Wednesday, December 11, 2019

What to Eat When Watching Hallmark Movies!

It’s never too early for a Hallmark Christmas movie! I am so excited that the holiday movies have started playing on Hallmark, so to get in the spirit, here are the BEST Christmas movie snack recipes! From hot cocoa and sweets to flavorful winter popcorn recipes, your next movie night party will be delicious! 


I personally can’t wait to try the s’mores popcorn, but the edible cookie dough would be an easy sweet treat! If you are serving alcohol, you might love the boozy candy cane shake recipe, and don’t forget to leave puppy chow out for guests! I also found this Hallmark Movies Scavenger Hunt which will be SO much fun to play this year!

The BEST Holiday Movie Snacks



Need more holiday movie fun? Check out this Hallmark Christmas Movies Drinking Game and Mulled Cider Recipe!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Beachy Christmas Decorating

Are you looking to decorate your home in a style that isn’t red and green this year? We love the coastal colors of navy blue, teal, aqua, and silver, and I curated a list that brings those colors into your home! Add driftwood, burlap, and bright white accents for a stunning holiday decor scene.



Try making a coastal Christmas wreath and style your table with DIY vases, napkin rings, and bleached pine cones. Some of these ideas can help you year-round, but all together, they will help you create a stunning beachy Christmas home for the holidays.

Beachy Christmas Decor: Coastal Christmas Inspiration


Coastal Christmas Seashell Christmas Tree Topiary Tutorial


Nautical Rope and Baker's Twine Christmas Tree Centerpiece Tutorial


Frosted Beach Glass Ornament


DIY Driftwood Christmas Tree Ornament


DIY Driftwood Christmas Tree


Easy Beach Christmas Ornaments To Make


Nautical Sailboat Christmas Wreath


DIY Beach Themed Christmas Ornament


Coastal Christmas Tree ornament


Coastal Christmas Wreath


DIY Sea Glass Vases


Coastal Christmas Mantel


Tabletop Starfish Christmas Tree


Santa Shell Ornament


DIY Sand Dollar Resin Coasters


DIY Starfish Napkin Rings


How to Make Bleached Pine Cones


DIY JOY Sign


DIY Nautical Christmas Decor Project


Painted Wooden Spoons in Nautical Colors

Monday, December 9, 2019

Coastal Tree 2019 #ChristmasTreesonParade

Welcome to the Fourth Annual Christmas Trees on Parade! Hi, I am Terri, the owner and curator for this blog, Christmas Tree Lane!  I am so excited about this year's event. To see the past events, you can see 2018 here, 2017 here and 2016 here! We have a nice group of bloggers who are excited to share their trees with you!  Please visit each one and tell them I sent you!


I am sharing the tree we decorate for my daughter's bedroom. My daughter is married and comes home fairly often but we always want to make her room very special when she visits for Christmas. This year is even more important for us. Two weeks ago, two days after moving into their first home, the flat below them caught fire and destroyed four homes, including hers.  Now they are living in temporary housing, for up to 12 months, while their home is restored, rebuilt and refurbished. It is a living nightmare for them.  Thankfully, everyone in their family was safe, even though their beloved dog Huxley had to be rescued.



Since we moved into our home in 2013, our kids have called our home The Resort. We live by a lake, so we named our home Lakeside Resort.  The tree in our daughter's room has a beachy feel, as the neighborhood we live in is called The Beach District (in New Town at Saint Charles.)  We decorate it with family ornament collections, silver bells and a Hallmark series called the 12 Days of Christmas, and beach ornaments that we collect from vacations. Let's take a closer look!


Our newest coast ornament was handmade for us!


My first tip is to select a theme. It is really a great way to focus your ornament collections and to highlight something that you truly love. In addition to the coastal tree, this year I have a travel tree and a pink ribbon tree. It is also an awesome answer to the question, "What can I get you?"  💖




Thanks for stopping by and checking out our Christmas trees!  Go and visit these other blogs for new and interesting decorating tips.



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Friday, December 6, 2019

Travel Themed Christmas Tree

Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications and Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 

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Today we are sharing all kinds of Christmas Trees!  I will be sharing my travel-themed Christmas tree. Every time we travel we purchase an ornament or two that reflects our travel. This September we traveled to Spain and picked up two different ornaments. I could have purchased so many more!!


The tree is wrapped with ribbon, red beads and a chain with red and green bells.  There are a few snowball garlands and two extra-large stars. The angel on top is always the one we used, it was made by my mother-in-law when our daughter was firstborn. 

Ornament purchased in Milan, Spain

Ornament purchased to celebrate the Grand Canyon's 100th birthday.

The artist ornament was purchased in the Matisse museum.

Ornament to celebrate our Sedona vacation.

I purchased 5 of these glass hearts while in Cabo San Lucas.

Another ornament purchased while in Sedona.
Each year when I unpack these ornaments, I am transported to the happy times for these vacations. Do you have ornament collections? Which are your favorites, and why?

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Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Breakfast Christmas Chiilaquiles Two Ways

Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers!



Go here  to see our kick-off collection of Holiday ideas as well as all of this years talented participating DIY and Foodie Blogs. Download this years November and December calendars with all of the topics and dates so you can make plans to watch for ideas!

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One of our favorite places to go at Christmas time is Cabo San Lucas. We have done it twice and was planning on going this Christmas but as plans do, they changed at the last minute. Our plan is to have this for our Christmas morning breakfast to remind us of the swaying palm trees and light ocean breezes.


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Breakfast Chiliquiles Two Ways

Breakfast Chiliquiles Two Ways

Traditional chiliquiles served two ways in one unique breakfast dish!
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 30 M

ingredients:

  • 1 bag plain corn tortilla chips
  • 1 c red enchilada sauce
  • 1 c verde enchilada sauce
  • 2 c. Cotija cheese
  • Cilantro
  • Mexican Crema
  • Avocado
  • Diced Onion

instructions:

How to cook Breakfast Chiliquiles Two Ways

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Arrange the chips in a 13 x 9 baking pan. Lightly spray with oil and bake for 15 minutes or until crisp.
  2. Pour the red enchilada sauce on one half of the chips, and the green on the other half of the chips.  Top with cojita cheese.  Bake until hot and bubbly.
  3. Remove from oven. Serve immediately with cilantro, sour cream, fried eggs, sliced avocados and diced onion.

NOTES:

Sometimes we add the onion to the casserole and let it bake with the chips. It softens the onion and takes away the bite. We don't mind using yellow, white or red onion in this dish.
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We love the red and green play on Christmas colors!  Served with a cranberry margarita, we are set to go!  Here's a shot of our table set for Christmas morning breakfast!





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Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!
Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!
Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!
Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Sprinkled Dessert Cups

Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications and Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers!



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Today we are sharing Holiday Desserts with you. Christmas desserts are the most fun. I love these Sprinkled Holiday Cups because they are a great way to jazz up your dessert tray.  I have filled these with pudding, mousse, ice cream and even made shot glasses from them!  I have also filled them with milk and served with tiny cookies!



Instead of a recipe, this is a process, which I will share with you!  I use chocolate almond bark, usually 3 squares, a dozen ice cream cones, and sprinkles.  First, using a serrated knife, cut the tops off the ice cream cones. Melt the almond bark in the microwave.  Paint the inside of the cup with the chocolate, then dip the cut edge in the chocolate. Roll in the sprinkles then let dry.  That's it!  Use holiday sprinkles to really make these extra special!





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Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!
Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!
Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!
Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!
Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21
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Friday, November 29, 2019

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers! 


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When we go to potluck dinners, we always like to take a dessert. Often we like to take cupcakes, as they are easy to grab and eat.  For Christmas potluck dinners, these Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting are a big hit. They are festive and delicious. The cupcakes are made from a recipe from Our Good Life, a sister blog to Christmas Tree Lane.

The recipe for the cupcakes is located toward the end of the post. It has both the cupcake recipe and the recipe for the delicious marshmallow buttercream.


A little fun about potluck dinners: Wikipedia says a potluck is a communal gathering where each guest brings a dish to share. There is a little disagreement where the word may have come from, the English claim it through Thomas Nashe when he wrote about the "luck of the pot." North Americans, particularly Native Americans, claim the term through the potlatch, which is a feast of gift-giving. Interesting, isn't it?



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Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!
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Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

These potluck cupcakes are adorable for the holidays or the winter season. The cupcakes themselves are from a cake mix but the decorations are what win here!
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 40 M

ingredients:

For the cupcakes
Marshmallow frosting
  • 1 c sifted powdered sugar
  • 12 oz room temperature butter
  • 1 container of marshmallow creme
  • 1 t vanilla

instructions:

How to cook Hot Chocolate Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting

  1. Make cupcakes according to the recipe and cool completely.
  2. Make the Marshmallow Frosting.
  3. Swirl each cupcake with the frosting.
  4. Snip the marshmallows in half and place one half on each cupcake.
  5. Using a serrated knife, saw approximately 1/2" of each candy cane. Insert the top "hook" into the cupcake to look like a cup handle.
For the Marshmallow Frosting
  1. Blend marshmallow creme and the butter with a mixer until completely incorporated.
  2. Add vanilla, mix until smooth.
  3. Add powdered sugar a little at a time until fully incorporated.  
Calories
239.07
Fat (grams)
14.24
Sat. Fat (grams)
8.76
Carbs (grams)
27.80
Fiber (grams)
0.31
Net carbs
27.49
Sugar (grams)
20.85
Protein (grams)
0.84
Sodium (milligrams)
116.30
Cholesterol (grams)
32.77

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Holiday Mini Planner #12DaysofChristmasIdeas

Welcome to the 5th annual 12 Days of Holiday Ideas event, hosted by Shirley of Intelligent Domestications  and  Erlene of My Pinterventures Between Nov. 11th and December 6th there will be hundreds of new ideas shared by over 55 Co-host bloggers!


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I am so excited to share with you this mini planner for Christmas. Just print and go!  I am all about handwriting these days, I think it might be a lost art!  There is a lot of science that shows that writing things down help us remember. Not TYPING things down, but the actual writing! 



Here are the links to go and make it a printable. These are free, but just for your personal use. No selling or giving away to folks.  Give the link to this post instead!




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DecoArt  winner will receive a prize package valued at $100!
Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar winner will receive a Keurig Coffee Maker valued at $100!
Oriental Trading winner will receive an OrientalTrading.com gift card valued at $200!
Cabot Cheese winner will receive a gift basket of Cabot products valued at $75!
Burlap Fabric winner will receive a prize pack of products valued at $50!
Zulay Kitchens winner will receive one Milk Frother and a Lemon Squeezer valued at $21
It's Home To You winner will receive one wooden Santa sign valued at $65


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