a side table.
Lime green moss keeps the birds company this Season, along with some walnuts & glowing green balls.
Santa keeps watch over all in the livingroom right next to the ribboned vintage boxes.
1 package (20 oz.) vanilla or chocolate flavored almond bark, coarsely chopped (found mine at
3/4 cup almonds
3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
2 cups crisp rice cereal
Place rectangle stone into freezer at least 1 hour. Lay down parchment paper. Place almond bark into bowl & put in microwave 2-3 minutes until melted, stirring occasionally. Coarsely chop nuts with food chopper, place in microwave for 2-3 minutes until golden brown, stirring after each 30 seconds. Add cranberries, stir until combined. Stir rice cereal and 1/2 the nut mixture into melted bark. Pour bark mixture onto parchment, spreading evenly. Immediately sprinkle with remaining nut mixture; press lightly onto surface of bark. Remove baking stone from freezer, slide parchment paper on top. Let stand 7-10 minutes until bark is set. Bring edges of parchment paper up over bark & break into pieces. Eat & Enjoy!!