Homemade Hot Cocoa to Sip or Give

One of my favorite things to do each Christmas is unpack all my Santa mugs. I try to add a few new mugs each year. I like to place them on a two-tiered stand in the kitchen with all my hot cocoa supplies.  I tucked in a few sprigs of evergreen and filled one of the mugs with peppermint candy canes. This year I will be mixing up a homemade hot cocoa mix courtesy of The Pioneer Woman. Here is a printable recipe card to download for your recipe box. I found some cute things at Trader Joe’s to elevate the cocoa experience.  The hot cocoa sticks are basically a bar of dark chocolate that you drop into a mug filled with hot milk. The adorable, and great tasting, Gingerbread men mug hangers make the perfect dunkers into your sip. Top off with the lightest shade of pink peppermint mini … Continue reading “Homemade Hot Cocoa to Sip or Give”

What Would Holley Wear: Four Stylish Ways to Get into the Christmas Spirit

So I’m putting this out there…I’m finding it challenging to write about what to wear during the 2020 winter holidays.  That being said…I’m pretty sure I have a severe case of the “holiday hang-ups”.  Is anyone else suffering from this? What are you doing to get into the holiday spirit?  At my house, we decided to stick with the basics…decorate the house…watch Christmas movies…cook and eat comfort food…and we started a new family tradition…“Santa Zooms”! To help get us in the Christmas frame of mind, our first plan of action was to decorate the house.  Even though I didn’t go to the woods to cut down a tree, there’s nothing more “holiday-ish” than a plaid flannel lumberjack shirt….perfect for tree trimming!    Lucky for all of us, plaid shirts and jackets are trending big time.  Be sure to “check out” our amazing selection from LL Bean and Amazon on Pinterest! … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Four Stylish Ways to Get into the Christmas Spirit”

How to Receive a Letter from Santa and Do Good Will

It’s time to get those letters to Santa in the post. What a fun way you can engage the littles in your life by helping them write a letter to their favorite couple – Santa and Mrs. Claus.  I even have a free printable letter you can download and use to pen your greeting. First, thank you to our northern friends in Canada – the Canadian Post and their Giving Back to the Community Program. Sacks of letters are arriving at the North Pole and the Canadian postal elves are busy helping Santa with his mail. If you want to hear back from Santa you must get your letter in the mail by December 10  – a week from tomorrow. Here’s how… I’ve made you a free printable here for your cheerful correspondence. Put your letter into an envelope, affix a stamp, and be sure to include a self-addressed  envelope … Continue reading “How to Receive a Letter from Santa and Do Good Will”

It’s a Colorful Life Christmas Tour – The Family Room

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  I am thrilled to be included in this year’s It’s A Colorful Life Home Tour 2020 Holiday Edition.  My friend Jennifer of Dimples and Tangles invited me to participate in the tour she hosts with Jeweled Interiors. I have followed Jennifer for many years and I love her flair for design. Several times a year Jennifer and Jewel gather color-loving bloggers, like me, to share their holiday homes. Stay tuned at the end, I will introduce you to two of my co-hostesses for today so you can take a virtual tour of their lovely homes to see all their beauty and creativity! This week I am sharing my family room holiday decorations. My love of color comes from my mother. She adored white flocked Christmas trees, and I remember many a Christmas that I helped her decorate the tree with turquoise ornaments. I … Continue reading “It’s a Colorful Life Christmas Tour – The Family Room”

The Season of Advent

The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming” or “visit,” begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year for Christians. This year Advent begins Sunday, November 29. During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for, and need of, forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward to anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming. Growing up in the Methodist church it was always a treat to see the lighting of the Advent candles each Sunday.  Something about jewel-toned candles and the smell of the wax candles still brings … Continue reading “The Season of Advent”

What Would Holley Wear: Giving Thanks in Broken Bow, Oklahoma

We celebrated Thanksgiving early this month at a vacation mountain home in Broken Bow, Oklahoma…perfect for our family of 9.  We also celebrated the oldest and the youngest birthdays…Pop’s 67th and Elias’ 3rd!   Be sure to check out all the photos on our Pinterest board! Ping-pong, billiards, and indoor Snowball fights…oh my!!!  Playing pool and ping-pong were super popular with the big kids (ages 11 to 67).  A snap-up pullover from Abercrombie paired with leggings is ideal for indoor activities.  We’re also loving a look from “The Everygirl” Pinterest board….leggings and boots from Nordstrom’s topped with a camel turtleneck and Abercrombie Sherpa jacket.  All you need to add are indoor snowballs. Playing outdoors, roasting S’mores’ on the fire-pit, and enjoying friendly corn-hole competitions were some of the outdoor activities we enjoyed.  Layering with a vest is ideal for this scenario.  If you’re tall and long in the torso, my … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Giving Thanks in Broken Bow, Oklahoma”

Setting the Table for Thanksgiving Three Ways

I love to set the table for Thanksgiving. I thought it would be fun for you to decide which of the three I styled you most think I should use for my dinner table this year.  Most all of the pieces came from my party pantry and are either vintage or not new to me. The only purchase I made to put these place settings together were the flowers from WholeFoods – other than Trader Joe’s one of my favorite places for unexpected varieties and colors of flowers. First – Very Vintage This is Mother’s wedding china. Mother and Daddy’s wedding anniversary is in November so I think this is a special way to honor my parents during the holiday.  I paired it with Cherry Brandy roses in a fluted vintage vase. The linen placemat and napkin are vintage, but new to me. My friend Mary Lane from TCU messaged … Continue reading “Setting the Table for Thanksgiving Three Ways”

It’s a Wrap Party! Gift wrapping and cocktail class

Just in time for the holiday season, join WirrWarr Wraps and Home with a Twist for a morning filled with festive champagne cocktail mixing and swoon-worthy gift wrapping. Cassie Kruemcke, the creative genius of WirrWarr Wraps has a truly unique sense of style and a one-of-a-kind wrapping technique to share with you. You will finish the class with new wrapping and bow making skills to garner all the oohs and aahs, making you the very next resident Wrap Star. Melissa Austin-Weeks, your merry hostess from Home with a Twist, will kick off the morning with a delicious sip – a Mistletoe Twist. Registration includes Cassie’s signature gift wrapping (three sheets) and guide to sources for ribbon and other embellishments to purchase for the class, and the cocktail recipe. Check out all of Cassie’s creations on her Instagram here. Register here.  Registration is very limited so don’t delay.

The Merry Cook – Fun gifts for the kitchen

Let’s get cooking helping you find beautiful gifts for the chef. I’ve rounded up things I would love for Santa to leave me under the tree. An Apron – Last January my besties and I traveled to Arkansas to Euna Mae’s Kitchen Store.  Be sure to check out her website. She stocks her store with the loveliest bowls, kitchenware, care packages, and linens. We bought pretty much one of everything while we were in town. I love this year’s Christmas apron. Every southern gal needs an apron.  Her red cotton holiday apron would be lovely with a monogram. For the tea and coffee drinker.  I love the sound tea kettles make when they sing!  Sometimes you just want a really good cup of tea that a Keurig just can’t make. This white tea kettle from World Market will go with anyone’s color scheme.  If she loves teas and Hallmark Christmas … Continue reading “The Merry Cook – Fun gifts for the kitchen”

Mother’s Sweet Potato Delight

I post this recipe every year and many of you have told me it is now part of your Thanksgiving tradition.  My mother would be thrilled!  Sweet Potato Delight is a dish Mother and Sister Bee have served for many years at our Thanksgiving table.  I love it and the meal wouldn’t be the same without it. In fact, Miss Bee always has it at the top of her “wish list” too.  It’s almost like dessert with the buttery, crumbly topping. Sweet Potato Delight 1 large can of sweet potatoes (I usually double the recipe) Heat potatoes and juice and mash thoroughly.  If you want to bake sweet potatoes ones you can, but this tastes just as good. Mix together: One stick of melted butter 1 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup of sugar 1/3 cup of evaporated milk 2 beaten eggs Combine all of the ingredients and pour into a buttered 9×13 … Continue reading “Mother’s Sweet Potato Delight”