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Christmas In A Jar Potpourri: Easy Stovetop Recipe

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Christmas In A Jar Potpourri: Easy Stovetop Recipe. Simmer this inviting stovetop potpourri and make extra to give as gifts for Christmas.

holiday stove top potpourri

Hello Love!

Today I want to share with you a wonderful natural simmer potpourri that is so easy to make you’ll want to have it on your stove top everyday.

Stovetop potpourri

This recipe is so easy to make and takes about 5 minutes to throw together. I was able to grab all of the ingredients except the star anise at my local grocery store. I had to get my star anise on Amazon but if you don’t love the smell of licorice, you can leave it out.

holiday stovetop potpourri

Christmas In A Jar Potpourri: Easy Stovetop Recipe:

holiday spice stove top potpourri

Christmas In A Jar Potpourri: Easy Stovetop Recipe

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole Apple (sliced)
  • 1 whole Orange (sliced)
  • 1 whole Star Anise
  • 1/2 Cup Cranberries
  • 1 tbsp Whole Allspice
  • 1 tbsp Whole Cloves
  • 3 whole Cinnamon Sticks
  • 3 cups Water

Instructions
 

  • Add three cups of water to stock pot
  • Add all other ingredients
  • Bring to a boil
  • Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally

stove top potpourri. Christmas In A Jar Potpourri: Easy Stovetop Recipe

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Christmas In A Jar Potpourri: Easy Stovetop Recipe

Frozen hot chocolate

Iced Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Iced Hot Chocolate Recipe. Have you ever had a frozen hot chocolate? This will quickly become one of your favorite recipes!

 

Hello Love!

For today’s Foodie Recipe I want to share with you one of our favorites, my frozen hot chocolate recipe. My kids ask for this all the time and it’s so quick and easy to whip up as a yummy treat.

Frozen hot chocolate recipe

I grabbed all the ingredients I needed at my local Publix and used my brand-new blender from BlendJet. If you’re looking for a small, portable blender you can take on the go, you’ve got to try this one. I absolutely love it! Use my code shawavenueXL12 for 15% off a BlendJet!

Frozen hot chocolate

This recipe made 2 large glasses of hot chocolate mix or it can make 4 small glasses. It’s pretty rich so a small glass can satisfy your sweet tooth!

Frozen Hot Chocolate

Twenty below frozen hot chocolate

Want to see how easy it is? Just watch this short video I made!

 

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ICED HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE:

Frozen hot chocolate recipe

Iced Hot Chocolate aka. Frozen Hot Chocolate

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Cup Chocolate Milk
  • 2 Packets Hot Chocolate Mix
  • 1/2 Cup Crushed Ice
  • 2 Tbsp Whipped Topping
  • 2 Tbsp Mini Chocolate Chips

Instructions
 

  • Add 1 cup of chocolate milk to blender
  • Add in both packets of hot chocolate mix
  • Add 1/2 cup of ice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Top with whipped topping and mini chocolate chips
Keyword Frozen Hot Chocolate

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DIY wreath place charger

DIY Plate Chargers

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DIY Plate Chargers.

DIY wreath place charger

Hello Love!

Today I want to share with you a simple craft that I made this week that made my dining table look great AND saved my bank account a lot of money!

DIY tablescape chargers

If you’re like me, you’ve been drooling over all the beautiful farmhouse tablescapes that have these beautiful greenery wreath chargers under their dishes. I fell in love the first time I saw them but about DIED when I saw the price tags. Whew! Everyone I found was on the pricey side and I couldn’t justify paying that much for 6-8 table settings. After a bit of research, I went to the craft store and Amazon and found the pieces I needed to make my own.

Greenery plate charger

I started off by buying THESE BAGS OF GREENERY from Amazon. I needed to make 6 sets so I bought two bags of 60 pcs each, 120 in all. Next, I went to my local craft store and purchased 10-inch wire floral wreaths. All in all, this project cost me about $50. The ones from Pottery Barn that everyone loves? They’re $59 for 4 chargers.

DIY wreath chargers

I wanted this project to be super easy and quick, because let’s face it, who has time to do much of anything anymore, right?

To assemble, just work the greenery stem in between the wire lines of the wreath. Some are a bit tough to get through so use wire pliers if you need help getting them to fit. I also plan to hot glue these all into place so they don’t shift around when moved.

Wreath chargers

All in all, I couldn’t be happier with how these turned out. I love the fun bit of green and texture it adds to my tablescape for the Holiday season.

DIY tablescape chargers

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Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments

Christmas Gingerbread Ornaments

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Christmas gingerbread ornaments. With just a few ingredients, you and your kids can have a fun time making these quick and easy custom ornaments.

Gingerbread Christmas Ornaments

Hello Love!

Today I want to share with you a fun DIY craft I love doing with my kids. My mom made these ornaments with my brother and me when we were younger and I love carrying on the tradition with my kiddos.

Christmas Gingerbread Ornaments

With just a few simple ingredients you can spend the afternoon making these fun gingerbread ornaments. Not only do they look adorable on a tree or wreath but your house will smell AMAZING while they’re baking!

Christmas Ornaments

What you’ll need for this craft is ground cinnamon, applesauce, puffy paint, twine, cookie cutters, and a chopstick or straw to make the hole.

Gingerbread Dough Ornaments

HOW TO MAKE

In a bowl, you’ll need to combine 1 cup of applesauce and lots of cinnamon. It’s hard to judge a specific amount of cinnamon but you’ll want to keep adding until the mixture becomes doughy. I would suggest getting a large container of cinnamon at your grocery store or Costco. It takes a lot. A normal-sized spice container won’t be enough, FYI.

Cookie cutter dough ornaments

Spread the dough out on parchment paper and start cutting it using your favorite Christmas cookie cutters. I got these from Homegoods but THESE are great from Amazon.

Gingerbread Decor

To make the hole for hanging we used a wooden chopstick. A straw would work but may be too big if your ornaments are on the small side. You’ll want to pop them in the oven at 200 degrees for 2.5 hours.

Oven DIY Ornaments Gingerbread Decorations

I grabbed this puffy paint at Hobby Lobby but you can get it HERE ON AMAZON.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree Ornaments DIY Ornaments

After the paint is dry, thread your twine through the hole and they’re ready to hang! Don’t they look adorable?! They would be so cute on a small kitchen tree too!

Kid Craft Ornaments

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how to make cookies and cream popcorn

Foodie Friday: Crack Popcorn

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Crack Popcorn. This is my favorite treat to take to get-togethers. Who doesn’t love the sweet and salty mix of chocolate and popcorn?!

how to make cookies and cream popcorn

Hello Love!

On today’s Foodie Friday post, I’m going to share my FAVORITE treat to take to get-togethers, crack popcorn. Trust me, after you taste it, you’ll know why I named it Crack Popcorn. I once had a friend call it Devil’s Poop Popcorn because it was so good, it was bad! HAHA!

Crack popcorn

Every Christmas, my girlfriends from high school and I get together and have a small party; this is what I make every year. It’s quick and easy to make and who, honestly, can resist Oreos mixed with anything, am I right?

oreo popcorn

The recipe is basically just layering each ingredient and letting it cool to let the chocolate bond everything together. Takes about 15 minutes to make and 1-2 hours to let cool and harden.

homemade cookie pop oreo popcorn

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Oreo started making this recipe that you can now find in grocery stores if you don’t have the time to make your own. You can find it at Amazon and Walmart.

oreo crack popcorn

oreo crack popcorn

Crack Popcorn

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
1 hr
Course Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 12 Oreos (crushed)
  • 1 Large Bag Popcorn (or two small bags)
  • 1 Cup White Morsels
  • 1 Cup Semi-Sweet Morsels

Instructions
 

  • Pop popcorn according to box instructions
  • Remove kernels
  • Melt white morsels according to bag instructions and pour over popcorn
  • Sprinkle crushed Oreos on top
  • Melt chocolate morsels according to bag instructions and pour over the popcorn mixture
  • Allow chocolate to harden for 1-2 hours and serve

cookies and cream popcorn

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Pattern For Crochet Christmas Stocking

Pattern for Crochet Christmas Stocking

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This pattern for crochet Christmas stockings can be found at www.richtexturescrochet.com.

Pattern For Crochet Christmas Stocking

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner. It’s almost time to get those tubs out of the attic and get our home all twinkly and cozy for the Holiday season.

This will be the first year I get to decorate the electric fireplace in our master bedroom and the plan is to keep it nice and simple. I’m thinking faux candles, beautiful greenery, and these two handmade crochet stockings.

Pattern For Crochet Christmas Stocking

Instead of buying them on Amazon or Hobby Lobby, I decided to make some of my own. I searched Pinterest for the perfect crochet stocking pattern and landed on THIS ONE. The striped detail was so cute and I love how it flows from our bedding duvet over to the mantel to have everything matching and flowing smoothly.

Pattern For Crochet Christmas Stocking

I went to my local Hobby Lobby and got everything I needed to make these adorable stockings. The Yarn Bee Effortless Super Bulky in color Biscotti was the perfect natural cream color that I was looking for. Then I grabbed a crochet hook the size the yarn suggested and crochet stitch markers to help me keep my place.

Pattern For Crochet Stocking

I’ve been crocheting for over 10 years and this pattern was easy to follow. However, I did have to take it apart and redo it a few times but after I turned off the tv to rid myself of any distractions, I had a much easier time. HA! I do love videos of patterns as I can follow them a lot easier than trying to read a written one. She also has those available if you prefer written over video.

Pattern For Crochet Stocking

PATTERN FOR CROCHET CHRISTMAS STOCKING VIDEO:

Pattern For Crochet Christmas Stocking

Overall, I am thrilled with how they turned out. I still can’t believe that I actually made them!

What do you think? Did I do a good job?

Pattern For Crochet Christmas Stocking

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Appliance Cord Wrapper

Appliance Cord Wrapper

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Appliance Cord Wrapper. These appliance cord wrappers from Amazon help keep your kitchen cabinets neat and clean.

Appliance Cord Wrapper

Hello Love!

Today I want to share with you one of my favorite kitchen hacks, appliance cord wrappers. I can’t remember where I found these, probably some TikTok video (HA!)   but they have been a game-changer in my kitchen. I was always pretty good about wrapping my cords when I put appliances away in my cupboards but my kids, no way.

Appliance Cord Wrapper

Cords were always EVERYWHERE and we’d end up pulling out multiple appliances just trying to get the one we wanted. We weren’t the only ones with this problem, right?!

Appliance Cord Wrapper

Thankfully I ran across a video that featured these little lifesavers and my cabinets haven’t been the same since. I ordered them from Amazon and attached them immediately. I did add Gorgilla Glue Tape to them to give them extra adhesive because my kids are tough on appliances, especially the toaster and air fryer.

Appliance Cord Wrapper

Here’s what I did to apply them:

  1. Apply alcohol to the area where I wanted to place them to clean the surface really well.
  2. Applied Gorilla tape on top of adhesive to give extra grip.
  3. Stick wrapper to surface and let sit for 10 minutes before wrapping cord.

Appliance Cord Wrapper

And that’s it! Grab a pack or two of these little babies to keep your kitchen cabinets looking great and cord-free!

Appliance Cord Wrapper

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Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip

Foodie Friday: Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip

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Foodie Friday: Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip. Looking for a quick and easy dip to make for a party? Try this yummy 3-ingredient sausage dip.

Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip

Hello Love!

Today I wanted to share with you a new recipe we tried to snack on during this crazy football season. When it comes to college football, we are a split family. We spend every Saturday rooting for our favorite teams, The Ohio State Buckeyes and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Find the original recipe HERE!

Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip

It’s been a hot season this year ad we’ve loved all the competition between all the teams, especially between the SEC teams. On Saturday, November 5th, we had three consecutive football games to watch and we knew we needed a lot of yummy food to get us through the slightly stressful day.

Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip

My hubby bought home hot wings and fries and I made this yummy Jimmy Dean spicy sausage dip for us to munch on all day. It’s a lot like the classic hamburger/Velveeta/Rotel dip that everyone knows and loves but I have to say, I really love this twist of the traditional recipe made with sausage.

Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip

Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Recipe

Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip

Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Side Dish
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • 1 package Jimmy Dean sausage (mild or spicy)
  • 2 packages cream cheese
  • 1 - 28oz can Rotel tomato and chiles mix

Instructions
 

  • Brown sausage on stovetop
  • Mix Rotel and cubed cream cheese in the slow cooker
  • Add sausage to slow cooker and stir
  • Cook on high for 20 minutes until the cheese is melted
  • Enjoy!

Jimmy Dean Spicy Sausage Dip

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Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting

Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting

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Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting. Simple linens, classic dishes, & candlelight. The perfect pieces for a beautiful Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting

Hello Love!

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s so hard to believe that this yummy day is already upon us and the fall season is almost over. We are currently in Nashville celebrating the holiday with extended family but I wanted to share my family-style table setting that I used for my immediate family’s get-together this past Sunday.

Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting

Since I knew we were going to spend the holiday out of town, I kept the decor very simple and used pieces I already owned to keep costs down. The only new things I added were my new fall table runner from TJ Maxx and these wooden cutouts that I snagged on Amazon. They came unstained so I grabbed some Folk Art acrylic paint in the color Iced Coffee and applied two coats to make them a fun coordinating color. I think they may be my favorite part of the table.

Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting

The white dishes are my everyday dishes I got for my wedding and after many of the pieces were retired last year, I went on eBay and Facebook Marketplace and bought everything I was missing. I bought everything from platters, casserole dishes, bowls and stemware. eBay and Facebook Marketplace are great places to find older items.

Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting

I’ve been using my woven placemats and galvanized metal chargers for years. They’re classic pieces that I use in almost all my tablescapes.

Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting

Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting

Thanksgiving Family Style Table Setting

Thanksgiving Family Style Table SettingThank you for visiting my website and I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Fall Diffuser Blends

Fall Diffuser Blends

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Fall Diffuser Blends. Try these essential oil blends in your diffuser today to bring the warm, crisp smell of fall into your home.

Fall Diffuser Blends

Hello Love!

Fall is here and I wanted to share some of my favorite Young Living essential oil fall blends with you today.

Fall Diffuser Blends

The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and you better believe that I have my fall scents going 24/7 in my house. I feel like fall is such a short season because we rush through it to get to Christmas, am I right?!

Fall Diffuser Blends

We’re slowing down the next few weeks to absorb all the amazingness of our favorite season. We take our family photos when the leaves are full of color, decorate the house with pumpkins, and drink all the apple cider we can find.

Fall Diffuser Blends

This insanely delicious-smelling apple pie blend may be a HUGE mistake when diffusing. Your family just may think you have some yummy apple deliciousness baking in your oven! HA! Don’t say I didn’t warn ya!

Fall Diffuser Blends

Interested in purchasing Young Living essential oils? You can use my link HERE to purchase any you like! Feel free to email me or comment below if you need assistance and I’ll be more than happy to help!

Fall Diffuser Blends

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