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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

5 Easy and Festive Holiday Bites Using RITZ Crackers ~ Because nothing says Christmas like a festive Ritz cracker...Yum!

Ritz Mint Thins
Chocolate chip cookies are so last year. Leave these chocolaty, minty taste sensations out for Santa and just see what he puts under your tree.

2 package(s) (4 ounces each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted, slightly cooled
1/4 tablespoon(s) peppermint extract
36 whole(s) RITZ Crackers
1 (6-inch) candy cane, crushed
Mix chocolate and extract. Dip crackers in chocolate mixture, turning to completely coat each cracker. Carefully scrape off excess chocolate. Place crackers in a single layer on waxed paper-covered baking sheets; sprinkle with crushed candy. Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chocolate is firm.

RITZ Monte Cristo Bites
Meet the season's tastiest, tangiest sweet-and-spicy appetizers. And all of this goodness fits between two little crackers.

3 tablespoon(s) seedless strawberry jam
1 tablespoon(s) mayonnaise
1 teaspoon(s) finely chopped fresh jalapeño peppers
12 slice(s) (thin) Swiss cheese slices
6 slice(s) (thin; 1/4 pound) deli honey ham
72 RITZ Crackers
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Mix first 3 ingredients until blended. Cut each cheese and ham slice into 6 pieces. Place crackers in single layer on rimmed baking sheet; cover with cheese. Top half the cheese-topped crackers with ham. Bake 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese begins to melt. Spoon small dollop of jam mixture over ham-topped crackers; cover with remaining crackers, cheese sides down, to make sandwiches. Serve warm.

Monday, December 14, 2015

It's time to wrap those presents for Christmas BUT wait, put down those traditional store bought bows and wrapping paper......here’s how to give your gifts an extra special touch this season with these 6 unexpected wrapping ideas.

Old Maps ~ Thanks to Google you haven’t had a need for paper maps in quite some time now, so dig ‘em out of your glove box and start snipping away. The heavy-duty paper won’t rip, your gifts will look really cool, and you can spend your hard-earned Christmas money on better things than store-bought paper, like more mapping apps!


Personalized Photo Paper ~ Show off those holiday selfies with customized photo wrapping paper. Not only is it a good excuse to prove to everyone how well you can rock an ugly Christmas sweater, but you’ll find out who your real friends are based on who throws out the gift wrap once all is said and done. (Paper, Minted.com)

Black & White DIY ~ Feeling crafty (and extremely lazy)? Basic black paper and chalkboard markers are a super-easy way to wrap a gift for a look that says, “Check out how much effort I put into your present!”

Friday, December 11, 2015

Decorating with snowflakes is a decor look you can keep all winter through not just through the Holidays.....Try a few of these "flaky" ideas.

Overhead Snowflake Decorations
When snow is falling, it's as if the air itself is alive. Dangle 3-D snowflakes overhead to create a similar effect. To make a 3-D snowflake, cut out six identical designs. Fold each in half like a book; glue back sides together, repeating until all are joined. Hang flakes on loops of thread or monofilament; attach to the ceiling with white paper tape.

Stiffened Doilies
A cascade of vintage handmade doilies treated with fabric stiffener forms a fanciful snowfall in the window.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Easy Holiday Decorating Tips from Some of My Favorite Bloggers

Style a centerpiece with branches ~ Must-follow bloggers share their signature, seasonal tip. "Tall berry-covered branches bring the wintry outdoors in... and don't require the skills of a floral designer." —Camille Styles, camillestyles.com

Go seasonal ~ "When dressing the holiday table, think seasonal rather than holiday-specific. Pair jewel-toned linens with traditional decorative accents such as a miniature pine or rosemary tree. When the style is festive and wintery, you don't have to worry about taking it down on December 26th!" —Mandy Kellogg Rye, waitingonmartha.com

Create an ornament cluster ~ "Tying the perfect bow on a wreath can be challenging, so opt for a modern ornament cluster instead. Attach a group of ribbons to the hook or the nail at the wreath's top, then hang ornaments at varying lengths for a simple and stylish look. " —Kristin Jackon, huntedinterior.com

Monday, December 7, 2015

The Top Hot Spots for Holiday Decor ~ Are these your hot spots as well?

Decorate Here or There ~ From the Mailbox to the Mantel........and everywhere in between, these are the key spots to decorate for the holidays.

The Dining Chair ~ Make your dining table inviting and warm with a special decorative touch for family and guests on the backs of their chairs.

The Entry Table ~ A great place to display holiday photos of family and friends, an entry table also serves as a convenient platform for greeting cards. Hang a wreath in front of the mirror for more visual impact.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

In a Holiday Hurry? Try These Quick, Cheap & Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas For Every Room of the House....From outside to the bedroom there is an idea for you here!

Bedroom ~ Temporarily transform your bed. We layered holiday-theme hand towels on our headboard. Red-striped napkins and place mats work as "covers" for pillows. Attach with safety pins or basting stitches to remove later.

Outside ~ Fresh greenery, a large red ball, red-painted pinecones and a bright bow look festive in this wintry scene.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

"Warm and Fuzzy" Holiday.Winter Crafts For Those Cold Days

Winter Accessories Shadow Box ~ For seasonal wall art, place a pair of mittens and a hat in a large framed shadow box. This quick and easy project is a great way to display favorite winter wearables that have been outgrown or replaced.

Cozy Candleholders ~ DON'T throw out those old, stained or torn sweaters, instead re-purpose them into snuggly sleeves for your holiday votives.