Well, today is officially the first day back to reality after a very nice 2 weeks off from my full-time job and from blogging. I had planned on leading up to the break a little differently on here but everything going on with the holidays took up all my time – but I’m glad that I took the break and took the time to relax, unplug from my laptop and computer and start to re-organize for the new year!
I hope that everyone had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Years, however you may have celebrated. Our Christmas was a good one! Lennox had so much fun and Christmas morning was just so fun with a 4-year-old. I am trying to cherish all the moments around the holidays, because before we know it, the “magic” in her little eyes will start to dim and she will realize that Santa isn’t real – but while the magic is strong, we take full advantage of it!
I took over 500 pictures around Christmas and I haven’t had much time to edit or go through them but I wanted to make sure I posted a few, mostly to document the holiday and have something to look back on here on the blog. Here are a few of my favorites from our Christmas celebrations.
I love how our Christmas table looked as well!
New Years was another great celebration. It was Lennox’s first New Years Eve party and she had so much fun. We headed over to her friends parents house right down the street for a fun evening of yummy food, good company and lots of kids to play with! All the kids stayed up past midnight for the countdown and festivities and Lennox had lots of fun. She let us start the year even better by sleeping in until almost 11 AM! Yay Lennox! I love that we have a good sleeper!
Now that the new year is here, we have so many fun things to look forward to in 2015 and I look forward to sharing them all with you! Be ready to hear about some Travel topics, great recipes, blog tips, local events, crafts, family times and SO much more!
Until then, Cheers and here we go 2015!
Our Elf on the Shelf, HoHo, has returned for another year of shenanigans. I will have to say, I have not done as good of a job having him hop around the house this year – with being so busy this holiday season – but I’m now on vacation through the rest of the year and plan on doing some fun stuff with HoHo as we head into Christmas day!
Here are some of the shenanigans that HoHo has gotten into so far this year!
Then one day he got himself stuck in the K-Cup holder! Lennox was a little concerned!
HoHo found a girlfriend and was cruisin’ around in her pink convertible!
A special breakfast treat was a big hit as well!
One day, HoHo brought Lennox some change for her piggy bank in her room. She was so excited that he was in her bedroom!
And today HoHo is taking a bubble bath in marshmallows! Lennox keeps eating his bath!!
Stay tuned for more shenanigans this week from HoHo!
If you are going to make a graham cracker house or a gingerbread houses this Christmas season, having the perfect Royal Icing recipe is a must! This is the recipe that my family has used for 30+ years, and it never fails us.
The key to making this recipe even more successful is to be patient and let the frosting mix in a stand mixer for close to 10 minutes! You want it to be VERY thick, so that it can act like a glue. When it sets and hardens, it is rock solid and will hold your candy and house together for all month long!
I always ate plenty of it every year when making houses as a kid, but I will warn you that it has raw eggs, so if you are worried about your little one getting sick from it – don’t let them eat very much of it – it really is for decorating the houses! Eat the candy instead – haha!
Anyway, I hope this recipe will help you have a successful Gingerbread House creation session! If you are looking for the best Gingerbread recipe, as well as some helpful construction tips, head over to Two Moms and a Kid – this post includes our family gingerbread recipe and how my Sister puts our houses together!
Christmas Royal Icing
The perfect icing recipe for making gingerbread houses.
- 1 lb. Powdered Sugar
- 1/2 TSP Cream of Tartar
- 3 Egg Whites
- Pour all ingredients into large mixing bowl and mix on low until all ingredients are mixed together.
- Turn mixer on high and let mix for 7-10 minutes or until icing is thick and makes peaks when touched. The thicker the icing in the more "glue" like it will be.
- If the icing gets too thick, add a few drops of lemon juice. Food coloring will also thin the icing a bit.
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