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
Spiced hot ciderimg_2507Grandma’s Fudge Recipe

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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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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Getting Organized and Giving Back During The Holidays

Hi Loves! Hope you are all doing amazing and not stressing to much about Christmas and all the crazy details. Today I want to share with you some organizational tips for getting your house and your kids organized. Do you guys ever get the urge like I do to get organized before Christmas. Just the thought of receiving more toys and adding to the toy chaos we already have going on is just insane to me. I always like to try to give back in some way during the holidays. This year I have decided that we are Getting Organized and Giving Back During The Holidays.

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I love getting organized. To me it is the best feeling in the world for everything to have a place and to look simple and clean. I know, I know its basically impossible with kids but I try my best to keep things orderly when possible. My favorite place to get organization ideas from is Ikea. You cannot beat their prices and they have some modern, good looking pieces. The Kallax Shelving Unit from Ikea is my favorite. We have one in Becketts closet and one in our playroom. You can turn them vertical or horizontal depending on your space. Ikea also has various basket options to choose from that fit inside of these cubicles. They are the best! For Becketts closet I got the one with labels on the outside so that I could label each box and make it easy to find something. This wooden ball garland is a fun way to hang up you child’s artwork for everyone to see. 

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Get your kiddos together and purge those toys! Once you have decided and bagged up all of your giveaways I would research a great charity to donate to in your area. During the holidays there are several charity’s running toy drives. Do some research and choose a place that takes used toys. Some will only take new toys but a lot of them will take used ones as well such as The Goodwill and Salvation Army. It will feel great to have everything cleaned out and organized before you are bombarded with more toys after Christmas.

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I hope you are all having an amazing start to your December. Cheers to a great holiday season. For some great gift ideas make sure to check out my Holiday Gift Guides for the Hubs, for the Hostess, and for the In Laws.

Xo, Andie

Christmas Traditions, Christmas Decor, and Much More

Happy first day of December! Go grab yourself a hot baileys and hot chocolate and lets chat Christmas traditions. What is it about Christmas time that gives us all the warm and fuzzy feels. Is it the twinkly lights on the tree, or the presents we look forward to every year, the baking, or is it the wonder and joy it brings to our kiddos? I can’t believe its here, that means 24 more sleeps until Christmas morning. I really love this time of year as long as I am organized and get as much decorating and shopping done before December. Once December hits I want to have all of my extra time to spend creating Christmas memories and traditions with my family. Two of my most favorite things about Christmas are the Christmas Traditions, The Christmas Decor, and much more.

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Do you guys have vivid Christmas memories in your head from when you were a kid. Were there a handful of things that you did every year that you always looked forward to. When I think back on my childhood I have such fond memories of going and picking out an ornament, advent calendars, opening one present on Christmas Eve, decorating cookies with my mom, and going and looking a Christmas lights. We did so many fun things and I think that is why I always have that warm and fuzzy feeling as Christmas is approaching. Now that I have my own family I have been trying to decide on what traditions to do every year. My son is one and a half so this will be the first Christmas that he will really know what is going on and it is so much more fun. Here are some awesome traditions that I have decided to incorporate into our holiday every year. I hope some of these traditions you can also share with your families, and I hope they give your kiddos something to remember and look forward to year after year.

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-Go and cut down the Christmas tree and decorate the day after Thanksgiving
-Go and pick out an ornament every year
-Christmas box to open on Christmas Eve. Could include new pajamas, book, a movie, hot chocolate, or popcorn. Fun things to throw on when we hop in the car to go look at Christmas lights. After we get home from looking at lights we watch a Christmas movie
-White Elephant with family on Christmas Eve
-Elf on The Shelf
-Breakfast with Santa-most cities will host something fun like this. Check around in your area, its so much better than going to a mall to get Santa photos and waiting in the long line.
-Advent Calendar-regular one with candy or goodies or an activity advent calendar
-Ginger bread house decorating
-Letter writing to Santa
-Give back-donate toys, give out stockings or jackets to the homeless
-25 days of books. Wrap 25 books and unwrap one every day until Christmas. You can find cheap books at TJ Maxx or Amazon
-Ice Skating
-Bake cookies for Santa
-Mariah Carey’s Christmas album on REPEAT

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Please share some of you favorite Christmas traditions with me below. I love to hear what other are doing with their littles during this special time. I hope you all ease into this holiday season with no stress and lots of fun.

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

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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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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