10 budget friendly Christmas DIY’s



We are going to make a day of it this year, with warm boots, mittens and lots of cocoa to find our tree.

I cannot wait.

Like, literally.  So in the meantime Santa’s little dress workshop can still be full of Christmas cheer and working on lots of projects while I wait for late November and tree-finding day to arrive.

This is my favorite time of year (I know I say that about every season) so I guess I love celebrating and decorating and that is why Christmas brings back so many memories.  And makes me want to get to creating every chance I have.

Here are some of my favorite Christmas projects for a little inspiration and hopefully a few thrifty ideas to begin the season with excitement and joy. [Read more…]

Gingerbread Mini Loaf Recipe

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Do you love gingerbread all year long?

Me too.

When the gingerbread spice lattes hit Starbucks, I just cannot get enough of them.
Well, ok the same goes for pumpkin too, but that’s a given.

One of my favorite ways to share the sweets and baked goodness of Christmas is to wrap a
mini loaf and deliver it to neighbors and friends, wishing them everything good and wonderful
for their holiday season.

Molasses is the star of this sweet and a little spicy gingerbread recipe.  And I found it (and made a few changes)
from the best source.  The Brer Rabbit site, which might I add is chock full of wonderful recipes.  I love to add
molasses to my BBQ sauce, so I have to remember molasses all year long can be wonderful!

Here is what I used to make these sweet little loaves, and how I packaged them.  

Each loaf wrapped in waxed paper, nestled in a little paper plate basket (see below) and tied with a pretty 

ribbon.  It doesn’t get much easier than that.

Simple, thoughtful & so pretty! [Read more…]

34 Christmas Sweets + Treats Blog Hop: White Chocolate Gingerbread Mocha Mix in a Jar

34 Christmas Treats & Sweets (2) 


 I still cannot believe it’s December!

When Kristin from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia asked me if I would like to take part in this
yummy and festive hop I couldn’t have been more excited!

I love a reason to make something sweet, and these ladies rock! Make sure you visit all of the links at the bottom
to check out so many wonderful baking ideas, recipes and food gifts for the season!!

Here is what I made,  a mix of sweet gingerbread flavor and mocha too, a perfect drink mix to add to add to your
hot cocoa station or coffee station.  And a wonderful homemade gift idea too!


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Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

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Do you have a peanut butter lover in your life (it might be you!)

We love peanut butter at our house too.

I will plop down with a jar of peanut butter and a spoon and peruse Pinterest and work on posts
while enjoying a few spoonfuls.  Ok maybe more than a few.

But I have to keep enough on hand for recipes too, like these super easy (NO BAKE) Chocolate
Peanut Butter Balls.

They are easy y’all.
And they are good.  

I have more Homemade Gifts Ideas and Recipes coming all month long, but so far I think these
are my favorite! Here is how I made these easy No Bake Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls: [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Plus a $100 International Arrivals giveaway!!

It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS…
It’s officially the holiday season…isn’t it wonderful?
The party is becoming filled to the brim with festive inspiration every week.
We can’t wait to see what you share with us today!
And we’re also kicking off the season with a fun giveaway, too…

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I Should Be Mopping the Floor | Refresh Restyle
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Gifts In A Mason Jar: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

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Hi there!

Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving friends, and I know many of you will be cooking and stuffing, and very busy the next couple
days.  At our house the Christmas music will be playing, and Santa’s little workshop will be in high gear while Thursday’s
turkey is simmering in the slow cooker and will become our yearly Turkey Rice Soup.

With a bunch of leftovers to work on for days, I like to spend the weekend after Thanksgiving working on homemade gifts.
And drinking a lot of coffee.  And cocoa.
And hitting “play” again on my favorite Bing Crosby Christmas collection. [Read more…]

Hot Cocoa Station Free Chalkboard Printable

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The evenings are getting chilly here in Washington, and the kids keep asking me when we are going to make hot cocoa.
Not just the packet (which tastes really good too!) but the works.

Hot chocolate, whipping cream, caramel syrup, marshmallows, sprinkles, candy canes…oh the possibilities!

And the excitement.

I think that’s one of the reasons that I love this time of year so much.
It’s probably not the rain, and the muddy paws.
The sun we don’t see for a while, or the occasional ice storm.
Those all seem to just go along with winter in our neck of the woods.

But the part I love, cherish and encourage in my kids is the magic. [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Pretty + Delish Party Features!!

It’s a gorgeous Fall day and the perfect time to see ALL of your incredible links.
We’re so happy you always join us.
Don’t forget to click over to the Minted Giveaway when you are done linking up!!!
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Cinnamon Apple Quick Bread

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Yes, apple pie plus quick bread…
Oh, I almost forgot,
with a cinnamon glaze that kind of tastes like cinnamon toast.

And if you love nuts, well you can add those too.
I threw a couple handfuls of chopped walnuts in, pecans would be amazing too.

I didn’t have any Granny Smith apples on hand so I used what I had, Golden Delicious.
And they worked perfectly. [Read more…]

Gluten Free Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread Recipe

downeast maine pumpkin bread

Mixing up a batch of pumpkin bread seems to make the house smell wonderful, doesn’t seem
to last long once it’s out of the oven, and everyone loves to receive it as a gift.
It makes a great hostess gift, or something wonderful to bring a new mama, or friend just because.

This bread is from canned pumpkin, but we did grow pumpkins this year.
Not on purpose however.
They were kind of a happy accident in a big garden on the North side of our home that you can’t
grow anything in.
Not enough light, and I am fairly certain the largest population of ants in North America may live
in this garden as well.  So with the whole no light/plant eating insect combo we have had zero

Until this year.

The year of the wayward squash.   [Read more…]

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties