Things are getting quite festive around here. I’ve been baking up a storm and actually have even more baking that I’m scheduling for this weekend. This recipe, however, does not require baking at all. The no-bake cranberry oat chews are peanut-buttery, chewy, and hearty little gems.
I initially wanted to do a traditional chocolate no-bake, but my husband isn’t really a chocolate eater and so far this christmas, all of my recipes have been quite chocolate-y.
Instead, I used a peanut butter and brown sugar mixture to create these chewy cookies. Check out the full recipe below, plus links to all of the wonderful bloggers participating in this cookie swap. Continue Reading…
So, fashion isn’t really something that I cover here on House of Earnest, but if you follow me on instagram, you know I love sharing my outfits. Since I spent 7 years working in the fashion industry, it’s definitely ingrained in me, but was sort of a conflict of interest to post about fashion while I was working at my last job. So – I’m free and going to take the opportunity to share a little fashion with you guys today.
If you all don’t know about the shop Thread, it’s one of my favorite local boutiques and somewhere you can really find unique designer (and phenomenal artists’) goodies that we sometimes have trouble finding in the midwest. Believe me, after traveling around the world, I have a bit of a picky palette.
Onto the issue at hand. When entertaining friends and family (which is so prevalent around the holidays) I have a very specific ‘wardrobe’ that is my go-to. I vary this wardrobe formula here and there, but there are a few basic tips that I follow for my shin-digs.
No sleeves – it gets hot when you’re running around, pulling stuff out of the oven, drinking libations, and entertaining your buns off.
Chiffon or satin top, something breezy… for the aforementioned reason.
Skinny pants (leggings if possible!). They just are so easy, comfortable and really give a great top the focus.
Amazing shoes & Accessories. No explanation needed.
I picked out this outfit from all of the pieces I tried on a Thread a couple of weeks ago and it exemplifies my entertaining style perfectly. The top is unique, with two layers of chiffon and an animal print poking out from underneath. The skinny burgundy riding pants are stretchy, but structured, and the amazing Rebecca Minkoff shoes, Lizzie Fortunato necklace, and Pluma Jewelry Ring really make it all much more glamorous.
You know how excited I get about sharing entertaining secrets, and going one step further to share my thought process on what I wear when I entertain. There’s even more excitement where that comes from – the people at Thread are nice enough to offer a discount to all of you as well! Just use the code HOUSEOFEARNEST when shopping online for 15% off your purchase!
Nice, huh? Now we’ll all look quite jolly this holiday.
p.s. Are you a Columbus local who loves Thread? Come to their Grandview location THIS WEDNESDAY and shop our entire Grandiflora holiday collection. Shop over cocktails and hang out with me and the Thread gang! 5:30pm-8:30pm at Thread Grandview.
ONE Malena teak appetizer plates and utensils are back in stock! Get yours while they last! $44 for a set of 4 appetizer plates and $28 for a set of three (fork, spreader, spoon) appetizer utensils! Just in time for Christmas! TWO high gloss white carafe from Crate & Barrel is perfect for the holidays. I plan on using this instead of my coffee maker carafe so that I can brew another pot simultaneously. $35.THREE every time the holidays roll around, I’m reminded how much I need a sideboard or buffet in my dining room. This light washed Boston Oak sideboard from Wren Living would be perfect… now to find one stateside… FOUR I saw this gold foil cocktail napkins in C. Wonder yesterday and was on the brink of buying them as a Christmas gift to myself. I resisted, but can’t stop thinking about them! $32 for a set of four. FIVEaren’t cute S&P shakers one of those things that you don’t realize you need until you set the table? Get ahead with this crazy cute salt & pepper set for $30 from Kate Spade. SIX this darling dot cashmere and wool throw by Paul Smith is quite a splurge, but isn’t it such a find?
More metallics and neutrals. I guess when you have a type, you have a type, right? I’ve been really trying to narrow my shopping list this week for Christmas and only have a couple of outstanding people for whom to shop. I think I’ll trying to finish everything this weekend so I can focus on wrapping next week. How are you guys doing on your lists?
In other news, I have some fun meetings today which I’m pretty excited about. I’m meeting with the owner of a really gorgeous local boutique today to discuss a Grandiflora trunk show that we have scheduled for next Wednesday! I am really excited to show off my goods! If you’re in the Columbus area – shoot me an email and I’ll give you the details!
Also, if you’d like to gift some goodies from Grandiflora, you can order though next Wednesday for assurance to receive before Christmas, or through Friday if you choose 2 day shipping! Happy Shopping!
Lastly – There are only THREE MORE DAYS to vote on my recipe! I would love for you to vote to give me a chance to win a trip to Italy!
When it comes to handmade gifts, I like to do a little half and half – a gift that’s partially purchased and partially hand crafted. In my family we have very low caps on our christmas gifts, so I did this for my sister a couple of years ago to try to make the most with the $25 max I had to work with.
This gift has actually turned into a big story for my family. That year (and for this project), I went to Home Goods, purchased both the glasses and the decanter for under $20. The time I actually made this for my sister, there was an odd turn of events however. Me, being a little too excited to get started, etched the first wine glass before opening the rest of the glasses. I got a ‘P’ for my sister’s last name onto the first glass and reveled in my creativity. Then, when unpacking the rest of the glasses, I realized one of the glasses was broken. Now, a normal person would have just realized that they had gotten ahead of themselves and bought a whole new set. For whatever reason, I decided to return the glasses. If they had to damage out the set because of the broken one, it wouldn’t matter that one had a ‘P’ on it, right? So I returned the set, told the associate that there was one glass broken. Then she took out the rest of the glasses so I said, “and this glass mysteriously has a ‘P’ on it.” The brand of the glasses was Palm Restaurants, so the associate suggested that as the reason for the mysterious ‘P’.
Why in the world did I do that? In hindsight, I should have cut my losses and just bought a new set. I have no clue what I was thinking but to this day, my family won’t let me live it down. I cried, I was laughing so hard when I told the story to them. Regardless, maybe someone out there bought a 0.99 clearance ‘P’ glass and it just made their day. That’s what I like to think.
So onto the DIY. Similar to last time, I bought a set of wine glasses (no broken ones this time) and a decanter from Home Goods for under $20. The etching cream I had on hand, but it’s just about $8, so it makes the whole gift under $30 and you can use the cream for other projects!
Every year, I take a couple of hours to make a few different types of Christmas cookies and then freeze them to bring out for pop up parties and hostess gifts. I always make different varieties each year (no repeats!) just to keep things exciting and to teach myself something new.
Although I do try something new each year, I do a couple of things consistently. I always include a citrus cookie and a marshmallow variety. The others are all fair game. And here is a fun surprise… not only will you be getting my recipe today, you’ll also be getting the recipes from 10 other amazing bloggers participating in this ‘cookie swap’. More on that after the recipe.
When I was looking for my citrus cookie this year, I decided to throw it at Bing and their new Bing Smart Search on Windows 8.1. Typing in ‘Lemon Christmas Cookie’ (no lemon bars here) I was happy to see how the results popped up, which made it really easy for me to pick a direction and build this recipe. Continue Reading…
We spent the evening trimming our tree last night, although it didn’t take too much time with the decorations I chose to use this year. Since we were going on vacation and didn’t have too much time with the tree, I didn’t want to go to in great depths with it. I chose to have a simple, rustic type theme this year with no tree ornaments, and just a few minimal, but festive, touches to bring it all together.
My main switch-up this year was to use big colorful bauble lights on the tree instead of my usually white lights with glittery accents. I used a plaid blanket to wrap the bulb of our tree and keep things looking like a rustic woodsy cabin. Very simple accessories like a snow studded wooden star and brass stocking hangers rounded out the simplicity of the look.
We just arrived back from Hawaii last night and I got to making my homemade christmas cards immediately! I have wanted to do a card with some natural greenery on it for years, but had other card ideas that I kept using. What’s better is that the cards cost just $0.35 each.
I bought solid kraft paper cards and although they were of the fold over variety, I just sliced each in half to make a pack of 12 into a pack of 24. I then ran the cards through my printer with a simple and festive ” ’tis the season” message. A couple sprigs of boxwood from a $9.99 Trader Joes wreath and a little hot clue made them just perfect.
Rosemary would also make an adorable (and fragrant) card.
What do you think? Do you have an hour up your sleeve to spare on these darling cards?
ONE the most darling tea pots I’ve ever seen. They’d make a great gift for the hard-to-buy-for on your list. £59 from Emma Bridgewater. More Emma Bridgewater teapots from £59 TWO brushed silver geometric lamp is very simple and still so cool. $42 from Target. THREE I love this monogramed log tub from Mark and Graham. I would use it for a ton of ice and some bottled beer and wine. It would also make a phenomenal gift. FOURmonogrammed paperweight is so cute. I just love the ski one! $35 from Mark and Graham. FIVE these might be the ornaments I’d get if I were doing ornaments this year. They’re little photo-real ornament scenes from Terrain for $38.
I have had a phenomenal week in Hawaii, and although I have been loving it, there’s a bit of snowy christmasy stuff that I’m missing out on back home. I am excited to start decorating as soon as I’m back, but for the remainder of my trip here in the islands, I’ll be hitting up the Na Pali coast tomorrow and seeing some more sights before I head home tomorrow!
In the meantime, we have a TON of stuff going on this week -
*please vote for my 12 Days of Marsala recipe over here. I would be FOREVER grateful since my winning would mean a trip to Italy… Please vote!
*We have a Lowes accent chair giveaway going on right now! Definitely enter because the chair is awesome!
So, I know I’ve been holding out on revealing the cane chair redo, but you know I had a fabric dilemma, right? To recap, I polled you guys on what fabric I should use for my found cane chairs and a grey and black tribal type design won, but once I got the fabric in, I posted about how it was actually like a blue/grey which I didn’t think would match the gold I was planning to use on the chair frame.
So, I chose to use this giant flocked dot fabric from Mood, but it was sold out. Roadblock after roadblock here. I took a closer look at the giant flocked fabric and it reminded me of the yarn ties that I had on a quilt that used to cover my childhood bed. I got to thinking that I could probably make this fabric, so that is just what I did.
Keep reading to see how I made this pom pom fabric to use on my cane chairs! (finished photos soon!) Continue Reading…
I have a treat for you today! In the wintertime, with the days getting shorter and the nights getting colder, easy, warm dinners are essential. I love to cook, but was thrown a challenge this week to make a recipe using Colombo Marsala. It’s being featured in their ’12 Days of Marsala’ and I’m so excited to be included! I’d never cooked with marsala before, but love the way this Spicy Marsala Gnocci turned out. It’s hearty, spicy, and a bit tangy.
The best part of the challenge, for me, is that if I win… I win a trip to Italy! So please, head over to the contest Facebook page and vote for me! I’ll be forever thankful!
It’s super easy (about 20 minutes) and I’m sure you’ll love it! If you don’t like strong cheeses, swap the gorgonzola for parmesan, you’ll still love the smoky, spicy mix of the panchetta and the crushed red pepper.
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