12.19.14

Holiday Fashion For the Mom

Hip hooray for the weekend! Weekends in December are always the best and filled with parties and spending time with the family. Today we are sharing some of our favorite holiday fashion pieces for the mom that are bit more dressed up then the usual mom attire. We don’t often get the chance to get dressed up nice and fancy but when that chance does come along we  jump on it and it sure feels nice for a change. Sometimes all it takes is some red lipstick and high heels to really make you feel amazing! Check out some of our favorites below for dressed-up holiday looks! And if you happen to be a daddy checking this post out (hint hint) we would gladly take any of these items as a Christmas gift!

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12.17.14

Spiced Apple-Cranberry Pie

A couple of weeks ago we were invited by our favorite local mall Trolley Square to come and do some holiday shopping. Of course we gladly accepted because who doesn’t love a little shopping and at some of our favorite stores! We had been dreaming of a beautiful Ruffled Pie Dish from Williams Sonoma and it was the perfect time to stock up on all our favorite holiday pie making products! If you are local and haven’t visited Trolley Square Mall this holiday season, it’s a must! It truly has the most magical atmosphere for the holidays and the perfect Santa setting that isn’t cheesy… it’s the real deal! We have a tradition every holiday that we take our little peanuts to go and sit on Santa’s lap, do a little shopping at their fave store, Pottery Barn Kids and then finish up the night with dinner at the Spaghetti Factory. A simple yet perfect holiday shopping tradition that we look forward to every year!

 

Today we are showing off some of the goodies we purchased at Trolley Square and also sharing our favorite and we me FAVORITE holiday pie recipe, Spiced Apple-Cranberry. It’s straight Christmas in your mouth and the perfect dessert to serve at your up coming holiday dinners. If you haven’t given baking pies a chance we highly suggest it. They are easier to make then you think and probably our favorite form of dessert. We know your party guests will love it too!

 


Recipe from Williams Sonoma

 

INGREDIENTS

Double Pie Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 16 Tbs. (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3 to 4 Tbs. ice water

 

Apple-Cranberry Filling

  • 3 1/4 lb. Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into slices 1/4 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla extract
  • 10 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup water

DIRECTIONS

Double Pie Crust

In a stand mixer fit with the paddle attachment. In the bowl of the mixer, combine the flour, sugar, and salt, and with the mixer on low speed, stir together the ingredients. Add the butter and toss with a fork to coat with the flour mixture. Mix on medium-lox speed until the texture resembles coarse meal with butter in spall chunks Add 6 Tbsp ice water and mix on low speed just until the dough pulls together. If the dough is dry, mix in more water 1 Tbsp at a time.

 

On a lightly floured work surface, roll out half of the dough into a 12-inch round about 1/8 inch thick. Fold the dough in half and then into quarters and transfer it to a 9-inch deep-dish pie dish. Unfold and gently press the dough into the bottom and sides of the dish. Trim the edges and leave a 3/4″ overhang. Refrigerate the pie shell for 30 minutes.
On a large sheet of lightly floured parchment paper, roll out the remaining dough disk into a 12-inch round about 1/8 inch thick for a regular top. For a lattice top roll the dough out into a 14-by-11 rectangle and using a dough cutter or knife cut 1/2″ strips. Refrigerate until ready to use.

 

Apple-Cranberry Filling

To make the apple-cranberry filling, in a 5 1/2-quart Dutch oven, stir together the apples, brown sugar, 1/4 cup of the granulated sugar, the cinnamon, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, salt and cornstarch until the apples are evenly coated. Set over medium heat, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are just tender but not mushy, about 20 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and vanilla, and let cool for 30 minutes.

 

Meanwhile, in a saucepan, stir together the cranberries, the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar and the water. Set over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have broken down slightly and the liquid has thickened to the consistency of a loose jam, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool for 30 minutes. Add the cranberry mixture to the apple mixture and stir to combine.

 

Position a rack in the lower third of an oven, place a baking sheet on the rack and preheat the oven to 350°F.

 
Transfer the apple-cranberry filling to the pie shell and gently place the dough round over the pie or weave your dough strips for a lattice top pattern. Trim the edges flush with the rim of the dish and press the top and bottom crusts together to seal.

 

Place the pie dish on the preheated baking sheet. Bake until the crust is crisp and golden brown, about 1 hour, covering the edges with aluminum foil if they become too dark. Transfer the pie to a wire rack and let cool for at least 1 1/2 hours before serving. Serves 8.

 
Here are some of our favorite pie baking products:

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12.16.14

It’s all in the wrapping {DIY Christmas Gift Wrapping}

Today we are sharing an old favorite from a couple of holidays ago.  If you have yet to wrap your gifts than this is for you!  Wrapping presents has been a favorite of mine since I was little helping my mom and grandma wrap everything under the tree.  I loved picking out all the gorgeous papers, ribbons, and bows.  Everything is in the presentation after all.  Here we are featuring some DIY wrappings that will dazzle under your tree and a great tradition to start with your little peanuts.

 

 

Most of my packaging supplies at the new Paper Source store.  They have the best selection of non-cheesy paper and an amazing selection of ribbon, string and other accessories.  The glitter tree cut-out wrapping is probably one of my favorites because it’s different and looks like it was hard to do! You can recreate this with any color of paper and any underneath color. I chose to use glitter paper underneath to add a little extra bling! All you need to do to make this cute tree is to cut out a piece of glitter paper the size of one side of your box. Tape it to the box. Then wrap the box with a different color wrapping paper like you normally would. Once it’s wrapped find the place that you put the glitter paper underneath and lightly trace once side of a tree. Use a craft knife to cut along the edges. Fold back the cut flap to reveal the underneath color!

 

 

A great way to get your little peanuts involved in gift wrapping is to let them help decorate a package with stamps! You can create your own patterned paper that is super cute and a fun craft project as well! All you need is a solid colored paper, cute holiday stamps and any color of ink pad you like. Have fun creating patterns with the stamps to create your own custom paper!

 

 

There is no better way to wow your friends and family then with some glitter wrapping paper or glitter ribbon! Love how these simple wrapping papers are transformed into something amazing with just some pretty glitter ribbon! Or go all out with glitter paper and glitter ribbon! You can never have enough glitter when it comes to the holidays!

 

 

I’m obsessed with craft paper right now and love how it looks when used for Christmas wrapping! It’s simple and classic with a little bit of a rustic feel. Use a white ink pen or stamp bad to create your own designs and names. Finish it off with simple white yarn that is found at any craft or fabric store and you have one darling present!

 

 

It doesn’t get any easier then using your old newspaper for wrapping! That’s exactly what I did with these cute presents! There is one tip though when it comes to using newspaper for wrapping. There is a lot of colored ads in the newspaper nowadays so you will need to find a section that is mainly text with no large ads. Use red striped bakers twine to give it a little color and cuteness. A fun idea for labeling your presents is to get a large letter stamp for each of your family members and stamp each initial on a tag to identify who’s gift is who’s. This is not only efficient and keeps things organized but looks darling too!

 

 

My favorite wrapping paper from Paper Source is the wood grain paper. It’s so cute in person and really unique. Love that it lends towards the rustic side and if you are not into using the traditional red and green holiday colors then this wrapping is perfect for you! Finish it off with some jute twine and a cute deer tag and you are sure to get people talking about your wrapping skills!

 

 

I hope this has inspired you to have some fun with your wrapping this year and for years to come! Get a little creative and use things that you already have and get your little peanuts involved. It can be a fun tradition that they can do with their kids when they get older.

 

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12.15.14

Little Peanut Holiday Pajamas

Happy Monday! We sure hope you all had a great weekend and spent a little time cozying up inside like we did. We pretty much spent most of our weekend in our jammies and it was so nice! Today we wanted to share some of our favorite holiday pajamas for little peanuts that are also perfect for lounging around this winter! We have a tradition every year that we get new jammies on Christmas Eve, like many of you, so pjs this time of year are a must! If you are wanting to get a couple that can last you after the holidays as well go for stripes, trees or snowmen that a perfectly fitting all winter!

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12.12.14

Little Peanut Holiday Fashion

Happy Fashion Friday friends! We are gearing up for the weekend and some fun holiday festivities! We just love this time of year because of all the parties and activities going on and having some special occasions to get a little dressed up! Today we are sharing some of our favorite holiday party looks for little peanuts! Bring on the plaid and little bit of glitz and glam!

Look 1: Plaid Shift Dress | Boots

Look 2: Chambray Shirt | Sweater | Cuffed Jeans | Duck Boots

Look 3: Pleated Party Dress | Ballet Flats

 

Here are more of our favorite holiday fashion pieces for boys and girls:

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12.11.14

Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer

We talked about creating the perfect hot cocoa bar yesterday for your little party guests and today we are sharing the perfect holiday drink for you mamas! We actually just served this drink recently at a holiday dinner party and it really was the hit! Pretty and delicious all in one! Presentation is everything and the touch of pomegranate + rosemary is the perfect combination for getting festive this season! Enjoy!

 

Pomegranate Rosemary Spritzer
{Adapted from A House in the Hills}
INGREDIENTS
  • 1 bottle rose champagne
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps
  • 4 ounces pom juice
  • 1 small bottle Sanpallegrino blood orange soda
  • 6-8 sprigs rosemary
  • 1 cup simple syrup
  • 1 fresh pomegranate

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Add 2-3 sprigs of rosemary to simple syrup, bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat, let sit for 5 minutes, strain rosemary leaves and set to cool.
  • Clean and de-seed pomegranate. Set seeds aside.
  • Pour rose champagne evenly into 4 cocktail glasses.
  • Add .5 ounces of peach schnapps, .5 ounces rosemary simple syrup, 1 ounce pom juice and a splash of Sanpallegrino blood orange soda to each glass and stir.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of pomegranate seeds to each glass.
  • Allow the pomegranate seeds time to float to the top of the glass and garnish with 1 sprig of rosemary.
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12.10.14

Little Peanut Holiday Hot Cocoa Bar

Yesterday we shared some image from our little peanut Christmas party and today we are showing you how to style the perfect hot cocoa bar which in our opinion, is a must at any holiday party! Easy to do + seriously delicious! We are pretty sure that there is nothing more exciting for little party guests then a table full of hot chocolate and all sorts of candies to flavor them up!

 

For sure the show stopper from our hot cocoa bar was the amazing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” sign designed by our talented friend Aedriel Moxley and you can find this an many other amazing hand lettered signs at House of Belonging! We dressed it up with the perfect felt ball garland by Hello Maypole and several wood logs made for the perfect setting. When it comes to the goodies on your hot cocoa bar think everything from marshmallows to peppermint sticks… all of your favorite hot chocolate toppings!

 

Our favorite hot cocoa flavor would have to be peppermint! We are sharing thee best {featured below} white chocolate and peppermint  + homemade peppermint whipped cream recipe over on Pottery Barn Kids Blog HERE! Now we need to go make us a cup of hot cocoa right now! Enjoy!

 

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12.09.14

Little Peanut Christmas Party

We are getting into the holiday spirit today and sharing a glimpse into our Little Peanut Christmas Party! If you are hosting a holiday party for friends and family we’ve got a few great ideas that are sure to impress your party guests both big and small!

 

One of the first things we like to do when planning a tables cape is to decide on a theme and feel of the party. For this party we wanted to do a combination of rustic elements like plaid and pieces of wood mixed in with glitter and metallics for a little bit of winter glam! We incorporated a tree theme into this setting by using a variety of different tree centerpieces, folded the napkins into a tree shape and of course we couldn’t forget the hot chocolate with a tree shaped marshmallow!

 

Simple things like folding your napkin into different shapes and adding a few little a dressed up drink on the table make for great visual pieces and really are so easy to do! To finish off your table add some fresh holiday greens like cedar branches and bay leaf and you are sure to be the party host extraordinaire! Check back tomorrow because we will be talking more about holiday party ideas including the perfect hot cocoa bar + sharing more gorgeous images by Becky Kimball!

 

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12.08.14

Sarah Tucker’s Toddler Bag

To start off this week I am beyond excited to have Sarah Tucker sharing her favorites in her toddler bag.  I have followed Sarah’s blog for years and if you have never seen it you should check it out, it will not disappoint!  Sarah is wife, momma to Tuck with one on the way, and an event planner.  We absolutely adore her sense of style and kind hearted personality that is sure to inspire anyone.  Check out what her go-to’s are to keep up with her darling little Tuck.

 

The bag:  Though not technically a diaper bag, the shopper totes from Tory Burch work great, particularly when you are out of the infant-must-bring-soooo-much-more-stage!  I have a leopard one and a linen one.

 

I love this three in one – holds my phone, cash, cards, and has a keychain for my keys!  It’s a great size for using as just a clutch on nights when babies and diaper bags are at home too.

 

Honest wipes & diapers- have you seen the cute holiday patterns?  love!  Plus their the hand sanitizer (smells so good!).

 

Sunglasses- as a florida girl, I wear them whether the sunshine is out or not.

 

This Stainless steel sippy cup is my favorite for lugging his water around.

 

Wooden toy cars:  Must always have a few of these.  Distraction tools

 

Changing pad:  This Messy Marvin 3 in 1 is the perfect one.   I can use it as a shopping cart cover, high chair cover, and of course, as a changing pad.  It has a little padded headrest too and wipes clean – big plus in my book.

 

A favorite book:  the little red caboose right now can calm diaper changes and tame my little wild man when he has to tag along for an ultrasound appointment.

 

For on the go snacking for Tuck I love bringing a banana, ella’s smoothie pouches and their nutritional shakes.  I’m also never without a snack for me either – love blue diamond almonds, haven’t found a flavor I don’t like.

 

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12.05.14

Girls Holiday Gift Guide

Weekends in December call for holiday shopping, family parties and lots and lots of hot chocolate! We are going to be finishing up our holiday shopping this weekend and maybe even a trip to see Santa! If you are still looking for the perfect gift for your little lady then you’ve come to the right place! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites this season from the perfect wooden doll house (on sale!) to everything you need for that little homemaker! The sources are listed below and you can also check out our picks for the little gent from our Boys Holiday Gift Guide. Happy shopping and happy weekend!

1. Doll House | 2. Bambi Plush Doll | 3. Shopping Cart | 4. Tea Set | 5. Wooden Appliances| 6. Star Apron | 7. Princess Stamp Set | 8. Doll Car | 9. Kitty Purse

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