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. 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 ENJOYYou can also use mulling spices to make:
Smell of Christmas jars
Potpourri for your home
Spiced Hot tea
Spiced hot ciderGrandma’s Fudge Recipe
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.
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.
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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.
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.
-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
-Bake cookies for Santa
-Mariah Carey’s Christmas album on REPEAT
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.