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Burlap Wine Bottle Bag – Easy DIY Christmas Gift

This DIY burlap wine bottle bag is the prefect way to wrap your favorite bottle of Sutter home family wine.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SutterHomeForTheHolidays #CollectiveBias The following content is intended for readers who are 21 or older. It’s time to make a Burlap Wine Bottle Bag! This Burlap Wine Bottle Bag is an inexpensive way to dress up a bottle of wine…

Boxwood Christmas Wreath – DIY Holiday Project

DIY Holiday Boxwood Wreath form

We got our Christmas tree the other day, and I always buy my wreath from the same vendor at the Farmer’s market each year.  Normally, they will give me a discount on the tree if I also buy the wreath. I usually get a fir wreath. They are relatively inexpensive and most of the vendors have…

Fudge Brownie Truffles

These fudge brownie truffle are so festive looking!

‘Tis the season for fudge, and brownies, and truffles. These Fudge Brownie Truffles combine all of my favorite tastes in one delicious bite.They are so tasty that they’ll deserve pride of placement on your holiday dessert table. The holidays give me an excuse to cook up a batch or two of my favorite treats.  I…

Snowman Wall Hanging – A Rustic Christmas Decoration

This cute snowman wall hanging was made from a old kitchen door frame. He is easy to do and looks great hanging on a wall.

This snowman wall hanging is a rustic Christmas decoration that is made from an old kitchen door frame. It is super easy to make and looks great hanging on the shutters at our front door entry. I have a huge collection of both snowmen and Santa Claus Christmas decorations.  Our family room really gets into…

Pumpkin Cake with Toasted Coconut Frosting

This pumpkin cake is moist and delicious and has a crunchy toasted coconut frosting.

My mother died a year ago so she missed out on our last Thanksgiving and Christmas. One of her time honored traditions was to serve a pumpkin cake each year, for both of these holidays, with her special toasted coconut frosting.  She is not here this year, but that does not mean the cake will…

Santa Paint Brush Ornament – DIY Santa Claus Paintbrush Decoration

This Santa Paintbrush Ornament is whimsical and fun to make and will look cute on a Christmas tree or as a wall hanging.

This adorable Santa paint brush ornament is so whimsical and cute. It is very simpe to make and inexpensive and will delight the young and young at heart. The step by step directions below will let you make this Santa Claus paintbrush decoration quickly and easily I have to admit, I am enjoying being a kid this…

Roasted Root Vegetable Medley

Roasted root vegetable medley

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #SamsClubMag #CollectiveBias It’s time for a roasted root vegetable medley. Fall flavors combined to make this roasted root vegetable medley a hit with your family. This post may contain affiliate links for your cooking experience. For me, fall is…

7 Bean Soup Mix plus Recipe

This easy 7 bean soup mix project makes a great hostess or housewarming gift

For most of the year, I am not normally much of a soup girl.  But when autumn rolls around, I find myself making soup all the time.  This 7 bean soup mix is the perfect fall recipe. It is rich and hearty and has a lovely spicy herb blend to give the soup a lot of…

Health and Wellness Goals for 2016

Nature made supplements help when diet is not enough

This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. It’s time to focus on health and wellness goals for 2016! Getting a little help on health and wellness goals in 2016 is easy with Nature Made. If you have been reading my blog lately, you will know…

Winter Door Swag Makeover

Ice skate door swag makeover

The cold weather is here and it is time for my winter door swag makeover. I have a wreath, or door swag on my front door year round.  The door has an oval glass panel in it and putting a swag there gives me a bit of extra privacy and I like the way it makes…

My North Carolina Winter Garden

Sun peeking through the frozen trees in North Carolina

My North Carolina winter garden is a wonderland this week. Winter storm Jonas has been all in the news this week.  It left a blanket of snow and ice from the South in the US right up the corridor to New England.  My North Carolina winter garden is a sight to behold. Winter storm Jonas…

Slow Cooker Spiced Wine with Oranges and Cranberries

It’s time to bring out the big guns for your New Year’s party.  And by big guns, I mean big on flavor, big on appeal and big on festive cheer.  This recipe for slow cooker spiced wine with oranges and cranberries is the perfect way to ring in the New Year at our house and…

How to Cook the Perfect Holiday Ham

Cooking the perfect holiday ham is as easy as your secret ingredients for the glaze. This recipe is simple to do and tastes heavenly. thegardeningcook.com #ForTheLoveOfHam

Treat your family to a holiday ham this Perfect Holiday Christmas instead of a turkey. This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ForTheLoveOfHam #CollectiveBias For years, our family always had turkey at both Thanksgiving and for our Christmas meal. But a few years ago, I…

Pecan Pie Cookies – A Holiday Treat

drizzled pecan pie cookies

My husband is a pecan pie fanatic. He loves everything about it.  Except for the calories, that is.  He’s been trying to lose a bit of weight and having a whole pecan pie on the table for the holidays might be just a bit more than he can resist.  Enter my recipe for pecan pie…

Festive Ice Skates Door Swag

This festive ice skate swag looks perfect on a front door with an oval glass panel. The skates add a whimsical touch to the burlap bow and gives the whole project a country look. thegardeningcook.com

Decorate your front door country style with this ice skates door swag. We changed our front door this summer, and now have an oval glass panel on the front entry.  The shape means that I no longer use round wreaths for it and swags have become my go-to door decoration.  This project for a festive…

10 Must See Christmas Classics – DVDs

My top 10 must see Christmas Classics on DVD. Is my favorite on your list? See them at thegardeningcook.com/

My 10 Favorite Christmas Classics DVDs For a long as I can remember, one of my favorite parts of the holiday season is watching all of the Christmas Classics on DVD.  I think i have watched just about every one made.  But when I look back, it seems that 10 of them always seem to…

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus – 2 Favorite Seasonal Plants

Cyclamens and Christmas Cactus

During the festive season, there are many different seasonal plants on offer at most garden centers.  They add a lovely touch to your seasonal decorating theme and can be carried over as houseplants from year to year.  Two seasonal plants that I love are cyclamens and Christmas cactus.  Both of these make fabulous indoor plants and…

Brigadeiro – Brazilian White Chocolate Truffles

Today's featured recipe is Brigadiero - white Chocolate Truffles from mollymel.blogspot.com

Today’s featured recipe comes from Regina who blogs at Molly Mell.  Regina has sent us this recipe for Brigadeiro – Brazilian White Chocolate Truffles. Today’s Featured Recipe is Brigadeiro – Brazilian White Chocolate Truffles. Regina tells me that normally Brigadeiro is a brown chocolate covered with brown chocolate sprinkles, but since Valentine’s day is coming,…

Photo Tour of my Santa Claus Collection

See my Santa Claus collection on http://alwaystheholidays.com/christmas-home-tour-my-santa-claus-collection/

See my Santa Claus Collection For those of you who do not know, I also have a website that features mainly seasonal and holiday content.  The name of the site is Always The Holidays.  I recently took photos of my Santa Claus Collection and assembled it for a holiday home tour on the site. My…

2014 Holiday Gardening Gift Guide – 11 Great Garden Gifts

2014 Holiday Gardening Gift Guide

Fill the stockings of your plant loving friends with these Gardening Gift Guide Suggestions. Anyone who gardens is normally on the look out for different gardening products and gadgets, so I have created a Gardening Cook 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.  If you are looking for something special to treat someone that you love who spends…

How to Save Money on Holiday Gift Wrapping

10 Neat ways to save money on holiday gift wrapping - thegardeningcook.com/

Frugal Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas. Holiday Gift Wrapping Does not Mean that you must spend a lot of money on Christmas supplies. There are loads of ways that you can save money. Some take a bit of time and others just take thinking outside the box. 1. Buy on Clearance.  If you are not a…

Holiday Kitchen Gift Guide – 9 Super Kitchen Gift Ideas

2014 Holiday Gift Guide for the Kitchen - thegardeningcook.com/

Kitchen Gift Guide. Anyone who cooks normally also loves kitchen products and food gadgets, so I have created a Gardening Cook 2014 Kitchen Gift Guide.  If you are looking for something special to treat someone that you love who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, this gift guide should give you lots of…

23 Favorite Holiday Fudge Recipes to Celebrate in Style

The holidays are the one time of the year when I love making fudge and have it on hand all the time. I love it all year round, but my waist line won’t let me keep in handy. Or rather, I have no self control when it comes to fudge. ..hanging head in shame!  This round…

20 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

20 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain The holidays are here, and for many this means week so entertaining, indulging and basically forgetting to eat well.  Extra junk calories seem to be everywhere, from eggnog, to fudge, to chocolates in your stocking.  As fun as this is to enjoy all of these, it you do, it inevitably leads…