i should be mopping the floor: December 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DIY Biscuits & Gravy Cutting Board Sign

I fixed up a thrift store cutting board into a fun sign with vinyl. I used my Silhouette machine and a little southern sass.

Around these parts, telling someone you love them more than biscuits and gravy is the real deal. That's serious commitment right there. And I'm kind of in love with this new little sign that popped right out of the Silhouette machine {in a manner of speaking}. 

Friday, December 27, 2013

2014 Printable Calendar

This free printable calendar is perfect to hang in several key spots in your home or office. Download as many as you like. 

It's hard to believe that 2013 is winding down. This fun little 2014 calendar is the perfect way to welcome the new year. I know I always need an "at-a-glance" calendar in numerous spots in my home and office. This is a fun little solution!

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Brown Sugar Bacon Smokies

These easy appetizers are perfect for a New Year's Eve party...
or even for New Year's Day brunch.

I feel like this dish was a pioneer in the whole sweet/salty phenomenon. I first had it about ten years ago at a friend's house and was hooked. I remember going home and Googling it with no luck...we're talking pre-Pinterest days, people. Dark ages.

So I called the hostess and {ever so painstakingly} wrote down the recipe. Yep. Pen to paper. Weird, huh?

Amazingly, I still have that same piece of paper {ten years of greasy bacon stains and all}. I still work from it when I make this...although I don't know why. It is only three ingredients.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season! I'm taking a couple of days to hang out with the family and enjoy Christmas and all of the awesomeness it brings.

Hoping you're able to enjoy this special time of the year as well. Thank you all for being such sweet friends. I appreciate you all. Season's Greetings to you and yours!

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Friday, December 20, 2013

New Year's Eve Free Printables

Today is the last day of the Christmas Series...thank you all for joining the festivities! Below we are taking it into the New Year with these New Year's Eve Free Printables.

These would be super fun at a New Year's Party! Let's ring in 2014 with all the merriment we can! Here's hoping you and yours have a wonderful holiday season. We'll be here partying on Monday and then take a bloggy-break for a couple of days to spend time with the family. Blessings to you and yours!

Merry Christmas, dear readers.
And have a wonderful New Year!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Red and Green Bark

On our eleventh day of Christmas fun, 
I'm sharing a simple last minute holiday recipe: 
Red and Green Bark

Looking for an easy, last minute holiday recipe that makes the perfect gift? This festive bark can't be beat...tangy, sweet and salty! The perfect combination.

My mom always made "filler" candy for the Christmas goody tins she gave out every year when I was growing up. Usually filler consisted of an easy bark recipe, similar to this one. It was something that was very easy to make and didn't use a lot of ingredients...but could make a significant amount of "filler". 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

DIY Canvas from an Engineering Print

On our 10th day of Christmas fun, 
I'm sharing a tutorial for creating a DIY Canvas from
an Engineering Print {with a free printable}.

This is a super simple project...easy for a little last minute holiday decor! And the technique can be used year-round with any type of print.

If you've never worked with engineering prints, get ready to be addicted. The possibilities are endless...from large black and white photo prints to a chalkboard printable...they're fantastic, y'all. And the best part? You can get a HUGE print {24"x36"} for less than four bucks. Score!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Pimento Cheese Dip

This Pimento Cheese Dip is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. 
 The opinions and text are all mine.

This Pimento Cheese Dip is the perfect party dish for the holidays. Kraft Shredded Cheese makes it a cinch to put together. #KraftHolidaySavings 

'Tis the season for lots of partying. I feel like I'm making a dish almost every day to bring to something. I decided to simplify this year and make easier dishes, to lighten my load in the kitchen {and in the sink}. This Pimento Cheese Dip is rich and ooey-gooey cheesey {that's the best, no?}. It's hot and bubbly and will keep everyone coming back for more.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Reindeer Printables

On our eigth day of Christmas fun, 
I'm sharing some fun free reindeer printables!

These Reindeer Printables are the 
perfect addition to your holiday decor!
Free printables are an excellent way to decorate on a budget.

I'm such a reindeer silhouette kind of girl. In the neighborhood I grew up in, we had road signs with jumping deer silhouettes on them to warn cars of all the Bambis out and about. Around the holidays, someone would always take red dots and adorn the noses on all of those signs. It was {probably} illegal, but hilarious and cheerful, nonetheless. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Orange Pecan Overnight Breakfast Bundt

On our seventh day of Christmas fun, 
I'm sharing the perfect Christmas Brunch Recipe: 
Orange Pecan Overnight Breakfast Bundt.

This breakfast ring is assembled the night before and baked in the morning. It's a time saver and perfect for Christmas morning when you don't want to be in the kitchen cooking forever. 

This Orange Pecan Overnight Breakfast Bundt will be the perfect addition to your brunchy yumminess on Christmas or any day. Why spend the whole day in the kitchen when you can be hanging out with those you love?

This recipe was modified from one found in the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Free Chalkboard Holiday Facebook Timelines

These Free Chalkboard Holiday Facebook Timelines are the perfect way to add a little cheer to your Facebook page. Download yours below on the sixth day in our Christmas series!

The last time I made Facebook timelines, everyone seemed to really enjoy them. I thought it would be super fun to make some festive ones to use this time of the year. Download yours below. Personal use only.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DIY Vintage Christmas Sign

This DIY Vintage Christmas Sign is a fun addition to our holiday decor!
Check out the tutorial below, here on our fifth Day of Christmas fun!

I've always struggled with our mantle around the holidays. I've tried wreaths, mirrors and lots of other things...but nothing gave it the punch I was looking for. After enjoying my Pumpkin Patch sign for the fall, I decided to create one for the holidays, too.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Pinata Cake with M&Ms

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This is my new favorite layered cake: simple, yet show-stopping! 
Pinata Cake with M&Ms: perfect for birthdays or holidays or...Tuesdays. 

I've got a new favorite right here. The cake that keeps on giving...a Pinata Cake filled with delicious Milk Chocolate M&Ms and fabulousness. 

Christmas Cash Giveaway

On the fourth day of Christmas fun, 
we're having a Christmas Cash Giveaway!

Can you believe it's December and Christmas is right around the corner?! Well to celebrate the season, ease a bit of the holiday stress, and give a little gift to our wonderful readers, we're teaming up with some great bloggers to bring you one amazing GIVEAWAY! Enter to WIN a $200 Prepaid Visa Gift Card to spend however you like, just in time for Christmas!!

$200 Visa Gift Card Christmas Cash Giveaway!

STEP 1: PIN the above image! 
STEP 2: Follow ALL of the bloggers below on Pinterest!
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STEP 3: Enter the giveaway using the Rafflectoper form below! 
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Washi Tape Holiday Wreath and Free Printable Mini Banner

On the third day of Christmas fun, 
I'm sharing a Washi Tape Holiday Wreath with free printable mini banner.

I'm sort of new to the Washi Tape craze {weird, huh?}. But once I jumped into the madness, I did so with both feet and a smile. Washi Tape is seriously fun to work with. This wreath came together very quickly and without any special skills. 
I love decorating with non-traditional holiday color schemes...this black, white and red scheme is one of my favorites! Mixing the polka dot patterns from the tape and ribbon along with the little stripes on the banner and Baker's Twine really mixes things up here!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday DIY Pallet Sign

For our second day in the Christmas series, I created a simple Holiday Pallet Sign using materials I had on hand. Working with pallets is a fun way to add to create low cost decor.

My husband and I were having lunch the other day and noticed a few abandoned pallets by the dumpster in the parking lot of the restaurant. My view is that if it's touching a dumpster, it's up for grabs. We picked the cleanest one and away we went.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Easy Holiday Appetizers: Shrimp Spring Rolls and Sesame Dipping Sauce

For the holidays, as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias®,  I created an easy Sesame Dipping Sauce that is perfect to pair with SeaPak Shrimp Spring Rolls. They're easy holiday appetizers that taste fantastic. #PakTheParty

Easy Holiday Appetizers: Shrimp Spring Rolls with Sesame Dipping Sauce #PakTheParty #shop #cbias
Sometimes dinner party recipes seem so elaborate and time intensive. To make things easier on the holiday party end, I love to prepare easy holiday appetizers with convenience foods paired with homemade sauces for dipping. This particular sauce is inspired by our local Japanese Hibachi Restaurant...every time we go there, I feel like I need an excuse to try to copy their sauce {or pick it up and just drink it}. 

Rosemary Shortbread Stars Recipe

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These Rosemary Shortbread Stars are a delightful holiday cookie with a fragrant rosemary twist. The unexpected addition of rosemary adds so much dimension to a simple shortbread cookie. See how to make this recipe for Rosemary Shortbread Stars below.

Rosemary Shortbread
When I first tasted a shortbread cookie with rosemary, I thought, "Wow...this is a total grown up cookie". I loved the surprise of an herb in a cookie (it seemed so fancy and sophisticated). These Rosemary Shortbread Stars are perfect with a cup of hot tea or even left under the tree for Santa with a cup of milk. It'll be a nice change from all of the chocolate chip cookies everyone else decides to leave for him.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Wish Basket Giveaway

I've been so excited about this giveaway! It's AWESOME! I hope you'll enter to win my basket...as well as everyone else's.
Below are some of the things on my wish list for Christmas...and I'd love to give them all to YOU!

This is a collective effort giveaway. Each blogger on this list is bringing you something special. Eighteen amazing ladies put together a basket of things they would like to find under their own Christmas tree and they are giving it away to make your holiday a little happier!
Visit EACH one of the eighteen bloggers to see what is in their basket. Every blogger is hosting a giveaway on their site, for their basket. Enter each giveaway for a chance to win that basket. Who knows, maybe you will win more than one!!




Below are all of the items in my basket. Register to win them all via the Rafflecopter below. Continental US residents only. 

Here's my basket deets>>>
1. Starbucks Salted Caramel Hot Cocoa
2. Arbonne's Aromassentials Awaken Sea Salt Scrub from Arboone consultant, Blake Harris: The exfoliating action of this sea salt scrub, enhanced with the Awaken Essential Oil Blend, sloughs away dead surface cells, revealing brighter, healthier-looking skin. Key ingredients: Avocado and sweet almond extract {16 oz.}.
3. The Popcorn Factory: Drizzed Toffee Almond Pretzel Mix
4. Fun Envelope Closures
5. Harry & David Moose Munch
6. Multi-Colored Striped Paper Twine
7. Leopard Plug-In Scentsy Warmer from Wickless Habit: Exotic leopard spots crawl across a crackled tan background.
8. HEB's Cafe Ole Christmas Coffee {a Texas FAVORITE!}
9. White Loft's Ribbon Washer Necklace in Black: This unique necklace can be dressed up or worn casually, and is sure to attract many compliments. Made of zinc cut washers, this black satin ribbon can be tied at any length – up to 14".
10. Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute
11. Cute Holiday Kitchen Towels
13. Scentsy Bar in Maple Butter: while this is an exclusive BBMB scent, you can find even more scents at Wickless Habit.

14. Bath & Body Works lotion in Vanilla Bean Noel
15. NOEL Silhouette Made Sign {find more Silhouette awesomeness hereuse code MOPPING at checkout for discounts through 12/8/13}.
16. Scoop N Sprinkle Ice Cream Scoop

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Merry Moolah Giveaway

Who wants to win 500 big ones on a Target or Amazon gift card?
Let's do this!

Just in time for holiday shopping, I've teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers to bring you this Merry Moolah giveaway! The winner chooses either a $500 Target or Amazon gift card to spend however they want! Enter below through Rafflecopter!

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