Vintage Chocolate-Dipped Stir Spoons.

One of the very best gifts during the holiday season are food gifts. I love holiday cooking + baking and then gifting the goodies to our co-workers, friends + neighbors, or bringing a bundle to a holiday party as a hostess gift.

This is one of my favorites, it’s a vintage spin on an idea I’ve seen floating around out there on Pinterest - Chocolate Dipped Stir Spoons. They’re great for stirring into your cup of cocoa or coffee and a sweet little gift, but I’m making them even more beautiful by using vintage spoons instead of the plastic ones. Take a peek.

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The best thing about these sweet little spoon gifts is that they really look like a million bucks without spending a ton of time or money. If you hit up a thrift store or local market, you can generally find silver-plated utensil for a dollar or less a piece.

Simply give them a polish, dip in almond bark and sprinkle on your favorite chopped topping. We used a variety of nuts, pistachios + peppermints to give ours a festive look. You could even pair it with a “hot chocolate mix” in a jar and one of our holiday tea towels or an apron of course and you have a beautiful gift to go.

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CHOCOLATE STIR SPOONS:

  • white chocolate almond bark

  • chocolate almond bark

  • peppermint sticks

  • nuts of your choice

Start by gathering up the spoons you would like to use. Then begin melting your chocolate bark in a sauce pan, or in the microwave. When using the microwave I like to heat it in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, to make sure the chocolate is melting smoothly and evenly. While your chocolates are melting crush up your peppermint sticks, nuts, or topping of your choice.

.Once the chocolate is melted dip each spoon slowly into the chocolate allowing it to cover the base of the spoon. Using your finger tips cover the tip of the spoon with the crushed toppings. Lay each spoon flat on a baking sheet and allow to dry. Use your spoons in your favorite hot cocoa recipe and enjoy.

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Holiday Buckeyes.

If there was one “cookie” that was a must in our holiday assortment for Santa it was most definitely the Buckeye.

It’s kind of like the homemade version of a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup and in true made-from-scratch fashion, a thousand times better. Sharing this classic recipe for you and I’d just love to know if this is a must-make in your home for the holidays too?

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HOLIDAY BUCKEYES:

  • 1/2 cups peanut butter

  • 1/2 cup butter (at room temp)

  • 3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar

  • 8 ounces chocolate chips

  • 1 tbs vegetable shortening

Start by mixing peanut butter, butter and powdered sugar in a large bowl. Once ingebiets are well mixed begin kneading dough with your hands. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and place tablespoon sized balls along the pan. Place this tray in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Combine chocolate chips and shortening in a bowl. Microwave mixture in 30 second intervals until it is melted. Stir so that mixture is smooth and fully combined. Remove the tray from the refrigerator and use a toothpick to dip them into chocolate mixture. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and they are ready to serve.

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This is the original recipe card from my Grandmother’s collection for “Ohio-State Buckeyes.” She actually lived in Michigan so I would imagine they are more commonly referred to as this up that way than they are down here in the South - anyone? My very favorite thing about the card is her note at the bottom “Not especially good - too sweet” which had us laughing and laughing in the studio since we all love them so. But in true Grandma fashion, she told it like it was and wasn’t a fan of things that were super sweet so this one made me have quite a smile.

Hope you enjoy this classic!


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Holiday Punch.

The holidays combine two of my favorite things : getting together with friends + family and also making some of my favorite holiday recipes. Today I’m sharing with you a gorgeous holiday punch recipe that all of your party guests are sure to love. This recipe has been used by generations and has truly stood the test of time.

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This year i wanted to add a fun twist to my classic punch, but I couldn’t quite figure out what. When I was out sourcing some vintage for the site, my eyes fell on this beautiful glass punch bowl. I knew that would bring a classic, vintage touch to this holiday staple. The punch bowl filled with cranberries serves as an instant centerpiece for your table, a win/win for this effortless entertainer.

I even found my Grandmother’s original type-written recipe card in her bundle that was passed down for me. I truly treasure each and every one but this was one I had forgotten was part of the large assortment. I altered it just a bit with the garnish to make it extra seasonal this time of year.

For the ice cubes, we simply filled the tray with cranberries and pieces of rosemary and then filled with water before freezing. These turned out just gorgeous and fun, but you could also use a bundt pan for more of a classic ring if you so choose.

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RECIPE:

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

  • 1 cup cranberry juice

  • 750 ml Prosecco or champagne

  • 1/3 cup simple syrup

  • 2 cups cranberry ginger ale

  • Ice

  • Rosemary sprigs for garnish

Have plenty of ice ready to go. More than you think you’ll need. Fill your punch bowl half full with ice and have some ready for individual glasses. Next, add in the cranberries and pomegranate seeds. Add in cranberry juice, sparkling wine, simple syrup, ginger ale and top with a splash of cranberry ginger ale.

Pour into individual cups and use fresh rosemary as a garnish.

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Vintage Punch Glass / heirloomed

The deep red color ended up looking beautiful against the glass details. Adding a hint of greenery gave it just the holiday twist it needed. It’s fun to garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary too, or a skewered toothpick full of sugared cranberries. I would love to hear your favorite holiday drink recipes + fun ways you like to serve them. Let me know in the comments.


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Spruce up your Store-Bought Garland with Greens from your Yard.

One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to pull out my decorations and get the family together to make our home feel like Christmas.

Growing up we always had an artificial tree (thanks Mom) and now being a mom and home keeper myself I totally see why. Nonetheless, I promise to always have a real tree in my home because I truly cannot get enough of the look and smell of fresh fir in my home.

I love to incorporate crazy amounts of greenery in my holiday decor with pops of red here and there, the only problem is sometimes the garland from the store just looks so worn out. So I’m sharing a few tips for sprucing up your store-bought garland with some fresh elements from the great outdoors.

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This week I decided to pull some herbs from my garden to spruce up my greens. It was so easy, cheap and fun to do. I used magnolia, boxwood, rosemary and holly from my yard, taking little clippings here and there of things that are always in season and tend to be more hearty so they’ll last most of the season.

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Any greenery or herbs growing in your yard would be great for this project, and there are so many others you can pull in like fresh cedar, ligustrum and other non-traditional holiday sprigs that really come alive when paired with your standard strand of garland.

Yet another reason why an herb garden is so useful, far beyond the spring season. My rosemary plants are huge, fragrant and gorgeous all year long here in Georgia and I find so many uses for the springs - from wrapping presents to herbed butter and beyond . There really are so many ways you can use your garden all year long.

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I cut a few springs from each plant and just wove them into the garland, securing with a little floral wire as needed. It turned the boring, lifeless store-bought garland into a beautiful decoration and really filled out the sash. This project will also get your house smelling great and be sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

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Love to know in the comments your favorite ways to use greenery during the holidays.


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Classic Eggnog.

Sometimes trying out new ingredients in recipes is fun, but for Eggnog I like to stick to this simple + classic recipe. It’s so easy to make and the perfect holiday drink to serve at all of my holiday gatherings.

Eggnog takes a developed taste to enjoy the drink, but once you master this recipe it is something you will look forward to every holiday season.

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I just love how pretty and wintery eggnog looks visually. Topped with foam + fresh nutmeg it really is winter in a cup. You can add in the bourbon in true Southern fashion, or leave it out and get just as much enjoyment in the non-alcoholic version thanks to the richness of the drink.

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CLASSIC EGGNOG:

  • 3 cups whole milk

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 vanilla bean pod – split and with the seeds removed

  • 1 teaspoon fresh nutmeg

  • 5 eggs, separated

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup dark rum or bourbon

Combine milk, cream, cinnamon, vanilla bean, vanilla seeds and nutmeg in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Once boiling, remove pan from the heat and allow it to steep.

Using a stand mixer or a large bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until combined. Thick ribbons should form when the whisk is lifted. Slowly begin whisking in the milk and continue until mixture is smooth and combined. Add rum or bourbon and stir. Refrigerate overnight, up to three days.

Right before serving, beat egg whites, in a bowl or stand mixer, until soft peaks form. Fold mixture gently into eggnog until combined. Garnish with fresh nutmeg before serving.

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I loved using one of my vintage punch bowls to serve this eggnog. It gives it such a nostalgic feeling and serves as the perfect holiday decoration all in of itself. The garnish of cinnamon sticks, a sprinkle of nutmeg and a dollop of fresh whipped cream just brings a little more joy. Let me know in the comments if you stick to classic eggnog or if you put any fun twists on your recipe.


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