DIY Christmas Card Holder

Christmas Card Holder11When I went to this craft/holiday gift show in Tupelo a few weeks ago, I spotted the cutest Christmas card holders. The only problem was, they were 50ish dollars. I’m not crafty-mcgee over here or anything, but I thought that I could duplicate them on my own for way cheaper. I was very pleased with the final product!

Here’s what you do to make one to hold your own Christmas cheer:

You need:

  • One canvas, piece of wood, or whatever other medium you can dream up. I found this burlap canvas at Hobby Lobby for $11.99.
  • Acrylic paint. If you don’t already have some, get some red, green, white, or even gold if you’re feeling fancy. This was about $5.00 for me.
  • Burlap ribbon. I got mine for around 3.99 (after 50% off) for a big spool of it.
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paint brushes
  • Pencil
  • Clothespins. .99 cents of Fred’s.
  • Total cost: $21.97 (this could be even cheaper if you already have paint, or if you use an old piece of wood from the shed or something).

What to do:

  1. Paint your canvas with whatever background color you choose. I chose a bright Christmas red. Let dry.
  2. Paint big polka dots all over your canvas. Don’t worry about them being perfect. Slightly asymmetrical or messy dots are cute! Let dry.christmas card holder5chirstmas card holder3Christmas Card holder6
  3. Write lightly with your pencil whatever saying you want to use. You can skip this step if you’re confident in your handwriting skills. I just don’t have the prettiest handwriting, so I felt more comfortable having a sketch to follow. Some other ideas for saying are Joy to the World, Peace on Earth, Santa Mail, Ho! Ho! Ho!, you get the picture.
  4. Paint over your pencil with your green paint. Note: I originally tried to use gold, but it did not show up well, so I switched to green. Let dry.Christmas Card Holder
  5. Flip over your canvas. Cut your burlap ribbon into 3 long strands, about 32 inches long. Hot glue the strands across the bottom of the back of the canvas. Next, cut about a 24 inch long strand. Position the strand in a loop, or upside down “u” towards the top. Hot glue ribbon down. Let dry.Christmas card holder1Christmas card holder2Christmas Card Holder8
  6. Use some more burlap to create a big bow. Tie your bow on the top of your previously glued down loop. Make sure that the bow will sit on the top of the canvas so it can be seen. Christmas Card Holder7
  7. Clip your clothes pins on the ribbon and hang from the wall. Pin all of your family and friend’s cards up to enjoy throughout the season!   Christmas Card Holder 9 Merry Merry Christmas!

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Slow-Cooker Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Soup3Y’all. This soup is hearty, creamy, and just plain soul-warming. The cayenne gives it a kick, so those who fear the spice, beware.Slow Cooker Potato Soup1  Slow Cooker Potato Soup5

Enjoy!

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What you need:

  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 smallish onions, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and thinly chopped
  • 2 14.5 ounce cans chicken broth
  • 1 bottle beer (or up the chicken broth to 3 cans)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 up all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1.5 cups milk
  • toppings: sour cream, cheese, bacon, saltines

What to do:

  1. Combine first 9 ingredients into crockpot. Cook on high for 3.5 hours.
  2. During last 15 minutes of cooking, add flour, milk, and sour cream. Stir until blended. Enjoy!

Andes Peppermint Bark

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Another month in the Leftovers Club! My partner this time was Angela at Mind Over Batter. Head over to her blog and check out her delicious recipes! I can’t wait to try the Banana Maple Caramel Corn.  In honor of Christmas, I made peppermint bark. This is too easy and too good not to make. Who doesn’t love Andes mints? I used to stuff my pockets with them when I was leaving Benihana’s (totally normal).  Anyways, when I spied Andes peppermint crunch on the shelves, I couldn’t wait to use it to make peppermint bark! It’s less crunchy than normal peppermint bark because of the creamy nature of Andes mints, which I loved as a different twist! Peppermint Bark Peppermint Bark7 Peppermint Bark4Peppermint Bark6 Peppermint Bark1

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Andes Peppermint Bark

What you need:

  • One package chocolate almond bark
  • One package vanilla almond bark
  • about 3/4 bag Andes Peppermint crunch

What to do:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper; set aside. Melt the chocolate almond bark in a double broiler (or a pot of boiling water with a glass bowl on top). This should take about 10 minutes or so. Once melted, pour chocolate onto cookie sheet and spread until smooth. Let cool for at least an hour (you can put it in the fridge or freezer to expedite the process).
  2. Repeat steps to melt the vanilla almond bark. Once chocolate bark is cooled, pour vanilla bark over and spread until smooth. Sprinkle with Andes peppermint crunch. I used about 3/4 of my bag. Tweak as you like!
  3. Let cool for 1-2 hours (or overnight). Break into pieces and enjoy!

Check  out everyone else’s recipes this month!leftovers-logo1

Monday Musings

tis the season to be jolly

First of all, if you weren’t watching the Iron Bowl Saturday, you were just wrong. Although I’m still a little under the weather, you better believe I was running around screaming like a mad woman (or really eager Auburn fan) when this happened. There are not many games that I would watch again on ESPN classic, but I could watch this one over and over. SEC CHAMPIONSHIP Y’ALL.

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It was all things Christmas around here this weekend. Wednesday, I only worked a half day so Sam and I decorated for Christmas. ImageImage 2

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Image 3Image 4Thursday, we had Thanksgiving with my family at Grandmommy’s. Afterwards, we decorated her sweet little tree and headed over to our house to watch the Egg Bowl.Image 5
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Friday, we headed to Memphis and I FINALLY got to see this girl for the first time since she’s been preggers! I cannot wait for baby F to get here.
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Saturday, we had Thanksgiving with the Moody’s! No pics, but it was full of yummy food (and a bundt cake disaster from yours truly), hanging out, and celebrating an Auburn win!!! I mean, I can’t even. Happy Monday and War Eagle!

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Grateful

I have loved reading people’s 28 days of thankfulness on Facebook, blogs, or other forms of social media. Although we should be equally as grateful for these things everyday, our fallen selves seem to forget that. We get caught up in the hurriedness of life and are consumed with selfish thoughts rather than filling our minds of the blessings that Christ has given us. I’ve found that as I’ve made this list and taken time to dwell on my blessings and Christ’s love for me, that I can’t help but to have an outflow of love and kindness on others. When I am in my self-consumed bubble (which I am far too often), it never fails that I’ll get annoyed with the people of Walmart or traffic or some other insignificant thing. But when I strive to fill my heart and mind of things above, I realize I have no idea what this person meandering slowly down the aisles of Walmart is going through. It’s ridiculously judgmental of me to get huffy; and it sure isn’t an example of Christ love if I give them dagger eyes when for taking up the whole aisle. I fail at this daily, but this leads me to the number one things I’m thankful for:

  1. God’s grace, unconditional love, and constant pursuit of my heart when I am so lacking.
  2. Sam. wedding-664
  3. My mom. It’s so fun becoming an adult where your mom becomes more than just your parent, but also your best friend.wedding-154
  4. My dad. He gives me such wisdom and encouragement! I love him so!rehersal-138
  5. My sister. She always makes me laugh and tells it to me straight.wedding-131
  6. Wonderful in-laws. I always hear horror stories about in-laws. I am so thankful for Mark and Sheila for raising the man that I love and for loving me as their own. My bro-in-laws aren’t too shabby either🙂.rehersal-65
  7. New friends.Image 8
  8. Old friends.wedding-123
  9. July 20, 2013 and celebrating with all our loved ones! It was the best/most fun/hottest (temperature wise, not attractiveness wise) day ever! wedding-683
  10. Graduating. graduation
  11. Passing my boards.Image 9
  12. Time for rest.
  13. A new job.
  14. Travel.DSC_0577 DSC_0488
  15. Hope Church.
  16. My grandmommy and the fact that she lives in Tupelo!Image 4
  17. An occupation where I am able to continue to learn and I will never know everything.
  18. My patients who give me their sweet elderly wisdom daily.
  19. My hot pack and a husband who will rub my back after a long day’s work.
  20. Taco Tuesdays. Tuesdays seriously make the week because Mexican food is just that good.
  21. Weekends! I never looked so forward to sleeping in as I do now that I’m a working woman.
  22. A king size bed. Splurging on our bed has been the best things for us abnormally tall folk.
  23. Adventure.DSC_0010
  24. Auburn football y’all. Can’t wait for Saturday!!
  25. Friend Reunions! Can’t wait for the next one!Image 71003163_10101498752250341_1876323573_n
  26. All the celebrations over the past year.893987_10101281953272231_1714370949_o 1074100_10101477774415091_2016064431_o  1006019_10200919555243839_1924616194_n
  27. A husband who takes care of me when I’m sick. I’ve been sick all week and Sam has not allowed me to leave the couch when I get home from work.
  28. First holidays as a newlywed! We decorated the tree yesterday and it was so fun!Image

Happy happy Thanksgiving!!

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