My Coastal Christmas Tree

Today is the last day of 12 Days of Holiday Ideas!  We made it all the way through! There are now hundreds of ideas to make your holiday merry and bright! If you want to go back and find all the bloggers and see what they have posted, here is the link. I hope you have enjoyed this series. I know Lauren and I both enjoyed putting it all together.  Thanks you to Shirley and Erlene for working so hard to put this all together!

You can see all the other link ups at the bottom of the page. Be sure to check them out!

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Now, Lauren and I were both supposed to show our Christmas Trees today, but SOMEBODY hasn’t even put hers up yet. Ahem. So, it’s just mine today!

I bought the flocked tree a couple of years ago, and I love how it fits with the rest of my living room! It shows off all the coastal ornaments so well. I have another tree in my family room as well, and that one has all the family ornaments, so this one is just fancy and fun.

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Of course, I have included some starfish and some of my Shiny Brights.  The diamond shaped mirror ornament is from my childhood. I have 3 sisters and we each received one of these mirrors in a different shape. I also see a few of my ornament exchange ones in this picture.  Here is the link to this years exchange and if you type ‘ornament exchange’ in the search box, you can find the past years also.

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I added this vintage sled to place some of the presents in and a cozy fur throw to snuggle up with.

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I made these sparkly initial chipboard letters for each of us to add to the tree too.

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My tree goes perfectly with all my other coastal items in the room. Thank you so much for joining us each post. Welcome to all our newcomers too! We can’t wait to meet you all and hope you continue to stop by! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

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Perfectly Powdered Sugar Cake

Good morning!  We are getting closer to the end of the 12 Days of Holiday Ideas!  How crazy is that?  It has been an amazing journey and we have had so much fun getting all of these ideas.  I hope you have enjoyed reading all of our posts and now have some ideas for your Christmas as well.

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Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

Perfectly Powdered Sugar Pound Cake

*This blog post is sponsored by Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar.  All opinions given in this blog post are my own.*

For a Christmas desert, what is the first thing you think of?  Maybe pie, maybe cookies, or maybe a cake.  All of these are fantastic ideas and Dixie Crystals powdered sugar can help you with all of your baking needs for the holiday.  They were gracious enough to send us powdered sugar (about 10 pounds of it!) to use for all of our Christmas baking needs.  So thank you to Dixie Crystals for the powdered sugar!

I really enjoy baking and decorating and I usually bring all of my baking creations to work for my coworkers to eat.  But, I also like to bake for all of the holidays.  And Christmas is no different.  So, unfortunately, I am not skilled enough to make my own recipes, so I do have to find my recipes.  And when I found this recipe it peaked my interest and I knew I had to make it.  This recipe came from All Recipes, so thanks to them!

Ingredients

Pound Cake Ingredients

-1 1/2 cups butter

-3 1/2 cups Dixie Crystals Powdered Sugar

-6 large eggs

-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-2 3/4 cups cake flour (I used regular flour and didn’t have any issues)

-1/4 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

Step 1: Slice and Dice Your Almonds

Baking Mat with Almonds

This step may be unnecessary if you purchased sliced almonds, but I could not find sliced almonds.  So I had to slice and dice my almonds first.  Dixie Crystals sent us this awesome baking mat that I was able to use.  It was really nifty for chopping or cutting.  Or you could use it for rolling out fondant or decorating cookies.  This baking mat has many different uses and it is so nifty!

Baking Mat

Step 2: Mix Your Butter and Powdered Sugar

Before you actually start this step, preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

I had some trouble with this step.  According to the recipe online, you had to take the butter and mix it until it was creamy.  NOW!  My butter was not soft enough to make creamy.  I did wait long enough for the butter to be soft (I am very impatient haha), so I did have some difficulty with the mixing of it.  The recipe then says to add the 3 1/3 cups of powdered sugar slowly until the batter is light and fluffy.  And since my mixture wasn’t very creamy, it was slightly hard to make the mixture light and fluffy.  It kind of ended up like a ball of dense…mush.

Step 3: Add the Egg, Vanilla, and Flour

The next step is add the 6 eggs one at a time and to mix after each one.  I understand why it needs to be mixed in one at a time because it helped to make my dense mush into a less dense mush.  It actually started to look a batter!  You then add the 1 teaspoon of vanilla and mix it before adding the 2 3/4 cups of flour.  I added the flour in smaller increments (1 cup, 1 cups, and then 3/4 cup) because I was slightly concerned that my now slightly watery mush wouldn’t mix with that much flour in the bowl.  Honestly, I’m happy that I did it that way because it helped to mix the batter more evenly.

Step 4: Prepared the Pan

The recipe calls for a regular bundt pan, but I used a pan that had 6 smaller bundt cake forms in it.  The first thing to do to prep the pan is the HEAVILY butter it and flour it.  I ended up over flouring the pan and had to dump the excess out.  You then add the sliced (or diced) almonds into each bundt form and tilt the pan to coat the inside with the almonds.  This might work better if you have the sliced almonds, but my diced almonds did not want to spread out.

Step 5: Pour the Batter

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This step is self explanatory.  Basically, just fill the bundt pan (or pans) and smooth out the top to make sure it is even.  I overfilled my pan but I also didn’t have any other pans to use for the excess batter.  So super fluffy cake it is!

Step 6: Bake

The recipe calls for you to bake your cake for about 1 1/2 hours.  I didn’t think that my little cakes would need the full 1 1/2 hours, so I actually set my timer for 1 hour and checked on them.  And they were perfect!  I was able to slide a toothpick in and out with no excess cake on it.  Hooray!

Step 7: Let Cake Cool and Make Icing

Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes before gently sliding a knife around the edges of the pan and flipping the pan over.  While the cake is cooling (for about an hour) you can make your icing.  You don’t have to make the icing, I did just because I was afraid the cake wouldn’t be moist enough.  So I mixed 2 cups Dixie Crystals powdered sugar with about 2 tablespoons of milk to make the icing.  You can use more or less of both ingredients until you get the consistence you want!

Step 8: Enjoy!

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How delicious does this look?  It was very tasty, very DENSE, but very tasty.  It tastes great with a cup of milk or a cup of coffee, whichever you fancy.  But all together, this cake is delicious and is something I will be making again.  Let me know what you think and let me know if you try this yourself!  Thanks for stopping by!

Sparkle

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DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

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Christmas Cheesy Potato Recipe

Good morning! I have a yummy post for you today!! I don’t usually post a recipe but this one is too good not to share! Remember you can see what the other hosts are sharing by going back to the first post.

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*This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*

My mom has been making this Potato Casserole for years and it is always gone by the end of dinner! In fact, she now makes two 9 x 13 pans for our family. It’s so cheesy and yummy and super easy. I’m sure this will become your family’s next favorite!

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Cabot Cheese was kind enough to sponsor this post and supply me with the cheese. I love it! It’s soft and very tasty. It’s perfect for this yummy and cheesy recipe! Cabot is also one of our giveaway prizes, so be sure to enter!

 

Christmas Cheesy Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 Package (2 lbs.) frozen hash browns
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 small container of sour cream
  • 2 cups grated Cabot cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion
  • 1 cube butter + 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup corn flakes

Mix first 5 ingredients plus the 1 cube butter, in a large bowl.  Pour into a 9 x 13 oven-safe pan. Melt the 2 tbsp. butter and mix with the corn flakes. Spread over the  top.            Bake on 350 degrees for 1 hour. Serve hot and enjoy!

Christmas Cheesy Potato Casserole

 

Click the link above to print your own recipe! I hope you enjoy!

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Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

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Gifts to Print for You!

Good morning!  I hope everyone is ready for Thanksgiving!  I cannot believe that it is tomorrow!  I still have some baking to do before the big turkey day, so I better get going on that…

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Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

This blog post is about printables.  We have 4 different printables for you today and I hope that you enjoy them.  They were fun to make!

The first printable I have is actually from a previous blog post for the 2019 Christmas Blog Hop post.  This printable is a Christmas To Do Coloring Page.  This is a cute Christmas tree with ornaments on it.  Some of the ornaments have Christmas activities that you can do and others are empty to put your own Christmas activities in.  Click on the link below to download the printable and use it yourself!

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Christmas To Do Coloring Page

The other printables that we have are all gift tags.  There are three different kinds of tags for your Christmas gifts.  There are blue circular tags that fold over so you can hide the to and from on the inside.  The second tags are pink (my favorite) with cute little pink Christmas trees on the front and the third ones are silver with little black reindeer.  These are all easy to punch a hole in to tie a ribbon through it.

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Gift Tags 3

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And that’s it!  It’s not very much, but we enjoyed putting this all together.  I know I personally will be using the Christmas To Do List because it’s a great way to keep my Christmas organized.  And I will definitely use the pink tags for all of my Christmas gifts.  Let me know if you are going to be using any of these for your Christmas!

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MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

12 Days of Holiday Ideas Event Sponsors 2019

Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of seven winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 

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A Clowder of Christmas Cat Ornaments!

Good morning!  How was everyone’s weekend?  Mine was crazy busy, but it was fun.  I celebrated one Thanksgiving already and I ate so much food!  I basically had to be rolled out the front door to my car that’s how much food I ate.  But it was a wonderful day with family and I wouldn’t change anything.

*This post is sponsored by DecoArt.  All opinions given in this blog post are my own.*

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Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

Go here to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

We are hosting a BIG GIVEAWAY from our Sponsors this year! Be sure to scroll all the way down for more information and to enter to win!

Today we are showing you how to make your very own ornament!  And I promise, this isn’t super complicated.  It can be done in one afternoon if you wanted.

Now as some of you may know, I have 2 cats named Target and Amelia.  I love my crazy cats and I have cat ornaments that look like them.  But, I knew I wanted some other cat ornaments for my Christmas tree to spice it up a bit.  So I am here to give you instructions on how to make your own cat ornaments!

Things you need:

-Popsicle Sticks

-Paint

-Pipe Cleaners

-Colored Felt

-String

-Hot Glue

-Sharpie

Step 1: Paint the Popsicle Sticks

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This step is pretty self explanatory, but it’s still the first thing I did.  I used the awesome paint from our sponsor DecoArt!  DecoArt is one of the sponsors for the 12 Days of Christmas and they graciously sent us 8 different paint colors to use to our hearts content.  They are also part of the giveaway at the bottom of the blog posts so make sure to check that out!  We appreciate them sending us the paint and sponsoring this blog post!

My personal favorites are the pink, red, and dark blue.  The darker colors covered the popsicle sticks really well, but I had a bit of trouble with the silver.  It didn’t show up on the wood, so I would suggest using it as a top layer to add some sparkle on your project.  The light green was okay but it was kind of streaky so I was not a fan of that one either.  But I painted the sticks to prep them for step 2.

 

 

 

Step 2: Make your Pipe Cleaner Tails and Glue to the Popsicle Stick

I tried to match the pipe cleaner to the correct paint but unfortunately I didn’t have purple or dark green, so I used colors that looked good together.  I tried to make my tails look a little different so my cats had some character.  Here is what my blue tail looked like!

Popsicle and Pipe Cleaner

I did have to bend the tails just a smidge so that way I could glue it to the Popsicle stick, but it didn’t hurt the tail at all.  I put a small amount of glue on the Popsicle stick so that I could stick the two pieces together.

Pipe Cleaner Tail

Here’s all of my cats with their tails!

Cats with Tails

Step 3: Draw a Face on your Cat

I used a fine point sharpie to draw a little face on the cat, but you might be able to use a regular sharpie on a bigger Popsicle stick.  I drew two little eyes, a nose, a mouth, and 3 whiskers on each side.

Cat Face

Step 4: Glue a String Loop to the Cat

You can do this step a couple different ways depending on how you want to hang your cat ornament.  I took a bit of thread and hot glued it to the back of the head side of the cat.  You can use twine or even an ornament hook if you wanted, but you will need some hot glue to hold it together!

Step 5: Make Ears and Scarves out of Felt

Originally, I was going to end here.  But I didn’t think the cats looked quite right without some tiny ears and some cute scarves.  So I cut some felt that matched my cat bodies to make some tiny little ears and some red and yellow felt for some wintery scarves.

Cats Almost Done

Step 6: Admire Your Cute Kitties!

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I think they turned out so cute!  I now have a clowder of cats for my Christmas Tree which will be perfect to add with my Target and Amelia ornaments.  I hope you enjoyed this cute tutorial and thank you to DecoArt for the paint!  See you on Wednesday for the next blog post!

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MEET OUR SPONSORS who have generously donated fabulous prizes for the Big Christmas Giveaway!

DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!

Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!

Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!

Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!

Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!

Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21

It’s Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65

12 Days of Holiday Ideas Event Sponsors 2019

Giveaway begins Nov. 8, 2019 and ends Dec. 6, 2019. Winners will be notified by December 13, 2019. Sponsors will ship each prize to the winner. There will be a total of seven winners, one for each prize. Drawing is by random selection using the Rafflecopter widget. 

Must be 18 to win. Open to U.S. residents only.

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