Simple Valentines



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I literally just put this table top display together, better late than never I guess. I took a pan, and inside it I placed my vase full of tulips, a valentine card, a red candle, a dishtowel and my small muffin cloche.

Copy of ummer deals! (33)For the place settings I took out some old bandannas, from which I used one as a place mat and the other one as a napkin. On top of the dessert plates I placed some old heart shaped cookie cutters.








In the kitchen I hung hand towels on the oven handle. File Feb 10, 4 06 30 PMI used everything I already had on hand, except for the tulips, it was all simple and will be just as easy to take down after Valentines.







Christmas Snack Bar

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I previously mentioned in my Christmas Tour blog post that this year’s decor was the simplest I’ve ever decorated, well the same goes true for entertainment as well.It was just my husband and I for Christmas Day, but we will be having other guests over for the evening, so I put together a QUICK snack bar.

I used glass containers and filled them with candy and popcorn, the largest glass container will hold punch that I will assemble later on when the guests being to arrive.

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I took one of my china cups and placed it inside the popcorn container for easy serving.Copy of ummer deals! (26)

I decided to use kraft paper and tape it down to cover the buffet, since I had no table cloths or runners to fit the buffet. I used markers and traced cookie cutters to decorate the paper around the items on the buffet.Copy of ummer deals! (27)

a candle, Christmas cards and fresh flowers add to the Christmas ambiance

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Some fresh flowers and a candle and I’m done. I think back about all the years I slaved in the kitchen, and spent tons on Christmas decor and entertaining and I can’t believe how simple things can be if you use what you have around the home. I do love to cook and bake cookies and candy, but the family these days will not indulge in those delicacies or are too busy running house to house to celebrate to eat so putting out store bought cookies and candy and popping corn, I find, was a simple way for me to still offer some goodies to munch on and not lose much time in the kitchen if they choose not to snack ,and I’m not left eating all the uneaten baked goods myself lol Happy Holidays everyone, I’ll be back soon with the Christmas punch recipe to share. ~Gen


2015 Christmas Home Tour

Outside & Inside this year was the simplest I’ve ever decorated.

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Let’s take a tour of the decor inside the house first: The tree is decorated with two different ribbonsCopy of ummer deals! (21), gold glass globe ornaments, some large stars I purchased at the dollar store, they were originally red glitter, but I painted over them with white spray paint.

The tree topper was originally a yard stake light cover

Copy of ummer deals! (18)that I purchased at a thrift store, I had plans to paint the nutcracker all white, but his colors made the other items on the tree pop, so I left him as is The dining room table is decoratedCopy of ummer deals! (20) in the “red truck”theme with a chalk board runner. I chose to use napkins  in place of placemats. I sat out my gold utensils to get the touch of gold.Copy of ummer deals! (22)

the tree skirt  is an upside down basket from which the handle was removed. I love it! Last but not least in the kitchen I just hung christmas hand towels on the oven and stuck a red basket to hold a candle on top. My grandmother loved red cardinals so that is in memory of her. She always made Christmas special the “big” Christmas dinner was always held at her home, lots of food and family, How I miss those days!Copy of ummer deals! (15)

For the outside, I kept it very simple. Greenery was hung on the door and over top of that I hung some old skates and made them a bow out of torn gingham fabric. I wrapped the bottom of the trees with burlap.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy & Happy New Year!