Our Family Christmas Tree

Christmas tree with family ornaments atthepicketfence.com

Has anyone else looked at photos of beautiful Christmas trees in magazines or on Pinterest and wondered.. "Where on earth are all of the 'real' ornaments?" You know the ones I'm talking about, right? The paper angels, the picture frames made out of popsicle sticks and the cotton ball snowmen? I always wonder if they are frantically … [Read more...]

Photo Box Tree Topper & Giveaway!

DIY photo box tree topper from atthepicketfence.com

I have a confession...I'm one of those people who will quite happily sit and watch those infomercials featuring the 'Soft Rock Hits of the 60's and 70's'. I am a total sucker for The Carpenters and Barry Manilow, John Denver and even a little Captain and Tennille thrown in for good measure. But, there is one song, one particular song, that will … [Read more...]

Gift Ideas for Foodies ….

gifts for a foodie

Today I'm sharing the last of three great guides for holiday gift giving!  Over the last few weeks I shared some great ideas for the chef in your life, as well as a trendy style guide! Today I have some Gift Ideas for Foodies! Inspired by Macy's Gourmet Food and Gifts Baskets, these treats are sure to please even the hardest to buy for on … [Read more...]

Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe … a sweet treat!

the original fantasy fudge

There are a million fudge recipes out there but I love the  original Fantasy Fudge recipe. This is the recipe that calls for marshmallow creme. Yep marshmallow creme. You know that ooey gooey stuff you get in the little jar. Kraft has a fantasy fudge recipe on the back of their Jet Puff jar. Don't use that one. It's a newfangled one. It's not … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour ~ Holiday Housewalk

Holiday Housewalk tour atthepicketfence.com

 "When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things, not the great occasions, give off the greatest glow of happiness." ~ Bob Hope Welcome, welcome dear friends! I'm so glad you are here! Now imagine me handing you your favorite seasonal beverage as we settle in for a nice little respite in the midst of this crazy time of … [Read more...]

Scripture Wrapped Advent Candles

DIY scripture advent candles from atthepicketfence.com

"At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of advent by loving and serving others with God's own love and concern." Mother Teresa Growing up,  we never had advent calendars filled with chocolates and prizes. The only countdown we had were these darling paper houses from Hallmark where each door and window … [Read more...]

Christmas in the Kitchen

Christmas brunch or breakfast tablescape

 "For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when it's mighty Founder was a child Himself."  ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol This past weekend was one of those weekends that you remember for years to come. Not because anything especially spectacular happened. In fact, it felt so incredibly ordinary. And yet … [Read more...]

The Best and Easiest Cranberry Sauce Ever!

Cranberry Orange Sauce recipe from atthepicketfence.com

Do you remember that scene in the movie 'A Christmas Story' where the neighbors crazy dogs somehow manage to get into the kitchen and totally destroy the Thanksgiving meal? The family stands there in shock as their turkey dreams are shattered along with all of the visions of leftovers. "The heavenly aroma still hung in the house. But it was gone, … [Read more...]

DIY Gratitude Tree

Gratitude or Thanksgiving Tree from atthepicketfence.com

One morning, while upstairs putting on my makeup, I had the news on in the background and, as always, had my ears tuned to the weather segment. It was finally time for Mr. Al Roker to have his turn and he weaved his weather magic and soon I knew just what the temps would be all over the country. But when it came time to talk about the west … [Read more...]

Hosting holiday guests … and a Hoover giveaway!

Get your house ready for holiday guests

 This post is sponsored by The Home Depot... The holidays are fast approaching, and with them often comes house guests.   I love having company stay at our home, especially when they know exactly how long to stay! ;) My mother-in-law is the Hostesses with the Mostess! She has had more company over the years, than just about anyone else I know. … [Read more...]