How to Make an Appetizer Tree

Appetizer-Tree

Good morning, and Merry Christmas from redheadcandecorate.com! Last year, I tried something new for our annual Christmas appetizer party and I'm so excited to share it with you here today hoping maybe you will try it. Keep in mind, this is an appetizer you can use for any celebration. We don't usually have a large party, but we do invite our closest friends over, and everyone brings something to share. Then we all lounge around the fire in our kitchen chatting up a storm and sometimes even … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Box

molasses cookie recipe from atthepicketfence.com

Every year around this time of the year we would watch for it. We would hear a delivery truck coming down the street and race to the window, our little faces pressed against the glass hoping, willing it to stop at our house. And then would come the day that the truck did finally pull up to the curb in front of our house. We held our breath as the delivery man rummaged through the back before emerging holding something...was it the right size? Was it the right shape? Was it THE … [Read more...]

A Simple Hot Cocoa Station

hot cocoa station with skis

When my kids were really little, the days spent at home with them were mostly awesome. I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world. But they were also exhausting. Really, really exhausting. Being home alone with young children day in and day out can be both very fulfilling and very isolating.   … [Read more...]

Paper Angels and Pretty Trees

Cottage style Christmas decor atthepicketfence.com

I don't know about you, but it seems that beautifully decorated homes all dressed up for Christmas have taken over my social media accounts these days. In fact, this week I'm joining a group of bloggers who are going to be sharing some of their favorite holiday rooms. Hosted by The Everyday Home and Town and Country Living, each day we'll be bringing you loads of Christmas eye-candy. … [Read more...]

Glam-ish Christmas Entry Decor

christmas entry decor

*This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living at The Home Depot. I have partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. for this post.  All expressed opinions and experiences are my own.* There seems to be great debate out there about Christmas decorating. Frankly, I'm shocked at how vehement people get when discussing this 'issue'. And, I'm perplexed as to why it's an issue at all. You see, everyone seems to have strong opinions when it comes to whether or not it should be … [Read more...]

Christmas Home Tour 2015

Front door basket with greenery and ice skates atthepicketfence.com

Welcome, welcome to new friends and old friends! I'm so thrilled that you stopped by today. If you are following along on the Holiday Housewalk hosted by Jennifer Rizzo (click here to start at the beginning of the tour) then you might be coming here after seeing the beautiful home belonging to my wonderfully talented friend Jenna Burger. We're also so excited because this year we're teaming up with Joss and Main and Good Housekeeping to bring you some truly inspiring Christmas ideas for … [Read more...]

Our Best Holiday Recipes

Favorite holiday recipe collection from atthepicketfence.com

Does anyone else find themselves feeling so smug as you get everything checked off your grocery list for upcoming holiday meals only to get home and realize that while you may have the ingredients for a grand meal in a few days, somehow you've managed to make it home from the store without putting anything in your cart for the dinners you are expected to prepare leading up to that day! … [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 opened to reveal a meaningful word about the season. The celebration of Advent in our house was reserved for simple white candles tucked into a tabletop … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

unique and creative Christmas gift ideas from atthepicketfence.com

It was time. The children had finally reached an age where I was certain that they were ready to sit down and watch one of the greatest movies of all-time. The fake logs glowed in the fireplace, the lights twinkled on the Christmas tree and the smell of popcorn floated in the air. And as Julie Andrews spun around in circles on the top of a hill, apron flying in the wind and I sat there surrounded by my precious babes, I was quite certain that there was nothing that could top this moment. I … [Read more...]

French Country Christmas Mantel

french country christmas mantel decor atthepicketfence.com

Last week on my regular Monday morning Walmart run, I veered off of my usual course (does everyone else make their grocery list according to the store layout or did I just admit how very OCD I am?) and headed over to the Christmas section where I was promptly introduced to the newest Walmart greeter. … [Read more...]