twenty-four merry days is my fave

November 27, 2013

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Speaking of advents (will I ever stop?) this one might be the best yet. Announcing 24 Merry Days: 24 days, 24 bloggers, 24 giveaways.

Let me explain to get your a little more pumped. Audrey of This Little Street rounded up 24 bloggers (one of which is me) to host a giveaway every day leading up to Christmas. And the prizes are good folks. Like double digit gift cards to Anthropologie and Mud Australia good. Like fine leather goods good. Like a C1 bike from Public Bikes good. I hope I’m eligible.

Starting December 1st, you can follow along with the giveaways on 24 Merry Days and I’ll be sure to link to them daily. So make your wish lists this weekend, because they might be coming true with a spot of good luck and 24 Merry Days.

woven paper christmas cards are my fave

November 26, 2013

woven paper christmas cards

woven paper christmas cards

You know I love advents and iVillage has a nifty one going on right now that I’m happy to be apart of. It’s called 30 Days of HoliDIY – a new holiday project from a talented blogger every day for an entire month. You can get the instructions for these woven paper cards I made right here on iVillage. These would surely earn you prime fridge real estate.

peanut butter mousse pie is my fave

Today’s tasty post is from Rebecca Hansen of First Mate Photo. This pie will be present at my Thanksgiving table and I’m pretty sure it will convince even pie haters to serve up a big slice.

peanut butter mousse pie

Peanut Butter Mousse Pie

For the Crust:

  • 30 chocolate wafer cookies
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted

For the Mousse:

  • 1¼ cup peanut butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1¼ cup heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate Bar for embellishing

Preheat over to 350.

In a food processor blend all the cookies until they’re a fine crumb. Add in the butter and process until it holds together. Pour the mixture into your tart pan and press into the bottom and sides. To get a nice smooth crust use the bottom of a glass or a measuring cup. Put the pan on a baking sheet and into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes. The crust should be very dry and firm when it’s done.

peanut butter mousse pie

In a mixer combine the peanut butter and cream cheese. Add in the powdered sugar and mix. Add in 1/4 cup of the cream and whip until smooth. Then add in the remaining cream and beat until peaks form and your mixture resembles whipped cream. Finally, gently mix in the vanilla.

Gently spread the mousse into the tart and top with shaved chocolate. Three cheers for pie!

peanut butter mousse pie

See more from Rebecca in her Etsy shop and on her new blog, Present (her daughter’s first birthday party was super cute).

martha stewart holiday crafting is my fave

November 25, 2013

christmas craft party | you are my fave

The holidays are definitely my favorite time to make so I decided to force my friends into enjoying it too by having a little crafting get together. Sure it was unseasonably warm for trying to get into the spirit, and there were lots of babies at our feet, and I failed to remember it was a morning party before I had made an entire table of desserts – but I like to believe my guests had a good time. Here’s the rundown of our craft date making festive branch trees:

christmas craft party | you are my fave

We started by painting inexpensive clay pots with Martha Stewart Living Metallic Glaze in medallion. Everything’s better metali-cized.

christmas craft party | you are my fave

After placing a foam flower frog in the bottom of the pot, the branches were arranged. I bought the branches at a floral store but they could easily be foraged. To make sure things stay put, a layer of sand was poured on top. The pinecones covered it up nicely.

christmas craft party | you are my fave

The best part was decorating the branches once they were set. I had a whole slew of ornaments from the Martha Stewart Merry Metallics line that added just the right amount of sparkle.

christmas craft party | you are my fave

Look at that beaut. Project holiday complete.

christmas craft party | you are my fave

Of course I can’t forget about the black and white spread. The treats that I included were:
whoopie pies
– mini chocolate chip cookies
– dark and white chocolate peanut butter cups
– brown buttered rice krispie treats
puppy chow
black and white cookies
vanilla macarons
– coconut macaroons

christmas craft party | you are my fave

For quick decorations, I hung up rolls of crepe paper (which I originally saw in Martha Stewart Weddings) and had striped mylar balloons blown up.

There you have it, now go throw a holiday craft party of your own.

photography: Nicole Coleman

All of the product featured in this post was provided by the Martha Stewart Living team to celebrate the ‘Tis the Season of Doing holiday campaign going on now at The Home Depot.

a scratch off activity advent is my fave

November 22, 2013

scratch off activity advent calendar | you are my fave

scratch off activity advent calendar | you are my fave

There’s something so satisfying about a scratch off card. Even when you don’t have a penny and the crud ends up under your fingernails. For the week’s final advent, you can make your own scratch off cards that reveal a festive activity for each day. Get the free download and instructions right here on Julep.

More posts you’re sure to like:
– If you can’t get enough advents, here are 15 more
The prettiest home in all the land (and they have kids!)
Wrap your gifts up all nice
– I thought I was slightly tired of the woodland themed until I saw this first birthday party
15 modern alphabet prints (Beck is obsessed)
Best of the week! (including a pop-up party invitation)

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