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christmas decor…that I never posted!

I never posted my Christmas decor even though the post has been sitting drafted since November…its just been a little crazy. Actually I decorated the second we got home from Thanksgiving (a 11 hour drive from Tennessee!). Last year we moved in right before Christmas so we set up the tree but didn’t really go all out. This year it was so fun to put everything up, and extra special because my mom and grandmother gave me some of their Christmas decor.christmas-living-room
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Halloween + Thanksgiving decor tour

Our downstairs has been taken over by all things fall and we are both loving it.fall-table-setting

How cute are these copper leaf napkin rings? 4 for $5 at Target!

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I shared we are going to be sippin’ on this tonight while trick or treaters come by. I love these funny poison cups from Target. halloween-decor-hutchhalloween-decor-top-of-hutch
I’m trying to hide our candy from JPS…like he won’t see it on top there? hahalloween-decoration-dining-roomif-youve-got-it-haunt-it
I found these little napkins at Home Goods–my favorite place to find cute napkins.target-apple-cider-sign
Can you believe this little sign is only $5? thanksgiving-fireplace-decorationsthanksgiving-hutch-decorations

Whelp, thats a quick tour around here…can’t wait to break out the Christmas decor. I’ve been eyeing some things at Target already like this tray, these sweet little plates, and this cookie jar.


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reese’s puppy chow

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Did anyone else Reese Witherspoon’s hilarious instagram about Reese’s pieces?

For me!? 😋💛 #ReesesPieces

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Well, I’m sure you’ll be changing your name to Reese so you can call this puppy chow your own, it’s just that good. I found the recipe on pinterest from Mom on Timeout. I have been thinking about it and after successfully completing Whole30 I was wondering if I should make it…but hopefully my husband eats most of it 😉

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I slightly changed the recipe to meet my own preferences but the inspiration is from the blog listed above. My adapted recipe is below. I didn’t want it to be overly sweet (like c’mon look at the ingredients!) so I used rice chex instead of chocolate, opted to not include peanuts and used chocolate almond bark instead of CandiQuik. The ingredients and proportions I used are below and steps are with the pictures.

Box of Rice Chex cereal (12.8 oz)
2- 3/4 cups powdered sugar divided into ziplock gallon bags
16 oz chocolate almond bark
1 cup reese’s peanut butter chips
1-10 oz bag of reese’s mini’s
1 bag of reese’s minatures, chopped either into 1/2 or 1/4

reeses-puppy-chowStart off by mixing a cup of peanut butter chips with Chocolate almond bark and melt to the almond bark directions, mine took just 90 seconds.

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Because my dishwasher was running, I laid out half of my chex and drizzled with the peanut butter/almond bark mixture and then layered the second half and did the same on top rather than mixing in a bowl and quite frankly, I’m glad I did that bark is annoying to get out of bowls and I could just toss the parchment.middle-of-making-puppy-chow
Take two gallon ziplock and put 3/4 cup of powered sugar in each bag, place half the mixture in each, zip and shake.puppy-chow-recipe
Unzip the bag and add the reese’s mini’s and chopped reese’s miniatures. I followed the other directions and honestly I don’t see any reason to throw the pieces in before. I think its probably easier to just pop them in at the end and do a quick mix, just be gentle so the chex don’t break.reeses-puppy-chow-simple-recipe

How divine does this look? We can’t wait to eat some while trick or treaters come by Monday night…hopefully this keeps us from eating their candy, hopefully.


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wassail recipe – the smell of my holidays

grandmother wassail recipe.jpgThis wassail makes all of my childhood (and who am I kidding, present day) holiday memories come right back. My grandmother always makes it and not only does smell amazing but its so delicious. Everyone in our family loves it and its always a staple. She always serves it in huge batches and I’m constantly refilling my mug. If you aren’t familiar with it, its basically an enhanced apple cider with German origins.
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The recipe is so simple. I’ll be serving this up here for us while we hand out candy to trick or treaters but made it ahead of time on the stove and bottled it in mason jars to have some to easily reheat and freeze since its just the two of us.

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3 parts apple cider
2 parts cranberry cocktail (if you use cranberry juice, use more sugar to sweeten)
1 part OJ or pineapple juice, or both)
Sugar to taste (approx 1-1.5 cups in a gallon)
7-8 cinnamon sticks, 5-6 whole cloves in cheesecloth
Bring to a boil and let simmer

I used:
6 cups cider
4 cups cranberry juice
2 cups orange juice
1 1/4 cups sugar

Do you have any family favorite holiday drinks?

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