Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year everyone!  It’s 2020!!

I hope you had a great New Year’s Eve, whether you partied or stayed home for a nice quiet evening. When the kids were younger, we would always have other families over and eat pizza and play games. We always had a great time with lots of good memories! But now, it’s just us. So a quiet evening is perfect for us now.

The day before Thanksgiving, I had an accident at work and shattered my index finger on my right hand. So now I am waiting to have surgery. That means I won’t be able to blog for a little while. Lauren will still be here and maybe I can convince her to post a bit for me too. 🙂 Anyways, I just wanted you all to know where I will be! I can’t wait until I get the surgery over with and be back here with you all! I will try to keep you updated!

Since it’s the new year, I know a lot of us are looking for ways to get organized. I know I am! So I found a few ideas around the internet!

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  1. I think this idea is brilliant for an attic! We have a small attic and I would love to get all the boxes set up like this! There are even printable storage labels.

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2. I wish my garage looked like this! I do have most of my stuff on shelves and in totes, but I really like the idea of clear totes so you can see what’s inside. Also the large labels are great! Head over to Instagram to see how she did it!

3. My cabinet under the sink isn’t this full, but we are thinking of putting in an under the sink pull-out trash can, so I may need to do some reorganizing.  Head over to by lauren m to see what she used to get organized.under the sink kitchen diy organization - dollar tree diy organization tips! You're going to love this kitchen organization before and after! Spend $5 and completely revamp your under sink cabinets! | bylaurenm.com

4. These bins are a great idea for any cabinet or closet. And the best part is, they come from the Dollar Tree! Check out the other ways to organize from Dollar Tree too!

5. This is a great way to store wrapping paper! Just hang it behind a door or in a closet! You could use the extra slots for storing tissue paper, bows, scissors, tape and other supplies. I’m not sure of the original source for this one, but there are other great ideas on Buzzfeed.Dollar Store Organizing: Cut the bottoms of shoe organizer pockets to hold wrapping paper.

6. Here are more ideas for a shoe organizer. These could be used all over the house! I have one in my hall closet for gloves, hats and scarves. Here is the link for the Barbie Organizer  and the stuffed toy organizer,

7. This is brilliant! Why didn’t I think of this! It’s so much easier to get games or other boxed items out of this than when they are in a big and tall pile! Visit here for more ideas.board-game-storage

8. Tax time will be here soon, so it’s time to get your papers in order. See how Home Made by Carmona set up her files.Improve your productivity and stay focused on your work by using these 11 desk organization hacks to organize your desk! Get rid of clutter and make your desk stand out!

9. How are your craft supplies looking? Sometimes, mine are in pretty good shape. Sometimes…not so much. Again, clear containers help to see what you already have and what you need to stock up on.

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10.  I couldn’t forget our pets!  Finding a place to store leashes, clothes, and collars can sometime be a challenge. The Well Groomed Home has some great ideas!

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I hope this gives you some inspiration for getting organized this year! Have a wonderful 2020!

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Christmas Home Tour

Good morning! Only a little over a week and it’s Christmas! It is coming so fast, but I am enjoying all the special moments! I think I am ready and am looking forward to spending time with family and friends.

I realized I hadn’t shown you much of my home decorated for Christmas, so I thought I would give you a little tour today along with a little story.

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Many year ago, when I was 6 years old, I was going to be an angel in the Christmas program at church.

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I was excited to wear the white gown, the wings and the sparkly halo. I was going to be in front of the whole church along with 5 other little angels.

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A week or so before the program, my parents went out for the evening and my older sister was babysitting. Well, as siblings will do, my older sister wanted me to do something I didn’t want to do…go to bed!

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I held on to the cupboard knob under the sink while she tried to pull me to the bedroom. It was quite the tug-of-war and in the end, I came out with a broken pinkie finger!

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This was quite traumatic for me! How could I be an angel on stage with a splint on my finger?! I just couldn’t do it!

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My mom and dad tried talking me into still going on stage, my teacher talked to me too, but I just wouldn’t do it!  Finally my mom offered me a bribe.

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She told me I could open a Christmas present early if I would still go up on stage. That did it! What six year old doesn’t want to open a present early?! I finally went on stage on performance night and hid my splint under my fancy angel sleeve.

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And you know what? I have no idea what the present was that I opened! I’m sure it was something special at the time, but I don’t remember it now. I don’t know why I was being so stubborn, but I’m sure glad my mom figured out a way to get me to go on stage!

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and many happy memories with your family and friends! Thank you for stopping by today!

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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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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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

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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

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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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