Sunday, October 25, 2009

October Rudolph Day

I totally love cake mixes! They are so versatile!

Photo taken from Taste of Home Cake Mix Creations.

These cupcakes are simple and delightful for the young and not-so-young at your holiday affairs. Simply make a white cupcake, decorate with white icing and then tint white food coloring with red. Cover 1/3 of the cupcake with red icing. Roll the bottom third in white shredded coconut to represent the beard. Pipe on a white cord across the cupcake to make a fluffy trim to the Santa cap. Place a mini marshmallow to represent the cotton ball end! Use chocolate chips for eyes and a red hot candie for the nose. And there you go! Santa Claus!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Frugal and Fun Gift Ideas

Now is the time to be thinking about some frugal ways to enchant your family at Christmas. The blog Storybook Woods has come up with a goodly number of fun and frugal ideas. Go here to see them:

Storybook Woods

Read the comments, too, as there are some fabulous ideas there too!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Christmas Preview!

Rhoda at Southern Hospitality has a two part special about the newest things in Christmas decorating... check it out!

Part one

Part two


Friday, October 2, 2009

September Rudolph Day!

Meet Wilson! He's dressed for Christmas in 2008.

What are you doing now to prepare for Christmas?

I am in the throes of cleaning. I learned I will be having some major surgery at the end of October so I am trying to get things ready a bit early.

I typically decorate nearly every square inch of the house! I have trees in every room. This year I plan to concentrate on only my favorite trees. We will have trees in the living room, kitchen and family room. The fashion tree, the vacation tree, the snowman tree, the gilded fruit tree, the aluminum tree and the nature tree will all remained pack up for this year. It really bums me because this is possibly the last year we will host the office party for Mr. Christmas Tree Lane's staff.

So, I am concentrating on cleaning the kitchen, living room, dining room and family room this year. I have to say, I like that my cleaning schedule is easier! I will clean carpets and woodwork, windows and window treatments will be cleaned, drawers are being reorganized and furniture is being cleaned. I may have to buy a new love seat for the living room, too, the one we have is nearly shot!

I have consigned an artist to do our Christmas card this year. Have you met Fifi? She has a blog that is soooo much fun. Check her out here! Have you thought about your Christmas cards? If you are doing a photo card, it is time to start thinking about what you might be interested in doing and hiring a photographer or setting the date to get the photo done. I love photo cards!

I hope your September has been lovely and that you are getting excited about the 2009 Chrismtas season!