2014 Christmas Home Tour

christmas home tour

This year I’ve kept my Christmas decorating quite simple. Needless to say, trying to decorate while nursing a newborn was quite a challenge so I really didn’t have the time for anything crazy! 

I know all you want to see is the pictures, so without further ado I present my 2014 Holiday Home Tour!

fireplace 2014

fireplace lit 2014

 Pier 1’s Glimmer Lights are my newest obsession! They add the perfect warm glow to our fireplace logs.

2014 christmas mantel

I picked this up at HomeGoods and I adore it!

poinsettia

joy sign

 “Joy” banner made using wooden letters dipped in glue and silver glitter!

fireplace lights

Click here to learn how to make this DIY Winter Wreath

Christmas tree 2014

Christmas tree closeup 2014

decorated stairs

ornament bowl

Put some extra ornaments in a bowl on your coffee table to spruce it up for the holiday season!

You’ll notice I mostly stuck to shades of white, blue, gold and silver – similar to last year. There are pops of red and green throughout the house though to add that traditional touch.

Do you tend to stick to a color theme? Do you prefer traditional decorations or do you take a more modern approach?  

My family is coming to visit from Ireland tomorrow so I will be busy both playing hostess and snuggling with my new baby boy until after Christmas. I hope everyone has a great holiday and a prosperous New Year!

DIY Winter Wreath

 

DIY Winter Wreath

Hello everyone! Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? Crazy! 

As many of you may already know, Baby Cian arrived November 29th. He is an absolute blessing and joy and our lives have been changed in such an amazing way. As I’m sure you can imagine, the blog had to take a backseat for the past couple of weeks. I’m finally feeling more like myself again and also finally got around to decorating the house for Christmas. We decided to keep it simple this year as neither Brian nor I have the energy to decorate for days on end. 

One project that I completed before Baby arrived was this Winter Wreath. It took me less than an hour and I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out. It’s festive enough for Christmas but will continue to work throughout the winter season. 

 DIY Winter Wreath

What You’ll Need:

  • Wreath Form (straw, foam, etc.)
  • Yarn (I used soft fleecy yarn)
  • Decorative accents (I got mine at AC Moore for 50 cents a piece)
  • Bells

Directions:

winter wreath 1. Wrap the wreath with the yarn until it’s completely covered.

wool wrapped wreath

wool wrapped wreath

2. Hot glue your decorative pieces to one side making sure to layer them. I picked shade of white, gold, silver and green but you can customize this part with whatever colors you like.

wreath accent pieces

winter wreath closeup

3. Hot glue a few bells and a foam snowflake for an extra festive touch.

DIY winter wreath

4. Hang up and enjoy the compliments all your visitors will give you!

Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be back during the week with my 2014 Christmas Home Tour! (albeit probably an abbreviated version!) For now, how about checking out last year’s Christmas decor

Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey Enchiladas

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turkey enchiladas

With a newborn baby comes sleepless nights and days with little time to spare thinking about creative meals.  Not only is time limited but tight budgets become essential.  Eating leftovers or whatever happens to be in your pantry becomes the norm but doesn’t have to mean the quality of you meal is sacrificed.  

kraft shreds

  With this in mind Thanksgiving leftovers can create wonderful meals in minutes.  Using turkey and Kraft Shreds Mexican cheese as my basic ingredients I whipped up these delicious turkey enchiladas the night before I went into labor.

ingredients

Ingredients:

1. Leftover turkey

2. Kraft Shreds Mexican cheese

3. Enchilada kit (or Enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, tortillas)

4. Optional:  Bell peppers and/or onions

sauce

1.  Put leftover turkey in a pan along with onions and peppers.  Add taco seasoning and some water and simmer until thick.

enchiladas1

 2.  Lay tortillas out flat and spoon the turkey mix into the center of the tortilla and be careful not to fill in excess.  Fold the tortilla and place in a casserole dish – seam down.  Repeat until the casserole dish is full (and eat remaining turkey mix with a spoon :) )

3.  Spoon enchilada sauce over tortillas and generously disburse the Kraft Shreds Mexican cheese over the tortillas until covered.  

enchiladas2

 4.  Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and place in oven and bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  

5.  Remove aluminum foil and place under the broiler until the sauce and cheese are bubbly.

enchiladas3

 6.  Serve with sour cream and guacamole!

enchiladas4

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