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yum | homemade traditional wassail

Happy Monday friends! Welcome to the week before Christmas! One of the things I love most in the whole world is hanging out at home with a warm beverage when the temperature starts to drop. And without a doubt, my preferred toasty drink in December is homemade traditional wassail!homemade traditional wassail recipeIt’s basically Christmas in a cup! The first time I ever tried this was Christmas a few years ago at my husband’s house. My sister-in-law Jennifer brewed this up and I was immediately hooked.

homemade traditional wassail recipeAt a first glace of the ingredients you might not instantly think “holidays”, but with everything mulled together. Oh man! It’s crazy amazing.

homemade traditional wassail recipeAnd, it is actually the perfect party drink! Jennifer makes it in a crock pot to keep it warm for hours and people can just grab a mug whenever they please. Our crock pot is teeny-tiny so we made ours over the stove. Either option would work perfect for your holiday get together.homemade traditional wassail recipeHomemade Traditional Wassail:

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange
  1. Combine apple cider, orange juice, pineapple juice, lemon juice, &sugar into a large pot/crock pot.
  2. Stick cloves into the skin of your whole orange and place in pot.
  3. Add cinnamon sticks and let simmer on low-medium heat until heated through.
  4. Enjoy throughout the day.

homemade traditional wassail recipeMy local grocery store happened to be out of cloves, so I just sliced my orange into thick slices and let those simmer in the pot. It was just as tasty, but the cloves definitely give it a big holiday flavor boost.

If you’re making it just for you (no judgement, that’s what we did!), you can pour any remaining wassail into a pitcher and store in the refrigerator. Just pour and heat whenever you desire a cup of Christmas cheer!

What’s your favorite toasty holiday beverage? Do you have any amazing recipes? Share below!

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goings on + photo ops | november 2013

Hello December! Christmas decorating and planning is in full swing. A while back, I did monthly recaps using the entries from my monthly one-line  journal. Well, I’m bringing it back! After all, living life is much more about just decorating your home and that’s what I want to share on our blog. So, here’s a quick look back out our November with daily one-liners and trendy instragram pictures!

gopo - november 20131. Friday night classroom rearranging. Life with a teacher.
2. Saturday night at the Free Man Cajun Cafe.
3. Fall back! The end of Day Light Savings Time rules!
4.Thank goodness I married a man who can keep up with Harry Potter
5. Time to reinvigorate my blog mojo. What else should I write about?
6. The rain cleared and it was a gorgeous, crisp Fall day.
7. Cheer coach J in action at the Sunset JV Football game. Then Cici’s Pizza.
8. “Lumberpond, you idiot!”
9. Ventured to Richardson to see “Visual Outburst” dance performance.
10. Thoroughly enjoying some fall flowers from Trader Joe’s.
11. Operation “Put It In A Spreadsheet” commences.
12. A great teacher day for Josh. Plus, winter drinks at Starbucks!
13. Tackled big topics like religion, politics, and the bubble on the couch.
14. A couple that grades together, stays together. #Teacherswife
15. Working on a small blog revamp for 2014 that’s got me excited.
16. Denton day! The mall, Scrap, Jupiter House, Sweet Water, and Beth Marie’s.
17. Opened up a little Etsy shop to sell holiday printables!
18. All my Christmas presents are planned out. Now just time to buy & wrap.
19. Lucky to have such a cool view of downtown & autumn trees at work.
20. Took the day off to relax and finally go see Gravity.
21. Josh & I gladly acknowledge we live in our own silly little world.
22. In the 30′s & raining but we still made it to the Free Man for Friday night fun.
23. We’re forming quite a Starbucks habit.
24. Purchased my first DSLR camera! Nikon D3200 is on it’s way.
25. Lucky we got no ice this morning, but it was still super chilly! Made some Cheeky Holiday Art!
26. J’s first basketball game with cheerleaders in their new uniforms.
27. My camera’s here! Feeling out of my league but excited to learn.
28. Thanksgiving with Josh & Rachel. Finally mastered the deep dish pecan pie!
29. Christmas decorations come out.
30. Fancy coffee, candy, and Catching Fire in Denton.

What did you do this past month?

make this | cheeky gold foil holiday art

The time to decorate the Christmas is so close I can taste it! In a surprising twist of events, I’ve agreed to not decorate the holidays until after Thanksgiving. I mean, I’m totally pro-conserving Thanksgiving but I really really love to decorate for Christmas. The month of November is basically an internal battle of Christmas versus Turkey Day. It can get intense, y’all. But today, I wanted to share a tiny piece of holiday decor that totally works for both!

I was majorly inspired by this gold foil art by Read Between The Lines.  They are actually a group of local artists and their prints are sold in the cutest little shop in our neighborhood. Instantly, I was in love. Josh, not so much. I guess it was a little too sassy for him. Plus, it’s actually quite a large print and I don’t have any frames laying around to house a seasonal print for two months out of the year. So, I decided to recreate my own little faux-gold foil art with the same cheeky saying.

make this | cheeky gold foil holiday artI love how graphic it turned out. The metallic gold is even more festive in person. This version will take you a little more time than buying it, but this technique is a great way to recreate that luxe gold foiled look.

make this | cheeky gold foil holiday artThe first thing I did was print out the outline of my phrase on white card stock. For the sake of the tutorial, I went darker with the outline, but I’d definitely recommend going fainter, but still visible. That way, if you miss any little edges, they won’t be conspicuous.

Next, painstakingly cut out each letter with a sharp Xacto knife. Actually, it didn’t take too long. Mostly due to the fact that I used a very simple, non-scrolly font. Feel free to use whichever super cool font you’d like, but know a fancier variety may make the project a little more tricky.

Lastly, I cut a sheet of gold metallic scrapbook paper I picked up at Michael’s for $2.00 and secured it to the backside of the card stock with masking tape. Nothing fancy, just function in the back, baby.

cheeky-holiday-art-tutorial-7Pop that bad boy in a frame and you’re done! I’m so in love. Right now, it’s sitting on our bookshelf next to our gilded pumpkin until I get out the rest of the Christmas decorations. I was thinking about possibly hanging it right by the door, but Josh felt like it would be insulting him everyday as he left! Personally, I like to start my day with a healthy dose of cheekiness, but he’s more of the coffee type. Eh, I’m still totally into him.

What’s your philosophy on holiday decorating? Do you wait until each holiday has passed to move onto the next, or do you just go nuts? Share below!

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yum | simple cranberry compote

Happy Thanksgiving week! Can you even believe November is almost over? Blech, I can’t. Usually for Thanksgiving, Josh and I stay close to home. It’s never long enough of a break to make the six hour trek to our home town, so we hang out together. Last year was my first attempt at making Thanksgiving dinner 100% from scratch, and you know what? It turned out pretty well for a newbie. I’m talking the turkey and everything.

One of my favorite and simplest Thanksgiving recipes is this Simple Cranberry Compote. I’m kind of weird with cranberry sauce. My mom likes to make this traditional german cranberry sauce from scratch, but when I was a kid I always preferred the canned stuff. Yup, the kind that’s still can shaped on a plate. But, this recipe changed all that.

simple-cranberry-compote-promoThe trick is the addition of dates and honey. It totally sweetens up the tart cranberries but you still get their flavor. Plus with only 4 ingredients, it’s too simple not to try.

simple-cranberry-compote-ingredientsSimple Cranberry Compote:

In a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries, dates, honey, water, and salt. Bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer. Stir often until the cranberries begin to burst and the mixture thickens. About 6-8 minutes.

Let cool and serve at room temperature.

Originally, this recipe called for figs instead of dates, so you can easily substitute for whichever one your store carries.

simple-cranberry-compote-23The recipe is super simple and will add almost no extra time to your Thanksgiving menu. Plus, it can be made up to three days in advance. Just cover and refrigerate then when you’re ready, bring to room temperature before serving.

 Yum, I can’t wait for Thursday! What are your favorite Thanksgiving dishes?

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mad props | no. 1

One of the things I love the most about the blogging community is the kindness and appreciation shared between blogs both big and small. We’ve got a great community to be inspired by. I wanted to make sure to recognize some of the bloggers who work so hard to create beautiful content with a monthly “mad props” post. The title is silly, the intention is warm and fuzzy. Enjoy some of my favorite posts and projects from the blog-o-sphere this month.mad props | no. 1

  1. Cute packaging meets pie. Kelly over at Studio DIY knows how to do it up right. (Assuming there is actually leftover pie!)
  2. Be thankful for your friends with Friendsgiving 2013 celebrated with Emma and Elsie at A Beautiful Mess.
  3. Happy first wedding anniversary to my lovely friend Savannah Smiled. Can you even imagine a cuter couple?
  4. Victoria from A Subtle Revelry shared a unique and thoughtful gift idea. Soup and warm bread on a chilly day.