DIY Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments.

We had all kinds of holiday traditions growing up and the nostalgia surrounding this time of year always brings me back to my childhood.

The smells of Christmas are one of those things that helps ring in the season, from fresh evergreen to cinnamon spices. We used to love making these classic Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments when we were little and we’d use them to adorn our tree or to add atop a gift package for a little extra decoration.

cookie ingredients / heirloomed

One thing I never realized about these ornaments was just how much cinnamon you use for the recipe! It’s kind of a substitute for flour in this sense so I went with the jumbo tub of it this year so we’d have plenty on hand.

Now remember, these are not edible - just for decoration but they are a fun alternative to make with the kids as a holiday craft when you don’t have to have 8 million more Christmas cookies on-hand to snack on.

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cinnamon cookies / heirloomed
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cookie cutters / heirloomed

DIY CINNAMON APPLESAUCE ORNAMENTS :

  • 1 cup applesauce

  • 1 - 1 1/4 cup ground cinnamon

  • 1 tbs ground cloves (if desired)

Start by lining a sheet pan with parchment paper and heating your over to 200 degrees. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, or by hand, combine all ingredients. The dough should be able to form into a ball without being overly sticky. If needed add more cinnamon or applesauce for desired texture.

Sprinkle a clean surface with cinnamon and place dough on top, followed by more cinnamon. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Continue sprinkling cinnamon so that dough doesn’t stick.

Cut dough into desired shapes and place on baking sheet. Be sure to space each shape out far enough so that they do not bake together. Use a skewer end to poke a clean hole in each cookie (to attach string for ornaments) and bake in preheated over for about 1.5 - 2 hours.

ceramic biscuit cutter / heirloomed
cinnamon cookies / heirloomed

I’d love to know if you made these when you were a child? And, if you’re making them now with your family still and keeping the tradition alive! Give us a tag at #HEIRLOOMEDHOLIDAY - love to see how yours came out.


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heirloomed magazine : pie issue.

This holiday season I wanted to pay homage to a true holiday staple: PIE. No matter the holiday function pie will always be there for us to enjoy. And, no matter your pie preference you can always find a sweet or savory pie that suits your fancy.

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Rustic Holiday Entertaining at the Family Farm.

If you were to ask me my favorite season it would surely be Summer, but the tradition, smells + bells of the holiday season make Winter such a strong contender. At least the 4-5 true weeks of holiday celebration between Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

Today I'm out at my husband's family farm to set up a rustic Holiday Tablescape, perfect for Christmas Dinner at the old barn at the front of the property.

match pewter candleabra / heirloomed tables cape
holiday entertaining at a rustic barn / heirloomed

The first time I saw the old barn I knew it was my most favorite place on the whole property. A tack + feed room, hay loft, resident cat and fresh coat of white paint on the old wooden walls make this building an easy contender in my book. 

You know I'm a neutral lover to the extreme but the holidays are my one exception where I bring in a pop of red to celebrate the season. One of my very favorite ways to decorate for the holidays is to let my simple backgrounds + bones set the tone while layering on heavy swags of fresh green garland and scattering in a pop of red here and there. This rustic set up at the farm was no exception. 

This year I went with a mix of fresh evergreen swags, magnolia boughs from my backyard (because, it's holiday time in the South after all) and a heavy scattering of pomegranates + sprinkling of cranberry strands for that pop of color. I love the rich red color of the fruit and the fresh element of bringing fruits + veggies into the floral elements, a signature touch I tend to lean on over and over again. 

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chocolate cake in rustic barn window / holiday entertaining / heirloomed
gorgeous pomengrante as decoration for holiday winter tablescape / heirloomed

For a Christmas Dinner table, you'll want to be sure to bring in a variety of pieces new and old. That's the best part of the holiday season, reliving and recreating those traditions from your childhood and creating brand new ones for your own children. Some, perhaps without you even knowing.

Here I'm mixing our go-to heirloomed oatmeal linens, the rustic White Lastra Collection dinnerware from Vietri, and several pieces of showstopper Match Pewter. Because I was fort nature to have been handed down both my grandmother + great grandmother's wedding china, we instead registered for nice dinnerware and continue to collect pewter table service pieces each anniversary to support our entertaining habits. And what better holiday to bring it all out for the family.

holiday entertaining at our rustic barn on the family farm / heirloomed
HoneyBaked Ham for rustic Christmas dinner /easy holiday entertaining / heirloomed

Now if you know anything about me or have followed along here for any amount of time, you know that equally important to tradition during the holiday season are those made-from-scratch handwritten recipes that my family has been making for generations. Filling the holiday table and my own kitchen with the same aromas and flavors that I remember from my childhood is absolutely essential for making the season special.

The exception to the rule, somehow, has always been the HoneyBaked Ham. We step outside the kitchen and have always had a perfectly glazed ham on the table during the holidays, bringing both beauty, ease and flavor to the table like no other. My kids + husband are all on the bandwagon year after year with this yummy staple. 

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rustic christmas table setting / holiday entertaining ideas / heirloomed
rustic barn with fresh greens and cranberry garland for holiday decorating / heirloomed

We completed the spread this season with a rustic loaf of bread + butter, freshly roasted asparagus, and a big bowl of burst red potatoes. All delicious and all playing to the gorgeous color of the season.

HoneyBaked Ham and Match Pewter platter for beautiful holiday tablescape / heirloomed
fresh asparagus at christmas dinner / heirloomed
Christmas Dinner tablescape with match pewter butter dish / heirloomed
donkeys and ponies at the family farm / heirloomed

These guys were looking on and wondering when they were going to get to partake in the holiday meal. Luckily we made it through the meal without any animal guests this time around, but past set ups haven't been so fortunate. 

I hope you enjoyed the holiday tablescape and would love to know some elements, tips and touches you're using for your Christmas table setting + spread this holiday season. Merry Christmas!

Special thank you to HoneyBaked Ham, Vietri + Match Pewter for your partnership on this shoot. These are brands I authentically use in my own life + home and ones I support (and hope you will too). All thoughts and opinions are my own.



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Mexican Wedding Cookies, A Holiday Staple.

There are some cookie recipes we try out each year, but some we can't live without. TheseMexican Wedding Cookies are some of my absolute favorite around the holidays, and are always a staple in our house. Both my side and Shane's side of the family love to make around and I'm sure we aren't the only ones. Mom always pulls out her old red Betty Crocker "Cooky Book" to make these, and I just love the vintage charm of this book. They're such a hit, and I'm pretty sure she must have to double or triple the recipe every time. 

I'd love to know more about the history of this cookie because it goes by multiple names -- Mexican Wedding Cookies, Petticoat Tails and Russian Tea Cakes to name a few. They are so delicate and delicious.

We are fortunate to always have loads of pecans from the tree at Shane's granny's farm, and I love to use them for these holiday cookies. I actually tend to be a little light vs. heavy on the pecans I use for these, and I like to chop them up very fine. You'll also notice in the recipe that I use almond extract instead of the typical vanilla. This is a trick my mom taught me and it always has friends swooning over the taste. 

The kids like to call these "snowballs" which is cute until they start launching them across the room...

petticoat tails christmas cookies / @heirloomed
Russian Tea Cake Christmas Cookies / @heirloomed
Mexican Wedding Christmas Cookies / @heirloomed

Mexican Wedding Cookies

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (for rolling baked cookies in)

In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Once light and fluffy, add almond extract. In another bowl, combine the flour and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, then add in the chopped pecans. Chill dough if it seems too soft. Form dough into approximately 1 inch balls and place on an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake cookies at 400 for 10 to 12 minutes or until they turn a very light golden brown.

White Powdered Sugar Mexican Wedding Cookies / @heirloomed

A few tips for you ... do not over-bake. If they show the slightest bit of brown, it is time to take them out. It is best to roll the cookies in powdered sugar while they are still warm (not hot). This gives them the ideal melt-in-your-mouth flavor and makes sure the cookie is completely coated in sugar. And of course, the cookies are best enjoyed when warm, so don't be afraid to sample before they're completely cool. Oh, and these make a perfect cookie for Santa to enjoy!

I'd love to know what Christmas cookies are a staple in your home!

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Spiced Holiday Nuts for the Season.

If you have ever visited our home, you know that we always have a bowl of pistachios on our kitchen island for guests to enjoy, and for impromptu snacking that's way better than grabbing a sweet treat. But during the holiday season I will jump at the chance to "spice" things up a little and this little nut recipe is no exception.

I got the inspiration for this recipe by recalling an episode of Barefoot Contessa on Food Network a few years back, and I remember thinking at the time how simple and delicious they looked. So I did a little digging and tested out a few variations to get the combination of flavors I was looking for. Another benefit of this recipe? It leaves your house smelling wonderful all. day. long. 

Rosemary does really well in our garden all year long, so I always have a fresh supply of it on hand to use for recipes like this one. I love giving food gifts for the holidays, especially something that people will actually be excited to eat and enjoy. This year I gifted a package of these nuts in a medium sized canning jar tied with a twine string. The jar was finished off with a small wooden spoon for serving and a sprig of rosemary on the outside. 

Even though I'm not huge on spicy foods, these had the perfect balance of flavor and heat. I added the juice of half an orange to balance out the cayenne, and because I just love the flavor of oranges in the winter.

ingredients for spiced holiday nuts recipe / heirloomed

Spiced Holiday Nuts

  • 3 cups unsalted, whole cashews
  • 3 cups shelled pecan halves
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
  • 1-2 teaspoons cayenne powder
  • Juice from half an orange
  • 1 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 375. Place the plain nuts on a baking sheet and let warm in the oven for 10 minutes. While the nuts are warming, mix together the fresh rosemary, brown sugar, cayenne, salt, juice and butter in a bowl. Then, toss the warmed nuts into the rosemary mixture and fully coat, baking for an additional 10 minutes and stirring often. Serve warm. 

Typically, I'd want to put parchment on my cookie sheet for easier cleanup, but when roasting the nuts it works best to put them directly on the pan to ensure that they turn out nice and crispy, just make sure to grease the pan well.

rosemary roasted nuts / heirloomed recipe
rosemary orange cayenne spiced holiday nuts / heirloomed
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holiday food gift recipes spiced nuts / heirloomed

I'd love to know some of your favorite food gifts for the holidays!

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