25 Days of Christmas: Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Growing up Christmas mornings were always busy. We had a short amount of time to open gifts before we had to get ready to go to my Grandmothers house. We never had time for a formal, or even informal breakfast so the tradition of Sour Cream Coffee Cake was started. It’s so yummy and goes perfect with a nice cup of hot chocolate or coffee. It’s also easy to snack on while everyone opens gifts.

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When I started working on the gallery prints for our dining room I knew that the recipe for this needed to be included. I haven’t done our dinning room reveal yet but here is the print I made with the recipe in case you wanted to try it at home. It’s very easy to make and will impress any guests for breakfast.

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Merry Christmas everyone!!!

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25 Days of Christmas: Spreading Cheer

In past years one of my favorite parts about the holidays were the cards. I loved coming up with a theme, taking photos, designing a card, and even stamping them. The problem is it can get very expensive. While I know family loves to receive the cards we thought this year we would spend the $100 is usually costs and spread some cheer to others. We used the money to buy toys for Toys for Tots, purchased $5 gift cards to give to a few people we regularly see at the stop light by our home, and also donated to the Alex Gruenburg Memorial Scholarship. He was a dear friend who was always thinking of others before himself.

That doesn’t mean that we didn’t do the photo shoot though!

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25 Days of Christmas: Holiday Home Tour

After a busy month I am finally done decorating for Christmas. Good thing because it’s this week! Here is a photo tour of our home decorated for the holiday and ready for family to arrive.

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25 Days of Christmas: Hot Chocolate Bar

Although it’s still relatively warm around here I am told the cold weather will come and when it does it stays for months. I figured what better way to keep warm than have a little station dedicated to making warm tasty beverages. The buffet in the dinning room was the perfect location and we snagged a new Keurig from Target on Black Friday.

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It was the perfect excuse to make a fun printable.

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And finally purchase this beauty I have had my eyes on for awhile.

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I filled it with lots of coffee, chai latte, and a variety of hot chocolate packets. The top holds some accessories to make each cup extra yummy.

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Then I found some tacky but cute Christmas mugs to make it a little more festive.

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Anyone up for some hot chocolate?!?

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25 Days of Christmas: Snuggle Up Blanket

There are two things that make me happy during the bitter winter months; hot chocolate and snuggly warm blankets.  I decided I wanted to make the perfect snuggle blanket for the Mr. and I for the chilly nights we have coming our way. Since I am still a beginner sewer I decided to try my hand at a tie blanket. A family friend had made each of the kids one when they were born and it has been some of our favorite go to blankets.

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I purchased 2 1/2 yards of a red plaid and gray fleece from Hobby Lobby. The plaid just shouted Canadian winter to me!

Here are a few tips:
– When deciding on the size blanket make sure to factor in about 6 inches on each side that you will lose from the ties.
– Fleece is pricey so wait until a sale of after a holiday to score a good deal.
– Pattern fabrics can be tricky if the cutter doesn’t cut the fabric straight (or make sure the previous person did) so watch them carefully.

When I got home I aligned both pieces on the floor and trimmed the access off.

Now for the cutting…

You will want to cut a 6 inch square out of each corner, then cut 6 inch deep and 2 inch wide strips down each side. I found that the natural lines in the plaid pattern made it really easy to cut straight lines. Since my blanket was rather large I decided to cut a few strips and then tie continuing that pattern around the entire blanket. I used a simple double knot making sure to pull tight on each one.

I was worried about each piece shifting in the laundry so I used crochet thread to make small knots throughout the blanket.

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I am pretty excited about my first tie blanket. It looks so warm and inviting and I am sure the Mr. and I will be able to snuggle up underneath for several movie nights come winter.

Overall this project cost about $30 (because I didn’t get the fabric on sale :/) and took about 45 minutes to make. I had so much fun doing it I decided to make each of the kids a stroller tie blanket for our winter walks or skating down the canal.

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