Easy Mulled Wine + My Grandmothers Christmas Fudge Recipe

Hi Friends! Its FINALLY Friday and this little mamma couldn’t be happier. Only a few more sleeps until Christmas is in full swing. I am so excited. Beckett is so much more fun this year, last year he loved the wrapping paper more than anything. This year he knows who Santa is and obviously loves toys. It is so amazing to see the magic in his eyes during this time. It gives me all the Christmas feels. Today we are talking mulled wine and fudge. My favorite holiday drink and my grandmothers fudge recipe. It is so beyond yum and it is just NOT Christmas without it. Do you guys have a favorite holiday recipe that your family makes every year? Share with me below in the comments as I am always looking for new recipes. Enjoy this Easy Mulled Wine + My Grandmothers Christmas Fudge Recipe.img_2549 Have you guys made mulled wine before? It is so yum and I love it because it gets me in the holiday spirit and makes the house smell amazing. You can buy mulling spices from World Market or from William Sonoma. You can also make your own, I have tagged a recipe here. I have found that it is a lot more work to make yourself when you can just buy the same spices all ready to go.

All you have to do is get a large pot, add 1 bottle of red wine. Menage a Trois is my absolute favorite which you can also get at World Market. Add about 3 tablespoons of mulling spices to the wine followed by a 1/3 cup of sugar (you can adjust this depending on how sweet you like it). Simmer for about 15 minutes. Serve in a cute mug with a few cinnamon sticks. If you are feeling extra festive you can add orange slices and fresh cranberries. Serve and ENJOYimg_2552You can also use mulling spices to make:
Smell of Christmas jars
Potpourri for your home
Spiced syrup
Spiced Hot tea
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Ingredients:
4 1/2 C. Sugar
1 Can Evaporated Milk
8 oz. or 7 oz. jar Marshmallow Cream
2 Cubes Butter
3 Small packages of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 Cups Nuts (optional)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Pour sugar and milk in a large pan. Bring to a boil slowly. Boil for 10 minutes stirring constantly. Pour remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour sugar and milk mixture into a bowl with other ingredients. Stir until smooth. Pour into a buttered 9×13 pan.img_1899
Merry Christmas from my little family to yours! I hope you all have a magical time with the kiddos. Don’t forget to put your phone down and enjoy the people you are with. Engage and be present! Thank you so much stopping by today, I appreciate each and every one of you. I hope its the best.
Xo, Andie

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Quick + Easy DIY Spiked Hot Cocoa

Hi Loves! How is everyone? I hope you are all ready for Christmas. I am ALMOST THERE. Ugh so much wrapping to still get done. I am hoping to get everything complete here in the next couple days so that I can enjoy Christmas and not be stressed at the last minute. Do you need a last minute gift idea that you can do yourself? I wanted to share with you guys today a Quick and Easy DIY Spiked Hot Cocoa Recipe. Every year my husband and I choose a DIY gift to make for our friends and family. This year we chose Spiked Hot Cocoa and Homemade Salsa. We got these done so quickly and it is the perfect thing to do as a last minute little gift. You probably have most of the ingredients at home already and you may even have some mason jars you can use laying around.Quick + Easy DIY Spiked Hot Cocoa

Supplies:
12 oz Mason Jars
Baileys Minis
Twine
Gift Tag of choice
– 2 teaspoons Corn Starch
– 1 1/2 Cups Dry Milk
-1/2 Cup Sugar
-1/2 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-Chocolate Chips
-Marshmallows

*Double or triple the recipe if you need more based on how many jars you are looking to makeQuick + Easy DIY Spiked Hot Cocoa
Combined the Corn Starch, Dry Milk, Sugar, and Cocoa Powder in a big bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined. Add your dry ingredients into your mason jar. I would fill it a little more than half way so that you have room for the chocolate chips and the marshmallows at the top. Next top the jar off with your chocolate chips and marshmallows. I then tied the mini Baileys to the jar with some twine and added a tag that had the instructions on how to make it on it. 

To Make Tag to Read: Add 3 tablespoons of mix to 8oz milk or water into a saucepan and stir. Simmer on med/low for 2 minutes. Serve with chocolate chips, marshmallows, and Irish cream. ENJOY!Quick + Easy DIY Spiked Hot CocoaQuick + Easy DIY Spiked Hot Cocoa

Aren’t these just the cutest. Everyone is going to need a good spiked hot cocoa on Christmas so I thought this was the perfect little gift for my friends and family. I love how simple and easy these are. I hope that you will give these a try. You can get creative with the twine and tags. You can stamp them or draw something festive on them.Quick + Easy DIY Spiked Hot Cocoa

I hope you all have an amazing week. I hope you all slow down a little and take in all the great things around you. I always get so bogged down by the Christmas madness and I don’t take enough time sit back and enjoy all the simple things. Take time to appreciate peoples expressions, the smells in the air, the cold or warmth that surrounds you. Most of all just be present. Put your phones down and engage with people! Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you are enjoying this holiday season as much as I am. 

Xo, Andie

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Simple & Modern DIY Christmas Wrapping Ideas

Hi Friends! The crazy Christmas countdown is on. I hope everyone is having an amazing December so far. Christmas is just about two weeks away. Its CRAZINESS, I cannot believe it. I hope you are all coming to a close on your holiday shopping and are starting to think about getting some gifts wrapped and under that tree. Are you like me and cram all your wrapping into one night or do you do it as you go? If you haven’t started wrapping yet I suggest you turn on your favorite Christmas movie (Home Alone or The Santa Claus are my favorites) sit back as I share with you some Simple & Modern DIY Christmas Wrapping Ideas.

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Aren’t these packages the cutest? So simple! I picked up some wrapping paper from Target and Michaels stores. I picked out Black, Kraft, and Gold Speckled wrapping paper. I got some twine in black/white, red/white, and gold/white for the ribbon and picked up some various tags from the craft store as well. The stamp is just a cute added touch to blend it all together. The greenery is from my olive tree in our back yard. img_1979-1img_1975img_1977
So fun! I like how simple they are but still look really modern and pretty. They look so good under the tree and I am loving how they turned out.
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Next we have the wrapping with the various suede color ribbon which is my favorite. I used the same paper as above except I switched out the gold speckled for a black and white striped paper. I clipped a few trimmings from my tree, and used some baby pinecones for the center. These look so great and I love how unique they are.

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Do you guys love them as much as I do? Wrapping pretty packages doesn’t have to be complex, just use what you have and be creative with it. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog today. It means the world to me when you spend just a few minutes here. 

XO, Andie

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Modern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 Minutes

Hi Loves! Happy FRIYAY! I hope you all had an amazing week and are gearing up for a fun weekend. Go ahead an grab yourself some eggnog, turn that Christmas music up and lets talk EASY PEASY Christmas Ornaments. I literally made these ornaments in less that five minutes. They are so fun and modern just like I like the Christmas vibe in my house this year. You can put these on your tree or hang them from an old piece of birch like I did. I hope you guys love these Modern DIY Christmas Ornaments that I made in less than 5 minutes.

Modern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 Minutes

Step 1: Gather your supplies. You can buy all of your supplies from Joanns. They have the best assortment and make every project I make affordable. Don’t forget your coupons!
 
-Eucalyptus Sprigs: flocked, glittery, or original
Set Of Glass Ornaments: I got the largest size- since I had to fit the sprigs and pinecones through the tiny hole in the top
Mini Pinecones
Twine

Step 2: Put your clipped Eucalyptus sprigs into your glass ornaments and add your pinecones. I cut my sprigs so they were all various sizes. 4″ seemed to be the best length so that they curl a bit. String your twine of choice through the top of the ornament. Place these beauties on your tree or you can make a wall hanging like I did instead. 

Modern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 MinutesModern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 MinutesModern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 MinutesThese are so simple! I don’t know about you but I love quick and easy DIY projects that I can do while the baby is napping. It just has to be under 30 minutes for this mamma. I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Please share your pictures of your ornaments with me. I love to see all the beauty you guys are creating.

I SO appreciate you stopping by today. It means the world to me when you spend just a few minutes here on the blog with me. 

Xo, Andie

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Cozy Christmas Tree in 7 Easy Steps

Christmas time is upon us. Let the craziness begin! As we wrapped up Thanksgiving I started feeling sad to say goodbye to fall which is my most favorite time of year. Its always an interesting transition since we go from giving thanks and feeling so grateful to the season of spending lots of money on excessive items that really nobody needs. Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas but the transition period normally takes me some time. This year I thought I would hit it head on and get some decorating done the day after Thanksgiving so that my nostalgia wouldn’t set it. I will also have more time to enjoy the beautiful decorations which is definitely my favorite part of the season. 

Step 1: Go get yourself a beautiful tree. I really wanted to go cut down our tree since that is what my family always did growing up but the cut-it-yourself places closest to us take hours to get to. We settled for an adorable Christmas tree farm out in country that makes you feel those same festive vibes. They have hot popcorn, hot chocolate, and a few different photo set up areas for the kids. Beckett loved it and he had a blast picking it out. This is the first year in our new house so we were able to get a taller one this year since we have vaulted ceilings. We got ourselves an 8 ft. Douglas Fir which is my favorite kind of tree. Once we got it home we pounded the bottom of the stump with a hammer, this helps to activate the cells of the tree (at least that’s what the hubs tells me). This is a useful tip I learned and helps prolong your tree.  Pop it in the tree base and bring it inside. 

Step 2: Add a festive tree garland around your tree. I chose burlap this year. I found mine years back at Michael’s but Hobby Lobby also carries it. I twirled mine to give it a bit more texture. 

Step 3: Add lights. I love clear lights as I am always drawn to the more classic Christmas style. We strung the lights between the burlap sections. We used about 2 rows of clear lights per section.

Step 4: Add a festive banner. I got mine a few years back from Paper Source. I also have another one that I made myself out of craft triangles and twine but I went with the metallic rose gold one this year. The banner tagged here is from Etsy and I love supported small businesses so check that one out.

Step 5: Add lots and lots of ornaments. I went with the modern neutral tree theme this year. All of my ornaments are from Hobby Lobby. I got round copper balls, some bigger faux fur balls to add some texture, some sparkly champagne balls, and some burlap balls to tie in the burlap garland. Try to get various textures and sizes if you plan to do all of the same shaped ornaments.

Step 6: Add your tree topper. I always do a handmade bow, this year I chose a see through gold ribbon for my bow. Every single year I go on the hunt for a modern tree topper and I have yet to find one that I like. If anyone sees a cute modern one PLEASE PLEASE send it my way as they are hard to come by. I love bows so this will do for me.

Step 7: Add your tree skirt. Mine is from Hobby Lobby and I went with a fuzzy textured one to tie in the with the fluffy ornaments on the tree. We shall see how long it takes for my dog to make this her permanent bed. I better get some presents under it ASAP. 

That’s it! Super quick and easy and can be done in one afternoon. I love decorating for Christmas and we had a blast yesterday setting it all up. Now lets see how long it takes Beckett to pull all of the low ornaments off. I give it a day until my tree looks nothing like this. Ahhh mom life, its the best life. Happy Holidays to you and yours. I cant wait to see all of your trees, DM me your pictures.

NOT PICTURED: The copious amounts of Baileys and Hot Chocolate we consumed to get this tree looking just right. 

Xo, Andie

Thankfulness, A Beautiful Table, and Pie

I am so excited for Thanksgiving which will be here in only two short days. Normally I start getting stressed out about the holidays because it normally entails lots of running around. This year we decided to stay home and enjoy four long glorious days off without running around. I am excited to enjoy every sweet minute of it with Beckett, Nick and of course some of our amazing family.

Photo By: Christina Roberts Photography

Today I am going to show you how to put together a beautiful Thanksgiving table in under 5 minutes, that’s right 5 minutes! I quickly gathered a few things I had lying around my house and literally threw them on my table. A table runner, eucalyptus, candlesticks, and pumpkins left over from Halloween. That’s all you need to get things looking festive and fun.

Table Runner: Mine is from a little vintage store in Placerville, California that my Dad used to shop at called Country Elegance. You can find these vintage doily table runners at lots of antique stores, or flea markets these days. Here is one I have have been eyeing from cost plus world market.

EucalyptusI bought one bunch of Eucalyptus at Trader Joe’s yesterday when I went grocery shopping but you can just go out in your yard and clip whatever greenery you can find. Look for something with unique, geometric leaves. I have an olive branch tree in my back yard that I use for my home decor all the time.

Candlesticks: My candlesticks are from the Alameda Flea Market. If you have a local, vintage flea market nearby you should definitely go every once and awhile and pick up some fun vintage items, like candlesticks, for dirt cheap. Check these ones out from target that I have been eyeing.

Pumpkins: You know where to find these. My chevron pumpkin in the center is from the Target dollar spot. If you don’t know about the Target dollar spot you are missing out. You can get coffee mugs, home decor, kids toys, and so much more for cheap.

Plates: Mine are from Crate and Barrel. They come in all colors

Napkins: These are from Cost Plus World Market. They have the best napkins with such fun prints.

Silverware: I have a vintage gold set that was handed down to me from my grandma but you can use whatever matching set you have. Check out this swoon worthy set from West Elm.

I also wanted to share with you guys my moms perfected apple pie recipe that is so amazing and easy. We are BIG Apple Pie people in my family so this is just a no-brainer when it comes to the holidays. A little ice cream on top and I am in pie heaven. Nick and I actually served pie at our wedding instead of cake because we are obsessed. Please give this recipe a try. You will thank me later.

9″ Pie Crust 

-2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
-heaping 1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 teaspoon sugar
-3/8 teaspoon baking powder
-7 tablespoons oil: canola, vegetable, olive, your choice
-1/4 cup cold water

Instructions:
-Whisk together the flour, salt, sugar, and baking powder
-Whisk together the oil and water, then pour over the dry ingredients
-Stir with a fork until the dough is evenly moistened (you may need to add more water if it is not at a doughy consistency)
-Pat the dough across the bottom of the pie pan and up the sides. A flat-bottomed measuring cup or glass will help smooth out the bottom
-Crimp the edge, or flatten with the tines of a fork

Filling

-4 lbs Newtown Pippin or Mutsu apples (or you can use a mix of your choice)
-1/4 cup granulated sugar
-1/4 tsp. cinnamon
-Juice of 1/2 lemon

Instructions: Peel, core and cut the apples into 1/4″ slices. Toss with the lemon juice. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and toss with the apples. Arrange the apples on top of the pie crust, with the points facing down.

Streusel Topping
-1 cup all-purpose flour
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 cup granulated sugar
-1/4 tsp. cinnamon
-3/4 cup (6 oz.) butter

Instructions: Place dry ingredients in a food processor, pulse to mix. Add butter and pulse until crumbly. Pour streusel topping on top of apples, pressing down onto the slices. The streusel should cover the apples completely.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Tent the pie loosely with foil. Place on lower rack of oven. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil, transfer to center rack and bake for 1 hour until apples are softened, but slightly firm when tested with a skewer. Cool on rack for at least an hour before serving.

I hope you all have the best Thanksgiving. Take the time to focus on GRATITUDE this week. Hug your loved ones tight and let them know how much you love them as often as it crosses your mind.

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things”-Maya Angelou

XO, Andie