Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Glitter Putz House Village

I did away with my old Department 56 village and put together this glitter putz house village.

The mini Santas are tiny little candles I picked up at HomeGoods.  I made the glitter path ways to match the houses with some cardboard and German glass glitter.


It lights up at night with some string lights that I got from Homegoods.  The houses are from Homegoods, Tuesday Morning, and Pottery Barn.

I like my updated look.  The Dept 56 village was really cute, don't get me wrong, but it had been in the family for 20 some years and I was bored.
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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas House Tour 2014

Welcome to Peonies and Orange Blossoms' Christmas House Tour of 2014!
First you are greeted with a fresh fir wreath:

Next, you step inside and notice the living room.  I hung wreaths with a santa and reindeer garland this year.

A closer look... I just can't get over how cute this garland is!

Then you are greeted by the tree...


 You notice a little wooden Christmas village tucked away with a pyramid...

This spinning pyramid catches your eye too..


You see the Snowmanland table...



This vignette is hidden in the hallway...

The nativity scene moved this year to this little table...


The new Christmas glitter village...

And one last look at the Christmas living room...


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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Skinny Cranberry Bliss Bars

I LOVE the cranberry bliss bars at Starbucks. But... they are like 300 some calories. AND they cost money.

I have been looking for some recipes on pinterest and baked one and it was DELICIOUS. Now it's time to share it with y'all.

This recipe is not my own.  The original recipe is from Skinny Mom.  I did alter a little bit,  I like having some orange with the cranberry, the original recipe did not call for it.
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (Gold Metal)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/4 cup melted unsalted butter
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate chips 
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, chopped

For the Frosting:

  • 8 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate chips, melted (melt in 15 second increments until melted in microwave)
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries, 
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp orange zest

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch non-stick baking pan with cooking spray. 

In another bowl, whisk the sugars with the butter, egg whites, applesauce and vanilla until light and fluffy.


In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and stir to blend.

Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in two additions until the batter is very well blended. 

Fold in white chocolate chips and 1/3 cup cranberries. Spread batter into the greased baking pan.

Bake 10 - 14 minutes, until the edges are light brown and a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let it cool completely on wire rack. 

Meanwhile, prepare the frosting; in a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar, fresh orange zest, and vanilla until well-blended. 


Frost the bars once they are cool and sprinkle with remaining cranberries. Drizzle with the melted white chocolate.

Then cut each square in half diagonally to create triangles. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve chilled, it tastes better! 


the cookie bar pre-frosting!
The great part is that these bars are only 150 calories... half the amount of calories of the original bar. AND they taste just as good!!



Pictures are my own. The recipe is from Skinny Mom.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Snowman Land

Next to the tree sits the buffet table... completely full of my nutcracker Santas, Steiff snowmen, and my favorite gingerbread advent calendar!
The banner below says "greetings". I didn't know where to put it this year so I went with this spot.


Pinecones are from the yard...

My favorite nutcracker!
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spotted... Cute Christmas Stuff!

So while Christmas shopping this year... I spotted some awfully cute Christmas stuff!  You can see in my post here some other things that caught my eye....

How cute is this reindeer topiary?!?

Or this collection of topiaries? Of course it's from Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach.


 How cute is this display of new Christmas Juliska?

I have always wanted a canopy bed... I LOVE how they put greenery on the posts!



This was at Anthropologie...


These poinsettias were so beautiful.

Love this French chair with the ribbon and wreath!


This tree was very beautiful as well, it is on Main Street in Disneyland!

I could not believe how pretty the castle looked at night in Disneyland!



And this was on my drive around looking at Christmas lights.  Do you drive around looking at Christmas lights too?


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Tree 2014

Here is my Christmas tree for this year:
Doesn't it look pretty? I love the lights on at night.  

The tree topper is a cardinal. I just can't get him to sit perfectly straight. I love the burlap and tinsel "Merry Christmas" mini garland at the top.
A look at the tree during the day... 
...Then at night: 

Hope you enjoyed looking at my tree as much as I do!

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Nutcracker Christmas Tablescape

Time to unveil my Christmas tablescape!  This year the theme was nutcrackers!  Not like The Nutcracker, but actual nutcrackers!
 Drumroll...
Nutcracker Christmas tablescape
I couldn't fit ALL my nutcrackers on the table since I have a narrow French farmhouse table, but this will do!


A view from the other side...


You can't tell in the pictures, but the placemats are nutcracker placemats!  Here I took a picture without the charger and before I put the lights on...


Plates and Mugs: Juliska "Winter Frolic"
Nutcrackers - By Steinbach and Christian Ulbricht
Starry lights- Homegoods
Napkins - Williams Sonoma Tartan
Placecard Nutcracker holders - eBay, but done by Kurt Adler
One last look...

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas tablescape this year! I'm liking it a lot!

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