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

Here are a few other posts you may want to check out:

Quick + Easy DIY Spiked Hot Cocoa
DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift
Simple & Modern DIY Christmas Wrapping Ideas
Modern DIY Christmas Ornaments In Less Than 5 Minutes
Modern DIY Christmas Wreath In 3 Easy Steps
Cozy Christmas Tree in 7 Easy Steps

 

 

 

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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DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

Hi Friends! I hope you guys are having an amazing week. Thank you for stopping by today to hang with me for a few minutes. It means the world to me! I wanted to share with you guys a quick little DIY I did over the weekend for Becketts teachers for Christmas. I wanted to get them all something small but meaningful. Everyone loves a cute plant so I thought I would make them all a potted succulent. I hope you guys enjoy this DIY Potted Succulent Teacher Gift tutorial. Its pretty dang easy.

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

Supplies:
Chalk Paint (optional)
White Acrylic Paint
Water
Small Terracotta Pot
Succulent
Letter Stamps
Paint Brush
Potting Soil
Sand Paper
Black Ink Stamp Pad
Acrylic Sealer

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

First thing I did was wipe down my pots to make sure they were clean. Then I got a paint liner and I mixed 50% Water with 50% Paint (I used white paint and a greenish chalk paint). The best way to get a white washed look is by watering down your paint. I then took my paint brush and painted the pot entirely. I only painted down on the inside a few inches to where you think your soil will start. I ended up painting two coats on these to ensure the paint was adhered nicely to the pot. Let them dry completely.

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

I got some sand paper and sanded the paint off to give it a rustic distressed look. Then I got my stamps and my black stamp pad and stamped the pots. I wrote “Thank You For Helping Me Grow”. You can stamp whatever you would like but I thought this was the perfect little saying for a teacher gift. Lastly I sealed each pot with an acrylic sealer to protect the pot from water. Then you pot your succulent!

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

DIY White Washed Potted Succulent-Teacher Gift

I hope you guys enjoyed this one. I think this gift is thoughtful, creative, and easy. Any teacher would love to receive this for Christmas. Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you all have an amazing weekend. Happy Holidays loves!

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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Modern DIY Christmas Wreath in 3 Easy Steps

Hi Friends! I hope everyone had an amazing Holiday weekend and ate until your pants were to tight. We had a great one and got a lot accomplished around the house which was much needed. It was nice to be with Nick and Beckett for fours days straight, that never happens so I cherished every minute. So excited to share with you guys how to make a Modern DIY Christmas Wreath in 3 Easy Steps. I hope you will give it a try. I decided to do most of my décor in metallic this year to switch it up from the traditional red and white I usually do. I am really into the modern home style vibes these days. 

Step 1: Gather your supplies. I went to Joann’s on my lunchbreak (YES EVERYTHING WAS 50% OFF) and grabbed:

Rose gold hoop found in the floral department
Greenery (3 stems-I used lambs ear stems)
Shiny stems (1 or 2 stems depending on how full you want it)
Sign for center-I found this one in the Christmas section
Green floral wire with cutter 
Few pieces of yarn


Step 2: Adhere the floral stems. Take your floral wire and wrap it around your greenery twisting as you go. Make sure it is tight so that your greenery is on there nicely. Next take more floral wire and add your Metallic stems. I chose these champagne balls and some rose gold sprigs that I thought were adorable. I wrapped wire where I knew a leaf would be covering it to ensure it was not noticeable.

Step 3: Add your sign. I was able to get my sign to stay on by taking some beige yarn and wrapping it on both sides of the wood frame and then securing it tightly to the hoop. 

That’s it you guys! So quick and easy. Every year I search far and wide for a Christmas Wreath. I have yet to find one I like so creating your own is the way to go. I had this baby done in 20 short minutes and it was less than $30 with supplies left-over to make another one.  I hope you will give it a try and please send me pictures. 

I hope you guys are enjoying my DIY and home décor tips

Xo, Andie

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

Daddy’s Dresser

All of you who know me pretty well know that my Dad passed away about two and half years ago suddenly. It was definitely the toughest thing I have ever had to go through in my life thus far. As time passed after he died I went from not wanting to be reminded of it all to wanting to be reminded of him every day.  As hard and as difficult as it was I found myself wanting to be around things that reminded me of him and my childhood as much as possible. I wanted to remember him and be reminded of him as much as I possibly could. It somehow helped to ease the pain just a little bit.

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Photo By: This Love of Yours Photography

It was so incredibly difficult the day my siblings and I had to go up to his house after he passed and start cleaning it out. The emotions on that day I will never forget. I never would of been able to get through that day without my siblings, they are LITERALLY my living angels on earth. There were a few items of his that I knew that I wanted and some that just didn’t mean as much to me. It was pretty hilarious because we all had something very different in mind that we wanted to take or keep of his. For me it was a hall tree and a dresser, two furniture pieces that my dad cherished more than anything. Everything my Dad had kept over the years were pieces that meant something to him. He was never one to hold on to something just because, he kept the precious things that to him were irreplaceable.

I actually decided when we first got there that I didn’t want the dresser, it was just shot. It was a sad dresser that had been loved to death. The handles were falling off of it, it had paint all over it, and it just looked like it had seen better days. I just kept coming back to it because every time I opened a drawer it smelt of my dad. It smelt like a fireplace which is the memorable scent that is the definition of him. I kept brainstorming ways that i could redo it or make it pretty again. I knew how special this dresser was to my Dad. It was a dresser that my grandpa had given to him and my mom back when they were married. It was a dresser that made every move with him over and over. It was the dresser he would hide his gold coins in under his socks. It was the dresser that I as a kid would search through if i wanted to see some of my dads special satchels full of coins, rings, and special mementos that were meaningful to him.

I am going to be honest and say that it took me this long to get this dresser redone. Since my dad passed away I have sold, bought, and renovated a new house, had a baby, and I work full time. Phew! We just really did not have room for it at our old house either so I was waiting until after our move and renovation to work on it. I also needed time to decide if I wanted to paint it or just restore it. I needed time to think as I knew it had to be perfect. I knew it would really modernize it if I painted it and I am sure I would have loved it but it would of turned it into a completely different dresser. I finally decided I wanted to keep it true and original. I wanted to be continually reminded of the dresser I have always known and remembered. One that I know my Dad would love as well. This quick and easy DIY project was completely done in less than 2 hours while Beck was napping. My kind of project!

I removed the old drawer pulls and cleaned all the dust and grime off of it. I then sanded it lightly with 000 Steel wool pads.  I wiped it down entirely to remove some of the wool that was left over. I then applied this AMAZING product called Restor-A-Finish. This product is so unbelievable and it only costs $9.98. I picked a color that looked closest to color of the dresser. I then applied the Restor-A-Finish using a steel wool pad. You can just apply with a rag but I recommend using a steel wool pad if your piece is pretty scuffed or scratched. This product will restore your old color in seconds. It’s such an awesome product and I am so glad I found it because it will literally restore any old wood piece and make it look brand new. You better believe I will be on the hunt to find old reclaimed woods to use this product on. I then shopped around for some modern drawer pulls. I wanted something in a brushed gold as I new brass would look way to 80’s for this dresser. I was also looking for something affordable as drawer pulls can be pricey. I found these brushed champagne pulls at my local Home Depot and they were only $ 5.98 ea. and they were perfect.

I added a gold mirror on top to tie the pulls and mirror in and to modernize it and make it fit in perfectly to master bedroom. I absolutely love how it turned out. For a total of $72.48 I had this beauty back to looking perfection.  Lately I have been so obsessed with mixing modern and vintage. It just makes my little design heart happy as I am so passionate about both styles in home décor. I hope you guys loved how this quick this DIY project turned out and I hope it has inspired you to try this out and restore something old that may just need a little love.  I am not sure how I could ever survive life without nap time?! I try to utilize it as much as possible to do something that will make my little design heart happy. I am now reminded of my Dad everyday and I can’t help but smile from ear to ear knowing he would be so proud of me and this beautiful piece.
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