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Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Make this Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole the night before, and pop it in the oven first thing in the morning.  Perfect for the holidays!

I’m so excited to have you visiting here today, because I think you’re going to find this post really helpful!  I’ve joined together with 13 Canadian bloggers to bring you some Christmas morning breakfast ideas!  Isn’t that great?!  I find Christmas morning meal planning challenging because there’s so much going on that day, and getting a big meal together is hard work.  So much of Christmas meal planning goes into the dinners, and often breakfast gets overlooked.  It can also be hard to find ideas that are easy to prepare.  But fret not, you’re in the right place today…there are loads of recipe ideas for you here!

Let’s get started!  I’m sharing a simple and delicious recipe for an Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole.

Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Besides being super delicious, the best thing about this brunch recipe is that you can prepare it the night before you plan to serve it.  So all you have to do in the morning is pop it in the oven, then let it bake away while you open your presents.  So great.

Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

The preparation is really simple too…all you need is about 15 minutes or so to get it all ready for the fridge overnight.  Definitely time well spent before the big day!

Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Then in the morning, put it in the oven, make some coffee then sit down with you family to open the presents…and you home will fill up with the smell of a delicious breakfast!

Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

When it’s all done baking, the result is a delicious, rich and flavourful savoury breakfast.  Which is perfect for Christmas morning with all the sugar that makes its way into the Christmas stockings!

Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

So good!  This recipe will easily feed 6 people.  Serve it with an assortment fresh fruit.

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Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf french bread cut into cubes (about 1 inch)
  • 1 lb ground breakfast sausage crumbled and cooked
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 red pepper minced (or more if you like)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. Grease a 9x13 inch glass baking dish.
  2. Add the cubes of french bread to the baking dish. Set aside.
  3. In a skillet, cook the onion and sausage until the sausage is cooked through. Drain and set aside.
  4. In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, dry mustard, salt and pepper.
  5. Stir in the red pepper and half of the shredded cheese.

Putting it all together:

  1. Sprinkle the cooked and crumbled sausage over the bread, and mix slightly.
  2. Pour on the egg mixture.
  3. Sprinkle on the remaining cheese.
  4. Cover in tin foil and put in the fridge overnight.
  5. In the morning, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Bake uncovered for about 1 hour, or until the centre is set.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

More Delicious Christmas Morning Recipes:

For more Christmas morning recipes, make sure you check out the delicious recipes below!  There are so many great ideas here for the best brunch ever.

Christmas Morning Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Christmas Morning Smoothie by Alex of Northstory
Cinnamon Christmas Breakfast Wreath by Christina of The DIY Mommy
Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole by Jo-Anna of A Pretty Life
Eggnog Brioche French Toast Bake Recipe by Janella of Ma Belle Vie
Breakfast Toast Bar by Brittany of My Daily Randomness
Pomegranate Cranberry Mimosas by Krista of Happy Housie
Christmas Morning Cinnamon Buns by Ashlea of This Mamas Dance
Christmas Apple Cranberry Cobbler by Robin of Frugal Family Times
Candy Cane French Toast Kabobs by Jenn of Clean & Scentsible
Swedish Tea Ring by Rita of Harbour Breeze Home
Cranberry Banana Muffins by Shannon of AKA Design
Breakfast Enchiladas by Tara of Suburble
Cranberry Pear French Toast with Vanilla Cream Sauce by Kendra of Joy In Our Home
Christmas Morning Breakfast Quiche by Sara of The Project Pile

Have a very merry and delicious day!

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

A Classic Canadian Christmas Home all decked out for the holidays!

Welcome to my Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour, I’m so happy to have you here!  My home tour is 1 of 27 Canadian Holiday Home Tours hosted by the lovely Shannon of AKA Design and Christina of The DIY Mommy!  27 homes of beautiful Christmas decorating inspiration!  I hope you can take a moment to take a tour of the homes…they’re all at bottom of my post.

Today is my day to share, and I’m really happy to have you here!  I was hoping that it would have snowed before you came so you could have the ultimate Canadian Christmas experience.  But the weather, and our chinooks, had something else in mind.  I’m just hoping with all my heart that we have a white Christmas this year!  Anyway, the weather won’t stop me from decorating for my favourite season.  So come on in…I’m thrilled to have you here in my home all decked out for the holidays.

Let’s start here at my front door.  I really enjoy decorating my front porch.  I love being greeted by a cheery porch when I come home.  Most of the time I actually don’t think too hard about how I’m going to decorate.  I just start by gathering things from around my home and let things naturally progress from there.  I’m a big fan of ‘shopping’ around my home first…it’s surprising what you can find from things you’ve already got.

If I don’t have to buy things, I won’t. But if something catches my eye I’ll scoop it up!  That Farm Fresh Christmas Trees sign was one of those things that I had to buy…it’s actually what inspired the theme of my porch this year.  Just a simple sign, and my vision was created.  If you want to see more details of my porch, visit my porch tour here.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

Now come on inside, and let’s have some tea and snacks by the fire.  Don’t worry, Molly doesn’t bite.  😉

So if you haven’t noticed, I kind of have this thing with plaid and buffalo check.  I can’t get enough.  If I see something in these patterns, I have to buy it…you don’t even want to know how many stores I drove around to track down that buffalo check ribbon (ok, 7…shhhh), and I still couldn’t find it.  My mom eventually found it in Edmonton, then shipped it to me and saved the day!  Yes, I wanted it that bad hahahaha!

But seriously though…can you see why?!  It’s perfect.  And so Canadian with the snowy tree, woodland animals, lumberjack jackets, moose, beavers, skis…  Sigh. I just love this theme.  Red is very outside my every day decorating theme, but come Christmas I embrace it fully!

Because we spend so much time in this space, I really wanted it to be cozy and festive, but still real and functional.  I wanted to us to be able to cozy up on the couch with snacks to watch Christmas movies in the most Christmas-y space possible. And I think that’s what I created in here.

And real it is.  Dog on the couch and all.  But don’t be fooled by how tidy everything looks…once these pictures were taken, it was back to real life.  Kids live here.  A family lives here.  Our coffee table is filled with X-Box remotes, coffee cups, plates, books, crayons and Lego.  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Speaking of kids…do you Elf on the Shelf?  Our Christmas season officially kicks off when our elf, Ed arrives…I know that this guy is polarizing, but we don’t mind him…he just moves around each night, and every morning my littlest flies out of bed to see where he is.  I can’t not love him.

Now come on into my kitchen…

Aside from my living room, I actually toned down the number of decorations I used this year.  I kept things really simple in my kitchen and eating nook, and only hung a wreath and added a few things to my counter space.  I’m trying to simplify things…admittedly it’s hard, but I had to start somewhere.

I made this Vintage Truck Wreath last year, and still love it so much.  It’s a nice pop of festive colour in our eating nook.

And the only other thing I did in my kitchen was dress up the counter…how cute are the little bottle brush trees in the flour.  SO cute.  They’re easy enough to take out when I need the flour for Christmas cookie baking too.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

Now up to my room.  I only started decorating for Christmas in our bedroom in the last couple of years.  One year I kept things really neutral, then last year I went all out with the buffalo plaid…and because I’m still obsessed with buffalo plaid, I brought it back for this year.  Who can resist buffalo plaid flannel sheets?  Not this gal.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

And a tree in the bedroom?  Yes.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

So there you have it…that’s my holiday home.  Now it’s time to sit down and enjoy it.

Classic Canadian Christmas Home Tour

More Canadian holiday home inspiration!

If you’re looking for more decorating inspiration, I hope you can take some time to check out these beautiful Christmas homes that are part of this years Canadian Bloggers Home Tour!  Another great way to see more is to follow the hashtag #CBHomeTour on Instagram!  So many beautiful homes…and ideas for everyone.

Monday

The DIY Mommy | The Creek Line House | Woman in Real Life | Life is a Party | Lemon Thistle | The Learner Observer

Tuesday

PMQ for two | Amidst the Chaos | Clean and Scentsible | A Burst of Beautiful | Rambling Renovators

Wednesday

Satori Design for Living | Love Create Celebrate | The Happy Housie | Craftberry Bush | Sustain My Craft Habit | House by the Bay

Thursday

VinYet Etc. | A Pretty Life | Home to Heather | So Much Better with Age | This Little Estate

Friday

AKA Design | Kim Power Style | Elliven Studio | A Pop of Pretty | The Sweetest Digs

Have a very merry day!

Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms

These Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms are a delicious holiday appetizer.  And they are quick and easy to prepare!

The holiday season is in on!  Full of weekend parties and gatherings with friends and family…it’s go time.  If you’re hosting a party, you should make these Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms.  They’re easy to make, and they’re a crowd pleaser.

Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms

I partnered with Canadian Turkey to bring you this delicious turkey appetizer recipe just in time for the holidays!  I was compensated for my time, but the recipe, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.  We really love turkey.

Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms

Turkey doesn’t just have to be for holiday dinners!  In fact, turkey is versatile enough for any kind of recipe, including holiday appetizers.  These Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms are a festive appetizer with the flavours of a turkey dinner all wrapped up in a little mushroom bite…and they’re delicious!

Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms

I really wanted these bites to remind people of Christmas, so I seasoned the ground turkey with sage, and added homemade cranberry sauce.  Combined with the tang of the cream cheese, and the deliciousness of the cremini mushrooms, I think these do just that.  They’re creamy and flavourful.

Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms

Then I finished them off with some crispy butter toasted bread crumbs and chopped parsley for colour.  These stuffed mushrooms will disappear off your appetizer table really quick!

Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms

Don’t they look so good?  I hope you enjoy this delicious turkey holiday appetizer!

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Cranberry Cream Cheese & Turkey Stuffed Mushrooms

Servings 24 stuffed mushrooms
Author Jo-Anna@APrettyLife

Ingredients

  • 24 cremini mushrooms you can use button mushrooms too
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1 - 8 oz block cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley for garnish
  • 2 tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Clean and remove the stems from the mushrooms.
  3. Line up the mushrooms on a baking sheet. Set aside.
  4. In a skillet, add the ground turkey. Season with the ground sage, salt and pepper. Cook until the turkey is no longer pink, and cooked through. Set aside to cool.
  5. In a mixer, cream the cream cheese until smooth.
  6. Stir in the cranberry sauce.
  7. Once the turkey has cooled, mix it into the cream cheese mixture.
  8. Add a tablespoon of the turkey/cream cheese mixture into the centres of the mushrooms.
  9. Place the tray of mushrooms in the oven and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.
  10. While the mushrooms are baking, melt 2 tbsp of butter in a skillet and add the bread crumbs. Cook until browned.
  11. When the mushrooms are done baking, remove them from the oven, sprinkle them with the bread crumbs, and garnish with the chopped parsley.
  12. Serve immediately!

More delicious holiday appetizers:

Be in the know with Canadian Turkey:

Visit the Canadian Turkey website for all the tips, tricks, techniques and recipe inspiration you might need! There are more delicious turkey appetizer recipes, a tonne of great information on turkey nutritionhow to cook turkey and more!  And follow them along on FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram and YouTube channel.

Have a very merry and delicious day!

Easy Birch Bark Christmas Tree Garland

Make this Easy Birch Bark Christmas Tree Garland in minutes with just a few simple supplies!

Today I’ve joined a talented group of bloggers, and we are sharing some simple Christmas craft ideas with you.  We hope that we can inspire your holiday decorating!  Thank you to Shannon of AKA Design for organizing.  Make sure to take a tour through all the Christmas crafts at the bottom of this post! xo

For my craft I made this Easy Birch Bark Christmas Tree Garland, and it is the most simple craft ever.  It took me 5 minutes to make.  But I think it’s great!  And really the point of this post is just to remind you, and myself, that things do not need to be complicated or take hours to make for them to be beautiful. Sometimes you can create the cutest things with the most simple supplies…and often times with things you already have at home.  I love to be able to ‘shop’ my craft cabinet and create new things. I’m actually getting tired of having too much stuff, so it makes me happy to be able to use up supplies I have already.

Easy Birch Bark Christmas Tree Garland

Last year my friend Tiffany found a box of these little birch bark Christmas tree cut outs and scooped them up for me…how great is it to have friends that know you so well!  Love that.

Easy Birch Bark Christmas Tree Garland

I love adding natural elements to my Christmas decor, especially birch…it reminds me of where I grew up.  So I decided to make a simple little garland for my Christmas mantel.

Easy Birch Bark Christmas Tree Garland

To make this garland I used red & white bakers twine, the birch tree cut outs and a glue gun.  That’s it.  I just glued the birch trees to the twine, spacing them about 2 1/2 inches apart.  Simple and adorable!

Easy Birch Bark Christmas Tree Garland

Then I hung the garland up on my mantel.  Look how cute it looks!  I love simple to make crafts.  Especially ones that take just minutes to make with inexpensive supplies.

More Christmas Craft Ideas:

Make sure to take a tour through all these amazing and festive Christmas crafts!  You’ll be sure to leave inspired!

20 Christmas Crafts For Your Home

From left to right, top to bottom:

AKA Design | Vinyet Etc. | The DIY Mommy | A Pretty Life

Sustain My Craft Habit | A Pretty Fix | Making it in the Mountains | The Learner Observer

BrooklynBerryDesigns | Country Parent | Craftberry Bush | Amidst the Chaos

northstory | Life is a Party | Pink Little Notebook | hodge:podge

This Mamas Dance | Rambling Renovators | Suburble | PMQ for two (not shown)

Have a very merry day!

Coconut Barley Pudding

This Coconut Barley Pudding is a rich and creamy dessert!  Perfect for any occasion.

Hello friends, I’m so happy to have you here! I’ve partnered up with Nordic Ware to share a delicious Coconut Barley Pudding from the Jul Swedish American Holiday Traditions cookbook written by Patrice M. Johnson, which I made in the Nordic Ware Covered Braiser.  I love Nordic Ware everything, so I’m really happy to be participating in their holiday program!  And I think you’re really going to love this recipe.

Nordic Ware has been a major part of the heritage and history of Minnesota since 1946, when the husband and wife team, Dotty and Dave founded the company. And this holiday season they have partnered with the Minnesota Historical Society (Jul was published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press), and Mill City Museum, to celebrate their Scandinavian roots and values in kitchenware. And what better way to do that than to share delicious recipes made in their kitchenware!

Coconut Barley Pudding

Jul is full of recipes that are perfect for holiday celebrations!  This recipe book features soups, Swedish pancakes, assorted Swedish cookies, meatballs, the julhög, a breakfast pyramid of bread, cheese, fruit, and cookies, and so much more!  But after browsing through Jul, I knew right away that I wanted to make the Coconut Barley Pudding.

Coconut Barley Pudding

We love rice puddings, so this barley version had me intrigued…also because it’s made with coconut milk.  These types of puddings are so easy to make, and they’re delicious for dessert, but they’re also hearty enough that you can have them for breakfast too!

Coconut Barley Pudding

This barley pudding is creamy, rich and so good!  The barley is simmered until soft, in coconut milk, along with a vanilla bean and a cinnamon stick…delicious.  But what I love most about this pudding, is the chewy texture of the barley combined with the creaminess of the coconut milk.  It actually reminds me of the wheat berry cereal my Grandma used to make for us, which is why I think I loved it so much. Yum.

Coconut Barley Pudding

As the recipe suggests, you can serve this pudding with fresh lime zest and juice, pineapple juice or fresh cream.  We like to serve our pudding with extra cream…the best.  Enjoy!

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Coconut Barley Pudding

Author Patrice M. Johnson

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup barley
  • 2 - 14 oz cans of coconut milk
  • 1 vanilla bean halved and seeded
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • zest and juice from 1 small lime
  • handful dried cranberries or raisins
  • half-and-half or pineapple juice
  • grated coconut toasted for serving
  • freshly grated nutmeg for serving

Instructions

  1. Rinse raw barley in cold water. Place in a large saucepan and cover with 6 cups of water.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
  3. Drain barley and return it to the saucepan.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk, vanilla seeds and bean, cinnamon stick, sugar, lime juice and cranberries or raisins.
  5. Bring to a simmer, cook covered on low until the barley is tender ad the milk has thickened, about 30 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Remove cover during final 10 minutes of cook time and add half-and-half or pineapple juice if pudding becomes dry.
  7. Remove vanilla bean and cinnamon stick.
  8. Garnish with lime zest, toasted grated coconut, and nutmeg.

Have a delicious day!

Disclosure:  Thank you to Nordic Ware for providing the Nordic Ware Covered Braiser and a copy of Jul Swedish American Holiday Traditions !  All opinions, thoughts and pictures are my own.

Christmas Dinner Menu

All you need to inspire and create your Christmas Dinner Menu!  Covering the main dish, side dishes, desserts and drinks!

Over the years I’ve shared so many recipes over here that are perfect for Christmas dinner.  So I thought it would be a good idea to put all of them into one place for you!  One spot, one easy place to access so that you can create the best Christmas dinner ever.  Everything from 4 different ways to make a turkey, to various easy and delicious side dishes, to delectable desserts, to delicious drinks!  Enjoy!

Christmas Dinner Menu

Turkey Options

Here are 4 delicious ways to prepare the star of your Christmas dinner!

Traditional Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy

This Traditional Roast Turkey with Pan Gravy is the easiest way to make a turkey!  This is a simple and classic roasted turkey, with a delicious pan gravy.  A perfect main dish for your holiday dinner!

Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey

This Lemon Rosemary Roasted Turkey is a delicious, tender turkey with fresh lemon and herb flavours!  It’s a nice change from classic roasted turkey.

Bacon Wrapped Turkey

This Bacon Wrapped Turkey is SO easy to make, and is definitely one of our favourite ways to cook a turkey. Believe me when I say that a turkey that has been wrapped in, and roasted in bacon, comes out so moist and delicious. And the gravy is amazing too.

Turkey Brine

Turkey Brine is another way to guarantee a delicious and moist turkey. This method takes a little more effort but the results are so worth it.

Stuffing Options

I like to bake my stuffing in a separate dish outside of the turkey. I just find it much easier, and there is no worry about proper cooking.  Here are 3 stuffing recipe options to try this year!

Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing

This Savoury Hazelnut Stuffing is a delicious side dish with all the traditional herb flavours of Christmas dinner.  I’ve added hazelnuts, raisins and apples to this recipe for extra crunch and deliciousness.

Traditional Bread Stuffing

I’ve been making this Traditional Bread Stuffing recipe for years now and it’s my go-to recipe.  Classic, traditional and delicious.

Wild Rice Stuffing

Wild Rice Stuffing with raisins and apples is a perfect side dish to holiday turkey.  It has all the traditional flavours of bread stuffing, but instead of bread, this dish is made with wild rice and chick peas.  It’s SO good.

Side Dishes, Gravy & Cranberry Sauce

You can’t have a turkey without delicious side dishes, gravy and cranberry sauce!

Turkey Pan Gravy

This Turkey Pan Gravy is made with all the pan drippings from your turkey.  It’s so easy to make, and is SO delicious!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Once you try Homemade Cranberry Sauce, you’ll never reach for canned again.  This recipe makes a delicious, sweet & tart sauce that is perfect served with your turkey!

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta

This recipe for Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta is mouthwatering delicious!  Roasting the sprouts with pancetta makes them so flavourful.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole is a classic holiday dish!  No one can resist that marshmallow topping!

Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Black Truffle Cheese

For an extra special potato dish, make these Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Black Truffle Cheese.  The truffle cheese makes these mashed potatoes so rich and creamy.

Turnip Puff

Turnip Puff is always on our Christmas table!  This dish is creamy, fluffy and so delicious!  Even the non-rutabaga/turnip lovers (my hubby & kids) like this one.

Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake

This Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake is a creamy and delicious side dish that pairs perfectly with roasted turkey.  You can even make this dish a day ahead to save time.

Drinks

Winter Sangria

Winter Sangria is a perfect holiday drink. It is so delicious…red wine with Grand Marnier, brandy, pomegranate juice and fresh fruit all mixed together into one very festive and flavourful drink!  I’ve also shared a non-alcohol version.

Pies, Cakes and Desserts

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie for Christmas dinner dessert is a favourite.  Every time I make one I’m reminded at how easy they actually are to make.  And they’re always a hit.  Serve with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Chocolate Pecan Tarts

Chocolate Pecan Tarts are a delicious variation on classic pecan pie.  I like making them into tarts because they’re so rich, and one tart per person is definitely enough.

Mincemeat Pie

This Mincemeat Pie is the perfect Christmas dessert!  Serve it up warm with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream…delicious!

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Eggnog Sugar Glaze

Eggnog Bundt Cake with Eggnog Sugar Glaze is another amazing Christmas dinner dessert idea.  It’s easy to make and looks like you spent hours in the kitchen creating it…but you didn’t.  Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone.

Black Bottom Cupcakes

But these Black Bottom Cupcakes, they’re the best.  It’s not Christmas at our house unless these show up on the table after dinner.  We like them cold right out of the fridge…try it. I’m betting you’ll LOVE them.

Cookies

15+ Christmas Cookie Recipes

And just in case there isn’t enough dessert around, here are 15+ Christmas Cookie Recipes that I’ve shared over here over the years!

I hope you have come away with some delicious food ideas for your own Christmas dinner!  Making this menu has me super excited for Christmas dinner.  And don’t forget your stretchy pants on the big day!  😉 Have a very merry and delicious Christmas!

Classic Christmas Front Porch

Welcome to the holiday season over here at ‘A Pretty Life’!  Today I’ve joined a group of talented bloggers, and we’re sharing our Christmas porches with you to get you inspired for your own decorating! Make sure you check them out at the bottom of this post. A big thank you to Taryn at Taryn Whiteaker Designs for organizing this Christmas porch blog hop!

Come take a tour of my Classic Christmas Porch!

Classic Christmas Front Porch

I really wanted to share my Christmas porch all covered in freshly fallen snow.  But our Calgary weather had other plans.  Right now it’s all wind and warm temperatures as we’ve been under chinook conditions for several days.  The beginning of November was cold and snowy and I loved every minute of it, but chinooks are a fact of life here in my part of the world, and they can melt away winter in 2 seconds flat.  Sounds dreamy, but I don’t love them at all…my daughter and I get headaches with the wind, and everything turns brown and mushy…I’ll take 2 feet of snow and cold temperatures in winter, any day! But when the snow does finally come back, I’ll make sure to pop back in here and post another photo.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

So if you’ve seen my handmade ornaments or Christmas mantel from this year yet, you already know that I have a classic Christmas theme going on.  Red, greens, plaids, fresh greens…I love it all. Over the years I’ve gone from bright colours, right back to classic, traditional Christmas colours. I’ve learned that I really, really love the classics the most.  I think it takes me back to Christmas when I was a kid…my Mom used to decorate in traditional colours too.  Isn’t it funny how we find ourselves doing what our Mom’s did?  I wonder if one day my kids will decorate the same as I do…who knows!

Classic Christmas Front Porch

For my porch this year, I bought a few new things at Michaels that really inspired the theme of my Christmas porch…but it was this Tree Farm sign that really drew me in.  From here my theme was born…I knew I wanted a rustic, yet classic holiday front porch.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

So I gathered quite a few things I had at home, like the benches, the white window, the boxes and lanterns.  Then I shopped my friend Kathy’s place and borrowed the red window, the sled and the joy sign…all perfect elements for my Christmas front porch.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

Then I went in search of some small fresh Christmas trees like the ones I found last year and put in my Christmas bedroom.  I was so happy to find them!  So I scooped up two and placed them on my porch.  I dressed one up with a chunky knit garland and some twinkly lights, and made a little chunky knit tree skirt for the other tree.  So cute. I’m going to leave these up all winter as well…

Classic Christmas Front Porch

Also…peek-a-boo!  Can you see my Molly?  She is always where I am.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

And no porch of mine is complete without a wreath!  I made this wreath to match the theme of my Christmas porch…I’ll share the tutorial with you soon.

Classic Christmas Front Porch

So there you have it, my Classic Christmas Porch.  I love how it all came together…it’s a classic Christmas over here this year.  Now all we need is some snow…any day now Mother Nature, any day.

Shop the Look!

Here are some of the things I used to decorate my mantel. If I couldn’t find the exact item, I chose something similar.  These are affiliate links, which means if you purchase something through one of the links in this post, I receive a small commission, but at no cost to you!  Thank you for supporting ‘A Pretty Life’, and helping to make it possible!  xo

 

Looking for more Christmas porch inspiration?  Visit these bloggers beautiful porches!

PMQ for Two | Two Twenty One | Taryn Whiteaker Designs | Finding Silver Pennies

A Pretty Life | Hello Allison Blog | Clean and Scentsible | The Happy Housie

Lolly Jane | Not Just A Housewife

Festive Christmas Porches

Have a very merry day!