Mini Quiche Muffins

My husband whips these up on Christmas morning for brunch. They are the perfect bite sized deliciousness. Our family loves to spend the morning in the living room around the tree so these are perfect on a platter set on the coffee table along with our cinnamon buns which I shared the recipe here and our aromatic Christmas tea which I shared here. The kids like their “fancy” orange juice which is just orange juice in a champagne glass topped with a splash of 7UP. Yep, we are really fancy over here.

These mini quiche muffins would also be perfect for a sit down Christmas brunch as well. You could serve them with your favourite Christmas meat, like a maple breakfast sausage, ham or bacon.

Here is the recipe for the mini quiches and you could really use whatever veg or cheese that you like. This is what our kids like so we go with that. I think these would taste great with spinach, feta, red onions and mushrooms. You could totally sautés the veg ahead of time so they are ready to go on Christmas morning too.

There you have it! Our favourite Christmas morning food and drinks. We’ve been making these recipes ever since my kids were little and they are now teenagers!!

I would love if you tagged me to let me know that you made them. You can find me on Facebook or Instagram.

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Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

My kids look forward to these cinnamon rolls all year long. They are super quick and easy to whip up and we love how soft and chewy they are. I will often make them on Christmas Eve and let them slowly rise in the refrigerator overnight. I bake them up on Christmas morning while the kids are opening their stockings. They take 15 minutes to bake and I quickly apply the frosting as they come out of the oven. We love to bite into these while sitting around the tree opening our gifts. Mom and dad enjoy them with our Christmas Breakfast tea that I shared yesterday.

To make them ahead of time, follow steps 1 through 6. Skip step 7 and place in the refrigerator instead. On Christmas morning I preheat the oven while I am boiling the kettle for our tea. I pop them into the oven and they are ready to be enjoyed by the time the kids are ready to tear into their gifts. Since I only make them at Christmas, my kids so look forward to them.

Let me know if you decide to make them and be sure to tag me on Facebook or on Instagram.

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing the Egg muffins that my husband likes to whip up for Christmas morning brunch.

And if you missed yesterdays blog post where I shared our favourite tea we enjoy on Christmas morning, you can find that here.

Christmas Breakfast Tea

Welcome Christmas morning with the aromatic warmth of a specially brewed tea. We love to let this one steep in a teapot on our wood stove as we open our stockings.

You can make this tea ahead of time. Assemble the bundle up to 24 hours ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Let me know if you decide to make the tea and be sure to tag me on Facebook or on Instagram.

Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing the recipe to our favourite Cinnamon Rolls.

Christmases Past

I thought it would be fun to look back on the different ways I’ve decorated my homes for Christmas starting with the oldest up to Christmas 2018.

Warning: You will see a lot of the same decor.

 

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You probably noticed many of the same decorations. I’m not one to buy Christmas decorations. I tend to make most of my Christmas decor and much of what I have has been collected over the years. Some of my decor is 20 years old.  I love to reinvent ways of using what I have every year. As you can tell I don’t tend to decorate the same way twice.

Stay tuned for this year’s decor!

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National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation- then and now

This movie is by far my family’s favourite. We have even been known to quote from it throughout the year. This movie is our official kick off to the holiday season.

The photo I’ve chosen to do a then and now is the eat-in kitchen. I’ve long loved the plaid curtains and the coziness of this space and I even went so far to have plaid curtains in my own eat in kitchen of my very first home! (that home was long before social media and blogging)

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Plaid is a classic pattern and using it in more neutral tones is a timeless way to add it to your decor. This is how I would style the eat in kitchen of the National Lampoon’s home today. I think it is super cozy and festive. You wanna come by for a hot chocolate and dream about the backyard pool going in next summer?

 

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Home Alone- Then & Now

The Christmas classic movie Home Alone is one of many family favourites during the holidays. I can remember being obsessed with the house, the decor, the many rooms, the grandeur.

A few  years ago, the home itself made headlines again as it was for sale. Photos of the home flooded the internet and gone were the overly traditional furniture, burgundy and green colour scheme.

So let’s travel back in time to what the house looked like on the set of Home Alone and here’s my take on what the house would look like today keeping with a similar colour palette.

Let’s start with the photo below:

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What do you think? Green and burgundy no longer looks so bad does it?

Well this was fun, I think I’ll do another now and then blog post of my family’s number 1 favourite Christmas movie. Any guesses on what movie that may be?

 

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Decorating Tips for first time home buyers

Buying your first home can be riddled with emotions spanning from excitement to anxiety. Buying a fixer upper comes with a certain amount of uncertainty whether you are doing it with family and friends or hiring a contractor.

To tackle a lot of the uncertainty it is important to have a plan.

Here are five straightforward tips to decorating your first home.

  1. Plan Plan and then Plan some more. 

Planning the design of your first home must begin before you move in and your decisions should complement your lifestyle. Today, it is so easy to get swept away in pinterest, instagram, design blogs, HGTV and you run the risk of designing a home that isn’t a reflection of you. Just because a certain look is trending it may not work for you and your lifestyle. Also, don’t think because the house has a current look that you can’t change it. Consider what you want to change and then decide if it is feasible.

For example:

        • Is the change structural?
        • How much will the modifications cost?
        • Who will do the work and how long will it take and can it be done before or after you move in.

Tackling an entire home  redesign without professional help can be daunting. You may only realize this the moment you step in to a paint store and are presented with thousands of  colour options; who knew there were so many variations of white? Also choosing the right furniture for your rooms can be tricky.  Everything looks much smaller in a showroom. Bring a tape measure, know the measurements of the spaces you are decorating. Perhaps that L-shaped sectional in the furniture showroom won’t look so good in your living room because it doesn’t fit!

Don’t rush the planning stage. I cannot stress this enough. Use a site like Pinterest to really narrow down your style. You will see after a dozen or so pins that you gravitate towards a certain style.  Create a concrete image  of what you need to work on. This will save you a lot of time later. Create a ‘to do list’ that shows completion dates, who will work on what, the cost… AND sequence the work so you don’t run out of time and money.

2. Commit to your budget.

This is where many first time homeowners go wrong. Take the time to really understand your budget and be realistic. I am not saying this to be a downer but all to often I see first time homeowners start out with so much enthusiasm only to be disappointed when all their expectations do not come true. Know where to invest your money and where to save. Appliances, beds and sofas can set you back a bit but these are key pieces in a space and they can last you years. Also be smart about where and what to buy. There are so many great second hand options out there that will save your pocket book and bring that curated look to your space in the way of one of a kind unique pieces. A second hand dresser from an antique store in your master bedroom will add so much more to your design rather than walking into a big box store and swiping your CC for a matching bedroom suite.

3. Research and be Resourceful

Yes we have design rules that we should follow but don’t allow them to restrict you. I always say use them as a guide and still express yourself through your design choices. Again, take photos of your space, take measurements, start a design journal and always have it with you so when you do come across a piece of furniture you can be certain that it will work in the space. This cuts down on buyer’s remorse as well as wasteful spending.

4. Making Choices

There are so many choices when designing your first home that it can feel overwhelming. Understand what you have to work with, what you refuse to part with, and what needs to go. You may have to cull certain items as they just won’t fit or work with your ideas for the space.

When decorating your new home, highlight the features that made you fall in love with your home. Perhaps it’s the grand windows in the living room with a stunning view. Then you may not want to cover those windows with heavy window treatments, perhaps you will want to arrange the furniture so you can take in the wonderful vistas. That might mean that your current sectional won’t work. I always suggest selling it and buying something that will work. Don’t fight with a space or a certain piece. There’s always a solution. Purchase the bigger pieces first and leave the decor for later. Don’t be afraid to mix and match, you don’t have to buy sets. Actually we recommend that you don’t! Remember don’t overcrowd the space with stuff. The eye needs room to rest. Every room should have a focal point, the dining table, the bed, a fireplace, etc. Work with the focal point to create visual interest. This will also help to detract from elements in the room that are less attractive.

5. Get to it! 

Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Have patience. Be realistic about your timeline. I always suggest prioritizing the spaces to tackle first. Also complete a space before moving onto the next. This will help eliminate burn out and decision fatigue.

And remember to celebrate the small wins. This is an exciting milestone in your life that will lead to more adventures so enjoy the process. If you feel stuck, I’m here to help!