Friday, November 27, 2015

Early Christmas Shopping

I'm already beginning my Christmas shopping, are y'all? I used to love last minute shopping, all the hustle and bustle of it all, but as I got older {and wiser}, I began to realize that getting it done early is the way to go. I've learned to really slow the Christmas season down and a big part of that is planning ahead.
This Christmas is a really special one for our family as it will be the first Christmas for our oldest son and his new bride. I don't currently have any photos of them around the house and I really wanted a special one for my dining room shelves. I adore these shelves so much and I love being able to change out the decor on them seasonally. We added them after last Christmas, so I've been pretty excited to Christmas them up a little. This mounted photo was the perfect inspiration to freshen up our dining area.

Every year, we take a family photo right after Thanksgiving because we love to send photo Christmas cards to family and friends. We've been getting these made at Walmart Photo for so many years and have always delighted with the finished product. When I began to think about a special photo of the happy couple, I immediately thought of Walmart Photo. I went online to the Walmart Photo website and found the perfect way to showcase my favorite photo. There were so many options but in the end I decided upon an 11x14 mounted photo. I'm just tickled pink with how it turned out! Look how wonderful it looks. I love glancing over at it throughout the day.

And you know what?  I LOVE online ordering! I managed the whole process in my p.j.'s after the kiddos were all snug in their beds, ahhhhhhh! Let's hear it for online ordering! Perfection! My plan is to make several more mounted photos. One for the happy couple and the grandparents, not to mention my husband wants one for his office too, and at this price, I can afford to purchase all those! Y'all they're currently 25% off and they offer same day service on many sizes.
I chose to order online {fast, easy, simple}, but if you prefer to place your order in the store, there are more than 3,500 Walmart Photo locations nationwide. Whoa, that's a bunch. And Walmart Photo is offering free shipping through December 30th. Can't beat that, right?
I'm just thrilled with my mounted photo and I'd highly recommend you letting Walmart Photo simplify your Christmas shopping this year!  
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Preparing Your Heart For Thanksgiving

Today I'm guesting over at Blissful And Domestic and I'd be tickled pink if y'all would join me! 

I'll tell y'all, I was good up until about midnight on October 31st, then it registered that it was November,  N-o-v-e-m-b-e-r?........ Thanksgiving, then Christmas, oh my! My mind began to uncontrollably race, menu plans, tablescapes, house cleaning thoughts were dancing through my head....................... Click HERE to continue reading. 

And I'd like to wish you all a most blessed Thanksgiving week. Today, I'm beginning my preparations for Thanksgiving and I'll be baking this little cake today. I'll be taking a little break from blogging to spend time with family and friends, but I'll see y'all right back here next week! Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Apple Cider Doughnut Cake {perfect for Thanksgiving!}

I really wanted to re-share this recipe post from last year because it's one of my favorites and this cake will be gracing our Thanksgiving table again this year. In the afternoon, after the big lunch when you're not really hungry but would love just a little sweetness with a cup of coffee, this is your cake friend! Hope it land's on your table this year!

I LOVE this recipe for Thanksgiving because it can be made a couple of days ahead and kept in the fridge and we all love goodies that can be made ahead of time for Thanksgiving, right?? It's also a good traveler if you find yourself over the river and through the woods to grandma's house for Thanksgiving! I love that too! 

So here's what you'll need:

For Cake:

1 1/2 cups apple cider
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 T. butter softened
1 egg
1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 3/4 cups of all purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

For topping:

2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup sugar
3 T. butter melted

Instructions for cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350*
  2. Warm apple cider on stove-top
  3. Cream together the 4 T. butter, sugar, and brown sugar
  4. Add egg and buttermilk to creamed mixture
  5. In a separate bowl combine the flour, soda, powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  6. Add the flour and cider alternately to the creamed mixture
  7. Place batter in well greased bundt pan and bake for 35-40 minutes
  8. Cool in pan for 25 minutes then turn out onto serving plate and prepare cake topping.
To prepare topping:

Combine 2 tsp. of cinnamon and 1/2 cup of sugar. Melt 3 T. butter and brush onto top of cake using pastry brush. Once cake is well coated, sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mixture onto cake.


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