Candy Bark 12 Ways

My Grandma’s nut roll, egg custard pie, Hershey Kiss cookies. All of these foods and more remind me of the holidays, including candy bark. What I love about this incredibly easy treat is that it can include everything but the kitchen sink or actually be borderline healthy for you depending on what you add. I’ve rounded up a selection of both, check ’em all out below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweatered Up

 

If the day’s high of 19-degrees is any sign of the winter that’s to come, I’d better stock up on sweaters ASAP. My favorites are the big, chunky knit styles but it’s a good idea to a have a few more formfitting pieces in the mix as well. If you’re already in the middle of this polar vortex with me, take a peek at these twenty sweaters that will hopefully hold you over until… April? More than half are on sale for up to 40% off! (Just click on each image.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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You’re Invited: Christmas Brunch

I miss doing big Christmas dinners, but brunches have their own kind of charm. There’s definite appeal in being able to do so much prep work the day before, and it’s nice being able to put out an equally sweet and savory spread that caters to everyone’s tastes. I chose recipes that are easy to grab and eat while you’re catching up around the tree to pair with a selection of cocktails and traditional non-alcoholic options. As far as decorations go, this year I’ve really been drawn to fresh greenery, golds, and glass – you’ll see all three below in decor as well as on the table. (If you’d like even more inspiration check out prior Christmases 2013, 2014, and 2015!)

 

Live Eucalyptus Garland // Boxwood + Myrtle Half Wreath // Glittery Stars Garland // Green and Silver Tinsel Tree // Clear Igloo Globe String Lights // Jewel Votive Holder // Brass Laurel Wreath // Skultana Small Candlestick // Walnut Tree Skirt

 

Boozy Blood Orange Punch // Breakfast Bramble Cocktail // Cardamom Coffee //
Creamy Almond + Cashew Nog // Hot Blender Chocolate // Winter Vanilla Paloma

 

Battuto Serving Bowl // Belgian Flax Linen Table Runner // Dauville Dinner Plate // Instant Karma XL Platter // 5-pc Ivory Flatware Set // Marble Trivet // Marta Double Old-Fashioned Glasses // Seafoam Enamel Tray // Beaker Glass Tea Light Candle Holders

 

Apple Walnut Strudel with Cardamom // Bacon, Egg, and Toast Cups // Butternut Squash Breakfast Muffins // Cinnamon Streusel French Toast Cups // Easy Vegetarian Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole // Easy Twisted Pumpkin Spice Danish // Gingerbread Scones // Mini Cheese Quiche // Mixed Berry Croissant Bread Pudding // Orange, Vanilla & Cardamom Challah Wreath and White Chocolate Glaze // Roasted Rosemary Beets // Spiralized Potato Thyme Casserole

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Plenty of Pajamas

Cozy Crew Lounge Pants

Christmas pajamas were never a thing in my family growing up, I choose to blame it on being an only child, like so many other things. (Joking. Mostly.) A few years ago I started adding pajamas to the wish list my mom inevitably asks for each November, and now I’m happy to report it IS officially a thing.

 

Classic Stripe Woven Tee + Pants Set

 

Navy Stripe Chambray Shirt + Pants Set

 

Cotton PJ Pants

 

Tartan Check Nightshirt

 

Pajama Set

 

Red Stripe Pajama Set

 

Sleep Shirt

 

Thermal Pajamas

 

Tipped Vintage Pajama Set

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Mega Christmas Cookie Roundup

I’m way behind on, well, everything this holiday season. (Very unlike me.) Next weekend I’ll need to cram in any and all baking I plan on doing before Christmas and I haven’t even chosen my recipes! Do you make the same ones every year or search out new? I’ve rounded up 48 cookie recipes that look irresistible for you to consider.

 

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1/ Marshmallow Christmas Wreaths   2/ Coffee and Cream Shortbreads   3/ Gingerbread Cranberry Linzer Cookies   4/ Llama Orange-Spice Cookies   5/ Thin and Chewy Spiced Oatmeal Cookies with Brown Butter Icing   6/ Chocolate Peppermint Ganache Cookies

 

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7/ Sugar-Dusted Macaroon Trees   8/ Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies   9/ Chocolate Gingerbread Petit Fours (GF)   10/ Sugar Cookie Bark   11/ Lemon Poppyseed Shortbread   12/ S’mores Cookie Sandwiches

 

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13/ Citrusy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Rosemary Salt (GF)   14/ Black and White Brownie Sandwich Cookies   15/ Chocolate Sugar Cutout Cookies   16/ Salted Caramel Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies   17/ Cinnamon Apple Pie Cookies   18/ Spicy Ginger Sandwich Cookies filled with Pumpkin Butter

 

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19/ Matcha Shortbread Men   20/ Swedish Chocolate Cookies   21/ Espresso Caramel Shortbread Bars   22/ Peppermint Sugar Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting   23/ Eggnog Cookies   24/ Brown Butter Shortbread (GF + SF)

 

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25/ Coffee Sables   26/ Mini Chocolate Thumbprint Cookies   27/ Lemon Olive Oil Cookies   28/ Red Velvet Snowflake Cookies   29/ Rhubarb Linzer Cookies   30/ Crispy Spicy Almond Rococo Italian Cookies

 

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31/ Brown Butter Sugar Cookies   32/ Split Second Red Jam Cookies   33/ Chocolate, Orange, and Almond Biscotti   34/ Citrus Cornmeal Shortbread   35/ Mexican Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with Dulce de Leche Filling   36/ Dark Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

 

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37/ Salted Caramel Sugar Cookies   38/ Chocolate Blackout Cookies   39/ Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies with Pecans + Orange   40/ Cardamom Linzer Cookies with Cinnamon Persimmon Jam   41/ Christmas Spice, Hazelnut & Chocolate Cookies   42/ Intense Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

 

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43/ Decorated Honey Gingerbread Cookies   44/ Mitten Cookies   45/ Festive Italian Pizzelle   46/ Milk Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cookies   47/ Allsorts Sugar Cookies   48/ Orange Cranberry Cookies

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Holiday Flair to Buy or DIY

So, Christmas is just over two weeks away. TWO. WEEKS. Are you right on schedule? Because I am admittedly running behind. Normally all the gifts are bought by this point, but this year I still have two important ones to find. Earlier this week I finished putting up lights in the big front window of the house and pulling out a few more favorite decorations. If you’re still in decorating mode here thirty pieces of holiday flair to either buy or DIY!

 

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1/ Multi Coloured Berry Lights   2/ DIY Eucalyptus Christmas Wreath   3/ DIY Mini Wood Christmas Trees   4/ DIY Fresh Cranberry Chandelier   5/ Fluro Pink Tinsel   6/ DIY Hand-Dipped Bayberry Candles

 

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7/ Recycled Tire Christmas Tree Base   8/ DIY Mid-Century Inspired Wreath   9/ DIY Felt Ball Garland 10/ DIY Rosemary Wreath   11/ Metal Floral Wreath   12/ Pom Pom Garland

 

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13/ DIY Yarn Wreath   14/ DIY Origami Poinsettias   15/ DIY Pom-Pom Tree Topper   16/ DIY Marble Gift Labels   17/ DIY Life-Sized Folded Paper Christmas Tree   18/ DIY Paper Leaf Garland

 

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19/ Gold Foil-Dipped 3D Paper Tree Centerpieces   20/ DIY Paper Bottlebrush Trees   21/ DIY Oversized Paper Stockings   22/ DIY Wooden Dowel Christmas Tree   23/ DIY Ombre Paper Leaf Wreaths   24/ DIY Felt Garland

 

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25/ DIY Gingerbread Letter Garlands   26/ Spruce Plaid Stocking   27/ Chunky Hand-Knitted Christmas Stocking   28/ Stitched Linen Tree Skirt   29/ DIY No-Sew Christmas Tree Skirt   30/ DIY Magnolia Table Runner

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Alcoholidays 2016

As I write up this post it’s nearly 8pm and I’m sipping a beer. Between forgetting half of my grocery bags at the checkout today (only to realize it once I got home) and trying to finish up my holiday shopping, it’s just what this day called for. If you’ve been having one – or ten – of those days this December, enjoy perusing this carefully curated selection of 66 cocktails that are sure to aid you through the Alcoholidays.

 

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1/ Tart Cherry Red Wine Spritzer   2/ Merry Mai Tai Christmas Cocktail   3/ Pecan Pie Manhattan
4/ Rosemary Grapefruit Milk Punch   5/ Rosemary Infused Holiday Cocktail   6/ Cranberry Pear Moscow Mules

 

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7/ Cinnamon Rosemary Old Fashioned   8/ The Whiskey Rose   9/ Meyer Lemon Margarita with Rosemary Simple Syrup   10/ Honeycrisp Old Fashioned   11/ The Cider Mill   12/ Gin Cocktail with Honey and Lemon Cordial

 

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13/ Mulled Apple Cider Punch   14/ White Wine, Clementine & Vanilla Cocktail   15/ White Chocolate + Bourbon Cocktail   16/ Spiced Pineapple Cocktail   17/ Pomegranate Manhattan   18/ Spiced Maple Manhattan

 

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19/ Grapefruit Whiskey Sour   20/ The Red Queen   21/ Balsam Gin Sparkler   22/ Blood Orange Bourbon Smash with Spicy Vanilla Sugar   23/ Cranberry Orange Margaritas   24/ Hot Cider with Apple-Cinnamon Bourbon

 

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25/ Sparkling Spiced Pear Cocktail   26/ Maple Bourbon Pear Martini   27/ Autumn Sangria with Apples, Pomegranate, and Figs   28/ Blood Orange & Pomegranate Thyme Spritz   29/ Apple, Pear, and Gin Cocktail   30/ Cranberry Chai Sangria

 

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31/ Sage Ginger Prosecco Cocktail   32/ Bourbon Grapefruit Cocktail   33/ Gingerbread White Russian
34/ Eggnog Colada   35/ Roasted Cranberry Maragaritas   36/ Ginger, Cardamom, and Rosemary Gin Cocktail

 

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37/ The Nutty Apple Martini   38/ Pomegranate Vanilla Bean Margaritas   39/ The North Pole Cocktail
40/ Hot Buttered Rum   41/ Winter Thyme & Key Lime Cocktail   42/ Blue Ridge Cocktail

 

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43/ Black Cherry Bourbon Cola Smash   44/ Spiced Cranberry Hot Toddy   45/ Rosemary Ginger Margaritas   46/ Hot Buttered Hazelnut Whisky   47/ Honey-Pomegranate Mulled Wine   48/ Golden Bubbles Champagne Cocktail

 

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49/ Red Moon Over Manhattan   50/ Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour   51/ Red Wine Gin Sour
52/ Rosemary Citrus Gin and Tonic   53/ Kumquat Bourbon Sour   54/ Spiced Plum, Fig & Kombucha Cocktail

 

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55/ Whiskey + Maple Syrup Sours   56/ Meyer Lemon + Sage Sour   57/ Rose, Gin & Pink Peppercorn Cocktail   58/ Apple Brandy Allspice Fizz Cocktail   59/ 5-Spice Bourbon Punch   60/ Basil Fig Vodka Smash

 

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61/ Spiced Pomegranate Cocktail   62/ Indian Winter   63/ The Golden Ladder   64/ Honey Sweetened Blueberry Hot Toddy   65/ Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch   66/ Chai Tea Cocktail

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20 Ornaments to Buy or DIY

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1/ Celestial Iridescent Glass Ornament   2/ Leather Stag Ornament   3/ DIY Beaded Gift Toppers/Ornaments   4/ DIY Clay Pot Ornament   5/ DIY Glitter Dust Filled Ornament

 

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6/ Clear Glass Bubble Ornaments   7/ Crackled Globe Ornament   8/ DIY Marbled Tree Ornaments   9/ DIY Metallic Wooden Ball Ornaments   10/ DIY Pinanta Ornaments

 

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11/ Crystal Quartz Ornaments   12/ Gliding Swan Ornament   13/ DIY Recycled Sweater Ornament   14/ DIY Snowflake Pattern Ornament   15/ DIY Color Block Wood Ornaments

 

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16/ Handblown Metallic Glass Globe Ornament   17/ Monogram Glitter Ornament   18/ Porcelain Stamped Tree Ornaments   19/ Quadrilateral Glass Ornaments   20/ DIY Fabric Covered Tree Ornaments

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