One of my most favorite things about Christmas time, is baking with my Grandmother. Baking just brings back so many memories of the holiday season for me! Crazy how flavors and smells can trigger memories. My GanGan whips up a variety of treats every year. Her baking varies every year but I always remember items like Peppermint Bark, Cookies, Cakes, Pies, Fudge (coming to the blog soon), Divinity, Trash (AKA Holiday Chex Mix nom.), and so many other things!! If baking hasn’t been apart of your Holiday memories in the past, don’t fret, it’s never too late to start! I am going to share some delicious Christmas Classics throughout the month. Enjoy!
It is officially The Most Wonderful Time of The Year! Oh how I love decorating for Christmas. I will be honest in admitting that I am one of those pre-mature decorators…you know, the one that decorates the week of Thanksgiving, and everyone judges for “skipping” Thanksgiving!! Trust me, I don’t miss out on the turkey, but no shame here in early decorating, because Christmas deserves as much time as it can get. After all, we are celebrating the birth of our Savior! I hope you enjoy a few snaps from around the Brockman house this season. I wish you a Joy filled Christmas!
Featured Advent Calendar from my Friend The Pen + Piper
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. Isaiah 9:6-7
I had the best time teaming up with Ashley Mac’s, Dixie Design Collective, and Susan Gordon Pottery to bring you the ULTIMATE Christmas Dinner inspiration. This is our second year to collaborate for a styled Christmas shoot, and in both years I’ve tried to bring their personalities out within the details. Ashley and Susan love the non-traditional Christmas colors as much as green and red. Luckily, Dixie had so many beautiful paper options that brought me to a splendid little mint green theme. I’ve used soft tones throughout the tablescape, but still have some pops of your traditional cheer folded into certain details. The combination of a cocoa bar, red velvet cake, custom plates and elegant menus, are details for pure Christmas perfection. I hope you are so inspired!
I had the pleasure of speaking to The Crestline Garden club back in November with a DIY wreath workshop. They serve lunch at the meetings with new recipes they've found each month! The dessert that day had me drooling, so naturally, I had to make them myself. These Peppermint Brownies are by McCormick, using their peppermint extract!
Like I mentioned in my previous post I love holidays and really enjoyed decorating for Christmas in our new home. We've started doing dinner with Will's family on Christmas night and I hosted this year! Below are a few snaps of our home and details from our Brockman Christmas Dinner.
I used the brass candle sticks from our wedding and found the best pack of drip-less candles at Michael's. They were the perfect addition to the table.
My dear friend Merrell McQueen did my place cards (check out her work). I have grown to appreciate small details like place cards and napkin rings so much. It's the details that end up making a tablescape so special.
Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!
I have a problem. I go overboard on holidays and Christmas takes the cake. This was our first Christmas in our new home and I've loved every minute. The past three years I have done a Christmas party for my group of girl friends and this year I did a Mexican dinner theme that was a great change up from your typical party food. We had Shauna Neiquist's fabulous Chicken Enchilada's. This is a great meal to serve a group or to eat on for a few days! I highly recommend you make it soon. I mixed up some Champagne Margaritas that were too good to pass up. There was a recipe online and I tweaked it with what we had on hand. Below is what I did and it turned out great!
1 Bottle Simply Limeade 1.75 L
2 Cups Orange Juice
1 bottle (750 mL) champagne (about 3 cups) - I used Trader Joe's
1.5 Cups of Tequila (your choice on brand and amount)
Lime wedges and salt for glasses
Mix liquids well and Refrigerate until ready to serve!