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2 In Christmas/ decor/ farmhouse decor/ holidays

16 Items from The Hearth & Hand Holiday Line at Target you’re going to want this holiday season

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It’s officially November. Halloween is over and I am ready to start prepping for Christmas and the holiday season. As you all know, I love all things farmhouse decor, Chip & Jo and Target. In case you’ve been living under a rock, yesterday Target released their new Hearth & Hand Holiday Line and your girl is over here like “take all my money!”

Classic jammies for the whole family, holiday greenery, and a cute play kitchen complete with subway tile are a few of my favorite things.

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Here are some of the items from Chip & Jo’s holiday line that you 
HAVE TO HAVE  this holiday season. 

 

simple and classic
hearth and hand holiday line

 

Deck your railings, mantle, shelves, or use to add some greenery to your table runner

 

Because I’m obsessed with all things plaid
Hearth & Hand at Target
Only $35!
Hearth & Hand at Target
Adds a nice natural element to your Christmas greens
Hearth & Hand
Set of 8 for $12.99!
Chip & Jo holiday line
I love the cute star embroidery and the classic black and white scheme
Hearth & Hand Target
I have been looking for one of these!
Hearth & Hand at Target
 Countdown the days til the big guy comes
Hearth & Hand at Target
Because hot cocoa, cider, coffee, or tea would taste better out of these festive mugs
hearth & Hand at Target

 

Serve your hors d’oeuvres in style
Hearth & Hand Magnolia at Target
Ordering these!
Hearth & Hand at Target
It’s tradition in our house we get matching PJ’s every year and these are only $13.99 each!
flannel plaid Christmas pajamas
To match your littles and for the perfect Christmas morning photo opp
family Christmas pajamas
Can we talk about that subway tile?
Chip & Jo toy kitchen
Because this is just too cute
Chip & Jo holiday
 
And this year, from November 1st-December 22nd, Target will be offering free two day shipping with no minimum purchase! (Have I told you how much I love this place?)

What are some of your favorite pieces? 

3 In breakfast/ food/ holidays/ Recipes

The Ultimate Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

I love fall and all the comforting, warm flavors that come with it.  This apple cinnamon french toast casserole is so reminiscent of fond memories with family and friends during the fall and holiday season.

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There is just something about fall that makes it my favorite time of year.  I have so many fond memories apple picking with family, the smells of the apples and cinnamon wafting through the house as my mom made her famous homemade pie.  She usually only makes it twice a year, once after we go apple picking and for the holidays and it’s something I always look forward to.  I used to love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and eating a slice of that warm apple pie for breakfast. Having dessert for breakfast just feels so decadent and I love the way that food and flavors can trigger memories.

This past weekend, the temps got a little chilly. You bet I busted out my favorite chunky sweater and we hit up the apple orchard for some picking.  When I came home with my bushel, I was thinking, “what am I going to make with all of these apples?”  I decided to throw together this apple cinnamon french toast casserole.  Now I’m not one for breakfast.  Usually it’s just a cup of french roast with cream for me.  But this apple cinnamon french toast casserole reminds me of my mom’s apple pie and those feelings of comfort and indulgence.

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Ingredients

  • Butter (for greasing your pan)
  • 1-2 loaves of french bread cut into thick slices
  • 12 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 4 apples cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup of pecans roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar (for topping)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (for topping)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

2.) Lightly grease your casserole dish with a stick of butter. (I used my 9×13 corningware)

3.) Arrange the slices of bread into the casserole dish so that the tops are facing up.

4.)  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

5.) Pour the egg mixture over the bread into the casserole dish, being sure to soak each piece.

6.) Add the apples and pecans, pushing them down into the cracks between each slice of bread.

7.) Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl and sprinkle on top.

8.) Bake in the oven uncovered for 40 minutes.

9.) Let cool before serving.  I dusted some confectioners sugar on top and to make it a little more   special, a dollop of whipped cream.

 

 

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Enjoy! And Happy Fall!

holiday recipes

0 In Easter/ holidays/ kids

25 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Easter is a little less than 3 weeks away and it’s time to start shopping for your little’s Easter baskets. If you’re anything like me, you’re probably looking for some non-candy Easter basket ideas. (Let’s be honest, the last thing a mama wants are her kids all hopped up on sugar and candy). 

 I have gathered a list of some of my favorite Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas.  From fun activities to crafts and spring apparel, there are some really cute ideas that won’t have your kids hopping around on a sugar binge. Check them out below.
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Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Hatch and Grow Eggs

Bubbles

Easy to grab egg crayons 

Mess free coloring books 

Sticker books

Puzzles 

Sidewalk chalk

Books

Non Toxic Peel off Nail Polish 

Pool float 

Hooded beach towel 

Sand toys 

Bathing suit

Flip flops/water shoes

Sunglasses

Hat

Balls

Butterfly growing kit

Fairy garden kit

Dig it up dinosaur eggs

Bathtub fingerpaint

Catch and Count fishing game 

LEGOs

Play Doh eggs

Egged on game

So there you have it. I hope this post is helpful as you start gathering ideas for your kids Easter baskets. You can pin this post for later and share with your friends to give them some non candy Easter basket ideas too!

Hope you enjoy the holiday, and I know I plan on having at least one Reese’s egg (or two!)

non candy easter basket ideas

3 In food/ holidays/ Recipes/ St Patricks Day

The Ultimate Chocolate Guinness Milkshake

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St Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! I’m not Irish but isn’t everyone on St Patrick’s Day? Today I wanted to share with you all my recipe for these delicious, Ultimate Boozy Chocolate Guinness Milkshakes.  This is the best adult milkshake that has ever touched my lips!

drink recipe guinness milkshake

In college, beer was never my drink of choice, lets just say I was more of a Captain and Diet Coke kinda girl.  I remember the night I was out at the bar with Rick, he was drinking a Guinness and he said “take a sip, it tastes like a chocolate milkshake.”  I don’t know what kind of chocolate milkshake this kid was referring to but it was far from that creamy chocolatey goodness I was all too familiar with.  So in the spirit of the holiday of my husband’s Irish ancestors I decided to make my own Chocolate Guinness Milkshake.

The combo of Guinness and chocolate is delicious, making these go down way too easy!

chocolate guinness milkshake


Ingredients:
4 cups of chocolate ice cream
1 can of Guinness
2 shots of Jameson
Chocolate Syrup
Whipped Cream

Directions:
1.) In a blender blend together chocolate ice cream, Guinness and Jameson until frothy.
2.) In a pint glass drizzle some chocolate syrup.
3.) Pour contents of blender into glass.
4.) Top with some whipped cream.
5.) Get a fancy straw and slurp these babies down.

chocolate guinness milkshake

What’s your favorite St Patrick’s Day drink?