Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas in Review, Rae Dunn Mugs, and more | Five on Friday

Happy New Year! I took a bit of a blogging break this week... we will be back next week with Thursday Favorite Things again! Also, full posting on Sundays and Tuesdays will resume as usual.

 I thought I would share some snaps from my Christmas shopping that I did not get to share earlier!

Christmas Shopping!
I spotted these Gingerbread houses... aren't they cute???

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas today! 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house 
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; 
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, 
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; 
source- Monika Hibbs

Friday, December 23, 2016

Favorite Vintage Style Ornaments

Do you have a favorite ornament? I do! I have several, but I am sharing my most favorite two ornaments.
The first one is this Steiff mohair kitten in a mitten! Isn't she cute!  I have never seen an ornament like it before and as you all know I love cats!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Chef Tree for the Kitchen

This year I have updated my Chef Tree!! We added some candy canes and little sprigs of silver faux glitter branches. I like the texture it adds!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Winter Woodland Tree

I love this Winter Woodland tree that we put up every year.  It sits in the front window so you can see it when you come up the driveway! 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Christmas Tree 2016

Let's have a look at the main Christmas tree!  This year it is an 8' Noble Fir and it is the crown jewel of my Christmas decor!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Simple Last Minute Christmas Arrangements for the House

Do you feel like your Christmas decor needs a little extra "oomph" before the relatives show up before the holidays?
I have a few simple ideas which involve either real or faux greenery/florals. They don't take that long to make and it really adds a nice touch to your decor.
Here I have a French bucket filled with faux greenery.  It consists of frosted white berries, magnolias, sprigs of faux evergreen, red berries, and sparkled silver sprigs.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Handmade Christmas Spice Topiaries

I was shopping in one of my favorite stores, Napa Valley Vintage Home, when I spotted these cool handmade Christmas spice topiaries! Aren't they pretty?

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas for the Francophile

I have rounded up a few last minute gift ideas for the Francophile!  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Elf on the Shelf, Glam Party Shoes, and more - 5 on Friday

Can you believe how fast December is flying by? I cannot! I am so behind on reading all of my favorite blogs! I am going to have to comment on everyone's beautiful posts in January! 

Holiday Party Shoes
Ok, so last week I was looking at party shoes, but then I started dreaming of what the REALLY expensive shoes look like, and well, here we are!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Buche De Noel 2016

Have you ever had a Bûche de Noël?  No? How about a Yule Log? Well, they are the same thing!
Except, the Bûche de Noël sounds much fancier... and when the French make them, they also look fancier!
Above, by Lenôtre, a chocolate cake with marshmallow and meringue!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

French Christmas Ideas - Thursday Favorite Things

Last week we looked at some Farmhouse Christmas ideas... this week it is French Christmas decor ideas!  

Christmas Present Wrapping Ideas

As I know we have all been busy shopping, the next step is to wrap your presents!
Usually I just pick whatever paper I find in the store, but for several years now I have been wanting to wrap my presents up in a theme.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Chocolate Orange Ganache Macarons

If you regularly read my blog, you know that I *love* macarons.  I tried one many years ago and was in love.  Then one day several years ago, my Dad and I decided we were going try to bake them.  
Of course we couldn't just make one, we made a whole day of it...  We made 6 flavors and about 600 macarons.  
chocolate orange ganache macarons recipe
Since then, I have been practicing and baking them with all sorts of different flavors.  Today I present to you the chocolate orange ganache macaron!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Rustic Glam Christmas Table

I love setting the table and I look forward to setting my Christmas table every year.  I try not to do the same thing but I love my Christmas punch bowl so much that it will probably be the centerpiece for many years!
This year I was going for a rustic glam look - not so fussy but not so rustic that you will get tetanus!  The natural wood table and fresh noble fir clippings make it rustic.  The crystal goblets add a touch of glam! 
Rustic Glam Christmas Table

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Steiff Animal Tree

My favorite tree this year is the Steiff animal tree.  Isn't it cute?

Friday, December 9, 2016

Christmas Cocktail Dresses, Shoes and more

Five on Friday!
Hooray hooray it is Friday!!  Did you all have a nice week?  I've got my hair cut and now I am ready for Holiday Parties!!  Speaking of Holiday parties... do you have an outfit to wear?

Party Dresses

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Christmas at Roger's Gardens 2016

Here is a look at my favorite store in the USA to buy Christmas decorations... Roger's Gardens!! Have you ever been?? It is located in Newport Beach, CA. 
Visiting there is such a dream during Christmas time!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Farmhouse Christmas Decor - Thursday Favorite Things

Welcome to Thursday Favorite Things! I had so much fun last week going through many of your posts - I just love the Christmas season, don't you?
Plus, it gets dark at 5pm so my body clock thinks it is bedtime so I find myself blogging/reading more in the Winter!

This week I have rounded up some fabulous vintage Farmhouse Christmas decorating ideas!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas House Tour 2016 Part 1

Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas!  Welcome to this year's Christmas house tour!!
My Christmas decorating is mainly a mixture of German Christmas decorations with French Country Farmhouse Style!
 German Christmas decorations with French Country Farmhouse Style!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Peppermint Chocolate Ganache Macarons

When I was thinking of what to bake for this year's holiday dessert, I was actually inspired by Trader Joe's Candy Cane Jo-Jo's. Never had them? They are like Oreos but with flakes of candy cane in the filling. So I thought, how I can French-it-up?
And the peppermint chocolate ganache macaron was born.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Christmas China - Plates and Dinnerware

I *love* Christmas dinnerware so I thought today we could look at some Christmas china!
I wrote about Christmas china several years ago, however new patterns have been released!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Animal Wreaths, Christmas, and more! - 5 on Friday

25 Days of Christmas! 
Several years ago during my first year of blogging, I blogged for 25 days of Christmas. I had a lot of fun doing it! I haven't done it in several years so I thought I would do it again this year!  For the 25 days of Christmas I will be blogging about... Christmas! HOORAY!  Some posts will be detailed and longer, others might just be a picture or two.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Advent Calendars and the 25 days of Christmas!

Happy December everyone!  This post is a little late today but I wanted to share a Christmas post every day for the 25 Days of Christmas!!

I thought talking about the advent calendar would be a perfect way to celebrate the 1st day of Christmas!