year! The day after Thanksgiving my family heads out to the Christmas tree farm to select our live Christmas tree and pick up all our fresh wreaths and garland. I love the smell that fills our house as we decorate, there’s just nothing like it. We play Christmas music, make hot cocoa, and jump start our very favorite season.
As always, I have fresh cedar and pine wreaths on my front doors and windows and fresh garland around our front doors. I used a chartreuse silk ribbon for my bows this year, and the color is absolutely perfect! I adorned my tree with the same chartreuse ribbon and loads of mercury glass ornaments and tiny boxwood wreaths. I love to mix things up a bit, so I opted out of a traditional tree skirt and used fur rugs instead, and I love how it turned out. Our packages also keep the theme going with various papers and ribbons in cream, gold, gray and silver.
For the front living room and dining room, I kept things simple with small boxwood wreaths, fresh greenery and a sprinkling of vintage brass reindeers and Shiny Brite ornaments. I think small touches go a long way and love the feeling of stepping into a room that has been thoughtfully decorated for the holiday season!
- Keep it chic and gracious… you can never go wrong with this combination, take my word for it!
- Opt for fresh trees and greenery if you can, there’s really nothing better.
- Don’t feel confined by the traditional red and green color palette of the season. Creams, grays, gold, silver and chartreuse are gloriously gorgeous!
- Mix in vintage finds when you can. Brass figures and vintage ornaments can add the perfect touch of whimsy and interest.
- Think outside of the box for your tree skirt. Maybe it’s a lively plaid throw blanket, fur rug, or a vintage trunk… the sky’s the limit.
- Use your wrapped packages as a part of your holiday décor. They are the perfect opportunity to reflect the colors and motifs of your home.
Happy Decking the Halls!
The non-stop cooking and entertaining of Thanksgiving week are over, and now to focus on my favorite month of the year, December! There is not a more perfect way to welcome friends and family into your home for the holiday season than a gorgeous wreath on your front door. I adore wreaths, I believe they instantly make a home gracious and inviting and can give a home owner the perfect opportunity to express their style! I have rounded up some of my favorite Christmas wreath ideas. Classic, minimal, natural, kitsch… they are all here, and they are all fabulous!
Happy wreath making and merry everything!
Thanksgiving is hands down one of my absolute favorite holidays! There’s something so special about spending time with friends and loved ones, celebrating everything that we are thankful for and making precious memories. We started the tradition of Merry Thanks 13 years ago. It’s our come one come all, eat good food, laugh and love, be thankful for one another, count your blessings kind of celebration. This tradition holds such a special place in my heart, and some of my most cherished memories with my family and friends are made at Merry Thanks.
I start getting excited about hosting this annual celebration as soon as the weather begins to cool, and start planning my tablescape and menu in early November. This year my vibe is vintage chic. I love incorporating vintage treasures in my decor and pairing them with fresh flowers, greenery and candlelight. There’s always something special about a candle lit table, it’s just magical! I went with deep burgundy mums, dark navy berries and silver dollar eucalyptus for an easy, fresh fall vibe. I’m generally not a huge fan of colored candles (I say cream is classic) but for this year I decided to do a deep oxblood for the pillars on the dining table as well as for the taper candles on the buffet. I love how the colors of the flowers, cranberries, pomegranates and candles all work together.
Last but not least, instead of placing a menu card at each place setting, I decided to go with a printed card with my favorite Thanksgiving verse on it. I think it’s the perfect reminder of what this season is all about. I can’t wait until my house is full with all the people I hold most dear, sitting around this table eating, laughing and enjoying the most important things in life.
Merry Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving!
When the air starts to get crisp and the leaves start to fall, my family’s first request is my classic Pumpkin Roll. It’s their all time fav and the perfect compliment to morning’s first cup of steaming coffee. Ahhhhh. All that pumpkin goodness, combined with the perfect blend of cinnamon, cloves and a vanilla cream cheese filling is a seasonal must! I will be making multiples for next week’s Thanksgiving festivities…they don’t last long! One without nuts for my not so nut loving 12 year old and several with a pecan sprinkled crust for the rest of us. If you want your guests to ohh and ahh, and then come back for seconds, give this recipes a whirl!
3/4 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree (I use Libby’s)
1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat over to 375* and grease a 10″x 15″ jelly roll pan. Line with wax paper and the grease and flour wax paper. Lay out a smooth cotton kitchen towel and sprinkle it with powdered sugar. In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients and mix well. In a separate large bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick, then beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture and spread evenly into the jellyroll pan. Sprinkle the chopped pecans on top and bake 13-15 minutes until the top springs back. Immediately turn out onto the sugared towel, pecans side down and carefully peel off the wax paper. Quickly roll the sheet bread up lengthwise and place on a wire rack to cool.
Vanilla Cream Cheese Filling:
1 8oz. block cream cheese, softened
1 cup sifted powder sugar
6 Tbs. margarine, softened
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
combine all filling ingredients in one are bowl and stir until smooth. Unroll cooled bread and spread the filling evenly over entire inside surface. Carefully roll the bread back up, wrap in plastic and place in refrigerator for al least 4 hours. Remove, slice and sprinkle with powder sugar. Serve immediately.
My boys and I spent this past Saturday picking one of my favorite early summer berries! It was an absolutely gorgeous day, the sun was beaming and the breeze kept us cool as we worked. The strawberries in Arkansas are right at the end of their peak season, so every single one we got was so ripe and juicy, I had to keep fending Cade off from eating them straight out of the bucket. We got a huge load of them, so I spent Sunday making chocolate covered strawberries, strawberry shortcake and strawberry cupcakes, Yum! My strawberry cupcake/cake recipe is one of my family’s all time favorites and it’s the perfect compliment to strawberry season. Try it out, it’s easy peasy, and delightfully yummy!
Scrumptious Strawberry Cake
1 Box Strawberry Cake Mix
1 Box Strawberry Jell-O
½ Cup Wesson Oil
½ Cup Water
½ Cup Sliced Strawberries mixed with 1 Tsp. of Sugar (let sit for 30 minutes for sugar to dissolve)
Mix cake mix and Jell-O powder together, add Wesson oil and water and beat until well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Last add strawberries and mix well. Pour mixture into cake pan of choice and bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes (if making cupcakes bake approx. 23 min)
½ Stick of melted Margarine
1 Box of Powdered Sugar
½ Cup of sliced Strawberries mixed with 1 Tsp. of Sugar (let sit for 30 minutes for sugar to dissolve)
Mix until smooth and spread on cake
Since Mother’s day is just a few days away, I decided to share some of my favorite Mother’s day gifts! It is a day to show your mom how much you love and appreciate her. Below are a few of my favorite gifts to give to moms on their special day dedicated to them!
Dogeared ‘I Love Mom’ Necklace || Emporium Home Amethyst Speared Picture Frame || Voluspa ‘Amaranth & Jasmine’ Candle || Elizabeth & James ‘Nirvana White’ Perfume || Emporium Home Quartz Corkscrew || Sara Happ ‘The Lip Slip’ Lip Balm || Natural Life ‘ I Love You Mom’ Heart Shaped Tray
Happy Mother’s Day!
XOXO – Ashley
I just adore Valentines’s Day and spending special time with my sweet hubs! He always manages to make me feel loved and adored and this year is no exception. Gorgeous flowers, my favorite dress and a dinner date with the love of my life has this girl giddy!
Alexis Contessa Dress ON SALE here!
Hope your Valentine’s Day is filled with Love!
I adore Valentine’s Day! The flowers, the chocolates, the romantic dinners, I’m totally into it! I love choosing a thoughtful gift for my hubs and he always manages to surprise me with something stellar every year! Below, I’ve put together a little Valentine’s day gift guide for you and your love. Every item on the “For Her” list is something that I am personally lusting after and the “For Him” list is full of awesome gifts that my main squeeze would love to receive. Hope your V-Day is full of romance and sweet gifts!1. Christian Louboutin Doracora Patent Heart Pump | 2. Farm Girl Flowers Big Love Bouquet | 3. Armenta Long Cluster Ring | 4. For Love and Lemons Ruby Bralette and Panty | 5. Diptyque Tuberose “Rouge” Candle
1. L’Occitane Cade Shaving Cream | 2. Yeti Hopper | 3. Shinola Benchmade Custom 485 Valet Pocket Knife | 4. Red Wing Heritage 6-Inch Iron Ranger Boot | 5. J. Hilburn Made to Measure Blue Revenge Solid Suit
XOXO – Ashley
Garrett and I love hosting football parties and Super Bowl 50 is no exception! When we have a crew over, I love to have great dips and snacks on hand that people can munch on throughout the game. My all time favorite, easy peasy, everybody devours it, corn dip is a winner every time. Throw in delish chocolate and caramel smothered popcorn and our “Super Bowl” sipper signature cocktail, and your party peeps will be dipping and sipping the whole game!
FAMOUS CORN DIP
3 11oz. cans sweet corn & diced peppers (Mexican corn), drained
7oz. can chopped green chilis
6oz. can chopped jalapeño peppers, drained and liquid added to taste
1/2 c. green onion, chopped
1 c. mayonaise
1 c. sour cream
1 t. pepper
1/2 t. garlic powder
16oz. pkg. shredded Sharp Cheddar cheese
corn chips of choice
In a large bowl mix all ingredients, except chips. Chill 2 hours to overnight. Serve with corn chips. YUM!
1 c. of stovetop popcorn kernels
1 pkg. bakers chocolate
1 pkg. caramel squares
1 c. peanuts (optional)
sea salt to taste
Pop popcorn kernels over stovetop as instructed on package (this is soooooo much better and healthier than that nasty microwave popcorn, do it!). Once popped, spread popcorn on a wax paper lined baking dish. Sprinkle with peanuts. Melt chocolate baking squares and caramel (add a touch of milk when melting) over stovetop. Once melted, pour both the chocolate and caramel over the popcorn and mix until coated. Sprinkle with sea salt. Cool and serve.
SUPER BOWL SIPPER
1 can Fresca
6 oz. of Lemonade
2 oz. of Lime Juice
8 oz. Vodka
Mix together, serve over ice, and garnish with your favorite fruit. We used oranges and blueberries. GO BRONCOS!
There was no other show that resonated with me quite like the Chanel Haute Couture show from Paris Fashion week. Each and every piece in the collection was the antithesis of feminine beauty and embellished artistry. I am completely mesmerized by this collection and see “Artistic Femininity” being a huge trend for interiors and home accessories for 2016. Check out my favorites from the show, gorgeous interiors that channel this feminine chic look, as well as products that can help you bring this runway style into your home.
CHANNELING CHANEL INTO INTERIORS
PRODUCTS TO HELP YOU BRING THE RUNWAY INTO YOUR HOME
How would you bring a little Chanel glam into your home? Share with us!