Free Printable Advent Calendar from Ella Claire

Free Printable Advent Calendar This adorable free printable Advent Calendar is amazingly charming. With endless options to customize, you can definitely make this project fit any decor! Please visit for more beautiful pics and the full tutorial!  I have been wanting to create an advent calendar for a couple of years now, and I finally got to it this year! When I was a kid, I loved those little ones with the candy in all of the slots. I wanted my babies to have something fun to be excited about each day too. It is no secret that I … Continue reading Free Printable Advent Calendar from Ella Claire

Lessen the Effects of Thanksgiving Dinner!

While I would never suggest that you skip your favorite  Thanksgiving goodies, this article shares some sensible tips to make the festivities a happy memory rather than a regret!  Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude and family, indulgence and indigestion. Embrace the former while ditching the latter with these actionable ways to limit your belly-bulging binge at this month’s high-calorie celebration of appreciation and appetite. via 6 ways to lessen the gut-busting effects of your Thanksgiving binge. Continue reading Lessen the Effects of Thanksgiving Dinner!

How To: Holiday Table

The holiday season is all about entertaining. Duh. It’s the time for gathering friends and family, with nieces and nephews running around with grandpa and grandma, sisters gossiping like old times and boyfriends getting introduced to the family for the first time. If you’re lucky, there may even be a bended knee proposal to witness! So many fun and exciting memories happen around this time of year. So why make things stressful and complicated when it comes to putting together a beautiful dinner table?? I’m here to attest that the stress & the holidays do not have to go hand … Continue reading How To: Holiday Table

Scarf Weather is Here!

Scarf season is here, guys! Gone are the days of sweating if you wear a crewneck t-shirt, because it’s finally chilly and appropriate to wear the greatest accessory known to man. With so many scarves to choose from, it’s difficult to know where to begin. While your initial instinct is probably to go for a standard, fringe-ended one, or maybe even a circle scarf, let me offer your another suggestions: Blanket scarves. (Related: Every Awkward Way: We Wore Scarves in the 2000′s) You really can’t go wrong with a blanket scarf, because really, who doesn’t want to walk around wearing a couch throw … Continue reading Scarf Weather is Here!

Pumpkin Pie Recipe Using Real Pumpkin

Here is a pumpkin pie recipe using real pumpkin that all your guests will love.While you may choose to buy pre-cooked and canned pumpkin, you should at least give this version a try once! You might find you like it better!   Ingredients  2 eggs separated 1/2 cup brown sugar  1 1/4 cups cooked mashed pumpkin  3/4 cups evaporated milk 1/2 teaspoon salt  1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger  1 envelope of unflavored gelatin 1/4 cup cold water  1/2 cup sugar  1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract  1 baked 9 in pastry shell    Method Beat egg … Continue reading Pumpkin Pie Recipe Using Real Pumpkin

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Okay, I know that you can buy a can of cranberry and plop it on a plate. However, once you see how simple and easy it is to make it yourself you might just give it a try. A bonus is that the house will smell absolutely wonderful as you are cooking it! You can use fresh or frozen cranberries, if using frozen simply thaw before cooking. If you don’t have a cinnamon stick substitute 1 TBSP ground cinnamon. This recipe makes a tart cranberry sauce, if you want it to be sweeter simply adjust the sugar to 1 Cup.  … Continue reading Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Thanksgiving Salad

Arugula and red onions and cashews and dried cranberries and wild rice and lemon dressing, comin in hot. ♡ I mean, wow! Already? Tis the season! When it comes to Thanksgiving, there are two types: the type who makes a turkey, and the type who brings a salad. Do I even need to tell you which type I am? Bjork’s aunt called us yesterday and asked if I would rather bring a salad or a vegetable side. umm, HELLO. How could I ever NOT bring a salad? It is my Thanksgiving destiny. I have a feeling that so many of us are … Continue reading Thanksgiving Salad