Christmas House

Happy Christmas Eve from our Christmas house!

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It’s another quiet Christmas at our house this year. Traveling at 8 months pregnant just did not sound enjoyable so we opted to stay home again for the holidays. While Ryan’s been working today, I’ve been at home listening to my Pandora Christmas stations, drinking my favorite decaf Dunkin Donuts coffee and making these Peppermint Oreo Truffles. OMG.

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They might be the best holiday treat ever because they are so sweet and rich that you really can only eat one (as opposed to the two cookies I’ve been scarfing down at a time).

Tonight we are grabbing sushi with our neighbors who are also family-less for Christmas which is turning in to a pretty fun tradition. Then I’ll probably snuggle my husband in front of the fire and watch a movie while he drinks delicious wine and I sip on sparkling cider. Quiet and cozy makes for a sweet Christmas Eve 🙂

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Neighbor Holiday Gifts

We truly lucked out with our neighbors when we bought this house so I wanted to drop off a little something on their doorsteps to let them know how much we appreciate them! With all of our renovations the past couple months and 4 cars and a trailer parked out front, our place has been a little bit of an eyesore – these neighbors deserve a little gift for Christmas!

Here’s my gift Pinspiration:

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And here’s what mine turned out like:

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A couple changes I made to my version:

1. We obviously gave beer instead of root beer. That’s a no brainier. I went with holiday seasonal beer to make them extra Christmas-y.

2. I think a lot of people who shop at my local Walmart had the same idea I had because the craft section was fresh out of brown pipe cleaners and those little red pom poms, so I used black pipe cleaners and red buttons instead.

3. I started gluing on googley eyes on the bottles but they looked a little creepy so I ripped them off. Also, I only put the red nose on one bottle because there should only be one Rudolph, right?

Overall, a really easy and cute gift to DIY! I know I would be happy if I saw one of these on my front step (especially if I could drink one!)

A Weekend Recap in Pictures

We could not have crammed more into this weekend if we tried!

Friday night was a Christmas movie marathon night. On the docket was Love Actually, A Muppet Family Christmas, (a Scholz must-watch for the holiday season), and White Christmas.

Saturday morning I was feeling muffin-y so I whipped up some mixed berry muffins using my go-to-McCleary Approved recipe.
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After breakfast we headed consignment furniture shopping for Bec and Kelly’s new townhouse. We had a ton of luck and got them almost everything they need!
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After lunch at our favorite Indian restaurant and moving their furniture in, we went to pick out our Christmas tree. We stopped at this cute tree stand…

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But after hearing their prices, bought our tree here:

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We spent the rest of the night stringing up lights outside and decorating our tree. Ryan specifically requested tinsel this year and expertly placed each strand 🙂

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This morning Ryan and I went to brunch and took the dogs on a chilly walk at the beach. I did some more decorating (which I’ll post about this week) and then the girls and I headed downtown for the Charleston Christmas parade. So cute and fun!

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When we came home we started our Christmas baking (coconut macaroons, sugar cookies, Andes Mint cookies and toffee) and warmed up with this sausage, potato and spinach soup:

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PS: If you aren’t decorating your sugar cookies with red hots, you’re doing it wrong.

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PPS: I’m feeling too lazy to link up the recipes in this post so if you want any of them, post a comment and I’ll reply with the link. Have a great week!

Thanksgiving in ‘Bama

We just had the best time spending an unplugged weekend with family in Alabama. We did a lot of eating, walking, porch-sittin’, cribbage playing, catfish catchin’, chopping down trees, bonfire making, laughing, beer drinking, and armadillo chasin’. The weather was absolutely perfect and in case you’re wondering, the pies turned out pretty great 🙂
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It’s the Holiday Season

Over the river and through the woods, to Alabama we go! We are currently en route to spend the long holiday weekend with Ryan’s family and I am so thankful to be able to spend Thanksgiving with a house full of people. We are about 2 hours into our drive and I’ve already eaten McDonalds, took a nap and we’ve started listening to the book Unbroken. (I accidentally slept through the first hour of the book much to Ryan’s dismay.)

It really started to feel like the holidays this morning while I watched the Today Show and baked 6 pies.

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In case you still need to make your pies for tomorrow, here are the recipes I used: Apple, Pecan, and Pumpkin. Fingers crossed they turned out okay!

Whatever you make, whatever you do tomorrow I hope you have a wonderful holiday with people you are thankful for. I know I have a lot to be thankful for this year.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Easter Pinspiration

We interrupt this weekend of packing and yard work to bring you some of my favorite Easter pins! Is it bad that I keep forgetting that tomorrow is Easter? While we aren’t really doing much to celebrate the holiday this year, you will be happy to know that we do have brunch reservations at The Pearl tomorrow, which I heard is amazing!  I know this post is probably a little late, but maybe you have some last minute decorating or baking to do! I’m saving these for next year when we have a house that we can fully go all-out for Easter. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

I am FOR SURE making this next year! So clever! Buy a cheapy bunny decoration from the Dollar Store and spray paint it with gloss brown spray paint. It looks like a chocolate bunny right??

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I made these Cadbury Egg Cookies to bring to work this week and they were a hit! Um, how come I’ve never realized before how delish these Cadbury Eggs are??

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This Jelly Bean Tree looks like it might be a little time consuming, it’s so cute and probably so cheap to make that I think it’s worth it for next year!

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Lastly, because I’m much more of a fan of brunch food for holidays, how about making this Ham and Potato bake? So elegant (and easy to make!)

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Easy Valentine’s DIY

Happy Saturday! We’ve had a full, fun day already! We took the dogs on a long walk this morning and ended up at Columbus Commons in downtown Columbus. It was a warm, foggy morning here and it felt so good to get some fresh air after some really cold days this week. We had our second day of volunteering with Chance and then we stopped by North Market on our way home to grab some banh mi sandwiches for lunch. The sandwiches were delish but I think I’m still on the hunt for the best ones in Columbus. The search must go on!

I wanted to share a really easy Valentine’s DIY decoration I made last year. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it so I pulled it out of storage today. It’s so cute and easy that I wanted to post it in case you want to make one quick before February 14th shows up!

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Step 1: Rummage through your Scrabble game for letters (if you are willing to lose some!) otherwise, buy a second cheap game at Walmart. Since I made some extras last year to send to our moms, it made more sense for me to just buy another game.

Step 2: Buy a frame and some cute scrapbook paper. I bought a couple different paper designs last year – each was pink with a cute pattern but you could definitely do red and it would be equally sweet!

Step 3: Line up the letters and start hot gluing!

Step 4: Put in the frame and enjoy! Pat yourself on the back for your craftyness every time you walk by it. That’s what I do anyway.

Easy! And cute! And Valentines-y!

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Weekend Recap

Merry Christmas Eve! The past couple days have been so busy and fun that I feel like I’ve barely had a chance to sit down, much less write blog post! This Christmas Eve morning though Ryan is still sleeping, I just made us a breakfast of biscuits and gravy, and I have my coffee, so I’m ready to write. We had such a great weekend, I want to make sure I tell you all about it. Let’s start with Thursday.

On Thursday night, Ryan and I had a little date night. Before we had any friends in Columbus, the Columbus Zoo and it’s animals were our friends. We bought a season pass and used to go to the zoo A LOT. Like an embarrassing amount of times. Now that we have friends, we don’t go to the zoo very often anymore but we made sure to go see the zoo all lit up for the holidays on Thursday. We had dinner at our favorite pizza place, Mellow Mushroom and then went to Wildlights.

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We had fun, but let’s be honest. No animals are out at night in the winter. We saw probably a total of 5 animals and it was super crowded. Here’s what we looked like when we got home:

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On Friday night I was invited to a girlfriend’s house for an ornament exchange party! So fun! Tons of great appetizers and drinks and it was really fun to meet a whole new pack of girls. I made these toasted raviolis to bring and they were a hit. I was a little nervous about frying them, but they really couldn’t have been easier. I will definitely make those again.

Saturday morning we had breakfast at this super cute restaurant called Village Crepe in Pickerington. Ryan had a showing at his house out there and we found this little gem. After the showing, Ryan and I volunteered for a couple hours at the Mid Ohio Food Bank’s Pantry where we helped people shop for groceries. My family growing up had a tradition of volunteering around the holidays and it’s really stuck with me. I think volunteering year round is really important, but there is something extra special about volunteering at Christmastime. If you ever want to hear a funny story about our experience there though, ask Ryan to tell you a story about ground beef 🙂

After volunteering, we went to see Anchorman 2. Look out for Ryan’s movie review coming soon (and check out his other ones while you’re at it – he cracks me up).

On Sunday, we hosted a Christmas Brunch for 11 of our friends complete with bloody mary’s, mimosas, and the dice game (a Wehking family tradition)! To keep this post from being so long that you won’t read it, I’ll post our brunch menu and recipes at a later time – we’ve built up some tried and true dishes that are definitely worth sharing! I was too busy having fun to take many pictures but here are a couple.

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(No Ryan didn’t get a new tattoo – it was his prize in the dice game. Looks kind of good though doesn’t it?)Image

Enjoy the holidays with your families! We’ll be missing ours a ton and send you lots of Christmas love from Ohio!

Girls Christmas Movie Night

Can you believe I’ve never seen Love Actually? Can you believe one of my best girlfriends in Columbus hasn’t seen this holiday classic either? Last night we set out to change that. The girls came over to our house for some wine, snacks and the viewing. So fun! Nights like that remind me how important it is to have girlfriends. Ryan was “kicked” out of the house (I think he happily left) and had a guy’s night playing video games and drinking beer with our friend Cody.

Here’s what was on the menu last night:

-York Peppermint Patty Brownies (Just use regular box brownie mix and make according to the directions. Pour half of the batter on the bottom of the pan, lay the peppermint patties in rows, and top with remaining mix. Cut into small squares because these babies are RICH!)

Creamy Bacon Parmesan Dip

-Hummus and pitas straight from the store

-And this cute little cheese, grape and rosemary tree! (Pinterest inspired of course!)

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My sweet friend Katie is so good about bringing over a hostess gift anytime there is a party. I can’t get enough of this wine bottle sweater she brought over last night!

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Aren’t the holidays just the best??