Silent Night Themed Christmas Decor

Silent Night Themed Christmas Decor

We entertain a lot of people during the Christmas holiday. The whole house is decorated (19 trees and counting). Each year, some things are tweaked a little but the dining room and foyer are always reflective of that year’s theme, which is always a Christmas Carole. A theme, you ask? Yes! Absolutely. It is my starting point and framework for colors and motifs. This year was Silent Night.

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Seussian Gingerbread Houses

Seussian Gingerbread Houses

Being inspired by live-action version of The Grinch and the incredible setting of Whoville, I decided that the best thing to do would be to “embrace the imperfect”, intentionally making everything wonky and crooked. The process takes a fraction of the time. Hardly any measuring is required and there is no need for trimming to be sure everything fits perfectly. Read on to find out how to make these fun confections.

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French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

As promised, here is my favorite French Onion Soup recipe. Years ago, when we lived in South Africa, I found it in a magazine. The author of this deliciousness was Della Smith. Also, since I have not made it in a while, I decided to use the picture from the original publication. Unfortunately, I don’t know what that was. So that is as much disclosure as I can give.

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The Best Punch Ever, Hands Down!

The Best Punch Ever, Hands Down!

Many years ago, my mom, Mama Gabe, did a reception for my cousin’s senior piano recital. (The man has mad skills.) Anyway, she made this punch. TO DIE FOR! I have never been a punch person because it all has soda and I am one of a tiny minority of people who cannot stand carbonation. But this recipe had so much fruit in it that I could eat the “mash” (non-soda part) by itself, like Italian ice. This is no three-ingredient wonder, not that there’s anything wrong with those kinds. But oh my goodness, is it worth the effort. It is now a staple of our Yuletide season and I will never make another.

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Organizing The Second Mile

Organizing The Second Mile

If you have looked at the “Stay” page on our website, you know that we have a cottage in our backyard listed on Airbnb. (You can now book directly through us, by the way.) But to give our visitors a great experience, we like to offer a few extras that you would see in hotels, such as coffee service, snacks, bottles of water, and my favorite, chocolate.

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For Your Next Brunch- Breakfast Enchiladas

For Your Next Brunch- Breakfast Enchiladas

Several years ago, I was in Michigan at the annual gathering of my college mates. Our hostess, Holly, made these delicious Southern Living Breakfast Enchiladas. Since then, I have made them for literally dozens of guests and I think I have received compliments every time. They are super easy and you make them the night before. They are great for a crowd and leftovers are perfect for a quick morning meal. Serve them with some fruit and breakfast is DONE!

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