The White House – History of Christmas

I listened to a charming podcast recently – The Millennial Homemakers where they interviewed Linda Dutile, a volunteer who helped decorate The White House this year. Linda answered all their questions about the application and selection process, what a typical day of decorating the nation’s home was like and other fun details.  Wouldn’t that be the best job ever!  I think I may try to apply! It got me to thinking about the traditions in year’s past, so I did some research on The White House Historical Association website to share fun facts and photos. First, the adorable photo above is of First Lady Betty Ford and her daughter, Susan, decorating holiday cookies in the White House solarium in December 1975.  My childhood memories are permanently planted in the 60s and 70s when Christmas, for me, was magical and kitchy. The White House observance of Christmas before the twentieth century … Continue reading “The White House – History of Christmas”

What Would Holley Wear: “Tweeds” the Night Before Christmas

Full disclosure:  This is a risqué version of a classic Christmas story.  So you may want to help yourself to a little eggnog before you continue reading! “Tweeds” the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse….except for mama in her kerchief and stylish tweed shoes.  Oh my goodness…what in the world was mama up to? It seemed she had carefully hung her stockings to arouse St. Nick’s attention….tip-toeing downstairs in a pair of sexy tweed kittens!   Such a handsome fellow, so lively and quick, she knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.  And then in a twinkling, I heard upstairs…prancing and joyous hoots! Oh, my…it was mama trying on a new tweed suit.  Nicholas suggested a few ideas from Pinterest…Chanel, Chic Wish, and the list continues. The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow, gave the luster … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: “Tweeds” the Night Before Christmas”

Make Your House Smell Like Christmas with this Homemade Stovetop Potpourri

Here is a last minute gift idea I made for friends that would be a perfect way to engage your children and teens when they are home for Christmas — homemade stovetop potpourri! When I was little, Sister and I would make crafts together as my gift to family members.  One year we made spice ropes, another year we filled hairspray caps with plaster and stuck a fork inside to make a recipe holder.  Our creative skills were on fire!  I have fun memories working with her on these crafts instilling in me the spirit of giving. For this project, I got the idea here on Pinterest from The Crafting Chicks.  All the ingredients and a free printable are available on the link.  But, I’ll give you the CliffsNotes version. Gather all your ingredients and Ball jars.  I always purchase my Ball jars at Jabo’s Ace Hardware because they have … Continue reading “Make Your House Smell Like Christmas with this Homemade Stovetop Potpourri”

Mrs. Twist’s Jolly Mix – Spotify Playlist for the Holidays

I love Christmas music. I start my season of holiday tunes November 1 every year.  If they had Thanksgiving music, I’d enjoy it, but they don’t so I go straight to my happy place.  I created my own playlist this year and I am sharing it with you on Spotify.* 103 tunes from classic to modern and everything in between.  I included some my favorite artists like Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis, but I’ve also added in a few twists.  I hope you enjoy it while baking, wrapping presents or entertaining guests.  Having just a little Home with a Twist in your homes makes me happy! Merry listening!   *Go to www.spotify.com and search Mrs. Twist’s Jolly Mix. It will pop up and you can save it to your phone or in your Spotify library.

How to be a Wrap Star with Wirrwarr Wraps!

My friend Karen posted a beautiful photo of a gift she wrapped and shared that she learned how to do it at a Wirrwarr Wraps class led by Cassie Kruemcke. It immediately conjured up sweet memories of my early days learning to wrap gifts with my mother. When I was in elementary school Mother set up a gift wrapping station in our guest bedroom, during the month of December, to prepare the presents for under the tree.  Rolls of beautiful wrapping paper, tissue paper, boxes, bolts of ribbon, gift tags, and other supplies filled the top of the guest bed and she set up several card tables around the room.  My job was very clear: Wrap each gift, no two alike, and I would earn 25 cents per package.  Back then, we didn’t have the “bow and go” method.  Gift bags were not a thing, every gift was wrapped in … Continue reading “How to be a Wrap Star with Wirrwarr Wraps!”

What Would Holley Wear: Jingle All The Way

Wondering what the fashion forecast is for the festive season….anything that shimmers.  In other words….a whole lot of jingle! Party people, get ready to glisten in a stunning metallic skirt.  Are you willing to think outside the box? Then think about pairing a metallic skirt with an oversized sweater or a sweatshirt.  And “oh what fun” it is to add a pair of strappy heels or booties!   Gold lame’….it’s back!  So here’s what I’m thinking….if it was good enough for Elvis, then it’s good enough for the rest of us!  Right? Loeffler Randall’s bow heels in gold lame say one thing to me….“Ready or not, holidays…here I come!”  And don’t you think Neiman’s gold lame cocktail dress by Halston has Studio 54 written all over it!   What sparkles and goes with anything from jeans to sweat?  That would be sequins…of course! We love how Anthropologie features a sequined skirt two … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Jingle All The Way”

Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club Selection and Fun Workshop in January

Mrs. Twist Reads This is taking a hiatus from meeting in December, but we are still moving ahead with reading an inspiring book to prepare us for 2020. The Moment of Lift is a debut novel from Melinda Gates, a timely and necessary call to action for women’s empowerment. “How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings – and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.” For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down. In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This Book Club Selection and Fun Workshop in January”

What Would Holley Wear: “The Best of Holley” Thankful Edition

We are running a “The Best of Holley” post from Thanksgiving 2016 when baby Eli – who is now a very big three-year-old – was born!  From all of us at Home with a Twist, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m pretty sure one of the reasons Thanksgiving is the most popular holiday is it’s less stressful (unless you do all the cooking and cleaning up afterward).  We gather together with family and friends to share a meal and to consider all that we have to be thankful for! Two things you need to know about me:  I love everything about the Thanksgiving tradition …and I love sharing that special day with family and friends! Our Thanksgivings are always casual. Some years we “motor” to our hometown, Smackover, Arkansas! (true story…real name…Google it).  This year, we will walk across the street to share a lovely meal with our friends … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: “The Best of Holley” Thankful Edition”

A Message of Grief, Hope, Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Social media is a great tool to connect people, make us laugh and learn something new, but it also sends messages we must achieve perfection in order to be happy.  Every once in a while someone will say to me, “Your life seems so perfect.”  My life is full and abundant, but I work at it each day.  There have been a few times in my life when I wasn’t sure I could face another day.  Thankfully, God has given me a reprieve, at least for the moment, from sadness, loss, and grief.  I hope you will take time today to hear my personal story, revealing things about me you may not know, along with practical tips that have been helpful to me in learning to move through my grieving.  It’s a faith journey that has not been easy, but along the way, I’ve learned a lot about life and … Continue reading “A Message of Grief, Hope, Gratitude and Thanksgiving”

Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Breakfast Recipes

Since we eat later in the day on Thanksgiving, I like to prepare a breakfast we can enjoy while finishing up the last minute cooking and watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on television.  Today I am sharing four tasty, Twist-Lab tested recipes that are wonderful! The taste-testers in the Twist Laboratory love this recipe for Cranberry Christmas Cake which you can find here on my Pinterest board. It’s starts with a 12 oz bag of these ruby jewels.  During the fall and winter season I stock up on fresh cranberries because they freeze really well.  Tip:  If you freeze them don’t wash them first or they will get soggy.  Just keep the bag intact and tuck inside a ziplock bag and throw into the freezer.   You can add a handful of cranberries to your muffin recipes and throw a palm full into your oatmeal while it cooks on … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist’s Guide to Thanksgiving: Breakfast Recipes”