How to Make this Christmas Pot-Pourri

The smell of Christmas is a very distinct one. For me, it’s evergreens, boxes containing old Christmas ornaments, hot chocolate, and Christmas scented candles. This pot-pourri is bound to bring back old Christmas memories as well as make some new ones. It’s simple to make and the ingredients are probably things you have on hand anyway! So while you get ready to put up your tree and wrap presents put a pot of this on the stove!

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A Pumpkin Honey Face Mask for All Skin Types

I believe I’ve said this multiple times, but if you’re new to my blog, I’ll say it again. New England winters are HARSH!!! Brutal even. Don’t get me wrong, fall is gorgeous, summer is beautiful, and spring is magical with all the colors slowly blooming in nature until one day everything is lush and green and colorful. Winter, however, is cold and no matter how I try to protect my face the dry air eventually causes it to dry out, which means my cheeks can flake they get so dry and my brown and the middle of my face gets overly oily in an attempt to compensate for the dryness. I was so happy to find this festive face mask packed with skin-soothing ingredients that are sure to have you soft and balanced again.

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How to Make This Cranberry Brie Tart with Pancetta and Thyme

This Thanksgiving may be a little odd this year. It may be more difficult to have large Thanksgiving gatherings, and money is tight, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a happy Thanksgiving anyway. Thanksgiving at my house will be just my husband and me, and because of that, we’re scaling down how much food we make. I was really excited and happy to find this simple and yet highly delicious tart. It has all those really classic holiday flavors and makes for either a nice appetizer if you happen to have a large family or a tasty side for a smaller family like mine.

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How to Make this Stylish Orange Slice Garland

Dried orange slices have always fascinated me. Maybe it’s because I grew up in Florida, but I remember seeing potpourri, garland, and even Christmas ornaments with dried orange slices. I remember taking a slice and holding it up to the light and seeing all those segments no longer fruit but frozen in time yet beautifully colorful. Now, as an adult, I wanted to make my own orange slice garland to stand out against the white of the New England Winters.

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White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese Stuffed Squash

Twas a dark and stormy night, and I decided to make this Macabre-Roni and Cheese Stuffed Squash. However, as I added the ingredients, I soon realized I was creating a MONSTER!!! This bubbling, cheesy creation threatened to overwhelm my unsuspecting sauce pot. As lightning struck, and I brought the concoction to my quivering lips I realized my taste bust were ALIVE!!!! While I have scaled down this recipe for a reasonably sized household, it’s potency will none-the-less leave your family ghoulishly grinning for more.

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How To Design a Gorgeous Christmas Tree This Year!

Why do department store Christmas trees always look so beautiful? What’s the secret to the gorgeous Christmas trees in department stores, and is there a way you can have one like that in your home? The answer is Yes. I get tons of compliments on my tree, and I’m going to invite you into my house to show you step by step exactly what I do to get that magical Christmas look (It’s not as hard as you’d think).

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The Best and Incredibly Easy Cinnamon Sugar Pecan Recipe

One thing I love during the holidays, or really any time is candied nuts. You can usually find them in these clear plastic bags and they’re EXPENSIVE! I’m talking $5 for a little bag! So as always, when I find I really enjoy something expensive, I set out to see if I could possibly make these myself at home. Then I wouldn’t have to spend so much money, AND I could have them whenever the mood struck!

Thankfully I was able to find a wonderful recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Pecans featured on the food blog Joy, Food, Sunshine and I decided to put it to the test. The results were not only easy, but better than I expected, and can I just say that my home smelled DELICIOUS too! An added plus is that they are FREEZER FRIENDLY!!!! YASSS!!! This means that as you try to keep healthy during the holidays, you can still sprinkle these over your cranberry and blue cheese salad to give it a little extra holiday sweetness! Running at 119 calories per serving these are also not a bad mid-afternoon snack option, way better than the leftover office donuts in the lunchroom (just sayn’).

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