KNITTED CHRISTMAS STOCKINGS!

December 8, 2016

Do you see that exclamation point firmly planted in that post title? The weekend after Thanksgiving is perhaps my favorite time of the whole year and my transformation into a sugar plum fairy is complete.

We put up wreaths on the exterior windows again, and of course the grand tanenbaum (heart emoji). We are still young home owners and in the process of building up our decor stash. One of this year’s big additions was getting our unified set of family stockings in order.

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Painting the living room white only made me even more excited to deck these halls because I knew I would love how some stockings would look on the mantel. I considered several directions for how to do our family set. When you are weird like me there are lots of things to consider and form strong opinions on of what our family needs.

First, homemade or store bought? We have a dear family friend who is a knitting wonder and she was willing to make some for all of us, so we got to have homemade ones. David’s grandma also made some needle point ones for the kids that they hang in their bedrooms. We love special things like this and heirlooms in general, so we were extremely happy to get to be the cool-handmade-knitted-stocking-types.

Second, (and easiest), all matching or variety? We decided on variety, but still with cohesion. The biggest questions come now in how there will be variety. All the same colors with different images? Or all same pattern with different colors?

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We at first loved the idea of each stocking having a unique image because I think it is so sweet when little kids get to be proud about the picture on their stocking and all “mine’s a gingerbread man!” But, if you are going with handmade it is a lot more leg work to find a unique picture for each person and make sure they all look similar in amount of detail or proportions and such. We hope to have a big family so we really would need a large picture arsenal. (This is easier of course, if you go the store bought route). Plus, grand kids. (YES I AM THINKING THIS FAR.)

So we landed on same pattern with different colors. That still makes room for the fun personalization of “mine’s red and gold!” or “mine has blue like dad’s!” and all that. I completely adore them and they really will be family treasures for life. I can’t wait to pick out more colors for more people as our family grows.

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And for an amazing PSA, I got these adorable brush trees in the little Target $3 bins at the front of the store. $3 for all of them!

MERRY CHRISTMAS. 2016 NEEDED THIS. YES IT IS REALLY HERE. CHRISTMAS STILL CAME.

ALL THE RECIPES FOR YOUR DECEMBER!

December 6, 2016

Christmas is here and as the song goes, I am happy in a million ways. We do advent calendars, advent candles, Christmas movie nights, and just general festiveness as much as possible. But, of course, you can also always do like I do for Fall and make a Christmas Food Bucket List so as to ensure the season will not pass you by without making all the favorites you meant to.

From this longer list I make a shortlist of the treats I am particularly in the mood for this year and then schedule those on the meal plan for sometime in December. Oh, and I definitely can’t for get to buy classic coke in the glass bottles for the Mister. That is a Christmas tradition of ours too.

ALL THE RECIPES FOR YOUR DECEMBER!

A few ideas for your Christmas (Food) Advent Calendar!

Angel Food Cake French Toast Sticks

AN EASY HOLIDAY HAM

Baked Cinnamon French Toast

CHUCK ROAST SHEPHERD’S PIE

CINNAMON SWIRL QUICK BREAD

CLASSIC CRANBERRY SAUCE

COCONUT MACAROONS

COOKIES & CREAM COOKIES

Cranberry & Cinnamon Stove Top Potpourri

CRANBERRY WILD RICE SALAD

Crockpot Coconut Hot Chocolate

THE EASY, PERFECT POT ROAST

GLUTEN FREE PEPPERMINT BROWNIES

HOMEMADE OREOS (YESSSS)

MINIATURE PEAR PIES

MINTY CHOCOLATE POKE CAKE

OUR FAVORITE EGG BAKE (WITH A CRESCENT ROLL CRUST!)

PEANUT BUTTER & CHOCOLATE PRETZEL FUDGE

PEANUT BUTTER & PECAN COOKIE SANDWICHES

PEAR & BRIE CHERRY CHIPOTLE PANINI

PECAN & GOAT CHEESE TRUFFLES

PEPPERMINT CHEESECAKE DIP

PERFECT SNICKERDOODLES

POMEGRANATE & LEMON COOKIE BARS

PUPPY CHOW COOKIES

ROASTED TOMATO & SWEET ONION DIP

ROLO STUFFED SNICKERDOODLES

Sea Salt Caramels

SECRET INGREDIENT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

SOFT PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES

TOFFEE MONKEY BREAD

VERY SOFT TOFFEE CHIP COOKIES

WINTER KALE SALAD WITH POMEGRANATE & BALSAMIC ALMONDS

WINTER SQUASH BEEF STEW

AN EASY HOLIDAY HAM

December 5, 2016

David and I actually prefer ham to turkey on holidays. I mean, we still do a turkey for Thanksgiving, but we definitely do not let turkey cross over to Christmas like many folks do. Also, Easter. Got to be a ham.

It is hard for ham to be bad, and of course you can eat the pre-cooked ones all on their own. But this is a no fuss way we like to dress up a pre-cooked ham to make them even more festive.

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Serves 5 to 6

9 pound cooked ham, bone-in
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons pepper
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Stir together garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, brown sugar, pepper, and cinnamon and rub into ham. Wrap ham in foil and place in a baking dish. Bake for 90 minutes. Stir together melted butter and brown sugar. Remove foil from ham and pour brown sugar glaze over ham. Bake for 15 minutes.

AN EASY HOLIDAY HAM
 
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Ingredients
  • 9 pound cooked ham, bone-in
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons thyme
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Stir together garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, brown sugar, pepper, and cinnamon and rub into ham.
  3. Wrap ham in foil and place in a baking dish.
  4. Bake for 90 minutes.
  5. Stir together melted butter and brown sugar. Remove foil from ham and pour brown sugar glaze over ham.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.

Adapted from Half Baked Harvest.

Copyright © Rachel Schultz 2016