Last Minute Christmas Recipes


  Well today marks the official one week countdown to Christmas!  If you are still wondering what to put on your table this holiday season, here are some delicious last minute Christmas recipes for you!  These are a mixture of some great features from my Holiday Link Party, as well as a few of my favourite family recipes! There are main course ideas, side dishes, appetizers and desserts.  Enjoy!   - - - - - - - - Let's get eating! This Kale Salad with Pine Nuts and … [Read more...]

Easy No Bake Christmas Desserts


Since it's almost Christmas, I thought I'd share some easy no bake Christmas desserts with you!  We could all use some easy in our lives this time of year, I'm sure!  These scrumptious recipes are feature from our Holiday Recipes Link Party.  I hope you enjoy them...they're fast, delicious and perfect for the holiday season! - - - - - - - - This Tiger Butter by The Rolling Spoon looks SO good!  Aside from being served at Christmas, it would also make a great homemade gift for the teachers, … [Read more...]

Merry and Bright Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

Merry and Bright Embroidery Hoop Ornaments

Hello friends! Can you believe it's 10 days until Christmas?!  I officially declare this week gong show week...the week where I tackle my #paniclist.  I was chatting with my friend Tara of Suburble, and she referred to a Christmas To-Do list as a panic list.  Best description everrrrrr.  So that is what I'm doing this week...mildly panicking and getting things done!  Needless to say, I can't wait until the weekend! Anyway, I'm still full tilt and knee deep in Christmas planning and gift … [Read more...]

Christmas Music Playlist 2014


I LOVE Christmas music...A LOT.  In fact, I sneak it into my car about mid November.  I figure since the holiday season is so short, I can start listening to it a little early right? I love so many different albums and types of Christmas music...I love classics like Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald, but I also love newly released Christmas music.  And every year I like to put together a music playlist that's a mixture of all kinds of Christmas music, then I listen to all holiday season long. … [Read more...]

Candy Cane Cloud Dessert


We're coming up to the final stretch before Christmas!  I can't believe how fast December is flying by, can you?!  I really have to remind myself to step back and enjoy the holiday season.  Next week I'm going to be slowing down over here and spend some quality time with my family...the kids are going to be off of school soon so we'll bake some whipped shortbread, make some cinnamon salt ornaments, build our gingerbread house, and hopefully get out to do some skating!  I'm really looking forward … [Read more...]

Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour 2014


 Welcome to my Merry and Bright Christmas Home Tour 2014! This year I spent a little more time than I usually do getting my home all ready for Christmas.  I'm not sure why, but I felt a little more overwhelmed at the idea of all the decorating (and a touch intimidated by all the beautiful home tours going on in blogland).  So I decided to give myself a few days (instead of a few hours) to decorate, and it was a lot less stressful having done it this way. And I figured that since the carpets … [Read more...]

Creative Ideas for Wrapping Holiday Gifts!

Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas a{A Pretty Life}

 Ok, so I have to admit something to you. I don't like wrapping gifts. I find it a tedious awful job. Gasp. BUT I do love and can totally appreciate a beautifully wrapped gift.  I have seen some beautifully wrapped gifts on Pinterest that make me absolutely swoon.  I think maybe my problem is that I'm always wrapping gifts at the last a day or 2 before Christmas when I'm totally stressed out and have no time for anything let alone gift wrapping.  That is the time when presents … [Read more...]

DIY Candy Cane Jingle Bell Ornament


I have a thing for Christmas ornaments...I truly believe you can't have enough.  Well, maybe you have too many when your tree falls forward 3 years in a row?  Hmmm, anyway I still love them, and I love to make them.  Handmade ornaments are such treasures.  When I open our box of ornaments every year and see the ornaments the kids made, or the ones we made together there's really no feeling like it.  Nostalgic, sad, and happy all at the same time.  Especially when you see ornaments your kids … [Read more...]

Mini Yarn Wreath Christmas Tree Ornaments #CDNHandmadeHoliday


So last weekend I was quietly minding my own business, doing a little Christmas crafting, when my husband came into the room and the following conversation took place: Him:  "Why are you making mini wreaths?" Me:  "Oh I just thought I'd hang one on the front door." Him:  "But you won't be able to see it." Me:  Staring. Him:  Silence. Me:  "They're Christmas tree ornaments." Him:  "Oh that makes sense." Seriously.  I still die laughing at the thought of the whole thing.  Like … [Read more...]

Caramel Corn


 Hello friends!  Today I wanted to share a recipe with you that is a family favourite! This Caramel Corn is actually my Grandma's recipe that I remember my Mom making during the holiday season.  Every year I looked forward to it, and now I make it for my family who love it as much as I did!  I absolutely love recipes that get passed down through the generations...there's something so special about sharing a recipe with your loved ones that generations before you have been enjoying too.  Love … [Read more...]