5 Simple Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

cake-pops-286198_1280I’ve always enjoyed Valentine’s Day, even when I was single. I would bake treats and give them to friends with a handwritten note saying how much I appreciate them. Some boycott and say it’s a made up Hallmark holiday, but why not just jump in and celebrate love with all of our fellow humans?

Here are five easy last minute Valentine’s Day gift ideas in case you’re feeling a step – or several steps – behind this year. (Believe me, I am not judging. I made resolutions in February and just packed up my Christmas decor this past Sunday.) Show the special people in your life how much you care! Continue reading

Of House and Home | Christmas Traditions

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I absolutely love fall, but Christmas is even better. Isn’t there something so lovely about a tree and twinkle lights? Generally I decorate the weekend after Thanksgiving because schedules seem to fill up quickly thereafter. It also gives me a solid four weeks to enjoy before going home to Texas for Christmas.

liquid cheer

liquid cheer

Over Thanksgiving, my dad and his girlfriend Jennifer came to stay, along with Dave’s mom. We were thankful to have family around to celebrate, eat lots of food and help put out the Christmas decor! Continue reading

Of House and Home: Holiday Table Settings

holiday table setting

When I was a little girl, I set the table for family meals like it was my job. Well, it kind of was my job,  at least for the holidays, but I loved to do it! Eagerly referencing the Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook table setting section, I just adored the various setting options ranging from simple to very formal and multiple ways to fold a napkin. (nerd alert)Much to my dismay, that section has pretty much vanished from the cookbook.

While planning our Thanksgiving table this year, I was nostalgic for the yellowed papers of the one owned by my parents since mine is a new version with very clean white pages and only one measly diagram on the topic. Alas, I was very pleased with how our table turned out, even if I forgot to put down the chargers for the meal and never did break out the crystal wine glasses.

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