forcing paperwhite bulbs

Marian ParsonsHoliday33 Comments

Last year, I forced paperwhite bulbs for the first time and I loved watching them grow. It was a lot like the gingerbread houses…it was something I wanted to do for a long time and finally made it happen. So, I decided to do it again this year.  I purchased the bulbs from Terrain, but I also saw them at … Read More

gingerbread house recipe & templates

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Food & Fitness, Holiday48 Comments

A few years ago, I got it in my head that I had admired gingerbread houses long enough and I was going to make them myself.  Not just the graham cracker/milk carton/kit variety, but ones that I made from scratch and decorated with traditional white royal icing.  Kriste and I played hooky from working in the studio and we spent … Read More

little scandinavian christmas tree

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I am always drawn to things that are European, specifically if they are German or Scandinavian.  I am sure that is heavily influenced by my childhood years spent in Germany.  I still remember the wonder I felt when we took field trips to the Christkindlmarkt and that has always stuck with me. So, over the years, I have found my … Read More

orange clove pomanders & free mrs. meyers

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In recent years, I have enjoyed making most of my Christmas decorations from natural elements.  This year, I was inspired to make orange pomanders by Mrs. Meyer’s Orange & Clove holiday scent. I’ve been wanting to make them for a while, but this promotion gave me a good excuse. That’s right…  It’s that time, again!  If you’ve been thinking about joining … Read More

seasons of home | christmas kitchen

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Soooo…in blog land, it’s time to decorate for Christmas and, I must admit, I’m just not there, yet. I am usually anxiously awaiting the time when I can turn on the Christmas music, bring out the bins of decor, and start baking gingerbread. But, we just moved here late this summer and haven’t hit our rhythm and I honestly don’t … Read More

Seasons of Home | Fall Porch

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Joss & Main.  I shop from them regularly as a customer, so this was a natural sponsorship.  All words and opinions expressed in this post are my own. One thing that excited me about our new home was the porch!  I only had a small stoop at our last house, but this house has … Read More