Wednesday, December 8, 2010

9 degrees of Charlie Brown Christmas

This past weekend, our family enjoyed a road trip to the Gaylord Texan Resort on Lake Grapevine, near Dallas, TX. The main attraction at the resort is the ICE exhibit. Charlie Brown Christmas is the theme this year and we braved 9 degree temperature to view it! Armed with mega parkas, we entered the 9 degree facility that housed the amazing ice sculptures created by artisans from Harbin, China.

After our frigid tour, we warmed up in the resort, taking in the fabulous Christmas decorations. It was an amazing sight.

Our Halls Are Now Decked!

The Christmas decor is up!

First stop is the Americana/traditional dining room. I stuck to the reds and greens in this room, as well as the more traditional ornaments on the smaller tree. Many of the ornaments are passed down, hand crafted, and the ever popular Hallmark ornaments. 

For the living room, I went with the bold Peacock theme from last year, but added a little more bling here and there.

Pulling the Peacock theme to the front of the house, is the wreath on the front door.
 Hubby has been busy putting up the outdoor lights as well. All in all our home is brimming over with Christmas cheer and I am loving it!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” - Colossians 3:17

 Happy Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Third Birthday!

This past weekend was packed with parties, including our sweet girl's third birthday party! The theme was princess and sweet treats were served.

The Birthday Present! Princess bounce house.
 The Cupcakes! Double Raspberry Cream Filled Cupcakes
Makes: 27 cupcakes
Prep time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 25 to 30 minutes
Cool time: 30 minutes
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Raspberry Filling:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 egg
3 tablespoons fresh OR frozen (thawed) raspberries
1/3 cup sugar
Raspberry Frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons raspberry jam OR 1/4 cup fresh or frozen (thawed) raspberries
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
1 to 3 tablespoons milk
Preheat oven to 325°F.
Mix cream cheese, butter and sugar using an electric mixer. Add eggs, milk and almond extract; mix thoroughly. Stir in remaining ingredients. Batter will be stiff.
Grease and flour muffin pans or line cups with paper liners. Fill cups 1/2 full. Batter will be fairly stiff. Make an indentation in the center of each cupcake using the tip of a spoon.
Combine all filling ingredients in medium bowl and beat with mixer. Add a dollop (about 1-1/2 to 2 teaspoons) to the center of each cupcake. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until done. Let cool 10 minutes in pan. Remove warm cakes from pan and finish cooling on wire rack. Frost cupcakes when cool. Refrigerate cupcakes until ready to serve.
Frosting: Combine all ingredients except milk in medium bowl. Beat with electric mixer, gradually adding milk, until frosting is creamy.

(sorry I can't remember where I got this recipe from. It is so good though!)
Next stop is the build your own ice cream sundae bar. Complete with all the toppings and a very special antique walnut grinder from my Great Grandma Ruby.

Beverage station

Photo party banner. Using photos of our sweet girl, I created a banner showing her progression from last November to this past October.

This morning (her real birthday day) Hubby and I took the day off and treated her to a special trip to Starbucks before school.
Happy Third Birthday!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Letters to Santa: Christmas Decor

From the same store that brought such Sweet inspiration in my last post, here we have a more traditional approach. I love the printed couch and pillows, especially the giant '&' pillow! The chair is lovely paired with the tartan ribbon, and don't miss the red hounds tooth ribbon on the tree (not the greatest photo from my phone, but it's there)!