Sunday, November 30, 2014

Decking Our Halls

Over the long weekend, we broke out some Christmas decorations around the house.  We don't put up too many, mostly because we know we won't want to go around putting them all away when we're sick of looking at them on December 26th. So we try to add some holiday cheer without going crazy - we will leave the Clark Griswold status to our neighbors, whose lights we can enjoy from our kitchen window. ;)

The white lights and mistletoe on our pallet headboard that Tyler made are my favorite.  Something tells me I will be spending far too much time in bed until Christmas.

Our kitties are fans of the ambiance too. :)

While I would LOVE to have a real tree, unfortunately, it's not very practical when our cat thinks it's her personal jungle gym...

That photo was from last year (when she was still a kitten).  But we had a feeling things wouldn't change much, which proved to be true when she had the tree knocked down the other day before I could even finish adjusting the branches.  So, to save myself from some time and energy (and stress) we stuck with the fake tree again.  And used all shatterproof ornaments.

You might notice that there are no ornaments on bottom foot or so of the tree.  That was done on purpose. 

 To add a little bit of real greenery, we picked up a few wreaths to hang around the house.  We put one on the front door, one on the side door (on the inside), and a boxwood wreath by our kitchen table.

We also whipped up some s'mores hot chocolate one night.  It's delicious and ridiculously sweet.  Definitely a drink and dessert in one!

We rubbed marshmallow around the rim of the mugs, flipped them over and pressed them into some crushed graham crackers.  We just used packets of Swiss Miss hot chocolate, topped with mini marshmallows, and popped the mugs in the oven on a baking sheet at 400 for ten-ish(?) minutes.  We didn't really time it, just watched them until the marshmallows started to brown (and our kitchen started to smell so yummy).  When we took them out of the oven, we topped them with some chocolate syrup and more crushed graham crackers.  Obviously the mugs were very hot, so we let them cool for a few minutes before drinking.  Perfect for a festive movie night! 

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