Thursday, December 18, 2014


Need a last minute gift for a teacher?  Neighbor?  Co-worker?  Mailman?  The "Oh No, I forgot a gift for you" person?  Or could your house just benefit from a yummy-smelling concoction?

With just a few simple ingredients and about two minutes, you can throw together some cute bags of Winter Potpourri.  My sister-in-law shared this recipe with me about 10 years ago, and I've used it in the past but had forgotten about it until recently.  I saw someone (please remind me where I saw it if it's you!) refer to something similar on Instagram and it sparked my memory.

Here's the basic recipe:

1 orange, 1 lemon, 4 cinnamon sticks, 20 whole cloves, 2 bay leaves
*I didn't use the bay leaf, but saw these cute star anise packs at the store, so I substituted those. They're mainly for looks, they kind of smell like licorice.  Nothing is set in stone, you can play with the combo of ingredients.  I've switched up the fruit in the past also, using limes or grapefruit instead.

Now, that recipe is actually enough for 2 rounds.  You'll want to half the orange and lemon, and slice up those halves.  Save the other halves for later.  Half everything else in the recipe and combine it with the fruit slices, along with about 2 cups of water.  Simmer in a pot or in a mini-crock pot.  This mixture will last for 2-3 days, then you can use the portions you reserved for another batch.

To gift, put all ingredients in a clear or seasonal cellophane bag and tie with a pretty ribbon.  I should have printed the recipe and instructions out on a card to attach as well, but I didn't get to that yet.  ;) Another tip, I used the smaller mandarin type oranges, just because they fit in the bag better.

These are a thoughtful little gift on their own, or would be terrific party favors or that little extra something to tuck in and add to a gift you already have.

I've had a batch simmering for the past two days and the kitchen smells lovely!

7 days and counting!  I'm needing to finish up my shopping today and tomorrow before the kids are out of school.

This will most likely be my last post for the year, so I wanted to leave you with my sincere thanks for reading and following along here.  It still amazes me that people are actually interested in my projects!  I hope you all have a blessed and joyous Christmas, and that you know the Savior that was born for us to bring us hope, peace, and new life.

See you in 2015 for lots of new possibilities!

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Well, there's been a whole lot of touring going on everywhere lately!  I enjoyed each and every home, and appreciated each one for it's unique and individual presentation and care that went into creating a lovely holiday home.

Here's a recap from the 12 Days of Christmas Tour of Homes.  If you missed any, you can click on the photo banner to go straight to the tour.



We'd love to see YOUR holiday home!  Link up with us at the end of this post and come join the fun!

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I also wanted to share just a few favorites from that Blogger Stylin' Home Tours that I participated in last week, too.  I wish I could highlight more, but with 40ish fabulous homes in the tour...whew!

*Please be courteous and click the link below each photo to pin from the original source.  Thanks!

With that, I believe we'll wrap up the Christmas posts here on D&T for this year!  But first, don't forget to link up your Christmas Tour... you've seen our homes, we're ready to see yours!

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Monday, December 15, 2014


Even with the convenience of Pinterest at our fingertips whenever and wherever we want it, I still think there's something about flipping through actual pages of a great design book or shelter magazine.

I thought the December issue of Better Homes and Gardens was especially inspiring this year.  One of them spurred ideas for my own Christmas decor this year:

There is so much I love about this photo, but the candles with the "snow" around them caught my eye.  I decided to adapt this idea and do a grouping of candles on my dining room table.  I used a little snow, also, in the big candleholders flanking the tray.  I'm probably not through with this image, though, there is so much good stuff there (those hanging lanterns!!).

A few other images from that issue that I'm keeping tucked away for the future...

This simple outdoor tree with pinecone ornaments is just as charming as can be.

Someday I'll make some fun pinecone stars for the tree, also.

How cute are the little sweater leg warmers on this stool?

And the sweater cuff with jingle bell embellishments on that candle, so fun!  That gives me a few more things to add to my thrifting list.

I LOVE the chunky hardware added to this rustic planter.  That would be such an easy DIY.  Definitely remembering this one!

And can we just talk about this jaw-dropping gorgeous kitchen that belongs to Grace Sorensen?  It's so, so good.

A few other magazine photos inspired me this season.  I snapped some pics on my phone while flipping through a few of my Mother-in-law's magazines so I'd remember the ideas.  I believe these were from the BHG Christmas Ideas magazine, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!

These pom pom pillows belong to Karianne at Thistlewood Farms-

and seeing them encouraged me to add some poms to my own pillows... (DIY pom pom post here)

This milk glass dish tower full of ornaments

inspired me to do this in my kitchen.

And the fresh green potted trees here

inspired me to use something similar on my Christmas Mantle.

So where do YOU find inspiration?  Have you gleaned any ideas from magazines to actually use in your own home?

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