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Happy Friday! We are approaching the weekend before Christmas and there are a few things I still need to get done along with the usual errands. If you’re heading out today I wish you all the best in the holiday madness. Hope you have a wonderful day and keep reading for my take five!… {one} I have a few gifts to wrap and think I might add little winter scene toppers. {two} Bucket bags are the latest fashion trend… and I have my eyes set on this one. {three} I’m currently in a hair dilemma. Do I chop it or not? If I do decide, the long bob will be the way to go. {four} Temps wavering in and out of the 70’s, this top is perfect for the weather. And when it does decide to get chilly I can easily throw on a sweater. {five} Drool-worthy table vases! I’ll take one of each!

merry & bright

merry & bright | 2014Hope you all are having a wonderful Thursday! How is your holiday season coming along? With the last batch of my holiday cards going out to family and friends this afternoon, I thought it was time to share my pick for this year. It’s always a tough decision to make with all the beautifully designed holiday cards from Minted, but after spending a weekend contemplating between a couple of designs the choice was made. You all know my obsession with stripes and couldn’t resist sending these lovely and festive watercolored stripes hoping to make the season merry & bright. Doesn’t it resemble the seasonal candy cane? I couldn’t be more excited! Keep reading for more…

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simple savorings : cranberry-rosemary biscotti

simple savorings | cranberry rosemary biscottiCookies and coffee is an undeniably scrumptious pairing. Biscotti the infamous twice baked Italian cookie is the ideal cookie candidate for just that. Crisp and crunchy, fitted for dipping into a hot cup of coffee especially around this time of year. I spent an afternoon sipping and dipping with my cranberry-rosemary biscotti (or as I have nicknamed them Christmas biscotti) as I penned my holiday cards. The combination of tart cranberries, earthy rosemary and hint of citrus makes for the perfect afternoon treat and that midday cup of coffee a little extra special. Keep reading for the recipe…

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simple savorings | cranberry rosemary biscotti | 4Cranberry-Rosemary Biscotti 

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup dried cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, and finely chopped rosemary; set aside.
  2. Put butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Mix in 3 whole eggs, one at a time.
  3. Mix in the vanilla and lemon zest. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add flour mixture. Stir in cranberries.
  4. Halve the dough and shape each half into two logs 12 inches long, 2 1/2-inches wide, and 1 inch high; transfer to parchment lined baking sheets.
  5. Bake until it starts to brown at the edges, about 35-40 minutes. Cool for about ten minutes.
  6. On a cutting board, use a serrated knife to slice logs into 1/2-inch-thick slices.
  7. Lay slices in a single layer on baking sheets and bake for about 7-8 minutes.
  8. Remove the baking sheets from the oven, turn biscotti over and bake for an additional 7-8 minutes.
  9. Transfer to a rack and let cool until crisp.

DIY : glittered snowflake ornaments

DIY | glittered snowflake ornaments |As the mad dash to finish last minute shopping, wrapping of gifts and holiday parties continue I’m taking a moment and sharing one more DIY for the month. I couldn’t let the season pass without getting glittered and that’s just what happened over the weekend. Glitter, glitter everywhere! To jazz up the tree a little bit more, I made these glittered snowflake ornaments that perfectly complimented my woodland critters. Keep reading for instructions…

DIY | glittered snowflake ornaments | materials

Glittered Snowflake Ornaments

Materials

  • foam brush
  • glue
  • glitter
  • jute
  • scissors
  • wood sticks
  • hot glue gun

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Instructions

  1. Brush glue on one side of the wooden stick.
  2. Sprinkle glitter and set aside to dry. Repeat with remaining wood sticks.
  3. Using a glue gun, make a star out of four wood sticks.
  4. Turn star over, place a dab of hot glue in the center and glue down jute.
  5. Wrap jute around the center and hot glue the end down. Trim off excess.
  6. Loop jute on one snowflake point, wrap around a few times and hot glue the end down. Trim off excess.
  7. On each snowflake point, wrap jute around a few times and hot glue the end down. Trim off excess.
  8. Continue on until all points are complete.

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pretty palette : wonderful wreaths

pretty palette | wonderful wreathsThis year seems to be the year of the wreath! At first I spotted them on just about on every door in Austin, but as of lately my Instagram and Pinterest feeds are flooded with beautiful magnificent wreaths. I shared last week how easy it was to make these show stoppers but that simply wasn’t enough and had to create a pretty palette full of wonderful wreaths. This moodboard is full of inspiration and has me tempted to make another. Hope you all are having a great start to the week!

*images {row 1} winter wreath, wild vine wreath {row 2} citrus wreath {row 3} grapevine wreathwild wreath

weekend wishes

weekend wishes | 32Happy Saturday lovelies! The overcast skies has me lingering in bed just a little later than usual and with rain headed our way tomorrow looks like it’s going to be a weekend spent indoors. But that works for me as I have some major reading to catch up on and hopefully if the sun does decide to come out for a little while I can finish up some shopping. Have a lovely weekend and keep reading for my favorite links from the week…

Need more gift ideas? Check out Beth’s from Local Milk… I’m loving everything!

A cake that truly captures the tastes of the holiday season.

What are your thoughts on The Future of Print Magazines?

Read this tip before you make all those sugar cookies.

A big congrats to one of my favorite husband-and-wife creative teams.

*image via britta nickel

with a twist : pear moscow mule

with a twist | pear moscow mule |Mules seem to be all the rage currently and can be found on just about every bar menu across the country. Every establishment has been creating their own unique versions from classic recipes to spicy and even sweet versions. Today’s variant is of the latter, a sweet one, with the addition of pear juice. They are easy to make and serve at your next holiday party! Can I also admit that the best part of this cocktail is getting to sip it out of a copper mug. I came across this sleek Moscow Mule Mug  and knew I’d be sipping mules by the fire soon! Keep reading for the recipe…

with a twist | pear moscow mule

with a twist | pear moscow mule |Pear Moscow Mule

*makes 1

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • pear juice
  • ginger beer

Instructions

  1. Place ice cubes in a mug.
  2. Pour vodka and lime juice over ice and give a light stir.
  3. Then add pear juice, about 3/4 of the way.
  4. Top with ginger beer, stir and serve immediately.